Category Archives: our house

me and my baby

I don’t want to be one of those moms that’s never in her kid’s baby pictures!


I dig this gig!

That said, I prefer to have some makeup on.


Thanks for the cleavage Lilu!

And a really killer bra.

sleeping arrangements

I thought that Lilu would sleep in her crib in our room when she came home from the hospital. Unfortunately, I was unable to sleep for 7 straight days because I would jump up with every little coo and squeak she made. Plus she had spit up issues whenever we lay her flat after eating (which was around the clock at first). So we ended up putting her in the carseat of all places.


Hanging out

(I think she might be trying to flick me off.)


Then she slept in the Snugglenest. I felt better about that since it’s at least intended for sleeping.


Taking a nap with dad


Then she wanted movement, so we let her sleep in the swing. (A LOT.)





Then, finally, we put her in her little crib. She was such a peach.


Good morning sunshine!



And now, after only 3 months in her crib, she sleeps on her futon because that serenely swaddled baby above has become this little menace:


Evil Genius


She’s a swaddle-breaking, head-banging extraordinaire. But on her futon? She sleeps like this:



Perfectly Angelic.


Then when she wakes up, she is just happy as can be and crawls to her toys, playing with them until I go in to check on her.


Naptime is over!!

She loves it and it’s working great for us.


50/50: set up the nursery

I’m due tomorrow! Time to set up the nursery! Yes, we are crazy. :/ lol But the baby hasn’t come yet so I get some extra time to get things done.


I’ve been having contractions every 30 minutes for 2 days, so I’m hoping this is labor starting up! Otherwise my doctor wants to induce on the 25th, which I am trying to avoid like the plague. Come on little Lilu! We are (pretty much) ready for you!

48/50: paint the nursery

We actually bought the paint for this room last year. Really. It’s the paint + primer from Behr. The color is Spa in Flat Enamel. I actually have everything picked out for this room, just like this paint, I just need to put it all together. I hope it looks the way I’m imagining, because we don’t have time for any do-overs!


We use a special painting technique to get super straight, crisp paint lines, which I found out about on Making It Lovely. It works like a freaking charm. It does take a lot of time, but it is totally worth it!



Nursery being textured



Nursery inside

47/50: set up the nursery closet

We need a new shelf, a cover for the pipe rod (yes, it’s actually a pipe), then we’ve got to sand, patch, and paint. This is also where our server, router, and security system are hooked up, so those have to be neatened up as well. Can’t wait! (I seriously can’t; I’m about to burst.)


Nursery closet starting point


The nursery closet After -- right

46/50: clear out the nursery

Just a few days til my due date and we are finally starting on the nursery! The people who worked on our great room had to come back to redo some things, so we didn’t have space to clear out the room before today. I’m super excited to get it emptied out so we can paint!



Nursery starting point


Time to paint the nursery

44/50: our last date night before baby

Today is my husband’s 30th birthday. Unfortunately we were too busy to drop everything and go all out for it. L My father-in-law came over to finish the kitchen. He got all the toekicks and trims on, so THE KITCHEN IS DONE!


Kitchen is DONE!!

And as a surprise, my mother-in-law also came over to help us clean up. She made our bed, did the dishes, straightened up, and even MOWED THE LAWN.

Adam's mom mowing the lawn

Yeah. Totally awesome.


Adam's 30th Birthday

I love my in-laws!


Later that night, I took Adam to the movies. He always talks about going to the movies, but I’m not much of a film person and it’s expensive, so we hardly ever go. But for his birthday? I can make an exception.


We saw the last Harry Potter, and it was surprisingly good.  (I say surprisingly because while I usually enjoy the heck out of these movies, Deathly Hallows Part 1 was boring and more than a little convoluted.) We had a dinner of hotdogs, sodas, and popcorn, and I later ate a little pepperoni pizza because I was still hungry. :3 It was really great and makes me want to go out on more movie dates. That said, I can’t wait for Breaking Dawn to come out! I love me some crazy vampire hussies! :F

42/50: clean off the entertainment unit

This doesn’t seem like preparation for the baby, but the speakers and other electronics I’m making room for in the entertainment unit are currently collecting dust in the nursery-to-be. You know, that room we haven’t cleared out or painted or anything even though I’m due in 9 days. Yeah, I think that nesting itch is finally kicking in.

41/50: unpack the kitchen boxes

I did most of the food and small appliances when the cabinets went in, so now I just need to do the dishes, pots, pans, and cleaning supplies. Other than the boxes, I have some random kitchen items stashed here and there throughout the house that I’d like to put away. Like all the ones in my bedroom. Since the handles are on the cabinets now, this will be a lot easier. Before I had to squat to the floor to pull the doors open from the bottom, and let me tell you what a joy that was at 8 months pregnant!