It hardly seems like 3 three years ago that we met this beautiful girl for the first time. Nothing can prepare you for that moment or feeling. Or any of them in between because it truly only gets better and sweeter.

She is a beautiful soul with the silliest personality. She constantly makes me laugh {and pull my hair out} all at the same time. She is sassy and stubborn. Strong willed and emotional. Loving and sweet. Some of those traits come from Justin or I but she really has a personality that is all her own. 

Life has been full of changes and challenges this year for her. 
Crib to bed. Ryder. Potty training. Preschool.
And with every one she has surprised me and made me so incredibly proud of her. She goes with the flow and takes on change way better than her Mom.

I love the age she is at even though she challenges my patience and sanity day to day as well. She is my little girlfriend that I get to spend my days with - chatting, playing, baking and I adore how much fun she has no matter what we are doing. Until she is all of a sudden cold, needs a snack STAT or the earth shifts and everything in her world is WRONG wrong wrong. ;) Meltdown mode is not my favorite. But 10 seconds later she is happier than before. It's all a season and I love experiencing them with her.

We love you Miss D. We are so thankful our journey to parenthood led us to you.
Happy birthday sweet girl

PS. Her crown is from Clover & Wish from Victoria, BC - she makes beautiful hair accessories for childhood and motherhood with the biggest selection!
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Another Frock Box arrived and I was really hopeful this one would be better than my last few {spoiler: it was}. After last months bust of a box I did email them to let them know I didn't feel the box reflected my profile and they were very receptive of my comments and switched up my stylist. 

On to the pieces!

Item 1: Sleeveless Relaxed Bird Print Top in Purple - Small - $59
I like this tank a lot. It's very pretty, unlike anything I own and I liked the back a lot. But I didn't think I would get much use out of it now that the fall weather is upon us and I did think $60 was steep for a tank top.

Item 2: Embroidered Top in Navy - Small - $49
This top was quite nice on. I loved the back detail as it was a peplum back. I just didn't love the neckline on me and didn't think it was something I would reach for in my closet.

Item 3: Take me to the moon sweatshirt - Small - Not sure the price on this one as it wasn't on my list. I was supposed to get a Black Bomber Jacket instead. Womp.
I didn't think this piece was anything special. I didn't find it very flattering, it was a bit short on me so didn't hang that great. 

Item 4: Rib Banded Cardigan in Teal - Small - $49
I liked the color of this {these photos don't do the color justice} but I didn't love the material or the cut of this sweater on me at all.

Item 5: Printed Floral short Sleeve Knee Length Dress in Navy - Small - $59
I was excited to see this print when I opened my box. I love fall florals and have nothing like this in my closet. It's a great length to wear out with the kids but will also be perfect for when I go back to work. I like it with short boots but will be equally great with tall boots and a cardigan when it gets chillier too. I wore it last night for girls dinner with a cardigan, scarf and booties.
Obviously KEPT.

Bonus item: I do have to say the customer service with Frock Box is really great. They sent me this romper that I loved on Instagram to make up for my last sad "black filled" box.
The bottom of the shorts have ruffles, the arm bands are lace and it has a pretty crossed back. It fits small so they sent me a large and it fits perfectly. I really love it and was thankful for a beautiful fall night to wear it out for date night. Thank you Frock Box.

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11 months. Well that snuck up on me. I have been so busy working on Delainey's birthday party and wrapping my head around the fact that she will be THREE on Friday that all of a sudden Ryder is 11 months old and will be ONE in a month. Gasp.
Either way he is the funnest little boy and his personality is really showing these days. He loves to explore {almost too much} and loves Delainey {almost too much too}. He is a riot and keeps laughing. He gives some amazing snuggles, smiles and his belly laughs are absolutely contagious.. 

{What's new?}
He's working on 3 teeth up top and has his bottom 2. They haven't bothered him too much thankfully. He went through about a 10 day period where he tried to use them at inappropriate times far too often...thankfully he learned you can't chew milk before I cut him off entirely.

We {meaning Justin} started brushing his teeth when he does Delainey's and he just sits so nicely and let's Justin brush and floss as if he enjoys it.

We have cleaned up his hair twice with the clippers now and again he just sits there while I to the clipping and Justin hold his head a bit without fussing. Changing his bum and dressing him on the other hand...lord have mercy.

Not walking yet up he's been standing without assistance for a longer periods on time and walks with more control holding on to one of our hands.

He's doing great in this department. He naps twice a day still and goes to bed between 6:45-7:15pm and is up when Delainey gets up on weekend day {6:15am} and on the weekends if Delainey comes to cuddle in our bed when she wakes up he will often sleep a little past 7.

{Height & Weight}
We haven't weighed him in a few months. Around 29 inches and 17lbs is my guess

{Feeding & Eating}
I have cut out the first thing in the morning feed and we just go straight into breakfast as we won't have time on my work days and he's been fine. He still nurses before naps {if we are home} and before bed.

He eats all meals with us and what we eat and he packs it away! He pretty much loves everything and easily eats more than his sister. He's getting pretty good at using a spoon and fork if we load it for him and is an absolute mess after every meal. If only Cruz didn't have so many allergies and could clean up after him.

Climbing into things and onto things
Exploring and making big messes
Playing at the park
Climbing the stairs and then making a beeline to Delainey's room to chug from her water bottle
Walking with assistance
Chatting & making noise

Diaper changes and getting dressed
Being stuck in the stroller when Delainey is running in the ravine
When Delainey doesn't want to play with him or takes something from him
When it's not dinner and he wants dinner
Being sleepy or waking up and you not going to get him the second his eyes open

We love you Ryder. Thank you for being so sweet and smiley.