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Ashlee is Mama of one darling boy. A 28 week early bird, now 1 and some change, doing beautifully. She lives near Chicago with her sweetheart husband and French Bulldog. She's a thinker not afraid to get her silly on. Babywearer, veggie queen, photography nut. Before the domestic days Ashlee was pursuing a future in developmental psychology but has happily shifted gears in favor of staying at home and couldn't imagine doing anything else. In her free time (ha!) you can find her whipping up babyslings, holding down the fort at Mama Speaks and spotlighting as an Itsy Bitsy Yoga Instructor.


We've been crazy traveling fools here in the Allen family. Well not really too crazy, and we haven't really traveled anywhere more than a couple hours away, but I feel like we've been up to something. The past 48 hours have seemed more like 48 days. In a good sort of way.

Yesterday brought a trip down to Indianapolis where X and David spent their first full day alone! Two words: Children's Museum. (Went splendidly by the way) They enjoyed a Papa/Son date while Mama got herself a new tattoo. Nest? Blackbird? Check! (Thanks Monte)

And on the way home, we stopped to pick up our new baby puppy love, sweet, sweet, Solomon.

He's just what we were missing...

and all is well with the world.

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  • Anonymous Mama C-ta says so:
    10:42 PM  

    That picture is so sweet, makes my heart melt, I love Solomon already. And the tattoo...simply beautiful!! top

  • Blogger Heaven Sent says so:
    11:21 PM  

    What great photos. And such a cute puppy! You are a better Mommy than I... I refuse to get one until the girls are old enough to help me take care of it. (Like that will ever happen!) top

  • Anonymous judeswords says so:
    12:02 AM  

    I really love the style of the nest in contrast w/ the boldness of blackbird and the little pop of color-egg w/ brown spots...very cool - literally LAYERS of meaning... THEN the X & papa goodness / playtime/boy bonding day -wow, Ash, HOURs with YOURSELF-and Xav learning Mama "comes back" and to let "go" just a wee bit...- to baby-love- puppy-hand/ paw-holding/bonding--- what an amazing 48 hours... you were due a great 48 hours!

    Oh, and for the record, Solomon needed YOU as much as you needed his lil chocolate/reddy sweetness. I want to squeeze him! He's so beautiful!@

    The last pic is nothing less than spectacular... you can see Xav POURING love into a tired/beautiful little puppy...

    Love, love, love...

    mama top

  • Blogger To Think is to Create says so:
    1:53 AM  

    oh what a gorgeous baby, bringing some wonderful unconditional love into the house. :) Love puppies!

    The tattoo looks fab, that birdie is amazing! top

  • Blogger Glass Half Full says so:
    11:26 AM  

    Oh how I love Indy's Children's Museum!!! And what an awesome tattoo....you're brave!

    Lori top

  • Anonymous BEa says so:
    8:52 PM  

    So CUTE top

  • Blogger Adventures In Babywearing says so:
    8:42 AM  

    Oh my goodness- that puppy is an angel! I can't wait to meet him. And your arm looks GREAT!

    Steph top

  • Blogger it's me, Val says so:
    5:03 PM  

    What a beautiful tattoo and a gorgeous puppy dog :) top

  • Blogger Life With All Boys says so:
    10:58 PM  

    Oh that puppy! That last picture. LOVE IT. And that guy has my husband's name. Too funny. You don't meet too many Monte's. top

  • Blogger Because Everything Matters says so:
    11:25 PM  

    Oh I love the new ink!

    Love the picture of the new pup! He's got a house that will surely give him the love he needs! He's adorable! top

  • Blogger my wonderful men... says so:
    2:06 PM  

    The tattoo is amazing work.

    And your puppy is so cute. top

  • Blogger erika~ the inspired mama says so:
    6:33 PM  

    that tattoo is amazing!! i love it!

    and what a sweet, sweet puppy! your little guy looks like he is in love :) top