I recently realized that I haven't posted about Maeve here lately, so I thought it was time to share a little update on my best, #1 girl! Now, if we're facebook friends, an update is not necessary since I post photos of her there incessantly, ha!
Maeve is seventeen months + some change, walking and talking, and making us laugh constantly! She is athletic and tall. And has a mouth full of teeth. She remains the best and most important part of our lives. And we are forever grateful (and amazed) to be able to call her our daughter.
And it's crazy to see how much she changed from month-to-month during her first year (see below)!
Her favorite foods change almost weekly, but her most favorite, for months now, is hummus and pita. And sweet potatoes in any form. She loves going to parks and playgrounds. And dancing around the living room to records when her dad gets home from work.
And then there was the milestone first birthday, which was so emotional, y'all!
On the morning of, her and I took a long quiet walk around UNC's campus (we live downtown so it's practically our back yard). And I silently cried like a baby thinking about my girl's first year of life. It's almost as if I had been holding my breath for an entire year. Or clinging to something for dear life. I let go. And was able to reflect. And did I mention I cried and cried? Ha.
We had a small party that afternoon inspired by Maeve's favorite episode of Reading Rainbow, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie." The episode is all about bowling, and how bowling balls are made, so we hosted her party at a local bowling alley.
My husband made homemade eclairs, my friends at The Cupcake Shoppe made her the cutest cookies inspired by the book, and my friend Randi at Sugar Euphoria made her a simple white cake, which was delicious! And my mom made her a LeVar cake topper. She nailed every detail, down to the exact outfit he wore in the episode! She also made some other toppers, which made the cake a total showstopper.
Her party was a whirlwind. And that night at dinner was another first: Maeve fell asleep while eating in her highchair. That's when you know the day was good!
And then there are those other, more mundane, perhaps (unless you're a mom) firsts. Like her first swim lesson or first time eating solid foods. And more below, that I hope never to forget!
The photo on the plane kills me. It looks like she's saying, "Excuse me, but may I have some peanuts?"
And I love the "buggy" ride photo so much, too! I kid you not, I have a whole album on facebook called "Maevey in a Buggy - Year 1" with just photos of her in shopping carts. Ha. Obsessed with her, I tell you!
Then there is her first bedroom. Since she arrived so early, her room wasn't complete when we brought her home from the NICU, and she slept in our room for a really long time. But when the time came, we created a happy, spunky room, fit for a happy, spunky girl.
I was inspired by the simplicity of Scandinavian nurseries (specifically where furnishings, like her crib, were concerned). And I just wanted to create an overall cheerful, happy vibe. Nothing too fussy or precious.
One wall is painted what I call Degas pink and I painted a simple "mural" (I use that term very loosely, ha) inspired by one at the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills on two other walls. I thought it was fun, happy and unique. I used hot pink spray paint to inject some more color/fun and to update some pieces we already had (I painted the legs of her midcentury dresser, an old bentwood chair and a white picture frame hot pink). And we just filled the space with happy pieces. It's easily my favorite room in our whole house!
Being Maeve's mother is the biggest honor and privilege of my life. And being able to keep her full time is the best decision I ever made and the best adventure. I hope to use this space to write more about her and motherhood in the future, so stay tuned!
In a nutshell motherhood affected me in this way...It's like I was living in a black and white world before my daughter came along, and I didn't even know it. Then I had Maeve, and the world was suddenly in color. Thanks so much for reading, y'all! xo
Now that I have a few Creatives for a Cause charity events under my belt, I thought I would share the hosting process. While it's definitely a lot of work to host an event of this caliber, it's not that difficult, and it's completely worth the effort. Last year, when Maeve was discharged from the NICU and I began dreaming up these events to raise money for my local children's hospital, I wish I had the step-by-step process outlined below. It would have saved me a lot of time, and given me a little more confidence to dive in and start fundraising!
Because I firmly believe that we can do more when we work together, and because giving back matters, here goes...ten steps for hosting a creative charity event: