If you've been following me on social media, you know I've added new plants babies to my home. My goal being to both add to the aesthetic of my home, clean up the air, make me happy, AND keep them alive. As I add new ones I research how to care for them and add them into my house plant care journal. Now that I have multiple plants its getting a little harder to keep track of all of their names, so I made these handy house plant labels! They were super easy and I got to use my favorite new label maker (and I'll make any excuse to use my new label maker).
DYMO Label Maker
Jumbo Craft Sticks
Plants (my favorites: Croton Petra, Lemon Button Fern, Silver Pothos, Golden Pothos, Ingrid Liz Ivy, Blue Star Fern)
I call this a 20 second craft. Follow the directions on your label maker to create a label with the name of your plant. Peel and stick the label to one side of a jumbo popsicle stick. Stick your new house plant label into the dirt and voila! You'll now be able to identify your plant by name. Easy Peasy.
(more label maker uses coming soon!)
We're over here in teething season and willing to try anything to help relieve some of Henry's pain as his little gums begin to swell. I don't remember Emmet being this fussy with it, but it really seams to bother Henry! Rather than overdoing tylenol (which we do give him some, especially before bed so he still sleeps), we're trying out this whole baltic amber trend with this DIY baltic amber anklet!
These photos were taken after my first attempt at making it. Which I then found Emmet standing in the kitchen looking at the floor saying "uh oooooh" and noticed a trillion little beads all over the floor. He then helped me pick them all up and I remade it, this time tying a double not between each and every bead.
Cut a long piece of cord (far longer than you would imagine needing. String on the beads one at a time tying a double knot between each and ever bead (see note above). Make your anklet long enough to wrap around your babies ankle twice, without falling off AND without being so tight that it leaves a mark on their skin. Test it a few times before tying it off and cutting off the ends.
Babies should never be left unattended while wearing this anklet. Keep a close watch of them while they wear it and never let them wear it while sleeping as it could fall off and become a choking hazard. Store in a safe place out of reach of children. It is NOT toddler proof (see note above). Keep away from little toddler hands too!
Baltic Amber is said to have anti-inflamitory qualities to help with teething. They are meant to have contact with the skin, which allows the beads to release small amounts of their healing oil into the skin. They are not meant to be chewed!
I change my mind a lot. I rearrange, redesign, re-plan. It's just who I am AND something that goes along with having a smaller house, I've decided. From the very start we planned on having Henry in our room until he transitioned out of the bassinet. The changing table would have stayed in, simply because there wasn't room for it anywhere else, but the plan was that the boys would be sharing rooms. The time came and I chickened out and decided that temporarily Henry would remain in my room and sleep in the pack and play.
But then came the four month sleep regression AND an ear infection, which meant Henry was getting very little sleep and I was getting very little sleep as a result. I started to panic about them waking each other up and how naps could possibly work, because Emmet barely naps as it is. I am VERY protective of my sleep and alone time. I need them in order to be a sane human being (and to be able to be creative - which I have SO been lacking time and energy for lately). So I changed my mind again. I had Dave move Henry's crib over into our room and I designed his little space to look and feel like his own mini nursery.
While I was pregnant with Henry I spent months gluing together felt to make these succulents. I think Dave thought I was crazy. I then took a piece of waxed cord and glued them all together to make this garland! I love how it turned out!
Wild World Art - Swiss Pointe Design
Zebra Head (no longer available)
Lion Art - Leah Duncan
This is by far my favorite baby keepsake book I have found so far! It is well illustrated and has spaces for pictures and prompts for a few words. I made one for Emmet for pregnancy through year one that was mostly pictures, was gifted one that was more for written responses, and bought a toddler one. This one has the perfect balance of words and pictures, though and has spaces for birthdays through their 5th birthday! I also keep a box of their hospital bracelets, hospital hats and small keepsakes too.
I'm absolutely in love with this mobile that my friend Shannon of Lil' Peach E design made for Henry! It perfectly ties together the whole room and Henry loves to look at it! Message her on facebook and she'll make you one!
David and I attended a birth class at our hospital before we had Emmet. Mostly they felt repetitive and like we could have just read about the birthing process and probably been fine, but the one class we should have FOR SURE attended was the one on breastfeeding. But it stormed that night. They offered to let us reschedule a one on one appointment with the lactation consultant and we shrugged it off like it was no big deal, we'd figure it out, right?
WE WERE SO WRONG. After Emmet was born I remember being so overwhelmed. I had read blog posts about how babies crawled straight to the breast and it was so easy peasy and my first experience was not like that at all! I had no idea that I would need to be feeding Emmet every two hours even at night, it was a huge shocker when they explained this to me in the hospital. I had no idea how long to feed him, what the signs were that he was hungry/full, no idea how to get a proper latch, how much he needed to eat, anything.
And I struggled. I had an open wound on my nipple for EIGHT WEEKS that would scab over and reopen every single time Emmet would nurse. I cried, dreaded feeding him, and felt really negative towards breastfeeding in general. Emmet wasn't gaining weight like he was supposed to and we went to appointment after appointment with the lactation consultant and weight checks at his pediatricians and it was really discouraging. He eventually started gaining and grew justing fine and our pediatrician finally prescribed something that healed my nipple. It was fairly smooth sailing once we figured it out and I ended up nursing him until he was 10 months old.
This is not to scare you from breastfeeding. It's more of a warning that it isn't always easy. It can be tricky, it can be painful, but it can also be a really awesome, bonding experience if it works out for you! My experience with Henry so far has been just fine! I like to think that it is because I've done it once before. I knew what I was getting into going in and made it my goal for us to figure it out as soon as possible.
Know that it might be easy, but it might be hard. It might take some getting used to, it might not work out at all. You might love it or you might hate it. My advice would be to go to a breastfeeding class or to a lactation consultant before hand and prepare yourself as much as you can! Plus I found that these items below really helped me out!
My Breastfeeding Essentials:
1. Medela Breast Pump - whether you are a working mama or you are at home like I am, a breast pump will be your best friend. It will allow you to be independent from your baby; every day while you are at work or from time to time when you need to escape (and you will need to!)
2. Medela Breastmilk Storage Bags - my favorite way to store milk in the fridge or in the freezer.
3. Lifefactory Bottles - made from glass so they feel less wasteful and they are pretty too!
4. Breast Pads from LoveMy - these suckers are fantastic. I've only had one leak a tiny handful of times and I wear them every single day.
5. Comfort Breast Shells from Phillips Avent - I don't always want to use my breast pump, so to stock up on milk I use these to catch the let down from my opposite breast! You just slip them in your bra and it catches any milk that comes out.
6. Breast Comfort Packs from Lil' Buds - These are the best! Stick them in the freezer and wear them cold to ease any pains or heat them up in the microwave to help prevent clogged ducts and mastitis. Either way they'll help keep your boobies happy.
7. Burp Rags - Babies spit up, it happens. I've designed my burp rags to be both beautiful on your shoulder AND to keep any spit up from soaking through to your shirt!
While we were in Kansas City a few weeks ago Dave's mom brought out her old Fisher-Price Little People School House for Emmet to play with. I played with one similar to it at my best friend's house growing up and it brought back so many memories! Emmet absolutely loved playing with it too! He pushed the little people on the swings and asked them if they were okay when they fell off.
When we got home Emmet started to ask Henry if he was okay and to say that he was okay too. I loved that he had a chance to practice human interaction and build his vocabulary with Terri's dolls so I decided to make him a set to have at home! I found some natural unfinished wooden peg dolls on amazon and got to work! They were super easy to make and Emmet has already had so much fun playing with them.
To make your wooden peg dolls:
1. Decide which skin color you'd like your peg doll to have. Either leave the wood plain on the head OR paint it lighter or darker to change the skin color. Let Dry.
2. Paint the body. Use a paint brush to carefully paint one to two layers of paint from the seam at the neck down to the bottom. Let dry.
3. Paint on any larger details.. Add bows, collars, stripes, polka dots, anything to add interest to your little doll. Let Dry.
4. Paint on the hair. Draw it on with pencil first or free hand it, leave space on the front for a face and paint the hair line in. See dolls for ideas! Let Dry.
5. Use a paint pen to add tiny details; buttons, hair bows, tiny polka dots and stripes. DO NOT ADD THE EYES YET. I found out that drawing with the paint pen straight on the wood causes the paint to bleed. Let Dry.
6. Seal it with Mod Podge. Paint the body with mod podge first, let dry. Paint the head with mod podge second, let dry.
I even made Emmet a little set of our family! I think my little Henry with his tiny hair tuft might be my favorite peg doll of them all.
And now my head is whirling with ideas for how to take this further...