Blush, Caramel, Charcoal, and Rusty Reds and Oranges

Blush, Caramel, Charcoal, and Rusty Reds and Oranges
Exotic Botanic colour theme. Photo by Martina Gemmola / Styling by Ruth Welsby

This is pretty much the same palette I used for my last style post, and I’m still smitten with it! I want to dress myself and my home in these colors.

Blush, Caramel, Charcoal, and Rusty Reds and Oranges

  1. Sarjaton Letti Mug – Old Rose, Horne

  2. Sarjaton Letti Mug – Red Clay, Horne

  3. Selma Punch Fabric, Decorators Best

  4. Skyscape Dress, Madewell

  5. Protea Flowers

  6. Victoria Albert Paper Goods

  7. Abstract Muted 3 Print by Kelly Nasuta, Minted

  8. Sarjaton Metsa Bowl – Mud, Horne

  9. Estrellas Rug, The Citizenry

  10. Park St, Princess Hill Bathroom, Hearth Studio

  11. Highbow Suede Skimmers, Anthroplogie

  12. Double Drusy Cuff, Leif

One Month Old (Calvin’s Monthly Photo)

I made the pin for Calvin’s monthly photos over the weekend and while I worked on that, Eleanor made a bouquet of felt flowers. She said that they were for Calvin, so of course I had to include them in his photo!

Calvin, One Month Old

I did get a half-dozen photos of him in the chair before he started crying, but I had set the camera’s focus incorrectly at first, so those were all blurry. (Way to go, me.) He’s a pretty happy baby — it’s too bad his first monthly photo doesn’t reflect that. But he is a newborn and like all newborns he tends to cry a fair amount, so I suppose it’s an accurate enough representation!

Calvin, One Month Old

(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.)

View All of Calvin’s Monthly Photos

Adjusting

Calvin

Calvin is nearly four weeks old already! I was always on my own with our babies before, but now with Brandon as a stay-at-home dad, we can team up on kid duties. I’m nursing and some days it feels nonstop, so I’m mostly taking care of Calvin while Brandon has Eleanor and August.

Brandon and Calvin

Nursing — I have such a hard time with it in the beginning. I’ve seen lactation consultants, I’ve read the entire La Leche League book, and my search engine history has been entirely taken over by various breastfeeding queries. Things got better with both Eleanor and August around six weeks, so I keep telling myself it will happen again, but right now it is incredibly difficult. It’s isolating and time-consuming, but the worst of it is that I dread sessions because of the anxiety around anticipating a painful latch. There are often tears, and I’m having a hard time right now.

Calvin

Baby Toes

We are all doing so well though, in every other regard! We’re settling in nicely as a family of five, and the kids are sweet with the baby. Our normal morning routine has continued smoothly, we’re all sleeping as well as can be expected, and I get out of the house and see friends often enough to keep from going stir-crazy. Plus I love love love having a baby at home again. Calvin sleeps on me and is in my arms all day, and I adore his little snuggles.

August, Nicole, Calvin, and Eleanor

The good stuff is coming up: the smiles, the coos, the baby laughs. This is likely our last baby though, so while I’m eager to get past the nursing pain, I don’t want to wish this time away. There’s a lot of good stuff happening right now, too.

Calvin

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