Friday, May 30, 2014

Five on Friday

Oh hello, blog; nice to see you again. Things have been busy busy around here, leaving little time for night time blogging! Anyway, here are 5 snippets from the past couple weeks:
1. We made a table! We (well actually Nick) built this beautiful console table for our dining room. Since this picture we stained it and moved some things around so I'll have a real post about it soon.
2. Haydenisms: This kid has been cracking me up lately. The other morning I went into his room to get him out of his crib and he said, "Hey Man!" when I opened the door. Others include, "yike!" (instead of yikes!) and saying "please, thank you, welcome" all in a row when he wants something...
3. New York! This time next Friday, Nick and I will be flying to NYC to spend time with my BFF for the weekend! It's our first time in New York and it will be a quick trip, but I'm still so so excited! 
4. Favorite beauty product: I have been using NARS Illuminator for the last couple months and I'm a huge fan. I always use lots of sunscreen on my face so it doesn't really get much of a tan and this product gives a nice summery glow that looks natural.
5. Birthday Party Planning: Hayden's birthday is 2 months away and I know that seems like plenty of time for a 2 year old party but I still want to start planning now because I know this busy summer will get away from us. His favorite color is yellow, followed closely by green so I'm thinking of tying in those colors somehow. I want to keep things a lot simpler than I did last year!

Friday, May 16, 2014

5 on Friday

  1. Hot, hot, hot! This week has been near 100 most days and we've been spending our mornings at the park while it is still a little cool. It gets so hot in the afternoon that we mostly stay inside to keep cool. 
  2.  Speaking of staying cool, I made this recipe and used a popsicle mold since I was too lazy to get out the ice cream maker. Healthy and pretty tasty! 
  3. Speaking of popsicles, I can see them being a popular treat this summer. I have heard really great things about the Zoku popsicle maker and really want to get one. I think homemade popsicles are the best since you can control the ingredients and use lots of fresh fruit. Hayden is a fan of fruit and veggie smoothies so I have no doubt he would enjoy popsicles too! 
  4. Speaking of Hayden again, we have been doing pre-potty training with him and he very enthusiastically sits on his potty and has so off an on for the last month. He loves his potty books and sitting there. For the last month we've been in the "orientation stage" with the potty. This week however, we a few successes and he was so excited and proud of himself. We are starting a little young, knowing that we don't want to rush it at all and to make it an experience that is non-stressful for everyone involved. I highly recommend this book for pre-potty training and taking a "gentle approach" to the process. 
  5. Sandal Shopping: My Target sandals of last year haven't held up too well and I'm looking for some new ones since I wear sandals basically everyday of the summer (perks of working from home).  I looooove these ones but I think my husband would agree that they are a bit pricy for sandals. So, I'll continue the search! 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Goodbye Pacifier: what worked for us

You guys... we are officially a paci-free house and so excited about it! We were afraid Hayden would be taking his paci to college with him (okay, not really...). However, we were surprised at how easy the transition was and the unconventional trick that actually worked. 
When we tried taking it away a couple months ago, we had lots of anxiety both on our part and Hayden's. He was so attached to it and slept well. He would tell us when he was ready for bed and he would close his eyes the minute we laid him down with his paci in his mouth.
Then last a little over  a week ago, Nick accidentally shut Lucy in Hayden's room and didn't realize for a little while. He was so happy to have her in there and laid there chatting to her until Nick ushered Lucy out. The next night we intentionally left her in there and we didn't give him the paci. He cried a little then talked to her again and was asleep within 15 minutes. Lucy came out when he was down and she went back in there during the night when he cried and stayed with him until morning. 
Naps were a little trickier because it's not as dark and Lucy didn't really want to stay there during the day. So we lost a few naps over the last week but overall he went back to his schedule of napping, sans paci.
Now we don't leave Lucy in there with him for night or naps and he's making the transition well. He's not quite as easy to put down as before since he tries to stall with one more book ('night moon') and then sometimes cries for a little bit after he's been put down.  He's never cried more than a couple of minutes. 
 I think he still misses his pacis but I hid them all with the intention of throwing them away when he can't see me so I think the need will fade soon. We are so proud of him for sleeping on his own and giving them up and grateful for our Lucy girl and all her help in the manner. 

Friday, May 9, 2014

5 on Friday

Grateful for: My mom and mother-in-law, all the time but especially as we celebrate Mother's Day. These two women have helped to shape me as a mother and a wife and I'm forever grateful to have them in my life.
Excited about: 3 paci-free nights in a row! We're trying to get rid of them for good over here and hoping that it works this time! 
Eating: Summer fruit is at the farmer's market again and I'm so happy to have apricots, peaches, nectarines, and berries for snacks again. Now if only I could get my son to them as well...
Needing to: get back into my exercise routine. Somehow my 4 times a week turned into 0 these last two weeks and it's not good. I don't even know...
Playing: with blocks, animals, cars, and more blocks. Love being a mommy to this sweet little thing. 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

flea market find

 Last weekend I took advantage of Hayden's nap time (or so I thought) and drove out to the Alameda Flea Market. Hayden bucked the usually 2.5 - 3.5 hour nap trend and settled on a meager 45 minutes, making my trip to the flea market lightning fast. However, I was able to snag this handmade rug. I love the colors + the pattern.
 The old Homegoods rug that we had in our bathroom previously didn't hold a chance against the washing machine, even on it's gentlest cycle so it was time for a new one... 
I especially love this rug with the wall color.
I've been on a rug-buying kick lately... more to share soon! ;)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

21 Months with Hayden

At this point, it feels a little silly to be counting in months still, so I've started telling people that he's almost 2. Every day I love this sweet little boy more and more! His personality is really shining through and I would describe him as mild-mannered, loving, affectionate, easy-going (but also a little easily frustrated) and silly. He loves to hang out with me when we are at home together although he's been a lot more independent lately. 
Eating: We are still in a no-fruits-or-veggies stage and I'm starting to realize that it might be a texture thing. He likes dried fruit, some roasted veggies, and smoothies but raw or steamed- no way! He knows so many words now and asks for food by name, including cheese, yogurt, meat, cookies (ha), mango,  milk, water, eggs, toast, and chocolate (chocolate milk- a rare treat!). He also loves hummus (which he calls yellow). He also says yummy, yucky, and tasty when describing his foods. 
 Talking: This kid is like a sponge, soaking up everything we are saying and trying it out himself. My favorite words/phrases of his are: "high-five", "I did it.", "How about..." "Love you Momma" "Essie" (for Lucy), Counting to 13, "Hey, belly." and his favorite color "yellow", "please" and "thank you", and "careful".
Playing: This little guy still loves the park and is getting more adventurous with the big slides and big kid swings. He loves his building with his blocks, playing with Lucy, going "outside", bubbles, and sorting things. His favorite toy of the month are these sorting barns (thanks Granny and Papa!). He has plenty of pretend phone calls with Momma, where he is usually Daddy and goes through a whole (brief conversation)! His favorite activity is reading. We could sit and read 6 books in a row and he would be totally transfixed. His favorite books right now are anything Llama, Llama, Go Dog Go, Have You Seen My Hat?, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Goodnight Moon, Brown Bear, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We've been going to the library most weeks to restock so that we can keep fresh books in the house! 
Sleeping: He is still a pretty good sleeper, taking a 2-3.5 hour nap a day and sleeping about 12 hours at night. With Daylight Savings Time, we pushed his bedtime to 8:00 and he's doing well with staying up a little later. He recently started sleeping with a pillow. 
Temperament:  We know we got lucky with an easy little guy this time around! He is so affectionate, throwing his arms around me and saying "love you" and giving kisses. He can get easily frustrated if he has difficulty doing something but is usually pretty mild mannered. We have had to do more disciplining and time-outs in the last couple months but I think that just comes with the age. He understands what time-out is now and he is good about staying there and then being very remorseful once he's out of time-out. He has gotten a little bit more shy when out and about, but warms up to others pretty easily. He loves to be held by me still and in my arms when we are out. I have back-to-back weekend trips away in June and am already feeling some anxiety about leaving my sidekick. 
Other thoughts and changes: He stopped going to daycare and is going to be starting preschool next month so we are spending even more time together than usual, which has actually turned out really great. He is OBSESSED with Lucy and would love to lay on top of her at all time. Poor Lou does a good job putting up with him and she is always excited to see him each morning- even if he wears her out! We are starting "pre-potty-training" with Hayden this month. He's shown an interest, and enjoys sitting on the potty and reading his potty books. I'm not going to push him because I don't want this to be a negative experience so right now I'm guiding him and we'll see where it goes! Anyway, I can't believe this kid is really almost 2 (wasn't he just born?!) I love him to the moon and back and am so blessed to be his momma and spend my days with him. 


Friday, May 2, 2014

5 on Friday

Loving: Pink for Spring. My favorite color creeps into the house every now and again. I may be outnumbered by Reisfelt men here, but that doesn't stop me from adding some pink into our lives. 
Eating: This Granola. Seriously. Can't. Stop. It's just so good!
Listening: To this song on repeat. I love it so much and want to go back in time and make a wedding video with it. It's just the sweetest ever.  
Enjoying: Late afternoon picnics and playing in the park. After a long midday nap (him not me!), we pack up the stroller with toys, food, plenty of water, and our picnic blanket and spend the hours  till Daddy gets home enjoying this Spring Summer weather. 
Looking: forward to a fun weekend . Dinner with friends, Cinco de Mayo festivities, and the flea market, oh my!  

Thursday, May 1, 2014

DIY No-Sew Teepee

As Hayden is getting bigger, we are slowly changing his room to fit his needs. We brought in some shelves and organized his toys, got rid of his old rocker, and the latest- made a play teepee for his room. My friends from playgroup and I decided to get together one Saturday night with wine and teepee supplies to make teepees for our 3 kids. 
There are 10 million and 1 teepee tutorials on Pinterest and we decided we wanted one that was uncomplicated and didn't involve sewing since only 1/3 of us possesses sewing skills. So we chose this one, with a few of our own modifications.
Our supplies included: 5 wooden poles, a drop cloth, grommets, and rope. My friend's dad kindly cut all the poles to 6 ft, and sanded the edges for us.
 We measured 12 inches down and drilled holes in the center of each pole.
Then we arranged the poles in a teepee shape and threaded the rope through the each hole. 

We wound the rope around and around to secure the poles together. Here's where we would make a modification. If you fold up the teepee, the rope gets loose. So it would be best to screw the poles together or glue the rope to the poles, so that it stays taut.
After building the frames, we measured the amount of fabric needed with our drop clothes. We added 6 grommets total to each teepee  so that we could lace ribbon through the top. 
After this it was 11:00 pm, we were all a little punchy so we decided to call it a night and finish everything on our own.
The last steps were mostly putting it together, and making it a little more decorative. I added some grey and white fabric for trim on either side of the teepee opening and some bright green ribbon laced through the grommets.
I also hot glued the fabric to the poles so that everything stayed in place a little bit better.
Now the teepee is a favorite place for Hayden to read books, play hide and seek and for Lucy to hide when Hayden wants to give her extra loving ;)
We love the teepee and feel like it was a perfect addition to Hayden's toddler room.  
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