Monday, November 24, 2014

A 3-Month Update

Time is just flying by! Porcupine is 9 months old and I can hardly believe it. The holidays are coming and then this little guy will be turning one! Everything is a whirlwind, and sometimes I wish I could slow down time (not at night though, because my little guy is always keeping me up!) I have so many ideas floating around, blog posts half written, and baby crafts and projects just waiting to come to life, but none of it seems to happen. Oh well! I will just keep trucking along. :)

In the meantime, here is a quick recap of the past 3 months.

Baby’s first time in Lake Michigan:

toes in the lake

Crawling all over the place and standing up on things:

standing up!

First Halloween (and I made his costume!):

my little jack-o-lantern

And getting ready for winter (thanks, Janis!)

baby in snowsuit

So excited to see what the next 3 months have in store! ;)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Chair Ideas

As if I need another project to remain unfinished (ahem, sewing room dresser, bathroom, nursery, etc), I’ve been thinking about what I can do to update this chair.

20140814_214616 Forgive the cell phone pic!

With new baby in the house, this chair from my mom’s has been a godsend. It’s in great shape (my mom had gotten a new cushion for it a while ago, so it feels new), it’s comfy, and it’s easy to get in and out of while carrying a heavy baby. :)

I think a getting it totally reupholstered in a silver-gray, keeping the tufts, would be gorgeous.  Something like this:

gray tufted chair image via

But truthfully, that is probably not going to happen. So I have been dreaming about a DIY-type covering that I could do. I’ve been toying with the idea of smocking. Wouldn’t something along these lines look cool on the back?

smocked-cushion-detailImage via

Or something like this

But, truthfully again, with a little baby in the house and trying to find that baby/work/life/life-with-baby balance, this project will probably remain one I am just dreaming about for a while…while I spend my time looking at/sitting in this old green chair. :)

So for fun, here is a baby picture. :)


What projects have you been dreaming about lately? I should also attend to my yard at some point…I have big dreams for out there, too. :)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Nursery in Progress

Much like most of the projects in our house, the baby’s nursery is about 90% done. Why, oh why, won’t I complete projects? :)

But anyway, here it is…in progress :)

nursery in progress (polka-dot bedding from Ikea)

nursery in progress (Dream on Me Synergy crib)

changing table (clock and London print from Ikea, Indiana print from Etsy, Zutano Elephants changing pad cover)

crib (I know you’re not supposed to have anything in the crib, but since for a long time, the baby wasn’t actually sleeping in there, these fun guys were its only inhabitants.) :)

And here’s what baby sees when he does spend time in his crib…
alphabet zoo mobile (Skip Hop Alphabet Zoo Mobile – we actually tacked the animals’ legs together so baby could see their faces when he’s lying down in the crib)

I actually already have the art to hang (Paul Thurlby's Alphabet for above the crib, and some cool collected prints/homemade Cricut art for above the bed) but haven’t done it yet! Lazy!

And I just realized as I’m looking at these pictures, that I have made some fun blue striped curtains that are already up…I’ll have to take updated pictures soon.

Anyway, that is where baby officially resides…90% done. But, considering that 3 days before he was born, we were still getting it ready/putting together the crib…

nursery in progress (Thanks to our friend Efren!)
nursery in progress (This is the last pregnant picture I have of myself before the day he was born!)

and that less than a month before he was born it looked like this…

 baby's room before

…I’m pretty happy with how far it’s come along! :)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Happy Birthday, Shadow!

You are eight and a half, as far as I am concerned :)

Shadow and Baby

Thank you for being pretty chill about our newest family member. I hope you become friends and can really play outside soon!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Happy Birthday :)

 Grounder and baby

A quick happy birthday to Grounder who is 11…and Baby who is three months!

Baby and Grounder

And to my friend Janis’s baby (toddler), Lincoln, who is 2!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Almost Three Months…

As Porcupine approaches his 3rd month of life, I figure I can post a few pictures from the beginning of his life!  Having a newborn is a similarly great excuse for not doing things as being pregnant.  No blog posts? Have a newborn.  Newborn’s nursery not done? Have a newborn.  House is a disaster? Have a newborn.  Unabashedly letting other people cook and feed us? Have a newborn. It’s pretty great. :)

Here’s one of my favorites from when he was just a day old:


It’s amazing how different he looks now:


Here’s another picture of tiny newborn Porcupine, just for good measure:


As I mentioned before, this little guy came a little early. He was due March 1st, I thought he’d be born March 7th, but in reality, he came on February 17th. So just for fun, I made Brian take pictures of us on his “due date”. :)

Happy Due Date, baby!

I’ve been documenting baby’s growth with weekly and monthly photos, which I’ll hopefully be sharing soon. I can’t believe nearly 3 months have already gone by!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Happy Mother’s Day!

My first Mother’s Day was a pretty happy occasion. :)


We had lots of fun with family.


I thought it’d be fun to take a picture of the grandmas that was similar to some we took when we told them we were having a boy, so we did.


One of the best parts of being this boy’s mom is knowing he’s loved by so many people. :)


Happy Mother’s Day!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


It’s the last day of April. I’m still here, I swear.
Here’s a quick recap of what’s been going on:
porcupine announcement
I hope to post more soon! But this little baby’s been keeping me busy! He came two weeks early and it’s been a roller coaster ever since. But in a super great way!
Hope to talk to you soon :)

Friday, January 24, 2014

New Year Updates

The bathroom is pretty much finished!

bathroom vanities

Okay, okay, so we actually have quite a few more projects to go. But we are using it and it is amazing!

In between the vanities, I will buy/build something to make everything look more seamless and super functional.  My plan is to put up a subway tile backsplash in the whole vanity area, too.


We’ll get rid of all the extra tools and paint :)  Above the toilet will be some cool shelves, and I want to hang some art and/or mirrors. These inexpensive and functional Algot drawers from Ikea will be surrounded by a faux-cabinet to match the vanities and make them look like a built-in.


The shower still needs a real curtain (we’re just using this liner for now on a curved shower curtain rod, which is amazing).  There’s a little touch up caulking and painting that needs to get done, too.

And we need some artwork and other fun things to fill this large bathroom up.


But overall, I am so happy with what this room looks like and how it functions compared to 4 months ago and the 3 years before that!


A little run-down of what’s currently in the bathroom:
- Martha Stewart Vanities from Home Depot
-Toto Toilet from Amazon
-Price-Pfister Faucets from Lowe’s
-Delta Showers from Amazon
-Tile from Menards
-Allure Flooring from Home Depot
-Vanity Schoolhouse Lights from Destination Lighting
-Exhaust Fans/Lights from Menards
-Medicine cabinets from Lowes
-Hooks and hardware from TJMaxx/HomeGoods
-Zinsser Perma-White Mildew-Proof Paint (colormatched to Pittsburgh Paints Splash) from Menards

My goal is to go back and show you some more progress pictures/steps. Cross your fingers that I actually do it :) and of course more progress pictures as it gets more finished/decorated. :)

In baby news, I am 34 weeks along and should really get started on that nursery…baby’s due March 1st and that is really coming up fast!


But for now, try to stay warm!!

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