Thursday, April 9, 2015

6 month baby update

6 month update. Wow life is flying by. 6 months really does go fast! One minute your googling 'possible labor signs' the next your wiping up baby food off the walls. 

Ashby is now a 6 month baby. That happened. She's growing and thriving. She's still nursing exclusively and has just started solid foods. We're doing baby led weaning so she gets to enjoy her independence by not having us spoon feed her. She loves feeding herself with the spoon anyway. You could not get that thing into her mouth yourself if you tried. I'll pre-load the spoon with something soft and then I hand it to her. Mostly she makes it to her mouth anyway. Lots of mess but it's worth it. I'm going to try to feed her lots of organic food; of course. Homemade mostly but not be to fussy about anything, which is basically how I try to live my life anyway. Not too fussed about anything. No. Drama.

Ashby likes: 
Her bouncy seat
Singing baby songs
TV, mom or dad's iPhone or any screen basically
The kitty
Feeding herself
The tags on toys

She dislikes:
Getting her nose wiped
Being spoon fed
Sweet potatoes
Sleeping in mom & dads bed
lying still while being changed

We are still living in our current rental house. Our new house is being built. It's almost done - I think. I am so excited to move. Well not so much for the actual moving part, but to have our house finally. We've gone and checked on the building process a few times in the last month or so and it's looking so good! I can't wait for all the finishing stuff like trim, paint and blinds. Closing and moving should be in a little over a month. Buying your first home is obviously nervous but we are ready.

Once we move I am very excited about organizing and decorating. We'll be waiting a little bit of time to buy new furniture but someday soon we'll put new couches, rugs, beds, chairs etc in this place! Here are some update photos of the new house.

Look at this pretty kitchen! I'm so super glad with our choices we made. I love the cabinets, the colors, the lights and counter tops. The floors underneath that paper look good too. The big appliances are sitting in the dining room in the bottom of the photo.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Big update!

So much is happening lately. I haven't been posting because of the whole working 40 hours a week and juggling an infant routine. Life has been great lately though. Ashby has been growing and thriving and Tony and I have been busy working and loving Ashby. One other big news... 

We're buying/building a house!!

As you can see its a brand new townhouse. We couldn't be more excited! The structure is built but the inside is unfinished. It's a spec home, one of the first in this townhome development. We chose one on the end with a great location. It only has neighbors on one side and to the back. The other side and front is all open with just lawn and trees. No roads or busy walkways or other houses to disturb us. We have great views - which is great since we have 4, yes four balconies! 3 balconies plus a roof top terrace! 

It's got 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. It's very open concept in the main living floor with a big living room that includes surround sound and upgraded video package plus lots of room for Ashby's toys. (Good since we need it!) We have a bay window dining area next to the kitchen. Speaking of the kitchen- it's huge! So many cabinets! So. Many! I can't wait! We have 3 bedrooms upstairs so we can be close to Ashby and a top floor terrace which is amazing. It's got a double car garage too. We have lots of closets and a master walk in closet which will rock since ours right now is like 22 inches wide. I kid not. 

Check out all the windows on our end unit!

We've been busy designing the inside with everything from the floors and cabinets to tile, faucets, and accessories. So. Much. Fun! 

Ashby is helping pick paint colors. 

The design process is excited since we truly get to pick our dream kitchen. We went all out on the kitchen upgrading everything! Nice hardwood floors, shaker style cabinets, dual colors with white and grey. We have upgraded cabinet hardware as well as upgrade appliances. We are getting Quartz countertops, under-cabinet lighting, upgraded spray faucet, a large built in pantry, and built in refrigerator. We have a huge island! Huge! It will easily be able to fit 3 bar stools. We also are getting custom wood blinds in most of the windows including the kitchen bay windows. 

We are buying from Eagle homes, and so far we are having a great experience. I would highly recommend them for people in our area. 

The time frame for building/finishing the house will be mid May. It is a little scary buying your first home but I cannot wait to close and move in this summer! 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014

Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas!

Books I've read 2014

Every year I like to recap which book I read. I normally keep a running spreadsheet on google doc (drive?) and add to it as the year goes on as I finish each book. This year I was pregnant and had a baby; which apparently means I pretty much read no books, and barely recorded the ones I did read. Plus half of these are baby related book and some of those I haven't even finished yet. Jeez! I do have this nagging feeling that I may have read a couple more than these listed but have no clue what they are since I didn't write them down. 

Books I've read 2014

  1. Someday, Someday, Maybe: A Novel - Lauren graham 
  2. And the mountains echoed - Khaled Hosseini
  3. What to expect when you're expecting
  4. The burgess boys - Elizabeth strout
  5. Alena - Rachel Pastan
  6. Behind the beautiful forevers - Katherine Boo
  7. So you’re going to have a baby (1933) - Helen Washburn
  8. Baby Led Weaning - Gill Rapley
  9. What to expect the first year - Heidi Murkoff
  10. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child - Marc Weissbluth M.D.
  11. I feel bad about my neck - Nora Ephron
  12. French Twist: An American Mom's Experiment in Parisian Parenting - Catherine Crawford

To get an idea of just how little I've read this year I made this wonderful graph. Thanks Google spreadsheets for free excel since I haven't forked over the money for the real thing on my computer. Anyway see that tiny bar for 2014? Hashtag pathetic! Besides growing a human you'd think I'd have time to do a little light reading on the side like I always do. Nope!
I can't even do a best/worst list like I normally do since there are just eleven books I read. Oh did I mention I haven't even finished all the baby related ones. Maybe next year will bring more books. 
Any recommendations?


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