Saturday, May 29, 2010

Friday, May 28, 2010

Jillian is Five Months Old!

I can't believe my little sweetie is five months old! What an amazing month this has been. You have changed so much that I hope that I can remember all of it. Thank God for this blog, every time I start to write one of your monthly posts, I always go back and read the last one. It amazes me to read what you were accomplishing the month before and you have come so far even from just a month ago. As I am writing this, I am sitting in our bed and you are sleeping next to me. It is my day off and this is when we usually have our little morning naps together. I love bringing you back into bed with me after you are up for good in the morning. We usually get in an hour nap and I just love this time together. You always are so cute when you wake up. You have the biggest smile on your face when you realize that you woke up in Mommy and Daddy's bed. It's so funny how you too can tell that this is a special little treat for you.

Sleep always seems to be a hot topic and it is no different this month! I have to give an update on the sleep! The past week, Jillian has slept through the night twice!!! I think we have finally turned a corner, this last week when you haven't slept through the night, you only have gotten up once to eat. It has been wonderful!!!! Up until just a week ago, you had still been getting up twice to eat and Mommy was oh, so tired. The morning after you had slept through the night I think I skipped all around the office with so much energy, I was such a different person!! A lot of Mom's talk about a "Four Month Wakeful" period and I even read an article about how babies don't sleep as well in the fourth month because they are going through a lot of changes. Looking back, you may have been affected by this too. Usually Mom's will complain about the four month wakeful period after their baby has already been sleeping through the night but since you were not sleeping through the night, I thought this was just how you were and just not a good sleeper. It seemed like as soon as the five month mark approached, your sleeping improved drastically. We shall call this the "Five Month Snooze." Let's hope this good streak continues! In addition to you sleeping so well lately, you are now a mover and a groover in your crib. I have found you in all sorts of different positions when you wake up in the morning. You even had yourself all turned around with your head at the foot of your crib and your feet at the head. I am not sure how you pulled that one off but I was certainly surprised to find you like that! I mostly now find either your feet hanging out of the rails of your crib or you have gotten yourself flat up against the rails. Who knows how far you would go if those crib rails weren't holding you in! You have also recently turned into a side sleeper. How did that happen? This is the same baby girl who was just weaned off the swaddle a month ago and any movement at all would have woken you up into a crying fit. I enjoy watching all of your new sleeping antics on the video monitor, it's much more entertaining than anything on TV!

Jillian, you are in Carter's size six month clothing and are still just holding on to a size one diaper. I have twenty more left and I am trying to squeeze you into them. So far so good. You have worn size two diapers but I feel they are still just a tad bit too big. I have no idea how much you weigh since we haven't been to the doctor's in a month. However, that is a good thing! That means you were very healthy this month!!!! You are still slightly teething but I am yet to see the signs of a tooth. Your doctor mentioned at your last appointment that a tooth should be popping any week now by what she was feeling in your mouth. You still drool on occasion and like to stick things in your mouth. You have been as happy as can be so I do not feel like they are bothering you yet even if they are about to pop.

You are doing so much better at tummy time and you have started to roll from your tummy to your back. You are just so cute when you do this. I personally thing that this is your way of protesting tummy time so by rolling over to your back, it's like you are saying "OK, I have had enough of this!" You haven't figured out how to roll yet from your back to your belly but I know you have been practicing in your crib!!! I have a feeling that we are only days away from this milestone.

Daddy put together your jumperoo a few weeks ago and you still trying to get the hang of it. Your legs are still short and don't touch the ground yet so we have stacked a blanket under your feet. You are not bouncing in it just yet, but are completely fascinated by all of the lights and music. You also like to touch all of the toys but haven't figured out yet how a lot of them work. I think you like it because you are able to stand upright and look out at everything.

Your first time in your jumperoo. The look on your face is priceless! You had no idea what we had just put you in.

You have been doing so well at daycare lately. You are finally starting to sleep in their cribs at nap time. Why can't you sleep in your crib during nap time at home? I am sure this is partially my fault since your nap times on my days off seem to be in your car seat lately while I am running errands or taking you for a walk around the neighborhood. The weather has just been so beautiful lately that after a long winter, the last thing I want to do is stay inside!!! I did try to lay you down in your crib this past weekend for a nap after you fell asleep on the boppy but still got the same result. Eyes wide open as soon as you hit the mattress. We'll just keep practicing!! I also think that you have improved so much with tummy time lately is because the women at daycare have been so good with you in getting in a few rounds of tummy time a day. I am slowly finding out that there are several benefits to daycare. It's nice having other women care about you and who will work with you on your development.

Your favorite toy is still your bouncy seat. You can really kick and fling yourself back in this thing now!!! You also grab all of the dangling toys with no problem and are constantly pulling at the middle toy that makes noise. I remember when you first pulled the middle toy it was such a huge accomplishment. Now that little Lion is constantly meowing and playing music. You also still love your activity mat. You can bat at those little toys now with such force. You are also beginning to scoot around a lot on your mat. You usually end up in a different position on your back than from where I placed you!! You are really starting to love your Fisher Price Puppy too. Your Grandma bought both you and your cousin Nicole one for Christmas but I haven't gotten it out until now because I thought you were still to small for it. When we were over Nicole's house two weeks ago, you loved hers so I got yours out as soon as we got home. You now give Puppy the biggest smiles and you love to touch his fur.

Mommy had fun watching you and cousin Nicole last week while Aunt Debbie ran a few errands. Nicole wanted to crawl into the bouncy seat with you!!!

I feel like I have reached a new level of confidence as a Mom. I feel like I know now more than ever what you like and what you don't like. I can soothe you so easily now when you cry. Being a new Mom and hearing your newborn baby cry can be so stressful because you are so insecure and unsure about everything. Half the time I had no idea why you were crying. I am loving this new feeling of confidence and want a "do-over" of your first few months. I wish I could go back to the newborn stage knowing what I know now! I would also love to do it again NOT being so sleep deprived. I feel like I missed so much and sometimes didn't enjoy everything as I should of because I was so tired. I guess that all goes along with the territory of being a new Mom.

I love you so much and can't believe that the next monthly post that I write is six months!!! I can't wait to see how much you change and grow.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Grand Opening of Model Home

This weekend kicked off the Grand Opening of the two new models in our neighborhood. I only took pictures of one of the homes. I didn't feel the other was my style, it catered to more of the "downsizers" than to the young couple/family. Way too many tassles and valances for my taste!!!!

I ended up brining Jillian with me to tour the homes so the pictures and the angles that they were taken in are along the same quality as if a drunk eighteen year old frat boy took them. I am still trying to get used to my new camera. I took the pictures one handed while I held Jillian with the other. As you can see from the reflection in the mirror below, Jillian and I are not professionals!

It made for some interesting shots but hopefully I can show you a few of the good ones. Enjoy!!!!


THE GREATROOM - I am bummed that this picture turned out so dark, the drapes are just too gorgeous for words. These pictures don't do them justice at all!




THE DEN - I absolutely love this paint color, I am thinking this is going on my list for the color of our dining room.

THE MASTER BEDROOM - This was probably the cutest room in the house.



Monday, May 24, 2010

Sunburst Mirror Tutorial

I have always, always, always, lusted after the Sunburst Mirror trend. My love affair began when I spotted this mirror at Pier One, however, I was apparently not the only one in love with them and they sold out before I had a chance to buy one for my own. The closest one I have found to the Pier One mirror was this one one at of all places

and this one from Ballard Designs

You can imagine my surprise when I came across Stephanie at Under The Table and Dreaming who actually made one herself for only $5. It looks amazing, I am admittedly not a crafty person, but she makes it sound so easy. If I am feeling slightly adventurous this Summer, I may have to take a stab at it. Besides, if I do screw it up, I am only out $5!


I happen to stumble across a 10 inch beveled edge round mirror for $3.99 and it bloomed from there! The mirror was in the candle section so I believe it was meant to be used as a candle plate.

I brought the mirror home and began my layout. Using Publisher I created a template by dividing a circle into 16 'slices'. You can find the template here. I then printed this baby out and glued onto the back of the mirror. You can see this was my second method as I originally tried to draw lines directly on the mirror itself...trial and this did not work as I thought it would!

I purchased two packs of wooden skewers from Wal-Mart at $0.97 for a pack of 100. You can also find these at your local dollar store. You have to sort though them once you open the pack because a lot of them are bent and not perfect. Still you will be able to find enough in a pack of two to complete this project. I simply used the grout lines in my tile as a guide to finding the good ones...hey, it worked!

I started by gathering sixteen good sticks and marking them all one inch from the pointed side. These will be the main sticks used to create your starburst pattern. Get your glue gun ready girls because it will be put to the test for this one! Using the template as a guide I began gluing the sticks on the designated lines; making sure the marked lines matched up with the edge of the template as shown. Be very generous with your glue is your friend during this project!

Once all sixteen skewers are in place you are ready to create your sunburst pattern. I used my inspiration photo as a guide; however you can create any pattern you wish.

I started with six sticks laid out in the pattern above which I repeated in-between each of the original sixteen sticks already glued to the mirror. You will have to trim some of the sticks in order to get them to fit - I just cut off the ends.

Work your way around the entire mirror using the same pattern. Once I completed each section I went back and filled in any empty spaces with additional sticks cut down to fit. I also went crazy with the glue (can you tell) to ensure a ~forever lasting hold~. Fill in every nook and cranny; I even went as far as putting an extra layer of glue on top of all the sticks! (a little glue over kill doesn't hurt)

Once my mounds of glue were dried I attached two simple picture hangers on the back with Gorilla Glue. I piled on the glue here too and left to dry for 24 hours. I know this looks like one hot mess but I promise it gets better! After impatiently, watching and tapping my fingers for 24 hrs the glue has dried I took braided picture wire and threaded it through the hangers and wrapped together, twisting the ends.

Now your ready for the paint! I carefully covered the face of the mirror with saran wrap and taped off the edges. These little sticks soak up a lot of paint and need a couple of coats. I started off with a couple coats of flat black spray paint. Once I had a nice base coat I topped it off with two coats of Krylon Satin Oil Rubbed Bronze.

What an amazing mirror!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Nursery Wall Art

I find myself to be accessory challenged with this house. I seem to have no problem picking and hanging window treatments, however, I have barely anything on my walls!!! I put a lot of time and effort in planning Jillian's nursery, yet the poor girl doesn't even have any cute wall decor. I have at least narrowed down my choices on what to hang over her crib.

This adorable wall decal with her "J" initial:

or these letters spelling out her name:

The initial is a lot cheaper and with this option, I won't have to put 7 holes in her wall. Something to think about but both options are really cute. Please let me know what you would choose!