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Fox, the little positive reinforcer


It's pretty rare to find Fox like this -sleeping on the couch. He is strictly a bed person. And it's not even Sunday. Doesn't Sunday seem like the deemed "nap on couch" day? It's Thursday. I guess we're all pretty tired over here though; we've had a busy last few weeks. Camaron and I filmed a wedding over the weekend, I helped throw a baby shower, we all spent the night at my parent's house because Phoenix just felt too far, I've been working on a constant flow of custom design orders (yay!), I'm doing a senior portrait shoot tomorrow, and Camaron has been working late this week. At least the busy stuff is fun stuff.

And Fox has a thing he does now where he is just so positive and supportive of whatever you're working on. It's pretty cute. Sometimes I'll just be throwing together a quick sketch and I'll feel a pat on my back and then hear Fox exclaim, "That looks great, mommy! You're doing great!" Or I'll be eating some cereal and he'll be sure to let me know, "Oh, great mommy! You're eating that cereal! You're doing great, mommy!"
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Natalie's Adventure Baby Shower


One of my good friends, Natalie, is having her first baby in just a few more weeks! I'm so excited for her and was so glad I was able to help throw her baby shower over the weekend. Her nursery is tribal/forest/adventure themed (so cute), so we kept the theme when planning her shower. When designing her invitations, I used the phrase "Let the adventure begin", so we kept with that (you can see it on the huge chalkboard welcome sign).

I'm always so amazed when events like this just come together so well. I know they don't just "come together", that there is a lot of time and hard work behind it. But it's just so neat to see the finished product after so much planning. There were some seriously talented ladies behind putting all of this together (I seriously hardly did anything). Seriously though, basically everything in the photos was handmade -even most of the food. Now I just want a tribal/forest/adventure birthday party. Who's in?
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Because all the cool people have self-timer photoshoots in their backyards, right?


Sometimes you get your haircut and it's five inches shorter and then you get it colored a more poppin red and the kids are being so good and so fun and you just really don't have that many pictures of just you. It's times like these that you just grab the tripod and set the self-timer on the camera and then lean against your neighbor's wall (while he's at work) and work it.
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No sleep for Sloane. Or anybody.


This girl sure is lucky she's cute. And the fact that she's so easy going 90% of the time doesn't hurt either ...cause her nighttime antics are getting pretty old.

She was a wonderful sleeper for so long, but the last few weeks have definitely been rough. I'm really hoping with her turning eight-months-old last week, that this phase was just a seventh-month-old type thing. The whole nighttime drama has been especially difficult because, with Fox, we so would have just done the "cry-it-out" method by now and been done with it. But Sloane has developed a really sad habit of scratching the back of her head. No matter how short I trim her fingernails, or even if she wears mittens, she seems to constantly have really sad looking scabs on the back of her head. So, if we let her be awake crying in her bed for too long, she will end up deciding to start scratching. And that's how we're at where we are at now -no sleep for anybody  ...except Fox (lucky).

Ok, I'm being dramatic. It's not like we are all up all night. But I definitely miss the days when both kids were sleeping through the night. Anyone else have kids who were always scratching? We started trying some baby eczema lotion to help. I sure hope it does. Also, let's be honest, even though I miss out on some sleep, I do love when she ends up in bed with us. Lying next to my cutie babies all night is one of my favs.

Happy eight months, Sloane! No more scratching!
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