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Friday was a big day around here!
Molly rolled twice from her belly to back. And is now literally on a roll. I got a great video of her doing it yesterday. I’m so happy she did it before I head back to work, and that I didn’t miss it! What a sweet baby girl that Molly Francis is.



Eleanor has also been growing and meeting new milestones every day it seems! This age is so fun and so trying. She gets frustrated so easily when she can’t figure something out; I can see her brain working overtime trying to piece words together and mechanics of toys and everyday things. She had a little package of fruit snacks the other day, and as soon as she finished she walked over to the trash can to throw it away. This pleased us so much since we’ve been working on cleaning up after yourself. Also it’s been on my mind lately why people litter or have a lack of care for their environment (example: trash on streets or a recent grocery store opened in our neighborhood and is now just a mess)!

That night Eleanor also used her “potty” for the first time. She sat on it before bath and went pee! We aren’t full on potty training yet; though she has set on it a few times, and usually goes in with me now. I wish we had time or energy to do that on my maternity leave but it just didn’t happen. She’s pretty much ready as can be though as she always tells us when she has gone in her diaper, and hates a messy one. So that is on our to do list soon!



Big week ahead of us! I head back to work, Nathan stays at home caring for two babies, and then my mom moves to NC!! A lot of changes and adjustments on the horizon for our family just in time for the new year. It’s going to be a good one.

All kinds of thankful

We had a nice, mostly quiet Thanksgiving. We sort of meandered about with the cooking since there really wasn’t any rush. The babies are both sick with colds, and are rather cuddly (clingy) because of it. Eleanor wanted me to hold her forever after her nap so I finished up dinner with her on my back in the ergo. She loves that thing…it’s like a constant hug!

I’m thankful for so many things. This was a pretty tough year with equally rewarding experiences. I’m a lucky lady. I’m proud of this family.









It’s Just A Cold

It’s ridiculous that we can’t protect our kids from everything that could do them harm. Big or small. I would do anything to make it so Eleanor didn’t have another cold right now! It came on last night and she’s been a fussy, sad girl ever since. It’s just a cold, and she’s going to have a million colds (she just got over one two weeks ago) and upset stomachs and scrapes and bruises. We will be lucky and blessed if that is all we have to worry about, but I’d really do anything to protect her as long as I could. She just woke up crying from sleep, sniffly. I went in to soothe her. It only took a minute to console her… I think maybe I wanted to hold her longer, but she reached down to be put back in her crib.






I have one week left of my maternity leave. Twelve weeks is an eternity and a flash. I am so blessed to have spent this time with Molly watching her eyes grow brighter each day as she takes in the world around her. And equally as so to spend this time with Eleanor who has grown into a more independent, talkative, loving version of the baby we turned into a big sister three months ago. Nathan is the best partner in the world and somehow we managed to live day in and day out hour after hour with one another, have fun, nourish this family, and survive!

Tonight we all four lay in bed before the girls went to sleep. Nathan teaching Eleanor how to “pretend sleep” and Molly nursing. We spent the day relaxing, raking leaves, baking, and meeting new friends at our neighbors Thanksgiving party. Nathan must have been reading my mind because just like that he said, “I love this family.”

Ditto, love…ditto.






I’m thankful for trees, falling leaves, and raked piles of fun.



So far only three people have taken advantage of this awesome pile of leaves (me and two little kids from our street). It might take a while for the neighborhood to catch on. But once they do…


Molly at 8 weeks


Eleanor at 8 weeks


It boggles my brain how two people can make two different other people. Ya know what I mean?

Bull City Coop Tour

If you look you will find it. That’s what I’ve noticed the last few months about Durham. One night looking up fun events for us to do I happened upon Durham’s chicken coop tour. I knew Raleigh had one for years but had never heard of Durham’s – just so happens it was only their second attempt at it. I purchased a map at a local brewer and restaurant and Saturday morning we headed out to see some chickens and coops!

Nathan and I are still deciding where we want our coop to go now that we can officially have one! (Yay for home ownership!) so the tour was not only fun but informational, too. We didn’t see one coop or meet one chicken owner that was like the last.








Fall Is Approaching

We are all under the weather (just in time for Hurricane Sandy to blow by). Today was mostly grey and misty so we decided to take advantage of what felt like our first real fall day by sitting outside around our fire pit.We built the pit with cinder blocks that were previously a patio under the garden shed. We like it when we can make things that pretty much cost nothing!

The leaves seemed to have changed colors and fallen overnight. In Chicago by now we’d be wrapped up in coats and boots sipping mochas on our morning walks. That sounds dreamy as I write it but this afternoon sitting around our fire sipping lukewarm coffee and wiping our runny noses was pretty dreamy, too.






Molly Francis, 7 weeks

Some pretty little lady is 7 weeks old! Molly’s personality is poking out more and more. She greets us with the biggest smiles in the morning and loves to talk. Just this past week she started going down at a proper bedtime – 8 pm and in the bassinet. No more gliding chair (I was using it as a crutch but the truth is she didn’t care where she sleepy). She slept her first 6 hour stint this week! Now if I could just sleep at 8 pm, too!




How Many Pickets Does A…?

We purchased a URL for our future home blog but it’s still in the works. Well, honestly babies and house things have taken precedence. Though the truth is Nathan and I both are looking forward to writing and jotting down sentiments and projects we’ve ventured on.

One of which is the picket fence. We’ve known since we moved in or closed on this house that we wanted a picket fence. Do you know how much fence costs? Not that we’d probably ever purchase our own fence (my husband take the easy route?) but a quick quote from a home improvement store lands us at about $1200 for the 230 feet of yard we want to fence. So we are making our fence out of pallets! Found pallets, gifted pallets any and all pallets are up for grabs in this project. Nathan has actually struck a deal with one of our neighbors – in exchange for pallets Nathan will give him a ride to the scrap yard. This has come in handy since finding pallets in Durham is much more of a search than Chicago.

After a bit of math we’ve determined we will need approximately 630 (3 inch) pickets spaced 1.5 to 2 inches apart which basically equates to a whole lot of pallets. Nathan has performed most of the grunt work going at them with a sawzall and a flat bar. And just yesterday we put together a mock up section to see what it would look like. We are now playing around with keeping the pickets natural vs white as well. Both have pros and cons which I can write about later once we get there. The mockup section was really nice to see though the pickets are too close together.

It’s tough finding time to help or to feel a part of the project with a newborn but we all got involved yesterday. Eleanor loves anything to do with tools and helping Daddy. Hopefully by spring we will have a nice, loved, economical fence for our yard.