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Thursday

Morning Snuggles





It's happened! My baby smiles! My baby smiles!

So newborns are wonderful - they're tiny and cuddly and they sleep a lot. They also aren't very expressive and communicate everything by crying. So, while I've loved this baby girl from the start, it is very nice to be greeted by her tiny grin each morning after waking up to her starving cries (which I don't hold against her, because when a two month old goes TEN hours at night without eating, they have a right to be hungry).

It is also worth noting that even better than Adelaide smiling at me in the morning is Adelaide smiling at Lincoln in the morning. He comes up to her mamaroo and tries to pick her up while talking in the sweetest (and highest) voice he can muster. She stares right at him and starts cooing, all while I melt into one huge puddle on the floor of her nursery. There is nothing more wonderful than watching the people you love, love your baby... but when "people" is your older baby, it is. the. best.

Wednesday

Coconut Popsicles




A big thanks to WaterWipes for sponsoring this post as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review but I'll be buying these wipes forever and ever. 

Growing up, the end of August felt like the start of Fall as I picked out new clothes and packed up school supplies in a new backpack. With little kids though, it is still very much summer and we're enjoying all of it.

This afternoon Lincoln and I enjoyed a rather melty treat on the porch while Adelaide napped. Lincoln was thrilled to finally get to hold the popsicle by himself because I decided he's only this little once (and it's just mess, right?). I'm not sure how much of the coconut goodness ended up in his mouth because there was so much of it on his hands and shirt, but he was happy and we wandered the yard barefoot afterwards as the first drops of the storm began to fall.

A simple summer moment and I want to remember for a long time. Especially the look on his face when I finally handed him the popsicle to hold.


Tuesday

Puddle Jumping






Some days as a mother prove to be great birth control for future children. Some days I am very tempted to put both babies in their cribs and hide out in the car with the stereo turned up (I haven't yet). Some days I am jealous of a husband who goes off to work with other adults who do not cry every time one of their needs isn't being met.

But some days Lincoln takes his new rain boots out for the first time. And some days I die a bit at how cute my son is in a rain jacket. And some days I rediscover the simple joy of jumping in puddles.

Being their mama is the most requiring thing I have ever done, and some nights (like tonight), I come up very short. But being their mama is also the most joyful thing I have ever experienced and so tonight I'll look at pictures of Lincoln jumping in puddles and remember that tomorrow will be better.

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Lincoln's shirt + rain jacket were a gift from Little Me. We picked up his shorts at Primark while in England this spring and his hunter boots were a gift from Janie and Jack. 

My rain jacket is from J.Crew but it's sold out. My jeans are Paige Denim via thredUP (I found them for under $30!) and my shoes are these Birkenstocks that I've been living in this summer. 

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