I cannot believe that next week’s ‘Week in Review’ post will be recapping Christmas [insert little kid excitement!!!]. I love this time of year so much! I am finally done with gifts, but haven’t wrapped them all yet. I am a terrible wrapper, so I tend to procrastinate with this task or revert to gift bags at the last minute.

I really enjoyed this past week, as I got to catch up with a handful of friends. However, there was a tremendously low moment of the week: Isla’s 6 month appointment, which I braved alone. Four shots almost did me and Isla both in. I hate needles, and so far, Isla does too. Ugh. So terrible! She is the 94% for height – I cannot wait to see how tall she ends up being.

Some of the big highlights from the week include:

  • Seeing sweet Simon (Mara of Hook Thread & Tinker‘s son) with his little menorah (see stolen Instagram photo below)! Happy Hanukkah!
  • Exchanging gifts with McKenzie early, as she’s heading to Illinois to spend Christmas with her boyfriend’s family (most comfy J. Crew slippers ever!!)
  • Watching Isla play with her new Xylophone (also gifted by McKenzie) – or as we call it, the Isla-Phone (lots of photos below)
  • Seeing Isla pull herself up using her crib bars – which also scares me, but thankfully we lowered the crib last week!
  • Meeting Santa Claus at Memorial City Mall (horribly unfriendly staff, but wonderful Santa!)
  • Eating lunch with one of my closest friends at Adair Kitchen (love that lady!)
  • Catching up with one of my parent’s good friends at the house – she gave Isla the cutest little tulle skirt outfit!
  • Celebrating Isla’s Godfather’s Christening on Sunday – he had to get Christened before he could officially get the new title!
  • Spending time with my sister-in-law who is in Texas for most of the month of December thanks to the recent launch of Google Fiber in Austin
  • Breaking bread at our house (and by that, I mean mimosas) with my roommate from college – truly one of my favorite people ever! She’s wonderful
  • Updating my annual Shutterfly book – I was 6 months behind, so that took quite awhile!
  • Visiting my (super tiny and pregnant) friend Julie and her sweet daughter Evie
  • Attending my niece’s Christmas performance of the 12 Days of Christmas (cutest thing ever)
  • Singing Christmas carols and enjoying an early candlelit service (tradition discussed here)
  • Witnessing Isla get very, very excited about her bedtime story (Good Night, I Love You)
  • Spending much of Saturday at my parents house and strolling Isla around the neighborhood in her Balmoral Silver Cross Pram (imported from the UK upon news of my pregnancy)
  • Finishing my very first set of wedding invitations (doing the calligraphy, not the design!)
  • Enjoying a full night’s sleep – after numerous nights in a row, I can now say that Isla is sleeping from 6pm to 5:45-6am (ouch, still early)! It took some painful CIO nights, but it worked!
  • Teaching Isla to drink from a sippy cup! So far, so good. And this week we will begin to teach Isla sign language with the Signing Time DVD (very excited about this!)

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    • AileePetrovic Reply

      Thanks! I do too. McKenzie is amazing with her gifts.

  1. I’m exhausted just reading this! I love the photos – the Santa one is so sweet.

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      I am pretty tired too! 😉 I love the Santa photo, although Isla looks rather startled!

  2. HOW DO YOU DO ALL THIS?? You’re like Super Woman! My recap would be: gym, grocery store, shower, and maybe two social activities max. Isla-Phone. hahahaha! Merry Christmas!!


    • AileePetrovic Reply

      Oh gosh, more like really stressed woman! Praying the chaos stops soon! Hope to see you this week! xo

  3. Sweet! Except for the shots. Ugh! Hated that! Now that my daughter is almost three and will know what’s happening, I’m going to have to send Daddy. I won’t be able to handle it. Enjoy Christmas with your angel. 🙂

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      Oh gosh, I will definitely be sending Sasha for shots when she’s three! That’s going to be awful! I hope you had a very merry Christmas with your sweet family! xo

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      I know! I want it in my size for that same price (only like $15 on sale!).

  4. I think I’m gonna bet a dollar in every photo of Isla putting something into her mouth! I might be an overnight millionaire. Ha!

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      Ha, you totally would be. 99% of the time, there is something in her mouth… most recently it’s the rug fuzz. Not loving that! xo

  5. Cutest photos ever.
    That rug. That elephant. Heeeeey Simon.
    LOVE this post. Looking forward to hearing about your Christmas this week!
    Does Isla love the mesh feeder thingy? I gave one to Simon today with ice in it and he was practically singing. Nutty :).

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      Yes, heeeey Simon is right. If only I had taken that photo myself. Then I would have met this little boy I love so much.

      We need to catch up so I can hear all about Mexico. FaceTime soon??

      Yes, she does love the feeder – most especially with ice. Carrots sort of freak her out… but they freak me out too when they ooze through the mesh. Yikes.


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