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Life Lately

It has been so long since I’ve written a post just for the sake of writing. Feels a bit unfamiliar. Obviously, it’s time to get back into it. I have been in the twister of life lately. My daily schedule has a different shade of busy, now with two kiddos in the mix. Zoë is on SUMMER BREAK. That’s right! 2 kids at home, all day, every day – for months! How is it going? It’s tough, but I absolutely love it. I’ve missed Zoë so much! Our summer has basically been enjoying our outdoor spaces, going to the park and meeting neighborhood kids, also both the girls are modeling now! Yep, Zoë and Skye are following in my footsteps. I guess they start summer jobs early in this house lol. Which brings me to Skye’s news. Skye booked Gerber Baby about a week ago. She’s officially now a real life Gerber Baby! The shoot went great. She was a natural! She only cried in the very beginning when they were testing the lights, but then she was all smiles. They gave her a special bib as a souvenir. We’ll be framing that as soon as the ad comes out in August. What a great first gig right?! She’s got me beat. My first job was for a catalog and I was 15.

My agency asked us to take some pics all together for a potential client. Here’s a couple of the shots we took. I put on my favorite pink dress from pre-baby and it fits! I’ve been working hard with Michael to get back in shape for a few weeks now at CorePower. We are big fans of the Yoga Sculpt class. It’s basically boot camp in a 105 degree room with occasional downward dog, warrior pose and a zillion chaturongas. It’s a 75 minute class that challenges every fiber in your body. People have fainted and puked before, it’s that rough, but I’m hooked! I love the challenge. The class ends in a much-needed savasana, translation: Laying on your back in complete stillness, free of thoughts. Michael joked that he passed out the first time back, it just looked like savasana lol. It hasn’t been easy getting back into shape this second time around. I’ve worked out my entire life, except during this last pregnancy. Avoiding those early contractions came with a strict rule of no strenuous movement. Not an easy thing for someone who likes to stay fit, but it was all worth it. Now look, my little peanut is a Gerber Baby!

I still have a lot of work to do to get back into shape, but let’s be honest, that’s a constant work in progress. It’s really nice to fit into my old clothes again and it gives me energy to keep up with the littles.

One of my best friends is getting married tomorrow! I’ll be wearing this dress. I can’t wait to see her in her gown, she’s going to be stunning walking down that aisle. We’ve known each other for so long. We actually first met modeling back in our teens. Now we’re real grown ups. I’ll be 40 at the end of this year…Why hide that fun fact?! I’m damn proud. Where did the time go? I have to say, I’m loving this time in my life the most. 

Family Field Trip to Chicago’s Gethsemane Gardens with the Best Baby Carrier

My titles are getting longer (lol). Anyways, I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. We had so much fun with the family! My aunt Janet (AKA Tia) came in from Miami, which is always fun. She’s great with kids, loves to cook with Michael and we always have a good laugh after the kids are asleep, with a glass of wine or two.

On Saturday, we all ventured out to my favorite nursery in the city, Gethsemane Gardens. It is breathtaking! Family owned and operated. The staff is passionate about flora. They always take the time to educate their customers – we would never have known that we could successfully grow grapes in our small garden out back had it not been for these awesome people! Our grapes are doing great by the way, they came back green and lush. For 2 hours we enjoyed the endless rows of flowers, fruit trees, patio furniture, gorgeous planters, water features and more. There’s so much beauty in one place. It must be heaven. Did I mention it takes up like 3 blocks? Incredible.

Every mom gets excited about baby gear, and I was SUPER excited to use my new ADAPT baby carrier, c/o Ergobaby! It’s an easy-to-use 3 position carrier that adapts to your growing baby from newborn to toddler. No infant insert needed (THANK YOU!). WE (Skye and I) LOVE IT – definitely the best baby carrier around. It makes it possible to keep up with Zoë and still have Skye close and safe to my heart, hands free. I really couldn’t juggle life’s stuff and kids, without it. Especially when it’s just me and the girls.

So, Zoë’s summer break is around the corner. I want to spend as much time outside with her as we can. Kids learn so much from the outdoors. Like at the nursery, she was asking what kind of plants they were, and drawing what she saw. She even saw and learned about baby preying mantis – she thought they were cute. They were very cute.

Being raised in the city myself, I looked forward to field trips to the museums and the botanical gardens. It inspired me. And that’s the plan for our two girls. To introduce and inspire.

Wishing you a fun weekend! We’ll be up to our ears with ballet, ballet recital rehearsal, soccer, promised playground time… Jeez, and that’s just Zoë’s schedule. Wait till Skye starts her classes!

Introducing Adapt Carrier by Ergobaby-Newborn to Toddler

Parenthood Lately – Sisters Dressed in Finn + Emma

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Parenthood is a constant moving rollercoaster. There are moments when time slows down just enough to sit back and exclaim “We did this”. A lot like a rollercoaster at the top of a drop. It slows down just enough for you to take in the incredible view. Michael kissed my cheek and said these words “We did this” as we looked over at our girls, smiling and laughing with each other, earlySunday morning. There are sweet moments like these, and then there are moments where you just want to pull your hair out, because no one is listening, behaving, or moving productively, so we can all get out of the house and be were we need to be. Despite those testing times, it’s an incredible ride. My heart tugs at me when my girls smile, cry, scream, laugh, sneeze, tell me they don’t love me, tell me that I’m the best mom ever. I’ve never been more aware of my heart. It’s tugging all of the time now.

When I was a parent of just one child, I couldn’t imagine being capable of loving another as much as the first. My love for my first was so huge, how could I have room to love another? The answer is simple. Your heart grows, doubles, with a little extra for good measure. You can’t imagine it, just like you can’t imagine how much you would love the first child, but it happened. It took your breath away then, and it will take your breath away again and again. My love for my daughters is immeasurable.

Something that sits in the back of my mind, is that when you love someone, you let them go. My responsibility is to be there for their every need, and then one day, when they’re ready and I’m not, it will be time to wave goodbye. That’s love. Yes, today the girls are very young still, we just started our journey, but in my mind Zoë was born yesterday, she’s 4.5 years old! Skye will be 4 months this Thursday! Time moves quickly. 

There are moments that will stand out, that is amazing and special. That’s the gift. That’s all that you get to keep, the memories. Children grow up and they leave the nest. That’s how you know you did your job. You taught them how to survive out there in this crazy beautiful world. What an incredible responsibility, what an honor. I watch as their lives take flight. They begin to develop friendships, hobbies, responsibilities of their own. Our job is to be there for them when they fall, and then stand back, watching proudly when they sail. It hurts like nothing else…But it’s also very beautiful.

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The girls are relaxing in their new buttery soft threads out in our city “backyard”, c/o our friends over at Finn + Emma. They’re made with non-toxic, G.O.T.S. certified organic cotton and eco-friendly dyes. Even the snaps are lead/nickel free and feature real coconut inserts! The clothes have a generous fit, allowing room to be worn longer. Skye’s hand-knit rattle, Lily the Pika, is made by an artisanal women’s collective in Peru with G.O.T.S certified organic cotton yarn and wool stuffing. This is her new buddy. We take it everywhere 🙂

Zoë is wearing: Pajamas (elephant print)

Skye is wearing: Lap Bodysuit
(salmon rose), Pants
(zebras), Headband
(zebras).

*This post is in partnership with Finn + Emma, whose products we absolutely LOVE.* 

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