Monday, August 17, 2015

July in photos

This month was filled with Wednesday farmers market, camps and sweating. Olive got TWO haircuts. She and Spartacus went on a 4 day boat trip and I missed them terribly. They had so much fun. Charlie turned 5 months, got good at rolling over and started sleeping on his belly and eating (tons of) food. He rides everywhere face down in the bassinet, peeking his head up over the side and occasionally resting on his arms. We all saw Inside Out (once with olive and papa once with her and me) and loooooved it. Seriously, go see it if you haven't. Just one more month until school starts! I'm thinking about Fall clothes and back to school routines and remembering this time last year just so thankful, so so thankful to not be pregnant. See ya, July! You've been swell!

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Friday, August 14, 2015

she says VII

Me: "Remember to be polite."
Olive: "I KNOW. I know what I'm supposed to do. When you meet someone new you have to introduce yourself and say, like, 'Hi! My name's Olive! Or Audrey or Solan*.' And then say 'what's your name?' and then they might say 'My name's peacock or my name's blueberry or my name's strawberry shortcake.'"

*Solan is her naughty, imaginary little sister.

(Long after the joke) "I'm so funny mom, I'm still laughing. I'm laughing ALL of my heads off."

Saying goodbye before her boat trip.
"Bye mom! I love you! Your eyes are just so pretty!"

"Don't even worry, mama. I'm an EXPERT at this."
(She is an "expert" at carrying heavy things, choosing me an outfit, turning on the TV and explaining what's going on with Charlie.)

The other day, Spartacus and I were reminiscing about the things Olive used to say, but doesn't anymore. No more "Pitta my up" (pick me up)
"Everyguys" (everybody)
"Choch-a belly" (touch your belly)

Sunday, July 26, 2015

clickables 055

GAHnchrscnkiujjcd!!!!!! My two favorites chattin' on a playground, nbd.

This is exactly how I feel about having another baby. (you will not be able to predict anything that happens in this birth story)

Low income moms can't afford diapers. (And neither food stamps nor WIC cover diapers or wipes.)

a thoughtful birth mother explains her heartbreaking and surprising process for choosing her sons adoptive parents 

8 reasons moms leave the workplace (a legit research study), not necessarily by choice (raises hand)

In case you were wondering, these socks are as good as they claim to be

Just finished this book all in one sitting.

I recently got a beautiful cutting board from Josh the carpenter for a wedding gift. He opened a shop to help fund his family's adoption. Check it out.

Friday, July 24, 2015

tales from the (mini) crib

Olive always slept in our bed and I am a big bed sharing proponent but I think that even in families where parents and kids sleep together there is room for a crib. Especially with number two, it's handy to have a place to put them down where they are safe. Charlie usually naps in the crib and does the first stretch of nighttime sleep there, then moves into bed with me.

We have owned 3 different versions of the exact same standard size crib over the past 4 years. 

I had a post all ready to go about the mini crib and small spaces and how great it was. And it was for a while. But now it's not. Charlie is exceptionally tall but exactly on track in terms of motor development. So, when, like any good 5 month old, he tosses and turns in a 360 degree circle on his way to falling sleep, he gets jammed sideways in the mini crib and can't move. Something about the way his tiny, bald, pulsing soft spot presses fiercely against the bar just won't fly with me so, back to the Sniglar we go. Third time's a charm...?

In general, I love mini cribs and I don't think they get the appreciation they deserve. They have a low profile, are easy to fold up and stick in the trunk, if need be and many come with detachable wheels just in case you need it to travel inside the house. Standard size cribs are SO BIG. So so big. I think they're completely appropriate for toddlers but ridiculously large for babies. I have a friend who still had her three year old in their mini crib (the weight limit is 30 pounds on most), all folded up and happy as a clam.

However, due to this head-in-bars situation with Charlie, we'll be assembling our old standby for the third time. I LOVE the Sniglar crib. At $80 (it's price has only gone up $10 since we first bought it in 2011), it's by far the least expensive option on the market and I love the look of natural wood. It's quite sturdy and converts to a toddler bed (if you're into that kind of thing. Olive was decidedly NOT.) It only takes me about 20 minutes to put together by myself.

We use Naturpedic mattresses in both the big and little cribs (as well as the changing table!) and love them. They're free of chemicals (why is that so hard to find in a mattress for babies?!), ergonomic and wipe clean in the inevitable event of a mess. I recently got a Restoration Hardware linen crib sheet on super sale that will probably become a family heirloom. And that's the crib situation! 

I'd love to hear your experience with cribs, co-sleeping, transitioning to a toddler bed and anything else bedding-related!

(Naturpedic affiliate links earn me a small commission on your purchases.)

soaring heart and wool futons

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

improving on disaster: more with amiable home

Having a beautiful space that I love to be in (and that's enjoyable for my kids and guests) is super important to me but making it happen just doesn't come naturally. After 5 years of being the one in charge of the house, I am only just now starting to get certain routines in place to barely keep up (every morning before coffee or anything else: laundry, sink clear and dishwasher running before we go anywhere for the day, etc.) Getting rid of a lot of stuff has helped, but deciding where to put the things I've kept has been a slow, evolving process.

Amelia has lent me her discerning eye before and I really can't say enough about A. what a natural gift she possesses in the home-organizing department (especially in the midst of children) and B. how good she is at working with you exactly where you are, making affordable, incremental changes that make a huge difference overall.

I mean, she says things like, "The toaster wants to live here - how can we let it?" She gets your toaster, you guys.

Similar to Marie Kondo, who is famous for her one liners, Amelia has a gentle, edited way of approaching the process of organizing. A couple of the bite-sized tips that have stuck with me and continue to guide my attempt at creating a beautiful and USEFUL home are:

+ Keep The Thing Where You Use The Thing: This sounds silly-simple but look around and I guarantee you have at least a few things that you keep in ridiculous places and are constantly moving back and forth from where you use them to where you keep them. I know I do did. This has changed my life and the entire flow of the house.

+ Use What You Have: There is such a huge industry of home organizing tools, it's easy to get sucked in. But you probably already have what you need and "needing" to buy more stuff to organize your stuff means you probably have too much stuff. Keep culling until you find yourself with extra baskets, extra shelving, etc. and then decide how best to utilize them.

You guys this is CRAZY. Amelia is offering free 30 minute Skype sessions (that's anyone, anywhere) to get you started with organizing/discarding/marie-kondo-ing/whatever you want to call it. Whatever it is you need, she's got you, trust me. I have her on speed dial for tune ups at our place. Things you may want to consider chatting with her about: your closet, your entryway, your kitchen, your bathroom, your kid's room. See? The wheels are turning already, I can hear them from here.

You can follow Amelia on instagram for daily inspiration (and reminders) here.