Julian at 12 Months

Our sweet baby boy at 12 months of age, find out his milestones and favorite things at this age!

Our Julian Koki is a 1 year old! Wow, I just can’t even believe that sentence right there. But the calendar doesn’t lie. I recently wrote Julian’s birth story and it brings back all of the emotions of that day, and this past year combined. This will be the last of the monthly motherhood updates on our Julian. I may write updates on his 6 month marks, but nothing is quite like the growth and development that occurs in that first year. Read on to find out what Julian is up to at 12 months old! We love you beyond measure baby Jules, Happy 1st Birthday!

Biggest Milestones: Julian can stand without assistance and is threatening to walk any minute now! It still amazes me to see those legs support his entire body that once couldn’t even roll over. Okay, I warning you, this one is going to be overly nostalgic.

Talking: Baby Jules continues to be such a chatter box. He says ya, mama, dada, nana, and what sounds like dog when he’s pointing at our puppy, Jet. Or it could be “down” when the pup is trying to jump up on his highchair. He also says “ni-ni” for night-night at bedtime, oh my heart!

Eating: Jules is an eating machine. He literally eats it all. He is still nursing, and I am very proud of that fact. I have struggled through 4 bouts of mastitis, so it feels like a victory to make it a full year of breastfeeding. Julian’s favorite foods are berries, cheese and pretty much anything that he sees an adult eating.

Sleeping: Our big guy is a champion sleeper. He still takes two naps a day, and sleeps through the night. I am so grateful for his ability to sleep well, it makes life a little easier on Jeff and I! He usually sleeps from 7:30pm-7:30am, so we have time to wind down in the evening and time to wake up in the morning. Bless you Julian!

Favorite activity: Lately I’ve realized that Julian is drawn towards cars, trucks and anything with wheels. His favorite toys all have wheels! He loves to crawl and push his trucks around the house at full speed, always trying to outrun the puppy. He’s also really into dancing lately! He throws his hands up and bounces up and down to music! I have way too many videos of this on my phone right now.

Favorite book: Our latest book obsession is “The Mitten” by Jan Brett. We read it just about every day. Jules loves to turn the pages and throw the book after I say “The End.” I checked this book out from the library last winter when Julian was just an infant, so I had to buy it when I saw it recently at Eagle Harbor Books. It’s a sweet winter story of a boy and his mittens, and lots of friendly woodland creatures!

One thing I never want to forget: Julian is a fairly independent baby. He is not much of a snuggler, as much as I have wished he was! He is just far too busy for that. He likes to do his own thing and when he needs a little love or reassurance it’s usually a brief moment. But there is one instance when he really needs his mama, and that’s anytime he meets someone new. He is in the stranger danger phase and holds me so tightly while nuzzling into my chest any time he meets someone new. I know this phase will be short lived, so I will take the snuggle, always!

Happy, happy birthday sweet baby Jules, we love you immensely.

xx,

Heidi

 

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On the Boardwalk

Beautiful Bainbridge Island boardwalk with mother and son

Beautiful Bainbridge Island boardwalk with mother and son

Beautiful Bainbridge Island boardwalk with mother and son

Beautiful Bainbridge Island boardwalk with mother and son

Beautiful Bainbridge Island boardwalk with mother and son

Beautiful Bainbridge Island boardwalk with mother and son

Beautiful Bainbridge Island boardwalk with mother and son

Beautiful Bainbridge Island boardwalk with mother and son

Beautiful Bainbridge Island boardwalk with mother and son

Beautiful Bainbridge Island boardwalk with mother and son

Some days I just feel so incredibly lucky to live on beautiful Bainbridge Island. This was one of those days. The crisp autumn air, the soft rocking of the sailboats, the warm Pegasus latte. The rain may have cut our outing short, but before the downpour we got to soak in the calm scenery.

I’ve heard people compare Bainbridge to Catalina Island, to Bellevue with a side of hippy, and just recently Vogue dubbed our island “The Nantucket of the Pacific Northwest.” The island is filled with charm and character, and is it’s own unique corner of the earth. Since starting the blog, I get a lot of questions about island recommendations. And while this may not seem like a grand adventure, walking the boardwalk is one of my most cherished outings. I told you I loved simple pleasures right?! There is something so calming about being able to see over to Seattle, without having to experience the hustle of the city. But if you are ever to get island fever, that city life is just a ferry boat ride away. I hope you are enjoying a simple pleasure in your hometown, or wherever life may find you today! Let me know what it is!

xx,

Heidi

(Duster: Anthropologie, similar here, Jeans: J Brand, on-sale now! Boots: Hinge, Julian: Jeans: Quicksilver, Jacket: Levis, Shoes: hand-me-down Baby Gap)
A very special thank you to Shaun Turley for the beautiful photography and the good laughs 🙂

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3 Ways to Wear a Blanket Scarf This Fall

3 ways to wear a beautiful blanket scarf for fall and winter

3 Ways to wear and style a blanket scarf this fall

Scarf season is upon us! I was so thrilled when my new blanket scarf arrived from ILYMIX. I mean, look at how darling that packaging is! They have the cutest selection of scarves right now, but this one really caught my eye. It is double sided and the extra pattern adds fun dimension to the whole look.  Today I am sharing with you my 3 favorite ways to wear the blanket scarf for the fall season!

1. Poncho: The simplest way to wear the blanket scarf doesn’t need much explanation at all. Just drape the scarf over your shoulders and voila! The poncho or shawl look is chic and will keep you toasty warm!

3 ways to wear a beautiful blanket scarf for fall and winter

3 ways to wear a beautiful blanket scarf for fall and winter

3 ways to wear a beautiful blanket scarf for fall and winter

3 ways to wear a beautiful blanket scarf for fall and winter

2. Over the shoulder: I love the casual look of this wrap. Simply toss one of the scarf ends over your shoulder and you’re ready to take on the day with an extra flare. It’s classic and beautiful.3 ways to wear a beautiful blanket scarf for fall and winter

3 ways to wear a beautiful blanket scarf for fall and winter

3 ways to wear a beautiful blanket scarf for fall and winter

3 ways to wear a beautiful blanket scarf for fall and winter

3 ways to wear a beautiful blanket scarf for fall and winter

3. The loose wrap: This is my favorite way to wear the blanket scarf! It’s a loose handkerchief wrap, but adds lots of volume and pizazz to any look. To achieve this look take one of the ends of the scarf and hold one corner over your left shoulder, allowing the other corner to drape over the center of your chest. Wrap the rest of the scarf around your neck and secure the scarf by tucking it into the end. Your scarf will become the focal point of any outfit when you use this wrap technique! My favorite!3 ways to wear a beautiful blanket scarf for fall and winter

3 ways to wear a beautiful blanket scarf for fall and winter

3 ways to wear a beautiful blanket scarf for fall and winter

3 ways to wear a beautiful blanket scarf for fall and winter

3 ways to wear a beautiful blanket scarf for fall and winter

3 ways to wear a beautiful blanket scarf for fall and winterI hope you enjoyed these styling tips! Head to ILYMIX to get 20% off your blanket scarf using the code heidi.stephens20 at checkout. As always, let me know if you try any of these looks at home! How do you style your scarves? Let me know in the comments!

(Scarf: ILYMIX, Shirt: old, similar here, Jeans: J-Brand, Boots: Hinge under $150!)

Photography by Jessica Crockett

xx,

Heidi.

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