Christmas Photo Time!

IMG_1831It’s mid November and time to start planning for the 2013 Christmas card! I would absolutely love to do another photo card of the entire family, but since my husband was appalled by my photo choice for last year, above photo,  he has kindly suggested that we just keep this year about Reagan.

We had some lovely pictures taken by EIEIO Photography a few weeks back and the shots of Reagan are definetly Christmas card worthy. However, I have been admiring Kristen Koppers Photography on Facebook for sometime now, so when she posted a children’s only Mini Session on Facebook; I jumped at the opportunity to work with her! The session is super short, no time for a change of clothes and only one background.

This is ultimately a session for the Christmas card, so ‘Christmasy’ attire is in order.

This is part of the email sent by the photographer:
Each session is about 20 minutes. I will be using a cream background and a cream wood floor as well as my cream “shaggy” rug. I have lots of organic/ earthy trees/ greenery with some vintage crates, stools and chairs. I recommend keeping clothing classic.

I adore the word classic.

Classic Choices…

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1. Casey Cardigan 2. Button Down Oxford Shirt 3. Gigi Pant 4. Patent Tortoise Ballet Flats

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1.Plaid Bow Back Top 2.Gigi Pant in Velvet Dot 3.Glitter Bow Oxfords

I’m in love with the plaid shirt, but worry about the ‘tent’ look on my super tiny kiddo. Reagan loves the sparkle shoes, so I would love to snag a pair in her size, regardless if they ended up making the photo cut. Here’s hoping we find what we want in her size!

Christmas Card Savings:

Snapfish – 30% off with code HOLIDAY2013

tinyprints – 25% off with code SW1117

ShutterFly – 40% off with code UP40CARDS

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Engagement Party Time!!

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We headed to a casual engagement party tonight to celebrate a fabulous couple that will undoubtly live a fabulously amazing life together!

I love a soft purple on Reagan, the color really brings out the subtle gorgeous hits of grey that hide within her eyes.  The precisous bow around the collar, adds the perfect touch to this already super cute tank.  And the button down back…LOVE!

Thank goodness for adjustable waistbands! Reagan’s tiny waist fit like a glove in these jeans…after the waist bands were buttoned as tight as they could go.  With a longer top, the bunched waist is perfectly hidden.

She loves her converse!  They were her shoe choice for the night…who could argue with that?

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Gingham Bow tank from Janie & Jack (similar)

Skinny Jeans from Gap

Converse from Journey

polka dots and floral denim

IMG_2523Yesterday was weigh in day for Reagan. She hasn’t been gaining adequate weight, her growth chart for weight has plateaued when it should be climbing. She’s a picky eater, a snacker and dislikes eating a full meal. My husband and I try everything; last night it was taking turns feeding each other…one for Reagan, one for mommy, one for daddy- with daddy clapping ridiculously after we each took our bites. Some meals she eats fantastically, others…not so much. We offer her everything we eat, plus some. I can’t, however, be a short order cook for my 20 month old. At Reagan’s 18 month checkup, she weighed 22lbs. Yesterday, two months later, she gained a measly 6 ounces. UGH!!! So needless to say she has been referred for Food Therapy. Luckily, she has been refered to a clinic of a friend of my mother’s, so there is some comfort in knowing that we will be in good hands. I’m not 100% sure as to what Food Therapy will entail; I will post on that after her initial evaluation at the end of the month.

Enough about that and on to these super cute peach polka dots! This top is actually a onsie underneath, which is genius, because it keeps Reagan from taking her top off…which she has been doing lately and always in public- the library is her number one pick for her favorite place to remove her clothing- which isn’t the best place, because the librarians aren’t the friendliest and always look at me like I’m a horrible mother. Nevertheless, we continue to go each week and continue to get the same stares from the same women. You would think that they would just get over it already and find something else to negatively glare at.

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Neon yellow flowers…yes please! These shorts are a very thin denim, have a button fly and an adjustable waist band. Adjustable waist bands are a dream for my tiny waisted toddler.

The beloved Children’s Place sandals. I think it may be time to retire these beauties. For $19.95, they totally have gotten their fair share of ware.

What She’s Wearing

Polka Dot Top from Gap Kids (similar) I purchased this top in the store and on SUPER sale. Unfortunately, I can’t locate online :(

Neon Floral Shorts from Gap

Sandals from The Children’s Place

Floral Print Jeans

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I’m totally in love with floral print pants for toddler’s. They seem to be a go to piece for Reagan these past few weeks as this Rochester weather figures itself out. Jeans weather is my ultimate favorite.  I love a comfy pair of jeans paired with a t-shirt, a light sweater and sandals. (The lovely bruise is a result of a deck spill at Ev’s house… this poor girls head sure does always hit the ground first…97 percentile or greater…boom!)

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Janie and Jack has several precious and super soft cotton t-shirts (similar)

Ralph Lauren’s Cotton Sweaters are fabulous and wash really well (similar)

Gap’s floral print jeans are my favorite (similar)

Old Navy Flip Flops are super cute and come in several different colors

OPI Nail Polish in Grand Canyon Sunset

Marshmallows & Sparkles

Marshmallows and sparkle shoes equals a fantastic start to the day for this little one! Another gloomy Rochester morning had Reagan and I packed up and headed for the museum. The Strong National Museum of Play is a fantastic place for all ages and it’s even more fantastic during the week when the chance of running into a crowd of people is slim-to-none. We have our ‘normal’ museum routine…attempt to get there when it opens at 10am, eat our packed lunch at 11:45 and be out the door by 12:30 and pray that there is NO sleeping in the car! The boys couldn’t join us on our last-minute adventure, total bummer :(
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I made the mistake of grabbing socks while holding Reagan and of course she saw these Weitzman’s, that I got for a steal at Marshalls, hidden in her sock drawer because they are two sizes too big. She insisted on wearing them around the house before we left; she is definitely her aunts niece. I snuck her sneaks on while she was busy chowing down on a marshmallow, with her eyes glued to Sesame Street.

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The fish are a favorite…’oooo, mommy-Nemo!’

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I have to say that I was über confused by the toilet seat coverings in the bathroom- I’m 5’2 and I couldn’t reach and successfully pull off a cover without ripping it in half. A tall man or woman must have installed this contraption or, as my husband suggested, they probably didn’t want to drill through the tile. I’m assuming that the latter of the two is probably correct. But man is it hard to pop a squat while trying to contain an 18 month old…my thighs were burning… I need to start exercising.

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Another awesome trip to the museum, even if it was sans toilet seat covering.

Outfit:

The striped onesie, similar , is from Gap and is fantastic because it’s super thin and extra soft!

The jeans are also from Gap. This pair is similar, just in a darker wash.

The sweater is from the Ralph Lauren Outlet. White is such a dangerous color at this age, but I love a comfy white cardigan and the pastel purple horse doesn’t hurt either! Here is a similar one.

The amazing ballet flats are Stuart Weitzman. I found these for a steal at Marshall’s. Here’s a size 7 on ebay.