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Loving: Knitwear for babies

1 Oct

Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 11.10.32 PMExactly one week ago, I participated in a focus group for a luxury knitwear company for children and have been obsessed with knitwear for babies every since. Before that, I’d always associated “knit”-anything with bulky, misshapen sweaters in atrociously ugly colors. To me, it seemed like it would be itchy, too delicate, and too warm for my daughter.

Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 10.03.57 PMHappily, I was wrong. Knitwear has changed since grandma took up her needles and now it’s all about fine gauge, baby alpaca in gorgeous, muted, pastel tones. It’s expensive, but it’s also lightweight, non-bulky, and provides excellent warmth.

The word “heirloom” is also thrown around a lot too because handmade knitwear really lasts compared to the more affordable, machine-knit stuff you can pickup at the mall. If you know me at all, you know I admire and appreciate family heirlooms.

AND THE STYLES! Squeeeeee. I’m on cloud nine picturing Emilia toddling about this winter, layered in bespoke little knit bloomers, playsuits, and rompers. I’m going to have to learn to knit first since I’m incapable of not attempting to do everything myself, but that didn’t stop me from excitedly perusing Instagram for inspiration and starting a Pinterest board of projects I like.

Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 11.07.53 PMI love this feed of Nordic children’s fashion by Norsk_Barnemote (pictured above) and if you follow me on Instagram, you probably already saw my #followfriday, but if not — check it out. I’m dying over the outfit styling of Guroubisch’s feed (pictures one and two from the top) and cannot wait to completely overhaul Emilia’s winter wardrobe with beautiful knitwear that I made for her.

How about you? Do you have any obsessions you’re excited about as we head into fall?

Emilia: Starting solids

15 Sep



We started solids with Emilia! I don’t know who was more excited, me or Brian. I know that breastmilk is recommended for the entire first year of a baby’s life, but I stillI experienced a moment of sadness when I realized that starting solids would probably mean a gradual reduction in breastfeeding, but it just reminded me to treasure every moment I get to spend snuggled with her while she nurses.I did some research into starting solids but not my usual in-depth study and planned to follow our pediatricians instructions to begin her with rice cereal since it’s the least allergenic, then move to green veggies, all other veggies, then fruits, then mixes, as he recommended. Thankfully, my quick research into organic rice cereals returned that one of the more popular organic rice cereals had the highest levels or arsenic. So I picked up some non-organic Beechnut brand rice cereal since it had the best rating on Goodguide and also grabbed some Gerber organic and Beechnut oatmeal.

We started Emilia on the rice cereal on September 1st, a few days after her 5-month birthday, but quickly transitioned to the oatmeal for the next feeding since the arsenic issue worried me. I mixed the cereals with breastmilk to ease the transition but forgot that I’d done it when Brian and I sampled the rice cereal; it was so sweet! E’s facial expressions as she tasted it were hilarious but she wouldn’t quite open her mouth at that first feeding. She was hesitant but intrigued. We only fed her a few mouthfuls, but it was fun. Brian took a quick video and of course, there are lots of photos.

Since then, over the past two weeks we’ve done oatmeal mixed with breastmilk every day or so in the morning or around lunch, slowly changing the consistency to be less liquidy. By this past weekend, E was opening her mouth to accept the spoon and saying “Mmm, mmm” as she ate for Brian.

Today, (September 14), I fed Emilia her first vegetable —organic green squash— and she absolutely LOVED it. I just steamed it then pureed it in the Vitamix. She said “MMM, mmm” after every mouthful, it was the adorable. I’d wanted to start her on something a little more flavorful, like asparagus, but decided on squash this morning for some reason I couldn’t name. I was so thrilled with how well our first veggie experience went, I smooshed a little of the banana I ate after I fed her and let her eat it off my finger. (Shhh. Don’t tell daddy that mommy is totally doing whatever she wants now.) Emilia was thrilled as she tasted it. Baby girl is enjoying solids as we anticipated!

After doing a little more research on solids tonight, I learned that squash (and banana coincidentally) are two of the five best beginner solids. Squashes are monosaccharides and easy for babies to digest, as opposed to the more complex polysaccharides found in those other foods. They’re a great source of carbohydrates as well as loads of vitamins. And with their electrolytes, calcium, magnesium, and potassium, bananas are another great option for beginner solids.

A few things I’ve learned:

  • Not to do feedings in the morning when milk production is best. Better to offer solids in the evening when production naturally slows.
  • We’re “introducing” solids, not feeding a meal. The point is to get Emilia used to new tastes and textures, not force-feed a specific amount or try to “fill her up”
  • Breastmilk is still #1 as far as nutritional needs for the first year; solids should be a supplement, not vice-versa
  • Begin new foods in the morning

It’s been fun so far but I know we have a long way to go. I think I’m going to make a chart in excel to track what we’ve tried so far and what is up next. 

Sources: Mama Natural, Dr. Sears

My new decluttering strategy

14 Sep
source: desire to inspire
My apartment, or I should say — the clutter taking over my apartment — has driven me to make some quick and drastic changes recently. I’m a sentimental person by nature but also practical and creative which is to say that I like to hoard things that could someday be useful to me. This is also the reason I love yard sales, thrifting, and trash day. I can’t count how many chairs, desks, and dressers have come into my life as potential projects over the years.

The problem is that these “projects” are piled up all around me in their chipped and unfinished states and drain me both emotionally AND physically. They’re a constant reminder of my ever-growing To Do list which causes stress, but they also physically crowd me and waste my time as I search for things, so I’ve been re-assessing everything in my path lately using the simplest question: Does this bring me joy? 

So simple. The too-big shoes I spent so much on but never wear. The cookbooks I’ve never cracked open. The beauty products I’ve never used. At some point, these things may have excited me with their newness or potential, but they don’t bring me joy anymore. In fact, in many cases these things clutter my life and make it impossible for me to enjoy the things that do bring me joy so you can imagine how freeing it is to cleanse myself of them.

It’s amazingly lightening. Since I started to clean out, I’ve slept more soundly and found myself devoting more time to the things I do love — like reading and teaching myself to play a new instrument. It’s wonderful.

I’d love to hear how you combat clutter in your home. Tips and tricks welcome!


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