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    BOYS, BOYS, BOYS.

    It’s been a while since I did an update on Luca and Harlow, and since they are growing up way too fast, I thought I would post one here and now. We are in such a busy season of our lives right now, and even though my eyes are tired and my brain is foggy, I know one day I will look back on this chapter and miss it dearly. I don’t think I’ve yet mentioned it on the blog, but I’ve been working two days a week as a waitress at a breakfast/lunch spot a bit further down south. I chose to go back to work to help bring in extra income and to take some of the financial weight off of Miles’ shoulders.  I waited tables all through college, and I knew if I was only going to be able to work twice a week, that would be the only job that would bring in a substantial cashflow, and at the same time allow me a flexible schedule with the kiddos. Basically, the job had to be worth my time. It hasn’t been too hard of an adjustment. I’ve been in this new routine since May, and I’ve seen how it has helped our family tremendously. I love being able to contribute monetarily for my family although I do still long for the day I can stop pouring other people’s coffee, and be back at home with L + H. There is no undignified work though, and I am no better than the career of waitressing, I am a waitress, after all. I always remind myself why I do what I do, and in this moment in time, I do what I do for them. I don’t know how I got so lucky to be their mama, but gosh I am so grateful I am. So onto much more exciting and important things, Lu and Harlow!

    Luca Lennox 4 years 2 months— Wow, is this a fun age. Luca is becoming his own person more and more everyday, and his individuality is beaming through. I have really been working towards harvesting that, and trying my best not to influence it too much with my own wants and aspirations for him. The conversations we have are some of my favorite. He’s more observant than anyone I know, and loves so darn hard. Lu also loves to dance, probably more than anything else. His favorite songs are ’24K Magic’ and ‘Uptown Funk’ by Bruno Mars. Also a close runner up is ‘Believer’ by Imagine Dragons. He’s had the dance moves going ever since his little ears first heard a song, and he shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. I wish I could say he got his moves from his dad and I, but I’m pretty sure this is an inherent talent. He calls the splits the “squants” which is absolutely hysterical when you say it out loud.  He really enjoys going to preschool, and comes home singing about the colors in Spanish everyday. He is still off the charts in height + size for his age, in fact, when I carry him from the car while he’s sleeping, it looks pretty ridiculous as his legs hang far down below my knees. A few years more, and I’m certain he’ll outgrow me. He’s a sensitive soul with a really big heart. Loves being a big brother, wants to eventually try out for America’s Got Talent, born with the gift of gab, and has a laugh identical to the grade school Grinch (in the Jim Carey version)…Oh Martha!, Oh Christmas!

    Harlow Rue 1 year 5 months–Lives off pizza or anything pizza is made of. I’ve found him eating candle wicks more times than I’d like to admit, which is odd because he always makes the same disgusted face when he puts it in his mouth, he’s yet to learn his lesson. Harlow used to love being held, but he has newfound independence and now wants to walk. by himself. everywhere. He’s so feisty, throws the most dramatic tantrums, and can cry on cue. He’s also so stubborn, and will not let up until he gets some version of his way. Also a really tough baby, and has busted his lip three times now from either jumping off of furniture or wresting with his big brother. He calls everyone “Daaaa,” except Miles and Luca, they are Dada and Lala, respectively. Har, unlike Luca, is on the average spectrum for height and weight, although he looks so tiny to us as we are only used to having a baby who is large and in charge. He makes really funny facial expressions, and is babbling so much these days. He says ‘yes,’ ‘please,’ ‘owie,’ ‘hi,’ and shakes his head for ‘no.” The rest is hard to decode, but if he senses we aren’t quite understanding, he’ll just point or show us what we’re missing. Loves Thomas the Train and alll the train figurines and tracks. He mimics everything Luca does, has long black eyelashes, and the gap between his two front teeth has officially closed, which I’m actually really bummed about!, gives lip kisses and hugs, and is the best thing to happen to Luca, Miles, and myself.

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    THE OCTOBER LEDGER!

    Location: HALLOWEENTOWN

    Okay, so I skipped September, but I really loved doing the ledger in August so I’m back at it again! It was especially fun to look back on it mid month and see all that I actually did + accomplished from the list I compiled!  Here’s October for ya!

    October 1 Pull out and put up your Halloween decor! I’ll be doing a mini fall home tour soon!

    October 2 Start lighting all the fall candles! This year, these are my favorites: this one, this one, and this one. P.S. The Capri Blue candle will definitely burn the longest and give you the most scent/sq. footage, but if you are on a budget, I’ve been burning the Target one and have been really impressed! I linked the Diptyque one, and yes it is a splurge, but I have found these to be the best quality candles of all time–they may be little, but they pack a big punch, kinda like myself, ha!

    October 3  Hang a halloween felt garland. We bought ours from this Etsy shop.

    October 4  Celebrate world taco day! Have you tried my vegan avocado tacos yet?!

    October 5 Start to stalk up on dry skin remedies like chapstick, hand cream, and the holy grail of dry skin remedies, this stuff <– it may say hand cream, but you can use it everywhere.

    October 6 Get in the kitchen and get baking! I’m looking to try this recipe, as well as this one. If you can’t find the time or don’t care for the mess, you can buy these pre-made Halloween gingerbread houses!

    October 7 Read some Halloween books with the babies, I have a post of our favorites coming to you soon!

    October 8 Attend a Concert! We are going to see Coldplay downtown this month, and I cannot wait. I’ve been wanting to see them ever since I can remember! Every time I attend a concert I always think, I’m definitely going to make an effort to attend more concerts, but then life happens, so I’m really excited to have actually planned this one out so far in advance! I think I bought the tickets in May?

    October 9 This may seem so 7th grade, but I actually really like American Eagle lately! I think they are making a comeback?! If nothing else, definitely get yourself a few pairs of lounge socks from there, they have the very best. I’m going to get festive with these orange ones.

    October 10 Give in and finally get myself these slippers, and these boots. Read more

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    STILL NURSING, ALWAYS MOTHERING.

    Location: THE STRUGGLE BUS STATION

    Let me start by prefacing this post by saying I feel extremely fortunate this time around to have been able to breastfeed Harlow. If you have been following along with us, you know I wasn’t able to breastfeed Luca, and I was comfortable with my decision at that time, and am still thrilled with that decision now, and hence moving forward. I think every mama is doing her very best to feed her babies however that might be, so please read this post as merely circumstantial, and not as me whining about my blessings, I know them well and count them every day.

    Okay, so now that I’ve said what I needed to say, Harlow is just about 16 and a half months and we are still nursing. He doesn’t have any particular or definitive breastfeeding schedule, but rather just nurses on demand. My goal was to make it 6 months, and well, while I planned to stop at a year, it just goes to show you how nothing can really be “planned” with children. I know how normal and natural this is, and I have zero qualms about that, it’s more so the sleep aspect of this journey. Harlow doesn’t sleep through the night. He wakes once or twice a night to nurse himself back to sleep. For me, this is extremely difficult. I feel overtired and overwhelmed. We recently tried to begin sleeping him in his crib using the Ferber method. This has been working well as for going to bed, but he wakes up at 1 a.m. crying. I have a hard time letting him cry it out because I worry it will wake up Luca and Miles, but I also want him to learn to self soothe. So many dilemmas, just one mama here. Read more

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    LIFE LATELY + FALL STYLE IDEAS

    Location: CURRENTLY IN A SWEATER

    fall style ideas

    How is it September, how are we approaching fall?! I have never had a year fly by so quickly as 2017 has. We had our big “heatwave” of the summer these last two weeks. I know, we live in San Diego, but guys, it does have one or two weeks in the year where the weather is miserable, I promise! The real issue isn’t so much the heat, it’s more so the lack of A.C. Many of the homes out here only have heat, simply because you really don’t need air conditioning about 95% of the year, but then that 5% happens and mixed with the humidity, you’ll find yourself putting your face in the freezer or making trips to places that do!

    I’m so excited about fall, that I ordered a PSL today (pumpkin spice latte for all you non-basics haha) but can all the stores collectively tone down the Halloween decorations? It’s giving me anxiety. I was at Michaels, and saw a wall of Christmas decor. Yikes! It seems to come out sooner and sooner every year. It makes everything feel so rushed! I want to enjoy the simplicity of Autumn, then Halloween, then Thanksgiving, then Christmas, etc., but I want to enjoy them presently and as the unique individuals they are, ha! Read more

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    BIG BROTHER, LITTLE BROTHER.

    Location: kidshoes.com

    Luca and Harlow are exactly 2 years and 9 months apart. This was somewhat intentional because I really wanted them to be close enough in age to be able to foster a close knit relationship, but yet far enough apart to give us space to really get to spend time with Luca during those first two years, and then of course have that same time to give to Harlow, as Luca has now become really independent. I say “somewhat intentional” because can we ever really plan out life? We plan, and God laughs…you know the saying.

    Anyway, when I became pregnant with Harlow, I really had no preference as to what the gender of the baby would be. Deep down, I think I really did want another boy so that Luca would have a brother. I grew up with a sister and it has been one of my life’s biggest blessings. To this day, we are still best friends–We’ve been through so much together, and we have been able to experience different life stages together, and that’s exactly what I wanted for Luca and his sibling. And if I’m being honest, I also really wanted to be able to buy them coordinating outfits!

    I’ve never been a huge fan of getting too matchy-matchy, which is why I said coordinating. I like to have some matching pieces with complimenting pieces. For example, one day I might put green shorts on Harlow and a green shirt on Lu, a black shirt on Har, and black shorts on Lu…or like in these photos, I’ll do matching shirts and shoes, and coordinating neutral shorts, or something of the like…

    We recently found this brand, Sydney Jordyn through kidshoes.com, and the best part is they make matching toddler annnd baby shoes, so I’m able to find matching shoes that come in both Luca and Harlow’s sizes. I’m obsessed with how cute these little pewter high tops are! And even though they have laces (the most dreaded shoe things for moms everywhere) they’re just for show and the shoes actually have a hidden zipper so you can slip them on easily.

    When we shop for shoes for both boys, the most important thing above style, is the fit and the sole. We want to make sure, the boys have comfortable and good fitting shoes as their feet are at a constant state of growth. Harlow started walking almost 5 months ago, and we knew how important soft shoe support was in keeping him stable. The soles are soft enough for Harlow as a “newer” walker, so they still give his round baby feet a good roll when he steps.

    Isn’t there something so adorable about little feet in shoes!? It’s always made me so happy when babies who can’t even walk yet are wearing sneakers or sandals!

    What are some of your go to shoes for babies and toddlers? I’m always on the hunt for cute, good quality shoes that won’t cost me an arm and a leg!

    (Herrin-T sneakers c/o kidshoes.com all words and opinions are my own.)

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    FIRST DAY OF PRE-K

    Location: Preschool

    We woke up bright and early this morning with excitement for Lu’s first day of Preschool. He’s been in small care programs since he was about 2, mainly to stimulate his social development, but this was his very first day of actual school. It wasn’t too emotional for him, since he doesn’t have much attachment anxiety in regards to school. Don’t get me wrong, he cried and cried when we first started him in daycare, but after enduring those first two weeks, it was one of the best decisions we ever made. Now, he looks forward to making new friends and learning from new teachers. Once August hit, Summer had him pretty antsy to start back up again. We all kinda thrive on a routine over here. Read more

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