Norah is one month already! Where did the time go?
She has already changed a lot and is challenging me daily. In a good way mostly! She is definitely a different baby than Luke. It is fun to see there relationship develop. He loves her and is very sweet and comforting towards her. She loves to look at him when he’s still enough to stay close for a bit and smiles at him a bunch. Two Children is definitely harder than one but we are finding our groove and getting used to the new us.
And her is a side by side look at Luke and Norah at One month. They look so different here even though I thought they looked more alike.
Thanks for stopping by hopefully more sewing and diy will be happening around here soon. :)
Lately we’ve been hanging out at home a lot more. I’m tired a lot! :) But growing a human will do that to you. Lucky Charms have been a staple in our diet lately. I crave cereal, and only eat it when I’m pregnant, this time around it’s Lucky charms. Hmm…now I want some lucky charms. ;)
Luke got his first taste not to long ago and has started requesting them for breakfast. :) I indulge him occasionally. He’s getting really good at drinking the milk at the end.
But even though we are taking it slower lately I do have some things to share later this week. A tutorial, a single girl quilt, and hopefully I can get a post up about my project life this week or next, a project that I am seriously loving. See you later this week!
He is gaining quite a collection of books since his birthday and Christmas are both in the same month. I will often buy him a book when we visit a thrift store too. We have drawers full and a pile in the living room, and then a large bucket full that used to sit on his ottoman next to his chair. The bucket full was beginning to be a problem, He would only pick the two books on top and ignore the books he had to dig for. So I had to come up with a solution. I saw someone on my IG feed use cool metal wire like plant holders in her daughters room, and of course the IKEA spice racks (out of stock at my local IKEA till mid February), and a couple neat homemade racks too. I would more than likely have used the IKEA spice racks had they been in stock, so glad they weren’t. :)
My final solution, the same galvanized planters from west elm that I used here in my wrap station. I can’t find them on there site, but I just bought these last week at my local West Elm and they had plenty. They work great, so far. :) They don’t have any sharp edges, they fit pretty perfectly in that space, and they hold a lot.
As soon as I hung them, with Luke’s ever hovering help, he went right over and started reading books he hasn’t touched since before Christmas. Win Win.
His favorite Books right now: anything Richard Scarry – Busytown and anything Curious George are his top picks, but he also likes anything construction related, and a flag golden book – he now knows he is an American and can point out American flags, cracks me up. :)
This little reading nook will be staying once baby #2 moves in. We use it multiple times a day and there’s not much else you can put in front of a window. We will definitely be changing a bunch of other stuff up and moving things around since they will be sharing. I also plan on using the same color scheme of navy, gray, white, with hints of teals and yellow. If we have a girl I will just add some coral or pink to her area by the crib. I am kind of excited to transform this room a little but it will wait for a while since we will be keeping Luke in his crib as long as possible.
How do you store your kids books? I would love to see your solutions! I have to find a better one for downstairs now. :)
Luke loves to figure things out, he is constantly asking what’s that noise, what does that do, how does that work, and don’t get me started on things he can open, latch, tinker with. I am not sure if this is a normal toddler thing or boy thing as he’s my first but it makes for some fun and dangerous times. :)
So….I made him a latch board. I have wanted to make one for the past year for him but after seeing Young House Love’s they made their daughter this year I put it on the top of the New Year’s list. Young House Love’s DIY is super comprehensive so if you are looking for detailed pictures of the actual process check out there post.
I simply grabbed some of the cabinet grade finished plywood I had left over from Luke’s train table and cut it down to 23″wide x 30″ tall. I then sanded the heck out of it reducing my sandpaper grit a couple times to make sure it was super smooth with no splinter possibilities since I am not planning on sealing it. Once it was smooth and ready to go I marked out the strips and used Frog Tape (seriously amazing) and taped off the stripes. I rubbed all the edges of the tape nice and good so there was no bleeding.
Once the stripes where dry (two coats Martha Stewart craft paint in satin Meadowlark) I laid out all my latches and handles and screwed them all down. I used a couple Utility Handles, Key Locking Hasp, Barrel Bolt, Gate Hook and Eye, Adjustable Staple Hinge Hasp, Sash Lock, Door Chain, Several Carabiners, and Screw Eyes. I found some in my miscellaneous junk and bought the rest at Home Depot. There is probably a ton of other stuff you can use.
I had it sitting out for him when he came downstairs one morning and he played with it for a good 30 minutes straight. Several days later he is still loving it. It will be mounted to a wall in his play area in the basement and the top stripe is empty because I am going to add numbers across the top.
Have you made a latch or gadget board for your munchkin? Leave me a link so I can check it out.
I have several boards pinned on my Luke Danger Board on Pinterest if you would like to check out some others for inspiration.
This morning Luke and I just lazed about for a little bit. I let him watch a few shows in my bed, and I relaxed and enjoyed the fact that he didn’t wake up early crying from teething pain as he has several days this past week.
Then we got ready and headed out to the park, well two parks. We where trying to find a place to take a picture of my quilt I finished yesterday. Check back tomorrow for Quilt details.
We found one.
Then we played and watched trains for a bit. I think he may have had fun.
I was thinking I would take pictures out at the park, but realized I can’t take them myself and don’t have a tripod. So I snapped a couple of pictures of my outfit when we got home.
My outfit was inspired by Oh Sweet Joy! She has such cute style, she works for Anthropologie after all! :)
Shirt: The Loft
Necklace: Groopdealz (check ebay though)
Sandals: Steve Madden
Linking up with The Pleated Poppy today for What I Wore Wednesday. Check it out if you haven’t she has great style too and there are so many fun ladies that link up super cute outfits.
There’s a teepee in my Living Room! We are having too much fun with it. Luke’s Grandma sent it over for him to enjoy, some of Daddy’s siblings used to play in it.
We set it up last night, with some unnecessary annoyance on my part. :) But I finally figured it out. Then David got inside to show our little Indian the ropes. He rather enjoys playing peekaboo in there. :)
This morning it was the first thing he wanted to do when we got downstairs. After Breakfast he moved right in with his bench. Climbing away.
It is so nice to have a cute tent without making one. It is simple natural canvas and wood poles. I think I need to make him a campfire pillow, maybe a garland, oh and a feather headdress? I may be getting ahead of myself since I know he doesn’t “get” any of this stuff, but it is too much fun! :)
Here are a few snippets of our basement family room.
My stack of vintage luggage. The top two are from random thrift stores for a buck or two each, the bottom two I recently found at the Kane County Flea Market for less than $15 each.
A side table collective. The Owl is a recent purchase from Homegoods, and the artwork is from A Vintage Poster and is matted with green vine fabric for a punch of color.
Some pillows on the sofa. The navy and white I made with fabric from Calico Corners, the orange I made from a cotton velvet from Joann’s several years ago, and the tiny bit of green you see in the foreground is a dwell studio pillow from Target.
A stack of vintage thrifted books sits under my thrifted orange lamp.
Oh and who doesn’t love seeing pictures of a cute, happy, drooly baby?
I will be showing more of the basement soon. I just have one or two more projects to finish. But you can see the play area here if you like?