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We're officially one of those families. The type with an extremely loud child that has to sit at the back of the church and go for frequent laps just to burn off energy. Remy's cute bird noises have turned into ear piercing screams. Like SCREAMING for joy at the top of her lungs. It's cute when we're at home, but not so much during a long and serious Catholic service. Then when I try to cover her mouth with my hand she licks me. Honestly, Geoff and I can't complain. We actually have to stifle our laughs. We were truly blessed with such an amazing girl. I prayed for her for such a long time, and my prayers were answered. And then some. 
Also, it is the anniversary weekend of her and her cousin's baptism (@abighousefull). What a special time of year. Always ready to help unload the dishwasher, clean dishes or not. More importantly, it's Friday!
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fin & vince

fin-vince-13One night a few months ago, Remy was up with the flu. Too worried to sleep, I laid beside her awake for most of the night. To pass the time, I was looking up children’s clothing companies on Instagram. Even though it was a horrible night, I ended up coming across the most beautiful company that makes clothes for kids. They are are called Fin & Vince.

fin-vince-15Fin & Vince’s slogan is “kidswear for the imaginative.” I just love that. To me, the pieces are retro-inspired but wholly practical. The fabrics are soft and the designs are unique. I also love that most of the pieces can be worn for either boys or girls. I don’t like dressing Remy in overly girlie clothes, and I often shop in the boy section for her pieces. This is where the gender-neutral items are.

fin-vince-12I just adore the look of rompers. I often wear them, and I love how they look on Remy. I prefer them over dresses, mostly due to mobility reasons. While dresses are lovely, they are not practical when it comes to crawling. They often get tangled under her knees, restricting her forward movements. I end up having to tuck them into her tights. With rompers, there’s no worry about the fabric becoming tangled. You also don’t have to worry about tights, or pairing a top with bottoms. It’s all one piece. They’re perfect.

fin-vince-14I bought Remy the Stork Romper because I liked the pattern. The pockets are a great feature as well.

fin-vince-11I purchased the Striped Baby Romper for her because of the pattern. Look at it. Isn’t it the cutest thing ever?

fin-vince-10I think that from now on, I will always order from Fin & Vince. However, it will only be a few items at a time due to their prices. It’s a little expensive, but it’s so worth it!

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remy’s room (again & again)

childs-room-1I think that I may have a problem. A renovation problem. If you all remember, we have already made-over Remy’s room twice. The first time we painted, changed the fixtures, and decorated. Second, we replaced the carpet, painted some more, and rearranged a few things. Yet, it still hadn’t turned out the way that I hoped that it would. I continued to obsess over the room.

childs-room-2I had originally gone for a look that was child-friendly vintage. Given that our home is over 100 years old, I wanted to keep all of the charm. I had used antique crates as shelves, put old toys on display, purchased a retro-looking crib, and more. I was largely inspired by this room. I feel like I had achieved the feel and soul of that room, but it just wasn’t matching the rest of our home. Hence my problem.

childs-room-4After months of looking on Instagram, I started saving pictures of the types of rooms that I was drawn to the most, and I noticed a trend. Rather than filling the walls with crates and “things,” I found that I most envied bare walls. These rooms also had practical children’s furniture, including wicker baskets for toys and books. They were still quite playful, but on a scaled back level.

childs-room-9I decided to take down everything from Remy’s walls and start over. After trying a few different spots, I decided to leave the crib and change table where they were. I removed the London bookshelf and brought up a white storage unit in its place. I put her books in a wicker basket and toys in the trunk.

childs-room-3-1I only hung a few things back onto the walls. I kept Buck Jr. and Buck Jr. Jr., which was my Gedo’s. I also hung the antique clipboard that has a racoon hat from Colorado and wooden gun from Waskesiu. Beside it is the bird hook that we were gifted upon moving into our home, and my favourite bib from babybbasic. Her ultrasound pictures are above her change table.

childs-room-5I ended up reusing our Waterfall Ruffle Shower Curtain from Urban Outfitters as her window curtain. I had wanted to purchase this one, but since it was on back-order and our shower curtain was just laying around, I thought that it might look good in her room. I was right! I actually prefer it covering a window.

childs-room-7Finally, I purchased a black, industrial shelving unit to hold everything that was in the crates. I think that it really suits the room, and it makes it look much tidier. I think that overall the new look is more of a Scandinavian nursery.

childs-room-8Hopefully this will be the last post on her room, at least for awhile! Now to get back to renovating the main floor.

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1st birthday: video

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetI am amazed that my darling Remy will be celebrating her birthday in just two days. Although I have been preparing for her party for over a month, to have a one year old is shocking. 

This last year was by far the best year of my life. My life only truly began once I had my daughter. Before her, I think that I was lost. Now I have a purpose.

Remy is an intelligent, independent, and serious little girl. She loves to talk and eat. She adores books, animals, and being outdoors. She has two teeth, can say four words, mirrors every sound we make, is learning sign language, crawls, and is so close to walking on her own. She looks like her daddy but has my personality. She and I just get one another. 

This last year was not always easy. From acid reflux, to work and school, to all of our family residing in another city or province, to living in three different houses. Yet, the fact that we always had a little face smiling up at us seemed to make every challenge almost or completely bearable. I tried hard to cherish every moment of every day with Remy, and in the end, I very nearly did.

Thank you for joining me in my pregnancy and baby journey. I will always be grateful for our little girl and how she made me a mother. I hope that you enjoy this video that I made, and will continue to follow along for the second year of her life. You guys are honestly so amazing!

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1st birthday: wilderness outfits

mk-outfits-5-version-2Choosing family outfits for Remy’s Moonrise Kingdom birthday party has not been easy. I have been going back and forth on what we should wear. Should we dress up as the characters in the film? Geoffrey would be in a khaki scout costume, me in a schoolgirl outfit, and Remy in an island police uniform.

Or should we wear our regular clothes, but stick to the warmer tones that are complementary to the film’s vintage colour palette? Outfits that are also wilderness-inspired? In the end, I decided to go with the latter.

mk-outfits-4Remy is wearing her checked dress from Zara, black tights from Carter’s, and Elk moccasins from Minimoc. I am wearing a brown romper from Threadsence and black tights. Geoffrey has on a plaid shirt and Lucky Brand jeans.

Because we are hiring a photographer, I wanted the photographs to be reminiscent of a themed birthday and not a Halloween party. While I still may alter our outfits before the big day, these are very similar to what we will be wearing as a family.

Less than one week to go! Happy Family Day, Canadians. 

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1st birthday: tips for a successful party

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Hey guys. Prior to even thinking about throwing Remy a first birthday party, I researched several ways on how to throw a successful one. Small children can obviously be unpredictable, and so finding ways to increase their happiness and avoid things that might set them off is imperative. We are lucky in that Remy hasn’t yet thrown a tantrum. However, with her first birthday fast-approaching, I’m sure that they are just around the corner. Until then, I will include a list of surefire ways to have a (somewhat) successful party for a one year old! These are taken from what I have found online, in addition to my own knowledge as a new mother.

1. Keep it short. Babies can get overwhelmed quite quickly, so try to have the party run for no more than 2 hours.

2. Invite people that your children know and like, and not those who they make strange with or are guaranteed to cry around. However, this can’t always be avoided.

3. Avoid balloons and any other party favours that are choking hazards or are potentially dangerous.

4. Dress them in clothes that they are comfortable in. Remy hates anything on her head, so although I wanted to make her a feather crown to wear, I know that trying to keep one on her head would end in a disaster.

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5. Don’t go Pinterest crazy. If you’re going to DIY a lot yourself, make sure that it’s well in advance and things that are manageable to create.

6. Also, don’t go all Top Chef for the party. Buying ready-made food or desserts is a great way to eliminate stress for yourself. I ended up ordering cupcakes for Remy’s party nearly a month in advance, and we are serving chips as a light snack.

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7. Hire a photographer if possible. Just like Remy’s birth, I didn’t want to worry about capturing the perfect moments, nor about editing any photographs afterwards. I also wanted plenty of pictures of us as a family. We have hired someone to photograph her party.

8. Bring a few of their favourite toys along. Because we’re having her birthday in a rented room at the library, I’m going to set up an area for large blanket and several of her toys. This way, she will have a place to play that feels familiar, and the other children can easily join in.

9. Don’t try to set up everything by yourself. Because I’m planning on having Geoffrey watch Remy all morning, I’m going to enlist in the help from a few friends to come to the library and assist me in decorating the room.

10. Schedule the party around naps. This one is for obvious reasons.

11. Finally, if you’re feeling especially adventurous, include some fun details for your guests, such as a photo booth or colouring books!

That’s all that I can come up with. Do you have any tips to add? If so, please write them in the comment section.

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