Tuesday, January 21, 2014

So what has been going on with the Harvards/ Harvard Baby Dos Update

A bunch of nothing.

Woody's typical mood after a nap

Huge fan of the selfie

Pumped about Dad bouncing a ball on his head going to church

What happens by 9:00 am when you wake up at 3:30 am.

I love low key weekends. A dinner here, some visiting there, but no real schedule. I feel that I get to enjoy my family so much more when we don't have real plans. I am trying to keep it super flexible like this until Harvard Baby Dos arrives...

And speaking of Harvard Baby Dos, we have a c-section date! March 7 is the tentative b-day. It feels so different than with Woody. The first time around, since I had no desire to be induced, we had no idea when he would come. It was crazy/exciting/scary to have my water break at home and then rush to the hospital (only to wait until the next day to have a c-section.) This time, I got to pick my date and time. I can arrive at the hospital with make-up on and hair looking decent. Since I cannot eat after midnight, I plan on having my last meal at 11:50 pm. Of course, watch this little Sparky surprise us all and come early and wreck my plans.

Just like with Woody, I have carried this baby...out. He is large and in charge. The usual comments include, "Any day now?" (Nope, March.) "You aren't going to make it to March!" (Thanks Miss Cleo.) "Are you sure it is not twins?" (It was, until one ate the other.) However, I am far less sensitive to the comments this time around. (Can't you tell?)

His nursery is 90% finished, and I might (gasp) have a nursery reveal up before the big date. Most of it is from Woody's nursery, but it has such a different feel to it. I hope he finds it swell too.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Baby Registry- The Second Time Around

Let me start off by saying, no, I did not make a baby registry. (1) I am having another boy. (2) He will be arriving 19.5 months after his big brother. Um, there isn't a lot. So I use the word registry to let you know what I am buying have to convince Brooks to buy, what I plan on reusing from Woody, and what I could probably do without for this little bundle of goodness.

I will declare my love below for the Miracle Blanket, but I fell in love with these blankets when Woody was given two of them. So why don't I reuse them? Those are Woody's "Blankies" and the attachment is creepy. He sleeps with one and one stays at Miss B's. And while Brooks will complain about the price, they are my favorite for when I want to swaddle without the straight jacket. Plus, how cute are these prints?!

With Woody, I sent Brooks to Babies R Us right before Woody's first bath (dangerous) and he came back with the cheapest option (of course.) However, it worked fine and fit perfectly in the bathtub (good job Hubs.) Problem? We don't have a bathtub anymore. I bathe Woody in a glorified bucket in the shower. No judgement. I just don't see this working out with an infant though. Luckily we have sinks (whew), and my friend, Jessica, recommended it.

Woody reaches a Charlie Sheen destructive status when not secured with a five point harness in public. Not having a double stroller is not an option. But they are not the cheapest of things. Brooks would love to have the double BOB, and believe me, we have loved our single BOB. It was a generous gift from my in-laws, and we use it often. The problem is not only is it pricey, but huge. It won't fit into my small SUV's trunk. I can't justify shelling out that much money when I still would need a second double stroller.

We currently own the Joovy Scooter and have been overall pleased with its performance. It is no BOB, but let's face it, I am not jogging with two. I don't with one. When we do go all on hikes, it is because Brooks is making me. I figure one of us can push the single BOB while one carries baby in the Baby Bjorn or backpack carrier thing (or he can do both- Mighty Man.)

To satisfy the broken hearted, BOB-less Brooks, I let him pick out the color.

He went with green.....

I would also like to remind him that this wouldn't even be an issue if he had listed to me then.

(Told you so.)

Now, what is making a second grand entrance?

Oh, hey you. Hey you perfect, life-saving straight jacket. I am so glad to see you again. You are washed and ready to help Baby sleep.... 12 hours...... the first night home, right? Thank you times a million for Sister introducing and giving this to me.

If nursing works out again (please, please, please), it is a must. Settles that crazy, little sensitive tummy like that.

Plus like 10,000 more things. These two just really stick out and aren't completely obvious (i.e.: "Ahhh I think I will use diapers again." "A crib seemed to workout well, I will give it another go around.")

What is getting ditched? (R I P)

I have yet to dig this out of the basement. It was really pretty and nice, but Woody ripped one of the ties off ( minus pretty points.) Also, it just didn't last long in the crib the first time around. I was paranoid when Woody began rolling over, took it out. Put it back in when he gained better head control, took it out when he used it as a roller coaster safety bar.

I have over 30 size newborn onsies. Woody was in a newborn size for a week...maybe. Plus it is going to be chilly when Harvard Baby Dos arrives (unlike the record breaking hot summer when Woody was born.) I know people swear by them, but eh.

So this is where I stand today. I am sure I will add a bunch to my list. What about you? Any favorite items?

Monday, January 13, 2014

Home Goals

My clever sister wrote a post on home goals for this year. Love this idea. I feel like it gives me a purpose when I go to my favorite flea markets and antique stores. At the end of the year, I can look back and see what was accomplished, what wasn't, and what I added.

Landry Room:
  • Um, clean/ organize it.  Let it be known that this is also the dogs' favorite hang out since it is in the garage. One year (not this year) I want to finish it out and convert it to a mud room, but for now, just organize the chaos. 
  • Find a portable kitchen island with seating options
  • Replace the lighting
Dining Room:
  • Fix the art that has fallen out of the mat
  • Begin a colorful plate gallery wall a la Little Black Door

Formal Living Room:

  • Relocate Woody's trampoline out and onto the back deck. Nothing says fancy living like a trampoline in the middle of your floor, but Woody loves it, and I greatly appreciate the fact the he burns energy on it during this cold and wet winter. However, it needs to find a home outside. 
  • Accessorize.
  • Recover the sofa's pillows (already making progress here!)
  • Fix the floor lamp or chunk it.
Family Room:
  • Organize toys. I would like to completely relocate them to the boys' bedrooms, but good luck with that. I just cannot step on another wooden block though. I cannot.
  • Get bookcase from Senior Harvards' house and style it up.
Harvard Baby Dos Room:
  • Finish gallery wall and hang rest of art
  • Paint/wallpaper the back of his door
Woody's Room:
  • Organize his toys somehow....and maybe relocate the noisy ones to his Nana's house
  • Paint the outside of his door. It is the only one left that is not black.
Both Bathrooms:

  • They are pretty much complete. However new towels are always a necessity. 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

My New Kitchen

True love doesn't buy you fancy jewelry for Christmas. True love has your pink cabinets repainted and hardware installed (so that your seven month pregnant self isn't tackling it....like I did here.)

So the before...
Apologies for the grainy images, but believe me, you're not missing much. These were the pictures on MLS. These are also the reason I waited so long before seeing this house. The cabinets may look "oak" or "pine", but they were pink.

New light fixtures are hopefully in the near future.... And don't be jealous of our fancy recycling/trash cans. I would have taken down our sippy cup dryer, but I wanted to keep it real. And yeah, I added a TV in here because I am much more likely to cook if I don't have to listen to Super Why in the Family Room.

If I wasn't knocked up for the second time in less than two years, we might spring for new counter tops and back splash, but...

What I do love? My oven (complete with child-proof knobs.) One day I am going to be a master chef with this bad boy. For now, it looks pretty!

Brooks hates clutter and knick knacks. DOES HE KNOW WHO I AM? I think every corner needs a little friend to call it home. However, in the kitchen I try to keep it a minimum. So sad.

And yes, that dishwasher is older than me. I am not kidding.

Like my editing? The dining room/living room hasn't quite recovered from Christmas. The black chalkboard door leads down to the basement. I like to steal others' works from Pinterest and try to recreate them here. And isn't this the cutest kitchen cart? My mom bought it for me, and I thought I would use it in Harvard Baby Dos nursery, but it is perfect in the kitchen. And little Woody Man loves to take everything off of it. ::Sigh::

Thank you sweet Husband for my pretty new kitchen! 

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