Thursday, September 11, 2014

Basement Construction Has Started!

Before I get to regular blogging, I just wanted to put up this image as this is a day we will never forget. It's crazy to think I will have to teach Max when he is old enough about terrorism and what happened on this day 13 years ago. I will never forget where I was and the moments watching it unfold on the news. I can't even fathom what it was like for the people that were there or the first responders and family. I am so thankful for our country and the men and women who work day and night to make us safe in this country. Thank  you. 

I know I've been MIA from the blog for a while. I think I have some good reasons. We took a quick trip to the beach, started work on the basement, I went back to work, my computer decided it was too full to hold anymore photos/wouldn't turn on and we were just trying to survive these first weeks back in this new groove. I got my computer to turn on and put my photos in iphoto, but I am so full that I can not load them into blogger without it taking 8 years. We are in the process of transferring my photos to clear room so I hope to be back up and running in a few days.

Construction on the basement started on August 25th, 2014. Since David is studying most nights/weekends we are contracting most the work out except for plumbing and electrical which David, my cousin, his brother and brother in-law have been working a few weekends on already. I don't even know what all was going on with David and Bill, but it involved Jack Hammers and concrete. This week we had to put our contractor on hold so we could finish electrical work this weekend. The original timeline was around 4 weeks, and they always say to double it and I definitely think that'll be more accurate since we are having to slow it down.

Here is the floor plan drawing David did for us. Rooms #2 and #3 will go unfinished. #2 is our storage of decorations and boxes. Room #3 is David's workshop.

You can see the color coded areas that indicate existing wall and new walls. The steps are going to be the first major change. We are turning them instead of having them go straight down into what will newly be Mom's bathroom. We are turning them to give her more room.

Room #1 is going to be our craft room/office area/extra bedroom with a full closet and new window we had installed.

Room #4 is mom's bathroom with a walk in shower, vanity and toilet.
Room #5 is moms spacious bedroom with walk-in closet. She will have a stackable washer/dryer to the right in that nook in the closet. We added 4 feet to her room space by turning the steps and adding a beam (that pink line you see so her room bumps out to the new wall.

Room #6 is the main big open area as you can tell. There are fantastic bay windows (which eventually David will be making built in toy storage/seating along the window), a door to the lower level deck and more windows. One of the main reasons we loved this house so much was because of the huge potential of our day light/walk out basement with windows along the whole back. It truly doesn't feel like a basement especially with 10ft ceilings. We are using this space as the playroom, living room/tv area and kitchen will be on the right side wall. We were going to do kitchen as a phase 2 plan due to costs, but we came across an amazing deal for kitchen cabinets, granite counters, oven, stove top, dishwasher all for $350! This couple from his parents neighborhood posted on their classifieds that they were getting a new kitchen and didn't want their old one to go to waste. Well, we acted fast and looks like we will get our kitchen after all! The island/bar will probably come later as we needed a bigger piece of granite than they had so we will be doing something else for that area. The cabinets are our exact cabinets we have in our main kitchen, very well built. We might have our guy paint them just so we don't have the exact same kitchen down. This is going to be so nice for mom and for parties!

Room #7 isn't really a room, we just had the AC/water heater area moved to give room for our kitchen.

Room #8 is the half bath that we are adding underneath the steps/in between the play room and David's work room. I wanted to add this so we didn't all have to use mom's bathroom when we had people over or when the kids are playing.

We have flooring, the wainscoting plan, paint colors, tile and most of the fun decorative side of things picked out. I'll share at a later date with before and during pictures. We are about 30% complete so far I'd say. Let's talk numbers. We don't have hundreds of thousands of dollars to finish our basement with so I wanted to budget around $20,000 (the frugal side of me), but that was not possible due to subbing out.  Heck, our new AC unit work is $7k of this right out the get go. The rest is supplies and our main contractor for framing, insulation, dry wall, floor install, paint and trim work (well worth it). I think we will be much happier with the faster timeline of subbing most the work out. Our new budget is $26k not including any kitchen work and we are going to go over that already. We will slowly be adding in decorative touches like doors an area rug, toy storage, lighting/fans etc as we are already over budget until we save more. We are adding a little over 1,000 sf of finished space downstairs so it's well worth the cost, but still hard to pay up. There are so many things to think about from where exactly to put each recessed light and outlet switch that I wasn't expecting. I'll be glad when it's done, but I'm nervous I forgot something! Pin It

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Colette is 2 Months Old


We have a big 2 month girl on our hands! She recently found her hand and loves sticking it in her mouth. She is more like 2.5 months so some of this might be a little ahead of what she was doing at exactly 2 months.
Official 2 month stats
Weight: 12 lbs 6.5 ounces (79%)
Height: 23 1/4" (73%)
Head Circumference: 15 1/2" (59%)
Personality- Colette is a very sweet girl. She started smiling a lot. She has even giggled but that is really for next month's post since this one is so late. She really only cries when she is tired or wants you to move her to a new position. She can easily be consoled. Night and day from her younger brother! 
She loves her bath time and moves her little (ok, not so little) legs like a froggy. We are doing a bath most all nights to keep to a routine. 
Sleeping- We are following the moms on call schedule and it's working pretty well.
Up and feeding between 6-7am (it's usually closer to the 6am hour).
She plays and giggles for a little bit and is napping in her swing around 7:30ish.
Other daytime feedings at 9am, 12pm, 3pm, 5:30pm.
8/8:15pm: Bath time and last feeding.
Middle of the night feedings do vary. She was very consistent for a little while then switches it up. On a bad night she's up at 12:30am then 3/4am (then up for the day around 6/7am). On a great night she is up between 2am/3am and then the morning feeding. 
I put her to bed in her crib at night and then bring her to my room to feed for middle night feeding and put her in the bassinet cuddler. She goes back down pretty easily after feeding. I just swaddle her back up, burp/pat her on the back and I can put her in with out much fuss.  I do try to stretch her out if she wakes up in the 12-1am hours by giving her pacci and jiggling her. 

During the day she has awake time after feedings and is up for about an hour-hour and a half then naps in her swing mostly or when we are on the go. She's a pretty good car seat napper. She likes the car ok. If I put her in right after a feeding and we miss awake time then she gets mad, but if she's ready to sleep out she goes.   
She loves watching Max play and he likes to join for activity mat time.
He is very patient with her, but loves to kiss her all the time. It's very sweet, but we do have to remind him to be gentle. 
Hi pretty face. Her eyes are darkening we think. They still have a dark blue ring on the outside and then green/light brown in the inside. Who knows maybe her brown eyed parents made a green eyed baby to go with the blue eyed baby. 
Eating: She is a very good eater (as you can tell). She has so many rolls that I could have never imagined. I feel very accomplished in the breast feeding area. It was such hard work and a struggle last go around so this is such a blessing. We are enjoying our time together. She takes a bottle pretty well, it takes her a while to eat it, but she will. It's back to work in a few weeks (after labor day).
Randoms:
She is wearing size 0-3 month clothing.
Size 1 in honest company diapers and most others
She really started "talking" at 6 weeks. She coos very well.
She is still very gassy. I did try a probiotic for 3-4 weeks and I thought it might be working, but in the end it really didn't do much. I started using mommy's bliss gripe water and most nights it works fantastic. I give it to her before the 8:30pm feeding and then again at the 2-3am feeding. I can usually bypass the 4am gas session (she's so loud and not happy) by doing this (not always but most times).
I started pumping at 4-5 weeks and am building up my freezer stash. I pump at night around 10pm (like an extra feeding) and then after the morning feeding around 7am. I did this for 4 weeks solid and am not doing night anymore. It really was a bit commitment and I was tired so I dropped that and try to do most mornings unless it was a rough go that night and I'll choose to nap.
Speaking of that, I morning nap every day thanks to my mom (shout out to the best Gigi ever). You can find me napping from 7:30am-9am most mornings. Not sure how I am going to adjust when it's work time, might just have to be late!
She is the perfect addition to our family and we are so glad she is here! I am enjoying this so much better this go around as most of my friends have told me I would. Maybe it's the experience, the easier baby or just a more relaxed attitude, but we'll take it! Don't grow too quickly, Colette! Pin It

Monday, August 11, 2014

Colette's Nursery

I finally got around to taking the photos of Colette's room. With a lot of help from family the nursery was complete before Colette's arrival. My inspiration came from a pinterest find from simply pchee.  I knew I wanted lavender, beige and a lot of molding. The room centered on her monogram.
Welcome to Colette's room! View from the door.
David did such a great job with all the chair rail, boxes and crown molding. Big shout out to my mom, Karen, Bill and David's parents for all their painting help. Paint colors are Porter Paints Dusty Lilac and Wheat Sheaf.
Curtains are lavender gingham blackout from pottery barn kids. A perfect craigslist find (got them half off retail!).
We used the same nursery glider from Max's old room. The dresser and crib were from babies r us. Most all wall decor came from queen of hearts antique store, an estate sale or At Home.
The wooden monogram I had done and painted antique white from mint julep (online store). The side frame decor is from At Home.
Close up of gingham. 
I mentioned before my neighbor gave us all the bedding and such. She also gave us these sheer curtains which match perfectly. We installed another curtain rod for it.
David put together this custom closet from ikea pieces. We also painted the closet wall purple. 
Love how it turned out. 

Hope you liked the tour! 
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Colette's Newborn Pictures

I am in love with our newborn pictures from Lizzie Lemoine Photography. This is one of my favorite pictures of all time! Everyone has eyes open and looking at the camera with a great backdrop. Can't beat it. Enjoy the photos, I won't post any other text. 























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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Colette's Birth Announcement

Our photographer made a simple birth announcement for us so I thought I'd share. I'm not sure if I'm doing another real one (I know, 2nd child syndrome). It's very sweet though. Stay tuned tomorrow for newborn photos, if we're friends on facebook, you already enjoyed seeing them! 
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