Monday, August 25, 2014

wilder in 2014: week 34

Monday, August 25, 2014
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every night before bed, after i nurse him, wilder gives me the deepest hugs. he likes to grip both sides of my head in his tiny little hands and press his face into mine and really smoosh his hands into my hair. i like it too. ;) sometimes these hugs just go on and on, and i wish they would never end. they are my favorite part of bedtime, and i feel so lucky to be the recipient of all this love.

will you stay like this forever my wileybear?

xxoo,

mama

Thursday, August 21, 2014

wilder in 2014: week 33

Thursday, August 21, 2014
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last week wilder got to partake in one of his other favorite activities, aka terrorizing lars. i think lars is warming up to him;) although he obviously doesn't appreciate having his tail stepped on. i couldn't resist adding in some of my other favorites from this little photo shoot of this boy and his dog. aren't they cute together?

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doesn't it look like they've been caught in a compromising situation? haha!
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lars' nose is wrinkled slightly but i promise it's all in play. he really loves wilder ;)
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this is my favorite monkey of all time.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

wilder in 2014: week 32

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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last week we visited the farm of friends of ours in Athens, Georgia. they have a garden, free-range chickens (as you can see), 2 pigs and a lot of dogs and cats. plus, 2 turtles. and they're getting goats too, soon. it's a new farm, so they will probably have double that amount by next year, who knows! ;) we had a good time checking out all their animals and land. wilder loved roaming free and picking up big, sharp tools, to his mama's everlasting anxiety attacks. i will say one thing about this kid though and that is that he doesn't get too close to the animals. it's like he knows they are not to be messed with, so that keeps me breathing easier at least. the chickens he did not know what to do with. the dogs he completely ignored. but the hoe! that is another matter. haha. i told them i would send him back to help work the farm when he gets bigger. doesn't he just look like he's in his element?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

wilder in 2014: week 31

Thursday, August 7, 2014
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last week we met some friends at the Botanical Garden for an afternoon of petting bunnies, walking on the lawn and eating popcorn and watermelon. fun was had by all, especially by this little dude who didn't slow down for one second. he was much more interested in power walking than in the petting zoo, haha.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

wilder in 2014: week 29

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
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this photo! is one of my all-time favorites of this series. i just adore his little face (and those feet!!), cuddled up with papa on our beach vacation. there is nearly nothing better than watching your babies with your man. i love this cuddle, small, squishy stage when i can still bundle him up in a ball in my arms. i love it so much.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

wilder in 2014: week 28

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
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i guess all this catch up is going to be slow going. i forgot i still haven't posted last week's photo! i'm skipping week 27, because i figure our baby announcement photo can double as a weekly wilder. kapish? the good news is that there's only one other missed photo, so we're almost done, which i'm sure is a huge relief because aren't you just so bored of them? ;)

wilder = i told you he liked red fruit. he looks like a blood-covered vampire baby whenever he eats cherries, which is often these days. if you could only see his crazy eyes when i'm pitting those cherries for him. give them to me!!! 

Friday, August 1, 2014

16 week baby bump (#2)

Friday, August 1, 2014
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so here is my very much 16-weeks-pregnant baby bump, although this dress is magical, so you really can't tell that i already look way more pregnant compared to my first pregnancy. that's normal, i hear, but still alarming when suddenly all of your clothes don't fit anymore and you're barely out of first trimester! i bought very few maternity clothes last time, because it took forever for that baby to show, but this time i don't think that's going to fly. good thing i had this dress in the back of my closet. it didn't really fit pre-pregnancy size, but i couldn't get rid of it, because it's such a happy color. and turns out, it's magical, too, so that worked out.

technically i will be 17 weeks tomorrow, and this photo is from last saturday, so in all honesty, that bump has probably doubled in size. i'm choosing to see this as a good thing, because that means that i look legitimately pregnant and not just like i had one too many chicken biscuits (which is also true. neither of my babies have craved salads or quinoa in utero. what can i say, but darn, right?;).

so apparently we have only 5 months left of pregnancy. when i read that today on my pregnancy app, i was a little shocked, because it seems like it just happened. but then i remembered how sloooowwwllly that second half of pregnancy went by last time, so i'm not too worried.

i've been feeling a little bit back to normal recently, so emotionally, things are really looking up. i'm even excited to be a stay-at-home mom again! and this week, i've been treasuring up all the time i have left with my only child. only 5 more months with just him and me! although i've always, always wanted a big family, and i adore the thought of a huge brood, there is also something kind of sweet and magical about only children, don't you think? the one on one time they get with their parents and vice versa! it's my mission to fully enjoy these last five months of just my toddler and me. we really get a long swell together, so it shouldn't be too hard.

Monday, July 28, 2014

wilder in 2014: week 30!

Monday, July 28, 2014
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yes, i know, i'm the worst blogger in the history of blogs. i've missed, what, 5 weeks of weekly wilder photos? well, at least you all now know that most of that is because i've been hosting a fetus in my womb for the past 16 weeks, and my fetuses, as it turns out, are very demanding little house guests. i mean i love my fetus, but my blogging drive (and cooking drive, and uh, being awake drive) pretty much dwindled to nil during the first trimester. i don't know how other pregnant mamas do it. maybe they don't have morning sickness/extreme fatigue?? that's what i'm telling myself anyways. especially because right now i feel at least a whole month more pregnant than i am.

right, so, but i'm back! at least for this one day, because i spent a nice little afternoon taking photos of wilder in his kiddie pool and had to post one. and also, because i had a coke this afternoon. and because i made dinner. so i'm kind of on a roll. don't expect it to last. i'd like to believe i have photos of all the weeks i missed and i fully intend to publish them...one day...after i have another coke probably.

behold, wilder! a whole month older than when you last saw him! even though for the last couple of months i've felt like being a mama, and especially a pregnant mama, is one of the hardest things ever (not really, but also, yes, really), the truth is, there is nothing better than this 15-month-old. i still find myself asking loverboy at least a few times a day, "isn't he the sweetest baby you've ever seen?".  and i still find a quiet afternoon spent splashing in a kiddie pool while papa builds things in the yard and does other papa things, to be one of the best ways to spend an afternoon.


Saturday, July 5, 2014

next year...

Saturday, July 5, 2014
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we are going to be a family of four! obviously, we're beyond thrilled, but i'm not going to lie, right now the thought of two kids is a bit daunting. two kids! that's like a legitimate family right there. but if this next baby is anything like the heart-stealer that that little boy up there is (and he/she will be! duh!), we are more than ready! mama, papa, and wilder can't wait to meet you, baby grace #2!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

wilder in 2014: week 26

Saturday, June 28, 2014
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wilder in his native element: outside, with a bowl full of fruit. seriously, this guy can demolish a container of any red fruit you care to throw his way faster than you'd believe. it's amazing. it's also almost the only thing he'll eat these days.

this was (obviously) from a few weeks back at piedmont park when our friends were visiting. it was such a hot, hot day, but wilder was completely happy sitting on this bench with his fruit. he is such a love.

p.s. i've published this photo retroactively. don't be alarmed.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

wilder in 2014: week 25

Saturday, June 21, 2014
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wilder's weekly, just in time for the end of the week! i took wilder to a splash pad in atlanta this week for the first time. he enjoyed it, but let's just say that his favorite thing was -- as always -- the stair steps leading down to the playground (and back up again!). we are at that phase where he just likes doing one thing over and over again. particularly anything involving walking - stairs, hills, bridges, basically anything that has an incline or uneven surface, are all very exciting right now. and as a result, two very skinned knees. :/

i recently read this article about 10 things you have to do if you are a mother of a boy. it was hilarious and seemed pretty dead on as far as my experience goes. one of them was you have to rethink your standards of safety. so far, that's happening. except i haven't really embraced a new standard of safety, i'm just realizing that this boy is bound and determined to get some bumps and scrapes here and there.    it's all a little scary for me. apparently more scary for me than for him.

oh, and those two little things in his hands? yeah, not little pebbles like i thought as he was carrying them around. nope. those are two little raisins he found on the ground, as i discovered when he finally handed them to me. thanks, baby, thanks.

life with this boy is fun. exhausting! but fun. :)


Monday, June 16, 2014

April's family photo shoot

Monday, June 16, 2014
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in april we got to do a family photo shoot in a little park tucked away in Buckhead. we had been trying to do it since the fall but bad weather, bad weather and more bad weather kept preventing us, so when we finally made it out in April and everything was beautiful and blooming, it was so dreamy. also, april was perfect because everything was green again and it was nice and cool outside.

we had so much with with our photographer, who captured our little breakfast picnic of croissants (wilder's favorite part) plus coffee cake and clementines so beautifully. we could not have asked for a more beautiful backdrop for our first professional family photo shoot!

wilder was thrilled that he had so many clementines to bite into (oops! we didn't realize until half way through that he was actually biting through the skins, haha.). i just love this age. everything is new and interesting, and since he doesn't really know exactly what's going on, even boring family photo shoots are fun!

i'm really happy with these photos. i think we look so young and carefree, which is not at all how we are feeling these days, haha. ahhh parenthood. it just makes you feel old and tired and a little crazy half the time, doesn't it? or maybe that's just us? but anyways, it was so nice to take a morning off from real life to dress up and eat croissants in the park. i highly recommend it. ;) i'm already making plans to do it again soon.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

wilder in 2014: week 24

Friday, June 13, 2014
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grape eating + teething = hands in mouth at all times.

Monday, June 9, 2014

wilder in 2014: week 23

Monday, June 9, 2014
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my favorite face last week.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Jessica & Gabe's wedding in Austin

Monday, June 2, 2014
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i'm finally getting around to posting the photos i took two weeks ago from when Wilder and i went to Austin for my cousin Jessica's wedding. it was so beautiful! my photos really don't do it justice. i was amazed just walking out of the airport when we landed that it was May in Austin and there was no humidity. last year in may for my brother's wedding i felt like i had just stepped into a sauna when we landed in Austin.

anyways, the wedding was at le san michele in buda, texas, so only a 30 minute drive south down the highway. if you're planning to get married in the austin area anytime soon, i highly recommend it! the evening ceremony and dinner was outdoors and because the weather was breezy and cool, it was perfect! the vibe was very mediterranean bohemian, vintage, eclectic. très magnifique!

and my cousin Jessica was the most beautiful bride! but i'm not surprised, she's always stunning. her handsome groom (i can't believe i didn't get any pictures of him/them together!) was pretty stellar, too. ;)

and best of all, Wilder stayed happy even though he was about an hour past his bedtime from the start! he had the best time just wandering around the grounds, eating rocks, getting tickles and cuddles from my aunts and cousins, and putting in his two cents during the vows ;).

we had the best time, and i miss all my family and friends there so hard (and breakfast tacos! oh breakfast taco how i miss you! i might have had a minimum of 2 per day.). however, traveling solo with a toddler is challenging, to say the least. mainly because toddlers out of their comfort zone (at least my toddler?) refuse to sleep, while sleeping in your bed, so basically no one sleeps. yay! but my brother and sister-in-law were a huge help playing with Wilder a few times a day so mama pee and could brush her teeth in peace, etc. still being tired is a small price to pay for such a fun (and yummy) trip.

until next time Austin (breakfast taco!)!


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so proud of himself for walking.
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beautiful cousin Ashley
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with my beautiful Aunt Mary and Aunt Cathy. i love them!
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thanks Aunt Mary for all the love!
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merrill, laurel, and Mama Ann and Granddaddy! three generations!
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my amazing, handsome, rock of the family, Granddaddy. also, from whom my half-chinese brother gets his height and mysteriously Roman nose. ;)
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gnawing on a rock.
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haha, tickles!
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groomsmen.
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the father and lovely bride!
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cousins once removed!
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okay now look!
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love these cuties!