Wednesday, September 11, 2013

5 Feminine Favorites

How's that for a terrible title?

But thanks to Grace hosting for Hallie, I can burn your retinas with some girly girl favorites for the week:

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This post has gotten me thinking...and thinking, and thinking. I'm in a similar place in my life and motherhood, and it feels like the time is ripe for real growth. At any rate, I can pinpoint a big reason why writing has been so infrequent lately.

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Introspective flash of insight: I feel physically ill at ease when my house is undecorated and/or cluttered. It's like my home environment is wearing dirty yoga pants and no bra, and I am struck to the core with the realization that fresh flowers and plumped throw pillows are the decorating equivalent of a shower and a blow out. So sometimes when I don't have time for the latter, I rely on the visual cues of the former to keep me from going to a scary, scary place mentally.

So stuff like this? Life saving, for me.


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My sweet, sweet boys have become so very snuggly lately, and Joey has become quite free with his compliments. This week he has told me multiple times that "I like that hair color, Mommy" and lately at bedtime in lieu of the usual tantrum + face punching combo he has actually been asking me to lie down with him and snuggle. He then snakes one little arm around my neck and pulls me in tight so I can breathe his toddler poop breath while he kisses me repeatedly on the lips. Way to a mama's heart for sure. Melt. 


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Dave called me this weekend while I was out running errands and announced that he had planned and scheduled date night for tonight, with zero prompting or input from me. Not that this is completely out of character, because I probably married the most thoughtful and romantic man on earth, but he has been swamped at work and it was just such a nice surprise. He even tried to line up the babysitter by himself, which is like hot fudge on chocolate in my book. Husbands: all your wife wants is a night out of the house and some childcare. Truly.

From our engagement party, salvaged during recent Facebook purging.
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Honestly, it's a good thing he is such a good husband and father, because it will give our little girl something to pattern her tastes after. 


Surprise! Meet Genevieve Therese. Lured by the unbearable temptation of a 4D ultrasound machine and an OB appointment sans toddlers, we decided to 'meet' our latest interior baby a few months earlier than usual. 

She's a bit daintier than her brothers were, so we get to go back in a month for another peek to make sure she's growing well. Isn't she pretty? I have a daughter...I can't believe it. And she clearly can't believe we had the audacity to photograph her. Her sweet little hands were covering her face and/or eyes the whole time. What a little doll. 

I tried to buy her first outfit today and left Old Navy with a nary to show for myself but a rainbow-striped onesie from the clearance rack and elevated blood pressure. I don't know if I can handle all the crazy that will be dressing and accessorizing a lady baby. Good thing I have 4 more months to plan and execute her sartorial debut. I'm thinking houndstooth.

33 comments:

  1. A GIRL!?? How fun! And the name is beautiful! Congrats to you and Dave :) Our families are seriously identical. How fun.

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  2. I remember we found out Little A was a girl (following two boys) and everyone was so incredibly excited and supportive and all I could think of was, "I can't even dress ME...how will I dress her?!" Funny the places preggo brain goes....

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  3. Congratulations! What a beautiful little girls she is! And I hope you have a great time on your date tonight :)

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  4. Congratulations! Beautiful name. :)

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  5. CONGRATS! How exciting! The world of girly baby things is quite an experience.
    And #4- yes, yes, yes.

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  6. CONGRATS! How exciting! The world of girly baby things is quite an experience. :)
    And #4- yes, yes, yes.

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  7. She's beautiful!!! Congratulations! Little girls are such a treat to dress.

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  8. How amazing! I love her name. Congratulations!

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  9. CONGRATS!! Beautiful name for a beautiful little girl. :) I am so excited for you guys! And #3 ... too, too sweet. I love it when my little guy just wants to sit and eat his graham cracker in my lap, crumbs and all ... :)

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  10. Oh so so exciting! Congratulations to you and your sweet family!!

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  11. I'm tearing up. A girl! You will love, love, love it!

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  12. Congratulations! Wonderful news! Beautiful baby, gorgeous name! (And I have to admit, I was super surprised when I saw your announcement -- every single family we hang out with has either all boys or all girls. I'm starting to forget that young families can even have children of both genders.)

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  13. Ahhhh! So excited for you! As a mom of only daughters (so far) I have to say...you're in for a lot of fun!! And I love her name!

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  14. Yay! I love her name! Is this a Senour sister trend? (2 boys followed by a girl?) I guess we'll see when it's Hillary's turn. Love the toddler snuggles, too!! So sweet!

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  15. Congratulations on the baby girl!! Beautiful name!

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  16. A girl!!! Congratulations!!! That's an awesome name, and I have to admit... We have houndstooth leggings for Cecilia :P They were a gift, though!

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  17. Yay!!!! A girl! So fun! Genevieve!!! I drool in envy. I have always loved that name but my husband always vetos it! Lame! Maybe one of these days I'll have him one around! I love it. Classic. Lovely. Timeless!

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  18. Congratulations! Awesome news!

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  19. A GIRL!! Wohooo! So wonderful! And I love the name too!

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  20. Oh, Jenny!! A little girl - how exciting and wonderful and scary all at the same time! Not that another boy wouldn't have been wonderful, too - but I'm so thrilled for you!

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  21. I love her name and her sweet sweet face! A GIRL! I'm so glad to hear that your man crew is taking good care of you. <3, Natasha C

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  22. Congratulations! I wouldn't know anything about raising girls, but I hear they're great. ;) I'm pretty sure if I ever do have a girl all the cute clothes, ribbons and bows would put our budget into the red. But happily so. (ugh...and I'm super flattered you linked to my post; you said it best when you said things are ripe for real growth. I feel the same.)

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  23. Omigoodness-she is so beautiful! And for a second there I thought I hadn't read your blog in a long time and was behind the times! And I really thought you were having another boy. I'm the worst for guessing peoples babies...not that thats important at all...but yay for girls!

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  24. Congratulations! Girls are so much fun :)

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  25. I totally want to go buy her presents!!! :)

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  26. Congrats!! I love that name!! I love it so much, that is the name of my little girl :) She is
    Genevieve Annette and I cannot believe she is already 5. Crazy. Don't worry too much about dressing her, she'll have her own opinions on what to wear much sooner than your two dear boys ever did. Enjoy and congrats!!

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  27. Congrats!! I love the name! I love it so much, we named my girl Genevieve Annette when she was born more than 5 years ago. It is crazy that she is already 5. Enjoy having a sweet baby girl and don't worry about dressing her as she will have lots of opinions on what to wear soon enough. :)

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  28. Congratulations on your little lady! I love, love her name! What a lucky girl to have such a great family! Her brothers are going to adore her :)

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  29. a little girl!!!!!!!! SO EXCITING!!! Oh she is such a doll already. What a sweetheart. So happy for all of you! and ps: so glad you found out. We always find out with ours and it still kills me to not know what other people are having! haha

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  30. Oh my goodness, what a happy read! Congrats on a sweet baby girl, hooray for date night, and thanks for sharing #2.

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  31. Congrats on the girl!! And I love the name! I also have two boys and a baby girl and let me just say that little girls are the best. The absolute best. I love my boys to pieces and always thought I was more of a little boy kind of mom. But I cannot get enough of my little girl. And don't even get me started on her daddy. She has had him wrapped around her finger from the first second - it is so sweet to see their bond, it really is something special. I laughed when I read the part about shopping because I did the exact same thing! Old Navy. Two onesies from the clearance rack. Kind of cute, little bit girly, had a mild panic attack in the store...and that's all the shopping I did before she was born. Everything just seemed like too much GIRL and it was overwhelming. Fast forward one year and I can't help myself with tiny dresses and shoes.

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