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a word for 2017

bringing a baby into the world was undoubtedly the highlight of 2016 (and our lives!), but i’m taken by surprise when i look back at everything else we were able to accomplish this past year. between traveling, renovations, lacrosse commitments, finally opening my own little etsy shop, adding abigail into the mix and trying to figure out my new normal as a stay at home mama… our year was very full.

we couldn’t be more lucky in the baby department and i have loved every second since she was born, even the super-frustrating, both crying, seriously exhausted moments. one of my struggles has been (and i’m sure other parents can relate) feeling like i am not doing enough. when you have a baby that is on the move at not even six months old, your cleaning routine, meal prep and work schedule take a backseat to constantly following this itty bitty human around who refuses to stay still. it’s a lot – but not – at the same time. strange feeling, for sure. i need to work on giving myself grace instead of dwelling on every little “failure” that didn’t get crossed off the checklist.

my word for 2016 was C A L M. at the very least, i tried. but the pressures and anxieties that come with being a mom just wasn’t something i could have prepared myself for.

which leads me to 2017 and what i hope for the year ahead. i hope to be more F A I T H F U L. i know that leaning on Him is the key to a calmer, more simple and content life. instead of viewing my faith as a task to be squeezed into a busy schedule, this year i want to strive for making my faith a way of life.

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Newborn Photos in A Basket

After seeing so many adorable baby photos taken in a wicker basket on Pinterest, I hunted down this one at Michaels a few weeks before giving birth. I couldn’t wait to take pictures of Abby in it and these turned out so sweet. She rarely stays asleep for photos. The pink and cream colors were a nice contrast to the floor, and for once we had some really pretty lighting in our house! I just wish I had taken off her little socks!

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Newborn Photos of Our Little Angel

Just getting around to posting these two week old newborn pictures of Abigail and I can’t believe how much she has grown since then! Cue the tears…

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My sweet sister of Back Bay Knits made the baby bonnet and baby blanket for Abby, the muslin swaddle with lace edging is from Nomilu and the newborn wrap is here. I love how she looks like a little angel all wrapped in white and cream. Can you tell I spent a lot of time thinking about a color scheme for these pictures before she was born? :)

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