Linc’s Nautical Nursery

September 29th, 2014

I finished Linc’s nursery!

This room was Evan’s nursery, which had a Where The Wild Things Are theme for a while and then a monsters theme when he turned 2. I had plans to repaint and decorate BEFORE I had baby #3, but since our Team Green baby ended up being a boy I decided to leave it blue. Because, lazy.

I made those inspiration boards a few weeks ago and actually ended up doing almost everything from the yellow crib board, plus a bunch of DIY projects. I was prepared to not get this done until my baby was too old for a crib completely, so having it done when he’s only 2 months is way ahead of schedule. It’s currently the nicest room in our house BY FAR and I might sleep there myself.  I’m really excited about how Linc’s nautical nursery turned out and I hope you like it too.

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The twin bed was already in the room from when it was Evan’s room (from Ikea). Ditto the ceiling light. The rocker was purchased for Caroline’s room (from Babies’R’Us) and my mother recovered the stool from our original glider. The dresser (also Ikea) was Caroline’s. The curtains are from our old house, 7+ years ago. The rug is from Wayfair too (I love them for real, not just because I work for them sometimes). The quilt on the bed was my brother’s when he was a child and my mom made the two striped pillows. The red basket was a gift from a client whose newborn photos I took whose baby was ALSO named Lincoln. The bouncer was a hand-me-down from a friend.

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This onesie is the inspiration for the whole room.

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I bought that paddle at the marine consignment shop down in Mystic, painted it with sample paint I had in the basement and added hooks for the cutest baby clothes. I got the idea from this pin and from this paddle on CB2 which costs $349. Total in on mine: less than $30.

 

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It’s a pun! I wish I was better at chalkboard writing, but for freehand it’s pretty good.

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The chalkboard wall was there from Evan’s monster room. The sailboat mobile I made and posted the tutorial on Wayfair, so you can check that out over there. The crib is the Jenny Lind crib in Sunshine which I ordered from Wayfair. The yellow blanket my mother-in-law made and the other thing is a KoKaDi woven wrap.

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My lovely friend Liese made those burp cloths for Linc.

 

 

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Everything on the dresser was gifts, except the canvas I ordered with the photos I took of Linc. The needlepoint poem was done by my grandmother when I was little.

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The shelf is my favorite project. It’s a stair riser from Home Depot cut in half, with holes drilled in it and rope run through the holes. It’s anchored to the wall with boat cleats. No painting, no staining, no nailing or gluing. E helped me with the actual work but I made up the plans (and relayed them E) from my head.

Of course, Linc is still sleeping in our room in the rock’n’play for the foreseeable future so no one is enjoying all my hard work besides me. But I am definitely patting myself on the back for getting it done. I even assembled that crib myself, so it’s my favorite piece of furniture in the whole house.

Let me know if you need a source for anything I didn’t list! Always happy to help.

 

 

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My Week(204) in iPhone Photos

September 28th, 2014

I’m at the beach and never coming back.

Sunday:

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His face looks like this 90% of the time

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This photo was taken at 3 pm. Those are pajamas.

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Siblings

Monday:

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Babywearing pedicure

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Oceany toes in preparation for the beach

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After school face

Tuesday:

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Purple is a good color on him

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Not happy about those shots

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The icee machine was broken so someone stole my vanilla bean frap #spoiled

Wednesday:

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Pumpkin muffins taste better at MorMor’s house

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Watching Friends on my parent’s couch because I am actually 16.

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Foxy baby jams from Target

Thursday:

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Even soaking wet play areas are more fun than riding in the car for 8 hours

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My car died on the way to vacation, but Frozen + headphones helped (Car is fine now, dead battery)

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At the beach, you drink champagne with your snacks

Friday:

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It’s only like 73 degrees this weekend

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Spoiled children don’t even appreciate how huge this house is

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All those things are mine.

Saturday:

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Everything about Kiawah is nicer than regular places. This was just set up at the shopping center for pictures (I guess?)

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When I was pregnant with Caroline, we called her Sandy

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There are so many awesome things in this picture.

Like I said, I’m at the beach. I’m never leaving. Although I did ignore my children and put down my mixed drink long enough to finish my nursery post, so if you want to see Linc’s nursery you can come back tomorrow. I won’t ever see it in person again though, because I’M NOT LEAVING THE BEACH.

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Lincoln: 2 Months

September 23rd, 2014

2 Month Stats from today’s appointment:
Height: 22.5 inches
Weight: 13 lbs 7 oz
Head: 41 cm

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I went to find the milestones from Caroline’s 2 month post so I could use it for Linc, and then I ended up in a blog hole of NO STOP TIME SOMEONE SLOW IT DOWN HOW CAN MY BABIES GROW UP SO FAST??

Which means it’s time for a side-by-side-by-side.

The Evan picture isn’t great (I lost all the photos on my external hard drive and apparently didn’t post many pictures on the blog back then) but I think he wins in the “Who does Linc look like?” game. Although all three of my babies seem to have a serious case of the chunks around 2 months.

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CLEARLY all you people saying he looks like Caroline have forgotten what Evan looked like, because DUDE.

Linc is still good at being a baby. He likes to eat and sleep and be held and tickled and smiled at. He had to come with me to a newborn photo session last week and he showed that newborn how it is DONE: sleeping like a rock the whole time. He was also literally twice the size of the newborn, mostly thanks to his mad nursing skills. I don’t exactly know how much he eats, but I can pump more than ten ounces in 5 minutes and he’s eating way more than 5 minutes at a time. I’m guessing he’s going through a growth spurt, based on my slightly sore nipples and waking up in a puddle. Motherhood is super glamorous.

Speaking of glamorous, I’ve probably said “It’s totally normal for breastfed babies not to poop every day” to other people a million times but until Linc I didn’t really believe it. It’s just one of those things you say to people. But my baby likes to save it all up for the worst possible moment (like as soon as I take off his diaper). Honestly, if that’s my biggest baby complaint, we’re doing well.

He had three shots today, which he did NOT enjoy, but I bought extra swing batteries and baby tylenol so I think we’re going to survive.

Likes: smiling, laughing, animals, white noise, nursing, sleeping, cuddles, being wrapped, the swing, the rock-n-play, the car seat, water.

Dislikes: gas, being constipated, when the batteries on the swing die, tummy time, shots.

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2 Month Milestones (Originally from BabyCenter, now copied from previous updates)

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)
Vocalizes: gurgles and coos – Says “goooo” and giggles
Follows objects across field of vision – Moooostly? His eyes are still a little prone to crossing and unfocusing
Notices her hands – Not in the stoner way (Whooooa duuuude my hands are so handy) but he likes to wave them around
Holds head up for short periods – Killer head control, although I still have a bruise on my left jaw from when he suddenly loses the ability to control his huge noggin

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)
Smiles, laughs – So smiley, so laughy.
Holds head at 45-degree angle – From…the ground? Probably not, I never put him on the ground. LOLZ poor third baby ain’t never going to roll over
Makes smoother movements – Still has a crazy startle reflex but isn’t as flail-y as before

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)
Holds head steady – Mostly
Can bear weight on legs – Ehhhhhh. It’s not his favorite. I remember Evan trying to stand almost from day 1 but Linc likes to be carried
Lifts head and shoulders when lying on tummy (mini-pushup) – He mostly supermans it (head up, legs up) but his arms aren’t involved

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September 21st, 2014

This week was seriously insane. I tried to jump back in to work all at once and ended up really, really tired. Plus I think I pinched a nerve in my back. Also I have a weird lump under my armpit that is definitely not a plugged duct. I don’t think. Basically, I’m falling apart. But I got a new iPhone, so this week gets an A+ anyway.

Sunday:

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The gingers found these and ate them ALL. They are lucky to still live here.

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Third baby gets set on the ground a lot

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#nofilter for real, the whole parking lot was full of people taking photos of this sky

Monday:

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This is who helped Caroline wait for the bus today

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Another amazing evening for a photo shoot

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I am super lucky to have clients who actually LIKE my kids. Or at lest pretend really really well.

Tuesday:

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Baby burrito

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I love her little uniform so much

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Only Tuesday and we’re already falling asleep on the couch

Wednesday:

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Picture Day!

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Same park, different gorgeous day

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Emergency evening shopping trip for diapers and bread (and chocolate)

Thursday:

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I feel exactly the same way when my alarm goes off

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I had big plans to iron all those wraps, but I never did.

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I plan to never be awake to see that time again.

Friday:

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My first picture with my new phone!!!! I was too excited to care that it wasn’t a very good picture.

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It’s so clear! You can see the mess so much better!

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Literally two people who read this will know what I mean, but doesn’t this dress pattern look just like my Tekhni Ceres but in black instead of green?

Saturday:

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Best view in the world

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In looooove with that crib, especially because I put it together all myself.

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This was amazing.

This weekend was rough. On Saturday I actually made the kids go back to bed and start the day over. They both napped for 2 hours and then we went to a festival, where everyone was well behaved and we had a nice time. Sunday was rough all over again. I like school days. Thank God the week is full of them.

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Oh My Stars (Baby Boden Giveaway)

September 19th, 2014

Poor third baby got almost no new stuff. I literally got his crib yesterday, one day after his 8 week birthday. It’s not even out of the box yet.

So far Linc doesn’t seem to mind. He just hangs out and smiles and eats and sleeps. Ok, and sometimes he screams his head off, but that can usually be quickly fixed with a clean diaper and a snack. Then he’s back to smiling.

And what goes better with an adorable chubby baby than an adorable baby outfit?

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My favorite people over at Baby Boden sent Linc and me one of their new Baby Boden gift sets to celebrate becoming the newest ginger bebeh. They come in sizes from newborn up to 6-9 months, include a gift box, jammies, hat, bib and blanket, and would be perfect for a baby shower…or as a special surprise for a new mom who wasn’t really expecting much for her third child :)

This is why Boden is one of my favorites: how cute is all this stuff they sent?

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The fabric is SUPER soft and the blanket is very generously sized. But the best part might be the hat.

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From now until October 12th you can take 15% off your Boden order using the code BABY.

Would you like a chance to win a Baby Boden gift set for you or to give to your favorite new or expecting mama? Just leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite Baby Boden item. 

Giveaway is open to those with a US shipping address and winner may select the Baby Boden gift set of their choice. Winner will be chosen from eligible comments using Random.org in 2 weeks. 

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