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Forty Weeks Out | One Week Out | Forty Weeks In . I know it's a bit silly, but I feel like I can remember every day of these last forty weeks. Every wiggle, every cry, each smile + coo. Every moment in the middle of the night. Just him + I. . Motherhood has granted me the greatest joy in this little boy + a confidence I only longed for before. This body. It has transformed to provide again + again. Without question or (much) protest. It will never be the same + I am truly grateful for that. How proud I am of her. . And goodness, I love this sweet boy with every inch of my body! . . . #bainumlane #calvindavidbainum . #fortyweeks #ninemonthsold #rawmotherhood #thesearethedays #milkmaker #mamahood #momentsofmine #pregnancyprogress #documentingmotherhood #honestlymothering #honestmotherhood #momlifebelike #habitandhome #lovewell #selflove #postpartumbody #postpartum #momlife #motherhoodisdarling #dearone #letthembewild #wildandfree #bamboobum #darlingmoment #mamaselfie #mynameismama

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Teaching this boy everything I know, including that side eye. . Our tiny cabin is a little less crowded since this weekend's celebration, but I am still basking in the love + joy our family gave to us (and all the leftovers). . . . #bainumlane #calvindavidbainum . #sundaybest #mamalife #momlifebelike #baptism #southernmama #simplemotherhood #simpleliving #honestlymothering #habitandhome #lovewell #lovelysquares #joyfulhumans #motherandson #momentsofmine #documentyourdays #documentingmotherhood #thesearethedays #thedailymoments #ninemonthsold

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Baptism Day for our dear Calvin David . Our family made up more than half of the church crowd this morning + filled our hearts to the brim! So beyond special for Nathan's dad to bless our boy in the same church Nathan was baptised in as a baby. . Despite missing his morning rest, Calvin was delighted with the experience. Singing along to hymns, kicking off his little loafers, + splashing in the holy water. He blessed Barry right back! . It is a little daunting to reflect on the vow we've made to him. To guide + raise him in a home devoted to our God. Nathan + I both rely on our faith and personal relationships with God, however our confidence wavers in sharing or teaching that relationship (honestly, we don't talk about it much) . However, this weekend we were reminded with great force that we are not alone in guiding + raising our sweet son. We have a steadfast family + community standing beside us to mentor him in spirituality, not just in the church but our surroundings as well. . A day filled with blessings of calm weather, Christmas decorations, tradition, the most tolerant baby boy, + family that we love so! . . . #bainumlane #calvindavidbainum #christmasonbainumlane . #baptism #babybaptism #presbyterianchurch #historicchurch #honestmotherhood #motherhoodrising #theeverymom #parenthoodmoments #ninemonths #southernliving #southernmama #kentuckymom #thesearethedays #documentyourdays #documentingmotherhood #raisingbabies #honestlymothering #thedailymoments #happyfarmily #sundaybest #familymoments

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True to myself, I have been beyond sentimental with memories + the realization that this sweet family is mine! . I couldn't believe when I saw this photo from our shoot with @spaceplaceandgracephoto + how we unintentionally reenacted a photo from our engagement shoot four years ago!!! Like stop it @spaceplaceandgrace . Perfect. Swipe to see! . How wild to think how impactful the last four years of life have been for Nathan + I. Love + families grow, and with that, happiness too ❤ . Little boys grow as well, + there is absolutely no stopping them! 20lbs 7 oz at his well check today! Big boy! . . . #bainumlane #calvindavidbainum #spaceplaceandgracephoto . #familyphotos #lovewell #habitandhome #thesearethedays #documentyourdays #momentsofmine #engagementphoto #thenandnow #happyfarmily #carharttbaby #mamahood #parenthoodmoments #kentuckyphotographer #holidayphotos #familytraditions #honestmotherhood #honestlymothering #momblog #mummyblogger #ilysm #fallshoot #lovelysquares #joyfulhumans

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And there aren't even gifts under it yet ❤🎄 . Five out of eight of our Spice Girls are laying and it's a food thing because I have baking galore on my to-do list this week: three quiches (I just googled what the plural of "quiche" was. In fact, quiches), two loaves of cardamom bread, spiced sugar cookies, buckeye cookies, + a birthday cake for mom ❤ . I'm so excited for Calvin's baptism weekend, but most excited for my mom + big sister to cozy up in the little cabin with us! Is it Friday yet!? . . . #bainumlane #calvindavidbainum #christmasonbainumlane . #christmasmagic #mycountryhome #christmasinthecountry #happyfarmily #christmastree #rusticchristmasdecor #farmhouse #homesteadlife #farmlife #slowliving #simplemotherhood #lethembelittle #momentsofmine #thesearethedays #documentyourdays #throughmylens #lovewell #habitandhome #mamahoodinsquares

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N I N E M O N T H S . Oh, my. I have a nine month old. We're teetering on the edge of baby + toddler. Like every milestone I'm cheering the loudest while sobbing for how fast time goes by. . I've been remembering this time last year while we were still waiting for our dear one. Dreaming of our nine month old + celebrating the Christmas season with him. Sharing in these joys with him. I looked forward to it so much! And I am amazed that I am living such a reality. . It's more beautiful than I imagined. More joyful. More magical! Yet harder, too. Harder to be away from my parents + siblings. I want to share this boy with them so badly! Harder to differentiate between necessities + distractions of the holiday. What is for him and what is for my own comfort and joy. . I feel more than ever the need to slow down my pace. . . . #bainumlane #calvindavidbainum #christmasonbainumlane . #momentsofmine #momentsinmotherhood #lifeasmama #lifewithlittles #thesearethedays #theeverymom #mynameismama #honestlymothering #rawmotherhood #ninemonths #monthlybabyphoto #mamahoodinsquares #habitandhome #lovewell #thedailymoments #documentyourdays #kentuckymom #letthembewild #letthembelittle #motherandson #motherhoodiscolorful #mamahood

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All Calvin wants for Christmas is any teeth at all! . We both were thrilled to find my perfect pie crust was great for sensory play! Tons of fun to poke, squish, + mold. Relatively easy to clean up + totally not a big deal if (when) he took a bite out of it! Comment below if you want the recipe! Speaking of recipes... . I expanded on our new solid food experience with Calvin in Part I of Baby Led Weaning with Calvin on BainumLane.com. If you haven't already, be sure to check it out for an overview of our Process and Progress as well as my grocery list staples for feeding a new eater + our daily meal routine! . Today, I am continuing with Part II: Simple Recipes for New Eaters. A collection of six recipes I find myself returning to again + again while feeding Calvin. They are made from minimal ingredients that are easy to have on hand, those ingredients are wholesome and nutritious, + they can be whipped up in no time at all! Link in bio! . . . #bainumlane #calvindavidbainum #BLhomemadeliving . #babyledweaning #babyrecipes #foodforlittles #intuitiveeating #feedinglittles #feedingbaby #theeverymom #thedailymoments #documentyourdays #documentingmotherhood #honestlymothering #happybaby #mamahoodinsquares #mynameismama #momlifebelike #habitandhome #eightmonthsold #holiyay #sensoryplay #solidfoods #kentuckymom #mamaskitchen #mamahood #thesearethedays #thedailymoments

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One last gobble of this turkey! 🦃❤ Happy Thanksgiving, friends! . . . #bainumlane #calvindavidbainum

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Calvin had a sneak peek of Christmas today! We got some @babyelefun goodies in the mail + just couldn't imagine waiting to play with them! Don't tell Santa!! . I've shared their teethers with you all before because they are Calvin's absolute favorites (and I love how stinkin' cute they are! THE COOKIE!? ❤). They each having various textures for sore gums, are CPSIA (child safe: no lead, BPA, or Phlalates) Certified, + best of all are on Amazon Prime! They come in the perfect gift box too, so they are stocking ready! . As you can see we finally got the tree up! Calvin's reaction brought tears to my mama eyes! Such wonder. We're keeping the ornaments light + baby friendly this year because, baby. Do you have an adult or kid styled tree?? . . . #bainumlane #calvindavidbainum #ad #babyelefun #christmasonbainumlane . #babychristmas #babysfirstchristmas #giftideas #giftideasforbaby #ourcountryhome #cabinliving #cabinlust #christmasdecor #farmhousechristmas #momentsofmine #minimalisthome #walmartstyle #firewood #woodstove #lovewell #momlifebelike #toysforbaby

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It's a rainy-day-in for this boy + I (not like we really go out much anyway) . We're tidying up projects, snacking on soup, + Christmas music is on round the clock. I've been stalking the lane to see if FedEx is rolling up with our new rug so I can FINALLY put up our tree. It's early, but I feel so late, ya know? . It's my plan to write Part II of Baby Led Weaning with Calvin on BainumLane.com this evening, so keep an eye out for that soon! In the meantime, check out my new highlight of Cal + BLW. I've gathered the meals and experiences we've been enjoying since introducing him to solids! . Have a great weekend, everyone! Family Day is tomorrow 🎉🎉🎉 . . . #bainumlane #calvindavidbainum

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We don't mess around at breakfast time. . I’ve been feeding our little solid foods for over two months now! That certainly doesn’t classify me as an expert, but I am happy to say we have found some peace in the matter which is now our routine. I’ve followed the guides for Baby Led Weaning and have truly enjoyed the experience (Even the mess. Calling it therapy in being less rigid and impulsive to wipe everything up!) . Tonight, I am sharing "Baby Led Weaning with Calvin | Part I: Process and Progress" on BainumLane.com. The basics I have learned, some of my own tips, as well as my grocery list staples and a peek into our feeding routine! . Find the link in my bio and keep an eye out for parts II +III for the gear we love and the recipes I count on! . . . #bainumlane #calvindavidbainum #BLhomemadeliving . #babyledweaning #blw #solidstarts #feedinglittles #momlifebelike #simpleliving #thesearethedays #thedailymoments #lifewithlittles #mamahood #kentuckyblog #kentuckymom #eightmonthsold #fedisbest #farmhouseliving #mycountryfamily #happyfarmily #boymom #intuitiveeating #cabinlife

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Each day fall moves a little further away! But let me tell you, raking leaves with a 19+ pound baby strapped to you is quite the workout! . We've been bundling up for a few minutes of fresh air here + there. Calvin's biggest interest these days is attempting to stand on his own + these teeny tiny boots give him the perfect platform for it, and they keep his tootsies warm, so they aren't ENTIRELY impractical 🙄 we love a good accessory. He also had his first gator ride as we put the air conditioners into storage and drug out the Christmas decor 🎄I've got to know, who has their tree up already!? . I love this #slowliving + wouldn't wish it away for anything. . . . #bainumlane #calvindavidbainum . #carhartt #carharttbaby #babygap #lethembelittle #letthembewild #slowmotherhood #simpleliving #simplifylife #happyfarmily #smallfarm #honestmotherhood #homesteadmom #homesteadfamily #happyhomestead #mycountryside #farmlife #camo #fallleaves #toddlerstyle #8monthsold #thedailymoments #thesearethedays #theeverymom #our_everyday_moments

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Things have been pretty uneventful on the farm this week. The snow + cold held us inside for most of it but this little boy kept us busy with his cruising + discovery of EVERYTHING. Just the best ever! . It may be inspiration or cabin fever, but my 'to do' list for our home seemed to double in the last few days in. Something about the holidays around the corner makes me want everything *just right.* . So, yeah. I'm probably definitely going to put up Christmas decorations. . . . #bainumlane #calvindavidbainum

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We stopped offering Calvin a pacifier this week. He didn't put up a fight, but my goodness, my heart did! . I don't know why it feels like such a shock to watch him grow. It's what we encourage each day! But my mind wants to believe this first year will last forever. . I've never been more proud. In awe of what he can do! But no longer seeing him with a paci has me counting the days of his infancy that have gone by. It seems there are so few left. How are we here already!? . I tucked them away in a drawer with no intention of offering them again. But I can't bring myself to throw them away! Not just yet. . . . #bainumlane #calvindavidbainum

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I'd follow these two just about anywhere! . We are having family photos taken on Sunday + I need allllll your advice! Any special tricks or tips for littles? . This photo was taken after the Blessing of the Hounds at the @iroquoishuntclub . It was so chilly, but Cal was still his delightful self. I would prefer this carhartt hat doesn't define every memory of this season 😂 but if it's cold on Sunday, it's coming along! . . . #bainumlane #calvindavidbainum . #blessingofthehounds #parenthood #carharttkids #carharttbaby #dad #newdad #motherhoodsimplified #documentingmotherhood #throughmylens #theheartcaptured #theeverymom #thedailymoments #fallyall #kentucky #kentuckymom

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I've become rather fond of the concept of s l o w motherhood. As a theme for my current, I try to clear out the clutter of today's ways to mother. Listen to intuition a little more than advice. I do my best to follow his lead + pray I provide the support he needs to grow, to learn, to thrive. . But I'd be lying to say I don't love that I've gotten away with eight months of this toothless, gummy grin! You just take your time, little one. . When did your babies cut their first tooth!? . . . #bainumlane #calvindavidbainum . #lethembelittle #letthembewild #lifewithlittles #lifeasmama #slowmotherhood #simplemotherhood #raisingaboy #happyfarmily #farmkid #smallfarm #homesteadfamily #farmlife #rawmotherhood #mamahoodinsquares #mynameismama #theheartcaptured #theeverymom #lovewell #habitandhome

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E I G H T M O N T H S . Calvin David is eight months old. But looks about thirteen in these little pants! . These eight months hold my most dear memories (more than my phone memory can handle). They have exposed my weaknesses to strengthen them. These eight months have provoked loneliness to encourage community. They have softened my judgment. Fortified my protective instincts. Humbled my pursuit of perfection. . These eight months have been the time of my life, but I have a feeling it will just keep getting better! . Calvin is my buddy in all things. Cooking + adventuring! Rest + play. He is wild + brave. He studies everything around him in a meticulous way that reminds me of his daddy. He seems to grow more hair by the minute! And his eyes are unlike any I've seen before. We have never loved like we love our boy! . . . #bainumlane #calvindavidbainum . #eightmonthsold #raisinglittles #rawmotherhood #monthlybabyphoto #mynameismama #mymotherhood #letthembewild #lifewithlittles #cozyup #kentuckymom #momentsofmine #thesearethedays #theeverymom #thedailymoments #habitandhome #lovewell #momlifebelike #happyfarmily #homesteadfamily #slowmotherhood #slowliving #simpleliving #documentingmotherhood #documentyourdays #theheartcaptured

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The Bainums left the Lane! . Finally was able to get my whole little family off the farm for the @iroquoishuntclub Blessing of the Hounds Breakfast + Ceremony. . Calvin loved seeing the horses + hounds and I loved seeing my husband in a suit. It's crazy that just two years ago that was his norm! . Thank you to our Poole Family for including us in the old Kentucky tradition! . . . #bainumlane #calvindavidbainum . #iroquishuntclub #blessingofthehounds #kentuckylife #happyfarmily #parenthood #thedailymoments #thesearethedays #kentuckymom #foxhunting #raisinglittles #lifewithlittles #lifeasmama #mynameismama #myoldkentuckyhome #farmlife

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ATTN: I will now only be posting photos of Calvin as a raccoon. Nothing else. Happy Halloween. . Raccoons have been tormenting us for two years on the farm. If you can't beat 'em, right? . . . #bainumlane #calvindavidbainum . #happyhalloween #halloweenbaby #babycostumes #lethembelittle #letthembewild #lifewithlittles #simplemotherhood #slowmotherhood #babysfirsthalloween #diycostume #raccoon

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