Just the three of us (+1 in the oven!)

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Did any of my fellow moms cry their eyes out when you came to the realization that your first baby would only be an only child for just a few short months more? That’s me. With the special help of pregnancy hormones, I cry right before bedtime thinking about Avery and how things are going to be so different after this baby comes.

I am excited for this next journey; however, I want to make sure I soak up as much 1-on-1 time as possible. So, when I found out one of my favorite photographers would be visiting Southern California, I knew I had to schedule a family session.

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16 months is an incredibly eventful age…a few weeks ago we took Avery to the park and when it was time to leave she threw her entire little body on the sand while screaming this high pitched animalistic sound as we tried to pick her up to go home. My husband and I looked at each other in disbelief and asked, ”Is this a temper tantrum?” Since then, we’ve experienced a few more temper tantrums and I have sent texts to my mom friends and family members for advice.

When we met with Paige, I warned her that there was a chance Avery would run as soon as we put her down to play in the sand. I don’t blame her, I would want to run and play in the sand without any interruptions too! Thankfully, Paige was super patient and knew just what to do to capture the perfect photos of just the three of us.

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Happy December!

OUTFIT DETAILS:

DRESS  /  BOBBY’S SHIRT

Photography // Paige Nicolle


My Favorite First Trimester Maternity Styles

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It’s that time of year again – the time when the buyers in Southern California don’t get the memo that it’s still 90 degrees and we CAN’T wear boots, sweaters, or scarves without melting to death by noon. This week it reached 100 degrees three days in a row. Yup, you heard me. And it’s the end of October.

Aside from dealing with the heat and growing a small human inside of me, I am also trying to find ways to dress up my little baby bump. It’s kind of that awkward time in the pregnancy where people don’t know if you are pregnant or just ate too many enchiladas the night before. In my case, it’s both! I have to wear maternity jeans because they are comfortable and easy on my growing belly. What they say about the second baby is true – your belly pops out much sooner than the first. I paired my Motherhood maternity jeans with a wine colored shirt and ankle booties for a summer/fall look. I paired this look with my favorite Rebecca Minkoff purse (that’s the perfect size!).

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If you are in a much, much cooler state you can add a leather jacket to complete the look. I’m excited to share some more looks with you as my bump gets bigger! Happy Fall!
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Day at the Pumpkin Patch

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Avery is definitely on the move. As soon as your set her down in an open area, she runs away in the opposite direction with a high pitch scream like a bat out of hell. She has the biggest smile on her face and she is just so happy to be alive. This is amazing for a mother to watch; however, it is admittedly not the best for an amateur photographer who wants to take cute photos. It’s absolutely impossible to take a nice photo of a running toddler. That is a scientifically proven fact.

Temperatures were still in the high 90’s here in southern California, so it was hard to think of the fall in the heat – BUT since pumpkin season was technically upon us, I figured we would venture to the pumpkin patch. I was excited to finally use my new camera to get some candid photos. Since I knew my daughter would not stay still, I decided not to worry about the perfect photo or carefully matched shoes and outfit, and rather just enjoy our hot autumn day.

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As soon as we set Avery down in the sea of pumpkins, she was mesmerized. She played with the hay, felt every single pumpkin, and took breaks dancing to the music that blasted on the intercom. She was in HEAVEN. As luck would have it, the sun was perfectly lined up for a good photo and I was able to capture the pure joy on her face.

A magical train ride and a visit to the petting zoo wrapped up our day. My husband and I agreed – it was certainly a top 5 day for Avery! Happy fall!

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Avery’s ONEderful Garden Party

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Your daughter only turns one once, right? That’s what I kept telling myself during the planning of this event. My mom was known for throwing extravagant birthday parties for me (and was also the creative party planner behind hundreds of baby showers, birthday parties, and weddings.) I had to make her proud!

Picking a theme seemed to be rather challenging for me. She has a summer birthday – that could mean so many fun themes! I thought a flamingo themed party would be ideal, but then my husband made a good point: “what if she wants that theme when she is older and can invite her friends to the pool?” That question applied to the next theme I thought of – a mermaid theme, which would be perfect when she gets older. So then I thought to myself, “why does she need theme?” She’s one, and one is fabulous in itself! It could be a garden party with gorgeous flowers and gold everything.

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The backdrop I envisioned had to have lots of boxwood greenery and draping flowers. The sign was custom made by Happily ever Etched, who were an absolute joy to work with. They provided so many different options and helped me select the right one for this backdrop. All of the party details are listed below. I keep telling myself I won’t go this big for a birthday party again – but if my daughter is anything like me, she will have a vision of her own. As her mother, I MUST meet her every demand, right?!

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I could not have done it without my team of helpers. Shout out to my mama, my awesome hubby, Grandma Ann, cousin Lani, auntie Annette and cousin Bridgette for lending their time to make this event absolutely ONEderful!

 

VENDORS:

Photography: Thomas and Laci Photography
Cake
: Great Dane Bakery
Custom Wood “Avery” sign: Happily Ever Etched
Custom Wood Signs: Taste of Art
Cookies: Shannon’s Sweet Tooth
Custom floral number 1, Time Capsule Sheets, Cake toppers: Crowned Creations
High Chair: 4moms
Avery’s bow: Lennon & Co


Life with Avery: 10 months

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10 months?! How did this happen? I swear she was just born! So much has changed since my last update – such is life with a baby, I suppose!

Avery loves what she can’t have. I’m sure it doesn’t help that we say, “Avery, those are mommy’s sunglasses,” and “That’s daddy’s phone; please put it down,” but we can’t be perfect, can we? She looks at us with a mischievous little look and laughs. How is it possible that she’s mischievous already?!

Right now it’s allllll about textures. Whether it’s foods or the beach sand, she is learning to touch and eat everything. We try to hit the beach at least once a week. When you live 8 minutes away, there’s no excuse not to go enjoy it! Last time, she spent a good five minutes trying to figure out what this sand stuff was. At first she was just playing with it, but thankfully we caught her because she tried to figure out what sand tasted like!

 

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She’s also learning to climb on things and pull herself up. This new climbing technique happened overnight and we had to lower the crib that morning to avoid falls! Now we can see her on the monitor holding the rail and dancing at random hours of the night -that girl’s got rhythm! She also likes to stand up and scoot her way across the couch. There’s so much movement happening these days!

My next update will be after her 1st birthday party. I’ll be honest and tell you right now – I’m going to be an emotional wreck. How do people deal with this?! I’m soaking up my days with this lil lady as much as I can.

 

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Lazy days

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It’s been crazy in our house lately. Aside from working 40 hours a week, I’ve been working on Avery’s first birthday décor, creating custom save-the-dates, and creating wedding invites for close friends of mine. I have several friends who are tying the knot this year and it’s a joy to be a part of their special day. It’s definitely wedding season – that busy but joyful time of year! It’s difficult, though, because the second I step foot through the door, all I want to do is snuggle with my little one.

This past weekend we had zero plans. I try to take advantage of these gloriously empty days and spend plenty of time being lazy in our pajamas. I can’t get enough of her snuggles and chubby thighs. And apparently, neither can the dogs. Our dog Molly photobombed every single picture during our quick little photo session. I decided to capture the pure joy because it won’t be long enough until Molly is running in the other direction – away from a speedy toddler! I can’t wait to see their relationship blossom.

One day, the dogs will be following her around the house, hoping she drops a piece of food. It’s definitely going to be a love-hate relationship.

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