Mother’s Day!

  IMG_4481 This is the first Mother's Day of many for me, but it's also the first Mother's Day where I can properly appreciate how wonderful my mother is. Mom + Moira - Playing DDR Seriously, she's amazing. I mean, I already loved her like crazy and brag to my friends about how cool she is. Mom + Moira - Looking at the fishys I hope that in the coming years I can be as fantastic a mother as she is for me. Thanks, mom, for always putting up with my shit and being the coolest lady ever!

Becoming A Stay At Home Mom

If you had told me ten years ago that I would end up being a stay-at-home-mom, I would have just laughed and thought you were crazy. But there you go. I just recently put in my notice at the job I've held (and generally enjoyed) for the past four years and as of May 1st have officially become a full-time stay at home mom. I'm definitely feeling like I'm struggling with this decision because, while I feel like it's the option that makes the most sense for me and my family, I also just never pictured myself as the Suzy Homemaker type, you know? I mean, I only learned how to cook properly five years ago. Before that I was famous for having made my mom grilled cheese and tomato soup for dinner one night when my dad was out of town and burning both then attempting to strain the burnt pieces out of the soup. But I'm also really happy about this decision. It's what my parents decided to do when my sister and I were little. Brian and I talked about it and basically decided that we only have one guaranteed chance (because we're not sure if we will have a second child) to raise a baby and we don't want to squander that opportunity just so we can afford a couple extra toys a month. I still haven't told a lot of people yet, because I almost have a sense of shame behind the decision; like I'm giving up and deciding to take the easy road instead of continuing to work. Part of that, I think, is because a couple of the friends I have told I turned in my notice at work have then said "where are you going instead?". I know they mean well, but it also kind of subtly hints that perhaps the idea of being a full-time mom isn't quite "job" enough, so I must have found traditional employment elsewhere. Bah. This is definitely rambling, I know. I'll keep you guys posted on how this new part of my life goes, I'm excited and apprehensive and nervous and all the feels. Wish me luck!

Capturing Playtime Through Her Eyes…

This week on my photo adventures with Natalie, I tried to capture the adorableness that is her playtime. We've set her nursery up in our new house to be baby proof (we think) so she can play with anything she can reach. IMG_4547 Recently a good friend of ours sent our baby girl a set of wooden blocks with laminate pictures of letters, numbers and various other things for her to learn. Needless to say, she's a big fan of them. IMG_4549 They live sprawled out on her floor and she spends most of her time sucking on them and banging them against each other. IMG_4556 It's also helped to encourage her to start crawling. That's right, my little baby girl has finally started learning how to crawl. It's more of a creep at the moment, but she's definitely on her way. Sniff, sniff. IMG_4548

Family Day – Paynes Prarie Hike

We went for a hike on La Chua Trail a week ago as our first family hike. It's funny because, as a kid/teenager, I pretty much hated it when my parents would suggest that we go on a hike.   IMG_4027   As an adult, though, I love hiking. It's pretty much the best thing ever. I don't really like to exercise just to exercise (which Brian is totally down for) so hiking is a great way for me to exercise without hating it. Unfortunately, in Florida, hiking can pretty much never include actually mountains or hills or even a slight incline. You also have to hike in the morning or there is no chance that you will not fry to death in the heat (even if it's the middle of January). IMG_4038   Anyway, we had an awesome time walking about. La Chua trail is a three mile hike, round trip, and there's TONS of wildlife to see along the way. The best parts were when we'd see tons of alligators and whoever was holding the baby would get nervous and the one with the camera would get excited. IMG_4083   We even had a very sweet couple offer to take a photo of our family out on the trail. Everyone in a picture! It's a dream come true! IMG_4097   We met a mom out on the trail when we got to the observatory and got to talking, she's apparently a local photographer. I'm a member of the La Leche League facebook group and, luckily, so is she! A few days later I happened to post to the group and she commented on the picture saying she thought she had met me out on the trail and that she had snapped a photo of us as we were walking back. So cute. 10920960_921990301168692_5764924804175867320_n

Felt Food!!

Seriously. It is now my greatest obsession to make as realistic as possible food out of felt. Does that make me weird? Or is it more that I have now fully descended into mom-land? Either way, its pretty fun and I think the fruits of my labors have been more than worth it.

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I started by trying to tackle breakfast food, after all, it's my favorite meal of the day so clearly I would have fun making it, right? IMG_0592.JPG

Then I decided to try for something a bit healthier and with a bit more pieces involved. Whole wheat pitas with all the fixings and veggie chips complete with their own bag! And lastly I've started working on a new set that I'm pretty ridiculously excited about. I think it'll be ridiculously cute when I finally have it finished! IMG_0608.JPG This one isn't made strictly from felt as I incorporated tulle to help me make the mesh portion of the tea bag. I think it gives it extra charm. There's going to be more pieces to this set, but I have to finish them and then stage them in an appropriately hipster-y way for photos. Keep your eyes peeled for when I list this guy =) Things have been going fairly well in my etsy shop thus far, and I definitely still adore making cute baby goodies. =) Check it out: http://www.etsy.com/shops/atomicbaby Both of the completed sets retail at $25.