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Family Photo Shoot

David’s brother, Chris, kindly offered to take some family photos when I sent out a Facebook plea for affordable/new Philadelphia area photographers. He is a veterinarian by trade, and photography is a hobby. We can’t beat the price (gelato and dinner)! Plus, we got to hang out with some family in the process. As you can tell, the weather didn’t really cooperate this weekend. At least it stop sleeting long enough for us to walk around without umbrellas!

I mostly wanted to document our little family as it is right now. We never did formal maternity or newborn portraits with Estelle, so I guess we’re making up for it now. Chris might shoot some more family photos when we meet up to celebrate spring birthdays in April. We’ll be sure to share!

Here’s a look at our favorites…

maternity family tile wall maternity family fountain maternity family swing 2 maternity family swing1

Have a great week!


Kicking and Screaming

Well, maybe not screaming…yet.

The baby moves the most when I’m slightly reclined. I was mending a baby shirt the other night, and thought I would TRY to get the kicking on video. I think I took one breath, but the rest of the moving is all baby. I’m hoping this video helps me remember what 30 weeks pregnant felt and looked like when I’m well past my baby making days!

Here’s hoping you aren’t too creeped out by it…at least I’m fully clothed.




Baby Poll – 30 weeks

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of me from January 11, 2013 and today, at 30 weeks along in this pregnancy.



Amazingly enough, that was two months ago, how can it be? In two months from now, we’ll nearly be on our way to the hospital! I was wearing the same thing today, so I felt it was only appropriate to document it. I feel way bigger than I look, especially after a hard day of bending and being on my feet at work. The only difference, aside from my larger mid-section, is my change in wedding rings. My regular rings mostly fit, but they can get snug depending on the hour. I haven’t had too much water retention yet, but I know it’s coming soon.

I went through and organized 4 years worth of baby/toddler clothes and shoes this past weekend. No easy task! The neutral/boyish stuff has been separated, the newborn neutral baby clothes are upstairs waiting to be washed, and the rest of it (8 bins of clothes and 2 bags of shoes) is neatly in the basement ready to use or leave.

This was my first or second box, the cutest and tiniest stuff, and just before I realized the mess I had gotten myself into.IMG_4479


I had lost steam at this point, but regained momentum after a shower.IMG_2948


And another view, just to be thorough…DSC_0124


The incomplete pile of gender neutral stuff, it got way bigger. What? Pink swim diapers are absolutely gender neutral. Real men wear pink, and mama ain’t buying another pool poop catcher.DSC_0126


The neat and orderly results! We even seem to have more room in the basement too, just by condensing and organizing.IMG_2958

Part of my job was to sort through the 20 or so heirloom baby garments that David’s mom brought down. In the adorable, vintage pile, I found a couple of options for baby’s first wedding…a mere two weeks after his/her due date.IMG_2955


All of this baby clothes business has me wondering who will be joining us in a few weeks. We all have our opinions, expect for me…I have NO IDEA! I keep thinking boy, but I also thought that with Estelle. I’d be perfectly fine with either boy or girl. David thinks boy, but he also thinks he’s destined to only have girls. Estelle thinks the baby is a girl, period. Amongst family and at work, I most often get the boy guess. I’m curious what you all think! For the record, I haven’t noticed many glaring differences between this pregnancy and last. I’ve lost my hearing and been sick (cold, cough, pink eye, cold, cough) a bunch more this time around. My food cravings leaned towards the salty side early on, but I don’t have many cravings now.


Thanks for taking the time to vote! I guess we’ll just have to wait and see in about 9 weeks. It will be here in a flash.



Kids’ Room Update

As of this week, we’re about 10 weeks away from meeting our newest family member. There is still much to do to be totally ready. Next weekend, we’ll start organizing the bins of baby and toddler stuff in the basement. So far, we’ve cleared out a couple of dresser drawers for diapers and clothes. We’ll need to get creative to find storage for the blankets, sheets, etc. It involves under bed storage, but our weekend trip to Ikea was a fail in regards to that. We couldn’t even agree on a covered trash pail. However, we were successful in finding a light shade solution for the baby’s room. My mom was in town, and not feeling fierce, so she stayed home with Estelle while David and I had a hot date at Ikea, Target, and the grocery store. For us carless folks, borrowing a car to run these errands is rather luxurious. Thanks, Tess!

The child-free Ikea time gave our brains a chance to problem solve. We wanted a cheap light shade for the ceiling light in the baby’s room. We also didn’t want a whole new fixture, nor did we really want to spray paint the existing fixture to make it look better. We’re lazy, I suppose, or realistic working folks who don’t want to spend their free time doing minor electric work. I will give credit to David for thinking we could make this $10 Ikea pendant shade work by turning it upside down and just letting it sit on the bulb. In true team effort style, I reaffirmed his idea and picked the stripes. The shade is wide enough to cover most of the fixture we weren’t so thrilled about. The abstract stripes add a bit of color. I had wanted to add some turquoise to the room over the next few weeks. We love it! Win.

ikea malin trad shade

baby's room

This room is notoriously difficult to photograph. I tried white balancing with the camera and photoshop. It’s narrow and windowless, which might explain a lot. There’s not really a great time of day to shoot this room, so we would need professional grade lighting. That’s not happening! Here are some other quick snapshots of the baby’s side of the room. The first is a view from the hall of what will be the diaper changing station. The second is a view of the shared bookcases, most of our kid books are kept here.

babys room diaper


I moved some wall art around the other week. However, I have not patched any of the holes I left behind. Add that to the to-do list! Here are some most recent views of Estelle’s room. This room gets great morning light, but I took these photos in the afternoon.

estelles room gallery wall


I think the view below was mistakenly left off of my last tour of Estelle’s room. It’s her bed side table and doll bed. The doll bed might be made over as a DIY gift for someone’s upcoming birthday! Shhhh.


I will be back with another update when things are a little more finished. Here’s hoping we’ll get a nice sunny morning to take some decent photos next time. Also, this might be a good time to put a pre-baby to-do list in writing:

  • Organize baby and toddler clothes, toys, gear
  • Wash/wipe down baby clothes, car seat cushions, travel crib fabric, bouncy seat
  • Get disposable diapers, wipes, and activate cloth diaper service
  • New diaper changing pad for dresser
  • Small white trash bin with lid
  • Patch wall holes
  • New gender neutral crib skirt, possibly graphic/striped turquoise and white
  • Make a gold safari baby mobile to hang over changing table
  • Order some Japanese paper balloons (kamifusen) for over the crib
  • Set up a bassinet, changing surface, and nursing station in our bedroom
  • Pack a hospital bag

Wish us luck! I also have a couple of sewing projects to accomplish before Miss E’s fourth birthday in mid-April.