We're Moving!

Start spreading the news! We're headed to the Great Lakes State!

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It is with a heavy (and excited) heart to let you all know we're leaving Chicago. I'm getting a little choked up even writing this, and sharing this with you all makes it even more real. We've decided to move to my homestate, Michigan, to be closer to my family. It only took a couple weeks after Emory was born that we realized we wanted to be closer to family, and the type of childhood we wanted him to have we would have a very hard time providing him in the city (such as having a play set and a back yard for him to play in). We wanted to be closer to family for holidays, have my parents involved in Emory's life, and just have a different quality of life (and a cheaper cost of living!), so after weighing all our options, we decided to move. 

This decision means I will not be going back to work after maternity leave. I was so nervous about letting my employer know I was leaving, but my boss was so supportive and it made me feel even better about making the move. She told me, "If you're making a decision for your family, you're making the right decision." Now it's time to bring on the Michigan job hunt!

We initially planned on living with my parents until we found a place to live, but the stars aligned and we actually found a house in my hometown. We're currently in the process of buying it (so send all your well wishes and keep your fingers and toes crossed for us!), and if all goes to plan we'll be moving in before Christmas. This is how you know you've made the right decision; everything is falling into place, and I think we're exactly where we should be. 

But all this exciting news doesn't make leaving much easier. This is a move we honestly weren't planning on doing for several more years; we love the city. After John living in Florida and Taiwan and me living in Florida previously, Chicago is the first place that's felt like 'home' to both of us; a feeling neither of us had felt in such a long time.

Chicago will always hold a special place in my heart; it's where I met John, where were got engaged and started our lives as newlyweds, where we adopted our cat Stuart, where I first learned the art of calligraphy, where Emory was born, and where I grew into the person I am today. I'm so thankful for all this city has given me; first and foremost, Chicago gave me my family. The city has also taught me lessons in diversity, gave me opportunities for my career growth, and lifelong friends. And truly, that's going to be the hardest part--leaving our friends, they're seriously the best damn group of people. 

I'll miss all the fun city events and markets, my book club, all the amazing restaurants, Cubs games, the awesome shopping, and just living in such a fun and thriving city. We have so many memories here, but it's time to make new memories with our son, and thankfully we're just a short plane or train ride away. We'll be back to visit soon. 

-C

Here's a trip down Chicago memory lane...

Bright eyed and bushy tailed, a couple weeks into my new job with the company that moved me to Chicago (hey there bangs and a sock bun). February 2013

Bright eyed and bushy tailed, a couple weeks into my new job with the company that moved me to Chicago (hey there bangs and a sock bun). February 2013

At the Chicago River, dyed green for St. Paddy's Day. March 2013

At the Chicago River, dyed green for St. Paddy's Day. March 2013

Back when John and I first started dating at the Festa Italiana, Summer of 2013. 

Back when John and I first started dating at the Festa Italiana, Summer of 2013. 

When John popped the question, in our one bedroom Chicago high-rise apartment. We went out on our building's rooftop to celebrate. April 2015

When John popped the question, in our one bedroom Chicago high-rise apartment. We went out on our building's rooftop to celebrate. April 2015

On an architecture tour for my birthday, June 2015

On an architecture tour for my birthday, June 2015

When we brought home Stu Angel, August 2015

When we brought home Stu Angel, August 2015

My bestie, Stacey, and I at Zoo Lights, Winter 2015

My bestie, Stacey, and I at Zoo Lights, Winter 2015

Book Club Christmas Party, December 2016

Book Club Christmas Party, December 2016

After seeing A Christmas Carol, an annual tradition of ours, and me a couple weeks pregnant with Emory (with lots of morning sickness). December 2016

After seeing A Christmas Carol, an annual tradition of ours, and me a couple weeks pregnant with Emory (with lots of morning sickness). December 2016

Teaching a calligraphy class (and super pregnant), Summer 2017

Teaching a calligraphy class (and super pregnant), Summer 2017

The day Emory was born, August 2017

The day Emory was born, August 2017

Emory-Month Two

This may sound terrible, but here's some truth--I was so excited for Emory to get a little older. Our first month was hard! It seemed like everyone kept telling us 'it gets easier' but I couldn't imagine it getting easier. We were exhausted, sleep deprived, and scared. John and I would snap at each other over minuscule things because our world had turned upside down, I kept thinking 'how are we going to get through this?' If you're in that first month, I understand what you're going through--and I promise, it does get easier.

Right around when Emory was a month old, I feel like we really started to hit our stride and everything just felt so much more comfortable when it came to taking care of the baby. Plus, his colic went away and his little personality is really starting to shine through and it's been so much fun to watch! So here's what Emory is up to at two months old...

Emory on his two month birthday, we got a half smile out of him!

Emory on his two month birthday, we got a half smile out of him!

Stats: 

At his two month doctor's appointment today, he measured 22'' inches long and weighed 11lbs 4.8oz. Our pediatrician said he was right around the 23rd percentile for weight, and around the 39th percentile for length, and head circumference. Our little man is growing like a weed and is growing perfectly along his growth chart! 


Health: 
Overall, Emory is a very healthy little guy! He still gets gas and sometimes it'll wake him up if he's sleeping, but he no longer cries when he has it so that's been a nice change! He's starting to cough sometimes after feedings, but it's pretty normal and our doctor said his lungs sound perfectly clear and likely due to eating too fast. He's still having lots of wet and dirty diapers each day and seems to be quite the strong little boy!

Momma and Emory (5 weeks old) ready to cheer on the Wolverines!

Momma and Emory (5 weeks old) ready to cheer on the Wolverines!

Likes:
Staring at colored/contrasting/hanging objects: We have two books a friend of ours recommended we get, and Emory loves looking at them! You can find them here and here. Emory also loves looking at his mobile on the Mamaroo. This past month he's really enjoyed sitting in the Mamaroo (in the first month the minute we put him down he'd start crying, but he's getting more and more comfortable being on his own) which gives this Mama a chance to get a shower :). 

Using his voice: He has been cooing and making all sorts of sounds this month days and it's really fun to hear him discover that he can use his voice for other things besides crying, ha! 

Going for walks in the stroller: When we were in Michigan visiting my parents we went for a walk almost every day, and Emory loved it! That fresh air was so great, he would get a nap in during the walks and I loved walking around the house I grew up in with Emory and seeing all the beautiful fall color! 

Bath time: We're not bathing him too frequently based on the information we received in the baby care class we took before he was born which said that really frequent baths can dry out a baby's skin easily when they're this young. But when we do give him a bath, he loves it! 

Going for a car ride: We turned a corner with the car seat this past month! He loves it when the car is moving, but once the car stops he gets upset. The little man loves motion! 
 

Daddy and Emory (5 weeks old). This little outfit melts my heart--so adorable!

Daddy and Emory (5 weeks old). This little outfit melts my heart--so adorable!

Dislikes:
Being hungry, especially when he wakes up after a nap. Falling asleep--he FIGHTS going to sleep, so we spend a lot of time bouncing him on the exercise ball. Sleeping in his bassinet...still.  
 

Wears:
He is wearing 0-3 months. As far as diapers, he's still in size 1 right now. Every day I'm amazed at how big he's getting and seeing him fill out--he's getting the cutest little baby chunky legs. I remember when we first brought him home his little legs were so wrinkly because he was so small! 
 

Eats:
This month, I haven't needed any breaks from breastfeeding, so about 99% of his feedings are breastmilk straight from the source. I am planning to start pumping and incorporating bottles more so John can be more involved in feeding, but honestly I have enjoyed nursing so much more this month, so it's been nice! I even breastfed in public this past month! Thankfully my mom was there to help (I'm still not entirely comfortable breastfeeding in public), but we'll keep working at it because Emory has to eat and life still goes on!

In Michigan, Emory 7 weeks old

In Michigan, Emory 7 weeks old

Sleeps:
Still a major work in progress. He will nap in his carrier during the day, and this past month I was able to get him to nap in his Rock n Play. He also soothed himself to sleep during our car ride to Michigan and would take naps in the car seat. At night, John and I still haven't gotten into any big bedtime schedule or routine with him yet. We usually keep him in the living room with us until we go up to go to bed (and the time varies from night to night). He typically will have a feeding then we bounce him to sleep while we watch TV, then we take him to bed. We have been trying to get him to sleep in his bassinet, but the minute we put him down he stirs and wakes himself up and starts crying. Emory has been sleeping so well once he's asleep for the night (on us). We've gotten quite a few six hour stretches of sleep this past month, so he'll only nurse 2-3 times a night. I've been doing a lot of side-lying nursing at night, so I barely wake up at all. However, we would like to really try to work on transitioning him to his bassinet this month as we do plan to transition him to his crib down the road. I'm staying optimistic because a few of my mommy friends experienced the same sleep habits with their babies, and he's made such great strides in just this past month, I'm hopeful we can get him to sleep in his bassinet soon. 

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Favorite Things: 
I've got a post in the works with our 0-3 month baby favorites, but this month he's been loving his Skip Hop play mat, and although he's not super interested in a pacifier at this point, he's really starting to like his MAAM binkys. 

Emory (6 weeks old) ready to cheer on Momma's alma mater-Central Michigan! 

Emory (6 weeks old) ready to cheer on Momma's alma mater-Central Michigan! 

Milestones:
-I had my 6 week postpartum appointment with the doctor who delivered him, so it was awesome to see her again! Another milestone: that doctor visit was the first time I took Emory out on my own! The minute we got to the doctor's office, he needed to be changed and was hungry so I breastfed through my entire appointment, exam and all! 
-He's really started grabbing for my hair more and more, and I'm sure that's only going to get more intense in the months to come. But it's actually pretty sweet when he just gently holds onto it like a security blanket. I foresee me wearing my hair up a LOT more once he gets stronger haha
-In addition to this being a month full of smiles, he's also started being able to turn his head when he hears our voice
-He's loving his playmat and has started reaching for the animals hanging down above his head and is bat at them. He's also holding onto some of his toys. His favorite is a little doggy toy, maybe John and I will have to get a dog sooner than we thought :)
-Despite not doing as much tummy time as we're "supposed" to, he seems like he has really awesome head strength and is starting to hold it up really well on his own. He also loves "standing" on of our laps
-He got his first shots at his two month appointment today, and although it was not fun for me to see him cry, he calmed down right away once I started nursing him. Thankfully John was there to help us all get through it :) 

Apple Blossom Orchard Wedding Inspiration

Recently, a styled shoot I worked on was featured on Bridal Musings. This shoot was so exquisite, and I love collaborating with Meagan from Mitten Weddings and Events. As a born and raised Michigander, I love how Meagan ties in so many Michigan details into her events and styled shoots, not a detail is missed!

Below are some of my favorite shots, to see the full feature click here!

The shoot was held at an apple orchard in Michigan; to keep with the theme, apple blossoms were tied into the floral arrangements and hard cider was served!

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I've used this custom mixed dusty blue ink for a few clients lately, so I was excited to hear it was a part of Meagan's color palette for this shoot. It's such a romantic color, and it really goes well for a wedding in any season. Most of the work I did for this shoot was in my Whisper script

I love a good boutonnière name card!

I love a good boutonnière name card!

A beautiful way to display place cards 

A beautiful way to display place cards 

Each place setting had a romantic quote or poem. 

Each place setting had a romantic quote or poem. 

Handwritten menus in a custom gray mixed ink

Handwritten menus in a custom gray mixed ink

Finally! I got to write on a scroll! I've been anxiously waiting for a client or vendor to request one and I love how it turned out! I calligraphed the poem i carry your heart with me(i carry it in / my heart) by e. e. cummings. I imagine the next handwritten scroll I create will be a lot easier because I won't be seven months pregnant working on the floor trying to make sure my lines are even! 

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The styled shoot wouldn't have been possible without the collaboration of an extremely talented vendor team! 

WEDDING PLANNER/COORDINATOR Mitten Weddings and Events

PHOTOGRAPHER Shanell Photography 

VENUE Blake's Orchard & Cider Mill

MAKEUP ARTISTAndrea Walker

FLOWERS & DECOR Violet Rose Floral

VIDEOGRAPHER Bella Reel Films

INVITATIONS & STATIONERY Meadow Paper Co.

CAKE BAKER Brookie's Cookies and Cakes

GROOM’S ATTIRE Main Street Tuxedo

RENTAL FURNITURE Colonial Events

TABLE RENTAL White Willow Tables

JEWELRY Coughlin Jewelers