I’m a terrible person when it comes to resolutions for the new year. Yet, I can’t contain myself and keep thinking about a thousand things I’d change/do/make in 2016. They include simple things such as eat less bread, cut the soda, or be more patient, take Magnus to the museum every week… I wish I had the strength to keep them going all year long. But, guess what, I had bread today! :)

One thing I know I can vow to make and it will def. happen is crafts with the baby. So I got this book as a Holiday gift to myself. I’m in love and so is he, I don’t if it’s the babies or the colors, but he loves the book! I plan on working on plenty of projects with and for Magnus and we are starting now with a playmat:

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I’ll post the result as soon as I have it.

MacLaren Triumph Stroller – 20% OFF

One of my very favorite baby gear deals of the year! Right now the Maclaren Triumph Stroller, Medieval Blue/Silver is 20%OFF. A savings of $40! And these umbrella strollers rarely go on sale.

We had to recently purchase an umbrella stroller for upcoming trips and to make my life easier, my mother is back at work after spending 4 month with is, I called it her grandmotherly leave, and now I’m alone and need anything that will make my day easier and getting Magnus out of the house daily is a priority for me.

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Maclaren Triumph Stroller, Medieval Blue/Silver


We also used my Amazon Mom registry discount and got an extra 15% OFF with the final price being $136. It’s really a baby deal! 

With this silence.

When the house is so quiet in the middle of the night that all you hear are the sprinklers outside and my baby is peacefully sleeping and my husband is peacefully snoring I can’t help but think about the beauty of family.

After a long weekend spent together, doing our best to enjoy the last very hot days of summer with some success (insert first bike ride post baby here!) and some failures (baby decides to cry desperately and needs to be rocked by the supermarket cashier – you know what, I’ll count that as a success too!), I’m just so happy about the adventures we share, the moments – mundane or not – we spend together! I love these people of mine more than anything else in the world.

With this silence I notice how wonderful family is. And how wonderful silence is too!


Over here it has been a world of FIRSTS for Magnus. First time at Trader Joe’s, working with dad, going to the pool, to the library, reading books with friends, etc…

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2 Months of Magnus

Magnus, meu filho, as you lay in your tiny bed, snoring and fussing and snoring some more, I lay here looking at your beauty and perfection.

In two short months you stole our hearts and made us feel as if you have been part of this family today and always. Every single day we fall more in love with you!

The look of wonder in your eyes when we are somewhere new might just be the best thing I’ve ever seen. You love to discover the world and we love to be part of your discovery.

Your laughs and smiles are sweet beyond measure. You make me forget everything and hypnotize me with your gorgeous all gums grin.
I want to spend every minute around you and even when I fall asleep (for short minutes at a time) I wake up (exhausted) missing you, looking forward to entertain and love you some more.

You are the best thing in our world. We are so happy you are here!

Happy forever!


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This week we finally got to work on Magnus’ Birth Announcements to send to our family and friends. Most of my family is in Brazil and Bret’s is in the East Coast, so it’s really nice to get to send them something they can keep!

We spent hours looking at Magnus’ pictures. We are so in love with them! I chose a couple to work with and do a few trials. We are working with Minted to get these beautiful cards made and one of my favorite features was that I could upload the two photos we liked most for the announcements and see the preview in various different designs until we chose one that spoke to us the most!

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Our selected photos were these:

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And here you can see them used in different designs:

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This post was created in partnership with Minted.com. Minted offers a stunning and exclusive assortment of holiday cards, Christmas cards, wedding invitations and much more, including birth announcements and invitations sourced through our global community of indie designers.

Baby photos by Michelle Garey. All other photos by Casa dos Mael.





This is Magnus’ visual birth story, photographed by Michelle Garey, here in Denver:

(It took me a long time to get to these photos. This was such an emotional moment for me, I was trying to find the courage to relive it.)

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Michelle is an excellent birth photographer here in Denver. Her images bring tears to my eyes.


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It’s a boy! Magnus Robert Mael was born on May 31st, 2015, at 9:16 am, weighing in 9.1lbs and measuring 21 inches. He was a big, big boy, and ended up spending some time in the NICU to get his blood sugar up. (I’ll eventually write more about his birth and the NICU experience).

I took me over a month to post here, adapting to life with this little munchkin has been a true adventure (a very tiring one)! I can say he is the most adorable, sweet little guy and very, very brave!

We are completely in love.

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Photos by Michelle Garey, birth photographer.