one month old

How?! When!? WHAT?!

Simon is a month old today. It seems like he was born yesterday and a year ago all at the same time.

We're getting the hang of this thing more and more every day. He is quite the guy.

QUICK TAKEAWAYS AFTER A MONTH...

the lack of sleep is not as bad as everyone says it is

the hormone crash following birth is worse than anyone says it is

breastfeeding was not worth it for me

the Bagel boys loud barking has little to no effect on him...thank god

my house has never been cleaner and laundry has never been this caught up.

obsessive freezer cooking is beyond worth it -- we are still eating well from my stash

didn't know it was possible, but I love Andrew about 10x more than I did a month ago

ESSENTIAL BABY ITEMS

Like almost everyone says, you don't need half of what you think, but there have been a few things that I wouldn't want to be without...

1) HALO Sleep Sack Swaddle

Not only is this ridiculously fun to say over and over, it also works wonders for swaddling at night. The velcro flaps are, in essence, a straightjacket for your baby. Keeps him tightly swaddled, which he likes, and you don't have to worry about blanket coming undone and suffocating baby. WIN!

2) Ubbi wipes dispenser with weighted plate

Pure frustration = desperately trying to get wipes out of their plastic pack with one hand and accidentally pulling out half the pack, which means you have to shove them all back in and then the next time you need one...look out! This dispenser is great --- I thought it unnecessary before S was born so I didn't buy it, but quickly realized it was much needed. 

3) Marpac DOHM All Natural White Noise sound machine

 We have used this at night only, every night, starting the first night home from the hospital. Simon is also a great sleeper at night. Of course he still wakes up 2-3 times for feedings, but he goes right back to sleep and stays asleep for at least 3 hours. Do we know if the sound machine is responsible? No, but we're not willing to find out. It's been great!

4) Fisher-Price Rock-n-Play

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Everyone says you got to have this and they are right. It's super handy.

5) A serious hand lotion, I'm using Aveda Hand Relief

It's winter. I'm washing my hands after every diaper change and a bunch of other times a day. To say that my hands have been dry would be a gross understatement.

And honestly...that's all I can think of that has been truly necessary (other than diapers, wipes, and food obviously...ha). You don't need much...at all!

Of course, I also recommend healthy amounts of chocolate, wine, lasagna, beer, and soup. 

some recommendations

I'm not used to being stuck inside the house, unable to bop around, do yoga, etc.

The past couple weeks have been full of watching and listening and here are some recommendations:

A new documentary series on Netflix, Abstract: The Art of Design.

Each episode profiles a different artist and how they work including the head of design for Nike footwear, Fiat Chrysler, illustrators, and interior designers. Really good.


The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Only upside of Trump's presidency? Late night is good again. I've also been catching up with Stephen Colbert and Samantha Bee via YouTube. They're killing it.


Big Little Lies on HBO.

Great cast and the set design is worth watching. Not sure I care about the story at all at this point (3 episodes in) and I don't understand the casting of Shailene Woodley, but it's a high brow soap and perfect for binging.


If you're not into blogging or internet stuff, this may not be the one for you, but I've been loving it!


Grand Designs on Netflix.

Andrew got hooked on this show years ago and it has finally made its way to Netflix. Incredible houses and some crazy characters.


best of 2016...if that's possible

So, the end of 2016 wrap-up season has been a little different this year. And by different, I mean downright depressing. I feel certain that 2016 will go down as a historically bad year. A year full of tragedy and violence (at least in the media...we are still living in the most peaceful of times in recent history). A year that ended with a shocking election and its following absurdities. 

However, I can't lie...it was a pretty wonderful year for me personally. I finished my 500hr advanced teacher training, grew the studio, enjoyed library work to no end, found out I'll be an aunt again to another nephew, had an amazing and surreal trip back to Norway and Scotland, and the day after we got home....found out we were pregnant!

I've said it before on this blog, but I feel so grateful. One positive of the election? It has made me look at my life and appreciate it even more than I did before. My priorities are crystal clear and I am so ready for the big changes 2017 brings for my personal life...But the world at large? I'm not so sure.

 MAJOR adjustments ahead and it is definitely not going to be boring.

A couple weeks ago I read Amor Towles' debut novel, Rules of Civility, which I LOVED. The following is a passage from the end of the book and it's my favorite thing I read this year:

"It is a bit of a cliche to characterize life as a rambling journey on which we can alter our course at any give time--by the slightest turn of the wheel, the wisdom goes, we influence the chain of events and thus recast our destiny with new cohorts, circumstances, and discoveries. But for the most of us, life is nothing like that. Instead, we have a few brief periods when we are ofered a handful of discrete options. Do I take this job or that Job? In Chicago or NewYork? Do I join this circle of friends or that one, and with whom do I go home at the end of the night? And does one make time for children now? or later? or later still?

In that sense, life is less like a journey that it is a game of honeymoon bridge. In our twenties, when there is still so much time ahead of us, time that seems ample for a hundred indecisions, for a hundred visions and revisions--we draw a card, and we must decide right then and there and keep the second. And before we know it, the deck has been played out and the decisions we have just made will shape our lives for decades to come."

I enjoyed so many other things this year, but this is all I feel like sharing. 

Much love.

just a few of my favorite things: a gift guide

I blogged my favorite things, a la Oprah, back in 2013. Here are nine additonal things I love and use daily, which also make great gifts!

Amazon Fire TV   $74.99
Since we ditched the Apple TV and got this, things have been so good in our viewing world. It provides the same service, but 100x faster, easier, and more reliable. The voice activated search is crazy accurate and the interface is fabulous.

Le Creuset mug       $14
These mugs are not only perfect for drinking all the coffee, but are so pleasing to look at...the classic Creuset ombre is just so satisfying. I particular like the color, Flame.

Indigo Wild Zum Mist in Frankincense & Myrrh  $9.99
This is a room and body spray, but I use it exclusively as a fragrance. I found it after loving the hand soap in the same scent. Smells so so good and lasts without being too strong. I get lots of compliments on it and it's such a unique scent as well.

Flexi Sketch journals and sketchbooks $20ish
I love these journals/sketchbooks because of their unique shapes and the colors of their covers. The paper is a nice weigh and I use two different ones every day for my bullet journal and to-do lists.

lululemon Vinyasa wrap // $58
Just when I thought they had it perfect with the Vinyasa scarf, lulu came out with this. Lightweight material that is easier to drape + armholes. Also planning to use it as a nursing cover come February! HA!

New York Times digital subscription // $1.88 per week
Because it's important and we need to all read real journalism right now. Also, it's 50% off through the holiday season!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Illustrated Edition // $23.99
I received the first one for Christmas last year and forgot to ask for this one so I'll have to gift it to myself...haha

Accoutrements Santaur ornament // $13.47
Andrew and I ordered this ornament for ourselves last year and it's simply the best. 

Williams - Sonoma kitchen towels // $19.95
Best dish towels ever!

While I am definitely not using these daily right now, you should! Three things needed to make our favorite winter cocktail. A bottle of Cointreau, a bottle of Old Weller, a jumbo ice cube tray. 

Best Winter Cocktail Ever

1 oz bourbon
1/2 oz cointreau
1/2 oz simple syrup
giant ice cube

Stir and enjoy. It's liquid candy.