Since I didn’t blog for an entire year I feel like I have a lot of photos I want to share here. I feel like a part of me is playing catch up, like you would with an old friend you haven’t seen in awhile. I have so much to share with you all. I promise I won’t go overboard with too much from 2016 but I really want a place for all of these great memories to sit online instead of sitting in folders on my dropbox. For instance these photos from our maternity session, my trip to New York(post coming soon!) and even photos from our honeymoon in Italy. I have tons of photos from all of our trips so I’m excited to go through everything and share them here.

First up, my maternity photos. I wasn’t planning on sharing these(especially because they’re about 4 months overdue) but this was still a part of my life I really enjoyed and love that we documented. I was starting to REALLY feel pregnant at this phase and was so exhausted so we almost didn’t get photos taken. But I’m so glad we ended up getting these done. I loved everything about being pregnant(except that last month, it was a doozy) and I loved getting photos of my growing bump taken but Aaron and I rarely have photos taken of us together so this was really special. Plus it was really nice to get dressed up, really different from the yoga pants I wear every day. These were taken by our friends over at Deer Lovers(they took our engagement + wedding photos!) and they did such a good job. It’s so crazy how amazing the human body is. Like I grew a human in my belly and now she’s almost 4 months old. So insane!

I don’t think I ever shared this about Emma here but she’s actually named after my grandma who passed away almost 4 years ago. After my grandma passed I got matching “Emma” tattoos with my Mom and I knew immediately that if we ever had a daughter she’d be named after her. I miss my grandma every single day and although Emma will never get to meet her great grandma I’m so happy we got to pass this little piece of her on. This is so meaningful to me and I will cherish this tattoo forever. <3

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Aaron and I are making plans to completely overhaul our backyard this summer and I’m SO excited! We have a huge (albeit hideous) backyard at the moment and I’m ready to transform it into something we can all enjoy. After spending countless hours trying to figure out what to do we’ve enlisted the help of a friend/designer and he’ll be helping design our backyard. I’m so excited to see what he has up his sleeve! We currently live in a 3 bedroom house and for awhile this worked for us but with having Emma we realized we needed an extra room for our office so we can keep a room dedicated to hosting family and friends when they visit. We’ll be renovating an old airstream out in the backyard to use for our office and I can’t wait. I’m so excited to have it out back so we can have a separate space away from our house to work. And also, an airstream! How cool is that? I’ll post more about the process when we get into it.

Along with the studio we’re wanting to make the backyard pretty drought-tolerant. I’m thinking cacti, succulents, decomposed granite and rocks. I know we’ll soon have a crazy toddler so I don’t want to go too crazy with dangerous plants. I would love to add in some wooden planters somewhere to attempt to grow some fruits/veggies. We’re also thinking about adding in a firepit which makes me SO excited to have guests over and hang out in the backyard. Lastly, we have a big cement patio so we want to build a pergola for some shade. There’s a random grass patch that I wanted to get rid of but I think we’ll end up keeping it for the baby to play on when she’s older. Either that or completely move it off to one side of the yard and eventually build a play area/sandbox for her. It’s kinda weird being an adult and having to think about that kinda stuff now…

Here are a couple photos of what the yard currently looks like. It’s pretty big, I don’t even think these photos do it justice…

See? Really ugly.

It was COVERED in weeds up until this weekend when we had it cleaned up. It seriously looked like a jungle from all the rain we got in January and February. I’m not lying, the weeds were taller than Riot haha. I can’t wait to get started on the yard and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t SUPER pumped about picking out all the furniture and plants, too. Crazy plant lady over here! Who’s coming over for a bbq? ;)

Since a few months have passed I figured now would be a good time to share some items we’re loving for Emma. Before I had her I was SO overwhelmed with all of the baby stuff out there so I looked to my closest friends and family for items they recommended. Now that Emma is here though, Aaron and I have been able to figure out what works and what doesn’t, for us. Of course every baby is different but here are some items we’re currently loving for our little one:

Mamaroo Chair – Emma hated this chair when she was a newborn but over the last couple months she’s come to love it. It’s currently saving me as I transition back into work! I have it right next to my desk and put her in it while I answer emails. I love the different settings it has and how sleek it looks. Seriously I wish they made these for adults.

Sakura Bloom Sling – We’ve tried a few different carriers and this one wins for being the easiest and lightest. My favorite part of this sling is how easy it is to get Emma in and out of. With babies you know they go from zero to screaming in a matter of seconds so the fact that I’m able to pull her out of it easily is wonderful. Also I’ve nursed while wearing her in this a few times and I love that! So simple!

Comotomo Bottles – I love these bottles. Our pediatrician joked that they look like little easter eggs but Emma loves them. She latches right onto them and they’re super soft/squishy. I really like how easy they are to clean and they have dual anti-colic vents.

Hatch Baby Rest – Aaron and I are a little obsessed with tech stuff so we loved that this had an app to go along with it. This is a sound machine and night light that syncs with your phone. I love the different sound presets and the different colors you can change the night light to. You can also go through the presets with a touch of the finger to the top of the base, you don’t even have to push down which makes it super easy to turn on/off when you’re in a bind trying to put the baby to sleep.

Dockatot – We didn’t purchase this until a couple weeks ago but I wish we had it when Emma was born. The first night we got it she slept a full 8 hours and I was in shock. It’s great for cosleeping but we just stick it in the halo bassinet next to our bed since this is a bit more comfortable for her. It’s also awesome for tummy time and easy to wash. We’re planning some fun trips this summer and I’m excited to have this for traveling.

Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper Bag – I was completely against getting a diaper bag for the longest time. I really considered just using my leather madewell tote. I purchased this when we were out shopping on black friday and I love that it doesn’t look like a diaper bag. There are so many bags out there that have hideous prints and I wanted something simple. This does the trick and I can fit ALL the things. I also used this as a carry on when we traveled to Reno a couple weeks ago. It seriously holds so much.

Nest Cam – This is another one of those tech things we love. This isn’t meant to be used as a baby camera but we mounted it to her bassinet and turn it on/off when she’s in it. I love that I can watch the camera in my browser on my desktop or on my iphone using their app. You can also send a unique link to a family member(like grandma) so she can watch when it’s on. We have a few other cameras around the outside of the house so while I’m watching my baby sleep I’m also playing neighborhood watch. ;)

Uppababy Mesa Carseat – We looked at a few different carseats and ultimately landed on this one which I’m super happy about. We love that the carseat also attaches to our stroller which makes it so easy to get her in and out of when we’re running errands and she falls asleep. This was also super easy to travel with. We had my Mom purchase an extra carseat base so we just traveled with the carseat and stroller attachment. Also the stroller! We have the Vista one and it’s so nice and smooth. It’s super easy to unload and I’m basically a pro now.

While we were up in Reno(more on traveling with a little one soon!) visiting family we made a day trip up to Tahoe. Aaron and I both grew up spending our summers and winters near Tahoe so it was so awesome to be able to travel here as a family and bring baby Emma. I know she won’t remember this at all but I loved sitting by the water and dipping our toes in the freezing cold water. It’s INSANE the amount of water that’s in this lake right now. A couple years ago when we were planning our wedding we looked at a venue on the lake and the water was so low it was really sad. It makes me so happy to see how much water there is now after all the snow and rain we got during the winter. Anyways! We had a blast and it was nice to be able to spend time with my mom and sister. It didn’t hit me until we had Emma just how much I miss my family in Reno. Hoping there will be a lot more trips to visit in the future! Here are some photos we snapped up at Sand Harbor: