Thursday, January 30, 2014

POSTPARTUM HAZE

The days are really just a blur of nursing, mild tiredness, cuddling with little Huck, and pondering just how many photos you can take of a sleeping baby from different angles. A lot I tell you.  

Scott went back to work today after an eternity of waiting on me hand and foot. It was painful to get my own coffee this morning. Ruby returned to her preschool as well and even though she says she doesn't want to go anymore, I imagine she is having a ball catching up with her peeps and telling stories about her new brother and visit from Grandma. 

I'm on my own with the kiddos next week and I'm not quite sure how its going to work. I never factored in the whole surgery bit into being a mother of two. Still, I'm healing and the pain is subsiding. The emotional side of it has some work to do yet, but today's a good day. 

My hubby has been so amazing in all of this. I have to share this hilarious project he did for Ruby. She is naturally curious about all of the new baby care gadgets and has temporarily traded in her princesses for playing "mama and baby" or with a slight variation of "mama and babysitter."  You have to have the gear if you're going to play the mama. 

So Scott made her a carseat, a monitor and a breast pump. With cardstock and tape. Seriously, do you love my husband? 

Check out that mini-flange for tiny bubbas (her word for my breasts).It even has branding..  

Ruby taking pumping seriously. 

I laughed so hard I doubled over in pain and had to pop another Advil. The things we do to keep the littles entertained. 

Cheers from babyland!
Rachel 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

IT'S A BOY!!

As many of you probably already know.. I had a baby! 

Huck Lawrence Anderson was born on January 16th at 8:18 in the morning. "Huck" because we're wacky like that and "Lawrence" after Scott's father. 

He was a perfect 7 lbs and 13 oz. We are madly in love with this mellow little guy. His favorite hobbies include nursing, sleeping, and nursing while sleeping. I've only heard him cry about twice so I can't even describe it. 

This little guy likes to eat so much that when they laid him next to me at birth, he tried to latch onto my face. Luckily my booby was nearby. 

I promise to share all of the juicy details of the birth in time. It's too soon for me to talk about it. I haven't quite wrapped my head around all that happened myself. Let's just say that simple, easy births are just not in the cards for Scott and me. Sigh. 



Intelligent, adorable, sweet children seem to come to us easily. So for that I am grateful. 



Pardon a very sporadic blogging schedule in the coming weeks. Having a three year old adds a whole new element of crazy to this newborn picture.  De-throning the princess is looking a bit ugly. 

Huck thanks you for following along! 
Cheers!
Rachel 

Monday, January 6, 2014

BEAUTIFUL BITS

Such an awesome display of Rube-sarcasm. 
While some of you are slogging through the morning on your way back to work or school after a long break of over-indulgent slothiness, others are still at home in their jammies due to state-mandated weather house arrest.  Lucky you!! Or are you ready to get back to the routine? I've always liked taking the decorations down and sort of getting back to normal...the house suddenly feels a little more Zen. 

Here in ATX it's a bit chilly: 23 degrees--cold by Texas standards, but tolerable none the less. Daddy went back to work on this frosty Monday, but we're not blue. Instead I sorted through some of our candid shots and thought I'd share some happy tidbits from our holiday break. 

Most of the time she's a princess, but sometimes she's a pirate. 



Tattoos from Santa and a good mama cuddle on Christmas morning. 


The hubby staying on top of prenatal care, even in his absence. 


Which is no small feat. 

Having him home is so awesome. 



Oh and I felt the urge to paint one day. So I did. 

And a special gift from a dear friend who is moving away. A swingset!! How did my little baby get so big??? 

Now we are just playing the waiting game for our sweet baby. I feel calm. I know it will happen when it is supposed to. In the meantime, I can't rest enough. Or eat.  Only a few days until my due date. Expect good news coming soon. 

Cheers!
Rachel 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

RESOLVE TO NOT MAKE RESOLUTIONS


Yesterday, people all over the world are woke up late, vowed to hit the treadmill/gym/yoga mat, give up sugar/alcohol/gluten/dairy and generally turn their lives upside down with lofty intentions. Don't kid me--you did it too. Except it all starts "tomorrow" because there are still Christmas cookies in the pantry, cheese dip in the fridge, and you're hungover from overdoing it on New Year's Eve, right? Yeah, I'm onto you.

It's natural at the end/beginning of the year to take stock of your life and want to make changes. Usually this involves an in-depth criticism of everything you're doing wrong in your life and shameful oversight of all that you HAVE accomplished. 

In an effort to avoid adding more unrealistic expectations to my already jam-packed, busy life, I'm vowing not to make the typical resolutions that leave me in a guilt-filled haze by mid-February but instead I'm vowing to do only three things that I am actually LOOKING FORWARD to sometime in 2014. Tread-milling at 5AM does not qualify!  Beating ourselves up over all of our shortcomings probably isn't the most productive way to accomplish more--Why do we do this to ourselves?

First step. Make a list of ten things that went right for you this year. You probably have hundreds but write down the most memorable ten and celebrate them! Hell, even finish off the cheese dip from last night and drink a Bloody Mary (can't wait!!) while you're doing it.  Take a nap--it's your day off. You've earned it!

Here's a couple of mine (with the help of my hubs). 
1.  I potty trained my kid. This is no small feat. 

2.  I kept plugging away at this blog and a I think a few people actually enjoy it. 

3. I grew a human. From my own body. Like in my spare time. Props to me!

4. I had my first large wholesale order of jewelry. 

5. My savvy design madness was photographed and published on Houzz.com. (Something that people actually read) Although its outdated because I changed a bunch of stuff already. 

Cheese dip, egg nog. Bam. Yay me. 

So here it is. My anti-resolutions for 2014. The things I want to do instead of torturous regimens of fasting, bodily abuse, and withholding of the stuff I love.  And if I don't do them, its because I probably didn't really want to, and I probably did something else noteworthy and awesome instead.  Cheese dip. Bam. 

1. Start/host a monthly Sunday potluck for friends, friends of friends, and any random passer-by who wishes to join. I want it kid-friendly, informal, and fun. Who cares if the napkins match, who cares if the house is clean or any of the other excuses we make to not get together. Bring some food, pull up a chair and let's take advantage of all this beautiful Texas weather. Spending a Sunday drinking beer with interesting friends doesn't sound like too much of a chore. 

Photos courtesy of Kinfolkg 
2. Purge. Get rid of more stuff. Because cleaning stuff sucks, buying stuff to house our other stuff is stupid, and not having enough time to enjoy my life and family, be creative and rest like a normal human because I'm managing the flow of stuff is just not good quality life. In the last month, Scott and I have unloaded an absurd amount of clutter from our home and I'd like to reduce by another 25%. Trust me. It feels good. Let it go. 

3.  Try a new creative craft like weaving, pottery, candle-making or improve my sewing (finish the quilt I started 6 years ago?). Not because I need or have to, because I think it would be fun to do something fresh. If I change my mind half way through the year..who cares. The point is ENJOYMENT. Here are some of my inspirations. . . 







We all want to improve our quality of life and New Years is a natural time to start. What if this year, we all try to be a little happier? Find three things that will make you feel happy and balanced in 2014 and perhaps all those other things like our little pot-bellies, and dark circles under our eyes will just work themselves out on their own? 

Perhaps you'll find yourself exercising at 5am because you just can't wait to get up and enjoy your life or making gluten-free cookies because you have friends coming over and you feel like trying a new recipe? Less punishment, more joy...who's with me? 

Wishing you a very Happy New Year from Beauty in Bits!! 
Thank you so so much for reading!!  
Rachel