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Valencia Abbie (Bell) Carter-Smith
  •   cloverandolive Wow already standing it's gone by so fast! Sweet thing! 16h
  •   piperh79 His cuteness is non-stop too 15h
  •   amjovie Oh mama I know! I'm like 😴😴😴😴 as soon as the sun goes down. 14h
  •   ameliahannah Sure is! Cute cute 9h

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Valencia Abbie (Bell) Carter-Smith
abjane17 the second year in a row where photos with the daffodils at Red Butte Garden was an epic fail.
sitting near some flowers in the parking lot on our way out was the best I got. #miamuffin #miabellacs
#redbuttegarden
1d

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Valencia Abbie (Bell) Carter-Smith
abjane17 I tried taking photos of the kids at the #utahstatecapitol again yesterday...I wasn't very successful. I wanted shots as great as @acnhansen's...but it's not as easy when your models are a spirited 5-year-old and an adventurous 7-month-old... #miamuffin #miabellacs
#cutegumdropwillow #elinashcs
#miamuffinandgumdrop
#saltlakecity #utah #utahisrad
#springinutah #capitolhill
2d
  •   aliskajulian Hey! We were there yesterday too! 1d
  •   abjane17 @acnhansen we went at 5-6:15, I think it was too early. This was on the west side but north of the statues...other photos I've posted were on the north side. 1d
  •   abjane17 @littlehen 1d
  •   abjane17 @aliskajulian see my above comment about where and when we were there. We (Mia and I) love it there! We should go together sometime! 1d
  •   abjane17 @happierstill thank you! Planning photos is such a frustrating experience...I honestly don't know why I keep trying. Just tried at Red Butte today and we left after 15 minutes! Fighting among the daffodils. 1d
  •   acnhansen I agree with @happierstill, I love your picture too! 1d
  •   abjane17 @acnhansen you are sweet. thanks! 1d
  •   northwestrambling Beauty 20h

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Valencia Abbie (Bell) Carter-Smith
abjane17 we are waiting for Eli to wake up so we can go outside on this gorgeous Spring day! until then, I'm playing a combination of dollhouse/aviary hospital with Mia. That's WIDN, @shopiloveyouand! Thanks for the tag! What are you doing? @randomart @reneekristine and @risa0210? 2d
  •   shopiloveyouand I love the short bob on Mia!!! She is so beautiful!! Thanks for sharing! 2d
  •   tarynharmsen Wow, I loved going through all your comments. It feels good to know people are interested. Will you take your kids on a trip with us sometime? Hawaii, California?? Your kids are adorable and Luke would love them. 2d
  •   tarynharmsen How do you get your colors so bright? Is there an app? 2d
  •   abjane17 @happierstill I wish it was always like this! 2d
  •   abjane17 @shopiloveyouand aw, thank you! I wish I'd cut it so much sooner! 2d
  •   abjane17 @tarynharmsen I'm always interested in you and your life & travels! and yes I'd love to travel with you again and bring my littles. I still remember when you brought Luke to visit when Mia was born and then again when we moved...mia thought Luke was the greatest ever. She would even more now, though, I'm sure! That would be so fun. 2d
  •   abjane17 @tarynharmsen oh, and I just edit photos with the Snapseed app. I brighten them a bit. I didn't even use an IG filter on this-or most of my photos anymore, actually. It helps so much to have good, natural lighting. 2d

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Inkwell Abbie (Bell) Carter-Smith
abjane17 a #notiphone latergram...I finally got the photos off of my camera's memory card. it's only been a few months. #theclickproject
#miamuffin #miabellacs
#cutegumdropwillow #elinashcs
#miamuffinandgumdrop
3d
  •   abjane17 @shannon.sorensen how far apart are Drew and Austin? 3d
  •   alovelylittlelife Too precious 3d
  •   dino3013 You don't realise the gift you are giving your child when you have baby number 2 and so forth. The love siblings have for each other is incredible. I loved when we were a sweet little family of 3 (& sometimes miss those somewhat easier days), but not giving my 1st born child a sibling would have been an absolute shame @abjane17 3d
  •   kellyanngoyette 3d
  •   gemmahealymaver Gah! This is divine! 3d
  •   lalalingy Nawwww 3d
  •   ttandemma 3d

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Valencia Abbie (Bell) Carter-Smith
abjane17 starting to take steps while he holds onto things...at 7 months! #elinashcs #cutegumdropwillow 4d

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Normal Abbie (Bell) Carter-Smith
abjane17 some of my local friends keep posting photos of the beautiful blooming trees at the State Capitol...so I wanted to post a latergram from when Mia and I stopped by there after preschool pick up last week. Mia wasn't into having her photo taken...that's why I didn't post then.
We love having the Capitol in our 'hood. #saltlakecity #utahstatecapitol #utah #utahisrad #springinutah
#capitolhill
4d

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Valencia Abbie (Bell) Carter-Smith

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Valencia Abbie (Bell) Carter-Smith
abjane17 few spots make me happier to look at...now if only a certain baby boy would sleep in here...for more than 2-3 hours at a time. #gumdropsnursery 5d
  •   abjane17 @kirstylee_memes yes I wonder if that was what started it too. I should have just started cosleeping with her immediately, but it took me about a year to figure that out! Natural separation? Like the child is ok on their own at night? Is that the natural weaning age too? I am feeling like it will never happen. And sort of like I have no control over my life/body with all the nursing and nightwaking! 5d
  •   kirstylee_memes I bet you do @abjane17 must be really hard. I'm not sure of the specifics but there's a big shift in emotional growth at round 6 or 7 where they're aware of being a separate being to you and are much more happy to separate (at night for example). Something like that 5d
  •   kirstylee_memes And yes, if allowed the freedom to develop naturally it's same for weaning too apparently. 5d
  •   wildeerdbeere Same here 5d
  •   abjane17 @kirstylee_memes thank you! I'm still hoping she will self-wean soon. We've made it this far...I hate to end it before she's really ready. I was just reading a "understanding your 5-year-old" book last night and it mentioned 3 really difficult things for kids this age (new baby, starting real school, and moving house...all of which mia will experience in one year! ) 5d
  •   shoug.___ @me_mm شوفي السرير المرتب 4d
  •   me_mm @shoug.___ يدنن هذا أنا بنام فيه 4d

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Valencia Abbie (Bell) Carter-Smith
abjane17 a latergram from our trip to the aviary last Saturday. i wanted this in my feed.
i love that she always wears bird outfits when we go there. thank you, @mini_rodini for a flamingo dress and budgie leggings! #miamuffin #miabellacs
#minirodini
6d

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Inkwell Abbie (Bell) Carter-Smith

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Inkwell Abbie (Bell) Carter-Smith
abjane17 picking up Sister from preschool...this sweet boy naps in the car so much. #elinashcs #cutegumdropwillow 1w

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Valencia Abbie (Bell) Carter-Smith
  •   ddalkijane Audreu has the same camera! I love your hair cut, Mia! 1w
  •   happierstill Can't wait to see this haircut in person! 1w
  •   earlygrabshop Love old fisher price toys!!! 6d

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Valencia Abbie (Bell) Carter-Smith
abjane17 we always love seeing the peacocks at the aviary, but seeing them showing off for the pea hens is pretty much the best!
#tracyaviary
1w

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Valencia Abbie (Bell) Carter-Smith
abjane17 meanwhile...Eli turned 7 Months Old yesterday, but we didn't want to take the spotlight away from Mia's new hair. And...I'm thinking it was a mistake to make all of these monthly photos of Eli lying down. He's not thrilled with lying on his back anymore. #elinashcs #cutegumdropwillow
#gumdropsfirstyear
2w

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Valencia Abbie (Bell) Carter-Smith
abjane17 this just happened! we love it!
#miamuffin #miabellacs
2w

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Normal Abbie (Bell) Carter-Smith
abjane17 i really like pink trees. and such warm weather (for Salt Lake City, anyway) in March. #nofilter #noedit
#springinutah #utahisrad
2w
  •   leezzaah My fav trees! 2w
  •   abjane17 @leezzaah are these cherry trees? I love them too. 2w
  •   leezzaah Yeah, cherry blossom tree! Isnt it just magical? Theres a street close by house full of them.. cant wait until spring to see it! 2w
  •   kirstylee_memes Pretty! All our leaves are turning golden and orange! 2w
  •   skippee This is so beautiful! The prettiest trees! 2w

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Inkwell Abbie (Bell) Carter-Smith
abjane17 I love making him smile and laugh...so much that I make ridiculous faces. #elinashcs #cutegumdropwillow
#gumdropandmama
2w

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Nashville Abbie (Bell) Carter-Smith
abjane17 it was a good day.

fresh, Springtime air doesn't disappoint. oh, and flowers & trees blooming too!
2w
  •   d7dls Beautiful!! 2w
  •   happierstill Love magnolia! 2w
  •   acnhansen I looked back through your feed for when you posted pics of all the blossoms at the capital building. I don't want to miss it this year. 2w
  •   abjane17 @acnhansen we noticed yesterday that they are starting to bloom! We are going soon! 2w
  •   abjane17 @acnhansen this is Red Butte Garden! 2w
  •   abjane17 @acnhansen we are at the Capitol grounds right now and the trees are fully blooming! Visit soon! 2w
  •   acnhansen @abjane17 thank you for the heads up, we will go this weekend!! 2w

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Valencia Abbie (Bell) Carter-Smith
abjane17 park hangs this afternoon. we desperately needed out of the house.
we are having a rough time with Mia. I'm guessing that the honeymoon phase of her adjusting to having a baby brother is over and she's not that happy to realize that she's not the center of the world (or at least her immediate and extended family) anymore.
we are at a loss with what to do. she throws huge tantrums and also(!) hits, kicks, slaps, bites us when she's not even having a tantrum. We've tried taking away privileges when she misbehaves, but it doesn't seem to have an effect. Ditto for time outs. I'd love to hear any thoughts/experience/advice anyone might have.
She just turned 5. We tend to approach parenting from a gentle/peaceful/attachment parenting philosophy.
#miamuffin #miabellacs
2w
  •   abjane17 @rainbowmiller nursing two is very intense. just nursing mia (a 5-year-old) alone is hard, but mostly because I know it's something different than most others are doing. I wish I didn't feel that way, but I do. Almost all of my friends who are pro-extended nursing (with kids around Mia's age) have either weaned their nurslings or else they self-weaned by now. With the way Mia is acting these days...I can't even begin to imagine how I would wean her. Cold turkey won't work since I'm nursing her brother in front of her all the time. Maybe I will continue to work on distracting and limiting her...but as I type this, I wonder if doing it this gentle/gradual way isn't dragging it out and making it harder? Maybe it should be like ripping off a bandaid instead? I don't know. I wish I knew what to do. What would be best for Mia. Clarity is a perfect word. 2w
  •   abjane17 @rainbowmiller also. I wanted to say that yes, I agree that there may be jealousy regarding nursing both kids, but there are also sweet moments. I have many photos of the two of them staring into eachother's eyes and holding hands while nursing-today I actually had the thought that I wondered if Eli was bonding as much to Mia as to me? Ha! 2w
  •   hudsonanddaughter @abjane17 and good luck with your two! Thanks again and so refreshing to see honesty about parenting as well as all of the positive comments. We can do this, mama! 2w
  •   skippee Oh buddy~ I remember those days so clearly. Such an amazing time adding a new addition to your family but also a difficult one with ups and downs when it comes to the sibling situation. I think we just tried to be patient and wait it out just using the typical timeouts for bad behavior but also lots of extra special one on one time too. Big hug for you & Mia! 2w
  •   aimeeloohoo Hugs. So hard. 2w
  •   abjane17 @skippee thanks Jenny! glad to know I'm not alone. 1w
  •   abjane17 @aimeeloohoo hugs! always! xo 1w

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