My Girl. (x2)

 So it took us two tries at the gender scan but we finally found out that 
we are having a girl!!!! 
We would have been happy either way but it's nice to know. Another girl means I get to see all of Wren's little outfits all over again. I was going through all my photos of baby Wren yesterday and it's so crazy how fast they grow. I know it will probably seem even faster with the second one because there is less time to just sit and take in the moment. I really want to make an effort to mentally hit pause every day with this next one and just drink in every second. Wren talks about the baby all of the time. Wren and I went through her toys and picked out her old baby toys for the new one. Now she goes over to the bag of toys and will pull one and put it on my belly and say "for baby!" it's the cutest! This little girl is going to have the best big sister. I look forward to watching them grow, play, go on adventures and share everything together. I can't believe I am going to have DAUGHTERS. plural. haha. 

We love you little one!!!!!!!!


Who Knows Where The Time Goes.

(Wren last August and this July - she has grown so much)

As it nears Wren's second birthday I cannot help but look back at photos from the last year and reminisce. It all just goes by much, much too fast. There are so many moments I want to go back and relive over and over. Motherhood is so incredible. Watching this amazing little human transform little by little every day is truly the ultimate gift. I cannot remember what life was like without this little shadow following me around. How did anything matter without her? 
There is nothing greater than experiencing the world through her. She lights up my world. She ignites a deep, fierce, true fire within me. She makes me better every single second. Becoming a mother is most definitely my greatest gift, challenge and treasure. 
I am now carrying another growing life inside of me. Due to enter this world sometime in December. I cannot express how much I am looking forward to starting another journey with this new little one. Wren understands there is a baby in my belly and will give it hugs and kisses. It will be a whole new chapter to watch her become a big sister, take this new little one under her wing to nurture, love and show it the ropes of life. 

I am so so so so grateful for this magnificent, magical, crazy journey I am on. 

This new little one is already a mover and shaker in there. I think it's going to be very adventurous. We went for the gender scan already but this one was too busy kicking and somersaulting to let us get a good look. So we don't know if it's a boy or girl yet. 

I am really wanting to get back into blogging again. Wren spilled water on my laptop a few months back and I have yet to replace it. For some reason using my desktop just doesn't inspire me to get back at it, but I am going to try harder. 

A few fun Wren quotes:

Looking at her toes "Look Mumma these my little paws"
Me "What?"
"My little paws" 

Looking at a tiger at the zoo "Tt!" (our cat)

I said to her "Mumma is sleepy" so she tucked me in bed "Nap Mumma, nap" and shoved my head down on the pillow LOL

Seeing letters of any kind anywhere - she will point and say "T, O, I, D..." she is really obsessed with the alphabet. She also sings her own version of the alphabet song

If I ask her to sing a song 99% of the time she will start humming and singing "Jet" by Paul McCartney it is her favorite song 

Leaving the beach she waves and says "bye bye beach! thank you"

A few of Wren's favorite things:

The Alphabet
Playing her harmonica
Getting her nails painted
Giving other kids hugs and high fives
Kiddie rides

ME and my bump. It's actually bigger than this now. 
Wren last August. She just started walking on her own. 
Wren last August - she was just a little peanut. 

 Wren this July stealing strawberries. 
 Some summer adventures with my little love. 
I love this life of mine so much my heart could burst


Autumn at Russell Orchards.

 Last weekend we drove up to Ipswich and went to Russell Orchards. It's a beautiful farm with pumpkins, apple picking, hay rides, lots of animals and they make delicious apple cider donuts. We went with Daniel's mom and his sister Sarah and her family. Wren and her cousin Dylan are two of sweetest little people on the planet, and when they're together it's too cute. They hug each other, hold hands and he even gave her a kiss! It's so special to be able to grow up being close to your cousins. We had such a fun time exploring the farm. Wren loved playing in the pumpkin patch. I can't believe how much she has grown! Last year she couldn't even sit up. I had to prop her up! (Check out last year here.) This year she was running around and trying to pick pumpkins up!

Munching on apple cider donuts in the pumpkin patch. 

This girl seriously loves her Daddy!

 Daniel and his mini me Wren!

 She just wanted to run and jump into this pond so badly. haha. 

 Such a pretty farm. There were chickens, goats, cows, donkeys, turkeys and rabbits. There was a black and white rabbit that looked an awful lot like one of our cats and Wren kept pointing at it and calling 'Jack'. 
So many yummy apples. 
 She loved looking at the animals. She loves furry critters just like her Mama. 

Cousin hugs. Basically the sweetest ever.


Wren's 1st Birthday.

Our little Wren is one whole year old. We held an afternoon garden soiree in our backyard to celebrate. I planned the whole thing myself but had my parents on hand to help starting two days before. We pulled it off! haha. It was beautiful day celebrating our wonderful little Wren. She brings magic, wonder and love everywhere she goes. 

Follow Wren to the party...
The set up...

Daniel and I built this tent ourselves. Will share the DIY on here soon...

Wren's Strawberry Shortcake. Basically sugarless, great for little ones. 
I will share as many recipes on here as I can find the time to post. 
The food spread. I decided to make everything, except the chicken. A big undertaking. I scheduled my time out well to manage and did prep the day before. I also had my mom and stepmom in the kitchen with me. They did all the plating - and made everything look AMAZING. 
Corn Orecchiette, Black Rice Herb Salad, Asparagus Tart, Grape & Tomato Focaccia, Baked Brie, Veggies with Tzatziki, Hummus and Ginger Miso Dips, Olives, Ricotta, Crackers, Kale Caesar Salad, Crostinis, Chicken, Cookies, Vanilla Ice Cream with Plum Thyme Topping and Wren's Strawberry Shortcake. For drinks we served a variety of iced teas and lemonades, water and some beer from our local Sam Adams Brewery. 

Our drink bar. 

I drew portraits of every guest ahead of time for a sweet, personalized party favor. 
They were rolled up and placed in the picnic basket. 
A Chalkboard for Birthday Messages.
Daniel and I stealing kisses from the birthday girl. 
Party Time. 
Singing Happy Birthday to Wren for the first time ever. She's so little it's hard to even see her in the brown chair!!!!!
Nom. Nom. Nom. 
I don't think you realize how fast time whirls by until you become a parent. It's crazy how quick everything goes by in a blur. Our sweet girl was born a year ago and now here she is walking around, trying to run, eating strawberry shortcake. She is truly a magnificent little person. She is so strong, observant, curious, friendly (she waves 'hi' to everyone), lively, loving, gentle and just so smart. She says 'cat'. 'dog' 'duck' 'Mama' 'Dada' 'gentle' 'i love you' 'thank you' 'here you go' 'meow' 'uh oh' 'hi' 'bye bye' 'Margaux(her doll)' 'Jack' 'TT' (our two cats) ' tiger' 'panda' and I'm sure there's more I'm forgetting. She loves her books. About a dozen times a day she races toward me with a book, drops it in my lap and waits eagerly for me to read it to her. She always points to different things on the pages and says 'Dat' and looks at me waiting for me to tell her what it is. 
She loves anything with water involved and adores bath time. If she hears the shower turn on she comes into the bathroom and tries to climb in the tub. She enjoys her bath animals and will retrieve them if I ask her for one. "Where's the turtle Wren? Can you find me the turtle?" And she will get you the turtle. We were in the living room talking about octopus once and she went to the bathroom and got her bath time octopus and brought in. She was letting us know that she knew what we were talking about. She knows her shapes, triangles, circles and squares. She loves stuffed animals, dolls, anything musical, sunglasses...she turns anything she can into a bracelet and walks around holding her arm out. haha. She loves pushing her dolls in the stroller around the house and feeding them bottles. She is already very loving and nurturing.
A few days ago I was doing the dishes and she was rummaging through a couple kitchen drawers that are "Wren Safe" or so we thought. She was somehow capable of pulling out a big cutting board and dropping it right on my foot and broke my toe!!!! Caught off guard and in pain I collapsed to the ground and held my foot, shouting things like "OOOOOOWWWWWWW!!!!!!" She came over and rubbed my back. And then when I stopped yelling came around and with her arms opened as wide as those little arms can stretch gave me a big, deep, firm hug. She was consciously comforting me. It was such a special moment. I would break another toe and do it all over again. 

I love you so immensely Wren Ramona Zofia Zimman. 
You're such an enchanting, thoughtful, lovely little person with so much greatness inside of you.
I am so proud, honored and blessed to be your mother and call you mine. 

I will post more DIY & Recipes. Leave me a note in the comments if there's one you're dying to try and I will do my best to post it ASAP.