Friday, August 21, 2015

One Month In

Oh hi again. So I had a baby. Yep. That happened. He's a month old now and I still can't believe he's actually here. The last time I posted I was 36 weeks pregnant and little did I know that just two weeks later my little guy would arrive! My darling son was born at 38 weeks 2 days and I am currently trying to get as much enjoyment and relaxation out of my maternity leave as possible. However, I think I grossly underestimated how much 'relaxing' I would be doing during this time. I mean, I obviously knew I'd be caring for a newborn but I honestly had no concept of what that really meant until he arrived.

Either way, now that he's a month old (again OMG how did that happen so fast!??!) I feel like I sort of have a grip on life (not really but let's pretend). Until tomorrow when everything changes and I have no idea what I'm doing again. ;) Even though there's still a lot of trial and error involved, I'd like to share some of the things I've learned over the last month.

1. Your newborn owns you. Don't think you're going to do anything other than care for that baby's every need, whether that be feeding him every hour and a half because omggrowthspurt or changing his diaper 3 times in 10 minutes because there's nothing this kid loves more than a blank canvas for a nice big poop. You are at the mercy of his every newborn whim. Thank god babies are so cute. ;)

2. You will lose track of days. Just surrender. For the first 4ish weeks, I had only a vague concept of what the date was and absolutely no concept of days of the week. Today I know it's Friday, and I consider that a win.

3. Your kid may or may not use Newborn sized clothes and diapers for 5 minutes. Everyone told me I would not need newborn sized anything because they'll grow out of it in 3 seconds but let me tell you something, my one month old is only just growing out of his Newborn sized diapers and clothes. Like I literally only moved the 0-3 month sized clothes to the front of his closet this week.

4. Lanolin. And Aquaphor. That is all.

5. I'm still me. One of the things that scared me the most about becoming a mom was that I'd lose myself. I know I'm only one month in, but even though my son is basically the most awesome tiny human ever I am still....super excited about the new Naked palette...excited when I actually get the chance to do my hair and makeup (which I did today, holla!)...using the few quiet spare moments I have to start blogging excited to be able to start jogging and cycling again (hopefully) soon.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Creative Weekend

After a long hiatus (on my part) from anything crafty, we had a pretty creative little weekend. First I started by writing my first blog post in over six months. (Ok, that was on Thursday but it totally still counts!)

Then this weekend we got serious about finishing the decorations for baby boy's room. (More on the fact that I'm 36 weeks pregnant and we still don't have a name picked out later.) We've had the crib, dresser, and chair for a while but until this weekend the walls were completely naked. We found a cool little decoration at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago and finally put it up this weekend when DH finished the bookcase. If I were a really good blogger, I'd march my tired butt up the stairs to get a picture for you but let's face it, it's 11:02 pm and I try to limit my trips up and down the stairs these days. ;)

After some Pinterest searching, I found the cutest little art project that would go perfectly with what is turning into an adventure themed boy's room. What made it even more perfect is the fact that Where the Wild Things Are is literally one of my husband's favorite books of all time.

Then I decided to take on a couple little sewing projects. I've been sewing for a long time but have never taken my skills much past the odd project or sewing of straight lines. I tried a really small project at first just to get reacquainted with my machine. First I found this little project and thought it would be something neat to try for the nursery. Mine actually turned out pretty well and since I used things I already had laying around it literally cost me $0!

Then as I was looking around on Pinterest (are we seeing a theme here?) for more simple sewing projects, I came across these little drawer sachets. I even saw a tutorial where someone had used those little Downy Unstoppables things as a the filler in the sachet. PERFECT! I had scrap material and a bottle of laundry detergent that I just bought on sale that came with a sample pack of the Unstoppables! Here's what I created!

I think they're super cute but to be honest they smell very strong. I put one in this little cabinet space in the baby's dresser and to be honest it's a little overwhelming when you open the door. Next time I may stick to a lighter scent.

For my next project I really want to make a nursing cover. I've seen quite a few patterns for them that swear they're super easy to make. I guess I'll just have to try it out to see.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

On Potentially Being Mediocre

This evening I had an awesome catch-up phone session with my BFF. One of the (many) topics that came up was the idea of not being truly exceptional at everything (or anything). While we were talking about that it got me thinking about blogging again. I've been meaning to for.....a long while. I even posted a come-back post or two after I took down my newer blog and decided to come back here, to my original blog. So you may be wondering what stopped me from making a full on comeback...laziness? lack of desire? super boring life and nothing to write about?

Nope. Fear of being mediocre.

I used to read all these blogs written by these people who are so freaking successful at it. It used to be fun to watch, but at some point I started to let it demotivate me. Rather than just enjoying those blogs for what they were, entertaining reading material, I started comparing myself to them in an unproductive way. Why don't I have a million sponsors who want nothing more than to pay me for my writing and my time? Why can't I perfectly schedule my social media posts to drive the most traffic to my blog? Why don't I have amazing pictures and headers to go with every post? Why don't I look that good in skinny jeans??!!

The easiest answer? Because I don't want to.

This may seem counterintuitive, but if I really wanted to be a spectacular blogger I'd be working much harder at it. If I really wanted this to be my real job, I'd be busting my butt day and night to make that happen. Maybe it's ok that I'm just 'weekend warrior' blogger. Maybe it's ok that I'm mostly entertaining and a decent writer and this is a hobby that I enjoy. In fact, not just maybe. All of that is definitely ok.

So here I am. Writing again, not sure how long it will last or where it will go but it feels good to write again.