My Mother's Day gift this year was a mini photoshoot with Kai. It was such a special way to remember this Mother's Day...my 2nd one as a mother and last one as a mother of 1. We are so excited to welcome another baby in our a family and this is also where we shot our announcement photos!
I've always wanted to be a mother but since actually becoming one, I truly know that is why I was put on this earth. To be Kai's mother. The bond I have with Kai is honestly unfathomable to me and I've actually struggled a little bit emotionally with this pregnancy at the thought of loving another human as much as I love Kai. I know I will when the baby comes, that's a given, but right now, I honestly just can't imagine it. It makes me feel guilty in many ways sometimes. I feel guilty that I won't be able to give 100% of my attention to Kai, and I feel guilty that I even have these feelings with Peanut. But deep down inside I know, growing our family is one of the most wonderful things that God has blessed us with and it is all just going to fall in to place as time goes by. There is not a love in this life that is remotely comparable to the love you feel for your children, and it is pure magic.
*Photos courtesy of Hallie Duesenberg.
Wow guys it's been quite awhile since I've been on here and not only am I sorry for that but I really miss writing on here and connecting with all of you! Life has been so crazy lately that it has forced me to slow down in some areas, which includes Tiny Dapper Fox and social media. But that's life right!? I feel like I'm finally entering that second trimester bliss where I'm getting some energy and motivation back so I plan to take full advantage of it while it lasts! So my plan is to start posting a whole lot more. This is my creative outlet and you all are truly my family. So in the spirit of getting things going again, I thought I'd just do a little post on what we've been up to the last few couple of months since we obviously have had some big changes happen!
Caleb and I both have started new jobs in the last few months. We're both with our same companies we've always been with but have taken steps further in our careers, and couldn't be more excited about it. Caleb is working in a more analytics based field now, which is so great for him because he is a numbers guy and loves that kind of stuff. As for me, I am now a Project Manager! This role is where I've been wanting to end up for about 2 years now. I applied for the job back in December and after a long interview process, was offered the job back in April. I had to split my time with my old job until May, and for the last couple of months, I've just dived in to my new role. I'm loving it so much and while it can be really tiring at times, it's been wonderful. I get to travel a little bit for this job now, too. I was in Phoenix, AZ for most of last week for some training/work. I'm currently running 3 projects right now and every day I'm so excited for the challenge that this new opportunity is presenting me with.
So if you didn't see my last blog post from a couple of weeks ago, I'm pregnant again! We're expecting baby #2 around Thanksgiving, which puts me at 18 weeks right now. This pregnancy hasn't really been a cake walk, especially with having a 1 year old to take care of + starting a new job. All good things, all good things, but it can be exhausting at times. I was very sick during my first trimester and actually had to be on progesterone for about 6 weeks, which I believe made me even sicker. I'll be doing a full recap of my first trimester soon with all the deets. But it hasn't been all bad! I started feeling tiny little baby kicks around 15 weeks, I'm healthy, the baby is healthy, and Kai is fascinated by my growing belly. We're so excited to be growing our family and are really looking forward to the holidays this year!
So we haven't been going on too many adventures with me not feeling so great the last few months, but once in awhile I try my hardest to muster up some energy and get out of the house. We went to the Chicago Botanic Garden for Mother's Day, we've been to a few Cubs games, Kai started swim lessons, and we've taken a couple of day trips up to Milwaukee. It's been really cold for summer here in Chicago with lots of rain, so honestly we've just been trying to have as much fun at home as possible with movie marathons, gardening, and letting Kai just use his imagination. Speaking of movies though, last weekend we took Kai to see his first movie in theaters...Toy Story 4! We were brave and tried it out with him and he did surprisingly well!
Caleb has been amazing and has kept our house running these last few months, so I don't have too much to report on house stuff. The office is still coming along (the built-ins are done but not decorated...fail on me), we're re-doing some things for our deck, and I still haven't really transitioned the house from spring to summer yet. That's kind of my goal for this weekend if I'm feeling up to it though! We have gotten outside as much as we can to do yard stuff and gardening, so our outside is really coming along.
I think that about sums it up! Just lots of resting and trying to survive is really the name of the game these last few months, but that's ok. That's the season of life we're in and we're trying to embrace it the best we can. What have you all been up to lately? Share with me some exciting things in the comments below!
We're so excited to announce that baby #2 will be joining our little family this November! I am about 16 weeks along and due just before Thanksgiving. We found about our newest addition back at the end of March and are so excited to grow our family. Kai is going to be the best big brother and we can already tell that he's excited. We've nicknamed this little one, Peanut!
I'm so excited to back track and share all about my first trimester with all of you as well as take you along on the journey through this pregnancy and becoming a family of 5. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the love and support you continue to give our family!
Happy Friday, friends! I hope you all had an amazing week and have some fun things planned for your weekend! We had quite the week with lots of exciting things happen that I can't wait to share with you so soon. We're also really looking forward to this weekend because we're going to our first Cubs game on Sunday! We're heading up to Milwaukee to see the Cubs play the Brewers with a big group of our friends. We try to make it up to Milwaukee to see the Cubs play at Miller Park at least once a year since we live so close. You can also tailgate at Miller Park, which makes going to games up there extra fun!
Today I wanted to share these magical photos with all of you! We received them back last week and I was so blown away by them. Like I said back in our Disney Travel Story post, on one of the days we did an hour long shoot with a private photographer at Magic Kingdom to have a special set of photos to remember our first trip to Walt Disney World with Kai. This was truly the most magical experience and I'm so glad we did it! Caleb and I agreed were probably going to do something like this every time we go now because each trip is so special to us.
Follow along with us on Instagram for lots more Disney photos too!
*All photos shot and edited by Hey Team Kelly
White Dress - JCrew Factory (old, new option) | Castaner Wedges - Shopbop | Ring Sling (Sage) - Redding Baby (save $10 w/ code TINYDAPPERFOX)
Kai's Outfit Details:
Romper - babyGap | Fedora - babyGap (old, similar) | Beige Moccasins - Freshly Picked
Oh friends, please take me back to Florida! I don't know what it is but ever since I got back from Minnesota, I've been so cold and I'm wondering if it's because I just got so use to the warmth and sunshine of Florida that I just can't shake the cold off now!? Well thankfully spring is finally here and the weather in Chicago is slowly getting better and before we know it, we'll be wearing outfits like this one every day! I picked up this cute white dress a couple of years ago from JCrew Factory and unfortunately they no longer have it but the dress I linked above is a great new option for spring and summer! These beautiful wedges I'm wearing though are currently in stock and they are probably my favorite spring/summertime shoes to wear. They are so comfortable and they go with everything!
My favorite accessory ever though are my ring slings. If you follow me on Instagram...which if you don't you should, ha! but if you already do then you'll see me wearing Kai in them all the time. I have a fun little hashtag going over on IG too and it's #sling365 so be sure to join in on the fun and use it too if you're a baby wearing mama, as well! Anyways, these slings make life so much easier in so many aspects. When we're at home, I put Kai in one every day and we do chores together. I put him in one when we're out and about shopping or going on an adventure where taking the stroller might be difficult. I also used my slings a ton at Disney! You can't bring your stroller in to any of the rides so for every ride, I would just put him in a sling so I didn't have to hold him while we waited in line. He's 25 lbs now so my arms get tired real fast and these ring slings alleviate the strain on your arms plus evenly distribute their weight across your back and shoulders so you can wear them for a long time. They support babies up to 35 lbs! Kai also napped in them a lot while we were at Disney and use to nap in them all the time when he was younger...oh how I miss daily sling naps!
This ring sling in particular is one of my favorites from my whole stash. It is from Redding Baby and it is a hemp/linen blend. Redding Baby is the first I've heard of to use hemp and the reason I love it so much is because it's very light weight but the support is incredible! With bigger babies, it's best to wear them in a double layer sling but with the hemp blend slings, they are only a single layer. However though, I feel like I get just as much support as a 100% linen double layer with this sling. Since it's just a single layer and such breathable fabric, I have a feeling it is going to be our most used sling all spring and summer because it gets quite hot in Chicago. It was definitely our most comfortable to wear in the 80 degree weather we were enjoying at Disney World!
If you're interested in checking out Redding Baby and their amazing ring slings, I can help you save some money on your purchases! If you use the code TINYDAPPERFOX at checkout you will receive $10 off your order! Happy spring and happy shopping!
This post is sponsored by Redding Baby. I am currently a representative for Redding Baby and receive discounts on their slings that I buy. If my discount code is used, I receive points to use towards slings in the future. As always though, this post gives my honest opinion and I only work with companies that I believe in and shop with. Thank you to companies like Redding Baby for keeping the magic alive at Tiny Dapper Fox.
I’m Diana; curator & author of Tiny Dapper Fox. Here you’ll find posts on motherhood, home life, travel, & fashion/beauty as well as City Guides for places all around the world. Make yourself cozy and let’s be friends!
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