Baby

SHE LOVES HIM

Baby and baby bump
I know she has no real understanding of what that big belly means and how much her life is going to change (for the better!), but watching Isla cuddle and obsess over her baby brother these last few weeks has been pretty special. Ever since my niece was born and we started showing Isla pictures of her she’s become obsessed with babies. She asks for “baby, baby, baby” while using sign language to say “more” so that we’ll show her pictures of baby Laila. Then she says “aawww” in the cutest little voice and kisses the phone. When we turn off the camera she promptly loses all her marbles and throws herself onto the floor kicking and screaming and crying for “BABY!!!” And now that has translated to my bump. She randomly pulls up my shirt (or dress!) and then pushes my belly button and screams, as if it’s literally a button that makes her scream. Then she giggles and kisses and cuddles her baby brother until my heart explodes. It’s like she already knows him and loves him with all her tiny heart. I’ve been in love with my sweet girl since before she entered this world, but watching this new side of her and imagining her with her baby brother is almost too much to bear. She makes all my discomfort and stretching and nausea seem so far away, if only for a moment.

Do you ever wonder if siblings are connected before they even enter this world? I know that’s the case with twins, but I’m convinced Isla has a special bond with her brother already and that he’s in there listening to her voice and laughing at her funny jokes. Sometimes when she has her head on my belly he kicks and boogies all around and I really believe he’s trying to talk to her. I’m their mama and I’m pretty certain they love each other already. I hope I never forget what it’s been like watching these two get acquainted and I can’t wait for them to meet some day soon.

Baby cuddling baby bump

Maternity Style

IT’S NOT A MUMU

Maternity Style: Cotton On T-Shirt DressBut I can see why you’re confused.  You’re thinking, “Put a belt on it!” I’m not a belt over the bump kinda girl though. I do it occasionally, but it never quite feels right. I don’t typically buy babydoll dresses so why turn a normal dress into one? And why mess with an otherwise unbelievably comfortable dress? So sleeveless blazer it is. Heels help, too. Anyway. This it’s-not-a-mumu is from Cotton On. I recently discovered this Australian shop and I’m a huge fan. Great non-maternity stuff that works for the bump. I ordered myself a few dresses and some things for baby boy. His stuff won’t make him look like he’s wearing a mumu though, promise.

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{Cotton On dress; Alice & Urban Outfitters sleeveless blazer (on sale!); Anthropologie sunglasses; Madewell sandals; J.Crew necklace; gifted James Michelle Jewelry initial necklace}

Life

LATELY

BeachIt’s been a busy week around here! My little sister came to visit us, we went to the Adventure Aquarium, introduced Isla to soft serve ice cream, hung out onn our tiny patio in Isla’s way-too-tiny Yankee Stadium pool to beat the treacherous heat, spent a few days down the shore and visited Sister Cities Park with friends. Needless to say, we’re keeping busy and enjoying summer! We have another beach trip coming up (with a visit from my mom) and then we head to Michigan to finally meet my new baby niece! I can’t wait. So here are just a few snaps from life lately.

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