Tired and grumpy

September 10th, 2009

Today was a little miserable for me I have to admit. I was up again with allergies/cold. We have this terrible cold that we keep passing around at my house. And I believe it’s coupled with my allergies. And I may even have a sinus infection at this point. Anyway, you get the idea. Congestion, stuffy nose, and a sore throat now because I can’t ever breathe through my nose.

So, I basically started my day at 3 a.m.

By 9 a.m. I was ready to get out of the house so I loaded up Ella and hit the road. About 5 miles down the road, she took a drink out of her sippy cup, the lid came off and orange juice dumped all over her. And of course I could not find the spare outfit I’ve been obsessing about keeping in the car. So, it was back to the house to get cleaned up and changed.

Immediately upon getting back in the car I lifted up my bag and spotted that spare outfit I couldn’t find.

We picked up a few things at Target then headed to the mall. Ella loves to ride the carousel and I figured we’d grab a quick lunch. It went OK, but it was a lot of work to convince Ella to sit and eat, to ride in her stroller at all, to listen … And I was just wasted tired by this point.

And wouldn’t you know I’d run into someone I know? And of course she looked all cute. Her two kids were dressed very cute as was she. And I couldn’t help but think about how my outfit was terrible and I am getting so fat and my hair looked awful. And I’m sure I had some serious eye bags at this point.

Oh well. We went home and took a nap. And it did make me feel better. Sometimes sleep will change your whole outlook on life. Except I still look like crap.

Ella’s room – update with photos

September 4th, 2009

If you read my blog you may remember all the agonizing decisions I made a while back in regard to decorating Ella’s room. The wall color! The bedspread! The furniture! It was as if I was decorating a room for the president.

Well, I finished the room and am very happy with it. And I’ve been meaning to post photos, but uh, well it just never seems to be picture perfect (without tea set, dresses strewn everywhere). But alas, I’ve snapped a few shots.

Also, I want to add that the first thing we did was had some antique furniture painted. My mother donated some very pretty furniture that her mother actually had when she was a little girl. I loved giving it new life and having a little bit of my grandmother around.

Anyway, we had it painted a light green by my lovely BIL/furniture restorer Dan and it looked great. But this did create the dilemma about what color to paint the walls that wouldn’t look like an pastel Easter Egg explosion in there. And now that I’ve rambled way too much, here’s what you really want to see.

In case you want to know: Rug from Target, bedspread from Macy’s. Butterfly wall decals from Uppercase Living, Curtains from Wal-Mart.

Love the wall decals – easy to put up and remove.

Another decal/growth chart which is behind her door.

Love, love, love the dandelion art we bought from this awesome artist off etsy.com.

The other green antique dresser in the room. I was happy with the way the chocolate brown paint makes it pop.

Accidents happen

September 3rd, 2009

While perusing a certain local store last night (I won’t use the name, you’ll see why soon), Ella abruptly said “I have to go potty!”

But when I looked down to her, I could see that her message had come out too late. Right behind her was a puddle.

“Oh no!” I panicked at first, trying to figure out what to do first and looking around to see if anyone saw us. Luckily we were in a clothing department, not in an open aisle. And also, on hard floors. I dug through my purse and found some tissues to sop up the mess.

Next, I put Ella back in the cart and hightailed out of there. Luckily I really didn’t need to buy anything.

But when I got to the car, I realized the mess was worse than I anticipated. It wasn’t just number #1 people. And it was all over legs, feet, carpet, dress …

The whole thing was a little humorous and I always knew this was a possibility with potty training – the public accident. And I was prepared with wipes galore, a plastic bag, a spare outfit, so it was no tragedy.

When I asked Ella why she didn’t tell me ahead of time she said “It was an accident!” I thought it was a good excuse. Accidents do happen …

Moments before “the accident,” she tried on this cute winter coat.

Things to do before baby gets here

September 3rd, 2009

OK, now it’s real. Now I’m pretty sure there’s going to be another baby here in December.

Suddenly my mind is filled with things I need to get done before she arrives. I’ve been procrastinating a bit. Part of me feels less worried this time. But now that I know what it is, it feels different. Now there’s a little face and a little girl I have to get ready for, and it’s a lot more exciting. And if you know me, you know I love to make a good list. So, here it is.

1. Come up with name for the baby. A few of you have asked, so I’ll let you in on what we’re thinking. We have a list, but can’t seem to decide on one. Indie, Marlo, Ruby, Celia or Cecilia. I also like Iris and Ivy a lot, but Steve has ruled those out. Anyone have any thoughts, ideas? I mean, I can’t promise I’m going to do a poll and let you name my baby, but I’m open to some ideas. Or you can say something like “Indie is cute!” I like those comments as well.

2. Clean out/freshen up nursery. It’s nice that we’re not starting from scratch, but I have turned the closet into a bit of a storage area and I’d like to hang a few new things and possibly rearrange. Something to freshen it up for the new baby.

3. Get out baby clothes. And baby items. Seems early to get out that big stuff from the attic, but people tell me that time flies with the second pregnancy, so maybe I should just do it. But where will all this stuff go???

4. Load up on supplies. Thank goodness I’m pretty much done buying diapers for Ella, because it’s time to stock up for the new baby. We really need to pick a name. Poor new baby deserves that much.

5. Get Ella to sleep in her big girl bed. We’ve developed bad habit of Ella sleeping in our bed. This will not be ideal when new baby needs to sleep in our bedroom and is waking us all up every few hours. This is going to be tricky.

6. Make room for pack-n-play. I’m not sure the pack-n-play will fit nicely anymore with all our bedroom furniture we’ve bought since Ella. It might be time for the elliptical to find a new home.

7. Get out bassinet for downstairs. I’ve learned with Ella that it’s imperative to have essentially everything I need on both levels of the house. Including a place for baby to nap.

8. Buy a babybook. With Ella I had a baby calendar, where I tracked all her firsts and big milestones, then a scrapbook for all those special keepsakes. I think this time I’ll get a cute little babybook that will serve both of these purposes. Since I’m not even finished with Ella’s 1-year scrapbook at age 2.5, things aren’t looking good for another scrapbook.

    About Us

    Me. Blogger. Formerly lived carefree life of eating out, staying out late, traveling and whatever else I wanted. Now mostly chase around two kids, cook, clean and work as graphic artist.

    Wonderful web guru husband who prepared this site for me. He's even trying to help to do dishes more around the house. Good man. I met him at a party in college in 1998 and he still hasn’t gone home.

    Unbelievably cute daughter who's been running the show at our house since March of 2007.

    Our newest, precious girl who just joined us in December of 2009.