Tuesday, March 25, 2014

His sweet face on a necklace.

It's been more than three years since we lost Jack. Over this time I have bought a few pieces of jewelery baring his name or his initials. I'm into simple jewelry (my earrings and necklace are both solitaires and I rarely remove them- they are my everyday items), with the occasional piece of bling tossed in to keep things interesting. It's been a while since I have ordered anything new, so when I was contacted and offered the chance to order a keepsake piece, I jumped at the chance.

The company, JewelryKeepsakes.com offers a variety of items for sale- from photo keepsakes, memorial pendants, and even cremation jewellery. There really is something available suit everyone's taste.

I spent some time trying to chose between the many offerings before settling on the Gem Circle Pendant in Silver. I decided on my favourite photo of him, knowing it will never grow old to see his beautiful face on a pendant. I sent the photo and asked for a close-up on his delectably chubby face. I asked for a simple engraving on the back, with just his name. 

The package arrived at my home (in Canada) within a few days, which was crazy-fast. It can take a week or two for things to get to me from within the country, so there are definitely bonus points for fast delivery! I walked into my house to discover my husband had already covertly opened it, and he told me I was going to love it. I took a moment to brace myself, and then I cracked open the lovely black velvet box. It was beautiful.

See? Beautiful.
It was so nice to see his angelic little face on something so pretty. The piece I chose has crystals surrounding the engraved photo which made me love it even more- it's feminine without being "too much" . It's really an attractive piece of jewelry- it has a nice weight to it and definitely feels like a quality item. 

The pendant itself is made up of two pieces, the upper portion contains the engraved photo and the lower piece the pendant with the crystal rim and Jack's name engraved on the back.

The polished surface made it difficult to photograph.
It's nearly 1.5 inches in diameter, so it's not small under any circumstances. It's something I don't think I could wear on a daily basis due to it's size, but would be ideal for special occasions (his birthday or "angelversary"), on holidays. If you tend to wear larger statement pieces, this might be just what you're looking for.  I really like the idea of wearing it for family photos, as well. Additionally, I plan on wearing it to the NICU memorial at the hospital in the spring (if spring ever arrives…).

I am so appreciative of the beautiful piece of memorial jewelry I received and highly recommend Jewelrykeepsakes.com, should anyone wish to purchase keepsakes in the future.

Friday, March 7, 2014

And then there were three.

Piper Jane arrived safely a few weeks ago.

She has gone from looking just like her sister at birth, to looking like her brother in just over two weeks.
Sometimes, when she's napping on my chest, I would swear it was him. They share the same eye shape and nose. If I glance down at her while nursing, it can be a little jarring to catch sight of her when she so strongly looks like him. It comes and goes though, there remain times where she looks just like her big sister, too. My mother and I joked I had essentially delivered Grace's twin, 22 months late. :/

All three of my babies share the same cupid's bow lips, which is apparently a recessive gene (a topic I find endlessly fascinating).

Parenting two living babies is a juggling act, one I'm not particularly skilled at yet. Piper is co-sleeping with us just as Grace had done, and I swear this is my salvation in getting some quality sleep. Piper wakes to eat every 3-4 hours, with her last feeding concluding about 45 minutes before Grace wakes up meaning I have a good first hour with Grace before Piper is conscious enough to want to be held/rocked/fed again. After that, the day unravels a big and usually concludes after several hissy-fits (both Grace and I!), lots of poopy diapers (just Grace and Piper this time!), and lots of cuddling (all of us this time).

Grace has been pretty great with Pipes so far- she's a little aggressive with her love, and "gentle" is a word we use quite frequently around here. She discovered Piper's feed dangling from my arms the other day and was delighted with tickling her little toes and feet. It was definitely a bit of a Hallmark moment.

I'm not sure this post is coherent, but I've been meaning to update the blog for some time now and it seemed as good a time as any to do it tonight.
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