May 22, 2013

Details B5.01

loving his little flower tiny girlie clothes watching buggies fly harbor picking up daddy from work exhausted brisk ride lazy kitchen helper table for one breakfast in bed

I haven't shared any 'details' for May, so this is quite the hodge podge. I finished up teaching last week (just need to submit those grades!) and it's been full steam ahead on getting the house ready for the baby, and all the shifting that requires. Everything seems to take twice as long as I imagine- but we're getting there.

Baby girl's closet is pretty well stocked, thanks to my fashion loving cousin and her well dressed one-year old daughter (my niece). My cousin dreams of clothes the way that I dream of kitchen gadgets and housewares. Although we're only six months apart, I was a small kid, which means that I grew up benefiting from her wonderful hand-me-downs. When five boxes of neatly packed baby clothes arrived last week, sizes 0-12 months, including everything from dresses to cotton basics, I realized how brilliant my timing has been. Hand-me-downs for life... score!

We've been spending more time in downtown Boston, meeting pop for lunch and picking him up from work. The weather has been so beautiful and Little Smith is obsessed with big buildings, big trucks, and especially choo choo trains. Seeing daddy in the middle of the day is pretty exciting too, for both of us.

I'm also trying to keep moving and to enjoy my one-on-one time with Little Smith; long walks to all of the parks nearby, trips to our favorite farm and to the beach. All of these projects around the house and field trips mean serious neglect in our garden. The weeds in our paths and unplanted beds (tomatoes and peppers and beets and cucumbers and squash and broccoli and cabbage ALL still yet to be planted- oh my!) are knee high, our radishes are coming up with big blank patches (birds?), carrots are barely showing their little leaves... at least the peas are looking good so far. 

We need to block out some time to just get everything under control and hope for the best, but I'm also getting real with myself that this is probably not going to be 'the year' for our garden. I won't be tending to it as diligently, I won't be canning in August as I usually do because, well... I'm having a baby. I can only do my best, and I'm not going to let it make me nuts. Of course I wake up at 4AM almost daily with lists and worries, but at least I'm trying not to let it make me nuts, and instead to focus on this special time with my little boy and watching my little girl grow in this giant belly. It's all moving along so quickly!

15 comments:

  1. What lovely pics to remember lovely days! Good for you for at least trying not to get nuts-- much better for all concerned, but so hard when you are a perfectionist!

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    1. I'm trying! James says I'm a perfectionist too... I'm not, really I'm not! :)

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  2. Such a lovely time. Savor all those last solo moments with little master smith...they are so very worth it for your heart. However, once you have little mistress smith in your arms it will be bliss all over again. You look like you have enough beautiful clothes to last you for months. I always loved hand-me downs as well. enjoy these slow days of May and wandering around beautiful Boston. xo

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    1. Thank you so much Rebecca, we are doing out best to slow down and enjoy everything. I know that it will be amazing when our little girl gets here, it's just still so hard wrapping my head around not having that constant focus on the little guy. I know it will all fall into place!

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  3. Lovely moments from your place as usual Lilly. Look at those sweet girlie clothes...how beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Jane, yes we lucked out with the clothes... I doubt that I'll have to buy a thing.

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  4. Little Smith's yellow truck cutlery set looks like the best idea ever - I happen to know a little boy who would love some like this too!Can you remember where they are from please ?

    Flora x

    www.twowithseven.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I'll tell you, we've tried every utensil under the sun with this kid and he is still all about the fingers. He pretty much will only use a fork for risotto and a spoon for apple sauce, and even those are inconsistent! He mostly 'plays' with his truck food set, but they are fun :) It's a company called 'constructive eating' and they are available through amazon, as well as a bunch of other sites.

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  5. Hey, it can't be both the year to grow an awesome garden AND an awesome baby! You're doing a great job keeping up with so much. And I LOVE that W needs a little flower with his meals. So civilized.

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    1. Thanks Ruthie, yeah at some point I'm going to have to let go and accept that not everything can get done well... sigh. He's so funny with that flower too, elegant dining :)

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  6. I'm loving the hand-me-downs over here as well. My sister-in-law has a toddler and is sending goodies. There's still nothing like the sweet outfits I find for her, but others sharing is so nice!
    Hope you are feeling well. I'm trying to catch up around here! <3

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    1. Thank you, yes feeling good except for the lack of sleep (so many kicks all night long!).I guess it's good practice for the sleeplessness to come- right? ;)

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  7. Beautiful pictures of your lovely family. Congrats on the baby clothes score! Awesome. You probably won't be able to resist buying some more though...just sayin'. So nice you get to hang out in Boston in the day. I would have loved to have explored a city when my kids were small. Instead I had to visit the mall in the suburbs. :(

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  8. Great shots! I have to say that even exhausted, you look so lovely. And what a great score with the little girl clothing! I was in our favorite consignment store today and when I walked past the baby girl clothing, I thought of you. So glad you have some good hand-me-downs!

    I can relate to the feeling of not being able to keep up with it all. But it's totally my own fault. I take on these big projects because of my critical eye... I just want things to be right! And then I feel overwhelmed by it all: the childcare, dishes, laundry, gardening, painting, cleaning, cooking... and then yard work. Sheesh! Daily, I have to remind myself to just stop and sit down. Luckily I have three little people who have no problem reminding me! :)

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  9. Such beautiful photos, as usual. :) So amazing you were handed down so many clothes, what a treat and a blessing, I'm excited to see your very own daughter in them.

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