Grateful For Our Family of Four

At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

At home newborn photos with baby girl. Light and airy lifestyle photographs, with whole family of four. Dad, mom, brother and new baby sister! Love the way big brother Julian looks at his new baby sister in these photos! --Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme
Photos by Chelsea Macor Photography

(Robe: Plum Pretty Sugar, Julian’s PJs: Nordstrom (sold out), similar. Inez’s footie: Kickee Pants, Inez’s bows: Baby Bling Bow, Inez’s blanket: Barna & Co, Sweater: Free People)

November marks a month of gratitude. I used to be diligent about writing in my gratitude journal every morning, but with the newborn stage, it has been hard to keep up with. Instead, I like to think of one thing I am grateful for everyday. It’s nothing profound, and is often the same thing day in and day out. I am grateful for my health, my home, my favorite coffee mug that has been dropped and never seems to break. But, above all else, I am grateful for my little family of four. Well, five with Mr. Jet Pup!

You know how people always reminiscence on the good o’le days? Well, I never loved college. I didn’t like to party, I loathed dating. I truly feel like these are the good o’le days for me. Cuddling my babies, staying in jammies and baking cookies, singing, reading and playing!

This month, I am reminded to focus on all the I have. And how, amazingly, all the things I have are things I have always wanted. A marriage built on love, friendship and respect. A bright and healthy son. A thriving, beautiful baby girl. A sweet rescue pup. A warm home. Those are the things I used to dream about; and now they are here. I vow to give thanks for all that I have been blessed with, and I hope you will join me in practicing gratitude.

Happy month of thanksgiving!

xx,

Heidi

Huge thank you to Chelsea Macor Photography for shooting these priceless moments in our home. 

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Bell Sleeved

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Sweater: BP, Jeans: Anthropologie, Shoes: Halogen, Bag: SheIn

I’ve been having a lot of fun with fashion lately! I was not one for maternity fashion, and I must say, I am so happy to no longer be pregnant. I find it a heck of a lot easier to dress myself when not accommodating a watermelon belly.

This bell sleeved trend is such a fun spin on a classic shirt! This sweater is only $40 and is the softest fabric. Those sleeves don’t do well in the kitchen when you’re hovering over food, but they are a fun look for date night! Speaking of date night, I’m thinking Jeff and I need to schedule some more. These days I’m just getting dressed up to run errands and head to the grocery store. Hope everyone has a great upcoming weekend! Can hardly believe it’s almost Halloween!

xx,

Heidi

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Blissful Baby Bath Time in 5 Simple Steps

Take a peek at how we keep bath time fun in our home! Thank you to Collective Bias for sponsoring this post. All opinions are mine alone, and I take pride in showcasing the best products for you all! #GiftingForBaby #CollectiveBias

Ways to keep bath time fun with your little ones! It's as simple as this fun, newly designed Johnson & Johnson baby wash, available exclusively at Target. Oh, and the bubble song of course! #ad #GiftingForBaby #CollectiveBias

Ways to keep bath time fun with your little ones! It's as simple as this fun, newly designed Johnson & Johnson baby wash, available exclusively at Target. Oh, and the bubble song of course! #ad #GiftingForBaby #CollectiveBiasBath time at our house is one of my favorite activities. When I was pregnant with Inez, I was so unbelievably sick. The bath was one of the only places I felt a small reprieve from my nausea and vomiting. So, Julian and I would sometimes take one or two baths a day! I had to get creative to find ways to keep bath time exciting for my little one! When I saw these adorable, newly designed Johnson & Johnson products at our Silverdale Target, I knew bath time would get a little more exciting for Jules. Here are a few ways that we keep bath time fun in our household:Ways to keep bath time fun with your little ones! It's as simple as this fun, newly designed Johnson & Johnson baby wash, available exclusively at Target. Oh, and the bubble song of course! #ad #GiftingForBaby #CollectiveBias

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Ways to keep bath time fun with your little ones! It's as simple as this fun, newly designed Johnson & Johnson baby wash, available exclusively at Target. Oh, and the bubble song of course! #ad #GiftingForBaby #CollectiveBias1. Bath time is anytime. Mamas, you know how crazy nighttime is! You scramble to cook dinner, feed your babes, clean up, brush teeth, take a bath, read a book. The list goes on and on. One way I try to alleviate the nighttime hustle is by giving baths in the morning or the afternoon. It’s a fun way to break up the day, and to check one thing off that nighttime to-do list. Of course, this does not apply to the days when your toddler eats spaghetti with his hands for dinner.

Ways to keep bath time fun with your little ones! It's as simple as this fun, newly designed Johnson & Johnson baby wash, available exclusively at Target. Oh, and the bubble song of course! #ad #GiftingForBaby #CollectiveBias2. Choose products your kiddos will love. These Johnson & Johnson products with the oh-so-adorable design packaging are exclusively available at Target. I picked up the Johnson’s Head-to-Toe Wash, Johnson’s Baby Bedtime Bath, and Johnson’s Baby Lotion because I knew Jules would love these fun designs! Julian is really interested in the octopus on the Head-to-Toe Wash bottle. He thinks it’s hysterical that octopuses have 8 legs. It’s a simple way to get your kiddo to love to soap up! These would make for the cutest package for a soon to be mama too. A fun gift for mom and baby!Ways to keep bath time fun with your little ones! It's as simple as this fun, newly designed Johnson & Johnson baby wash, available exclusively at Target. Oh, and the bubble song of course! #ad #GiftingForBaby #CollectiveBiasWays to keep bath time fun with your little ones! It's as simple as this fun, newly designed Johnson & Johnson baby wash, available exclusively at Target. Oh, and the bubble song of course! #ad #GiftingForBaby #CollectiveBias3. The bubble song. I learned this song from baby story time at our local library when Julian was a newborn. It’s been a beloved part of our bath time routine ever since. And I’d like to think it was how Julian learned to count to 10 on his own!

“One little, two little, three little bubbles,

Four little, five little, six little bubbles,

Seven little, eight little, nine little bubbles,

Ten little bubbles go pop! pop! pop!”

(Count bubbles on fingers and clap when you say, “pop!”)

Ways to keep bath time fun with your little ones! It's as simple as this fun, newly designed Johnson & Johnson baby wash, available exclusively at Target. Oh, and the bubble song of course! #ad #GiftingForBaby #CollectiveBias

4. Use the best. At Johnson & Johnson, safety is their top priority. I love that I can trust this brand on my little ones. These products are paraben free, hypoallergenic and not tested on animals.

Ways to keep bath time fun with your little ones! It's as simple as this fun, newly designed Johnson & Johnson baby wash, available exclusively at Target. Oh, and the bubble song of course! #ad #GiftingForBaby #CollectiveBias5. Baby massage. I love capping off bath time with a baby massage! This design on this Johnson’s Baby Lotion is such a fun take on an old classic. When I’m giving Julian his massage I like to talk to him explaining “this is your left leg, here is your right arm, this is your belly!” He loves it, and I love that he’s getting soft skin and a little anatomy lesson.Ways to keep bath time fun with your little ones! It's as simple as this fun, newly designed Johnson & Johnson baby wash, available exclusively at Target. Oh, and the bubble song of course! #ad #GiftingForBaby #CollectiveBiasWays to keep bath time fun with your little ones! It's as simple as this fun, newly designed Johnson & Johnson baby wash, available exclusively at Target. Oh, and the bubble song of course! #ad #GiftingForBaby #CollectiveBiasWays to keep bath time fun with your little ones! It's as simple as this fun, newly designed Johnson & Johnson baby wash, available exclusively at Target. Oh, and the bubble song of course! #ad #GiftingForBaby #CollectiveBiasHow do you mamas keep bath time fun in your homes? Let me know in the comments!

xx,

Heidi

 

 

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Why I Can’t Let Chores Wait

Clean white kitchen with open shelves, full spring blooms! Talking keeping a clean house when you have babies and toddlers on the blog today. Outer order, inner calm! Keeping a clean home with little kids helps my sanity and postpartum anxiety. You don't have to let the chores wait!
Blooms by Leah Erickson Floral after Inez’s baby shower

One of the most popular pieces of advice for postpartum moms is to let their house go. We’ve all heard it. That you should be snuggling your baby, not doing the dishes! Well, I can’t let it go, I’ve tried and I can’t. Also, I don’t know who they think is going to come do your dishes, but okay. Recently, we did a newborn photoshoot in our home. The wonderful photographer, Chelsea Macor, blogged about our session, asking how it was possible that our home was so spotless. Afterall, we have a one month old and a not yet two year old! It made me realize that I get that question a lot. A lot, a lot. So I thought I’d explain here.

One of my favorite sayings by the happiness guru, Gretchen Rubin is “outer order, inner calm.”  This is me in a nutshell. I clean a little bit all day long as messes occur, and finish up once the babies are in bed for the night. I just can’t let things go at my house. I mean, I can on a rare occasion. Like when my husband promises me he’ll do it and asks me to quit driving him nuts with all my tidying. Poor guy can never find his water glass because I already put it in the dishwasher.

Every morning I am jolted awake by a crying baby. And if the first thing I see as I’m walking through the kitchen is smelly dishes and toy dump trucks, it makes me even more stressed. I wish it didn’t you guys, but it does. I’m not neglecting my kids to go clean baseboards, but I do like for my house to be tidy. In this chaotic state of having two kids under two years old, I need to have a little order in my life. And this is how I find it.

We don’t have a house cleaner, never have. So if you see a photo that I posted of our clean home, that’s because I cleaned it, and it made me happy. I do it because it is a priority to me to have my environment be peaceful. Having a newborn and a toddler can put any mom into a bit of an anxious state. Now, I’m not saying I need a xanax prescription just yet, but this is one of the ways that I keep my anxiety in check. (Side note, another way I keep from feeling anxious is by turning off all of my phone notifications. Yes, even text messages.)

Every mom is different of course, and this is simply what works for me. Also, my kids are still young, so perhaps I’ll be eating my words in a few years. I just wanted to give a different perspective on that age-old piece of advice. And I also wanted to clarify that my house is not spotless because I am some supermom. It’s clean because I am a neat freak who is trying to find a little slice of calm in her day with two little ones.

What about you? Can you let the chores wait?

xx,

Heidi

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How We Named Our Inez Marie

How we named our daughter, Inez Marie

I hadn’t planned on writing about how we named Inez, however, I have had so many questions on her name! I thought I would answer them here and share her naming story. First off, I want to clarify the pronunciation of her name. Which, I will say, I never thought I would have to do! It seemed obvious to both Jeff and I, but I suppose you never know until you announce. Our Inez’s name is pronounced “In-ez.” We’ve heard some pretty creative variations, but it’s simply, Inez. Just like it looks. Her name means “pure” and has Spanish origins, but that’s not why we chose it.

Years ago, when Jeff and I were dating, his father’s mother passed away. We traveled to Chehalis to attend her celebration of life. During the service, we both noticed the most beautiful name on the program book. Jeff’s Grandmother’s middle name was Inez. We both mentioned the name several times that day and on our way home. I can’t recall if we said it out loud then, or if it was just an unspoken agreement. But we knew that someday, if we were lucky enough to have a daughter, she would be named Inez.

We loved that it paid homage to Jeff’s family. We loved how unique, yet timeless the name felt. Settling on Marie as a middle name was simple, as we wanted to include a family name from my side as well. My Great Grandmother Winnifred’s middle name was Marie given to her by her Father in honor of her Mother Marie. My mom, and I both have Marie as a middle name. In fact, my dad often calls my mom Marie as her first name.

Our Julian Koki also has a family name. Named after his Japanese Grandfather, Koki. I love the idea that both of our children are watched over by family members before them.

Our Inez Marie is such a dream. I am currently working on writing her birth story, and cannot wait to show you all photos from the magical day she was born.

xx,

Heidi

Photo by Chelsea Macor Photography

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Just a Matter of Days Now…

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Maternity photography on Vashon Island in Washington State on Lavender Hill Farm. Maternity photos with mom and baby's big brother

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Dress: ASOS, similar here and non-maternity here // Julain’s Shirt: Gap, Shorts: Zara sold out

It’s just a matter of days now before we get to meet our sweet baby girl. I have been feeling excited and anxious all at the same time. I cannot wait to meet our baby and hold her in my arms. I imagine her to look like Julian, who at birth looked just like Jeff. I must say, part of me is a little nervous about having a one year old and a newborn! Any advice from you two-under-two mamas? I need all the tips I can get! Here are some fun tidbits about my pregnancy that I’ve never shared before!

How I discovered I was pregnant: It was just a week before Christmas and I went to Seattle to meet one of my best friend’s for a fun girls day. Jesse and I grew up together and now both have babies the same age. We started talking about how we were both feeling so bloated and sluggish after way too many holiday treats. Then we started talking about when we may try for baby number 2. After saying goodbye to Jess I walked back to the ferry boat thinking about our conversations. On a whim I bought a pregnancy test before hopping on the ferry. I took the test on the ferry ride home (so glam) and sure enough, it was POSITIVE! The best part is that Jesse took a test the very next day (not knowing about mine yet) and hers was positive too!

Who knew first: I called my sister that day to tell her the news! I wanted to surprise Jeff in a fun way, so I need my sis by my side to help craft a plan! Jesse knew right away, as well as our dear friend Ashley, who also discovered she was pregnant just days later! We could not have planned that if we tried!

How I told Jeff: On the morning of Christmas Eve I had Jeff open a very special Christmas present. I wrapped up 4 beautiful red Christmas ornaments with hand painted gold calligraphy reading; Jeff, Heidi, Jules and Baby. Jeff was so excited and shocked and over the moon all at the same time! We told the rest of our families then next day. Best Christmas ever.

How I felt: For the majority of the pregnancy I felt miserable. I’ve spoken candidly about that here and here. But as the end nears I feel healthy and excited. Albeit very tired and enormous.

What I craved: Carbs! Pizza, mac & cheese, lasagna! Also, fresh fruits like watermelon and strawberries. Any vegetable I saw would make me nauseous. If I could eat Molly Moon’s Salted Caramel ice cream daily, I would.

Greatest fear: This may sound silly, but I am just uncertain about what it will be like to have a baby that is not Julian. Jules and I get along like two peas in a pod. He’s truly my buddy. So I have a hard time imaging what it will be like to parent a baby that isn’t Jules. I keep saying things like “oh I hope she’s like her brother!” But of course she will have her own unique personality to bring to our family. One that deep down I know I will love. Even if she’s the exact opposite of her brother! I remember having the same fear of the unknown before delivering my Julian, and now he has my whole heart.

Greatest joy: Few things compare to that initial ultrasound when you fear baby’s heartbeat for the first time! But I will say, that as she’s grown, I have come to love her powerful kicks inside my belly. She throws me some zingers that can take my breath away! I am growing a strong girly in this belly of mine.

I am still on cloud nine over these maternity photos by the incredible Taylor Catherine Photography. We shot just before the sun went down on beautiful Vashon Island. The scent of this lavender field was out of this world!

Jeff and I both feel so blessed to be our baby girl’s parents. And she is the luckiest girl in the world to have Julian as her big brother. Just a matter of days now girly.

xx,

Heidi

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