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You know I love a good milestone post on the blog. This week the Taylors have three to note as we move solidly into the fall season.

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I’m now thirty weeks along with the second-order Taylor Expansion. That seems pretty far along, but some days ten weeks feels like an eternity. Whoever said that the second pregnancy speeds by is totally full of it…this one is creeping by at glacial pace.

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Getting spoiled

My parents came to visit us (okay, really to see Hudson) for two weeks in August. As usual, we put them to work fixing stuff around the house that we would never have had time or skill to do on our own. It was really good to see them, and we got a ton of great stuff done.

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The big chill

It’s suddenly September, and right on queue we are getting a much needed reprieve from an oppressively hot and humid stretch in August. But leave it to the Taylors to have gotten a brand new refrigerator on one of the the most oppressively hot day of the entire summer.

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It’s not often that a casual browsing of Pinterest will actually end in an impromptu home renovation. Normally, I pin cool house ideas that I’m never going to do, or I’m searching for a specific project that I already intend to accomplish. However, this very thing occurred a few weeks ago at our house, and now we have an awesome new upgrade to show for it. (more…)

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With a new baby, I obviously don’t have quite as much time as I used to, but it was important to me to do at least a little holiday decorating around the house this year. It’s Hudson’s first Christmas, and though he won’t remember it, we will recall these special moments like hanging a third stocking on the mantel for the first time or watching him stare wide-eyed at the lights on the Christmas tree.

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Previously, I talked about our accidental basement makeover that kind of just happened while we were working on the other two bedroom renovations upstairs. Today, after alluding to it for months, I wanted to officially share the final result of those two rooms with you, bringing our update of the three upstairs bedrooms to a close. While there are still other projects we’d like to do upstairs, it’s nice to say we’ve at least wrapped up this segment. Now for the first time since we moved in two years ago, I have all bedrooms clean and functional!
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Fall is definitely here in Washington, D.C.  The leaves aren’t quite turning just yet, but we’ve had cooler weather and that telltale nip in the air. Other than regretting the inevitable onset of winter, I love fall and the upcoming holiday season. This year it will be much different with a little one, even more special as he gets to experience things for the first time.

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While we were busy renovating the three bedrooms upstairs during the last year and a half, something unforeseen and somewhat accidental happened to our basement. Without really even trying, it somehow got an update of its own, transforming from a dark, stark hole where Bart had his office to an actually inviting spot for living and working. It’s almost a little cruel when I think about all the effort it took to get the upstairs where we wanted it, but maybe it’s a much needed lesson about home improvement and expectations.
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At 28 weeks, I am officially in my third trimester. We have less than three months left until our little guy is due, and I’m equal parts ready for it to be here and content to have a little time left. The second trimester was crammed full of travel, visitors, projects, and general churn which only just wrapped up over Memorial Day weekend. It was great to be busy when I was feeling well, but now our schedule for the summer is looking more relaxed, and I am looking forward to coasting a bit to the finish line.

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