Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Aaren & Mike's Nursery

Good morning!

We had a great night of sleep.  Thomas went to bed at 9pm and slept until 6:45am with feeds at 1:15am and 4:15am.  There was a bit of crying at 3:15am but some shushing from mom and a pacifier he was back to sleep.  I was so happy!  This is the first time that he's gone back to sleep without being rocked. WOOHOO!!!!! I'm also working on getting him back to feeding every 3 hours instead of every 2 which he was getting accustomed to.  We are making progress. :)

We have a busy day ahead - nap, bath, play, hosting my SIL Maria and her kids for lunch and then off to the mall where Thomas will sleep in the stroller and I will get a bit of down time.  Right now he's trying to fall asleep.  We'll see if that happens.  I hear a few weak cries and then he's quiet again.  All I want to do is rock him to sleep because it's warm and cozy for both of us but I know it's a bad habit to get into.

My SIL Aaren and her husband Mike are expecting their first child in the next couple of weeks.  Hopefully soon as I know how uncomfortable she is right now.  Those last few weeks are brutal!

Here are pictures of their gorgeous nursery.  They did a wonderful job creating a warm and inviting atmosphere for baby.  Thomas and I have christened the glider.  He was mesmerized by the mirrors behind it.  Mike painted the two canvases above the crib.  LOVE THEM!  I've already put in an order for Thomas' nursery.  Will post pictures once they are completed.  The bassinet was Mike's as a baby.  His mom refinished it and passed it onto them.  All of the kids in his family including his niece and nephew have slept in it.  I think that is incredibly special.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Feature Walls

We went home to Kingston this past weekend.  It was Thomas' first trip.  He did really well.  Slept the entire trip there and back with one stop on the way there for a feeding.  I don't blame him for that since we were in the car for 5 hours!!!  Not ideal but it was a quick two and a half hours trip back to the city on Sunday night.  

I'll post pictures later this week.  Right now I want to tackle the 'feature wall'.  I'm only a fan if it's done properly.  What I mean by this is please do not ever make one wall a totally different colour than the other three walls in the room.  It needs to blend it.  Essentially, the background of the feature wall should be the same or similar colour to the other three walls.  This way it doesn't look so out of place.  That's just my opinion though... you can do what you like.  

This first room doesn't do it for me.  I love the idea but think they would have nailed it if the feature wall colour was flipped around - gold lines and cream background.  

This one is perfect.  The background colour is similar to the other three walls with the image being a different colour.  Love it.

This is another great example.

This is a recent room from Candice Olsen's Tell All show on W network.  She has two feature walls which I think work because they act as art.
Candice Olson

This one has to be the worst!!  I absolutely hate the feature wall.  It's completely different than the other walls.  This is a how-not-to-do.

All images via Decorpad

What are your thoughts?  Do you like a feature wall or hate them?  

x Sarah

Friday, February 18, 2011

Thomas Update

Here is Thomas making friends with his stuffed animal.  We've named him Cooper Jr after my parents chocolate Lab Cooper.  

The picture quality is crap but I think Thomas looks so adorable in his duck onesie.

Thomas will be 7 weeks on Monday.  He's growing so quickly!  The time is flying by too quickly!  I'm trying to take in every moment with him (minus then ones where he's crying).  I don't want to forget anything about our time together.  I feel so blessed to be a mom and to have Thomas in my life.  Right now he's sitting in his MommaRoo chair listening to waves crash, enjoying a little motion called the Kangaroo (his favourite) and watching mom blog.  I'm grateful for the moment he's given me.

Have a wonderful long weekend!  I'll be back on Monday or Tuesday.  xo

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

What's White, Blue and Brown?

Good morning!  I hope everyone is doing well.  Thomas and I have just finished breakfast and had a little cuddle and bath.  Now he's sitting on my lap (well leaning against my tummy) watching me write the blog post.  I have to admit, it's a perfect morning.  :)  

I spotted this room on google images last week and immediately loved the crisp contrast between the white wall and chocolate brown background of the shelves and touches of blue.  You can tell this room gets a lot of light from the french doors. I dream of having beautiful french doors leading out to a gorgeous backyard where Thomas will be playing.  Until then I will set for drooling over this room.

We are off to my physio appointment now.  Lets hope my shoulder is improving again and has not regressed like it did at Mondays appointment.

Jeremy Samuelson

Monday, February 14, 2011

A Room Full of Passion

Red, the colour of passion.  This kitchen certainly makes me think the home owner is serious about cooking and is a very passionate person.  It's stunning.  Definitely an head-turner.  I love the double height cabinets, the chandelier and row of windows.  This is definitely an inspiration to my future dream kitchen.

So, I'm back to the blog world.  I have a few posts planned for this week.  As mentioned previously, my goal is 3x a week.  Thomas is 6 weeks old today and keeping us VERY busy or should I say me very busy as he sometimes wants to feed on the hour.  We love our time with him and are absolutely amazed at his growth!!  I'll post a picture later.

Happy Valentine's Day!!!  xo