Monday, December 16, 2013

Five on Monday

Nothing like getting your already-perpetually-late post published even later than normal...



Five.

We celebrated Christmas with E's parents this weekend and were all royally spoiled per usual. I am very much enjoying thumbing through my new Ad Hoc at Homecookbook {see also: doing squats with that sucker... definitely more of a drool-over-it-on-the-coffee-table cookbook than a rest-your-blender-on-it cookbook}, and L spent 45 minutes today making puzzle piece towers and leading alphabet parades practicing her ABCs.I mentioned in my previous post I wasn't entirely sure how she'd respond to the doll we added to her wish-list, but she's actually paying it a bit more attention than we anticipated.  She named her Dobby-Dobby, which in and of itself is adorably hysterical {I am sure she means "Dolly-Dolly," but the pronunciation foible still tickles my Harry-Potter-lovin' self to no end}, and is very intrigued by the fact that she wears "pink underpants with dots."  Dobby-Dobby still doesn't rank as high as most of her animal buddies {which, honestly, is fine by me -- preferring animals to dolls is a personally familiar concept}, but she's had her fair share of hugs and kisses and trips to the potty {I guess so those underpants can serve their proper function?}.  So, yay Dobby-Dobby! 

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We also saw two great movies this weekend -- we rented Place Beyond the Pines and caught a late showing of Philomena after E's work holiday party on Saturday night.  Totally different films, but we would highly recommend both {especially Philomena}. 

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Last year, I ordered a photo ornament off Shutterfly to commemorate L's first Christmas and decided I'd do the same each year.  While I love that first ornament for nostalgia purposes, I wasn't 100% impressed with the photo quality.  A few weeks ago, I was ordering prints off Mpix and noticed they also offered photo ornaments -- at a few bucks less than Shutterfly to boot!  On an impulse, I added one {featuring this year's  Christmas card photo} to my order, and I'm so glad I did.  The quality is great {not shocking, given how man pro photogs recommend printing with Mpix}, and I couldn't be more pleased with 2013's addition to the tree!  

Two. 

After craving Rice Krispie Treats for several weeks, I finally broke down and made a batch of Smitten Kitchen's Salted Brown Butter Crispy Treats. Two words: Life. Changing.  Seriously, I was sitting on my kitchen floor, moaning in delight. It was all very porn-y...except it featured a lot more marshmallows and my emergency XL sweatpants. 

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I am finally getting excited about decorating Baby B's nursery. I had some ideas early on that just weren't doing it for me, and I've changed directions completely {to a much vibrant, pop-y-er color scheme} and am really jazzed about it coming all together eventually {translation: I still haven't touched the room itself}.  I've had a few authentic embroidered Oaxacan Otomi pillow covers that I've been meaning to make a focal point of a room for years now, and this is the time. I found a great fabric on Spoonflower, and am just going to keep things really simple and bright {emphasis on royal blue, orange, and yellow}.  We are also buying a second crib.  After 11 months of crappy nights and crappier naps, L is a sleeping champion and loves her crib.  I am entirely too much of a weenie to potentially muss up all our hardwork with a Big Girl Bed -- she can stay in that crib until college if she'd like {aaaaaaaand now that I've typed that out, she'll decide to climb out of the crib the minute the new crib is delivered}. Anyone else doing the Two Crib Thing?  Or am I completely wussing out here? 

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15 comments:

  1. Eli is practically a teenager and should be out of his crib now, but he still loves it so I'M STILL GOING WITH IT. The goal was to give his furniture to the new baby, but since its a girl I really want white furniture, so we shall see (meaning I'm trying to talk Luke into getting new furniture). What did you decide on the placenta encapsulation thing? I'm intrigued.

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    1. Yay! Solidarity Sister with the double cribs!

      I have decided to encapsulate! I picked an ecapsulator and am just waiting for the hippies to send me my merit badge ;) Honestly, it came down to "it might very well help and it definitely can't hurt" -- that's good enough for me, especially since it's basically just like a big vitamin. If I had to make a placenta smoothie, I'd probably be singing a different tune...

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    2. Glad you decided to do the encapsulation!! I can't wait to hear if you think it makes a difference. Love hippie mama stuff :)

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    3. hey nice post Kate. I like your style of blogging here. The way you writes reminds me of an equally interesting post that I read some time ago on Daniel Uyi's blog titled How Personal Development Has Helped Me Grow In Life So Far .
      keep up the good work.

      Regards

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  2. My nephew will be 22 months when the new baby is born and my sister decided to get a second crib. He's a really good sleeper in his crib and she didn't want to risk messing that up (for every easy transition I hear about I hear at least a few big bed horror stories). She got the new baby an Ikea crib that was well rated and looks a lot like the Land of Nod one she already had.

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  3. We are doing the big girl bed transition. BUT my girl has NEVER slept in a crib, not one day in her little life so going from mommy's king size to a dinky twin is probably going to be quite the challenge. We are doing the twin since I am sure mommy is going to sleep a few nights in that bed in the beginning and I refuse to cram myself into a toddler bed. We shall see how it goes. We first thought about transitioning to a crib and doing the two crib thing but since C has never been exposed we figured might as well move to a bed. I say go for what is working. She likes her crib, keep the crib. She likes a bed use a bed:)

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  4. We did 2 cribs, and I never once regretted the decision. I personally think, leave them in the crib until they climb out... even if it means they're 5 ;) (Not really... T started climbing out a little before 3)

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  5. I'm so nervous about transitioning Bennett to a big boy bed. We are going to do it about a month before Owen makes his debut. So he'll be about 22 months. :/ I pray it goes well!

    Also, how did you go about finding someone to encapsulate your placenta? I, too struggled with PPA and PPD after Bennett and am terrified of it happening again. I'd love to hear your advice! Thanks :)

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    1. Good luck with the transition! You are braver than I am ;)

      Honestly, I started with Google, which led me to several encapsulator websites and also some forums. The same names were mentioned over and over again. I'm going to confirm with my OB (she's worked with them before), but I feel pretty comfortable with the online feedback. I also thought about ringing the birthing center here and asking them, even though I am not one of their patients.

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  6. I totally do the two crib thing but clearly not quite what you were talking about ;)

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  7. I totally agree with the two crib thing! I only wish that it was a dilemma that I had to face, but my son had to go to a regular bed before he turned two because he kept climbing out. So, when baby boy #2 comes in the next couple weeks, we have a (still disassembled) crib ready and waiting!

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  8. I'm not even pregnant yet and I'm already budgeting for a second crib---if and when we need one! She is such a PERFECT sleeper right now...there's so way I would mess with that with a newborn around!

    & I'm loving your Christmas ornament...I should have started that with Elyse's 1st Christmas--2 years ago. Maybe I could order them and backdate them?!? ha!

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  9. I totally NEED some rice krispie treats now!!

    Loving your ideas for his nursery. I know it'll end up being darling :)

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  10. I'm with you on the Two Crib Thing (both Jenny Lind, even!), despite all the side eyes I get when people ask. My son will turn 2 at the end of January and then his baby brother arrives a few weeks later. I'm determined to control any possible variable I can during this transition! That being said, we had a hiccup just this past Sunday when he landed on his head on his first attempt to climb out of the crib, yikes. He's always slept in sacks, but he managed to unzip it this time. Solution - big boy bed? No way, turn that sack backwards and back in the crib he goes :) Good luck!

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  11. I bought a second crib (older son was 20 months when #2 was born) and older son is still in the crib eight months later - and counting, so I'm a HUGE proponent of buying the second crib. I bought both mine for really reasonable prices on Amazon, and the small investment has been well worth the more-sleep-filled nights. I am in NO rush to get #1 out of the crib.

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