Zoomin’ into the New Year

I can’t even believe that my sweet baby girl is big enough to ride around on her own bike. Well, if we are going to be technical about it she’s scooting because right now what she has is a balance bike. All Elouise wanted for Christmas from Santa was a purple bike and a helmet, so you better believe I worked with the big guy at the North Pole to make sure that happened.

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The Many Faces of Elouise Jane

So, if you’ve followed me for a while you know my girl has got some serious personality. Like, the things that she comes up with are hilarious. I often wish that I could have a camera recording her 24/7. Yesterday when we put on her new dress from Cuteheads I knew that we had to snap some photos of her in it because her face lit up. She felt like a princess, but you know that sassy kind that has a little edge. There were so many good ones, that I couldn’t just share one on Instagram and keep the rest to myself. So here ya go, enjoy the cuteness.

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Summertime Ice Cream Picnic

I’m just going to come right out and say it, I’m not a fan of messes. I wish I was that mom who was super carefree 24-7 and let their kid just have the time of their life playing in the mud while wearing their new white shoes, but it just isn’t who I am. Now that I’ve gotten that off of my chest, I will say that as Elouise is getting older I have relaxed a ton, and with Sullivan it’s like I’m a whole new mama. The key, my friends, is finding that perfect balance. Elouise was dying for ice cream the other day, but this mama is not fan of the sticky mess all over her, her clothes, the high chair, the table, and the floor. That is way too many thing I’m going to have to clean. So this is where I comprised, and we took ourselves out into the lovely summertime weather for an ice cream picnic.

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Embracing the Big Sister Role

It’s no secret that my kiddos are not far apart in age, which means that Elouise had barely entered toddler-hood when a baby came into our family. Since she was so little it was difficult to really, truly prepare her for the new addition in a way that she could rationally process ahead of time. Sure, if you asked her where brother was she would point to my belly but I’m sure she had no clue that she was about to lose out on mama and daddy’s constant undivided attention. That meant that the transitional process when brother came home from the hospital required extra time and a whole lot of grace. Luckily she never expressed any disappointment or frustration with Sullivan being around, in fact mostly she was unaware or indifferent. Still, we had to get creative to help her feel involved. One of my favorite ways to help her embrace her big sister role is letting her help with feeding Sully his Dr. Browns bottles.

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It’s All in the Details: More on Elouise’s Big Girl Room

Alrighty folks, after my post about Elouise’s big girl room I got lots of questions. You asked, so I’m answering. Here are all the teeny tiny details from Elouise’s room, scroll to the end to see where all the cuteness is from. Each and every thing was handpicked and intentional to make this space special for her. Let me know if I missed anything!

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