Slowing Down for Baby #2

In just a few short days, September will be here. September 1 in Australia is the start of Spring, and it is also BABY MONTH! How did that happen? Even though my due date is towards the end of the month, I am preparing for anything since Eleanor came a week and a half early.

There is a lot going on, and often I find myself getting into bed at night with my mind racing, torn in a million directions. Some things are obvious, some things are yet to be communicated, many things are yet to be worked out. All in all, I have tried to create lists and write my thoughts down and organise them so my mind doesn’t feel so cluttered, but I am still finding myself back in this place too often.

With that being said, I have felt really strongly to take a bit of a “maternity leave” if you will from the blog over the months of September and October. Obviously at this point my blog is not a full-time job, but there is a lot of vision stirring over here for the future. I don’t want to miss out on my main priorities because of that. I am planning to still write, but I may or may not publish right away. I really want to give myself room to just be present in these moments – the last moments with just Eleanor and the beginning of our life as a family of four. My parents are also coming to visit for three weeks near the end of the month, and I want us all to be able to enjoy the visit.

I am still planning to share on social media, and behind the scenes, I’d like to still be working towards my rebranding of this space. I’ve never had more vision for this space, and there are so many new components that will be brought to the table. I want to do them justice, but more importantly, I want to give this season room to breath. I want to slow down and relieve myself of the pressure to relaunch sooner or to be anywhere other than present with my family.

My goal, albeit a soft goal, is to relaunch around the first of November. In the meantime, follow along on my social media accounts for any updates about life – there are sure to be a few in the coming months!

And, as always, thanks for reading! Love you guys!

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The Littles’ Room

Nesting kicked in in full-force last week, and I found myself purging, reorganising and cleaning everything. Maybe it’s the third trimester or finally starting to feel a bit better after all our colds, but either way, it’s happening. I realised a couple months ago that I never actually did a follow-up post about Eleanor’s room once she moved out of her little corner of our shared room. As I’ve been working in there over the last week, I decided to take a few photos of where it’s up to so far. I’ve tried to be very intentional about what toys she has and clothes and really feeling the whole “less is more” principle. I’ve been seeing so much about minimalistic living lately, and it’s inspiring on so many levels. I’ve listed some great articles below if you want to have a look. We plan to have the new baby in our room for sleeping in the beginning, but eventually, I would like for him and Eleanor to share a room. I am already putting his stuff in their room aside from sleep stuff. I think Eleanor is pretty excited about it all, too! There are a few things I’m still shuffling around to make work, but it’s getting there and all becoming more and more real. I’m going to have 2 kids soon!

Here are some photos of our littles’ room right now.

^Both of the white cubes used to be full of Eleanor’s toys, but I’ve narrowed things down to one of them and created a little “toy corner” in her room. She was so excited about this, and when I asked her what she thought of her room this way, she said “AWESOME!”

^This shelf used to have Eleanor’s toys, and it was great being all open for that purpose. However, now that there are a bunch of clothes on the shelves, I’d like to either get baskets or the inserts that fit into the cube so it’s not quite as messy looking (and so a certain big sister doesn’t think they’re clothes for her dolly!).

^This is probably Eleanor’s favourite toy at the moment. She is often making cookies, baking things and more. She has such an imagination!

^Baby’s clothes! They’re so tiny. You totally forget how small newborns are, and it makes me so excited for all the cuddles. I also got really excited when we were in the States shopping because I realised that I can actually pick a specific outfit to bring him home in because I know it’s a boy this time. With Eleanor we didn’t really buy many clothes prior to her birth because we didn’t know the gender. I can’t wait to dress up this little man!

Here are some articles about minimalism that have inspired me recently!

How Getting Rid of “Stuff” Saved My Motherhood

7 Reasons Moms Need Minimalism

The 6 Reasons Your Kids Need Fewer Toys

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Eleanor-isms // July 2017

I am totally stealing this idea from one of my favourite blogs – Love Taza – but now that Eleanor is talking so much, I really want to remember some of the funny things she is saying and doing.

Eleanor-isms: the funny sayings and doings of Eleanor Hazel, 2-years-old.

A couple weeks ago, we were coming home from church, and this preggo lady was so hungry. I said, “Mommmmmy is hunnnnngry” in a sing-song sort of way, and without missing a beat, Eleanor follows along and sings “Lella hunnnnng-y tooooooooo.”

Since returning from holidays, Eleanor’s endurance/capacity to entertain herself has exploded, and she’s also loving her toys that she had missed for a month. One of her current favs is her play kitchen and picnic basket. Often, she will bring us a cup and saucer or a plate and say “One you. One me!” Hers is always “really hawwwt” and she will warn us to “touch it, k?” while she motions over the cup. She also does this with the oven cabinet of her kitchen, motioning “really hawwwt k? Touch it k?”

Another one of her favourites is her stuffed animals and pillows in the corner of her room. She is often rocking them to sleep and singing “Sunshine away you, sunshine away you,” which is her version of “You are My Sunshine”, the song I sing to her before naps. She also seems to think that anything can take a nap, and we are often finding all sorts of random objects “asleep” on the pillows in her room. Some examples of those random objects include remotes, the baby monitor, her play phone, and even her last bite of toast…

Eleanor is having “pic – its” all day long these days. We call them picnics, but she’s pretty convinced they’re called “pic -its”. She wants you to have a “pic – it” with her often, and she will get it all set up and occasionally even let you eat the food.

Leading up to her birthday, Eleanor often told us it was her birthday soon. “Everybody sing me!” she would tell us, and then she would start singing “Happy Birthday Lellllllla” to herself.

We also have told her that “Gaga and Papaw” (my parents) will come on an airplane when the baby boy comes out. She has since told everyone that “Baby boy growing. Baby boy come out. Hold him arm. Zoom on the airplane and Gaga and Papaw come see me!” I think she’s maybe convinced that the baby is coming on an airplane. If only it were that easy right?

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