Saturday, 19 July 2014

Six Month Update!

I can't believe our little lady is already half a year old! 

Looking back on some of her newborn photos, it's amazing how fast she's changed and grown!

She weighed in at a whopping ;) 13 pounds, 5 ounces and was 26.5 inches long. She's currently in size 2 diapers and 6 month clothes, although she might have to start wearing 6-9 month pants soon for length. Wish they made baby belts! She doesn't have any teeth yet and is still breastfeeding.

She started solids and has had peas, carrots, pears, rice cereal and oatmeal cereal so far. She seems to like all of it so far, but she loves the pears!

She still hates tummy time but we're really trying to push it. She's not sitting unassisted yet, but we're hoping to get there soon. She loves screeching and experimenting with her voice, musical toys and putting anything she can get her hands on into her mouth.
Yes, she's wearing mismatched socks. That was a lazy mommy moment!

Her dexterity and fine motor skills are great, just working on the gross motor skills.

Last night was night four of sleep training and I hope I'm not jinxing it by saying it's going great!! The first two nights were hard, about 30 minutes of crying with us going in every five minutes to pat and reassure her. Night three she cried for less than five minutes though and we never had to go in and last night one big cry for about 30 seconds as we set her down and then nothing but peaceful sleep!! 
Nap time...still a work in progress

I was so hesitant to do any form of crying it out but it was the right thing to do. Isla was so tired from not getting the rest she needed and I was a glorified zombie. So far, it's been one of the best parenting decisions we've made. I know some people are against CIO but it was the right choice for our family and it's working! I was very skeptical and didn't think it would work or work as quickly as it did but so far, so good and everyone is happier.

So excited to see where the next six months take us!!

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Preparing for House Guests

We recently had the pleasure of having one of my besties come visit from Sweden! Since I love her and I have no idea how long it will be until I get to see her again (in real life, not over skype at least) I wanted to go all out and make her stay as comfortable and luxurious as possible. Since many people host house guests over the summer, I thought I would share how I prepared our guestroom.

First, I put together two baskets of goodies. One was a little minibar of sorts.

I picked up the basket at Ross, then filled it with yummy treats! I tried to include a mix of salty and sweet, healthy and indulgent.

Included are:

  • Chips (Doritos, Cheetos and Pringles)
  • Granola bars (Crunch bars, Nature Valley, and NuGo)
  • Pistachio nuts
  • Dried fruit (pineapple, dehydrated strawberry and banana)
  • Chocolate (dark chocolate pomegranate, Pocky, KitKat, Peanut M&M's, Twix, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Snickers, Rolo and Hershey's)
  • Crackers (Goldfish and Ritz)
  • Nut butters (Chocolate hazelnut butter and peanut butter with honey)
  • Gum (spearmint and peppermint)
  • Mexican Coke
While my friend was obviously more than welcome to anything in my kitchen/pantry, I wanted her to have some treats should she want a midnight or early morning snack, without having to leave her room. When hosting guests who will be suffering from jet lag, I never want them to be in their room hungry because they don't want to disturb anyone else by looking for a snack at an odd time.

Next I set up a toiletries basket.

I picked the basket up at the dollar store, lined it with tissue and used many samples I had collected from Sephora, Ulta, etc. and padded it out with travel size minis from Target and Walmart.
Included are:

  • Face wipes
  • Mini first aid kit
  • Razor and shaving cream
  • Tooth brush, toothpaste, floss and mouth wash
  • Ear plugs (I have an infant, might not be necessary for every house but also good for guests who are just light sleepers)
  • Lip balm
  • Body wash and shower puff
  • Face wash and exfoliating face scrub
  • Moisturizer
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hair product
  • Assorted makeup and perfume samples
  • Cozy socks

I also set out a hair dryer (I picked up an extra one to keep as a spare for $10) and a stack of fresh, fluffy towels (body, hand and face) tied with a white ribbon. Behind the toiletries basket, I filled a small bag with feminine products (tampons, maxi pads, panty liners and feminine wipes).

For the bedside table:

 I set up a pretty mirrored tray I picked up at Ross. On it I put out bottles of sparkling and still water. I set out a tall water glass with a matching short glass over the top to keep any dust out. I added a vanilla candle and a frame with the wi-fi password. I found the template on Pinterest and thought it was too cute to skip! Lastly, I included a pop of color in the form of a bunch of bright yellow flowers trimmed short and set in a square vase.

While it isn't pictured, I prepared the closet by clearing out plenty of space (and throwing all my stuff in a pile in the master bedroom...) making sure there were plenty of hangers and hanging up a fluffy, freshly laundered robe.

The last few details of preparing the room included airing out the duvet, washing the linens, making the bed, checking that the lamps were plugged in and their light bulbs worked. I vacuumed and sprayed Febreeze on the carpets a few days before she arrived, then vacuumed again right before she arrived. I put an extra quilt on the end of the bed and a fan in the room so she could make herself comfortable at night if she wanted to be warmer or cooler. I also made sure to put a mini (bathroom size) trash can in the room.

So that's it! I was thrilled with how the room turned out and felt that it had all the comforts of home and then some. While it can be a little bit of an investment putting together the various baskets, the majority of guests will only use a few things from each. You can then just replace what you need to before the next guest.