in his star pj's. / almost four months old.
little sweet seth has conquered the giant gummy grin. it's our favorite and makes me go bonkers each time he does it. benji climbs over and perches over the crib to watch his brother grin and sometimes even giggle. it's this darling chuckle, that sometimes suddenly turns into a cry. but he's a pretty happy camper and–as moms often say–i can't imagine life without our little redhead hanging out with us. his eyes are turning a deeper blue and his nose is a little ski slope. he is wide eyed and curious. he recently discovered his hands and watches them intently. i can't get over how simple and sweet and slow and lovely a life with a baby is. i mean, yes, it's crazy and fast paced and nights are still topsy turvy, but when i see him in his bouncer just checkin' out his tiny fist, it makes me smile. and then he smiles. and then i pinch his little hedgehog cheeks.
topping the list of other happy things...
+ i just finished The Truth About Style by stacy london. (it's not the typical style / fashion book. it goes beyond that.) you guys, i loved it. i think you will too. if you like fashion, stacy london or any self-help, feel better about body image and just suck it up and get a kick in the pants to accept what you were given and celebrate style.. it's a must-read. my mom let me borrow it. she knows the best books.
+ i have yet to find a blue nail polish that i like, until now (suzi says feng shui in OPI). this is unexpected and novemberish, moody and reminds me of van gogh starry starry night. i am sure he's rolling over in his grave at that comparison, but still.
+ i get to make the stuffing for thanksgiving! what kinds of additions do you like in your stuffing? i like apples and sausage and sage..
+ dan is making pioneer woman's flat apple pie for my family's annual pie night. mmm. mm.
+ we had a huge snowstorm last week. benji played in it for hours. i got used to scraping the windshield again and the effort of bundling babies up. oh the joys of warm boots and cocoa. still loving darn tough brand socks. dan surprised me with a new pair.
+ in the beauty department, i got eyelash extensions from a friend (seriously amazing) and dyed my hair dark (wowza). i'm basically a whole new person. get excited.
+ recently i rented the katy perry documentary (no shame) from red box when dan was working late. so, basically, i'm still the same ol' me. with a nursing babe and loads of laundry, there is lots of tv to be watched. lacking cable... i've been suckered into The Voice, Dancing With the Stars or DWTS for people in the know (i detest long random acronyms), and The Mindy Project. what are you watching?
+ along with james bond, we are planning on watching Elf over the thanksgiving holiday. i still wish will ferrell wouldn't pour syrup over his spaghetti. it gets me everytime. and we'll surely be avoiding black friday doorbusters and instead wiggling seth into his little bear suit and stomping around in the snow with little cousins. and then bundling up in front of the fireplace.
+ can't wait to plan the long list of to-dos for december with dan on the long car ride. we usually read a silly people magazine and then dive into discussion. there are so many festive activities to think about, especially now that benji is in the magic age. looking forward to writing letters to santa, seeing christmas lights, and meeting the man himself (again). sending cards, wrapping gifts. perhaps hosting another girls night or dipping pretzels. and definitely making mom's apple cake with best ever sauce at some point. what are you most excited for? let the holidays begin.
i am oh so thankful for you.