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Parenthood Lately – Sisters Dressed in Finn + Emma

Parenthood Lately - Sisters Dressed In Finn + Emma - Girl Nesting

Parenthood is a constant moving rollercoaster. There are moments when time slows down just enough to sit back and exclaim “We did this”. A lot like a rollercoaster at the top of a drop. It slows down just enough for you to take in the incredible view. Michael kissed my cheek and said these words “We did this” as we looked over at our girls, smiling and laughing with each other, earlySunday morning. There are sweet moments like these, and then there are moments where you just want to pull your hair out, because no one is listening, behaving, or moving productively, so we can all get out of the house and be were we need to be. Despite those testing times, it’s an incredible ride. My heart tugs at me when my girls smile, cry, scream, laugh, sneeze, tell me they don’t love me, tell me that I’m the best mom ever. I’ve never been more aware of my heart. It’s tugging all of the time now.

When I was a parent of just one child, I couldn’t imagine being capable of loving another as much as the first. My love for my first was so huge, how could I have room to love another? The answer is simple. Your heart grows, doubles, with a little extra for good measure. You can’t imagine it, just like you can’t imagine how much you would love the first child, but it happened. It took your breath away then, and it will take your breath away again and again. My love for my daughters is immeasurable.

Something that sits in the back of my mind, is that when you love someone, you let them go. My responsibility is to be there for their every need, and then one day, when they’re ready and I’m not, it will be time to wave goodbye. That’s love. Yes, today the girls are very young still, we just started our journey, but in my mind Zoë was born yesterday, she’s 4.5 years old! Skye will be 4 months this Thursday! Time moves quickly. 

There are moments that will stand out, that is amazing and special. That’s the gift. That’s all that you get to keep, the memories. Children grow up and they leave the nest. That’s how you know you did your job. You taught them how to survive out there in this crazy beautiful world. What an incredible responsibility, what an honor. I watch as their lives take flight. They begin to develop friendships, hobbies, responsibilities of their own. Our job is to be there for them when they fall, and then stand back, watching proudly when they sail. It hurts like nothing else…But it’s also very beautiful.

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The girls are relaxing in their new buttery soft threads out in our city “backyard”, c/o our friends over at Finn + Emma. They’re made with non-toxic, G.O.T.S. certified organic cotton and eco-friendly dyes. Even the snaps are lead/nickel free and feature real coconut inserts! The clothes have a generous fit, allowing room to be worn longer. Skye’s hand-knit rattle, Lily the Pika, is made by an artisanal women’s collective in Peru with G.O.T.S certified organic cotton yarn and wool stuffing. This is her new buddy. We take it everywhere 🙂

Zoë is wearing: Pajamas (elephant print)

Skye is wearing: Lap Bodysuit
(salmon rose), Pants
(zebras), Headband

*This post is in partnership with Finn + Emma, whose products we absolutely LOVE.* 

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Marriage: 16 Rules We Live By

 Marriage: 16 Rules We Live By - Girl Nesting

Michael and I are approaching our 7th year in marriage…Where did the time go?! It just feels like yesterday that we said our vows in front of our loved ones. We have learned so much about ourselves and eachother over the years. That learning really never ends since we are always growing and changing. Time does this to people you know. These are the rules we have learned along the way that keep our marriage full of joy. This is our “secret” to still walking down the street laughing together, holding hands, and yes even flirting. This is a recipe in a way that will grow as we do, and we will never stop needing it in our lives. We are pleased to be able to share it with you.

  1. Communication. You are best friends right? Then communication is pretty important.
  2. Listen to each other, and most importantly show that you are listening. Think about that for a moment.
  3. Honesty is key. Don’t keep secrets from each other. Being open is letting each other in no matter good or bad.
  4. Set boundaries. Marriage is between two people, and not your whole family, friends and whoever else may try to cross that line. You know what you are both comfortable with, because you’ve talked about it…, set those boundaries early on in your marriage. 
  5. I just read today this next rule, and we have always agreed this is very important. Surround yourself with people who will strengthen your marriage and remove yourself from people who may tempt you to compromise your character and your relationship with your spouse. 
  6. Respect your relationship and don’t share what is private and between the two of you with outside relationships (family & friends). Unless that person is your therapist, they have no business knowing your private life. This breaks trust and code in a marriage.
  7. Be each others biggest fan. Encourage and not discourage. 
  8. Be there for each other. Be a sounding ear and comfort when in need.
  9. Be patient with each other. It’s not about just ourselves anymore.
  10. Don’t compare your marriage to others. What works for the both of you is all you need to focus on.
  11. Spend time together just the two of you whenever you can. With children this becomes a little tricky. Make time. Michael and I meet for lunch during the week. It’s really nice to still have that dating feeling in our lives. Of course baby Skye is with us, but sleeping. We also love our time after the kids go to bed. Also date nights are very important, call that babysitter and go out.
  12. Go on a vacation together. Leave the kiddos with family and go on a mini break/adventure. When you have kids that time you get to spend together is gold. It feels amazing to have freedom that lasts longer than a few hours. Of course be prepared you’ll talk about your kids often. 
  13. Remember to find the funny and laugh. We laugh at the funny times and we eventually even laugh at the not so funny times. It’s nice to be able to lighten up together.
  14. Put each other first. This one is really important. You said your vows, now live by them.
  15. Never speak about your spouse in bad lighting. It’s amazing how destructive this is to a marriage…Family are usually the first to break this rule with. Be careful. This breaks trust and the special bond you have between you and your spouse.
  16. Never give up. Always strive to do better, understand each other and forgive each other. You will have bumps in the road, work on it. Give the relationship the maintenance it needs. Take care of your marriage. It wasn’t easy to find, and now it’s up to you both to keep it alive.

Random Thoughts at 3AM

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Technically it’s Sunday already, but being that I feel I just went to bed let’s just call it up in the middle of the night. These are my random thoughts at 3AM. A time when all normal folk are sleeping snug in their beds and I just got done feeding a hungry little baby. A baby that just yesterday was ready to turn me in to the milk police, due to lack of. Thankfully I finally succumbed to oatmeal and this cow is back and running. It’s a good time to insert that I truly hate oatmeal. I’m not a fussy eater by no means,but oatmeal is on a separate island when it comes to food. Michael’s words, “it’s porridge, get ready”. Yuck! The good man submerged it in raw honey and blackberries, but I still got a good amount without all that and it was horrible! It was at that moment that I looked over to my 2 month old and then over to my 4-year-old who I nursed for 15 months – insert “guilt” emoji now. Formula is calling me, can you hear it? “Come to formula. We love you. We wont disappoint, you can relax now”. It’s taunting! They send it in the mail to taunt and tempt! I ate the damn oatmeal because I love my baby and I’ve convinced myself she’ll resent me if I don’t give her the boob. I did it for love. I did it to win a “mom award” because that’s a real thing – I just don’t know when it airs…Someday they’ll thank me. Ha, don’t hold my breath.

Did I mentioned I have appointed myself neighborhood watch? I’m up at 3AM, so I feel I will be good at this job. Breastfeeding mom in the window will surely scare the bad men. Look out.

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