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March madness…

Today is the first day in March, which means I’m running out of time… My to do list is long and as of tomorrow I will have two weeks until I’m 39 weeks pregnant and in the week I will have my c section! Hopefully by the end of this weekend Florrie and Baby’s room will be finished, when I say finished, I mean painted, blinds and curtain rails hung, toys put away and bed up and ready to use… There will still be lots to do, but it will be one thing checked off my list and an ongoing project! I have some fabric for her drapes but it needs something added to it for length and a lining fabric, so I see a trip to Jo Ann’s in my future, this week! I also need to repaint Mabel’s little Ikea closet, it’s time it gets a makeover so that it matches Florrie’s new room!

Of course my nesting instincts are kicking in, my car needs cleaning out ready and clean for a little newborn to ride in it, but of course the weather is not co-operating, it’s too cold to be out cleaning out my car, let’s hope the forecast warms up before the middle of this month! The house is ready for it’s annual spring clean so after this weekend I’m on a schedule of cleaning and organizing each room! Ideally I would like to replan and redecorate our family room/kitchen, but it is a large room and I’m thinking, well I know this will never happen in two weeks, so I have to sit back and accept that will have to be a job for after this little man arrives, but I do have lots of shabby chic ideas for a complete makeover of this room!

Menu planning is not on the agenda at the moment, I find it hard to concentrate on the here and now, let alone plan a menu for a whole week… Our meals have mainly consisted of casseroles cooked in my crock pot… I think we will all look like pasta soon! We did manage a grocery trip to Trader Joes, which means we have lots of green leafy vegetables for dinners and creamy yogurts for breakfast each morning, much better than binging on coffee, decaf of course and chocolate chip cookies, delicious but not so healthy!

Pregnancy in your 40’s definitely makes you realize each phase of the nine months, I think when I was younger I never fully realized the changes both body and mind go through to prepare you to be a mother… Older and wiser me, can see now how each phase is as important as conception , and I still think pregnancy should be 8 months, this last month is not only uncomfortable but mentally exhausting, as all I can think about is this baby 24/7!

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Irrational thoughts…

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I think my hormones are changing, I’m getting ready to give birth… Isn’t it funny how emotional you feel as your body begins that change into motherhood again, I could cry all the time, and when I say all the time, I really mean it! My head is racing with irrational thoughts, I look around at our family as it stands right now and think to myself ‘am I really crazy, do we not have enough chaos in our lives right now?’ The thing I worry about the most is my little Florence, how she will cope with all of this… I know I have done this many, many times before, but I really feel Florrie is different, you see she is the youngest in a family of grown ups and almost grown up siblings, she is the absolute apple of each and every brother and of course sister, rone minute she is a complete Mommy’s girl, then the next she is kissing and cuddling her Daddy! Everyone absolutely dotes on her 100% of the time! there is always someone around to cater to her every need… To see her 27 year old brother sitting on the floor letting her brush his hair and put bows in it, is remarkable and extremely touching… So you see, she really is the princess in this large family!

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I’m not sure if you all know, but my little girl still sleeps in our bed every night, although she loves tucking into her Mom and Dad, sometimes I think it is like a security blanket for me, I know where she is of a night, if she wakes up I am there to cuddle her without getting out of bed, and although hugely pregnant and running out of space in our bed, I love her warm breath touching my face… But it is time to move on, so a trip to Ikea yesterday saw us with a new bed frame, mattress and bedding for my little girls newly decorated room, she is very excited about her big girls bed like Mabel, but I have to say I am nervous, maybe it’s those hormones again, but it makes me want to cry, how will she cope with being a big sister and a new bed, even as I type I feel my eyes welling up with love and worry for this little girl, suddenly she not only has to share her Mommy but also her new room… I know irrationality has set in and I am being a crazy pregnant lady… Who knew I was this crazy,I normally give an air of such calmness… I wish!

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The most frustrating thing this pregnancy is the nesting instinct, it’s here, but I ache so much that I have all these ideas Of what I want done before this little man arrives, but my poor old body is saying 8 children is too many to carry… Bending is hard, walking is hard and energy levels are low, so I am trying to get a few things done, but in all honesty I am just too exhausted! Moaning aside, I realize that we are very lucky to have what we have in this life, so although my emotions are crazy and my body is old and achey… I am one very lucky Mum, to have been so lucky to have my wonderful family (at times… Ha, ha)… No matter what anyone else thinks 8 children maybe crazy, but we are the family we are, and life is never boring, that is for sure!

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Sharing a room…

After the announcement of our new little boy this week my focus has been on decorating a mixed gender bedroom for two tiny people… Some people do not agree with the idea that a boy and girl should share a bedroom at all, but others like myself do not see a problem with it all… Well there is one problem… How do I decorate a room for a little girly girl and a tiny new blue bundle of joy? My first thoughts when decorating a room for my Florrie was pink, pink and flowery, but this is not going to work when I add a little boy to the room, so after some research, Google, Pinterest and whatever else I could find I am very keen on a gender neutral off white room, with off white slatted wooden blinds from Ikea, oh how I love these blinds then off white ruffle drapes/ curtains… The perfect palette for one little girl and an added baby boy.

I love, love, love flowers, I am a huge Cath Kidston fan, I love Cabbages and Roses and I absolutely adore the English shabby chic country garden look… With this in mind, Florrie my very girly pink girl is having a very feminine flower pink, Blue and green bedding, pottery barn style, they actually have pink cabbage rose bedding, so perfect. Then at the other end I am going to take the blue and green from Florrie’s bedding and create a classic baby boy area. I am not a fan of the generic boys apparel, bed linen or really anything boyish really, so having a baby boy is a challenge, I really don’t like clothes with animals, cars and trucks all over them, I dislike the primary colors on boys and I really dislike baby boys in jeans, khakis and sweat pants… So as you can see having a baby boy is a big challenge for me to be different in all aspects of baby boys… I am loving Etsy, the baby boy items are so different, cute little long johns, onesies, baby legs and crochet hats, my creative juices are ebbing and flowing with boy ideas.

At each end above my two baby beds I am going to create their names using the wooden letters from Michaels and AC Moore, an idea from Pinterest is to cover each letter with different scrap booking paper giving it a very Anthropologie style, again another absolute favorite of mine! I am going to put a canopy over Florrie’s new toddler bed and then everything else I will just see how it goes from there… this is my plan, I think keeping it neutral will also help with selling our house next spring so hopefully we can move onto a new town and new lives… It is time, so fingers crossed our house will sell quickly as we have other places to be eventually and new friends to meet!

Now all I need is the paint, a paint brush, a trip to ikea and my Mum… Why my Mum I hear you say, well she is a whiz on the sewing machine and I have bed linen I need making and perhaps a few other items to make this room look perfect!

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