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  • Camden's 10 & 11 Month Update

    Weight: 23.5lbs

    Length: 32 inches

    Diaper size: 5

    Clothing size: 12-18 months

    Health: I don’t want to jinx it, but Camden has been extremely lucky with his health. Nothing more than a mini cold when he was a newborn. 

    Sleep: Cam is still taking 2 naps a day. His first nap is almost always a guarantee, while his second nap sometimes gets skipped (his decision, not ours). Occasionally he will take micro naps in his stroller or the car, which I don’t love, but sleep is sleep. Sometimes when he wakes up from a nap he is anxious and upset. He will scream and cry and can take up to 20 minutes to calm him down. I asked his doctor about it and she thought it might be because of bad dreams. I hate seeing him so upset so I started brining him a cracker and a sippy cup of water after his naps. For some reason this cured his nap terrors!   

    He is still sleeping through the night but for about a week he was waking up at 5:30am for cuddles. 

    Diet: The kid loves his food! Especially blueberries! He could eat all the blueberries in the world and still want more. They are his absolute favorite (which is funny because I craved blueberries while I was pregnant and ate them all the time)! He also loves grapes, bread, waffles, scrambled eggs, fruit smoothies, pasta, tuna sandwiches, crackers and yogurt. He gets picky with veggies so we try and hide them in pasta and smoothies. I’ve noticed that textures sometimes bother him… just like his daddy! 

    Loves: We recently learned how much Camden loves the water! While visiting family in Florida, we took Cam to the beach for the first time! He was not scared of the water or the waves at all. He actually crawled into the waves with a huge smile on his face. He was totally in his element! We also went swimming in a pool for the first time. He loves that too! The water was cold but my little fish-baby didn’t mind, he was busy splashing and kicking! We have a rec center and a water park down the street so we will be spending all summer in the water! 

    Dislikes: He’s been in an anti-stroller phase the last few weeks. He prefers to be carried. I loooove carrying him but he is SO heavy!!! So thank goodness for our Ergo carrier and our Sakura Bloom ring sling! 

    Milestones: He’s a pro-crawler at this point and is so quick, I can barely keep up. He has been practicing standing on his own and even took a couple steps today! He wants to walk so bad and his determination is SO sweet. He is def an Aries!  

    He can eat like a big boy and since he has SIX TEETH (he worked hard for those teeth), he can actually chew his food. We have felt more comfortable giving a more of a variety of food now, instead of purely soft bites. 

    His independence makes me really proud. Each month that passes the more and more he becomes content with toys (or garbage like bottles, boxes etc.) and less dependent on me having to sit right next to him. As much as I LOVE feeling needed its nice to see my little guy self sooth, play and dance on his own. It also allows me to get things done! 

    Cam is also aware of so much more these days! He points to things he wants, waves to friends and claps when he he feels proud. 

    Speech: He talks literally all day long and I LOVE it! What is he talking about?? No clue, but there will be a ma-ma, da-da or ba-ba every couple of minutes. He is starting to mimic tones and syllables with babbles which is super cute! 

    Baby Gear Love: 

    Lotus Travel Crib (this SAVED us while traveling! It’s super easy to set up and its small enough to travel with!) 

    Camden's first snow storm! 

    Baby models for Sunshine Baby Clothing! Thank you for the adorable rompers! 

    Gung Hay Fat Choy! Celebrating The Chinese New Year!

    Camden sent Valentine's (via email) to his "fans". Over 150 emails were sent to lovley ladies all over the world. <3 

    Little Valentine's gifts for my babe

    Like mother like son! haha! 

    A friend hand-made this bear rug for Camden and gave it to us for our shower. He LOVES it! 

    Started using a new line of dye and changed my color a bit. Arctic Fox Hair Color is a vegan and cruelty free brand that also donates 15% of their proceeds to help animals! You can achieve this color by mixing mostly WRATH, some PURPLE RAIN and a little bit of POISON. Diluted with ARCTIC MIST. My color has lasted for almost a month now! Its still vibrant and feels super healthy. I HIGHLY recommend this brand! BUY HERE<<

    +Momcore+ if I was a shirt, this would be it!  (top and teething necklace by Dotted J 

    "That Hair Though" top by Friday Apparel 

    "My Hairdo is Called: I Have Kids" top by The Trendy Pair

    ++Florida Vacation Photos++

    First plane ride! 

    Hello from Ft. Myers Beach! 

    Loving the water! Crawling through the waves! 

    Beach hangs with his cousin Parker and Uncle Stevie!

    A sweet family photo <3

    Great Grandma and Grandpa <3 We love them so so much! 

    Good looking boys! Sakura Bloom ring sling.

    Hi Dino! 

    What is going on back there??

    Little fish baby!

  • Camden's 6 Month Update | Happy Half Birthday

    Weight: 20 lbs

    Length: 29.5 inches

    Diaper size: 4

    Clothing size: 9 - 12 months

    Health: Healthy and happy! 

    Sleep: Our little guy is still a super sleeper but I have noticed a few hiccups in his sleep schedule that coincide with meeting milestones in his development. Camden has been working hard on rolling over and sitting up and both developmental peeks have resulted in fussy nights. They only last for a few nights, thank goodness! The worst was just a few nights ago. Camden started rolling over from back to tummy in his crib, and he would get stuck. He hadn’t figured out how flip over on his back, and got crazy frustrated. A few times, I would go into his nursery and help him (after waiting about 10 minutes for him to try and nail it himself), but eventually he found comfort in sleeping on his belly. 

    Diet: We started introducing Camden to a few solids foods this month. He has been showing interest in what we are eating so we thought we would give him the chance to explore. We have given him sweet potato and banana… both of which ended up everywhere except for in his mouth. I love watching him play with his food and figuring out what he is supposed to do with it. A few times, small pieces found their way to his mouth but he was NOT having it and spit them out. I think he is just nosey about what we are eating and wants to be apart of it, but not quite ready. 

    Loves: Being held, being social, parks, coffee dates, walks, being tickled, being read to, bath time, Emily (♥), grandma and grandpa, sucking his thumb, Alkaline Trio (got that from Phil), girls (not thrilled, but whatever), other babies, nap time.

    Dislikes: The kid HATES being alone. I mean, I get it, Mom and Dad are pretty cool but he definitely has separation anxiety. So, I am working on teaching him that being independent is ok, and Mom and Dad are always near by. 

    Milestones: Camden has hit so many milestones this month. He can roll over, he can sit up on his own and he has started saying “da-da”. 

    He is such a wiggle worm and we literally can’t take our eyes off him even for a minute, he will end up on the other side of the room. I think it may be time to get a baby jail.. I mean, play yard for him. :p

    Speech: If he is not sleeping or eating, he is talking. He talks to his hands, to his feet, to his toys, to Emily, to Mommy and Daddy. He is just full of stories. He has been saying “da-da” a lot lately which is SOOOOOOO cute!!!!!! He has the sweetest little voice, I can’t get enough of it. 

    ♥HALF BIRTHDAY PHOTOSHOOT!♥

    DIY pipe-cleaner crown (tutorial). Onesie: Whistle & Flute | Skeleton Bear: Caters 

    THANK YOU Mermapillar for the Panda Pillow! 

    Snug as a Bug Clothes outfit. THANK YOU! We are so happy it finally fits him! 

    Printing memories using my Polaroid Zip Printer! (THANKS, Polaroid

    We love out kitty care package from Whistle & Flute!! THANK YOU!

    New Lily Jade diaper bag! WE HEART THIS BAG! Read my full review THANK YOU Lily Jade!! 

    Pretty baby is ready for Halloween! Skeleton PJs: OshKosh

    Camden LOVES Chesty! Pants: Zara | Top: Likely Baby

    Family days are the best days! Hat: Target

    Chilly fall days! One-piece sweat outfit: Carters | Hat & Shoes: Marshalls 

    First time sitting up for more than 3 seconds! GO CAM!!! Pj's and socks: Carters 

    Playing with sweet potato 

    Meeting his great grandma!

  • 33 -35 Week Pregnancy Update Plus A Few Treats for Baby C!

    How far along? 35 weeks

    Total weight gain/measurements: We are just going to leave this one alone for now… lol Lets just say, I have put on some water weight and screamed WHOA when I stepped on the scale at my last appointment. -_-

    Maternity clothes: I live in 3 outfits, sweatpants and one pair of busted Toms. I can't fit into much else and I would rather spend money on baby stuff than clothes for myself so whatever. 

    Stretch marks? Not yet! I have been using sweet almond oil twice a day.

    Sleep: Its not horrible but its not great either. I will have random nights of blissful sleep and other nights of hell. BUT that is to be expected. Its so hard to turn over! I literally have to use my hands to fling my legs over, otherwise they feel so heavy and hurt so much, turning over is just impossible. 

    Best moment this week:  We had our baby shower this past weekend and it was AMAZING! So lovely, so fun and we are SOOOOO grateful to our friends and family who spent the day with us! I will post a whole separate blog post with TONNNNNSSSS of photos! It was like Pinterest threw up all over my house! It was perfect! 

    Miss anything? I really miss being comfortable and not being in pain. It will all be worth it, I know. 

    Movement: Still a ninja even though space is super limited in there! 

    Food cravings: Water, ice, oysters, salads, anything sweet. 

    Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing new. Still can't stand Old Bay or popcorn (barf!!)

    Gender: My Moy Boy <3 

    Symptoms: I have noticed that my body is starting to retain A LOT of water. My feet and ankles get super swollen! They look like subway sammich loaves according to Phil. (humph) I have also noticed my face filling out quite a bit, which I don't love...

    Belly button in or out? FLAT and sometimes out when he's poking me! 

    Wedding rings on or off? OFF! These sausage fingers couldn't take it anymore! 

    Happy or moody most of the time: HAPPY! 

    Looking forward to: More nesting with Phil! Photographing the nursery! AND OF COURSE MEETING OUR BABY BOY!!!! 

    We have baby registries at Target and Amazon! (for those of you who have asked)

    33 Weeks

    ADORABLE little Star Wars shoes from BinasBlooms.com THANK YOU!! <3 

    Baby "C's" first camera! From Fawn Over Baby

    Panda leggings from b.haven baby and Narwhal plush from Mythfit Creations

    A few photos from the shower! <3 

  • 24 Week Pregnancy Update Plus Our Family Christmas Photo & Lovely Gifts From Friends

    How far along? 24 weeks!

    Total weight gain/measurements: 117 lbs!

    Maternity clothes: I can't squeeze this bump in normal panty-hoes anymore.. thats pretty obvious. But finding a pair of maternity hoes to go with my "bell shaped NYE dress" that aren't as thick as 4 layers of skin seems to be impossible.. or maybe I am not looking in the right places? 

    Maternity bras have happened and I am SO much happier! 

    Stretch marks? Not yet! I have been using sweet almond oil twice a day and I love how smooth and healthy my bump has been... minus the oily hands afterwards ;)

    Sleep: Pregnancy insomnia was a little better this week. We wash our sheets every weekend and Sunday nights are always the best night's sleep!I have found that reading a book instead of being on Pinterest or Youtube before bed, helps me fall asleep, and stay comfortably asleep. Not a genius discovery, but I finally caved and put the phone down! Also, can we talk about Target's SUUUUPER cheap basic pillows for a second?! They are like $4 each and are THE MOST COMFORTABLE PILLOWS EVER! I can't be bothered with my pregnancy pillow anymore, its too big. Target pillows are my jam! 

    Best moment this week:  Christmas was lovely! Phil got me a Panasonic LX7 Lumix camera so we can capture our little family! 

    Miss anything? Nope.

    Movement: Kicks for days! He is SO active. I love the little schedule he has made for himself. He isn't keeping me up at night yet, so I am pretty thrilled about that. 

    Food cravings: Everything. 

    Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing new. Still can't stand Old Bay or popcorn (barf!!)

    Gender: IT'S A BOY!!!!!!! 

    Symptoms: Nothing new

    Belly button in or out? In!

    Wedding rings on or off? On!

    Happy or moody most of the time: Pretty happy, but a little stressed from the holiday rush. 

    Looking forward to: 3rd trimester! 

    This year's family Chirstmas photo. Emily hated her santa beard, then loved it. 

    Docs forever!!! 

    Beautiful Idiot Clothing sent us THE cutest outfit! A vintage gingham dress and denim shirt were upcycled and turned into denim shorts and a waistcoat. This is going to be his 4th of July outfit. Paired with a little summer fedora. 

    Sweetest onsie from a lovely friend! Thanks Katie!

  • 20 Week Pregnancy Update Plus Gender Reveal! Its a...!!!!

    How far along? 20 weeks! HALF WAY THERE!! Weeee! 

    Total weight gain/measurements: Now at 114 lbs! Heck yes! The belly is getting big!

    Maternity clothes: Desperate for some new clothes! My fleece lined maternity leggings are cute and all, BUT they are starting to get pills EVERYWHERE which is so gross and up kept looking. So no dice on those. I need to find a new legging that doesn't do that but keeps my stems warm and toasty while comfortably hugging my growing belly!

    Stretch marks? No. Burts Bees Mama Belly Butter every day and lots of H2O! 

    Sleep: Sleep has been OK this week. I've managed to keep comfy. BUT since this last week had been so crazy exciting, there were a couple nights where it was hard to fall asleep. 

    Best moment this week:  Telling our friends and family the big gender news on Thanksgiving! 

    Miss anything? Not really.

    Movement: Kicks for days! I love it! 

    Food cravings: Mashed potatoes and gravy. 

    Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing new. Still can't stand Old Bay or popcorn (barf!!)

    Gender: IT'S A BOY!!!!!!! 

    Symptoms: Restless legs (thanks to Phil for the leg massages!)  as well as a lovely cold just days before Thanksgiving. Pregnancy pretty much kills your immune system and not being able to take medicine prolongs whatever sickness is picked up. Luckily, my stuffy nose and sore throat went away (mostly) after a couple days and I was able to enjoy Thanksgiving!  

    Belly button in or out? In!

    Wedding rings on or off? On!

    Happy or moody most of the time: Pretty happy all week long! 

    Looking forward to: Getting the house cozy for Christmas ad SHOPPING for a baby boy!!!! There are SO many adorable boy outfits out there, I JUST CAN'T!! <3 

    8 Weeks | 16 Weeks | 20 Weeks

    My little "its a..." DIY gender reveal box! I found this idea on Pinterest and though it was THE cutest idea ever! 

    I sent a couple of boxes to out-of-state family. We facetimed them while they opened it!

  • Lives are changing!

    We are so excited to finally announce our big news! Phil and I are having a baby! Our dream has come true and come April we will be parents! We couldn't be more excited to expand our little family of 3 (including Emily) to 4!

    NYC photographer and good friend, Ross Thompson photographed these lovely announcement photos for us. (Location: Old Town, Va.) Check out his work here! Thanks Ross!! 

    Almost 8 years ago, shortly after Phil and I met, we came across the cutest little baby Vans shoes! I don't even know why, but we bought them. They traveled with us to 7 different homes and 4 different states. Who knew they would actually be apart of our announcement photos so many years later!? Clearly we will be a Vans wearing family. LOL.

  • Drunken Santas, a Christmas Treat for Adults Only!

    'Tis the season to make adorable treats that can help take off that holiday edge. These little guys were very easy to make and tons of fun! 

    Ingredients:

    - 1 dozen strawberries

    - 1 dozen Oreos

    - 1 can of fluffy white frosting

    - 4-6 oz whipped or marshmallow vodka

    - 4 tablespoons powdered sugar

    - Tools: knife, piping bag + piping tip, toothpick

    Place a can of frosting in a bowl. Add vodka 1 shot at a time. I ended up using about 6 oz (3 shots) but it totally depends on your frosting so add 1 shot at a time. Add powdered sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until your frosting has thickened up and is back to a normal frosting consistency. Pour into a piping bag.

    Now, to prep your santas. We used an oreo as black pants. All these bottomless santas we’ve been seeing online are downright risqué! Set an Oreo down on your cutting board. Cut the stem off one strawberry. Then cut off the top, which will be your hat.

    Spread a thin layer of frosting on the Oreo. Then place the strawberry large side down. Use a strawberry huller or paring knife to pull out a little scoop of the strawberry (the more spiked frosting, the merrier!). Pipe a bit of frosting in so it’s just overflowing a little bit. Put the hat on and let the frosting drip a little bit out the sides. This is santa’s beard!

    Use a toothpick to add frosting buttons. And you’re done! Keep in the fridge before serving.