The Favorite List #2

My last few posts have been a bit too wordy.. something I try to never do but there is just too much going on right now and when I get to typing I can't seem to stop. Contrary to my last post..I did not go home. I am still in the Garden State and have been to the airport twice only to have spent hours there with D and then being told that your flight will not be leaving today afterall. Finally we decided to give up our seat and just book a new flight. So now, fingers crossed hopefully I will leave Sunday morning. To make me feel a bit better about how things turned out I thought what better way than to share with you some of my favorite things!

When you have a baby you want to buy every cute thing you see and surprise surprise the baby isn't impressed. He is more interested in his own fingers then anything we have bought him..and when he gets tired of those he attacks our fingers. But that doesn't mean I don't look at every toy, stuffed animal, cute outfit and imagine him in it or playing with it. Here are some of my favorite things for D

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Going Home

It has been just a few days short of 3 years when I left home.. and when I say home I refer to not only my parents home but I also think about how I left behind friends of 14 years, family and a country. In these three years I have missed weddings and babys.. and most of all my family and friends have missed the birth of my baby.. though my father visited shortly when his brother passed away and my brother was here when D was born mostly I miss my mother... but now after three long years I am going home.. with D in tow. I will be there for a little over a month.. attending my sister in laws wedding in the meantime.. M can't get more than a week off so he will join us just for the wedding.. which sucks because by the time his jet lag will wear off it will be time to leave.. and he will be exhausted beyond belief just in time to go back to work, where it'll be the busiest next few months and will only get to slow down once april hits. : (

I am extremely excited.. excited to see everyone again but ever more for everyone to meet D.. who will be travelling with me on a plane alone! Alone I tell you! 18 hours in the air! Can you sense my fear..? Anyone travel with a 6month old before.. any tips? And my kids is not one of those calm ones that likes to just chill in his baby cot.. and will "I'm sure just sleep through the whole trip, they love that noise the airplane makes" as someone told me like I was insane.. plus now with the current snow storm in progress along the east coast my tomorrow morning flight is now an afternoon flight. Meaning now I will miss my connecting flight in Dubai since I will be reaching there around the time I should have been reaching Karachi. So now I have a 5 hour layover and getting home at night instead of the afternoon. And this is all tentative. The storm is just getting started.

Also I've never been apart from M for this long.. actually I don't think I've ever been apart from M more than like a day since the day we got married.. which too was 3 years ago : ) But on the other hand.. I am going home..

Hope you all have a Happy Holiday and have a Happy New Year everyone.. hope you are all surrounded by your loved ones.. Enjoy!


Sleep Associations: What Happened?

Last week I had written about sleep associations and how M and I were on a mission to break D's sleep association with me. So on Wednesday, instead of Friday like planned we fed D and then put a still awake put sleep D in his crib. And the crying insued. Minutes passed and I couldn't take it anymore so I hopped into the shower to drown out my baby's cries. 35 minutes later D was sound asleep. I had expected it to take longer so we were pleased with the results and that night he woke up only twice. Finally a night of sleep. We continued the cry it out method for the following nights.. with one change. I would first feed D then read him a book before putting him to bed.

And so the next night he cried for 15 minutes.. and then 5 minutes and then no crying at all.. and then today 20 minutes.. but it works.. It really truly does work. I never in my wildest dreams would have imagined that it would work.

So yay! Now another hurdle.. I leave the country next week for 6 weeks.. with an 11hr time difference. So comes the question of how to deal with a jet lagged baby? Will all our sleep association training go out the window? M won't be travelling with me and I doubt I'll be able to let him cry it out at grandma's house. So will we have to restart again when I come back? That is a problem for another day.. for now I will enjoy getting an almost full nights sleep.. and a few hours at night where M and I can just relax before we go to bed.. no rocking involved.

Sweet dreams everyone.. and incase I don't blog in the next couple of days Happy Holidays!


Sleep Associations

D turns 6 months next week and has grown so much and learnt so many new things. But M and I are facing some sleep issues and we feel if we don't fix them now it may get all the more difficult once D starts sitting and crawling and basically more mobile.

D's basic nighttime routine consists of feeding to sleep or rocking/swaying/bouncing to sleep. He has always been a high maintenance baby but the feeding/rocking never bothered us before. It did not take up too much time. M would take him to his room and start the rocking and was done by the time dinner was on the table.. but now the once simple process taking minutes takes an hour and some time, more often then not the moment D's head touch the mattress of his crib he is awake and crying.. but once picked up he would fall back asleep within seconds. We would often have to do the put him down pick him up routine 4-5 times just to get him to sleep. And while we have heard that a 6 month old should at max wake up only once or twice during the night he was now making about a minimum of 4-6 times.

We were both tired and frustrated and ended up taking it out on each other. And so began the research of how to put our baby to sleep in a more efficient manner. Now from all the information we have gathered we have come to learn that it is all about sleep associations. D has associated sleep with me, feeding and rocking. We need to break this association and create a new one, one that does not involve M or I. Meaning introducing a blankie or a stuffed animal I assume. So how do we go about breaking this association?

There is of course the most popular 'Let him cry it out' solution which I find just too hard to do. I have forewarned M that D isn't going to be the only one crying that night. But we are parents now and sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do.. But then again I have seen my son's lung capacity and I have a feeling he has no problem crying out the best of us.
Then there is a more gentle and slower method where you eliminate one association at a time. Stop the feeding to sleep and just rock, then slowly eliminate the rocking until and replace it with you association of choice but that all seems a bit vague to me. I want a step by step guide..which I know I know does not exist..so what do we do! I did read somewhere to introduce this so association prop.. lets say blankie to your feeding sessions. Something he can hold on to while he feeds and slowly just eliminate the feedings and so on so forth.

Whatever method we decide to try it's all going down over the weekend.. the key is consistency.. so we'll start Friday night.. wish us luck and chime in if you have an words of wisdom or tips to share.. i'll let you know how we fared next week..


The Favorite List #1

There is so much gorgeousness available on Etsy.. some of which I wish I could pull off but can't or my home just isn't there yet but will maybe have room for it in some future home and then of course there is the stuff that I simply can not afford. But I can drool.. and heart.. and share

The jewelry list could literally go on forever but I am going to narrow it down to maybe 2 posts..


LuluBug Jewelry

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Introducing the Newborn Mat by zCush

Two of my friends have developed a new product that I’d like to share with all of you. As a new mother myself I found it to be essential in the first few months of having a newborn baby in the house. In the words of the women behind zCush themselves:
‘What makes our product unique is that it allows you to hold a newborn with more support because the mat is firm, but it’s also soft so it’s comfortable. Also, it’s a great way for older siblings to bond with their new brother/sister because they can hold them easily and the parents don’t have to worry about the newborn’s neck or back.’

The mats come in two varieties, the cotton ones have animals embroidered on top; the animals are of a very soft towel material.
There are three animal choices
Pink lamb cotton cover: Cotton Candy
Yellow duck cotton cover: Dainty Duckling
Blue bear cotton cover: Plushy Paws

And the mats without the animals are:
White chenille cover: Whimsical White
Blue chenille cover: Silky Sky
Pink chenille cover: Rosy Ruffles

To learn more or buy one of these wonderful mats for yourself or a friend you can visit their website: http://www.zcush.com/
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The Gift of Art

The Gift of Art.. it's been a question in m mind for sometime now and with the holiday season just around the corner I seem to be thinking about it more and more. Do you gift art? Hanging out in the forums I got the feeling from a few that art as well as decorating is very subjective and I agree. But because of this people prefer not to buy art for other people. What if the person does not like it? Or they like it but it just doesn't go with their decor. But then again isn't that a concern for every type of present? Jewelry? Clothes?

What do you think? Would you gift art? Would you like to recieve art as a gift?


Its been 122 days and counting..

It's been one hundered and twenty two days.. that's better... typing out the words gives those days the importance they deserves.. the numbers make them seem quick and easy.. you think I'm crazy I know.. and you have no clue what I'm talking about either.. but it was been one hundered and twenty two days since D was born.. we have made it through the NICU of one hospital and being transfered to the NICU of another. We ploughed through nipple confusion and are nearing the end of colic (hopefully). We are getting through the nights better and we take each day as it comes some good and some not so. He now not only smiles but giggles.. loves the baby in the mirror and sucks, chews and drools on everything..

He got his immunizations today, not happy about that and we are going to be starting on solids from tomorrow. We barely remember life before these one hundred and twenty two days and the funny thing is no ones complaining. Well maybe a little ; )


Introducing New Discounted Photography Sets

With the holiday season right around the corner I had decided to introduce discounted photography sets in my Etsy Shop

 Now you can buy any four 4x6 photographs or any four 8x10 - 8x12 photographs/art prints for the price of three.

So hurry on over to my Etsy shop now!


D's Yellow Nursery

Its been three months since D came into our lives. But it was many months before that that we started to plan for his room. He may not have known it when he first came home but now we can see him looking around.. it is possible that he is staring at something else completely but I like to think that he smiles because he enjoys the colors around him.

When we started out his room at been a make shift office for M and also functioned as a guest room. And it looked like this the day we started to paint. Our choice of color Lemon Pound Cake. We knew he was a he but we didn't want to trap him in a blue room just because he was a boy.

We don't believe in excess so we didn't go crazy buying toys.. we thought we'd wait and see what type of a baby he was.. and shop to suit his personality also that it would be wise to wait till he was actually able to play with toys.. but a cute little train and a few others were just too hard to resist.

Our crib is the Graco Lauren, Dwell Traffic Bedding from Target.  Above the crib hang colorful lantern from the Dollar Tree.

The bookshelves were once nightstands in our room. We removed the doors and purposed them as floating shelves. Above the bookshelves three art prints. The numbers and alphabet one created by yours truly and the gorgeous boy girl art print created by a very talented fellow Etsian HeatherFuture

Our comfy chocolate rocking chair a great find at the Burlington Coat Factory's Baby Depot above which hangs a mobile I made inspired by the designs of  Lupin of Bugs and Fishes made with a beautiful array of felt from Pixie Rose. This was quite a project.. I was sewing in bed and sewing in the car and I don't sew. Though it required no more than a running stitch I have never done more than reattached a fallen button. We also re purposed some plain white curtains we had. I bought a rubber stamp from Drumchick99 a little robot and stamped the little guy along the bottom of the curtains.

Lastly, we installed additional shelving in D's closet. He may not have much now but a day will come when the extra closet space will come in handy. And we bought these really cute blue and green bins from Target.

We had so much fun putting together the nursery.. so many memories to be made.. stories to be told and sleepless nights to be had.

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I'm on the Cover!

I am on the cover of Underwired Magazine's September issue! Well not me per se but my work.. but I do make it on the 3rd page under artists statement! I recieved a copy of the magainze a few days ago but couldn't post till now.. hubbay happened to knock my laptop off the counter over the weekend. Thank god my laptop is intact and in great shaape.. as if nothing ever hapened.. but my charger died.. Thank god for the warranty I'll recieve a new one soon.. but not soon enough.. it will take 6 days! It was a non paying gig but I'm not complaining.. I'm still beaming at the fact that someone found my work interesting enough to put on their cover. The image is of a set of birthday candles with the words Happy Birthday written in a variety of languages. A little something for everyone : ) Happy Birthday

and here's me with the the published cover

In other news D is almost 3 months old.. he smiles at us.. and he pretends to listen and understand when I ramble on.. and on.. my husband insists he would roll his eyes if he could but I think he likes my stories : ) He has still yet to sleep through the night.. he wakes up every few hours.. sometimes even every hour.. ah the joys of parenthood : )

For all the people who sleep through the night, eat food without trying to simultaneously bounce a baby and sip there coffe while still hot enjoy it.. these are cherished moments..


I can smell it in the air!

The air is cool, the sky is gray and the rain is falling.. I have spotted a few yellow leaves. It's here, fall is almost here, I can smell it in the air and I can not contain my excitement! I love the colors and the breeze, I love the layers and sweaters. I will miss my flip flops but I am ready to bring out my boots. Here's a few autumn themed photographs to kick off my favorite season.

Orange Leaf

Shroom Climbing

Delicately Dry

Fall Themed Coasters

Another Day Another Time



And they all fall down

Colors Filtered


The cool weather makes me want to bake, I'm starting out with some warm banana chocolate chip bread.. but instead of a bread pan I'm thinking of using a muffin pan instead and make some delish muffins. The house will smell delectable. We are also celebrating D turning 2 months today.. wow.. how time flies. He now socially smiles, follows movement with his eyes and makes these adorable little noises. He loves taking walks and hates when it's time to come inside.

I'm sitting here with a silly smile on my face.. hope you all find something to smile about today.


Where do the days go?

Days and nights have become a blur and 7 weeks have gone by since D came into our life. He coos and makes eye contact with us.. feigns interest when I jabber on and on about nothing in particular. This post could do go on and on about all the wonders of D so I'll stop now.. yes, I have become one of those mom's who find their babies to be the most interesting subject matter.

But motherhood hasn't stopped me from keeping my shop updated and though my promotional and marketing skills may have become a bit lacking I *Thank God* have still managed to make a few sales. Red Print and The Inner Core

And with the heat beating down on us.. summer is definitely here to stay so a few more flower infused art prints never hurt anyone.. right? So here is Live. Grow. Bloom.


and a few more waiting in the wings aching to be listed.. till then enjoy the hot summer days. It won't be long before they are gone..
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