Well, my 10 month old is off and running… somewhat. This Mama is exhausted!
Time to chase kitties!
I hope to post some things soon. We had an awesome time at DragonCon last weekend!
Peeks out from beneath a heap of baby toys
Ahem. Been a while, huh?
I have not disappeared into a galaxy far, far away. Although, some days, I wish I had.
Very short story – I have zero time to sit down on the computer nowadays. Once I returned to work, my free time went somewhere. If you find it, will you please let me know?
I started a new job in February. This job has been a great opportunity for me, but, I work long hours.
This blog is almost a year old. I wish I could say I’ll carve out some time to write some fancy post. But, I know that probably won’t happen.
My, this post is very disconnected. Needless to say, I’ll leave you with this little gem.
Gotta go. Baby is fussing. Talk to you all soon (I hope)!
Happy weekend! Fa la la! I wish I was like the Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey and that I didn’t know what a “weekend” was. (OBSESSED with that show!) But, alas, now that I’m back at work, weekends are blessed things.
I’ve had a very rough time adjusting since I’ve gone back to work. My mom (Gigi) is living with us now and is watching the baby during the day. I couldn’t be more grateful to her! But, I don’t think I ever grasped how precious time is until now. I’m hoping to post more about that soon as I have a small change coming in my future.
Here is my solid little boy at 3 months! I’m not sure of his weight but I’d guess it’s somewhere around 15 pounds?
Best wishes, y’all!
Well, time has been flying by. Since my maternity leave came to an end, I went back to work last week. And, if I’m being honest, I’ve disliked every minute of it. So, I shan’t dwell on that and instead introduce this vibrant purple and pink Valentine’s Day wreath. Woo hoo – finally another craft! I believe it’s been months since I last shared one. So, check it out.Remember my DIY Christmas Poinsettia Felt Wreath? Well, I followed the exact same concept here but made different felt flowers. Check out that tutorial for more in-depth instructions.
Start off with a foam wreath form and some yarn of your choosing. I love the multi-colored yarn! Begin wrapping the yarn around and around and around.. until finished.
Pick out various colors of felt and cut out the patterns to make your flowers. There are a ton of tutorials online on how to make felt flowers. So, check them out. Otherwise, the basic shapes below just roll up into very simple flowers. Don’t forget your hot glue!
Yes. I have been seriously AFK for weeks now. All I can say is that I enjoyed a very busy holiday season with my most precious gift of all time.
Lyndon had his 2 month checkup today. The pediatrician says Lyndon is “very healthy”. He weighs 13.75 lbs. and is 24.25 inches tall. Still growing like crazy! A lot of people seem to think he’s older than 2 months. I suppose he’s following in the path of his rather large parents.
He didn’t stay in that “newborn” stage for very long. He hated being swaddled from the get go and he’s huge compared to my friend’s little boy who’s only 4 days younger. Goodness, they really do grow up fast, huh?
I miss blogging very much so I hope that the new year brings lots of new posts and excitement to my little piece of the interwebs. *Wink*
HAPPY NEW YEAR, Y’ALL!
Do I really have a 1 month old son already? I truly can’t wrap my head around that fact but, what a month it’s been! Forgive me while I gush…
I will spare y’all of every minute detail of the past month but I can’t help but share some highlights!
Upon discharge from the hospital, we were recommended to take Lyndon to the pediatrician the next day since his bilirubin levels were slightly elevated. Since our pediatrician didn’t accept new patients on Saturdays, we took Lyndon to an urgent care facility. We were reluctant to take him out of the house so soon. His bilirubin level was still elevated but nothing too serious. The doctor said that as long as Lyndon was eating and pooping normally that his slight jaundice should level out.
We went to Lyndon’s first pediatric appointment and he weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 21 inches tall – already growing! Our pediatrician informed us that Lyndon is a bit tongue tied which means that the connective tissue (or frenulum) underneath his tongue would need to be clipped slightly. She said that his tongue issues were one reason he wasn’t able to latch on during breastfeeding and advised that we complete the procedure within the next 3 weeks or so. Lyndon’s jaundice was mostly back to normal. Everything else looked good!
Lyndon’s second pediatric appointment went well. He already gained a whole pound and was 8 lbs., 12 oz.!
We went to the ENT to see the specialist regarding Lyndon’s frenulum issues. Thankfully, the doctor said in his opinion that Lyndon’s frenulum doesn’t need to be clipped. Woo hoo! I’m glad that he won’t have to be in pain but that leaves us still unsure why he can’t breastfeed.
Lyndon had his first cold so we ended up going to his 1 month checkup a little early. Thankfully, Lyndon is A-OK. He just has a little stuffy nose which I think he caught from Mommy. Other than that, he is doing very well! He’s 23 inches tall and weighs 10 lbs., 15 oz. He’s already gained so much and is growing like a weed!
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I can’t believe we’re already working on some 2 month milestones… but here he is all his 1 month glory!
Yeah. I’ve been totally AFK for a couple weeks. Thanksgiving happened and then we battled a mild cold for a few days here. I hated seeing my little one with the sniffles but thankfully the pediatrician says he’s A-OK.
Now, that we’re officially in December and the countdown to Christmas is ever-looming, I want to showcase some great DIY gift ideas for today’s pins. Let’s go to it!
Remember my practical housewarming gift? Well, here’s a holiday spin on the idea from Better Homes and Gardens! I love the use of the ornament and cheerful ribbon to bring a more festive touch to the gift. Just use a plastic or glass jar and fill it with anything your heart desires to give. I love the idea of filling the jar with candies. Or, you could even place some craft supplies inside!
Now, a DIY gift idea for those grandparents! And, I don’t know of any grandparent who wouldn’t love this gift. Just take a piece of wood, paint a cute saying, and attach small clothespins to hold pictures of all the grand kids. Easy and pretty inexpensive!
And, for those neighbors or random people you’d like to give to? How about this quick and yummy jar of festive holiday candies? Just save glass jars throughout the year, remove the labels (and all that darn stickiness), add some candy (mmm, M&M’s!), and add your own fun label/tag. This is a great way to recycle, too!
What about those guys that are hard to shop for? I’m loving this idea from How-Do-It’s site of using a mason jar filled with hot chocolate ingredients and a small container of Bailey’s attached – very seasonal and inexpensive. Hmm, there may be a theme here.
Lastly, for those teachers who so deserve a thank you this time of the year, how about a simple treat bag filled with mints? I’m digging this idea from Serving Pink Lemonade’s blog.
I feel so inspired to begin a zillion and one projects around my house but yet I find no motivation to start them as my daily schedule is nonexistent. I’m looking forward to this baby sleeping for longer stretches at a time!
First off, an eclectic and fun example of a stairway gallery wall. Shared on Rebecca Odell’s blog, I’m digging the multi-layered use of all the weathered frames and the uniform use of black and white photos. The gallery wall is cohesive but yet doesn’t have an exact “measured” look to it. Could my control-driven mind allow for picture frames to just be placed on a wall, if you will? To be honest, I seriously doubt it but I hope to hang some pictures on my naked stairway walls soon.
Next, a super cute idea to add a little bit of flair to your kitchen sink area! I love this inexpensive idea to use a cake stand to display your dish soaps, hand soaps, and/or lotions, etc. I’m not sure where this project originated from as the Pinterest link isn’t working, but I love the contrast of the vibrant lime green with the aqua blue glass dispensers. Maybe you could even alter my version of a dollar store serving tray to make something similar?
Another cute project without a proper link to the originator is this smart use of a picture frame turned into a tray. (Seriously, what’s going on with all the faulty Pinterest links?) I could definitely see this type of tray sitting on top of a dresser and holding your daily jewelry or even small electronics. Is it bad that I want to give my iPhone a pretty resting spot? Well, who am I kidding, if my phone isn’t charging, it’s pretty much attached to my hand. Anyway, this picture frame turned into a tray is customizable! *Lurve*
Aren’t these colorful poms poms just adorable? Shown on Ivey Handcrafted’s blog, these whimsical poms poms are cute enough to display on their own. Placed on sticks and then in recycled glass containers, these little arrangements would be a great centerpiece for a party or holiday celebration.
Lastly, are there any other Downton Abbey fans out there? Seriously, y’all, Downton Abbey is a fantastic show on PBS. While my mom is staying with us, I have introduced her to the show and thus I’ve been re-watching all the episodes. I love historical romance, period-type books, shows, movies, etc. and this show is a fine example of life around World War I. Plus, there’s lots of eye candy, too. *Wink*
Get to pinning, y’all!
Another quick post today! It’s high time that I share some of the projects that I completed to finish Lyndon’s nursery. I mean, his nursery has been officially done for over a month now.
So, let’s rewind a bit. Remember when I shared my nursery fabrics? Well, I completed a very basic window treatment/panel using that fabulous ikat fabric.
I started by measuring and cutting my fabric. Using a 1/2 inch seam allowance, I pinned my fabric and ironed the seams.