Jun 9, 2015

Tobias's Nursery

     I went with a geometric nursery theme and decided to stick with a bright simple color scheme. The pastels don't fit me, you could say I'm attached to the bold colors. We have since moved, and even though Tobias's room, though similar, is not quite as big or light the original bones are still there! I'm really happy with the way everything turned out! From the ikea shelves and the yard sale rug, to the handmade mobile, art and crib sheets, it was so fun to put everything together. Lots and lots of hours went into this room and I loved every second of it.
Shelves - KALLAX Shelves Ikea 
Storage Boxes - DRONA from Ikea
Crib Sheet Tutorial - A Beautiful Mess
Mobile Inspiration - Here

Jun 8, 2015

The first bite.

     Feeding a child for the first time seems a lot more appealing before you do it than several months after. The exciting anticipation of introducing your baby to new things, for me, is unparalleled. Maybe because Tobias is my first and everything new is like the Christmas present stashed in your mothers closet that continually taunts you, just sitting there waiting to be opened! I started with rice cereal two weeks before his 6 month check-up. We were in a particularly rough sleeping patch and I thought that maybe he was needing a little extra sustenance. Who knows what he needed, the sleeping problems eventually ironed themselves out, but here we were eating solids. I'd started a train that will never stop. It might sound odd, but in hindsight, I struggled with the fact that he would never exclusively breastfeed again. :( It's silly things like that that catch you at the worst times and bring out the sentimental mush in you. I have found that every new step and every move towards bigger things leaves something behind. Realizing that I will never have another first child makes every new milestone extremely bittersweet. I wonder if anyone else relates ... oh and just being honest, feeding a baby is messy and gets tiring real quick, ha.
     After cereal we went to avocado, which he didn't like at first but now loves, sweet potato, peas, green beans, squash, apples, and bananas. A couple weeks after that I introduced some meats. And now, we eat all kinds of things, like cottage cheese and blueberries, cantaloupe, beets, mango, pears, pasta, and all kinds of combinations. Introducing new foods never gets old. I love his reactions. Sometimes its a loud "mmmm" and he gobbles it down, other times his whole face screws up and he gags, but even though his initial reaction might indicate otherwise, there isn't a food yet that he doesn't like. I'm counting my blessings and hoping it continues! I don't know if I could handle a picky eater, I applaud those who can!
     It's crazy how eating is such a journey! One that really gives me mixed feelings if you can't tell. These photos were right before his first bite. I wanted to be the one to feed him so we didn't get the first bit in pictures, but I think Gray might have gotten it on video, I'll have to ask! He's so cute sitting in his bumbo chewing on his paci!
March 2015

Jun 7, 2015

Francesca comes to visit.

     I thought I better get these photos up before I have a ton more photos from her visit this coming week! I'm having fun looking back at all of these pictures, it's crazy to see how loved Tobias is and how big he continues to get. Auntie Francesca visits are the best. Not only does she bring presents, but hanging out with her is one of my favorite things to do. There is no friend like a sister, at least that's my experience! Can't wait to see her this week, hanging out exploring Greenville, drinking coffee, eating good food, late night conversations, loving on Tobias, it never gets old. These photos were taken at a lake/pond near our apartment complex. I'm hoping to take a more adventurous hike this time around!
March 2015

May 29, 2015

Hipster Baby

     I just had to post these. I didn't do the best job at taking these shots, but there is a lot to think about when you sit a very active baby on a trunk. I was more concerned about catching him should he move than perfect focus. Photographing a baby is a lot more challenging than I thought! These were taken a month ago when he was 7 months. He's even more active now than he was then! #almostwalking
Thanks for the shirt Auntie Francesca!! Nerd is most definitely the new cool! :p

May 28, 2015

Florida with my mom.

     Florida has that humid, stuffy heat that like an enemy surrounds a person and leaves no room for escape. It is the kind of hug that lingers forever and becomes terribly uncomfortable and constricting. A slow death by suffocation if you will. In the midst of that heat lives my dear Grammy. A spunky, mischievous woman with eyes that twinkle and a wit like lightening. She likes to keep her house at 85 degrees Fahrenheit. It's the temperature that, if it were to speak, would boast of a woman who has fully acclimated to her climate. Anything below 85 requires long pants and a blanket. Too far above 85 and she gets slightly uncomfortable, but only slightly.
     She is part of a retirement community full of RV's and double wide trailers where an elect few reside. They have managed to break away from the cold of the North and settle, determined to live out their days under the sun. They drive around in fun (sometimes fancy) golf carts and attend weekly bingo nights at the community hall. They are a family of sorts. Everyone knows about everyone and everyone is concerned about everyone. They entertain various hobbies and every one of them has a story to tell.
     I think that's what I like best. I could sit and listen to all of that history and never tire. Stories upon stories of a different time and place, truly fascinating. I mean, being one of eleven children isn't something to snuff at. Living with your siblings, parents, and other family members in a two bedroom house? Just crazy. Learning to cook for a huge family because your mother wasn't keen on it and would trade you chores. For instance if you cooked dinner she would clean your room or do your laundry. Going to dances every Friday to meet guys. Stories upon stories.
     In the midst of the conversations we went to the pool. Caught some rays. Frequented her favorite restaurants and shops and walked around like royalty. "Oh don't you know? This is my daughter and my granddaughter and look! My first great-grand-baby!! Isn't he adorable?!!" We were the headline on the first page of the Sunday paper! Well, Tobias was, I felt like the Duchess of Cambridge when she gave birth to an heir to the throne of England (hehe). . . and that's how my mom and I spent our last week in March on her spring break. Together, with my sweet baby Tobias and my dear Grammy. Eight hours drive from Greenville, South Carolina and four hours flight from Xenia, Ohio, down in hot, sunny, Brooksville, Florida.