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Eloise’s Birth Story

I can’t believe we’ve gotten to be Eloise’s parents for a month! She’s the most precious, lovely little lady and we feel so blessed God chose us to be her parents. I don’t think I could ever adequately put into words how much we love her. We spend these winter days snuggling and kissing her constantly. I absolutely adore this newborn stage. I just can’t believe these bump pictures were a month ago. Time is moving so quickly (way too quickly), but there are so many things I’m looking forward to doing with her and teaching her. I can’t wait to see what each day brings and how she grows. I can’t wait to teach her how to be a friend and love learning. I can’t wait to take her to New York City and Paris (and the rest of the world) one day with her girl cousins. I can’t wait to see how she experiences the world and learns to love those around her. We pray daily that she’s a joyful, kind, fun, generous, selfless person who never goes a day where she doesn’t know God’s love for her or our love for her.

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34 weeks and growing by the second!

Bump Pictures

To document my pregnancy, we decided to take a series of bump pictures standing in the same place wearing the same dress. (Similar dress here and here). We weren’t great about keeping up with the bump pictures, but there are enough pictures to be able to tell just how short this dress has gotten over the last nine months from this growing belly. Haha! I’ve loved the journey of pregnancy and can’t wait to meet this little girl! If you’d like to read more about my pregnancy experience, read my Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 updates. :)

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13 weeks pregnant

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2017 Travel Diary

2017 has been one for the books! We traveled to two new countries, explored a new state and visited our home state. My favorite travel memory of 2017 was that we found out we’re having a baby while on one of our favorite trips yet (our Iceland adventure)! This little lady isn’t even on the outside yet and she’s already been on 8 flights, so we’re hoping we have a mini traveler in the making. 😉 Here’s a look back on our adventures from 2017! And here’s my travel diary post from 2015 and 2016.

1. Dublin, Ireland: We loved this quaint city, because we could easily walk around the streets and find fun things to do. Here’s my city guide and here’s our video.

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Pregnancy: 3rd Trimester

It feels so surreal to be writing my third trimester blog post! If you missed my second trimester or first trimester post, you can find them here. I just can’t believe we are here at 39 weeks, counting down the final days until this baby arrives and looking back on the last 10 months. What a cool journey pregnancy has been and I don’t take for granted getting to experience it. Let me just say that pregnancy does things to your body and mind that you have no control over and it’s probably one of the most humbling things I’ve ever experienced. Even on the tougher days, I’ve still really loved being pregnant. I’m definitely ready to hold this little girl, but I would gladly do this whole pregnancy thing over again to give her a couple siblings! :) Here’s a summary of what I’ve experienced in the 3rd trimester and what I’ve learned from this adventure.

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28 weeks!

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South Coast Tour (Iceland Part 5)

For the last of my Iceland posts, I thought I’d share about our South Coast Iceland tour. It was a really cool tour, because like the other tours, it showed us a very different part of Iceland. We used GeoIceland for this tour. One of my favorite things on this trip was getting to see a real life glacier and touch it. Glaciers are such rare things for people to see (at least where we live ;). We experienced some wild Icelandic weather that day and got drenched on our walk to the glacier, which is why we don’t have a ton of photos from that part of the day. My iPhone had so many water spots on the camera lenses, haha. We saw several more waterfalls and another beach with what we were told are basically killer waves. They actually warn you not to go too close to the shoreline, because these waves will actually kill you. Apparently, there are a lot of natural phenomenons in Iceland that can kill you, so just something to remember. 😉 Also, this is another reason I think it’s worth it to have a tour guide, because Iceland’s weather, nature and roads were VERY foreign to us. Enjoy a few photos of our last Iceland post!

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So many pretty waterfalls everywhere you look!

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Nursery Reveal

One of my very favorite parts of preparing for our baby girl has been putting together her nursery over the last few months. I’ve documented some of her nursery projects, but now it’s time to share her vintage floral nursery.  I decided to go with pinks, yellows, greens and blues. I love color, so I figured I’d go ahead and introduce our girl to color at a very young age. 😉 However, we wanted the big pieces of furniture to be white so we can use this nursery for future children, no matter the gender. Also, we have a small nursery, so space saving and utilizing all of our space was really important to me.  I’ve linked where you can find her nursery items underneath photos so you can shop our nursery picks. We had a goal of not breaking the bank while planning this nursery, and I have to say, I’m really happy with the affordable pieces we found!

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Curtains:  IKEA Matilda Curtain |Pom Pom Garland: any craft store (Hobby Lobby or Joanne’s) or you can make it!

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Snaefellsnes Peninsula Tour (Iceland Part 4)

Our Snaefellsnes Peninsula tour through Discover Iceland was one of our most magical adventures in Iceland! If you missed my other Iceland posts, you can find the Golden Circle post here, Reykjavik City Guide here and Iceland travel video here. The Snaefellsnes tour was a small tour, just us and two other people from London. Our tour guide was a local who ended up introducing us to his brother and having us over for afternoon coffee. On this tour, we were hit with a much darker gloomy day and so much ice that I often thought my toes were dying (haha, Florida girl at heart). Half the time I felt like I was in a snow globe or some made up magical winter wonderland. We saw places where they filmed Game of Thrones and touched what looked like the arctic. We even got to see black sand beaches and explore all sorts of natural Icelandic landscape that was so different from our other tours. And perhaps the coolest thing we did on this tour was adventure into a lava cave. I’ve never seen such a magical place in my life! Here are a few photos so you can see for yourself.

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One of our first stops on the tour was getting to see this famous church called Búðakirkja.

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Maternity Photos

Our sweet and incredibly talented friend, Megan can do anything. Take amazing photos, create hair bows (that are so perfect for a little girl), bake, cook, parent, etc. But, my favorite thing that she’s done so far has been introduce Matt and I to each other. So on top of all her other skills, she’s also a pretty darn great match maker. 😉 She took these amazing photos for us when we were visiting Florida a few weekends ago for my Florida baby shower. I will always treasure these photos as they document this special time of awaiting the arrival of our first child. And the man in these photos…well, I can’t say enough good things about him. He’s been such a support throughout this pregnancy and I can’t believe we only have two months left before our little girl’s arrival.

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Pregnancy: 2nd Trimester

Honestly, this pregnancy has flown and I’ve genuinely loved being pregnant, especially this 2nd trimester. I can’t believe we start the 3rd trimester this week. Wait, what!? It’s still confusing to me whether the 3rd trimester starts at 27 or 28 weeks, but we’ll just go with 28.  I feel like I just found out I was pregnant and now all the sudden we are getting paperwork from the hospital about paying for her delivery and signing up for baby classes. Here’s an update on what I’ve experienced in my second trimester, how I’ve been feeling and things I’ve been learning along the way. I can’t express how grateful I am for the Lord’s blessing over this time and our family as we prepare to bring this new little life into the world. I literally cannot wait to meet her. I just keep waking up every day thanking God for the blessing of getting to be this little girl’s mother. :)

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15 weeks! This is the week we found out it’s a girl!

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