Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

Decorating a nursery seems like such a monumental task.  There are so many different directions you can go in, and places like Pottery Barn Kids, Pinterest, and Land of Nod just confuse me further.  I was torn between doing a cream and grey theme (light, airy, and peaceful) or an all out bright colored girly room.  

Well, I just HAD to go pink.  Lots and lots of pink.  And teal, bright green, cream, yellow…. It's sorta blinding and ADD inducing bright.

I actually started with the cream crib.  We were incredibly lucky to have our friends Emily and Kevin loan it to us.  Perfect!  Next up was her dresser.  It's hard to tell in the picture, but Guy painted our old china cabinet base a VERY bright purplish pink.  It looks really good and provides tons of storage.

I had the hardest time finding bedding that I liked.  It seems like little girl nursery items can get cheesy quick.  I finally just gave in and decided to find fabric I like a sew, sew, sew.  I should mention that I really don't know how to sew and any resulting project I make is the combination of luck, cursing, and wine.  All in all, it turned out pretty well so maybe my lack of wine actually helped.  (But I'm not quite willing to test that theory too much.)

One thing I love about her bedroom is her window seat.  I always wanted a window seat when I was little.  (Actually, I kind want one now.)  Gary helped complete it by making a Thunder Original cornice board for the window.  It looks SO good.

I found the rug online, which scared me but actually coordinated with her dresser and fabric colors PERFECTLY.  

By the way, did you know the 2014 Pantone Color of the year is Radiant Orchid?  It's nearly an exact match for the "purplish pink" that we chose.  Clearly the color people should just consult me for further color of the year choices.  

Here are a few more pictures from around her room.  They don't show off all of the areas, but a lot of things are still a work in progress.  I am finishing up painting and sewing a new rocking chair as well as getting some of her newborn pictures printed and hung up.  

Also, I took these (except the black and whites that I'm in - those were Guy) right when she was 2 weeks old.  

Friday, February 21, 2014

This is Love

My two babies.  Miss Reese at 5 weeks new, and big brother at 2 1/2.  

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Newborn Pictures

When Miss Reese was exactly one week old we had her newborn pictures taken.  I couldn't have been any happier with how they turned out!  They are some of my favorite family photos ever.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The First Two Weeks...

The last 6 weeks have been a blur.  A complete whirlwind of feeding my littles, cleaning their messes, and desperately trying to fit odd and end tasks in.  I then reheat my coffee (for the 6th time) and repeat.  

Having a January baby is both a blessing and a curse.  The weather has been too cold to go outside, so Beckett and I have both been so very stir crazy.  Poor kiddo hardly even got to play outside in the driveway.  But Guy has been home and he is an enormous help with Beckett, making dinner, and running errands.  Honestly, so far it's all been easier than I imagined although I struggle with worrying that I am not giving enough of my attention to Beckett.  

Anyhow, here is a large picture dump from the first couple of weeks home.

As soon as we got home from the hospital, Beckett immediately wanted to hold his baby sister.  He is completely in love.

First picture of our family at home.  

Over the next few days we had several visitors, which was a lot of fun.  It was nice to socialize and have the opportunity to introduce our sweet girl to friends and family.

Teags and Hadley were just like Beckett - so excited to hold her and amazed at how little she is.  So very sweet!

Beckett asks at least 5-10 times a day about her.  What she is doing, if he can hold her, asking to "pet" or kiss her.  When it's quiet I usually find him sitting by her and holding her hand or "petting" her head.

I thought I would fall in love with newborn photography and spend hours doing nothing but take her picture.  That actually couldn't be farther from the truth.  Although I love having pictures of Reese, my passion and skills do not lie with newborns.  Every once in a while I will do some traditional newborn style pictures, but I usually just prefer to take more lifestyle pictures.  

I think this was my first attempt.  I do not have the patience or desire to learn newborn posing.  Ahh well, our little girl is beautiful and I am glad to have taken the ones I did.  

And here's a couple "posey" ones.

Until her umbilical cord fell off (which was actually when she was a week and a half), she did sponge baths.  Here is her very first one!  She has yet to cry during bath time.  (Mr. Beckett cried at EVERY bath until he was several months old.) 

Her first doctor visit was discouraging.  Unfortunately she had lost even more weight (despite my milk coming in and her nursing well).  I believe she got down to 5 lbs 9 ounces, which is much less than what they would have liked.  So I began the journey of supplementing with bottles.  Boo :(.

Other than that, though, she looked perfect!

The first pic of me with both my babies.  And they match :).

I adore these next two pictures.  I will probably frame the one that includes Beckett.  

And here's a whole bunch more from the first two weeks.

We are in pink heaven!