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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The End of an Era

About six weeks ago I got the worst letter ever. Okay, maybe that's a little dramatic but it truly brought my to tears. Not a full on cry but the kind were your eyes well up and one of them might drip a little. So what was the heartbreaking news? Every stay at home mom's worst nightmare- my local Gymboree Learn & Play was closing.

If you know me in real life or have followed this blog for awhile, you know that we have been part of the Gymboree family for a long time. When Aubrey was a little under six months old I signed up for classes two days a week just to get us out of the house. At the time I had no friends with kids who or who didn't work during the day so it was just Aubs and I all the time. There are only so may strolls around the lake, trips to Target and stops at the grocery store for one item before you go a little stir crazy. Gymboree helped me to get out of my stay at home mom rut. I also partially credit Gymboree for the reason why Aubrey is so sociable.

As Aubrey got older we went a little less but still had an incredible love for all things Gymboree. If you scroll through my archives you'll find many pictures of Aubs clutching Gymbo the clown, who she still sleeps with every night. About a month before we heard the awful news, Finley had started up Gymboree as well. I am so sad that she won't be able to have the same experience as Aubrey did. We have recently tried out a location that is a bit farther away but it's just not the same. All good things must come to an end, I suppose.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

WW: Florida Girls

No big story here
Just two Florida girls enjoying an afternoon at the beach
Aubs in her signature heart-shaped frames
Sometimes I still have to pinch myself

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Linking up with The Paper Mama

Sunday, June 2, 2013

9 Months

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Dear Finley,

Wow baby girl, you have come a long way. You just seem to be getting better and better. You're 9 months old now and you've been out as long as you were in. A lot has happened in the past 3 months. You will now ride in a stroller a bit, you got 4 teeth, you're yapping up a storm and most importantly you started crawling. I thought in true second child fashion that you would crawl early but you took your time and started at exactly the same time as your big sis did, 8 1/2 months. Although you did master the whole pulling yourself up to standing about 2 wees before you figured out how to crawl. Crawling Fin is like a whole new baby, dare I say a happy one.

You are still very much a mama's girl, which I love and hate. I love that you love me oh so much but I wish you would let other people hold you when I am around. You had a good month when you did but now you can't stand to be held by anyone else if I am nearby. Sometimes you even give daddy the cold shoulder even though you say "dada" all day long. You also still adore your big sister Aubrey. No one can make you laugh the way she does. She loves you too and always wants to be there to help get you out of your crib when you wake up from naps.

I am so looking forward to seeing you develop from baby to toddler because you seem to be enjoying this stage of your life so much better than the newborn stage. I have a feeling that you are going to have a big personality and be even more fun than you are now. So keep on moving up little girl, clearly you only get better with age.

Lots of love,

Stats & Milestones-

18.13 pounds
27.25 inches

First two teeth on the bottom at 6 month, two on top at 8 months

Sitting up unassisted at 7 months

Pulled to standing at 8 months

Slept through the whole night for the first time at 8 months (still not consistent though)

Crawling at 8 1/2 months

Eating everything in sight and still nursing like a champ

Starting going to Gymboree but that has been put on hold a little because our location closed

Big ol' Finley photo dump

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Oh, hi!

Obviously I haven't been around this ol' blog lately. Blogging is like everything else in life. When you're in it, you're in it and when you're not it's hard to keep up the momentum. When I found out I was pregnant for the second time, I was blogging four to five days a week and I had every intention of keeping it that way even after the baby arrived. When baby Finley made her appearance I managed to still post, just not as frequently which I was fine with. About three weeks after Finley was born she became extremely fussy and needed constant attention and stimulation. On top of that she didn't sleep well and would often wake up at 2 or 3 and would need to be vigorously rocked for upwards of an hour to fall back asleep. There were many morning that I would put her in the wrap at 4:30 in the morning and walk up and down my driveway so that she didn't wake the rest of the house . It soon became obvious that I was have a hard time keeping up with everything in my life- blogging, photography, house work and oh yeah I also had a 2 1/2 year old who decided that she was finally ready to take potty training seriously right after Fin was born. Long story short, my beloved blog got pushed to the side.

I'm not quite ready to say that I'm back full swing but I am ready to make the effort again. Finley is actually quite delightful now and I'm happy to say that our family of four has finally become adjusted to the change. So I'm excited to report that I am ready to get back on the horse. I don't think I will ever be a five day a week blogger again because I have so on my plate and have been really focusing on my photography but I will be around more than once a month. I'm also looking forward to rejoin the beautiful blog community and visit all of my lovely blogger friends in the next few weeks. If you have a blog and are still stopping by to read mine, please leave a comment so that I can pay you a visit.

In case you were wondering..... yes my kids got even cuter.

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