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Three and a half months in, breastfeeding is finally getting easier. I had a hard time with the other two kids too, but it wasn’t this difficult for this long. I filled a prescription for APNO when Calvin seven weeks old and that helped somewhat. Ibuprofin helped too, and while I did take the maximum recommended dosage every day for longer than I’d wanted to, I haven’t needed any for a couple of weeks now. Plus I haven’t cried from the pain lately, so there’s that. Hooray?

CalvinI’ve been watching a lot of television while nursing; the distraction is good.

“I don’t think I realized how much I would just be sitting on the couch.”

“Pinned to it.”


(from here)

The soundtrack to these sessions as of late has been Funny Girl, Funny Face, and RuPaul’s Drag Race. I now find myself wanting Barbara Streisand’s hair, wishing I had seen more of Paris, and feeling like my natural lashes are woefully inadequate. I’ve been watching a lot of Bob’s Burgers too, sometimes with Eleanor, which leads to her singing things like this.

Little babies! *kiss kiss*

Three Months Old (Calvin’s Monthly Photo)

Three Months Old (Calvin's Monthly Photo)
Three Months Old (Calvin's Monthly Photo)

He’s looking up at his mama, two months in a row. That’s where I stand — just out of frame — taking these photos with my camera remote. It’s good to be nearby while he’s still so little!

(I’ll be taking a photo of Calvin sitting in the Eames rocker and wearing his pin each month until he’s two years old. I also took monthly photos of his sister, Eleanor, and his brother, August.)

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Hello, 2015

Back at it after a short break! First off, thank you for all of your suggestions for Christmas dinner. We borrowed a second slow cooker and made two pot roasts (using Martha’s recipe), along with smashed potatoes, veggies, and rolls. Easy and good!

Also, I was interviewed recently for the Wednesday Journal, a local paper. Neither I nor the writer had any idea that the interview would be taped until the photographer told us as he was setting up his gear. Surprise! The video and article were published on Christmas Eve.

Making it Lovely in the Oak Park Wednesday Journal

I enjoyed the break by playing with the kids, filling up my watercolor sketch book, and reading. It was awesome. Plus Brandon and I finally got over to the MCA to see the David Bowie Is exhibit before it ended! Also awesome.

Watercolor Sketchbook | Making it Lovely


There will probably be a lot of manifestos out there today. A lot of reflecting on the year passed, with people setting new goals or recommitting to existing ones along with examining the reasons to leave some things behind. A new year always inspires this sort of introspection and I’ve done it too, but I haven’t felt compelled to do so this time around. I have goals of course — as I always do — but they’re of the ongoing and in motion sort and I’m happy with where I’m both personally and professionally right now. The baby is still taking up most of my time these days, but it’s baby number three for us and I’m well aware of how quickly this time passes. I’d rather snuggle him while he’s still a squishy smiley little lovey thing than make an arbitrary list of things to do because it happens to be the start of a new year.

Taking a short break has definitely reenergized me though. I’m feeling creative, rested, and ready for what’s to come. 2015, let’s go!

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