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.
Avery’s friend Nixon came over for a playdate, and it was the first time Avery’s ever been around another baby. She was absolutely infatuated with him. It was like she was realizing that humans who are the same size as her actually exist – not only the giants that are her parents! She examined his every move, couldn’t stop touching his hand, and was mesmerized by his hair. I couldn’t even get her to look up at the camera for a picture! Can you say “boy crazy”? Lord help me one day.
I wish these two would stay this small forever. This picture was taken over a month ago and it seems like Avery has doubled in size. She is now able to sit up on her own (with the occasional fall), hold her bottle by herself, and she loves meeting new people. I will continue to capture every single moment with Avery and her new friends. I know it seems obnoxious when you’re not a parent, but what they say is true – it goes so fast!
I wanted to create a table that would have a vintage feel but include deep purple, lavender, pale pink and lots of greenery. I was hosting about 30 family members at our house and it was Avery’s first big event! I knew I wouldn’t have a lot of prep time the morning of because we would be in church, so I wanted to make sure all of the little details were handled the day before.
Thankfully, I had the best team anyone could ask for: my mom and Avery’s godmother, Lani. My mom handled the table decor and flowers and Lani handled all the sweet treats. I had been collecting vintage pieces for the past few months and it was finally time to bring her dessert table together! Hopefully the pictures below give you some inspiration for your next event!
Don’t mind us, we’re just dreaming about a California summer over here. It’s 62 degrees, so I can’t complain, but when you have cute clothes and the weather is not cooperating, what do you do? You have a photo shoot, of course! We couldn’t leave this romper stranded, unused, and miserable in the closet! Aaaand since it definitely required the perfect accessories, I pulled out her itty bitty tan sandals, pink sunglasses, and this adorable tote bag that screams “take me to the beach!!”
I’ve been busy planning our first family vacation and this outfit MUST come with us (if she still fits in it, of course). We are using our Ellen’s Mother’s Day Giveaway gift and heading to the beautiful Coronado Island in San Diego, California. Thank you, Ellen! I think it will be a good first trial vacay with a little one since it’s not too far from home, but far enough to make us feel like we are on vacation, not “staycation.” Plus, we can figure out all the “what not to do’s” before the big trip in the summer.
We’re new at this parenting thing, so traveling will be an adventure! What do I pack? How many blankets do I need? How many bags should I bring? What safety items do I need? Should we rent a U-haul for all of her toys? The questions are endless. In the meantime, we will be putting Avery in seasonally inappropriate (but INCREDIBLY adorable) clothing and dreaming of waves crashing on the shore.
My lofty, pre-baby goal was to write an update every month, but then she was born and I realized that definitely wouldn’t happen without hiring 3 sitters. In fact, I can barely find the time to give you an update every 6 months! I am struggling to find the delicate work-mom balance these days. Miss Avery Elizabeth King keeps us crazy busy! She is mellow like her dad with a little bit of Latin spice from her mama.
Life with a 6 month old truly is an absolute joy. Avery recognizes our faces, laughs at everything, and wants to be included in everything we do. It can be challenging, but I’ve learned to cook, clean, and get ready all with one hand – major mom skills!
When I am not kissing her delicious cheeks, you can find us reading books; something about hearing the sound of a voice going into “reading mode” stops her in her tracks and she examines each page. She’ll definitely be a reader!
We are constantly keeping an eye on her to see what she’s grabbing. She flips from belly to back and back to belly. I try to capture every moment because I know the next day she could be doing something completely different.
I started putting away her 3 month clothes and could not believe how many outfits still had the tags on them! Every time I go shopping, I feel like I have approximately 2 days to put her in the clothes I bought, otherwise they will be too small. If baby number two is a girl, she will have a brand new wardrobe with zero effort on our part!
I could not stand when my mom would say stuff like “time flies,” “it goes quick,” or my favorite, “they grow so fast”. Like, I know. I’ve only heard that from 10,000 other people. I hate to say my mom was right, but time is flying by! It was a little over 6 months ago that I was in the hospital marveling at her little face. TEAR.
My latest obsession is oversized head bows! I never thought I would be a girl mom. I grew up a tom boy and wanted to get dirty every day. I was the kid who was always in a gym, playing in a field, or running around the track. I am very competitive and when it comes to girly things, it’s just wasn’t my thing. Thankfully there are many fashionable mommies out there that I look to for inspiration. Head over to Obnoxiously Adorable Designs and swoon over the oversized head bows like the one Avery is flaunting in these pics – you will fall in love.
I am already planning Avery’s first birthday (yes, 6 months early) and can’t wait to share some of my ideas. It’s going to be BIG. My baby only turns 1 once, right?