Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Special Space for My Little Boy

I couldn't wait to move Amélie into her big girl room so that I could put out all the things that I'd been working on for Bean-dos. This past weekend we successfully moved Amélie into her big girl bed, which, ended up needing some little repairs that I'll talk about in a post about her room. So far, so good! She LOVES climbing up the little step stool and just laying in her bed. We've had no problems with her not sleeping. Woo. I'll share more about her room soon.

After getting her to bed on Saturday, I quickly got to work changing the crib back to the regular set-up since we'd converted it into the toddler bed. I wanted to make sure that Amélie knew that wasn't her bed anymore and sure enough, the next day she went in there and was a little surprised and climbed on the side to peek in. She wasn't disappointed and even said, "Baby?" Maybe it actually makes sense to her?!

It took me a few days to get everything I made and bought (mostly thrifted) up and organized, although I'm sure there are little things I'll change before he gets here.  It's all the same furniture that was in Amélie's nursery that I shared when we lived in San Francisco. I basically set it up almost exactly once we moved to San Jose.

Oh, and because I made something I want to share that has his name on it and we're really not keeping it a secret, I'm spilling the bean's name; Sebastian. We're definitely decided on that name. It was really one of three boys names we liked and I think we're going with Gabriel (one of our top three and my brother's name) as his middle name. Yup, he's going to have a long name. My other choice was Julian, but Eric vetoed it because he said he didn't like the way it sounded with Johnson. We love his name and think it goes really well with Amélie's name and sounds great in Spanish, which, is an important factor for me. Oh, and people always ask what his nickname will be. Well, I'm not a fan of nicknames. So I'm not planning on him having one.

Here's Sebastian's nursery!

eric was so proud to have found that little collection of The Hardy Boys at a garage sale and is so excited about one of our kids reading them one day. it's so sweet.

sebastian got a new lamp. the giraffe had an unfortunate painting accident. representing SF, of course. we've joked about driving up there just to have me and the kids born in the same city.

the changing cover I sewed, little wooden bears that are engraved on the back with "Yellowstone 1969," that we found at an estate sale, a fox I painted, and a picture I enlarged from a Golden Book I found at an antique store.

same chair, different pillow, some thrifted art, new store-bought art, and curtains I made.

the larger piece is a needle point.

it's the elephant again

moses basket with bedding I made and the large ruler I stained and painted.

amélie decided her cow should sleep there for now. we've already marked how tall amélie is on the ruler. I hung it up so it's accurate.

the shelf above his dresser with random goodies

do you see gumby?! I loved him.

the bedding I made. you can't tell here, but the pleat in the middle has the houndstooth fabric I used on the curtains. a fun rug i picked up at IKEA and the vintage thrifted afghan that inspired the color scheme.

a boppy cover I sewed with the same fabric I used for the moses basket, same bumpers from amélie's room, some swaddling blankets I dyed and sewed, and the fox I made.

enlarged images from the Golden Book I found at an antique store.

eric even commented on how he got a more "manly" clock. he also said it's a good thing it has large numbers on it that I'll be able to read in the middle of the night. thanks, honey.

i kept that elephant watercolor in here from amélie's nursery because it's perfect in that spot. 

There are still a few of Amélie's belongings that haven't moved over to her room yet, but I still have time. I'm looking forward to taking my time putting all of his little clothes in the dresser, just like I did for Amélie. He has quite a wardrobe that I purchased from the huge baby resale event I went to and sold some things at two months ago. I'm so excited to dress up a little boy. =) I would say we're ready for him, but I can wait. We have lots of things going on until he gets here! Although, my back would say it's ready for! pain!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Oh, I have a blog?!

It's been a while.

Daily life just keeps me busy and at this point, at the end of the day when we put Amélie down for bed, I honestly would rather just rest on the couch with my honey and save "pinteresting" things while watching funny shows. Naps are pretty much devoted to cleaning, housewifey duties, and all my fun crafting projects. Yet, today, I've decided it's about time I make an effort to share.

Lately, the weeks are a lot of visits to the fabric/craft store, picnics in the park, play dates, museum visits, projects, errand running, napping, thrifting, and generally having a good old time.

Amélie is getting so big and as we prepare for the arrival of baby boy "S" (yes, he has a name! Let's have some guesses, m'kay? Maggie, you have to pretend you don't know.), her toddlerness is really starting to show. There have been about a bajillion babies born in the last few months and when we spend time with one, Amélie! Thank goodness she loves babies and hasn't ever shown any jealousy when I'm holding one. Yippee! So, let's hope that continues. I'm thinking she's going to be my big helper. She's such a great little person and for the most part really listens and follows directions. Of course there have been quite a few "moments" of screamingcryingyellingtheworldisgoingtoendifIdon'tgetthatonethingrightnow. But, we're working through them and trying not to lose our minds. We're currently reading The Happiest Toddler on the Block for suggestions. But, gosh, she blows us away with what she comprehends. We're just waiting for the day when she'll be able to use her words really well so that we can actually give her what she wants when she's asking for it. I understand a lot, but there's only so many Amélie-isms I can actually interpret. She "talks" almost all day and it's just so freaking cute. We love that girl.

Yup, in about 10 weeks time we're going to have KIDS! Not just one, but two! I'm so excited, I could just pee my pants. Or, maybe it's just the baby constantly on my bladder. He's growing and so am I. I'm up about 23ish pounds and feeling pretty darn good. I'll share more in a bit. I've been working my fingers to the bone (not really) getting things ready for TWO new rooms! This makes me sooo excited. One new baby, but I get to redecorate two rooms! A big girl room and sweet vintage feeling room for my baby boy.   I'm having so much fun and things are coming along so well. I will have two bedroom reveals by the end of this month. We, more so I, was hoping to have Amélie moved over by the beginning of this month in order to get her used to the new space, but we're waiting since we're having guests over next week. After that, our plan is to get her the twin and purchase a sleeper sofa for the front room/formal living room for our occasional guests. I think she's going to love her new room. She's already been spending more time in there since I've moved some of her things over and she loves getting in and out of her toddler bed in the current nursery.

Before this gets ridiculously long, I've got pictures! A little, "this is what life has been like lately" montage.

a lot of puffy pancakes. we love our pancakes.

watching the "doggy," (Kipper) her favorite on netflix.

new fabrics

lots of arts and crafts for baby...

...and for mommy.

bff time.

getting a new doggy, Bruce.

visiting Kansas
one of my projects for baby boy.

lots of redecorating. This one is in our room.

looking stylish

lots of yummy food

the bean-dos belly at 28 weeks

hey, third trimester. I see you!

hot weather = pool time

just doing our mommy/baby girl thing.

Yeah, so I'm now at 30 weeks! Where does the time go? Two months doesn't seem like very much time left. 

measuring right on
no swelling!!!!!!
not exhausted half-way through the day...yet.
we've got a mover!
itty bitty baby boy clothes. oh. so. cute!
new stroller (we got the baby jogger city select with the double thing. love it.)
belly all in front
sweet girl that likes to lay her head on my belly.
nice weather
a super duper hubby
practicing hypnobirthing
getting a post partum doula
lots of new baby friends for my babies
upcoming girls weekend with massages. yes.

Bad. boooo.
lower back pain by the end of the day
sciatica. what?! that darn nerve on my right butt cheek.
baby boy likes resting his body on my right side and it makes for a weird feeling.
feeling like I'm getting punched in the poody by a little boy

the end.