Warning: Baby At Play.

IMG_4407 Baby Natalie is getting so big, you guys! She's so much more fun than when she was a newborn... IMG_4490 Don't get me wrong, the newborn stage was adorable. It was the sweetest thing when she would fall asleep in my arms, or the first time I knew she was really looking at me. But it was also so so hard. You give so much of yourself to a newborn and they can't even give you a smile in return. IMG_4451   Now, though, Natalie is just starting to get to the point where she wants to roll around and play. She loves playing with toys (obviously!) and she has just recently discovered how to play peek-a-boo. IMG_4428   One of her favorite things has been having kissing battles with her daddy. She'll lay on the ground and Brian will go in and smother her with kisses and she just laughs and giggles. It makes my heart melt.   IMG_4411 I need to get better about taking more pictures of her, I feel like she's gotten so much bigger since I last took really good photos.   IMG_4442 Luckily, since we moved, we now live practically across the street from a wonderful park. Brian and I have started taking her out to the park in the jogging stroller and taking turns while each of us run laps on their jogging trail. We finish it out, assuming she hasn't fallen asleep, by playing on the swing set. IMG_4449 She absolutely adores the swings. She laughs, giggles and grins. The happiest of babes.

Cosplay Progress: Baby Dewgong!

My baby girl got to do her first cosplay at Swampcon. While us and two of our friends cosplayed as the elite four, we dressed our baby girl up as a pokemon! She went as Dewgong, an ice type pokemon that Lorelei (my trainer) uses against you in the generation one pokemon games.

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I dressed her in a white long-sleeved onesie with white tights and a Dewgong hat. The hat was relatively easy to make. I flipped one of her hats that had a white interior inside-out and attached felt pieces in the shape of Dewgong's eyes, nose, horn and baby teeth. I was lucky that the band of the hat was the right color pink for the mouth. I also attached felt to her baby carrier to make it look like a pokeball for added cuteness. It was definitely a hit at the con!
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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