Friday, November 11, 2011

Sick Day

We had plans tonight to join a bunch of friends for Mexican food, and all week I've looked forward to the big leather booths of Mr. Tequila's. Cheese enchiladas. A cold margarita--on the rocks, salted rim. But my girl is sick, clung to my hip like a koala. Double ear infection. So tonight, we lay low at home, huddled under the full moon.


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After two days of, literally, holding her 24/7, I set her on the garage floor yesterday afternoon with a toy while I climbed as fast as I could up the ladder to the attic where I found the baby swing. I was desperate. You know what? That sucker still works.

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Lainey sang to her for twenty minutes this morning until she fell asleep.

Two days ago, she was very happy though, and I'm hoping tomorrow brings the blessed hope of Upswing.

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Meanwhile, the run down:

Itty Bitty Lizards make us happy.

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My first clothes line was a mad success.
Clothes dried surprisingly quick, they smell like Mother Nature's sweet breath, and I love looking out our back window to see sleeves and sheets fluttering between our pines. It's like they're saying "thank you."

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Candied Grapefruit Peel.
My dad used to make them when we were little. It wasn't as complicated as I thought (I followed this recipe), and they are heaven dipped in bittersweet chocolate. It's a sweet, sour, bitter ménage à trois.

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That brown stuff is chocolate, lest you wonder.

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Koala detatched for a moment.
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And we snuck away with Dot this afternoon to The Mountains.

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That blue clip in Dot's hair, courtesy of Lainey.

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I love that Dot comes every Friday afternoon. And I love that sometimes I forget and when I see her car pull in, it's a sweet surprise.

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We had a picnic in the mountains today.

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We tapped our plastic glasses together ("To the mountains!"), Lainey tasted her first pomegranate seeds, and we leaned over the grass as we bit into pithy chunks of fruit that oozed purple juice.

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A forty minute vacation to the mountains it was--a small but necessary cushion between the bookends of sick baby duties.

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She found a "treasure map," also known as an old handout for a Halloween party. She informed us it said, "Take two steps left, go to the middle, turn, and walk to the right. There's a treasure."

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We may not be at Mr. Tequila's tonight, but it feels so satisfying to be the one my sick girl needs. It's when I feel motherhood the most, really. When her warm head is burrowed as close to me as it can get and her arm is wrapped around my side, tucked tightly for back-up security. God forbid, I barely pull away from her, she whimpers, she clutches, she holds on even tighter. I need you. It hits me...I am her everything. Such a privilege it is.

Friday Photo Dump:

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Friday Phone Dump photos are taken on the Instagram iPhone app (free) and dropped into a 12x12 collage. I am "etst" on Instagram if you want to follow the feed.


Speaking of Instagram, I printed out a bunch of my favorites and plastered our fridge with them. I love it.

I printed Instagrams at Costco as 4x6 prints with 2 inches of white space I trimmed off, and I attached magnetic tape. There are other, easier print methods though--one being StickyGram which prints them as magnets for you.

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I've been using products from our new sponsor for a long time. I've been a fan of Arbonne's baby bath products since Lainey was born, and I've used their Vitamin C night cream as well as my favorite, their sea salt scrub on many occasions. So naturally, I'm excited to launch the sponsorship of Arbonne's Independent Consultant, Michelle Timmons.

All of Arbonne's products are botanically based and inspired by nature.

Lainey brings me the citris ginger sugar scrub and body butter and says "let's do spa." And after we scrub, wash, lather, she holds her hands up to my nose and says, "Mmmmmm...smell." Sister knows a good thing when she sees it.

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Michelle is giving away a $30 gift certificate to two commenters, randomly selected from this post.

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And oh, be still my heart...you know what's crackling right now?

Our first fire of the season. I have to go...now. The unicorns need to be fed.

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Nella just flung a plastic hanger across the room like a ninja and laughed hard.
"Oh my God, she's back," Brett announced.

You know those awesome weekends where Sunday evening has you feeling so utterly satisfied? Yeah...have one of those.

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358 comments:

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mama marchand said...

I love that you thought of the baby swing - brilliant! Hope sweet Nella is on the mend soon (and it sounds like she might be). Happy weekend to you!

Laura and Shao said...

I use Arbonne products also, but have only tried the facial cleanser and toner, which is very nice. Spa stuff is how I treat myself.. ahhhh..

Trini said...

Oh, Nella...hope you feel better! Lainey is so sweet! Love the baby lizard pic, too.

Elizabeth said...

oh, sweet sleeping Nella and sweet big sister Lainey to sing her to sleep! did that not just melt your heart?! my little guy is also sick (well, he's getting his 2 year molars, which has made his nose run and his voice sound funny), and I know what you mean... it's awful to see them sick, but good to be the one they want to cuddle with to feel better.

Maureen said...

Love that sweet singing sis...

kalah said...

hate it when they are sick, but love feeling so important. and the baby swing was a stroke of genius! sounds like she is getting better just in time for you to have a kick ass weekend! enjoy!

Scarehaircare said...

I'm thinking a fire sounds heavenly tonight. With popcorn and kid-snuggling while we watch a movie. Like Labrynth. Or Dark Crystal. Something with lots of muppets and no neurology textbooks. (I need a break from schoolwork...)

Laura said...

There is nothing quite like the feeling when you have a sick child. You hate that they are sick, you'd take it away and be sick for them in a heart beat, but its such an amazing reminder of how truly important the job of mother is. You truly are your childs everything. I'm sure she'll be back to normal in no time, knowing shes been lovingly tucked in your arms to heal. Have a great weekend.

Kathlyn said...

Snuggle that baby close! I hope she's feeling better soon!!!

Michele said...

My baby turned 21 this week. I kinda miss those sick days when I was all he wanted.

Tina said...

Get better soon, little koala bear!

Love Miss Lainey's free, creative spirit. The mountains. The treasure hunt. Singing to her sister. Love!

Cheers to a happy weekend!

Heatheroo said...

Hope Nella feels better soon, we are knee deep in kleenex and vicks vapo rub as well...so here's to a warm snuggled in weekend at home=)Have a great one!

shaw7290 said...

My little one has been sick too.. You put it into perspective for me.. I am his everything!! Love it!

Kayla Sue said...

Aw... poor baby girl! Double ear infections are just the worst... for both baby and mama. Here's to an upswing!

(and oh, the mustard hat! LOVE!)

Gina said...

Happy weekend! Hope Nella is 100% soon!

Erica @ All About Aleigha said...

I hope baby girl gets well soon. I love your blog! It inspires me!

Maria said...

Nella in the swing~so adorable.
Lainey running down the mountain~beautiful. The blue clip in Dot's hair~very fashionable.

Weekend plans~tomorrow, my best friend is visiting from Delaware & we're planning to be slugs~laying on couches, watching movies, ordering in. Sunday it's a birthday party for my cousin~my nephews, 5 & 4, are decorating the cake. You will hear me sigh with utter satisfaction come Sunday night.
Happy Weekend!!

Jennifer said...

Feel better Nella!! :0)

Alzbeta said...

Their sister-bond makes my heart so excited for our hopes of another little one someday soon.

Roksalanna said...

Nella I hope you feel better soon.
xo
Kelle hope you and your family have a restful and restorative weekend.
xo

kancell24 said...

Hope Nella feels better soon.

Katherine said...

I hope sweet Nella feels much better soon!

My 4 year old is amazed by your tiny lizard (which he calls a "yittle tiny wizard") and now wants one as a pet! Ha!

Sara said...

Hope your sweet girl feels better soon!!!!

txmommabear said...

Oh, I wish I could still afford to use Arbonne products, I LOVED the sea salt scrub. And I'm completely jealous of your bare feet in front of a fire - it looks so cozy. Thank you for reminding me to cherish those sickie-koala-bear moments. It really is a privilege.

Shannon said...

Everytime I think its time to retire the swing, we have a moment were it comes to the rescue. Think I have to pick up a pom tomorrow :)

Linda MG in Soquel, CA said...

Oh, sweet Nella - yuk, DOUBLE ear infections! Hope you are on the mend. Yep, when our littles are sick and they need us even MORE, we sure feel even more like parents (tho we hate our kids to be sick). What an honor, albeit responsibility, to be totally depended on and needed so much! The products look scrumptious. Love from the Blog Mama~

Farmgirl Paints said...

Awwww poor baby. Hopes she feels better soon. Thank God for the baby swing. That second strawberry pic was adorable of her. You make me want an iPhone...just for the phone dump idea. Have a great weekend friend. Hope a margarita is in your near future. You've got me cravin' now.

Kimberly said...

I have never even heard of candied grapefruit peel...looks good, though! And your clothes on the line? LOVE.

Kim said...

First year of my little Lindsay's life was filled with ear infections. Tough on the little one and tough on mama too. Hope Nella feels better soon. And I love Arbonne! Just sayin'!

melisa said...

Koala in the swing--super cute!
Fridge phone dump? Are you kidding? Way cool!
Hope your little one is on the mend and you have a fab weekend!

Elise said...

I envy your fireplace, and love Lainey's yellow hat!

Amanda Buck said...

Hope Nella feels better soon. This time of year is never fun with all the yuck that goes around. I sometimes think it's harder on us moms when the kids are under the weather.

Hayley said...

Hope sweet Nella feels better. I feel the same way when my girl is sick. It happened two weeks ago. 4am she called for me. She dug her head into my neck and shoulder and held on tight. I knew at that moment this was what I meant to be. A mom, her everything.

Alexis said...

I love how you worded it when you have a sick clingy baby - right now, you are her everything. I need to keep this in mind the next time my son is up teething. Thank you for the reminder of how important we are to our littles.

Sara P. said...

Feel better wishes your way for Nella. I hope you have a beautiful weekend, enjoy a cup of cocoa by the fire!

Melissa said...

We just lit our first fire today too! It is so awesome, isn't it? You've inspired me to go light another one right now!! Happy weekend and feel better Nella!!

Jessica said...

Oh I love love Arbonne! Both my boys have excema and their bath stuff is the only thing that doesnt try out their skin.

Hope your sweet girl feels better soon!

Abby Taylor said...

Love Nella's pigtails!

Courtney said...

Sometimes I am overwhelmed at being the one that my little one year old guy needs all of the time, but on those days when he doesn't seem to need me as much, I sure miss it! Feel better Nella!

Jannice said...

Hope you little Nella feels better soon! Jealous of your fireplace! I wanted one so badly when we bought our house, but my husband insisted on the alcove for the bigscreen...why did I cave on that one?! your picnic looked like fun!!

jenniwaka said...

Oh, man, I've been meaning to get myself some more Arbonne matte makeup base! Especially now that the cold weather is here and drying out my skin! Come to mama!

Jamie said...

SO jealous of your fire, the one thing I greatly miss in this house... may the ear nasties clear out soon Nella!

jenthompson said...

Glad your sweetie is on the mend - I feel your pain! Happy weekend.

Jen said...

I hope Nella feels better soon! My younger son will be two in five weeks (ohmygosh, too fast) He had tubes placed in each of his ear drums a month ago after having fourteen ear infections during the last ten months.

I feel your pain AND pleasure. Honest.

Mrs.M said...

Lainey singing to Nella made me tear up. I hope she's back to herself soon!

Adventures in our army life said...

Brilliant baby swing move! Sometimes ya just gotta do whatcha gotta do..and it usually works!!

Julie said...

Isn't it amazing to be someone's everything? Great idea on the swing! What program do you use to make the 12 x 12 collage?

Michelle Skipper said...

My husband and I found out recently that we are expecting our first in May. I cannot wait to hug and kiss that sweet baby. It brings pure joy to my heart just to know that very soon I will be my baby's everything. Hope sweet Nella is feeling better soon. Brilliant idea with the swing!

The Zoo said...

I've been looking for something just like this for my babies. I thought you'd gone away Kelly but I see that it was just me (smile). Glad you're back (from nowhere). Sorry to hear that Nella is under the weather.

Amanda said...

Everleigh's therapist says to me the other night "Have you read Enjoying the Small Things? I love how Kelle calls Lainey and Nella 'sister' and she's just such an inspiration" and we took another sip of tea and nodded in agreement as she tucked Ev into a tripod sitting position. And you ARE an inspiration, Kelle.

Baby swings are a lifesaver. The other thing I am enjoying this weekend? That feeling you describe, the one where a sick baby grabs just a little tighter. I need you. It's what motherhood is summed up into.

Sandy W said...

I love the pictures of Nella in the swing. And how very sweet of Lainey to sing her to sleep!

Jackie said...

I need you. It hits me...I am her everything. Such a privilege it is.

My baby is now 12, and doesn't snuggle in when sick any more. I miss it...I actually do. You said it perfectly, we are their everything. Loved your post today.

Kelly said...

Oh, that swing has so many memories swaying in there! I love that Dot loves your kids so much! She's a gem!!

Michele said...

Love seeing all of the pictures of Nella upright. They are so cute - especially the one with the doll stroller. Adorable! Have you ever heard of squeaky shoes? Each time the child walks, the shoe gives a little squeak. We bought them when we adopted our daughter from China. Just thought Nella might dig those! Google "squeaky shoes" if you're interested.

Princess Poopsie said...

I know just how you feel when your baby is sick. I love the way they cling to you and just love you for being there with them. Even my 11 year old just wants mama when she is sick. Ahhh, there is nothing quite as satisfying and lovely as motherhood.

Nicole said...

I'm a sappy sap today. The pic of Lainey singing to Nella, and "I need you. It hits me...I am her everything." totally made me cry. I hope Nella feels better soon!!

Lani said...

Feel better soon Nella...

Jakes Mom and Dad said...

Feel better soon sweet Nella!

Kristen said...

Nella is a trooper!!! I must try to make those grapefruit peels, and oh how I love the magnetic pictures!!! Wouldn't work in my house I'm afraid...hubby would spill all kindsa crap on it from the fridge LOL

RaquelDoesLife said...

Absolute adorableness all around. I was needing one of your posts right now, so thank you!

Bulldogma said...

Oh - so sorry your little one is sick! Ear infections are NO fun! My own littlest just came home from 9 days in the hospital (viral pneumonia - yuck!). Enjoy that beautiful fire! We have to hold off until mine is off oxygen - LOL... but perhaps I'll splurge on some plastic wine glasses and we can picnic in our living room :) Love your creative ideas!!

The Gustafsons said...

Oh my word, the picture of Lainey singing Nella to sleep is precious beyond words!

Harriet said...

Feel better Nella! Kelle, hope you get that margarita at some point. :)

Andrea said...

Hope Nella feels better soon! I still get the baby swing out of the garage on those occasions, and I dont think we will ever be "too old" for the baby bjorn :) have a restful weekend!

Holly said...

Now that my "baby" is 16, I miss those days of wanting only Mamma, clingy, shoulder huggin, armful of baby not feeling good. Enjoy every minute of it, they grow up way to fast.

vermonter said...

So sorry to hear that Nella is sick, my 5 month old grandson has been sick for 2 weeks, but ohhh those snuggles are breathtaking. I hope this is not the beginning of cold weather colds and flus kicking in. Love your photos. Wish we could be mountain picnicing but in Vermont is just to chilly since we are getting snow showers today.

cathy said...

feel better Hamptons...whenever one f my littles was sick, I suffered more

xoxo
cathy

thearmydoctorswife said...

Mmm...a spa day sounds magical right now!!

Michelle D said...

I also loved the paragraph on how it feels to be needed by a sick child. I think motherhood really hits during those moments the most. Hope Nella is feeling better soon :)

Bethany said...

Is Nella inside the bucket on the first phone dump picture? Too cute!

I'm very curious about the grapefruit peels... will keep those in mind. While reading through the directions, I also learned how to temper chocolate. That will come in handy the next time I go on a chocolate-covering spree!

N said...

Nella is such a sweetie. I'm glad she's feeling better! :)

Lea R. said...

I love Nella's little strawberry ensemble. Too cute! happy weekend to you!

Jessica said...

I love the instagramed fridge!

Miranda said...

Hanging clothes outside to dry is the bestest thing yet. Here in Canada I can only do it half (if that) the year but I've started hanging my clothes throughout the house when it's cold out. :)

melissa said...

GET WELL Nella!! (Hope you all get some rest this weekend...not easy when little ones are sick.)
LOVE Dot - rock that blue clip!
I need to catch up on your previous post.

Team Lando said...

Glad your mini-ninja is back! :)

And love the fire... We don't have a fireplace, and I'm jealous!

megatron! said...

I'm so glad happy Nella is back! I hope she stays!

nicole gabrielle said...

Oh, that sweet, sweet moment of a little one's arms curled around you... My 16 month old son is a walking pot of emotions right now yet that is still the one I treasure most. Feeling hot, sticky little hands pulling my face towards his in the middle of the grocery store today brought tears to my eyes. I'm glad I'm not the only one <3

Meagan Kenney said...

Good thinkin' Mama with the swing! She looks so big in it, but hey, did the trick, right? Hope Nella is feeling better by tomorrow. Double ear infections suck. Hope you got to have a margarita on the rocks at home, by the fire place. My next house: I WILL HAVE A FIREPLACE!

jenrobburton said...

Ohhh, those pictures of happy Nella are killing me with their cuteness.

And Lainey singing her to sleep? Precious.

Is Nella sitting IN the bucket or just behind it in the phone dump? Pretty funny either way.

Sick babies are so pitiful. You know they don't understand why they feel so crummy and have no concept of it being temporary.

Hope Nella is back to her true ninja self very soon. :o)

Melissa said...

Hope she feels better soon! Ear infections are no fun for mommy or baby!

jen said...

we just ate homemade chili by a bonfire with a cold beer in hand. there is honestly nothing that would have tasted better on this chill of an evening.
and it's just friday.
damn. this weekend is gonna ring awesome.
glad she's back. finners hasn't been feeling all that great lately either. poor babies. (and can you believe they are gonna be two? 2?? holy goodness. someday we'll drink to that, k?)

Sara Korber-DeWeerd said...

Great perspective. Plans set aside to be a little girl's everything. I love that. I will remember it.

Mary ♥ said...

Poor Nella :( My Zayn has been clingy lately too... he's had a cough (poor babies!) I was gifted Arbonne baby products for Zayn when he was born, but honestly haven't used them yet. I may try them on myself first ;)

Lacy Hope said...

Nella is looking so grown up lately!!! And cute as a button!

mom7 said...

Hoping Nella feels better real soon. Both girls are adorable!

Susi 142-B said...

Im in love with your blog. Amazing pictures!! I´ve been reading your blog for about 2 years now and I can´t get enough of it. It´s like reading my favortie book. Your blog has touch my heart like no other has. It has made me cry and smile at the same time.
Well just wanted to say that you have an amazing blog. Hopefully one day my blog will be as wonderful as your.

xoxo

p.s your girls are beautiful.

Julie @ my tiny bookworm said...

Poor sweet little Nella. I'm glad she seems like she's feeling better. Love that shot of little and big toes at the end. :)

Comfypjs said...

I just love those photos of Nella standing in front of the door! She has the most adorable look on her face. Too cute!

Heather said...

Aww, poor baby girl! I hope she feels better soon!

Ben and Jessica Buehner said...

Sick babies are so bittersweet :-). You will need that spa stuff after playing nurse all weekend :-)

Lindy said...

I love Lainey's hat in the pictures. She is such a sweet big sister!

Annette said...

Feel better soon, Nella....There is nothing like a sick baby that needs their mama. My son is 20 months old and wants nothing to do with sitting still except for when he is sick. I cherish those moments because I get that cuddle time with him.

Coffee Mama A-J :) said...

Oh sweet Nella...wishes of healing are sent your way! Love the fire! Have a wonderful weekend with your beautiful family...I intend to the same with my beautiful family. :)

Jaclyn Hicks said...

Praying for your sweet little one....and I love that you play 'spa'! Sounds absolutely divine!

SD and EJ said...

I can't wait to have a house and a fireplace! Someday...

Unknown said...

Ooooo I love the Ginger Citrus body butter! I made it last forever, but I finally used it all up a couple months ago. Would love to have some more!!

Melissa said...

I am so glad Nella is feeling better. So hard when they are sick. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos again!

Angie said...

I love you Kelle Hampton, I freakng love you. Every time you write it's like you've seen the deepest part of my heart and give words to all that's inside. You have a way with speaking to us mamas. Love that.

XOXO,
Angie from Ohio

Sharmaine said...

love your instagram fridge! its full of life!


im glad nella is feeling better! my baby gets stuck to me too!

Melissa said...

The is the tiniest lizard ever! I hope you littlest little feels better soon!

Quiana said...

Awww my LO is sick too right now and is my little koala. Perfect description! Hopes your koala gets better soon =)

Holly said...

Love that big sister sang to her!

Natalie said...

Poor Nella! I love that Lainey sang her to sleep though. What perfect little girls you have.

lovemy3 said...

We never like to see our little ones sick but it is a good feeling when just having mom makes them feel a "little" better. I love that you were able to get the swing out and it works! Poor Nella!

jennymariee said...

I wish either of my kids liked our swing. Would love for it to work that kind of magic on a sick baby... Even if it just gave this momma an hour.

Anne said...

I love Lainey's cozy "winter" clothes :) Glad Nella is already on the mend, the swing has always been magic in our house as well!

Rebekah said...

I just want to smile from ear to ear after thinking of that sweet sence of Laniey singing to Nella, and Nella in the swing... :)

I finally got around to finishing my picture frames, curtosy of your idea (the ones with fabric in the back and picture popping out.) I LOVE them! I can't wait to hang them. Thank you, thank you!!

heather said...

I tried to figure out which shoes were from your Christmas card outfit. Couldn’t do it. So glad Nella is feeling better and that Lainey takes such good care of her baby sister.

P.S. Pomegranates are my favorite but I stress whenever my kids eat them unless they are basically naked.

Katharine said...

There's something about a sick kiddo wrapped up in your arms. I hate to see them feeling bad but nothing beats those cuddles. Feel better Nella.

dayoppermom said...

I have a 31 year old disabled daughter and I know that I am still her everything.
Sweet Nella will be back to form so soon. Glad you got away, though.

Kate said...

Aww, hope Nella feels better. :)

All My Monkeys said...

Is it bad of me to say I like it when my kids are sick? (Not the puke-y kind, the fever kind). They snuggle, they need. They sit still. It's a good feeling.

Oh, and Citrus Ginger? Girlfriend knows what tempts my nose. ;)

Love is all you need said...

I love how you call your tinee tiny rolling hills mountains :) If you only a hike were that simple. And are you kidding me with Nella's strawberry outfit? Sooo cute!

Sam said...

Those grapefruit peels look so yummy. I hope Nella feels better soon!

mcase727 said...

love the sister love in those pictures with the baby swing. Nothing better than seeing your children show each other love.

Caroline said...

Oh sweet baby - feel better!

Erin said...

Hope your lil ninja feels better <3

Kayla said...

What a sweet sister Lainey is to sing to Nella. So precious!

Britt Ricardo said...

Wishing sweet Nella a speedy recovery. My little man has been sick for the last couple of weeks and has also started saying "Mama" for the first time. Even though he cries it out in the night and I'm so tired I can't think straight, I still go running to him. There is NOTHING like your baby needing you. Been dreaming of this feeling my whole life and feel so blessed to finally be a mama to such a delicious little life! Hope the weekend brings good healthy your way...

Jennifer said...

sick kids make me sad.... i wrote about them once too...

http://jens-pace.blogspot.com/2009/10/musings-from-mother-of-sick-children.html

Nate, Abbey, Noah and Blaire said...

Love the baby swing pics. Adorable.

Sammie said...

My husband thinks it's uncouth of me to semi-enjoy when my daughter is sick (I just think he is jealous). Maisie will be 18 months old on Monday and is so busy exploring and getting into everything that she jips her poor mother from any sort of long cuddles. But, when she is sick, she knows that mommy's arms are the place to be. She is so content with snuggling up and getting cozy and that part of her being sick, I do enjoy. I agree with you, it's when us mothers feel most like mothers. It's exhausting, but yet so fulfilling being able to comfort and nurture so much that it almost cures the ailment alone. Hope little Nella is on the up!

the Goin's said...

Hard to believe you still are able to hang clothes on a line. If I were to have hung clothes outside today they may have turned into clothesicles!! Hoping Miss Nella is feeling better tomorrow!!

Molly said...

I just cackled with laughter about the hanger-chucking ninja. LOVE.

Fresh Mommy said...

Yay! Glad baby girl is on the upswing :) I know sick days with clingy babes make for tired mamas. Enjoy your weekend beautiful family!

xo
~Tabitha

IRWSMom said...

We recently reset-up our swing, too, for our daughter, born about a week after Nella ;-) They remember the things that soothe them most, like us momma's.
Hope you feel better soon, Nella~

Allie said...

your posts always make me smile. I shared your freak-flag post with a bestie of mine... we have decided we would all be fast friends should our paths ever cross ;)

Handmade in the Bay said...

I love your clothesline. In New Zealand, that's what we use. Dryers are really only used in winter here - although we don't have one in this house, we have clothes racks for the carport. I love gathering in my dry, fresh smelling clothes and sheets off the line!

Sheila said...

Wash and hang your blankets on the clothesline....not much smells fresher than that. :) I hope little Nell is back to normal soon!
P.S. I think Dot is awesome!

Carol said...

I hope Nella feels better soon. I don't know who feels worse when the kids are sick. Them or the parents because we feel so helpless. I think that is truly the worse feeling in the world!! Love the blog....


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Benay said...

Just when I think that your girls can't get any more adorable, they do. Nella in that berry outfit with those pigtails? Utterly precious.

Rojas Family said...

Love the instagrams on the fridge. What a great idea.
And I hope Nella feels better real soon. Though flinging a hanger across the room sounds like she's on her way. ;o)

Sarah said...

nella, sweet girl...prayers for you. feel better soon.

and to nella's mama: oh, mr. tequilla's - yum, yum, yum. it's our fave place to eat at in naples when we drive down. actually think we might eat there this week for our date night :) my mouth watered (at 11:30 at night) when i read the first sentence about that place. hope you get to go soon. enjoy a margarita for me (it's all about nursing for me now)!

Debbie D. said...

Singing to her sister for 20 minutes!! You are doing something so right!

amypins said...

I just got home from an arbonne party, love their stuff., would love the gift cert to try some more.

My 6month old is a fierce koala the last 24hrs also. Teething and a virus of some sorts. As exhausted as I was up most of the night and driving to walgreens at 1:30 in the morning, I couldnt get enough of that sweet baby hair just below my chin. It puts me in a trance.

Amanda said...

Well, she's a dolly even when she's sick, but I hope Nella feels better soon! They're both gorgeous, actually. :) The candied grapefruit peel looks like something I need to try, too!

HellcatJill said...

Nothing boosts my spirits more than clothes on the line! We're getting out of that season here, but the first warmish day in the Spring, I'll be outside with my bare feet in the grass, hanging up clothes to dry.

PB and JS said...

Love you got your swing. That is our go to for little Leighton when she's got an ear infection. It's the only way her dad and I get any sleep. I hope Nella gets better fast.

Sarah said...

we broke out the swing too, for my 16 month old who was really congested, worked so well! Glad Nella was able to rest. I've been using Arbonne for a few years now, i actually just ran out, it's a great product! love the RE9 stuff

Karen said...

A crackling fire sounds lovely! So do the spa products :) Hope Nella is feeling better soon.

dmsegel said...

hoping Nella feels better soon !!

momipooted said...

I tried to take a picture of the moon tonight and it didn't turn out near as pretty.

sarah said...

hopefully nella is back and you all have a wonderful weekend :)

p.s. those candied grapefruit peels have my mouth watering!!

Thee Fire Wife said...

Such sweetness today. Thanks for sharing!

Simply B said...

I'm a 22 year old college senior, and the first words out of my mouth when I got sick this week?

"I just want my mama."

Nella is just as blessed to have you as you are to have her :)

Mandy said...

I'd love to try their baby products! Blessings to you as you love on your sick little lamb!

Kimmie said...

Sick babies do remind us of exactly what it means to me a mommy.

That sugar scrub & body butter sound fantastic! :)

Amanda said...

Unicorns need fed here too. Our 5 month old Gracie is FINALLY sleeping through the night. (well she wakes up once to nurse) I need a hallelujah! I have 4 littles, so my sleep is much needed! I hope Nella feels better soon. I love the feeling of a sweet baby just wanting held.

Lesli Temple said...

I'm sure a short trip to the mountains was just what you girls were needing! Hope Nella continues to get better!

Rachel said...

When I was living in Japan, our apartment just had a washer, so you had to hang dry everything. The first time, I tried to hang my stuff outside, thinking it would dry faster and smell better.....No.NO...that smell...from the city. Not good. After, that, clothes were always strewn about inside our apartment from every possible surface! Your photo and the woods behind it definitely sounds like the perfect place to hang dry stuff! :) Hope baby gets better soon.

T. Nelson said...

Get well soon, Nella! You're a lucky girl to have a big sister that will sing you to sleep when you feel icky!

CASSIE said...

So glad your sweet baby girl is feeling back to her old precious self ♥

What does a baby lizard feel like in your hand!? Never had the privilege *nay desire* of being close to any reptile.

Anneliese said...

your girls are so sweet. i love how lainey uses her treasure map, how nella still snuggles into her swing. it is such a privileged to be a mother to our children.

Katy said...

Feel better Nella!!

Have a great low-key weekend! :)

Michelle said...

What a beautiful picture of Nella in the swing. I wish they made those for adults!
ps. here in Australia everyone dries their clothes outside on the line. As an American, I am still trying to get use to it myself and probably use the dryer more than I should admit :)

Samantha @ Mama Notes said...

That picture of her in the swing just melts me!! Sweet girl. My toddler is sick today too. I hope everyone wakes up feeling healthy!

Tammy said...

I have followed you long enough now that I consider you family...I drink my coffee while reading and laughing and crying BESIDE you sister! As far as Arbonne goes...I have ALWAYS wanted to try it but couldn't afford to spurlge on products so a gift card would be fantabulistc as my girls and I like to say:).

Patti said...

hope nella is 100% better soon. lily had that same swing and is sick as well~I just might lug mine out of storage too now!

Ashley said...

poor Nella...hope you feel better soon little one. Lainey singing to her sister in the swing is precious.

The Hickman Family said...

We have the same swing! I've had to buy rechargeable batteries & a charger because that thing eats up batteries really fast & it was my boy's favorite thing ever when he was smaller.
So jealous of the fire!!

DMK said...

Nella is too cute in that swing. I hope she's over her illness soon!

Denise

Tara Jeles said...

Nella the ninja!! i can see that and hear it. Love the first fires of the year :)

Hazel said...

It sounds like she's on the improve in Nella the ninja is back! How lovely to see Lainey look after her little sister so well! Happy weekend Kelle.

Liane said...

I hope Nella feels better soon.. Poor baby girl :( Good thinking on your part for the Baby Swing though!

Have a good weekend! x

Sandryte said...

Thank you for a cosy home photos. Right now we are sitting at the hospital ward and missing all the comfortable things at home...

Nella, wish you to get well quickly!

Kat said...

A privilege indeed!!
Those pics of Nella with the stroller are the most gorgeous thing. Love them!!
Hope she feels better soon.
Love the new look of your fridge and everything about your writing style.

tamswitter said...

I have had the worst couple of days, I come home and your blog has me laughing and just for a moment forgetting that my mum is in hospital and we're not sure what's happened. Thank you for your family, your love and for sharing it with us. Thank you again,

Hugs,
Tammie

Pumpkin Butters said...

Hope your little lady is feeling better soon! Have a great weekend. Love your pictures!

YeamieWaffles said...

Excellent photos as always, I love this so much. You're honestly such a great mother, you guys should be so proud of yourselves.

LaCasettaDelleIdee said...

Che meraviglia!

Sarah said...

Every one of your posts leaves me feeling inspired and so grateful for the little things in my life! Thank you for reminding us all of the true meaning of love and happiness! Love your blog!

My Secret Rooms said...

Thank heaven for you, Kelle. For always being real and positive and warm.
Thank you!

I agree - when they're ill och really tired the motherhood-thing is the most obvious and it's so genuine and wonderful too.

I sure hope Nella feels better today!

I'll try for that special Sunday evening feeling, in spite of working this Sunday!
I'm sure I'll succeed, 'cuz I had the Friday of a lifetime yesterday :-)
Hubs and I celebrated being married for 11 years 11-11-11 (yesterday!) and at 11:11 AM we did something special, just the two of us....

Hope you'll have a Sunday evening of calmness and fulfillness (?) too!
All my best!
/A

happygirl said...

Have I mentioned I LOVE your new header. I do. I remember sick babies. Sad and sweet.

Isabella's Mommy.... said...

Here's to a fantastic weekend! Hope the little feels better soon!

Meagan said...

I'm catching up on your blog this morning and pulled my little into my lap for a cuddle. I showed her the picture of Nella being all smiley and she said "baby, mmmmwah" (so baby and then 'gave' Nella's picture a kiss!)

Hope she's on the mend soon!!

Callie @ InfiniteMonkey.co.nz said...

Oh nooo double ear infections are horrible! I never took threat of an ear infection seriously until my little dude started suffering them when he was about 13 months. Nasty. :(
Hope Nella feels better soon, good thing you still have that swing!

Awesome photo magnet idea!

Southern Gal said...

So glad Nella is feeling better. You sure he didn't say, "She's baaaaa-aaack."? ;)

Tia said...

Lainey looks like a college freshman in the sweater/boot combo. And I am jealous of her outfit...

So glad Nella is feeling better! Sick babies are so pitiful!

Megan said...

I love it that Nella is all lappin' over the edges of that baby swing. She looks like a baby giant.

Love it!

Nina said...

Hope Nella is feeling better soon. Love Arbonne as well!

tlkamm said...

Love your koala bear comment ... my nephew Brooks just had a double ear infection too and clung to his mama like no one's business.

mel said...

love, love, love the hand lotion from arbonne. glad your little one is feeling better. have yourself a satisfying weekend as well. :)

Taylor said...

Nella in the swing was so cute! Love that she threw the hanger and laughed- little girls are so feisty- how we like them :) Laney is lucky to have Dot- she seems to make her feel so special! Happy weekend- hope Nella feels better- does she have tubes in her ears?

The Gambrel Family said...

I love your picnic, the plastic "wine" glasses are such a great touch! Love it!

Katherines Corner said...

inspired thinking about the baby swing! Oh I remember those rotten ear infections. I do hope your sweet little koala is better soon. The connection your two sweeties have with each other is beautiful and touches my heart every time I visit here. xo

Jen said...

Hope Nella feels better soon!
Love the instagram photo idea, thank you!

rebecca... said...

,,,oh sweet lil nella feel better soon!,,,

Megan said...

She's so cute with those sweet legs hanging over the baby swing. :) Feel better, little sis.

Tina said...

Feel better soon Nella!! I so dislike it when my kiddos are sick :( We are all about those utterly satisfied Sunday nights...I know we are going to have on this weekend!! Have a great weekend!!

Tina J

Stephanie said...

Poor Nella-- hope she feels better!

Unknown said...

I love Dot! Where can I find me a Dot? :)

Alyssa said...

I hope Nella feels better soon!

morrest1101 said...

Oh sweet Nella! Ear infections are miserable for the littles. Feel better soon baby girl.

I've watned a clothes line the last 8 years we've been in the house. I think it needs to happen!

Four on the Shore said...

precious- as always!

jessicawhitephotography said...

So sorry little Nella is feeling yucky. I hope she feels better really soon. Our little Olive is nursing a cold right now. It sure takes alot out of them when they are sick. Love Lainey's hat, So cute! I'm going to try the candied grapefruit at Thanksgiving, thank you for linking the recipe!! I always enjoy and look forward to reading your posts. :-D Have a great weekend!

Sarah said...

Hope Nella feels better soon. Double ear infections... poor baby... Love Lainey's hat. Hope you are having a good weekend

Jody said...

I really hope your sweet girl is feeling better this morning. Secretly I like it when my little guy clings to me when he is sick :) The snuggles I get are worth a million dollars.

Vanessa said...

Wish we had a fire place! I make do with a simulation on our tv...and a cup of hot cocoa! :)

Long johns and footy pj's can transform us all into ninjas in the evenings! Love it!

Hat Rack Photography said...

I, too, like the amped up need my increasingly independent little girl demonstrates when she's under the weather. I am a bit nervous for this cold and flu season, though, since we just quit nursing a couple of weeks ago at age 3. Not sure how we'll handle it without our go to remedy.

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