Motherhood

Mom and Babe

Motherhood has bested me. I don’t know where mommy bloggers find the time to keep up daily or even weekly posts!

Accordingly, I’ve let my premium account lapse, so I don’t really know tbh what that will look like for the site. You’ll still find me at stylesavie.com

Now my days are filled with routines, lots of feeding and naps, and so many ups and downs. It has all been a bit of a blur; Mexico, Jamaica, Niagara-on-the-Lake; mommy classes, swimming and park hangouts, playdates; and a bit of time for writing…

I’m being published in this beautiful collection by The Vault, entitled On Mothering.

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The work includes writing from 20 contributors, Illustrated by Wenting Li.

“In this 94-page collection of honest stories and full-colour visual art, 22 contributors tackle their feelings about the most universal of human experiences: the balancing act of caring for someone else without losing yourself in the process.

The term “mother” conjures different associations depending on our own personal experiences, our cultures, and our desires. We need to consider what care means in our communities, and the value that we ascribe to it.

The stories in this collection are for and by mothers, future mothers, but also atypical caregivers like doulas and pet moms. It is for anyone who has ever had a mother; for parents who have birthed or raised children; for anyone who has ever questioned their relationship to care, emotional labour, or sacrifice in the name of love.”

That’s what I’ve been up to. Very much looking forward to the launch party this Wednesday. If you are local, come check it out, July 11 in Toronto. You can subscribe digitally, to help support the kind of art you want to see, created by diverse contributors, at The Vault.

Let me know, in the comments below, if there are entries and topics you’d like to see covered here. I love a good prompt.

Babes in Wonderland

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Angelina and Dario, as shot by Christin Carruthers of Ooh Ooh Darling.

Angelina and Dario, as shot by Christin Carruthers of Ooh Ooh Darling.

This gorgeous photo is a moment of magic, caught between a mother and son. I have known Angelina for years and she was a kick-ass professional, an amazingly empathetic, vivacious woman in her own right, always ready to listen and full of laughter. Seeing her now, as a wife and mother, nothing could be a better testimonial to the way that life brings us exactly what we deserve. Her joy is so pure and motherhood suits her beautifully.

Angelina and Dario, as shot by Christin Carruthers of Ooh Ooh Darling.

Angelina and Dario, as shot by Christin Carruthers of Ooh Ooh Darling.

These photos are magical and sweet. The lighting and composition, setting and the intimacy of the shots are the signature of a skilled photographer who can make working with a tiny human look like a piece of cake. That being said, I have the utmost respect for parents and families who make it work in all the ways we must, day to day. But how can you not fall in love with a picture that makes parenting look like the best, most natural and rewarding thing in the world?

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Angelina and Dario, as shot by Christin Carruthers of Ooh Ooh Darling.

If ever there was a photo that spoke a billion words, even if one of the tiny subjects doesn’t yet speak them himself, this is it.

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Angelina and Dario, as shot by Christin Carruthers of Ooh Ooh Darling.

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Angelina and Dario, as shot by Christin Carruthers of Ooh Ooh Darling.

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Angelina and Dario, as shot by Christin Carruthers of Ooh Ooh Darling.

Christin Carruthers captured the bond between these two just perfectly. For more of her work, check out her website: http://www.oohoohdarling.com/mama-and-her-little-guy/

Angelina and Dario, as shot by Christin Carruthers of Ooh Ooh Darling.

Angelina and Dario, as shot by Christin Carruthers of Ooh Ooh Darling.

Angelina and Dario, as shot by Christin Carruthers.

Angelina and Dario, as shot by Christin Carruthers.

Angelina and Dario, as shot by Christin Carruthers of Ooh Ooh Darling.

Angelina and Dario, as shot by Christin Carruthers of Ooh Ooh Darling.

For more of Photographer Christin Carruthers’ work, check out her website: http://www.oohoohdarling.com/mama-and-her-little-guy/