Monday, October 29, 2012

three things

Just wanted to pop in and give you the 411 on some things going on over here at Hello Hue. 

{1} First of all, the Little Things linkup is coming back! Starting this Friday, I'll be hosting the linkup again and I hope you'll join me! You can read all about it here. Spend some time this week to pause and appreciate the seemingly small blessings in your life, then share with us on Friday! 

{2} I'm accepting sponsors for November and I'd love to have you! As the holiday season approaches, Hello Hue readers are looking for awesome gifts for their loved ones and your ad on the sidebar could be just the place they find it. Check out my stats/rates here and email me if you're interested. 

{3} I'm working away on some new products and designs for the shop and am really hoping to have it up and running by the end of November. It feels fabulous to pick up my pencil and pens and I'm hoping to get some time painting in the studio this week. Thankful for an awesome mom-in-law who is visiting and willing to watch my baby so I can create! 

Hope you have a great week! Stay warm and safe if you're in the path of Sandy! 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

day in the life.

The other day, I attempted a photo-an-hour challenge, but failed. And at the same time, felt like my life was pretty boring to share on the internet. Lots of diaper changes and spit-up. But after your encouragement last week, I felt like I mattered a little bit more (thank you for that), and so decided to give it a go again. Except this time, I was more lenient on the photo-every-hour thing and just decided to document my day best as I could. 

I'm always interested in seeing what other people's lives are like, so for the record, here's what life looks like these days around these parts. Boring or not, it's our life and I find myself endlessly grateful for it. 

7 am. 

Si wakes up for his last feeding of the night, which is my very favorite. I bring him in our bed each morning for his breakfast and some sleepy cuddling. Best part of the day, I think. 


While he chills in his swing, I grab a quick breakfast and try to get some emails answered. He's usually pretty chipper in the mornings. 


Tummy time for this dude, while I do some ab workouts. We usually play on the floor for a while in the mornings. He loves looking at his fishie book and talking to the ceiling. Not a big fan of tummy time though. 


We head into the studio, which gets great light in the mornings. I've just started to dabble in creating art again and I'm loving it. For now, just playing with my sketchbook and colored pencils, but I'll break out the paints again soon. 


Diaper change #6 of the day. And outfit change #3. Si spits up like crazy these days. I usually change my outfit a few times a day and by mid-day, he's usually half naked. 


Daddy's home! This isn't very typical, but today he got home early and we were all pretty stoked about it. After a few years with a tough schedule, I'm thankful for these past few months of a relatively easy one. 


Lunch. We were craving some fast food so I got BK and Chris picked up some Taco Bell. You've gotta try their apple and cranberry salad with crispy chicken and apple vinaigrette dressing. Delish.


Chris' dive class bought this giant beach ball as their graduation gift and we went to the beach to play with it for a bit. Well, the boys played with it, while I soaked up some sun and Si hung out in his beach tent. 


A quick dinner tonight since Chris' parents are flying in for the week. Linguine alfredo with chicken and asparagus. Oh, and a Coke, because goodness knows I need the caffeine right now. 


Chris' parents called and are coming in a few hours earlier than we thought. Chris took Silas with him to the airport and this mama is enjoying an hour to myself. I keep hearing phantom baby cries, but otherwise, I'm sitting on my bum with my pens and pencils and enjoying the quiet. And I'm leaving a table of dirty dishes, because it's not often I get a whole hour to myself. 

Tonight, we'll visit with Chris' parents, put Si to bed around 9pm and head there ourselves. And then we'll do it all over again tomorrow. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

donuts on the beach.

On Saturday morning, Silas woke up at 6am after a full night's sleep. Yep, that little boy slept from 9pm to 6am without waking up once. (It hasn't happened since-- don't be too jealous.) 

Fully rested, we decided to bundle up in our sweatshirts (which have barely seen the light of day in the last 3.5 years) and head to the beach with some donuts and hot coffee. I gobbled down a French cruller while my boys watched the waves. The cool air felt heavenly and I was just a little giddy about how cute Si looked in his new winter hat. 

Of course, the next day, we were on the beach in bathing suits and trying to keep Si cool and out of the sun. Oh, Florida... Here's hoping for more cold weather coming our way. I could go for a few more bundled up mornings with my boys. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

honest thoughts on being content

I don't even know how to begin writing about the things on my heart lately.

I'm in a major funk.

I miss our home in Hawaii more than I even thought I would. I miss our friends there and the life we built there. I miss being excited about going to church. 

I miss painting. I miss being creative-- having the time, energy and inspiration for artwork. I honestly thought I'd have opened my shop back up by now, but I haven't picked up a paintbrush. 

I miss having great blog posts-- feeling excited to share things with you! I'm bored by my own blog some days.

I miss feeling relevant in the lives of those around me-- both in real life and online.

I get that most of this is "normal" for a new mom. My life has changed dramatically in the past few months and I understood even before Silas arrived that I'd probably go through some of this. And I totally get that it's just a season.

But those realizations don't dull the ache that rises in my heart when I wish I could introduce Si to our Hawaii ohana, or when I see my blog/artist friends coming up with fabulous new ideas and I'm a dry well over here. They don't keep me from wishing away our short time here in Florida.

I'm willing my heart to be content. I'm praying that I won't miss the blessings and opportunities that God has placed around me here and now. I'm praying that in this time where I'm figuring out this new identity and place in life, I'll remember that I'm a daughter of the Risen King and I'm relevant and loved by Him in bigger ways than I can even imagine here on earth.

These are things I have to do daily because gosh, it's hard somedays over here.

(Oh, and meanwhile, I'm also praying that we'll somehow find $1,000+ in the budget to go back to visit our Oahu home soon. Hey, you never know!)

Thoughts? Have you ever had to move away from a beloved home? Have you felt that identity shift after becoming a new mama? How have you dealt with a creative dry spell?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

oh baby:: two months!

I'm amazed at how much this kiddo has changed in two months. 

He has smiles for me almost all day and loves talking to the ceiling fan in our bedroom like it's his best friend in the world. 

He sucks on his fists--sometimes hilariously loudly! We were walking around Target the other night and I swear you could hear him across the store. 

The gummy grin on his face when he recognizes Chris in the afternoons is priceless. 

He often gets very fussy in the evenings, but baths, the Moby wrap and lots of bouncing usually do the trick to chill him out. 

He had a sad case of baby acne all last month, which kindly showed up after his one month pictures and left before his two month pictures. :)

He wakes up about once in the night now, is outgrowing his swaddlers and usually kicks them off at some point in the night. 

I put away his newborn clothing yesterday, which he outgrew awhile ago. It was bittersweet-- so weird that he will never wear those tiny clothes again, but gosh, it's fun to see him grow! 

He took his first roadtrip with us last weekend to St. Augustine and to see our best friends and their sweet family. He did great and I can't wait for more travel with this little guy. 

I have to admit, in the early days, there were moments of "WHAT did we do? Is our life always going to be this exhausting?" But now I can't imagine our family without Silas. 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

my favorite baby products

It's been 8 weeks since this little stud joined our family and in that time, we've discovered just a few of our essentials for taking care of Silas. Obviously, our favorites will change as he does, but I wanted to share some great products we've been loving. Lots of the products we love, we use because of recommendations from friends, so now I'm passing my recommendations on to you!

1. Baby Trend EZ Bouncer 

Silas loooves his bouncer. We own the Baby Trend EZ bouncer. While I think the colors/patterns are pretty ugly, I love the magical effect it has on Silas. We take it with us to the beach and when we sit outside. It's lightweight enough to move easily with the baby in hand and takes up very little space. And we can bounce it HARD, which is usually how we get him to sleep when he's really fussy. This kid likes to move. 

2. Peepee Teepees

(Can't believe I just wrote the word "peepee" on my blog.)

I'm convinced that these clever inventions are essential for mamas of boys. They have saved us from more than a few incidents while changing Silas' dipe. We have a good collection from my baby shower in Hawaii. My friend, Katie, made them out of natural-colored flannel and then we all decorated them with fabric marker. There are some pretty hilarious ones!

I don't own the ones in the photo above, but I think they are pretty cute and I like the tag on the top for depositing in the laundry(you can find them here in the shop Honey Bees + Sweet Peas). If you're in the market for some, you can find a ton on Etsy, or I bet they are very simple to make.

3. LeachCo Safer Bather Infant Bath Pad

My sister-in-love recommended this to us when we started our baby registry and I'm so glad she did! We lay Silas on it in the bathtub, but it can also easily be used on the counter or in the sink for newborns. I love how comfy he is at bath time and how the water-soaked pad keeps him warm. It hangs easily in the shower to drain and dry.

We also use it when he is fussy and just lay him on it without getting wet. The sound of the running bath water calms him down so well. 

4. Stitched Simplicity burp cloths + blanket + bibs

Erika sent me a package stuffed with goodies from her adorable shop, Stitched Simplicity. The blanket she made has a happy chevron fabric on one side and a soft blue minky fabric on the other (you may have seen it in my Instagrams!). We use this blanket all the time for Si's playtime on the floor. It's the perfect size and weight. Definitely a favorite.

The burp cloths are a great size too, perfect for throwing over my shoulder or laying under Silas' head. I love the bright colors so we can spot them across the room to grab in a hurry. I think I would prefer a more absorbent cloth rather than chenille, but it still does a great job of catching Si's spit-up.

I'd definitely recommend Erika's shop, Stitched Simplicity. Her choice of fabrics is glorious and her products are impeccably made.

5. Baby Jogger City Mini Stroller

Our friends in Hawaii recommended the City Mini stroller when we first got pregnant. We "test drove" their stroller and fell in love with it. I can fold it up with one hand (while holding the baby in the other!) and it's lightweight but sturdy. It takes curves and turns really easily and rides smooth. I love the weather cover because it comes down really low and has tons of windows to peek in on Si. I think this is probably my favorite of our baby purchases and it gets a 100% recommendation from us!

And we really love our Luckycann Aster bag in Teal!

When I posted that I was planning on buying the Luckycann Aster bag for a diaper bag, a bunch of you mamas and mama-to-bes wanted to know how it worked for me. I gotta tell ya, this bag is awesome. It's lightweight, beautifully crafted and has tons of pockets for organization. 

I chose the Aster because it seemed like it would be the right size for everything I wanted to carry. I was originally going to go with the Bailey, but I was afraid it would be too small. I'm glad I made that decision, because that definitely would have been the case. In the Aster, I have my nursing cover, 1-3 burp cloths, diapers, wipes, a change of clothes for Si, a changing pad, Aiden + Anais blanket, my wallet, phone, DSLR and water bottle. Even with all of that, it's not excessively heavy, I still have plenty of room and with the shoulder and messenger straps, it's easy to carry.

If you are looking for an incredibly affordable, well made bag that doesn't scream "baby!", I definitely recommend considering the Luckycann Aster bag. Plus, supporting handmade businesses always gets a thumbs up from me. 

So, those are just a few of the products we love around here these days. Which baby products do you love? 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

some hints that mommyhood has taken over my life.

If the presence of this cute lil' bugger didn't automatically designate me as a mommy, I think these are some hints that I've arrived. 

>> I cried during the movie Deep Impact (the cheesiest of movies) because the scene where the mom gives her baby to her daughter to save her from the destruction of the world tore my heart out. 

>> I actually want to have conversations about what comes out of the bum of another (little) person.

>> My foot is perpetually moving in a bouncing motion. 

>> Instead of a shower and breakfast to start the day, my morning routine now includes a half-asleep feeding in bed and a sometimes bath for a stinky boy. 

>> My idea of an exciting outing by myself (while Chris takes cares of Si for an hour or two) is strolling the aisles of Target while wearing a non-nursing friendly top. Sometimes if I wanna get really wild, I grab an iced caramel machiatto beforehand. 

>> Gas drops and nose suction bulbs are scattered on my bathroom counter along with my makeup and contact solution. 

>> My camera's battery is almost dead and the memory card is full of photos and videos of Silas. 

>> Every driver on the road is a crazed maniac in my eyes. 

>> A 'hot date' these days is when we actually have time to cook (and eat) dinner together in peace and maybe cuddle on the couch while watching Friday Night Lights. 

What are some hints that being a mama has permeated your life?