24 October 2016

blessing day for moses thames
deep in the heart of texas

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from new york city, we flew to dallas, texas – where ian’s parents live. we had decided to have moses’s baby blessing there, at grandma and grandpa wright’s house. {in the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints, new babies are given a priesthood blessing in their first few months of life. the person acting as voice for the blessing – usually the baby’s father – declares the name the baby will be known throughout his/her life and on the records of the church, and vocalizes blessings (as moved upon by the holy ghost) for the child’s physical and spiritual welfare. it’s really special and aptly celebrated.} we were excited to be with ian’s parents as well as his brother and sister-in-law who also live in dallas, and my parents flew in for just twenty hours for the occasion.

we kind of haphazardly invited ian’s brother and his wife and four kids, who live in ohio, to come down to texas for the blessing weekend – knowing that it was very unlikely that they would be able to make it. a couple of weeks before we arrived in texas, they let us know that they had plane tickets to come join us! of course ian’s two sisters that live in utah (one of whom just got back from her mission and the other of whom just got married!) were also invited but we weren’t sure if they could swing it. we ended up donating some frequent flyer miles to get rachel to the party, but had to resign that we’d see sarah and michael when we got to utah. but then…! they showed up on saturday morning, surprising us all!

so, we had nearly the entire wright family together for the weekend and for moses’s blessing! we sorely missed ian’s oldest brother and his wife and five kids, who were (ironically) in england (but we had had a great time with them before we left!). since everyone lives quite spread apart from each other, it was pretty epic to be all together. and moses was so showered with wright family love – it was so so wonderful!

click through to see some fun pictures from our time together in texas and from baby mo’s very special blessing day.

21 October 2016

moses rides on his first airplane
and meets family in new york city!

{the past couple of weeks, i’ve been spending the small amount of spare time i can eek out during moses’s naps to organize photos from baby boy’s life and especially our trip to the states last month. it is causing me so much anxiety! my external hard drive is being really finicky, and i’m trying to combine photos from several sources and folders where i dumped them. and i’m actually feeling physically ill realizing that i don’t have pictures of tiny baby moses with some of the uncles and aunts and cousins and grandparents that he met when we were back home across the pond. i know i’m being dramatic about it but ahhh it’s seriously eating at me. our trip what such a whirlwind – four states and dozens of family members (plus dozens of friends!) in just two weeks. add jet lag plus waking in the night with a newborn on there and everything’s just a bit of a haze. i’m sure it doesn’t really matter and i’ll get over it that i don’t have any photos of moses with just his grandma wright or being snuggled by his uncle eli, and i’ll try to fill in the photo gaps with words where i can! aaaaand, that was a rambly disclaimer! on to documenting (the best i can!) our trip to the usa!}

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at seven and a half weeks old, moses went on his first airplane ride! his first flight was a big one – across the ocean for eight hours from london to new york city.

we were so excited to get moses dressed that day, because he had a very special outfit to wear for his first flight. ian’s mom sent us this darling little “airline captain” suit, which ian wore on his first airplane ride at ten days old. how cool is it that father and son wore the same exact thing for that fun milestone?!

at the airport, we took a few pictures of moses in his special outfit and then got in the queue to board the plane. we began chatting with the nice lady behind us when she asked if it was baby’s first flight. as i shared the significance of what moses was wearing, ian realized that he had worn the outfit thirty two years earlier to the day. moses: seven weeks on old 30 august 2016 // ian: ten days old on 30 august 1984. isn’t that wild?! so sweet!

on the plane, we were lucky to get bulkhead seats with a little bassinet set up for moses. he loved it! and he did so well during the entire ride across the sea. he snoozed and smiled and snacked.
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i was so, so excited when we touched down at jfk! it just felt real good to be back in the usa after thirteen months away (ian had returned a few weeks earlier for his sister’s wedding). my brother eli picked us up at the airport and it was so fun to introduce him to moses, fresh off the plane.

we spent two days in the big apple. my brother eli and sister-in-law julie live on the upper west side with their two kids. my sister saydi and her four kids came down to new york  from boston to see us! and, also! my parents were in town! they told us just a couple weeks before we arrived that they were planning to be in new york city that weekend as well.

ian worked in his firm’s new york office both days, but got to hang out with us all a bit in the evenings. the two of us, and moses!, were suuuuper jetlagged so these two days really feel like a blur. still, it was so, so wonderful to introduce our baby boy to beloved family members and to spend some time in that fabulous city.

on our first day, zara and dean met baby moses in the morning, and then ian and i had to run some errands to get moses’s uk residence permit. that afternoon, i got to buy zara a treat in central park (^^), and then saydi and the kids arrived around dinnertime!

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it was so, so wonderful watching saydi and her kids meet our moses (and see eli and his family continue to enjoy him!). saydi has been a huge influence over my understanding of and attitude towards childbirth for over a decade, and she was the first person in the world that i told (besides ian!) that i was pregnant. she was a tremendous support throughout my pregnancy, preparations for giving birth, and postpartum period. i love her so much and i was just so thrilled for her to meet that baby we had talked sooo much about!! her kids were pretty excited about moses too :)
we all went out for sushi that night, and the next morning gathered at the apartment my parents were staying in. it was really rainy so we hung out there for a while, and moses got in some quality time with his silly grandfather.

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when it cleared up a bit, we were off to central park! we went to sweetgreen and had a little picnic on some park benches, and then kept walking towards the met…


…when it all of a sudden started pouring! we were right by the shakespeare amphitheater so we huddled under the awnings waiting for the storm to pass through. when it didn’t for quite a while, the kids decided they might as well enjoy the rain and promptly ran around getting soaked (and squealing with glee)!

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after a while it cleared up again so we continued again towards the met (the rooftop there is one of my favourite spots in new york city – and the world!). zara fell asleep in the stroller on the way, in an interesting position…

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hahah! … and upon arrival we quickly found out that the rooftop was closed for the rest of the day due to the weather.


the kids got a little more wet in the fountain while zara continued her nap (i can’t get over those feet sticking out of the stroller bin!) while mom, saydi, emmeline and i went inside the museum so moses could have a feed.


we stopped by sheep’s meadow on the way back to the upper west side. the views looked pretty fantastic under the breaking clouds! we snapped a few pictures of moses with his cousins.


and a few more of this london boy enjoying a different big, beautiful city!


after ian got done with work, he joined us for thai takeout at the apartment my parents were staying at, and then we had to say goodbye because our flight to texas was early the next morning!

it was a wild and jetlaggy but happy two days in new york city. little did moses know that he had just barely begum meeting loved ones!

19 October 2016

a treasure trove of inspiration and resources for moms!

the mom conference, which took place online last week, was incredible! i learned so much, and have loved hearing about the immense amount of inspiration and support other moms got out of the interviews with stellar parenting experts on all kinds of fascinating and important topics. but i definitely didn't get to listen to all the interviews that were of interest to me, and i am sure i won't be able to remember all the amazing tips and insights crammed into those conversations (especially since it will be a while before moses and his eventual siblings are at the ages when i'll really need a lot of those ideas!)

luckily, there are mom conference packages available for purchase! the packages include lifetime access to all twenty interviews, plus a load of bonus materials. and right now they are on sale!!

the sale ends at midnight eastern time tonight (19 october)
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