Category: Baby

How to have the best Mother’s Day EVER

How to have the BEST Mother's Day EVER | via A Designer Life

It’s been a year and a little bit since I became a mother, and oh what a journey it has been. On this beautiful Sunday, it is time to reflect upon the amazing sacrifices our own mothers made for us, so that we may not only survive in this world, but to grow and thrive. It’s only since I have birthed my first child, that I truly feel as if I understand the significance of this day, and the importance of recognizing the incredible (and often invisible) work that mother’s across the globe do.

On that note – I’d like to say, to all the amazing mothers, everywhere, that:

“YOU ARE DOING AN AMAZING JOB.”

“YOU ARE ENOUGH.”

“You are doing the very best you can with the resources that you have. I know you are.”

These are words that I really need to hear myself. Not just today, but every single day.

So, beautiful mama, how can you have the best Mother’s Day EVER? What should you do?

The secret is…

You don’t have to DO anything. You just have to BE.

By JUST BEING YOU, whoever you are, wherever you are in the world.

When you just BE, let it go and let it BE, the truly wonderful mama that you are will have a chance to shine through. No matter how many times you woke up last night, how many crumbs are on the bench, how many dishes in the sink, how many dirty clothes in the laundry, and how many toys on the floor.

Just breathe, breathe in deeply, let it out, and know that what you are doing matters. It is the most important job in the world. A gift to humanity.

So this Mother’s Day – it’s important to indulge in a little self care:

  • Don’t do any housework – it will wait until tomorrow
  • Don’t cook dinner – order takeaway or get someone else to cook
  • Take time to reflect – on who you are, your journey, your story, how incredibly significant you are – even if it’s just ten minutes of quiet time
  • Pour yourself a cup of tea and sit in the sunshine

And – just in case anyone wants to know what the perfect Mother’s Day gift list looks like for the BEST Mother’s Day EVER? Well…

An uninterrupted night’s sleep, a leisurely long sleep in, breakfast in bed, a back massage, a few fresh blooms and a piping hot cup of tea would be very much appreciated on this Mother’s Day. None of has to cost any money – but I know that these things would make my Mother’s Day the best one ever. Spouses take note!

So, on this beautiful Sunday in May, I wish all mamas a very HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

x Jess

The 52 Project 2014: 2/52

And here we find ourselves, frolicking through the second week of 2014 and nearly tripping head-first into the third, all from a mixture of road-tripping home from the Hunter Valley, sleep-deprivation, giddy New Years resolution-breaking, spending blissful long days with Nanny and Poppy visiting, little drives in Poppy’s truck to seek barista-made coffee, a walk up to Bunnings, a house full of chatter, a fridge full of veggies and spaghetti bolognase sauce, bookcase-moving and baby-gate installation. Oh yes, it’s a hive of activity around here!

Did I mention lack of sleep? Oh, that ol’ gripe again? Sleep has been a contentious issue around these parts this week. That is, not so much the lack of it (that too), but more the lack of continuity of it. And the preferred location of it. You see, Alira does not wish to sleep in her brand-new beautiful white wood cot with lovingly laundered vintage sheets. Despite our keenest efforts. No, no. She’ll take the biggest bed in the house, thanks. You’re welcome. I’m thinking I’ll have to invest in a spy-cam for nap-times to make sure there’s no mischief going on behind closed doors, in the absence of using a cot. A story for another day! So it is only fitting, now, that my 2/52 photo is of a peacefully napping infant.

For those of you curious about The 52 Project, I am joining in with Jodi of Practicing Simplicity. Pop over to her beautiful online space with a cup of herbal tea, and perhaps you will be inspired, too.

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“A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2014.”

/ taken on 9th January, nap time is fleeting, and precious. Here she is on Mama and Daddy’s bed for an afternoon rest, on a day that’s an unusual cool snap for the middle of the Australian summer. She wears a very special hand-knitted jumper from Czech and striped tights from Marquise. Nanny and Poppy nicknamed it the “Where’s Wally” outfit. Taken with an iPhone 5, it’s true, the camera you have with you.

x Jess

The 52 Project 2014: 1/52

I fell off the bandwagon for The 52 Project in 2013. Thankfully, the start of 2014 offers a fresh chance to start anew and make an effort. And, I am a bit late for 1/52, but here it is, barely a day before 2/52 is due to be revealed! My, oh my, how this January has gone fast, in a whirlwind of road trips, family gatherings, fresh food shopping expeditions, and late summer evenings punctuated by the song of cicadas.

For those of you new to the idea of The 52 Project, I am joining in with Jodi of Practicing Simplicity. Pop over to her beautiful online space with a cup of herbal tea, and perhaps you will be inspired, too.

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“A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2014.”

/ taken on the 4th of January, Miss Alira is a few days over 8 months old and has begun to slither… Whoops, backwards! No doubt aided by the lovely soft cotton dress (a special Christmas present) and the smooth floorboards at Nanna V’s house. We’ll be learning to move and navigate intentionally soon. Time to baby-proof the apartment!

x Jess

34/52

Inspired by Jodi, I have made the resolution to take a portrait of my daughter Alira each week throughout this year. Visit her at Che and Fidel and perhaps you’ll be inspired too.

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The 52 Project: “A portrait of our children, once a week, every week in 2013″

This week, I tripped and stumbled on the photography front. My big camera was out of reach, or out of battery. My second-biggest camera was out of memory, I was out of energy.

Three trips to IKEA later (don’t ask…) and big ambitions this week to child-proof the living room in anticipation of the months to come left me with very little sparkle to do much else.

They say that the best camera is the one you have with you. This statement was true for me this week, and iPhone camera it was. I will try again harder next week.

Once again, two portraits to share with you.

/ daytime. Afternoon quiet time resting on my tummy, those long lashes, and those perfected formed cheek contours that are just so kissable, bathed in back light.

/ night. Exhausted, after a big day out at the farmers market, she falls asleep without a peep on her Daddy’s shoulder. This never happens.

These are the little things I want to remember.

x

33/52

Inspired by Jodi, I have made the resolution to take a portrait of my daughter Alira each week throughout this year. Visit her at Che and Fidel and perhaps you’ll be inspired too.

Alira 32 of 52 via A Designer Life

The 52 Project: “A portrait of our children, once a week, every week in 2013″

Once again this week, I couldn’t decide which photo to post of Alira, so I left it at two.

/ the first, a little blurry, but the only snapshot that captures the look of joy and delight she gives me that is oh so fleeting.

/ after more than a few photos, she is definitely over this session, and prefers to pretend I am not there, turning away to suck her hand.

x

The 52 Project: 32/52

I have decided to join Jodi from Che and Fidel on the 52 Project. Life goes so quickly with a little one in the house, and I want to remember these days. I want to be in the moment, make still the moment, and savour the memory in years to come. I discovered Jodi’s blog at about the time of my little one’s birth, and was deeply inspired by the weekly images. Alas, it has taken me three and a half months to get around to this post. Yes, I have taken thousands of images, many of them very pretty, on whichever device was nearest to hand, usually little camera and phone camera. But now, I am unearthing and dusting off the big camera again, after a year or so of hibernation throughout my pregnancy. It is time to be intentional with my image-making again.

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The 52 Project: “A portrait of our children, once a week, every week in 2013”

I couldn’t decide which photo to post of Alira, so settled on two of my favourites from this session. I wanted to capture her wearing an incredible knitted jumper handmade by the very talented mother of one of our amazing friends – and sent as a gift in the mail all the way from Czech.

/ she eyes me suspiciously from the safety of her bassinet as I peep at her with my big camera through the cane handles.

/ those beautiful hands. Elegant, delicate long fingers (she’s going to be a Javanese dancer one day, I am sure) and sharp little nails that just grow and grow and grow.

x

(PS. This week I am loving this image of pure joy).

Baby Bump to Baby

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Still can’t believe I went from baby bump to real-life baby.

Still can’t believe that a little over 3 months ago my life changed in a big way. In a blur of sleepless nights, staring into beautiful big brown eyes, midnight wakening, nursing in the early morning, newborn cuddles, chubby baby snuggles in the big bed, first smiles and giggles, and my selfish heart bursting with  unconditional love for a little creature that emerged from a mere little seed one year ago – here I am on the other side. A little sleepy and dazed, but definitely happy, and very wide eyed on this journey of discovery that is motherhood.

One day, I would love to print these two photos as and hang them as a diptych in my little girl’s room. In the meantime, I might put on another load of washing, and catch up on some sleep!

The inspiration for this photo compilation came from this post on Oh You Pretty Things.