Wednesday, April 24, 2013

3 Months

It's hard to believe our sweet B is 3 months old today! 

It has been a busy month...B has learned to roll over from her tummy onto her back, she is a constant babbler, she went to her first birthday party (cousin Parker's 6th birthday) and we took her to church for the first time. She has developed more and more leg rolls and is working on her 6th chin! She loves when I sing to her or play music in the house. She will seriously study herself in the mirror...those eyes get so big! She is still the happiest in the mornings and Josh and I love to go into her nursery and get her up together. Those smiles are the best start to my day. She brings us so much happiness and I never knew my heart could be so full!

She has really discovered her hands. They are always in her mouth or clasped together near her mouth. We've got a little bit of drool, so she could possibly be on the way to teething. This girl is so strong! And she has the will to go along with it. To not be able to speak, she is a wonderful communicator.

Speaking of communication, these are the sweet sounds we get to hear these days! That little voice...

I've returned to work and everyone is adjusting pretty well. I won't lie, there are days that I wish I could stay home and stare at her all day long. I do miss her during the day, but work keeps me really busy and I need that part of my life too. I've found that other moms are inspiring and are such a great support system. Also, we are really lucky to have great childcare, so I don't worry when I'm not with her. And we really enjoy our time together in the evenings!

We are on a pretty good schedule, and we have a good sleeper, thank the dear Lord! I think that putting her on a schedule during the day has really helped her develop her nighttime routine. Here is what we are doing, more or less:

7:30AM - Feed
10/10:30AM - Feed
1:30PM - Feed
4:30PM - Feed
7:00PM - Bathtime
7:30PM  - Feed
9:00PM - Asleep

She will nap anywhere from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours between feedings. She gets 2 bottles while I'm at work, so I'm still getting to feed her 3 times a day most days. She is generally a very happy baby! At the moment, she is sleeping straight from 9PM-7:30AM. Sometimes she will even go to 7:45AM. I've tried to get her in bed earlier in hopes that she would wake up earlier (selfishly, this would better fit my work schedule) but it backfired. She does not want to miss anything! And I'm thankful that she is sleeping through the night.

I think this girl loves the camera...

She has Josh's furrowed brow...although everyone is saying she is starting to look more like me! 

We count our blessings every day! Happy 3 months, baby girl!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

We've got a roller!

B has officially mastered rolling from tummy to back. She can roll over on both sides and seems to surprise herself when she lands on her back. The slow motion cracks me up!

The first of many milestones towards mobility...they grow up too fast!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Bonus Living Room

Home projects have certainly been scaled back since the arrival of our little one, but our screened in porch was something that I absolutely had to get under my belt before spring time. We have already loved using this space on nice days. It is right off our living room and we feel like we have a whole new room to use.

My inspiration for the color scheme came from looking through the Ballard Designs catalog. Because our living room, kitchen and breakfast area are all very neutral, I thought the porch would be a great place to introduce some color. We had the porch stained a deep brown and the ceiling painted our trim color (off white), so I decided to bring in  rust. Plus, rust looks great with greenery! This is the palate I was working with:

And thankfully, Ballard was offering 15% off on their outdoor pillows, so I ordered away. Would eventually love to do drapes in this space but I didn't think it necessary to do right away. I think that would really add some height  in there.

We found the outdoor furniture on sale at Macy's and I am so happy with it. It is very comfortable and looks great too. The rug was in our bedroom at our old house. 

Both the lantern above and the chair below (I snagged two of them) are from HomeGoods. The lantern was a gift but the two chairs were only $35 each and offer additional seating when needed.

I brought the barrel out from the living room and added a lamp from Target. I'm so thrilled with their Threshold line. Attractive things with an equally attractive price tag. 

Happy Spring!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

B's First Easter

Even though Baisden clearly cannot participate in an Easter egg hunt quite yet, I was thrilled to have a child to take to the Ashford Park festivities. Ashford Park is so family oriented so it's fun to be able to be a part of that. Now we aren't the creepy couple without a kid going trick or treating, haha!

B pretty much slept through the whole thing, including her first picture with the Easter bunny. They had a professional photographer there and I am anxiously awaiting a digital copy of the picture. I couldn't snap one  with my own camera because other kids were waiting in line. I think the Easter bunny was happy to give my child back after B briefly awakened and tried to nurse her. Oops, she does not discriminate!

A crazy number of kids participated in the hunt! They had two egg for ages 1-3 and then another for the "older" kids. Maybe B will be running around with the 1 year old's next year! A bouncy house, candy,  bagels and coffee...heaven for the little AND big ones.

On Sunday, one of our friends had an Easter brunch which was so much fun. Baisden got a playdate with David (10 days older than B) and Avery (she and B share a birthday!). It was so fun to see them together. Both David and Avery's mamas have 2 little ones and I was just in awe of how gracefully they handled being pulled in two different directions. Phew, and I thought having one was tough!

Attempt at a family picture.

Take two was much more successful once a bottle was introduced. Sometimes we cannot be picture perfect!

We felt very blessed this Easter!

Affordable Succulent Garden

I've had a succulent garden on my wish list for a while and I finally tackled the project! It was so easy and so much more affordable than the ones you buy already beautifully put together. My sister made a precious mini one for me a while back but I managed to kill it in the move. Yeah, I realize succulents are hard to kill, but I did it. Hopefully I'll have better luck with this one!

I had originally wanted a dough bowl to use as the planter, but honestly, they were way too expensive! So I went to my second home, HomeGoods, and found this great planter for $19.99. Hard to beat that! It works well with all the gray in my house too.

Pike's had an amazing assortment of succulents. Pretty big plants for $4.99 each...the big one in the center was only $5.99! I spent about $30 on the plants, completing the project at around $50! No joke I saw one almost just like this at Pike's for $289!!!

Now my breakfast area has a nice, permanent (well, if I don't kill it) centerpiece!