🤩 With stars in her eyes she said to me, “You know what mom, I had plans to be the first woman on the moon but daddy told me that mission is already scheduled. So I decided I’ll just be the first person that walks on Mars instead.”

And you know what? With the amount of conviction in her little voice, I wouldn’t be one bit surprised if this is the photo they’re flashing on tv years from now as her rocket takes off to Mars 🚀✨

🤩 With stars in her...

9 Months ❤️of our rosy cheek Josie😊

She has so many fun little quirks right now that I am just so in love with. The full-arm-extension clap. Her deep throaty giggle. The adorably coy way she hides her face against me and peeks out. How she still sings herself to sleep. 

She’s not quite officially crawling but definitely gets where she wants to go by any means necessary. 

She’s such a cuddle bug and I melt every time she puts her head on my shoulder or runs her little hand through my hair.

Her favorite toys right now are books, bath boats, drum, and anything she can bang together.

She loves “I’m going to get you” and tickle games, peek-a-boo, knocking down blocks, and putting herself right in the middle of whatever the big kids are doing.

This month has been tough. A big one for food allergies. A completely backwards month for sleep. And an exasperating month as we try to calm her eczema flares.

Always happiest in my arms and I’m enjoying every squeeze because i have a feeling it’s not long before she’s zooming off on her own.

9 Months ❤️of our rosy...

🌹Celery Stamp Bouquet🌹 Here’s a cute craft you can do with kitchen scraps; it turns out the bottom of a celery stalk makes a perfect rose 🤯😍!! So let your kids stamp you a pretty bouquet of roses for Valentine’s Day, you deserve it, mama! 💐❤️

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🌹Celery Stamp Bouquet🌹 Here’s a...

I love you, my little Josie Lu! 💗 It feels like we’ve been going in circles for the last month with allergists, scratch tests, blood labs, food challenges, and more food challenges. And finally here we are: content. 

We have some answers and a plan that will keep us on a safe and steady path for now and I’m grateful to feel a sense of relief and optimism that I don’t often feel as a long time allergy mom.

Josie passed both her baked milk and baked egg challenges, making it possible to keep baked products in her diet which will hopefully lead to tolerance of other forms in the long run 🤞🏻

Thank you, as always, for following along, sending love and kind words, and praying for my sanity when I’m stuck in a small food challenge room for hours upon hours with a mobile baby 🤪😘

I love you, my little...

Math, but make it sweet 💗💜

At the rate things are going, I expect Harper to be learning calculus by next month so I figured we’d have a little counting fun while we can still snack on the equations 😋

Here’s a quick peek at some of the preschool & kinder math activities I’m going to do with the kids this week - Grab the free printable on my blog if you want to join in!❣️

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Math, but make it sweet...

And since we’ve no place to go...❄️

The snow this week has done wonders to reset our mid-winter fatigue. It was a much needed break from our gloomy day monotony to have a reason to get out in the fresh, crisp, air and play 🤗! Pulling the three of them piled in the sled today was just about the cutest and just what I needed 🥰

And since we’ve no place...

I made the kids some ✨fancy✨ XOXO Dough valentines this year and if you watch my stories you’ll see that um, oops, I already gave it to them 🙈🥰 In my defense, it was a much more fun and festive way to practice spelling words this morning 🙃 {recipe on my blog & Reels!}

I made the kids some...

🪡Paper Heart Garland💞 I made this simple & sweet garland to decorate our Valentine book nook using pre-cut paper hearts (I see you @Target craft section🙌🏻) and my sewing machine! It’s a cute, easy, and budget friendly way to spread some love around the house! 💜
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🪡Paper Heart Garland💞 I made...

Celebrating the end of the longest month in history 🎉 Just kidding, kind of. But I do need a place to put the rest of our New Year’s pictures before January is officially over 😆 so, Cheers 🥂✨

⬅️Swipe to see all 3 getting in on the confetti fun: Which pic’s your favorite? It’s the baby confetti toes and tutu rolls for me 🥰

Celebrating the end of the...

House Special: Sunday Shortstack🥞

House Special: Sunday Shortstack🥞

39 week Bumpdate: Getting Ready for Baby’s Arrival & Preparing for Birth during a Pandemic

Vintage baby bassinet filled with newborn favorites! 9 months pregnant baby bump

Eeek, it’s baby week! Harper and Ethan were both born at 39 weeks exactly, so every little twinge at this point puts me into “OMG, IS IT TIME??” mode. I’m caught between wanting it to happen righthissecond so I can finally squeeze them in my arms and wanting to infinitely pause time and hold on to these last moments of pregnancy for as long as I can. And then throw in the whole part about preparing to have a baby during a pandemic. Truthfully, I think I’m okay waiting a few more days and soaking up our little family of 4 for just a bit longer 😉 Oh, and I could probably use some more time to come up with a name for this little one.

(Whew- we made it! Click here to check out all my Pregnancy Faves !)

I had a spurt of energy this week and finally made my way through organizing all the baby stuff and making room for baby. This time around, I’ve been focusing on simplicity and function. We’ll eventually somehow combine the kids into two bedrooms but with all the chaos of the world our home my mind. right now, we’ll worry about that later. Since both of our new babies stayed in our room for the first 4-5 months anyways, we just added a little nursery area to our master bedroom with a bassinet (the sweetest vintage piece that I scored on Facebook Marketplace), a comfy rocking chair that we moved from Harper’s room, and a dresser to function as a space for all of baby’s things. We also went through the kids’ bins of old clothes and it brought back so many memories of them in those tiny little outfits and they couldn’t believe they were ever that small! It was fun to find some surprises in there that I’ve bought and tucked away over the last 3.5 years for a maybe-baby 😉 I’m looking forward to using some of my favorites again, including my Wildbird ring sling, June & January coming home sets (the absolute best and easiest outfits for new babes, we have a whole rainbow of colors that my babies live in for the first few weeks!), and a new baby book that I can’t wait to start filling with all the cutest baby details!

I also finally put together the most basic of hospital bags, which includes: a nursing friendly nightgown, the coziest sweater, nursing bras, my hairstyler, baby book (for footprints; ask your nurse for mess-free transfer paper!), flip-flops, snacks, my camera, a long phone charger, two coming home outfits for baby (boy or girl), toiletries, and a blanket to cover the carseat when we leave. After overpacking ALL the things twice, I’ve learned that the hospital will supply pretty much everything I need and it will be less work to unpack and sanitize everything I take with us if I pack lightly.

Spring pregnancy announcement maternity photo of mom-to-be holding ultrasound.
Headband | Dress- similar here & here

Preparing for a New Baby During a Pandemic

I’ve been reflecting a lot on how this pregnancy is SO far from what I had envisioned 9+ months ago. Pretty spring sundresses were replaced by all-day, everyday, sweatpants. Frolicking in sunny fields for maternity photos with a fab photographer that I booked months ago turned into my tripod and mirror selfies becoming my best option to document a growing bump. Instead of coasting through my last trimester, I suddenly had to homeschool and entertain two kids within the 4 walls of our home. No final “date-night” with my husband. My kids won’t be able to run into the hospital room to meet their new sibling. Celebrating a third baby with girlfriends and family won’t happen beyond a Zoom call. I can’t even feed pregnancy cravings on a whim 😅Lately, it’s been a mental struggle because I know I would be fortunate to have ANY of those things during my pregnancy and I am so grateful to even BE pregnant, but I am also finally at the point of accepting that I’m allowed to be upset that things are different than what I had hoped for and its okay and healthy to mourn the loss of so much of this experience.

Pregnancy during the Pandemic

As this pregnancy ends, I am naturally trying to focus on the good that is to come, but honestly there are a lot of emotions and uncertainty that surrounds giving birth during the Coronavirus pandemic. As of now, I am permitted to have a support person during labor and recovery, but no additional visitors. When I go into labor, I’ll have to take a Covid-19 test upon admittance for both my medical caretakers’ and the baby’s safety. As of now, my hospital is recommending that if it were to come back positive, that the baby be distanced from the mother. I just can’t wrap my head around that, so I am simply praying for a negative test and doing all that I can to stay healthy, including maintaining our quarantine that has kept us inside of the house and away from our loved ones for the last few months even as society begins to “reopen” around us.

We’ve had a lot of difficult conversations and decisions lately about all of the “what-ifs” and it’s hard to go into this uncharted territory where there are no real guidelines in place. How we’re planning on creating boundaries to keep the baby and those around us safe (after all, we’ll be returning from a medical facility that has COVID patients). As of now, we’re planning to have my mom, who has also been self-isolating as much as possible, come to watch the kids when I go into labor, but that’s about as much outside contact as our loved ones will have with the new baby for… who knows how long.

We are still trying to find our footing over what to do in the coming weeks and months and some days it’s really hard to imagine bringing a new life into a world of instability, I honestly can’t say what their first year will look like, and as someone that’s a planner, that’s disconcerting. All we know is that we’ll be here to love this new little one through it, within our home, and we can already feel the love from those around us, as distant as it may be.

Spring pregnancy maternity photo with siblings

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