Monday, October 24, 2011

Halloween Sneak Peek


Elliot's birthday party is less than a month away, and I want to have our mini-living room makeover done before then. In addition to a fresh coat of paint (color still TBD, dammit*) we're also switching up the art behind the TV. At the moment it is a rather ho-hum grid of 6 photos in black and white frames - which, too bad for Josh, we just got around to hanging up a month or so ago. Another case of "looked great in the old house, looks ass-boring in the new one." Whoopsie.

But, as luck would have it, I struck Thrifting Gold at the Goodwill with Wendi this weekend and acquired a whole wall full of amazing vintage frames for next to nothing. I think they all came from the same lady's house, in like an estate sale or something - the art inside is very similar victorian drawings of couples and kids, plus a few vintage family photos. It's incredible, actually - I peeked behind one and it was a postcard from 1914.

Ignore the photo of the kids - not staying

Somebody's mom and pop

A father's day sign about sitting in a chair smoking!

 Some will stay as-is and some will be switched out for vintage photos of my own family, maybe a print or two, sheet music or whatever else I come up with. And then the whole lot will be hung together, like so:

House Beautiful
Reinspired Home
Desire to Inspire
Apartment Therapy

*Right now all of the colors in these photos (plus 20 or so other hues) are still in the running. On Saturday I'm going to Home Depot and buying two gallons of SOMETHING. I swear to god.

Friday, October 21, 2011


This afternoon, the babysitter sent me this email and photo:

I heard e wake up and start talking to himself so I went and made his bottle. When I got into the room, surprise! Totally nude from the waist down! Haha. Pants, socks and diaper all on the floor outside the crib. Crazy boy. ;)

I just wanna be free!

So True

Spotted on a mailbox in the Loop:

Though maybe it sucks less without this a-hole.

Monday, October 17, 2011

11 Months

Walking! Finally! He cruised and crawled for most of the month but last weekend started taking a few steps of his own accord. He's not walking everywhere yet, but he's getting the hang of it. My favorite is when you look over and see him concentrating really hard on just standing. Hee.

Yesterday we took our first trip to Six Flags. There isn't too much there for a little guy his age, but he did love the tiny plastic slide. Mostly though he was ticked off to be in the stroller or carried around all day. And he screamed ALL THE WAY HOME. Fun! So glad we bought season tickets for next year!

More firsts this month: he's been "talking," jibber-jabbering up a storm. "Mamamama" is the only actual semi-word we've heard him say so far, which Josh always answers with an emphatic "DADADADA." No dice, dude. He grew a few more teeth this month, now there are three on top and a couple more threatening on the bottom. He had the croup for the first - and hopefully last - time this month, and it was freaking scary. We spent lots of sleepless nights in steamy bathrooms listening to his raspy breathing and barking cough. Poor guy had an ear infection at the same time, so there really wasn't any sleeping happening here for a while. The doctor cleared it right up though.

Elliot's favorite toys right now are books. He loves the books that play music, and will press both of them at the same time to make a crazy baby music mashup. Then he bops up and down and shakes his head to the beat. It's annoying and adorable at the same time. He also loves books with holes that he can stick his fingers through. Regular books with paper pages don't hold much interest. He's not watching TV but he does love when music comes on. His favorite artist is Pink, don't ask me what THAT'S about.

He's done with baby food. He basically decided one day about a month ago that he's done with purees and only wants to eat big people food cut up into baby-sized chunks. Chicken, pasta, and blueberries are his faves. He does love toddler snacks like puffs and melts. For about a week, melts were the only thing he'd eat besides bottles. He's had a little bit of cow's milk but doesn't seem to be much of a fan. Here's hoping he changes his mind, because even organic milk is cheaper than formula.

He's still around 20 pounds, size 12 months clothes and size 3 diapers. I think he's grown taller every month for the past three months without gaining a pound. Maybe he'll be tall and skinny like Dylan. He'll probably be mouthy and lazy like Dylan. No denying genetics, people.

One more month til he turns one! Put November 19th on your calendar now for his birthday party. I need to get my act together and get real life invites out.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


The baby has been saying "Mama" lately, and seems to have begun loosely applying it to me.

Suck it, Dada!

MAMA for the WIN!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Craigslist Daydreams

If I had $500 and a huge dining room, I would buy this gorgeous reclaimed farmhouse table.

Then, with more money I don't have, I would pair it with 6 of these Paul Loebach chairs from West Elm.

And this hot-ass chandelier from Z Gallerie.

And I would wallpaper the whole imaginary room with this Ferm paper.

Then I would invite all of you over for dinner, and we would drink fancy French wine and eat caviar all night long because we are young and beautiful and rich.

What's Actually For Dinner Tonight:
Chili dogs, frozen veggies, and a piping hot reality check. Yum!

Friday, October 7, 2011

8th Time's the Charm

After ordering seven pairs of boots online, and returning seven pairs of boots, I finally found the perfect pair. It's true love.

They're a little bit riding boot, a little bit biker boot, and 100% kickass. Plus, I heart Macys because they let me apply a 20% coupon I forgot I had after they arrived. Sweet! The only downside is I don't have anything to wear them with.


P.S. Remember two paragraphs ago when I said I returned all seven pairs of boots? Almost. One pair was too cute/cheap for me to send back, and Olivia kept another. It's a sickness, and it may be genetic.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Baby Registry 101

One of the most daunting tasks faced by first-time parents is the big bad Registery. Everyone tells you what to get but they all tell you different stuff, and the the stores tell you to get EVERYTHING. Truth is, there's no good way to know what you actually need...until after you've already gone through it. Unless you have a blog-savvy friend who just had a baby and is prepared to give you the real poop. 

I pulled together this list for someone near and dear to me who is expecting her first little stink-machine in April. Can't wait!

Have to Haves
This is the stuff you'll need in your house before the baby arrives. 

Nice to Haves
These are the things you might want, depending on space, budget and parenting style. You don't need them but they sure can make your life easier. You might be wondering why crib is on this list instead of the list above. That's because little newborn baby friends can snooze all night in a sleeper or pack 'n play until about 4 months old, at which time you'll want to transfer them to a crib. Or maybe you'll bedshare and never even need a crib. Some people do it!

  • Crib
  • Organic crib mattress and mattress protector
  • Bedding - but NOT a bumper
  • Rocker/glider with ottoman
  • Hamper
  • Mobile 
  • Wipes warmer - in cold climes
  • Carrier
  • Boppy
  • Breastpump - can rent - but you'll need to pump at some point, probably)
  • Bottles/nipples etc - we liked Dr. Brown's and Playtex Ventaire, get BPA free
  • Bottle drying rack, cleaning brushes
  • Pacifiers - E loves MAM pacis
  • Diaper caddy - to have at changing table or to carry around
  • Baby activity play mat
  • White noise machine
  • Humidifier
  • Jumperoo 
  • Bumbo
  • Snuggle Nest - for safe bedsharing the first few weeks

Clean It Up
The necessities for taking care of your little squish once you bring him home. You can go organic and get all California Baby or Burt's Bees Baby, which is great, but if your baby has eczema (like mine) the expensive organic stuff won't do squat except sit under your sink gathering dust. 

How much clothing do you need for a newborn?

  • nightgowns (4-6, get the ones that open on the bottom)
  • onesies (3-6 white cotton crotch snappers)
  • socks (6 prs)
  • sleepsack (1-3)
  • swaddler (1-2, or use blankets)
  • blankets (4+)
  • towels (4)
  • washcloths (6)
  • outfits (4-8, you will get lots as gifts) 
  • burp cloths (12)
  • bibs - (10, if you are bottle-feeding)

That's a lot of stuff. My advice is to start with the things you know you'll need (top list) and register for some of the things you know you'll want (middle list), plus clothes and toiletries. People love to buy baby junk, so let others help you get a good start. And you can always get more stuff if you find that you need it after baby comes - especially if there is a Target 1.5 blocks down the street!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

10-4 Good Buddy

Happy Anniversary to the amazing man who puts up with with all my bossiness, indecision, profanity, and the general craziness I bring to this marriage. (Hey, I warned him.)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Thrift Score

The baby is sick, the husband is sick, the visiting sister is sick - but the weekend wasn't a total bust. I found this cool vintage sign for the entry way.

Elly-belly also got a cute metal bumblebee chair for $3.50. He loves sitting in it like a big boy!