Category: Lil Bean

Lil Bean’s 1st Birthday

Pardon the tardiness of this much needed post. I’ve been busy — mommyhood + full-time work = no time for myself. I haven’t figured out how to squeeze in ‘writing’. Though I really want to. I also haven’t figured out how to restart my ‘…it’s what’s for dinner’ series up again. Honestly, how do some moms do it?! Share your… Read more →

My (Almost) 1 Year Old

My (almost) 1 year old is all-around crazy. Crazy fun. Crazy smart. Crazy loud. Crazy radiant. Crazy beautiful. Crazy sweet. Crazy strong. Crazy brave. I look at her and I ask myself “how did I get so lucky?”. How did the universe know that I was ready? Ready to redirect my time and energy into raising someone so brilliant and… Read more →

Our First Family Vacation

It’s been almost 3 months since our first family vacation and I’m still smitten about it. Lil Bean got a chance to meet so many Disney characters. My parents and D’s parents got their first taste of Disney World. And D and I made some wonderful memories with our baby girl. It was magical and I can’t wait to go… Read more →

Disney World with a Baby

The House of Mouse takes our money every even year. And we don’t mind. No, seriously. D and I love Disney World. We love Florida. We love vacations. So we budget well, and we make it happen. This year we went above our typical “you and me” getaway and included our daughter and our parents! That’s right. Our first family… Read more →

Introducing…

… our Lil Bean. Iluminada Vera Jansen born May 17, 2017 at 6:22 pm 6 pounds 4 ounces, 18 inches Our baby girl is here. She’s absolutely perfect. Oh, so perfect. D and I are so happy to have her join our crazy lives, and we can’t wait for all our new adventures together. The last five weeks have been… Read more →

It’s a…

…vagina!!! Legit, that’s what I thought when the ultrasound technician said to look at our baby’s parts and emphasized that there was no penis. My mind went back to the time I first watched Kindergarten Cop with Arnold Schwarzenegger — “Boys have a penis and girls have a vagina.” But in all seriousness, we’re expecting a healthy baby! D and… Read more →

DIY Maternity Photos

I started thinking about maternity photos around December, but after searching through the interwebs for a photographer I realized that professional maternity photos were out of reach (a.k.a. really expensive). Don’t get me wrong – I think maternity photos are amazing. They are beautiful and they capture a special moment in time for you, your partner, and your baby. I… Read more →