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Sorry, Not Sorry About The Kids. | by Joshua Woolf

Look, it really doesn’t matter if you are the greatest parent in the world (not that there is a such thing), kids will be kids. When we are at family weddings or if we have someone watching the kids while us parents are on a date there can be feelings of guilt about how difficult it can be to watch the kids- especially if the person watching them isn’t a parent themselves.

Here is a list of things our children may do while you spend quality time with them- sorry, not sorry. Growl loudly like a dinosaur. Howl at the moon at all hours of the day. Stomp up and down the hall. Stomp in place. Kick the back of your seat in the car. Try to climb in your lap and then immediately climb back down, and then back up again. Pull your hair. Touch your face. Grab your hand and pull at you until you sit on the ground. Ask you to draw something, then criticize and ask you to do it again. Take your purse/bag/wallet and dump out the contents on the floor. Take your car keys, hide your keys, set off your car alarm. Ask you to take them on a walk, only to find out they want to walk to the toy store. Guilt you into purchases. Break promises. Ask you to cook something, not eat it, eat your food instead. Pull the milk out of the fridge- spill. Pull rice/cerial/anything small out of cabinet- spill.
Cry at your wedding, yell at the funeral, drop silverware at the restaurant. Keep you up late, wake you up at 2am/4am/6:55am. And the list is growing and changing daily.

-Joshua Woolf

Endure. | by Joshua Woolf

Endure – to suffer patiently.

It’s not just you. You aren’t the only one. Someone has it worse. Someone who looks like he has it better could actually have it worse and someone who looks like he has it worse could very well have it better than you think.

The world is a tough place right now. People are starving, people are suffering, people are sick and obese and addicted and depressed and killing and hurting and fighting for every imaginable combination of reasons.

Yet you are here. You are experiencing an era that allows you to see all of it at once. For better or worse you have a more globally broad perspective of the entire human population than any civilization who has ever lived on this earth. It’s true that the mangled media contrives stories and agenda is pushed but through the lies the truth still boils out and You were born at this time to see it.

I’m in awe of how much we can endure. We can see so much negative and still manage to see good and perpetuate values that make us people a species with meaning. Family, Love, Freedom, Individuality, Greatness. We strive to enjoy what is here to be enjoyed and when it’s tough we take pride in the simple. We embrace what is there to be embraced.

As a member of the so called civilized western world I sometimes momentarily forget just how sweet it really is- and that is okay. It’s okay to feel angry or frustrated and even envious as long as it gets dismissed after its felt and you let it go. Don’t hold onto that negativity. It’s selfish and self destructive. Don’t get hung up it’s unhealthy. Dismiss. Exhale. Move on and appreciate all that is here. Meditate.

Sometimes it’s just that way. You work hard, love your family. Be patient. Give back.

-Joshua Woolf

FEATURED ON PREGNANCY AND NEWBORN MAGAZINE JANUARY 2017

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Thank you so much to @pnmag for featuring Woolf With Me in the January 2017 Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine! What a wonderful way to start the New Year. Be sure to show your love and support by picking up a copy of the magazine in stores now!

xo Lindsay Woolf

 

IS IT WORTH THE EXTRA MONEY TO BUY ORGANIC BEDDING?

zig zag baby blanket woolf with meIt depends on your own wants and values—and your budget. The difference between organic cotton and the regular kind is that organic is farmed without the use of pesticides, so it's less likely that chemicals will come into contact with baby's skin if his clothes and sheets are organic🌿 Did you know that cotton farming accounts for more than 10 percent of the pesticide use in the world. Releasing those toxins into the air, earth and water is considered bad for the environment—another reason to choose organic. -thebump

Woolf With Me is proud to be 100% GOTS certified organic

COASTAL INSPIRED NURSERY

 

"One thing's certainly for sure, babies need lots of space for all of their essential stuff! Between diapers, toys, clothing and furniture, a nursery ends up being home to far more than just a precious brand-new babe.

Faced with the challenge of finding room for their new son, Cruz, Jacquelyn Kazas (who works by day as the owner and creative director of Beijos Events) decided to get extra creative by carving out a nursery in her attached master bedroom office." Go to Glitter Guide to read more...
Article by Carrie Waller
Photography by Megan Welker

 

2 AND 4

Hello Everyone! Our kids keep getting bigger, I'm reminded of this every day as I see so many pictures posted of your beautiful children brand new and cuddled up in their swaddles. I think back to just a couple years ago being in the hospital getting to know my newborn babies. We stared at their little features for hours on end, cried with joy, and sat breathless taking in all the little coos and cries that squeaked out of their mouths like music. Being able to fit our babies entirely in our arms without flailing legs, gently rocking them to sleep as we gaze deeply into their eyes. "What will they be like?" We ask ourselves. You don't realize in that moment but you already know them, so much of their personality is right there from birth. People tell you during that time that it goes by so quickly and you should soak it up as much as you can, but in-between sleepless nights, endless diaper changes, and general worry it's hard not to take those fleeting moments for granted. You turn around and find that you are no longer bouncing a baby around in your arms, and instead your chasing them around the house.

Our children are now 2 and 4 years old. We take so much pleasure in playing games with them, teaching them, and just goofing off and laughing together- but they certainly aren't babies anymore. At night we picture them tiny and wrap our arms around them and take in deep breaths. We hold their hands while they sleep and sit still trying to make those moments last forever.

We are so blessed for these little lives we've made. Not that you need it from us, but we just wanted to send out a little reminder- keep up the good work, enjoy your little ones, write down everything, take pictures, they are growing right before your eyes.

Love you all!

The Woolfs.

COULD I HAVE THAT? MINI

So honored to be featured in the COULD I HAVE THAT? MINI digital magazine for Fall 2016. It's a beautiful magazine for all things kids, babies and motherhood. Thank you so much Samantha Wennerstrom!

 

The Tiny Canal Cottage Nursery

sailor swaddle blanket@whitneyleighmorris your motto is my absolute favorite... "You don't have to "live large" to live beautifully." 🙌🏻
If you're not following Whitney's blog+insta you should! #woolfwithme #tinycanalcottage

Pictured: Greige Sailor Organic Swaddle Blanket

Personalized Baby Bedding

This photo warms my heart. Thank you so much mama @kcstauffer for sharing. If you're not following Katie & her family you should...Such a beautiful Instagram & Blog.

Pictured: Personalized Toddler Pillowcase
Pictured: Personalized Double Sided Blanket

Country Living

Country Living magazine reminds me of my Texas childhood. My mom and grandmother have always had the latest issue on their coffee tables so I was so excited to hear they wanted to feature Woolf With Me

Thank you so much Country Living!