Pumpkin Update: You had that baby yet?

Welcome to what SHOULD be my last Pumpkin update before his big arrival! I can’t believe I will be 40 weeks in just 3 days. My night-shirt is definitely getting a run for its money in this latest photo… STRRRREEEETCH!

Baby boy is still riding super low and even my midwife gets wide eyes whenever she sees how low and out he’s sitting. I thought K was a low rider but this little pumpkin is taking the term to a whole new level. Hence why my hips and pelvis are nice and sore. Oh and that iconic pregnancy waddle? Yeah I’ve mastered it. I particularly love when my waddle gets a slight hiccup when baby boy hits a nerve in one of my hips giving me a quick dead-leg sensation. Turns my waddle into a wiggle-dip-waddle. Clearly he has a future in choreography.

Other than that things have been pretty smooth over all and although everyone keeps telling me I probably won’t make it to 40 weeks I’m not showing too many signs of actual labor.  No mucus plug, waters are still in-tact, no substantial contractions. Plenty of ‘prep’ but nothing more.
I mentioned before that my Braxton Hicks contractions have been stronger over all throughout this pregnancy, which I attribute to my body having done it all before, but here lately they are much more frequent and even stronger. Not painful, just powerful. Any time I shift positions from laying to sitting or sitting to standing I’ll get one, which makes it SUPER comfortable when I get up to pee and all of a sudden my uterus turns into giant rock {think one of the Trolls from Frozen} sitting directly on my bladder. AWESOME! They strike at random times as well. A few nights ago I did have some patterned BHs which was new, but they only lasted for about 2 hours so my RED ALERT button wasn’t flashing too brightly. Z started to catch on when he noticed me poking my belly and checking my phone every 10 minutes so he decided to stop drinking his gin and tonic just in case. :) BUT, since I’m still here and still bump-tastic, it was clearly just practice. I’m fairly thankful that they are happening at all times of the day because I’m getting plenty of practice relaxing through them in different situations.

I’ve been getting lots of looks and comments in the last week that aren’t necessarily making me anxious but aren’t helping my patience either. Mostly stuff like, “Are you due TODAY?”, “Any day now, huh?”, “My goodness, when are you due?” and my personal favorite from a slender, 20-something cashier at Target, “Tell me, what’s it like having a big belly?”.  Luckily I can laugh them off and move on, but being so close to the end, anyone would get a little impatient as a result of all the questions.

On a side note, I finally had my very first stranger-touching-my-belly experience about 2 weeks ago when a salesman came by the house. I opened the door {wearing my devilishly stylish and ill-fitting paint clothes} and the following conversation went down:

Salesman: Well hello! Are you the queen of this castle or are you just robbing the place? – yes he actually said that
Me: Um, yes. This is my house.
Salesman: {noticing my bump} My goodness you are about to pop aren’t you?
Me: {rolls eyes} Yes, yes I am.
Salesman: Well my, my, my how wonderful

As he says this last line he lunges at me in the doorway and puts both hands on my stomach. UMMMMM, excuse me? I was in such shock it was all I could do to throw my hands up in the air and back up further into the house while saying, “Can I help you with something?”
Needless to say I didn’t buy what he was selling. People, man.

We finally got around to taking a tour of the hospital where he’ll be born and absolutely love it! It’s a beautiful facility that is extremely natural-friendly and they even have an outdoor serenity garden that I can labor in. Namaste baby!
We’ve got just about everything else ready for baby boy’s arrival with the exception of a few things to add to the hospital bag. I’ve been slacking on that front. But the bouncer, bassinet, and nursery are all set. AND this morning I watched Z carry the car seat down the steps to install in the Flex which gave me a great rush of excitement, joy, anxiety, and a little bit of panic. A feeling that repeated itself when I went to put K in her seat so we could run some errands and saw both seats side-by-side for the first time. He’s really almost here!

At my 39 week appointment my midwife told me that baby boy is currently presenting posterior {or sunny side up} like K was, which means unless I can get him to shift before his birth I’ll most likely have back labor again as the back of his skull will be against my spine. Super fun. She gave me a great position to try that might help him roll over, and I’ve been scoping out Spinning Babies tips, so I’m doing them as often as possible but trying not to get too worried about it.

Obviously at this point we are just trying to soak in our time as a family of 3 and waiting until Thundercats are go! Here’s hoping the next baby update involves photos of our sweet boy!

Until next time…

Pumpkin Update: Month 8

8 months down.
35 weeks.
ALMOST THERE!

Today is exactly 1 month away from my doctor-given “due date”, which we all know is a load of hogwash {studies have shown gestation to be closer to 41 weeks and 1 day than 40 weeks, and even then there’s about 2 1/2 weeks on either side of your ‘due date’ that are considered within optimal gestation time} but it’s still fun to count down to. It’s hard to believe I’m already in the home stretch of this pregnancy! It’s gone by shockingly fast but I feel surprisingly at ease despite the fact that there is still a lot to get done around our house in preparation for baby boy! I’ve also reached the point where a number of my fellow preggos are starting to have their babies which means I’m in the “it’s almost my turn” stage… ahhhh!

Not a whole lot has changed this last month with the exception of some not-so surprising ‘end of pregnancy’ stuff… which mainly revolve around the fact that I have more weight to carry around so things don’t happen quite as quickly {or energetically} as they used to. I wouldn’t have a problem with it all if I didn’t have an uncontrollable urge to paint every room in our house! Yes, the nesting bug has morphed from a tiny bite to a spiderman-like superbug! Since I’ve been pregnant I’ve painted the nursery/guest room, the master bathroom {vanity and shower area, including the cabinets}, and front hall to our house. My ToDo list still includes the living room, kitchen, breakfast nook, and laundry room… but I highly doubt I will get it all done before he arrives.  Between getting tired pretty fast and the fact that the last time I painted anything I looked over at K to find she had the same brown paint I was using down the back of her pajamas, it’s not exactly an easy task any more.
Even if the painting doesn’t get done, the rooms have been re-organized and the essentials are in place for baby boy. We were able to borrow a crib from a friend in my MOMS Club so we avoided having to buy another before we transition K to a big girl bed. YAY for saving money! I pushed myself a little too hard pulling all of K’s old baby stuff to the front of the attic {not my brightest moment} but it’s all there, ready to be loved again! Now we just need a baby!

On a non-nesting note, I’m relieved to say that my pregnant choreographer days are finally over. In case you didn’t know, I’ve choreographed the spring musical for my mother-in-law’s theater class the last 4 years. This is the first time I’ve cooked up the classroom’s dance floor while cooking a human. It was a fun run but when you can’t really DO the moves you’re trying to get high school theater kids to do, it becomes more depressing than fun. Although I’m sure I gave the students quite a show swinging my ever-expanding belly around to tunes from The Drowsy Chaperone. You’re welcome sweet mother-in-law!

From the medical side of things baby boy is doing great. I have strong BH contractions randomly throughout the day and sometimes at night when I shift positions or get up to use the bathroom – which is a night-time staple these days. I’m definitely running out of room as pumpkin’s feet keep finding their way up under my ribs and any time his head shifts I am reminded that he’s parked directly on my bladder. My midwife is always so impressed with how low I’m carrying and at my last check-up informed me that she thinks he’ll come early. We shall see.
Should we start a pool and let the guessing begin?

So now I have another month {give or take} to take it easy, soak in all my one-on-one time with K, TRY to get a date night or two in with the hubby, and gently check things off my TO DO list with the final check box sitting neatly next to “become a mother of 2″. Squeee!

Until next time…

 

 

 

Homemade Laundry Detergent

A few months ago… actually more like a year ago… my best gal pal Lindsie passed along a recipe for homemade laundry detergent. As horrible timing would have it, I had just been to Costco and purchased a huge jug of detergent that very week, so I wasn’t in need at the time but decided to save the recipe anyway and whip up a batch once mine ran out. And now, a year later, it was finally time to get all domestic and give it a shot.
It was incredibly easy to make and a much faster process than I was expecting. As a bonus, my house smelled like fresh laundry for a good week thanks to all the yummy-smelling ingredients! I wanted to make sure I liked how it worked with my machine {we have an HE washer) and I’ve been really happy with the results thus far. There’s only one complaint I have which I’ll share that at the end of the post!

What you’ll need:
5-gallon bucket – I got one of those obnoxious bright orange bucket from Home Depot and made sure to get a lid.
1 bar soap (Fels-Naphtha)
1 cup arm and hammer washing soda
1 cup borax
2 tbsp Unstoppable scent beads in your favorite scent. (optional)
The best part of this recipe is that with the exception of the bar soap, which is only like $1.00, every other ingredient will stretch through multiple batches. And considering a single batch makes 5 gallons of detergent, you’re saving a ton of money!
What to do:
1. Grate the bar of soap in a large pot. Make sure you grate it as small as you can or it will take forever for the soap to melt. I used a regular cheese grater.
2. Add 2 quarts of water to the grated soap and heat on low to melt bar soap- stirring frequently.
3. When the soap is completely melted, add washing soda and borax to soap solution while it is still on the stove. Stir to remove all the lumps. Add optional 2 tbsp scent beads to pot solution and stir until beads have dissolved.
4. When stove top solution is finished, fill the 5 gallon bucket half-way with very hot tap water. Add soap solution then fill the bucket the rest of the way with very hot tap water. Stir to mix thoroughly and then cover the bucket with lid, foil or plastic. This keeps the heat in and aids in melting the soap powders.
5. Let sit overnight. When you open the next day it will look like egg drop soup. Using a long spoon {or your arm if you don’t mind getting soap-y} mix thoroughly.
It’s ready to use! And don’t let the consistency fool you. The little bits dissolve just as well if not better than powder detergent.
Each load uses about 1/2-1 cup detergent. I use the line-amount that’s already listed on my HE washer’s detergent tray.
You can leave it in the big bucket or place it in a smaller container for easier use.  Here’s where my only complaint comes in and it’s probably just something I’d discover. I wanted to re-use the easy-pour spout on the large 2.5 gallon detergent bucket I had just finished {from Costco}. But because of the consistency, it gets stuck in the spout. Not a big deal, I transferred it to another small detergent container. If you do transfer it over to a smaller container, just be sure to give it a good shake before pouring to break up any lumps that have settled between loads.
Do you have any other made-at-home recipes that are worth sharing? If you give this one a try make sure you let me know how it turns out and what you think!
Until next time…

Potty Training Update

It’s been almost two months since the THREE DAYS OF TODDLER POTTY TRAINING NAKEDNESS ruled our home so I thought it might be nice to give you all an update. Yes, I know you’ve been eager to hear all about my child’s toilet usage and it’s finally here. Rejoice readers!
But seriously… if you are currently or plan on using the naked method to potty train, it might help to know a little more about others’ experiences so you aren’t blind sided when your child doesn’t magically hit the nail on the porcelain head right away. So, here I am to share.

First of all, if you remember from my first potty training post, I love this method. It’s stressful, hard core, and quite hands on for a solid three days {at least} but it’s really successful and, at least in K’s experience, a great way to learn how to use the potty FAST.

Secondly, it’s important to note that making it through those three days does not mean you are done training. Even if your little one seems to take to using the potty with flying colors, there will still be accidents and times when you need to remind them to go. Especially at the 2-3 age when they can easily get wrapped up in a game and not realize they have to go until it’s too late.

We decided to start small with K and focus on training her for times while she was awake. In other words we didn’t worry about nap time or night time training right from the start. We’d make sure she went on the potty and shift her over into a diaper just before laying her down, then take her back to the potty as soon as she woke up so she’d know those were the times she was supposed to go. We were actually surprised to find that nap times were almost always dry. It only took us a few days to test her without a diaper during her nap {she takes one 2-hour nap a day} and with the exception of one very stinky instance she made the transition beautifully. We kept her in diapers during the night for a little over a month and stuck with the reinforcing potty time just before going to sleep and just after waking up. Again, it wasn’t long before I started noticing that her diapers were totally dry when she woke up so about 2 weeks ago we ditched them all together! WAHOO! This mama gets a few blissful diaper-free months before baby boy arrives and we start all over again.

At least it’s cut back on my weekly laundry not having ANY  loads of cloth diapers to worry about! But enough of my personal celebration… on to more potty details.

I’m proud to report that there hasn’t been a single nighttime accident since her training began {knock on wood}. I’m such a proud mama.

And now for the not-so-positive aspects of these last few months. Poop regression.
Yes, it’s time to talk about poop.

I have read and heard from many people that kids often regress in their potty training when a big event occurs. Something like moving or having a new baby {eep} will sometimes set them off. Either they have legitimate difficulty readjusting to the change or they decide to pee and poop in their undies to get some of the attention back onto themselves. Obviously we haven’t reached that point yet… something I’m praying doesn’t happen… but we did come across some random poop regression. About a month after we started potty training, K had a good 5 days of accidents. Nothing was different in the house, but for some reason instead of telling us she had to go to the potty {needing to poop usually involved a little fussing and an adorable “gotta go” run/dance all the way to the potty} she’d get upset after she’d already gone. She knew it wasn’t what she was supposed to do, and would usually cry, but for those 5 days something just kept her from making it in time.

So how did we handle the regression?
When she would have an accident we’d make sure she knew that undies {FYI – I hate the word panties} were NOT the place where poop goes, only in the potty. We’d say things like “so yucky” and “Oh no, now your undies are dirty. That’s not good” to really emphasize that it was wrong. I would also make her sit on the potty while I washed out her underwear and continue to make grossed-out faces while talking about how much cleaner it is to poop in the potty. That reminds me… a friend of mine who used a similar method of potty training gave me a great tip that has worked wonders with K. When I went to buy underwear for her I made sure that she was with me and helped me pick out some ‘pretty’ undies and she gets to choose which pair she uses each morning. Having her pick out bright colors and her favorite characters {Elmo, Rapunzel, etc} is a great way to inspire her NOT to mess up her pretty undies. During the regression phase she would get sad about the fact that Elmo and Abby Cadabby got dirty. I don’t know if this is something that works better for little girls, but I imagine that even little boys might be bummed about messing up their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle underwear with a missed trip to the potty. Something worth trying… I’ll let you know in a few years!

So there you have it. Our tale of successful, three-day potty training, without the use of rewards, only excessive praise. It worked for us. It might work for you!

Like I said in my first potty training post, I apologize for the graphic content, the overuse of the word poop, and the complete lack of shame in saying POTTY instead of toilet. Seriously, I was over at a friend’s house the other day and I asked she could point me in the direction of her potty. It’s common vocabulary at this point but I’m a mom so I get a free pass. Hopefully my experience, specifically with the three day naked method, can help someone else who is looking to start potty training their little one. We moms should be excited to share tricks of the trade and eager to help one another out when we can. In other words, it’s my duty.

Pun intended.

Until next time…

 

Nursery/Guest Room Update

You may remember a month or so back I shared a photo of our navy blue guest room and mentioned my intentions of transforming it into a nursery/guest room for baby boy’s arrival. Then I shared some floor plan options on how to make the transition work. I received a lot of great feedback from you all here and on Facebook and after much deliberation {and a professional consultation from my expert furniture re-arranger: my mother} I finally picked the layout that works best for the room and its future inhabitant. So one day last week while K was napping I dove head-first into shifting it all around. I have to say… I LOVE IT!

As I’ve mentioned before, the room is quite small and it’s hard to get a decent photo {I’ll try to get a panoramic shot when it’s all done} but here’s a peak into how it all looks now!

As you can see, I went with layout #2 from the three options I created on floorplans.com. Eventually the crib will go in the back corner parallel with the bed. Pigs decided to be a placeholder in the top left photo. Such a generous pup.

It’s a tighter squeeze than I’d thought because I needed to pull the bed out slightly from the wall so that if two people are visiting they don’t have to climb across the bed to get in on that side. You do have to step past/over the ottoman to get to the crib, but it’s what I had to work with considering the size of the room.
One of my favorite parts of the room is the new closet/changing area. I moved the small dresser from the back corner of the room to the closet and it fits perfectly. There’s just enough room for the changing pad to fit and the shelf that was already in the closet is a great height for my diaper/wipe basket. Plus all of his clothes will be within reach so I can do all of his changing in one area. K’s changing table was on the opposite side of the room from her closet so I always had to get her clothes ready before I went to change her. Not a huge inconvenience, but it will be nice to have it all at arm’s-length. There is plenty of room next to the dresser to add a laundry basket and trash can as well.

The filing cabinet that was in the closet turned out to be a great height for an additional shelf/lamp stand right by the door. You can see the corner of it poking out in the bottom left photo. I’m still deciding if I like it there {and will definitely be making some kind of slip cover for it, as well as adding some cushion to the crazy sharp corners} but once we get the crib in place it will be easier to see if it fits anywhere else. Possibly up against the window as a nightstand for the bed.

So, with the exception of the crib and a few more decorative touches, the room is just about ready for baby boy! Here’s an updated checklist on its progress:

1. paint room 
2. remove large dresser 
3. remove sliding mirror doors from closet 
3. empty closet 
4. move small dresser inside closet for changing area
5. bring glider/ottoman in from K’s room 
6. GET A CRIB
7. Paint small nightstand {maybe}
8. Slip cover for filing cabinet
9. Add wall art
10. Add baby :)

So, what do you think of the new layout? Any additional suggestions on optimizing the space?

Until next time…

Because it’s just too good not to share…

The hubs and I spent at least 10 minutes watching this over and over again… laughing until our faces hurt and there were stitches in our sides. Please enjoy… especially parents with multiple kids.

I foresee a similar park experience in our future once baby boy arrives. If this doesn’t make you laugh, or at least crack a smile, you’re probably not a parent.

Until next time…

Proof of God’s Plan

As Christians we always hear and talk about God having a plan for our lives. Sometimes we focus on that part of our faith as a way of getting through a difficult situation {i.e. “God has a plan, everything will work out”} and other times we use it as an affirmation when things seem to fall perfectly into place.  Personally I can’t remember a time where I’ve been presented with undeniable PROOF of God’s plan for my life. That sounds a little ridiculous when I think about it because I’ve had countless blessings in my life that can only be credited to the path He has laid out for me. From how I met Z to the timing of K’s birth, it all seemed perfectly planned. But as far as an instance where I can look back on something that happened years ago and can clearly see God’s influence, as if He’s surrounding a particular event with flashing neon lights that say, “See this? Remember when this happened? Now you know why.”

Well, I’ve finally seen my neon lights.

I’ve been spending the last few days sifting through past blogs to weed out posts that really aren’t relevant to the direction I’m moving in. Most delete-worthy blogs didn’t even require me reading more than the title but as I worked my way further and further into the past I decided to stop and take a moment to read the very first blog I ever wrote.

It was December 9, 2009, just two months after Z and I got married. Neither of us had jobs {talk about faith} and I was applying for a social media management position that required sending in some writing samples. Since I’d never written a blog before, and was starting a new chapter of my life with a new husband in a new state, I figured starting a blog was the perfect way to create a collection of writing samples and keep my family and friends up-to-date with our lives. I had no idea what I wanted to do in terms of a career, and really was just hoping for something that would give me a paycheck. And yet… my first EVER blog post is a clear example that God knew exactly what He wanted for my life.  I’ll admit it wasn’t the most eloquent of posts but it’s the topic I chose that is the most striking. First of all, I titled it Bellies and Babies and Binkies… OH MY. Slight foreshadowing? Next, I discussed the fact that pregnant women and babies seemed to follow me everywhere. Then I mention St. Elizabeth as a contender in my choice of patron saint {I was in the process of converting to Catholicism and was trying to choose which patron saint to take} which, as you know, I later went on to pick. And lastly I talk about not knowing whether or not seeing moms everywhere is a sign of things to come but that it’s at least worth paying attention to. I had no idea what was in store.

Back then I just wanted to write something decent enough to share as a sample of my work and style. Now, as a provisional Natural Childbirth Educator, unable to keep my mouth shut when it comes to pregnancy, childbirth, and babies,  I know it was much more than that. That blog post was the first glimpse into the path that God had laid out for my life. It just took me a few years to figure it all out.
I can’t wait to see where else His path takes me, but you can bet I’ll be much more attentive to the signs and glimpses He dishes out along the way.

Until next time…

Silly Uncle Shawn… learns a valuable lesson

I love my brother.
He’s funny and generous and K adores him.
His name was actually the first of my family that she learned {outside of mommy and daddy} and he even got his own hand movement to accompany it – a double fist pump straight into the air.

So to encounter a moment where K is truly terrified of him was a shock, to say the least, and worth sharing. Don’t worry… he said I could.

Toddlers are goofy little humans. They find humor in all sorts of places and as parents it’s our job to accommodate to their funny little brains and do just about anything to make them smile. Part of that includes providing endless magical kisses to heal boo boos. Anytime K bumps or bangs a part of her body, she needs a magical mommy kiss to make it feel better. I’m basically freakin’ Tinkerbell people. Magical. But every now and then if I’m not readily available she may have a boo boo serious enough to seek a kiss from daddy, a grandparent, or whatever family member is closest. On this day, it was Uncle Shawn.

K was hanging out in her play-nook and must have stepped on something pointy, resulting in a boo boo on her foot. I was in a different room while Uncle Shawn was right next to her so it was his magical healing kisses she needed. I heard the following conversation take place from the kitchen:

K: Shown… Shown… {through fake-fussing}, boo boo. 

Shawn: Oh no! Where is your boo boo?

K: Foot. Kish, kish. 

Shawn: Oh your foot? I’m so sorry. You know what we’re going to have to do? We need to go find mommy and tell her we have to cut your foot off. 

K: {Silence}

At this point I look up from my book to see her reaction and she’s slowly walking toward me with a very concerned expression on her face. She is no longer fussing, and not rushing to me, but cautiously approaching me. Now I realize it might seem like an “out there” thing for my brother to have said to her but I honestly wasn’t that shocked when I heard him say it. More amused. I’ve used the “Oh, it’s hurt? I guess it’ll have to go” gag on her before, usually by telling her I have to bite off her fingers or toes when they get boo boos. My threat is usually followed by fake-biting on her digits while making munching noises. It always gets her giggling. So for her to be this concerned by her uncle’s suggestion was new.

In order to put her at ease I got in on the gag as playfully as possible.

Me: Let me see that boo boo. Oh yes, it’ll have to go {picking her up into my lap and tickling her foot}

At this point I can feel her relax and even managed to get a smile.

Shawn: Tell mommy it’s time to cut that foot off  {reaches for her foot}

As soon as he leaned toward her K completely FLIPED OUT. Tears started flowing, she began kicking away from him, frantically reaching for me, and saying “no no no”. It took us completely by surprise since she’d seemed to have caught on to the game. My brother immediately backed away, crouched down to get on her level, and put his hands up to show her he wasn’t going to touch her while I rubbed her foot and told her repeatedly that Uncle Shawn was just being silly.

It took us a good 2-3 minutes to calm her down and reassure her that we weren’t ACTUALLY going to cut her foot off. She finally warmed back up to him and even started saying “silly Shown” as she shook her head.

So on this day, the first time Uncle Shawn terrified his sweet niece, a lesson was learned.
Mommy is allowed to bite off the bean’s fingers and toes, but anything more than that, and by anyone else… well that’s just unacceptable. Like I said… toddlers are just goofy little humans.

Have your kids ever given you a totally unexpected reaction like this?

Until next time… 

 

From the mouth of my babe…

Anyone who has a 2-year old can probably tell you how much of a chatter box he/she is. There is a constant conversation going on at all times and you {mom and dad} may or may not even be involved in it. K is no different. She has conversations with us, herself, her toys, the dogs, the TV, her coloring book, you name it. I’ve been impressed with her verbal skills for a while and she’s a pretty skilled talker. Yes, I’m her mama and I’m biased, but still. Even if words aren’t crystal clear I can understand what she wants and what she’s talking about 90% of the time. Obviously as she learns new words and how to form them we come across some unknowns but she’s still only 2 and soaking in new words all the time so that’s to be expected.

One of my favorite parts of her chatter is her silly pronunciation of certain words. So I thought I’d take a minute not only to brag on the Bean but share some of my favorite pronunciations. See if you can tell what she’s trying to say before reading the translation!

How it sounds: kink – ku
What she’s saying: thank you

How it sounds:  sue me
What she’s saying: excuse me

How it sounds: pee – pul
What she’s saying: purple

How it sounds: recess
What she’s saying: Princess

How it sounds: Sasa
What she’s saying: Spencer

How it sounds:  buh – p
What she’s saying: burp

How it sounds: eye – sween
What she’s saying: ice cream

How it sounds: foon
What she’s saying: spoon

How it sounds: gwee daddy – used to just be ‘wee’ daddy but she’s getting the hang of it
What she’s saying: granddaddy

How it sounds:  Busy – da
What she’s saying: Buster

How it sounds: abu – ca – doo
What she’s saying: avocado

How it sounds: e – oonj
What she’s saying: orange

How it sounds:  kinkle kinkle
What she’s saying: twinkle twinkle

And my personal favorite…

How it sounds: beebee – tootie
What she’s saying: Ratatouille

Goodness I love this girl. She keeps me laughing. Do your little ones have some fun pronunciations that make you smile?

Until next time… 

 

 

Floorplans Galore!

I shared a photo back in December called Transformation Initiation with a photo of our guest bedroom as it’s been for the last few years. We’ve added some new bedding and rearranged a bit but the color and basic layout has been the same from the time we moved in.

Now that we’re going to be using it as a guest room AND nursery for baby boy I’ve been happily checking things off my to do list {thank you nesting!!}. The painting was a lot of fun but the most difficult part has been taking on some major finagling to make all the furniture work. I love rearranging but being in my 7th month of pregnancy I didn’t want to spend all day pushing and shoving larger pieces like the dresser and bed around the room by myself; something I would have loved doing in any other circumstance. So I sought out the help of home improvement gurus John and Sherry Petersik at Young House Love. They were very helpful and pointed me toward Floorplanner.com. Holy moly I love this site!  You can create multiple floorplans with a few clicks and see what set up you like best BEFORE all the pushing and shoving begins! BINGO!

I’m working with a crib, side table, queen bed, glider and rocking ottoman. There is currently a small dresser in the room that I plan on moving INTO the closet to use as a changing table/set of drawers. That means the sliding doors on the closet will be removed so having anything near that back corner won’t be as cluttered as it might seem. As you’ll see in the three designs, there’s not a whole lot of space to work with and the bed takes up the majority of the room which makes things difficult. Pair that with the placement of the closet {sliding doors in the bottom right corner} and large back wall window and I struggled to make everything fit. But I really love the three designs I came up with and think any of them would work!

Here were my top three options:

I like the parallel layout of the crib and bed in this first option, and appreciate that the bed isn’t facing the door, leaving a lot of walking room as you first enter. But the amount of space between the end of the bed and the glider isn’t the most ideal. I’m foreseeing that the filing cabinet we currently have tucked back in the closet will remain there and act as a shelf of some sort {covered with a fun fabric of course} so I can use it for easy-to-reach items while in the glider but it’s kind of behind everything which may prove difficult.

Another parallel set up which, again, I love. It will be very convenient if I want to grab baby boy during the night and lay back down to nurse or snuggle. Only this time there’s significantly more room between the ‘sitting corner’ and other furniture. I also like that the extra space allows me to have the side table next to the glider which will definitely come in handy if I need to reach something while rocking the baby. Another perk to this layout is that the crib is on the outside wall instead of up against K’s room. So if baby boy is pitching a fit it {hopefully} won’t be as much of a disturbance to her.

Design 3 is probably my least favorite. The bed is basically in the same place it is now just closer to the front wall. There’s plenty of space there to walk but I don’t like that the largest piece of furniture in the room is pressed so closely to the wall. Plus, despite the fact that we are keeping it a partial guest room, having the bed in the same place it’s always been makes it feel less like a ‘new room’ which is kind of the goal. I like that the glider is back in the corner, and has access to the side table again, but I’m not a fan of the crib being right up against the window. Even though we’re not sure if we’ll be in this house next winter, I don’t like the idea of any kind of window-draft being that close to baby boy. Kind of a dud design, but worth sharing.

So what do you think?  Does one stand out above the others??

While I’m still deciding on the winning layout, here’s a run down of what is being done in the room and what’s already been completed!

1. paint the room – using a light grey {almost white} while leaving a single navy accent wall. Lightening the color helped open up the room and make it seem larger! – DONE

2. remove the large dresser – DONE {thanks mom and dad!}

3. remove sliding mirror doors from closet – DONE

3. empty out closet – possibly use the filing cabinet as additional shelving. It’s a little too big to put up in our tiny attic and is more accessible for filing bills and what not. 50% DONE

4. move small dresser inside closet- opening up more space and creating a changing table in the closet.

5. bring K’s glider/ottoman in from her room to give her more space for some of the larger Christmas toys she got and provide a rocker for baby boy. I LOVED rocking K when she was fussy or before bed. Definitely want to so that with baby brother as well.

Lots more to do but I’m eager to get it all done!