making room for baby girl

It's funny how things change over time. Things that you swear you wouldn't ever change, end up happening anyway.

I remember when we were pregnant with Chloe and I was vainly hoping we could skip that whole first-parent mania and hyper-awareness that afflicts all new parents. Why couldn't we just be chill? We don't have to freak out over every little thing. Right?

Well, as it turns out, you really can't help it. As a new parent you are learning the ropes and taking care of a tiny person that you've never had to be responsible for before.

It's also true that the more kids you add into the mix, the more relaxed you become. The strict rules you once setup are frequently relaxed quite a bit (hello don't eat anything off the floor). Sometimes you learn things (hello milk drinking on the couch) that you'll never allow to happen again.

I also remember organizing and decorating babies rooms with a real zealousness. This time around we have to move the two older girls in together and then turn Elinor's room back into a baby/nursery room. I don't think I'll be painting since we just finished painting it a neutral color. Instead, I am contemplating painting the dresser a bright yellow color to liven up the space a little bit. My inspiration being the image at the top of the post from Love Taza. I also will most likely be recycling art from both Chloe's and Elinor's baby rooms.

I think we've reached a point that we are those chill parents of multiple kids that don't have to freak out about every detail and can really enjoy the baby phase this time around. This might be wishful thinking, but I think Oprah would approve of this positive energy I'm putting out into the world. 

paint mines

Today I wanted to share a few pictures from our Mother's Day weekend trip to Paint Mines Interpretative Park. I know it's more than a week late at this point, but tis the season lately on this blog of mine.

So true story, while some people thing social media is ruining the world, I actually found this park from following a photographer on Instagram. It looked like a really cool park to explore and as it turns out it was about a 2 hour drive from our house. Ordinarily that kind of driving commitment is hard to get approved in my house, but since it was Mother's Day, I won the day.

The park mainly centers around these rocks with alternating and multi-colored clay layers. As a part-time hobby geologist I really enjoyed the park but I do wish they did a bit more to explain why the layers were colored. The more science you can throw in, the better (in my opinion).

There is a loop trail system that we attempted to complete but got caught up in exploring the rocks that we abandoned the latter half of the loop.

It was a busy weekend, so getting out on the trail to start was kind of a nice way to avoid the crowds for a while. Also, there is basically no shade out there, so be aware if you aren't heat tolerant you should avoid the summer season.

Oh hey there, 30 week pregnant bump!

everything's in bloom

Happy Friday everyone! We made it! 

Has anyone else been really enjoying the spring weather lately? I feel like everything is in bloom (the trees, the flowers, my baby bump). Last night we went for a walk, even though I was more than ready to lay on the couch, and it was magical outside. It was warm and green, breezy and beautiful in our neighborhood.

Chloe has recently learned how to ride her bike and we had to take a few turns down our neighborhood drive last night. Chris was at a work event and so it was just me, running beside her as she got started and nervously watching as she figured out how to brake. Thank god she got the braking part down because I couldn't keep up with her. I'm sure it was quite comical to watch a 7 month pregnant lady huffing and puffing behind her daughter down the road.

This spring Elinor has also recently gotten good at her bicycle. Last summer she couldn't quite figure out the peddling part, now she's tearing down the sidewalk with her training wheels. Unfortunately we've been working so much with Chloe that we haven't had a lot of time to take her on her bike at a slightly slower pace.

It's so hard to strike a perfect balance of time and attention with each kid. I worry a lot that Elinor gets left behind as Chloe gains a new ability or skill. It makes me nervous to add a third kid into the mix! I know we'll figure it out, because, well, we have too. Also, Elinor does pretty well at keeping up with her sister and adding an extra layer of sass to everything she does.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Sunday is Mother's Day. In a surprising turn of events, my mother already has her Mother's Day gift. I actually got my act together early this year and didn't have to pay extra to ship something overnight. That's a big win for me.

Don't forget to give your mama a hug or call her up and tell her she's awesome!

matching swimsuits

These photos are from a few weeks ago when we traveled to the northern California coast. I'm convinced everyone out there had to be from a colder state, because it wasn't exactly balmy, yet the beach was full of kids in swimsuits. We had driven past the coast and both of the girls really wanted to run into the ocean, so we made a quick detour to our AirBnB to grab their swimsuits. 

This was probably one of the highlights for them even though we were only out there for an hour. It's funny how the quick little detours can sometimes be the most fun. 

Also, how cute are their matching swimsuits? They are from Hannah Anderson. I am definitely going to have to get three pairs of matching swimsuits after baby girl shows up!