Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A place to call my own.



One of the best feelings in the world to me is the feeling that comes with living somewhere new. A new apartment, a new duplex, buying a home. The feeling of it is one of my favorite things.

I remember moving into my first apartment. I was freshly 19 years old and my new roommate, a girl who I worked with at Journey’s who ended up becoming one of my best friends, was in Germany for two weeks visiting her best friend. I Was all on my own. I remember the amazing feeling of unlocking the doors to a place that was all my own for the first time and my heart fluttering. I felt like, I have worked so hard to get myself to this place. And these walk in closets rock. I’m on my own. This is awesome.

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My bestest friend Jessica and baby Chewy sleeping on the floor of my first apartment.

I remember when Andrew and I were planning our wedding. My lease was coming to an end and Andrew was still living at home and we decided we wanted to look for a place to live. We looked all over for a place to rent and every place we were finding wanted to charge us out our ears in order to be able to have Chewy with us IF they even allowed pets to begin with. We sat down and discussed it and realized that buying a house was going to be a much better investment for us. I remember scouring sites trying to figure out exactly what I wanted in a home, what school districts we wanted to live in, what kind of property taxes we were going to be paying. It was so much work, but so much fun for me. I remember finding so many places that had it but didn’t have it ALL. I knew this wasn’t going to be our forever home, but I wanted it to be wonderful and have all the things I felt were important. I wanted a dining room, Andrew wanted a big back yard. We wanted a spacious living room where we could hang out an enjoy ourselves. And we found all of that in our first home.

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Lately Andrew and I have discussed looking into a new home more and more. We know that when we decide to have more little ones, this house isn’t going to be best suited for a bigger family. It makes me pretty emotional, though. This is our first home. It’s the home we lived in when we were married. It’s where I was when I found out Anderw’s father was gone. It’s was where I was when I found out Eisley was growing in my belly. It’s where I labored for hours before bringing our daughter into the world. It’s where we brought her home for the first time. It’s a place we’ve continued to make our own. I know we can’t stay here forever, but it holds a huge piece of my heart. But at the same time, I know that a few years down the road, I will be feeling that same feeling of new beginnings when we open the door to a new home and Eisley runs full speed through the door, blissful.

I can’t wait.

nicole

Monday, April 14, 2014

Monthly Eisley


Since my baby is turning nine months old tomorrow, I thought I’d go through and look through each of her monthly photos because apparently I like crying. Funny how our set up has evolved because of my little munchkin refusing to lay still anymore. I can’t believe how much she’s grown. I apologize for the horrible image quality on some of these. My hard drive crashed and I’m waiting to get it back so I had to pull the older photos from the web. Man, I love this little lady.

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nicole

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Eisley Mae: 8 Months Old


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Eisley Mae Harnois
16 lbs 9 oz
26.75 inches long -

What a month full of wonderfulness. We truly have an incredible little girl. Although things started off rough with being diagnosed with BHS and having a large outburst in them, we started taking Eisley to a chiropractor and have literally not had a single spell for two weeks. Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but I’m not betting on it. Not only have the adjustments helped the BHS but Eisley has a napping schedule! WHAT? Yes, for the first time since she was three months old, Eisley has decided to introduce schedule to her sleep routine. What a concept! Eisley is continuing to be more and more brave. I continue to be proud and terrified. She is getting better and better at walking. She can walk across half of the room and although she’s getting better at catching herself when she falls, she still biffs it from time to time. Luckily, it doesn’t seem to bother my little brave lady. In fact, if we don’t show distress when she takes a spill she usually starts laughing. How funny is it that they can just read us so easily?

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Eisley’s loving sippy cups with straws, corn, swimming, baths, singing, tickles, Chewy running around the house, open mouth kisses, rubbing her face against our faces, car rides, pulling everything out of her toy box and sitting on it and waving goodbye. She hates getting her diaper changed, the sound of compressed air, being pulled away from the TV stand or being told no when she tries to crawl up on it, getting her clothes changed, and she hates being tired. Kind of an obvious one but she fights it so hard sometimes at night that I worry I’ll go nutty.

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Eisley is getting wonderful at verbally communicating with us. Not much of it has any understandable wording, but she is learning that she needs to verbally interact with us to get things done. She’s still wonderful at saying mama and dada and also says baba puppa (puppy) and has been saying bye bye/die die but not necessarily when someone is leaving. She loves clapping her hands and feeling our lips with her hands. It’s super adorable. She’s also a huge fan of making really loud raspberries on our shoulders or even tummies if she can get to them. She always does it and then pulls her head back smiling like, you saw that right? I’m pretty funny, huh?

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Eisley’s been doing pretty well with sleeping in her own room. She’s ventured back a couple times after the fainting spell when she had her BHS spell and a bout of teething, but she honestly seems to sleep a lot better upstairs in her own space. Again, bitersweet mommy moment.

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We also went to University of Iowa Children’s Hospital this month. If any of you have read my birth story you’ll know that when Eisley was born due to that fact that she was sunny side up and at an angle during delivery the left side of her face  and body was pretty weak muscles wise. This was a meeting with a neurologist in order to make sure she wasn’t at risk for any sort of palsy or other things that can be related to a situation like that. He said she looks fantastic, is ahead as far as milestones go and that they only other step we have left is to see an ophthalmologist when she’s a year old. He says if we get the all clear from them, there shouldn’t be any related issues. What a blessing and a relief that was to hear. Especially since I woke up that morning under the impression that we were going to be sending Eisley in for and MRI. Thank goodness that wasn’t the case.

I can’t believe that my little munchkin is going to be 9 months old in two days. TWO DAYS!!! Three months and two days and I’ll have a one year old. STAPPPPPP ETTT.

nicole

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Eisley’s says:


Today I had a Dexter Morgan/ Harrison moment with Eisley.

Me: –waving- “Bye bye!”

Eisley: “Die die!”



nicole

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

What’s in our Easter baskets?


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One thing I love about the holidays since Eisley joined our family, is finding little gifts that she will enjoy. I seriously love hunting down fun toys for her, I could spend all day doing it. No joke. With Easter coming up soon, I’ve found a few things I would love to add to her Easter basket (and mine, because why not?)


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We actually already purchased the Mooshka doll. We got a CPR kit and Eisley wouldn’t leave the dummy baby alone, so we ended up getting her Myra so she’ll have her own baby. The vegetable set is just something for her to mess around with now, but we already plan on getting her a kitchen for her birthday. And the third is an OXO Tot Straw Cup. Eisley is obsessed with drinking out of things, but only if they have a straw so these are perfect.

One: Mooshka Girls Doll - Myra
Two: Duktig 14-piece Vegetables Set
Three: OXO Tot Straw Cup



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Number one is because girlfriend needs some yummy spring/summer sandals and now that I’m out of the salon I want something other than BLACK. Number two because, well, it’s hilarious. & Number three because I haven’t had a decent cover for my Iphone since I bought the damn thing. And I like floral ( really who doesn’t?).

Ones: Woman's Shoes at Payless.com
Two: Morning Mug (1)
Three: Hybrid High Impact Hard Vintage Sea Green Floral Pattern + Pink Silicone Case


nicole

Friday, April 4, 2014

Flashback Friday


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LOOK AT LITTLE BABY CHEWY!!!

nicole

The Mullet Diaries



Eisley’s hair is straight up nuts. It has decided to keep on growin’ just about everywhere but has broken off all nubbley like in just the right places to make it look like a mullet whether she’s upside down or right side up.

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It has gotten to the point where if I don’t clip it back it’s in front of her eyes, but I can’t bring myself to give her bangs and make it an official mullet. So she’s been living with lots of clips and pigtails the past few weeks or else she looks like a goob. But a cute one. Exbit A above.

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Eisley is so interesting to watch these days. Okay, I’ve thought that since day one, but her personality is blooming more and more each day. I Iove watching her do things. This day specifically she took my shoebox and put her rabbit into it and put her phone into it, and pushed it around the living room. How do kids figure this stuff out? I mean it seems so simple but I’m all “LOOK AT MY SMART BABY! SHE IS SO INOVATIVE!” She’s kind of a big deal. 

Also, I hope you enjoy seeing my home ‘ fo real’ style. Our house is definitely not tip top all the time. Most days at least half of Eisley’s toys are thrown on a blanket, under the couch, in the bathroom or a handful of other places that they probably should be for most of the day, my planner isn’t far out of reach so I can schedule sessions and appointments and at least one of my two notebooks is close by so I can jot down ideas, feelings or notes. Chewy is also usually creepin’ out the window making sure no bad guys are coming to cause trouble. And by bad guys I mean squirrels or little girls on tricylces (yeah, he’s not the smartest).

In other news, Eisley is going on her third week of adjustments and I’ve already started seeing a change. She takes two decently long naps a day now (weekends are the exception because Daddy is just wayyyy to exciting) and she hasn’t had a spell all week. I know some people think that it’s goofy and are all ‘'Oh yeah, ‘alternative medicine’ okay, yeah, sure, whatever.” but seeing is really believing. I am seriously amazed with the results we have seen already.

Have a beautiful weekend, friends!

nicole