Julia || 23 Months

We are deep, deep in the thicket of planning a SECOND BIRTHDAY for this feisty little lady. Before we jump the gun - momma's not quiet ready for a two-year old just yet - let's focus on this month. Month 23!
Height: 34 inches
Weight: 26 punds
Teeth: 17 1/2 - we're stilllll working on those two-year molars (super fun)
Marcus - most of the time. If she's up before him (which is usually), she'll go ask for Marcus as she heads into his bedroom.
Her baby dolls.
Her playhouse, which she received as an early birthday gift.
Disney - Mickey and Minnie are her favorites.
Bubble Guppies.
Being outside.
Running - usually away from me.
Marcus - sometimes.
Wearing shoes that she hasn't picked out.
Having a runny nose, though she's not much good at actually blowing it.
Strangers who come up and abruptly engage with her.
Hair brushings and any attempts to tame her wild mane with clips, bows, or hair ties.
I completely overlooked this last month, but Julia started calling Marcus by name, and it's freaking adorable. The "r" is difficult to pronounce, so it comes out sounding more like "Mar'tis." Julia also love to sing the ABCs, and count to 10, both with assistance to successfully complete. Julia has also learned to say things like, "No, stop it, mommy," when she doesn't want me to interfere with whatever she may be doing. Very recently she's taken to saying, "Yummm, that's 'licious," when something tastes exceptionally good to her. She will also admire an outfit and tell me, "prettttty." 
Her words and sentences are exploding, and it's been pretty fun to hear the new words and phrases that have been coming out of her mouth.
Notable Moments
We wound up in the ER for another round of croup with Julia. This was perhaps one of the more severe cases she's had, and was a bit scary for a bit (at one point her heart rate was about 300 beats per minute). 
Sleep has been severely interrupted thanks to both teething and croup. I'm desperate for a night where no one wakes. 
While Julia enjoys seeing/talking with both grandmas and grandpas via FaceTime, she is particularly fond of seeing both grandpas, both of whom she refers to as " 'pampa."
On our last Disney trip Julia spotted Minnie Mouse and was insistent on seeing Minnie. We stood in line for 10ish minutes. When it was our turn to see Minnie, as we approached Julia became quite excited. But, the second we actually stood next to Minnie Julia closed up like a clam. 
For the photos in this post I really wanted Julia to be eating an ice cream cone. But. She hasn't really figured out how to master that task, and I just knew there would be more ice cream on her than actually consumed. So, picked flowers it was.
As I alluded to in the beginning of this post, we're (I'm) full throttle with her second birthday planning. I've picked up several items for her party, as well as a few outfits to complete her theme the week leading to her birthday. The outfit pictured may have a little something to do with her party. 
And that's it. The next time I knock one of these out she'll be two. It's so crazy how time works!! 
Cheers to 23 months, and on to TWO YEARS!


Fix #15

It's time for another round of pseudo fashion blogger, courtesy of Stitch Fix!

For my 15th fix I asked Raquel - whose been my stylist for at least a dozen of my fixes (hiiiii, Raquel!!) - for a Fourth of July inspired fix. I was hoping to see reds, whites and blues. I specifically asked for a pair of Kut From the Kloth jean shorts, as well as tank tops and maxi dresses.

If I'm being completely transparent, I've been just so-so with the last few fixes. I've kept a piece here and there, but I haven't really been wowed. When this fix arrived my expectations weren't too terribly high.

And, when I opened the box I was a bit underwhelmed. The shorts I'd requested were in there, but the three tank tops and one maxi dress just kind of had me going, "meh."

But. Raquel was clutch with this fix. She knocked it out of the park. Let's take a little look-see.

Le Lis || Deria Woven Back Knit Top
Kut From the Kloth || Lonnie Distressed Cuffed Denim Boyfriend Short
The tank is one I had pinned on my Pinterest board, and when I pulled it out I wasn't totally sold. However, the mix media print was a complete and wonderful, surprise. I loved how flowy the tank felt without leaving me feeling boxy, and the fact that the back is longer than the front is always a plus in my book.
The jean shorts were everything I was hoping for in a staple pair of shorts. Per the Stitch Fix magic, they fit like perfection, the length was just right, and the distressing isn't too overwhelming. I was so smitten with the shorts that after trying on everything in my fix I left them on for the day. 

Deria Woven Back Knit Top - KEPT
Lonnie Distressed Cuffed Denim Boyfriend Short - KEPT

Skies Are Blue || Kelsie Eyelet Halter Top
Out of the box, this one didn't wow me. I'm typically not a big fan of halters. But, when I put this on I immediately fell in love. I LOVE the eyelet pattern, the halter portion doesn't seem to choke me like many halters do, and I loved how breathable and roomy the top felt, yet, I didn't look like a red balloon. The color is very different from anything I have in my closet, and I was instantly drawn to it. This ensemble, complete with the Kut From the Kloth jean shorts, is pretty much my perfect summer outfit. 

Verdict - KEPT

Renee C || Reyna Knit Maxi Dress
When I pulled this out of the box I turned up my nose. I wasn't feeling the print, at all. However, Stitch Fix did it again. The very second I put this on I knew this piece was going straight to a hanger in my closet. I was so surprised at how much I loved the print on me. I absolutely love the way the tops is fitted, and a little roomier than the bottom. The cinched waist is a fabulous touch, and the thicker straps means I can wear a regular bra (hallelujah). The length is exactly what I want in a maxi, and the fabric is so incredibly soft. I cannot wait for the next occasion to wear this.

Verdict - KEPT

Skies Are Blue || Atilio Cut Out Detail Top 
At first glance I thought, "It looks kind of... geriatric." But when I put it on and saw the cut out detail in the back, and felt how light and flowy it was it started to grow on me. After going back and forth on whether or not to keep this piece I called in reinforcement. My mom. She gave an immediate thumbs up. And, momma knows best. Not to mention, after I did the math, keeping four pieces and sending this one back didn't make any sense. Essentially, this piece - with the discount for keeping all five pieces (25%) - was free. 

Verdict - KEPT

Raquel knocked this one out of the park!

Soooo.... did I make the right choice in going five for five with this fix? Let me know in the comments!

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