These days chez nous

Friday, September 8, 2017

We're in that funky time in between summer and fall, where the day's weather is a mystery only solved by checking the forecast each morning, and you're not quite sure if it's still too early to put chili and soup on the regular dinner rotation or wait another month. While waiting for solid signs of persisting cooler temps, we've been sticking to spending our days indoors, setting up some semblance of a routine and working on some milestones. I'm so excited for the change of season, and honestly can't wait for Loden to become a little more mobile; he's such a heavy baby, it's a struggle for me to keep him strapped in a carrier for long and he's easily bored with those lame stroller views. I can't say enough how different my two babies have been!

So, here's what chez nous has been looking like lately while we wait for fall to arrive. 

New baby, new identity

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

For the past few weeks, I've been struck with relentless pangs of nostalgia. Looking through old photos and blog posts, it's hard to remember life as newbie parents and even harder to remember life without kids.

It's a pretty significant moment in motherhood for me - having a new baby to start all over with, plus seeing my first baby go off to elementary school, and my emotions have been taking me through some very high highs and very low lows. There are so many questions and doubts I have about the future and tons of wonder and regret about the past; all of which has been occupying my mind in the most aggressive way lately. I think the most compelling part of this whole journey of parenting has been the severity in which my transformation from an individual to a caretaker has impacted my self-image.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Woohoo! My first post of the year and we we're only a little more than half-way through it! ;)

Well, I was looking through some old photos and thought I'd come out of the woodwork to do a little update post. Some spectacular things have happened this year (namely, baby Loden!), but it's been a pretty hard year, too (namely, because new baby!). We're still wrestling with routines and desperately trying to find a new rhythm as a family of four, but Loden is growing and a little more predictable, so thankfully, there's a little light shining through now. 

We haven't left Austin since early October of last year (nearly 10 months ago!) when we jaunted to New York, and I think we're all itching like crazy to get out of town. While we're still working on passports for Loden, we decided to put off a big trip until the fall, and that's made for a pretty low-key (i.e. boring) summer. I can't count the times Avienne has asked to go to France or New York, wondered if we're going to take a plane soon or run off to a vacation destination like so many of her friends have recently. We are indeed kindred, travel-loving spirits, and we just can't seem to shake the craving to get out of town. Soon!

Until then, we're making the most of air conditioned spaces with lots of indoor shenanigans, including plentiful thigh squishes for our favorite baby, frequent coffee/cocoa stops and pulling out ALL the toys and ALL the books. Plus, an occasional splash pad/pool pit stop thrown in there for good measure. And, here's it all in photos:

Future architect? 

 Cute coffee dates.

Managed to have a picnic without melting first.

Legos, crafting, dress-up - all in a summer day's work.

Exercise, check! Air condition, check!

Intense reading moment. 

Coffee shop hangs, part deux.

 Pool hangs.

Occasionally escaping for a little mama r&r (i.e. a worry-free meal with adults!).

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