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dear mae,

i haven’t driven a car in nearly two years. i miss driving terribly, but the alternative isn’t so bad when you live in a town with reliable and free (!) public transit, lots of bike lanes and lovely walking trails.  i find a lot of time to read, knit or just enjoy some quiet solitude on the buses and trains, and it’s even more fun with my little travel companion! he sleeps in his bjorn for the most part, but he also loves to look out the windows of the speedy train!

 

a police officer even gave niles a sticker for being such a good boy on the train!

<3,

betty

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dear mae,

i feel like it’s been ages, and yet the time has just flown by.  my darling niles is two and a half months old already, and man, am i in love with this boy or what? since i haven’t posted anything since he’s been born, i figured i’d give you a peek of what his life has been like so far, and i suppose what mine has been like since he got here.

niles, at his moment of birth (please excuse the side-boob).
is there anything better in the world than baby toes?
daddy’s first father’s day
this poor kid doesn’t stand a chance…

 

that smile, those eyes! how can you not be in love with this little fella? i have zillions more pictures, but i’m going to save some for later!  just so you know, this kid is amazing. aside from being extremely good looking, he also has slept though the night since week one, he is super independent (for a baby), rarely cries, and is already a gourmet chef! well, not quite, but he is super awesome.

<3,

betty

ps, if you want to see a zillion more pictures of the best little fella around, you can follow me on instagram.

 

 

 

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dear mae,

last week i was out walking tony, and getting the mail when he pulled me a direction we don’t normally walk. i was busy flipping though a catalog or something while walking when someone called from behind me. it was a gentleman asking if i had had any maternity photos taken and if i would like to.  i said i hadn’t, just ones my husband had taken but would be interested, even though i’m about to pop.  we decided to do it as soon as possible, it was a real spur of the moment thing!

we got together this weekend in the “20%” chance of downpours at the local park and had an absolutely lovely time! i’ve been stalking my email ever since awaiting the arrival of the photos, and now they are here!

tom and i haven’t had our picture taken together since our wedding, and it was a lot of fun! we kind of just went for a casual walk in the park with our dog and dan mostly followed along with his camera stopping us every once in a while near a cool tree or barn.  he did a wonderful job of capturing our relationship as well as our expanding family.  i’ll probably end up calling him when baby gets here for some more shots!

you can see the rest of the pictures on his facebook, and if you live in the portland metro area i would highly recommend checking out his website if you are in need of any kind of photography!

oh, i’m also going to take this time to mention, why don’t you live here? can’t you see how lovely it is?

<3,

betty

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dear mae,

while baby is due in a mere 12 days (!!!!) i can’t stop trying to make sure everything is absolutely perfect for him.  boiling bottles, sizing onesies in the closet, buying things like nipple cream (tmi?).  gosh, it’s a whole lot of things you never thought you would see yourself doing.  it sometimes freaks me out, i know tom gets weirded out with the talk of breast pumps and diaper cream, but soon enough these will be everyday normal things around here…. les sigh… parenthood.

but anyway, there is a much more adorable side of pending motherhood and it is all at the end of the hallway in the nursery:

tom and i have always collected vintage board games and for the last couple years we haven’t really been playing them, but the boards themselves make fantastic art.  they are just loosely pinned to the wall so we can take them down if we ever want to play risk or clue or go for broke.  plus my granny square afghan is getting really big! I’m intending on working on it and using it for “tummy time” in the living room until i either run out of yarn (ha) or get bored with it (more likely).
i love these old fisher price toys from goodwill  and i was so excited to get a sophie giraffe at my baby shower! i’m sure she’s gonna get lots of lovin’ and squeezin’!lots of books, with lots more to come i’m sure! my favorite toy is the set of blocks hiding away in the big red basket with the monkey, oh, and the otter pops box is full of matchbox cars that tom has been buying since we found out we were pregnant.

i think the nursery might be done… i keep saying that, and then making another big change.  the dresser is still quite ugly and is awaiting some kind of inspiration. i’m thinking perhaps wood-grain contact paper stripes… or something…

well, just maybe my next post will be an introduction to my little guy, who knows?

❤ betty

p.s. you can see more pictures at apartment therapy, but i wish i would have had the foresight to wait until the room was more complete before submitting it!

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dear mae,

so far for me, the best part about being pregnant is collecting all of the tiny little sweet smelling baby items i’ll need when my little guy finally gets here.  i’ve been painting old furniture, sewing curtains, crafting like a mad woman…. and it’s awesome.  finally his little corner of the world is coming together ready for late night feedings, story book reading, diaper changes, and i’m certain it’s never going to look this nice again, so i’d better get some pictures up before he gets here and destroys his beautiful nursery!

art is from land of nod and ikea, crib is from target and the deer pillow was my very first baby craft

both lamps are goodwill finds, the red one got a fresh coat of paint, but the blue one already fit in just right!baby doesn’t have a whole lot of toys  of his own just yet, so tom’s robot collection is saving a shelf for now.this globe is another brilliant goodwill find, only $6!
oh, my baby stands no chance but to be a nerd…. i spy a dalek and a tardis, a gameboy, superman, number twenty four, maths…. and that’s only on one side of his room!

i’ve been spending a lot of time in this little room, and it’s becoming quite cozy, i hope my little guy likes it in there as much as i do!

<3,

betty

p.s. my personal favorite part is the marquee letter lights! i made them myself for less that $20 with this tutorial!

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dear mae,

i hope you can excuse my recent absence, i’ve been really, really busy!! tom and i are super excited to announce little baby arthur on his or her way! there are so many things i want to tell you about the little beanie! i’m due may 25th, and in january we will find out if it’s going to be a margot, quinn, chloe, or a niles, simon or henry.  i’m nearly 11 weeks along, and even though i promised myself i would wait till week 12 to tell the entire world, i just can’t keep my big fat mouth shut! every one that i see on a daily basis already knows (how else could i explain not drinking, no smoking, no caffeine and the ridiculous amount of food intake?) so i figured it fair to share the news with extended family and long distance friends in this manner.

i have made a promise to myself (and my husband) to try my darndest to look my best while in waiting.  throwing on a coat of mascara and a splash of lipstick makes me feel a tad prettier now that none of my pants fit, and i will always choose a knit skirt over a pair of sweats, just as comfy, but worlds more attractive.

i want to thank every one that has put up with my crabbiness lately, and those who will continue to put up with it in the upcoming months.  thanks to those who take out the trash for me, who climb ladders for me, and who will soon be bending to pick up the things i drop and can no longer reach.  everyone around me has made me feel so loved and if my hormones get the best of me, please forgive me.

❤ betty

oh, and as a promise to our readers, i will not be changing the format of this blog into one about my pregnancy or my baby. i’m sure these things will come up from time to time, and will may reduce the frequency in which i post, but i promise to you that this will still be a place to find your vintagy musings, a show off for my collections and hobbies and other things you have come to expect from betty mae vintage!

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