Around here


Some photos from the past couple of weeks. Hugo is now 2 1/2 weeks old, and getting back into Baby Mode has been a bit of a transition. You think it will be Old Hat, and in some ways it is and in some ways it’s not. I’d forgotten how much babies sleep. I keep thinking, is this normal, to sleep this much?? And still, how can he sleep so much and still manage to take ALL of my attention? It’s hard, and different, and wonderful, all at the same time. Like the first week when I cried every day. It was super stressful when he didn’t gain any weight the first week and we had to keep going back to the doctor’s office for weight checks when all I wanted to do was stay in bed and sleep. I seriously do not know what I would do without Mr Rae. He gets the Super Awesome Husband award for coming along to the doctor’s visits, taking care of all the meals, the house, and the other two kids, and bringing me chocolate milkshakes. And each week is easier than the last.





He manages to get himself held nearly all the time.




I wanted to do something special for Hugo since as the third child he’s already gotten the short end of the stick (no baby book, for instance — oops! who has the time? — and even though I try to take pictures of him every day, I definitely have fewer photos already of the little dude than I did with either of my other two), so I decided to have newborn photos taken of Hugo and I’m so glad that I did. Here’s our photographer, Kari, working her baby-whispering-magic when he was just a week old:




I was completely blown away by how many great photos she got of the little guy. Here’s a favorite. Kari just happened to have a little stocking cap that matched a green cloth diaper I made!!

And you can see even more on Kari’s blog at this post if you like (including some of our whole family). I’m so glad I have these photos, they are absolutely precious.

Finally, a couple of photos of Hugo from when we left the hospital. It’s crazy how much he looks like Clementine.



36 thoughts on “Around here

  1. Seriously, I never see those: “oh, your baby looks like …”, but BEFORE I read your comment, and saw the 4th photo I saw Clementine immediately… Not even a baby Clementine, but your girl as she is now!

    Cute little family you have. πŸ™‚

  2. He is adorable! I can definitely related to that stressful first week…I had the not gaining weight issue with both my boys at the beginning and I definitely shed a lot of tears and went to many “weigh-ins”. Hope everyone is adjusting well! πŸ™‚

  3. Those pictures were wonderful! Your children truly are adorable! I love following your blog, and have for some time. Although I do not get to sew as much as I would like (I have three little ones as well) – I save all of my favorite designs for “one of these days.”
    Blessings to you and your family!!

  4. The photos of Hugo were amazing! Congrats. No rush getting back into sewing, pretty please just cuddle and love on your kids for as long as you want. My third little one just turned four and I swear I don’t know how it all happened so fast. NO more tiny ones at my house now and I so much miss it.

  5. He’s so beautiful! My transition from two to three was pretty rough. Lots of tears! You’d think it would get easier with each kid, but not really!

  6. Rae, what beautiful pictures… it’s funny you said you see Clementine because I was thinking Elliot. It’s fun how they change and how they are both because they’re family! πŸ™‚ (Even our adopted son has funny quirks of my husband and I). In the pics on your friends site was the blanket Hugo’s lying on from your new fabric line?!?! πŸ™‚ Couldn’t quite tell.

  7. So cute! Love the pics – they are all amazing and I am feeling bad for not taking any of my kids lately. Hope the feeding thing is going well now – my third was the only one that really got the hang of it from day one! They are all lovely πŸ™‚

  8. Utter sweetness! Really beautiful! My new grandson arrived about 8 hours ago. I feel your bliss! Congratulations!!!

  9. Oh, good work! Please keep the baby pictures coming. He is so sweet. I remember crying every day the first week after my second was born. My brother was the only one available to help – a typical, very stoic Norwegian man and he was the best. My midwife talked to him privately, apparently and explained the surging hormones:)

  10. Beautiful baby goodness. Congrats again. He is just the sweetest thing. I am enjoying all of these baby photos since mine aren’t babies anymore! Gah. I always forget how sweet and small they start out!
    So cute.

  11. oh my gosh Rae. Stop! He is such a doll….thank you for sharing pics with us! Oh Hugo. You heart throb. And yes, such a Clem-mini.
    Love the bottoms up pic!
    I hope this first month is going well.
    Good job lady!

  12. Sooo gorgeous! And the ones on her website, a m a z i n g. I totally understand all the crying. Been there, back away from the pressure to do things “right” and give yourself a year off. Then, if you feel up to being creative, it’s a delight and pressure free. Huge hug!

  13. Your new fella is ridiculously adorable. It’s hard to even process how sweet he is! Congratulations!

  14. Wow! What lovely pictures. I went to Karianna’s website to see the baby/family photos and they are just beautiful!!! You have a precious family. Thank you for sharing these and all the other photos with us.

  15. LOVE this sweet baby! I am thankful you have shared your children with us. I am partial to little boys. My youngest grandchild is a boy. That was the reason I began following you. Now I do love Clementine’s sweet personality. You are a great designer. I enjoy reading aboutr sewing projects. I am glad you share them with us & inspire younger people to sew! Thank you for sharing your family, projects, & tips.

  16. Aw, man. I pop in to ask a sewing question and you blow me away with these photos! Now everything sewing has just flown out of my brain. Okay – ahem – regrouping. Sewing. Yes. I can’t seem to get stretch thread to work in my machine. I’ve tried even putting polyester thread in the bobbin and just stretch in the top (and vice versa), but the stretch thread just gets all balled up below the plate. I’m using a walking foot and stretch needle. Do you have any experience with stretch thread getting all bunched and tangled up below? What can I do to change this? I’m sewing my first knit fabric item now with polyester thread, but want to use the stretch thread. I have to use a small zig-zag stitch which, as you’ve written, isn’t as profesh, but this is my learning curve. Thanks and congrats on the beautimous portrayal of the past weeks with Mr. Hugs (oops – typo there, but perhaps it fits).

  17. He is adorable! My third is 5 weeks old now (all three girls) and I too forgot how much they sleep and how much fun they are still. Congrats!

  18. Heh. So I’m not the only one to leave a typo. You’re going to have to start making a list. Huge. Hugs. …. Any more takers?

  19. He’s BEAUTIFUL. Oh, my.

    Every week does get easier. That’s the secret to getting through it. (Chocolate milkshakes help, too). I had also forgotten so much about babyhood. Then realized I’d forgotten a lot about toddlerhood (hint: eat at restaurants now while you still can). And I expect the trend to continue.

    I absolutely agree with the importance of pro pics for non-first children.

    Thanks for the update – now go back to maternity leave!

  20. Thanks for sharing your photos, really beautiful. What a wonderful idea to get a professional shoot done, wish I’d thought of that. I didn’t even manage a baby journal for child number 2.

  21. Hi Rae! My Baby is 13 days old…everything is so different! Karl is my first baby and sometimes I have really no idea what should I do!! My Husband helps me as much as he can, but anyway I cannot sleep, eat or take a shower like in the past, I mean I am not so relaxed anymore πŸ™ I am afraid, I think that someting can happen when Karl is alone…Your son looks really sweet. Congrats for your cool family! πŸ™‚
    Liebe Grüße aus Deutschland!

  22. Rae your family from smallest to tallest is just beautiful! I love seeing all your family pictures and reading about how you do it. You continue to inspire me to create even when life seems the craziest and hold onto each sunshine moment in the day.

  23. Good grief could he be any cuter? And I think we all cry the first week, don’t we? How is it we forget how much they sleep during the day and want to eat at night!!! Don’t be too hard on yourself~we have all been there.

  24. As a single woman with no children, my behavior with pregnant women/women with infants runs along the lines of: “Just tell me what you want and I’ll get it for you.” That attitude has worked pretty well for me so far, since the women in question seem to appreciate the gestures, and I get to nibble baby toes.

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