weight & height: 17 pounds 12 ounces and 25.83 inches long! I haven't grown much length wise but have been filling in around my belly and thighs. Mom and Dad love being able to see that I'm a healthy, well-fed baby! :D eating & sleeping: I have officially made the switch over to drinking all formula, and it's been working really well. My tummy feels lots better than before and I'm able to stay full for longer periods of time. I still haven't tried any solid foods yet, but have heard that rice cereal is somewhere in my near future so I'm excited for that! exciting firsts/milestones: I've rolled over a couple more times since last month (though it's still not a super regular thing) and have learned how to sit up for really brief periods of time. I love being able to be up straight and see everything happening around me and hope that I can learn how to get the hang of sitting soon so that it can become a regular thing! I also went trick-or-treating with all of my dental school baby friends for the first time on Halloween and experienced my very first Thanksgiving! Being around all of Mommy & Daddy's friends and all of my dental school baby friends for the holidays has been an absolute blast!! I've loved getting to spend time with what Mom calls our "Kentucky family"! We do get to go and see our big Pett and Anderson families for Christmas though, and I'm so excited to be able to spend that time with them :) things I love: Right now my favorite thing in the world is talking to people and making noises with my mouth. I have so much to say and love when people listen to me and talk back!! I also still really love attention and playtime from EVERYONE, especially Mom, Dad, and H, and will laugh a TON when any of them act silly or tickle me! I'm also constantly trying to eat EVERYTHING, and have had a fun time of showing everyone my trick of fitting my entire fist in my mouth. Everyone seems to think that I might be teething but none have showed up yet! things I don't enjoy so much: I've recently started to discover what a big world I live in, so I don't very much like being in a situation where I can't see or hear Mom or Dad for longer than 30 seconds, even if they're just in the other room. Typically though as long as they're within sight though and I'm fed & get my naps, I'm a really happy baby that will rarely pitch a fit or cry. mom & dad's biggest parenting lesson so far: It's not so much a lesson this month, but lately Mom & Dad have been having a really fun time being able to enjoy all of my "firsts" with me. With the holidays coming up there's a lot to be enjoyed and always something to be celebrated, and Mom & Dad love and feel extremely lucky to have me and be able to experience all of the excitement together. :) Mom is also TRYING to learn how to not go overboard with her Christmas shopping for me this year, but I think that might be a lesson that she'll just have to keep on learning for next year because this year she's doing a horrible job at it. ;D
Thanks so much for stopping by and reading about Emery's growth and adventures in her sweet little life!
We love being able to share her updates with everyone, especially family and loved ones that live far away!
You guys, Thanksgiving is literally TOMORROW and I seriously cannot contain my excitement. Not only do I love the chance to spend time with loved ones and reflect oneverything that I'm grateful for, but it also means that in a mere 48 hours I get to jump in head first to a full month of non-stop Christmas celebration! The holiday season is probably one of my favorite cold-weather times of year to dress for because I feel like it's totally acceptable to layer on layers on layers and make your outfit as festive as you wish without it looking too out of place. ;D The outfit for this week's #bloggersFALLfor trend is honestly one of my go-to's to wear around this time of year because it fits so well into the above qualifications!! Plus for any of my nursing mamas out there this is actually a nursing friendly outfit that can be worn and not freeze you from the inside out while feeding your baby because the majority of you can still be covered! Chambray is in my opinion one of the BEST staple items to have in your closet full of clothes, so much that mine actually stays in my closet all year round instead of getting switched out with the seasons. I love a chambray with white jeans or bright colored shorts in the warm months, but in the colder months I am all about layering it with sweaters, vests, and scarves. It's been weirdly cold in Louisville as of late, so this outfit got layered with all of the above. :) I so hope that everyone has the BEST of Thanksgivings with family and loved ones!! May your hearts be grateful, your tummy's well fed, and your holiday style on point. ;D Also, be sure to check out how all of my lovely blogger friends styled their own chambray looks below and give their blogs some love! This will be the last week in our #bloggersFALLfor series, but the friendships made with these sweet girls are long lasting! I love that blogging gives me the chance to interact with and meet such amazing women every day! I'm definitely grateful for all of the opportunities! Cheers!
me || dress + sweater: gap | shoes: target . . . . . kyle || shirt: tjmaxx | pants: old navy | shoes: kohl's
emery || dress + tights: baby gap | bow: salt city littles (get 35% off $10 or more with code CHELSEA35)
Back in June a couple of weeks before Emery was born, I ran across the quote, "Gratitude turns what we have into enough." I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but something about that quote struck a chord with me, so I wrote it down and made a mental note to figure out a better way to preserve it so that I could more readily remember and implement it into my daily way of thinking. Since that summer day a few months ago, quite a bit has happened in our lives; we've moved into a different apartment, Kyle started his second year of dental school, we've made lots of new friends, had family visit, gone to visit family, and of course experienced the birth of our sweet little girl. With such a whirlwind of events, I feel like I haven't often been able to take time to really slow down and "smell the roses" in life. I jump quickly from task to task and day to day, and now that we are almost into December I realize that Emery is almost at her half birthday and Kyle is almost half way done with what is notorious for being the hardest year of his dental school career. For me, the Thanksgiving holiday is my chance to take that needed breath, slow down, and reflect on all of life's many blessings. Life is so good, and I can genuinely say that I am happier now in this moment and stage of life than I've ever been before. I almost have to laugh at how happy and good I feel, because on paper our lives probably seem much less extravagant and exciting than others, but it doesn't feel that way to me. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by Kyle's school load, I find myself amazed at how well he manages the stress of it all and still finds plenty of time to dedicate to me and Emery. Instead of feeling unhappy about having a job, I feel so grateful that my "work" is to play with a spunky little toddler and that and that it allows for me to stay with Emery all day, every day. Our living space is small compared to some, but we have space enough for our needs, and the smaller apartment living allows us to live close to SO many amazing friends that we interact with almost daily. It was during a conversation with Kyle about these things that everything came full circle and I truly realized exactly how gratitude has turned what we have right now into exactly enough. We have our lives and everything in them, and we can choose to either want for more or to be grateful with what we have. I have exactly what I need within my family, friends, and loved ones, and that is more than enough for me. ☺
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our loved ones & friends!
hat: j.crew factory | scarf: old (similar here) | sweater: aeo | lips: sheer berry c/o rachel mccarty lips
emery: jacket: carter's | bib: copper pearl | bow: sweet little soul (use EMERY20 for 20% off purchase until 11/30)
So you know that friend that you are ALWAYS waiting on no matter what the circumstance? The friend that is at least five minutes late to everything? I hate to admit it, but I am that friend. I'd blame it on having a baby, except for that I was the perpetually late friend even before getting pregnant and having Emery and that was with friends that already had kids so.... I basically have no excuse. It's just one of those things where I am always running late because of who I am as a person, and it's definitely not my finest trait. Since becoming a nanny and mom my lateness has become even more cumbersome than before because babies and toddlers HATE waiting more than anything in the whole world, and my entire life now revolves around their eating & napping schedules that are imperative to keep close to unless I want to deal with the meltdown of the century. Over the years I've worked really hard to try and fix my punctuality problem to no avail, but I have however become quite the master of a few really quick and easy beauty secrets to help keep my getting ready time in the morning to 15 minutes tops. Less time taken getting ready in the mornings equals more playtime for the kiddos and more time to get other things done, and I'll take all of that quality time that I can get! Also, in addition to my 15 minute beauty secrets I also have a great discount code AND a giveaway opportunity for one of my newly found/favorite makeup brands, so keep reading and as always share the love with your friends! :)
Tip #1: Embrace cute hats and dry shampoo. This tip is first because it probably saves me the most time overall. Not only do I save time on not having to wash my hair as often (any new moms out there that can't remember the last time you showered relate??) and it saves me time in the mornings while actually styling my hair because I'm not always having to style from square one. My natural hair is curly and thick and takes SO LONG to style out of the shower, so I love being able to just spray some dry shampoo in my hair in the mornings, brush it out, and then throw on a hat to cover any waves that I don't feel like straightening! The nice thing about hats to is that there is literally a hat for every season: wool hats for fall, beanies for winter, and either baseball caps or floppy hats for spring and summer! Believe me when I say I take full advantage of this beauty secret all year round and LOVE the time that it saves me!!
Tip #2: Versatility in your closet is crucial. There was a time in my life where I literally owned closets full of clothes. You read that right, closets, and in more than one. I seriously love shopping, and the mountains of clothing in my house were proof of my addiction. The problem with having so many clothes though is that it would take me FOREVER to figure out what I wanted to wear in the mornings. I tried picking out my outfits the night before, but that wasted twice as much time because I'd spend an eternity deciding what to wear the night before and then would inevitably change my mind by morning and have to start the whole process over again. I finally couldn't take it anymore and switched to a wardrobe capsule, donating over five garbage bags of clothes in the process. You don't have to give away all of your clothes if you don't want to, but I would highly recommend making sure that the clothes that do live in the main portion of your closet are so versatile to the point where you could literally grab any top, bottoms, and shoes and be happy with how they look together. If there's something that doesn't quite go that you can't let go of, put it away somewhere where it won't be seen and save it for a special day when you need a little pick-me-up or a special occasion outfit. Being able to get dressed in less than two minutes and always feel comfortable with how my clothes look together is a huge time saver, plus has made me a smarter shopper as well. If you're curious to learn more about this system, go ahead and check it our here.
Tip #3: Make smart make-up choices. My make-up was probably the hardest part of my morning routine to cut time on because I feel like I need a minimum amount done to my face to feel presentable to the public. My ultimate solution was to prioritize what my most important make-up items were, and then to make sure that the products that I use last me all day long so that I'm not losing time throughout the day reapplying. My top make-up items that I can't go without are foundation, mascara, and lip color. I use Clinique for my primer, concealer, foundation, and powder, then use Too-Faced mascara for my eyes. For my lip color, I've recently become a HUGE fan of Lip Sense's complete lip kit including color stain, gloss, and the remover. I will admit that it took me a really long time to try Lip Sense because the price is comparable to lipstick sold at Nordstrom and Sephora, and I am normally REALLY weary of MLM's, but since trying it I am seriously amazed at how well it works. This stuff literally stays on ALL DAY LONG, and I LOVE being able to wear lipstick on the daily without having to reapply! Even with how much I love the product I have no intentions of becoming a distributor (and honestly still kinda hate the fact that it is an MLM) BUT I am dedicated to sharing 100% honest opinions with you all on brands & products that I try and I really do love this one! Also, because I am all about sharing the love, I have teamed up with Lip Sense distributor Rachel McCarty to offer all of my readers an EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT AND GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY!! From now until November 30th 2016, you can receive 10% off of your entire Lip Sense order done through Rachel by mentioning the code LATEFRIEND10 when you message her your order! On top of that, everyone of my readers who puts in an order with her by November 19th will also be entered into a giveaway for an extra surprise color free of charge!! If you were like me where you've been wanting to try Lip Sense but have maybe been hung up on the price, this is the perfect time to give it a shot! Not only will you get the discount off of anything that you buy, but can also have the opportunity to win an extra color! For any wanting to take advantage of this deal, you can contact/follow Rachel to order through Instagram or Facebook.
Hopefully some of these tips are able to help anyone out there that is a little like me and has a hard time finding time to get ready! I may forever be running late, but at least by saving time where I can I'm able to put more time into the things I love, and that my friends makes for one happy baby and mama! :D Do you have any fun beauty tips or routines that help you get ready faster in the mornings?? If you do be sure to drop them in the comments below! Heaven knows that I need all the help I can get when it comes to being on time and I'd love to hear what works well for all of you!! Cheers!
It's week five of six with our #bloggersFALLfor collaboration, and thus far into the project I've learned two new things about myself. The first is that I really love fall trends and honestly feel like it is the most forgiving/comfortable season to dress for; the second is that about 90 percent of my wardrobe is the result of either online shopping or Target. For some reason taking a toddler and a baby to the mall to go shopping is just not the easiest thing in the world, so my clothing choices have taken a slight shift where I still try to shop stylish but in the most convenient way possible. ;D This long cardigan is a major favorite of mine because it is so warm and literally feels like I'm wearing a blanket, but has such cute details in the pockets and collar that I feel like I can wear it with almost anything and have it work! I kept this outfit as a basic everyday look with one of my favorite t-shirts, skinny jeans, and loafers, but this cardigan would also look great with a mid-thigh to knee-length dress, flares and heeled boots, leggings and a tunic, or even a nice pair of dress pants and a blouse for any of our professional ladies! I could honestly probably wear this cardigan every day which makes it a big staple item in my closet! Versatility is such a huge part of avoiding unnecessary clutter in the closet and any part of life that can be simplified while still looking good is a major win in my book! Be sure to check out how all of my lovely blogger friends styled their own looks below and check out each of their posts! Also, to see all current and previous looks that we've done this season check out #bloggersFALLfor on Instagram! We all have one more trend to feature for you this season coming next week so stay tuned!! Cheers! :)
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