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The First Moments

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With having our first baby boy born last September it’s been a year full of firsts. The first bath, changing our first REAL poopy diaper, the first time he rolled off the bed and onto the floor (don’t tell me this hasn’t happened to you!?), the first time we let him cry himself to sleep (kill me now), the first time he smiled, laughed, or sucked on his tiny big toe. :)

These are moments we all grow sick of when we read them over and over again from friends and family posting on Facebook; but, when it’s YOUR baby… Oh my, how different it is! (more…)

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Permission to be Mom

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It’s Tuesday morning. The Laundry has piled up (again). The dishes are overflowing in the sink (again) and I still don’t have a single blog post ready for the week.

I’ve been struggling to figure out what all this means now that I am a mom. How do I balance daily life, chores, and Green Couch Design? With Cale working full-time on his architectural license I now have permission to just be a mom but I’m struggling with feeling like that is “enough”. I know that sounds terrible since I’m obviously taking care of our child but I struggle with not contributing financially. I feel like all I do is chase the chores into next week, sleep and feed baby.

Our heart for Green Couch Design has always been to combine both everyday life, our family, and our design careers into one. But figuring out how all of that actually molds together is the ultimate journey. Now that I’m here… I’m not quite sure what to do with myself or how our child will fit into it all? But I guess that is what makes it such a wonderful and scary adventure.

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He is Here :)

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He is here. And life is slow and busy all at the same time. Just when you think your body is done growing a baby for nine months then starts the weeks, the days, and the hours of recovery! And oh yes… your milk comes in along with even more emotions! :)

Do moms ever catch up? :(

I know things have been quiet around here but we just decided to lay low and enjoy this time. We had been planning for an August baby and 19 days past our due date he finally came! :) It’s quite a story.

We’ll be back in October and we can’t wait to tell you more about our Little Man:

James David
Born September 2nd at 10:31pm
8 pounds 1 ounce
22 inches long

Until then…

From the Farm

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Can’t Stop

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I randomly found this photo by Amelia Lyon a few months ago and have been obsessed with it ever since! Seriously, it’s been on my desktop for the last few months and I cannot stop staring at it.

It has truly captured me.

As we await the birth of our little bundle of joy I can’t help but hope that I’ll look something as beautiful as this new momma. It’s like she knows a secret that I desperately long to not just know, but to understand. I want to gaze upon my baby with that much awe and wonder. To love with more than I know how to contain and yet feel a since of protection and care unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before.

I know technically I’m already a momma, but oh to hold him. To gaze upon him and to know that this baby, this baby is what love has made. What God has made out of my marriage with my husband. I want to know what that is like.

When Cale and I first met being a mom was not the first thing on my radar. It’s not that I didn’t think it was a “cool” job or something I was just focused on other things. But, now that we are here, about to step into parenthood, it’s already been one of the scariest and most beautiful journeys we have embarked on thus far. It may not be climbing mountains or starting a new business, but it’s shaping a life.

Forever.

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Nursery Design Bits

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It is safe to say that “nesting” has completely taken over Meg’s brain. We swear she has cleaned drawers that have not been touched in our 4 years of marriage! We’ve learned that somehow when you are pregnant it’s easy to convince yourself that your baby will really care about the wall color and/or what stuffed animals are available to snuggle with. Either way it’s been a good motivation to get on top of the nursery as well as other household chores we’ve had on hold since… we moved in! ;)

Originally we were going to do an entire room with whale/sea decorations (see Meg’s pin board) but decided that, that could get a little crazy REAL fast! As much as we like whales we didn’t want a character themed nursery. Instead we settled for more of an “Adventure” theme. You know… sailing the seven seas, traveling the world, bugs, and a variety of other whimsical things. This was an intentional design decision because we wanted to create a room that our little guy could grow into, not out of in the next few years.

Since we live in a very small farm house (yes, our child is sharing a room with the washer and dryer) we we’re very intentional about not just filling his room with a bunch of “stuff”. Looking at the list of registry “must haves” recommend by Babies”R”Us it’s easy to see how this happens to so many people. Instead we were very intentional about the items we registered for and used most of the toys and cards received as gifts as decor items. This made decorating very inexpensive and more personalized. We love the fact that we can look around and see the many ways that all of our friends and family have contributed to the nursery decor.

(PS If you look closely you might find a sneak peak of our baby boy’s name!) ;)

We looked at several mobiles but thought it would be fun to hang some of our shower cards and favorite art pieces (in miniature form) over the crib to create a custom mobile. This was an inexpensive way to support and purchase prints from local artists, utilize the sweet words spoken over our baby from friends and family, while giving us the flexibility to change things out in the future.

(Hanging Mobile Picture Frame: Blue Seven; 5 Step To The Left Of Your Right Hemisphere Postcard: Samantha Lamb)

(Bow Tie: Handmade from our “Manly Baby Shower“; Leather Baby Shoes: Vintage from Meg’s Dad; Oklahoma A-Z Animal Print: STASH; Oklahoma Cuddle Monster: DNA Galleries; Elephant: Sassy Nasal Aspirator; Plush Boat: Collected Thread)

We wanted an easy storage solution that could evolve depending on the needs of our child and the future function of the space. Cale whipped up this simple 9 Frame Storage Solution from lumber we had leftover in the shop. All the baskets we found were to expensive for our budget so Meg covered used diaper boxes and spray painted them with orange stencils (DIY coming soon… still waiting on a few more boxes)! ;)

(Wellington the Duck: Scentsy; Embroidered Plush Bunny: Custom Gift, Whale: Handmade gift from Meg’s mom & grandma)

In case you don’t remember the BEFORE crib shots we got rid of Bambi and settle with a nice blue/gray base. Cale thought it would be a fun accent to spray paint all the metal pieces orange. As you can see we carried this color combo throughout the rest of the room painting the metal window hooks, coat hooks, and shelf brackets orange as well.

(Wooden Rocking Horse: Vintage gift from Cale’s cousin)

We love books, especially children’s books, so we thought it would be fun to display their covers like pieces of art to fill the space with color. This little shelf Cale customized and set it nice and low for little hands to be able to reach along with a functional placeholder for hanging tiny hats, toys, coats, bath towels, etc.

We snagged this authentic canvas maps with sea creatures and ships as a $10.00 Groupon!

Remember this insane Shaker Style Rocking Chair that Meg’s Aunt found at a Garage Sale for $20.00?! Here is it in it’s completed state! She did a BEAUTIFUL job re-finishing it (Check out her other finished pieces at Ollie Belle Home Decor).

All the sudden those late night rocking/lullaby sessions don’t seem SO bad? Right!? ;)

Our inspiration for the map display came from this really simple Hanging Map DIY at Smile & Wave. Thanks Rachel! :)

Josie is STILL trying to make since of all this change!? She’s gonna make a great Nana Dog (you know, like on Peter Pan!?).

Our friends and family filled out this fun prediction calendar for the baby’s arrival (Meg’s not counting any guesses after the 20th… at least for now)! ;)

Oh and of course… here is the shot we probably shouldn’t show. Definitely not “pin worthy” but it’s how we roll here on The Farm! We’re actually using one of the Pedestal Drawers as a toy box. It’s all about making your space work for you and designing it in a way that meets your design aesthetic AND functional needs. Honestly, we are doing cloth diapers so rooming the baby with the washer and dryer might work out after all?! :)

Meg and her grandma made curtains out of Painters Drop Cloth’s and surged the curtain edges orange to continue our accent color throughout the room.

You would think that re-decorating ONE room wouldn’t take months and months but we are both designers and definitely have our opinions on how things should go down. It’s always a lot of work and a lot of trial and error but in the end it’s ALWAYS worth it. We are really pleased with the space, especially with what we had to work with. It’s crazy to see the transformation of what once was a shared office space is now the place our little man will rest his head. It’s been a process but one we’ve enjoyed and feel like we’ve given our boy a room not just filled with “stuff” but “stuff” with true meaning and function.

What is your favorite detail of the room?

Have a due date prediction you’d like us to add to the calendar?! List your estimated date, weight, length, and time of day in the comment section below!

We’ll keep you posted!

39 weeks AND counting! :)

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Waiting for Baby

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Things have FINALLY slowed down around here.

We’ve come to terms with the fact that we don’t live to work. We are at a place financially where things can go on hold for a bit and instead of feeling guilty about this we have decided to take it in and be grateful.

We’ve currently stopped selling our products and our client work is on hold until September.

The baby showers have all been had and the nursery is done (photos coming soon!).

And now we are just waiting for baby. People say this is a terrible idea and will make you stir crazy. But honestly… we are really enjoying it.

Enjoying the quietness of the moment.

Feeling the anticipation in the air.

Taking in the small movements in Meg’s belly.

The ones that tell us our baby boy is nearly here.

38 weeks and counting! :)

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A Manly Baby Shower (w/ Beer & Cigars)

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Have I mentioned to you all just how crafty my sister-in-law is? Look out Martha Stewart cause her glue gun could do some serious damage! She’s been planning our baby shower (with the help of our OK family) since we found out we we’re pregnant. This entire last month she’s been all giddy every time she’d talk about (keeping everything a surprise of course) and claiming that she was planning the Baby Shower of the Century.

Now that is a tall order to have to fulfill, but man did she EVER deliver!

Between our Kansas and Oklahoma family and friends we have had THREE showers thrown for our baby. We have felt completely overwhelmed by all the love and excitement surrounding his arrival and cannot tell you how blessed we are to have so many people wanting to share in this journey with us.

Our “Little Man” has been completely spoiled and he is not even here yet! ;)

37 weeks and counting!

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Slowing Down

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So July is HERE! It’s not just coming anymore it’s actually HERE! That means baby is only 5 weeks away and could possibly come at any moment (should he decide to be a punk and come early!).

We have been busy, busy and have found ourselves determined more than ever to SLOW DOWN. For us slowing down looks like time at home. Time with each other. And time to do the things we love… like picking fresh fruit!

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His & Her Summer Reading

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You can learn a lot about people from the books they like to read. Books say a lot the way a person thinks, the type of topics they enjoy discussing, and what stories inspire them.

I had to laugh the other day as I was cleaning out our bedroom and noticed our stack of books on opposite ends of the headboard. Now, before I brag to much I am not the consistent reader here! Ever since we have been married Cale is a much better reader than me but I’m trying really hard to get into it more and more. The library of birth/parenting books that my sister-in-law and girlfriend Mackenzie have been supplying me with have been the perfect thing I’ve needed to really get started.

Although, I should probably spread out my topics a little bit more! It’s pretty obvious what is on my brain and constantly moving in my belly! ;)

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Character

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Things have been super busy around here as we are in full baby prep mode. One of the bigger items we have been looking for is a unique rocking chair. What good momma doesn’t need a cool looking rocker to keep her weary body moving in the wee hours of the night?

Luckily for us Meg’s Aunt and Cousin love to collect old furniture and reupholster them. They found this beauty at a garage sale for only $20.00!

I don’t know what garage sale they have been shopping at but I think we need to follow them around the next time they go bargain hunting!

When they found this Shaker Style Rocker it’s cushion’s were still filled with original straw! They wanted to paint it because of the veneer chip on the top right corner but we were not quite ready to see this piece covered in paint. I think it adds character. So they are sanding it down and putting a dark stain on it. Other then that and some new fabric this piece is gonna be just what we need to welcome our new little one to the family!

Can’t wait to show you the finished piece! We’ve got our first baby shower this weekend. It’s getting more REAL and little Baby Noodle is moving more and more everyday.

What weekend projects are you planning on tackling this weekend?

From the Farm

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