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Happy 4th Birthday Juliet

May 6, 2019 • KidsLife

please tell me – HOW is this girl four years old? i know every mother and their mothers are full of clichés, but every day that i’m a mom myself, i understand them a little better. it’s all true. every new thing they learn, you celebrate and you mourn at the same time. you celebrate their kindness, their wittiness or cleverness, their self-confidence. ironically, at exactly the same time you mourn their growing independence. the looming reality that one day they won’t wake you up in the middle of the night anymore to sleep next to you. they won’t need you as much anymore. they won’t believe every word you say, they won’t want to copy every little thing you do. it’s a constant struggle between being proud of the humans they are becoming, and sad for the little babies they are leaving behind in their past.

so, i get it now – why parents make such a big deal out of the birthdays of their kids. if you put enough energy and concentration into the decorations, the cake, the gifts, the songs, the surprises, the cards and the balloons, you might just be able to make it through the day without an emotional breakdown. the more you concentrate on creating the magic that will cement that smile on your kid’s face, the less time you have to wax on nostalgic about the day they were born, their tiny fists that disappeared into your hand, their tiny toes that wiggled free from their baby blankets, their tiny cheeks that turned red with frustration when they got hungry.

kids, if you are old enough to read this and you feel embarrassed about the big deal your mother still makes out of your birthday when you turn 14, 24 or 44 – imagine the embarrassment if i wouldn’t have a party to plan. every time you let your mother bake you a cake, you’re saving yourself from much, much worse.

anyhow, turning four is huge for juliet. she definitively crossed the line from tiny toddling toddler into a real kid. suddenly she wants to ride bikes, sleep in a big bed, and go to school. i’m so grateful for the swiss school system, which starts in september the year you turn four. i feel like she is more ready for that big change than i will ever be – if i could have it my way she’d go to daycare forever. instead, i am watching her learn how to count in three languages, and draw ever more elaborate pictures. i listen to her complicated stories that weave fantasy and reality together in fantastic fables. i learn from her about unicorns and farm animals like they are part of the same universe. she tells me she wants to be a mom when she grows up, as well as an ‘educatrice’ and a doctor. she’s simply listing all the female role models in her surroundings – that in itself makes me proud.

for her birthday, she really wanted a shop. and a unicorn. and nail polish. she’s a girl’s girl, what can i say. and i love nothing more than to see that absolute joy in her eyes when she sees her deepest wishes fulfilled. if only i could do that for the rest of her life. that’s not probable, so i’ll have to soak in every minute of every year while i am still a godlike creature in her world, able to make any fantasy come true.

photos by stephanie duval • flexa shop, register and groceries via MYLITTLEROOM.CH • juliet’s skirt and cardigan from SOFT GALLERY and tee from EMILE ET IDAmeri meri balloons, veja sneakers, nailmatic fizzy ball and soap via HET LAND VAN OOIT • tableware from POMAX • if you have any other questions, leave them in the comments

Eloise’s Room

March 4, 2019 • Home DecorKids

juliet only slept in our room for a month before we moved her into her own room, and though it was good and necessary at the time, i knew i wanted to keep eloise in our room for much longer if possible. luckily eloise had none of the troubles juliet had – she was a good and peaceful sleeper right from the beginning. her bed was in our room for eight months, but after the christmas holidays we realized something had to change. we weren’t sleeping very well, eloise no longer needing to be fed during the night, but still waking up a couple of times a night to sing to herself, or to cough when she was sick. she didn’t need us anymore, but she was still waking us up. so with a very heavy heart i decided it was time to find another solution.

i had actually been hoping that eloise would be a super silent sleeper and that i would be able to move her into juliet’s room right away, but we felt like that was probably not going to help anyone sleep more or better in the end. we didn’t have a spare room for eloise, so i needed to make it work with our guest bedroom. we really need that room for overnight guests, as we like to have friends and family over from belgium all the time. but i also didn’t want to squeeze eloise’s bed in between the guest bed and our little desk, making it seem like she would be a transitional addition to the room instead of the room being hers. so we moved the desk and clothing rack that was in the guest room into our own room, and i got rid of all the stuff that somehow ended up in that room over the past few years. we put in the changing table and a lounge chair for late night feedings, and i feel like the room really came together and is now cozier than it has ever been. whenever we have guests over, eloise sleeps in her travel cot in juliet’s room or ours, and guests are still comfortable in the double bed. but the rest of the time the place really feels like it belongs to eloise, and that was exactly what i was hoping for.

i am still so, so, so in love with the OLIVER FURNITURE mini wood+ bed we got. it fits into the mainly white room so beautifully, and the oak details match perfectly with some of the wooden accessories that we’ve put up. i framed one of juliet’s paintings and put some dried hydrengea in my new favorite vase (more on that one later) to add a bit of color, and they go so well with the GARBO & FRIENDS bedding that i chose for eloise’s bed. i am really into these green-greyish hues for her, perhaps because we already go overboard with the pink so often for juliet. i use the dresser next to her bed to showcase some of my favorites from her toys, clothes and cuddles, which helps to make the space feel warm and personal.

photos by stephanie duval • post in collaboration with HET LAND VAN OOIT • all of these items can be found at het land van ooit – bed from OLIVER FURNITURE, bedding from GARBO & FRIENDS, box with bunny ears from FERM LIVING, changing table from BUDTZBENDIX, cuddles from JELLYCAT, NIJNTJE cuddle, nijntje lamp from MR MARIA, slippers from BOBUX, toiletry bags from ELODIE DETAILS


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