Let's be honest, now that I am a Mommy, there isn't much Liz or much of that, mostly just about Finleigh!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Finleigh's Nursery

What's funnier than me waiting this long to post Finleigh's nursery pictures is that I still haven't finished her birth story, oops! It will come... someday!
 
For now FINALLY here is Finleigh's nursery! 
 
My husband is SO supportive and pretty much said that I could do what I wanted for the nursery, which was so sweet considering HE had to do the painting since I was pregnant! The room started like the rest of our house: taupe walls and off-white trim, blinds and doors... and then I found a gray, WHITE and pink fabric (zoology in bloom) that we both fell in love with...
so we, and by we I mean Kevin, had to re-do EVVVVVERYthing from new white blinds, to taking off all doors/trim/baseboards and repainting AND then painting the whole room. It's amazing how "dark" the taupe was so we, and again by we I mean Kevin, had to paint thick white over it all before we could get to the gray. Good thing we started the process early! It all started with that fabric and we just kind of went from there and put it all together as we went along and found or made new items...
 
The crib side with our striped wall, talk about getting lucky that worked out!

The other side
 
Amazing drapes my Mom made.
 
Vinyl quote as you enter.

Oh yeah.... and did I mention that the pink in the fabric is not your normal pink... and we couldn't find anything that matched it soooo we had to buy paint that we got to match it exactly (the paint was called "PINK EXPLOSION" though which was magical) and paint, again Kevin did it, anything we wanted pink... The lamp bases, her letters, the coat hanger shelf, picture frames, the inside of the bookcase and more! It always seems so much easier when you are just dreaming it all up :)

View towards the door

we painted the shelf and the letters and the plastic zoo animal toys
the frame is DIY, i mod-podged the fabric onto the matting of it
 
 

Pier 1 frame with photos! shutterfly prints 4x4 squares, awesome!

Cost Plus World Market jars and Johnathan Adler piggy bank
 
Lil reading corner!

DIY! One of my fave projects! Traced the animals from the fabric onto canvas and painted!
 
Reupholstered the rocker (aka paid someone to) and pillows by my Mom!

Finleigh has her own rocker too ;)

Target bookshelf that Kev painted the inside of, and the lamp too!

Custom changing pad cover by my Mom... we had to cut and reform the changing pad so then she had to fully customize the cover!
 
Love the corner changing table... but need something to put on the little random shelves!
 
Above the changing table!

DIY felt poms... took WAY longer than planned, but Finleigh LOVES them so it was worth it!


These letters were hidden until after we came home from the hospital!
 
My amazing Mom made all of the AMAZING bedding! Seriously she rocks, its all perfect! Obviously once Finleigh is sleeping in there (oops!) there will not be a massive elephant or bumper, but they couldn't be left out for photos ;)
 
Another Target lamp we (Kevin) painted and then the "hamper" I saw on Pinterest and bought from Home Depot, but we use it for toys instead!
 
Another view of repainted doors and trim thanks to Kevin! The sign over the closet says "let her sleep for when she wakes she will move mountains." Love.
 
I am sure there is MUCH more detail I could put in (or let me know if you have questions) and maybe I will add and update later but wanted to FINALLY get it on here and who knows how long she will sleep. We are so happy it turned out how we wanted and can't wait for Finleigh to get older and older and be able to enjoy it. She is such a blessing and looking back I am thankful we spent so much time to make her room special for her. Now if I would just let her sleep in it at night... ha ha that is for another time.

 

Finleigh's Newborn Pics

I can't believe these were taken when she was 10 days old.... it seems SO long ago (I know that was a while ago but I just got them downloaded to my computer) and she looks SO tiny! We used Megan from Owl's Eye Photography, who also did our maternity photos, and let me tell you, she is amazing. She came to our house with props and backdrops and told us she planned to spend 2-3 hours just so that we didn't rush it and would have time to keep her asleep but take any diaper or feeding breaks. It was better than I could have imagine! I can't post all 130+ but here are some of our faves!














 
so in love with her... just wish time would slow down...
 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Finleigh is ONE MONTH!

Writing this post freaks me out. Period. Some days it's hard to believe that she is finally here and then to realize that she is a month old is just unreal....
 
I was SO proud of myself this morning (on the 12th when I started this post HA) my husband was off to work (24 hours) so while she was still asleep I showered and actually did my hair (WHAT is that?!) and then I did my chalkboard. When she woke up I put her straight in the chair thinking I would get her before she knew what was happening... She looked terrified. and then she screamed. Time to eat!
 
(ignore the blur and that the chalkboard is covered... working on it) 
 
So we tried again later. 

 
And later.  
 
Soooo okay we discovered Finleigh doesn't love chalkboard pics as much as her Mommy does :) I let it go. Maybe two months will be better. At some point after the pictures she also spit up in my clean hair. I guess that was karma for making her try 3 times!
 
Age/Date: One month, August 12, 2013
 
Weight: 10lbs, 7oz (this is approximate, she was 10lbs 12.5oz on the 15th)
 
Length: 21.5in (also approximate, she wasn't measured so I tried)
 
Likes: Tummy time. "Wagon Wheel" by Darius Rucker, seriously it calms her instantly! Bath time. Bicycle legs! Being in the Ergo. Cuddling and snuggling
 
Dislikes: The nosefrida... who would like that thing, BUT it works! Pacifiers. Waiting to eat, even just a minute! Being put down :)
 
Sleep: She fights sleep once we are upstairs at night. Not even just in a fussy way, just like she decided it is time to hang out, but once she goes down she usually gives us a good 4-5 hour stretch and then another good 3+ hour. Sometimes it is only 2-3 hours each time, usually on nights my husband is at work haha. During the day she really is awake a lot, loves to play and do tummy time and look around. She takes a few short naps and then a longer one in the afternoon we hope. We aren't really worried about a schedule yet. We have the best "routine" we can and some days it doesn't work and we are okay with that too! I love snuggling her in the afternoons even if she isn't napping, but just relaxing.
 
Anything else: Where do I even start?! I feel like there have already been so many amazing things in the first month when in reality Finleigh does a lot of sleeping, EATING, and of course wet and messy diapers! She is gaining weight like crazy, but the doctor said just like newborns can't be spoiled she can't gain too much ;) I think she stopped fitting in "newborn" size close by about 10 days old, some outfits she never even wore and we were careful not to have too many newborn size in general just assuming she would be big. A few recent pics:

 having fun at the park!

seriously I am OBSESSED with tiny hoodies!
 
If you are still reading this ridiculously long post, I feel like there is too much to say and I want to post this (9 days late already) before she wakes up. Really how can there be so many pictures and updates in such a short time. This really has been the most amazing month. I think it is much different than I thought it would be, but so much better. Working on a post about that... which I will get to someday! I have so many posts in the works, but taking the time to actually finish them is another thing. I post way more pictures on my instagram, let's be honest it is just easy and fast, but working on the bloggin thing again!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Finally Introducing...

Whew, if this isn't the most overdue blog post ever! Finally we can introduce:
Finleigh Elizabeth
 
 
Our beautiful daughter Finleigh was born Friday, July 12th, 2013 at 6:33pm weighing 8lbs at 19.5 inches long. She is the most amazing blessing we could have ever imagined and I think we literally thank God 20x a day for bringing her to us. We are still soaking it all in, enjoying her tinyness, sleep smiles and cuddles!
 
It's already been a busy 12 days of life for her:
 
Spent a few days in the hospital.
 
Finally got to go home!
 
Been to the doctor twice already and she is gaining weight like crazy!

Lots of walks in the neighborhood!

LOTS of sleeping!

Already out and about! Target, Starbucks, Costco and more! Slept through them all!

Already too many pics from Mom! (Portlandia!)

Best way to spend a summer!
 
Thankfully I did NOT have to make that dreaded 41 week chalkboard. I ended up finally being induced on the morning of July 11th... and yes she wasn't born for a day and a half. Working on my birth story post... coming soon. Also working on the nursery reveal as soon as her newborn pictures are back and printed!