I am SO thrilled to announce that Nesting won the “Most Awesome Inspiring Nursery Ideas” category!! Thank you to all who voted, and for those who have supported me over the years. To be nominated and voted a winner by the public is really such an honor.
Stay tuned…I am planning a BIG thank you!!
I’ve been anxious to share the first birthday party photos with you, and the wait is over! We’re so thrilled to have Marie + Henry’s party featured on 100 Layer Cakelet! I’ll be sharing more behind the scenes inspiration soon, as this was the most DIY I have ever done before. Check out the feature + inspiration board and leave some love there!
many thanks to the friends + vendors who helped to make this day so beautiful…
photography…Alison Conklin // invitations…Curious + Co. Creative // styling help + garland fringe…Angela Rich calligraphy…Lindsey Buck // floral design…Sullivan Owen // rentals…Magpie Vintage Rentals // custom cookie favors…Flour Pot Cookies // birthday banner…Steph Loves Ben // custom sugar letters…Signe Sugar // venue…Three Little Pigs Cafe // catering…New Street Catering // cake…Yori’s Bakery // ice cream…Little Baby’s Ice Cream
The party is over…Marie + Henry are officially one! I can’t wait to share more photos from their bastille day birthday bash, but for now a few sneak peeks will have to suffice. You can see a few more over on fleurishing…here, here, and here. Stay tuned!
image courtesy of Alison Conklin
I’m so honored to be a finalist for the 2013 Red Tricycle Awards! After more than 15,000 submissions by moms and dads, I’ve been nominated in the Most Awesome Inspiring Nursery Ideas category (how’s that for a title)?! The business with the most votes will win, and I would be grateful for yours…CLICK HERE to vote, thank you!!
My apologies for being a bit absent here lately…I’ve been busy updating and re-launching my personal blog, fleurishing (big thanks to the lovely ladies of Curious + Co. Creative)! While many of you know of my other site, for those who don’t…it’s where I indulge my francophilia, and get a bit more personal. While I share a good bit of my family life here on nesting, I consider fleurishing to be more of a journal. I try to keep things here solely focused on motherhood, baby + kids…which consumes most of my life now anyway (and I couldn’t be happier about that)! Please visit me at fleurishing, and I will be back here soon with new content. This site will also be getting a bit of a makeover very soon-stay tuned, and as always, thank you for your support!
As my first mother’s day approaches, I realize I have yet to share my thoughts on being a twin mom. This post is long overdue-it’s taken me nine months (oh the irony) to get my thoughts together on the subject (and they’re still not entirely together, not sure they ever will be). Discovering you are going to be a mother of two (at once) is an amazing, surreal and overwhelming experience. Becoming a mother is already such a major life-changing event, and adding multiples to the scenario grows it exponentially. My first reaction to our shock of a lifetime news (at 6 weeks) was ridiculously emotional-I instantly began crying and laughing simultaneously, and mr. fleurishing started crying and cursing! I wish we had it on video, because it was so hysterical…and so pure.
Being the anxious type A that I am, my mind immediately jumped to the all of the unknowns and “what-if’s” of twin pregnancy: can I/we handle this, is my body physically capable of this, will the nursery be big enough, can we afford this-the list goes on. My mind took off at a million miles a minute, and I got lost in google for weeks. I was excited, but at that point, mostly terrified, and found myself mourning the idea of pregnancy and motherhood that I had envisioned. One baby to birth, buy a crib for, to name, to bond with…ONE. Accepting the reality of twins was a long process, and it wasn’t until I heard them both cry that I allowed myself to fully believe it. It wasn’t until the 3 month mark that I could catch my breath, and start to enjoy being the mother of twins. To marvel at the miracle of them, and get enough sleep to stay conscious enough to do so! It was then that I realized how truly lucky we were (and are) to have this experience. That we were destined for this, and that the pros far outweigh the cons.
I’ll start with the cons. The pregnancy is very difficult, and often times, frightening (I had it easy compared to many). Once they arrive, you have to choose-choose a child to help, to console, to feed. It feels awful, and goes against every instinct as a mother. Having twins is expensive…no, you don’t need two of everything, but close. It takes longer to get to know each child, to bond with them individually. Finding time for yourself and for your marriage is difficult. While having children can stress any relationship, twins divide your attention and time by two. Twins certainly put you to the test, in every kind of way (especially when they start scheming as a team, oh boy).
I could go on forever about the pros. You only have to be pregnant once for two babies-DONE! Double the cuddles, double the giggles, double the love. Henry and Marie are already best friends, and having a built-in playmate is wonderful for them and us, and they essentially start learning social skills and sharing in the womb! As parents, we never want for baby time, and in the case of boy/girl twins like ours, we get to see mars/venus exemplified before our eyes, which honestly adds an entirely new level of understanding on the subject. The efficiency is fabulous-we put away items as they outgrow them, teach them things at the same time, experience developmental milestones (mostly) simultaneously, etc…with them being the same age, it allows us single-mindedness when parenting. (I have great respect for my friends juggling a baby and a toddler!) Other parents (moms especially) tend to put you on a pedestal, which is both a good and bad thing. But having evenly beefed up mommy arms is super cool.
I’ve been told by some that I make it look easy (thank you)…but as you know, what you see here on the blog is usually not the nitty gritty of everyday life. We are still adapting to our new life, and adjusting to parenting twins…obviously we still have a world of learning to do. We get stopped by curious people often, and many say we have a “rich man’s family”….we are certainly rich in love. There are so many times when I look at them in complete awe, and wonder how I got so lucky. It is an honor and a privilege to be their mother and I cannot wait for all that is to come!
wishing my fellow moms (of humans + fur babies) a happymother’s day
Diane Von Furstenburg has again teamed up with GapKids! Launching today in stores, the ridiculously cute collection offers wrap dresses, bold prints and bright colors all inspired by an African safari. Such a happy collaboration, don’t you think?
We recently had the pleasure of exploring the beautiful Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia, and discovered this gem of a boutique! Oxford Circus Toys carries all of my favorite handcrafted and european toys…Vilac, Haba, Moulin Roty, Plan Toys…and on and on. It’s a cozy and well curated space jam packed with handmade goodness-I highly recommend a visit! Check out my vine for a quick tour!
The nine month mark arrived on saturday…yes, I said nine. Wha happen?! (That one is for all the christopher guest fans out there.) Our latest shoot at Little Nest resulted in these keepers…I mean wow. These kids really know how to work it for the camera. They’ve grown used to it with mommy’s lens in their face from day one! At nine months, they are both very mobile and things are getting crazier…Marie is walking (with a walker), and Henry just began crawling, gaining speed every day. They make each other laugh often, and the babbles and sounds are becoming more coherent. Last night in fact, Marie crawled into my lap, looked up at me, and said “mama”. MELT. For the record, I now know the earlier one from Henry was a fluke (even though he looked at me and made the sound with purpose, he has not done it since)…so I await the day he says it again. Every day is a pure, joy-filled adventure!
images courtesy of little nest portraits
This is just perfect…especially since Marie + Henry have these…my little bunnies!
image courtesy of blabla