Lovely Simply

Style and Lifestyle in New England

Month: November, 2015

Jump on it

   
   

Thanksgiving was warm– the day after was balmy. Today there is a frost on the leaves and our house is looking like Christmas. 

On Turkey Day I wore this gorgeous Jumpsuit dressed up with a belt and some heeled boots. We celebrated at my grammy’s house and Redmond wanted to eat pretty frequently… I think he’s having ANOTHER growth spurt. Thankfully this jumpsuit has hidden side zippers and access is super easy, so I could nurse at the dinner table. We started him last night on his first real meal. Mashed carrots from the turkey stew I made. He was literally FREAKING OUT with excitement. He only managed to consume a little, but boy did he have fun doing it.   

    
 I am already feeling sad that Redmond will be four months old in six days. I can’t believe how blindingly fast his little babyhood is rushing by. Every day is truly more wonderful than the last, even amidst all the challenges of motherhood. I’ve never known such love and happiness. 

Jumpsuit c/o Loyal Hana

Holiday Mood

   
 I can’t believe that we are IN the holiday season. It seems like school just started, like I was just dipping my enormous pregnant belly into the river near us during the scorching days leading up to Redmonds birth. Now I’m starting to think about gifts, filling our house with baked goods, and putting together outfits for Christmas parties. Honestly, the hardest thing about dressing post-baby is constantly having to think about something I can nurse in or pump in with a semblance of modesty and comfort. Redmond comes with us to most events, and I’ll often plan an outfit and then realize that I won’t be able to easily feed him, and then I have to rethink it all. Because I just don’t want to be juggling boob, beverage, and baby with a fussy neckline.You feel me? So, needless to say, this Royal blue Jumpsuit is a lifesaver. Or party saver.  

    
   

With its hidden zipper, it couldn’t be easier to whip out the goods and feed my hungry little bear. And it feels like I’m wearing pajamas and there are pockets. I styled this jumpsuit with heels and gold jewelry and a red lip for a holiday look. But I also wore it to church on Sunday dressed down. 

    
   
This is honestly probably the most luxurious item I’ve ever owned. The fabric is gorgeous, the fit is that perfect chic looseness that’s so hard to find. So the fact that EVERYTHING IS 50% off for Black Friday weekend is a BIG deal. Get on it! Believe me, I’ll be wearing this tomorrow to see the hunger games. Looking cute AND containing my post pie and turkey belly? Yes please. 

Jumpsuit c/o Kin Wolfe

Thanksgiving 

   
 First off… This Shirt. I love it. I should probably put it in my thankful list since I wore it three days in a row and had to stop myself from wearing it again yesterday. It’s warm. It’s soft. It’s cute. And there are two hidden zippers so you can ZIP OUT YOUR BOOBS to nurse. I can’t even. I love it. 

   
 My Thankful List this year is going to get down to the basics. I mean, I am thankful for friends and family and house and home because, obviously. But there is also a whole lot of little everyday kinds of things that remind me how damn lucky I am. You know?   

   
 

so. In the order in which they come to mind.
1. I’m so thankful for how well Redmond sleeps. I always think that God won’t give you what you can’t handle, and I am a nauseous, weepy ogre when I don’t get enough sleep. Redmond sleeps eleven hours a night (with a 6:30 nurse) and I am THANKFUL.

2. Heat it my car. The past two winters in my old car, the heat  barely worked and it was freezing. Now my car is so warm and it makes a huge difference emotionally.

3. Flannel sheets. Because oh my gosh, so cozy.

4. Pandora and its Christmas station. I love playing it. All the time. It just puts me in that holiday mood, folks.

5. Coffee in the morning. With cinnamon. You all know my love for that shizzle.

6. Sunday snuggles with my little family. We do it every week. In our flannel sheets. With morning coffee. And Christmas pandora. Just kidding, Nick would never allow my obsessive carol listening into bed with us all. 

7. My sister and how much she helps me with Redmond and my sanity when I feel out of my depth.

8. Treats. Just any and all treats but especially chocolate one. 

9. The gym. And my classes there. And the friends I’ve made. It’s nice to drop Red off and have some grown up sweat time, and those endorphins people, they’re no joke.

10. And ok fine. My baby. My perfect, adorable baby. And my handsome, wonderful husband. Call me basic but I’m really gosh darn glad about them.  

Faux leather pants, old

Boots, old 

Shirt, c/o Loyal Hana

Redmonds hat: old navy 

Redmonds moccasins c/o  Peach plum pair

A Mini Getaway

  
This past weekend already seems like ages ago. Some weeks fly by. Some weeks crawl. This week is of the crawling variety but I’m ok with it. Redmond grows with such determination that I’m glad for things to feel slow sometimes. 

   
This past weekend we drove to Jackson NH for my uncles wedding. It was so cold, and so beautiful, and all things New England. On the drive we passed such lovely sights, the mountains, the lakes, rolling farmland, and I kept saying how lucky we are to live somewhere so consistently stunning. Also consistently cold but what can you do? 

   
We stayed at the Wildcat Inn and Tavern and after we dropped our bags in our room, we headed to the pub. I drank a hot cider and rum. Nick obviously drank a beer. There was a fireplace and cozy couches and a gorgeous old fashioned, dimly lit bar that felt straight out of Ireland or something. I wish we’d have had time for a long hike or a ski so we could have basked in the warmth like we earned it.   

The wedding was fantastic, even though I only indulged in one drink due to breastfeeding. We went to bed around 10:30, and all of us slept until about 7. Thank you Redmond. 

We tried to go on a walk but it was cold and Red was hungry and tired so…it lasted like five minutes. 

 We had a nice little exploring afternoon in North Conway. We had Redmond bundled up in his bear suit, and he was basically a baby celebrity and had people coming up constantly to coo at him. Luckily he loves attention. 

   
I’m desperate to go back this winter and ride the scenic train. Because, eating in a dining  car while watching New Hampshire roll by would make me feel like I was in White Christmas. Snooooow, snoow, snoow, snoooow! Anyone?

   
   
Redmond had a ball at the play ground.  

   
Basically the weekend got me IN the mood for the holidays. I started listening to Christmas music the other day while I made apple crisp. And I’m pulling out my Christmas piano music today to prep for the parties I’ll be playing at! I just need to get a few more Christmas dresses…

Autumn Wedding 

  
It turns out that when you are breastfeeding and going to a wedding, it’s a little tricky to find a dress that you can nurse in, be comfortable in, and look good in. In the summer it’s easy. But everything is easier in the summer isn’t it? Thankfully this dress met the challenge.

 The wedding was in North Conway New Hampshire and it was about 10 degrees colder there. It’s only 2 hours north but it felt charmingly like another world. I kept wanting to bust out a fair isle sweater and get my ski on with some ear muffs and a mug of spiked hot cocoa at the end of the day in front of a big old fire. You feel me? Winter, 1960s style. I told Nick we’d have to go back to fulfil this fantasy of mine over our never ending winter season.  

   
Aaaaaaanyway. Focus. When Ever pretty dress wanted to do a collaboration I was THRILLED. I chose this dress immediately because it’s super nursing friendly and the cranberry color is fall perfection. It was so comfortable for an evening of dancing, eating, laughing, and obviously breastfeeding haha. Redmond had a ball at the wedding and partied with everyone until 10:00. Without napping mind you and without a single cry. He is a social little baby. He gets that from his mama. Not that Nick is an antisocial monster. I just like to take credit for all of Redmonds qualities. Because I pushed him out of my lady parts so I get to do what I want. 

  Also, can I just say I managed to wear those heels for 6 straight hours thanks to a slathering of Sole serum. I usually last about 45 minutes in heels that high, but that stuff really works. I don’t know how. But it does. 

All the dressing up and eating and relaxing with family this weekend got me all kinds of excited for the holiday season. I love thanksgiving and I can’t wait to celebrate our first Christmas  as a family of three. And to watch love actually, and little women, and white Christmas, and the holiday, and need I continue? Cause I could.  

   
Dress c/o Ever pretty dress

Shoes c/o Famous footwear

My whole heart belongs to you (3 month update)

  
When I first held my slippery, perfect baby, the thought of him being three months old seemed impossible. So far away, and in a different world. Do you know what I mean? But here we are. And it’s wonderful. Redmond is everything I could have ever longed for and so much more. He has changed so much in this past month. When I pick him up, he wraps his little hand around my neck and clutches me. When I go into him in the morning, he kicks his legs in glee and smiles so big it fills his whole face. He sleeps through the night now, from 8:30 to 6:30, and then after his morning nurse, he goes back down for another hour. He takes two “real” naps a day, along with cat naps during drives or runs or walks depending on our day. 

 he laughs with abandon, sometimes just from the sight of me coming towards him. He holds onto his toys, and explores his hands and feet. He will lay underneath the little play gym Nick made for him and entertain himself for long periods of time, just holding onto the little forest creatures. He loves his books, and tries to turn the pages and is sometimes successful.  

   
 He is so strong, and doesn’t fight Tummy time anymore. He looks proud and excited when he lifts himself up, and the three times he rolled over, he looked at me like he’d just solved world hunger. And we were both pretty thrilled about it.  

 He can sit up with a little help, and he keeps his hands folded together all of the time. In his mouth, on his chest– his hands are his favorite toy. And after that comes his Sophie giraffe. He loves me and his daddy so much that sometimes I cry from happiness, holding his little body close, wondering how in the world I got so lucky. He is my angel baby.  

 thank you to My robeez for these adorable shoes by the way. It’s chilly here now, and we never leave the house without shoes on. Redmond loves to kick them over his head, but he can’t get these ones off. They are so soft and so cute and he loves wearing them.  

 If you want to get a head start on Christmas shopping, head over to their  Site and get 20% off with the code BABYREDSTYLE for the next two weeks. The prices are already super decent so it’s a pretty great deal. I’ll be nabbing a few more pairs myself. 

I love being a mother. It is the most rewarding job that fills me with contentment and purpose. I love him. I love our family.

Wolf shoes c/o Robeez but all opinions are my own. 

Pumpkin-Apple Spice Oatmeal

  

I love mornings. Which is funny because I used to hate mornings. Specifically in my early twenties when I was always a touch under the weather in the a.m. from too many cocktails and not enough sleep. Now? Well, one cocktail is about as much as I can handle and I go to bed at 10:00 (if I can stay up that late) and wake up at 6:00. Which is roughly the schedule of a ninety-five year old great grandmother and I’m fine with it.  

I nurse Redmond in the dim, almost dark early morning light. After he is full, he goes back to sleep for two hours, and it is my quiet time. I make the bed, get into my gym clothes, wash the dishes. I pour myself a hot mug of coffee, and top it with cinnamon, and the smell is divine to me. I wax poetic about morning coffee. There is nothing like it. Afternoon coffee is nice, but morning coffee is something unto itself, a sort of magic. Right? 

   The past week, I’ve also been making myself a bowl of this sweet, filling pumpkin-apple spice oatmeal. It warms me on these chilly days, and it keeps me full through my morning work-outs. Which is saying something because work-out + nursing = one hungry mama on the daily.  

 It’s quick and easy and tastes like a steaming bowl of the holiday season which is my favorite time of year. I love winter. Until January 6th ( the day after my birthday) and then I hate winter because I hate to be cold and I hate how long it lasts here… But the holidays are blissful to me.

Anyway. Make yourself a bowl of this to get you in that thanksgiving to Christmas mood!

Pumpkin-Apple Spice Oatmeal

1/2 Apple

2 tsp molasses

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 cup water

1/2 cup old fashioned oats

2 tbs pure pumpkin purée

Slice the apple into bite size pieces and put them in a pot. Drizzle 1 tsp molasses on top and stir over medium heat. Add 1 cup water and turn to high heat. When the water boils, add 1/2 cup old fashioned oats and stir. When it begins to thicken, reduce heat and add the remaining ingredients. And you’re done! So eat up. 

 

One skirt, Two Times

   
 I think I like this second look with my Denim skirt even more than my first. We had a divine and curious (climate change??) spat of warm weather last week. Like mid seventies. I think it was kind of everywhere in the north east/mid Americas… But that’s basically unheard of in our neck of the tundra…I mean woods. It was fabulous, but I was happy to get cozy this past Sunday in my plaids and tights. I feel like this outfit is ALL the fall things and it’s maybe gaggable (not a word) but I love it. 

   
We had a dreamy Sunday, my little family and I. We slept in, ate breakfast in bed (which I made…I wish we had a house elf but we are muggles and not wealthy so even if we were a wizarding family we wouldn’t have a house elf), took a crisp, cool run, went to church (the first time in a while) and then to a late lunch to watch the patriots game.  

   

Redmond was an angel baby the whole day. He sat through church and chewed on his Sophie giraffe, then intently watched the Colts game, to our horror…wrong screen buddy. And WRONG TEAM. We reminded him of where his loyalties must lie by raising his little fists and chanting “go Tom go” because he’s a New Englander with Massachusetts blood running through his tiny veins so he’d better get on board. Could I ramble all day? I could. This outfit was cozy. The day was wonderful. Goodbye.

Sweater and scarf: old navy (last year)

Diaper bag: Rotunda

Skirt: c/o