Thursday, October 4, 2012

Plans for Evan's Room

With our master bedroom finished, I am now on to working on Evan's room.  I feel like I need to get his room complete before the babies room, and that needs to be done soon since their arrival is rapidly approaching.  When I was pregnant with Evan I did the usual registry at Babies R Us.  I had about three options for bedding/room decor and chose the lesser of the evils.  It seemed like you could get sports or cars, which is typical.  I chose an ocean theme, which I never really loved.  This move gave me the opportunity to give his room a makeover.

I had an idea in mind for a while based on some fabric I love, but when I realized what the furniture arrangement was going to be between the two kids bedrooms I decided to decorate the babies' room how I intended to do Evan's, so I'll share that later.  Not surprisingly, Evan's room still ended up being based on fabric.

This was the first inspiration.  His old room was painted light blue, and I despised it.  I am oddly going to paint his new room blue also, but going for one of the deeper shades.  This fabric is from Michael Miller, whom I adore.  This led me to the whole line of coordinates.  But this particular madras plaid fabric is going to be for his bedspread, which I will be making with navy blue minky fleece on the back.

The blue sand dollar fabric is for the curtains.  I am not going to make full length curtains, which goes against my style intuition, but this is for safety purposes.  I can just see him ripping them down and getting knocked out by the curtain rod.  I ordered three yards of fabric, so each panel will be about 4 and half feet long.  I intend to sew a rod pocket at the top, but just for possible future purposes.  For now I am going to be using clips with rings for ease of opening and closing.  I am also going to look into what to use as a backing in order to make the room darker for the daytime naps.

For some reason the floor in Evan's room is atrocious.  The hardwoods in the rest of the house are gorgeous. Apparently in his room the previous owners covered the floor with a rug so we didn't notice until we moved in, and didn't anticipate having to refinish the floors, so for now, he is getting a rug.  I found a room size tan wavy rug online from Walmart that I intend to order, today in fact, for only 59 bucks.

Evan's furniture is a dark wood.  We got the matching convertible crib and changing table as gifts and they are beautiful.  We didn't end up with the dresser, so he has Mike's from when he was a kid.  That needs to be painted, and I plan on making it white.

Since, I was feeling a sort of nautical vibe in his room, I found some art on Etsy, where I spend a lot of my internet time.  This is what I'm thinking of.

Nautical Chevron Trio Print Set
It probably all seems like a hodge podge at this point but I'm hoping it comes out nicely.  I told Mike I would love to have both bedrooms done within the next three weeks because at that point I'll be 34 weeks pregnant with these twins.  Rule of thumb is that if you go into labor after that point, the doctors don't take any measures to stop it.  So I guess in theory we could potentially have these babies in the next three weeks. I'm hoping for a bit more time.  For us to prepare for them, and for them to prepare for the world.

Hopefully in the near future I'll be showing photos of the finished product!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Our Master Bedroom

When we started looking for our house, we decided that once we moved, we were definitely going to get a king sized bed.  We would get a whole new bedroom set in fact.  The pieces that we had included a dresser, bureau and two nightstands that I bought about 8 years ago from Target, and a queen sized mattress that I bought literally when I was 18.  All of it had at least been partially damaged by our former dog and numerous moves over the years. It was time!

We spent a small fortune getting our bedroom in order.  We bought a king headboard, dresser and mirror and bureau from Bob's furniture.  We got a King sized Sealy Posturepedic mattress with Coolsense.  We spent $170 on sheets.  Clearly we had to buy a new comforter.  And little did I know, regular sized pillows just don't cut it on a huge bed.  I don't want to add all that up really, I'm sure I'd weep a little, and I'm not done yet. I didn't opt for the matching nightstand tables that went with our set, because I thought it would be too matchy.  So I bought those elsewhere.  I needed new curtains, and new lamps.

I know it sounds like a lot and it really is.  When you are coming from what we had before, you need a total overhaul, and that's what we got.  I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome.

Is it weird that THIS is what makes me feel like a grown up?
Mike painted the walls so obediently even though he was miserable about it.  It's a fairly small room but there are two colors in there.  Both colors come directly from the comforter.  Slightly darker on the wall behind the bed.

My dresser is fantastic.  It's pretty large and I find it humorous that I wonder if I should put a stool up to it to see into the mirror.  At 5'2" large furniture makes you feel even smaller.

I couldn't help but buy a little basket for all my odds and ends so that it didn't look like a complete disaster on top of there.  I also bought some new candle holders and new lovely smelling candles.  I am a complete candle whore!

On Mike's side of the room resides the only piece of artwork he brought into our relationship.  I thought he'd enjoy seeing it every day when he woke up. It's also currently the only thing hanging on the walls in the room, so I need to work on that....eventually.

I mentioned that I purchased some new lamps and shades.  I am in love when them.

And the only thing you haven't seen.  Our nice big closet.

As you can see it's not a walk-in but a vast improvement over what we have had in the past.  Beside the closet you can see my full length mirror.  Mike couldn't fathom how I needed another mirror when I had just got the new one on my dresser.  Ladies, I would be shocked to know that every one of you doesn't have a full length mirror.  For me right now it's totally necessary for the baby belly shots too!

You might expect that we are sleeping better these days.  Truth is, Mike still falls asleep on the couch a lot since he is working on the apartment upstairs after his day job, so he only gets a few hours in the bed most days.  As for me, I wake up about 3 or 4 times a night to pee, but that would happen even if I was literally sleeping on a cloud.  I do wake up pretty happy to look around my pretty room, and have made my bed every day since we've had it as I'm eager to keep it looking nice all the time.

This is the first room that's been finished in our new house.  It kind of feels a little selfish but so be it.  Our living room is mostly done, but Evan's room is next!

Monday, September 24, 2012

September 21

Weird title for a blog post huh?  Well, I thought about what to write up there to describe what I was going to talk about, and it seemed like I would need to put half of my post up there since there has been so much going on in the 3 months (gulp) since I've bothered to write anything here.  So I figured I would give a brief overview of all of it and maybe try to catch up.. We'll see, no promises!

To start of with, the last post I wrote was when Evan was 18 months old.  Today he is 21 months old.  Really getting up there, I know!  He has been such a great kid through all the crazy changes we have had going on around here.  That is not to say that he is not a challenge.  He is incredibly active and hard to keep up with, but it's worth it.  I know that his mind is working so quickly and I love to watch it.  He is in a stage of not saying much right now.  It's a tad frustrating at the moment, since he was saying so much a few months ago, but I figure there will come a day in the not to far future that he will be blurting out full sentences out of the blue.

Evan's first trip to Parker's Maple Barn, a staple for Autumn breakfast in NH as far as I'm concerned

Next up, Today I am 29 weeks pregnant with our twin boys.  Everyone tells me I look great.  Well most people....Some tell me I am enormous.  A lot of people seem to have pity on the lady pregnant with two babies.  For the most part, folks, I'm doing just fine.  Yes I look like I'm past full term with one baby, and I still have quite a few weeks to go, but that's to be expected, No?  Mike and I have not agreed on a single name for these boys, and we have not done a single thing to get ready for their birth.  This leads me to my next item up for discussion.

I think I look a little larger from this side... yeah, lets go with that!

It's been 22 days since we closed on our new house.  
So far I am completely in love with it.  Of course, there have been a few bumps in the road and there will most certainly continue to be, but all in all it's a great thing.  We bought a two family house with a rental unit on the second floor.  

Haha, look at Evan at the door!

It just so happens that our new tenants as of October 1 will be my husbands brother, best friend, and another good friend.  I continue to tell my husband that I'm pretty sure he is the luckiest man on the planet.  He can't disagree.  I am just thrilled that we will not have strangers in the same dwelling as my family.  Additionally, I think we have made a fantastic investment for our future and for our current living situation, since we have a supplement to help pay our mortgage.  Financial security has never been something I really thought we'd have, but it feels like we are one step closer anyway.

Last up, I've been working my tail off getting things in order for my online shop.  For anyone who doesn't know about it, Hazel Love is my Etsy shop, where I sell baby bibs, burp cloths and blankets. 

Rainbow Chevron Bib Set

I became extraordinarily motivated when I saw how well one of my competitors was doing.  Maybe that sounds a little odd, but it helped me to realize that I will only get out of this endeavor, what I put into it.  It spiraled into my participating in a local event this coming weekend, that I am equally nervous and excited for.  It will be the first time I am face to face with my customers.  It will (hopefully) be a good thing to see reactions to my items in person for a change.  I have gotten great feedback from my online customers so I hope it goes well!  For anyone who is near enough, and has children that would enjoy the event, come check it out.  I will be at Nini-Palooza, an event to raise money for High Hopes Foundation of New Hampshire

That's a brief recap, and yes I realize that I am going to be publishing this post on September 24th as opposed to the 21st as the title may indicate.  Here's the thing.... it took me that long to get my rear end outside to take a picture of my house, which I felt I could not do without!  The only reason I got out there, was because my husband called and told me the insurance company needed the picture.  Two birds with one stone..Yipee!  

I hope to see you again soon!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Evan is 18 months!

We have been so busy that I haven't had a chance yet to document Evan turning 18 months.  Officially on June 21 my little became one and half.  So it's been a few weeks, woops.  

Anyway, he's super awesome.  He makes me laugh all the time and he tends to make himself the center of attention in any given situation.  

He can identify his eyes, nose, mouth, tongue, ears, belly and toes.  He just started saying Buh Bye, and it's so adorable I can barely stand it.  He has been saying Hi for a while now, with the cutest little voice, and a little wave.  A few weeks ago you could point to a dog and he would tell you it was a doggie, and when asked what the doggie says he would literally bark.  Now, anytime he even thinks there is a dog somewhere near he starts barking, and wont say doggie anymore, just more barking.  

He still doesn't really enjoy eating much meat.  Occasionally we can get him to take a few bites. 

He is  fearless in water and will jump into the pool.  We are definitely planning swim lessons before next summer.  

He has been mostly gentle with the babies he has been around recently which eases my mind about him being a big brother.  I think he will be wonderful.  

We have a lot of excitement coming up with the twins arriving in the fall and moving soon, (which I realize I never wrote about), and  I think Evan will do just fine through it all.  

Thursday, June 14, 2012

House Hunting - Deal Breakers

Now that we are actually house hunting, I have been watching even more of the house hunting shows on HGTV.  I am fascinated by the things that people on those shows seem to be incapable of living without.  My favorite example is the double sink in the master bedroom.  For some reason this particular point seems make me a little hostile.  How much of your morning routine involves actually using the sink?  For me, the only reason I use it is to wash my hands, and brush my teeth.  I'm not sure if these folks simply need an additional mirror somewhere in their house, or if I am missing out on doing something each day that I'm supposed to be.  

I have never considered myself to be a high maintenance person, and in our house hunt I don't believe any differently.  After all of the places we have now seen, my needs are increasingly simple.  I am aware that it is possible I will have to cave on at least one of the things most important to me.  These things are:

  • 3 bedrooms
  • A good, walk-able neighborhood
  • Grass space on the property
  • Laundry hookups (preferably not in a shared basement)
  • Dish washer
I think that about covers it.  Pretty simple right?  I'm not asking for granite counters and whining if I don't have room to run laps in my master bedroom.  Of course, things are more difficult since we are looking for a multi-family income property.  But we are having a really tough time.  Our biggest issue is actually finding a place with three (real) bedrooms.  We looked at one the other day that literally classified something they were using as a closet as a bedroom. 

Yesterday, we viewed a property where the third bedroom was not attached to the apartment, you would have to walk out across the common hallway and the room was out there.

We haven't ruled out foreclosures or short sales, we have extended our search to towns that are outside of where I really want to be and are being as open minded as possible, but this is so much more annoying than I ever imagined it could be.  

We did find one a few weeks ago that we really like and wanted to put an offer on.  But the seller didn't like how much we were able to offer for it.  

That was still love, with compromise.  It was certainly not perfect, but workable.  

My loving husband has made a comment that I am being too picky.  That was actually recently when I stated that I did not want to go into a basement to do our laundry, if that was shared with our tenants.  He does not see a problem with this.  I think that in a few short months we will be a family of five and I am already doing laundry constantly, so it can only get worse.  He gives me his famous eye roll, mostly I think because he honestly doesn't get my hesitation, and also because I don't think he's done a load of laundry in over three years. 

We are getting exhausted, but we have to keep at it.  In our two bedroom place, we don't have the space for the two new babies that will be joining us soon.  So, here's to remaining hopeful! 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

My Kid is Awesome

I have no significant milestone to celebrate today, although Evan is rapidly approaching the 18 month mark, which is the 21st of this month.  I do however feel the need to celebrate how awesome my kid is.  I have never had trouble admitting that I am seriously lucky to have such an amazing child.  Constantly people are commenting on not only how adorable he is, but how good-natured he is.  He is pretty much always happy.  Keep in mind I said pretty much.  He does have his fair share of melt downs and hair pulling moments.  

I am so excited to see him as a big brother.  I am also quite nervous since, of course there will be two babies in the house, and that demands a lot of attention.  He has always been pretty good at entertaining himself when I have something to do, but I feel as though if I am busy caring for the other children he might not be quite as pleased.  I think every parent is nervous about this, so I feel a little comfort in that.  Somehow it always seems to work out.  

Evan has been doing all kinds of silly things lately.  He loves to explore the world around him.  

He recently figured out that one of the buckets for his blocks fits over his head.

He loves wearing big shoes.  He is even doing pretty well walking in them now.  It's pretty entertaining for us. 

I gave him his very own Strawberry ice cream cone the other day.  He was pretty psyched about it.  Although he seemed to like biting the bottom of the cone too. 

Either way, he managed to eat the whole thing. 

He wasn't very fond of his afternoon nap yesterday.  So he ate some dinner.  He actually ate a little steak, which was awesome (He almost never eats any of his meat).  He took his bath, and I jumped on the computer for a minute and this is how he was when I returned.  Snoozing sideways on the couch.  It was about 6:30.

Our neighbor brought over a few things for Evan the other day.  One thing was a wooden puzzle that teaches fine motor skills like using buttons, and zippers.  It has a backpack with a buckle feature which is fantastic because he is obsessed with buckles.  He can buckle one a hundred times.  Unfortunately he can't unbuckle it so he then gets mad, until someone does it for him.  My mom (and now I) am trying get him to say "help" instead of just whining about it.  The puzzle has a little wooden shoe with laces on it also to help kids learn how to tie their shoes.  Evan doesn't see the distinction apparently between this and a real shoe, so he has spent some time this week trying to get the wooden shoe onto his little chubby foot. 

He's been keeping me pretty busy, and he has certainly been keeping me entertained.  

Friday, June 1, 2012


Alright, so here's what's going on.  March 30 was my last day at work. So, that following Monday was my first real day not working.  Four days later, on Thursday, I found out I was pregnant.  WOW, so much for relaxing a little.  I was really tired for a while, and didn't really think I was going to be able to write about anything without mentioning the pregnancy.  Or, I would talk about being tired, and anyone reading would think I was a complete whiner!  

Today, I'm 13 weeks along.  Two days ago, on Wednesday, we found out we are having TWINS! 

This ultrasound picture is the top of two teeny tiny heads.  I can't believe I have a Baby A and a Baby B!  Mike didn't come to the ultrasound with me because it just didn't seem like a big deal, but boy was I wrong.  The technician told me I was handling it really well.  I had to wonder how other people reacted.  

I'm really excited that I get to experience something that not too many people get to.  I'm also petrified at the same time.  Evan will still be under two years old when these babies arrive.  I am due December 7, but that has little to no bearing with twins, it's really just used to make sure they are growing properly.  The latest these little ones will come is November 23 (at 38 weeks) by scheduled C-section.  My doctor told me that the goal with twins is to make it to at least 34 weeks.  

Some other good news is that these twins are in the lowest risk category.  They each have their own little space in there, which you can see by the membrane (line) in between them.  They each have their own placenta and are not competing for nutrients.  They will not be identical, and could even be a boy and a girl.  I can't wait to find out!  

Now I'm in a bit of a panic.  We are looking for a new house, but currently live in a two bedroom home.  Two kids could have shared a room, but three is not an option.  I also have little faith that three car seats will fit in my Honda CR-V.  I am so lucky to have a great support system, and already lots of offers for help, which I will be taking!  

I am very excited that now I feel like I'm in a safe enough place to talk about it all and I can't wait to document and share this crazy and exciting journey! 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

It was bound to happen...

Finally this emotional roller coaster that has been controlling my life, brought me to tears.  Not the boogery kind or anything, just the gentle ones that come without much warning, because if they didn't your throat would explode from that lump gathering there.  For me, house hunting is an incredible emotional thing, especially now that we will be purchasing our home.  The home where our family will grow, at least for a little while.  

I have held off on really doing much to the place we live because, first of all, we don't own it, and now I know we wont be here much longer.  Now that we are in the throws of our home search, I envision truly creating my nest.  The warm and welcoming place that is ours to be together in, and share with the ones we love.  

I was provoked to tears, but I did it to myself.  I have been thinking of how I will want to decorate our new home, even without knowing what it looks like yet.  I have been thinking about doing some accent walls with wallpaper, mostly because I have been watching A LOT of HGTV lately.  In perusing, I came across some wall decals, that I have also been really fond of.  I was thinking of one for Evan's room, but then came across this one...

That's what it's all about folks.  This is what my heart and mind crave, and what the end of this process means to me.  Perhaps a little sappy, but I don't think there could be a way to more accurately portray my emotions.

We have a showing this evening that I am very hopeful for, so I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that we can buy a wall (within a home, of course) to put this lovely quote on.  Wish us luck! 

In case you adore these decals as much as I do, here is a link for the shop that contains this little gem.  
Wordy Bird Studios

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Tipping Trouble

Last Friday was Mike and my two year wedding anniversary.  He had to work all day until nine, so we decided to celebrate by going out to dinner on Saturday.  My mother in law watched Evan and we set out nice and early to avoid the crowds.  We headed to our favorite restaurant and sat in the lounge area.  Our waitress came over, an older woman who was clearly a bit quirky.

Our night progressed like this...  When we got our drinks we had to flag her down for straws, When we got our appetizer we had to flag her down for silverware.  And then when we got our meals, we tried for several minutes to get her attention before Mike got up and had to ask another waitress for Salt, Pepper and bread.  Lastly, when we ordered dessert to-go, the waitress asked Mike if he wanted another cocktail while we waited for it, to which he agreed.  We were then presented with our bill, which we paid but never received the drink.  I noticed the bartender glancing in our direction and he then met Mike half way to our table with his drink, which he then had no time to consume in an enjoyable manner.

So here's the thing.  I worked as a server and bartender for five years.  I take tipping pretty seriously.  My minimum has always been 20 percent.  That's right, 20 percent for mediocre service.  I guess, I'm getting over it.  Maybe it's because I was so excited to be going out for this special occasion, to our favorite restaurant, child-free.  Or maybe I've just had enough of paying for nothing.  Whatever the reason, I convinced Mike to leave a $12 tip on an $85 tab, for the record he wanted to leave $5.  I felt wretched about it though, and it haunted me for a while.  I hated that part.  Worst of all, I wonder if this waitress even realized why this happened, or if she thought we were uneducated in the ways of tipping, like we were just jerks that stiffed her, or paid too much for dinner and couldn't afford a decent tip.  


I began wondering if maybe in the future if I am expecting to have a good experience dining out, perhaps I will mention it up front, but that's sure to get some spit or worse in my food I'm sure. For now, I'm feeling a little disheartened at the idea and we'll probably stick to my wonderful homemade meals, and occasional take-out for a while. 

What's your take on tipping?  What do you do when you receive poor service at a restaurant?  

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

House Hunting

When we decided it was time for me to leave my job and stay home with Evan, we also decided that we would put off searching for a new home.  Understandably, we wanted to make sure that we would be able to make the money work, and since we pay reasonable rent it would be silly to go changing that too.

A few weeks ago my husband changed his mind.  He went so far as to call a different mortgage broker than we had been dealing with before, to get pre-approved for a multi-family property.  I wasn't about to complain about him taking that initiative.  His thinking is good in this situation.  We can pay the same or less than we do now, and have the ability to gain equity and eventually rent out the whole building and buy a single family dwelling.

We quickly realized that it was very unlikely that we would be able to purchase in our desired town, because the availability of properties is so low.  We expanded our search to a city we both wanted to stay out of, but is flooded with property.  We set up a few appointments and ended up on our first time out only getting to see two.

The first one looked pretty cute from the photos although it was small.

Ideally, we wouldn't have our neighbor above us since I know I will get annoyed if I can hear them all the time, but we didn't want to be too closed minded.  It became clear upon walking into the downstairs apartment that we wouldn't be living there anytime soon.  It reeked of cat urine, and it was literally so dark in there that I didn't bother taking pictures.  Every window was covered in multiple layers of curtains and there was far too much stuff in there to be normal.  I reached up to the ceiling fan in the kitchen because it seemed to be the way to turn the light on, but was greeted with dust and slime on the cord.  Not a great start.  The upstairs apartment was identical, but clean and normal looking, but still just too small for us. Mind you this house was listed close to two hundred thousand dollars, so I was a little surprised by the grossness factor.

House number two that day was located in our desired town

It was really cute and I could see us living there.  The owners unit takes up the second and third floor and they kept it up very well.  But this was the yard

Not the best for little ones.

Then, this past weekend we went to see one more.

Looks nice, but it was super awkward.  The layout was terrible and the in-law apartment was unrentable, legally and otherwise.  The best part about it was the Dogwood tree in the double lot yard.  So that one was out too.  

The rest of what is on the market either does not fit out needs or is in a terrible area, so we are now waiting. Sitting around waiting for more houses to come up for sale.  

The worst part about buying in this specific market is that we could potentially be competing with investors who want to scoop up the very properties that we want to buy and have the money to do it more easily than we do. So there is pressure to be really on top of things too.  Good thing that's my forte.  I have gotten both the place we current live and the last place by being super persistent and on top of things, so this could work in our favor.  I'm up for the challenge, just keeping my fingers crossed that the right place comes along quickly, cause I also happen to be a little impatient!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Easing Back In

Oh my dear blog.  How I miss you.  Sometimes. 

You may have noticed, I haven't been around much.  In all honesty it was feeling like a bit of a chore to write.  My absence is definitely not caused by lack of things to talk about, because that's not the case at all.  I thought I would have so much time to blog when I left my job, but my days are just as full now at home with Evan.  I'm also reverting to napping as often as I can when he naps too.  Mostly because my night time sleep habits are pitiful at best.  

A few days of not coming around to writing turned into weeks.  Then, I though, what the heck would I write about after all this time?? How can I make it seem like I've been here all along.  Well, I can't.  And that's okay. I took a bit of a break and I think I deserved it.  After all, last time I checked, nobody pays me to come here.  So I'll do what I want =)

I think I'm ready to dive back in because I'm realizing how much I've missed it.  There is also talk of others that missing read my writing, and that makes me smile. Not that you miss it, that you care.  

Tomorrow is my last day of class.  I get to present a Marketing Research project that I worked on with a team of four of my classmates that we did on my business, which is kind of neat.  At some point this week I will have to take my last exam for my Probability and Statistics class, and then school will be out.... Forever!  Well, maybe not.  I really enjoy it, and if I do say so myself, I'm quite good at it.  But for the time being anyway, this lovely little family of mine is my only priority.  That, and house hunting...more on that later.  

Thursday, April 12, 2012

This New Life

Sorry to have been a bit MIA lately.  Honestly, I've just been trying to get my footing at this whole new life I am leading.  Leaving my job to become a stay at home mom has been quite an adjustment.  For me there's been a strange feeling.  The biggest dream I've had since giving birth to my son was to stay at home with him, and now that it's happened it's almost like I need something new to strive for, and I don't know what it is yet.

There's a bit of aimlessness that I am feeling also.  Coming from a very structured life, it's going to take a lot of discipline to keep things on track now.  I have been running a home and a family all along, but since I was always in a hurry, I didn't have too much time to procrastinate.

I am hoping that soon I feel comfortable in my new skin that is this new life.   I'm sure there are big things on the horizon and I can't wait to share them!

He fills my days with joy! 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Things Are Going

This past Friday was my last day at my job.  I woke up feeling a little foggy but I didn't think much of it, since it was such a weird day for me.  As the day went on I realized I was getting sick.  Again. It's now Wednesday and I am still sick, pretty miserable actually.  This wasn't exactly how I wanted to kick things off, but I guess you can't choose the cards you are dealt.  

The kicker is that, Evan was a little sick too, and he doesn't sleep well when he's sick, at least not alone, so I couldn't get him in his crib.  His daddy finally did last night, and that was a huge relief when I went to bed at 8:30 alone.  I called Mike the Baby Whisperer.  He's always been better at getting him to sleep in that crib.  I think it's mostly because it's easier for him to reach in.  Maybe I should get a stool.  Or maybe I should just let him do it! 

Sunday I decided it would be a good idea to try and sweat it out, so I attended an hour and a half Body Pump class at the gym with my sister in law.  My legs still hurt.  Whoops.  Monday I went to the gym also.  I could see Evan at the glass door of the daycare.  It appeared that he was watching all the people moving around and being his curious self.  In fact, he was crying the whole 45 minutes.  Whoops.  Yesterday I tried again.  I got about 10 minutes in until the girl in the daycare signaled me to come get him (why that didn't happen Monday I don't know).  Again, not what I was hoping for, but we can work on this.  I expected that since he had been in daycare for so long, and did so well the two times before when I brought him with me, it would be fine, but I was clearly wrong.  

We did get in one nice trip in to the park.  It has been so windy around here it's not that fun to be outside for long, but we got to go for a little while, and I'm looking forward to going back many times.    Speaking of being outside, I spent a little while yesterday trying to clean up the yard.  That was a joke, I'm totally clueless.  I don't even know how to turn the lawn mower on.  I spent a lot of time philosophizing about what needs to happen, and then when Mike got home I told him I need some direction

Things in my shop have been going excellent.  Last week was awesome.  Just in time too, to make me really believe that things are going to be okay.  I know they will anyway, but it's nice to have that little extra.  I've never experienced working for myself before opening my shop, and there's not a lot of feelings that compare to having someone validate your work, by purchasing your designs, what you made; the realization that you just might be able to make a living off of your own creation (even if it's a small one).

These last few days have included some ups and downs, but I am confident that things are just as they are supposed to be.  

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Not To Do List

I don't officially  have a list of things that I do not want to do.  But if I did, I know what would be right at the top of that list.  And that, my friends, is fixing my closet. 

I realize that you may not know exactly what it is you are looking at, so allow me to explain.  When we moved into the house that we currently rent, there was a big open space behind a door in our bedroom that was pretending to be a closet.  There was no rod or shelf or any way of hanging clothes.  In my impatient pregnant state I decided I could not wait for my husband to take care of this so I did it myself.  It was literally the single most frustrating task I have ever taken on.  

I bought the wire shelf and had the guy at the hardware store cut it to the right size, and then bought a wooden pole and hooks for the hanging rod.  How hard could this be?  Well, we have a sloped wall on one side and zero light inside for starters.  The metal rack was much heavier and ridiculously difficult to maneuver, and I kept scraping it up against the walls.  When I say I scraped it I mean I gauged the wall multiple times, deeply.  

After a few tantrums and lots of sweating, it was finally done.  The accomplishment almost wasn't enough to calm the rage I was feeling earlier.  But, of course, that passed. 

The other night we were eating dinner and I heard a crash upstairs.  Mike and I looked at each other, perplexed.  He doesn't seem to mind much, but I ran up to find out what happened.  When I came back down, he said "What was it?"

I said "I don't want to talk about it".

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Catching Up With Evan - 10 Months

Here is is.... The big month.  Evan starting walking the day after he was ten months old.  I had some of my family over to celebrate my 29th birthday which was actually on the same day that he turned 10 months.  My mom and I were in my kitchen and Evan took his first steps, right to his mama!!  It was awesome to have my family there to share it with me.  I was so proud of my little boy! 

This video was taken two weeks later, he was becoming a quick pro.  He much preferred the sideways movement for quite a while.  As most of you know, he is now 15 months old, so this was a while ago.  I think next week I will get up to speed so I can stop going back in time.  Not that I will ever stop looking at these pictures and videos of my big boy when he was wee.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I'm a Mule

For Evans first birthday he got lots of toys.  Our living room kind of looks like Toys R Us threw up in it.  I like it though; Evan has lots to do, and I keep on adding on to it also.  First of all I know he needs to be stimulated and secondly I love shopping. 

Yesterday I was working on a project in the dining room, Mike was sitting on the couch and Evan was playing with his Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Fun with Friends Musical Table that he got for his birthday.  There is an option on the table that teaches Spanish, which it happened to be set on.  

Evan was pushing the button over, and over, and over again.  Like usual.  The table would say a word in English followed by that words counterpart in Spanish.  Mike says to me, what button says "I'm a Mule?"

It was the button Evan kept pressing at the moment which was the one on that little keyboard, the second one in, You know, the yellow one.  For the record, Yellow, in Spanish, is Amarillo (ah-ma-ree-yo)

Good for a laugh on my Monday afternoon. 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Full of Doubt and Fixing It

Since deciding to leave my job and stay home with my son, my head has been spinning, not only do I have a hard time comprehending that it's a reality, but I also struggle with thoughts that I may not be able to hack it as a stay at home mom.  

My reasoning is this, anytime I have ever started at a new job, there is someone there to hold your hand and guide you through the ins and outs of your responsibilities.  It's my understanding that this is not the case in child raising.  Yes, I have been raising him all along, but I felt assured that when he was at daycare he was being taught by trained professionals.  I could love him, and play with him, and teach him as much as I know, but do I have what it takes to be the only one?

I believe that I am a relatively smart person.  I am the youngest in my family and never had much experience with children before my brothers starting making them, and then I followed suit.  Before meeting children that I loved I really didn't want much to do with them.  After all, they are sticky and noisy and it's really hard to understand them, whether they can speak, or not.  

My first nephew was born when I was 13.  I was super excited at the thought of being an aunt, but I saw my nephew very rarely and didn't gain much experience.  When I was an adult, and another of my brothers (there's 3) announced his wife's pregnancy I was overcome with emotion.  I cried, a lot.  Unfamiliar territory for me, but I think I actually got it then.  I understood how miraculous this event was and how, now that we were all adults, things were going to change, a lot.  I was ready and excited for this change.  From that point on, my family has expanded rapidly and I adore how large and warm it is.  

Back to the issue at hand.  Love comes easy for me.  Knowing what the heck I am doing is something different.  So how will I overcome this?  Study.  I do it all the time for everything else, and I plan to approach stay at home mom-ing no differently.  If I am questioning something there is sure to be someone who has an answer.  I don't want a hand holder at this point, to guide me through the ropes of parenting my child, but a little guidance is sure to be helpful.  I've learned from my own mistakes in life, I'm basically unrecognizable to my 22 year old self, and I wouldn't change a thing.  I plan to learn from my own mistakes in this venture too, and hopefully avoid a few by learning from others.  

I think I'm ready for the challenge.  It is love that has brought me here... That, and destiny I suppose. 


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Thankful Thursday

Just like anyone in New England these last few days, I am so thrilled that we have had a taste of beautiful weather.  It does wonders for attitudes in general.  It's March in New England and you would swear it was July instead.  

The threat of nice weather always scares me into submission in regards to working out and eating more healthy, and I'm happy about that, and thankful for the little boost in motivation.  

I am thankful that all my new fabrics that I ordered came in before the weekend so I have lots to keep me busy, since Mike will be taking a fishing trip to NY.  

And, of course, I am thankful that in one week from tomorrow I get to be home with my baby boy every day, and we are going to have a wonderful time! 

What are you thankful for this week?


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Evan is 15 Months Old!

Today my Evan is 15 months old!  My little mini muffin.

 He is nearly running, he really tries to go fast and it looks pretty funny with his tiny little legs. 

He is fearless, he will climb on anything he can find, and he will fall off of it and go right back for more.  He is still in daycare until the end of this month and sometimes when I pick him up, his class is out on the playground.  He could care less when I arrive because it seems he loves to be outside. 

Note the noggin bruises from diving off the play structure at daycare, Oh and a mouthful of Goldfish.

He says "mama" all the time.  He also says "more" anytime he wants anything at all.  He says Whasat? for what's that as he points.  He also says a few things I haven't deciphered yet.  He seems to have great motor skills, and he can figure out how to do things that surprise me.

When he gets tired he tends to do the things that are most undesirable over and over again.  For instance, at the in-laws the other day when he reached his limit, he went back and forth between trying to open one of the kitchen cabinets and shaking the wine rack. 

His hair is growing back much darker than it's been.  As you may know, I botched his last haircut, but it's growing quickly so I'm pleased with that.

He still loves to eat fruit much more than anything else, except Nutri-Grain breakfast bars, which seem to be his favorite food.  Proteins are a tough one for us but I keep trying.  Ketchup and Ranch dressing do nothing to help.  He uses his little fork all by himself, even if he does spit most of what gets into his mouth out. 

He is delighted and frightened by dogs.

He is affectionate and cuddly, and not just when he's tired. 

It's not even 6:30 but he was so tired, that he's already in bed, and I miss him.  I can't wait to be with him all the time!

On a related note, Three years ago today my husband I met for our first date in about eight years.  We dated for a while when we were younger but took years apart.  March 21, 2009, it really all began.  I love him,and our life together more and more every day.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Power Door Locks

Life was pretty chaotic when I found out I was pregnant with Evan.  We needed to move because we were in a one bedroom place.  We moved when I was about 5 months along in July, sweaty as it was I helped as much as I could.  We got lots of new cars, by that I mean they were changing so much I can't even remember the way it all went down.  With my husband starting a new job and getting a company car, and with trading in leases and whatnot it gets a little fuzzy.

What I do remember is that at some point in time we got a Honda Civic.  I insisted of course on a four door because of the child that would soon be with us.  I also fought hard for power door locks.  Seems like a given at this day in age but apparently not.  I lost the battle, price won out and my husband came home with a car that did not have power locks.  I imagined going to a store with the baby and having hands completely full trying to finagle my way into the car.  Of course you had to reach your arm around inside the car to unlock the door.  I ended up driving this car for quite some time until we got our CR-V.  (Yes, we are a Honda family)

A couple of weeks ago my husband mentioned that one of the salesmen at his work was talking to him about trading in the Civic and getting a different car.  I thought you couldn't do that with a leased vehicle, but apparently you can.  My husband thought differently about it on that occasion;  he noted we need to be spending less money with me staying at home soon, as opposed to more.  He did admit, however, that the lack of power door locks was pretty irritating.  He gave a little grin, and I shot back the "I told you so" smile. 

Anyway...Today, he gave in.  Now we have a 2012 Honda Civic with power doorlocks sitting in our driveway.  

I asked him if he said to himself "Meg told me so".  

He said, "No, I was thinking it was supposed to be your car anyway".  

If you didn't know, he has a comeback for EVERYTHING.

Congrats on your new car honey!


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Getting Back In Shape

If you are anything like me, than you know what it's like to battle with your weight.  I have struggled with weight issues my entire life.  When I was 15, I experienced my first time feeling like I was the same size as all my friends, it was awesome.  Back then I would go to the mall and get to go into all the cool stores, like 5-7-9 and Rave.. if you know those stores I hope you are chuckling with me, I wish I could peek in there now.   I must have looked ridiculous.  But, I was fitting into a juniors size 7 or 9 and based on where I had come from, that was spectacular.  

The first time I went to a gym as an adult, I hated it.  It took me until I was 23 to get really into fitness.  For most of my adult life I have been a little above average in the weight/size department, but I felt awesome when I was working out regularly.  I had a flexible schedule, as a bartender at the time so I would work out for about 2 hours every day.  Then came a day that I didn't go to the gym, and then two days, which turned into weeks, and months.  I would finally get myself back to the gym and get into a good cycle, until I would stop again.  This has happened for the last six years approximately.  

I tried going to the gym when I was pregnant, and I had some complications that kept me away from it, and then once I was cleared to go, I was so tired I couldn't make myself go, or at least that was my excuse.  I started going again after I was cleared by my doctor after the birth of my son.  My husbands schedule soon changed and he wasn't able to pick my son up from daycare.  On top of that I felt like I was taking extra time away from my son and I was miserable going, so I stopped.  


Last Monday, moments after I gave my notice at my job, I called my gym.  It has been my fantasy for a long time to be a stay at home mom and go to the gym every day.  I feel that it is very important to set healthy examples for my son, and I haven't been.  Yes we eat lots of great food every day, and he gets to be physical very often, but I don't, and I may sneak a cookie or four after he goes to bed also.  I realize that I will be chasing him around 24-7 and his energy level is astounding, I refuse to be a mother that can't keep up.  He will never ask me why I'm fat.  Period. 

So, I called the gym to ask the cost of adding their daycare option to my member ship.  They said it would be free since I have been a member for so long.  Yep, I have been paying them all this time I haven't been going.  Truth be told, I've had two different gym memberships because I decided I needed to join the other gym down the street one day when my gym wasn't open.  The cost even for both is minimal, but that's not really the point.  I went down to the other gym this week and officially cancelled my membership.  Yesterday, I headed to my gym and worked out for the first time in about a year.  

It was like I never skipped a beat.  I have missed it so much.  My body has missed it so much.  I was able to get in 45 minutes of cardio, and then once I started in on some weight training Evan came to the glass doors of the daycare room; I was silly enough to make sure he saw me and I waved to him, which brought him to hysterics when I walked away.  Woops.  Lesson learned.      He did well in there though and hopefully he enjoys some time socializing with the other kids while I'm out on the floor, in my mind it is mutually beneficial.  

I am so glad to be back there and for the amazing opportunity to have the time for focus on my family's health more than ever.  

Are you struggling to get back into shape, or for the motivation to get started?  

Do you have any tips for families to stay active together? 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Thankful Thursday

Thankful isn't the right word to describe what I'm feeling this week, it's not enough.  Do you know that feeling you have right before you are about to leave for an awesome vacation, or see an awesome concert, or whatever it is you really love to do?  That anticipation that makes everything else around you a little blurry.  The world is easier because you have something amazing to look forward to.  In whatever amount of time it is til that wonderful event finally comes you are weightless and nothing can get you down.  That's how I feel, except multiply it by, like a thousand.

Like I said, everything is a little blurry, except the fact that I am now counting the days until I enter a new life.  With all new beginnings there comes endings.  I thought about that a lot today.  I will experience the end of my career path with the company I am leaving, and it's quite likely I will see the end of some friendships I have developed over the last two years.  There was a lot that I was willing to give up to make this change though, so in the grand scheme of things, that's not so bad. 

I am thankful for perspective.  I know what it's like to be a working mom.  I can appreciate what the other women in my life go through that will continue to be working moms.  I also know, from experience, that it's not right for me, not in the sense that I've been doing it anyway.  I hope that weeks, months, and years down the road I will remember this feeling I have now.  

What are you thankful for this week?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Catching Up With Evan - 9 Months

For those of you that are new readers, I only started writing here last October, and at that point, Evan was already 10 months old.  Once I started seeing all of the awesome things that people do to remember milestones and the progress of their children, I was so sad that I hadn't done much of anything.  So I'm catching myself up and we're almost current.  I'm going to speed things up a bit soon I think, but not just yet.

Since I wont be working anymore after the end of this month, I will have much more Evan material to share, and he's pretty awesome, so you'll love it. 

At the end of Summer last year Evan was 9 months old.  The most significant thing we did was to attend the Deerfield Fair.  In New Hampshire, fairs are all over the place in the late summer and early fall.  Mike and I both took the day off, and so did some friends who attended with us.  It was pouring out pretty much the entire time we were there which wasn't so great.  Evan did get to meet some cool furry friends though and I can't wait to take him back this year.  (I am crossing my fingers that I might be selling items from my shop at the fair this year too!)  

And here are a few more little cuties of my little guy.  Eating some hummus, sitting in his toy bucket, and trying to escape from the gate. 


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