4 Months

P1040335I still feel like we juuuuust brought the Cub home, but here over 1/4 of the year has passed! In other ways, it feels like he’s been here forever. In the last few weeks, Cubby has really taken off. He’s nearly twice his birthweight (8lbs 1 oz to 15 lbs 13 oz), which is not at all surprising since I feel like he just eats all day long. Actually, these days he spends more and more time playing in his baby jungle gym, rolling over from his stomach to his back (still working on back to stomach), watches his older brother with great focus and concentration, and smiles, giggles, and desperately tries to talk. He likes to hang out in his swing, watch the ceiling fan whirl around. He’s sleeping in his own room finally (now that we don’t have a steady stream of houseguests to occupy it), and we’re slowly creating art to decorate it with art projects we created just for him . He sleeps through the night too! I do not sleep through the night since around 2:30 every morning he stirs enough to realize he’s lost his pacifier and usually need a diaper (if not full outfit) change. Overall though, he’s a super chill little dude.
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P1040341We took him on a long car ride and trip away from home for Easter to meet my Grandma for the first time, and he performed wonderfully. Patiently enduring being in a new place and being passed around and fussed over by new people. The Bear takes to that well too, but he’s used to being spoiled with love and chocolate by his grandparents. Speaking of the Bear, he oscillates between totally ignoring the Cub to coming over and giving him kisses and high fives. Despite his ambivalence, if I am in another room and Cubby starts crying, the Bear comes running to me and declares, “Mom! Cubby needs help! He needs chomp!”, or if Cub gets upset during a car ride, Bear will chirp up, “It’s ok, Cub, it’s OK.” Which is sweet and melts my heart and makes up for the multitude of challenges these two hand me throughout the day.
P1040376Over the last four months we’ve really adjusted to being a family of four. We do our best to make the most of this time because we know it will be short lived. We know that our kids will always love us, but may not shower us with their smiles and kisses and declarations of it as they get older. I would slow this time down ever so slightly if I could, but instead I’m just learning to be ok with a messier house, unfolded laundry, and cluttered table tops. Like all things, this too shall pass.P1040339

Friday Favorites

IMG_5821We got a little taste of summer yesterday, and as you can see, the Bear totally loved it. My mom stopped by for a visit bearing gifts of baby formula and this Little Tykes water table (made in the USA!), which Bear calls “waterfall” and wants to play with it regardless of the weather. He’s totally a water baby, just like his Mama. We’ve got some adventures lined up soon, but in the meantime, this little table has been great for getting our dude outside and running around. Also, the Cub is totally fascinated by it.

Here’s a great article on A Beautiful Mess about prime lenses and focal lengths for you budding DSLR photographers.

Oh no! Turns out I’ve been doing planks wrong this whole time.

Amy cleaned out her closet, and you totally can too!

Love, love, love, that Kaela over at Local Kitchen is injecting some science and good ol’ fashioned logic into the great sugar war.

I also love the inside of couture dresses. Here’s a pic of Dita Von Teese’s Zac Posen gown from the Met Gala.

So glad to see Wendy Mullin is still making awesome clothes.

Have you visited Mother yet? It’s a new project from James of Bleubird and journalist Katie Hintz-Zambrano for stylish moms like me (and you!)

Have a fantastic weekend!

xo, S.

Wardrobe Architect: Week 12

UntitledWeek 12 of Wardrobe Architect was probably posted a month ago, but it coincided with what felt like the busiest month of the year so far. This week we’re talking about accessories, which are pretty much my favorite. As I’ve gone through these exercises over the past few months, I think it’s pretty obvious that I like to keep my style really simple. I want my closet to be filled with classic pieces that I can wear year round by changing up the layers. Of course, that can get a little boring sometimes, so I keep everything fresh with accessories. From a maker stand point, I love accessories because they are almost always quick and easy projects to execute. From a consumer standpoint, I look at my accessories as investment pieces. Your clothes may not always fit but your bags, scarves, and shoes usually will. Accessories are also way more portable than clothes, and as someone who has to move every 3 years, they make the packing process a little easier.

Accessories can be a little dangerous though. It’s really easy to just walk into any fast fashion store and get everything from scarves to earrings to shoes for under $20 a piece and the next thing you know, you’ve got a closet full of uncomfortable shoes and a box full of earrings that make your lobes itch every time you wear them. Their low price point makes them attractive to folks who want to try out trends but don’t want to drop a lot of coin doing so, and as a result we have landfills full of this poorly made crap. Anyway, I’ll get off my soapbox because I am totally guilty of having tons of crappy shoes and costume jewelry, ect ect. In recent years, I have gotten rid of most of those cheaper things and started to favor buying quality pieces that will last for years. To that end, last summer I noticed that I’m missing a lot of staples, like a nice pair of dressy sandals, a good leather tote, and some lightweight cotton scarves for nights like tonight where it’s cool, but not wooly cool. So, this year I’m investing in my accessories. This means nicer shoes, leather handbags, and some lightweight scarves. I’m going for things that I really love and will keep and wear for years to come.

The scarf in the lede photo is from Blockshop Textiles. I had spotted it on a couple of blogs before Christmas, and it was definitely on my wish list, but I wasn’t quite ready to commit to the price tag. Then it sold out, and I realized that I missed out on a really great piece that I would get so much use out of. It came back and then sold out again almost immediately. Finally, around my birthday it was available for preorder and I pounced. Blockshop hand prints these scarves in India and each one is little unique. I love mine, and now that their spring collection is out, I may have my sites set on another great pattern. The belt is from Banana Republic back when I worked there, and it’s hiding a multitude of postpartum body sins. I’ve also become a big fan of wearing glasses. I’ve gotten my last 3 pairs from Warby Parker (I’m wearing the Linwood). I have two that I switch out from time and time, and I’m thinking of getting a pair of sunglasses.

I also recently bought this tote from Annie Williams. I love it! It’s similar to one Madewell makes, but the leather has a beautiful hand, and it has a zipper. It was definitely my major accessory purchase for the year and I know I’ll have it forever and ever.