It's The Holiday Season

We went out and got our Christmas tree this afternoon. The holidays are so special this year, experiencing it all for the first time as a family of three! We found a beautiful tree from a local urban garden in Philly. Because we have 12' ceilings, we went all out and got our biggest tree yet! When we got our tree into the living room, Max crawled up to it and just stared at it for a long time. He was probably trying to figure out why there was a real tree in the room haha. We still have to decorate it, but for now, it's a beautiful and sweet-smelling addition to our home.

I love starting new traditions as a family. I have a few that I want to start this year with Max. What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? 


Pumpkin Patch

Our family outing to our local pumpkin patch was wonderful. We went late in the evening, when the sun was shining just right. It was Max's first trip to a pumpkin patch. It was so special to watch him take in all the new sights. He loved touching the pumpkins. He also loved smiling at all the people who said hello to him.
There's also something sooooo precious about bundled up babies. Max in sweaters, vests, coats and beanies just melts my heart. I think we'll make another trip out here before the season is over. They also have a giant apple orchard that we have yet to explore! Experiencing all these autumn traditions with our baby boy is really something special.  


Love of My Life

Today my baby boy turned 6 months old! I can't believe it. Time sure does fly. He is such a sweet boy. We can always get him to laugh, even when he's in a grumpy mood (which is usually around bedtime!) He is such a happy boy, especially when we're doing something outdoors.
I went back to work full-time a few weeks ago, which has been a new adjustment. Thankfully, I've landed my dream job at Free People's home office here in Philadelphia. I'm lucky enough to go to a job that I love. Otherwise, I don't think I'd ever have the motivation to leave my baby boy in the mornings. Luckily, Max is usually awake right around the time I'm getting ready for work. So I get to give him a cuddle and play before I head off. I've come to really treasure every single moment I have with him. 

Some new developments of Max's: 
// ALMOST crawling. He is such a determined little boy. He is trying so hard! He just needs to work out his coordination. I give it a few more weeks and he'll be unstoppable ;)
// Laughing at raspberries on his tummy. For the longest time, he didn't think raspberries were funny. Now he does, so we obviously do them all the time now haha!
// Sitting up (mostly) on his own. We definitely have to be there to spot him, but he's strong enough to sit up by himself. 
// Eating more solid foods. He loves carrots, apples, pears, and green beans. 
// Sleeping in a big boy crib!! He went from his Moses basket to a travel bassinet, and now his big boy crib! It's a beautiful white and birchwood one that Tim's parents got for Max. 
// Reaching out and grabbing things and holding his own bottle. He's got his coordination down as far as holding onto things on his own! 
// Not wanting to sit still for long haha! Like a true boy, Max does not like sitting still for too long. He wants to be on the ground, practicing his crawling. Or outside. The boy LOVES being outside. 

Guys, I love being a mama to this sweet kid. He is the little love of my life. 


Picnic Date

Max, 16 weeks old. Palmer Square Park, Chicago, IL.

Today we went out for a picnic in a park near our apartment. Chicago was mighty hot today, so it was a short outing. Max just loves looking up at the trees in the park. We made sandwiches and bought fresh strawberries and lemon water. We had a nice, relaxing time chatting together while Max hung out, quietly staring at the trees above. Oh, and he's pretty proud of his new trick - sticking his tongue out. Once he figured out he could make us laugh by doing it, he hasn't stopped! Haha! It's really cute that he loves making us laugh already.


My Little Dreamboat

My darling little Max is 3 months old! I feel like we see more and more of his personality come out each day. He is such an amazing boy. We've already traveled to New Zealand and back again. He is so patient with us and our crazy travels.

Lately, his days have been filled with: lots of chit-chattering back and forth, staring at lights in restaurants, wanting to be sitting upright & part of conversations, little smiles and giggles, kicking the water during bathtime, swaddled cuddles at bedtime, lullabies, almost sleeping through the night (!!), morning story time, and watching cousin Seth run around.

I am totally in love with this little boy. He is so sweet and special. My little dreamboat boy.


New Zealand Travels

Here we are, all the way in New Zealand! What a journey it was getting here. A 4-hour flight from Chicago to LA, then a 12-hour flight from LA to Auckland. Max did so well, sleeping his way through security checks, take-offs and landings. On our flight to New Zealand, we had a row of four seats all to ourselves and a little bassinet for Max. It was so amazing and Max traveled like a champ! We were so lucky with that.

Since we've arrived, it has been lots of time with family. They are so in love with the newest addition, getting in as many cuddles as possible. It's so special to see them with Max. He is my in-laws first grandchild so, needless to say, they're smitten. He's been smiling so much around them too! It's really something sweet. 

We're here for a few more weeks, so we're trying to get through our list of cafes to visit and friends to catch up with! I love it here so much. There are so many wonderful places to see. Sharing this place with my son makes it that much more magical here. 


Nursery Tour

Here's a little sneak peak into our boy's nursery. We're currently living in a 1 1/2 bedroom place in Chicago. The 1/2 bedroom has turned into a nursery/office. It works for now, since we don't have a crib! Our lease is up at the end of the summer, so we're planning on getting more space for when Max actually has a crib to sleep in ;) But for now, this little space is perfect for our fella.