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a beach kind of pool.

August 17, 2017


Our first full day in NJ was a lot of fun thanks to the Graydon Pool! It was the perfect before naptime activity. Solomon was asking for the beach, like he does eeeeeveryday, but even more so since we got on an airplane to fly to Jersey. He was so excited to go to the "pool" with his cousins since it had sand like the beach!! The water was perfect for the little guys to walk around and explore since it wasn't that deep. 

Oh, just my kid trying to kill himself, like normal. Such a monkey!


It was also a lot of fun to hang out at a spot where daddy used to play when he was growing up. I love a good nostalgic moment and this place was full of nostalgia. It was fun to listen to his family talk about where they used to sit and play as they remembered all the memories from when they were young. I loved watching Solomon and Peter play and create new memories together. It was a very sweet full circle moment. I hope we have a lot of future days at this spot with our family and their cousins!!!

bath, beach, pool... any kind of water, all he needs is two cups, and he's a happy guy! 

My guys, love them so much!!! 

we are having a......

August 11, 2017


Happy 20 weeks to our second baby boy!!!!! We are so excited to have another boy in the family. Solomon is still calling him a sister, but he does say he wants a boy, so there's that. I'm officially a boy mom!! My dreams are coming true ;) 

While cleaning out the office (future baby boy's room) with my mom last week, I found the board from our Solomon Announcement! So I thought if we did have another boy, I could tweak it a bit and add something to it. It's so fun to keep up with traditions! We all know how I am about special traditions, right....? 


Sweet boys, my sweet boys! Plural!! I can't believe it. My head is spinning with ideas and dreams of having little brothers in our house. Such a special gift that we are giving Solomon, and I pray that he learns to love his new best friend. Now, if we could only agree on a name for the little guy...... 

brother or sister.

August 3, 2017


I thought it would be fun to do a little post with all the old wives tales of baby predictions! I did the same last time with Solomon, and followed my gut in guessing a girl. I was wrong, obviously.... so I don't take much pride in my guessing. I will say that I'm going to be shocked if we end up with another boy. This pregnancy has been night and day different, but I'm also chasing around a toddler this time around.

One thing for sure though, I can wholeheartedly say that I would be so excited, and happy with either. A brother for Solomon would be so fun, thinking of two boys sharing a room with bunk beds and wrestling one day makes me happy. I've always dreamed of being a mom to boys. But, on the other hand, a girl would be so fun and new. The first girl in the big crew of Eliya boys. She would clearly be a perfect mixture of tomboy and girlygirl, I'm sure. Like I said, either way will be so exciting and fun!!!! We find out a week from today. I can hardly wait!!! 

So, what does the big list of boy vs girl say for us this time around.....?


1 // belly position
high for girl, low for boy
GIRL

2 // heart rate
above 140 for girl, below 140 for boy
GIRL

3 // skin
splotchy and acne for girl, clear and glowy for boy
GIRL
(the ONE THING that truly makes me thing this could be a girl, cause my skin was perfection last pregnancy! & I also just felt pretty all the time, not so much this time!!)

4 // sweets
craving dessert for a girl, same as before for boy
GIRL

5 // hair
no growth for girl, shaving daily for boy
BOY
(& this one is really throwing me because with Solomon I hardly shaved, but this baby is making me out to be chewbacca or something!)

6 // chinese gender test
BOY

7 // garlic
love it but don't smell like it for girl, not a fan of it for boy
GIRL

8 // nausea
sick and throwing up for girl, no sickness for boy
BOY
(I was way more nauseous this time around, but never got sick)

9 // husband
gaining weight with you for girl, staying the same for boy
BOY

10 // mood
moody for girl, mellow for boy
GIRL

11 // ring test
GIRL

12 // urine color
bright yellow for girl, dull yellow for boy
GIRL

Let me also say, that most of these things that say girl, also said girl last time with Solomon! Part of the reason my gut told me girl the whole time. What is your guess.....?? I'm excited to share the sex of our sweet baby #2, after we share the news with family and friends!

goals // 8.17

August 1, 2017


Well, I totally skipped the July goals, so we will just move on to August. You can thank crazy summer days, pregnant brain, which also gives me double mommy brain. ;) Thankfully, I did try and work on the June goals......


June Goals
1 // uhhh.... actually blog some - the blogging isn't back to normal, but at least I did some! Especially the trip to Florida. The new design is making me so happy and I feel a big rush of creativity. I want to get back to writing and sharing in my old routine. 
2 // get the house back in order - thankfully, the surge of second trimester energy has helped with my cleaning routines, but it still isn't where it was several months ago. Slowly but surely it will get back! 
3 // organize Solomon's room and clothing - this is the main thing I want to get done this month! I'm planning to get the office (baby#2's room) cleaned out so I can move the crib in, that way I can finish updating Solomon's room. I'm excited to share the changes to his room soon!!



August Goals
1 // organize Solomon's room and clothing 
2 // share the complete weaning process since we are officially finished
3 // finish planning Solomon's second birthday party
4 // begin a set time a day with Solomon for pre-school activities 
5 // announce what are second little babe will be

friday mornings.

July 31, 2017


The past several months have been spent doing the same thing, almost every Friday, and we love it! Unless Solomon is sick, or I'm sick, or it's raining, we are at Swamp Rabbit for some playtime with friends. I have my friends, and they have their babies, who are conveniently Solomon's friends! ;)
A total win/win.


Solomon gets so excited each week when I tell him where we are going. He exclaims "mooooothi!" because he knows we get to split a yummy treat. A big smoothie full of local fruits & dairy, paired with a perfect cheddar and kale scone. The perfectly crunchy and fluffy scone  is the most exciting part to me, honestly. Don't get me wrong, I love my friends, but that scone is amazing! Sadly though, they are taking a break from the kale scone since kale isn't in season now. Just another reason to look forward to September! Mmmm, my mouth is watering right now just thinking about it. Until then, we will enjoy some cheese puffs, which are also very tasty. 


Friday mornings are the best! It's a dirty mess and all the toys are hand me downs that have been loved by many kids. But I think that's what I love most about Solomon playing there. It doesn't need to be fancy, just a fun morning with his friends. Definitely check out Swamp Rabbit if you are in Greenville, it's worth the trip! 

toddler littles.

July 26, 2017

Our little monkey is a full on toddler. I know I've been saying that for a while now, but each day it is more evident to me. He is a mess, a sweet and crazy, mess. 



one // while playing and running around the house, he will randomly look back at me and give me the sweetest most adorable grin. It's the cutest!!!

two // over the past several weeks I've realized that we have a rough night of sleep if he doesn't have a bath before bed. I've never wanted to give him a bath every single night, but if it helps him sleep all night, we'll do it! 

three // my grandma watched Solomon for a little while this morning when I needed to run an errand. When I called on my way back to check on them, he wanted to say hi so she gave him the phone, he then said "hi mommy", and it was this crazy overwhelming feeling. I have a kid. Not a baby, but a full on toddler kid. He can say hi mommy to me on the phone. How does this happen so quickly?!?!

four // with the allergies I've been fighting lately, I've been sneezing randomly throughout the day. Anytime I have a big sneeze, he stops what he's doing to say bless you. I've have to try and record it sometime!

five // he's constantly hungry and comes to me and says eeeeaaaat with a big smile. We have to have several snacks throughout the day to make it to lunch and dinner.

six // since I've been pregnant I crash almost everyday around 4. I've learned the easiest thing to do is let Solomon have a little TV time so I can also rest my eyes. Even on days that I don't need a nap, he insists that I lie down for night night. He brings me the pillow and says lay, night night, mommy and then gives me a kiss. He may just want to watch TV but it's still pretty cute. The picture above is our TV time today.

and this one also, even if he's not lying beside me he wants to touch me somehow. Absolutely kills me!

pregnancy post // month four.

July 24, 2017

Weeks 13-16

13 weeks: 
  • Heart rate was 145 at our midwife appointment at 13 weeks. Solomon also called the baby choo-choo, since the heartbeat sounded like a train. 
  • Feeling much better and some days I don't feel nauseous at all. I'm not needing naps everyday either!
  • Went on vacation to FL which was so needed and enjoyed!!!
  • Still craving salads and veggies, but also sour patch kids. HA!
  • Nausea is officially gone! HALLELUJAH!!!!



14 weeks:
  • Finishing up our vacation in FL and the crazy heat and walking has not helped my round ligament pain. Trying to stay hydrated and rest as much as I can.
  • The belly is officially big all day now, definitely bigger at night, but it's there when I wake up too!
  • Felt the baby more for the first time!!!
  • More energy in the morning has helped with the cleaning routine so much! Thank GOD!!! But, I still need a nap in the afternoon, even if it's 5-10 minutes. 
  • Craving any kind of Japanese food, especially sushi! Literally all I can think about!




15 weeks:
  • My belly doubled in size after Friday night. When I woke up on Saturday morning I was shocked!
  • Love feeling little peanut moving around several times during the day now.
  • Still feel a crash around 4 everyday. Crazy how I can't even keep my eyes open.
  • My hair and nails are growing so fast which do not happen last time, even though that is normal when you are pregnant with a boy, apparently? I'm having a lot of girl feelings, I can't wait to find out! Either way I'm so excited!!!!



16 weeks:
  • Back in the gym multiple times a week and feeling great with morning classes. More energy = better workouts!
  • I literally can not handle the heat. Just can't. 
  • I want to eat all day..... just snacking and eating all day long and trying my best to make good decisions. Thankfully salads are sill my favorite!

summer nights.

July 18, 2017


Last week we went to the Greenville Drive thanks to an invite from Peter's office. I'm not a huge fan of the hot summer heat right now, never really have been, but this pregnancy is giving me a whole new level of despise for summer. (PLEASE send fall weather quickly, Jesus!!!) So, I was excited when they invited us to come to a game in the box. AC pumping, yummy food, and sweet tea kind of box. It's always nice to have a random Thursday night family date. Solomon was so excited to see baseball in action, ride a trolly to and from the field, and spend some time with Momma and Daddy! It was a good night!!


This boy is getting bigger and bigger each day, right before my eyes. We forgot to bring his sippy cup to the game and he was dying for some water. Of course he didn't want me to help. Big boy, ya know.... so I gave him the bottle and was totally expecting it to end up in his lap. Nope. He started guzzling the water and even put it in the cup holder once he was done. How is he so dang big??? I catch myself just staring at him in disbelief sometimes, wondering where my baby went. It's the craziest bittersweet feeling my heart has ever felt. Thank God for the sweet part, right? 


I was trying to be sneaky and take a picture of Solomon watching Peter from inside the box, then he saw me and gave me that little grin, below. This kid kills me!

Such a fun family night for us, thanks to Peter's work. Again, I am so thankful for the opportunities that we have as a family because of his job. 

Florida Trip // Miami

July 6, 2017

I asked Solomon to stand by the wall and smile... 
I honestly couldn't believe he did it, I was about to die from the cuteness!!

When we were planning the trip to Boca for Peter's work conference, we knew we wanted to extend the trip a bit, so we could have one last family vacation with just the three of us. We have some trips planned later this year but none that will be our little family alone. It was always a big deal for us to make time for a family vacation, even more now that we have babies in our family. That time away and making memories together is such a gift! Like I said yesterday, Solomon is such a great traveler, so it is easy to enjoy our time away with him. 

Miami was a lot of fun and I'm so happy we got to go. It was HOT. Like, sweat dripping off my cheeks, and I don't even sweat normally. I guess you add the hot humid air with pregnancy, and sweat is inevitable. But, Miami was so worth it!! It was such a beautiful and crazy city. So much music and art and it's buzzing with summer energy that I have a feeling lasts all year long. We had several friends tell us that Miami isn't worth the trip, but I'm really happy we tried it out anyways. I can honestly say that I'd love to visit again and explore some more once our kidos are bit older. 


Solomon fell asleep in the car on the drive from Boca to Mimi, which is around an hour, so that is a very short nap for him. And car naps just aren't the same as bed naps, anyways. So we were hoping that we could get checked in at the hotel and drop off our luggage in our room while I waited in the car to let him snooze some more before heading out to some breweries. Normally this kind of thing works for him but he wasn't having it. He woke up way too excited and was ready to explore. So after dropping off the bags and checking out our hotel for a bit, we went to the Wynwood Walls area. On the way we stopped for some food at KUSH, which was incredible. Amazing burgers and the couple of sips of beer I tried was delicious! Mmmm!! We then checked out Concrete & J.Wakefield breweries for Peter to get some flights. Everything was so good and we even met up with some friends from Greenville at J.Wakefield. The Wynwood Walls area is known for the graffiti that covers the walls. Everywhere you turn is another brightly colored wall full of amazing detail. Once we parked the car I knew my camera was going to get a lot of love that day. While Peter was putting on Solomon's sunscreen, I took the pictures above and below, from just a few steps. It was beautiful for sure! 

At J.Wakefield with some friends. I love that they snapped these pictures for us! Solomon is obsessed with smelling beer since we have told him he can't drink it but he can smell it. He even walks around with water sometimes and sniffs it and says it's beer. Silly boy!!

On the walk back to the car we took a little detour through the actual Wynwood Wall section. There are WAAAAAY too many pictures below, but we couldn't resist!


Poor thing, he was SO tired from the very short car nap that was way earlier than his normal naptime. Add in the crazy heat and walking around, he was exhausted. Of course he wouldn't nap anymore that day because he already had that short nap earlier. He knows he only takes one nap day so there was no fooling him. That night, he went to bed around 8:30, and then woke up around 11 so confused. Thankfully he is back on his regular schedule now that we are home. Vacations can be hard on sleeping routines. I love how he was hugging me and giving me some love in the picture above. I was also 14 weeks on Friday so I thought it would be fun to get some special weekly photos for this post. 

The amount of detail and the added pops of green thanks to the palm trees was so gorgeous!

He almost fell asleep on Peter's head while trying to find the car. Poor kid! 

 Once we got back to the hotel we had to go check out the pool since Solomon wasn't going to sleep and was begging for some form of water. Beach, pool or bath. Such a water baby!! We were excited to try out the 19th floor pool at our hotel. The views were beautiful and it was perfectly shaded so I could actually sit and watch my guys and not feel the least bit hot. The breeze was honestly a little cool, which was a very welcomed change for the day! 

the huge diaper bulge cracks me up... we didn't have any swim diapers so we had to make due with regular ones. And that sweet man's smile. Love him so much!

During the weekend, we also spent some time at South Beach but I didn't have my camera with me, and I honestly didn't take many phone photos either. It was nice to just take it all in and spend time sight seeing with Peter and Solomon. The last day in Miami was spent doing the same thing but I did take out my phone for several pictures. Those last day vibes always make me want to click the camera a bit more. Solomon was also excited to ride the train trough the city for the first time. During this trip he had been on a plane, bus, boat and train. A very well traveled little guy, and he loved it, as long as he could hold on tight to daddy!

My favorites!! So thankful for some time away with them! 
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