Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Projects, Projects, Projects

When you're a SAHM, you need to find something to do besides laundry, dishes, dirty diapers, and story time.  For me, I'm taking on getting the playroom sorted as that's where we spend the vast majority of our time during the day.

We have a bookcase full of toys and books.  I bought a mat for the floor so that she won't bonk her head when she rolls over.  I have a chair for me to sit in and we got a tv to play PBS Kids or something more adult for me when I'm getting bored.

But during her naps, I'd like to try and find something else to do.  I've found four projects on pinterest that I want to try out.  I am, however, not being very proactive in getting them done.

Texture Wall - I found this on pinterest and thought it would be fun.  We've already been to Joann's and picked out a few fabrics for the wall.  I had no idea how expensive fabric was and especially since I don't want large swatches of fabric.  Anywho - I have these all done, I just have to find a way to attach them to Gigi's cork board without using tacks (I don't want them to fall off onto the floor).

Book Shelves for Gigi's Room - In the old house, we had some small book shelves up in Gigi's room but with the new house, she has a whole playroom with large Ikea book shelf.  I thought it would be fun to still have some books in her room so I found this pinterest idea for book shelves using Ikea spice racks.  I have the spice racks - I just need to paint them white.  I should just get this done - it would be super easy.

Magnetic Chalkboard - This one will be fun as she gets older and should be super easy.  I have the drip pan and chalkboard paint.  Again, I should just get it done.  Note - mine will not be as fancy as the one in the picture.

Alphabet wall - I've really wanted to do this one since I found out that I was pregnant, but it will be the most time consuming and expensive project to do.  I've bought the scrapbook paper and three letters (her initials) to see just how time consuming this will be.  Who knew that these 8" paper mache letters would cost $2.99 each!?!  I'm going to try the letters I have this week and make a decision on if I want to finish the project or not.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

When life takes over....

Man, when life takes over, updating the blog is the first thing to go.  This year, my life has changed pretty drastically.  Primarily with the addition of this little peanut - 

Miss Gigi enjoying the new playroom chair
Baby Gigi joined us in March this year.  Talk about a life changer.  Before baby, I was traveling every week for work getting upgraded to first class.  Now I'm a SAHM (Stay At Home Mom for those of you not in the know).

This peanut has changed the way I think about work and life.  Now, I'm not sure I want to go back to work (though the adult interaction would be fantastic) and I'm also learning to appreciate the little things alot more often.

For instance - showers and getting dressed.  I never fully appreciated them until Gigi came along.  As much as I love this peanut, up until about a week and a half ago, her naps were all 45 minutes or less.  Try taking a shower, getting dressed, blowing drying your hair, and putting on make up in 45 min or less - while also trying to get a load of laundry going, washes the dishes, maybe taking a nap (because she was up three times the night before), or just having quiet time to watch tv.  I've taken to only washing my hair every other day (don't judge) because blow drying just takes way too long and I can't do it in front of her (she's scared of the blow dryer).  I now understand why moms completely chop off their hair.

But then, one day about a week and a half ago, I took her to story time at the library with a friend.  When we got home, she took a TWO HOUR NAP!!  I didn't know what to do with myself.  I was washed and dressed, laundry going, and dishes done within 45 minutes.  What do I do with myself now??  I thought it was a fluke but thankfully, it hasn't been.  She's now consistently taking 1.5 hour naps twice a day.  I had read on other blogs that six months was the turning point, but I didn't believe them.  I had resigned myself to four 45 minute naps everyday.

So what am I doing with all my time that I have to myself now?  Well, pinterest has given me alot of ideas that I'm going to try out.  I have at least three projects for Gigi's playroom that I need to finish up...good content for the next blog entry...stay tuned...