Dear Oskar // 10 Months

2014/07/14

As I sit and watch you play it blows my mind. It doesn’t seem that long ago your day mostly consisted of sitting in a bouncy seat. Now you are all over the place. Crawling quickly towards the fridge any time the door opens, chasing the cat, pulling toys out of the cabinet, climbing on the coffee table (that’s new as of today).

In places where you are familiar and comfortable you are a loud, chatty, active little boy. But in new spots or around people you are much more reserved and easily shaken. An overly excited greeting from a stranger will have put a pout on your face mighty quick. I bet since it’s summer and you’re getting out of the house more often you’ll start to open up a bit more.

You are so smiley. Lots of variations too. You have a sneaky smirk, a sweet smile, a crazy smile, a toothy smile. I love them all. Just the other night I thought about how your Papa and I probably smile so much more now that you’re around. So thank you for your smiles and ours.

This past week you and I took a little road trip and had our first camping trip while your Dad was out of town. You did great! Even though it rained almost the whole time, had major storms at night, and our car didn’t start the next day. You slept right through the storms and the rain didn’t bother you a bit as you and your buddy Peter played. We have a few more trips planned already and I’m so excited! ozcamp1

Sight: We finally hung the book ledge and now Oskar can pick out his book before bed each night. He is OBSESSED with Where’s Spot. So much so that I have to hide or else it must be read 152 times. Also, haven’t they figured out flap books that’s flaps can’t be ripped off?

Smell: Still big fans of this oil, but would love an everyday lotion for him. Preferably natural, light & scent free. Any suggestions?

Sound: Oskar has started listening pretty well – as in hearing what we are saying, and knowing what we are saying, but not always obeying. There is a  lot of “not in your mouth.” I’m trying not to use the word NO and instead be more descriptive or give an alternative, like “that’s not your toy, here play with this.” I feel like if I am just saying NO all day it’ll lose its meaning and I’d rather reserve it for urgent moments.

Taste: Feeding himself is preferred these days and while it works out well with some foods, it doesn’t work so well with others and he ends up pretty frustrated. I’ve been trying to give him a combination at dinner so he can hold his own piece of bread or eat cheerios while I spoon him some mashed vegetables.

Touch: Dirty feet and bruised legs. Sure sign that this kid is enjoying the summer!

It’s Not Always Pretty

2014/07/07

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My Instagram feed and blog, along with so many others, portray a pretty picture. Fun days at the beach, smiling babies, clean homes, awesome hair days (like the one above). Today I realized one reason why you see the good and not the bad is because when the day is going to shit or you are covered in shit (literally) there is no time to grab your camera. Back to the best Monday ever, warning: not for the squeamish…

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Happy Summer

2014/07/03

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Going to enjoy the summer with my boys. Be back on Monday. Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday! xoxo

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Lately

2014/06/26

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Sorry to go all silent on you. After a great weekend with friends and a laid back Father’s Day, we entered one of our toughest weeks as parents yet, Oskar’s surgery. We knew for a while that he would most likely have surgery for a relatively common issue boys run into. I debated writing about it, since it’s quite personal. And I picture having a teenage boy one day being super pissed at me. But, let’s be honest… there aren’t that many of you reading, he won’t be that age for a long time, blogs will probably be replaced with like drone delivered holographic vlogs or some shit, and if by some chance this still exists a decade from now and he isn’t comfortable sharing – I’ll delete it. Sorry Oskar, here’s the story…

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Round

2014/06/16

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A little round inspiration for your Monday.

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Five Senses For Friday

2014/06/06

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It’s Friday! Huzzah! This weekend we have a lot of great plans. Saturday we are meeting up with some friends from Traverse City at a potluck picnic in town. Maybe I’ll try a recipe from my new cookbook, Feeding the Whole Family, so many great recipes and good modifications for tiny eaters. Then that evening heading over to our favorite spot, Bill’s Beer Garden with some other friends (early so we can get space with our stroller brigade). And Sunday I’m super excited for the Pop Up Flea in Detroit. And of course a (responsibly) boozy brunch beforehand. Hope you have a great weekend planned for yourself!

Sight: This home calls for it’s own post, but I just couldn’t wait, it’s too good.

Smell: Hot sweaty weather is here, I just ordered this fancy deodorant to take a break from Tom’s for a while.

Sound: I like this single from First Aid Kit. The full album comes out in just a few days.

Taste: If you follow me on instagram, you’ll know that iced coffee season is my favorite season. While looking for the best way to make some cold brew I came across these awesome coffee guides from Blue Bottle Coffee.

Touch: Every year I lust over a crisp white summer dress, but never end up buying. This one will be hard to pass up.

Bucket Bag

2014/06/04

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The MANSUR GAVRIEL bucket bag might be the most perfect bag of all time… except it’s hard to find and out of my price range, but aside from that, PERFECT.

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Dear Oskar // 9 Months

2014/06/03

20140603-194339-71019405.jpgOh buddy, you are one wiggly wild little man. The days of me getting anything done while you’re awake are on the verge of over, but that’s ok, I hate cleaning anyway. Your army crawl has quickened and you can now pull yourself up onto things, like the glass topped coffee table on castors (a.k.a. extreme face basher). You are shy and observant around strangers or in new places, but at home you loudly chat away. “Tickletagot” was your new favorite word for a while but lately it seems to be reserved for when you are reading.

We took our first family trip to the zoo and boy was it interesting. We started the trip out seeing the polar bears swim, but you were mostly distracted by the screaming kids. You get upset when other kids scream or cry. I love the idea of going to the zoo, seeing these beautiful creatures in person and reading about each one. But once there I am immediately faced with guilt. The orangoutangs really set it in this time, I watched as a family in front of us repeatedly rammed their stroller into the glass trying to get the perfect picture with the sleepy guy leaning on the glass. I’m sure he is well taken care of and loved by his keepers, but it still makes me feel uncomfortable. I’ll do some zoo research before (if) we take another trip and when you’re older we’ll talk about it.

You are determined, sweet, funny, sensitive, strange and so loved. This is going to be a great summer and I can’t believe it will end with your first birthday. Slow down child!

Sight: Peek-A Who? is a favorite around here. And one of the only things that can keep him on his back during a diaper change.

Smell: Our rain forest of a backyard is in full effect. I like to take Oskar around to smell the different flowers that have bloomed.

Sound: Dance machine. He love to bounce, rock, and clap to music. It’s so fun to watch him react when a song comes on that he particularly likes.

Taste: My boy loves food, just like his mama. He loves munching on a chunk of baguette or croissant and just recently began to suck down a squeeze packet in record time.

Touch: He literally wants to touch everything all the time.

Linen Love

2014/05/29

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Summer has arrived. Our frigid winter has been replaced with muggy warmth and rain. I love it! Sleeping with the window open, listening to a storm and waking up to a rain forest of birds. The only thing that could possibly make this better is a bed of linen sheets… and maybe a baby that sleeps through the night, but I digress…

I have been on the hunt for a set of beautiful linen sheets and a duvet or coverlet, there are quite a few great options, but none too cheap. I have a feeling I’ll love them and it may be worth the investment. Have you slept on linen? Is it worth it?

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Memorial Weekend

2014/05/21

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My ideal way to kick off the summer is with a good ole backyard celebration. Wouldn’t it be fun to spice it up a bit, swap out the hotdogs for shrimp, make a big pitcher of a new cocktail, throw on a comfortable jumpsuit and dare I say… a pair of birks (come on, I live in Ann Arbor, what do you want). I don’t know about you, but I’m ready  break out the lawn games and summer jams. What are your plans for this holiday weekend?

 

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