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meet mia

Holy cow! I can’t believe it’s been 2 whole months since my last post! All the cobwebs clinging to this blog seem kind of festive though with Halloween coming up and all, right? Ha!

Well I have a great excuse for my absence…here’s the nugget that’s been gobbling up all my time, love, and attention these days! Meet Mia and her BFF Bart the bear, everyone! I know I’m biased, but those cheeks give me life (is that what kids are saying these days??) She’s a very alert baby who’s already starting to give big smiles and cooing up a storm! Unfortunately her charms are NOT working on Toby, who is coping with big brotherhood simply by pretending Mia doesn’t exist at all. He’ll begrudgingly say hello to her every morning with a lick on the foot, and then it’s nary a glance the rest of the day, even if she’s screaming her head off right next to him. Something tells me these two will need a get along shirt somewhere down the road.

meet mia

So you know those beautiful portraits of motherhood splashed across Pinterest and Instagram? They usually involve newborns sleeping angelically in pristine nurseries while mom lovingly looks on with perfectly applied makeup and a headful of clean, tousled curls. IT’S ALL LIES, PEOPLE! These first few weeks have been a chaotic rollercoaster that veers between “Being a mom is magical!” and “I’m very very tired. Does this baby come with a gift receipt?” It has been non-stop laundry and waking up at ungodly hours and obsessively checking the baby monitor to make sure everything is okay, and there is absolutely nothing pristine about our apartment right now.

Life sure as hell hasn’t been glamorous lately, and sometimes I’m hit with serious FOMO when my childless friends are off traveling or doing fun things around the city. But smooching that chubby little face each day has made me realize that slowing down and savoring these precious moments isn’t such a bad idea. There will be time for new adventures someday soon, but for now, I’ll embrace the quiet (and umm not so quiet) days at home with this sweet baby who has me wrapped around her impossibly small finger already.

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pregnancy announcement!

Hello friends! Sorry things have been so quiet around here lately. It’s just hard to stay behind a computer for longer than necessary when the temperature outside hits that perfect medium between warm and blazing hot! And the truth is I’ve also been rather busy working on a very special project the past few months, and although it’s not quite finished yet, I wanted to give you all a sneak peek…

pregnancy announcement

Yes, there’s a baby on the way! In early August, to be specific. The apartment is in utter chaos right now as we try to rearrange our entire home to make space for this nugget, but it’s so worth it to see stuffed animals and chunky books start to make their way onto our shelves :-)

Everyone keeps asking me how I feel, and physically? Pretty great! Mentally? Scared and excited to the Nth degree! When we first got Toby (after going to the breeder’s place to “just take a look”), I distinctly remember thinking “OMG what did we just do?? We don’t know how to take care of this thing!” on the car ride home with a squirming puppy in my lap. This is pretty much how I feel as the weeks fly by, poring over pregnancy forums and reviews for baby monitors and strollers and swaddles. It’s an overwhelming time, but I’m comforted by the little (and sometimes not so little!) kicks in my belly each day, and I know we’ll figure everything out together along the way. Toby turned out to be an upstanding gentleman after all, so how hard can all this baby stuff be, right? HA!

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just do it resolution

Hello strangers! I was enjoying my social media break so much that getting back into the groove of blogging took a bit longer than planned, but I’m excited to be back to catch up on everything that’s been going on with all of you over the past few weeks!

I haven’t really found much success in the wide-eye tradition of drafting up outrageously optimistic resolutions for the new year – things usually go off the rails pretty quickly despite my best efforts. Instead, I’ve decided to adopt one mantra for the year: Just Do It (please don’t sue me, Nike). You see, I can be quite skilled at talking myself out of lots of things I would love to do otherwise – creative endeavors, job opportunities, or even silly small things like attending cool meet ups/events where I don’t know anyone else. Initial feelings of excitement often fade away as I hem and haw over every minor detail until I become fully convinced it’s a terrible idea that isn’t worth the effort to pursue. It’s increasingly frustrating to look back and see what could have been accomplished if I had only just sucked it up and tried, so this year I’m going to try to debate myself less. Less over thinking things and more doing, whatever the outcome may be. Bring it on, 2015!

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Wait a second, what’s that smell?

Toby the Christmas cookie thief

COOOOOOOOOOOOOKIES!!!!

Santa’s sleigh is on his way, so I’ll be signing off to spend time with this little cookie monster and the rest of our family :-) Hope you all have a wonderful holiday break filled with joy and laughter (and snow, if you’re lucky!) Thank you SO much for another great year here at Little White Whale – virtual high fives all around! I’ll see you back here in the new year, friends!

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Toby the French bulldog dreams of turkey

Time has been flying by so quickly that having a few days off to loaf around with friends and family sounds like absolute heaven. And as you can see, Toby’s been dreaming of this day ALL month :-) Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with lots of love and buttery mashed potatoes!

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toby the french bulldog in his Halloween pineapple costume

Happy Halloween from this tasty little pineapple I picked up at the grocery store! He’s always absolutely thrilled when Halloween comes around – can you see it in his face? And here and here? Toby’s costume this year was super duper easy to make. I stapled a piece of elastic to a toilet paper tube and layered green construction paper leaves around it for his hat, and used some markers to draw a geometric pattern on a kids yellow tee. A girl we met on the street commented that the costume would translate well into a human costume too, and I totally agree!

On another note – Hubs and I were reading in bed last night when out of the corner of my eye, I saw the closet door on his side of the bed suddenly shut by itself à la Paranormal Activity. To say I freaked out would be an understatement!! So we peered over, half expecting to find some gruesome goblin, and…we found one! It turns out that Toby was in such a deep sleep that he toppled halfway out of his bed, causing his leg to hit the closet door. He totally got me back or dressing him up as a piece of fruit :-) Well played, Toby, well played.

Wishing you all a safe and fun night!

toby the french bulldog in his Halloween pineapple costume

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