Monday, March 19, 2018

Magic Monday

It's that time of the week again when everyone is recovering from their relaxing weekend and trying to ease back into the daily grind. Hello Monday, you red-headed step-child of the calendar days (no offense to red-heads or step-children). Why do you have to be such a drag? No worries, I just might have a solution!

My newest series of blog posts is dedicated to making your Monday slightly more bearable. Every Monday starting now I'll be sharing my favorite internet links that are sure to lift your spirits.

So, are you ready to kiss your Monday blues goodbye?

No longer will Mondays be manic! From now on they are going to be magic!

In this weeks installment of Magic Monday:

See how a babies eyesight develops during the first year of life.

We don't have to be the same to be together. (an old article but we can always use a reminder.)

How to be a writer.

Embroidered birds!

25 photos that will inspire you to visit Antarctica.

How to make geometric pies. (also!)

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Friday, March 16, 2018

DIY St. Patrick's Day shirts

I've always loved St. Patrick's Day (embarrassingly so), I even have the shamrock and argyle-clad socks to prove it, so I couldn't pass up an opportunity to involve the kiddos in a bit of Irish festivities. It's been awhile since I've done anything too crafty and I thought what better way to ease myself back into the DIY game than some easy iron-on tees?? 


plain green tees
iron-on letters
an iron


01. wash your shirts before applying the letters. I also tumble-dried my shirts because if they shrink I'd rather it happen before I add the letters, that way they won't look wonky after I dry it later on.

02. brainstorm a cute saying and figure out your layout. Play around with your letter arrangement and spacing to find out the look you're going for.

03. follow the directions on your letter packaging, preheat your iron and iron on your letters.


*I bought my shirts from You can buy cheaper shirts from the craft store but these shirts from Primary are soooo soft and well worth their cost, and they have a 20% off coupon for your first order! I bought this long sleeve classic tee for Bruce and this long sleeve PJ top for Rose.

*Out of all the iron on letters I've used before, these from Hobby Lobby were my favorite to work with. They simply peeled off and adhered well to the shirts.

*Be sure that your iron is hot enough! I've made the mistake of not having a hot enough iron to melt the glue in the past and my letters started coming off after I washed them for the first time.

I love the way these turned out even more than I thought I would! And, I've gotta say, they look even cuter on my two (one unwilling) models! 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Rose Florence // one month old

Dear Rose,

Welcome to your family, little one. This first month with you has been a dream. Our days passed in much of the same way, but each one was full of meaning. You and I have been inseparable. We awake each morning and start our cycle of nursing and sleeping and diaper changing. I'm not as diligent about changing your diaper as I should be; I've become accustomed to only needing to change Bruce three or four times a day so I often forget about your diaper needs. I'm doing better in other ways, though. I'm more relaxed about certain things, like nap time.

You're lucky to be the second child because I now have an idea of what I'm doing as a parent and I no longer worry about things that I've come to realized don't matter. I'm happy to let you nap on me all day long -- no longer worried that if you don't nap in your bed you'll become spoiled and only able to sleep with me, and you know what? You're a great sleeper! Aside from a few rough nights during your first two weeks here, we haven't had any trouble getting you to sleep. At the end of your first month, you've been sleeping in six-hour stretches and only waking up twice each night to nurse. It's all you baby girl. I'm not doing anything different aside from giving you the safe space needed to figure things out on your own.

It is truly a blessing that you sleep so well, Rose. When I found out I was pregnant with you, your dad and I were in the midst of sleep training Bruce and up until that point at 10 months old he was only sleeping in two-hour stretches every night. As you can imagine, we were all exhausted! We weren't sure if we could handle another kid who didn't sleep, and so we prayed. Dad and I both prayed for a good sleeper, and here you are. We are so grateful for you, dear Rose.

Because you were delivered via c-section, your daddy was the first one to hold you and he told me that you stared at him the entire time. From the moment you were born, you have been thoughtful and observant. You love to see the faces of people, and you always smile when someone says hello to you. Sometimes when I say hi to you it sounds like you're trying to say hi back.

You're still as calm and content to lay on my chest most of the day. When I bathe you, you don't have much reaction to the water. You lie still but I am still able to tell that you're enjoying yourself as I pour the water over your belly. Despite being so calm, every once in a while you will ball your fists up so tight that your hands begin to turn purple. When that happens, I gently massage your fingers and loosen their grip. You are quick to relax.

Like most babies, your needs are simple. You rarely cry (except after I've removed you from your bath. You don't like that) and when you do you're easily soothed by food or firm bouncing.

When the nurse held you up to me after your birth, I kissed your cheek over and over and over again. Your cheek was so sweet, your face so sweet, one I finally get you in my arms I never wanted to let you go -- I held to you almost the entire time we were in the hospital and that habit has continued at home. 

I love you, Rosy. We all love you. I promise to love you forever and ever and ever, into eternity.  

Monday, January 22, 2018

Hello Rose

Rose Florence
Born January 1st, 2018
9 lbs 6 oz, 22 inches long

Nate and I rang in the new year by welcoming this little darling into our family. She is the sweetest thing and we all, including Bruce, are enchanted by her.

Born under a full moon, she's the spitting image of her mother, but with her dad's ears, the longest fingers and toes that I've ever seen, and more hair than either of us expected.

Welcome, sweet Rose. You have taken your place in our family as if you've always been here.

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