On Life With Three…

Thoughts on Three

Happy day-after-a-holiday! Hope that the weather and grill treated you well wherever you spent it.

Do you remember that top photo? Marlowe is 6 weeks old (photo by Katie Beverley) and we used it on her birth announcement. I LOVE the sincere joy and revelry that shine through in what is as close to a three-sister-embrace as can be. Such happy big sisters. The photo below is six months later. Almost on the nose. I noticed on that particular morning that I had dressed the girls in similar colors (something that I do frequently and completely subconsciously until I see it hours later) and had made a little note to remember to snap a photo. We were at my parents and that six-week-old shot jumped into my mind.

These past six months have been all over the board. The learning curve was INTENSE and the battle for sanity lost so frequently that I almost couldn’t handle the roller coaster. You know that it’s been an overwhelming day when you hit the bed at night and slam into dreamland without the chance to set your alarm or scroll email one last time.

*I have loved the adventure – these three merry girls are (for the most part) sweet and kind and always up for some fun.

*Marlowe in our lives is like that found missing puzzle piece – you didn’t know you were missing something so important until suddenly you wake up feeling whole.

*The wtf moments have been real (if I had could be a fly on the wall for a reenactment of coffeeshop or mid-intersection tantrums, the storm would have been so wild you’d swear we were a hurricane).

*I have thrown all sage parenting advice (that I would happily offer a friend) out the door. M still doesn’t sleep through the night and I will totally nurse her into snooze land whenever needed. Not so, EVER, with either of the older ones.

*Quiet moments are sweet ones. Nap time? 2am? Ducking into my office for work? I live for those moments, too.

Someone recently noted that ‘it gets better’ and that ‘I’m in the thick of it’. I smiled. We are in the thick of it, but it’s not so bad at all. We have our moments but so far the good far outweigh the bad. I don’t want these years to go by in the blink of a second, I want to enjoy and revel in them! Even if bribery while standing in line at the coffeeshop is the only way to do it. Frankly, I’m not that opposed to bribery at all anymore.

Over and out from the trenches. xo

Everyday Stuff.

Everyday Stuff, August 2015

Everyday Stuff, August 2015

Everyday Stuff, August 2015

Everyday Stuff, August 2015

Everyday Stuff, August 2015

Everyday Stuff, August 2015

Everyday Stuff, August 2015

Everyday Stuff, August 2015

Everyday Stuff, August 2015

Everyday Stuff, August 2015

Everyday Stuff, August 2015

Everyday Stuff, August 2015

August has been such a busy month! It seems as though it just started last week, right? I’m ready for fall, but I’m not really ready for the transition from one season to the next. Summer has come and gone awfully quickly this year and the bigger girls both start preschool shortly. Moving from one season to the next usually means rearranging schedules in a big way, it’s great for a fresh start in designing how work & life will balance each other during the week, but also forces me to jiggle out of my tried and true daily patterns that I love so much.

Around here, we’ve been enjoying the salty air as often as possible, have visited the park MUCH (I’m taking two mornings off each week now! one for walks down to our local park and one for a bigger adventure such as finally using those annual SeaWorld and zoo passes regularly). I have no time at all, but somehow I’m using any spare moments to get crafty again. A cement planter workshop (with Elise at local Mona Lizzy’s) and a dive back into the sewing machine world with FOUR simple circle skirts under my belt now. I both remember why I love and hate to sew.

Marlowe is almost crawling! She’s got an awesome scoot. I knew it was bound to happen but this month I walked in on Liv giving T a hair cut. Taylor was thrilled. And I caught the aftermath on camera. Just barely.

I hope you’re having a beautiful start to your month, happy September everyone!

A (Nursing-Friendly) Summer Capsule Wardrobe

Summer (Nursing-Friendly) Capsule Wardrobe

It’s hard to find flattering and functional clothes when you’re a nursing momma. I thought I’d put together a little roundup of what has worked well for me and what I keep reaching for each morning. None of the above are exclusively for nursing, but you know, they make good use of buttons.

The heat has been killer here in San Diego over the past few weeks and I’m still loving my simple tees and jean shorts because they are beyond easy (oh man, there is nothing quite so perfect to just slip on when you’re being pulled out of bed by a preschooler :)), but getting a few dresses into my rotation has been something I have been set on to help beat the sun. With most of our closet still in big plastic tubs in the garage (under all sorts of stuff – though we are movin’ it on out!), I’ve been experimenting adding a few super inexpensive additions and I’m SO HAPPY I went that route this summer. I’m usually more focused on quality consignment pieces that I know will hold up well, but I haven’t had the time to hunt and so I scooped up Forever 21 finds from their online site and have been super pleased (nursing mommas – check out everything listed under ‘shirt dress’. you’ve never seen such a selection!). They may not last longer than this year (or maybe they will? a pair of my favorite work trousers are 10+ years old and good old F21) but $17 is worth it even if they get me to November.

Today, a summer capsule wardrobe – read more about the concept here – that I’ve worn into the ground (especially this light blue button up dress, I must admit at least once or twice a week). I’m ready to un-capsule myself but until then it has been an excellent six month exercise in better understanding what I need and what I really don’t.

Here’s the roundup:

1. Always and forever Rainbow sandals (the factory is an hour from my home so we swing by every other year or so to pick them up from the warehouse. they last forever).

2. I actually chopped these lightweight plaid dresses at the knees and have had the slits sewn up on the sides (not 14 anymore) but loved them so much that I kept both the blue and red versions from an online F21 order.

3. These simple tees from Madewell are super comfortable for summer, I wear my grey one often and eventually plan to order a couple of more.

4. This chambray sleeveless dress is amazing! Doesn’t look like a $17 dress and is quite thin (but not too thin) for summer + it’s roomie enough.

5. The cut of this racerback ribbed tank initially didn’t appeal to me but I was set on finding a black tank for my denim shorts. It’s actually over-the-moon flattering.

6. Another shoutout to lightweight layering scarves.

7. The Etsy shop that I purchased this necklace from is no longer around… similar Etsy shop though.

8. I found a black messenger bag that fits my laptop and a couple of diapers perfectly! Consigned this bad boy through an Instagram account that I follow and it may have been the find of the year.

9. Paired with my cotton tees has been either denim cuffed shorts or black denim shorts (linking to similar, found both of these consigned because I currently fit neither in my pre or post maternity shorts… have you ever heard of Buffalo Exchange? I think they’re pretty prevalent in the Southwest. That’s where I nabbed these).

10. That black one piece swimsuit that I love (winner, also here).

11. For whatever reason, this light blue button up dress has worked out so well. Prior to F21 it was holding down the fort as the sole dress in my closet.

12. I’ve mentioned these clogs before but they’re definitely worth adding to a capsule roundup. Purchased here.

13. A fourth and final Forever 21 short sleeve denim shirt dress with lots of buttons and that’s been receiving lots of love (despite that it’s inclined to wrinkle). Please last longer than November, dear shirt dress.

And that’s a wrap! If you were curious, I did end up keeping this bra from the Nordstrom anniversary sale and offer two thumbs up. Also, I’m ready for fall. So, so ready :). Anything knitted, I’m coming after you.

ps a fall & winter maternity capsule wardrobe

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