A nursery for Silas

I found a brief moment when Silas was napping to snap some pics of his nursery. I LOVE how it turned out. Since he’s only 7 weeks he’s still sleeping in a cosleeper in  our room, but he’s taken a few naps in here. It’s such a big change from where this room started!

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This room is really small, just 8 by 11 feet. I wanted to keep it feeling light and fun with lots of artwork and a modern feel.

 

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I added some diy plumbing pipe curtain fixtures over the window and closet to give the room a little symmetry. The curtains are just old ones from Target. Because the fixtures are screwed right into studs Silas and his older sister can tug on them all they want – they are very secure. An Ikea Raskog cart holds all our diapering supplies, freeing up space in the dresser. We do 60/40 split with cloth/disposable diapers, mostly sposie’s at night.

 

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The crib is the Ikea Gulliver that we used with Lucy. I love how simple it is, and you can’t beat the price. The little stool in front of the window is a Target find. Lucy likes to perch there while I’m changing Silas (approximately 1,000 times per day- kid’s a puker) The mobile is from this Etsy shop. I love how it adds just a little bit of whimsy to the room.

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The Monte Luca glider was a deeply discounted floor sample score at a local baby boutique. I promised myself an upholstered glider the second time around and I’m so glad – it’s so much more comfortable than the rocking chair we used in Lucy’s nursery. The little dipped stool/side table is from Serena&Lily. The lamp is from Ikea. The “goodnight” dinosaur print is from Urban Outfitter. and so is the fox pillow (which I think is no longer available.)

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This tree bookshelf is my favorite feature in the room. It’s by Babyletto and is the perfect size. It’s not at all practical for regular books (too shallow) , but it’s perfect for displaying small toys and baby books. It’s right next to the door so it’s narrow depth is perfect. It also holds the neatest little humidifier night light from Muji.

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The mid century dresser is one of the first grown up pieces of furniture Pk and I ever bought. It’s petite size is perfect for a kids room and I love the original brass hardware. We have two Ubi diaper pails, one for cloth and one for disposables. So far I’m impressed –  no stink and you can use any bag or liner you like. The “twenty northern friends” print is from Banquet on Etsy and the Tree of Life print I blogged about ages ago, here. Framing was a big expense in this room, but I love all the artwork in here. It really brings the space to life and I hope Silas grows to love what we picked out for his room.

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The rug is also from Ikea. It’s 100% wool and does a great job hiding animal hair. I added an extra squishy rug pad underneath so it’s foot and baby friendly too. The baby gym is also Ikea. Shocking, I know – I had to offset all my splurges (glider, framing, artwork) with some more affordable pieces, thus, Ikea. Affordable solid wood kids toys aren’t that easy to come by and this one is easy on the eyes.

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Last but not least, the star of the show! Silas is 7 weeks old today and weighs in at an impressive 15 and a half pounds. Two weeks ago he developed a scary high fever and we had to spend 2 nights in the hospital, but thankfully everything is fine now (thank god for antibiotics- he had a UTI.) Of course it happened the night of Pk’s first international work trip since Silas’ birth, but thankfully the grandparents were available to stay with Lucy while I took care of our little man.  It was stressful and it’s taken me a little while to get back on my game since we got home. Silas is a very different baby than Lucy was, but we’re getting the hang of things. Lucy has done a great job, but is showing a little bit of regression behavior now that he is a little older and some of the excitement of his arrival has faded away for her.  Adjusting to two kids is way more difficult than adjusting to one – everyone warned me, but until I was in the thick of it, I didn’t fully understand. There is literally no personal time left and almost no time for blogging. Hopefully we’ll get into some kind of routine soon and I’ll have some time to catch up on house projects (the garage/art studio is finally getting done!) Pk is taking me on a date tonight, just us, and I can’t wait. Hope you all are well and enjoying spring!

xx-H

 

Postpartum tips – for the second time around.

This is a mom-heavy post so feel free to skip if you’re here for reno/design stuff.

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Silas at 3 weeks 5 days and almost 12lbs. I love a baby double chin.

It seems impossible, but it’s already been a month since baby #2 arrived. The post partum period is such a blur – time seems to move both incredibly fast and yet, glacially slow. I think that the second time around, it’s easy to feel like your an expert going in to it. You’ve done this before, right? No. You haven’t. You did it with one newborn, NOT a newborn and another kid. It’s safe to say I definitely over did it this time around and tried to accomplish way too much too soon. Here are a few tips that will hopefully keep another mom out there from getting totally run down and overwhelmed.

1. Say No.

Say it loud, say it proud. It’s ok to say no to, or at least limit the number of, visitors in those first few weeks. Lucy has done a fabulous job welcoming Silas into our family, but having tons of visitors those first couple of weeks really threw her for a loop. I also feel a lot of pressure to keep my house clean when people are coming over (absurd with a newborn, I know.) I think the best strategy is to limit visitors to days when your partner is home from work and can help out and limit the number of visitors to just one or two groups per day. It’s also ok to tell people to leave when YOU get tired, not just when the baby is sleeping. On the one hand it’s great to have people come shower your older child with attention, but it also can be a little overwhelming for your child to deal with a lot of coming and going. Don’t push yourself and get comfortable saying “no thanks, we really need to rest.”

2. Accept help, and be specific about what you need.

If people ask what they can do tell them to bring you food. Ask for takeout or hand them a grocery list, but don’t feel obligated to host them for dinner. Good visitors will appear with food and then leave so you can get back to cuddling as soon as possible.

3. Drink water. All the time.

Find a giant water bottle with a straw and keep drinking. Get a high capacity one so you don’t have to get up and fill it all the time. Lucy loved drinking out of my special water cup, so the bigger the better.

4. Make a diaper/nursing station by your couch or favorite chair.

This is key. You don’t want to have to get up every time you need lanolin or a burp cloth. Get a basket and keep it stocked with diapers, wipes, nursing pads, a nursing cover for squeamish visitors, lanolin, hand sanitizer, and a spare outfit for the baby. A cell phone charger wouldn’t hurt either.

5. Keep a stack of books and a loaded iPad around for your older child.

I’d love to pretend that we didn’t pacify Lucy with shows, but the truth is those first few weeks are such an exhausting time that she had to entertain herself a lot. I downloaded a few new games and shows for her so that we could all have some quiet time when we needed it. Books are great for a little snuggle time while you nurse your new baby.

6. Have a safe place on every floor where you can put down your baby.

We have bouncy chairs/lounges in almost every room so that if Lucy needs me I can safely put the baby down to help her. The temptation to just pop your baby on the couch for one second can be strong, but babies learn to roll over fast, so make sure that they are in a safe spot before you answer the door or head to the bathroom. I keep a bouncy chair in the bathroom so that I can bring Silas with me while I shower – the noise is very soothing for him and being able to keep an eye on him while Lucy plays in her room is a sanity saver.

7. Stock your fridge and pantry with one handed food.

The hunger that comes with nursing is like no other. Fill your fridge and pantry with healthy, easy to eat foods that you and your older child love. For us that is tubs of pre-cut fruit, yogurt, cheese, trail mix, squeezable fruit for Lucy ( in the foil packets), high protein granola bars. Another big help has been making big batches of healthy grains like quinoa, beans, and brown rice so that the foundation of dinner is always available.

8. Take the pain meds you are prescribed.

Take them on schedule. It’s much better to stay on top of the pain then to try and recover from it.

9. Be prepared for a lot of laundry – yours especially.

Spit up, night sweats, leaky boobs – post partum is a messy time. Spread a big towel or receiving blanket on your bed so you don’t have to change your sheets all the time. I stocked up on cheap but comfy tshirts and leggings from Target so I always had something clean on hand.

10. Make sure you have your newborn necessities ready to go.

It might have been pretty straightforward to do a Target run with one kid to get what you need, but handling two in those first weeks can be daunting. Here’s what I had on hand…

 

 

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1. Aden and Anais swaddle blankets I had 8 of these leftover from Lucy and got 4 more as a gift. You can never have enough of these swaddle,burp,nursing cover multi-taskers. The bamboo ones are very soft, but I prefer the cotton muslin for durability.
2. The Beco Gemini Baby Carrier This is a great soft structured carrier. Baby can face in or out (when they are older) or hip carry. The gemini is great because you don’t need an additional insert to use it with a newborn (like the Ergo.) Another great carrier for a newborn is a ring sling, like the Sakura Bloom Pure sling. A carrier of some sort is essential so that you can attend to your older child and/or your own needs with both hands. If Silas is having a hard time calming down I can pop him in the carrier for some guaranteed quiet time.
3. Footed one pieces from the Gap. It really don’t matter where you get them, but I like how soft the ones from the Gap are. When your baby screams through wardrobe changes and a 3 year old is pulling on your leg you don’t want to mess around with separates and tiny socks. I love the built in hand covers too.
4. Boppy pillow and cover. I used a My Breast Friend pillow with Lucy but really prefer the Boppy. A stylish washable cover is key since this pillow goes where I go and gets puked on all the time.
5.Wubbanub paci toy. This is a great way to keep track of your pacifier. We keep this one in the crib for those brief moments when Silas uses it.
6. Aden and Anais Burpy Bibs. These are generously sized and super absorbent. They also can be used as a bib which makes them a great 2 in 1 product. Just like the swaddling blankets, they get softer with every wash. I drape one on every visitor since Silas is a big time spitter upper.
So! Those are my tips. The biggest thing for me is just recognizing that getting the little things done is more than enough accomplishment for the day. Are we all fed and mostly clean? Then I feel like supermom. We are definitely getting into a good routine, but I really tried to do too much in those first couple of weeks. It takes a while for the adrenaline of childbirth to fade, but don’t be fooled – sleep deprivation will catch up with you. I also had mastitis which was definitely my body’s way of telling me to slow down. Rather than try and figure out what housework I can do in the moments the baby is sleeping and Lucy is distracted I’m trying to focus on resting and enjoying my two kids (it still feels crazy to type that.)
Hope you all are well! On to more house projects next week…
xx-H

Our new arrival!

Our son, Silas Arthur Patrick Kelly, was born April 2nd at 6:12 am. He weighed in at a whopping 8lbs15oz and was 22 inches long!

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Lucy has done a wonderful job welcoming her new brother. It’s hard to put into words how much love I feel for these two. We have our first doctors appointment today and our first full day alone at home, but so far things have been going really well. I’m looking forward to sharing some more projects around the house that got done (or at least started 😉 ) in the last few weeks, especially his nursery!

Xx-h

Wishing you the happiest New Year

We’re cuddled up on the couch, waiting for Pk to get home from another trip. The snow is falling and its about 15° outside. Lucy and I both have colds and my poor little girl has a terrible black eye from conking her head on Grandma’s table. I think we’ve reached the inevitable post birthday/holiday let down, but honestly, I’m looking forward to some weeks of clean, quiet, living. My goals are to sort through our ever increasing possessions and donate what isn’t beautiful or useful to us. Even Lucy’s in on it – she gathered up a bag of toys to give away this morning. Frequent blog readers know that this time of year we are inundated with to-do lists and resolutions and plans for living better. Mine are pretty simple – prepare for the new baby joining us this year, spend a little less time on Pinterest, and remembering…

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We have an incredible amount to be grateful for. My baseboards might be dusty, and my closets in disarray, but our little family gives me the most powerful sense of happiness. I’m pretty sure perfectly folded laundry and kale smoothies can’t improve upon how much just their very existence means to me.

I doubt we will make it to midnight tonight so have an extra glass of bubbly for me!

Happy New Year to you and yours!

xx-H

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Both the days until Christmas and the days until Pete gets home again – he has another work trip that the won’t be home from until Christmas eve. Lucky duck gets to miss all the pre-Christmas insanity that happens around here (smart planning Pk!) The past couple weeks have been a non-stop holiday birthday social extravaganza. Two holiday work parties for the mister and we celebrated Lucy’s 3rd birthday with our family a few days early over the weekend.

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I know. blurry iPhone instagrams are the worst, but I was having too much fun to stop and take more pics. Please note the dog trying to sneak some cauliflower off the veggie tray. Luckily we had some cupcakes leftover for her actual birthday yesterday.

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That face. Honestly. I can’t even.

The parties for Pk’s work have a special significance this year because my rock star hard worker (as he labeled himself in my email account) got a major promotion. It sounds cheesy, but I’m incredibly proud of him. It really makes all the times he was out of town feel worth it and even though his schedule won’t slow down any time soon, I’m thrilled to see him so happy. Also – it was super fun to trade in my yoga pants for heels and dresses. Here’s what Ive been wearing this holiday party season…

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I’m just barely still squeezing into non-maternity shift dresses at 25 weeks. I had to size up on the red top shop number to accommodate not my ever growing belly but my ever growing bust (seriously, enough with the boobs already!) I linked to some J.Crew jewelry that I think I might pick up for this sort of thing next year – right now everything at J.Crew is 30% off with the code GIFTNOW. The outfit on the right is what I’ll be wearing when we host our Christmas day open house, with flats on because NO WAY can I imagine wearing heels when decorum doesn’t require it.

Now that our two weeks of partying is over it’s time to finish up our Christmas shopping and get this house spanked into shape so we can spend the days around Christmas just being together (until Pk goes out of town through the New Year)

That’s what’s happening folks! Hope your holiday prep is going well.

xx-H

Toddler girl outfits – holiday inspiration

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I have found it much easier to shop for Lucy this holiday season than for myself, most maternity holiday clothes are pretty garish. Lucy’s options, on the other hand, are fabulous. I tend to shy away from the brighter colors in hopes that she can wear things again when it isn’t Christmastime and I also want her to be comfortable enough to play. I look for fleece lined tights and super soft under layers so that she can throw something sparkly on without being freezing as we go from place to place. Lucy is kind of a funny size – tall enough for some 4t, but a skinny mini so still fitting into some baby collections that go up to 36 moths, like Zara. We picked up a few things at H&M that I wasn’t able to link to, but I was really impressed with their in store selection and sales. The Gap/Old Navy has some darling options for more casual events (pre-school holiday party, holiday play-date, etc.) I rediscovered Garnet Hill kids – I always forget they have charming kids clothes too. Lucy’s birthday party is less than two weeks away so she will surely pick something sparkly to wear that day too (my bet is the gold dot dress from Garnet Hill.)
Hope your holiday prep is going well – I find it awfully tempting to shop for non-gift items this time of year.
xx-H
ps. The Zara coat has tiny ears on the hood. Little old ladies always cluck and coo over Lucy when she wears it.

Lucy’s Selfies

Last weekend we met some friends/family at a new AMAZING pie and coffee shop that just opened. The place was pretty packed and there were a ton of kids. The line was kind of long, and Lucy was pretty crabby. Without a second thought I handed off my phone to her to keep her entertained while I ordered. Imagine my surprise when I spotted these awesome selfies she took while I was browsing my photo library.

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Those big brown eyes! Her little expressive face! I could kiss it a million times a day. I love that she included Daddy in one too.

I hope you have a fabulous weekend.

xx-H

– the name of the pie shop is Hoosier Mama Pie Co. and Dollop Coffee & Tea. Everything was delicious! They make savory pies, quiches, and salads too. yum.

It’s a…

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BOY!!!

A healthy baby boy. Pk was able to come with me to my ultrasound yesterday and we decided to tell Lucy last night at dinner. She took it pretty well – there was about 5 minutes of crying because she really wanted to have a girl baby, then a few more minutes of crying when she realized she wasn’t going to have the baby herself. Once it sunk in, with lots of descriptions of our friends’ families (i.e. – neighbor Jane has a little baby brother John and you are going to have one too!) she got REALLY excited. She still thinks we should name him Lily, even though he’s not a girl and he should be a dragon for Halloween next year. She kept describing all the things she would show him and do with him and gave my belly lots of kisses. It was so amazing how instantly she felt love for him. This morning she woke up and asked if he was coming today, so we might have to work on that delayed gratification business. We shared the photo above with friends on Facebook and Instagram – it feels so great to celebrate!

It’s finally sinking in, I think. We are really going to have another baby. A whole new personality for us to know and love. A new character in the story of our lives together. I feel so lucky.

xx-H

ps. I think picking a name is going to be hard! Pk likes to be pretty contrary 😉

Surfacing

I surely didn’t mean to take 3 months off blogging. In my defense, I’ve been kind of distracted.

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Our FET worked! Pk and I are expecting another baby, due April 1st.

We got confirmation of our success while we were visiting my sis in DC/Ocean City. I initially stopped blogging because it felt too soon to share our news and because it was so foremost in my mind that I almost couldn’t think (or write) about anything else. We also wrapped up some projects on the house so there wasn’t a lot of house related business to blog. Very quickly though, the main reason I stopped blogging was because I developed kind of awful morning sickness along with a solid case of the first trimester blahs. The first trimester is such a strange time – you are terribly sick (or at least I was this time) but not quite ready to tell everyone why you look like death warmed over all the time. I’ve also had a hard time managing how anxious I feel about this pregnancy. Even though I’m passed the point at which I miscarried last year, I still feel worried about how things will turn out.

I was not sick at all during my pregnancy with Lucy so being so ill has really taken me by surprise. Strangely, the worst of it happened after I started my second trimester, around the time that all the books and pregnancy apps promised i would be feeling better(I’m 17 weeks now.) I developed severe migraines and uncontrollable nausea and even spent a long day in the ER getting IV hydration and meds. Thankfully, I think I’ve reached the peak of how sick I’ll be and am actually starting to feel a little more human! I really hope it’s all rosy from here on out – I’m not sure I could handle another 5 months of feeling like I have the flu.

Lucy still isn’t totally aware of what’s going on. We were trying to hold off until we knew the gender of the baby, but I think at this point the belly is making things pretty obvious, even to a two year old. I also didn’t want her to associate “mommy’s having another baby!” with “mommy won’t get off the couch/stop throwing up” I want her to be excited (heck, I’m ready to be excited!) It still feels a bit surreal, but I’m ready to enjoy this and so, so, glad that we have a new member of the family.

That’s the news from our end.

xx-H

ps. I’m so glad to be back in the land of the living! Right in time for Halloween!

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