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THESE DAYS...

Posted on: Tuesday

These days, its been hard for me to live completely in the present.  I find myself daydreaming about life a month down the road, a few months, a year... I am so curious and excited about the future that I have to keep reminding myself to live completely in the present.  These days, I've been feeling stronger and stronger jabs inside my ever expanding belly. Last night as we layed in bed I felt the strongest kick and looked down to realize that it could actually be seen, as a brief little bump, from the outside.  I seem to remember this happening far later in pregnancy the first time around. This must be one strong baby.  These days, I've been feeling an overwhelming urge to purge our apartment, and our lives, of all unnecessary baggage.  Call it spring-cleaning-in-the-fall if you will, but I find myself eagerly filling bag after bag of stuff- stuff we could live without- and getting rid of it.  It feels so good to walk through an uncluttered room and to know that each and every thing in that room is meaningful and important in some way.  I am striving to work through our whole house- simplifying, paring down, and donating- until we have a completely clutter-free home. Of course a home with a toddler can never be completely clutter-free, but I know we can get close.  Perhaps its recent the crispness in the air or the unveiling of a new season,  but these days I've been in the mood to get things done. Our jackets have been  unpacked and our hats have been hung and our boots have been cleaned, all ready for the chilly autumn weather. We're squeezing in as much time as we can getting out and about the city as a family of three; enjoying the tepid weather and the falling leaves. Then we'll come back home and indulge Biet in her new favorite pastime- ticklefests on the big bed.  I remember being so annoyed as a little girl when people would tickle me, but Biet LOVES it.  She could literally spend hours being tickled- it never gets old.  She's so funny.  I have a feeling we will be doing this a lot throughout the winter. These days I keep finding myself thinking about how soon it will begin to get really cold, and about how then it will be freezing, and by the time it thaws and warms up again, we will be a family of four.  And then I remind myself, once again, to live in the present, where the leaves are just beginning to change color, and where I have a beaming little girl on my hip and the whole city on my doorstep.  These days, our lives look a lot like this:








20 COMMENTS:

  1. What a lovely post, so honest and personal. I think the world has been bit by the de-clutter bug because everyone's doing it. My husband and I are trying to purge ourselves of unnecessary things too!

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  2. maybe you are nesting? i was like this lately too and i think it is because i just want everything ready for the baby.

    biet is going to be such a good big sister :)

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    1. Hmmm... maybe you're right. I didn't do much nesting with Biet until literally the last week of pregnancy, so this would be pretty early. But I am in an apartment-makeover state of mind!

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  3. this is lovely :) your life is pretty darn beautiful! thanks for sharing :)

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  4. Gorgeous photos, what a pretty little family you have. :)

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    1. Thanks Amanda, thats so sweet!

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  5. I totally have the itch to de-clutter everything, too. We just have so much stuff that we don't use nor do we need. I'm slowly beginning to understand the saying that things aren't what bring you happiness, people bring you happiness.

    Shannon
    Fabulously Vintage

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    1. Isn't it hard?? I am reading about minimalism for inspiration because I really do love material things so much! You are right though, all of this stuff isn't really worth anything- its the people and experiences that make your life beautiful.

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  6. I love your blog so much. I don't think I have ever commented before, but ever since finding it a few months ago, I check it almost every day. I wish you posted more. :) What you post is great, of course, but I feel like I can't get enough of your writing! You seem like such a sweet person - a lovely woman, mother, and wife.

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    1. Wow thank you Jess! Thanks for commenting here too. Sometimes I wish that I had the time to post more often too, but life is just so full most of the time. I do try to keep what I write from the heart though, and never force posts, so I am okay for now with posting a few times a week because I know that my words stay genuine.
      xx

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  7. Belle, it's SOOO amazing to see that the little bub-to-be is a spitting image of Biet. That nose and mouth.... Awwwww...

    Beautiful pictures, as ever! Wish you all the best for the upcoming weeks & months!

    Nadine

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    1. Thank you Nadine!
      They do have similar profiles- maybe they'll look like little brother and sister twins! I just can't believe that that little face is in my belly!

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  8. Eekkk Biet naked, hehe!

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    1. Eeeeeek little nakey butt!

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  9. ah I love this post, we're in Spring here and its starting to get hot and all I want to do is de-clutter my home:) Love reading you're blog, this is he perfect little family life.

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    1. Yeah I always catch the de-clutter bug in both the spring and fall. It helps keep some sort of order in our little apartment. :)

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  10. beautiful photos, your daughter looks like a doll, she is so adorable! so glad i found your blog, can't wait to keep reading! :)

    xo,
    kristyn

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