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Week in Review // September 22-28

This week's vlog is a short(er) one. Last week just got away from me and before I knew it, it was Thursday!

James' family threw us a small get together with family, most of which cannot make it to the wedding. It was nice to see everyone and have a little 'pre-celebration.' The food was delicious and James' family worked hard on all of it and I'm so thankful for the amazing in-laws I've inherited!

Aside from that, not much else happened last week...pretty uneventful! But still a good week. On a side note, I can't believe this video is week 20!! It doesn't seem like we've been doing this that long!


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Chicky Pop Shop Review & Giveaway! - CLOSED

I'm always on the hunt for unique children's items. One of my favorite places for inspiration and great products is Chicky Pop! They carry some really great designer children's brands and also carry toys and accessories you won't find anywhere else. The shopping process on their site was really simple and my items came sooner than expected!


One of the many brands they carry is Mini Rodini. I've been pining over a few items from their line and one of them is this toucan dress. With Lark's name, I naturally gravitate towards anything bird-related. This print was no exception! I love their items because they fit really well and are made from organic cotton. Chicky Pop has tons of Mini Rodini to choose from!


I also picked up this adorable plush dude from a brand out of the UK called Corby Tindersticks. His name is Ralph Raddish and he's super soft and the perfect size for Lark. His tag included his back story and I thought that was a really cute touch. Plus, he looks like he's wearing a birthday hat, so he was the perfect gift for Lark for her first birthday!



She's just now getting into stuffed toys and dolls, picking them up, snuggling them and carting them around. I have a feeling she and Ralph will have many adventures together...





 Chicky Pop is graciously offering one of my readers a $50 store credit! This is amazing and you'll have a hard time choosing what to buy if you win! Entering is easy, just follow the steps below for your chance to win! The winner will be announced on Tuesday, September 30. Good Luck!!



CONGRATULATIONS SARAH from Macon a Mess!!!

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Week in Review // September 15-21

This last week was a big one for us.

I had my first wedding dress fitting and it went really well. I was extremely nervous about it. Mostly about the size and cost to alter because I knew the dress they had ordered would be way too big. It was, but the fitting was a success and the price was more manageable than I expected. I go back on October 3rd for some additional changes once the initial alterations have been made. I also tried on veils with the dress, but I'm still undecided about that one...

Lark has been working on her standing skills this week too. Finally getting brave enough to stand for longer periods of time. Her balance is awesome, which makes me think walking won't be too far off!

Another big change. One for the better. And one I never saw coming...even in my wildest dreams...but it happened, and I couldn't be more thankful...


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9, 10 and 11 month updates...

Dearest little bean,
You are 9 months and 3/4 of a year old!! Time is passing so quickly these days, I can't believe it.

You're saying 'mama' a lot, and in the right context. Sometimes it's still 'mamamama,' but it's definitely directed at me! I really do love it.

You went to a different babysitter for a week, while your normal babysitter was on vacation. Mama was really worried about it, just because of your allergies and having to explain everything to someone new. And my fears came to fruition, you had a really bad allergic reaction while there, but everything turned out fine. Mama just hates that you have to deal with any of this. You've had a few flare ups this month, including one at the usual sitter that caused your eyes to swell nearly shut. You poor thing, and you're always calm through all of it. You really are a trooper. But your allergy issues with the kitties seem to be getting better, you are getting less and less hives because of them now, making mama rest easy about that part of the whole ordeal. You also had one day at the sitter when I dropped you off where you cried and reached for me, and it broke my heart...

Your daddy took you to your first book reading at Barnes & Noble. You got to hear "Oh, the place you'll go..." by Dr. Seuss. Dad couldn't leave without buying a copy of the book for you.

We celebrated our first 'official' Mother's Day. I love being your mama and am happy to celebrate any moment of any day! We spent the day together and went out for dinner. The power went out at the restaurant so we had to go elsewhere! Not sure why that matters, but mama just likes to remember details. Being your mama is still the best thing ever. It's hard work sometimes, but so beyond worth it to see your face every day.

We also celebrated Memorial Day weekend up north, of course.  You got to hang out with your cousins and your cousin Lucas has surpassed you in weight! Almost 3 months younger, but he's bigger than you! You loved swinging on the swingset with Audrey and Ayden. And mama asked Aunt Trista and your cousins to be in the wedding!

You're not quite crawling yet, but you are trying...although hesitant at times. One of these days you're going to take off and we won't know what hit us! You're cautious with everything, thinking it all through, taking it all in...doing things in your own time...

You've also been a bit fussier as of late, and are having some trouble going to bed at night. You want nothing to do with it AT ALL. You used to be the easiest kid when it came to sleep. We could lay you down and you'd go right to sleep. Nowadays, it's a bit different. You throw fits and just fight sleep all together. Mama doesn't know what to do sometimes. I sing about 157 renditions of 'twinkle, twinkle little Lark' every night, and let you cry a bit until you've exhausted yourself to the point of sleep. Lots of people suggest teething, but we've thought you were teething a hundred times before and you still have no sign of teeth. Mama also read about 9 month sleep regression, which is pretty common, and I think maybe you have a touch of that going on too...I hope we can iron out these kinks soon, you (and I) are tired. You've been waking up a bit during the night as well, which isn't typical of you for some time.

You're not into feeding yourself yet, but we are trying! We also started trying a sippy cup, but you aren't very keen on it. You like to go shopping with mama and take walks with mama and daddy. You also love to hold our hands and 'jump.' It's so precious!

We just love you so much!

love, mama


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Dearest little bean,

You're ten months old and nearing that ONE year mark very fast!!

Your biggest accomplishment this month is that at 9 months and 3 days, you FINALLY took off crawling! After months of being so hesitant about it and content to sit in one spot, you hauled off after one of the kitties one morning before work. You'd moved a little bit at times previously, but this was the first time you REALLY took off! The cats learned how to run pretty fast! Although, Albert has a bit of a rough time adjusting to you and has been a bit aggressive. You've had some scratches and it makes mama so sad!

You also went to the doctor for your 9 month check up and weighed 15lbs 15.9oz. Not quite 16 lbs! You're still little and fit into 3/6 and 6 month clothes. Still trying to encourage self-feeding as well, but you're still not quite into it. But you will feed us bites if we ask for one, so you definitely know how, you're just taking full advantage of being fed...and you don't quite understand taking bites off of larger things like animal crackers and you get so mad when a piece doesn't automatically break off! But you still have no teeth, so that is part of the problem.

You can point out the kitty and the duck in your animal book. You're so smart!

Sleep is still a problem lately. You're sleeping through the night, have been for awhile now and have always been a good sleeper, but getting you to sleep has been the problem. You throw 'fits of rage' as mama likes to call them when going to bed. We're not sure what's happening, but we feel like maybe it's a combination of teething (which we've said a million times before and no teeth!) or the 9 month sleep regression mama's been hearing about. Either way, it's frustrating for you and for me and I wish there was an easy fix. You used to lay down and fall asleep just fine. Mama still sings "Twinkle, twinkle little Lark" over and over again, which helps, but you're a mess most nights and we're exhausted! I end up falling asleep with you in your room most nights.

You also started swim school and you have absolutely hated it! Which surprised us, because you love baths! You cry the entire time you're in the pool! You're very unsure of the water. Mama and daddy takes turns with you in the water. Your classes are two days a week. You made a friend who's only 5 days younger than you and I'm hoping her love of the water rubs off on you! We took you to the little splash pool to help get you used to the water and we think it's helping! It's a shallow pool and you can touch the bottom which makes you feel more secure. You went in your first lake this month too. You were fine with it until a tiny wave got you in the face!

We also celebrated Father's Day and you really do have the best dad ever! We went to eat and went to the park to play. It was such a fun day and I hope your dad knows how much he's loved by all of us!

You're dancing constantly! And it's absolutely hysterical! You love to chase and be chased and you laugh and squeal SO loud! It entertains us and cracks up up! You've been pulling yourself up on things since well before you crawled, but you're starting to let go of things and trying to stand on your own. You're the biggest little girl I know!

Your brother got his learner's permit and it's crazy how fast he is growing up too. Mama is nervous about him being on the road!! He also left this month to his mom's house for the summer and I bet you'll be missing him. He loves to make you laugh.

We also celebrated the fourth of July up north and mama was sad it was your last 'first' holiday. But we had a fun weekend and watched the parade and hung out with lots of cousins. You met another cousin for the first time, who's 2 days younger than you. He is standing and trying to walk and we were just amazed by it because you are so very cautious about it! The fireworks didn't bother you one bit!

You love this ball popper at your grandma and grandpa's house and when it would finish you would say 'da!' You did it multiple times and mama discovered you were saying 'all done!' It was so funny and awesome! So you now you say mama, dada and all done! We think you're sometimes trying to say kitty too, but it comes out as 'tee' or 'teesh.' You're waving all the time and love waving 'night, night' when you go to bed.

You're so sweet and perfect.

love, mama


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Dearest little bean,

11 months old!! I can't even begin to believe it.You're so much fun and always have us laughing! Especially when making all sorts of fart noises, which is your favorite!

At 10.5 months, you finally got a tooth!!! We felt like you might be toothless forever! You have some others just waiting to burst through. Your sleep has been a bit better as of late, so we're thinking teeth may have been to blame. You're less fussy as well, but still such a mama's girl. You adore your dad, but if I'm in the room, you want to be in my arms.

Swim classes continued and you were liking it much better by the time the classes were over! We put you in the shallow water at the stairs first and that seems to help. We 'ease' you into the water!

Your brother turned 16 this month. SIXTEEN!!! His mom threw him a party and you, daddy, aunt Trista and I were able to go. Brennan's other little sister just adored you and loved to help me feed you and blow bubbles for you.

Mama and daddy went house shopping a lot, and even found a few they wanted, but in the end, the timing wasn't right. With the wedding and everything else going on, it's just too much to take one. But we hope to have a house sometime in the near future!

We took you to your first baseball game and you had so much fun! The mascot came and played with you for a bit, but that freaked you out completely! There were fireworks after the game and you were pretty excited about those. You loved playing in the grass and watching all of the other kids running around.

You love to say 'mama' when I come get you in the morning. Daddy also loves waking you up in the morning. He sings 'you are my sunshine' to you all the time and you just love it! You also love playing with the mail and throwing it EVERYWHERE!! You love throwing everything EVERYWHERE!

We love you more than all the stars in the sky. I can't believe our next update will be 12 months...it's been a beautiful journey.

love, mama


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Week in Review // September 8-14

Last week we celebrated James' 40th birthday. It was VERY low-key and I've been harboring a lot of guilt for not planning a big extravaganza. There's just so much going on right now! But we spent it together and that's what counts! We went to dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings, of course. It's his favorite, after all.

Lark had her 12 month check up and all was good. She didn't get the shots she was due for, because her allergist advised us to wait until he re-evaluates her at the end of this month. Some ingredients in the vaccines are a concern for her health. She weight 17lbs 6.6oz...still a tiny tot!! She's been sick and the doctor confirmed it's just your standard cold. And she's passed it on me now!!

I also picked up the keys to a new apartment...but it's not for us...You'll just have to wait and see...


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Wedding Wednesday // Our Invitations!

So I missed Wedding Wednesday last week, but I've been feeling overwhelmed and have a lot going on...but we're back at it this week with a special post about our invitations!

Hello, Little Bean Blog // hellolittlebean.com // Our Wedding Invitations // Designed by Katie House

I designed the invitation myself, with James' input of course. We didn't want anything terribly formal, and I wanted things to be a bit whimsical. Overall, I'm really pleased with how they turned out. Assembling them was torture at times, but luckily I only had 50 addresses on my mailing list. Check out the video at the bottom of this post for a more detailed description!

Hello, Little Bean Blog // hellolittlebean.com // Our Wedding Invitations // Designed by Katie House
Hello, Little Bean Blog // hellolittlebean.com // Our Wedding Invitations // Designed by Katie House
Hello, Little Bean Blog // hellolittlebean.com // Our Wedding Invitations // Designed by Katie House
Hello, Little Bean Blog // hellolittlebean.com // Our Wedding Invitations // Designed by Katie House



Wood Grain cardstock/envelopes and RSVP envelopes from cardsandpockets.com
Glitter cardstock from announcementconverters.com
Baker's Twine from ebay
Paper apples also from ebay

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Week in Review // Septermber 2-7

Not much to say about last week except that our baby turned ONE! It's so surreal. I spent the week/day reliving everything about her birth. Time passes so quickly and they change so much in the first year. I'm so proud of my little bean and can not imagine life without her. She has fit so seamlessly into our world, and us into hers.

She hasn't been feeling well, and every cough and wheeze is still a bit jarring for us, considering her allergy history, but she enjoyed the zoo so much! Especially the prairie dogs! We celebrated later that night with some coconut, dairy-free ice cream.

We love her so.


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