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    And just like that, Remy crawled for the first time today. (It's a good day.) 🙌
Thank you for all of your kind words and support, everyone. Peace out, Instagram community. Catch you on the flip side. ✌️ In two weeks we will be saying goodbye to The Little Barn. It was our house of many firsts. First home we ever built. First home at the lake. First home that we lived in as a family of three. Even though we are letting it go, it will always have a place in my heart. 
The next few weeks will be nothing short of madness. My masters program starts on August 24. Remy turns six months old on August 25. We get possession of our new house on August 26 and move on the 27th. After today, I will be taking a break from all social media, as I'm going to be spending what little free time I have being a new student, new homeowner, and mama.
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goodbye little barn

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetIf you couldn’t already guess from the title of this post, I have some news to share with all of you. We have officially sold our home, The Little Barn. I really can’t believe that I am writing these words. Our journey with this particular home began over two years ago when we began looking for property outside of the city that we were living in. After settling on an empty lot, we had TLB constructed. It was finally finished just over one and a half years ago. At the time, we loved it.

We didn’t really take into consideration the possibility of a family or designing home for children. Those factors are ultimately why we are moving. It is just not ideal for our growing family. So, back we go into the city, and to the same neighbourhood as our second home together, Little Green. Our new home is only two blocks away from our beloved old green house. It is also the same colour, but only much bigger. We have aptly named it Big Green.

Friends, I will be taking a break from blogging. We get possession of our new home in two weeks, on August 26. As if my life wasn’t busy enough with this move, my masters program also begins on August 24. Lastly, it is Remy’s half birthday on August 25. I will therefore return here sometime in September.

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetI hope that you all enjoy the rest of your summer! Have fun, be safe, and take care!

<3

Emory

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leather braided soother clip : diy

Leather Braided Soother ClipI never intended on giving any child of mine a soother. I naively thought that they were just a way to quiet your little one when nothing else would do, and that eventually weaning them off of one would be a nightmare. While the latter still may hold some truth, the former does not.

I think that Remy was probably three weeks old when I finally gave in and purchased a soother for her. Up until then, she would constantly want to nurse without actually always wanting to eat. It was the mere sucking motion that she craved. I would literally spend all day “nursing” her, for if I took my breast away, she would cry. Exhausted and overwhelmed with our marathons, I told my sister and friends about what was happening. Each and every one of them told me to give her a soother. After trying a few different brands, we finally found one that she liked. My nursing sessions then went from three-hour-long stretches to only twenty minutes. Since then, we’ve never looked back.

What we have looked for are dropped soothers. Honestly, if you don’t have a clip attached to the end of one, your whole day will consist of bending down, searching for, and rinsing off said soother. Our favourite clip inevitably became the leather braided kind. They are so adorable, and Remy likes to grab onto and suck the leather in this teething stage of hers. Purchasing one can become quite expensive, though. After visiting Michaels, I ended up getting a pack of leather lace cord and clips for the same price of buying and shipping a pre-made soother clip. Now I can have twelve soother clips for the same price as one! And you can too with this tutorial.

Leather Braided Soother Clip

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetSupplies:

Leather cord
Clip
Scissors
Fabric tape measure

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetSteps:

1. Cut one piece of leather cord into two, approximately 28″ in length. (You will know if you prefer it to be shorter or longer after you make one. I personally like this length.)

2. Create a loop approximately 3″ in length with one piece of cord. Take the other piece and wrap it once around the loop.

Processed with VSCO with a4 preset3. Now it is time to begin braiding! I used my big toe to hold the loop (even though I photographed it using a succulent). It sounds weird, but you will be tugging as you braid, so you will need to be able to yank on the leather without it coming undone. Starting from the far left, take one of the four pieces and weave it under, over, and under again until it reaches the far right side. This may take some practise.

4. Repeat this weaving until you are approximately 2″ from the bottom.

Processed with VSCO with a4 preset5. Once the clip is nearly completely braided, tie a knot at the bottom of the braid so that it will not come loose.

Processed with VSCO with a4 preset6. Take a clip and thread the leather through until it is touching the first knot. Then, make another knot so that the clip is secure. Cut away the excess cord from the knot.

Processed with VSCO with a4 preset7. That’s all!

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetIt takes me around ten minutes to make one of these leather soother clips. They then last about two months before becoming quite worn. They are honestly the best and most stylish investment for any parent whose baby who loves a good soother.

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Emory

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world breastfeeding week

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetFrom August 1-7 of this year is World Breastfeeding Week.

I always had it in my mind that I was going to breastfeed my baby. I was vaguely aware of the benefits prior to doing so. I only knew that it was “better” than bottle feeding. I was, however, very apprehensive about not being able to get a proper latch and about feeding in public. 

After I gave birth, my modesty regarding my body went away. For her first latch, I had both my sister and nurses grabbing my breasts and helping me feed Remy. I didn’t know what I was doing. Thankfully she latched on instantly, and has continued to be the best little eater ever since. I also have no qualms about feeding her in public, but I do still cover up. This isn’t because I’m ashamed of feeding her from my body, but rather because she eats well under my cover and I don’t feel the need to expose the world to my breasts. We’re quite content with the way we do it.

While our journey hasn’t always been easy (I’ve had mastitis twice, continually have clogged milk ducts, and struggle when she has bad reflux), it has been a beautiful one. I adore feeding her. It’s our special time together. I love when she caresses me with her tiny hands, when she looks up at me and smiles with my nipple still in her mouth, and when she falls asleep, which is nearly every time. 

Not all women can breastfeed. So while I am all for promoting breastfeeding and helping to normalize it, rather than saying “breast is best,” we should instead be preaching that “fed is best.” Because in the end, as long as your baby is fed, that’s really all that matters. At the same time, if we should be allowed to bottle feed in public, we should also be more than welcome to breastfeed as well.

Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

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Emory

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try this : summer pasta recipe

VSCO%20Cam-6Italian Summer Pasta

Makes 6 servings

VSCO%20Cam-7Ingredients:

3 cups noodles
1/2 cup feta cheese
1/2 Italian dressing
1 cup cucumber
1/4 cup green onion
1/2 cup bologna
salt

VSCO%20Cam-5Steps:

1. In a large saucepan, bring water and salt to a boil. Add the noodles. Cook until tender (approximately 8 minutes). Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.

VSCO%20Cam-32. In a large bowl, chop and add all of the ingredients together. 

3. Refrigerate until you are ready to serve.

VSCO%20Cam-2This pasta salad is light and zesty. It is ideal for the warm summer months and would make an easy dish to bring to outdoor gatherings with family and friends. Try it out for yourself!

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Emory

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in july

An overcast, but hot and humid day. Dad's first trip with us to the beach was a success.

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Another month has (almost) come to an end. Here’s what we got up to:

A girl reaching for her dog, and a dog who could care less. 👶🏼🌿🐶

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My cute little churchgoer. Thank goodness for big cousins who help hold and play with her during mass.

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Friday feels. 🙂

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Still waters.

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From where I lay, I see Remy's crib standing alone in the corner of our bedroom. Looking down, I also see a baby having her morning nap contently in my lap. I realize that she has never once used that crib of hers. Not ever. Every time that she sleeps flat on her back, her infant reflux flares up and the next day she coughs, sneezes, and has a difficult time eating. I therefore usually let her take her naps on me during the day, and at night, she gets buckled into her glider. If I'm really tired in the middle of the night, I'll lay her next to me and nurse her on my side so that we can both easily fall back to sleep. However, we pay for it the next day with her reflux. I hope that one day soon it clears up, not only for her to be pain free and to eliminate her medicine, but so she can also use that beautiful crib of hers.

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"Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart." – A.A. Milne

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Is it really only Tuesday? This week has already been so crazy, but for all the right reasons.

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So long, July. You were rainy and hot, but still wonderful.

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Emory

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