Aug. 31, 2011

Hair

With a little guy who loves to tug on his mommy's tresses (I think my next etsy purchase is going to be one of these), I'm feeling inspired by these styles via Month of Hair Calendar via Refinery 29. These styles are perfect for when we're dancing around his nursery in late morning (the perfect cure to soothe a fussy newborn). I've played all sorts of music for dancing, but Thomas is particularly smitten with And if Venice is Sinking (which I played after hearing on an episode of Being Erica a few evenings ago) even though Greg's rooting for the boy to like Stereolab.

Aug. 29, 2011

Tummy Time

One of my favourite times of the day - holding a sleeping Thomas on my chest.

Aug. 25, 2011

Birthday

Happy 1 week, Thomas! Love, Mommy and Daddy.

We're celebrating one week together with a neighbourhood stroll in our new Ergo!

Aug. 24, 2011

New





Our little family grew by one last Thursday evening. At 7:35 pm, Greg and I welcomed our sweet son, Thomas Walter - a 8 lbs 7 oz bundle of joy - six days early. Over the past six days, we've been taking time to bond as a family - lots of skin-to-skin contact, story time and monologues spoken to him by each of us about any number of topics regarding our life together, our home and our family. It's been a blissful, dreamy and sleepy few days.

Welcome Thomas. We love you with everything we have. The world has never known someone exactly like you, and we're blessed to be your parents. xo

Aug. 16, 2011

Cards

I'm loving Lagdom Design's greeting cards. Wouldn't they certainly secure a smile if you were to find one in your post box?

Aug. 11, 2011

Shoes

Since becoming pregnant, my once narrow size 9 feet (we're talking AA) have become a 10 wide (a C!). Seriously. While I'm sure the wide factor will be a figment of the past post-delivery (as it is a by-product of swelling - sexy, huh?), the 10 has the possibility of sticking around. If this is the case, I'll need to invest in a few new pairs of shoes for fall. At the top of my wish list? Horizontal striped flats.

Aug. 10, 2011

Emersonmade

With a baby arriving shortly, I've been thinking about ways to streamline my style regimen. Emersonmade has the perfect pieces to help keep it simple - a three-quarter sleeved little black dress that's fitting for every occasion, a button-front shirt for nursing, red trousers to keep a punch of style in a new mom's wardrobe, and a navy blazer with brass buttons that goes with everything.

Aug. 8, 2011

38 Weeks

With two weeks to go, Greg and I are very much looking forward to meeting our little man. It is incredible to think that any day now might be his birthday. To celebrate his arrival, I've bought some non-alcoholic sparkling raspberry juice, complete with a wine-like bottle, for us to sip post-delivery.

P.S. I can't believe how much my silhouette has changed in the past few months!

Aug. 7, 2011

Real Estate

MLS troweling is a shared hobby at our house. Though we've bought two homes in two years, we continue to take a peak at what's available in our neighbourhood on an almost weekly (um, daily) basis. In 2009, we bought a home in the spring and in 2010, we bought a home in the fall. However, after paying close attention, it seems summer is most definitely the time to buy, if you're looking for volume (meaning having lots of homes to choose from). There are so many great homes available in our broad neighbourhood right now at a wide variety of price points. Thankfully, we're smitten with our own house, so we're not looking to change up any time soon, but that doesn't mean we don't like to keep an eye on comparable (and step up!) properties in our town. All images above of houses presently available within walking distance of our current home.

Aug. 6, 2011

K19

Aren't these affordable German pieces of art from K19 amazing? I'd love to hang one in our home. You can see how they look hung in other people's homes here.

Globe

As a child, I spent hours learning the locations of countries and capital cities on maps with GeoSafari. The little geographer in me is smitten with this pillow. Via shopdirtsa.

Tacos

Now this is Mexican food that even Greg can get behind. I'll be whipping up a batch this week, though I may substitute the peach jam for some mango chutney that I have on hand. Yum! Image and recipe via Design*Sponge.

Aug. 5, 2011

The Glow

So many pretty mommies and babies/kiddos!

Viva

We just got a copy of Along A Long Road by Canada's Frank Viva. The illustrations are amazing. I'm so excited to share this book with our little one. Image via Along A Long Road.

Picnic

Two blocks from our house is the Victorian-style urban park, Bannerman Park complete with a playground, public swimming pool, baseball diamond and lots of places to set out a blanket under a tree for a picnic. It is actually the oldest park in Newfoundland and Labrador. As a child, my grandmother (who lived literally across the street from our current house for more than 30 years) would take me and my cousins to that very park while caring for us while our parents were at work. I've bookmarked the same walk I took as a child with her as a regular routine for our son and me once he makes an appearance. This chevron picnic basket seems the perfect DIY to stash in the carriage to use to enjoy a mid-afternoon snack in Bannerman Park. Photo and DIY instructions via Twig and Thistle.

Aug. 4, 2011

Clutch

I have determined that the cost and style efficient alternative to a diaper bag is a large purse (or three) with interior pockets (check) combined with a diaper clutch that includes a changing pad. I love both Posh House Originals and The Uncommon Kid's offerings.

To assist in diaper changing outside the nursery but still in our home, I've put together a standing tote that holds a Babymel Changing Station (a lovely present from my aunt and cousin), diapers, Penaten, wipes, Humble Pie burping cloths and a few soft toys and teethers for distraction. With a three story house, having a traveling diaper tote to bring with us from floor to floor is a necessity.

Goddess


Goddess in the Doorway is one of my favourite solo albums of all time. It reminds me of listening to The Rolling Stones with my parents as a little girl. I'm curious what music our son will remember from his childhood when he is in his late twenties.