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A Little Girl and Her Puppy Named Harper

A Little Girl and Her Puppy Named Harper

Say hello to the newest addition to our family! Little Miss Harper joined our family just before Christmas, a few days before we said goodbye to our sweet old Nina girl. She was intended to be Nina’s new side kick and to help ease our hearts when the time came for our lovable old lady to say goodbye, never thinking they’d only have a few days together. Since then, Harper has swiftly become Baby E’s new best friend, standing guard …

Happy 1st Birthday Emerson!

Happy 1st Birthday Emerson!

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On the eve of Thanksgiving, I am overcome with gratitude today for the last year we’ve have the privilege to share with this sweet baby girl. A year ago this morning at 8:21, our bubbly little Emerson Gray was born. Some days I can hardly believe she’s here and other days I can hardly believe we ever managed to exist without her. Last night, as they helped me prep for today’s photo shoot, her big brothers declared in all of …

A Baby Capsule Wardrobe for Fall

A Baby Capsule Wardrobe for Fall

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One could make a pretty sound argument that this post was merely an excuse to play dress up with my kid. Not far off, friends, not far off. Since capsule wardrobing has become such a trend, I thought it would be fun to put together a fall baby capsule wardrobe for Em. We’ve basically reached the point going on a year later where we’ve worn through most of the clothing she received as gifts at my shower and when she was …

I Never Planned to Have a Baby (Ever)

I Never Planned to Have a Baby (Ever)

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[Lettering by Juliana Moore.]

I think the only right way to open this conversation is to say how deeply and completely I love our daughter. Lest anyone should come at this thinking that I’m being flippant or ungrateful, I assure you nothing could be farther from the truth. I have friends who are struggling to get pregnant. I have friends who have lost babies to miscarriage and pre-term labor. I have friends who struggled with infertility and years of IVF until …

Baby E at Nine Months + Our Latest Favorite Baby Gear

Baby E at Nine Months + Our Latest Favorite Baby Gear

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Our tiny little lady turned nine months old last week on the same day her big brother turned 14 so I snagged these photos of them one evening when the light was just perfect to mark the occasion. Nine months old! I’m not sure how we got here already, but I am loving this age. This crawl-everywhere-put-everything-in-her-mouth age. Because it has been a couple of months I thought I’d share a quick little update, plus a quick round-up of the baby …

3 Yummy Baby Food Recipes for Little Champions

3 Yummy Baby Food Recipes for Little Champions

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When we started introducing Emerson to solids at around four months, it was always my intention to make all or as much of her food as possible. For the most part that is what we’ve been doing ever since, snippets of which I’ve shared on Snapchat several times now. What’s interesting to me is that when …

Baby Talk: Baby E at Seven Months Old

Baby Talk: Baby E at Seven Months Old

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Our internet was down earlier without reason so I gladly stole some extra baby snuggles and spent some time thinking about this post. We’ll jump right into the cliches as I proclaim that I can’t believe that little Baby E is already seven months old. Really, how does it go so fast? Even when you know the time is going to fly, that each stage is fleeting, that every phase is finite, somehow, it still seems to pass in a blur. …

Baby Talk: Baby E at Five Months Old

Baby Talk: Baby E at Five Months Old

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Emerson turned five months old over the weekend and I am fully embracing the cliché when I say I just can’t believe how fast these first handful of months have flown by. I have been thinking a lot lately about the juggle and the struggle to find balance since I first shared that I was floundering a bit at the moment. Undoubtedly I have been putting a lot of pressure on myself since the baby was born and with my …

Baby Talk: When Your Baby Refuses to Sleep

Baby Talk: When Your Baby Refuses to Sleep

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The struggle is really real this week, friends. This sweet little lady had shots on Monday and ever since she’s been demanding extra snuggles and her sleep schedule has been all out of whack. Add in the fact that the sun has apparently abandoned us forever and it won’t quit snowing (which is seriously old by April, let me tell you), and I am the very definition of exhausted this week. Debilitatingly exhausted. If there were any chance of the baby napping …

Baby Talk: Newborn Baby Essentials

Baby Talk: Newborn Baby Essentials

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If you can believe it (because I can’t), Emerson is four months old today! Everything they tell you about time passing in the blink of an eye? There is absolutely zero exaggeration when it comes that one, friends. She is at such a fun stage right now though! She is playing more, laughing with all her might, getting better at rolling over, sleeping like a little angel at night (naps, not so much), and learning new party tricks all the time. As …

10 DIY Cardboard Toys to Inspire Playtime

10 DIY Cardboard Toys to Inspire Playtime

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Baby E is three months old today, which honestly hardly seems possible. She’s hitting such a fun stage right now, learning to play and growing increasingly verbal. (She can’t stop won’t stop with the ridiculously cute cooing at the moment. So sweet!) At the moment she is currently sitting right next to me, hanging out in her bouncer while batting at her toys and babbling away. I wish I knew what was going on in that little head of hers …

Baby Graham’s Nursery Tour

Baby Graham’s Nursery Tour

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I was really excited when I found out that longtime reader and friend of mine, Christen, was expecting a baby not long before I was due. She and her husband welcomed their baby boy Graham in August and then she spent the next three months giving me baby advice and checking in on how I was feeling while juggling a newborn of her own. A wonder of a woman, I swear! Today I could not be more honored to share …