LIFE WITH TWO

Can we just all stop and appreciate that cute mug for a second. Love my happy baby!!

I feel like these pictures say it all. Adjusting to life with two kids is like a rollercoaster of emotions. Every minute brings on a new wave of ups and downs. One second your babies are kissing and snuggling, the next second your newborn is in a chokehold. Tantrums, time outs, snuggles, spit up, and poopy diapers on constant repeat over here. Now if only I could explain to my two and a half year old that she can't put her fist in her brothers mouth or pick him up by his neck 😱. Oh, or not to hit him every time he cries. Lots of flying hands over here. Honestly, it's a miracle I've kept Wes alive up until this point. Thank goodness for phones and television because that's the only thing keeping this household afloat (mom guilt #1). 

I spent the past 9 months envisioning how this moment would be when I brought home our little man and introduced him to his sister. At first it was a dream. Zoe couldn't wait to hold her baby and give him all the kisses. Here I was thinking this was a match made in heaven. Fast forward and here I am crying on the floor wondering if I made the right decision. So much mommy guilt is flying around over here for Zoe. Those poor little humans just don't know how to process their whole world turning upside down. You hear about children having regression or going through tantrums while they adjust to their new siblings, but I swear Zoe is on a whole other level and no one is safe! Random strangers at the park, her swim classmates, adults, big kids, little babies, animals. If you blink she will find you and she will try to murder you. I've lately started depicting Zoe's personality to a cat, completely unpredictable and lethal. 

So many times I asked myself should Eric and I have waited longer to have Wes. Are we ruining Zoe by having him. Are we disciplining her too harshly when she acts out. Should we discipline her at all. A lot of questioning over here, but to answer the first question... no. Eric and I felt so strongly that this was the time to have another baby. We prayed for a beautiful soul and here he is in the flesh. He is our angel baby. And for all of the hits and abuse he receives from his sister he handles it like a champ. He's just so absolutely precious, patient, smiley, observant, mellow. I couldn't have asked for an easier baby. He's basically been sleeping through the night since the day he was born (of course now that I've said that it will probably change tonight). 

Life with two little humans to care for is no easy task. So much of who you are and your time and energy is pulled in every direction. Finding the balance between caring for my family and not losing myself seems nearly impossible at this point. But I feel like I'm seeing that tiny light at the end of a very long tunnel. I long for that day when this little family we created will fall perfectly into place. Where the tantrums become few and far between. Where Wes will start hitting all those fun milestones. Where Zoe starts talking and becomes my very best friend. Where going to the gym can be a daily occurrence. It will be hard until then, but I hope to keep you all up to date! Make sure to follow along. I'm planning on posting another update in a month or so and let you all know how the transition is going. Until then, wish me luck!


HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!







You know you have a keeper when your hubby remembers you mentioning weeks ago your dream "photo spot" and takes you there to take mother's day pictures with your kids!

Happy Mother's Day. Here's to strong women who raise children, guide our children, are that shoulder to cry on, that voice of reason, a loving example. Women are awesome!

To my own mother, thank you. Thank you for being fearless, hard working, our biggest advocate, constant supporter. Thank you for showing me how to be strong willed. Thank you for never giving up on me even through the hard days. Thank you for loving my babies with every ounce. I hope you know how much you are my role model.

I read this quote the other day, and I don't know why but I just love everything about it and hope my children see this in me.

"To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power."
- Maya Angelou

INTRODUCING...


Wes Arthur Taylor 
Our little lucky charm born Friday the 13th
7 lbs 12 oz, 20 1/4 inches long
Long fingers, long toes
A head full of dark stick straight hair
A dream baby (so far)

Taking in all the new baby smells, cuddles and navigating the whole parenting two little ones thing. Wish us luck!!

LONDON CALLING


Hello London, 
You're beautiful! 

I've been wanting to go to London for as long as I can remember. It's probably because I've been obsessed with the story of Peter Pan since the beginning of time, ha! A few months back I came across these super cheap flights and instantly sent Eric a link. To my surprise he was totally game and bought them right then and there while he was at work. I was a little apprehensive leading up to this trip. I had never left Zoe alone for a whole day before, let alone being in an entirely different country. I had a few months to work up my courage. Of course the day of our trip I was a complete mess. I kept it together until I dropped her off at my parents house and was out the door, but I cried all the way to the airport. I'm so blessed to have family so close and who are willing to take such good care of her while we were away for a week. It included lots of emails to my mom asking for constant pictures. I also kept a watch on that had the time from back home so I could frequently look at it and try and think what Zoe would be doing right then and there. Needless to say, I never once forgot about her. But I also managed to have a little fun at the same time. 

While there, we really lucked out with gorgeous weather the majority of the time (besides the very chilly temperatures). Luckily walking 10+ miles a day kept you warm enough, along with a new few extra pounds (thanks pregnancy weight 😏). Before our trip I sent Eric a list of all the places I wanted to see and things to do. He did an amazing job creating a schedule that mapped out everything perfectly so we always knew where we needed to go. We never once got lost, my little Eagle Scout! Granted, it also helps being in an English speaking country this time around. At the top of my list of things to see was Big Ben of course (hello, Peter Pan). To my luck it was covered in scaffolding, but I didn't let that rain on my parade. Also on my list was Westminster Abby, Buckingham Palace, the Peter Pan statue, J.M. Barrie's house, Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, Notting Hill, and Greenwich. We went to all of these, and then some (including seeing The Lion King on broadway)! We also took a tour bus down to see the Dover Cliffs and Leeds Castle. The whole trip was such a blur. At the end of the week Eric asked me what my favorite thing we did was but I couldn't even remember, each day got lumped into one giant pile of fun! But don't take my work for it, make sure to read more to see our trip!!!

* Also, I swear I brought more clothes on this trip. Apparently it looks like I wore the same thing every day... Oh well.

^^ I wasn't expecting so many gorgeous fall leaves this late into Fall when we landed in London. So many pops of color! It was so fun just seeing people throwing leaves left and right taking pictures. ^^



 ^^ I spy the London Eye! ^^

 ^^ I've always been interested in the Royal family. One of my first crushes was Prince William. Of course I watched the Royal Wedding. And I've probably seen every documentary on Princess Diana that's ever been made. It was so surreal walking the streets and being surrounded by history and thinking of the amount of people who crowded the Buckingham Palace during every occasion just to get a glimpse. ^^



 ^^ So many people came out to see the changing of the guards. You couldn't move an inch in any direction! ^^

^^ Obligatory London telephone booth picture, featuring Westminster Abbey in the background! ^^
 ^^ We stumbled across SO many beautiful parks just walking around. We found this park in Greenwich after taking a boat ride on the channel. I wish we had spent more time here, it was SO pretty and quaint. ^^

^^ PETER PAN STATUE!!!!! ^^


^^ Double decker buses and taxi cabs, oh my! ^^


 ^^ Just pretend there isn't scaffolding on Big Ben. Still so pretty! ^^

^^ The Tower Bridge. ^^

 ^^ Of course if you're in London you have to cross Abbey Road. It's nearly impossible to get a shot solo, but this was the best we could get. I'll take it! ^^



 ^^ Walking around the cute little city of Canterbury! How cute is this book shop?! I had to double check to make sure my eyes weren't seeing things. Also, the cute old woman just adds to this too! ^^


 ^^ Eric walking around the library of Leeds Castle. ^^
 ^^ Getting lost with this handsome stud in a field maze. ^^


 ^^ Me and baby boy outside Leeds Castle. The grounds were so beautiful! Eric kept saying Zoe was going to get married here one day. I guess we better start saving up now... ^^

 ^^ It was so amazing to explore Dover. I actually have ancestors from here so it was just crazy to think of all the history that happened here. ^^

 ^^ Walking along Piccadilly Street waiting to see The Lion King we just happened to stumble across the London Premier of Daddy's Home 2. John Lithgow was just a few feet away, this picture isn't zoomed in at all. ^^

 ^^ Next was Will Ferrell! He seemed so nice. I had to hold in as much as I could to not yell "Santa, I know him!" And right after this we saw Baby Spice from the Spice Girls hosting some sort of lighting event. Who knew Piccadilly Street was the place to be. ^^

^^ We planned to pop by and take a picture in front of Platform 9 ¾ I had no idea how popular this was going to be. The line was INSANE so we opted for taking pictures from afar instead. ^^

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