There aren't many things to read about parenting that don't sugar coat everything. I read this article by new mum Jewel yesterday and it brought me a lot of relief. It is honest and it is real. It mirrors a lot of how I feel about parenting. We live in a society where it is rare for parents to not portray themselves as perfect, there is little room for admitting mistakes or keeping it real. In my short 15 months as a parent, I have felt judged at times for simply listening to my kid and not following what is expected. Everyone has their opinion that they believe is correct. I know that my journey as a mum is a daily lesson. Every day I am learning. I desire in no way to suggest I am perfect, that I have it down pat. I do know what I have chosen to do for my kid may not be what another parent chooses. I recognise we all muddle through this the best we can. I am still learning to let go of expectations and to just enjoy the ride. To live in the moment more. To know that I will figure it out, even if I make some mistakes here and there. Here's to not being perfect! x
Happy 1st Birthday to our little lady Clementine!
We celebrated Clementine's first birthday with a party (as you do)! It was super fun and all three of us dressed up as furry animals. Baby was a Meerkat, I was a Tiger and husband was a Bunny. It was great to feel a bit silly and the costumes sure did keep us warm :)
Lovely invites complete with illustration by Chris. Nearly didn't get these out before the party. We got there eventually though :)
View of the party room / our lounge room. This was a lot of fun to set up.
Food stuffs. Fruit skewers with caramel sauce and red velvet cupcakes included. YUM!
Red velvet flower cake for our girl. Happy Birthday! xx
First crafty things made after a looooong break :) Patchwork scarf and sampler kitty! I had so much fun making the sampler kitty. It was a great way to use up special pieces of fabric that were too small to do anything else with. To make it warmer (it has turned very chilly here in Tasmania - winter is definitely here), I put a layer of soft cotton wadding inside the patchwork scarf. Next time I will make it longer and wider as the fabrics are so fun to see.