A Little Update

Well, hello!

To say I've ignored the blog over the past four months would be a laughably huge understatement.
We've had a lot going on, my attention has been in other places, and honestly, it felt awesome to take a break. 

So, what's been going on over here?

1. Work on the house

We wrapped up Ryan's office renovation (it looks SO good and he did an amazing job building nearly every piece of furniture himself), everyone got new beds which meant rooms had to be spruced (I say  "had" and we all know that's a farce), and we just keep slowwly picking away at our home to-do list. Hoping to be starting a few kitchen projects next!

2. Travel

We spent some time in Maine in May and August (for Mother's Day and my sister's baby shower) and as always, time at home is incredibly restorative. It's  really grounding to visit home and our time there is always full of happiness. It's also been full of some indecision lately. We really, really love living in Texas (much more than I had let myself expect) but as Olivia gets older we wonder if we're being selfish. If she should have more family close by. It really messes with our minds at the end of each trip, but inevitably we feel more settled once we get back to Houston. This is where we need to be right now and we're trying hard not to stress overly much about what comes next.

3. Willow Crowns

To my continuing delight, Willow Crowns continues to grow and keep me busy! I've been feeling really inspired lately and have lots of fun things planned for the next few months. Dedicating the bulk of my non-family time to the business has been really satisfying.

4. Friends

We had the best summer. Seriously, so full and good. It felt like we spent nearly every weekend at a crawfish boil, bbq, pool party, or something social. I've written before about investing in friendships this year and I've enjoyed them so much this summer. 

5. Baby

photo by Steph

Finally, I can't forget to mention that we're incredibly blessed to be 20 weeks pregnant and expecting another baby girl this winter! I feel like this could end up being a post on its own, but in an effort to save time (and your eyesight), I'll compress it here. 

After our second miscarriage in early April, we started working with a fertility specialist hoping to uncover some answers about why I hadn't been able to stay pregnant. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your perspective!) there was no smoking gun, so to speak. They warned us that 50% of fertility issues will go unexplained, and ours did. We did however have some procedures that helped us get pregnant immediately after our testing finished and with the help of lots and lots of hormonal supplements and ultrasounds, were able to stay pregnant this time! 

Our first trimester was incredibly anxious, and I had two subchorionic bleeds, which meant a couple of weeks of bed rest, but no complications thankfully. I've been really sick but never happier. After the past year, we're really willing to deal with whatever we have to as long as she gets here healthy.

So there you go! That's where I've been and what we've been up to. With Liv back in school, I'm hoping to have more time to pop in here occasionally, but don't hold me to anything specific! If there's anything in particular you'd like to read about, please let me know. I've always got lists of beauty products, maternity items, whatever, that I want to share but sometimes think "eh, I'll just do it on snapchat", so let me know what you think!  

16 comments:

  1. Congrats again on everything, especially the pregnancy!! So very very happy for you all!
    I'd love to see more toddler/baby room ideas - and your workspace. You have such great home design ideas :)

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  2. Congrats on baby girl!! I have to thank you for being so open about your journey, as someone who is on meds and about to see a specialist trying to get a second child... You wish no one else went through it but I'm grateful I'm not alone and love seeing positive stories. Sending love from MN, congrats!

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  3. Congrats! Pls keep posting! Esp love the week of wear and want to see maternity and nursery inspiration!

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    1. I agree!! I loved seeing your week of wear post, and often found myself purchasing some items from those post (especially your old navy carry all purse!)

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  4. congrats! very exciting news for your family! Get your rest, mama!

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  5. Ahhhh this made me so happy to read!! I've been a long time reader since you first started your blog and have followed yalls journey. Huge congratulations to your family as everything happens in their own planned time! I've always said Houston is so lucky to have you but wherever life takes y'all next, it will always be a great new chapter! Love your blogs but switched over to snapchat and your updates are awesome. Just love seeing "day in the life of..." Updates. Love to you guys and here is to the next chapter with a new lil bundle! 💗

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  6. Congratulations on everything! I'm a long time follower so please don't stop blogging! I'm going to Maine mid October and would love a post on what to wear that time of year. We are headed to Portland for a wedding. I love your style so a post on what to wear this fall would be great.

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  7. Congratulations on everything! I'm a long time follower so please don't stop blogging! I'm going to Maine mid October and would love a post on what to wear that time of year. We are headed to Portland for a wedding. I love your style so a post on what to wear this fall would be great.

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  8. Congrats! So happy for you and your little family. I always love seeing your week of wear and house/nursery inspiration! Praying for rest and good health for the duration of your pregnancy.

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  9. Congratulations to you and your family! I also have been a long time reader, and would love to continue seeing Week of Wear-- I even loved your "what's in my bag" video you did with the Madewell tote awhile ago! I also enjoy your home decorations and easy recipe ideas as well :)

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    1. Yes I love whats in my bag/whats in my fridge etc! Im nosey like that!

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  10. Please keep posting whenever you have the time! I am not on instagram, snapchat, or anything else, so really love it when you post on the blog. Love the Week of Wear posts and the Weekend Wrap-Up posts the most, thanks!

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  11. So glad to hear that everything is going well! Are you planning on doing a reveal post on the office? I think that might be fun!

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  12. SO happy for you! I'd love to see what you are planning for baby's room, or hear about life lately with Olivia, or weekend posts. Thinking of you & your family! :-)

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  13. Congratulations! I'm glad so many wonderful things are happing - Im sorry though, I miss your blog. I used to read it almost everyday (alternating between Willow and Co and Veronikas Blushing) on my 10:30 AM coffee breaks (yes Im militant about coffee breaks)! I want to read everthing or anything - your style is super fun and I havent found a replacement yet! If youre looking for something to write about, Id love to hear about what youre keeping and what youre upgrading for baby girl #2!
    I also always love weekend updates.

    Good luck!

    ❤,

    Mary

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  14. I have been following your blog long before any of this started happening, but I have been just weeks behind you with 2 miscarriages in a row, all my testing coming back normal, IUI to get pregnant again with progesterone, baby aspirin, and a fertility doc this time. It has been really really a stressful first trimester but I like following your insta and snapchat to remind me in a few more weeks it wont be quite as stressful anymore.

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