Friday, January 30, 2009
We, or should I say, I had an unusually long early morning with our wee one. For the past two days he's been waking up at 4:30 due to his diaper and then, as he's awake, wants to play. Not eat. Play.
He's very sweet about it, but it's not his norm and I'm finding myself very tired. I have no qualms about letting him fuss it out as one, he's not my first, so I know he's not being hurt by crying for a little while. And two, consistent sleep in necessary for a child to be healthy and develop properly. At least this is what I tell myself when he fusses for his "Muma".
It breaks my heart.
After a little while he'll go back to sleep, and I know this is a phase his little body is going through. It will pass soon enough so it's not a big deal. He'll still wake up happy and his day will proceed like normal. He'll sleep beautifully during the day and night, eat well, play happily, and perhaps his diaper will wake him up at 4:30. Or maybe not.
I just wish I could be like my husband at times like this. He can go without sleep and function normally-without coffee. How is that normal?
No matter. The little one is back asleep after his morning bottle and will wake in about an hour or two for his breakfast. No harm is done by this slight hiccup in his sleep pattern, and he's definitely no worse for wear. So if he's fine and happy, that's what is most important.
I'll be fine and dandy...
As long as no one takes my morning coffee. Ha!
A lovely weekend to you all. Tonight is sleepover night, and things are bound to get fun and frolicky with the girls. Pictures to come-I'll see you all in Photographic February.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Have I told you all how much I adore Etsy?
Not only is it great to support people brimming with talent, but I love making purchases from those with cool vintage ware.
For example...See that gorgeous snake-skin handbag above?
I bought it.
Leigh, from Found, Now Home, has her own Etsy store, Lois and the Ladybug. Named after her beautiful little one, this vintage boutique has fabulous items from fabrics to purses to shoes to dishware. There's even a book about my home of New Orleans that I'm hoping to purchase very soon.
It's just a suggestion, but this Southern Lady thinks you should check out what she has available. The items are fantastic, as are the prices. Just click on the link attatched to the store name and enjoy!
Me? I'm going to figure out just when I'm going to take my new clutch out for a night on the town.
Thanks again, Leigh!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I do have family that check on our blossoming blog, and this is our way of communicating at times.
Once February first hits, be sure to check in daily as you see our life-and Charlotte-captured in colorful and sometimes amusing images. And look for this southern lady as she will be celebrating a birthday!
Have a lovely day, all. My eldest is celebrating Student Appreciation Day and with no homework this evening (which is something we're unaccustomed to), much fun will be had as we prepare for this weekends big sleepover party.
See you in February!
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Charlotte has many wonderful restaraunts. But cafes and bakeries? Not so much. Perhaps it's because this is a banking metropolis. I would think that bankers, auditors, investors, and other employees would need a sugar fix, but apparantly for them coffee is the way to go.
The other bake shop is Vela Delight. I'm really looking forward to trying these out not only for the many delicious options, but to show support to the young girl who runs and owns the store. She started it as an experiment earlier last year and her love for food and art created this incredible online bake shop. And when I say she's young, I mean not even in high school young.
Isn't that encouraging? To see a child show such passion and work hard for something she loves? In a world where so many feel entitled, I'm betting her cupcakes will be as refreshing as her story.
I'll let you all know!A very sweet weekend to you all.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
After many a discussion, our family decided that we'd enjoy a nice slice of apple pie (a la mode) in celebration of our 44th President. We've been watching the festivites all morning, but to be honest, President-elect Obama has been eclipsed by our first snow-fall.
Our eldest has had an extra day tacked on for no school, thus her four day weekend is now a blissfully snow-filled fifth. Our wee one just couldn't help but get excited. He knew something was going on, but unsure as to what, took a cue from his big sister and bounced around happily, squealing and laughing with her.
He is now bundled up in his crib, fast asleep. The snow completely wore him out.
But before that...
Every year that we have this day off, I enjoy the extra time that is spent with my family. But as my eldest has grown I've become increasingly concerned that the message of this day is becoming lost.
Today should be a day of service and giving back, not simply an extra day off of school or work. It shouldn't be about the final day of a great sale. It should be about what Dr. King preached: reaching out to your fellow man; embracing differences and working together.
Several mother's and I were discussing this during a recent prayer group and while I'm very guilty of doing the above, I'd like to try and change. It may take baby steps, but every ltitle bit counts.
If there were one thing you couild do to honor the spirit of today, what would you do?
Sunday, January 18, 2009
I began reading Kelly Stamp's family blog a while ago, celebrating the big moment when she discovered that she and her husband, Scott, were expecting their child. As a mother who knows just how hard it is to bring life into this world, this was a triumph on many levels. God answered their prayers just as he had ours.
Harper Brown Stamps was born on January 16th, full term and a very healthy weight and size. Due to a possible lung/heart complication, she is also in very critical condition. Please follow the link attatched to the icon if you wish to offer the Stamp family your support and prayers. Their story is not unique, but is meaningful and proof that God touches the lives of everyone great and small.
Right now someone very small needs all of our most heart-felt prayers. Even if you're not the religious sort or the praying type, kind thoughts can still give a worried mind ease. Kelly and Scott are truly inspirational as they are celebrating that their daughter is here and fighting.
Please take a moment out of your day to celebrate your own miracles, and remember that nothing is impossible with God's love.
Friday, January 16, 2009
And without further ado, may I present the most fabulous little boy's room. Ever.
For a Blossoming Beau...
Many of you will recognize this image from Domino magazine. The upholstered headboards with nailhead trim, the injection of unexpected, fun colors. It's energizing and quirky-perfect for my son. In certain aspects it's a bit bold for my tastes, but I love the concept. Colors and patterns can be suited to taste, so it's not a big deal.
My question is...what sort of other fabrics and colors would you consider for our little boy's room? Like I said, planning way ahead is not out of character, and it will certainly make things easier when it comes time to make this change.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
You are trying to keep up with your eight-year old sister, after all.
In a bid to continue your momentous growth towards boyhood, last night you delighted myself and eldest by standing up in your crib. You were tickled with yourself, pleased as punch that you could do what the big people do. You continued to stand throughout the remainder of the night, not quite as happy since you hadn't figured out how to get back down. That was allright. I was happy to help and give you extra snuggles in the quietest of the pre-dawn hours.
You are so different from your sister in your personality. Boisterous, emotional, gregarious. But these have become parts of you that I cherish as they've helped define the little guy you are. You already have an advantage over most of us-you know what you like, you know when you need it. Sometimes it makes you a little more demanding than I'd like, but you're a baby. We can practice self-control when you're a little older.
Like next week.
Joking aside, you remind me of eldest in your other traits and quirks. You refuse to crawl, insisting quite vocally that you're a walker like the rest of us. Your legs simply don't know it yet. You smile at everyone, have the sunniest disposition. You can be taken anywhere at anytime and always behave beautifully. Do you know how many compliments your behavior receives? You love people; being held, talked to, and surrounded by them. Crowds don't bother you, neither does noise. Maybe this is why you sleep at night and now that you're finally being fed regular meals like the rest of us, during the day, too.
You share your sister's beauty, which you can thank your father and I for. We do make good-looking children, don't we? You'll continue to thank us when you're older and your phone won't stop ringing because of all of the proper young ladies who would like to hold hands and go out for milkshakes with you. And if you're really feeling wild, maybe you'll go to a sock-hop.
This month ahead promises many more milestones and as you push yourself daily to keep up with your older family of three, you'll reach some before I'm ready. But you'll be ready. And isn't that what counts?
Thank you for blessing my life every day. Your laughter, tears, and constant stream of chatter brings a light into the life of this family we only hoped we'd experience again.
We love you, precious boy,
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Did I mention my husband's office needs chairs? Perhaps I can persuade him to loves these as much as I do.
So if you all didn't know about this sale-now you do. I insist you go out immediately and enjoy the thrifty ways to design your home with style, courtesy of Target.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
And apparantly I wasn't the only one who enjoyed all of the lovely sleep. Below is my wee one as he wakes from an afternoon nap. Eldest is there as always to greet him with love and a smile.