Working and Balancing Life

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I found this cute quote from Ruth Hulburt Hamilton (circa 1958) and it really made me start thinking about where I am currently at emotionally. It has been hard to go back to work of course. Especially considering the fact the my job consists of taking care, nurturing, and educating over 130 teenage students everyday. When I get home my little one gets my attention and priority above all else. The dust bunnies can have a hey day with the mice while I cuddle up with my sweetie and kiss her fat little cheeks. And with a kind word to my students’ parents, please also read this advice: your little sweeties are growing up faster than you can believe. Leave the cobwebs and dust bunnies until your children leave you. There will be plenty of time to worry about cleaning then!

Royal Obsession Book

Last weekend my sister and I managed to sneak away from our husbands and spend an afternoon having coffee and perusing the books at Barnes and Noble. Well, she happened to stumble upon Pippa Middleton’s new book, Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends. After cooing and gooing over the beautiful pictures and delightful ideas, she purchased the book for me as a late birthday present (thanks Becky). We then went on to purchase this same book for our dear friend, Becky, who just secured her first real lawyer job (yay) in the Detroit area. We thought there couldn’t be a better way to congratulate her than with a big, beautiful book entitled, “Celebrate.” I know that my sister and I can’t say enough in words to express how thrilled we are at her news and hope to help her find moments to celebrate during her first year as a big shot lawyer ;-)

gty_pippa_middleton_celebrate_jt_121104_wblogWe hope to use this book as inspiration to make our year a little more special throughout rather than just hit hit the main holidays of Christmas and Halloween. I personally am looking forward to trying out a Burns Night with some fine whiskey as well as some special breakfasts and dinners in front of the fire while it is still cold and snowy outside. This book is beautiful and may help inspire you to infuse each month and season with something a little special for you, your family, and friends.

Pinterest-Inspired Art

So, I had an art bug yesterday day and I really wanted to try out something that I had pinned to one of my Pinterest boards recently. I think Pinterest is a huge waste of time unless you actually try out some of the things you pin, at least once in a while. So, I was inspired by the pin found here: http://pinterest.com/pin/102597697732935862/

I decided to paint my canvas varied shades of blue and green to match the room and then use scrapbooking papers in neutral (brown) shades.

Inspired by a piece that I found on Pinterest.

Inspired by a piece that I found on Pinterest.

I have to say that after completing the project, I have rekindled my love affair with Mod Podge. That stuff is just really cool and makes your mediocre project really come together and look pretty polished.

I love collaging and this has inspired me to try out some collage wall art projects in the future.

Enjoy and happy pinning!

My Pinterest can be found here: http://pinterest.com/gerouxj/

Birth Story Part One

January 13, 2013

Baby is now almost four months old and so much has changed in these past four months. My two most frustrating issues have been breastfeeding and my c-section. I made the mistake of reading several different blogs’ comments (said blogs shall remain nameless- but message me if you want to know who to avoid) and ended up in tears so many nights. I wasn’t breastfeeding properly, which meant that I didn’t care about my baby and I wasn’t willing to commit to the “SACRIFICE” of breastfeeding and a whole lot of other horseshit that makes me furious. My child continues to breastfeed and has been breastfeed her entire life with formula supplementation (which was medically necessary at birth and continued to be a necessity for the first couple of weeks of her life). The funny thing about the majority of the women I have read about or spoken with personally do not have nearly the same living and working conditions as myself. I am a full-time teacher and the only bread winner in my home. I do not have the luxury to stay home and continue to breastfeed my child on demand. As soon as I hit the driveway, I am ready to go and feed my little one and I get up at five a.m. everyday just to have a decent feeding and bonding session. Oh, and I pump once a day (but I loathe pumping). So, I’ve come to the conclusion that the “smugs” out there who criticize me behind my back or in that snide way that some do to my face, can be deleted from my consciousness from here on out. I want to create a beautiful experience full of loving memories that aren’t tinged by guilt and shame. When my daughter is at my breast, the world stops for just a moment and I just feel. It’s hard for me to slow down so this is as close to meditation as I can get right now and it works for us.

More to come on the c-section birth…

Babies and Bodies

My daughter was born on September 17, 2012- officially known to me now as the most blessed day in my life. Now, fast forward four months later and I am still overflowing with those mommy hormones of love and sheer bliss but I’m also ready to take a look at my baby body. With that being said, I followed my sister’s advice and purchase the Tracy Anderson’s Post-Pregnancy Workout and intend to start using this to get back in shape.

I  can say with one hundred percent honesty that I don’t care a bit about being able to fit into a size 0 or 2 again in my adult life. I love my body and what it has gone through to give me this beautiful child (and I know it could have been a lot worse). Basically, I have curves where I didn’t before and am need of some serious abdominal toning. I decided to breastfeed and watched a magical 25 pounds just completely float off my body. After that it was like my body just stalled and I am stuck at 143 pounds (13 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight). Now ideally, I would love to be back to my pre-pre-pregnancy weight of 120. But, this is going to require some serious eating changes and working my belly off. If Gwenyth can do it than so can I (hmm….maybe).

Knitted Newborn Hat

First post-baby craft: knitted newborn hat

My daughter was born four weeks early in mid-September. As we inch closer and closer to colder weather here in Michigan, I’ve been on the search for warm, knitted hats for her to wear. I haven’t been able to find much to fit her tiny preemie head so I decided to pick up the knitting needles and make some myself. This has proven to be much more fun than just buying some cheapo hat from the store (plus, they are usually way cuter-mistakes and all). The pattern for this hat can be found here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/basic-newborn-hat (you might have to make a raverly account to look at it but that is easy to do). I used a yarn that was a dream to work with-some kind of merino/cashmere blend. I don’t remember what it was exactly but I believe I bought it from Rae’s Yarn Boutique in Lansing, Michigan. I used my Knitpicks Harmony circular needles to complete the project. I love these needles and I use them almost exclusively at this point. Easy to use and beautiful to look at! NOTE: I did not make the pink flower pin, that was purchased at a craft show. It’s awesome because I ban clip on to different hats that she wears or headbands.

Knitted with love for my daughter Claire.

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