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Bash by the month // zero to six

May 26, 2017

Before Bash was born I saw so many cute ideas on Pinterest and Instagram for monthly photos of baby’s first year. There are SO many.

I had grand plans to do something super creative. After all, I’m a photographer! I should totally be able to pull of something suuuper creative, right? Um. Yeah. Right.

That first month flew by in about 2.5 seconds so when the end of the month arrived I had no plan. I did however have this blanket that I absolutely love (thanks Liz!) so I put it on the floor, laid Bash down in whatever he was wearing at the time, and took some photos. Good enough.

Three seconds later it was the end of month two and time for another photo so once again I just laid Bashipants down on the same blanket, in what he was wearing at the time, and took more photos. By the time he was three months old I was committed to this blanket and saw that a clothing theme has accidentally emerged too. It seemed like all the ingredients I needed had somehow come together and six (almost seven) months later I’m happy to say that it is working out wonderfully and so far I haven’t missed a month. Yay!

So if you are pregnant or a brand new parent and are overwhelmed with not wanting to miss out on cute things like this than here is my advice for you:

  • keep it simple. You won’t have the time or energy to do something complicated every month.
  • consistency is key. Use the same blanket, location, color scheme, etc for each photo and by the end they will all go together nicely.
  • choose something they won’t out grow. When Bash was a newborn the blanket looked huge! But six months later he has already reached the edges. Oops.
  • bonus: add a stuffy or prop into the photos so you can see how much baby has grown every month in comparison! This alligator made it into the first photo because we thought it was funny that it was the same size as Bash and then I just kept putting it in for a few photos once I got the other photos done. I love seeing the size difference!

Now lets all collectively cross our fingers that I can keep this up for the next 6 months too! And that I figure out some way to keep using this same blanket that he’s quickly outgrowing… any suggestions?

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Tuesday night thoughts

May 17, 2017

Well, it looks like this is slowly becoming more of a diary than a DIY blog these days. I guess I do call it a lifestyle blog so this would be that ‘life’ part?

Life has seasons and the season I’m in right now has a lot less space for crafts and projects and blogging. But I like knowing that I have this little place to come back to when the evening is quiet and life pauses just long enough for me to realize I miss it here.

So here I am.

Tuesday night, baby is sleeping, Matt is away on another work trip, my to-do list for the day got it’s final check mark not long ago, and instead of doing the dishes or watching tv I came here instead. I feel like that was a good decision.

So, what’s on my mind then….

Being grateful that circumstances changed and we’re no longer moving to a new place. We get to stay right here! No stress of finding a new place before the end of the month, or packing, or all those not-fun things that comes from moving. Yay!

Looking forward to June and having life slip back into normalcy with Matt being done all his work trips for the year and me able to work more. And our weird little self-employed life giving us a lot of time to spend together this summer.

Wishing I made more time to do some of the things I used to do in my pre-mom days. Don’t get me wrong, I love my life and I’m very aware that I’m the one that chooses how I spend my time, but with family, work, and normal life things filling my to-do lists there isn’t usually a whole lot of time left over for frivolous things. Things like taking photos just because. Or making something just for the sake of making. Or even posting on Instagram. Things that might seem pointless or silly, but they’re things I enjoy. And will one day bring back into my life when the time is right.

Feeling… sleepy. Time to go to bed. Good night world!

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Some Lovely Things for April

April 11, 2017

With spring in the air and Easter just around the corner I’ve rounded up a bunch of…. completely unrelated things that I’ve found around the internet lately haha. But I hope you enjoy them like I do!

these simplified steps to make a photo book (that’s almost motivating me to do another one) // and these IKEA hacks (for the tiny cooks)

these gorgeous ceramics (that I want to buy all of) // and this highly impractical bag (that I love anyway)

this post about guilt (that I need to remember and practice) // and this one (that I also relate to quite a lot)

this tattoo (that I’m in love with) // and these illustrations (that I would love prints of)

this dress (that gives me all the heart-eyes) // and this one (for the little ladies)


Friday night thoughts

April 8, 2017

Tonight I am…

counting down the hours until Matt is home from his 12 day work trip (19 right now incase you’re wondering)

appreciating Bash’s early bedtime and that its gives me a few solid hours to get things done (or to scroll Instagram and catch up on Grey’s)

drinking another cup of tea (because it’s still cold and rainy outside)

watching the gold medal game of the Women’s World Cup of Hockey (to try and catch glimpses of Matt while he’s shooting)

and also binge-watched Big Little Lies this week (so intense, but so good)

listening to Ed Sheeran’s new album, Divide (‘Supermarket Flowers’ anyone?)

thinking about our upcoming move (and how we still need to find a new house to move to)

dreaming about summer and taking Bash to the beach (and the park, and for ice cream, and doing all the summer things together)

checking everything off my to-do list this week (except for getting Bash a passport because I’ve officially given up on that process after my 5th attempt)

counting down the hours until Matt is home from his 12 day work trip (18 now incase you’re wondering)

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In like a lion, out like a lamb

April 2, 2017

March has been quite the month… and I have to say I’m glad to see it go.

Not that it was bad or overly hard, but I guess it was mostly just exhausting.

Bash had never been able to nap without someone holding him – probably because we always did that when he was a newborn and just never stopped. Which I in no way regret because newborn cuddles are seriously the best. But after 4 months of that we realized that it would be better for all of us if he could learn to sleep on his own.

I always nursed him to sleep at night too and he would wake up every 2-4 hours depending on the night. But he would only ever be awake for under 10 minutes and then we’d both go right back to sleep so I was good with that. But then things started to change. He began waking up more often during the night and not falling back asleep afterwards. After a few too many nights of us rocking and bouncing him back to sleep for far too long we both decided that this isn’t something we wanted to do anymore.

So we did the dreaded sleep training.

I’ve learned that this is a weirdly taboo subject in the parenting world, and maybe that’s because people are extra judgey about it. I don’t know. But if everyone does what’s best for their child and their family then who are we to judge?

I didn’t mean for this to be the focus of my Saturday night thoughts so I’ll just say that although sleep training doesn’t work for everyone, it worked for us. Bash now naps on his own with little to no crying and sleeps a solid 12 hours at night with usually one 3:30am feeding.

But it was also the most exhausting, draining thing I think I’ve ever done. So that’s how our March began.

By the middle of the month things were normalizing again and coasting along nicely… until some unforeseen circumstances changed and we decided it’s time to move out of our apartment that we’ve lived in since we got married 3.5 years ago.

Now I’m all good with change and this is the longest I’ve lived in one city, never mind the same apartment, since I moved out of my parent’s house 10 years ago. But it’s different this time.

This was our first home together. This is the place we brought our baby home to. The place all of our married couple memories are. All of our family memories are between these walls. Almost 4 years of life was lived over these creaky floors and beige walls. It’s going to be hard to leave.

**Edit: We’re not moving anymore! Life is funny, circumstances changed again, and long story short is we get to stay here. Yay!

The month ended with Matt heading out of town for work for 2 weeks, which we’re almost half way through as I type this. It’s always hard when he’s away, but it makes it so that he can be home with us a lot more when he’s back so that makes up for it. Being photographers (and self-employed) is weird sometimes, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Except maybe winning the lottery and not having to work at all ;)

I’m trying to use this time to reconnect with friends, check some things off my to-do list, and… well that’s pretty much it.

There’s a lot of changes coming our way, but there’s also things to look forward to and that’s what I’m trying to focus on. The weather is changing and with spring in the air things have a way of feeling new and hopeful.

So here’s to new beginnings and fresh starts.