wonderfully made: August 2016

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Home sweet home | year 4

Since we bought our house and I started this blog back in 2013, I've done a yearly update on the state of our house. I always like looking back and seeing the big as well as the little changes we've made and even though I'm a little late this year, I didn't want to skip out just because I'm "not blogging" anymore. ;)

Front Porch

I didn't post an update last year but I did a bit of an overhaul in January and it's come a long way! So much better, I think. I'm glad I finally found something that worked!



When we bought the house, Beau's room was a nursery. We made it a guest room/my office until it went back to a nursery, and a nursery it still remains!  I haven't made many changes on it but posted on how we are living with it back in March


Kitchen and eating area

The kitchen hasn't changed much in a year except that I have painted the area around the window back to our beloved Dolphin Fin. I was surprised with how many people said they liked the pop of color, but I'm liking the neutral look at the moment.


We switched around some rugs in the dining area but that's about it for this room.


Living Room

The living room has probably seen the most change. It's where we hang out pretty much all day and of course, a lot of things change with a baby! We installed a hinged gate (love this one and found ours on Craigslist) and keep a tension gate on the doorway to the hall while Beau is awake. I also talked Mark into this rug and we all LOVE IT. Even Motley. It's so comfy and surprisingly easy to vacuum and just makes the room so much cozier. We also put our vintage marble-topped table in storage and found a padded storage ottoman on a Facebook garage sale. The ottoman and the rug both give us peace of mind with a toddling baby around! We also changed out the standard blinds for these bamboo blinds and I'm sad we didn't do it sooner. We love them!


I'm also slowly adding to the gallery wall and think I'll have it wrap around and into the kitchen soon.


Master Bedroom

Late at night when Mark was out of town a few weekends ago, I changed out our curtains...which led to a bunch of other changes. We are enjoying our more neutral room at the moment and I like how the grey walls make the room dark and cozy. I raised one curtain rod since the curtains are SUPER long, but I haven't gotten around to moving the other one. Whoops. I picked up this lamp and this blanket (which I searched high and low for and is the prettiest, creamiest, comfiest, biggest, yummiest wonderful blanket EVER) to finish out the neutral look and we're enjoying it!

We also scored an original mid century modern dresser in great condition that has moved in here. I'm kind of a dresser hoarder (we have 5 in our 1200 sq ft of space) so we moved our Ikea Hemnes dresser into the office for all of my Etsy supplies. I'll show you that room one day after I get it cleaned up...it's always a mess!

"Master" bath

Not much has changed here except Mark did add an extra shelf for all of my stuff! 



We FINALLY found a remedy to the back porch area that I'm happy with and I've loved our little backyard even more since then. :) Of course, the updated picture was taken a few months ago before the tree bloomed and it looks WAY better all lush and stuff. Just use your imagination! 


This could be our last year in this house, maybe not. Either way, I love this little first home of ours!

Here are a few bonus/detail pictures for you. We're always making our house a home!

If you're not comfortable spending big bucks on my other favorite candle, this one is so good and way less than half the price!

(Finally an updated picture of our landscaping! I don't think I ever shared these. It feels so much nicer now!)

And that's our home sweet home. <3
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Monday, August 8, 2016

beau andrew | eleven months

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Beau is ELEVEN months old. Yes, we're in countdown mode and yes, we're also working through the denial stage. Can't. believe. it. 

Beau is:

-waving "hi" and "bye" on command and also whenever the urge hits.
-clapping whenever he sees/hears clapping, we say "yay", or also whenever the urge hits.
-loving his doll from Santa now (pictured). We have lovingly named him Beauregard as an ode to my dad that jokes that Beau's real name is Beauregard. Beau LOVES him some Beauregard. The doll sits on the shelf above Beau's changing table and every time we change Beau he will look up at Beauregard and then look at us and grunt, repeating until we hand him the doll. Haha he isn't quite pointing yet but I think he'll pick it up pretty soon. 

-saying"mama" and "dada" and knows who he is talking about. He's almost there with "dog" since he says "da" everything he is prompted while speaking to Motley. He LOVES her! 

-crawling the 'right' way non-stop and getting super fast. He finally mastered going from crawling to sitting and he has multiple maneuvers that always keep us on our toes. He loves to crawl over things, specifically people, and is usually crawling to something so that he can pull up to standing.
-getting more and more stable on his feet, but I don't think he'll be walking before 1. He will lean up against things with his belly so his hands can be free to play but if he isn't leaning, he is always holding on with one hand for stability. He isn't really interested in pushing his walker (but loves to play with all of the toys on the front of it!) and whenever I try to get him to walk to me (with my help) he usually just lunges toward me. I'm not worried though, we'll get there!

-getting a tooth! It has been coming in for the past 2-3 weeks now and as of today, still hasn't broken through the gum. I figured it out after he had been sleeping through the night consistently and then all of a sudden started waking up at night to nurse. He did that for about a week and a half and now has gone back to his consistent sleep ways (phew). It's the bottom right tooth that is about to come through. You can also feel/see his top two teeth and his gums are lumpier than they have been in the past, so I think we'll have an influx of teeth soon! I'm already mourning his gummy smiles. :(

-nursing 2-3 times per day. I wanted to break him down to morning and night nursing only starting at 11 months and it looks like we are finally there! I need to work on eliminating the 3pm nursing session (which I feel will be really hard) and then we'll be almost done! My goal has always been to nurse to a year and I'm really excited to reach that point. There is a tiny part of me that is sad but I figure it won't hurt to hold onto that bedtime nursing session if I REALLY want to. We'll see. 
-playing independently. He LOVES to just putter around the living room and explore all sorts of things. He has always loved hearing what things sound like when he drops them, bangs them against something, etc., and that hasn't stopped. He is also learning relationships and understands how shape sorters work (although he can't operate them solo yet). He also has started putting toys into his toy baskets and into other toys that open. We work on 'open' and 'shut' or 'close' and he loves practicing with his various toys as well as our doors. He gets his own toys out of the baskets and can play for a really long time by himself! He does tend to come check up on me every once in awhile to give a snuggle but I can't complain!

-drinking cow's milk. Along with weaning, we've started giving Beau a tiny bit of whole milk here and there. He hasn't had any reaction to it and isn't guzzling it up so we just offer it every couple of days or so. Eventually we'll give him cow's milk at bedtime (I guess?) so I'm glad he'll take a little bit of it now.
-understanding allllll sorts of words and commands. He can 'touch', 'push', find things (like his paci or certain toys) and he will look in the direction of the backyard, of Motley, of Mark, etc. when I prompt him. It is amazing how much he understands! 

-turning into a toddler. We've had a small glimpse of toddler tantrums and I always feel like I need to buy some parenting books asap to prepare me for what's to come as soon as I see the 'look' on his face. It's half terrifying and half hilarious to watch the emotions come over him!

We spent our first night apart (in over 18 months - including pregnancy ;)) last weekend and it went really well. I'm not sure Beau ever noticed that I was gone and he stuck to his routine beautifully (with Mark's help, of course). I'm pretty sure Motley acted like she missed me more than Beau did. It was a relief to know that he handled it so well, though. Here's to more travel in our future!

In August, we are furiously planning Beau's first birthday party and enjoying another month of summer. I'm brainstorming ideas for his birthday gift and am considering this toy...any thoughts? I saw it on a friend's instagram and thought it was so cute! Anyway, I'm excited for kids to go back to school this month so we can enjoy less crowded areas like the library, park, and the mall! 

Bonus: In an effort to 'keep it real' (plus it's fun), take a look at these outtakes:

personal favorite

doing the 'jumpy jumpy' move, where he jumps or rocks back and forth with anything he can.

And of course, here is a peek into our lives over the last month:

Just one more monthly update....deep breaths...