Early Mornings


A few times this week Magnolia has slept past her usual six am wake up. That girl, I've said since day one, does not want to miss out on a thing. She's got #FOMO all the way. This week I've had a little bit of extra time to myself before the sun comes up. On those rare mornings I've sat at the kitchen table sipping my coffee, enjoying the soft glow of the Christmas lights, with the baby monitor under my nose, and I've had time to catch up reading some of my favorite blogs. I've also discovered a few new ones!

Magnolia's first birthday is the first weekend in February & we already have quite a bit of planned. We have the most adorable vintage house rented for our family & closest friends to celebrate with us. I still need to figure out the cake, desserts, food, & I've got to order her invitations asap (like I should be working on that right now). We are doing a Swan Lake theme. It's the most beautiful ballet & it'll be a dream to take her to see it one day. Here is a video if you want an idea. I saw this DIY swan garland over on A Beautiful Mess & I think I gasped out loud. I'm not a huge DIY person, but I know I can handle this project! The swans are made with a cookie cutter that I already have in my Amazon cart. This garland idea & instructions would work for just about any idea using different cookie cutters. I think it'd be cute with bunnies for Easter too. Go over to A Beautiful Mess to get the instructions. And isn't that entire fireplace just the most festive one you've seen?!?


Something else I read early one morning was about the awful word SLEEP TRAINING. I've shared here before how incredibly passionate I am against it. I have many friends that are on the same page as me about the subject and they'll send me articles every once in while. A friend, with a baby girl almost the same age as Magnolia, sent me this the other morning.  Here Are Some Lies People Tell You About Infant Sleep - it was refreshing to read, there were parts that made me teary-eyed and other parts that had me laughing out loud. If you have a baby, I encourage you to go over and read her post about infant sleep.

Stories of adoption always fill my heart & soul with so much happiness. I know it's because I've always wanted to adopt & to see how God miraculously works to bring families together is very inspiring. If you're like me, go over to The Larson House and read about the adoption of Nova Winter, a beautiful little girl from China.  I think you'll enjoy the photographs she's taken along the way, and most recently the ones they've taken now that they're home with their daughter. The adoption story is a beautiful one, as they all are.

Magnolia is now awake & ready to get this day started. And I need to order some Swan Lake first birthday party invitations. Have a lovely + festive day friends!

xo
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