So excited to share the photos from our family vacation to the Brecon Beacons! Pete's brother and wife found the most gorgeous farmhouse that was the perfect place for an escape for two families  with kiddos. Loved opening the doors and just letting the little ones run free. So different from our life in London. The house was surrounded by the most breathtakingly beautiful green, rolling hills dotted with sheep (!!) and had endless walking trails and places to wander. Perfection!




Well hello there. I'm not going to even try to pretend that I'm not completely baffled at how 6 months have come and gone since the last monthly update on this little lady here. I'm also not going to even try to remember all the little details from each month because, well, second child ;) What I will say about sweet Hazel Lou (as Josephine so affectionately calls her) is that she is a dream. From the moment she wakes up to the moment she goes to sleep it's smiles and more smiles. She isn't crawling just yet, but still manages to move herself clear across the room. Especially when she eyes one of Josephine's toys... or a cord. Baby-proofing is high on my to-do list! She is still exclusively breastfed and loves her some sweet potatoes. We've added two little bottom teeth to her gummy grin, "Dada" is her favorite word and she says it in an almost sing song way all day long, the way she lights up when she hears Josephine's voice melts my heart, and she can blow a pretty mean raspberry. We love you, Lou Lou!!
And here she is in all her nine month (and one week) old glory. That paper number didn't stand a chance!





This little lady has the sweetest personality! She is just a really happy baby. Our memories of Josephine at this age involve crying, fussing, lots of deep knee bends, bouncing, and shushing. Not to say Josephine wasn't a happy baby, she was just a bit more high-maintenance. And, well, she still is. Ha! Somethings just don't change.

My favorite part of this month has been the cooing and giggling! I forgot how amazing it feels when your baby starts interacting with you. For the first couple months it feels like you give, give, give and get little back besides a little milk-drunk grin and some spit up on your shoulder. Pete can really get her laughing! She gets herself going and her own giggling makes her giggle even harder. It's so funny to watch.
We found out Hazel has silent reflux this month and have started her on some Zantac. Her biggest symptoms were coughing, choking and gagging which would often lead to her throwing up or struggling to catch her breath. With silent reflux, you don't see as much spitting up. Acid comes up in the throat and is then swallowed back down. Poor little one. I had a feeling she had reflux, but it took us a while to get a diagnosis. That mother's intuition is never wrong. Within days of starting the medication the choking episodes all but disappeared. So thankful!
Since she is three years old, when Josephine saw the three she thought she should have a turn in the photo. She did her best squirmy baby impression and had her own little photo shoot. Love my silly girl!

Josephine at three months.




1/ Indoor hopscotch on a rainy day.
2/ Bath time is the best time!
3/ All bundled for the school run.
4/ Someone thoroughly enjoyed her blueberry pancakes.
5/ The love for her sister just melts my heart.
6/ Had the park to ourselves!
7/ Paging Dr. Josephine.
8/ LOVE her smiles!

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