6/6/14

Things I have learned to accept in the last six months since becoming a mom...


We have had a sleepy few months. Exactly six of them. I say "sleepy" because at times we were so sleep deprived that we did everything in a sleepy haze. I brushed my teeth half asleep, I showered half asleep, I made meals half asleep...and that's very dangerous so often my husband made meals. But the point is we were sleepy. When the baby slept, I planned to do things, non baby related things, but no matter how hard I tried I still ended up somehow being sucked into some kind of baby chore...laundry, cleaning up, rocking baby back to sleep after a measly half hour nap. I planned to do things like update this blog, and work on the kid's book I started back when I was still pregnant. I planned to work on my stationery designs and do some letterpress. I planned to paint...but all that ended up happening was the planning... How do people with several kids or parents of multiples ever get anything done? 

As time goes by (it seems to be going super speed), and as baby gets a bit more independent, I am able to accomplish more but now all I seem to want to do is hang out with her. She is changing so quickly that every day she has a new skill, a new noise and a new facial expression and I don't want to  miss a beat because before I know it my year at home with her is up and I'll have to go back to work.

The sooner I accept the reality of having to go back to work the better, but it seems I've had to learn to accept a lot of things since I've become a parent. I will list a few of them...

1) I accept that I am now a morning person...even if this is not by choice.

2) I accept that I will not get a full night of rest for a very, very, very long time.

3) I accept that my new accessory to any outfit is spit-up. It's attractive and you know it.

4) I accept that every outfit now includes yoga pants.

5) I accept that I have new superhero skills. I can assemble a breast pump, in the dark while nursing an infant. I can dodge a variety of hideous squeaky noise-making abominations they call "toys" at three o'clock in the morning with eyes closed while swaying my hips just right so baby can go back to sleep. I can change a diaper in the dark like no one's business without smearing poop on the walls or dresser (ahem, husband). I can find a soother, on the floor, in the dark among the "toys" in record time and I can also tell that said soother has dog hair on it which I remove by sticking the soother in my mouth before offering it to baby (Yum!). I am a superhero.

6) I accept that my decaf coffee will always get cold before I can even drink half of it.

7) I accept that most of my meals will be had standing by the counter or over the sink.

8) I accept that I am now a professional nose picker...and it's not my nose...

9) I accept that I will now utter the phrase "Don't put that in your mouth" at least once a day.

10) I accept that people will be staring me down with machetes in their eyes when my baby cries in a Starbucks while I wait for my Decaf Tall Whatever...I don't blame them. They don't need to hear the screams of a tiny person while they work on their books, memoirs, Plenty-of-Fish profiles and status updates. They do not need the tranquility and serene balance of Starbucks to be disturbed by the sharp screams of an eight week old. They have every right to whisper loudly and quizzically to fellow writers and Full-caf-Venti-Whatever drinkers "What is this woman doing at a Starbucks with an infant in her yoga pants...Shouldn't she be at home watching 19 Kids and Counting?"

I'm sure there will be a lot more to add to this list...It will be a growing list so if you have anything to contribute of things you've had to accept since becoming a parent, by all means, please share... ~k  

1/14/14

Baby has arrived...


Hello Friends. It has been far too long since I have posted an update and there's a good reason for that... She is pictured above! Our baby (girl) is finally here! Well, to be totally honest she's been here for six weeks I just haven't really had the chance or the call to post here about it...I have been far too busy getting as many baby snuggles as I can before she grows out of that cuddly phase that is bound to end way too quickly. 

She came into the world on Nov 28th and has been the light of our lives. The first few weeks were super hard and any of you that are parents would know that adjusting to life with a newborn comes with a very large set of challenges but the good always outweighs the bad. She is now beginning to smile and coo and make sweet little noises that are a treat to wake up to. There are other noises too that aren't always a treat but that's a completely different post altogether. 

For now we are rolling with the punches and trying desperately to establish some sort of a routine. I'm going to try hard not to turn this blog into a mommy blog, but I will chat about parenthood from time to time because realistically she is the best thing I've ever created...she is my best work so far, so why not include things about her on this blog about my "creative" life. 

Thanks so much for stopping by, even with my long absences some of you still check in daily and that means a lot. I hope to get back in the swing of things soon-ish...but for now, I will resume my baby snuggles. xoxo-kinga


11/17/13

My paintings on display!





Hello everyone. Happy Sunday! I wanted to drop in with an update about what has been happening around here. We are of course getting ready for the arrival of our baby any day now. We are due in two weeks but apparently the arrival is fair game at any point now and we could go into labour at any unexpected moment. Of course we are very excited about that but getting ready (if one can ever feel ready for such a life changing event) has been keeping us busy. I had my last day of work on friday and  have been working to finish some freelance projects so that I can take some much needed downtime before baby arrives. All of these things have been keeping me from blogging regularly and from working on some of the creative side projects I always seem to have going on. 

In the next two weeks, granted that baby is on time and not early, I plan to do some of those creative projects that always make me feel recharged and satisfied. I plan to paint and do some letterpress...I plan to just tinker around in the studio and in the kitchen...just creating...

Speaking of the kitchen, I need to fill the freezer with healthy, easy, go to meals so if you have some suggestions I'd love to hear them....sand any recipes my way. 

As for the photos above, I recently got over a fear and handed over my paintings to be put on display/sale at a nearby craft brewery called Block Three Brewing . This was a big step for me as I am always concerned about how my art will be perceived, especially since I have surrendered to this abstract style I have going on. But I keep trying it, and painting it, so perhaps there's something to be said about that. People will either love it, or hate it...something I have no control over. 

I like the attitude Andy Warhol had about art...He said. "Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make more art"  

I love that! It's a good attitude to have...and so it goes...

9/25/13

Anniversary getaway...and a bit of news...








On the weekend we celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary. It's hard to believe that we said our vows six years ago and it seems that time has gone by with super speed, but with good reason, we are really looking forward to the future. In case the pictures didn't give it away (who am I kidding?)...we are expecting! Our new family member will be arriving at the very end of November and we are beyond excited to welcome him or her. We don't know the gender of the baby and we are looking forward to being surprised, although I will admit, it's been hard for me...not knowing. 

We spent our last anniversary as just a couple, at a cottage on lake Erie. It was a cold and rainy weekend, but that didn't bother us any as we spent the time inside looking out at the gorgeous views, talking about the future, playing board games and cooking some great meals. It was the perfect way to spend some time together before our lives are changed forever in the best possible way (or worst, depending on who you ask...a sleep deprived parent for example). 

I hope you've had a nice weekend too...

9/8/13

Letterpress cards...



It has been a while since I posted anything about my letterpress projects so I thought I'd share these fun cards I made for my friend Petra Hroch. I just love how they turned out! Simple. Stylish. Elegant.

I have been doing a bit more printing lately and working on some stationery which I will be sharing in the upcoming weeks...but for now it's just nice to be back at the press. I missed it...

Hope you've had a wonderful weekend!