Fifteen Months

This little Baby Love is fifteen months, as of yesterday.

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N and I remark all the time how “human” she is becoming.  She and MG actually play and laugh together.  She has verbal cues for “food” and “more” (often combined) and when she sees something she’s not supposed to do (like touch the hot stove), she shakes her head “no” as if to preempt us (that doesn’t always stop her from doing it though!)

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No major milestones this month.  Just working more on communicating and moving.  She taught herself how to go down the stairs and I think, I THINK we may be at the end of our time with the dreaded baby gate.

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For the first time ever, EVER, I am warming to the idea of two children. As in two children, period.  Holding a baby makes me want to make and hold babies forever.  Chasing a walking, non-talking toddler is a 24-7 job and makes me want to see her through to independence.  For the longest time I didn’t understand it, but now I can totally see why people stop at 2.  A year from now I will have two little ones who will play together, who I can turn them loose in the backyard and let them run while I sit idly by, who will think and nap and eat independently. In just one year.  I mean, the light is at the end of the tunnel.  Why revert now?

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But then I think about how much I love babies and how making and holding babies has been one of the most magical and ethereal (yes both) parts of my life.  And it is done.  Poof.  Vanished.  To think it has felt as fast as the snap of the fingers and that is it.

How can that be it?  Clearly I am still waffling :).

But to end on a more grounded note: Ladies and gentlemen, she can now feed herself!  As long as we keep the servings full and preside with a careful eye, we can now set a plate of food in front of Bea and watch her enjoy.  It is SO FREEING. I am actually tasting my dinner again.

Like I said, LIGHT.

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-smk

Open For Business

I’ve been thinking about it for years and dreaming about it for the past few weeks.  I finally decided to take the plunge (life will never be any less busy than right now, no?) and open up shop.  Excited to see where it takes me!

For now I will be offering limited runs on some of my favorite things: custom house drawings and paintings, tea towels, muslin swaddle blankets, string art, printables, burlap table runners, reusable cloth napkins, and of course clothing for little girls :).  Doing limited trial runs will help me keep things fresh and see what generates interest.  I wrote out a small business plan but I’m not sure what it will look like in six months :).  Excited for the opportunity just to try.  (click on the pictures to be directed to the Etsy shop…or follow along on Instagram @sweetmamamakes for first hand news :))

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Thank you so much for your encouragement and business!

-smk

 

Makeovers

Gosh, I guess it’s been since May when I last blogged some of our home improvements.  We worked really hard this summer and crossed quite a few more off of our list.  Though our list is still quite long, I’m starting to feel really good about the amount we’ve accomplished and what we have left to tackle.  I guess you could say the light is visible at the end of the tunnel.

When we first moved in, I worked like a maniac.  Then I hit a lull and lost my passion and drive for a bit.  I started to get bogged down with all that I wanted to do but couldn’t clear my vision enough to decide where to go next.  N helped me through it.  July was another month of hard work and I think August was the turning point where I started to feel very accomplished.  Here are some things we’ve done since May:

-dormers This was one of the first things on our to-do list and we were itching to start them.  It took about three weeks start to finish (but boy were those three long weeks.  The Amish crews started promptly at 7:30am and by start I mean they were pounding on the walls (to our bedrooms) or climbing through the gaping holes in our bedrooms.)  We also had roofing crews and interior crews to live with but I kept telling myself, “this will be worth it!”  And it was/is!  We have so much natural light pouring into these rooms now.

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Here is the girls’ bedroom before, ours had the exact same set-up with only a skylight for natural light.  (get a load of that wallpaper and carpet too!)IMG_8427

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Collage of progress pics and one from the outside

We also painted both bedrooms and added new carpet to them

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Styling the girls’ room is far down on my list right now, but it looks so much better with the new paint, carpet, and windows!

-blinds  The house came with lace curtains that did not afford any privacy and at the same time obscured the view (I mean we practically bought the house for the view).  We decided to have roller blinds installed instead and I am VERY happy with this choice.  I love that we can completely hide them when we want to see our view or we can customize the length depending on the height of the sun.  I love how the color adds a bit of dimension to the walls as well

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-osmosis  We had our well water extensively tested and it came back completely healthy.  However, the taste was not one I wanted to get used to.  We added in a reverse osmosis system to our sink and refrigerator.  I love the taste and am so happy with this choice!!

-paint (doors, trim, etc) No inch of the downstairs has been left untouched by a brush.  The upstairs still remains to be painted but all of our initial focus has been on the down.  I burned through quite a few This American Life episodes while painting trim/doors and can still recall some of the more impactful episodes as I am looking at different parts of the house.

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Our powder room went from beige to Benjamin Moore’s Old Navy.  Dramatic difference!

-living room ceiling  The living room ceiling was covered by a particle-board type wainscotting that didn’t look professionally installed.  N ripped all of this down and whitewashed the weathered boards underneath.  I like this look so much better!

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Progression pic, you can see the particle board, boards underneath, and whitewash

-hang pictures  Hanging pictures was, admittedly, one of the hardest things for me.  I drug my feet over it.  N really had to talk me into it.  I definitely wanted to wait until we had the walls painted but even after that I was having a hard time committing.  It was really hard to reconcile decorating this house with all of the things meant for another house.  But I truly think this was a turning point for me.  Once the walls started to come alive, it no longer felt like our house was in a constant state of undone.  The vision finally started to take place and I found my motivation to continue.

Some of the artwork included is by my mom, myself, Brad Johnston, and my great Uncle Les

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-art cabinet  Love this beauty that got left behind.  Right now its full of the girls’ art supplies.  I couldn’t bring myself to chalk paint it as I had done the other two pieces of furniture but instead tried a gel stain and updated hardware.  Love the finished product!

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-sold the hot tub/other for the sake of the fireplace  We’ve been going “gazelle intense” (thank you, Dave Ramsey) for the sake of the fireplace makeover (the next big thing on our list) and selling everything we aren’t madly in love with.  The hot tub was a nice little perk for our house but ultimately one we never really used to it’s full extent nor cared about all that much.  Selling it (and a few other things) brought us very close to our fireplace goal.  No regrets!

Still a few more things on our list and I am excited to tackle them one by one.  I’m sure things will slow down a bit as we regroup our time and money but I feel great about the point we’ve made it to thus far!

I also thought it would be fun to start another mini-series (can you tell I like these??) that would highlight small details of the house that I love or have grown to appreciate.  While certainly far from flawless, this house is not lacking in character.  I’d love to capture the things about it that make it unique, starting next week.  Stay tuned.

-smk

Allow me a few words

to complain?

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This awful sickness still has MG in its throes.  After 5 days of normal health (and for the most part, behavior), she woke up on Wednesday morning with another stomach ache and vomiting.  I can not believe this.

Thursday morning I took her into her pediatrician and came prepared with the lab results we’d had completed just a few days prior.  Nothing suspicious turned up as far as bacteria and/or parasites.  She seems to think it is still just a virus, taking its time working its way out.  (I’m not convinced, I have another theory, but it remains to be seen).

On Thursday she had awoken without pain and seemed hungry and normal.  It was nice to have my happy girl back, even if it was just for a day.  She kept asking me, “are we going to the doctor for ME??!”  Yes, for you.  “Thanks.”

And then early this morning she woke up to more vomiting and other symptoms.

I pleaded with N to take her into the ER, sure that my theory was correct and that she needed to get started on antibiotics.  But the ER doc shot my theory down based on his personal experience and recommended a continued “wait and see” approach along with another lab work-up.

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I just can’t get over how long this has lasted (three full weeks), how draining it is (emotionally & physically), and how helpless I feel (I constantly rack my brain trying to come up with a solution or at least figure out what it is or what caused it).

I am so tired of trying to keep the girls quarantined, of the mountains of laundry, of scrubbing my hands raw, and of trying to come up with palatable meals that don’t involve lactose, red meat, raw vegetables, or fruit.  I’m tired of over-analyzing every rumble in my stomach, being home-bound (I miss just doing normal stuff!), being on a consistent schedule, hearing MG play dress-up and use her imagination.

I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. (can you tell I’m feeling a little sorry for myself!?) Please, please, let this be the end of it.

-smk

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