Look at this sweet baby.
Somehow, 6 months have passed. Unfathomable. But there she is, in all her jolly glorious adorableness. I used to secretly judge parents who would be constantly kissing their babies in public. You know, those ones who are always just walking around smooching away regardless of the situation. Well, I am one of those parents. I can’t help it. Seriously, the most smoochable baby. Those cheeks. You try picking her up without smooching them and tell me how you do.
1. B potting some seeds with her grandpa “Pop A”
2. Baby Taco, ready for takeoff. 5 months old.
3. We dyed some eggs.
4. Huntin’ em up.
5. Everyday: “B, what would you like to do today?” “Um, some painting.”
6. A new gnome hat, which unfortunately resembles a dunce cap currently. I’ll have to embellish it, I suppose…
At 5 months, Baby Taco is…
When Little B was 13 weeks old, we had a photographer come to our home in San Francisco and do a family shoot. I wanted to do another when T was 13 weeks old. The lovely Aubrey Stopa came to our house for a couple hours on a Saturday morning, and here is some of what she captured.
My friends, these are two different babies. Can you tell which is which? I think it’s safe to say they’re sisters…
Thanks Aubrey! You Frill us!
This weekend I helped host a baby shower for one of my dear friends. It was the first shower I hosted since Fran’s Tea Party last October. Here are a few pictures I thought I’d share:
A fun bow-making craft:
All of the hostesses with the momma!
After sharing Baby T’s room, I thought it would be fun to show you B’s room also. It’s all about vibrant, playful patterns, and of course, handmade details.
As in T’s nursery, I deviated from my white-walls-only policy and, at the risk of being cliche’, chose pink for the wall color. I wanted the palest shade of pink I could find, and I have ended up really liking it; it’s so pale it reads neutral and allows the vibrant colors and patterns to pop, but adds just a fluttery hint of extra femininity to the room.
Many of the elements from her original San Francisco nursery (also here) have made it to her new room in Texas, and are right at home in their new setting — the framed prints by Erin, my grandmother’s needlepoint footstool, my handmade crochet heart bunting, the vintage bird prints, and the lantern/pom installation, to name a few. But I’ve added and re-purposed some elements as well. One new item is the ubiquitous Expedit shelf unit, which makes for great toy storage.
The dresser was my own childhood dresser. A basket on top makes for a convenient place to keep shoes (keeping them out of toddler reach means they are strewn about less of the time. The map of SF was gift from my aunt; I framed it and gave it a home here because B is our San Francisco baby.
The rug is a family heirloom that belonged to my great grandmother. The rocker is the twin to the one in T’s nursery. And I chose a playful floral for the window valances, which were sewn by, you guessed it, my mom. The little hand-painted porcelain shoe was a gift from a family friend, inscribed with her name and date of birth.
These bookshelves are a DIY a la Pinterest, made from vinyl window gutters. I was dubious about them at first, but they work well. I even added an extra one by the rocker for the special bedtime books. You may recall the “sugar and spice” cross stitch from a previous post. The play kitchen is from Ikea.
We just love all the special details in this room. It’s a pleasant place to play and rest.
It’s been a while since we’ve done an edition of Stuff We Love, but I have some good ones to share for mamas and babes. Check em out:
1.Weleda Baby Shampoo and Body Wash and Weleda Calendula Cream. German company Weleda is known for their clean, non-toxic skin care products, and I have used many over the years. These two baby products are in daily use at our house. The baby shampoo is gentle and creamy and has a lovely light, natural calendula fragrance. The baby cream is pretty thick and moisturizing, and is doing good things for a touch of cradle cap on Baby T’s scalp. It’s also good for diaper irritation. If you don’t like a thick cream, opt for Weleda Calendula lotion. Highly recommended by most of the Midwives I know.
2. Bare Minerals Matte Foundation. I have been using this stuff for 3 years now, and I love it. One product does the work of three: foundation, powder, and concealer. Gives me just the right amount of coverage, depending on how much I apply. Always looks natural, and covers dark undereye circles and blemishes admirably when applied with a concealer brush. This stuff is just the thing for anyone who doesn’t have much time to spend on makeup (hello mamas). Also, the mineral ingredients are fairly clean. I have literally thrown away every other foundation or concealer product I used to use. I usually wear it with a few swipes of Bare Minerals Warmth. Mascara, lip gloss, and I’m out the door.
3.Wet bags. I got mine from For Keeps; Amanda, the shop owner, custom made them in the fabrics of my choice (aren’t those cameras so cute?). Wet bags are heat-sealed to keep wet, smelly messes in. Even if you aren’a a cloth-diaperer, you need a reusable wet bag in your diaper bag. I can still remember the time B had an enormous blowout at Whole Foods and I had to carry her clothes home in an industrial-sized trash bag because that was all the guy there had to give me in a pinch. Don’t make that mistake, mamas. Also useful for swimsuits and stinky workout gear.
4. Zutano baby booties. Forget baby socks; they never stay on long. Zutano fleece booties snap on and hardly ever fall off. Plus they’re completely adorable. Note: the non-fleece ones don’t stay on as well.
5. A good scarf collection. I still maintain that a cute scarf is a nursing mama’s best accessory. I wear one pretty much every day. Besides making an outfit look put together or adding a pop of color, a scarf serves as a nursing cover, spitup stain hider, impromptu baby blanket, and can drape over your stroller or carseat carrier for naps on the go. My most-used scarf is a black and white patterned one that goes with everything. You’ve seen it (on Aurelia – she borrowed it) here. Black + white = bang for your buck. But I think this blue animal print is pretty versatile as well.
6. Skin Eternal Cream by Source Naturals. This is a recent discovery of mine. I’ve been using it at night for a few months now, and every morning when I wake up after a long night of parenting and nursing I think: Wow, my skin doesn’t look as tired as I feel. And if that isn’t a good testimonial I don’t know what is.
7. NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator. NoseFrida is my good friend. You may have met her here before. I can’t parent without her. She is easy to clean and easy to use. Get rid of your bulb syringe because it isn’t doing you any favors, and plus you have no idea what’s inside it.
8. And one more thing I’d like to add, which I couldn’t find a good image of: Heron’s Nest Herb Farm Healing Salve. Heron’s Nest Herb Farm is a local (for me) farm and producer of completely natural, wholesome skin care products in Blanco, Texas. I picked up a jar of their healing salve at a farmer’s market. For diaper rash, I apply a layer of this stuff for soothing and healing, topped with a layer of Boudreaux’s All-Natural Butt Paste as a wetness barrier, and the irritation is soon gone. Also good for cuts, scrapes, random rashes, bug bites, and the occasional cracked nipple (wipe off before nursing).
Do you have mom/baby items you love that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments!
Oh, if only I had more time for … fill in the blank. Is everyone saying that or is it just me? I feel like I could put a million things in that blank. Today it’s knitting. Because if I had more time for knitting then I wouldn’t be admitting that this is the first hat I’ve knitted for Baby T. Otherwise she’s been wearing handmedowns. Lucky gal / poor gal destined to always wear handmedowns. Lucky because who doesn’t love handmedowns? Poor because so many of our handmedowns are pink or red and to be honest, hot pink is not sister’s best color. Poor gal, amen? Therefore, I chose blue. She looks positively Frilling in blue.
(She has these dark blue eyes. The color is hard for me to catch in photos because the blue is so deep. We think they’re here to stay.)
This sweet hat has a fun basketweave design. It’s the “Flower Pot” hat from Itty Bitty Hats (which I’m forever knitting from); I just left all the flowers off. Instead I embellished it with one large crochet flower. I like cotton yarn for baby hats – it doesn’t itch like icky acrylic (yep, yarn snob, that’s me) and isn’t too warm (or itchy for that matter) for Texas like some wools.
I’m really happy with the way Baby T’s nursery has turned out, and I’m so excited to share it with you today! It took me awhile to get it here, and of course my mom gave input and help as well, but I finally feel like it’s finished enough to share. Not 100% finished, but close.
I decided to deviate from my normal white walls only rule, and paint the walls a pale shade of gray with just a tiny hint of blue in it. It’s Behr “Reflecting Pool,” and it give just enough contrast to make the white trim and furniture pop. I don’t usually go by a color pallete; typically I like white walls and pops of color. But one definitely emerged in this room: aqua and red and gray. Regardless, I stayed true to form with lots of handmade details and mostly re-purposed items.
The rocker will eventually be replaced by one that works better with the decor of the room, but for now we have this golden-yellow one. Pretend it’s gray. The book shelves are picture ledges from Ikea. The rug is also Ikea – we’ve all seen it around. And the chevron pouf is handmade by Aletafae. The curtains you may remember from B’s San Francisco nursery, along with the matching crib skirt. My mom made both, which I still love and really like in this new space. My mom was kind enough to replace the old blue rick rack on the curtains with a bright red. She also painted the round side table as well as spray-painted the curtain rod, previously black, red; since I was preggo at the time. I could not have gotten this room done without her — she’s a pretty bangup crafter and decorator.
This built-in cabinet is a great feature in the room. I don’t have the shelves styled properly yet, though; I’m still looking around for the right stuff.
The crib is the Ikea Gulliver crib, the second that we own; B has one just like it in her room. I’m not one to spend a bucket of money on a crib. This one has clean lines, is sturdy and affordable, and can be converted to a toddler bed. The large Mary Cassat poster was in my room when I was growing up; my mom had it lying around and I gave it a new frame and a new home. I think it’s especially sweet now that I have two little girls.
The “Texas Love” print is from Austin-based Etsy shop, Owl U Need Is Love. I embroidered the “Practically Perfect” hoop myself after I was inspired by this one — I just free-handed the letters and umbrella. I always love a nod to Mary Poppins. And I love BlaBla dolls.
This dresser is a hand-me-down that Jordan and I have had since we were first married (10 years this year!). It has been many colors and served many purposes in our home: buffet/sideboard, console, office supply storage, clothes dresser, and now baby changing station. Strangely enough, I had already painted it this bright aqua color several years back, and had been meaning to repaint it a different color for a while. But the aqua ended up working well for T’s nursery.
Hopefully you’ll remember the mobile I made from wool felt balls. We hung a simple Ikea shelf to hold an old lamp I had hanging around (also from Ikea) and some baby supplies. The Raggedy Ann plate is one I found at a thrift store some years ago for about ten cents. And Aurelia picked up the sweet sheep collage by Cate and Levi Collection in a boutique on a trip to Portland; it’s made from recycled and re-purposed wool sweaters. I framed one of our baby party invitations, which you may also remember.
I’m so happy with our sweet nursery. T doesn’t actually sleep there yet except for naps, but as she transitions to sleeping in her own room I think we’ll love the room even more. So far it lives well and has a cozy, fresh feel.
This week feels like it has been the first truly normal week for our family since Tiny T has been born (with the exception of a few extra dogs and chickens *wink). No holidays to weird things up. Just us, figuring out what our lives look like as a family of four. Learning to work and play and eat and sleep and breathe and manage our time and be calm in spite chaos that happens. Whew. We’re tired. But happy.
This week I made an extra effort to document our new normal. If you follow me on instagram you may have seen some of these images this week.
2. she wanted her baby in her “sling”
3. toy-strewn living room
5. look at that face. 10 weeks old.
6. figuring out cloth-diapering routine
7. Radio Flyer aka double stroller
8. wet bags from For Keeps
9. purple potatoes for dinner
10.little sweet smiles
11. little belly
12. vintage crochet booties
My mom made this adorable little quilt for Baby T.
She picked up the vintage reproduction alphabet squares at a quilt show. She knows I like vintage reproduction fabrics. I just love the quaint little illustrations.
I think the quilt is especially cute topped with a baby in a strawberry hat. But that’s just me.