I’ve Been a Busy Little Bee

I had Jack about two weeks ago and was released from the hospital a few days later. So for the last couple weeks I’ve been home and not working.

I haven’t really been blogging, only that one post about Jack being born. I’ve been pretty much missing from Facebook other than a few Jack-related updates and pictures. I haven’t even really been emailing any of my friends, who are used to getting a buttload of emails from me each week.

So what in the heck have I been doing?

Well, a good portion of every day is spent driving to the hospital, hanging out at the hospital with Jack, and driving back home. That probably takes up about 5 hours each day – especially considering that the NICU is closed between 6:30 – 7:30 each night, so my husband and I use that time to go and grab a bite to eat before returning to the hospital.

For the rest of my day, I’ve thrown myself into getting as many projects completed as possible.

So for the past 13 days I’ve been working on the house, getting as many random appointments out of the way as I can (eye doctor, vet, dentist, etc), and buying everything we need for Jack once he comes home.

My first large project was our den. The space is a bit odd and the previous owners just amped up the awkward with their random placement of a small couch and TV. I could not wait to get my hands on the place to change it up and make it feel like home. In fact, I had already decorated it in my head (and sketchbook) before we even owned the house.

A few people have asked for me to post my projects, so here is the before and after of our den.

Here is a shot of the den from the listing online, before I got my hands on it:

And here is my “after” shot from a similar angle:

Oh, actually I should start with the fact that the room is not entirely finished yet. Although Potter has a little corner to himself now (which my husband says looks like Potter’s Pleasure Palace with the hanging candle lights above his bed), that area will soon be built-in bookcases. I just need to buy the supplies and find the energy to build them.

Another view:

Yes, that’s a crapload of boxes out in our sunroom. I think we finally found a taker though, so someone will get some use out of them!

Other than the lack o’ bookshelves at the moment, I’m pretty happy with the way the room turned out. I love the bright white trim and blue walls. The super comfortable chairs make it nice to hang out in front of the fire with a cup of coffee, and it will be even better when Jack comes home to join in on the snuggling.

Here are some of my favorite parts of the room:

My Awesome Rug. I love my rug! I looked high and low for one that I liked as much as the West Elm version and finally found this one. And yes, those are Potters little feet — he likes the rug too.

My flying pig. No explanation needed, who doesn’t like a flying pig??

My Wish Tree. I love, love, LOVE my wish tree. My awesome and thoughtful friends who threw my baby shower had the attendees each write out their wish for our baby. They were so incredibly, tear-inducingly sweet that I was super happy to find a space where we could walk past them each day.

So there it is, my first house project. Well, my first house project that I’ve blogged about. Since this project has been completed (last week), I’ve also hung a bunch of pictures everywhere around the house and finished Jack’s nursery. So, more pictures coming soon!

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Our Dream Come True

As of 1:30pm yesterday afternoon, my husband and I are now the proud owners of our new house!

It took about 1 month from the very first time we saw the place from outside (on Christmas Day) until they handed us the keys. I can’t believe how quickly things came together and I’m so excited to move in and start ripping things apart!

Actually, not so much in that order.

My dad, brother and husband will be going to the new house today to start on a couple tasks — mainly moving the kitchen island, installing a mailbox and switching out two lights.Then on Sunday the same awesome crew, in addition to me and a friend will be painting a couple of the rooms that I just can’t live with.

It’s been suggested by a few people that I include house renovations/decoration in my blog, so you’ll probably be hearing more about this and seeing before and after pictures too.

Until then though, I’ll be on the high of finally achieving a dream that Travis and I have been talking about for the last 2 -3 years!

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Officially Giving up on Trying to Be Cool

I’ve always been a bit of a dork about home decorating. I love collecting magazines and catalogues (especially West Elm, Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn) and am totally addicted to a few decorating blogs out there. I have a very particular aesthetic and I need things to be homey and soft so that you feel comfortable kicking off your shoes and snuggling.

I don’t like to just buy everything at one store though and tend to search around for awesome deals as they pop up. I also love to DIY my own projects – whether it be refinishing a side table from Goodwill or sewing pillows out of fancy napkins.

Although I’ve allowed myself to purchase and create a few things for the baby’s room, I’ve really held off on buying anything new for our house since we weren’t really sure where we would land. Not knowing the size of a future family room, means that it’s pretty stupid to spend time looking for that perfect ottoman.

Well, now that moving into our new home has become a reality, I’ve really stepped up to the next level of crazy and have gone into full-on decorating mode.

It might be partially because I’ve held off for so long, or it could be magnified by that pregnancy nesting thing, but I have been completely and totally fixated on our new house since the moment I first saw it (and took about 100 pictures).

My first obsession was to find the perfect rug for our new den. Now a normal person would look around to find a rug they liked, buy it and be done with the whole thing. Yeah, not me.

I found a rug that I LOVED on the West Elm website, however it was $250 which I felt was a bit much to pay for something you’re going to be walking on. I then spent a ridiculous amount of time on the internet searching for similar rugs. I mean hours upon hours of searching. On top of that, I made my husband go with me to outlets an hour away to check and see if they had anything we liked. I could think of nothing except my obsession for finding this perfect rug.

This isn’t normal, right?

Anyways, I finally found one that I loved almost as much as the original and it was only $120 with free shipping. So I ordered it, it came within a week or so, and I love it so much I want to kiss it and hug it and make sweet baby rugs with it (which I guess would be doormats…).

So, onto the next obsession – a really comfortable chair that will sit on this rug. In my imagination, I wanted an oversized leather “library-type” chair that I could snuggle up in to drink a cup of hot chocolate in front of the fireplace.  Everything I found online was so expensive, I just couldn’t justify spending that much money on just a chair. Finally, my husband and I went to a local store to check out their clearance center and holiday weekend sales. We probably sat on 50 different chairs (which is really difficult when you need someone’s help to get up each time) and found one that we both loved.

And it’s a recliner.

Yes, a recliner. Now, when I think of a recliner I think of my grandparent’s house. Everyone likes to sit on a recliner because it’s really comfy, but it’s so freaking ugly that you wouldn’t really want one in your own house. It’s like the moment that you give up and choose comfort over fashion.

Have I really reached this point? Should I pack away my high heels, get out an old scunchy and never bother with makeup again?

Now, granted this recliner is actually quite attractive – it’s big and fluffy and made out of black leather. I kind of love it, especially when I wake up in the middle of the night with bad acid reflux and need to fall asleep somewhere half-sitting up.

However, I still felt like I’d waddled past the sign that says “Over the Hill” into the “I Don’t Care Anymore” territory.

The moment that made me melt into a puddle of pregnancy hormones

Well, I felt that way until I walked into the living room yesterday and saw my husband reclined in the chair with our dog lying on his stomach.

In that instant, I didn’t care anymore about whether a recliner was cool or not. All I could think was that in a few months my husband is going to be dozing in that chair with our baby on his chest. Not long after that, our baby will be a toddler and he’ll sit on our laps while we read him his bedtime story. A few years later, he may sit there all by himself… maybe with Potter beside him.

So, if I’ve officially taken my ‘old card’ by purchasing a comfy and not-so-cool recliner, I don’t care. Because I guess I AM kind of old now… I’m going to be somebody’s mother. And that’s scarier than all the scrunchies in the world.*


* Well, scary and awesome and terrifying all at the same time.

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