On Nurseries, Naps and Non-Cameras

There are many things happening around here lately, each of them could have their own post, but I doubt that will happen. Oh, to have the time to write about everything that I think is funny, terrible, beautiful or random. Someday, perhaps.

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1.) I made this plaque for Hannah’s nursery and put the tutorial on Lemon Tree today. I just love it!

I sang this song to my sweet little bump throughout my pregnancy and still do so when I’m rocking her. It is exactly how we feel about her addition to our family and our lives, so I was so pleased to get it into her nursery.

I came up with the idea while I was on bed rest and it was killing me to not be able to execute it. I kept trying to justify how I could do it but still be “resting,” (maybe if Chris stains the wood, and then brings me the paint, and then I can do it at the kitchen table with my feet up...), but in the end I just waited until after Hannah was born. I love the colors too. The sunny yellow is the same shade I used for the damask on her walls.

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2.) Speaking of the nursery, it is FINALLY finished! Chelsea came to town last weekend to visit and was a perfect sounding board for helping me figure out where to put everything. Now it is perfect!! I’ll post pictures soon, I just need to go through and edit them all. I’ll be posting the nursery reveal on Lemon Tree next Monday so I’ll definitely have them by then. I promise there will be entirely too many pictures. πŸ™‚

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3.) Jayce has not been taking his naps. It is unfortunate timing, because some of those days I REALLY need for him to sleep.

I have tried the “resting” thing, and I don’t think it’s working. Once I have spent over an hour answering calls from his room and telling him to go lay down in his bed, I realize that defeat is on the horizon. At this point I regroup, and tell Jayce that if he’s not going to sleep than he needs to rest quietly in his room. At first he was only allowed to read in his bed, but then he would take a few toys into bed, and they would end up zooming around the room, and now he just pretty much pulls out every toy for an hour or so and plays with it. He also continually comes to the door to tell me what he’s playing with or ask if he can come downstairs yet.

Just when I feel like I am about to reach a breaking point, Jayce comes to the door to inform me that he has built me a castle. Then he’ll run down, grab me by the hand, drag me along saying, “Come Mom. Come come come, I made you a present.” Last week when he showed me my castle, he said, “Mom, you take a picture of your castle?” and then stood by it for a photo op. That’s my boy. πŸ™‚

Seriously though, how do I get him to stay in there and read? Or just stay in there at all?


4.) Friday was the end of a cumulatively exhausting week for all of us. I only got about 5 1/2 hours of interrupted sleep for 4 nights in a row, and was starting to feel physically sick from it, kind of like you feel when you have jet lag. Chris taught a week-long intensive class, so he was exhausted by Friday as well. Our air conditioning stopped working mid-day on Friday and is still not fixed. We all had a long night that night because poor Jayce couldn’t get himself comfortable enough to get settled down and fall asleep, and we both were upstairs with him at different points in the night.

Saturday morning Chris took Jayce with him to help the students move into the dorms, so that I could have a chance to catch up on some rest. When they got home this happened. I think Chris intended to only stay by Jayce for a few minutes until Jayce fell asleep, but they both slept like this for over 2 hours. I snuck in to take a picture with Chris’ phone and it didn’t phase them a bit.

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5.) I am currently camera-less.

I bought a new camera and sold my old camera. I made the buyer wait until my new camera arrived before I would sell my old one because I didn’t want to have a period of camera-less-ness. But after playing with my new (used) camera for a few days, I noticed that the sensor was dirty in major way. The above picture is of a white wall, and all of the crap is on the lens, which means that it would show up in all of my pictures. Uuuuuggggggggrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!! (If you feel like that is the noise that would come from a combination of Ugh and Grr, than you would be right. And you can imagine me saying it, with my fists balled up, through clenched teeth, as I yell to Chris, “There is crap all over this lens!!!!” ) I called the company, sent back my camera and have a replacement on the way. But I will be without a camera for about 2+ weeks.

It’s probably crazy, but this makes me sad, and I feel slightly crippled without it. I use my camera at least 6 days a week, so having nothing to take pictures with, not even a camera phone, is a strange thing. But I should look on the bright side. Maybe I’ll catch up on my editing and actually blog about all of the things that I already have pictures of!! No, I doubt it. But I’ll try. πŸ™‚

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