Friday, January 20, 2017

Rutherford's Room

All our babies co-sleep with us for the first year or so.  They sleep better, I sleep better, I think it's better for them, it's a win-win.

The downside to this is that, other than Alice (the privileged 1st child), they don't get a nursery.

Which is really just a downside to me and my inner Martha Stewart monster.

This was especially sad to me this time around because it means no designing and decorating a baby boy nursery.

But the Martha Stewart monster (enhanced by nesting hormones) would not be tamed.

So since our room will be doubling as Rutherford's nursery, that room got a complete makeover.

I really wish I had taken a before picture but I didn't realize when I began how far I would go.

Our bedroom has been my least favorite room in the house since we moved here.

I had done nothing to the room, no decorating or anything.  Which didn't really bother me too much because I just thought to myself that it's a room we sleep and get dressed in, doesn't really matter if it's pretty.

What I hated most about the room was how dark it was.  The walls were a darkish blue/gray and there were dark brown blackout blinds on the windows and we had big dark wood furniture.

So I decided when Stephen was gone on a National Guard drill weekend that I would surprise him by painting the room.

I painted the room a very pale grey and painted the trim white and switched our blinds with the guest room blinds which were white.

That made a huge difference.

When Stephen got home, he obviously thought I was crazy, especially when I told him I wanted to sell our nice bed frame and do something with boards instead.

Thankfully he trusts me and let me have my way.

So here is how it turned out:

We "side car" the crib which is great for co-sleeping because it can give us a little more separate space if need be but allows for easy access and closeness.

When I was pregnant with Alice, the first baby thing I bought was this picture:

Done by the lovely artist you can find here:

I just loved the sweet mama bear image and colors.

Later we found out we were having a girl and decided to go with the Alice in Wonderland theme for her nursery and this picture stayed packed away until now.

I also made this mobile when I was pregnant with Alice to go with the mama bear picture but again, it didn't work for Alice's nursery.

So I am really excited to be able to use them now.

On the other wall I wanted a large colorful piece of art and decided to make this:

I got the idea and followed the instructions from here:

I really love how it turned out, and it was super inexpensive.

Some cubbies for Rutherford's clothes and a diaper changing station:

I sold our bed frame on Craigslist and just got a metal platform bed frame (which has also provided lots of storage).

Then I got some boards that I white washed and had Stephen attach them to the wall.

I really like how it turned out.

Now this is one of my favorite rooms!  It makes this nesting mama very happy.

Just 3 more weeks till due date!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Disneyland: Day 2

Day 2 we went to California Adventure.

Alice's favorite princess right now is Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) so she chose to where that dress.  And though I brought her a change of clothes, she was more than happy to wear it all day.

I did a little Disney Bounding again with a blue top, blue headband and black ribbon around my neck in honor of Cinderella :)

The exciting event for the day was a breakfast with the princesses at Ariel's Grotto.

Jane doesn't have any princess dresses so we went with Minnie :)

We sat down for breakfast and different princesses came out and talked with us and took pictures.

Alice was SO excited!  It was so fun watching her with them.

Another carousel :)

Her favorite was a very slow Bug's Life caterpillar ride.

She liked the ferris wheel a lot too.

I was a little surprised when she said she wanted to go on this ride with my dad, but she did fine.

While they were doing that, Stephen and my mom went to ride the big roller coaster since my dad's back was bothering him and I can't while pregnant.

Then we got some cotton candy.

It took a minute to convince Jane that it was something to eat but once she tasted it, she needed no more convincing :)

Meeting Chip and Dale.

Jane finally found the perfect "ride" for her.

Meeting Pluto.

Alice said she wanted to go on this ride but it was pretty fast and she ended up screaming the whole time.  Thankfully she got over the trauma pretty fast.

Meeting Lightning McQueen.

We bought her a bubble wand that they were selling everywhere to keep them entertained while we waited for the parade.  What we didn't know when we bought it was that it plays music while it does the bubbles which is kinda annoying (Under the Sea) but they had a blast with it. (It did stop working after a couple days, though that may be due to Jane dunking it in the dogs water bowl)

When the music started for the parade, Alice started dancing like crazy.


She was a happy girl (she doesn't have an underbite by the way, she was just being silly)

It was another fun and successful Disney day.  Thanks Mom and Dad for a unforgettable and magical experience!

The next morning we flew back to Louisiana but not before Alice got another fun experience of getting to sit in the plane's cockpit and meet the pilot.

Unfortunately we spent the last 2 weeks since getting back with rotating sicknesses.  Stephen had a cold while at Disneyland, then I got it when we got home, then Jane spent a couple days throwing up.  Then Alice spent a couple days with a fever, then Jane had a fever a couple of days and tongue sores that make me think it may have been Hand, Foot and Mouth.  Then, Stephen got it!  (Which is rare for an adult).  We are finally all better now.

And Alice is daily singing "It's a small world" to remind us of our trip :)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Disneyland: Day 1

So at the end of our California trip, my parents set up a 2 1/2 day Disneyland trip for all of us.

I was really excited.  Alice LOVES Disney, especially all the princesses.  I knew she would love it.

I honestly was a little nervous that all the excitement would be too much for her and she would just meltdown.  Thankfully she did great and loved it.

We got to LA in the early afternoon and headed into the park around 4pm, just in time to see the parade.

Can you tell she was excited?

She loved waving at the characters.

Her very first Disneyland ride:

She really liked it.  Jane did too.

The next day we were up early and at the monorail to use our passes to get into the park early.

Stephen wore his Lion King shirt that has a picture of Scar and the quote "I'm surrounded by idiots." Which was perfect for him on so many levels.

I decided to have a little fun and do some "Disney Bounding" which is when you wear regular clothes that are similar, usually in color, to a Disney character.

I, of course, couldn't help but do Ariel.  What fun is having long red hair if you can't be Ariel!?

(Purple top like her shells and teal pants like her fins, puka shell necklace and starfish hair clip)

We tried really hard to talk Alice into going on the teacup ride but she was too scared.  I was only able to get her to sit in this cup by promising that it wouldn't move.

We talked her into going on the Alice in Wonderland ride but halfway through the ride broke down and they turned on all the lights and walked us out the back rooms which was kinda interesting but certainly loses the "magic".

She loved the carousel.

Stephen and I had talked a few times before this trip about how Alice would be with the characters.  I thought she would be ok with the princesses but a little shy and that she wouldn't go up to the "non-people" characters.

I was wrong!  This was her first character interaction.

She loved meeting the characters, even if it was a character she didn't really know.

Unfortunately, because it was Halloween season at Disneyland, many of the characters around were the villains.  This was especially confusing to Alice who has been very interested in understanding "bad guys" in movies and has been having a lot of discussions about it.  So it was hard to know what to say when she would see someone like Cruella de Vil and ask "She's nice?"

Jane wasn't too sure about the characters.

My parents asked Alice where she was driving to and she said "The birth center!"  It made my heart melt a little.  She loves coming to my prenatal appointments at the birth center.

We brought a Baby Trend Sit-n-Stand stroller which worked out great.  Jane rode in the front and Alice was able to sit or stand on the back when she got tired and just hop off when she wanted to see something.

Stephen and my dad in a shooting match.  So typical :)

Jane crashed in the stroller in the afternoon.  After having the worst blowout ever!  Thankfully it didn't get on her dress but I ran out of baby wipes and was using paper towels trying to clean it all up!

The Pooh ride was a big hit with Alice of course and then she got to meet the characters.

We had a hard time finding any of the princesses but we did find Belle, though Alice was a little confused since she wasn't wearing her fancy gold dress.

Alice joined Mary Poppins in a little dance, again amazing me at how brave she could be.

The girls loved the parade so much the day before, we decided to watch it again.

You can tell where Jane got her blue eyes from! (Also, I noticed that when my aunts and uncles came to visit that they all have blue eyes too!  Maybe it's the Slovenian in them.)

It was a super fun day.  The weather was great.  The lines were all really short.  I wish Alice would have gone on a few more of the rides but that's ok.  My only real disappointment is that we didn't get to see Alice in Wonderland and get a picture with her.

Next day, California Adventure!