Monday, April 29, 2013

"A portrait of Avienne once a week, every week, in 2013."

Dix-sept :: Our little Austinite enjoying her first time at Eeyore's birthday party.

I just love this picture of Avienne.  It is so characteristic of her these days - her legs crossed at the ankles (always), her little hands clapping with delight (often), her two little teeth poking out from her big smile, and an all-around happy baby doing what she loves most: swinging.  This was Avienne's first time at Eeyore's Birthday Party, one of our favorite Austin (and family) traditions.  She generally loves being outside and around people, so she really enjoyed spending the day surrounded by fun-loving folks at Pease Park.  I love seeing the outgoing and happy little person she is becoming - most definitely taking after her Papa in the personality department, too, it would seem.  

Linking up with Jodi's 52 Project.

Avienne and her reflection

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Avienne loves the mirror. For pretty much her whole life, I've been taking her to the mirror each morning to wave "hello" and say "good morning" to our reflections.  Lately, every time we pass in front of a mirror, she grins like she's seeing an old friend.  And, if I leave her in front of her reflection long enough, she'll start being the silly girl she is when she's around other babies. 

Last night, before bed, she was being silly as ever, so I grabbed my phone and took a few funny pictures.  Then, this morning, she went on for about ten minutes with her reflection and I caught a few minutes of it on video. She cracks me up, my sweet fille.


Shop my closet!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

While pre-packing for our upcoming trip to France, I've been cleaning out my closet and decided to sell a few things HERE.  (I've noticed this shop-my-closet trend on Instagram [brilliant!] and decided to hop on the bandwagon.)  It's mostly clothes from my closet, but I also plan on selling a few of Avienne's once we get back from our trip.  Have a gander, if you'd like.


Monday, April 22, 2013

The past couple of weeks have been super busy, so sorry for all the crickets over here on the blog.  I've been working on a side-project that's been occupying a lot of that time (and doing a number on my nerves, too) (also, more on that later), but besides that, we've been keeping busy with family and friends, enjoying time outside before the summer heat hits Texas, and getting ourselves prepared for our France visit (J-10 !).  I've also been hit by the spring-cleaning bug and I'm learning how nearly impossible it is to keep things tidy around here with a basket-emptying rugrat in the house.  And, I'm feeling like we need to do a reshuffle of furniture in our house, but we're also considering another move this summer (still in Austin!), so I might just have to wait until that's decided.  More stressful stuff to ponder!  Things have just been a bit overwhelming round here, so I couldn't be more exicted to greet a nice, long Paris vacation in just ten days' time.  Woohoo!


"A portrait of Avienne once a week, every week, in 2013."

Seize :: Looking up to Grandpa.

We spent Sunday afternoon hanging out at my dad's house where Avienne enjoyed laughing at Grandpa's silly songs and pulling on his beard.  My dad has a memory full of old commercial jingles that he used to sing to us when we were kids, and I find it pretty incredible that he still remembers the songs enough to belt them out to Avienne.  The love that I see growing between Avienne and her grandparents just reminds me of why this whole world turns, and makes me feel incredibly special and grateful to be a part of it all.

Linking up with Jodi's 52 Project.  


Monday, April 15, 2013

"A portrait of Avienne once a week, every week, in 2013."

Quinze :: My sweet shopping partner holding her favorite grocery item...a baguette.

I can't believe how big my little baby is these days.  She's so aware of everything and everyone around her right now. Our grocery-store runs are always full of waves, toothy smiles and high-pitched squeals; she loves everyone she meets, but has a special affinity for babies, kids and men with beards (still trying to figure that one out).  She is so curious about everything I throw into the shopping cart, and wants to immediately investigate every item that goes in.  She definitely makes one of my least favorite chores of the week so much more interesting and amusing, and I am ever so grateful of a mama for that.

Linking up with Jodi's 52 Project.

Making time

Monday, April 8, 2013

Recently, I was talking to one of my really talented friends about needing to set some goals to wrangle in all the creative thoughts I have floating around aimlessly in my head.  For the past nine months, I haven't really been able (or really motivated) to work on whittling down my Ravelry queue or sewing my way through an overflowing fabric stash.  As always, there's too much I want to do and not nearly enough time to do it all.  

Back when I was still pregnant, I dreamed about all the free time I'd have on my hands once I became a stay-at-home-mom, and I naively expected to have more time being home with my baby than I did with an 8-5 job. Obviously, that's not the case, and here I am, feeling overwhelmed about everything I want to accomplish while finding inspiration nearly every day to create even more.

So, late last month, I decided that I'd work on setting some creative goals for myself.  Starting rather conservatively for the next 6 months at least, I've set a goal to work on and finish one entire project every single month.  It's not lofty, but it gives me something to aim for and feel confident about accomplishing.  I definitely want to tackle as much knitting/crocheting as I can, but I've also been eyeing a few sewing projects for a while now, so I'll have to dust off the machine, too.  

For me, this goal-setting is about nurturing a neglected part of my life that really makes me feel complete.  I think having a baby really shifts a mama's (and papa's) focus so much from "self" to "baby" that all non-essential time constraints fall by the wayside.  For me, that was all the time I spent knitting or crafting or reading a book (yet another thing I'm working on setting time aside for).  When we lived in Paris, I would knit or read on my métro commute to and from work, and I met up every week with other knitters to indulge in our craft (and eat cake).  Now that I no longer have that prized time on the train to spend working on projects, I have to carve out the time for it elsewhere.  

I started working on this goal a few weeks ago, and finished a tunic I'd been knitting for Avienne.  Then, I saw an Instagram friend's baby wearing an adorable knit turban and decided it was the cutest thing ever and then made one for my baby.  So, just like that, I've already completed my projects for March and April.  Now, I just need to decide on my May project: sewing a dress for me or knitting a dress for Avienne. These are the kinds of decisions I love to make.


Sunday, April 7, 2013

"A portrait of Avienne once a week, every week, in 2013."

Quatorze :: A curious little girl observing the swaying trees and barely showing off her two front teeth.

Lately, I've been trying to remember to call out the name of an object that has Avienne's interest to build up her baby vocabulary.  I often find her staring up at the trees while we're swinging in the front yard, so I've been making it a point to remind her what they're called.  She doesn't know many words, yet, but we know she already understands a few in both French and English (mainly, clap, hello, and goodbye).  She's still babbling away, too, which gets me so excited for her to start really talking.  I keep wondering what her little toddler voice will sound like, and it makes me smile to think of all the conversations we'll have someday.  

Linking up with Jodi's 52 Project.

A day in the life

Monday, April 1, 2013

Before I became a stay-at-home-mama, I always wondered what I'd do with my days at home with a baby. Avienne doesn't go to daycare or school, yet, and although I have a few things in the works, I don't have a full-time job, so we spend the entire day doing things together. Admittedly, there are days when we do absolutely nothing at all. Well, nothing, as in, we don't leave the house, but rest assured there is still lots of stuff going on, like keeping an energetic baby busy and happy, cleaning, cooking, napping, organizing. 

Today was a pretty typical "busy" day. We didn't do anything spectacularly fun (like going to the swings!), but we managed to stay out of the house from 10 am until 4 pm. Here's what we were up to...

9:30 : Out of bed and playing in the living room.  I contemplated cooking breakfast, but got a call from a friend and we decided to have an impromptu play date with another mama.

9:45 : Got Avienne dressed. Got myself dressed. Packed the diaper bag.

10:15 : Out the door. That's record time for us! 

10:30-12:00 : Play date! It's so nice to get out and be with friends who have babies, too. We all just caught up on things, had coffee and hung out while the kids mostly did their thing.  I even managed to get a few rows of knitting done, which pretty much never happens. 

12-12:45 : Grabbed lunch to go and decided to drive around for a bit to let my sleepy baby catch a catnap.  She conked out by 12:15, so I drove to the YMCA parking lot and ate my lunch.

1:00-2:45 : Mommy and me yoga at the Y, followed by some time spent in their child-watch center.  (I'm trying to get Avienne used to being left for an hour so I can occasionally work out or catch a yoga class.  She's going through separation anxiety these days, but I'm hoping it will get easier soon. Fingers crossed!)

3:00-4:00 : Grocery shopping for the week.

4:15 : Put baby down for a nap, and I get to put away the groceries and do some blogging.  Yay!

I kind of feel like I accomplished so little today, and it seems like the time seriously flew by.  I guess it doesn't help that we get up so late, but Avienne is pretty set on either sleeping late until 8:00 or having a morning nap around 9:00 (or both).  I don't mind since I usually end up going to bed pretty late, anyway. 

I know I'm really lucky that I get to plan my day around spending time with my baby, but I can see how it definitely isn't an ideal arrangement for everyone.  Before I became a mama, I worried that staying home would bore me or make me crazy, but I honestly love it.  That said, I try to take advantage of my alone time while Avienne naps, and squeeze in some knitting or blogging or napping of my own.  Everyone always said it, but now I really understand that it's all about balance - making the most of mama-baby time and carving out a decent amount of mama-only time, too.  


"A portrait of Avienne once a week, every week, in 2013."

Treize :: Crossed-legged, reading a book and clicking her tongue.

I'm so late this week (sorry, Nana!).  This is what Avienne looks like on a very regular basis lately.  I suspect she could flip through books all day if I she didn't have to bother with eating and sleeping.  I love seeing her become a little bookworm, and I hope that love for page-flipping never dies. She will sometimes start babbling while she's browsing through a book, and it makes me wish so badly that I could read her little mind.  She's also started to sit like this, with her legs crossed at the ankle.  I think it's the cutest thing in the world, and although she loses her balance often, that leg goes right back atop the other one as soon as she's gotten it back.  

Linking up with Jodi's 52 Project. 
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