Monday, January 22, 2018

Happy Birthday, AJ!

Yesterday was AJ's birthday! We had a low key weekend celebrating. I made spaghetti and meatballs and my mom made a Funfetti cake. Yum! That morning, I gave AJ his gifts from me and then his gift from Hank....some popcorn from Roosters and in the card it said, "You're the best POP ever!" We both relaxed during the day and my family came over in the evening.

I dressed up Hank for daddy's birthday. Isn't he cute?

Hank was ready to get comfy, so into pajamas he went! 

Hank loves his grandparents! 

I am so thankful for AJ. He doesn't like to make a huge deal out of his birthday and doesn't like to be the center of attention (even knowing this I still threw him a surprise 30th birthday party a few years ago. Check it out here) but he is definitely worth celebrating. He is the solid rock of our family. He makes me laugh constantly, is such a hard worker, is thoughtful and kind, an outstanding teacher, and most of all, a spectacular husband and a wonderful dad. I hope Hank is just like him. Happy Birthday, AJ!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

This & That

    We are more than half way through January and today my baby is ONE MONTH OLD! I feel like in addition to these cute milestone stickers for babies, us moms and dads deserve our own monthly milestones. Yes this is Hank's first month on the planet and duh, it's all about him and I'm not about to steal my own baby's thunder but shout out to AJ and I! We did it, one month of raising a mini human! You veteran parents are scoffing right now I'm sure. One month? Pish-posh, these people don't know what they're in for. And you're right, we don't, but I sure am excited to learn how to parent with AJ and Hank by my side. I can't believe Hank is already a month old and while him growing up and someday leaving behind newborn snuggles, soft kisses, and sweet baby scent makes me sad, watching Hank grow and change will never not be amazing to me. Some parents (present company included) don't get the chance to see their child grow and change. For us, Hadley is forever a newborn so the absolute miracle of getting to witness a child's growth will never ever be lost on me.
Post bath snuggles in his dino robe 
So what's new around here? Our days are a mix of diaper changing, laundry, feeding the little guy, snapping pics of Hank, staring at him all day, washing bottles, pumping breastmilk, making bottles, tidying the house, meal planning, reading, watching TV, squeezing in a shower, some light gym time to ease back into a workout groove, visiting with my mom and sister when they come over to help out (lifesavers!), and making lists on post-it notes for Walmart runs (even the most supposedly prepared parents need late night or early morning store trips. We purchase typical baby stuff but also K cups. So many K Cups. Parents should register for them). This week AJ had 2 days off so it was nice being all together so much. I treated myself to a postpartum massage (that's actually what it's called, it was at the Salt Lake Prenatal Massage Center and it was heavenly). I'm savoring these days and preparing to head back to teaching next month. I'm super pumped to be with my class again but also not excited for lunch packing, early wake ups, and leaving my little mister. We'll survive (with aforementioned Kcups, heaps of grace, and laughing at ourselves).
On a family walk 

    I have been reading lots of great books (the new SL County Library app gets all heart eye emojis from me) and am working on a book post for the end of the month. Also....shows. I feel like they're all back. I've been tuning into:
-The Bachelor
-Married At First Sight
-The Good Doctor
-Teen Mom OG
-This is Us
-My Big Fat Fabulous Life
-Will and Grace
Watching The Bachelor together
I will leave you with this short video. AJ got a picture of LaVar Ball and put it on the fridge to surprise me this morning, I could not stop laughing.
For a non-athletic gal like me, I have taken quite the affinity to LaVar Ball and AJ always calls me over when he's on ESPN. He absolutely cracks me up. In the immortal words of Mr. Ball, "NEVER LOSE!" Have a great week!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Hank's Lumberjack Lodge Nursery

It's time for a tour of Hank's space! I love decorating spaces and baby rooms are the BEST! Even before I was pregnant, I loved looking at nursery ideas online and going to the baby store. Hadley's nursery was almost finished when she arrived. Her room was gold, coral, and teal and featured polka dot and gray accents. Before we found out the gender of baby #2 I decided even if we were having a girl, I would switch up the nursery because that was Hadley's space and her decorations. When we found out in August we were having a boy, it was game on in the nursery department and I began collecting items for it right away. The way I see it, this is the last time we will have complete say in how his room is decorated so we might as well have fun doing it, right? We had the crib, dresser, rocker, and bookcase already. Once we picked the paint color, we let the fun begin! Since Hank arrived in the winter, we thought a cozy Lumberjack Lodge theme was perfect for our little guy!

The paint color is Tres Naturale by Sherwin Williams. I loved how it turned out (the nursery was gray before).
Right when you walk in we have a print that says "Amazing Grace How Sweet The Sound" (Hobby Lobby). AJ's dad installed a light dimmer and I LOVE it! 
These floating shelves are from Ikea. Of course we needed the Boss Baby book on display. The plaid candle was a gift from my family. The tree and moose are from Hobby Lobby 

Even though Hank sleeps in our room we set up the video monitor to use when Hank was on light therapy in his crib. Jesus Calling is a great devotional for kids....I used it when I taught at the Catholic school and love the daily messages to kids from Jesus. The fishing bear is from At Home. The white rose is dried and is the one from Hadley's funeral.
These trees! These have white lights and they are from Sam's Club (Thanks to Kandi for having your eye out and finding them for me. I searched and searched and wanted a matching set of 3 skinny trees that were prelit and affordable. These are them!). AJ was not into the idea of trees in the room year round (not just for Christmas) , but once they were in place, he agreed they bring this corner together. It's a perfect space to put Hank's stuffed animals. When he gets bigger, I'm going to use these trees for living room Christmas decorating #recycling 

Our beloved Diaper genie! The crib changing pad cover is from Etsy (Lola's Lovelies) and the wood banner is from Hobby Lobby 

I adore this corner! AJ's dad does woodworking and I requested a tiny table (to hold bottles etc) by the rocker that looked like a log. Look what he made for us! I love this unique piece! 
Canvas print from Hobby Lobby 

This picture frame is from Ikea.. We included some wedding pictures, family pictures, us and some quotes and lyrics we like 
The burlap curtains are from Amazon. Our house smelled like a potato sack for about a month, but the scent has finally disappeared! 

I ordered some sheets from Etsy (Lumberjack Beavers), picked up some basic ones at Target, and splurged on this personalized one from Carousel Designs 

A family friend made this cross stitch for us! It says "From Little Seeds Grow Mighty Trees" and it has his birth date and weight on it. 

The plaid moose is from Hobby Lobby. AJ's mom made the "H." It's made from twigs and is so cool looking. 

All these items are from Hobby Lobby. The wooden flags were too long for above the changing pad so I decided to cut off three from the original strand and stick them here. 

I ordered the Bear Lamp from a catalog called Collections Inc..When it's dark and you turn it on, pine tree silhouettes show up on the lampshade. It's so fun!  A friend made the cute plaid leaf cross stitch for us. Next to the books to the left is a framed picture of the beach at Lincoln City (our favorite place). The whale is the very first thing we bought for Hank! The gray polka dot bin has some toys.rattles etc. 
We were gifted this Harley Davidson frame (for my motorcycle biker baby Hadley) and knew we needed to include a picture of big sister in the nursery. 

The Flannel candle smells so good and makes a relaxing/yummy scented space in the nursery. To the left is a sound machine. 
These moose hooks are from Hobby Lobby (can you tell I love that place?). He has some hats on the top one and the bottom one features the next holiday from his seasonal bib collection (Valentine's Day we are ready for you!). 

We searched all over for a great light fixture that was rustic but not like an antler chandelier! We found this one at Lighting Design. It has yellow-ish Edison bulbs that look just as nice on as they do off 

I ordered the wall decal online and I cannot for the life of me remember where it was from! The crib skirt is red buffalo check plaid and matches the changing pad cover (they are from the same Etsy shop). To the right of the crib I have a little bouncy seat I found on KSL that he's a bit small for now. Eventually I want to put in some additional shelving there for toys, games, and books. 

Thanks for stopping by Hank's Lumberjack Lodge!

Savor Your Sparkle,

Sunday, January 7, 2018

What I'm Loving Lately: Mega Edition

Hi Everyone,
   It's a special super sized edition of What I'm Loving Lately with a bonus Baby Item section! Woohoo! There's a lot to love these days.
1. 2018 Books---I'm not sure how much reading I'll be able to do this year (hello newborn mommy life), but I have lots of books on my must read list. I'm almost done with my second book of the year and am thinking of doing monthly book posts instead of random ones here and there. Thoughts?
The first book I read this year and I LOVED it. I read it in 2 days, I couldn't put it down! 

2. Riverdale---I was in need of a new show for late night feedings and started Riverdale. I'm loving it! It's basically like Pretty Little Liars but with Archie comics characters. It's cheesy, involves a crime/mystery, it's a teen show, and it's right up my alley.

3. Hazelnut Lattes---I have been on a hazelnut latte kick lately. I needed a detox from the sugary overly sweet holiday drinks and a tall nonfat hazelnut latte is the perfect warm, creamy pick me up.
Lovin' lattes.....Hank's mini serta bed in the background (I write about it below!)
4. Simple Sugars---I first heard about this exfoliating moisturizer on Shark Tank and decided to order some this winter. I absolutely adore it. It's an all natural product that basically turns your shower into a fantastic smelling spa. My favorite scent? Cranberry. This stuff helps keep the winter dryness off my skin.

5. New Tunes: This weekend I went to see The Greatest Showman with my family (daddy and Hank had some guy time) and I loved it! I bought the soundtrack and it's great! I also like Eminem's new album, Revival. Now, Eminem might not be the best role model but his duets are my fave....Beyonce, Alicia Keyes, Pink, and Ed Sheeran on this one. So good!

Without further ado...Here are my fave baby products (so far!)....

Dr. Brown's Bottles: Ok, ok, so I was resisting these bottles. They seemed complicated and like they had too many parts. I want to feed my baby, not put a puzzle together, mmmkay? BUT....when Hank was about 2 weeks old we noticed he was making a huge mess when he'd drink and half the bottle ended up on his shirt (and when you're pumping, you do not want to see that hard earned milk dried up on the neck of a pair of footie jammies). We went to the baby store and the helpful employee asked, "Well, what type of nipple flow are you using?" Ummm, come again? Turns out they make bottle nipples for different stages of development. Who knew? Not me!  We picked up two kinds and Hank loved the preemie sized ones. We are thinking he's about graduated from that size but these bottles are working out well for us. And all the parts? Not a huge deal.
Baby gowns: Hank loves curling himself up in a little ball. I don't know if it's because he arrived early or what, but he often still lays like he did in the womb---legs together and pulled in, hands on head and all curled up. In fact, he hates wearing pants and having his legs stretched out. The gowns are the perfect solution. It's super easy to change him, no snaps involved, and when he was getting daily heel pricks at the lab the first week, the gowns allowed easy access. Plus he looks like a cute little glowworm when he wears them. Bonus.

Bath Body Scrubbers: We have lots of cute washcloths, but these little silicone scrubbies are perfect to bathe his soft skin and scalp. I got these at the baby store marketed as Baby Scrubbers but I've seen them recently in the cosmetics aisle labeled as facial scrubbers, too (that version is cheaper).

Diaper Genie: This was another baby item that I heard wasn't necessary but you know what? We love it. I'll admit I don't quite get how it works and emptying it and seeing all your precious one's waste is the stuff of nightmares, but it's pretty awesome sticking in a messy diaper right next to the changing table at 2 am and having no stink in the nursery.

Serta Infant Sleeper: This is, hands down, the best baby item we've bought and it's something AJ went and picked up for us a few days after we got home from the hospital. This thing has been a life saver. Hank loves to cuddle up to the edges wherever he sleeps and this bed has mesh sides so it's breathable. We call it his "toboggan" and the best part is it's super portable so we bring it downstairs for naps and he's contained (he's already started rolling over, so leaving him on the couch for a minute is not an option!). When we visit family, it'll be the perfect thing to fold up and take along so he can sleep in comfort on the go. It features vibration, a small light, music and ocean sounds. I cannot recommend this thing enough. Also, bassinet sheets fit in it perfectly. I think we'll use it inside the crib when he transitions there as well. This is the one we bought.

Boon Grass Drying Rack: I love this thing for bottles and pump parts! We bought the mini grass pad and "tree" and within 2 days being home, we got the whole yard and an additional flower. This thing is the best! AJ was skeptical of this thing when I was pregnant but now he agrees, the grass is essential for keeping bottles clean and dry!

Downstairs Changing Basket: We have a changing pad upstairs in Hank's nursery and that's great when we're upstairs but most days our living room downstairs is where we chill. Who's too lazy to walk upstairs to change a pee diaper? This girl! I filled a small basket with diapers, wipes, a spare onesie, and bibs and keep it downstairs. This mini "diaper station" is a must have for us.

Burp Cloth: We received some cute handmade ones as gifts and we adore them! We have at least a few in every room and our little guy is a messy eater (he gets it honestly, mama is too), so these guys are so necessary for us, especially when I don't want to put a bib on our little guy every time he eats.

Stuff I thought was necessary but we haven't found a huge need for:

-Fancy Baby washes and shampoos (we use Johnson's baby and it's perfect)
-Bottle Warmer (we turn the sink to hot water, fill a cup, stick the bottle in for 5 mins, and it's warmed!)
-Car seat Head support (I bought a super cute handmade one on Etsy. When we got our car seat installed at the police station, he told us anything you add to the car seat beyond what it came with can become a safety hazard. I explained to the officer it matched Hank's theme, was handmade, and didn't he think it was cute? The policeman did not agree).
-Crib mattress pad (I may or may not have had an attitude/cried trying to get this thing on the crib at 35 weeks pregnant. Then I realized the crib mattress was able to be wiped clean and was soft enough for our little man. That was $20 I didn't need to spend).
Hanging with Grandma
Lots of people told me not to bother with newborn clothes and diapers because babies grow so fast. We've gone to the store at least 3 times for more newborn diapers and thankfully a friend's donation of her kiddos' newborn clothes have been outfitting Hank for the past few weeks. Hank was born early, but he was over 6 lbs and he will be in newborn things for at least a few more weeks if not longer.

All products aside, these guys are my absolute most favorite:

Have a great week!

Savor Your Sparkle,