Saturday, January 19, 2013

7 months and life stuff

Hello. My name is Sara, and I used to run this home renovation blog when I wasn’t at my day job. Now, my 'spare' time is spent following around a baby and wondering what kind of Twilight Zone I’m in where weekends are over in .2 seconds and my house is a constant disaster.  Since Ashford started crawling and cutting teeth last month, I’ve been finding it very hard to do anything but entertain him. Pick up his dropped toys. Pull him away from the cable boxes for the thousandth time. Patiently try to get him to eat solids day after day. Try to make his teeth feel better. Plead with him to sleep when I know he is tired, but he wants to play. Try to hold him down long enough to change his diaper.  He is so beautiful and funny and makes me want to implode from cuteness overload. But, I’m tired.  I just don’t feel like doing anything but sitting around when he’s sleeping.  Damn Netflix is not helping!

Our house is not changing.  We recently threw in the towel on adding shoe molding to the upstairs hallway. The trim was laying in the hallway for months, we finally gave up and moved it down to the basement because we knew it wouldn’t get done anytime soon.  I also found my favorite paintbrush wrapped in plastic and rock-hard in the frig.  I had put it in there when I was touching up the kitchen walls a couple months ago, and I straight up forgot it was in there.  So.  Home project fails aside, Ashford is growing ever more cute and hilarious.  He turned 7 months on Jan 5th and weighed in at 17 pounds when I did the very scientific 'weigh myself holding him and then weigh myself alone' method.  Quickest 17 pounds I ever lost!
He has hit a million milestones over the last few weeks. He started crawling 'for real' December 18th, sitting unassisted December 25th, going from sitting to crawling and vice versa by December 28th, first tooth December 29th (now there are two!), started doing this funny 'downward dog' pose on January 4th...
Then he started clapping on January 5th, and the finale - on January 13th I found him in his crib, standing up and smiling at me in his sleep sack.  
We have since lowered the crib.  He's also pulling up on furniture now.  This kid is not content to just sit around, he wants to be moving at all times.  Thankfully, he loves his exersaucer and jumperoo.  Mommy needs uninterrupted wine time.   
He's still sleeping 7:30pm to 6am for the most part, unless he's fighting bedtime or having a random wake up at 3am (which we usually ignore, by the way).  I'm so grateful for his nighttime sleeping habits.  He is still not a good napper at home, though.    
He doesn't love eating solids, he hates the feeling of even the smallest chunks going near his throat and gags a lot.  I gave up on the finger foods and he is only getting purees.  Hopefully he will find it fun to feed himself soon! 
We are really enjoying seeing him get bigger, laugh more, notice new things, and other fun stuff.  Now if he could just help us with some house stuff, we'd be in business.  Until then, he will earn his keep being a model for adorable photos. 
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Huffington Post Feature

Hey everyone, I hope you had a wonderful new year!  We went out with my brother and his lady for NYE while my mom watched the little nugget, and it was divine.  There was champagne, party head gear, and sequins involved. Here is a photo to prove that I did not fall asleep on the couch at 10pm as initially planned...  
Ok, this doesn't prove the time, but I assure you if you could see my raccoon eyes you would know this was about 5 hours past my normal bed time...or, 2am. 

Enough about my shenanigans.  I wanted to share a link to a Huffington Post Home feature on our kitchen!  Amy contacted me before Christmas and asked if she could interview me for a little post on the kitchen renovation, how could I say no?  You can check it out here.  

ps - I love how the first comment says that our kitchen is entirely underwhelming.  Awesome!