Saturday, May 31, 2014

The baby gate is finished!

We finished the baby gate just in time...because our Little Lady started crawling on her hands and knees today! She has been army crawling everywhere for the past few weeks but she finally figured out how to string a few hands and knees steps together. 

So here is our final solution for our crazy split-level wrought-iron stairwell...

{Better photos coming soon. These were shot quickly on my iPhone.}

And the best part? It swings away to be flush with the wall on the right. 

I'm seriously stoked about this. It won't be something that we are constantly opening and closing, just more of a "we are cooking dinner and if we need to turn around for a second she won't fall down the stairs" sort of gate. I'll work on more details of our DIY baby gate solution for crazy stairwells soon. 

Have a great Saturday evening!

P.S. The post about the baby gate stain and 5 things I've learned while making a baby gate. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Baby Gate Stain

So to follow up to yesterday's post here is a current picture of the baby gate. 

I'm actually pleased. Once we brought it inside the imperfections were not visible. Even though we bought a cheaper gray stain, as opposed to the blue-gray stain I really liked, it still looks blue-gray. Nice how that worked out. {PS the color is Charcoal Grey by Minwax.}

Next step: installation. This is where it should get fun. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

5 Things I've Learned While Making a Baby Gate

1. A split level house with a wrought iron staircase is a tricky problem. We have probably changed our strategy for the latching mechanism 5-10 times and will probably altered it several more times. 

2. My husband should be designated as the wood stainer in the family. He did a fantastic job on the countertop and shelves in our kitchen addition. My effort is significantly lacking. The result...imperfect and rustic...maybe? I should stick to painting. 

3. Projects that you think you can do in 3-4 days end up taking 3-4 weeks when you have a baby around. 

4. Always use a good brush when using Minwax PolyAcrylac {see #2}. 

5. It's best to hurry up and finish before the baby is crawling on hands and knees!

Little lady is army crawling everywhere. Wow she is fast. Today she started taking 1-2 crawling steps up on hands and knees. We need to get this baby gate done ASAP! 


I just finished the last of the PolyAcrylac coat this evening. I will try to post an updated picture tomorrow. 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Mama Links

What an awesome rainy day idea for kids.

This yoga bolster was worth every penny. 

The perfect white tee {Where have these been my whole life? What an awesome Christmas gift from my SIL. Thanks girl!}

Little Lady's favorite toy of the week is her Melissa and Doug Farm Puzzle. She's particularly found of the rooster. {Apparently the farm puzzle has received a face lift. We have an older version. Loved rooster on the top left.}

Favorite new food: graham crackers. Girl can down them. 

Just in case...

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

Loving this quote one of my friends posted for Mother's Day:

"The most difficult part of birth is the first year afterwards. It is the year of travail - when the soul of a woman must birth the mother inside her. The emotional labour pains of becoming a mother are far greater than the physical pangs of birth; these are the growing surges of your heart as it pushes out selfishness and fear and makes room for sacrifice and love. It is a private and silent birth of the soul, but it is no less holy than the event of childbirth, perhaps it is even more sacred." - Joy Kusek 

Today is my first official Mother's Day. I was surprised by a super sweet card made by my husband {plus Little Lady and my pup} and a gift certificate for a massage. We also went out to my favorite brunch place in town. Such a delightful morning before church. 

Of course it wasn't all hallmark perfect. Little Lady woke up 30 minutes earlier and had two instances of inconsolable screaming. This has not happened since she was less than a month old and we didn't really know what to do. Ultimately, we decided she was probably having teething pain since her second tooth, bottom right, just broke through a few days ago. We gave her Tylenol and it seemed to help. 

This little girl has my heart. I'm so blessed to be her mama. Every minute on the sofa was worth it. 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Mama Links

I'm going to try to start a regular series of {Mama links} to get me back in the habit of positing. And by regular I have no idea what I mean. Here it goes...

I really want to read this new book on decorating..."it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful" {too bad I'm in position 34! to get it from the library}. 

This free ebook on letting go is already impacting my daily approach to life. 

These Eric Carle magnets would be so cute and classy on the refrigerator or a magnet board. 

Should we be prescribing helmets for babies with plagiocephaly aka flat head syndrome?

Little Lady's favorite toys this week are her Green Toys stacker {of course she pulls it apart and flings the pieces around - no stacking yet} and her Bearington Baby Lamb that she got from her Great-Grandmaw for her half birthday. 

Little Lady update: rocking on all fours! Not even 7 months old yet...I'm in proofing tips anyone? 

Friday, May 2, 2014

It's been a while

And all {few} of my readers have probably given up on me. That's okay. This blog is not meant to stress me out so I'm writing when I feel motivated and when it is enjoyable. I promise I've written about 17 blog posts in my head that have never made it to the internet. Oh well.

The morning was kind if blah here but we made it to the farmers market to pick up some veggies and fruit for Little Lady. She loves sweet potatoes, avocado, and bananas. So far she's just a vegetarian because I've been lazy and haven't introduced any meat yet. We've been following a lot of baby led weaning. Anyone else given this a try? It's pretty amazing to see her stuff her face with her favorite foods without them being puréed. She takes huge bites, chews, and swallows. Then she smiles really big. If her bite is unmanageable she spits it back out into her pocket bib. 

We also played outside in the grass for he first time today. Our backyard is more or less a smorgasbord jungle {pine straw, sand pit, basketball court, more insects than at a zoo, and a random assortment of concrete and wooden slabs from some past's quite interesting}. It's a rental home so it is what it is. Ultimately this means the front yard has the grass. We don't go out there often since the pup can't join because only the back is fenced. Little lady loved plucking the grass, grabbing sticks, and watching cars drive by. Oh those little hands and feet...