Saturday, June 29, 2013

26/52



"A portrait of my children once a week, every week, in 2013."

Sofia - My tongue out and fully concentrated helper in the garden.
Alba - Wave your finger in the air like you just don't care.

This was a wonderful week. We finally started to fill in our raised garden beds with organic topsoil and a wonderfully heady mushroom compost. Seedlings were transplanted, dirt was flung, and my feet were bare as I've been aching for them to be all summer. Our wet and rainy season has been seemingly non-stop as of late, and we are all hoping and praying for a bit of sunshine over the weekend!

PS- I do hope you'll follow along over on Bloglovin x

Favorites this week:
this sweet babe dancing in the rain
• belinda's clever take on a portrait
• beautiful lamb in her birthday hat

As always, linking up with Jodi

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

the return to work | preparations


With less than two weeks to go, I've started my preparations for my journey back into the workplace.  While you can never completely prepare yourself for that first day back on the job, there are a few steps that I've taken to make sure that everything is in place and at the very least, make the transition a bit more smooth. I'm hoping these might help anyone going through the same thing, and maybe even start a discussion, too.  I'd love to know what helped you make your transition!

Inventory your freezer

For those of you breastfeeding, it was so important to try and gauge how much milk my child would need for the amount of time I would be away from her and plan accordingly.  If you have the ability to start building up a stockpile of freezer milk before you go back - even better!

Plan a practice day

It's as beneficial for you as it is for your newborn to have a trial run of being away from each other.  Practice setting your alarm when you would normally get up for work and try packing up your baby, driving to your caregivers, and making your commute. You could spend a few hours to yourself running errands or hitting a yoga class, just to get the feel of being away while at the same time, giving your child a chance to spend a few hours with his or her caregiver and to receive expressed milk.

Check-in with childcare 

I'm lucky to have family watching over Sofia and Alba when I return to work, but still, I will spend time making sure each set of grandparents know which days they are responsible, know when/where we are arranging "pick up" and "drop off" and which times Alba will have to feed.  It's important for me to feel confident that when the time comes, I'm certain I will have covered everything important so I won't be scrambling to remember little details.

Take a "duvet day"

The one thing I'm looking forward to most throughout this journey is my plan to take at least one day to stay in bed and cuddle this new baby of mine.  For those of your with older toddlers or children, that means arranging a sitter or requesting the help of your husband or partner. You owe it to yourself! More often than not, it seems that this time we're all supposed to use as rest and recover usually ends up meaning we jump straight back into our old routines instead.  Being the typical Type-A personality that I am, I hardly ever accepted help even though I knew I needed it, and ran around more than I would have liked to after this pregnancy.  Thankfully all is well with my recovery, but I've missed those days of only having one child to be responsible for (meaning I could stay in bed all day and nurse if I wanted to!) I am truly looking forward to one last chance to bond and rest with Alba before I have to start being away from her during the day.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

25/52



"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Sofia - Running from the tide at our first beach trip of the summer. 
Alba - Doing what she does best.

We fittingly celebrated the first days of summer by taking a trip to the beach, the four of us.  It still doesn't get old saying that! Alba sleeps most of the day until she decides she'd like a snack of milk or realizes gas bubbles are on par with the world ending. Sofia's fear of sand has vanished, and she is determined to swim by herself though she hasn't the slightest clue of how to do it yet. It's amazing watching her throw herself into the water, smile on her face and sand in her hair.

Favorites this week:
• Cole telling his mum to "stop!"
• A beautiful birthday girl
• Eleanor and Felix looking gorgeous in the summertime
• The ever striking Biet

Linking up with Jodi from Che & Fidel

Friday, June 21, 2013

the return to work | an introduction


While it has been a magical few weeks being a stay-at-home mum, I have my feet planted firmly on the ground with the realization that my return to work is quickly approaching.  Much too quickly, might I add. I wish I could say I've taken this whole time to rest, recover, and lay happily in bed snuggling my newborn.  However, my role as mother, and the boundless love that comes with it, stretches to more than just one precious little girl - two of them, to be exact!

This bittersweet, slightly painful, slightly freeing time is something I've experienced before. With Sofia, I threw myself into the abyss of seemingly endless 40+ hour work weeks. I fought for months to keep up with the demands of breastfeeding and my diminishing supply through broken breast pumps, no privacy, feeling bad about taking breaks and more. Those are memories I don't particularly enjoy revisiting, however, they have taught and prepared me with beaming confidence to tackle the work transition with Alba.

Over my last weeks at home, I will be sharing some things I learned along the way in an effort to help or encourage anyone struggling with some of the same challenges I faced going back into the workplace. While there are some days I wish I could have the full-time job of raising these girls at home and photographing for a living, I am grateful for the opportunity to work, even in administration, while so many in our country are without jobs. I've made quite a few friends at my job - the best of friends, actually.  I met my husband there!  I betcha didn't know that! ;)  When I really look at it, these girls wouldn't be here if it wasn't for having this job, and this is the path I have been given.

"Bloom where you are planted."

My favorite reminder of them all.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

24/52



"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Sofia - If I come to wipe your face you'll naturally tell me "no" and run away.  If I give you the wipe to do it yourself, I've found you happily oblige.
Alba - Our little mayflower has found her hands - quite the adorable thing to watch in the early morning.

Nearly (a week!) late on this round? Who have I become?! Clearly not one who is ever on time to the party - let's just say I'm happily embracing it. ;) I haven't had the opportunity to pull out my "real" camera as much as I had hoped, but it will be getting lots of use this weekend when I head straight back into client work with a wedding downstate. All of you just inspire me over and over again with your portraits and I have such a terrible time choosing a group when the next week hits, but I am absolutely loving Jane Mabel's wannabe ballerina, the most darling curls of the ever growing Chloe, and the soft black and white's from Catherine, who continues to blow me away.

Linking up this week with Jodi of Che & Fidel.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

alba growing: one month



A few weeks ago, Little Alba turned a month old - still so new and tiny, but a precious soul that seems like she's been here all along.  Her thighs are quickly chunking up, as are her cheeks, and this mama can't get enough! The days are long and my time is stretched thin, but we are having such a wonderful time just figuring each other out. When evening hits, the tummy troubles begin and we rock and sing to make the gas bubbles go away. Once you've finally fallen asleep, you'll remain that way for the remainder of the night and we'll feed again once the day breaks.  You are alert and learning, constantly filling our hearts with more love than we ever imagined.






Monday, June 10, 2013

23/52



"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Sofia - Always keen to help mama in the kitchen.  What you don't see behind that silly smile is her determined desire to fling the flour all over the walls.
Alba - Sweet girl, one month old and growing more and more each day. Chunks!

I've completely fallen behind in blogging (newborn babies tend to take up loads of time) but I'm jumping back in to recognizing just a few favorite posts from last week including: these polaroids from the talented Sisilia, and the vintage feel from this photo of Being Mumma's.

See more fantastic portraits in the series at Che & Fidel

Friday, June 07, 2013

kids in the kitchen


One of Sofia's favorite activities is cooking in the kitchen with me - whether it's helping whisk together the dry ingredients of the beginnings of a cookie recipe, stirring, adding this or that, sprinkling cheese, or watching her Papa flip veggies high into the air from a frying pan. This girl just can't get enough.

A few days ago, we made some cookies to go with our afternoon tea and decorated them appropriately with bits of sprinkles and cinnamon sugar.  We ate on the floor with our mismatched tea-set and took turns adding "sugar" and pouring "tea" and raising our glasses and saying, "cheers!"  Such a simple activity, but one that I know my daughter looks forward to - especially during these busy days when mama is usually occupied with her newborn sister.

Do you cook with your kids in the kitchen?

What are some of your favorite things to make together?

Sunday, June 02, 2013

22/52



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"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Sofia  -  Her first day as a two year old, digging for dinosaur bones with Papa.
Alba  -  Nestled up close in her favorite spot, still sleeping with her mouth wide open.

Over the weekend, Sofia celebrated her second birthday and Erick and I both shared a few tears of joy, pride and sadness for how quickly it has flown by.  I can't quite formulate words yet, for how much this little girl of ours means to us - the one who started it all.

linking up with jodi