September 27th, 2011
things i am in love with right now

1. My beautiful sweet little girl Ida. It has been an intense, colic filled three months. I don’t even have the words for it really and to be honest I don’t wish to dwell in the past as I am completely ready to move on. Those of you who have been through it know EXACTLY what I am talking about. I know because some of you have written me. The best advice I received is, “there is no advice, you will figure out what works best for your baby”. We tried absolutely everything, and it changed on a daily basis. What saved me? The sling, the rocking chair I bought in desperation one day, the swing, my husband forcing me to go sit in the woods for an hour when I hit rock bottom, three hour sleep chunks, staying in the present moment.

2. My little girl’s huge smiles and constant cooing. Behind the colic was one happy baby!!! She is so adorable it should be illegal.

(I apologize to readers that I do not post photos of my babes online as I wish to protect the space and privacy of my family. It has become more pertinent as my work has gained popularity in the last few years. More importantly I believe we do not yet understand the repercussions of making our children’s early years public. I wonder how it would feel later in life to have so much of my world exposed? It is sometimes a hard choice for me because I so enjoy reading about and seeing photos of other families and people I care about in the online world. But I feel I need to err on the side of caution with this one. I want my children’s early years to be their own. I may write more about this at some point. Bag of worms, now open.)

3. Gypsy soup for dinner. We are celebrating the three month mark!

4. Gifts in the mail from far away places.

5. My new book. I am really not boasting, I just feel so very proud. I make things that I love and I share them with the world. Seeing others living within the pages fills me with a deep joy.

6. Wallace Stegner.

7. Danny Gregory’s new movie, which makes me want to run to my journal and watercolors!

8. River Cottage. I could watch it over and over. (oh yeah, I already do.) Hugh is a household name in our house, as in, “That’s just what Hugh would do!”

9. My family. We are still learning to be four, and there are many bumps along the way. But we are deeply happy even in the midst of the chaos.

10. Malabrigo Gruesa. I can’t get enough of it and must do something to curb my addiction.

Sep 27 2011
7:40 pm
sonrie writes:

Thank you for saying this: “More importantly I believe we do not yet understand the repercussions of making our children’s early years public.”

Though I do not have children, as a young twenty something adult old enough to remember life without the internet and social media, I sometimes cringe to think what life would have been like in grade school or high school if everyone knew everything that happened to me (or what I looked like) my entire life. It is my belief that sometimes we grow into strength as adults that we do not yet have as children to deal with life’s sometimes unfortunately harsher moments.

Sep 27 2011
7:52 pm
Jenny Smith writes:

Glad to hear that you are coping more with the little ‘possum these days! xoxo

Sep 28 2011
3:59 am
nicky linzey writes:

I would like to be Hugh!!

Sep 28 2011
4:46 am
LilaLena writes:

I truly admire you for getting through this with so much love. (And for keeping your children’s lives private!) I just put aside the newspaper because the news were too bad. Reading your words just made me feel so good – and they made me remember all the little things I love at the moment. :) Thank you!

Sep 28 2011
11:49 am
E. writes:

I think it’s a wise, wise decision to not post pictures of your children online. Not just for the reason you mentioned, I also like a little mystery. Whatever happened to it, I sometimes wonder? There’s nothing more appealing and energizing to my imagination than a little mystery. I remember being little, reading a book and creating an image of the main characters in my head. How disappointing it always was to me, when halfway through the book I came across a drawing which didn’t look anything like what I had conjured up myself. :-)

I adore the name Ida btw. It was the name I wanted to give my daughter if I’d ever had/have one.

x E.

Sep 28 2011
12:02 pm
lynn @ the actor's diet writes:

just discovered your blog – am in love!

Sep 28 2011
12:07 pm
Jacqueline writes:

Keri, what is Gypsy Soup?

Sep 28 2011
12:15 pm
kelsi writes:

Kudos to you for protecting your family.
I’ve started three different blogs but none of them ever lasted very long. I am a discplined woman and love writing. And yet I just couldn’t keep the blogs going. And it was only this week that I figured out why: my family life is so precious and private and I don’t want to share all those bits.
Thought you might find this story interesting…

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/28/how-exercise-can-strengthen-the-brain/#more-60809

Sep 28 2011
2:25 pm
Kim writes:

Every parent should be able to decide what’s right for them and how much they’re comfortable sharing, and no one should dare criticize them for it (hope that’s not happening to you!) I love your blog – have been following for years. Thanks for the tip about the wool, I’ve been looking for some interesting projects.

Sep 29 2011
2:26 pm
Ann writes:

Sometime I would love to see the kinds of things you like to knit and the colors you choose. Malabrigo is an amazing yarn. I myself also like Madelinetosh and Manos.

I admire and am inspired by your centeredness.

Sep 30 2011
7:00 pm
Michelle Shopped writes:

yes to opening that can of worms that is second on your list…one more reason i <3 keri smith …

Oct 1 2011
7:45 am
demie writes:

river cottage was and is one of my favorites! i want to be this guy! i keep trying ….

Oct 9 2011
1:04 am
Colie writes:

I just bought Wreck This Journal yesterday!! Ohmg, I love it so much!! I’m so glad you made it! xD

-Colie c:

Oct 11 2011
3:59 pm
Courtney writes:

I had my son back in January, and almost 9 months later, I can tell you that every day is different. That is the only thing that has gotten me through the rough nights, the illnesses, and the occasional cases of the grouchies. Knowing that tomorrow will be different is always a blessing, and that your baby will be grown up before you know it and all of this will be a blur someday.

Oct 18 2011
11:53 pm
Andrea Bowers writes:

Hi Keri,
Did I read the word colic?! Oh no!!! We experienced a bit of that with our second. We gave her probiotics (there are ones for kids/infants) and it really seemed to help. Thinking of you guys!!!
xoxo
a.
p.s. I understand not posting pics of your kids. I’ve been hesitant to post many of our kids (though I had been chalking it up to laziness on my part); I think you summed up the real “why” pretty well.

Oct 20 2011
9:41 am
kerismith writes:

Andrea,
I’ve been meaning to write you for months (been a bit busy). We are on the probiotics! Not sure if it helps but I am afraid to stop it now. Colic subsiding a bit. It’s been very challenging, but so worth it!
ox
k

Oct 26 2011
8:17 pm
christine writes:

I wish we could have dinner or brunch or an afternoon snack, your four and ours, and talk about how wild it is to be a family. xo

 
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