If you follow along on Instagram you would have seen that I surprised my best friend of 25+ years at a hospital on the other side of the country on Friday. She had given birth 5 days earlier and wasn’t expecting me to fly in for a visit but thankfully we had a number of points that I could use- it was a beautiful (and very emotional) reunion. Her- just given birth and coming off the hormone high that comes with pregnancy and me- 25 weeks pregnant with a baby- we were blubbering messes for a few days.
The weekend was filled with time on the couch watching a newborn baby sleep and feed, kissing her every few minutes, changing itty bitty nappies that look like doll nappies and eating from a freezer full of leftovers from her mum! Liz has been an absolutely champion since giving birth- seriously- I am in awe of how well she has recovered and how well she is nursing Baby Adelaide!
Seeing this little baby brought back so many memories of when I came home with Ava- I was definitely a lot more emotional and uncertain that Liz appeared to be- I remember lots of tears and feelings of adequacy. With your first child you never really know if you’re doing things right- google became one of my most trusted advisories! Liz’s baby, Adelaide, is absolutely perfect. She has 10 fingers and 10 toes- she’s eating like a champion and filling up those nappies just as fast! She has a head full of jet black hair and really long fingers like her mumma! She is perfection..
I came home really early on Monday morning exhausted from the red eye flight but so so happy to see Greg and Ava at the airport! Ava came running to me yelling “mumma, mumma”- I was ready to burst into tears- blame it on the hormones and lack of sleep!
This week has been a pretty standard week for us- lots of cooking at home and family time- most of our church events are yet to start up- I have been reminded so often this week at how grateful I am for God’s many blessings- as lame as it perhaps sounds I seriously can’t count them…
I watched Greg and Ava play in the backyard yesterday- spraying each other with the hose to cool off in the weather- I made them dinner with food from a full fridge that they both loved! I followed a recipe for coffee choc chips cookies, I washed my dishes in a sink with running water, I picked a dress this morning from a closet full of clothes, I woke up to the sound of my daughter playing and talking…I drove to a job that allows me to balance motherhood and being a career woman.. I could go on and on..
Sometimes we don’t realise how blessed we truly are.
We have a large print in our lounge room which says “Count your many blessings”*- in 2019 I’m determined to focus more on what God has blessed me with and nurture and appreciate those then become blinded by what I don’t have.
* The print is from Caravan Shoppe- I’ve posted here before or you can go directly to Caravan Shoppe and purchase here– It’s part of their Woodland Thanksgiving Package.
So sorry for the radio silence you guys- life has been so busy! I’m finally sitting down and catching up on blogging while Ava is napping.. let’s see how long I actually get to “work!”
I wanted to do a quick post about some ideas I had for people renting or people who are not wanting to put permanent “things” on their walls (bedrooms, nurseries even living areas). In our home we decided to use renters wall hanging hooks and removable stickers for pretty much everything so we wouldn’t have to commit to a lifetime of something (or holes everywhere) or have the need to re-paint a wall or room (because seriously who has the time). We rented for about 2.5-3 years so everything was “temporary” and that has very much translated into now- even though we own our home.
While I’m not game enough to do the wallpaper thing (I have many friends who do and they do it well!) I wanted to share some ideas for those who are okay with wallpaper or painting- there are so many amazing ideas out there- I couldn’t help myself.
ONE- Anewall Spring Floral Mural | TWO- Anewall Roke Ombre Mural | THREE- Oh Oh Blog Polka Dot Wall DIY | FOUR- Photowall Tropical Wallpaper (source of image) | FIVE- Little Hands Wallpaper | SIX- Chalkboard Wall (source of image)
Now that I’ve got that out of my system and I’ve reassured myself that:
- I would completely botch putting wallpaper up because I lack a lot of patience
- Greg would kill me for putting wallpaper up
- I can’t justify spending money on something that I will probably botch and told off for..
Here are some great ideas for temporary wall decor!
ONE- Kilim Hanging Rug (source of image) | TWO- Clipboards of your kids’ drawings (source of image) | THREE- Hanging a Gathre Mat (source of image) | FOUR- Bunting! (source of image) | FIVE- Hanging Fun Items like a kite (source of image) | SIX- Haptic Lab Sailing Ship (source of image)
For a number of years I have pinned and saved pictures of pillow DIY’s- from mountains to houses, numbers, letters- you name it. There’s something about an over sized piece of fruit or number that yells “I am fun!! Your baby will love me!” There are so many companies out there that make absolutely adorable decorative pillows for kids- I’ve linked some of my favourite below. I’ve also found a few tutorials that will help you make your own! This DIY is definitely being added to my “to do” list for Ava’s room and playroom!
From Left to Right
Adairs Grey Rocket Ship | Bedroom | Adairs Stegosaurus | Adairs Lama | Little Village House | Adairs Pink Hedgehog | Zara Home Strong Man | Big and Little Pear
Cloud Pillow | Mountain Pillow | House Pillow Kit | Alphabet Pillow
Have you seen the new Ikea catalogue? They have some new great items! I’ve put together a little roundup of my favourites below!
One- Stockholm 2017 Couch | Two- 24 piece black cutlery set |Three- Fejka Artificial Potted Fiddle-Leaf Fig| Four- Leather Handles | Five- Lisamari Throw Light Grey | Six- Hammock | Seven- 20 piece train set | Eight- Pudda Basket | Nine- Light Pink Napkins | Ten- Garland Flags | Eleven- House wall lamp | Twelve- Hourglass | Thirteen- Adum Rug Pale Pink |