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Surfacing

 The first few weeks with a newborn always feel like I'm functioning under water.  So, I'm surfacing for air before things get really nuts. 
It's almost surreal how quickly time is passing.  Skylar turned three weeks old yesterday, and the movers begin packing us out on Monday.  We're simultaneously trying to soak up as much of Rio as we can, while mentally preparing for life back in the States.  Send us some good vibes, will ya?

Lots of good things are on the horizon, and I can't wait for them to unfold, but I'm trying to be patient.  NOT one of my strong points.

Speaking of good things...
I commissioned some paintings from the (soon-to-be-way, WAY famous) Jenny of MFAMB.  I asked her to interpret my daughters Avery and Isla with paintings.  They were a Mother's Day gift to myself - instead of a Mother's ring or jewelry, I envision a Mother's Wall with a grouping of her fantastic work that each girl can have one day.  When the baby is a little older, I'll get her to do another one, and somewhere in the mix, I'll pick out something just for moi!
First, though, get a load of the Isla and Avery.
Got them back from the framers yesterday, and am so loving the natural wood.
They're even prettier in person, and I think everyone (and any room) could benefit from some of Jenny's talent.  She offers originals via her Etsy store, and now, via Furbish, you can purchase prints.  There's no excuse - go get yo'self some!

I also managed to have Skylar's birth announcement designed.  As much as I love a nice paper card, I know the truth is most people toss them (how dare they!), so I sent a digital announcement this go-round. #thirdchild
design by River & Bridge
Lastly, I ordered these Paige denim skinnies about three weeks before my Due Date to act as Post Partum motivation.
I've been giving them the side-eye since they arrived...
 
...but succumbed to their promise of fabulous-ass-ness yesterday, and started Tracy Anderson's post partum workouts.  Her Pregnancy Project dvds served me well for nine months, so I have faith the post partum one will, too.  We'll see....

10 comments:

Emily said...

Best of luck with the move next week! Enjoy every second of your time there but Northern Virginia is looking forward to your arrival!

spark! (Ada-Marie) said...

Go Alison - working out already!!! Love those paintings, you deserve 'em. Good luck with the move. :)

life, in small chunks said...

Great name for the baby! My (26 year old) daughter's name is Schyler, aka Schye. Twenty six years ago people thought I made up the name! And Skylar is beautiful, btw.

Christine Dovey said...

I love the idea for the paintings and they're gorgeous...not as pretty as sweet Skylar though. And I need that DVD...my skinny jeans are no where close to working these days and I'm 3.5 months post baby delivery:(

Leah said...

your baby is so pretty! i have a few of Jenny's paintings and love them. they are going to look great in your new home.

bluehydrangea said...

Alison,
Skylar is beautiful!! Just love that sweet face!! And the paintings by Jenny are amazing!! What a great idea for a mother's day gift, wish had thought of it! xoSissy

LindsB said...

Love those works of art- they are so perfect for your girls and I LOVE the idea of giving them to the girls one day, so so beyond sweet!

designchic said...

Could Skylar be any more beautiful...so, so precious and I adore Jenny's paintings!!

Jen of MadeByGirl said...

Gorgeous paintings!! And of course, beautiful baby :)

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Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

Your Skylar is beautiful and LOVE your paintings! When are you moving here? Can't wait to meet up with you!
xo Nancy

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