Wednesday, October 30, 2013

guest post | ashley from stork & the beanstalk


Hey there, I'm Ashley and I write over on The Stork & The Beanstalk. I contacted Kate some time ago about doing a guest post over on my blog as I'm out recovering from some pretty major back surgery. Kate was kind enough to invite me to guest post here as well, so thank you, Kate, for having me on your lovely corner of the worldwide web.

Kate wrote a post a while back, prior to the birth of her beautiful Alba, about her fear of loving a second child. It was something that I related to so deeply to on so many levels as I had experienced the same fears. I am the mother of two boys; Hooper will be three in November and Van turned one in July.



Ready for a dose of honesty? It took me longer to love Van than it did Hooper. I was a bit surprised by it because everything I read, prior to giving birth, talked about how your love multiplies rather than divides and blah blah blah. It wasn’t like that for me; not right away, at least.

When I was handed Hooper, on the operating room table, I loved him instantly. I immediately felt protective. And despite his swollen face and cone shaped head, I thought he was the most beautiful thing alive.

None of this is to say that my love for Van wasn’t instant as well. It was. I felt protective of him too. But there was a difference.

I learned, through loving Hooper, that my capacity for love on the day he was born piddled in comparison to the love I had for him just a few months later. It’s like the song says, I love him more today than yesterday but not as much as tomorrow.

So when Van was born, I loved him, but I knew that love would only grow bigger; I knew the love I had that day was naive to the love it would grow to be.

And I was right. Because the love I have for this little guy today blows any emotion that I referred to as love before out of the water. Right around the third to fourth month of life, he stole my heart. And then, at six months, he owned me. And now, at a year, I can say my they were right all along; my love did multiply.
It multiplied so much so that I think I need to see a dentist because I'm constantly clinching my teeth together because my heart can barely stand it. 

What was your experience like with loving a second? Did it happen instantly or did it take some time for you as well?

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please join me in thanking ashley for posting here!
she has been recuperating from major surgery and we wish her the best.
lots of prayers and good vibes sent your way, lovely 
x

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

42/52



42/52

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

Sofia - forever my fearless, lone explorer.  There are no limits for you.
Alba - gifts from the sweetest of friends, finally cool enough to wear your toque. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

41/52





41/52

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

Sofia - meeting the newest member of the De La Rosa family.  Welcome to the world, Emilia!
Alba - tummy time is finally welcomed again, cutest toes curled in excitement

Thursday, October 17, 2013

40/52




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

40/52

Sofia - piggy back rides through the city on the very best papa there is
Alba - munching on your swaddle and looking particularly dressed up before a family party

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

39/52





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

39/52

Sofia - windowsill dancer with her still-tattooed legs
Alba - enjoying time on her belly more now than the early weeks

Sunday, October 06, 2013

a shoot in the city





A very busy weekend, indeed. Hope yours was splendid as well. We have lots more to share regarding a certain lovely shop that's launching soon.  You can follow along at offswitchblog.com for details as things progress.

(shot at the beautiful savage loft in lakeview)

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

38/52



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

38/52

Sofia: a bit of an incident with a permanent marker
Alba: the receiver of the best kisses of all time

happy october to all of you! we are slowly catching up with our portrait weeks around here- can you believe we are already on week 38?! also, you may notice things a bit wonky with the site for a while, so please pardon the dust as this space gets a bit of a fall make-under.