From 2017.

In January, we saw The Front Page on Broadway and Mike Birbiglia in Hartford, took Hugo to see his first movie in the theater, and spent a Saturday at the beach. We waited on friends' new babies and I started a year-long fundraiser for She's the First. Blake made a trip out to San Francisco for work.
In February, I hosted a Galentine's Day for friends and we saw some wild weather swings. Blake and I had a Valentine's Day date at the opera. Our family celebrated my grandfather's 80th birthday, and I made a trip out to Chicago for work. 
In March, I started training for a half marathon and we started looking at houses to buy. We celebrated a friend's newborn son at Hakkasan, celebrated a birthday at a climbing gym and another at the zoo. Blake made a work trip out to Wisconsin and we watched Toy Story 8 million times. 
In April, we found out that my sister was pregnant with a girl and were visited by family from Missouri. Hugo joined me (in the stroller) for his first 5K race. We celebrated Easter and made a trip down to DC to visit Blake's brother. I went to a wedding shower for a friend.
In May, I ran my first half marathon with friends in Boston and we bought a house! Blake and I spent a week in Paris, drinking red wine, eating macarons and walking many miles. We celebrated Hugo's second birthday with a train party and had dinner with friends in the West Village.
In June, we had farewell dinners for friends and evenings at the beach. We started a major overhaul on our home. We celebrated my 28th birthday, our 7th wedding anniversary and met up with friends for a picnic in the Sheep Meadow. Other celebrations: a baby shower, birthday parties for friends, a wedding in CT. 
In July, I co-hosted a baby shower for my sister. I made a trip back to Paris for work and stayed in a castle in Normandy. We had our annual reunion with Blake's college roommates in the Berkshires and spent evenings around a fire. I made another trip out to Michigan for work, we spent the 4th at the beach, and we moved out of our little yellow house by the river. Gus turned six.
In August, we celebrated Blake's 30th birthday and wrapped up swim lessons for Hugo. After a month and a half of staying with my parents during renovations, we finally moved into our home. We spent a long weekend in the Cape and Newport, met up with friends for seafood, and went to local carnivals and concerts on the town green.
In September, Blake traveled to Nashville for work and brought a cowboy hat home for Hugo. We went to the town fair (twice!) and celebrated the first birthdays of our friends' babies. My brother's wife gave birth to a baby boy. I took a week off to enjoy the last bits of summer with Hugo, and on one Friday morning, took a test that confirmed we have a baby on the way! 
In October, Hugo begrudgingly dressed as Thomas the Train for Halloween. I went to Chicago and Blake went to Vegas for work conferences. We spent a weekend in the city and said goodbye to a dear friend. We welcomed my sister's baby girl and drove north for a day of camping.
In November, we found out that we're having a baby girl! We traveled down to DC for the Thanksgiving holiday and ran a 5K as a family. I finished running 500 miles to send two girls in South Sudan to school (with support from family and friends!), and Blake and I spent an evening in New Haven listening to Iron & Wine.
In December, we spent a good amount of time inside battling sickness, but enjoyed a trip down to Florida for a friend's wedding and Disney World. After some long work days/weeks and a brief trip to Chicago for me, we celebrated the season with friends and family.

From 201620152014 and 2010.

Happy 2018! Wishing you a healthy and blessed New Year!


From the Christmas week.

We're surrounding ourselves with family this week - staying in and staying warm to recover from coughs, colds, double ear infections. Seeing our baby girl on the screen in her anatomy appointment and trying out names over Mexican food afterward. We're hosting family and friends, organizing corners of our home that need tending to. New Year preparation, you know. We are a breath away from 2018, and ready for her.

A December wedding.

Before our vacation in Disney World, we made the drive down to Jensen Beach, FL for the wedding of a dear friend from high school. At one time, Erica and I did a stomp routine in front of hundreds of people in graffiti-ed hats, and you just can't come out of that without being friends. She has been a companion in many things - senior prom, college orientation, my own wedding - and I am better for it.

It was such a joy to be able to join in celebrating Erica and Andy on that breezy, mid-December day by the ocean.


Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a healthy New Year!

With lots of love from the Walkers


Some time away.

Things have been quiet around here while we've been out of town - first celebrating the wedding of a dear friend in Florida, then spending some time in Disney World with Blake's family. It's been a really, really good week, and the time away was just the thing to kick off our holidays. We're so thankful for it.


Lately, in December.

 ^^I spy our two-year-old at a Christmas party, reading Winnie the Pooh (this Christmas party had the CRAZIEST bonfire that he's been talking about for the last couple of days).^^
 ^^evening December glow from the office.^^
 ^^and tree stands every ten blocks, that smell like heaven and home.^^
 ^^another Christmas party/30th birthday, at which I earned myself a 24 hour headache.^^
 ^^a little boy bringing his letter to Santa (he's not quite sure what that means yet, but we think it's cute).^^
 ^^and the most beautiful snow one Saturday.^^
 ^^Christmas shopping at the market in Bryant Park.^^
 ^^one blurry photo from the Christmas tree lighting on the town green, which might be my favorite town gathering.^^
^^and some of our girl's first clothes from a dear friend - the kind I will stop to visit even on the longest days, even for just an hour or two.^^


Home stretch.

A quick trip out to Chicago in the pre-holiday work rush: one horrible bout of sickness in turbulence on the flight out, an early workout and breakfast, a series of meetings.

We created a paper chain with Hugo to count down the days until our family trip to Florida, and Blake and I have started calling it "The Paper Chain of Anxiety". Just a handful of days to pack in all that needs doing, but we're up to the task. I'm sure of it.


Christmas tree hunt.

The day after we returned from Thanksgiving in DC, we took to a tree farm just north of us to find the perfect fir for our living room. Find her, we did, and we dressed her in all of the glass and gold we've accumulated over the years, hoping against hope that a two-year-old and a bulldog will keep her as-is until the 25th.


Baby FAQ.

When Blake and I come to milestones and major celebrations in our life, I'm always a little apprehensive about sharing in a public space. Pregnancy, especially, is a deeply personal experience, and while I'm not a private person (surprise!), it's something I hold sacred and feel more comfortable communicating verbally and in a small group format. But my goodness, I'm always so touched by the response from family and friends. It's overwhelming, and we love our tribe.

A few questions I/we have gotten frequently since announcing...

How far along are you? 
15.5 weeks!

You're showing so early! I feel like you didn't show with Hugo until at least 5 months? 
It's true. Muscle memory is a thing, and my abdominal muscles aren't what they used to be. I started looking bloated around 7.5 weeks, and there's no mistaking the bump now. At 10 weeks, the cashier in my office cafeteria actually asked me if I was pregnant - it was pretty hard to hide at that point forward.

Do you know the gender? 
It's a girl! And we're so excited.

Do you have a name picked out? 
Yes and no :) Girl names have been really tough for us. As with Hugo, we want to choose something strong, with a meaningful namesake. From the very first, we want our girl to feel empowered, to know that she's capable and the hero of her story. We have a few names that we're trying out, but nothing set in stone yet.

How does this pregnancy compare to your first? 
Honestly, it's been a much rougher go this time around. I chalk it up to all the extra estrogen (oh my gosh, the nausea), but it probably has something to do with chasing/lifting/carrying a toddler, too. I had a feeling that she was a "she" from the beginning - even before I took a pregnancy test, I got ill just looking at scrambled eggs, which was not the norm with Hugo. That said, I'm still able to run (which actually helps with the nausea) and work, so I really can't complain.

So when are you due? 
May 21 - just two days off from Hugo's due date. If she's anything like her brother, I suspect Baby Girl will be a little early, and they might share a birthday. We can't wait!


From Thanksgiving.

A trip to DC to see family, to pass babies, to give thanks for the blessings we've seen this year, the expected blessings in 2018. Watercress soup to warm bellies and sounds that we've grown up with to satisfy cravings of the soul: piano keys, clinking glasses, familiar voices.

A trip to the zoo to see the lions and ride the carousel. A stop for donuts. A stay on Capitol Hill and long wanders around it, to Eastern Market, the National Mall, the side streets draped in fallen leaves. A 5K to share the feast, to extend community. Bundled to the brim, and ever so thankful for what we've been given, and what we have opportunity (all the time, every day) to give away.