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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.


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

7 months of brotherhood (and many naps).

When Luca was a baby, I used to have to trick him into napping on me. Don’t get me wrong, he enjoyed cuddling as much as most babies do, but he was also an independent sleeper right from the start. While everyone around me would scream how lucky I was, part of me wished he needed me a little bit more, in that respect.

Julian, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. While he is also content to sleep on his own (it took him a little while longer to get there, but that’s a different post), he remains just as happy (if not more), sleeping on me. Anytime, anywhere. We seem to share a passion for napping and I absolutely love it 😉

About a zillion times a day Charlie and I will look over to each other and silently marvel at how amazing this boy is. Before Julian was born we would joke about what a tough act Luca is to follow (half joke, half serious). And here we are, with two distinct, amazing characters that seem to compliment one another perfectly. Watching their relationship form and grow over the past several months has been one of my greatest experiences as a parent. They bring so much joy and life to into our home and I’m so thankful for them. Every minute, of every day (Well, most minutes 😉

Happy seven months our sweet Julian Luna! You boys are everything to us.  

xo N

tgif! (and some random thoughts).

I’m not sure when it started, but Luca has this thing now where he cries every time Julian does. Sometimes, if we’re lucky, he will throw in an extremely sharp shriek to go along with it. He will also chant, “It’s ok Juj, it’s ok Juj!” over and over (while still crying), until Julian stops. There are days when I can’t hold in my laughter (sorry Luca) and then there are days where I could almost cry with them (parents, you feel my pain).

(He sure is cute though).

Last night was my first Web Development and Design class. I’m taking it as one of the required electives for my program. Web design is so out of my comfort zone and to be honest, I’m slightly petrified. I’m the most technologically challenged person I know. I am, however, extremely excited at the prospect of expanding my knowledge in this area. Not only will it allow for more opportunity in my career, but hopefully the little space I’ve created here will benefit as well.

The other day I purged 75% of my closet. No joke. My intention was only to do a bit of spring cleaning, but the process kind of took on a life of it’s own. Before I knew it, I was looking at more empty hangers than ones with clothes attached. And you know what? It felt really good. Don’t get me wrong, I am a girlie girl through and through. I (unapologetically) love fashion and I love clothes. But I’m at a point in my life where, more than ever, I’m seeking quality over quantity. In all areas. It’s definitely going to take a bit of discipline on my part, but I’d rather buy a great piece every so often than have a collection of things I’ve settled for.

Also, I haven’t had any sugar since last Saturday! I feel fantastic.  

Have a great weekend!

xo N

these days.

It’s only a matter of days until we meet our second son and despite the challenges this pregnancy has lent, I’ve never felt happier in my life. My recent weeks have been spent at home with Luca and when I look back to this period of time, it won’t be the trials of pregnancy I recall. I will remember days filled with puzzles, books, forts, giggles, kisses and hugs. I will remember telling Luca (over and over) how much he means to me, hoping he can feel my words even if he can’t quite understand them all. And I will remember how incredibly well behaved this boy is, because these weeks could have been much harder on me if he wasn’t such an easy spirit. I am so grateful to have had this time together, just the two of us. 

I’ve been thinking a lot about the first time Luca was placed in my arms. Looking down at his sweet little face, I felt this new type of love rush through me. Before that moment, I had no idea that such an immense capacity to love existed in me. And little did I know just how much that love was going to grow. It never ceases to amaze me, this motherhood thing. That is what makes me most excited for baby #2, the fact I will be so much more aware of the blessing I am holding. 

Baby #2, we are ready for you to join the party, anytime! Let the countdown begin..

xo N


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


father & son.

It seems as though we are always talking about the mother/child bond, but can we talk about fathers for one second?  I happen to believe my son has the best one around.  There is nothing that warms my heart more than seeing these two together.  And this phase of constant hugs and kisses from our little one?  Please don’t go away!

Happy Sunday!

xo N