IMG_6914 IMG_6911 IMG_6924IMG_6897In case it wasn’t clear by the recent posts featuring my expanding waist line – we are expecting baby #2! I really should have written this post weeks ago but I’m going to go ahead and blame my pregnancy brain here.

I’m 17 weeks today and I’m finally starting to feel a bit like myself again. The first trimester was a doozy. Nothing like my pregnancy with Lucas (in which I was the girl who was glowing, feeling top notch, and had energy to burn). A few highlights from my first trimester:

+ crying for hours over the state of our bathroom (we are in the midst of renovating said bathroom) and scaring the bejeezus out of Ivan who I think seriously questioned my mental stability in that moment.

+ morning sickness. afternoon sickness. evening sickness.

+ cringing/crying at the thought of brushing my teeth. see above.

+ saying hello to blemishes and blotchy/red skin.

+ exhaustion from the miracle of life going on in my body AND taking care of my high energy toddler.

+ being an emotional seesaw – highs were HIGH, lows were LOW.

That being said, we are over the moon for our little bebe coming in August! A few weeks into my second trimester and I’m finally getting into the swing of things. When I think of holding a squishy, beautiful newborn in just a few months it’s enough to make my heart skip a beat and feel all of of the love struck feelings that be. Sometimes I catch a glance at my growing belly in the mirror and I still can’t believe it – we’re having a baby!


IMG_6785 IMG_6830 IMG_6821 IMG_6833 IMG_6808 IMG_6787It’s absurdly cold here in NYC. I’m talking ten degrees but it really feels like zero kind of cold. We’ve been spending a lot of time cooped up in the house and if I’m being honest we are a bit stir crazy (aka losing our dang minds). I’ve spent many a nap time dreaming of when I can keep the windows open, take Lucas to the park, and rock my bump in a dress sans jacket (and gloves..and scarf..and beanie..). That being said, some days our cooped up mornings feel like perfection. Lucas is entertained by his Ninja Turtles and puzzles and I can sip my tea on the couch – feet propped up – in blissful peace. The sun shines through the windows and it almost feels like if you headed out you would be greeted by spring time warmth. Until then, we will be here, cuddled up and waiting.


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Lucas: You’ve requested that we now call you “Mikey”. Daddy is “Raph”.

Bebe: 16 weeks. Late at night as I’m sipping my tea I swear I can feel your little flutters and in those moments I close my eyes and picture your sweet face and your soft, baby skin.


“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.”
Lucas: I just love our days at home – just us kid. Even if all we do sometimes is lounge around in our pjs.
Bebe: You are really starting to make an appearance! 15 weeks in baby.


I love matching with my boy. Seriously..I hope he always enjoys coordinating with his mama (one can dream, no?). I am a huge fan of easy slip-on sneakers that I can throw on with just about anything and when I discovered Bucketfeet I was hooked. You must must check out their children’s collection – cutest shoes EVER. Learn more about this awesome company over on Babiekins today. There might also be some more terribly adorable Lucas snaps. Just saying.


“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.”
Lucas: You are my shining, bright star. You love to make us laugh and are into knock knock jokes right now.
Bebe: 14 weeks my little one! You are the size of a lemon and we are officially into our second trimester.


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 “A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.”
Lucas: You are my official gardner – keeper of all our plants. You love to help spray them down (as well as yourself..of course). PS – You’re going to be the BEST big brother!
Bebe: Oh my word. My CHILDREN. Here you are beautiful bebe at just 13 weeks. We love you.


We are huge fans of Earth Mama Angel Baby in our home. We have been using their products since Lucas was an itty bitty munchkin. In fact, one of my earliest memories of using Earth Mama Angel Baby was while breastfeeding Lucas and slathering on this miracle butter.

Even though Lucas is a toddler he is still my baby! Right? Right! After Lucas finishes his nightly bath part of our routine is wrapping him up in a towel, lots of hugs, and making sure he is covered head to toe in lotion. I’m completely obsessed with this Calming Lavender Lotion. The scent is mild but just so delicious at the same time and reminds me of Lucas’s baby smell (because who doesn’t wish they could just bottle up that scent forever?). Besides smelling divine, the ingredients are a win for this mama. It’s formulated with organic Calendula and herbal ingredients and is free of any synthetic fragrance or parabens. You can read more about this fantastic company here.

*Disclaimer: These photos were taken pre Lucas’s hair chop. Sniff sniff. *


4:52“A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2015.”
So I was warned about three but in case you were wondering the sass is real. Very real. In fact, I mentioned this in your 2nd portrait but it’s worth mentioning again because that face. We’re also obsessed with “tatoons” around here, especially those of the ninja turtle variety.



Transitioning Lucas into his big boy bed was a very big deal for all involved. I may have cried the first few nights (my baby!) and Lucas, although excited, would frequently get up in the middle of the night yelling for either Ivan or I. Although we have come a long way and I consider Lucas to be a big boy champ (!!) we still have nights where he wakes up frightened at some ungodly hour calling for us.

I was super stoked to try Glow Away with Lucas. It’s the absolute cutest set and it comes with a story book and coordinating duvet cover. The book illustrations are adorable and the story is even better – a cute, furry kiddo Boo, who casts a magical spell to protect his buddy Sam from monsters under the bed! Lucas absolutely loves it and we have been reading it every night.  The duvet glows in the dark and when the lights are turned off the magic spell appears. Lucas just about lost it when he saw this – “WOW!!!!”. The Glow Away book has become such a fun part of our bedtime routine and Lucas is at such a rad age that spells and magic really ignite his imagination. You can order your set here and ps – not only is this amazing for the kiddos it’s also impeccably made, super soft and aesthetically beautiful. Win win! 
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