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My baby girl is one year old today!

From the minute Gia was born, her eyes were wide open, taking in the world around her. Those expressive eyes, I melt every time I look into them.

Gia is a hybrid of her two brothers. She seems older than she is, something I always felt with Luca. She has the same whispy, fair hair Luca had at her age. She has Julian’s curiosity and determination, as well as a little bit of his mischievousness. I would definitely say Gia is a Daddy’s girl (the way she runs to him when he gets home!), but reserves her deliberate, open-mouthed kisses for me. She ADORES her brothers, running speed crawling after them, wherever they go. And they adore her back. Watching the three of them interact fills my heart like nothing else.

Gia, I couldn’t have imagined a more beautiful daughter. Every single time I look at you, I’m in awe of how perfect you are. But what’s more is I can feel the beauty that radiates inside of you. A dear friend once said that you would do great things in life. I know this to be true. I love you bug. Happy 1st birthday. x






My first baby is four years old today. How did we get here so quickly?

At the age of four, reading continues to be Luca’s favorite activity. He reads everything, everywhere. The other day he was grocery shopping with Charlie and was quite upset when they passed the frozen section and Charlie didn’t pick up our routine Eggo waffles (lol). Charlie tried to explain that we already had some at home, but sometimes there is just no reasoning with a toddler preschooler. To keep the peace, Charlie placed a box in the cart temporarily and returned it once Luca was distracted. Once they paid, Luca asked for the receipt and read each item on it, out loud. After reading the list twice, he looks up at Charlie and exclaims, “Daaadeee! But where is Eggo waffles?!” Ha! We can’t get anything past this one.



In these past four years I’ve watched Luca grow into the most beautiful being. He’s always had such a thirst for learning and I’m constantly in awe of how quickly he is able to pick things up. He can be a stubborn one (mostly around dinner time – but hey, at least he’s consistent?) and still has the same infectious laugh he had when he was just a few months old. Luca is a sensitive little guy and sometimes that translates into more emotional outbursts in a day, than I’d like. That being said, I wouldn’t change his sensitivity for anything because that is what makes him the gentle soul he is. He takes such good care of everything and everyone around him and is the most affectionate little person I know. I can literally feel the love bursting from his heart when I hold him close. I’m so proud of him.

Luca, my love, happy 4th birthday! I love you, so very much.


This year went by far too quickly. This boy is growing, far too quickly. It’s bittersweet, as any parent knows. I’m so thankful that he is healthy and thriving. So thankful. But there is always a tiny part of me that wishes I could freeze time. Just keep him my baby for a little while longer. I’m very attached to this cuddle bug 😉

I never imagined a baby could be so determined and fearless! It’s amazing to watch. And hilarious. And sometimes scary. He certainly keeps me on my toes, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I hope he is always this curious, determined and fearless. I have a good feeling he will be 🙂

And so, happy 1st birthday my beautiful Julian. You are so special to me and our family. This past year with you has been beyond incredible and I can’t wait for the adventures this next one brings. xo


Our beautiful Luca turns three years old Sunday. I don’t know what is about this birthday, but its got me all sorts of emotional. Time moves so quickly and no matter how present you try to remain, you can never beat it…

Most of my personal entries on this blog are about my boys. While this certainly isn’t a “mommy blog” (and never will be), it is a space where I can share some of the things that are inspiring me. During these past three years, nothing has inspired me as much as this boy. It wasn’t until I had Luca that I started to write about things that made me happy, rather than what wasn’t. Celebrating even the smallest things have brought a positivity in my life that didn’t exist before. He has taught me that the most ordinary moments can be the most beautiful. He has inspired me to work harder at realizing my dreams, to be an example to look to in case he ever feels stuck. But most importantly, he has inspired me to love stronger.

I have cherished these past three years with Luca more than any time in my life. Our little intellect, his head always buried in some sort of book 🙂 Such a sweet, affectionate and curious soul. I’m so proud to be his mom. Happy birthday my sweet boy. We love you so much. 

xo N

happy birthday mama.

Thank you for setting the best example of what a mother should be.

Thank you for reading to me as a young child. I do believe I owe my love of words to you.

Thank you for telling me (almost every single day for the past thirty-three years) that I am beautiful. Especially during times when I felt anything but.

Thank you for years of mother-daughter shopping dates. They have and always will be my favorite.

Thank you for always putting your family’s needs first. I will never know another person more selfless than you.

Thank you for your wisdom and advice over the years. I may not always take it but your words and opinions are the ones I value most.

Thank you for the kind of laughter and silliness that brings tears to my eyes.

Thank you for making birthdays and holidays so special for our family. I still feel the same excitement for it all as I did as a child.

Thank you for your forgiveness.

Most of all, thank you for making me feel safe enough to come to you with anything. Having you to confide in, without fear or judgement, has made all the difference in my life.

I love and admire you so much Mom. Happy birthday. xo


If you ask Luca if he’s two years old, he will shake his head and say, “Nooooooo!”, as if you’ve just offended him in the worst way. But it’s true, my love. You are two. And it feels like it was just yesterday that we celebrated your first birthday.

Luca’s latest obsession (besides being shirtless) is with the alphabet. He searches for letters everywhere.. on license plates, t-shirts, signs, shops, you name it. You should see his face light up as he recites each one, proudly. He knows all twenty-six but when he sees the letter M, he will always say “Mama” instead of the actual letter. Sweet boy. He continues to be the best sleeper and has slowly become the pickiest eater. His bedtime stories must be read with both Charlie and I sitting on either side of him, close enough so he can hold onto our arms. And in the event one of us dozes off while the other is reading (hey, its been known to happen) you can count on a chubby little hand reaching up to gently poke our eyes. He keeps us in check, this boy of ours. He is an easy going, independent spirit with just the right amount of mischief to remind us that he is, in fact, a toddler.  And he makes my heart melt a zillion times a day.
Luca, my sweet boy, who’s eyes and smile light up my days.. happy birthday. I love you so much.

xo Mama