Saturday, September 14, 2013

37/52



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

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Sofia: Sweet thing, we've had a rough week. We've both gotten sick, you've fought me over naps, and thrown yourself on the floor to prove a point more times than I can count, unfortunately. This is an age where I keep seeing myself over and over again with my own mother, butting heads like there's no tomorrow yet loving each other unconditionally through it all. You are a challenging little squirt, but you are full of so much endless love that sometimes I just don't know what to do. I love you to the moon and back, even when you're mad, especially when you're sad, and will forever be chasing after you.

Alba: Squishy toes, wrapped in your papa's arms. You, my sweet little lady, would prefer to be carried for 90% of the day, pulling on our clothing, grabbing at papa's watch, (a thoughtful gift from RedEnvelope) or drooling to the point of multiple outfit changes a day. Sometimes, you want to be held 100% of the time. It's the greatest thing in the world to feel so loved and needed by you, and you are absolutely in need of some extra cuddles. I'm beginning to think we're in a growth spurt again judging on your non-stop appetite. All I can say? Bring on. The chunk.

Friday, September 13, 2013

happy weekend



{ Weeee! }

Hope it's a great one.


Thursday, September 12, 2013

36/52





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

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Sofia: Looking over at my Polaroid camera longingly, you beamed with joy when I let you push the shutter button over and over.  You didn't even care that film wasn't popping out anymore, the simple joy of the flash firing was enough for you.  We spent the next twenty or so minutes taking pictures of each other and practicing our best "say cheese!" PS- every time I hear the phrase, "say cheese!" I can't help but think of this and laugh.

Alba: Sweet, newly-turned four month old.  I can't get over how much you're changing daily.  It has been so exciting to see bits of your sister, bits of me, bits of Papa shine through.  It's like a surprise daily to see what's in store for us next. You've been drooling like a water faucet and everyone thinks it's pretty darn hilarious - I'm wondering if this is the precursor to some brand new baby teeth?

PS- thanks to all of you on your super sweet encouragement and heartfelt comments on yesterday's post. I was in no way expecting that sort of support, my heart is full to the brim. I feel so much better just letting it all out sometimes, no matter how raw and un-pretty it is. When I feel that when I can write with honesty from a place that is close to my heart, everything is going to be okay. Hope you're all ready to start enjoying your weekends - I know I am!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

35/52 | why I'm not concerned over being a good blogger


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

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Sofia: Those weren't your toys, but you stared at the little boy until he offered to share them with you.
Alba:  Our dark-haired spring child has turned into a proper strawberry blonde. You sure enjoy your Papa's company. I do too.

Girls:  I've been soaking up every last bit of the two of you lately, so much so, that I have completely neglected this space here. To be honest, this "blogging" world can sometimes bring so much unnecessary stress and anxiety over the simple joy that it once brought me.  I think a lot about that very day I started this blog, pregnant with a bouncing, tiny babe dancing around in my belly for the first time.  I was nervous, and I was looking for a way to document my own transformation into young motherhood.  I never dreamed I would get to a point where it wouldn't just be me and my family reading over my past entries, getting a peek into our life, reading about my views and take on this world.  Of course, I am most grateful to have met so many amazing people along this journey, and also that so many of you still come by this space to read along.  I've felt more stress and anxiety over these past few weeks more than I have in a while, the popularity and cool demeanor of those bigger-blogger powerhouses that completely encompass my social media circle; sometimes, it's as if I can't escape it at all. This is why I've shut-down and logged out for the past few weeks and it has felt amazing to not be tied to any expectations or deadlines, losing sleep over whether I've scheduled a post or feeling sorry that I never have enough time to write.  I am not a popular blogger, but once I had a dream that I would really make a difference in the lives of young mums in this community. To create entertaining, educating, beautiful posts and content takes a tremendous amount of time.  More time than being a working, exclusively breastfeeding mother of two can offer me at the moment.  I am first above all things a wife and mother. I only have one day out of the entire week I can spend together with my entire family due to our conflicting work schedules, and you know what? I miss my husband.  Instead of staying up late to try and schedule blog posts, I'm trying to take that precious time when the girls are sleeping to snuggle up and watch a movie with Erick, or just sit and unwind, talking about our often crazy workdays.  I guess I just needed to finally let that out, to relieve some of the weight off my shoulders.  This isn't an end to blogging, but this is most certainly an end to trying to "keep up" with the joneses.  We're taking life at our own pace.  One that allows me to enjoy the experience of living, and not just documenting it.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

mum + bub skincare review + giveaway!


Happy Wednesday to all of you!  It's my favorite day of the week. Today, I spent a lazy day at home with the girls and one thing we all enjoy doing when we get a little stir crazy is to hop in a bubble bath together and relax for a bit. I've always bathed with my girls, its an experience I know I'll cherish looking back on forever.

When the wonderful people at aden + anais asked if I would review their new mum + bub skincare line, I immediately responded with a resounding "YES!" If anyone knows me, you know that I've already purchased every single swaddle they've ever made because I think they are the best things ever. I use them for everything under the sun: nursing covers, sleep blankets, sun shields, carseat covers, play blankets, and yes of course to swaddle Alba up at night. Knowing how much I already loved this company, I just knew that any avenue they pursued would have to turn out amazing - I was right.

Today I'm going to highlight on a few of the items sent to us from an honest point of view. I am never compensated to write up a review, so we're keeping it 100% real.  Let's get down to the nitty gritty:

THE HAIR + BODY WASH

The first thing I noticed was how these products smell distinctly of sandalwood.  Not overly-woodsy like sandalwood can often be, but much softer with a hint of vanilla. Perfect for a baby, a toddler, (or mom!) I love this scent. All of these products are natural and made without parabens, petroleum oils, phthalates, gluten, soy and any other nasties we don't like to have in our household. Cleansing with mainly the pawpaw fruit extract, the shampoo and body wash combo was gentle yet effective. If you're looking for lots of suds, as with any natural cleansers, this may not be for you. If you're used to gentle soap, you will love this.

THE BODY + FACE LOTION

This lotion was amazing.  We've used it for a good month now, and a little goes a long way.  It's thick without being greasy, yet it absorbs like silk into the skin.  The scent isn't overpowering, and your baby still smells like, well, a baby. It's survived many tumbles and curious toddler hands pumping out way more than needed - another A+ in my book.

THE SOOTHING OINTMENT

How did I live without this product for so long? Out of everything we tried, this was the resounding favorite with all family members. We have used it for diaper rash, chapped lips, soothing ow-ies, dry skin, and even on some strange rash Erick got under his arm.  Talk about a multi-use product! This stuff is liquid gold. The scent on this is slightly more vanilla than the other two products and I like it the most. I will be recommending this to all mums-to-be and pretty much everyone I know.


So, the best news of all is that one lucky Diapers & Skinny Jeans reader gets to take home the entire line of mum + bub products: a hair and body wash, ultra-gentle lotion, and a tube of the soothing ointment. Hurray!  To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below with a contact email (if not already linked to your blogger profile). We'll be leaving this giveaway open through September 5th, noon CST and choosing a winner via random.org and announcing it right back here on this post. For extra entries, see below:

• {+1} popping on over to the aden + anais facebook page and clicking "like"
• {+2} doing the same over on the diapers & skinny jeans page
• {+3} sharing this giveaway via your blog/instagram/twitter account

Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

Open to our international friends!  Best of luck!

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This giveaway is now closed.

Random.org chose comment number 5, Justyna from Justyna and Tyler.  Congratulations! I will be in contact via email soon.

Thank you all for your entries.