OK, well we’re almost two. I’m getting a bit of a head start on celebrating. Can you blame me?!
It’s hard to believe it’s been almost two years since Jared and I packed up our lives and moved from Richmond, Virginia up here to lovely New England. It was a whirlwind of holidays and house hunting back in December 2012 but finding this home was truly meant to be. There’s still so much to do but oh how far we’ve come! Speaking of which- have you checked out our House Tour page lately? It’s an accomplishment to say the least.
This blog has captured every demoed wall, every decorated space, and all the ups and downs in between. I am so grateful to have this perfect snapshot of our life for the last two years. And now…
Well… notice anything different?
Yup, we’ve undergone a little makeover here at Where We Are Blog. A new year always makes me crave a little refresh and this year certainly warrants a big one. I have to admit, my consistency with posts has weaned in the last half of this year and I can’t guarantee I’ll bounce back to my daily posts once I have a baby hanging off my boob… T.M.I.?
But I love this blog and I have stellar intentions to come back in 2015 as a new and improved lifestyle blog. We still have plenty of house projects so DIY and Home Decor will continue to be the heart of Where We Are Blog but I hope to incorporate some more Mommy Blog type posts as I transition into that new role myself.
So Happy Christmas and Merry Everything as we take a breath and prepare for this next chapter in our life together as a soon-to-be family of three. Keep in touch with us through all our social media channels listed in the right rail and don’t forget to sign up to follow Where We Are Blog via email.
I can’t thank you enough for reading and your interest in our little piece of the world. In the past two years, I’ve heard from family members near and far plus strangers all over the globe because of this blog. I’ve become virtual friends with fellow DIYers and reconnected with distant cousins! It’s a fabulous community to be a part of and I look forward to many more blogging adventures with you!
Brooksby Farm is a legendary locale on the North Shore. A fall season rarely goes by without a field trip to good ol’ Brooksby for some apple picking and fresh cider donuts. So when North Shore photographer Julie Freitas suggested we meet at Brooksby for our maternity shoot, I replied “YES!” without hesitation.
Julie takes stunning photos of newborns and families that can best be described as cozy. The creamy colors and natural, rustic look was so obviously right up my alley. We’ll be bringing our little man to Julie’s studio in the days after he’s born to capture all the cuteness. I’ll be sure to share way more of those images in 2015 but for now, here are some of our favorites from our maternity shoot. Thanks again Julie!
HOW FAR ALONG: 34 weeks
BABY SIZE: 18 inches tall and weighing 5 pounds. No longer the size of assorted fruits and nuts but the size of a baby!
WEIGHT GAIN: 30 lbs
WHAT TO WEAR: Sucked it up and bought a maternity winter coat. I just don’t think I can make it during a New England November and December without one.
STRETCH MARKS: Little bit.
BELLY BUTTON: What belly button? It’s sort of neither in nor out. It’s it’s own phenomenon.
WEDDING RINGS: On
SLEEP: Up every two to four hours like clockwork to empty the bladder and rotate the belly.
MOVEMENT: Noticeable from the outside. Pretty sure you can see it from space.
MISSING: Agility. Getting dressed is. so. hard.
CRAVINGS: I get asked a lot of questions while pregnant and this one always seems to be a disappointment to people. I really never craved anything odd. Maybe I should start faking it just to give in to all those bright eyed people asking, “so any weird cravings?!” Why yes! Funny you should ask. I can’t get enough of beets and whipped cream, walnuts and sauerkraut, ramen noodles with mustard! Mmmmm.
SYMPTOMS: Just slightly uncomfortable with my girth. It helps to not stay in one position for too long. The back and hips take a beating.
HUSBAND: Super cute. He likes to check in with the little man a lot- rubbing my belly and talking right up close to it. I feel as if I’m intruding on their guy time.
FAVORITE MOMENT THIS WEEK: Our maternity photo shoot. North Shore photographer Julie Freitas took us to Brooksby Farm in Danvers to capture this exciting time. We’ll also be taking baby Swanson to her studio this December for those perfect little “this is my baby bundled in a basket” and “this is my baby sleeping on a white furry rug” photos!
O – M – G! Like, could teenagers be any more cray cray to shop for? Like, totes hard. So hopefully this guide will help if you happen to have a preteen or teen rolling their eyes and burying their face in an iPhone when you ask about a Christmas list. These gifts are sure to make all their friends jells bells for reals.
I once read a blog where the parents followed a strict four gift maximum for their kids on Christmas. The kids wrote their wish lists according to four categories: Something you WANT, Something you NEED, Something to WEAR, Something to READ.
I love this idea. After all, looking back at all the Christmas’ of your childhood- isn’t there really only three or four gifts that stand out in your mind? With less presents, we all appreciate what we receive (and what we already have!) even more.
So with these four categories in mind, here’s my gift guide for the kiddos by gender…
My family made a conscious decision this year to simplify Christmas. I firmly believe that kids make Christmas. I mean, an office Yankee Swap is brilliant in it’s awkwardness and cocktails do seem to taste better (and slip down faster) around the holidays but let’s face it- it’s all about the kiddos. Who doesn’t want to watch a toddler tear into a huge package only to spend the rest of the evening entertained by the cardboard box itself? So this year, we’ve made a ‘No Adult Gift’ rule that I really hope everyone sticks to- because we sure will.
This year, the shopping budget is devoted to my three nephews, one little niece, and one pretty special baby boy who may or may not celebrate his first Christmas this year. In honor of our new tradition, my gift guide series this year is broken up by age group and stops firmly at teens!
First up, Baby of course! Enjoy…