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Five Years Old (Eleanor’s Yearly Photo)

I took a monthly photo of Eleanor in the same Eames rocker, in the same spot, every month for the first two years of her life. (I did the same thing for her little brother, August.) When I came to the end of my two-year project, I decided to keep the tradition going with yearly photographs instead.

Eleanor is five years old now. Here is her yearly photo.

Eleanor at Five Years Old

Five Years Old (Eleanor's Yearly Photo) #makingitlovely

We found out recently that baby number three will be a boy, and Eleanor will soon be a big sister to another little brother! She continues to be very helpful when it comes to name suggestions, but Super-Boy has been the best to date.

Funny Face

Happy birthday, Eleanor! We love you to Mars and back. (It’s much farther than the moon, you know.)

Eleanor is Five Years Old!

Bloggers’ Favorite Things for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is almost here! To offer up a few gift ideas, Stefanie of Brooklyn Limestone and Jen of Rambling Renovators arranged a blogger gift exchange, and have created an accompanying gift guide. The whole exchange was a lot of fun. Jen stopped by while she and her husband were in town this weekend (!), but usually we all don’t get to see each other very often. Instead, we keep up with each other via social media and email, or just by following along with each other’s blogs. Getting a little surprise in the mail from a friend is such a nice way to stay connected.

The exchange was done Secret Santa style between a group of us home/design bloggers who also happen to be moms: Brooklyn LimestoneRambling RenovatorsCentsational Girl6th Street Design SchoolHouse*TweakingCopy Cat ChicDanielle OakeyHi SugarplumFreckles ChickA Thoughtful PlaceJust BellaNorth Story

If you search #bloggerfavthings on Instagram, you can see everything! Several companies also generously sent us gifts: Wrist SoireeThe Company StoreDelta FaucetsMintedSchoolhouse ElectricHome DecoratorsThe NY Times Store

I sent a few of my favorite things to Nya of Freckles Chick, like some decorative spiky goldy urchin ball things (because: shiny), a paintbrush notepad along with the best pens (they come in the prettiest colors), and an awesome card by Ghost Academy. I sent Nya a finger puppet monster too, because I always think those things are funny. Her daughter stole it immediately and claimed it as her own, which really, was to be expected.

Gifts to Nya (Freckles Chick)

Kate of Centsational Girl was my secret match, and I love the thoughtful goodies she sent my way. Chocolate (which was eaten far too quickly), personalized pink pencils and a Kate Spade pencil pouch with a glasses print, plus a makeup primer (because in her words, “who wouldn’t want to look five years younger?”).

Gifts from Kate (Centsational Girl)

If you’re looking for special Mother’s Day gift ideas, take a look at the Bloggers’ Favorite Things Mother’s Day Gift Guide.

Nap All Day

Not really, but I wish.

I’ve been pregnant for half the time that we’ve lived in this house. Each morning for the past few months, I would wake up with a running list in my head of all the things I would set out to accomplish that day. I can organize the closet! I’ll upholster August’s bed! Paint a room! Strip some wallpaper! Get my office in reasonable order! And then I’d be all, nah, I should sit down and rest. Maybe go to sleep early. Eleanor has her motto, and so do I.

Nap All Day, Sleep All Night, Party Never

I am getting things done, just not at the pace I’d like to. Painting the walls black downstairs was not fun. Normally I love to paint! My body isn’t dealing well with this pregnancy though — it has been much harder than it was with the other two — and I don’t think I can make it up and down a ladder again right now. I slogged through and I’m glad it’s finished, but I haven’t been eager to repeat the experience.

I’m so glad we hired someone to do the built-in bookshelves for us, because there’s no way that project would be near completion right now if we’d tried to do it ourselves. I’m too stubborn to hire out for a paint job or small projects around the house though, and too much of a perfectionist to ask Brandon to do it (he has been a huge help with the kids and helping run the house, but I’m the handier of the two of us). Some days I feel like I’m finally getting some energy back, but then I’ll have three days in a row where I’m exhausted and in pain. It’s frustrating because I have all of these ideas inside, waiting to be put into action, but I can’t act on them except in short bursts. Maybe soon? I’m being cautiously optimistic.

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