Guest Post: One and Done from Susan of Fleurishing

I’ve asked some of my favorite creative mamas to help out while I’m adjusting to life with our new baby. Today, Susan from Fleurishing is sharing some thoughts as a mother of twins (!!) – thanks Susan! –Nole

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We’ve all heard the phrase, “one and done”… and in our case, it’s true (in an alternate sense-one pregnancy, two babies). No more mini-me’s for us – we’re so very fortunate to have twins. There are quite a few reasons why we chose to officially end our baby making days, and I’m sharing them here in the hope that it might help others with their choice. It is an incredibly personal decision of course, and not one that is easily reached. I want to be very clear – I do not pass judgement on anyone who chooses to have less, more, or no children. My best friend has four beautiful little ones, and I have a few close girlfriends who have no desire to become mothers. To each his own, but our journey begins (and ends) with Marie + Henry.

Childhood experience certainly plays a role for most when deciding what size family you would like. In our case, I was an only child (and loved it), and would have been more than happy with one. For my husband, growing up with a sibling was a wonderful experience, and he always had two in mind. When we learned we were expecting twins, we knew regardless of gender this would most likely be it for us. It’s funny – we had never heard the phrase “a rich man’s family” until sharing we were having a boy and a girl. It seems many consider it to be the perfect scenario, and in turn, automatically assume we’re done. On the other hand, we’ve had quite a few people (including our pediatrician) encourage us to have more simply because we “make beautiful babies.” I find this to be flattering and offensive at the same time! I’ve realized that people view our personal situation through their own lens and don’t realize that what they’re saying can be perceived as rude and intrusive. The thought of another in addition to twins gives me a panic attack just thinking about it!

My pregnancy was very difficult and even traumatic, at times. Obviously difficult pregnancies can happen to anyone, and the definition of “difficult” is relative. For me, difficult meant infections, catheterization for weeks, extreme swelling and pain, high blood pressure, preeclampsia, and a very rough recovery due to blood loss. I learned early on that having a high-risk pregnancy was no joke, and it pushes your body to its limits. You see twice the amount of doctors and get poked, prodded, and scanned more than most. On a positive note – we were so lucky to have numerous ultrasounds and see them grow along the way. I still find it hard to believe that my friends with singles only saw their babies a few times before giving birth! I’m still in awe of what my body achieved, and don’t even know how it would fare a second time around.

I haven’t yet mentioned the economics of having multiples. Let’s talk statistics for a second. The average cost of ONE child in the U.S. for a middle-income family, from birth to age 18, is currently $241,080. That doesn’t even include the cost of college! Take that number and double it in our case…yowza. There are many other financial factors, such as breastfeeding for two vs. formula (which is a whole other post), double the baby gear (although not two of everything), the cost of help (crucial in the early days with multiples), and accomodations for an instantly larger family (suddenly our house seemed a LOT smaller). It is staggering, and scary at times, especially when twins were not even on our radar. At times we laugh and are thankful for only having one girl, and one wedding, to pay for…and maybe we’ll get lucky and she’ll elope.

All of the above contributed to our decision, and we took our time making it (over a year). We continually confirmed with each other that we were 100% sure before moving forward. At this point, we’re both confident and focused, enjoying every moment with the kids. I may call them babies for much longer than most, but that’s cool, right?! They will of course, always be my babies.

If you care to share your story, how did you know when you were “done”, are you unsure, or are you planning to add to your family? What were or are the deciding factors for your family?

Julissa + Christopher’s Vintage-Inspired Champagne Foil Wedding Invitations

So we’re all pretty familiar with shiny gold foil by now, yes? But what about matte metallic foils – like the subtle champagne foil on these vintage-inspired wedding invitations from Nicole at Umama? Nicole worked with the talented team at Boxcar Press to print these invitations, pairing the subtle matte metallic foil with crisp black and white. Such a great combination!

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From NicoleI wanted to create a pattern that would combine romance and elegance and could be used throughout the wedding invitation suite. I went with a classic deco scallop for the invitation and a set of nestled peacocks that repeated from the reply card to the envelope liner.

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While reviewing swatches from Boxcar Press, we absolutely fell in love with the tawny foil. It was more subtle than the gold foil, and really lent itself to the softness that Julissa was looking for. It mimics the color of champagne, and brings to mind the decadence of the evening, and the cause for celebration.

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The invitation suite was printed on Crane Lettra 220 Pearl White paper with tawny foil and black letterpress. A coordinating liner was also custom designed and printed in two shades of black. Mary from Boxcar Press was the keen eye that helped to pull all the details together seamlessly from design to print. The end result was breathtaking!

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Thanks Nicole!

Design: Umama

Letterpress and Foil Printing: Boxcar Press

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Photo Credits: Umama

 

Things to Party With: Copper + Indigo

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1. Love this screen printed blue linen tablecloth from Bonnie and Neil

2. The perfect modern copper pitcher from Terrain

3. White dinnerware from Pigeon Toe Ceramics is the perfect complement for copper and indigo

4. Copper and white bud vases from Honeycomb Studio for a beautiful but low-key centerpiece

5. Gorgeous texture in this cheeseboard from Suite One Studio

6. Don’t have a bar cart at home? Set this copper tray from West Elm on a console table and you’re good to go!

7. Punch is the perfect drink for large gatherings. Try our Fall Harvest Punch in this punch set from Terrain

Alison + Nathaniel’s Art Nouveau Garden Wedding Invitations

These beautiful wedding invitations from Brynne at Harken Press mix botanical details with Art Nouveau elements for a garden wedding at a private estate. I’m particularly in love with that gorgeous envelope liner and pops of coral!

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From BrynneI worked with Alison and Nathaniel to create wedding stationery that complements their charming garden ceremony at a private estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts. They wanted to include outdoors elements but also highlight the cottage-style architecture of the historic mansion estate. My goal was to balance the natural and rustic botanical elements with an elegant Art Nouveau look.

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The invitation and reply card were letterpress printed, while the guest info card with hand drawn map on the backside were digital printed.

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Thanks Brynne!

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Photo Credits: Harken Press

Zoë’s Hand Lettered First Birthday Party Invitations

Happy Monday everyone! I couldn’t resist starting the week with these bright and happy first birthday party invitations from Viv Jordan of The Eclectic Press. Viv knew she wanted something on the non-traditional side, incorporating her own hand lettering throughout the invitation along with illustrations of birthday candles and doughnuts. So fun!

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From Viv: I wasn’t able to create an announcement for my sweet daughter’s birth last year, so I wanted to pour my energy and creativity into making something fun and unique for her first birthday. While drawing out some sketches, I knew I wanted to create something a little less conventional, so I decided to hand letter and illustrate the design for Zoë’s first birthday invitation and coordinating pieces.

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I incorporated birthday candles in the design and I also included doughnuts because my husband and I are obsessed with doughnuts and wanted that to be our daughter’s first bite of sugar instead of a smash cake.

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Other coordinating pieces included an 11×17″ welcome sign, some small place cards used for signage and food labels, three sticker designs for kiddos and parents to wear and a party favor bookmark with a much loved quote about reading.

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Thanks Viv!

Photo Credits: Invitation photos by Heather Hawkins / Party Photos by Lemons and Tea Photography