What to Expect When You Are Expecting.

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Parenthood

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We are back in newborn baby territory and it is a little different this time around than it was with Addison who is now two, going on three in May.

Pack a bag a month before the due date
Raul and I were on top of this as well as going to classes together, etc when we were expecting Addison. But for some reason I just thought not a whole bunch would change with Zoe. So we were all shocked when my “Braxton Hicks” were more than just that and actual labor. I had to pack in between contractions and Raul had to do the same for him and A, it was crazy but we did it. So yea, pack a bag in advance!

Sleep when the baby sleeps
This one was huge. With Addy I was absolutely in awe of her and I stared at her, cleaned the house, basically did anything besides sleeping when she slept. Now with Z I take any opportunity to sleep when she does. I feel much more refreshed and the time I do spend staring at her, just taking her all in is pure quality and I love it.

Relax more and prioritize
The world doesn’t stop spinning when you have little ones and realizing that whatever you need to get to will be there when you are ready to tackle it is key. Certain errands aren’t as important and that is ok. When the time is right, you will get to it, so don’t rush or over extend yourself.

Use an app
We didn’t use an app to calculate feedings and diaper changes with Addy. This time around we found FeedBaby and it is THE BEST. The whole time that we were in the hospital and the nurses would ask about feedings/diapers, we would just show them the app. Ain’t nobody got time to memorize every feeding/last breast nursed on, etc. Ah, best thing ever.

Hindsight is 20/20, even if you have had just 1 kiddo, what advice would you give/lessons learned?

What I’ve Been Working On – No. 4

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Illustrations, Process

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The Make Art that Sells (MATS) class has had a break for March which was a perfect excuse to take another class even though I’m on maternity leave. (I’m crazy if you didn’t already know.) But seriously, the class is called CreativeGIRL: Storybooks and Studious Girls by Danielle Donaldson. It has been perfect and I knew what I could handle so this worked out great. The class doesn’t have a deadline, it has a work at your own pace schedule and you have lifetime access to the content (for as long as the site is up and running).

My friend Christie told me about the class so we are taking it together. Her art has grown so much so definitely follow me (@fluximagery) and her (@christiedrahnak) on Instagram.

Getting back into action with watercolor and I love the way Danielle teaches. So many techniques and lessons finally clicked for me. Love it.

Zoe is Here!

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Life

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So I completely overestimated what I would get done in my last trimester. Funny how you can forget about how tired and just “done” you can feel toward the end of pregnancy. Little Zoe is here now, arrived a little earlier than expected (just 2 weeks) but she is healthy and doing great. So so happy to not be waddling any longer! I’m officially on maternity leave and will be working behind the scenes in the meantime.

I miss ya, what are you up to?

Open for Business.

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Etsy, Prints

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Hi hi! Vacation is over and the shop is now re-opened for 2015. I missed it and I hope you did too. What new prints will be created and added this year? Exciting times!

Have a great one,

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What I’m Working on – No. 3

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Illustrations, Life, Process

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So I made the biggest rookie mistake in the book with my Make Art That Sells class and didn’t verify the due date/time. I thought for sure the deadline was 5 p.m. EST, 3 p.m. MTN. So I went to upload my image to the January Assignment gallery and low and behold, it closed at 3 p.m. EST, 1 p.m. MTN. What time was it? 1:04 p.m. MTN. Womp.

Lesson is definitely learned. Here is my finished journal cover based on Edwardian brooches. This was not easy because I have been away from Illustrator for awhile and all of the facets, I had no idea how I was going to accomplish it. Using Divide in the Pathfinder was helpful as well as using Object, Path, Divide Objects Below (wonderful tutorial here).

I learned a ton about how I like to work: step by step and compartmentalize the process. Then let it go. IE. Finish sketch phase, finish design phase, finish color phase, etc. Going back and tinkering is crazy-making.

Also, the end goal is to be done, not perfect. I want my best work but if you never finish anything, you don’t accomplish anything. In my humble opinion.

Now it is time to relax and play with my little one.