Monday, May 21, 2012

Lazy Hazy Monday

{Shirt: Old Navy, Hat: Nordstrom, Sunnies: Target, Necklace/Bracelet: Francesca's, Lipstick: NARS Funnyface}

(Still in outfit backlogs)

Don't let the sunny weather pictured fool you...
it rained ALL day today!

My brain seems to view the amount of rain as inversely proportional to productivity motivation.
case-in-point: rain all day = not one thing crossed off my to-do list.

I did, however, catch up on my blogging, cuddle the pup and take a yummy nap with Yishai...definitely not 'productive,' but amazingly therapeutic!
How could these faces not make ya smile?

 Have a great rest of the week!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Color Me Happy

{Sweater/Necklace/Bracelet: J.CREW, Skirt/Hat: Banana Republic, Shoes: Steve Madden, Sunnies: Target, Lipstick: NARS Funnyface}

Still working on my backlog of outfits, wanted to sneak this one in before calling it a night.

I think we've reached the point in life where we are now invited to more kid birthday parties than adult birthday parties!

We celebrate sweet E's 4th birthday today with her parents, grandparents and close friends. She was adorable and watching her dive into her cupcake was so precious.

Celebrating the birthdays of our friends' kids has now taken on a new level of happiness since becoming a parent. 

Today Yishai turned 11 weeks and every day he is growing and developing his sweet personality. As much as I want him to stay my tiny newborn forever, he is already growing up so fast right before my eyes! 
I have to balance living in the moment with him and watching through the lens of the camera trying to capture every sweet moment in order to preserve it forever.

Goodnight Moon...I'm gonna go watch my sleeping angel and count my blessings!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Simple Reminders of Southern Living

{On Me: Striped Shirt/Tunic: Old Navy, Hat: J.CREW, Sandals: LOFT, Necklace: Francesca's, Bracelets: Francesca's, J.CREW} -- {On Yishai: Helicopter Onsie/Sweatpants: BabyGap}

 I am a true southerner, born and raised in Tennessee, Georgia and Arkansas!

There are so many things I miss about the south:
laid-back attitude, slow-paced lifestyle, kindness to strangers...the list goes on for a while.

One of the things that I miss the most is the appreciation that southerners have for the little things in life.

When I saw the wisteria beginning to bloom in our parking lot, it immediately brought back memories of my childhood and of so many hours playing 'he-loves-me-he-loves-me-not' with the flower bunches. That reminder of such a simple childhood pleasure made me yearn for the southern lifestyle I desperately miss!

It's funny, those memories of childhood that are all but forgotten until some seemingly innocuous trigger brings them rushing back.

That wisteria only lasted for a little over a week, and was washed away by a sudden nor'easter, but every time I came and went from the apartment, seeing and smelling those pale purple flower bunches made me smile.

I wonder if Yishai will develop similar connections to things here in NJ, and that when we move one day, if certain things that he is growing up with here will be triggered as childhood memories elsewhere.

I hope and pray that he will have only good memories of his (hopefully) short childhood in New Jersey.

Monday, May 14, 2012

My First Mother's Day!

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge!

{Shirt/Shoes: J.CREW, T-shirt: Old Navy, Necklace: gift from D, Sunnies: LOFT}

Such an amazing view!

super tiny statue of liberty between our heads!

Freedom Tower (far left)
sooo many steel rope cables!

D planned such an amazing first Mother's Day for me!

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge was incredible and something that we've been wanting to do for a while! It was so nice to do something outside and the weather was beautiful.

 The combination of gorgeous weather and Mother's Day brought out a collective good mood in otherwise perpetually crabby new yorkers; even strangers were wishing me a happy mother's day when they saw that we had a new baby!
(One guy even fist-pounded D an early "Happy Father's Day" in a subway elevator!)

Yishai was loving the outing and happily chewed his fist throughout the photos. He is becoming very social now and loves being in the stroller.

Afterwards we went out for a nice dinner which Yishai slept through allowing this mommy and tati to enjoy the rest of our evening together!

Thanks so much to my amazing husband, my beautiful son (k"h) and my cutie pup, Keppie for an incredible first mother's day! I love you all so much:)

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

{Hat/Shirt/Shoes: J.CREW, Sunnies/Blouse (as vest): Target, Skirt: Gap, Necklace: F21, Bracelet: thrifted}

Oh, man! I have a pretty large backlog of outfits, so this outfit may or may not have been (read: is definitely) from the beginning of April. Also, there have been several outfits worn and not photographed, so you know what that means: heck yeah, I'm gonna rewear 'em!

 Time is flyin' by and we are trying to capture as many memories as we can! 
Today Yishai is 10 weeks old...wowzers, double digits! Where did my itty, bitty baby go??

He is holding his head up for longer periods of time, smiles all the time and looks at everything with such focused intensity. I feel like I am witnessing small, real-life miracles everyday watching my son grow and explore his new world. 

We just had his 2 month checkup and he is 23 3/4 inches long, 8 lbs, 15 oz and super muscular! 
Little Guy has quite the biceps:)
He got his first two shots and it was definitely harder for me than for him. Even though he only cried for a minute, those moments were heartbreaking!

I am in the process of writing his birth story. Even though I will never forget the larger parts of it, I want to make sure I write it down while I still remember all of the details. It's mostly for me and D, but if Yishai wants to read it when he's older, I want him to be able to have it in its entirety.

And last, but certainly not least...HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to ALL of the moms out there!!!
To my own Mom: Thanks for being so incredible! Your complete love and devotion to your 3 children is apparent to everyone. You put your career on hold for over 20 years to raise us, and that sacrifice is something that we will never be able to thank you for enough! Reentering the nursing field after 20 years is beyond impressive and Micah, Danielle and I are so incredibly proud of you! We love you so much! I have so much to learn from you about being a mother and I know that the lessons you have to teach me are far from complete. I look to you for guidance and advice as I begin this part of my own life!
And now you're a NANA!! Yishai loves you so much already!