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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Things have been a little unsettled lately. I'm stressing about my classes and an English midterm and a History paper (which I finally wrote!).

I feel a bit like a hamster on a wheel. I keep moving forward and tackling to-do lists and getting things done but at the end of the day I feel like everything is piled back up again. I feel like I'm getting nowhere.

It sucks. And it feels really hard somedays. So, I just keep thinking that this time of our lives won't last forever. I'll finish this school semester. And so will M. We'll make it through the holidays and we'll enjoy them. Nothing lasts forever.

In the meantime, I've been trying (barely) to keep up with the blog and documenting our days. I've got mostly gritty iPhone shots to look back on but it's something. 

Life lately has looked like my books scattered around the house, a tiny baby boy with no fear who crawls everywhere, a busy husband who is a huge help and a sassy little kindergartener. Lots of sandwiches being made late at night to be tucked into her lunchbox. Piles of tiny laundry that needs to be stored away with the newborn sizes. Pumpkins on the porch. A laundry room project waiting around. But mostly, smiles and hugs throughout these crazy days of ours.

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NICO AND THE HOSPITAL

Monday, September 28, 2015

I almost don't know where to start. Life has somehow come to a screeching halt and sped by the past few days. Everything was normal, life was it's usual busy self.

Nico woke up around one in the morning early Thursday screaming. M went to get a bottle and I eventually climbed out of bed when it seemed his screaming wasn't stopping. He was refusing his bottle and refusing to be held but still screaming his lungs out. The screaming along with thrashing around in pain and pulling his knees up went off and on for around two hours. 

I drove him to the ER while M stayed home with Lia. The ER visit was one of the most stressful things I've gone through. Feeling helpless while your child screams and vomits and you're alone is really hard. They ran uncomfortable tests, took x-rays and CT scans and hours later we had an anwser - Intussusception. Basically, he had a serious condition where part of his intestine telescoped back into another part. It was something that had to be addressed right away but the hospital we were at weren't equipped for pediatrics. We waited around a few more stressful hours for an ambulance then our little guy was admitted to the hospital he was actually born in.

They are an amazing hospital with a great staff who had a room ready from the minute we arrived and a few minutes later he was in radiology for his procedure. We were incredibly lucky to catch this so early and he was able to avoid surgery. His procedure was very quick and successful. From the minute they were done and I had him back in my arms to calm him down there was an immediate change in his personality. The doctors there wanted to keep him overnight for observation so between the help of a friend and my mom, M and I were able to spend our time with Nico in the hospital and thankfully he was discharged late Friday morning. 

He has a follow-up this week with his pediatrician but things look great! He's eating and playing and sleeping through the night. He has his moments of being clingier and getting back on a nap schedule has been a little hard. There's a small chance an intussusception can occur again but we're keeping our hopes high that it doesn't.

To be honest, I really don't know what would have happened had I not taken his screaming for being out of the ordinary. Mama instincts are no joke and having a supportive husband beside me made a world of difference.

So for now, we're just getting back to life. Lia is battling a cold and I think it was pretty hard on her to have her parents away while she didn't totally get what was going on. We're tackling piles of homework and laundry and playing catch-up. But we're together and mostly healthy!

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CURRENTLY | SEPTEMBER

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Crafting... a twine covered planter. Which was just my way of quickly covering a cheap store pot because I'd probably kill the mum if I tried to repot it!

Wearing...plaid. It's Fall!

Swooning over... the pumpkins on our porch that are so ugly they are beautiful.

Loving... the few cooler days we've had.

Pinning... leaf art!

Stressing... over papers and homework!

Spending... my days with a very energetic, never-stops-moving little boy.

Baking... Hello Kitty cookies. They are technically still in the fridge but a certain little girl is going to be so excited about them.

Planning... a Halloween party for the kids and costumes!

Excited about... a laundry room project that's going to happen soon.

Reading... The Fires of Vesuvius

Settling... into a routine. School pick-up and homework every night is interesting, to say the least. 

Please feel free to link up any of your "currently" posts in the comments, xo!

EIGHT MONTHS

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

It's kind of a miracle that I'm even blogging this! I almost never fit anything in my day besides homework and taking care of the kids and also, HE NEVER STOPS GOING! I'm happily surprised I got some decent shots this month.

Eight months...

It's like he's not a baby anymore. I've got mixed feelings on the whole thing.
Mastered the army crawl. Working on the tummy off the floor crawl!
Likes to climb through the coffee table, on top of toys and all over mama.
No teeth but is chewing on everything in sight.
Likes solids but we haven't moved to actual table solids yet.
Still thinks his sister is the best thing since sliced bread.
Discovered the door stoppers around the house and loves the "springy" noise they make.
Stands up in his crib all the time.
Took his first bath with his sister!
Size 3 diapers.
9 month and 12 month clothing.
Rocks his Beatles tee and sometimes I can get him to stop & pay attention when I sing Hey Jude.
Slacking on the babywearing which makes me super sad.
Trying to befriend the dog.
Curious about everything.
And, I didn't realize how much his hair has grown until I looked back at past posts!

He melts my heart, this one.


LOOKING FOWARD TO | SEPTEMBER

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


It's the middle of September and it's starting to feel a tiny bit like Fall. Cool breezes, sleeping with the windows open and candy corn, guys. It's going down.

I'm pretty late with this post. I honestly had it written around Labor Day and then life happened so we've already checked off a thing or two on the list but still, here we are!

I'm looking forward to...

A trip to North Carolina for my sister's wedding.
Fall TV shows! Grey's, Blacklist, Scandal... seriously, with all this homework, I miss nights of vegging out.
School picture day.
Planning Halloween costumes for two.
Cooler weather, maybe?
A trip or two to the Farmer Markets.
The return of story time and a whole new world of taking only one little on these outings.
And, a bowl of candy corn. 

Here's to my favorite time of the year and hopefully a better balance in my days.

THIRTY-SIX | FIFTY-TWO

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Lia: i've missed the chance to snap pictures of this girl. So this weekend, I'm trying to take as many as possible!

Nicolas: sitting up like a champ and eating his sister's book. Favorite pastimes of his.  :) 

I'm doing this series - a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015. Follow along, link up & find more from this project here.

THE WEEKLY

Friday, September 4, 2015

It's Friday and I literally want to shout out YAY! It's been another long week. And while the weeks aren't bad necessarily - figuring out new routines and so many changes at once has me feeling a little down. A little unlike myself, I guess.

BUT, the babe is napping which means I can maybe take a shower uninterrupted. We're looking down a three-day weekend and I'm most excited to sleep in (hopefully!) and spend some solo time with my girl. Kindergarten is having a few tiny bumps in the road but we're working on things and she's still loving school. 

And speaking of the road, Nico's trying to hit it. He's gone mobile and there's no turning back. He's figured out an interesting version of the army crawl and it get's him where he needs to be, no doubt.

We were homebodies this week. Staying in mostly to do homework, ordering pizza when cooking sounded like too much work, and cramming, on my end, to wrap up some homework so the weekend is a little more fun. Nico and I stopped by the library. I needed a book for history class and he just wanted to eat the books. We grabbed dinner on my birthday and M & I managed to watch a movie one night. 

And, here's to a good weekend!

AROUND THE WEB | 08

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


There's so many smart and funny and good things on the Internet. Here's just a few!

An 80 foot slide. INSIDE THEIR HOUSE!

THIS mom trick for saving artwork. 

Because I am no good at this - how to use dry shampoo.  

The happy mom pledge. Kind of long but some of the points are so good.

SMELLY CAT! You guys, Lisa Kudrow and Tay Swift. Heart eyes for days!



A gorgeous post on my hometown

I've always wanted to move to New York City. Then, I read this and I thought "mmm, better not". 



This Beach Boys clip. Because, Jimmy Fallon.

Because I am forever swamped with schoolwork and laundry and chauffeuring these days, this post is a little late. But I hope you have a few minutes to enjoy, xo!