First swing ride {photo dump}

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I am doing a good job catching up with the photo posts and soon you’ll see more current ones and more meaningful posts.I have Father’s day, 4th of July, Lexi’s first boat trip and an overnight trip to Orlando left to blog about and then I’ll be all up to date and hopefully start posting more current photos, as well as more parenting related stuff. It’s much easier to edit photos, put them into a collage and post them, than write about more serious things, so I am trying to get the backlog of photography out of the way.

I don’t have much to say for this post. It’s a simple photo dump from our first playground trip. Alexis loved the swing and would probably do it until she passed out. Unfortunately, with the current Florida weather we can’t be going to the playground too often. It gets too hot by about 8 am. But starting October, when she’s 8 months old and the weather is cool, I suspect we’ll have daily trips there. I am already seeing how bored she gets at home, even though I try to provide a stimulating environment. But she’s the happiest when we go places. So i predict a lot of walks and fun trips outside of home as soon as the weather gets cooler. Right now we’re trying to plan at least one outing somewhere fun once a week: the beach, the playground, children’s museum, the mall, the pool, Disney, etc.

{swing cover by Infantino}

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    August 10, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Beautiful photos!! She is so adorable!

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    August 10, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Oh man. I smiled through all the pictures.

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    August 10, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Lovely! You all look so happy in these photos.

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    August 10, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Hey – love the pictures. Just wondering whether you spend much time with other mothers, do you have coffee groups etc with other mothers and babies. I live in Australia, so not sure if it’s different in the US – but we attend antenatal classes and form coffee groups with those women. Often the women you meet there will be your friends for life – and you often end up going on to have more kids the same age etc. My baby son is 8 weeks old now, and the time I spend with those women and their babies is absolutely invaluable. We have shared all our birth experiences (supporting each other through the recovery process – emergency c-sections etc). We share all the trials and tribulations of motherhood – tips and tricks for sleeping and settling (that is how “white noise” became our trick for settling for nap time and bed in under a minute!). It sort of provides some sort of “community” for raising our children which we have so sadly lost in these modern times. Perhaps you don’t need it as much because Andrew works from home? Just interested in whether you have managed to find this sort of support system (perhaps you just don’t blog about it to respect their privacy?). Anyway, love your blog – I’ve been reading it since before I was pregnant.

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      August 10, 2012 at 8:15 PM

      We have quite a few mothers with babies within a year of each other on our street, actually.

      There are groups like that in US though. I have friends go to la leche league meetings and there are playgroups but right now it’s so hot and half the people are gone for the summer rarely anyone meets outdoors.

      Plus the suburbs where we live are soooo spread out that it’s a bit more difficult to just get together for a cup of tea, not impossible but definitely not easy.

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        August 10, 2012 at 9:36 PM

        I’d really suggest looking at…. I’d be willing to bet there are mom groups in your area. I have two children (2 year old daughter and 4 month old son) and we have all made wonderful friends thanks to the moms groups on

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          Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
          August 11, 2012 at 6:59 AM

          Oh yeah there are a few groups there. One in particular that is an AP group that in eventually going to join. Right at this moment I dont have a second of free time not to mention the heat.

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    August 11, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Why the swing cover? I guess with two babies one gets over that kind if thing faster….

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    August 12, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    So cute! We need to get one of those swing covers. My daughter always tries to lick/chew the seat, looks like Alexis does that too lol.

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    August 12, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    Hi Elena. Lovely post. I love the look of joy on Lexi’s face. Can I ask the reasoning behind the swing cover? I don’t have an issue with them, I think they are cute, but I was just wondering why you chose to use one?

    Also, are you planning on having specific posts in your blog printed and bound for Lexi to look back on? I’m keen to have mine printed but not sure where to get it done?

    Keep up the great blog. It’s going to be a wonderful memory book for Lexi.

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      August 12, 2012 at 8:21 AM

      Yes! One of the reasons for the blog is because I want to get it printed for her. Blurb has a blog to book service.

      Swing cover: obvious reasons- the swings are disgusting, covered with dirt from being outside and germs from other kids. Alexis licks/chews/puts anything in her mouth, hence the need to cover things up.

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        August 12, 2012 at 10:13 AM

        Fair enough on the germ front. My youngest little one (17 months) doesn’t really put things in his mouth so I didn’t worry, we are in Indonesia and most things are pretty mucky here! But fully respect your thoughts there!

        I’ll have a look at blurb (my blog is – thanks for the heads up!

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    August 12, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Cute pictures! I was looking for the maxi cosi review and can’t find it. Is it still on the blog?

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    August 12, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Ok, thanks. Maybe it was on another blog I read the review on.

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    August 13, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    oh my gosh; you two are so cute in that last one & she’s not even looking…what a stinker. 😉

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      August 13, 2012 at 10:13 AM

      Yup! That’s pretty much the story of my life while taking selfies. I took 4 shots and said enough lol all four she had her head buried in the swing lol

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    August 14, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    Looking healthy and stunning!!!!!! 🙂

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