Thursday, August 21, 2014

tbt: pink shorts ed.

After I got dressed this morning (okay, afternoon), I realized that the outfit I selected was one I'd worn (and taken tons of pictures in) before.


I wore the pink shorts-navy tank outfit while we were vacationing in Mexico with our friends Adam and Jessie last year...almost exactly a year ago. Since it was vacation, we took tons of pictures, which meant that when I put on these clothes today, it immediately reminded me of our vacation and all of those photos where I was wearing it. 

I loved that vacation. I love Mexico, I love the beach, I love being pampered at all-inclusive resorts. I loved the girl time, I loved the couples time, I loved braving the public buses in search of 'real' Mexico (you know, outside of the tourist areas). I loved playing miniature golf by the ocean, eating plantains for breakfast, and having people bring me drinks out on the beach. In retrospect, I even love how extremely angry I was about our luggage being lost for THREE DAYS OF OUR TRIP THANK YOU FOR NOTHING DELTA. Just kidding, I still don't love that, I'm clearly still harboring bitterness.

A year ago, when I wore the pink shorts and the navy tank top, I had a really good day. I look back at those pictures and I smile at the happy memories, thankful for the opportunity for a wonderful vacation with great friends.

But a year later, here's what I'm doing in the same outfit:


Today I'm wearing my pink shorts and navy tank top and I'm cuddling and swaying and rocking a baby who can't figure out why she's so mad. Our friends Adam and Jessie came over last night to bring us dinner and to hold and admire our sweet daughter. There were no breezes off the ocean, no fruity drinks, and not a word of Spanish (or Spanglish) was spoken. When we finished eating, we had to clean up our own dishes. But man oh MAN...what a beautiful difference a year can make. 

Same outfit, same friends...but I'll take this sweet baby over a thousand weeks in a Mexican resort, hands down.

23 comments:

  1. How AMAZING! I love "what a difference a year makes" stories! You look mighty fine in those pink shorts and navy tank while you rock that sweet baby!

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  2. I love how Millie is holding onto your tank top so possessively. I think she's mad that you're not sharing your clothes with her yet :) Maybe next year on TBT, the "current" picture will be Millie wearing that outfit!

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  3. Awh - isn't it fantastic to realize how much things can (and do) change? So happy for you. :)

    My daughter was the same way for a few weeks (constantly unsettled, especially during the witching hours of 4-8pm). For us, we had to:

    1) Swaddle her up SUPER tight +
    2) Bounce on the exercise ball while holding her close, often on her side
    3) or - Put her in the swing with the vacuum running next to her.
    4) or - Go for walks outside - somehow the fresh air would shock her out of her fit sometimes and help her to settle.

    Good luck! The trick for every baby is different, and sometimes nothing works and you'll just cry with her, but I'm hoping you find her trick sooner rather than later!

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  4. And a year from now your parents will be telling you guys you need a vacation so they can take Millie for the week!

    Janie was a fussy baby too. The suggestions above are great!

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  5. Look at you, momma!! I love how you can see the bond just in that picture: you patting her bum to soothe her, Millie clinging to your shirt laying complete claim on her mommy!

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  6. On the heels of a pretty devastating week for us, I cannot begin to tell you how much this post gives me hope. I'm over the moon for y'all. What sweet redeemption!

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  7. I don't think I'll ever get tired of reading stories about you with your sweet daughter.

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  8. Amazing to think a year ago you had no idea what was in store for you!! This is a wonderful testimony of redemption :)

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  9. Phew, for a second I was afraid there would be no baby picture! Vacation sounds amazing. Cuddling a newborn sounds even more amazing. Nothing like snuggling a brand new baby!

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  10. Amen :) Also, I like that Camilla is trying to cop a feel in that picture!

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  11. I love this!! Is it too much to ask to include a picture of her in every post?! :)

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  12. Somehow that outfit looks better on you this year...must be the baby in your arms! That's it..Millie looks fabulous on you. Simply fabulous!!!

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  13. Aww love this! Seriously, what a difference from a year ago!

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  14. I feel like any day before her birth is just a different universe. Okay. I'm attached to you kiddo like she's a niece of my own. She can grow up calling me Aunt LuLu too. All the kids do these days. But y'all are just so perfect for each other!

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  15. Isn't it crazy how she makes every ordinary thing in your life suddenly extraordinary, pink shorts included??

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  16. Love this. . . still beaming for you!!

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  17. so sweet Erika! What a difference a year can make. That is so true!!!! So happy you have your sweet girl with you to rock that outfit now

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  18. Oh My GOD! Woo hoo! :) :) :) I've been gone from reading your blog for 8 weeks now (my little Abigail is now 8 weeks old). I CANNOT tell you how happy I am to open this up and see that BEAUTIFUL baby face. Congratulations! Can't wait to read more.

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  19. Love love LOVE! And that outfit looks so much better with that ADORABLE accessory you're holding!

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