Turning 35

On April 21, I turned 35. It feels odd because the years keep ticking by so quickly but I don’t feel like I’ve changed all that much. Sometimes I almost forget how old I am! I guess that’s what happens when you become an adult. Although the year seemed to go by in a blur, I like to reflect on the past 365 days each year around my birthday to remind myself of all the good in my life. It’s easy to get caught up in all the things you didn’t accomplish in a year, or think about how you’re not where you wanted to be in life by a certain age, so I find that taking a moment to acknowledge all the blessings is really useful. I’m making a concerted effort to focus more on gratitude, and while it’s definitely a work in progress, things like this help. With that in mind, here’s a rundown of what I’m most grateful for over the past year:

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Date Night in NYC!

This past Saturday David and I spent the night in New York City while my parents took care of Jackson. Having grandparents close by is the best! It was a rather spontaneous trip that we decided to take as kind of a “last hoorah” before the baby arrives in about six weeks. Being in between both of our birthdays, it was also an excuse to celebrate and just enjoy each other’s company one on one, which is something we don’t do nearly enough of these days, admittedly.  This was actually the first time that we have both been away from Jackson overnight at the same time since he was born!

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Jackson Update: 20 Months


The last Jackson update I did was when he was ten months old and still technically a baby, so a current one is long overdue. I certainly can’t call him a baby anymore now that I have a full-fledged toddler on my hands who will be TWO in just a few months. Excuse me while I go cry a million tears into my coffee…. Jackson has changed so, so much even since he was 16 months or so, and it seems like he masters something new almost every week now. It’s amazing to watch and also a bit bittersweet since he’s growing up so fast (a little too fast in my opinion!). I’m trying to stay focused on the moment, even the seemingly mundane ones, because I know how fast he’ll be onto the next phase.  Continue reading “Jackson Update: 20 Months”

Baby #2!

Bump pic #2

I couldn’t be happier to share that David and I are expecting baby number 2 this spring! The due date is three weeks before Jackson turns two. We shared the news with our families at Thanksgiving and on social media the Friday before Christmas, but I’m planning on creating some pregnancy-related content on the blog, so I wanted to announce it here as well. Believe it or not, I’m actually about halfway through the pregnancy already (I’ll be officially 20 weeks along on Monday), and fortunately, it has been uneventful so far. I can’t believe how fast the time is flying! Continue reading “Baby #2!”

First Snow!

At the time I’m writing this, we’ve actually had a second snow, but I wanted to share some pictures David and I snapped last weekend on our first snow day of the season. You’d think having grown up in the Northeast, I’d be totally indifferent to snow at this point, but there’s just something about the first snowfall each winter that will never get old. It helps when you don’t have the pressure of having to get anywhere, and since the snow hit on Saturday, we were able to lay low and really enjoy it. I’m sure a couple of months from now I’ll be longing for sun and sand, but around the holidays, I’m all for the snow! Seeing the snow through Jackson’s eyes made it all the more magical too. We got so many cute pics of him experiencing the snow for the first time and I’m so glad we were able to capture such a memorable day. Here are some of my favorites: Continue reading “First Snow!”

Life Update

After a pretty lengthy blogging hiatus, I’m excited to get back into regular posting. Over the past several months we’ve been busy with some pretty major life changes–mainly buying and moving into our first house!–but things are finally beginning to settle down and it’s so nice to have a place we can call home for the long haul. Bring on ALL the holiday decorations! Continue reading “Life Update”

Baby Recap: Ten Months Old

This past Monday Jackson hit ten months. In just two more months we’ll officially have a one-year-old on our hands. That is so crazy to me! As usual, the past thirty days flew by, but I’m happy to report that I think we’re FINALLY over the hump of illness around here (knocking on wood). Jackson did catch a couple more colds that then passed on to Mom and Dad, but they were no big deal, especially after the ordeal that was Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (If you missed the nine month recap, you can read all about that fun virus here). I’m really hoping this means we’re over the worst! Onward and upward. Continue reading “Baby Recap: Ten Months Old”

Happy Birthday to My Hubs!


Shortly after David and I first started dating I attended a party for his twenty ninth birthday. Today he turns 38! It’s hard to believe we’ve been celebrating birthdays together for close to a decade, but you know what they say, time flies when you’re having fun. I know David’s not thrilled about being another year older, but I personally think he has a lot to celebrate this year. This is his first birthday as a dad, for one! And after a very hectic 2016–we moved halfway across the country and then back again over the course of six months–we’re happily settled back on the east coast. With all the craziness of the past year, I haven’t been great about expressing my appreciation for everything David does for me (and now Jackson), but there’s no time like the present! So here goes. Continue reading “Happy Birthday to My Hubs!”

Baby Recap: Nine Months Old

I’ve been seriously slacking on posting over the past couple weeks and really have no excuse other than the fact that the weather has left me majorly unmotivated. This time of year always makes me super antsy to get outside and back into nature, while uninspired to do anything indoors. Anyone else out there in the same boat? But, our little peanut is nine months old today, so I had to pop on and at least write a monthly recap!  Continue reading “Baby Recap: Nine Months Old”

Baby Recap: Eight Months Old

Jackson turned eight months old on Friday. I can’t believe in just four more months he’ll be turning one. Time needs to slow waaay down!


The past month has passed by in a bit of a blur. Since starting daycare in early January Jackson has been sick every single week with one thing or another.  First a stomach virus, then a cold, then another cold followed by a double ear infection, then another cold. Seriously, it NEVER ends! The doctor said it’s normal and that we can expect Jackson to be sick for the first six months after starting daycare but I’m praying that won’t be true for him. Really, half a year?! I can’t take four more months of this!! Spring, please get here STAT! Continue reading “Baby Recap: Eight Months Old”