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Our boy turned three months old this past week. I can’t believe how quickly these three months have passed by. Henry is growing like a weed. At three months old, he’s starting to fill out his 6 month-sized clothes. He’s so tall! I wouldn’t have expected anything less with an almost-6′ mama and an over-6′ papa, but it’s still funny to see his chubbly little legs stick out of the bottom of his pajamas because they’re just too long.

This past month Henry began to grasp hands, feet, and toys (and hair), and smiles and giggles more than ever. It’s been a rough couple of weeks for all of us with the packing, moving, and adjusting to a new home (not to mention the sniffles and a little cold he’s just now getting over), but he took it all in stride and maintained his sweet, loving, calm demeanor. I just can’t get enough of this boy.

And those eyelashes! Oh my.

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Empty apartment in Buffalo…

to a warm Schaghticoke welcome.

Happy Valentine’s day!

Beautiful banner design on a re-discovered Willie Nelson record (packing has its perks), refilling spice jars, Henry’s new favorite thing – leaning on the back of the sofa to look out the window.

I took a 2-day hiatus from packing this week in order to catch up on some printing. On the job list: stationery for Khristeena, business cards for LuAnn, and a complete invitation suite for my dear friend including 2 invitations, a reply card, and a dual-sided info card. Looking forward to printing some more business cards next week before I pack up the press.

Day one, freshly-cut paper and organization:

Day 2, progress, sunshine, and a productive mess:

I haven’t written Henry’s birth story yet (see the last post, life just keeps happening!) but one thing I reflect on all the time is how thankful I am to have had the most knowledgeable, compassionate, and loving support during my labor and delivery of Henry. I chose a home birth, and with that I chose to labor for as long as it took (in my case, about 25 hours) without any interventions or medications. My midwife and doula were absolutely essential to allowing me to have the labor and birth that I wanted, and I am grateful every day for my relatively uncomplicated, non-traumatic birth experience. To thank them, I wanted to make them each something personal and useful. I chose to use the same paper, colors, and typeface for both of their pieces because, well, it just seemed right.

For my midwife Khristeena, I made a set of letterpress stationery with her name impressed in a pretty lavender ink.

For my doula LuAnn, a set of business cards printed on front and back in lavender and charcoal grey.

I hope they each love them!

(Photo styling with florals today was inspired by Erin at Olivewood)

We’re heading east.

In just 10 (ten!) short days, we’ll be leaving Buffalo and driving to a tiny little town called Schaghticoke, New York to start a new chapter in our lives.

I have accepted a position as Director of a beautiful public library in the village, and we will live in the giant Victorian-style apartment upstairs as caretakers of the property. It is called the Diver Library, and it serves the approximately 600 residents of Schaghticoke. I am so happy to have found a job that is absolutely perfect for me at this stage of my life. I can work part-time (about 20 hours per week), and during that time Henry will be right upstairs with dad. I’ll be able to take breaks to nurse him or for a quick baby hug, and I’ll never feel too far away. I’ll have the opportunity to create programming, build the library collection, and be a part of the village community while still having lots of time to watch Henry grow. Our rent and utilities are paid as part of my compensation, and the apartment is stunning. Plus, Henry gets to grow up in a library. It’s my dream job.

While it will be difficult to adjust to such a small town, and we’ll certainly miss our friends and old haunts in Buffalo, the location is really pretty great. We’ll be about half hour from Albany or Vermont, an hour or so to the Adirondacks, and just a few hours’ drive to NYC, Boston, Montreal, and Providence. I see a lot of weekend trips in our future this summer!

I’m equal parts nervous and thrilled about this upcoming change, but mostly I feel grateful. I can say without any hesitation that I’m living the life I’ve always wanted. I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

Blueberry buttermilk breakfast cake, Henry waiting patiently for the big game to start (yeah Giants!), and two new stationery sets from Starshaped Press.