Monday, May 2, 2016

Ava 7 months!

Currently about 16.5 pounds. She is wearing 6-9 month clothes. 

This past month was not the greatest healthwise. No colds thankfully but she did get a bout of roseola about 2 days after she got her 6 month shots. Poor thing was miserable and hardly slept. She hardly sleeps as it is, so it was terrible. She had two days of fever and then a rash for 4 days. 

I want to sleep! I want this child to sleep! She still won't sleep for more than 3 hours straight! It's awful. Most of the time she is up every 2 hours at night. Sometimes I wonder how much longer this will go on before I collapse from exhaustion. My muscle knots are aching more now and I've started to get migraines. My skin has not been great. I hate this. 

She is in 6-9 month clothing and some 12 month. 

Still breastfeeding and I've contemplated weaning her because I'm her human pacifier at night and maybe she will sleep, but it's too hard. I do love our bond and it's still the best thing for her. She lost interest in solids for about a week but has slowly been eating a little bit again. 

It's better. She's been more independent so at least she doesn't need to be in my arms all the time like she used too. 

She is a little crawling machine and said her first word "da-da" two weeks ago. She's also started to pull herself up a little higher but not on her feet yet. Today we started baby sign language so we'll see how that goes. If I stick with it, it can take up to two months before she does her first sign. 

Have a great Monday!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Bedroom progress!

Floral comforter{Here}
Metallic heart sheets {Here}
White curtain rod {Here}
Chandelier {Here}
Dream Big gold foil print {Here}
Faux sheepskin rug {DIY here
Room paint color / Behr Hollyhock {Here}
White falling leaf curtians {HomeGoods}

It took forever, but I finally found the perfect curtains for Serena's room and I've scoured the internet looking for something similar online, but not having much luck. I bought them 2 weeks ago from HomeGoods so they should still have them in store. They are just adorable! Can I just say though that finding the perfect curtains is hard and finding them at the right price is tricky too! Our last house had custom drapes and plantain shutters that came with the house, so I never had to worry about window dressings. Our new house pretty much needs a complete overhaul on window coverings except for a few windows. I definitely see myself going back to HomeGoods for more curtains and decor. This room isn't done yet but it's getting there!

Have a great Monday!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

About a dress..

White sleeveless embroidery chiffon dress {Similar here}

I bought this dress last year because I was supposed to wear it for maternity pictures, but I never did get around to taking the pictures. I waited till the last minute and then Ava arrived early. I finally had a chance to wear it this past Friday. H and I attended the 14th annual Boca Bacchanal and it was the perfect occasion for it. I felt like a princess in it. I had so many people compliment the dress. It's also super comfortable. No tugging at it and the length was just right with high heeled shoes. I did have to take in the sides a bit on the bust though. Unfortunately the dress is sold out, but I linked a similar version. It looks just like it, but there are some minor differences and I don't think it has a zipper on the back.

Next time I'll get some better pictures of it, but you can see a lot more examples here. Have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Ava 6 months!

She hasn't had her 6 month check up yet but I'm guessing maybe she weighs about 15 or 16 pounds. She is in 6-9 month clothes and can wear some 12 month clothes. She's definitely feeling heavier.

This past month has been pretty good minus one cold where it was mainly just a runny nose and congestion. Poor thing. I hate when she has a stuffy nose. It's hard to breathe and she must feel miserable. 

Still terrible and I'm still terrible at sticking to a plan. A friend of mine let me borrow her glider so I can start rocking Ava in it and not nursing her in the bed, but at time I still bring her in the bed. I just get so exhausted and my shoulders start aching that I nurse her in the bed and sometime co-sleep. She's still waking up every 2 hours. It's really exhausting and it makes me a bit sad. I don't want her to get bigger, but I also want to sleep and I would have preferred not to spend her first year a tired emotional mess half the time from lack of sleep.

She is in 6-9 month clothing and some 12 month. 

Still breastfeeding great. I started her on solids 3 weeks ago and so far she's doing great with it. Sometimes she makes these faces, but she's been eating pretty well. As of last week she's been eating 3 solids a day and no it hasn't helped her sleep through the night yet.

It's gotten better. She can sit on her own now and can spend more time playing quietly on her own. Before she just wanted to be constantly in arms. She's starting to see that there is much exploring to do and things to taste. 

Ava has started to scoot and she crawled twice. I'm sure it was the momentum, but she did put a knee in front of the other and move forward. I'm in no hurry though. It's fine with me if she takes a while to crawl or walk, I just want her to sleep through the night. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Let there be light!

I'm a sucker for chandeliers. Love them! There are so many different varieties and they really add a touch of elegance to any space. They also don't have to be expensive. There's all types to fit your style and Craigslist or consignment shops are a great resource as well. Our last house in Texas had 3 chandeliers but mainly because they went with the Victorian feel of the house. I wasn't sure what lighting we were going to go with in this new house at first. Originally H wanted to install track lighting in 2 of the bedrooms, but that idea got nixed and we ended up returning the lights. Home Depot was having a sale and we had some store credit, so we put it towards lighting and bought two chandeliers. I guess we are going with a chandelier in all 3 bedrooms and the breakfast, formal dining room, and living room. Here is our lighting so far that we've installed.

Breakfast room

Crystal & chrome chandelier {Home Depot}

Serena's room

Antique white mini chandelier {Home Depot}

Layla & Mariam's room

Laurel rustic white chandelier {Home Depot}

Formal dining & living room

This chandelier came in the house, but it's probably not staying in the dining room. I plan on spray painting it white and putting it in the master bedroom. The living room light is currently not installed as you can see by the hole in the ceiling. We found a light, H installed it, and then we took it down 2 days later because we just weren't feeling it. Finding a chandelier for the living room has been hard. I want it to be just right because it's one of the first things you see as soon as you walk in the house. Here are a few I'm loving:

Cheyenne 9-light chandelier {Joss & Main}

Pennington chandelier {Joss & Main}

Claiborne 6 light chandelier {Bellacor}

Hyde Park Chandelier {Wayfair}

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter!

I know I've been super quiet around these parts, but you know how it is when you move into a new home. So much to do! I still have boxes to unpack and a mountain of projects to go through. Hoping to get back to blogging this week. :)

Monday, March 7, 2016

Settling in...

Today is the first Monday at the new house where it's just Mariam and Ava with me. H is back at work after a 2 week vacation and Layla and Serena are at school now. The house is nice and quiet at the moment and it's nice. I'm loving it here! My stress level has gone down considerably in these last two weeks. We also had friends come in from Houston and stay for 3 days and it was fun. Gave us a much needed break. We ate out a lot, went to Palm Beach, took the kids to the zoo, saw some sights. 

Today I plan on unpacking the rest of the girls clothes, tackling a few boxes in my room and working on my business. I've got to plan my calendar and get some sewing done. We still have a lot to do in the house and we've got a mountain full of boxes in the Florida room. Slowly but surely...

Just some phone pics I've taken in the last 2 weeks. I need to find the cord for my camera. 

Have a great Monday.