Ella’s Photoshoots

We decided to splurge on some newborn photos, and are so happy we did! These beautiful shots were taken by Andrea Ryerson.

She has her own studio and a million props (headbands, wraps, bonnets, cradles, baskets, backdrops, etc.). She is extremely patient and knows just how to setup the shot to be stunning. We highly recommend her!
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Meeting Eleanor

IMG_8877We are so happy to announce that Eleanor (Ella) Agatha was born on March 17 at 4:30 p.m.! She weighed 7 lbs 11 oz and was 20.5″ tall. She is such a doll and we are so thrilled to have her join our little family ❤

I’ve been meaning to post this for awhile but have been enjoying my family time so much I didn’t have time to finish it until now. And so, without further ado, here is Eleanor’s birth story along with a quick update on how things have been going (bear with me, this is a long one!). Continue reading

Update (finally)!

De-stress testApparently I haven’t posted a full update on Henry and baby since NOVEMBER (sorry), so here goes… I’m currently 36 weeks pregnant with baby girl, and Henry is a strong-willed two year old. This pregnancy hasn’t been as easy on me as the last, and I’m happy that we are nearing the end and little lady will be here soon! Specifically, she will be here in three weeks and two days, which is March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day baby!). We recently made the decision to be induced because my doctor is going to be on vacation the week of my actual due date, and the induction will only be five days before I’m due (the same number of days early that Henry arrived). I’m a little nervous about the induction since we didn’t do one with Henry’s birth and I don’t fully know what to expect, but having a specific end date is like breathing a sigh of relief. Continue reading

Happy birthday Henry!

imageI can’t believe my baby boy is two years old today. TWO. Or as he would say when asked how old he is, “BIG!”

He speaks in full sentences, loves Toy Story and Frozen, Thomas and Mickey. He is doing great with potty training, can say the entire alphabet, and can count to eleven. He loves noodles, “mushy crackers” (smashed up graham crackers with milk), green beans and apple cider.  Continue reading

Let’s get this potty started!

OhCrapPottyTrainingDisclaimer: I am not an expert on potty training in any way, shape or form. This is simply the way I went about training my firstborn using the “two-day” method.

Well, we did it. We started potty training Henry. I have been debating when to make the jump for a few months now, and have been reading Oh Crap! Potty Training by Jamie Glowacki (self-proclaimed “Pied Piper of Poop”). It basically condenses a year’s worth of traditional potty training WAY down. Here’s the general idea behind the book/theory:

Your child is probably ready to be potty trained EARLIER than you think (ideally, between 20–30 months), and it can be done FASTER than you expect (most kids get the basics in a few days—but Jamie’s got you covered even if it takes a little longer).

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