bebe shirt (old) similar here, tibi skirt, charlotte russe wedges

it's been a long week of late nights, late mornings, and a lot of relaxation.  after weeks of spending every single day on some sort of grand adventure, it's been nice to spend some time just hanging around the house.  holden is on this weird 10:30 PM to 10:30 AM sleep schedule and while i'm kind of enjoying the late nights because we get to adventure with mr.b after work (and i obviously don't mind sleeping in in the mornings), i find myself staying up anywhere from 2 AM to 4 AM in the mornings just to get a few hours to myself.  i think a week of late nights has finally caught up with me as i'm struggling to compose this post.  holden is already running, refusing to let me even hold his hand to help him keep his balance.  the recovery process of a child is pretty astonishing (what a different story it would be had this happened to me).  we are heading down to la for the weekend and looking forward to a warm weekend on the beach with some friends and hopefully some more sleep for this tired mama.



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holden has recently become obsessed with this little stuffed monkey.  he comes everywhere with us and he has to do everything that holden does.  and i often catch him leaning down to give the monkey a few quick kisses when we're in the middle of something and it is quite possibly the sweetest thing i have ever witnessed, a true testament to my little guy's heart.  (that last photo is holden giving the monkey a few kisses while swinging).  

happy friday and happy easter weekend!



mama outfit inspiration // noe & zoe bow tie // neiman marcus cashmere cardigan // stella mccartney kids shorts // crewcuts socks // converse high tops 

it's been a while since i've done any outfit inspirations for our little family, so i thought it was about time.  i am kind of obsessed with tulle and dressy skirts at the moment and adore this fun outfit above.

i've also thinking a lot about parenting methods lately.  i truly believe to each their own.  each and every person has a different view on parenting, and different parenting methods and techniques work better for different children.  i try not to judge the way that other people do things and try to remain confident in my decisions even if they sometimes go against the norm.  at the beginning of holden's life, when i was new to the whole mommy thing, i would get offended when people gave me their opinions on how i was raising my child or lectured me on what they did and how that was the best way, but today, i am 100% confident in how i am raising holden.  i know what works best for him and don't second guess myself if someone doesn't agree.

but then, this happened yesterday...

we are generally healthy eaters at our house.  i am vegetarian (the boys are not), but because of that we eat a lot of good veggies and fruit.  the only sugary food holden has had in his life thus far was his birthday cake and a handful of popsicles, but the other day, as a little treat, i took holden to get sorbet with me at a local gelato shop.  i gave holden a few bites and while feeding him a small scoop a woman walking by stopped to say hello and smile at him.  she then walked into the gelato shop herself and i didn't think anything of it.  that is until she showed back up a few minutes later to lecture me on giving my child something filled with artificial colors and sugar.

i was so much in shock in that moment that i couldn't respond.  as my mouth hung open, she walked away to go about her day as usual and i was left with a huge pit in my stomach.  despite the fact that i believe that everything in moderation is the way to live, i was crushed.  having a stranger chastise you in public is humiliating.  she made me feel bad about my choice to enjoy a little sorbet (his first ever!) with holden without knowing anything about us.

that experience has reminded me to never judge other parents, grandparents, or anyone else for that matter and their methods and views on child-rearing.  and unless someone asks, not to be overly forthcoming about my opinion on these matters because every child needs things done just a little differently.