Posts Tagged ‘baby’

Happy Friday to Career Moms!

I’m sure you’ve all seen at least one of the “What I Do” memes floating around, from journalists to gamers, lawyers to Nicolas Cage and even stay-at-home moms. I haven’t come across one for career moms, so I decided to make my own. To all of the woman trying to balance work, mommy hood, being a wife and having interest on your own, many times unsuccessfully, this one’s for you! 


life lately + the giveaway winner!

There has been so much going on lately, that I’ve fallen asleep on the couch, laptop open on more than one night this week.  It’s been a whirlwind, but in a good way. It’s real life, to be honest. First, let me tell you about my pride and joy. Miss Emery Lynn has given us so much to smile about with her sweet personality, gibberish conversations and at 10 1/2 months old, HER FIRST STEPS! I was sad I wasn’t there to see the first steps in person, which I suppose is a risk for all working moms, but I was thrilled that our babysitter got it on camera.

Our little girl has grown up so much right beneath our nose. She seems so much more mature and giggles all the time. She waves bye-bye and acts like she’s telling hot gossip when I hand her the phone. She’s even gotten her first tooth, actually two on the bottom, which she will not let anyone see under any circumstances.
Two teeny tiny teeth inside

Our little E took her first under-the-weather trip to the doctor recently, and all she wanted to do was cuddle. It was the sweetest and most pitiful thing. She definitely knows how to turn on the sad faces. 
She and I spent one or two weeknights engrossed in iPhone education (her with flashcards, me with anything social media) while Hunter watched Swamp People or Whitetail Adventure or whatever outdoors show is on this time.
We went to the early service at church, followed directly by brunch and mimosas. 
We spent a lazy afternoon rocking on our front porch.
I redecorated my sad little space at work with a punch of gray and white chevron, thanks to our office poster printer. My co-worker Kelli says I practically own this pattern. Yes, it is now everywhere in my life. 

I spent a gloriously warm lunch break at the beach catching up on celeb fashion.

I attended a fabulous Girls Night Out at Marlin Grill hosted by the lovely Jessica Proffitt of Proffitt PR, which deserves its own post that I promise I’m getting to. I had so much fun, I went back the next night for an FPRA get together involving much-need white wine.

Cheers!
Here are some of my very favorite PR lady friends. Aren’t they lovely?

I pulled over on the side of the road the other day to snap this pretty picture of one of our coastal dune lakes in South Walton. It was so gorgeous, I just couldn’t resist.

I <3 South Walton!
I got a lunchtime mani/pedi on Valentine’s Day in the sweet shade of Dutch Tulips, perfect for Cupid.
We spent a perfectly cozy evening at home on the 14th with this little Valentine helping me cook dinner and Hunter make dessert. 

It wasn’t wild and crazy or over-the-top, but it was real, just like the stream of photos above and just what Valentine’s Day is really all about. This is what life is actually like. There are fabulous moments and sweet moments, frustrating moments and breathtaking moments all rolled into one short time. There are moments you feel like you can’t change another diaper and moments you feel like snuggling with your baby and your hubby under a blanket are all you could ever need in life. There are moments you raise a glass in celebration and moments you throw a burned dinner in the trash. There are moments you argue over silly little things. There are moments you fall asleep on the couch on Valentine’s Day with a baby in your arms and wake up to your husband putting you both to bed, kitchen clean, laundry done and iPhone charging. There are moments you pick tiny pieces of soap out of the shower drain and moments your husband whisks you away for an impromptu slow dance across the living room. (Yes, this truly happened). There are times you want to throw up your hands and times you say, “Wow. THIS is a pretty sweet life.” And that’s what it’s all about, right?

Finally, after all that mush, I’m sure you guys are slightly nauseous and ready to know if you are the proud winner of my very first giveaway! The long overdue winner of the J. Crew iPhone case giveaway….. drumroll please….. according to Random.org….. is…. commenter #4, sharlander who said:
Well living in Seattle has me addicted to my Starbucks app! I’m now a gold status member since June 2011, it allows me to check my balance, see how many stars I need until my free drink, where I can find the nearest Starbucks and if I ever find myself without my card I can pay for my latte with my phone. Hands down my favorite!”


Thanks, everyone for commenting and as always, thanks so much for reading along with my scattered chatter. You guys are the best!

santa + baby

After a less than stellar home-cooked meal by yours truly Tuesday night (sorry, babe!), we decided to go out for a nice family dinner last night. While we were out and about, hustling and bustling along, we took Emery to see Santa. We weren’t sure what she would think about her first encounter with the jolly old fellow. We plopped her down and, let me tell you, she gave that man a serious up and down.
And you are?
No initial crying, which was wonderful. Is skepticism possible at 8 months? She seemed to settle in quickly with ol’ Santa. I’m sure it will be no time before she’s rattling off a list of items to the man in the red suit for ponies, iPads, castles and who knows what. 
Hi, guys!

 She was happy as a clam (though I never really understood that saying). Probably confident that she had expressly followed the guidelines of being good all year long (or 8 months) and had no worries about whether she would make the “Nice List.” Sounds like anyone you know?

Giving my good girl a kiss!

So glad she wasn’t traumatized for life or anything too dramatic. I think I was expecting the worst. It may have had something to do with the fact that one of the few Santas around is at our local Bass Pro Shop, which also meant “North Pole” additions like a giant taxidermized moose. (that vocab addition thanks to this video, if you haven’t seen it.) She may be an outdoors lover like her dad after all, although hopefully, she will have better taste in prints than camouflage. 

southern snow

Living The Pioneer Woman-esque life in the country has its perks. One major plus: pretty pastoral views from dawn til dusk of rolling green hills, tree tops, winding roads, brilliant sunshine and open fields of grass and cotton. I drive past this particular patch of Southern snow every day, but today the early morning sun was hitting the fluffy blooms in such a beautiful way that I found myself pulling the car over, plopping Emery on the grass and snapping away on my iPhone. Just another day in the country… 


lace, pearls & angel wings

I recently read this article over on coolmomtech that names babies as the next great American consumer. I believe it. Who knew I would ever spend so much time browsing any Etsy page, baby boutique or store aisle that remotely appeared to have baby clothes, toys or accessories? Not me. But I have. And I’ve found some fun stuff. With treasures like a lacy bubble, ruffle butt bloomers, homemade flower headbands form here to eternity, a garland crown and gorgeous angel wings, I’ve been dying to do a backyard photo shoot with Emery. This weekend, I finally found enough time to get all the cool stuff together and hit the grass at sunset with my sweet girl in tow. Our country setup just happens to bring the perfect backdrop at the end of the day. The recent chill meant we couldn’t be outside long, since I had my 6 month old outside without a “wrap,” as my grandmother would say, so this took two sunsets. I couldn’t get her to smile, but she sure enjoyed nibbling on the J.Crew necklaces Hunter had given me awhile back. I think she has a future in baby food commercials!

 One of my favorites!

three months young


My, how time flies! We’re celebrating the three month milestone of our sweet girl’s life and finding it hard to believe she’s been with us this long. It seems like just yesterday Hunter and I were breaking the big news to our families.

61 days of emery

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I can’t believe another month with Emery has flown by so fast. Where did the last four weeks go? Today she got her two month shots and tomorrow I’m back to work. Next thing you know, I’ll be sending her off to college. So much has happened this month and I’m constantly amazed at how much she grows and changes daily. Today she weighed 12 lbs 6 oz and was 23 1/2″ long.
In May, Emery started smiling. When Hunter or I talk to her and get close to her face, she cracks the biggest sideways smile and pushes those big cheeks out even farther. I could just smile with her all day. She’s really getting a feel for her voice and has cried louder this month than we thought was possible for a sweet little baby. When she follows it up with a big smile, all distress is long forgotten. Emery loves her tummy time and is really working on holding her head up.
She’s really seen the sights too. We’ve been on lots of walks, seen a bunny rabbit in our backyard, duckies at the lake, taken Emery to church, traveled on her first plane trip and even took her fishing. What a month for such a little girl! I love her so much and have had so much fun getting to know her and see her personality develop. Going back to work should really make those nights and mornings with my girlie even more special than before. When I’m not working, I will definitely be kissing Emery’s sweet cheeks!

emery’s nursery

I’ve finally FINALLY finished Emery’s sweet little space. It took months of contemplating colors, cribs and furniture selections before I eventually put it all together for the princess. It was mostly complete by the time we packed our bags for the hospital, but a few details and waiting for the chair to arrive meant it wasn’t finished until after we brought her home.
The possibilities were endless. I knew I wanted something less “baby” and more of something she can grow into. I wanted quality pieces that would last and transition through toddler-hood and beyond. That wasn’t an easy task considering many of the options are obviously kiddie-looking with cartoons or unsophisticated construction. I also liked to think Emery will be a girly girl like me and not mind too many sweet details. While I am typically not a fan of pink at all (I own one pink shirt and have worn it twice), the first item I finally decided on was a pinkish Serena and Lily crib set. I thought it was pale enough that I could manage it, but still had the lady-like qualities I was thinking of. The copper brown accents helped round out the palette and I opted for dark finish furniture to balance out the light pink and white. I’m really not a fan of light or medium wood finishes so the options were either espresso, white or black. Espresso it was! Mixing personal keepsakes and details plus flea market finds with high and low furniture pieces totally made the look. Check it out.
A friend of mom’s made this cute sign to hang on our freshly purchased 5-panel doors from Lowe’s.
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I matched the bedding color to a paint chip to get just the right sweet, pale pink. Apparently, there are way too many pinks to choose from with some more peach, some more purple and some the color of Pepto Bismol. I thought this shade was perfect, though it seems a little brighter in this photo.
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duckies galore

On another of our walks around Lake Defuniak, Emery and I got plenty of fresh air, sunshine and even duck sightings. We don’t usually walk right by the water and I didn’t realize there were so many duckies around the lake! Next time I’ll have to bring bread crumbs…
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We took a note from the day and let Emery sleep with a few duck buddies of her own.