September 11th, 2011
The most notable thing that happened this week was that the sink-side of the kitchen cabinets got installed and painted and looks amazing! The rest of the week was spent working on my new scrapbooking line and getting the guest room ready for my parent’s visit. Here it is right now:
It’s pretty much complete except the curtains need to go up AND I will make a quilt for the foot of the bed, once I get my new fabric. The other side of the room is not quite so pretty… its floor to ceiling storage bins. We still don’t have any closet organizers or doors, so it is what it is for now! I did find a cute chair at Pier one though that does fit nicely in the space next to the storage bins, and will be nice for my parents to use so they have more of a “retreat” area instead of just a bed in a room.
Our friend Kristy started helping us out this week with Ollie. She comes 2-3 days a week to take care of the baby and help with little things around the house. It was great to have her this week because I’m super under the gun with a deadline, and all of the prep for my folks to come out was a bit intense. And its just fun to have her around, she is hilarious and such a sweetheart, and Ollie does prefer blondes, so he’s happy too!
Speaking of our cute boy…
I left him sitting on this chair for just a moment while I was getting him a bottle, and when I peeked back into the room to check on him, he was sitting there cuddling his zebra, it was so cute, I had to grab my camera and snap a few shots. He had just woken up from his nap, so he was super mellow and so tired that he wouldn’t even smile for me. This week in baby news… he is definitely starting to get the idea of crawling. He keeps trying to put his legs underneath his body when he’s laying on his stomach. He is babbling and smiling a lot, and is just generally happy. I love that when I go into his room after he wakes up or takes a nap, that he is so so happy to see me. He loves being on his play mat, a blanket on the floor, or his bouncy, but he also loves to be cuddled. He loves any toys that he can shove in his mouth and chew on, and he also has really started loving stuffed animals. He wants to touch everything he sees, and is constantly looking around and exploring his environment. He also loves bath time, and playing with his toys in the bath. I still can’t believe he’s 6 months old!!
Spencer went to Wisconsin this weekend to teach a workshop, I can’t wait to see him tomorrow morning. I am so bad at staying on task or sleeping when he’s not here. Its like I’m unbalanced and can’t quite function in a normal way. I also miss going on trips with him. But we are going to try and go to Savannah in the fall together and possibly without the baby, though it will be really really hard to be away from the baby for a few days.
Word of the week: Excited. I’ve just been so excited for my parents to get here. Partly because I love spending time with them, partly because I am excited for them to spend a lot of time getting to know Ollie, and partly because I wanted them to see the house. My dad loves it and is super impressed with how great all the work on it looks.
September 9th, 2011
And boy do I need some cake! This growing up thing is depressing. I don’t want him to stop growing, but I just wish I could have a day of him being a newborn again! I can’t believe he is already 6 months old. These last 2 months have flown by way too fast, and he is just growing so fast. Pajamas that fit him fine 3 weeks ago, are now dwarfed by the size of his new jammies. Time is cruel! On the positive side, these are the best times. He is so much fun to have around and we completely adore him! Okay now that we’re all depressed, here are some fun stats:
At six months Ollie:
- Sleeps through the night – 7:30PM-5/6AM – If he does wake up in the middle of the night, he can self-soothe back to sleep.
- LOVES to eat solids – I think he is growing weary of having to drink liquids for meals
- Can say “mama” even on command – if he’s in the mood
- Loves books, the ipad, and his new rhinoceros stuffed animal
- Smiles when he sees the camera
- prefers sitting to laying, and can sit without any support
- Sits up for his bath time and plays with toys
- Does NOT crawl yet (yay!) but if you put him on the floor, he will somehow move from one side of the room to the other without rolling.
- Finds anything that is left on the floor – and then puts it in his mouth
- Makes lots of funny noises with his mouth
- Flirts with every girl he meets
- Gets so so so excited to see his daddy
- Somehow he always ends up sideways in his crib
- Laughs when going down stairs
- Loves being tossed (gently) in the air
- Not too impressed with his toes, but loves to stick his fingers and thumbs in his mouth
- Can find and pick up a binky or bottle and put it in his mouth with ease – basically he’s self sufficient
- When he sees something he thinks is his food, he will be patient and wait for you to feed him. But if you leave the room with it, he’ll cry until you come back with it.
- No longer cries in the morning and Is so happy to see us when he wakes up
- Doesn’t mind hanging out on his belly, but will readily roll onto his back – however, he refuses to roll onto his belly from his back, though I’m sure he possesses the ability.
- Responds to his name
- Has no problem going to strangers or being in big crowds of people who are talking to him
- Reaches for toys and food, and sometimes mommy & daddy
- Doesn’t mind playing by himself on the floor or being left alone in a room for short periods of time
- Has crazy hair. It’s straight on the sides, curly on the top, and then has a teeny afro-poof on the back.
- And best of all he loves to cuddle his mama
September 7th, 2011
Ollie will be 6 months old on friday. 6 MONTHS OLD. I think I’m going to cry. Seriously.
In the last 6 months, I’ve encountered many baby accessories, but these are my favorites so far:
PUJ tub: I couldn’t have lived without this for the first 5 months of Ollie’s life. Now he can sit in a flat sink, so we’ll retire it until the next little one comes.
Jack’s Harvet Baby Food: LOVE this organic frozen baby food. Just like mom makes because mom is a working mom and has no time to actually make it.
Beaba Silicone Spoons: These clean up so well, don’t have hard metal parts, and Ollie loves to chew on them.
Jumperoo: Are you kidding me? This was the best 75 bucks I have ever spent in. my. life. If you have a baby who is old enough, go and get one right now, you will not regret it.
Nuk or Playtex Ortho “Binkies” (KA that’s for you): A great pacifier is the best invention in the world. I just wish you could get them in more colors. boo.
Aden & Anais Swaddlers: These are awesome multi-purpose blankets that breath really well, and don’t over-heat baby. They wash and wear really well instead of looking dingy and gross.
What are your favorite baby products?
September 4th, 2011
Our dishwasher was delivered this week! It’s the drawer style and it’s a “panel” version, which means that Mr. Project is making wood panels that match the rest of the cabinets, making the dishwasher really look like actual drawers instead of a dishwasher. Pretty awesome!
The cabinets are all installed, and Mr. Project is working on the kick plates, and once those are finished, painting should begin!
We took a little bit of time this week to get the studio under control. It feels a lot more organized and clean, which is good for productivity. All the rooms in the house are on “temporary” decoration, so the room is a little blah and definitely needs to be “HGTVed” but, I’ll settle for some nice office chairs for now. I can’t sit on the hard kitchen chairs that we are using in there right now for very long, and my folks are coming to visit, so we do actually need those chairs in the kitchen.
We got our family room light fixture this week. It is gorgeous! I am dying for our electrician to get it hung up on Tuesday. It’s going to be such a great focal point in the family room. All of the outlets have finally been replaced with new ones, and the light fixtures in the master bath were also installed. We are getting there!
Spencer also stained the stair railings today, the stairs should be this week, or maybe next depending on how much time he has. You can’t really use the stairs for a few days after they are stained and sealed, so it’s been really hard trying to coordinate getting them finished. We may just have to live downstairs for a few days! That should be fun.
I went shopping this week and bought some cute decor for the house including a giant mirror for the entryway. The console table that I purchased should be here at the end of the week and I’m excited to get that table all set up. I really wish we had an Tai Pan Trading here though. Boo. I also found some adorable yellow wire baskets for the nursery and we moved a book case from our temporary kitchen up to his room which will be nice for all his books, whatnots and whose-its.
Oh and the towel saga has come to an end! I got some awesome towels on Saturday… I won’t spoil it now, I’m going to do a follow-up post on Tuesday or Wednesday once the chandelier for the guest bathroom has been hung, so I can do a final update on our one finished room!
Our good friend Kristy came to visit us this week. She’s such a sweetie, and she’s actually going to be helping us out a bit with some part-time nannying and taking over some of my more mundane work tasks so that I can actually hit my work deadlines and keep this blog organized too. I am so excited to be spending more time with her she’s such a doll, and ollie loves her too, of course. I also got to spend some time with my friend Staci – she was sweet enough to go shopping with me on Saturday. It was great catching up and just having some girl time including a yummy lunch at Boudin.
After our vacation smorgasbord, we decided we needed to get on the train to healthyville, so we’ve been doing our best to stay away from all bad foods, and get some exercise as well. Things are going great, and we will soon be at our pre-vacation weights, and then hopefully quickly thereafter at our pre-renovation weights. And then I’ve got to work on getting back to my pre-Lost & Found 1 weight! That line really took a toll on me, and then getting pregnant right after did not help at all! And hopefully after all that work, we can start working on a little brother or sister for Oliver!
We’ve decided to do a week-long experiment of staying away from facebook (other than my project girl page). We tend to waste a little bit too much time there, and so this is an effort to be more productive. After the week is over, we’re going to try for some moderation, if that doesn’t work, we’ll have to try a whole month off!! I might cry!
Ahhhh this boy is the best! I just love him so much! He is just such a sweetheart and practically perfect in every way. seriously. He has started saying “mama” – like really saying it. It’s the cutest thing you’ve ever heard. I’ve gotten it on video a few times, I just have no idea how to get video on the internet. I’ll work on that, because it’s way too cute to not share! He is such a good sleeper. Every night we do bath, book, family prayer, bottle with scripture reading, and then bed. He goes right down around 7PM, and has been fairly consistently sleeping until 5 or 6 am. Daddy gets up with him and brings him to bed with me, and he eats and then we sleep in until 8. On Saturday Spencer was up at 6 and the baby was still sleeping, when he came back upstairs, he could hear the baby just laying in his crib babbling and saying mama. I woke up to hear all this (loud)babbling, and of course my heart melted. He loves eating solid foods, and is a super clean & good eater, which is great because I have no bibs, and can’t find any cute enough to buy, so he won’t have bibs unless I do find them! I have a bjorn bib thing, but that is for when they are a bit bigger and get super messy (I guess?). He is just acting and looking so grown up these days. I would cry if it wasn’t so much fun to see him become his own little person. I see other teeny babies, and as much as I wish Ollie was still teeny, I’m so glad he isn’t, he is growing into such a fun boy. I swear he will be crawling any day now. He can move around a lot, but not so much scooting yet. But he tries… so I say probably 2-3 weeks and he will be at least trying to scoot everywhere. Then we are just plain in trouble.
Me and Ollie today
Word of the week: Happy
Every day is filled with so much joy with Oliver in our lives. Our world revolves around him, and he makes us smile, laugh, and do all manner of silly things to keep him entertained. Basically he just makes life worthwhile, exciting, and so much FUN.
September 1st, 2011
I have to get some designing done, but now that the baby is awake more than he is asleep, I need a little bit of help taking care of him during the day. Unfortunately Mr. Project has the strict priority of getting the kitchen done, so he needs to use all his non-working time to work on the kitchen, which leaves me at about a 5% productivity level. This has resulting in me getting almost zero work done that requires more than a 10 minute attention span. So I have someone coming to help half days with little Ollie, but I’ll need to be able to effectively communicate and be communicated back his schedule without a lot of talking. So I created this Baby Log for his nanny to keep track of all his naps, feedings, and diaper happenings during the time she is with him, so that when she leaves I can take over without missing a beat. I also made a cute little notes area at the bottom where I can give her instructions like “put away baby’s laundry” or “feed him peas this afternoon” etc. I’m sure that a lot of other working moms or just busy moms could use something similar so if you have a baby that you need to keep track of, here is a little free download baby log to help out!
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