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Posted by on April 18th, 2013

Happy Friday!  If you haven’t heard yet, Lisa and I had our baby last weekend.  We had a girl :)  Now we have two daughters.  We feel incredibly blessed… and also a bit tired.  Lisa had a fairly quick labor and delivery.  She started having contractions around 3am on Saturday and gave birth five hours later.  Baby is happy and healthy and our two year old is excited and curious about her new sibling.

baby hands

It’s actually been easier this time around (says the husband).  When we had our first daughter we were nervous.  We were constantly checking her breathing throughout the night.  It’s more comfortable this time.  We’re less nervous and more confident.  It’s more relaxing.  I would make a joke that the next three kids will be even easier, but I don’t want to push my luck!

I know a lot of our regular readers have already seen the photo above on our Instagram feed.  If you’ve already said congrats, thanks!  We’re just checking in to let everyone know things are great on our end and we’ll be back next week with new posts.

See you then!

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Our Nursery Drawers

Posted by on April 3rd, 2013

Hey there! I hope you enjoyed our last post about preparing for baby numero dos. With the finish line in sight, we’re pretty much ready to go. I need to write a post about all the baby gear expectant parents need for a newborn and I’m hoping to share a little more in depth about my make-ahead meals later, like the recipes and such, but I can’t make any promises. I’m hoping this baby shows up sooner than later!

Another necessary baby prep all nesting moms do is organize the nursery. Last weekend John completed some touch up paint and gave the nursery a deep clean (thanks!!). After that was complete, my mom and I cleaned the dresser drawers and washed all of the baby clothes. When we first set up the nursery for our daughter, I took the time to line every drawer with contact paper. I’m so glad I did that because this time around cleaning the drawers was a breeze. We used non-toxic baby surface wipes for the drawers and allowed them to air dry while we did all the baby laundry.

I organized each drawer to have a “theme” and tried my best to group like age times together (like clothes for 3 or 6 mo. old). Some items, like bedding for example, will be in the drawers temporarily until the baby comes home and we are ready to use the cradle and crib sheets. There’s no use to put them on now because they’ll just get dusty again. Also, I know once the baby arrives I will be tweaking the drawers since I will end up getting more clothes.

Here are some photos of the drawers in the nursery. We still owe you updated Nursery pics, but to be honest, it’s not much different than the last time. Oh and btw, these photos were taken at night with my iPhone, so the quality isn’t too great.

The top drawer of my changing table houses newborn diapers, wipes, and a cosmetic bag that has a baby brush, baby nail clippers, butt paste (there is such a thing), and lanolin. These are the essentials I like to keep near so I can grab an item with one hand if necessary.

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I also have a drawer of washing essentials – all of my hooded towels and washcloths get placed together along with my changing pad covers.

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The bottom drawer is filled with crib bedding. I have my mattress protector, waterproof pads, and multiple crib sheets tucked away nicely.

nursery drawer

The top drawer of my tall dresser has baby socks, newborn hats, and my burp clothes and cotton bibs. I also have my activity mat in the back until I am ready to use it for baby tummy time.

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Below that drawer are my long and short sleeve onsies, sized 0-3 month. I also have my 3-6 month onesies ready to go. Next to those are my gender neutral pajamas lined up as well as my printed onesie and pants. I have these items separated by fabric bins I bought a couple years ago at Ikea.

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Next I have my cradle bedding, pack ‘n play bedding, boppy covers, and swaddlers.

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Last but not least are my baby blankets.

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There you have it – a peek into our nursery drawers. Babies sure need a lot of linens n things!

Do you have any drawer organizing tips you want to share? Anyone else buried in baby clothes?

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How We Toddler Proof our Home

Posted by on February 5th, 2013

I promised more than a couple posts this week and I aim to deliver.  Lately, we’ve been re-evaluating some of our child proofing measures.  Child proofing or toddler proofing is a moving target, at least for us anyway.  As soon as our daughter started walking last year, I went around the house and added padding to the table corners and locks to the kitchen cabinets.  At first I only needed to add a lock to the lowest drawer or door.  As she’s gotten older and more mobile, obviously her reach grew.  Now she can reach items on the countertop!  Oh and she ripped off all the corner pads from the tables.  So we’re at the point where I need to add a few more things to keep up with her.  I’ll be showing you a couple ideas I have for custom solutions in a later post, but for now, here’s a list of safety items we have around the house that work for us.. so far.

How We Toddler Proof our Home

child proof door knob

1.  Toddler Proof Door Knobs.  Yes.  Totally necessary.  Especially if your kid is smart like a Velociraptor.  We have one on all the bathroom doors and on the inside of her bedroom so she can’t walk out after we put her down to bed.  We need to add one to our pantry door now as she opens it every time she wants a snack, which is around 30 times a day.

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child cabinet locks

2.  Cabinet Locks.  If you need these locks, buy the bottom ones.  We installed a set of the locks in the first photo and a few of them broke the rest wouldn’t latch very well.  Every drawer and cabinet door in our kitchen needs one of these.  They are a snap to install, but I haven’t been able to add any to our top drawers yet.  The drawer space is too small for my DeWalt drill.  I have an idea on this though, so stay tuned.  If you have any suggestions, let me know.

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3.  Bed Rails.  We added these Vikare bed rails from Ikea that are designed to work with Ikea beds, like this Hemnes.  Even though it’s not a far drop, better safe than sorry.  There is one on each side of the bed.  They don’t run the entire length of the bed, but they should still catch her.  I love the fact that they clamp on and don’t mar the finish.

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baby gate

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4.  Baby Gates.  These things are great.  We actually installed the first two several months before our daughter was even born to keep our dog from wandering around ripping up the place.  The first gate photo is a Munchkin and is by far our favorite.  It’s rigid, tall and nearly impossible for a child to open since the handle is high up.  You need to lift the handle pretty high while swinging open the door.  Even an adult can’t open it terribly fast.

The other hall gate is from Summer and it’s okay.  Not nearly as sturdy.  The gate action is fairly weak.  It could probably stand to be tightened up on our end though.  So far so good though.

The bottom photo is the gate at the top of our stairs.  What I love about this unit is it doesn’t need to be screwed into the wooden newel posts on either side.  It gets strapped and taped on.  The gate has a bottom and a top catch for added rigidity.  We got it at Babies R Us, where we bought the other two.

5.  Strapping furniture to the wall.  Hugely important.  Apparently there have been hundreds of kids killed by furniture falling on them.  We’ll show you how we prevent this in a later post.  If you tether the furniture to the wall, you can easily prevent this sort of accident.

Since I don’t want to end this post on a somber note, how about a picture to encourage everyone to switch to round knobs…

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YHL Book Signing and a New Addition

Posted by on January 31st, 2013

Hey guys!  Hope everyone is doing well.  I apologize if you’ve expected more posts out of us, but lately we’ve been a bit busy.  I think we’re going to drown you in posts next week though, so you have that to look forward to!  Stay tuned for those.

In other news, Lisa and I went to the Young House Love book signing in NYC this past Wednesday evening.  Beforehand, we met up with another blogger friend of ours, Kristen, from Popcorn on the Stove.  We read her blog all the time and it was fun getting to hang out.  If you haven’t read her blog yet, check it out.  Luckily, she knows the city pretty well and took us to a great pizza place after the signing.

john and sherry young house love book signingJohn and Sherry were extremely friendly.  Very chatty.  It helped with our nervousness!  The signing started at 6:30 and we got in line around 5:30 or so.  It was a good idea, because the line was huge by the time the signing started.

After they signed our book, there was some light refreshments and a photobooth…

prego lisawhich brings us to our new addition!  Lisa and I are having another baby!  BOOM!  Lisa is actually pretty far along now and she’s due in April!  Since we don’t already show our first daughter on the blog, we’re not planning on showing this child either, but we wanted to share the news anyway.  So now you know!  Oh and we don’t know what we’re having.

A few months ago, I dropped a hint in a post (Lisa had me quickly redact that comment shortly after she became aware of it) that we had some big news coming soon.  Before I had a chance to delete the text, Michelle from Decor and the Dog guessed this:

decor and the dog commentAmazingly enough, she was right on both accounts.  A short time after this comment, we setup our Ektorp couch in our sitting room!

So we have plenty of work ahead of us.  We’ll bring you up to speed next week.  Enjoy your weekend!

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Storage for Baby Gear

Posted by on March 14th, 2012

.. Shh don’t tell my husband but I am writing a post right now!! He is downstairs woodworking on those cabinet drawers that are taking forever.

I thought I would share what I have been up to.  Since the birth of our awesome daughter we have been compiling a lot of baby gear and clothes  My mom suggested we get gear that has at least 2 functions (what a great idea!).  For example, baby girl has a exersaucer that she can sit in, move around in, and also walk around and bang on.  It’s great.

As for her clothes, after she has grown out of them, I have been throwing them into a three drawer plastic Sterilite dresser inside John’s closet.  That worked for the first year, and now I have run out of space.  Now I am putting her outgrown clothes into an extra dresser we have in our guest room.  I am definitely ready for a change.

One of our projects down the line is do finish our basement.  I would love if we could have a storage room that I could have all the same plastic totes for storage and they all would be beautifully labeled.  Until then, I am constantly moving things around until they are in a space I can deal with.

I have been perusing the web for storage ideas.  I am okay with placing the clothes in storage bins (and having them labeled properly) but I need some help with storing all of the gear.  So far I have a cradle, a swing, a baby rainforest mat, bottles, some toys, and so on!  The smaller items fit into bins I already have but I am having difficulty with the larger items.  I need some help.  Right now all of these items are scattered around our upstairs hiding randomly in closets – and this is not how I want to store them!

I don’t even know if we have an attic to store items in, and if we did I probably wouldn’t want them there because I would be afraid to go up there by myself, and the basement is out of the question as well.  Basements really scare me and I haven’t been in our basement since last year during Hurricane Irene when there was a tornado warning!

I also want to mention that I am not holding on to every item that belongs to her.  At least once a month I donate one bag to Good Will filled with John’s and my clothes and baby girl’s clothes and toys.  We are so fortunate to have so much that I want to be able to help other people as well!

Oh yea, I also wanted to share this post I found about re-purposing out grown baby clothes (part two can be found here).  Although I am not a seamstress I think a few of these I could actually do with a needle and thread!

Anyways, it’s not only the baby gear that is getting to me.  I feel like slowly we are accumulating more and more stuff and I am trying to organize it the best I can! I am really looking forward to starting the basement project to plan my dream storage room – lol!

So friends, I (we) need your help!  Anyone have some good tips for storage throughout the house and tricks for keeping baby items organized!? Thank you!

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