HIGH PIGTAIL BUNS


Say what you want about pigtail buns, they are bomb.com (even if they make you look like your 5 years old). I feel like I've been wearing this hairstyle all Summer long. Anything to keep that hair off my neck. Seattle has been showing off for sure. 80 degrees and beautiful! If you are looking for somewhere to go this Summer, head to Seattle. Thanks to our 9 months of rain, summers are so lush and green.
*Let me know if you try this look out!

high pigtail buns
STEP ONE
Part hair down the middle. I like to keep the back section a little messy when it comes to going down the middle to give it that effortless look.
STEP TWO
Pull one section up into a high ponytail on one side, secure with fingers (hold in place with non dominate hand). Use other hand to twist hair around your finger. Using the same direction as the twist, start creating a little bun. Secure with hair tie.
STEP THREE
Repeat on other side.
STEP FOUR
To give a more tousled look, pull out pieces around ears.

Let me know if you need a step by step video tutorial, and I'll put one up on my Snapchat
(username 👻: bylittlelady)

YOU ARE DOING ENOUGH


Z had her 9 month check-up appointment the other day. Of course we were so happy to get the stamp of approval that she is growing, that she is happy and healthy. I know how lucky I am to have these things. But as I walked away from the appointment all I kept thinking was how I still feel so lost in the dark when it comes to bringing up my baby girl. Every day I think to myself, am I doing the best I can for her. Am I helping her thrive, am I helping her progress. After the initial check-up on all of her vitals the doctor goes through all these list of things your baby should or could be doing. Is she sitting up? Is she crawling? Is she clapping her hands? Is she eating solids? Does she have her teeth? Can she pull herself up? The list goes on and on. Seriously, the baby spectrum on all of these things is ridiculous, but you can't help but feel that if your baby isn't doing one, some or any of these things that you as a parent are failing them. Thanks to social media, it is so easy to get caught up in seeing what others little ones are doing. I'll see a baby crawling on all fours on Snapchat and think to myself, that baby is 5 weeks younger than Zoe and look what they can do. How sad that already Z is being subjected to comparisons and she is only 9 months old.

If you are reading this now and take anything away from it, I hope it is this: avoid the new mommy comparison game. Instead of looking around and seeing the things that your baby isn't doing yet, focus on what your baby is doing now! No matter how many times we may practice her high fives or practice her standing up, it all comes down to her own timing. Just sit back and watch in amazement as your baby figures out how to move their own body and watch their little minds work as they figure out what things are. It truly is one of the coolest things to witness. And trust me, I know it is hard not to compare. But it helps to focus on the special things that your baby is doing. Like when Zoe plays peek-a-boo. She'll bring an object up to her forehead so her eyes are completely showing. You ask her where she is and she gets all giggly, and then she drops the object down and she gets so excited! It makes my little mommy heart melt each time.

Of course, it's also our responsibility as parents to watch out for development problems or delays. At the end of Zoe's appointment I made sure to ask the doctor what things she would be concerned about if Zoe wasn't doing by her 1 year check up (seriously, how is that already coming up?!). That way I knew what things I really needed to practice with her. But always remember, we can never force our babies to reach those milestones before they are ready. All we can do is encourage and be their biggest cheerleaders for any and all of those little moments they will have. So don't compare, your baby is perfect and you are doing enough.

*Since writing this post Zoe has started saying "mama", amped up her crawling skills from army crawling to full blown crawling (although she looks like a drunken crab... and she still prefers army crawling over anything else), and pulling herself up to standing in her crib. Just goes to show how much babies can change in the matter of days.*

9 MONTH OLD ZOE


Zoe turned 9 months old last Friday. She's been on the outside just as long as she was on the inside and it has me feeling all sorts of emotions over here. She's taught me so much about myself, patience, unconditional love, life, true sleep deprivation, and how lucky I am to be her mama. It has been so much fun getting to watch her grow, learn and create her own personality. And trust me when I say she definitely has one. She is so funny, sassy, squishy, stubborn, sensitive, and caring. She loves to "pet" babies when they are crying. She's super hard to make laugh, but when you do it's just about the greatest thing your ears could ever hear. She loves bath time, sucking on apple slices, putting everything in her mouth, and burying her head in my shoulder whenever she gets shy. She has finally mastered crawling (if army crawling counts). She can pull herself up (but only on me, ha). She has one tiny little tooth finally making its way through. She still sleeps 10 hours straight at night and finally takes great naps in her crib. The most thing people love to comment on are her eyes and chubby little droopy cheeks. Zoe Jean, you are the best!

*Lately Zoe has been doing so many cute things I have to share them all soon. Of course everything she does is just about the cutest to me, but I just have to say that this is my favorite age so far!

RASPBERRIES FOR ZOE

This baby girl makes me so happy! It's been so fun getting to see new things through her eyes. And watching her eat a raspberry for the first time was priceless. That squishy little face and furrowed brow were simply perfection!

TULIP FESTIVAL


FATHER'S DAY!



What can I say about our main squeeze? Eric is the kind of guy who is so smart, patient and selfless. All good qualities. But when it comes to being a father, he is the best there is! He's the kind of dad who wakes up early to play with your baby so you can get some extra zzz's. After a long day at work he'll come in and first thing he'll do is grab Zoe right out of my hands and play with her. He asks me to send daily pictures and videos. He sings all the funny songs to her during bath time. He'll even change those poopy diapers every now and again. How did I get so lucky to have a hands on dad?

This is the first year that I truly loved celebrating Father's Day! I love having a great example of what a father really means. Appreciating every sacrifice and being apart of every moment. I can't wait to watch Zoe turn into the biggest daddy's girl. Gosh, we sure love you!

8 MONTHS NEW



I can't believe this littler munster is 8 months new! How could I possibly sum up all of my emotions about her without boring the rest of you.
A few words that best describe her:
Sassy
Chunky
Smiley
Drooly
Talkative
Knows what she wants and gets it kind of girl.
She's as cute as a button and knows all the right ways to push mine. She also has a particularly lovely skill of always being able to find the tiniest baby hairs and pull them as hard as she can. Don't let those rolls fool you, she's a savage. It's a miracle I'm not bald at this point. And just when I'm about to hit my breaking point she gives me the gummiest, overbite of a smile and melts my heart into a million pieces all over again.
Gosh, I love her!

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