Friday, March 30, 2012

Little E hits up California

Ben & I took what we deamed our "babymoon" & headed off to Northern California for a week!  I can't wait to share more from our trip, when I have the time--it was beautiful & so wonderful- a perfect babymoon. 

 Even though the little E man won't make his official debut for another 6-8 weeks (*I hope!), we documented his trip at 31 weeks with some bump shots.  Some day, he may just want to know about his trip to California. ;)

Monday, March 19, 2012

Nursery Reveal!

Here it is!  After brewing in my head for months, it was so fun to actually make this little project happen & to work on it with my hubby!  I really can't make any of my projects work as well without him because he is much better at the "big picture" than I am, and I am the details behind the big picture, so we make a good team ;)

I couldn't get good lighting on this side of the room for the picture, but it is our changing area (minus the changing pad, for now).   Rather than buying a new dresser/changing table for the room, we opted to store all of little e's clothing in the closet & to make a changing area with an antique table that we already had.  We replaced the legs on the table to make it more sturdy & then, to make up for the lack of storage space that the table provides, we hung wire baskets on the wall nearby with cloth diapers, ointments & such  tucked inside. 

Little e's room also needed to double as a guest bedroom for our family's needs.  To accomodate a large bed & crib into a less than huge room, we decided to make the bed into a daybed & replaced the head & foot board with foot pegs (more on this later--perhaps a DIY Wed?)
This created ample space in the room to have both a guest bed & a crib! YAY! 

We also wanted to create some ambient lighting in the room as an alternative to the big fluorescent bulb that is in the middle of the ceiling & came up with these fun lights to serve as lighting & also decoration over the bed.  I'm working up a tutorial on those as well! 

Like I said, I love the details--this suitcase & vintage baby weigh is purely for fun, totally impractical.  Although, the weigh does work, so I suppose I could track baby's weight every now & again if I'm curious.  :)

Handmade pillows.

Vintage fan to give little e some ambient noise when he sleeps :)

Handmade Crib Skirt--to match the curtains by the changing table. 

If you can't hide the cords, embrace them ;)

And, finally, a close up of my little superhero's wall & crib. 

I love the feeling of a completed project & a successful one at that! 

Friday, March 16, 2012

The little things...

The day that Ben returned home, about a week and a half ago, we just celebrated the little things in life he had missed. His dog, Bob, milk, peanut butter...things you take for granted when you have them daily accessible. We also had a mini celebration of all the holidays and events he had managed to miss while away (Christmas, his birthday, Thanksgiving, etc...) needless to say, he had some unwrapping of gifts to catch up on when he got back. It's been fun to celebrate life's little normalcies with him again, and to find newness in them once again.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

the bump {28 weeks}

This week Little E & I have been enjoying:

Having daddy home to talk to us & to feel baby move :)

Getting creative with the nursery

Warmer weather & nice walks

Hard to believe we have less than 12 weeks to go now!
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Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Sunday, March 4th was a day I've been looking forward to for a long time.

Two days ago, my hubby came home from Afghanistan, and our little household was made complete again.

Having him see & feel little E move for the first time was indescribable. 
Our little family of three is growing into a family of four (yes, I counted Bob) and there is so much peace & joy in having our husband and daddy come home. 

He's going to be the best dad, ever.