Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Baby to Toddler Room Redo

I was seriously nervous people.  The thought of my precocious two year old going to sleep when not confined to a crib and then staying there all night seemed unlikely.  At well over two, he was more than happy to still be sleeping in his crib.  We were more than happy to keep him there.  Dominic didn't sleep through the night until he was about 15 months old, so I was really wary of disturbing our peaceful nights we waited so long for.  But, we wanted to use his nursery furniture for the new baby's room.  We also wanted to get him settled into his new sleeping situation well before the baby came so that he wouldn't feel like we were taking something from him to give to the baby.  So the room switch began.

I took a few pictures of his room the way it was for memory's sake.  I loved his nursery and was a little sad to change it..

Two Saturdays ago we assembled his new toddler bed and got it all set up for him.  Then we brought him in to show him his new sleeping arrangement.  Much to our surprise he was so excited!  He jumped right into bed.  We were still nervous to actually 'put him to bed'.  That first night seemed to take a bit longer.  We had to read his normal bedtime stories several times.  I tried to tuck him in extra tight so he would be less inclined to get out.  haha.  We said "night night" for the final time and turned him light off, walked out, and shut the door.  Then we hurried to our room to watch him on his video monitor.  Luckily we were able to mount his old monitor on the new bed.

He did great!!  Well, we watched him for a little while.  He did get out of bed and walk around his room.  We were sure he'd open his door and come into our room.  He's been able to open doors for a while now.  We even heard the door knob jiggle once when he was up... almost like he thought about opening it but decided not to.  Then it happened.  He climbed back into bed and fell asleep.  I swear!  We couldn't believe it either.  He slept all night.  I nearly passed out when we woke up the next morning to the sound of him knocking on his bedroom door.  Again, I have no idea why that first night he didn't open the door on his own.

We still worried that the first night was a fluke, a sort of beginner's luck.  Color me shocked.  It wasn't.  I don't know if it was good timing or what.  Perhaps waiting until he was a little older than the 'norm' worked out in our favor because it seems that he was really and truly ready.  I can't believe how simple it was.  He has slept all night, every night since then no problem.  He hasn't even given us trouble at nap time.  Occasionally he will get up after I put him down for a nap and I'll have to remind him that it's time to go to sleep.  Other than that I'm just marking this down in our "easy" category.  We've had some hard things to work on along the way so each time something works out easily for us it's that much more exciting.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Pregnancy Update: 24 weeks

I'm well into my 24th week of pregnancy now and baby #2 weighs over a pound. 

I have experienced quite a bit of growth over these last four weeks.  Thankfully I'm still pretty comfortable and able to sleep well.  I was a bit shocked by the amount of weight gain  recorded at my last appointment, even though I remember having a big jump at this same point during my first pregnancy.  Such is life..  I've been trying to make a little bit better choices when it comes to food, but I refuse to deny myself.  haha.  I'm pregnant damnit and I WILL enjoy it.  As a woman, I'll probably fuss over my weight until the day I die.  I reserve the right to call time-out when I'm growing a baby.

We've reached another goal on our ever expanding list of things to do before this child arrives.  The extra bedroom is basically empty and we've purchased paint.  We went with our original plan of blue and purple.  I've got to say that I'm super excited to get started.  The blue we picked out is so bright and calming at the same time, and very girly.  Just looking at the sample dot on the top of the can makes me want to paint the whole room that color.

I've been working on a bright and colorful baby blanket for my summer girl and it's done!!  I happened across this yarn one day and knew it would make a cute blanket.  This is actually my first finished blanket and I can't wait to make more.  I also made a cute hat that matches, but from different yarn.  I'm not normally into a lot of pink but this yarn just reminds me of sunshine :)

Oh, and Dominic is now the proud owner of a big boy toddler bed.  More on that to come in it's own post!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wee bit Wednesday

I've been wanting to participate and I think this week I'll go ahead and jump in :)

{one} how often do you do laundry?
It seems like constantly.  There is almost always something in either the washer or the dryer. 

{two} what is your favorite type of cookie?

White chocolate macadamia nut SOFT cookies :)

{three} what would you do with an extra $2000 per month?

Pay off everything except my mortgage, and then start saving for a down payment on our next house.

{four} what was/is your favorite subject in school?

Algebra.  Definitely.

{five} have you ever ridden in a hot air balloon?

Nope.  I don't even think there are hot air balloons around here.  Too urban.

{six} what was your high school mascot?

A cougar.  grrrrr.

{seven} if you had the chance to go into space, would you?

I'm thinking not. 

{eight} how often do you go dancing?

Uhhh never.

{nine} would you rather drive or fly?

Fly definitely.  Get me there quick!

{ten} have you ever been caught re-gifting?

No.  I don't think I've ever re-gifted without the recipient's knowledge.  Like I might have said to someone, "Hey, I got this and don't need it.  Do you want it?"  But it's not re wrapped and all that jazz.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Ramblings and a serious note

First, I'd like to say thank you for the comments left on my recent posts, especially the pregnancy update ones.  We've been really fortunate to get to this place and recently we learned that our second precious baby has also been spared the congenital heart defects I was born with.  It's such a relief to be told that because pregnancy for me means that I am accepting a higher than normal chance of having a child with a heart condition.  So far we've created two children with beautifully perfect hearts.

Speaking of children, usually I hate to brag... but there are some times you just have to sit back in amazement at the little genius standing before you.  Holy crap people!  Dominic has really blown us away lately with how quickly he is learning.  At 28 months he is like a little sponge.  He can now correctly identify and say all of his colors, shapes (circle, square, triangle, oval, rectangle, diamond), count to twelve, and repeat just about any word we say to him.  The last one has surprised us the most.  It's like he's actively trying to learn new things now, instead of us constantly trying to teach him.  Everywhere we go he's talking.  Constantly.  He's labeling fruit in the grocery store, the food on our plates at dinner, and every shape he spots.  He's been speaking in sentences for a few months now and that's been taken to the next level.  At first it started with him repeating common sentences he heard us say.  Now he thinks about what he's going to say before he says it.  It's amazing.  Ok I'm done ;)

We've been super busy around the house getting things ready for baby.  If you read this post, you know we've got a lot to do.  We accomplished a few things over the weekend.  The linen closet is now complete.  The door is on and painted.  It's fully stocked.  Another wall downstairs is painted, that leaves two more.  We painted two banisters too.  We're moving on to the baby's room now because we have to.  Dominic's new bedroom furniture will be here today.  We've decided that his present for becoming a 'big boy' and moving to a toddler bed will be his very own little fish tank.  We've never had fish but he always seems to be so intrigued whenever we go to someones house that does.  Wish us luck.  I'd hate to have to flush his first fish the day after we bring it home.

Attention Safeway: bring back the yellow plums.  They have stopped carrying them, as if to tease me with their delicious tartness and then yank it away.  Dominic fools me every time we go to the store, shouting, "yellow plums!" from the cart.  I get all excited just to see that he's pointing at the yellow nectarines on the stand where they used to be.  Rats.  Recently I've had to settle for regular plums and while they are tasty, they aren't the same.  Let's fix this Safeway.

It's raining today, but we've seen a recent rise in temperatures.  I cannot express my joy in words.  I go stir crazy being stuck in the house when it's cold and yucky out.  There's nothing worse than dragging a toddler around in the cold/rainy wind.  Warm sunshine means park trips, picnic lunches, and feeding the new ducklings- all great things.  Dominic, like most kids, prefers to be outside enjoying the fresh air.  He's happy as a clam just roaming around poking things with sticks and tossing pebbles.  He constantly asks to go outside or to the park.

Finally, I'd like to turn things serious for a moment.  I was recently introduced to a blog through my friend, Teresa.  She is a follower and was touched by this family's story enough to blog about it.  I checked out the blog myself and and now check in daily for updates.  The blog is about a family whose five year-old girl, Lucy, was diagnosed with brain cancer.  She has had surgery and is now undergoing radiation and chemotherapy.  If ever I need to be reminded of just how fragile and precious a child is, I think of this blog.  My heart breaks for this mother who has to watch her little girl endure terrible things in the fight for her life.  If you have the chance, please visit their blog and keep them in your thoughts.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

the ABC's of me

Stolen from Kaley!

A. Age: twenty four

B. Bed size: king

C. Chore you dislike: putting away clean laundry..  or scrubbing the bathroom tub/shower

D. Dogs: one- Libby.. and Kaley can have her

E. Essential start to your day: it used to be a nice big cup of yummy coffee, but now I'm drinking decaf earl grey tea.  womp womp.

F. Favorite color: blue or green

G. Gold or Silver: white gold

H. Height: five feet five inches

I. Instruments you play(ed): an ipod

J. Jelly bean flavor: toasted marshmallow by Jelly Belly.  nom.

K. Kids: Dominic Ethan, almost two and a half (sheesh) and one baby girl due in August

L. Lucky Number(s): ehhh.. I don't really have one.  I'll go with 11
M. Month: Current?  April

N. Nicknames: Mess
O. Overnight hospital stays: Many when I was a baby, about another week when I was nine (all for heart-related things/surgeries), and then when I gave birth to Nic.

P. Pet peeves: People who drive slow in the left lane- get the eff over!
Q. Quote from a movie: "I carried a watermelon"

R. Righty or Lefty: righty

S. Siblings: one sis- Abby

T. Time You Wake Up: Usually around 7:30

U. Underwear: comfy ones.  haha
V. Vegetables you don't like?: lima beans, GROSS. <- good call.

W. What makes you run late?: forgetting things as I'm running out the door.  My husband jokes that Dominic must think it's normal for people to leave the house, turn around for what they forgot, and leave again.
X. X-rays you've had?:  Just teeth and also during a couple angiograms

Y. Yummy food you make?: Everything.  You'll eat it and like it ;)
Z. Zoo animal favorites?: ehhh.. elephants or panda bears

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

just one more thing...

I'm sure those of you who are homeowners out there understand the never ending list- the list of home projects that have to get done before such and such happens.  Finally finishing one project is guaranteed to inspire yet another. 

Now that I'm expecting our second child, we knew we needed to turn our so-called "extra" bedroom into the new baby's room.  Simple enough.  Unfortunately, we'd been using that extra room as a storage space.  When we first bought our house (and I was pregnant with Dominic) we designated that room as our office, and it worked out great.  We had our computer in there, a guest bed, and we stored our winter coats and other things in the closet.  At some point in time as Dominic began to accumulate larger toys, we decided to convert that room into his playroom... except he didn't really care to play in there.  And so the playroom fizzled out.  Since then, it's been where we stick pretty much anything we don't otherwise have a spot for.

So I've begun tossing things out- throwing away anything that isn't really used.  I got a good bit of the room cleared out.  We donated a TV, a TV stand, a bookshelf, and a bunch of other odds and ends to the local Salvation Army and that really opened it up.  There's just a few things that we have to store and need a place for.  Our photo albums, wedding mementos, and a few other important things still need a place.  I don't feel comfortable just tossing them up in the attic.  This brings us to our next project- the linen closet.

Though most every room in our house has been redone by us, we hadn't touched the upstairs linen closet.  It was still painted the same dingy color it had been probably 20 years ago.  It still had those ugly wire shelves.  And it was a total waste of space.  The shelves were way too far apart and it was just a mess.  We decided we had to redo the linen closet in order to get the extra bedroom totally cleared out for the baby.  We gutted, spackled, sanded, painted (more in that in a minute), and bought new white shelves.  Everything should be totally installed by tonight and we'll finish the project completely by adding a new door, replacing the old metal one.  And I got some super cute baskets to go on the shelves.

Next onto the paining.  We've been in the process of repainting every communal/hallway area in our house for some time now.  The tan that the entire house was painted was ok in the beginning, but after living with it for almost three years we've realized just how dark it is.  Dark makes small spaces look smaller.  No good.  At this point I'd say that about 1/3 of the total area we've got is repainted a nice very light stone color.  This must be finished soon.  I'm so tired of staring at blue tape and nice painted walls meeting the old tan ones.  I'd like to get at least the downstairs totally finished before we start on painting the baby's room. 

So there it is.  Our simple preparing of the new baby's nursery has turned my house into a construction zone. 

At 22 weeks our "before baby" list is as follows:
- Install linen closet shelves and door
- Restock closet with linens and the leftover items from the extra bedroom
- Finish painting the remaining three downstairs walls, start painting up the stairs
- Totally gut the extra bedroom, closet included
- Spackle and sand existing closet holes and other wall blemishes
- Paint
- Install chair rail
- Paint chair rail and baseboards
- Wire and install ceiling fan in baby's room
- Install closet organizer in baby's room
- Install new closet doors in baby's room
- Assemble nursery furniture
- Stock and decorate baby's room

phew.  And that doesn't even include that we're going to be taking apart Dominic's crib and dresser and replacing it with a toddler bed and new dresser.  ohmigod.  We have so much to do.

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