Kaylie Marie


Life Lately | January 2016

1. W E A R I N G: I finally got to venture into the girls' section, and I may have gone a little nuts. But look at her! I love finding great boy clothes for Ezra, but it's been so much fun shopping for my mini. 
2. C O O K I N G: Been playing with a pasta maker, and it turns out homemade pasta is actually bliss.
3. W A T C H I N G: Okay, okay...I know. Everyone's been watching Star Wars lately. But Ezra and I had never seen the original trilogy, so every night we've been watching one, and I'm kind of loving it. 
4. L I S T E N I N G  T O: Loving this girl's voice and use of rhythm. 
5. R E A D I N G: It took me almost 60 pages to realize this book was non-fiction. Seriously so good, interesting, and creepy! About one of America's first (and most twisted) serial killers during the world fair.
6. W A N T I N G: I've been researching the bleep out of baby wearing lately, and since Florence loves it so much, I want to invest in one we'll both want to use a lot. The Baby K'tan wins on all accounts for me, and I can't wait to get ours!

I'm working on getting back into this whole blogging thing. I know I'm starting to feel like myself again when the idea of blogging doesn't feel overwhelming. Thanks for being patient with me and for reading! 


Florence Mbali

Florence Mbali Hooser has been with us for two weeks now, and I don't think there's ever been a more calm, easy-going baby. It could just be that it's my second time around, but I have felt almost no anxiety with her, and I remember pretty much only feeling that with Ezra. It also helps that she nurses perfectly, sleeps in four hour stretches at night, and almost never cries. I'm realizing how much fun having a baby can be when you don't have postpartum depression. I've also adopted a new perspective in finding strength that I've found to be very effective. With Ezra, I used to pray to God for strength every day. I didn't think I could do it without Him, and I was still struggling. No longer believing in God, I now tell myself that I am everything I need to be. I am strong, I am patient, I am loving and capable. I am not a victim waiting to be saved. It's incredible how much better I feel this time around, and I'm definitely excited to continue this journey of parenthood with this uplifting and empowering perspective on life. 

My sweet and talented friend took a few photos of Florence and our family in our home, and I could not be more pleased with how they turned out. I'm so glad we did them in our house; it felt so intimate and real

I'd like to thank everyone who has offered congratulations, meals, gifts, thoughts, and time to our little family these past two weeks. It means the world to know we have the love and support of so many. And, of course, we love our sweet little baby Ren! 


The Final Weeks

Dress: c/o Agnes & Dora (S I M I L A R)
Shawl: F O R E V E R  2 1
Boots: O L D  N A V Y 

The final month of this pregnancy has arrived, and I've been experiencing a mixture of emotions. Besides the obvious mood swings from pregnancy, I mean. ;)

I simply can't wait to meet this tiny person who has been growing inside me all this time, and the surprise of finding out its gender makes the thought of labor much more bearable. Pure excitement has also been paired with sheer terror as I think about adding yet another child to the mix of my every day life. This time around, I know it's not going to be easy. I'm not expecting that, and I feel much more prepared for the challenging nights, the blow outs, the cry fests (from both baby and me), and most importantly, I know I can do this. I know I am strong enough, brave enough, and capable of loving these tiny people. 

We're ready for you any time, baby Hooser! 

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