Hello everyone, how are you doing? I’m checking in to say hi and let you know that though I’m busy at the moment with our newborn, that I’m still online posting pics on Instagram (@decor8) if you want to follow along until I’m back to blogging regularly again… But seriously you guys, life is so good for us at the moment – we are tired (I’ll tell you more about why in a few days when I post my birth story) but other than that, we are full of love, peace and contentment here in baby land and it’s unbelievable how good this feels.
Yesterday, we celebrated Aidan’s first week of life together by taking him for a long forest walk in his new Stokke stroller and it was just the greatest little adventure (photo here and here). We ended up in two cafes, grabbed lunch, and went back home after a few hours to prepare for visitors who came by last night including Thorsten’s parents. This week, we have a baby photo shoot and I can’t wait to show you those once they’re ready – we’ve hired this very special local photographer to work with us and simply can’t wait to capture these cherished moments during the few few weeks of his life because really, you can never buy back this time again, can you?
Above: Little Aidan, our sweetheart, taken on my iPhone.
In between our appointments and visits (my midwife also comes daily), we are resting as much as possible and enjoying our son so so SO much. I instantly bonded with him and feel really close – like he’s always been here with us. I love his expressions, big eyes, button nose and how sweet he is in general. It’s also wonderful that we have him on a feeding schedule so he only wakes up at night around 3:30 to be fed and then he’s back to sleep until 6 or 7 and we lay around and get cozy and read, talk, eat, etc. in bed until my midwife comes by which is usually around 11. It’s such a carefree little schedule to be in our baby cocoon with him. We enjoy all of this cuddle time because it’s really so precious and lasts only so long before our schedules no longer allow for us to linger in bed until lunch time each day! It’s truly been the best week of our life.
Flowers have been coming in for the past week in a steady stream, which is so nice because who doesn’t love some beautiful flowers to welcome a baby? So yes, I hope you are all doing well – I’m in baby la-la land at the moment but as soon as I come out from under his spell I’ll be back here with some posts and to share a new website that we’re launching in the next few weeks – nothing major but still very good… Yay for new stuff!
(photo: holly becker for decor8)
Oh my goodness you guys… I’ve been wanting to write this post ALL WEEK LONG! Our baby boy, Aidan Benjamin Becker, has arrived! Aidan means fiery (pronounced with a long A – din) and my husband and I both chose this name without the other one knowing and so when we shared it one morning over breakfast when I was newly pregnant, we were shocked that we had selected the same name and not only that, but because neither of us had ever brought the name up before in our life. It was the most unique experience to have that happen so we knew Aidan was it! He was born this past Sunday, February 9th in Hannover, Germany and is the most darling little bundle ever. I know every mother says that but this little guy is absolutely beautiful and so sweet.
My husband and I had a very rough start to his birth, but in the end the prize of the fight was worth it when I gave birth to Aidan with my husband by my side. It was an amazing moment in our lives and I’m so happy to share this arrival news – it has forever changed our life and we’ve been in a total baby bubble since last Friday when I was admitted to be induced (41 weeks + 3 days overdue), hence the delay in this post… But oh wow, have I got a birth story to share with you next week once I am able to get on track again with blogging. I’m thinking it will really inspire you all so much whether you have children or not because my story is one that all women share because it’s truly a story of having FAITH – in yourself, in what you are doing (or about to do) and in body confidence – knowing you CAN do it.
So these photos above are a few iPhone snapshots of baby Aidan and our birth announcement that I worked with my good friend Tara Hogan to design, which will be letterpress and sent to our family and friends – so of course I had to share them with you, too!
Okay, so I’m going to get back to our baby now but I wish you all a beautiful weekend (this is quite a lovely date to post the birth of a baby, don’t you think – February 14th?) and I’ll try to blog again next week as time permits to share some wonderful things with you.
Much love from our family to all of you,
Holly, Thorsten & Aidan Becker
(images: iphone by holly becker)
Hello everyone! I hope you are having a good week. I’m sorry I’ve been absent but I fell down a flight of stairs on Monday and was hospitalized since I’m 32 weeks pregnant and my fall was quite severe. I landed on my back and didn’t break anything, but my fear was my baby boy and so I instantly went to the labor ward at the hospital and was admitted immediately. I am home now, and still awaiting results from a final test, but it seems as though my little boy is okay and that nothing major has happened. They told me that he is old enough now to where they could still save him and perform an emergency c-section, so I instantly felt better the moment I was in the safety of the labor ward – I knew I was in good hands. I had to under go constant monitoring and testing for a few days and they wanted to hold me until the end of this week but then they gave me the option to go home since I live 10 minutes away and told me to take it easy and to keep in close touch with my doctor in the labor ward until my final blood work exam comes back. Once I’m “all clear” I can go back to business as usual. In the meantime, I’m resting and staying hopeful and feel confident that everything is going to be just fine. Next time I’m in the labor ward, which will be next month, I will be giving birth to my lovely little boy so I’m definitely excited and thinking ahead to that wonderful moment to share with my husband.
I thought I’d update you on our home renovations. They are coming along very nicely! The “kite” wallpaper (that I purchased from Ferm Living) is up in the baby’s room along with the paint – as soon as the trim work is finished and the flooring is laid, which will be next week, I will take some photos and show you how it’s coming along. I’ve been posting bit-by-bit updates on Instagram (@decor8) if you are interested in following me over there – please do. The wall color is a pale mint called Cabbage White from Farrow & Ball. The 3 walls are in Cabbage White and the wall around the window is decked out in the cute kite wallpaper. The ceiling and all trim work is in pure white. There is no trim along the top of the window so I will mount a roman blind from the actual wall to conceal that.
So far, I love it. It was exactly what I was hoping for. And the pattern on the wallpaper is something that will grow with him. And once he’s older, we can simply paint the wall or replace the pattern with something else more grown up. So much easier and more affordable than if I had wallpapered the entire room. Plus, the pattern isn’t something I would have wanted on all four walls, it would have made me dizzy – so the splash on the wall around the window is just perfect – not too much but still graphic and eye-catching.
I can’t wait to show you some more photos next week after the flooring is in and when I can get into the property with my Canon vs. my iPhone! Also, the furniture for the room should arrive by December 25th, so I’ll be able to share those pieces as we place them in the space too.
See you soon with more posts and pics and plenty of decorating updates!
(images: iphone/holly becker)
It’s a beautiful moment in my world today because I received a gift that absolutely blew my mind a few seconds ago and made me, for once, speechless. As I opened the package, I gasped upon seeing the most gorgeous baby/toddler blanket ever handmade by Karin Stenmarck, the founder of Sture & Folke, a Swedish designer living in Switzerland. She presented this to me & my growing family and I cannot wait for my son to enjoy this blanket when he arrives in January! I want to watch him play with the tabs and linger on the lush velvet and linen top. I also adore the reverse side of the blanket since it’s a Liberty print and everyone knows about my long running obsession with their fabrics… Want to see my new blanket?
To say this made me happy today is an extreme understatement. I am leaping for joy and while I’m gushing about things less and less the older I get (and the more I see), this is definitely gush-worthy. It’s so well made and special – the materials are of such high quality – so if you are having a baby or know someone who is (they also stock toddler size) then you simply must consider this blanket. Sture & Folke has many to choose from in their small online shop so be sure to check them out. Here are others in their collection for girls and boys. If you want the exact blanket that I have, it’s called the Crowberry comforter and is available here.
I really appreciate the combination of soft, natural materials on the front with the tiny florals on the cotton reverse. Such a stunning combination. I don’t know about my baby-to-be but his momma here is already in dreamland…
Thank you Karin for this beautiful gift.
(images: top 3/Holly Becker, others: karin stenmerck)