Nursery Inspiration

Baby Brack #2 is due to make her arrival in early February 2017, but with the holidays quickly approaching, we are trying to get a jumpstart on the nursery before the calendar gets hectic. Our plan is to start painting this weekend and then over the next few months slowly acquire the furniture & decor.

Here’s what I’m dreaming up for our little princess:

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Room color: As much as I love the color pink, I wasn’t thrilled about the idea of painting her room that color (and I think Shawn was relieved), so we found the perfect shade of light purple–Violet Cache from the HGTV Collection by Sherwin-Williams.

Dresser & Crib: We are purchasing the exact same dresser & crib set that Maverick currently has. While I wish Maverick was out of his crib, it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen any time soon, so moving it into the baby’s room isn’t an option. Our plan is to eventually get the toddler rail for Maverick’s crib and then when Baby #2 is ready, we’ll move the rail we already have to her bed and Maverick’s bed can either become a day bed or a full-size bed. Plus, both kids will then have dressers they can grow up with.

Crib bedding: I searched forever and finally found crib bedding that I like. I wanted her room to be simple, yet sophisticated and I love the damask print, so it was a perfect fit. Plus, it matches the paint color exactly! 

Lamp: When I was registering I stumbled across this cute little lamp and couldn’t resist. I love having a small light in the kid’s rooms for late night feedings or 3 AM diaper changes. It gives me enough brightness to see what I’m doing, but doesn’t wake them up as much as the overhead light does.

Monogram: Maverick has his name spelled out above his crib. I painted & decorated the letters and they are adorable, but were an absolute nightmare to hang up. I knew Shawn would kill me if I had him hang another name on the wall, so I found this adorable monogram that can be personalized with her initials. I think it would be perfect above her crib and way easier for Dad to hang.

Artwork: One of my favorite sayings is, “Let her sleep for when she wakes she will move mountains.” It embodies so much of what I want for my daughter, so I was super excited when I found it here–and in purple!

Glider: No nursery is complete without a comfortable glider & ottoman. For Maverick, we reused an old rocker that my mom sewed new cushions for and he still loves it! I didn’t want to take it away from him, plus it would be a tight squeeze for 2 kids during our nightly story time, so I’m hoping to find something a little bigger for Baby #2’s room. Plus, I figured if we get it in gray we can move it to other parts of the house once the kiddos outgrow it.

I can’t wait to get started on the decorating! Wish us luck on our painting this weekend!

Story Time at the Library

There are times where I let my expectations get the best of me. I write the script for how my day will go or how a conversation will sound. In my head, everything plays out perfectly, and oftentimes accompanied with a world-class soundtrack playing in the background.

My first day as a stay-at-home mom was no exception.

You see, Maverick loves books. I mean, LOVES them. Nothing would make him happier than if we read books, all day, every day and never did anything else. As a mom, seeing him be such an avid book lover at the rip ol’ age of 1 makes me feel as though I’m actually doing something right. So to help encourage his thirst for knowledge, I signed us up for our first Story Time at the library.

In preparation for our adventure, we arrived at the library early–newly printed library card in hand. We were pumped!

As class started the librarian instructed everyone to find a carpet square to sit on.

Maverick didn’t want to sit on a carpet square. Instead he wanted to sit in the corner, furthest away from everyone in the room. I let it slide and took a seat on my carpet square.

During the story, Maverick refused to participate. In fact, he didn’t even listen. He sat in his corner, with his fingers in his ears. I acted like I didn’t know him as the other moms started giving me “the look.”

As the book ended, Maverick began slowly making his way to the circle. In fact, he let everyone know he was coming by loudly screaming, “MA MA MA MA MA MA MA MA MA,” the entire time he army crawled across the floor.

It was becoming clear that Maverick was not going to follow the script I had written and re-written in anticipation for this big outing. I lowered my expectations and just prayed that we’d survive the next 20 minutes without incident, but really who was I kidding?

While the librarian lead the group in song, I watched Maverick from the corner of my eye empty the entire contents of my purse onto the floor. I tried, Lord knows I tried, to discreetly and quietly stop him, but he wasn’t having it. So I decided to pick my battle and let him be. He wasn’t hurting anybody and he was being quiet, so I sat there as Chapstick, my wallet, a hairbrush, ponytail holders, old receipts and gum wrappers gathered at my feet.

“Okay, kids let’s grab a scarf,” instructed the librarian. As Maverick bolted to the front of the class to grab a neon scarf to dance with to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” I began cleaning up the clutter. I looked up, just in time to see my son twirling around the room–scarf and tampon in hand.

Yes, tampon. From my purse that he had just emptied.

I don’t know what’s more mortifying–the death glares I received from the other moms whose children won’t acting like lunatics or seeing my toddler dance with a tampon in a room full of strangers. Either way, I was dying inside.

The song ended. The scarves were put up and Maverick found his seat, still clinging onto the tampon as though it was his favorite stuffed giraffe.

“Oh, look Mav! They are getting the parachute out,” I said excitedly as the librarian began unfolding the classic parachute that brings back so many good memories of elementary gym class.

“AHHHHHHH,” screamed Maverick as he threw the tampon into the middle of the group and bolted out of the Story Time room and into the main library.

My reaction time was delayed just long enough that Maverick had enough time to begin clearing an entire bookshelf onto the floor. I grabbed him, a handful of books and stormed to the checkout kiosk. I was livid, embarrassed and heartbroken.

My child doesn’t behave like this and rarely (if ever) in public. I was at a loss, but determined to stick to the part of my script where we checkout books and read them together.

“Please see the Customer Service desk,” read the kiosk when I scanned my brand-new, never-before-used library card.

“Whatever. Maverick come with mommy for a minute, please,” I said as I struggled to grab my purse and a stack of books that I hadn’t even read the titles for.

“NOOOOOOOOOO,” yelled Maverick as he took off for the front door with a book in hand.

Before I could stop him, the book he was holding triggered the alarm. Red lights started flashing and sirens blared. Terrified, my son dropped to the floor and began wailing at the top of his lungs. The entire library stopped to watch as my son rolled around the floor, screaming.

“It’s the book. It’s not checked out,” said the extremely helpful librarian.

“Yes, I know,” I said I was ran to his aid.

I scooped Maverick up in one arm, grabbed the book, threw it over my shoulder and out the door we went.

Needless to say, we didn’t bring home any books and we have yet to return to the library. Maybe one day…after I found a new location.

 

 

Life as a Stay-At-Home Mom

It’s been a month since I walked away from my well-paying & comfortable corporate job to stay home and raise my toddler.

The past 31 days have not only been some of the best days I’ve had in a long time, but they have also been some of my most challenging & exhausting days. I thought running a week-long national meeting for 200+ employees in Las Vegas was tough, but it doesn’t hold a candle to having a 1-year-old test your willpower 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Favorite perk of my new job? Afternoon couch snuggles.

Fortunately, Mav and I have settled into a little bit of a routine. He’s accepted that I am actually the boss & I’ve come to terms with the fact that I am no June Clever. We are both meeting new friends, discovering some favorite hangouts and definitely enjoying our time together–that is when he isn’t in timeout & I’m not praying for a drink.

As the days go by, I continue to feel blessed that I get this opportunity to live out a dream Shawn & I have had since we found out we were going to be parents. At that time, the idea of staying home was far-fetched to say the least, but we made a checklist and over the course of nearly 2 years, we were able to make our dream a reality for our family. Sometimes “blessed” just seems inadequate.

And while it’s not always rainbows & kittens in my new line of work, I’ve certainly learned a lot in the last month:

  1. Waking up an hour before my son gets up really does make a difference in my day. Let’s just say time to enjoy HOT coffee–alone.
  2. Timeout works wonders.
  3. Those persistent headaches I battled for months on end weren’t pregnancy hormones, they were stress-related. Remove the stress (i.e., working mom with traveling husband stress) and the headaches have completely disappeared.
  4. Save the good snacks for when the kiddo is sleeping so you don’t have to share.
  5. Stay-at-home moms before Pinterest had it really rough.
  6. Teaching your child to help around the house is important, but know that emptying the dryer will now take approximately 4 hours longer than it should.
  7. My Tuesday is no different than my Saturday now. A weekend–what’s that?
  8. Leaving the house every day, even if just for a Sonic run, is necessary for our sanity.
  9. Budgeting is my new favorite hobby. Give me all the spreadsheets!!
  10. Don’t take your toddler to the library–more to come on that. Stay tuned!