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Around Here: New Baby/ZZZzzzz/Coffee/Brothers Sharing/Extra Cuddles/Island of Testosterone

Around Here: Baby #2/ZZZZzzzzz/Learning to Share/Extra Cuddles/More Coffee Please/Island of Testosterone

Ok, here comes the real deal! Adjusting to two kids has been harder than we thought. I honestly don’t know what we expected?! It’s double the diaper duty, double the mouths to feed (with both boys being on very different diets… milk vs. solids), double the mess, double the laundry, and unfortunately double the exhaustion. :(

The first 6 weeks of Hardy Boy’s life have been tough, but we are slowly getting caught up on sleep, house duties, and a even fitting in a few blog posts here and there (Yay!)! On top of juggling a newborn and a toddler Cale has been working 10 hour days trying to finish a big project at work so things have been beyond stressful! I don’t know how we would have survived without the support of our amazing family and friends. They’ve rallied behind us and brought us meals, played with James so I could rest, folded laundry, changed stinky diapers without even questioning what we’ve been feeding our toddler for the last few days, and been that encouraging word and/or swift kick in the booty when we’ve really needed it!

My mom has reminded us over and over again; “Focus on what you have control over and let the rest go!”

And that’s exactly what we’ve been learning to do.

It’s ironic cause “control” is the last thing you feel right after having a baby. If anything the only thing you have “control over” is letting go. We’re learning to be ok with throwing all plans out the window, no matter how stacked up the dishes may be (or stinky), and being ok with resting instead. If momma isn’t healthy and happy she won’t have any patience (or love) to take care of two little minions, let alone motivation to do anything else!

Lets just say sleep has become an important part of our nightly AND daily routine. When the heavens open up and decide to give us a few minutes to a few hours we take it! We take it and refuse to feel guilty about it!

Everyone asks how is James adjusting? Big brother is doing better and better. Other then the typical smothering and randomly hitting baby with a car… for the most part he’s learning to share and is pretty sweet about the whole thing. I’ve been teaching him how to swaddle his stuffed cow and sing him to sleep along with Hardy Boy. There are days where the details of being a mom of two are a blur, but occasionally you’ll have these moments open up where time stands still and you know you are catching a moment that will never be again. Those are my favorite moments. When I have the camera phone down and I take a mental image that I’ll carry in my heart forever.

Hardy Boy is growing like a weed. At six weeks he’s already in 3-6 month clothes and seems to be too long for even some 9 month onesies! We are thankful that both of our boys have been good eaters and breastfeeding, for the most part, has been really smooth.

Some of the things we love about Hardy… He is a lover for sure. A snuggler that likes to sleep on our chests. I picture him as this big ole Oklahoma boy with a heart of gold, who likes hugs, and has a deep belly laugh. He’s not nearly as serious as James. James is gonna figure things out while Hardy Boy will just jump in and go for it. I already see it now. It’s amazing, beautiful, and a bit overwhelming! Pray for us as we learn how to shepherd these unique spirits we’ve been given! :)

Rest and good coffee to you all! :)

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Around Here: Skipping Church/Birthdays/Homemade Sandbox/Waiting for Baby/Fireworks/Pickin’ Peaches/Toddler + Baby Room Sneak Peak

Around Here: Skipping Church, Birthdays, Homemade Sandbox, Waiting for Baby, Fireworks, Pickin Peaches, Toddler + Baby Room | Bringing Design Home

Talk about the ultimate pregnant summer dream… 70 degree weather in July! In Oklahoma!? Believe me, I’m not complaining, I’m bragging and am so thankful. I’m enjoying everyday that my ankles don’t swell up like an elephant’s trunk. I just wish I could be picking blackberries right now! The extended family has banned me from the berry patches. Something about ticks and being pregnant just don’t go together I guess?! Talk about this being the PERFECT berry season though. Usually we only have a 2-3 week window because of the heat, but this year we could get 6 weeks worth of blackberry picking in!

Ok, ok… I gotta stop talking about it. It makes me sad. :(

What a beautiful summer we are having here in the midwest. It’s been wonderful and we’ve enjoyed slowing life down, even more, and taking in every last moment as a family of three. To be honest we’ve been skipping a lot of Sunday church lately just to enjoy being home and getting things done before baby #2. Although we are thankful for our church home and fellowship, there is something just so wonderful about a slow sunday morning. I love a good excuse to make a fancy brunch so I like having the morning to fix myself something a little special. I used to make enough for the boys (Cale and James), but they are just as excited to eat a bowl of cereal and drink the milk from their bowls.

Lame! :/

We continued our Fourth of July tradition for the third year in a row by spending the morning picking peaches at the Wind Drift Orchards in Harrah, Oklahoma. It’s so perfect for the kids cause you can fill up your box or bag in about 30 minutes and spend the rest of the time frolicking and filling your bellies with fresh peaches and nectarines. We only picked enough for one box, but I can tell you it was gone within the week. We made a nectarine cobbler for a Fourth of July get together, grilled some for our favorite summer salad (we add grilled chicken too!), gave some away as the ultimate Fourth of July hostess gift, and saved a few to snack on throughout the rest of the week.

Typically, if I wasn’t 39 weeks pregnant, I would have canned some with honey and fresh basil, but I’ll have to save that for next year!

The summer is always full of celebrations from our anniversary to my birthday. As you get older there are some years where your birthday is a non-event and others, where it just seems to keep going on and on. For me, this was one of those years! I think it was because I’m pregnant, but it seemed like everyone wanted to spoil me a bit extra this year. Cale’s Grandparents gave me a stash of cash (apparently they are VERY excited that I’m giving them TWO Grand Baby Boys!), a girlfriend offered to take me out for pedis, Cale’s mom made me homemade strawberry shortcake, and then my parents visited from KS with a salmon dinner and homemade current wine. They did all the cooking and cleanup, and even helped us get on top of some of the lawn maintenance around here. I know that last part doesn’t sound too exciting, but with Cale working extra hours to meet a big deadline August 1st, we haven’t been able to keep up with some of the lawn maintenance around here. Not only did my parents spend three hours helping us get caught up on weedeating, but they sprayed most of the yard so that the grass would die in certain areas and we wouldn’t have to weedeat those particular areas for the rest of the summer!

Who whooooooo!!

It was completely overwhelming to get served in a such away and to have my family gather around us and help us out so selfishly. Just another reason why I’ve learned that the best gift is to be a giver. You just never know when life will pay it forward (see #5 on my 10 Things I’ve Learned).

I think my nesting is getting to Cale now cause he’s getting all the honey do’s that have been on his list for the past year or two completed! And this momma couldn’t be more happy about it! From cleaning out old barns and wood piles to making a sandbox, he’s been going at it hardcore. My favorite part was watching him and James out our kitchen windows dink around and create the sandbox together. Cale is such a great daddy and he just lets James get in there, even at 20 months old, and pickup the hammer and the level and carry em around. He doesn’t know what exactly they do, but he is daddy’s little shadow and is taking in every move he makes.

We kicked off our Fourth of July celebration with our Oklahoma family by making these DIY Firecracker T-shirts with all the kids. It’s hard to believe just a few years ago we didn’t have babies running around and now we’ve completely exploded! It’s so much fun, and a little overwhelming at times, but we love it. As you can see from the photo below, James’ shirt was completely covered in watermelon juice before the end of the night. :/

My friend Shelley took this photo of James and I just can’t stand the way it captures him so perfectly (checkout more of her work here!). We had bought several different types of kid-friendly fireworks, but as you can guess once we did the “firetruck” firework all he wanted to do was play with it for the rest of the night.

Never in my life did I think I would know so many different variations of trucks; dump truck. bucket truck, garbage truck, cement truck, firetruck, flatbed truck…

And lastly, I’m excited to announce that we have officially finished our nursery + toddler room!! Hear that baby #2!? That means you can come out anytime now?! We are ready to meet you! :) I’m working on editing the photos and can’t wait to share with you all the final design. Cale and I had many fights discussions about the function, layout, and look. Overall, we are VERY happy with the finished product and feel like it’s something the boys can really grow into… at least until we move into our Modern Farmhouse someday! :D

We hope to share with you guys more of our process of designing and building our own Modern Farmhouse in the future. Look for more posts from Cale coming up soon.

Happy summer, happy berry picking and preserving, and happy birthday month to our baby boy #2! :)

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Around Here: Lady Bugs/Homemade Swords/Messy Bedrooms/A Baby Belly/Making Biscuits/Potato Stamps/Fancy Doorstops

Around Here: Homemade Wooden Swords/Lady Bugs/Messy Bedrooms/A Baby Belly/Making Biscuits/Potato Stamps/Fancy Doorstops | Bringing Design Home

Spring is here and not only can you smell it in the fresh Iris’ growing outside my kitchen window, but you can feel it in the breeze, and hear it in the bugs when nighttime is near and the stars are out. It’s seriously our favorite season, but with that comes more yard work, and the reminder of all those outside projects that we didn’t complete last year! :(

It’s funny how your first pregancy you find yourself counting up; like I am 6 months pregnant, or 28 weeks along. With baby #2 due in July we find ourselves counting down! 9 weeks till baby! I can hardly believe it!? From working on a branding project for a new natural birth and baby event in OKC to putting the final touches on our Nursery + Toddler Room Combo, I’m really proud of the progress we have made to prepare mentally and physically for baby #2 thus far. Nesting is definitely in full swing as I’m making a list of meals to prep, re-organizing our cloth diaper stash, sorting thru teeny tiny clothes, and cleaning out drawers I haven’t touched in YEARS!

I don’t know what takes over a woman when she’s about to have a baby, but suddenly the urge to organize and prep is at the top of her list and nothing (I mean NOTHING!!) will get in her way! Now, if only I was this motivated to keep things this tidy year around! :/

This may sound a little creepy, but we know spring is on it’s way when our bathroom starts to fill up with lady bugs. It must be something about the moisture, probably the super hot showers I prefer to take, but there’s always a good batch of em that randomly show up around this time. I used to get really disgusted with it (bugs… in our HOUSE!!), but now they’ve become my little friends, and a part of what I love about this old farmhouse.

Plus… if they get to be too much I just help them find their way outside. :)

Cale–being the ultimate dad–recently took some scrap wood from some shelves we were making and made James his first sword. It’s still a little heavy for the little guy, but that doesn’t stop him from running around with it and chasing squirrels with Josie (our dog).

Papa would be so proud (he hates squirrels)! :)

For us, another sign of spring is when the weather is just cool enough that the windows stay open all day and all night. Since our old doors don’t really latch anymore, the breeze through house makes the doors slam over and over again. It gets annoying hearing the doors open and close and can easily wake up James so I’ve found a great cost-effective doorstop solution; Cale’s old work boots.

These steal toed babies are heavy like bricks and our fancy doorstop solution has given them a new found purpose in life (besides just taking up room in our closet)!

You could say it’s upcycling at it’s best. :)

One of my favorite recent memories with James is when he helped me make 40 biscuits for our little Spring Music Yard Party. He’s getting to the point where he wants to be involved in everything I am doing and although this gets annoying at times, I’m trying to make the most of it by letting him help and learn new things. With that said, he got board after our 2nd of 4 batches we had to hand make and decided to rollout his cars instead. :)

In my head I just keep hoping maybe I’m raising a future Bobby Flay or Tom Jackson that will cook me lots of wonderful food when I’m an old lady! ;)

We’ve been working on updating other spaces in our house including our Master Bedroom! It’s tiny, but it’s my little piece of heaven so I’ve been trying to come up with simple ways to make it new again without spending a lot of money! :/ It’s exciting knowing that we are going to build in a few years, but it’s been hard NOT spending extra money on updating things around here. I’m trying to focus on reusing things we have or coming up with ways to make old things new again.

It’s only taken us close to five years to hang pictures in our room, but we finally got the wall art up above our bed just like we wanted. Most of these pieces are things that Cale has made, handmade wedding gifts we received, or items’ we’ve purchased together that represent our story. I love having them above our bed because they constantly remind us of our start, where all our dreams of family and taking over the world came from.

To most people they are just cute pictures and sweet words, but to us each piece reminds us of our vision, our purpose, our hope, and our love and excitement for the future.

James still prefers playing with cars, trucks and tractors over anything else, but every once in a while I’ll get him to play with something else. It’s been so much fun watching him start to use his imagination and pretend play. Most of the time he is just reenacting things I say to him or how I interact with him, but it’s amazing to see what he actually remembers from our daily interactions (WAYYY to much!)!

And lastly, I spent a few days obsessing over potato stamps. I was trying to give the blah curtains in our bedroom a fresh look, but then pregnant brain switched on and I completely changed my mind! :) The circle and triangle pattern does make a cute runner though don’t ya think?!

Oh and my feet are slowly being eclipsed by my baby belly. Nothing new there. Just thankful to be pregnant with a healthy baby and eagerly awaiting his arrival.

Any baby prep advice from you other parents out there? What did you do before your wee one arrived that really helped you later down the road?

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