There were a lot of really great things about this year….but the greatest gift was the arrival of our baby boy, Cru. In the weeks leading up to my delivery, my friend Kavin shot some footage of our family of three. It was such a strange and special time for me…knowing that in just a few weeks we would be adding another member to our family and life as we knew it would no longer be the same. I found myself really cherishing those last few weeks with Rylee. Soaking in her smile, her sweet spirit and her funny little voice. Feeling so grateful for the three full years I had with her as my only child. When Cru finally decided to make his entrance into the world, we all fell deeply in love. Watching Rylee and the way she loved him was more than a heart could handle. I knew right away what a great big sister she would become. A week after we brought Cru home from the hospital, Kavin was able to come over and capture our new family of four….and Cru at his tiniest. He put together this ‘before & after’ video that I will cherish forever and ever. We look tired and worn out (because we were) but also really really happy. It’s a snapshot of a time in our lives that I’ll never forget. What a year. Cru, you have been the greatest gift to our family.
Some snapshots of our Christmas (and the days leading up to it).
It’s been an incredible year. The biggest blessing being the birth of our baby boy. Cru has filled our hearts with even more love than imaginable. Life is often hectic and rushed and moves much more quickly than I’d like, but he is a reminder to slow down and savor every moment. It’s hard to believe, but he will be 4 months old already in the beginning of the new year. After his colic stage passed (thank the Lord), he has been the happiest, sweetest boy we could ask for. Rylee turned 3 in August and she really is my little mini-me. Sam laughs that I could have made her on my own given how similar we are. She is strong yet sensitive, creative, stubborn, goofy and keeps us all laughing. I really wish I would have kept a notebook to jot down all of the funny things she has said over the course of this year…because every page would be full. Sam has been keeping (crazy) busy with Loneflag. It’s been amazing to see the way it has grown in one short year and the community that has come from it. And the very best part, for me, is seeing him so passionate about his work. It’s been a huge life-giver for him this year, and I am so thankful for that. I can’t wait to see what this next year holds for the business. And as if 2 kids and a freelance art career wasn’t enough to juggle, I decided to go for a long time dream of creating my own children’s label. Rylee & Cru was successfully launched in November and has been keeping me very busy! It’s been a ton of work, but also incredibly rewarding. The response was better than I could have ever anticipated and it’s lit a fire in me to try to make this a long-term business. I am working on our next collection now which is set to launch sometime in early February! I guess I just want to thank all of you who have supported, encouraged, or simply followed along here this past year. I know this space is not updated as often as it used to, but I am doing my very best with this mom + business thing and let’s just say it’s not easy, and I know many of you can relate! The list never ends and it seems that lately we’ve barely been able to keep our heads above water. Christmas always has a way of bringing me back to gratitude. I’m humbled and overwhelmed with thankfulness for my 2 healthy babies, for my supportive husband, for the fact that I am able to do what I love for a living and continue to follow my dreams, and mostly, that I have been saved by grace through Jesus. Can’t wait to see what you’ve got up your sleeve 2015.
I recently got the new Samsung Galaxy Tab® 4 NOOK® by Barnes and Noble. I’ve never had an ipad or any sort of tablet before, so this was something new, and much needed in our household! It’s useful for all sorts of things, from books & magazines to kids apps and games. The Nook is small, lightweight, and easy for even kids to hold. It has a camera for taking photos and a nice bright viewing screen for watching movies. I know this will be a great learning tool for Rylee as she grows as well. Some of her favorite PBS kids shows have Nook apps…like WordGirl and Daniel Tiger. And talk about a travel necessity!
For myself, I love that I can get a monthly delivery of some of my favorite magazines straight to the device. I’ve already signed up for the Food Network Magazine and tried out a few new holiday recipes. And there are literally millions of books to choose from in every category. One cool feature that I love is the Free Nook Audiobooks App which allows you to listen to two top-picked books for free each month. Perfect for car rides or while you work!
We are quite the connoisseurs of headbands over here. At 3 1/2 years old, I can finally say that Rylee’s hair is officially “filled in”. But we had a solid 2 years of baldness where headbands were an everyday accessory. Needless to say, we’ve tried a lot! And KNOT hairbands are some of our favorites. Most are made from a comfortable stretch jersey fabric for the perfect fit. Our favorite styles are the Pom Pom Cluster, which is so fun for a party or special event, the Triple Bow, and the Braid n Bow, like Rylee is wearing in these photos!
Cru is one tough cookie to squeeze a smile out of. But I’ll do all the silly faces and funny noises I can think of to hear him giggle. I think newborn giggles are quite possibly the best sound on earth. It’s been a while since my last update, but all of his early tummy troubles pretty much disappeared after week 10. And here we are at 3 months (can you believe that!?). I don’t want to jinx it, but he has been a dream the last few weeks. Sleeping a lot and just a happy-go-lucky little dude. He is the biggest baby to come from our side of the family yet. The boy likes to eat. I feel like a new thigh roll appears every week! Most everywhere I go I need to make sure I have some sort of nursing cover to accommodate for his healthy appetite. One of my favorite brands, The Honest Company, partnered with Piece & Co. on this artisan-made 2-in-1 nursing cover + scarf that I am wearing. Through this collaboration, mothers in rural India received a steady paycheck, access to healthcare, and aid for their children’s education. You can learn more about the collection’s impact HERE. A product made for mothers, having a huge impact on mothers across the ocean, is a pretty cool thing. You can purchase the scarf in three colors / patterns: block-printed chevron, indigo plain weave or multi-color.
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