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Part Two: You Are The Poem I Dreamed Of Writing


You are the poem I dreamed of writing, the masterpiece I longed to paint. You are the shining star I reached for in my every hopeful quest for life fulfilled. You are my child, now with all things I am blessed.

Those are the truest words that hang on her nursery wall.

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Part One: Magnolia is Six Months Old


Our sweet Magnolia turned six months on the third. It's hard to believe she's already six months old (almost seven now), but then on the other hand I feel like I've known her my entire life. Someday when she's older I want to tell her about who she was when she was only a 1/2 year old. Here a few notes of jotted down for her - about life right now.


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Liv Lov Create + Coupon Code


When I found out we were having a baby girl I knew our life would be full of all things girly, from flowers to unicorns, pinks and baby blues, to bows and head wraps! Etsy is my go to place for bows. We love to support small shops and I love the idea of buying unique pieces to accessorize Magnolia's wardrobe. When we go out for the day her bow is the finishing touch to her outfit.


One of our favorite small shops on Etsy is Liv Lov Create and we have a coupon code to share with our readers for 10% off. The code to enter and checkout is: Mag10



She just came out with her new fall line and there are some very beautiful bows to add to your baby girl's collection! Magnolia is wearing the hand tied bow in Brick from the fall collection, with a light nude nylon band.

Again, the coupon code for 10% off is: Mag10

XO
Wen + Magnolia

Click any of our favorite bows below to go directly to the Liv Lov Create shop on Etsy.


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Being Apart


The weekends always seem to go by too fast. When I met Ryan he traveled for work and it was such a challenge being away from him all week long that I said "I cannot do it, I cannot miss you this much, always!" We were on the verge of moving to California to avoid all the travel. With time and his travel desires communicated to his superiors, he was able to find a balance between work and home that made us both feel comfortable.
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Gentle Baby + Happy Mom


After our baths Magnolia and I both enjoy the calm aroma of Gentle Baby mixed with coconut oil. This essential oil blend was my first new oil purchase after having Magnolia. I feel much better having her nursing and sleeping on my chest when I know exactly what ingredients she's touching and breathing. In the past I'd lather up with a strongly synthetic scented body lotion after my shower or bath, and now I feel like it's important to be more conscious about what I'm using. We definitely aren't an all-natural-everything family, but I'd like to think we are slowly moving in that direction.
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Being Her Mom


Last night Magnolia was up from one am on. She wouldn't sleep any place other than my arms. It brought back memories of our newborn days. The long exhausting nights with the sunrise and coffee bringing just enough energy to carry on, with no hope of sleep in the near future. Those nights and days were exhausting and in some peculiar way I miss them. Today as the sun came up and I poured my cup of coffee I was running on only a few hours of sleep, and I was thankful that we were able to stay in our pajamas all day long. It was just an ordinary day, I did laundry and took care of my babies (Mrs. is a lot like a newborn 😉).
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Powell Garden's Butterfly Festival


The last time Ryan and I went to Powell Gardens was the weekend right after we found out I was pregnant. We knew if we had a baby girl she'd be named Magnolia. When we walked around the gardens last year there was a huge blooming Magnolia Tree and we wondered if there was a baby girl inside of me. Sure enough God had blessed us with a daughter! This year we took our Magnolia to see all the beautiful flowers and the Butterfly Festival. We walked around with hearts reminiscing and souls full of gratitude.


Magnolia was fascinated by everything. She really loves this great big world and all the people, flowers, trees, and butterflies.


I used my new Lille Baby Luxe Carrier and it was a great thing to have for our day of exploring. As soon as we entered the gardens we saw at least ten strollers all lined up outside of the butterfly exhibit. Strollers were not allowed into the butterfly gardens because of the risk of runaway butterflies, plus it was a small area. At the end of the post I'm going to share a little bit more about the carrier.


When we entered they gave us a scorecard to use as we hunted for each butterfly species. I think we found about five of them!










This was one of the many Magnolia Trees. The huge one that was in bloom last year, just outside the butterfly garden, wasn't blooming this year. I think we were a few months late in seeing it.




This is the Magnolia Tree that had our hearts fluttering last year as we dreamed about whether I was pregnant with a son or daughter! It felt surreal to have her there with us this year. I think it'll be a family tradition to take her to the gardens each summer. Next year we'll try to go in late May/early June so that she can see the huge white blossoms.



Ryan said this is our hydrangea goals!






She would have destroyed that sunflower, had I let her!




I let her get one petal!


We took a break in the shaded courtyard and this is where Magnolia nursed.


They had several food trucks and we had to try the Dr. Pepper Float. It was so good. Magnolia would have loved a taste of it, but we are holding off on a taste of sugar until at least her first birthday. She'll thank me later.




Life with this babe is truly a gift. And I have all these sweet moments that I'm trying to hold onto forever. Her heart is full of so much love, and so are ours.

Her adorable floral bonnet is by my sister Little Lucca Love. Go check out her online boutique, all the new fall stuff is out and I want it all.

About the Lille Baby Luxe Carrier
First of all it was very comfortable and I do believe that is the most important factor when using a baby carrier. The material is breathable and it felt like Magnolia's weight was evenly distributed on my body. I'm prone to neck aches and thankfully I felt just fine after walking around with her on my chest for hours. The next most important factor (in my opinion) is style and design, and it certainly has that going for it. I love the look of the embossed carriers that you can find at many retailers, including Buy Buy Baby. It is a 6 in 1 complete carrier, meaning there are a lot of ways to adjust it to make it just right for you and your growing baby. When I first took it out of the box I thought I could just throw it on and make it fit, and it didn't happen quite like that. I had to YouTube a few videos that walked me through each strap and clip. Once I got the hang of how it all worked, and adjusted it to Magnolia, it fit like a charm. We will definitely be using this carrier often! Oh and Magnolia just happened to love it also. Her view of the world from this perspective made for one happy rider!

XO


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Six Month Old | Water Bottle Sensory Project


When I found out I was pregnant with a little girl I never dreamed we'd get to do our first glitter project at only six months old! Magnolia and I made our first set of sensory bottles last week and today I'm sharing all the fun items we put in ours. She's fascinated by all the beautiful colors and sounds!


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Fisher Price Rock 'N Play + Milk Snob Nursing Cover


We purchased the Fisher Price Rock 'N Play when we realized that Magnolia had silent acid reflux. She slept in it, next to our bed, for several weeks as the incline seemed to help with some of her symptoms. Once we got her reflux under control we moved her back to sleeping on her back in the DockATot.


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Mylene's 14th Birthday


Mylene is the little girl that made me an aunt 14 years ago! I still remember the exact moment I found out my sister was pregnant with her. I was beyond excited and immediately went into aunt mode. I couldn't wait to spoil this baby girl. 
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Happy 1/2 Birthday To Our Baby


This morning we woke up to a six month baby girl. Her personality is blossoming more and more with each new day! I was just telling a friend at lunch today how much she has changed me. I said it to her because I used to be the slowest eater in the world, and now I can really chow down my food pretty fast (Ryan would still argue that I'm a slow eater, but I definitely eat faster now). I guess that's just a "mom thing!" There are many "mom things" she's done to me and I've never ever been happier in my entire life. Even my hardest days are still going down in my book of life as the some of the best! I get this feeling inside my soul when I hear her laugh and I really don't know how I ever lived without her. 
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Magnolia's First Trip to Utah


We just took Magnolia on her first trip away from home and her first airplane ride! Ryan and I were both very much prepared for difficulties. We were worried about all the extra stuff we'd have to haul through the airport, of course we feared the idea of a screaming & crying baby on the plane, and we had no idea how Magnolia would do away from home. We were pleasantly surprised that it all went way better than we had anticipated.  

We went to Ogden, Utah with Ryan for a business trip and because it was his birthday. There was no way I'd let him spend his birthday without us! On the day of his birthday he took the day off work and we took a trip to Park City, Utah. 
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