Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Happy 21 Months Grayson

Happy 21 Months Grayson!

I am SO LATE in getting this post completed!  I had help with pictures this month thanks to Chad being home and also I am really working on using the manual mode on my camera {thanks Amie for all your help}.  Which really does help with not having the flash go off after each picture.  Typically Grayson will take one picture and then want to see the picture or play with the flash. So taking pictures with my big camera is a chore.  

I feel as if Grayson has changed so much this month and I love seeing his little personality shine!  I think my favorite thing that he does is talk and when he is running around our house playing. 
He is so much fun and full of so much energy!  


I forgot to include this new thing Grayson does... he shakes his head no at EVERYTHING!  

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

week 08 - frame a day

I am feeling behind just a little bit on pictures.  I still have Grayson's 21 Month Post to work on.  Hoping to get this completed within the next day or so! 

Week 08 - frame a day!
I used the app Red Stamp on my iPhone to create each of the images below!



Monday, February 27, 2012

week 37 baby crew

Week 37 - FULL TERM!

Such a wonderful feeling to reach FULL TERM!

I am also happy to post that we finished CREW'S nursery this past weekend!  It is PERFECT!
I have a few little touches to add and hopefully they will arrive in the mail this week.  After that I will share his nursery with all of you! 

Stafford List of Things to Do before Crew arrives:

1. Crew's Nursery Furniture Needs to arrive and be setup in his room and put all clothes away etc. I really hope it is here this weekend.

2. Order Crew a chair like Grayson's for pictures - done and completed 01/15/2012
3. Get the carpets cleaned in Crew's Nursery
4. Crew's Bedding waiting for it to be completed and picked up
5. Crew's coming home outfit need to figure out what I want and purchase...decisions decisions!
6. Organize ALL closets in our house
My closet and drawers
Chad's closet and drawers
Grayson's closet and drawers
Crew's closet and drawers - need to also wash all clothes that are currently in the attic and organize by sizes
7. Find a toy chest for the playroom - the little toys are getting out of hand and they need a home after Grayson is done playing with them.
8. Finalize Health Insurance for the boys!
9. Register at the hospital before delivery day
10. Finalize plans for Grayson on delivery day
11. Finalize Maternity Leave for myself and all the details - making progress and hopefully should have this completed soon :)
12. Decide on what to wear and take to the hospital for myself
13. Take bounce seat, baby bathtub, car seat, swing, and nap nanny out of the attic
14. Pack bags for myself, Grayson, and Crew. Chad will also have to pack his bag too for the hospital.
15. Organize cabinet in kitchen for the boys, clean bottles, and get breastfeeding things organized.
16. Register for baby shower
17. Setup Pack N Play in our room
18. Chad wants to paint our bedroom and bathroom before Crew comes, knowing him he will do it!
19. Decide on doing something special with Grayson before Crew comes... ideas? This task is complete thanks to a blog reader for the idea!
20. Complete taxes for the year - everything is ready and our appointment is this week
21. Organize important documents in one spot
22. Catch up on Mixbook Photobooks
frame a day book 2012
month 19-21 month book Grayson
pregnancy book Crew
23. Clean out our bathroom cabinets and organize the boys bathroom.
24. Purchase Big Brother gift idea and take to the hospital
25. Order Medela Pump Plug In
26. Purchase a few items we didn't get at our baby shower that we need
27. thank you cards from baby shower

As you can see we only have a few items remaining. 
So exciting!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Friday Flashback

Friday Flashback

Grayson moments after being born

and today



As we wait for the sweet arrival of Crew I often wonder what he will look like.  What features will he have, will he have hair and if so will it be dark or light.  I just can't wait to hold and love on another boy.  I love all three of my boys and feel blessed every day I get to spend with them.

I was on pinterest yesterday morning early and pinned this item:
the link goes to this blog and it was a great read so I thought that I would share!
Happy Friday and have a BEAUTIFUL weekend!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Stafford List Update and Photos

A Comment answered from last post (I tried to email this person but no email could be found) anyways I would probably get between $10.00 to $15.00 gift card from Starbucks for each teacher and if you feel like you should do more you can add a simple coffee mug to the gift.


Our to DO LIST before CREW ARRIVES!
 
1. Crew's Nursery Furniture Needs to arrive and be setup in his room and put all clothes away etc.  I really hope it is here this weekend.

2. Order Crew a chair like Grayson's for pictures - done and completed 01/15/2012

3. Get the carpets cleaned in Crew's Nursery
4. Crew's Bedding waiting for it to be completed and picked up
5. Crew's coming home outfit need to figure out what I want and purchase...decisions decisions!

6. Organize ALL closets in our house

My closet and drawers

Chad's closet and drawers

Grayson's closet and drawers

Crew's closet and drawers - need to also wash all clothes that are currently in the attic and organize by sizes

7. Find a toy chest for the playroom - the little toys are getting out of hand and they need a home after Grayson is done playing with them.

8. Finalize Health Insurance for the boys!

9. Register at the hospital before delivery day

10. Finalize plans for Grayson on delivery day

11. Finalize Maternity Leave for myself and all the details - making progress and hopefully should have this completed soon :)

12. Decide on what to wear and take to the hospital for myself

13. Take bounce seat, baby bathtub, car seat, swing, and nap nanny out of the attic

14. Pack bags for myself, Grayson, and Crew. Chad will also have to pack his bag too for the hospital.

15. Organize cabinet in kitchen for the boys, clean bottles, and get breastfeeding things organized.

16. Register for baby shower

17. Setup Pack N Play in our room

18. Chad wants to paint our bedroom and bathroom before Crew comes, knowing him he will do it!

19. Decide on doing something special with Grayson before Crew comes... ideas? This task is complete thanks to a blog reader for the idea!

20. Complete taxes for the year - everything is ready and our appointment is this week
21. Organize important documents in one spot
22. Catch up on Mixbook Photobooks
frame a day book 2012
month 19-21 month book Grayson
pregnancy book Crew
23. Clean out our bathroom cabinets and organize the boys bathroom.
24. Purchase Big Brother gift idea and take to the hospital
25. Order Medela Pump Plug In
26. purchase a few items we didn't get at our baby shower that we need
27. thank you cards from baby shower

Updating this list has really helped me stay focused and on track.  So if you are pregnant and feeling overwhelmed with all the things you need to complete before your baby arrives this might help. 

So I got this image on my iPhone on Monday

I guess I take too many pictures...
has this happened to anyone else???
I have most of the pictures on my iPhone on my computer, but I love going back and looking at older pictures of Grayson...so I hate deleting them. 
So now I have completely removed all the images from my phone and have a clean library to fill up again.
I guess this needed to happen before another sweet baby boy joins our family. 

Does anyone use an online storage to house all the pictures you take of your kids?  I have two external drives that I have our images on right now, but open for other suggestions.  Thanks in advance!

Grayson decided on MONDAY morning to wake up REALLY early so I wasn't ready for the day so as I got ready for the day Grayson had fun doing this...
He is one busy boy!
Happy Thursday!
One more day and it is the weekend...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Pinterest Inspired Post

I LOVE LOVE PINTEREST!

In fact it is something I look on my iPhone before going to bed.  It has great ideas!

I got several nursery ideas on there, holiday ideas, hair style ideas that I recently did to my own hair, and a teacher gift for Grayson's teachers. 

I thought I would share a few of the ideas I have found that you might be interested in doing yourself.

First teacher gifts

Grayson recently just moved up to a new classroom at school.  I always get his teacher a thank you gift for all that they do for Grayson.  His teachers in this classroom are VERY special to us.  They did so much for Grayson over the past several months.  Before this class Grayson would cry every time I dropped him off, but after just several weeks he was running to his teachers and giving them both HUGS.  This made my heart so HAPPY you have no idea!  They also got Grayson to nap at school.  Before he would NEVER nap.  They just got him to nap for close to 3 hours each day.  Which is a HUGE blessing because when we get home at night I have a happy boy that wants to play and interact with his parents vs sleeping. 
Now we are starting over again in a new classroom... hoping and praying he adjusts well this week in his new class.  So far on his first day we have had tears... but I do anticipate this for a few days. 
Anyways back to the gifts. 
I made these for his teachers...
link on how to do this project is here!



we also got monogrammed coffee mugs for them too!

Second the top knot hairstyle

I usually wear my hair down most days, but I thought on one Friday that I would try something different.  I love this look that I found on Pinterest.  It doesn't look 100% like hers, but with practice and maybe longer hair I hope I can achieve this fun look. 
Also if you get a free moment you should look around her blog she has some great ideas.  I love her blog!

happy pinning! You can follow me on pinterest by clicking here if you are interested.  

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

a shower of LOVE for Crew

a shower of LOVE for Crew!
This past Saturday my friend Kim and Kendall put together a simple and adorable baby shower for Crew and I...


Here is the adorable invitation that Sarah made for this special event!  She also made me thank you cards and I believe she will have her ETSY shop opening soon.  Make sure to check out her blog for details for the next several days.

 
Since I have gestational diabetes and a lot of foods are off limits the girls did a great job of having foods that I could eat.  We had blueberry nutrigrain bars my favorite, cheese and crackers, a pasta salad {I didn't eat it}, meatballs in BBQ sauce, little peanut butter sandwiches {I had a small one}, and a veggie tray.  They also had a local bakery make a sugar free cake and chocolate petit fours that were not sugar free for all that didn't want sugar free cake.  I was actually VERY surprised that the sugar free cake was good.  I didn't eat an entire piece just a few bits because I wasn't sure how I would do with my sugar levels.  I actually did very well. 

Here are the decor pictures I took...it was simple and adorable just like Crew's nursery!



I loved the little note tied to the animal crackers...

 the big brother stopped by for a visit

 

grayson opening his gift  


After unloading all the gifts in Crew's nursery... 
he is one LOVED boy!

I am not one to play baby shower games, but we did play one game that was a baby trivia game.
Most of the questions I guessed because I had no idea...
some of them were VERY interesting...
Here is just a few that amazed me:
~ How old was the oldest woman on record to get pregnant?
a. 78 years
b. 54 years
c. 66 years
66 YEARS is the correct ANSWER
~ How heavy was the heaviest baby ever born?
a. 15 pounds 5 ounces
b. 30 pounds
c. 21 pounds 4 ounces
d. 23 pounds 12 ounces
e. 17 pounds 2 ounces
f. 26 pounds 1 ounce
D is the correct answer CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!!!!
~ Babies are born without which body part?
a. kneecaps
b. elbows
c. tailbone
d. shoulder blades
A is the correct answer... I had no idea!
~ What is the greatest amount of children born to one woman?
a. 20
b. 42
c. 69
C is the correct answer... oh MY!

the game had 20 questions... it was interesting and I learned a lot about baby trivia that day!

 Thanks friends for making this day special for our family!
We love you ALL!!!

Monday, February 20, 2012

week 36 baby crew

week 36 baby crew!

We have made it to week 36 and with only 4 weeks or less to go I am SO EXCITED to meet and hold my sweet baby boy!

As of my last appointment I have not dilated at all which is good because Crew needs to grow and I would like to make it to full term before having Crew, which is next week. 
Over the next several weeks we are finishing up projects, the biggest one being the nursery and spending as much time with Grayson. 

My next appointment is on February 29th, 2012 and I am hoping that I have made some progress... we will see!

just in case you do ask my dress is from here!


Sunday, February 19, 2012

February Photo Challenge Catch Up

I am still doing the February Photo Challenge each day I just don't do a great job of posting each day.  If I do this again I will either try to post at the end of each post I do daily in the future or I will more than likely use instagram like a lot of my friends do.  I have really liked the daily challenge.








have a great Sunday afternoon :)
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