Loving Lately // Caitlin Wilson Textiles

October 21, 2013

Ava at 8 weeks

Happy Monday! Everyone ready for a new week? To be honest, maternity leave has the days blending together a little bit and I can't say that I mind. Things have just continued to get better and better since about week five (not gonna lie - it was pretty rocky until that point!). At nine weeks with our little Ava, I don't know that I'd say we've established a routine per say, but we're certainly starting to figure each other out and that's -- well, pretty awesome.

I've learned to embrace the fact that life right now is all about Ava. Before she arrived, I had a mile long list of things I wanted to accomplish in the six months of leave I've been blessed with. I think those first several weeks were difficult for a number of reasons, but they were especially hard for a chronic overachiever and workaholic. While I still have a fair amount of goals and obligations at any given time, I'm making sure to soak up hours of simply holding ze babe while she sleeps (listening to her precious sounds and watching her little eyelashes flutter makes this preeeeeeeetty easy), going on long afternoon walks together, reading stories, and lying around under brightly colored plush toys while describing them over and over again ("Is the elephant blue? There are one...two...three ladybugs. Can you say 'brass'?). Finding balance has and, I'm sure, will continue to be tough. But I don't get these months back, so I'm doing my best to remain focused on this little person as much as possible. Giving myself permission to just BE has been incredibly liberating.

with Ava at 8 weeks

Being home has also given me a chance to actually make some progress on the house, which I'm doubly grateful for. I'm one of those people that will probably never be done (what fun would that be??), but I'm hoping to have at least our main floor presentable by the time I'm back to work in February.

It's sort of hilarious that the nursery is one of the more finished spaces after nearly two years in the house. Can you say deadline driven? ha! I recently secured the finishing touch to Ava's room; I'm working with Caitlin Wilson Textiles on a beautiful collaboration (so, again, nursery pics are definitely coming!). When we started our talks, I couldn't help but fall in love with their fall line of metallic fabrics and pillows. I think all of my fellow gold/brass addicts will have to agree on this one! They have a beautiful lookbook that makes the new line especially lust worthy.


Shop the fall collection here.
Happy Monday!

7 comments:

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

I love this metallic fall line...ti really goes with everything and i agree the lookbook is fabulous. I'm so glad to read all you have to say about Ava....it was exactly how I felt those first few weeks. We are so sued to having control over everything and accomplishing so much that its difficult to change everything around when you have your first baby. I was the least patient person in the world....and boy was I taught a lesson! So glad you are enjoying all these special moments. I love this photo of you and Ava. Precious!

My Interior Life said...

Ok, those photos of Ava and you and the reflections at the beginning of this post had me tearing up. It all goes too fast. You're doing the right thing to soak it up. CW's textiles are beautiful - can't wait to see your collaboration!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

Love seeing those pretty pillows almost as much as that sweet little nugget. :)

Morgan said...

It took me a lot longer than this to come to the conlusion that life had changed and it was all about the babe. To-do lists can wait :)
Glad you are soaking up this precious time!

Katie Waddell said...

I'm loving the metallic line! By the way....6 months of maternity leave is AMAZING and sooooo worth it!

Kimberly Hughes said...

Oh she's so precious with those biteable cheeks! I laughed at the 'can you say 'brass''!? Hahaha, woman after my own heart ;) So happy you are feeling more relaxed, I'd be the same I think - feeling like I should be ACCOMPLISHING something when really, sharing this amazing time is accomplishment enough. Also? Those cushions are just freaking amazing. I can't actually decide which I love the most. Your nursery is gonna knock it outta the park, no doubt ;) Be well, hun xxx

Alla said...

Hi! found you by searching for 'global decor' on pinterest :) ...now I discover you just had a baby, mine is 7 weeks today, like you I had 'plans' for maternity leave but just hanging out doing nothing with the baby is also a great plan. enjoy! glad I found your space, loving the style!!

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