My little, 5-month-old, mindfulness teacher

My little, 5-month-old, mindfulness teacher

My house is clean, babe’s asleep, and there’s a load of laundry tumbling in the dryer. It’s a rainy and cozy Monday, and guess what – I even have my sister, Carol Lynn, over to watch Florence right now! I’ve been thinking more and more about having help with Florence and realizing that the help gives me the beautiful opportunity to be present to my baby.

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Baby’s first trip to the city

Baby’s first trip to the city

It’s officially summer, and my biggest struggle of the day is whether to dress Florence in warm clothes that protect her from the sun or sleeveless sun dresses and rompers. Naturally, I do the latter, and silently beg the sun to be sweet to her skin as we go from place to place (don’t worry, dear pediatrician, it’s not like she’s sunbathing). 

Cheers to four months of Florence

Cheers to four months of Florence

When I was pregnant, I was a naive believer that 6-weeks post birth, my life would be back to normal. I kept reading that number in my pregnancy apps. Six weeks was when I could start working out again, when all would be healed, and when I could go back to the OBGYN, to hear them say, “You’re doing great. Bye, now.” 

By the way, my sister has her own tour right now.

By the way, my sister has her own tour right now.

I broke another rule my list of “things I would never do as a parent.” I took my baby to a concert. In my defense, she was really good at both shows, and ohmygosh she’s so cute, so she can get away with anything, right? But most importantly, the show was put on by her auntie, Marie Miller, who grew up in a family of 10, and doesn’t turn her head at baby coos in the middle of a ballad. 

Bagels, Ben and Jerry’s, and Where Snow Globes Get Their Inspiration

Bagels, Ben and Jerry’s, and Where Snow Globes Get Their Inspiration

Myers Bagels in Burlington. Whatttttt. Ooooooh, oooh. heaven is a place on earth. We followed the gazillion positive reviews online, and ended up at this small bakery on a snowy Burlington morning. I had good vibes when I called ahead and asked if they made gluten-free bagels.”We don’t have any now, but when will you be here? We’ll make you one.” Music to the preggo’s ears.

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A Morning in Burlington with My Love

A Morning in Burlington with My Love

Time flies when you’re having a bun in the oven. Actually, that’s not true at all. This pregnancy seems to drip like molasses. I digress. What I mean is that I’ve been married to Stan for a year now, and though I can’t help but celebrate him being mine like everyday, we both figured a trip would be a satisfactory way to mark one year together. 

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First Christmas as Mr. and Mrs. and DIY Ornaments!

First Christmas as Mr. and Mrs. and DIY Ornaments!

It’s a surreal and special thing – buying your own Christmas tree for your own family home. How big should it be? Should we get a Charlie Brown version, just because it looks like the loneliest tree on the lot (I feel so bad for those poor little guys)? Truthfully, it wasn’t quite as romantic as I had envisioned it all.

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Some Everyday Ways of Loving My Husband 

Some Everyday Ways of Loving My Husband 

It’s Wednesday morning, and I’m surrounded by the fresh leather smell of Frye boots still in the box. They’re a gift from my husband — just because I’m pregnant. He’s so good at loving me, and I just want to pull a Saint Paul and “out do each other in showing affection.” 

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Baby Bump Gets All Dressed-Up

Baby Bump Gets All Dressed-Up

One of the perks of living as a photographer’s wife are the random gigs he gets… that I invite myself to. So, when Stan was asked to shoot for a gala to support equestrian therapy, I had to go. As you can see, this was a couple weeks ago, when I could still fit into non-preggers clothes.

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5 Pregnancy Symptoms I Never Knew I’d Have

5 Pregnancy Symptoms I Never Knew I’d Have

We’re well into the second trimester. It’s a girl. I’m getting big. These are things I do know. What I don’t know is what awkward pregnancy symptom to expect next. If it’s not one thing, it’s another. Dear seasoned moms out there, did you ever experience any of the following?

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The Gender Reveal Post

The Gender Reveal Post

Stan wanted to wait to find out the gender of the baby. I wanted to find out right away. So we found out right away. I’m not gonna lie, I kinda thought it was going to be…

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Souper Yummy Paleo Thai Coconut Soup

Souper Yummy Paleo Thai Coconut Soup

The evenings are brisk, and trees are beginning to turn. We have a few more days until fall’s official beginning, but is it really ever too early to make soup? Ok, maybe I’m getting ahead of myself, but I promise this soup will work on warm and cold days alike and is perfect for the late days of summer.

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The Pregnancy Excuse For the Win.

The Pregnancy Excuse For the Win.

Thus far, pregnancy is no picnic. Lots of changes, and most of them I could live without. But you know what? Some things are like they’ve always been, except now, I have the pregnancy excuse. These days, nobody bats an eye at my excessive amounts of…

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One More Newborn Shoot, Because #Florence

One More Newborn Shoot, Because #Florence

Inspired by too many hours on Pinterest and Instagram, I asked Stan to take some day-in-the-life photos with Florence. These little people grow so fast, and I’m still getting used to not being pregnant. I see advertisements for maternity clothes and have to remind myself those baggy-bellied shirts aren’t needed anymore. 

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A Newborn Photo Shoot for Florence

A Newborn Photo Shoot for Florence

Like any good parent who is also a photographer, Stan made a newborn shoot happen while Florence was still a newborn. I don’t have this skill of timeliness, which is why this post is a little late a’posting. But here they finally are. 

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Welcome to the World, Florence Eden.

Welcome to the World, Florence Eden.

We did it. Florence Eden is here at last! Contractions started 3am on a Thursday and lasted until 12:14 Friday afternoon, when worn and exhausted, I heard someone say, “She’s out.” Before I could process what that meant, a warm, tiny human was in my arms. Cue the ugly cry (I mean me, not her).

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I Can’t See My Toes. And Other 3rd Trimester Experiences.

I Can’t See My Toes. And Other 3rd Trimester Experiences.

While each stage of pregnancy has given me cause to scroll through pregnancy apps every night wondering what the heck is going on with my body, this third trimester is just strange on a whole new level. First of all, I am typing from my living room, and every inch…

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Bagels, Ben and Jerry’s, and Where Snow Globes Get Their Inspiration

Bagels, Ben and Jerry’s, and Where Snow Globes Get Their Inspiration

Myers Bagels in Burlington. Whatttttt. Ooooooh, oooh. heaven is a place on earth. We followed the gazillion positive reviews online, and ended up at this small bakery on a snowy Burlington morning. I had good vibes when I called ahead and asked if they made gluten-free bagels.”We don’t have any now, but when will you be here? We’ll make you one.” Music to the preggo’s ears.

read more
A Morning in Burlington with My Love

A Morning in Burlington with My Love

Time flies when you’re having a bun in the oven. Actually, that’s not true at all. This pregnancy seems to drip like molasses. I digress. What I mean is that I’ve been married to Stan for a year now, and though I can’t help but celebrate him being mine like everyday, we both figured a trip would be a satisfactory way to mark one year together. 

read more
First Christmas as Mr. and Mrs. and DIY Ornaments!

First Christmas as Mr. and Mrs. and DIY Ornaments!

It’s a surreal and special thing – buying your own Christmas tree for your own family home. How big should it be? Should we get a Charlie Brown version, just because it looks like the loneliest tree on the lot (I feel so bad for those poor little guys)? Truthfully, it wasn’t quite as romantic as I had envisioned it all.

read more
Some Everyday Ways of Loving My Husband 

Some Everyday Ways of Loving My Husband 

It’s Wednesday morning, and I’m surrounded by the fresh leather smell of Frye boots still in the box. They’re a gift from my husband — just because I’m pregnant. He’s so good at loving me, and I just want to pull a Saint Paul and “out do each other in showing affection.” 

read more
Baby Bump Gets All Dressed-Up

Baby Bump Gets All Dressed-Up

One of the perks of living as a photographer’s wife are the random gigs he gets… that I invite myself to. So, when Stan was asked to shoot for a gala to support equestrian therapy, I had to go. As you can see, this was a couple weeks ago, when I could still fit into non-preggers clothes.

read more
5 Pregnancy Symptoms I Never Knew I’d Have

5 Pregnancy Symptoms I Never Knew I’d Have

We’re well into the second trimester. It’s a girl. I’m getting big. These are things I do know. What I don’t know is what awkward pregnancy symptom to expect next. If it’s not one thing, it’s another. Dear seasoned moms out there, did you ever experience any of the following?

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