music for eleanor, check ups, and getting ready for june!

this child can’t seem to get enough music in her life. always wanting to play the piano, bob her head up and down to music and dance. a car drove by our home the other day with rap music so loud we could hear it inside and eleanor immediately stopped what she was doing and began shaking her little body to the beat. i hope she always has a love for music and movement. it’s such a wonderful part of life.
eleanor had her one year check up today with her pediatrician. that one year check up also came with 4 shots and blood drawn. i felt so mean holding her down and listening to her scream. i don’t think anything hurts as much as hearing your own child cry and not being able to do anything about it. i’m just really glad that part of today is over.
after that torturous appointment, i tried to find a playground in d.c. with a swing set for eleanor to play on since i felt so terrible. none of the playgrounds by us have swings. and while i appreciate the playground slide, the swings are where it’s at! but i had no luck finding swings. so we just went down the slide a million times instead. (do any of you in d.c. know of a playground with swings? and why aren’t they at every playground? am i missing something?)
josh had to work late tonight so i made dessert crepes for myself for dinner. then i walked up the stairs holding eleanor and felt so short winded after climbing to the top. i’m really out of shape. i need to do better and maybe stop eating things like dessert crepes for dinner.
this little baby inside me is moving all the time now. feeling those little kicks has to be the greatest part of pregnancy. i’m getting so excited to meet this new little babe. some days i can’t believe in just a few months i’ll be a mother of two (especially when so many like to chime in and remind me how difficult it’s going to be and how i have no idea). they are right, i don’t have any idea because i have never had two children before and yes, i’m scared, too. when people start telling me what i’m in for having another baby when eleanor will only be 16 months old, i’m reminded of all those ladies who loved sharing their horror birth stories with me while i was pregnant with eleanor. it’s like, really? why are you telling me that? why do we love to focus on the awful parts? maybe i’m just really naive but after spending an entire year with eleanor now, i know what joy i’m in for with this second baby. i know what my heart is going to feel like when i see that smiling face looking up at me come june and all the days after june that we get to spend together. and i know what love is going to fill every corner of our home day after day with a new baby living here. i know what all that feels like and i can’t wait to feel it times 2. so i’m up for the challenges that come with having two babies. and we’ll figure it out. i know we’ll figure it out…
  1. Colie-MC

    You guys are the cutest <3

    If you have a car, you're honestly probably better off hopping over the water into VA than trying to battle going way up into NW since you're on the Hill. Arlington has some great playgrounds as does Alexandria. Enjoy!

  2. Jennifer

    loved this post. that's so sad that eleanor had to go through that, but i'm glad it's over now. :) she really is probably the most beautiful baby i have ever seen. i cannot wait to see how cute your next little one will be. your family is just gorgeous.

    i share all of the pictures of kingsley with my fiance, because we both really want a bulldog one day. :D

  3. Briana

    I have 5 kids and my oldest is 7. My first two are 16 months apart and it was amazing! I loved and still do love having them so close. All my kids are between 16-21 months apart and although I am very busy I wouldn't have it any other way! Just ignore all those negative Debbie downers! I know you are only on your 2nd but just a warning for when you are pregnant with your 3rd, people only get worse! I was terrified! I thought for sure I was going to lose my mind like everyone said I would. I didn't and 3 was actually the easiest for me! You'll do great!!

  4. kayla

    Love the newest pictures of Eleanor she is SO cute. Where did you get her adorable outfit? I recently had twins and oh my gosh did I hear everyones horror stories and how my life was going to be so hard and how I would get nothing done. It isn't true. Having two kids is a breeze it will be so much fun!! yeah of course there will be hard days but your kids make up for it and more.
    gkconover.blogspot.com

  5. Jenae

    you are going to be a great mother of two, just like you have been a great mother of one. you can do it.

  6. i have 2 babies (well they are now 5 and 7 so not so much babies!) and they are about 18 months apart. When I was pregnant with my second i remember asking another mom I met randomly what it was like to have kids so close together. she kind of bit her lip and said, "well, it's pretty awesome and the first years can be hard". I so clearly remember that because in those moments of the first years when it was hard, I would just think "yep, this is supposed to be hard at times" but oh my goodness, the joy. Seeing your little babies grow up together? Seeing your 20 month old cuddle her baby brother? Share toys? Play together? There is no other way I would have done it. Now, at 5 and 7 they play together all the time and are such a blessing in each other's lives and in ours. Being a mother has also allowed me to grow into an immensely stronger, more empathetic and better person than I probably ever would have without my children. Anyway you look at it, it's a blessing.

  7. Krysta

    You can totally do it girl! My best bud had baby #2 when her first was in the same age range as baby E, and she seemed to do it pretty seamlessly. And now that baby #2 is almost two, it is so fun to see the two of them as best buddies!

  8. Oh I love this! What nice, happy thoughts. Good for you :)

  9. jp

    Remember how terrifying and overwhelming it was to be pregnant with the first? I had NO IDEA how I was going to do it … but we figured it out! Another baby will be a beautiful challenge FILLED with the BEST SURPRISES! Just what motherhood should be! You got this, girl!

  10. You'll do great!!! It's such an amazing blessing having them close together. My little guys are 14 month apart and it's so awesome.

  11. Joy

    i had my second kiddo when my daughter was 20 months old. it's been great. i love having my kids close and they are besties. i know there were/are times when i'm overwhelmed. but– it's totally worth it. you'll do great!

  12. Just discovered your blog and am loving it!

    I hate watching my daughter get vaccine shots too. So, I do the same thing as you — make sure she gets a special treat after, whether it's a trip to the playground or ice cream.

    I saw online that Turtle Park in DC has swings. Not sure if you live nearby, but here you go:
    http://www.turtlepark.org/

    XOXO,
    Kristina

  13. Marie

    I think it's great that your kids will be so close in age. Yes, it will be hard, but isn't parenting hard in general? Plus, nothing wirth having is going to be easy. We have twins ourselves and it was so hard those first few months but we wouldn't have it any other way. We used to get comments all the time when they were babies. Smile, nod, move on, huh? ;) Have a wonderful day! You guys will all have a blast when the baby arrives!

  14. dede

    There are some great little parks in Takoma Park WITH swings…just a few minutes out of DC.

  15. Courtney

    people are funny.

    I found the transition to 2 to be a breeze.

    15 days into having 3 I'm thinking is a little more challenging… but people are too negative!

    If it was easy, we wouldn't grow!

    You'll do great!

  16. Kate

    One of the best gifts my parents have given me is a sister 14 months younger. It maybe hard, but the built in best friend is pretty amazing:)

  17. OK, speaking as a new mom of 2 girls.. (my first is an Eleanor as well!) It's really not as scary and daunting as so many people will say to you while you're pregnant! I don't know why people do that! It's going to be SO wonderful. Having children is, and always will be difficult at times… no matter how many you have. It'll be great for Eleanor to have a little sibling! Enjoy!

  18. OK, speaking as a new mom of 2 girls.. (my first is an Eleanor as well!) It's really not as scary and daunting as so many people will say to you while you're pregnant! I don't know why people do that! It's going to be SO wonderful. Having children is, and always will be difficult at times… no matter how many you have. It'll be great for Eleanor to have a little sibling! Enjoy!

  19. OK, speaking as a new mom of 2 girls.. (my first is an Eleanor as well!) It's really not as scary and daunting as so many people will say to you while you're pregnant! I don't know why people do that! It's going to be SO wonderful. Having children is, and always will be difficult at times… no matter how many you have. It'll be great for Eleanor to have a little sibling! Enjoy!

  20. OK, speaking as a new mom of 2 girls.. (my first is an Eleanor as well!) It's really not as scary and daunting as so many people will say to you while you're pregnant! I don't know why people do that! It's going to be SO wonderful. Having children is, and always will be difficult at times… no matter how many you have. It'll be great for Eleanor to have a little sibling! Enjoy!

  21. fawn

    People can be so weird and rude! What is up with that?

  22. It not the having two babies that's awful. It's how awful you're going to feel physically and mentally. It can be ok if you stay as positive as you are now. But it will definitely not be like that all the time. You're lucky you have the support and help from your wonderful husband! Having two was definitely not what I imagined, that's for sure. If you were already sleep deprived, boy, some nights I'm so tired, I lay down and have no idea that I had already fallen asleep, waking up frantic to the cry of baby and wonder how long they have been actually crying?? Some nights, I'm ready to go in, pull my covers, and a baby fusses, as I then feel my heart break for myself, but you gotta do what you gotta do! The lack of sleep can also make you and your husband out to be a grumpy pants. The first two or three months of adjusting, my husband and I had arguments more than ever before. We were both scared. But we love eachother and found that those date nights alone we had forgotten about were the perfect remedy to feed our love and keep our sanity. So those were my hard parts. Not too bad. It felt like absolute hell at first, but as littlest baby grew, it got easier. Everyone is different, you may take it better than others! It depends on a lot. I'm excited to see and read your experiences. And I really hope you continue to miraculously find time and energy to post when #2 arrives!

  23. Cassie

    People can be so wretched sometimes. Was my labor and delivery a breeze? No, but it was still the most amazing experience of my life. I hated the horror stories, and found them so rude. Can't we just be wished the best? I think you're one lucky momma and wish you blessings upon blessings. All things can be hard, but I find parenting far more rewarding than hard almost every day.

  24. sarah

    What a gorgeous mother you are! ofcourse you're going to love it… You're blog is super gorgeous to…<3

  25. I had my first two babies 14 months apart & it's been fabulous. I also got a lot of HORROR stories & obviously life is never always peaches & cream but I loved having two close together.

    We're expecting our 3rd in a week, now everyone is telling me how hard it is to have 3 & all those horror stories. I just smile and nod.

    You're gonna have a blast! Good luck!

  26. Robyn

    My first two children are 14 months apart. It was busy – yes. It was time consuming – yes. It made leaving the house and having an agenda outside of their schedules difficult – yes. BUT IT WAS MARVELLOUS and I'd do it exactly the same all over again. The first year was tiring, but the second year (ages 2 and 1) was when it really was like herding cats. Literally. So crazy. BUT AGAIN, I REPEAT, SO WONDERFUL AND SO WORTH IT. You will love having closely spaced children.

  27. Ohhh, people are so interesting sometimes, aren't they? I don't like when people do that… at all. Ces la vie, I suppose.

    It will be fun! And hard, I'm sure. Just like number one. Fun and hard all at once. I was actually just thinking today. My dullest days are still so blindingly vibrant because of my two year old. And my worst days… well, they're still FULL of smiles. Totally worth the difficult moments. Without her, my dull days will still be dull and my worst days wouldn't be as full of smiles as they are. Cheers to the joys that children bring!

  28. I remember feeling like people at church, especially, started to make me feel like my life was going to be over when we decided to have kids so early… my husband and I made a vow to always be happy for people having kids.. because they're really the best thing in this life. seriously, and I'm sure you know better than anyone else.

    you're doing so great and handling everything with such grace. Eleanor is so lucky to have you two as her parents, and this baby #2 is no different. i say keep rockin' on!

  29. i know exactly how you feel! i don't have any kids but everyone said that about graduating high school, college, going on a mission and getting married. i love your attitude and willingness to look on the bright side!

  30. arena

    your eleanor is so cute! so beautiful! you have to be really proud of her :)

  31. Charis

    Oh my gosh, I haven't dropped by inj a while, & now I have & you're pregnant! Congratulations Naomi!!

  32. Anna

    Of course you will figure it out! People can be so disheartening sometimes. If they can you do it, you most certainly can too! :)

  33. My daughters are 16 months apart and I have loved every minute of it. I think if anything, it's been easier because they were immediately on the same schedule, and things like potty training, feeding, and play time were a breeze because the younger one would learn by watching their sibling, and my oldest daughter knew when I was busy with the baby to wait. I know you'll find a great balance for your family, and like anything else in parenting, there's no real trick or manual. You just go with the flow and enjoy it! I'm so excited for you and Josh, and I'm excited that Eleanor is going to be a big sister soon! She's gonna love helping you :)

  34. I had our second baby 4 months ago and it has been the most amazing few months of my life! You will LOVE being a mommy of 2….I think the best part has been watching my son fall in love with his baby sister! Its going to be awesome! You SHOULD be excited! I will suggest soaking up all the time you can with Eleanor while it is just the 3 of you but there will be plenty of love to go around! Have fun ;)

  35. I had our second baby 4 months ago and it has been the most amazing few months of my life! You will LOVE being a mommy of 2….I think the best part has been watching my son fall in love with his baby sister! Its going to be awesome! You SHOULD be excited! I will suggest soaking up all the time you can with Eleanor while it is just the 3 of you but there will be plenty of love to go around! Have fun ;)

  36. I had our second baby 4 months ago and it has been the most amazing few months of my life! You will LOVE being a mommy of 2….I think the best part has been watching my son fall in love with his baby sister! Its going to be awesome! You SHOULD be excited! I will suggest soaking up all the time you can with Eleanor while it is just the 3 of you but there will be plenty of love to go around! Have fun ;)

  37. I had our second baby 4 months ago and it has been the most amazing few months of my life! You will LOVE being a mommy of 2….I think the best part has been watching my son fall in love with his baby sister! Its going to be awesome! You SHOULD be excited! I will suggest soaking up all the time you can with Eleanor while it is just the 3 of you but there will be plenty of love to go around! Have fun ;)

  38. Haven't read the blog in a while, but congratulations! I have three babies, the oldest is three years and the youngest is three months, all boys, and I love it. We were told having two is so much harder than one and then we were told that three is when it gets really hard because you'er outnumbered, but don't believe it. Two is fantastic and three is even better for me. You'll love it.

  39. whimsy

    this is a beautiful perspective and will get you through anything. you and josh seem so perfect for each other, and are such a great tem and really will figure it out. of course it will be hard, but anything that is worthwhile is right? my mom had eight kids- all 18 months or two years apart. and she always says she would not have done it any differently. we all love being so close in age and being able to relate to each other. thats what we are here for right?? to serve each other, and there is no better way to learn that than from being a mother. i admire and respect how much you give to your family and how much you are willing to continually give!! so happy for you. two kids will be double the joy and double the love.

  40. Cori

    my first 2 are 15 months apart and my experience with having a second was completely fabulous. I was way better at the birthing, and the mommying, I also knew how to not stress about all the random little stuff that didn't matter. And yet all the baby stuff was still so fresh I was a pro. I thought having two was fabulous, even super close together. Even when we added a 3rd 2 years later. Now they are little best friends and they all play so happily together. Do you have to change a lot of diapers? Sure. And it's a lot of physical work, but you'll do fabulous with 2 because you cherish it already. That's the difference between people that think it's really hard/awful to have babies close together, and people who love it. Sorry for the novel. Congrats.

  41. My sister and I are only 14 months apart, and my mom did great with us — we always had a build-in playmate. It was perfect. You'll be just fine!

    Caro
    http://nofindersfee.wordpress.com

  42. This is such a very cute post.. i love this post.
    visiting your blog, its like inspired me much that blogging its not a temporary hobby. you can be a blogger whenever you want and have a desire to blog. Wish someday, if i already get married and have some children, i can write and fill my blog not only about fashions and also my outfits, but also about them <3

    xx,
    Neon Attract

  43. Camila

    You will be great with 2! My two boys are 17 months apart. It was an adjustment at first but we figured it out within the first few weeks. They are 1 and 2.5 yrs old now and just best friends in the world. I can't wait until the first time your two really interact. It will melt your heart!!

  44. Victoria

    You are in for lots of fun and love! My babes are 17 months apart and my little one is just 4.5 months old. The first 2 months were hard. But they are also so sweet! Having a newborn again is awesome. But honestly, it gets easier so fast! I am new to your blog and totally enjoying it. You are clearly a great Mom and that's all that matters! Enjoy Elinore and enjoy your pregnancy as much as you can. :)

  45. Marie

    My babies are 22 months apart. I don't wish I have waited. I'm looking forward to number 3. Kids are a blessing. I have never learned so much, or beheld such adorability!

  46. liz l

    Garfield Park has swings.

  47. liz l

    Garfield Park has an amazing playground with a swing set.

  48. liz l

    Garfield Park has an amazing playground with a swing set.

  49. liz l

    Garfield Park has an amazing playground with a swing set.

  50. liz l

    Garfield Park has an amazing playground with a swing set.