I finally started lugging my camera around in my diaper bag because Henry is speed-growing it seems and I’m not about to miss any of it! I have a hard time believing that just two short weeks ago, we were sweating in 90 degree weather. I took a stroll with a couple friends of mine and after five miles in the heat, we were beat and crying out for cooler weather. It was Henry’s last day going barefoot that day. Somehow that’s a milestone, right? Now it’s finally getting chilly and miserably wet. I love the chilly bit. There’s something so cozy about layering up. But when my toes get soaked — I guess those boots weren’t waterproof after all — not so cool.

So hopefully if my camera stays stowed in my bag, you’ll be seeing more of this type of post.

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Last weekend we got invited by some friends to join them at Bi-Zi farms for some beginning-of-fall adventuring. So off went Henry on his first pumpkin patch adventure. I haven’t been myself since elementary school, so it was fun getting to troop around some mud and launch some pumpkins. I tried some raw apple cider for the first time — and surprise, surprise — it tastes exactly like an apple. Henry wasn’t too impressed with much. Actually, I’d say he wasn’t impressed with anything except the Ergobaby he hung out in most of the time. So the adventure was really for us grown-ups.

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The corn maze was what I was looking forward to the most. I don’t think I’ve ever ever been in a corn maze. At least I can’t remember going through one. We all grabbed maps and decided to race through the maze. My clever husband worked his way backward on the map, found the route, and we just walked our way through it. We weren’t the first ones out, but hey, we felt pretty victorious nonetheless. I don’t think anyone could survive a corn maze without a map!

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As part of our entry fee, we all got to take a free pumpkin home. Including Henry. Finding the perfect pumpkin consisted of me just standing there snapping photos while my husband and another friend were scouting. I probably missed out, but hey, at least we have photos.

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  • Anonymous

    Ohh my, looks like you guys had a lot of fun! pictures look lovely and I absolutely adore your little guys sweater. Where is it from?

  • Anastasia Marie

    Thank you! The sweater is from BabyGap. As far as I know, it’s sold out everywhere.

  • Tina

    :( and I was sure hoping to get one for my little man! Thanks for details:)

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It’s been some months since I’ve been on here and as much as I’ve enjoyed the time off, I’ve also missed being on here more than I expected I would! Little Henry is growing with speed and I can only marvel at how far he’s come since the day we first met him. If you follow me on Instagram, you got to see little snaps here and there of him being his adorable self. I remember being overjoyed seeing his first smile, hearing his first sneeze, feeling his first grip on my finger — and now we’re nearly five months old.

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Last week I posted a photo on Instagram of one of my favorite things to do with my little guy (shown above). Snuggling. Over the weekend he got his first cold and now he’s feeling extra snuggly and I’m soaking it all in. Even though he’s feeling pretty crummy, it’s still such a precious moment to see how he’s handling his runny nose. He’s more than content to just lie there and watch me fold laundry or put this blog post together. I just have a hard time understanding how we ever lived without this little guy.

But as this blog post is titled, I am pretty much ready to start blogging again. Hooray! It’s been five months for goodness sakes! So starting next week, get ready to see my blog posts again. There might be a little difference in what goes up when or what type of post I do, but I hope you still enjoy them.

Until then.

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Isn’t that baby shower cake just the cutest? And those paper airplanes and stars? They’re just small details from my baby shower that took place a month ago and I’m in love still.

So, as you’ve noticed, it’s been really slow on the blog of late as I prep for the arrival of our very first babe in just two weeks and I guess now is a good time as any to say that I am officially going on maternity leave! I will take a break from blogging in order to adjust to all the newness and embrace the life of motherhood. Since blogging is a very time-consuming thing, I’m not exactly sure when I will start up again, but I hope sometime in early summer or late spring. The Shop will stay open a while longer, but will be closed for just a wee bit as we get closer to the due date and for a bit afterwards. Once the Shop hits vacation mode, you will be able to sign up for an email notification via Etsy when it is back and running.

And just to share a few snaps from our maternity love shoot to make this blog post even sweeter:

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Photos by Angela Shae.

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UPDATE: the Shop is now back up and running! Stop by!

Our little one is finally here! Welcome, Henry James! Born 04.14.14 (on his due date, of course) at 11:43 in the morning; 7.4 lbs and 21″ long with a head full of long dark hair. We are beyond ecstatic. We are throughly enjoying how he has transformed our lives and are wondering how in the world life existed before him. Oh my heart.

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  • Andi

    So beyond gorgeous!

  • Carol

    Congratulations!! What a Sweet Baby

  • Malavika

    So lovely…congrats on the new role!!!

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Decorating for Christmas is probably one of my most favorite things to do. I’m always dying to do it earlier and earlier each year because I love the warmth it brings into a home. My husband and I find ourselves drinking too many cups of tea by the Christmas tree talking about our past year and what we hope to accomplish in the next. Christmas has always been a time for us to reflect on what we have already, on what’s happened and what’s coming, and so forth — but most of all, it’s a reminder to us of what life really is all about. It’s not about ourselves and who we are, it’s about God and His Son, and who they are and what they did for us. It brings us back to the simple things and encourages us to be braver and stronger to stand up in a world where Christmas has become not about them. As much as I love seeing the twinkle lights on the tree, the wreath on the door, the smell of gingerbread cookies being baked in the oven by my sister, the prettily-wrapped presents piling up under the tree — it would all be nothing without grace.

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  • Candace

    I love how you wrapped these presents. getting so much inspiration!
    xoxo Candace
    http://www.FromCtoC.com

  • Ice Pandora

    Amazing sweet Christmas decorations c:
    I love the wrappings of the giftboxes!
    Xx

  • tRiSh

    very inspiring and welcoming :)

  • Joy

    This looks so Christmasy, I love it. To me, classic colors for the holidays are always the way to go! Beautiful decorations!

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