It’s not a secret, I haven’t stayed home much since having the baby. I’ve been enjoying this season and sharing it with baby Wave. From festivals to the smells of the season she’s been well cultured the past few weeks.
We hit up the the pumpkin patch and snapped a family photo.
We’ve visited the local orchard and picked up a few apples and some cider. I’m not a pumpkin spice fan but give me apple cider any day, hot or cold!
We’ve hit up several festivals like the Ozark Craft Fair, Apple Butter Making Days and Farm Fest. These are all local to our area.
We got to hang with some hairy cows.
But this is how we spent most of the time at all these festivals.
We’ve decorated the shouse for the fall season, I’ve already managed to kill a few mums so nothing new there. Aren’t they supposed to be hearty?
I also snuck in small Fall baking.
Soon I will be back to work so I’m enjoying my favorite time of year with my favorite kid while I can.
Waverlee and I have played around with some fall pictures too.
8 Things New Moms Are Thinking…If They’re Being Honest
I’m loving being a mom. It’s exhausting and equally rewarding. But…lets be honest moms, you’ve probably thought some of these things listed below. I am sure some of you much more seasoned mothers are saying something like “Bless Your Heart” right about now. The rest of you fine ladies out there who are dreaming of motherhood … or not … this is a nice peek for ya. For all that this doesn’t apply to, well just give new moms a break, pat on the back or some caffeine. Some below is a list of the most common thoughts popping into my head.
1. How are you hungry again? It’s been like 15 minutes since you finished. Seriously how are you still hungry?
2. All those blogs I read about mothers loving breastfeeding are big ole liars. Big liars. I know you’re not liars. I know some moms love it. But after experiencing your first week of cluster feeding with a newborn you’re not claiming you love it. That must take longer than 5 weeks. I’m more at a, “I’m really glad I can provide you with nature’s nutrients here but go easy on me ok” level of love.
3. When your husband asks if you were wearing those pants yesterday and you confidently reply with “Yes, I did and there’s nothing wrong with it”. Even though you’re thinking that you’re above wearing leggings two days in a row and it’s really not ok.
4. How did baby poo get on the baby, my hand and multiple linens? And way over there. How did that happen?
5. I have to pee. I try to hold it, but you can’t. You literally drop everything you’re doing to try to make it on time. There is no holding it. Kegels for life.
6. It’s 80 degrees outside. My child doesn’t need socks on. Don’t judge me.
7. You haven’t ate in like two hours. What’s wrong with you? What’s the pediatrician’s number? Same thoughts apply for sleeping over 4 hours in a row.
8.How on earth did I create something so cute? I guess her dad had something to do with it.
Clever name isn’t it? When researching for baby products for baby Wave, I stumbled across this beauty on Pinterest. Yep, leave it to Pinterest for baby research.
I honestly scoured for bad reviews on this thing. Want to know why? Because I knew I really wanted one but the price had me a little hesitant. I couldn’t find a SINGLE bad thing said about this product. Nothing. I looked. So many moms and dads gave testimonies of how awesome this item is. And I was sold.
So, months ago this beautifully packaged co-sleeper arrived at our door. Waverlee is 5 weeks old now and we’ve used it every single day.
So let me break down how versatile this little genius invention is. It’s designed to make baby feel comfortable, like still in the womb comfortable. Like there’s no crying in the Dock A Tot comfortable. It’s won numerous awards and passed above and beyond safety testing. You can read all about it on their website.
So far I’ve used it for her naps and sleeping next to our bed at night (we aren’t co-sleeping with her in our bed). The convenient handles on the side allow for easy access in the middle of the night while nursing.
I have a super handy Pack-n-Play, however if you’re fighting between purchasing one or the other, I might sway towards the Dock. It’s light weight, easy to clean, and you don’t have to worry about folding anything. It’s all one piece and easy to throw in the car or even take on a plane. The Dock A Tot Deluxe is designed for up to 50 pounds and the Grand is for kiddos over 50 pounds. I’ve taken our Dock to my parent’s lake cabin a couple of times instead of grabbing the Pack-n-Play or Rock-n-Play and it’s been flawless. Also makes it easy for going up and down stairs. You already have so many things to pack, why make it more difficult on yourself?
We also use it for our bath time routine. Since I use the kitchen sink right now, I can have her towel sitting on top of the Dock on my counter and transition her to something comfortable but easy for me to get a slippery baby dry.
So what about cleaning the thing? Because having a baby triples your laundry! I was pretty intimidated to wash the cover to be honest. It looked difficult at first glance. It wasn’t though, easy off and easy on. Just a zip and click of the snap. Just another perk. They have such cute cover options too if you want to buy a spare between washings.
Are you sold now? By far it’s one my most recommended products to have with a newborn. Click the link below to check out all the cute covers, read more about the product and for a discount!
I have a one month old baby! It’s hard to believe it’s been a month since we welcomed Miss Wave into this world. It’s quite the experience, 9 months of building up thoughts of what your child will be and in those moments that seem like an eternity and also a flash your expectations are exceeded beyond your comprehension. She’s my greatest accomplishment and I’m reminded daily to be so grateful for her.
In her first month she’s met so many loved ones and visited lots of places. She’s mastered having her dad wrapped around her finger. She lifts her head during tummy time and tracks toys and faces with her eyes. She loves to nurse and gets moms undivided attention when she quivers her bottom lip. She’s catching up on weight and height and gets to be at home with mom for another month.
Since the nursery is pretty much complete now, I’ve been nesting in all the other areas of the house. From organizing junk drawers to purging my Pinterest boards (everybody does that right?) I’m trying to stay busy and prepare for baby. Freezer meals, washing baby things and redecorating.
I redid my photo clip board recently and replaced it with some hooks to hang hats, coats,etc. I moved the Magnolia Market sign above it and felt like it tied in well near our staircase.
Since I moved the Magnolia sign I replaced it with this Grocery sign painted on tin. I also used an egg gathering basket to update the light fixture. An Edison bulb adds a finishing touch and a soft glow.
A very inexpensive window frame from the flea market and my cotton wreath add a nice touch to our “entry area”.
My front porch has been bugging me for awhile. I saw a similar project on…you guessed it…Pinterest. So I bought a pack of wainscoting from Lowes and glued them together to make a sign.
I got it painted with some chalk paint and used vinyl scraps and cut the word stencils on my Silhouette machine.
Some black paint later and lots of maneuvering.
It’s all done and hanging on my front porch.
Last I wanted to put a chalkboard behind our barn door so I bought a cheap piece of particle board and added chalkboard paint.
I bet it doesn’t come as a surprise that work on Baby C’s nursery began in the early weeks of her development. I skimmed countless pages of Project Nursery and Pinterest for inspiration. I had bedding picked out for either gender at around 18 weeks. So, literally the night we found out Waverlee is a Waverlee, I had bedding ordered. Fast forward seven weeks and her nursery is almost complete! So here is a tour.
A couple of weeks ago I enjoyed a paint class at Paint with Kenda. I actually painted all of the background details and then left the wording to Kenda the Professional. Please check out her site, linked above. She’s super talented.
We have two bedrooms total in the shouse. (For more layout information at our shouse click here.) Space is manageable but limited. The nursery was our spare and a full bed already existed there. It didn’t make a ton of sense to me to take it out and find additional storage so it stayed as a staple in the nursery. I think it will be great for late nights nursing and for her to eventually grow into.
Her crib is from Nebraska Furniture Mart. I picked up a simple gray mattress crib sheet and the white cushion inside the crib is the DockaTot. I’m really excited about having a DockaTot. Invented for co-sleeping, it’s a versatile crib to move anywhere that reflects the shape of the womb. I’ve honestly not read a bad review about them.
We have some funky walls in our bedrooms so I had to get creative with limited wall space. Pillows, bedding and bed skirt are past seasons from Target. The braided rug is from Amazon.
My mom Meme picked up this sweet hand painted pillow for the full sized bed on Etsy. I think it helps soften it up and make it more “little girl” for now.
I opted out of a rocker. Our house is small, we have a rocking recliner downstairs. I reupholstered this chair last year and thought it fit nicely into the nursery. Footstool is from a Hobby Lobby sale and the sheepskin rug is a staple from IKEA. Pillow is from Target.
With some wall space I added some fun trinkets. The deer head is one of my favorite pieces in the whole nursery. It was custom made by Polka Dot Pig Primitives. The shelf and greenery are from Hobby Lobby and the Audrey Hepburn Print is from Etsy.
I love these Milestone Blocks and Car from Bannor Toys.
They tied the entire room together and the quality is beyond impressive. Better yet, they’re machine washable if need be.
Mirror is from a past Zulily event and the dream catcher mobile was made by a friend.
The changing station is a $50 dresser I repainted. It can be used as her dresser now and later down the road.
I made a couple of changing pad covers to match her scheme. This 3 tier organizer was once in our bathroom but now holds teethers, pacifiers, creams and what nots for easy access. Hand sanitizer in a fancy pump because I’m sure I’ll be using a lot of it.
The “W” cactus print is from Etsy. I found the arrow at a flea market, added some simple hooks and made a nice display for some personalized clothes and headbands.
I repurposed a basket to hold extra swaddles, changing pad cover and blankets.
I’m sure some more sweet details will be added before she is here!
I’m sitting at my kitchen table blogging, however I’m dreaming of being back at The Prairie in Round Top, Tx. Such a dreamy place. That’s how vacation is though right? Dreamy? You can’t enjoy vacation forever, but you can bring a piece of inspiration back with you right?
The Prairie, created and owned by Rachel Ashwell, is the epitome of Shabby Chic with Rustic Flair. Very girly, ruffles everywhere. GI Joel would be hard to convince on the style, however the grounds were a different story. I loved the buildings, the windmill and the rusty junk outside.
Fast forward to Spring, I completed a random craigslist search and found this beauty. Ok, not beautiful but lots of potential.
We GI Joel hauled this old Chevy truck bed from Branson to our house on some very shady tires and around several bends and curves. Have I mentioned how great he is lately. I swear these DIY projects just bring us closer. 🙂
Like a typical man, I give him a picture with some dimensions and he goes by his own plan. It always seems like my great ideas become a little more difficult when actually executing them.
The farmstand is complete now. I used some reclaimed cedar siding to make the Chapman Farmstead sign. I think our signature symbol should always be a windmill. I’m on a windmill kick I guess.
Although it is not street ready, I think for now it will be a nice welcome down our driveway and I can switch things up each season/holiday. Isn’t this what they mean by curb appeal? I love having a little piece of The Prairie inspiration at our house.
Here’s a list of my recent favorite profiles I’ve found on Instagram that I love and you will too! Click on their handles below to follow. Photos are from their feed. Please click on photos for original Instagram sources!
I love this mom. Clean white photos of the daily ins-and-outs of her sweet girls. She has an online shop where she sells a few clothing items and baby bracelets. I’ve found the best baby products stalking her photos and blog. I appreciate that she tags everything in case I want to purchase the items. STALKING. Total groupie.
I’m not wishing away time here, but when my kiddo is big enough for a sippy cup I will be all over these. They would make great gifts too. Two options include sippy cup or tumbler with straw. Makes it really easy to know “Whose cup is this?” since you can choose a personalized insert.
The photos alone are worth following over. Such cute baby pics in tropical and pool side locations. These hats are handmade and provide 50+ SPF for baby. She also has trucker hats available in her shop. Great accessory for boys and girls, however this is one shop in my opinion has more boy products. Rare, I know!
This shop recently had a big-o-sale and sold out of the necklace I wanted. Their Instagram account is an easy way to keep up with re-stock and future promotions.They offer teething necklaces and bracelets in both bold and neutral colors. The styles of the beads are also bold or subtle with a broad variety.
This a great resource for nursery inspiration. They feature designer nurseries and children’s rooms but they also have an online gallery for anyone to upload photos of their nursery projects giving you 100’s of pages of creativity and an easy to navigate filter system. Only want to see boy-sports nurseries? No problem.
I can’t say enough about these products. Waverlee has 2 teethers and a personalized push car and I love them. I’ve bought a few baby shower gifts from them too. Hand crafted wooden toys, rattles and teethers that will last. Ditch the plastic toys and buy a keepsake that will last. Bonus, they only make the creative noises your child expresses through their imagination.
Babylist is the only registry I chose so far. It honestly will probably be my only registry. I am a little nervous about only having a registry that is online, however I love that I can add anything to it, from any store. It shows the lowest price offered for the item and gives multiple store options where the item is available. They also have a section in the registry for friends and family to offer to bring meals, clean, do laundry, etc. This is a neat feature especially if family is wanting to set up a meal delivery.
Baby Moccs are very popular in all sizes, shapes and colors. Sweet n Swag just launched their newest styles on their site. They also offer little moccasin booties. If you are looking for moccs beyond the traditional “brown swede” color then this is your shop.
Baby swaddles are an essential for a new baby, however Modern Burlap blankets are off the map. They have scripture swaddles, calendar swaddles where you can track how old the baby is by month/week/year or buy one from baby’s birth month. I really enjoy the saying blankets too. They all have a minimalist feel.
We’ve been passing the time. Slowly. It’s beautiful outside, for now, so I’m trying to get out and do things around the shouse. On a side note, I really hope my child greets me like my goats do.
GI Joel has been on a kick watching Bob Ross episodes and Alaska the Last Frontier. I’m not complaining, after all when Netflix takes off MASH what else do you do?
I know what you’re thinking, with all this excitement how could life not fly by? It’s not, it’s creeping because we’ve been waiting several weeks (22) to know baby Chapman’s gender. I have no incling. No profound visions. GI Joel however just “knows” it’s a boy.
We decided to complete the ultrasound not knowing the gender and then reveal with our families together. There’s just something about the idea of me, in a hospital gown, full bladder and medical equipment everywhere that made me want to keep the experience between Joel and I. Gender reveal party it is.
GI Joel is a lifetime St. Louis Cardinals fan so a baseball theme gender reveal party seemed appropriate.
There’s no crying in baseball, or over your preferred gender…ahem…GI Joel.
For the reveal, I bought plastic baseballs, had Joel saw them open (after my failed attempt with an exacto knife) and made my own Holipowder. Not to be confused with Holy powder. Holipowder is what people toss at color runs, etc.
I mixed cornstarch, water and food coloring together. It’s very thick. I placed it in a throw away pan and baked it until it dried. I placed the chunks in the blender and powder it was.
I filled two baseballs, closed them white electric tape and labeled the bags. My sister picked the right one and brought it to the party. She was the only person pre-party to know the gender.
Classic ball park snacks were on the menu from hotdogs, Big League Chew gum, sunflower seeds and peanuts.
First pitch revealed…..
Now onto a softball game and monogramming everything.