Monday, October 5, 2015

Baby Brother's Nursery

I made it through last week without going into labor! I had a few nights where I thought we might need to start making some calls and head into Triage, but every time the contractions would eventually die down. So, here we are a week later, quite pregnant, quite progressed, but still no baby. Not much longer though!

His room is more or less done. I'd like to add a few more things to the wall, but we'll have to officially pick his name before we do that! I really do love how it turned out. It's definitely not a "Pinterest" nursery, I feel like we kept things pretty simple, but it's a happy little space that I love to sit in. If we're being honest, this time around my priorities were a good white noise machine and seriously dark black out curtains. Funny how neither of those things mattered to me the first go round!
 Before I share the "after," let's go back to what it looked like in here at the start of July....

This room has been our "catch all" room since we moved in in June of 2012. We've always known we wanted to add a garage to our house, so this room has just kinda been our storage room until the garage got done. Right now, the garage is SO close to being done, but that's another story! Anyway....we have finally managed to clear out this room, and with a lot of trips to Goodwill, a lot of selling on local yard sale FB groups, and a lot of rearranging, this room has been cleaned out and prepped for our baby boy!

We're using M's old Jenny Lind crib and changing table, along with the glider we bought for her nursery. We got the bureau from my inlaws (same set as M's dresser that I refinished!). I'd love to refinish it with a darker stain (a little less red) and new hardware, but I'm going to wait till I'm not pregnant, it's cooler out (there was no way this was going to happen this past summer!), and for our garage to be done so I have a place to work. 

The map print above the changing table was purchased at the Vintage Charlotte Summer Market. I think it fits well in here with all the fun colors.

These Disney cross-stitches are pretty special! My mom made these for my nursery when I was a baby and they have her initials and 1983 stitched into each one. I love that she still had them!

I made the "I'll Eat You Up I Love You So" print in photoshop and had printed in poster size at Walgreens. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out!

Overall, I love how it turned out! I wanted to keep things neutral and light but with pops of bright colors and I think I managed to do just that. Now if we could just be 100% settled on a name for him so I can add that to his walls somewhere! 

A few resources:
Felt Pom Poms above Crib - Etsy Seller The Fickle Felt Tree
Crib - (we love this crib!) DaVinci Jenny Lind Crib
Rug - we had these cut and bound to custom sizes for both kids' rooms at a local place here in Charlotte

Monday, September 28, 2015

Monday Randoms

Happy Monday! Cannot believe October will be here by the end of the week.
Here are some random tidbits to start off the week...

Little brother might be coming sooner than later. And by "little" brother I mean the 8lb 7oz baby who I saw on an ultrasound last Tuesday at 36 weeks and 5 days. I've been saying all along that this baby feels really big and I think that's the truth.

His room is pretty much done. Just need to get some random stuff out of Maggie's toys that I rotate in and out of our living room. Up until now, their "hiding" place has been in there. Guess I need a new "hiding" place! Eventually I'll take some pictures and share on here. And M's room! We had it painted back in August and I've made a lot of changes to it since. I love the new look she's got going on in there!

We went out to breakfast yesterday and I think M may have out eaten J and myself. That girl can put back some pancakes and scrambled eggs.

Who else is listening to the Limetown podcast? It is my new favorite! Just wish there were more episodes. I read somewhere that it's a mash up of Serial and the X-Files which is a great description. 

Also, Bloodline! We're a little slow, but we finally got started on this show. I think we have 3 left? Either way, I've been enjoying it and seeing Kyle Chandler on TV again! When the baby gets here I have a few shows I want to start during our marathon nursing sessions. When M was born I watched some terrible (and addicting) ABC Family dramas and Parenthood binge style, this time around I'm thinking of getting Hulu Plus so I can watch The Mindy Project. Any other suggestions? #seriousquestions

Last Wednesday I went to dinner with some friends to enjoy one last night out before the baby comes! My friend Nina is due with a baby girl about two weeks after me, and it was fun celebrating our two babies over Mexican with some great friends. And then Saturday, another group of friends threw me and another friend who is pregnant with twins in our group a sweet sprinkle. They gifted us with a generous gift card and lots of diapers. Which is probably good since I hadn't bought a single diaper for this little guy. We do plan to do cloth again, but we still use disposables about 25% of the time! I'm so thankful for such kind and generous friends that I've gotten to know here in the last 4 years!

I'm supposed to be starting the Jennie Allen Restless Bible Study at church this week, as long as I'm not having a baby! I'm really excited for this study, as I've heard good things from some friends. Anyone out in the blog world done it before?

I got my eyefi SD card that I blogged about here, and I'm obsessed. It is pretty easy to set up and definitely going to get lots of use at the hospital! 

M has pretty much stopped napping in the afternoons. Cue the sad trombone. In the past four weeks, I'd say she's napped maybe 5 or 6 times. While I'm pretty sad about this "loss" she's actually doing a decent job having quiet time for 90 minutes each day. I've moved a lot of toys to her room which has helped, but I'd love other ideas for quiet time entertainment if you have some!

Alright....enough random thoughts for one day!
Here's hoping this is a great week....whether we meet our baby boy or not!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Baby Brother Wish List

Overall, we really need very little/next to nothing for our newest addition! He obviously needs clothes, but all of our other big items, we purchased for M and they'll work just great for him. With that said, I do still have a few things I'd like to get, but none are really necessities (well....except for #3!). Since M was born, new items have hit the market or I've seen things that worked great for friends that we didn't have. Here's my little wish list! 

1. Sakura Bloom Ring Sling - With M I used a K'tan and and Ergo and really loved both. I loved wearing her in general, but I've heard such great things about this carrier from so many moms, that I sort of want to splurge and get one. I may end up borrowing an Etsy made ring sling from a friend, but I'm still eyeing this one!

2. Bumkins Waterproof Super Bibs - My favorite bibs for once she started solids! We have about half a dozen of these for M and she still uses them (I know, I know...she's almost 3....but she doesn't fight me and the child is a mess and I hate treating stains!) Anyhow, I'd love to get some in some less "girly" patterns for our little guy.

3. Angel Dear Tiger Lovey - If you've ever looked at my pics of M, I am sure you've seen her Angel Dear lovey hanging out in about 75% of my pictures. He is pretty much a family member! I let her sit down and choose one for her brother, and she chose this tiger. I introduced her lovey to her in the hospital and she plans to bring this one to the hospital for her brother and teach him how to rub the tag in his ear (her favorite thing to do with hers). Here's hoping he loves his as much as she does!

4. Covered Goods Nursing Cover - I first saw the Covered Goods cover on Paige's blog at the end of my nursing journey with M, but I bookmarked it then and knew it would be something I'd want for a future baby! With M, I didn't buy a nursing cover. When we'd nurse in public, I'd either do it somewhere private, or I'd use my muslin blankets as a cover. This worked great, but we also nursed in public really rarely. Since she was my only baby, I didn't find myself out and about that much at feeding times. However, I know that won't necessarily be the case this go round since I have a crazy buys preschooler to take to gymnastics, the playground, art get the idea. I definitely want to be able to nurse on the go and feel comfortable. Major props to my mom friends who nurse in public with no cover, but I prefer to have a little more coverage and this cover looks awesome. that it can be used as a cover for the carseat as well! This is one item I have already purchased and is ready to go!

5. Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double Stroller - I am still a little on the fence about a double stroller and I've been debating how much use we'd get out of it. We love our single BOB, and I hope to use it with the baby for walks and let M walk on her own, but I do think that for longer walks, a double stroller would be really nice. If we do end up getting one, I'm pretty sure this is what I'd choose. I like that it has a smaller footprint than the double BOB, but it still has those great all terrain tires. And I love how easy it is to close....tough decision! We'll probably wait a few months and see how we're feeling with two kids before we decide if it's worthwhile to us or not.

6. Charcoal Bamboo Cloth Diaper Inserts - So boring I know...but we plan to cloth diaper this little guy just like we did with M, and I plan to make a few changes this go round. I have seen some new research and conversation around wash routines and plan to switch that up, and I'd also like to try some of these inserts, especially for overnight diapers, instead of the traditional microfiber inserts we used last time. Any other CD moms have insight on these inserts?

7. Eyefi Wi-Fi Memory Card - This is a total want....definitely not a need! But I'd love to have one of these for my DSLR! Especially for the hospital! My friend Sarah has one and it's so neat and easy how she quickly gets her pictures off her camera and onto her phone or tablet!

8. Mustela PhysiObebe No Rinse Cleanser - I never used this with M, but I have heard a lot of mom friends suggest this to me! I actually got a bottle from my girlfriends at Bunco last month when they surprised me with a bag of goodies, and I am excited to try it.

So, anything I'm missing? 
Anything you bought for your second baby that you didn't have for your first? I'd love to hear what other "cool" and new baby items are out there that I may not be up to date on!

(All items, with the exception of 4, are shared with Amazon Affiliate Links!)

Monday, September 21, 2015

Easy Dinner Side

One of my favorite, easy, go to sides are these shredded brussels from Trader Joe's! I love regular roasted brussels, but I think the texture on these is even better! Sometimes I think regular, whole brussels get a little soggy, even when roasted.  

I cook them in a skillet over medium high heat with a tablespoon or two of olive oil, and about 2 slices of chopped bacon (diced pancetta is awesome too!). I add in a little of the Trader Joe's Everyday Seasoning for some extra flavor, and I toss in the skillet for about 20 minutes or until browned. Seriously, so easy and it pairs well with everything! We had it last night with a smoked chicken and sweet potatoes. 

What are your favorite, easy sides to go with dinner?

Friday, September 18, 2015

Five on Friday

This is definitely going down as one my most random five on friday posts ever! Go link up with April and join in today!

1. Jamie Ivey's Happy Hour Podcast - I have seen a few friends mention this podcast, but I think my friend Rachel was the first. It's my new favorite podcast. I've been listening from the beginning when I am doing chores around the house, or even out running errands alone. I want to be Jamie's friend and join her for a Happy Hour!

2. Snapchat....I can't believe I not only downloaded snapchat but I also kind of like it. I feel like I'm 15. Add me on there so we can be cool snapchatters together! (PS....what in the world is the score and trophy thing on here?? I still don't really have a clue what I'm doing...)

3. School is going so well for M! She started in her Young 3's class last week and she LOVES it. She even asked me last night when she gets to go again, and when i told her Tuesday, she said, "But I want to go back tomorrow!" Made my mama heart happy! Anyway...she came home from school this past Tuesday with this "All About Me" paper. At carpool her teacher told me I'd get a kick out of her favorite animal and they had to look up how to spell it....she cracks us up!

4. Some friends of mine started a monthly supper club and last Friday we had our first dinner that my friend Anni hosted. It was SO much fun sitting and chatting and enjoying great dinner! I know this will definitely be something we look forward to each month! Here's half the group...

5. When my mom was here a few weeks ago, M requested that she make her a cape. I'm not really sure where this grand idea came from, but we took her to JoAnne's and she picked out some fabric (Frozen, duh.) and my mom did just as she was asked. Since then, M has been working on her "zooming" skills to make the cape fly up in the back and she thinks she looks like Anna in Frozen. Pretty much living the dream these days!

So there you have it. Five {very} random tidbits from our week. 
Happy Friday friends!