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Baby Girl’s Nursery is Ready!

We have finally put all the finishing touches on Baby Girl’s nursery! I am so excited with the way it turned out. I had an idea in my mind that I didn’t want it to be too “girly”. I wanted more of a boho-chic feel. I actually bought a pouf ottoman cover on Etsy which was the inspiration for the rest of the room. HERE is the original post for my nursery inspiration!

I used the same crib we used for Turner’s nursery. I found the dresser at a local consignment shop. I loved the cream color with the gold handles! The wall art above the crib is from TJ Maxx. I got that before I even knew we were having a girl! I figured, I could use it in the nursery, and if not, I’d put it in my office!

 

I plan to keep her headbands in a glass jar so they’re easily accessible. Plus they look cute on display!

I spray painted this changing table with Valspar’s “La Fonda Mirage”, for a bit of pop! The baskets are from Target. I have them organized with diapers, wipes, burp cloths, ointments and lotions, and some changing table covers. The shelf above her changing table has tissues, cotton balls, Q tips, and hair clips :o)

And finally, a book shelf with her monogrammed initials above it (courtesy of my amazing friend Angela). We will definitely have to add some more books. It looks so sorry compared to Turner’s, which is jam packed and separated by genre! I had more time on my hands then ;o)

Now that the nursery is ready, all we need is our little bundle! Counting down the days until we meet our sweet little girl!

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Nursery Planning

Wall Art/Changing Table/Crib

We’re finally making progress on Baby Girl’s nursery! It will be more of a bohemian style rather than girly style.  The walls are Valspar’s “Filtered Shade Gray” and the accent pieces are light pink and teal (Valspar’s “La Fonda Mirage” to be exact). Stew is putting up trim as we speak, and I’ve got all of the furniture and most of the wall art picked out. It’s just a matter of organizing it and pulling the room together! The most exciting part will be organizing all of her little clothes, headbands, leggings, and hair clips into jars and baskets. I thought I’d share a few of the pieces I’ve collected before the big reveal! More to come!

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THE NURSERY!!

Finally, after all these months of doing little projects here and there, we’ve put the nursery together! Turner’s clothes are washed, his bed is made, his pictures are hung, and his library is all set! Now all we need is Turner :0)

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Nursery Time…

I can’t believe that I only have 3 1/2 months until Turner arrives! It seems long, but I’m sure time will fly, especially as the holiday season approaches. I realized when I looked back at my pinterest board for nursery ideas, that I was mainly pinning pictures of girly nurseries!! OOPS. So I’ve been doing my research over the past few weeks/months on boy nursery ideas. I know for sure that the bedding I’m getting is the jungle friends theme at Pottery Barn Kids. I’m not, however, into the flying monkey painting on the wall!  My original nursery obsession was the photo below, but obviously I’d switch out the pink color for blues and greens! So I’m planning on doing neutral walls with big white crown moulding and window trim (similar to the photo below). Now, no matter what the room ends up looking like, I KNOW I need organization. I came across some cute organization ideas at Thebump.com. I love this idea of putting a thin storage container under the crib. That’s actually what I use under my bed for my shoes! Another idea I will use is putting small baskets in the drawers of my changing table/dresser. I will have to measure the drawers and get some baskets in different sizes to fit different things-onesies, bibs, socks, hats, etc. I’m so excited to get things organized and in place! I already have the furniture (except for my newco glider from Babies R Us), rug, walls painted, and moulding up. I still need to set everything where I want it and hang wall art. I also want to buy a bookshelf to showcase all of Turner’s books! It’s all so fun and exciting. His nursery will be so cozy! I can’t wait until HE’S actually in it!

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Our House Before and After Photos!

Prepare to have your mind BLOWN! Looking back at these photos made me exhausted just thinking about the work we’ve put into this house over the past five years! As I mentioned in my previous post, we’re selling our house! We bought this house as a foreclosure in 2011. It was completely abandoned and in the worst condition I’d ever seen! But, we were young, kid-less, and really naive. After all, it was our first house! So we couldn’t wait to tackle this monstrosity of a project together! So, for your viewing pleasure, here are some before and after photos of our beloved home!

 










Of course, it is stunning now! There isn’t a surface that went untouched! We made a really nice home for someone. But we’re ready to move on to our next (not so exhausting) home!

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Monday Blues

Mondays are always hard. The weekend is over, and it’s back to the grindstone. It’s me, the kids, work, and lots of coffee. Well, I guess lots of coffee is a part of my weekends too.

Our Mondays start the same way. I pack up the kids and start our day at the gym. It just gets us up and out and sets my mind in “go-mode” for the rest of the day! If Stew’s not too busy at work, he’ll come with us. Today, he was too busy. He went ahead of us so he could get out to Dewees earlier.

So, we started our day much in the same. Stew took Turner downstairs to get breakfast ready while I finished up feeding Gracie, pumping, and getting her down for her morning nap (HERE is our schedule if you’re interested).

I get downstairs as Stew is heading out. He says, “Turner ate and peed”. Excellent! Ok, so all I need to do is get Turner dressed, grab Gracie, and head out! It’s 8:40 at this point. That’s 5 minutes before we need to leave in order to get to my class in time. We’ll make it!

As I’m brushing my teeth, Turner starts yelling, “OH NOOOO I PEED MY PANTS”.  He does not like making a mess, so this is very upsetting. He starts crying and I run up to grab a new pair of undies and get him dressed all over again. Ok, DONE. Time to go get Gracie. I walk into her room and it stinks! Ugh… she pooped. I pick her up to change her diaper, seriously considering telling the girls in the nursery at the gym that she must have pooped in the car! Then I reeled it in and changed her diaper. She just smiled at me as if to say, “it’s ok, Momma. You can handle this”. Indeed I can, Gracie.

We finally get in the car, running late, but my kids are dry and happy. So I can’t complain.

And although I had the blues when I woke up, thinking of the never-ending to-do list awaiting me, I’m halfway through the day! And there’s nothing nap time and a giant iced coffee can’t fix ;o)

Happy Monday!

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Sleep Training Round 2

I have had so many questions and comments about sleep training! Probably because the worst feeling on this planet is walking around sleep deprived. I’ll preface this by saying I’m NOT an expert. I just do what works for me! If you’re against sleep training, don’t do it!

HERE is my original sleep training post from when Turner was a baby. He was pretty hard in the beginning. He nursed every 45 minutes to an hour ’round the clock! I would sleep for 20 minute increments at night and seriously wanted to die. By 4pm I would get major anxiety, dreading the night ahead. That’s when my friend let me borrow Preparation for Parenting, by Gary Ezzo when Turner was 2 weeks old. My world changed!

Sleep training sounds so harsh. I prefer to think of it as “putting my baby down for a nap” because 1. she’s tired 2. since she’s tired, she’s gonna cry whether she’s with me, upstairs or downstairs, so I might as well put her in her room where it’s calm 3. I have a toddler who’s quite boisterous and 4. I can’t possibly hold her and get anything done. That doesn’t mean I love her any less or spend less time kissing and hugging her!

Now that I got that off my chest, this post is more in depth as far as my process of “sleep training”. I started from the beginning with Gracie, who is now 6 weeks old. Let me explain. The first week of her life, I focused on giving her a FULL feeding. Something I didn’t know to do with Turner. I assumed when he fell asleep that he was done. Hence the constant feeding! A hungry baby is not going to take a nap! This time, I make sure Gracie’s good and awake and keep her awake throughout the feeding. She nurses for about 20 to 30 minutes (every baby is different).

Once she’s finished eating, I change her diaper (she usually goes while eating) and have our “wake time”. We do things like snuggle, sing, tummy time, and hang out in her play gym. The total time from the start of her feeding until her nap is only about 1 hour.

At that point, I swaddle her and put her in her Rock N Play (in her nursery), awake, but sleepy. I turn her sound machine on and walk out. Now, each baby has a different crying pattern too. I’ve learned Gracie’s. She doesn’t cry right away (and sometimes not at all). If/when she starts crying, she’ll cry for a few minutes and then stop. Then she starts again. If 15 minutes goes by and she’s whaling, I look at her in the monitor. If I see that her eyes are closed, I ask myself if I’m going to wake her more if I go in and disturb her process. If it’s to the point where she needs soothing, I’ll go in and rock her Rock N Play and put a hand on her until she calms down. I usually only have to do that once, if at all! You be the judge of that with your own baby!

Now, afternoons/nights are a bit different. Gracie is on a 3 hour wake/feed/change cycle through the day, but she has that afternoon cranky time like most babies. Our nights are exactly the opposite of what the Baby Wise style of training says to do. But, with Turner, it worked itself out by 2 to 3 months.

We give her and Turner a bath together at 7. We soothe her until she falls asleep (usually by rocking or with a paci), but that nap only lasts for a short time and she’s awake again by about 8 or 8:30. At that point, we bring her downstairs with us while we watch TV. I nurse her and she falls asleep on me. She stays with us until we go to bed around 10. We don’t wake her up. Stew gives her a bottle for her “dream feed” at 10 and puts her down in her Rock N Play in her room and turns on the sound machine. At that point she’s out for the night until I feed her at 5am.

Since she was born, she was sleeping 4-5 hour stretches at night. The past 2 weeks, she’s been giving us 6 to 7 hours at night. So, after that in depth explanation, here is what our schedule looks like at 6 weeks! Keep in mind, these times are more of a guide. Sometimes it’s 2 1/2 hours, sometimes 3 1/2. But it’s pretty accurate for our day-to-day.

Schedule at 6 weeks:

  • 7:00am Wake/Feed/Change
  • 7:30am Wake Time
  • 8:00am Nap
  • 10:00am Wake/Feed/Change
  • 10:30am Wake Time
  • 11:00am Nap
  • 1:00pm Wake/Feed/Change
  • 1:30pm Wake Time
  • 2:00pm Nap
  • 4:00pm Wake/Feed/Change
  • 5:00pm catnap (this doesn’t last as long as the others)
  • 6:00pm Feed
  • 7:00pm Bath
  • 8:00pm catnap (this doesn’t last as long as the others)
  • 8:30pm Feed/Change (this is when she falls asleep on us downstairs)
  • 10:00pm “Dream Feed” Bottle (don’t wake her up for this feeding)
  • 4:30/5am Feed/Back to bed

Some Questions/Comments Answered:

  1. What to do if Baby wakes up before the next cycle?
    1. If she’s content, let her hang out until it’s time to feed. Put her in her play gym, swing, or snuggle.
    2. If you can’t soothe her, feed her and start over with the next cycle. Eventually it evens out.
  2. What if my baby doesn’t stop crying?
    1. This is when I go in and put a hand on her and rock her Rock N Play (definitely worth the investment). That way I don’t have to pick her up and disrupt her. She stops crying and usually her eyes start slowly blinking. This tells me she’s tired. I walk out. If your baby doesn’t stop, just repeat that process every few minutes until you feel comfortable stretching the time out between “rocks”. She will eventually self-soothe.
  3. What about changing diapers in the middle of the night?
    1. This is the only time I change her first (if she smells like Number Two). I don’t want to change her after I feed her, because I want her sleepy in the middle of the night.
  4. What if Baby wakes up after 45 minutes during nap time?
    1. When Gracie does this, I go in and rock her Rock N Play and she usually falls back to sleep. I don’t let her wake up too much and cry it out because I don’t want her to get all worked up.
    2. Also, ask yourself:
      1. Is she hot, cold, or did she poop?
      2. Maybe Baby is actually hungry. How was her feeding before the nap?
  5. When do we go out?
    1. I usually plan our outings during “nap time”. So I’ll feed her, change her and hit the road. She sleeps in her car seat or the Boba Wrap.
  6.  Don’t talk to Baby or turn the lights on in the middle of the night. Nights are business ONLY!
  7. Let your spouse/family/friends help! When Mom does it, baby automatically wants to eat. If someone else does it, eating isn’t always the first option!
  8. Don’t be scared of your baby crying. Babies cry! Make sure she’s fed, warm enough, and dry.
  9. Finally, this is temporary! There’s no set list of steps. This is what worked for me this time! Every baby is different. Enjoy the cries, snuggles, and insanity, because it goes so fast!

 

 

 

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Baby Prep

I’ve been doing little things over the past few weeks to prepare for Baby Girl’s arrival. I feel like being a few steps ahead now will allow me to relax and soak up newborn madness later!

Birth Center/Hospital Bag:
I packed this about a week ago to be sure I have the necessities. I go home from the birth center the same day, so I don’t need too much. But if you know you’re staying at a hospital for a night or two, you’ll want to add some more clothes! I can add a few last minute things when I actually go into labor. But for now, this is what I have:

  • chapstick
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Hair-tie, brush 
  • Glasses/contacts
  • Nursing bra
  • Going home outfit
  • Slippers
  • Baby Girl’s outfit, hat, and scratch mittens
  • Baby Girl’s swaddle blanket
  • diffuser and lavender essential oil
  • Snacks and coconut water (power bar, cheese and crackers, fig newtons, ginger snap cookies)
  • Phones and chargers
  • Pillows

Meal Planning:
I always plan our meals for the week ahead so I only need to go grocery shopping once. Over the past few weeks, I’ve planned meals that I could easily double. I froze the second batch of each in a freezer bag with a label so I know what I need to do when I defrost it. I have at least two weeks of meals stocked up in the freezer! All I need to do is thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat or throw in the slow cooker for dinner. Here are some of the meals I made:

Bulk Buying:

We took a trip to Costco over the weekend and stocked up on lots of goodies! We bought enough toilet paper and paper towels to last a lifetime. We also loaded up on garbage bags, laundry detergent, dish soap, and paper plates cups and utensils. Anything that means less dishes to wash works for me! I feel like buying these things in bulk cuts down on the expense too! We picked up some chicken and steaks while we were there too. We are ready! Now all we need is Baby Girl!

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Baby Shower

Last weekend, one of my best friends, Angela, hosted a baby shower for me. I didn’t think I was going to have one, but she convinced me that, since I’m having a girl, I need one! I’m so glad I did. It was so fun celebrating our little girl!

She went completely out of her way to host this shower! Although we planned an intimate get together, it was one of the most beautiful I’d ever seen! She planned the decorations based on Baby Girl’s nursery… lots of pink and gold :o)




She had a drink bar with mimosas, sangria, tea, and infused water. YUM!

The food was to die for! My mom made the most gorgeous cake and the cookie favors were literally the best cookies I had ever sunk my teeth into!


I didn’t really register for gifts because everyone coming knew me so well and I trusted their judgement! Plus, I have all of the major things left over from Turner. So all I really needed was little girl clothes! And, oh my goodness, did I get little girl clothes! First of all, there was a headband station, so everyone was able to create a headband. And thanks to these girls, I have a lifetime of headbands!

It was truly a day of pampering. I loved spending the day with a bunch of ladies that I adore! I felt so loved and supported by everyone there.


This little girl is so loved before she’s even taken her first breath! I am so very thankful to be surrounded by these women!

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35 Weeks Baby Bump

How far along? 35 Weeks.
Total weight gain/loss: about 32 pounds
Maternity clothes? Definitely. But even they are uncomfortable.
Best moment this week: The nursery is finished! We also had meet the teacher for Turner, which was nothing short of amazing!!
Miss Anything? coffee and fitting into my regular clothes. I could go for a tall glass of wine too.
How are you sleeping? Sleeping pretty good still!
Movement: Yes. Non-stop!
Food cravings: I’m wanting more comfort foods. That may also be because we’re creeping towards fall!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Feeling pretty good! The queasiness doesn’t seem to be there! Only took 8 and a half months.
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: I’ve been pretty crampy lately and lots of Braxton Hicks.
Belly Button in or out? So close to being out!
Wedding rings on or off? On during the day, off at night.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
What are you excited for? I go back to the birth center Monday which I always love. I see the on-call OBGYN in case I need to get transferred from the Birth Center to the hospital. That makes it feel really close!

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