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alaina isbouts
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dear finley: seven months.
hi my little fins. this is the very first letter i'm writing to you that's late.  and i feel awful about it.  your seventh month here was such a blur, and it was the very first month that i missed any part of. in this past month we had our first nights away...

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what i'm looking for.
on perhaps the most perfect day of spring, we had a small ceremony to bless finley's journey through life.  there was good music and pastries and champagne and good family and close friends and so many smiles my cheeks were sore the next day.  it was the be...

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broken.
we are so, so, broken. it feels, to me, like we've reached this certain breaking point.  a place that i'm not sure we can move back from.  people killing each other in the streets out of anger.  every†one is at each other's throats, and it's all become terr...

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dear finley: six months.
hi little chunker. it's playtime here, our nice, quiet time together.  your brother is napping.  some days you nap when he does.  other days the stars just don't align, so you and i have some nice one-on-one time.  we rarely get that anymore, and i kind of ...

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dear finley: six months.
hi little chunker. it's playtime here, our nice, quiet time together.  your brother is napping.  some days you nap when he does.  other days the stars just don't align, so you and i have some nice one-on-one time.  we rarely get that anymore, and i kind of ...

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dear finley: five months.
hi fins. you are asleep in your little bed next to me, silent.  i can't even hear you breathing, actually.  but i can see your little chest rising and falling, rising and falling.  this has been our greatest struggle this month.  sleep. you will do it when ...

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the train ride.
we used to travel spontaneously.  a cheap fare alert would pop up on my phone, like an invitation from the universe to come and play.  i’d pack my well-traveled carry-on roller, a gift from my parents for my high school graduation, and stash some books in m...

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dear finley: four months.
hi chunker. it just hit me the other day that three months is over.  someone asked me how old you are, and i said 'three months!'  and then, realizing the date and spinning around in the kitchen to double check the calendar, i realized you were actually a c...

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travelogue // the amalfi coast
so it dawned on me the other day that i haven't shared my photos and recommendations from the amalfi coast.  our trip was nearly a year ago, but now that our days are once more drenched in sunshine, i was thinking back to our sunny days in italy, dreaming o...

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change of seasons.
are you my last baby? i wonder, as i lay you gently in your bed.  not your bed really, but mine. ours.  the little baby still sleeps with us at just three months old.  we could probably start to transition him to his crib.  julian was in his own crib before...
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