Lazy days and far away friendships

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, FUN TIMES, PHOTO

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{some of the photos below were taken by Teagan, the rest- as usual some by Andrew, most by me}

The best part about having friends ALL OVER the US is that while you miss them so much on most days, the times when they are able to visit become incredibly special. Our house is ALWAYS open to our friends, everyone knows it. And most of our friends out of state have taken advantage of the open door policy ( in a good way) as frequently as they can. We love that! There’s something special about having people you love spend a week or two living in your house, having fun, waking up and going to sleep with you, watching movies, taking trips to the beach. It’s like a big adult and sometimes co-ed slumber party. Actually, now that I think of it, I need to buy like 10 sets of Victoria’s Secret pjs of all sizes just for guests, so that we would match too :)

VIDEO: Alexis – 7 months to 8 months

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Monthly Updates, VIDEO

This video is two weeks too late and so many changes happened development-wise in the meantime, but this is what life was all about for our little Alexis between being 7 and 8 months:

Learning to Crawl
Learning To Pull Up
Playing Reading Bathing
Talking Destroying Hugging
Laughing Whining Yelling

all the wonderful things that a baby can do.

ENJOY! { click CONTINUE READING below to see the video }

Mother-Daughter Love

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Daily, FUN TIMES, LIFE, New Mom Experience, PHOTO

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I wanted to share this collage I made out of the photos I took of me and Lexi. These are so far my favorite photos together, and it was the most spontaneous photoshoot ever,  with a remote and my camera propped up on a trashcan snatched away from the office, contents dumped on the floor, because it was the only thing I could grab fast and with one hand.
But the photos turned out to be the most authentic and cool that I have ever taken of the two of us.

We just had fun.

Laughed, blew raspberries together, kissed, tickled toes, read books, goofed around.
I am slowly getting back to taking self-portraits with Alexis and I know I will cherish them forever.
{ To see the photo, click CONTINUE READING below}

How we share our parenting duties…

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, LIFE, New Mom Experience, PHOTO

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{note: when I say WORK or STUFF to do- I mean actual work for the businesses we own,  that make us actual money. When I say BLOG WORK or BLOG STUFF, I mean work related to this blog, so it’s more like a hobby}

Whenever Andrew and I discussed parenting before we had a baby, we agreed on pretty much everything. One of those things being that both parents, mother and father, should have an equally active role in a child’s life, if possible.

See, we were both working together, each pulling 50% of the work load. We also cleaned the house together. We cooked together ( he would cut, I would cook). We played together. We watched movies and shows together. When I got pregnant, we took care of my pregnant self together when I was sick as a dog the first few months, we prepared for birth together, we read parenting books together ( though that last one was hard, because Andrew hates reading) So it was only natural that we would go into parenting thinking that we would do a precise unconditional 50/50.

The Real Life through Instagram, August ’12

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Daily, LIFE, PHOTO

I haven’t been able to share my Instagram photos, so here are some starting from August. Instagram is probably the best way to see what real every day life is like for us. If you’d like to follow, just shoot me a quick email before sending a request. I want to keep my Instagram community small so that I could interact with more people. Below are some of my August picks.

First swim in the ocean: Photo Post

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, FUN TIMES, LIFE, PHOTO

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As I mentioned in the post about our birthdays, the morning after my birthday fun, we woke up and hurried off to the beach before the sun got too high and too hot.

This was officially Lexi’s first dip in the ocean and I was super excited to see how she’d react. She absolutely loved the water. There were smiles and giggles and lots of splashing.

There’ s really not much more to say, it’s all captured in the photos below.

Disneyworld: Day 1

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Disney, Florida, FUN TIMES, New Mom Experience, PHOTO, TRAVEL

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DISNEY DISNEY DISNEY!!!!

THE LONG AWAITED TRIP!

We held off on going to Disneyworld for 7 months. Partially, because we always go in September, since crowds are low, partially because we wanted Lexi to somewhat enjoy the experience. So when we got into our car and made that 3.5 hour drive, we were bursting with excitement and anticipation.

The big mystery and question was how Lexi would take to being away from home for 5 nights and dealing with the parks’ heat, people and stimulation. Based on her behavior prior to that day, I expected good things from this trip and it didn’t disappoint.

Day 1: Sunday.

Baby Beach Essentials

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Florida, Friday Finds, New Mom Experience, Other Recommendations, PHOTO, PRODUCTS, TRAVEL

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As the Florida summer heat subsides, I am planning on making many more trips to the ocean and having fun in the sand. Alexis is the ultimate water baby, and so am I. So the beach is where we both belong. In the meantime I have found a few things that have made our beach outings bearable even in the summer heat. Some of them are absolute must haves for a baby, as far as I am concerned. I have put together these items hoping they would make being at the beach pleasurable even with a young baby and to my surprise they WORKED FABULOUSLY!

1. FAMILY BEACH CABANA UPF 50+