A Nursery That Will Grow With Your Baby

Can I just take a moment to say hello again. It has been almost six months since I have posted about our home. I have missed you all. Also, let me say thank you to the several folks, including family, friends, friends of friends, and also just plain ole strangers who have approached me over the last few months and told me how much you miss the blog and love reading it. It has honestly been shocking to me how many of you have been so kind. The words of others truly have the ability to speak life and death over you. It is because of each of your kind words that I am back.

So now moving onto the issue at hand. We moved into our home exactly five months ago the day after we had our little one. Of course with a baby and a four year old I stay very busy. That doesn’t count my real job and then the different places that I volunteer. All that to say home projects bring me tons of joy so I always make time for them big and small. I am committing to at least start posting once a week. We have already done tons so I will have to catch you all up.

Today I am showing you our littlest man’s room. Micah like I said was born five months ago on August 8th. Our sunday school class helped Aaron move us on the 9th and I came home on 12th. We brought Micah home on the 18th due to some issues I will cover at another time. This is already taking me too long to get to the actual post. Ha! We had Micah’s room painted just days before I went into the hospital so all I had to do was arrange furniture and hang things. I had his furniture and gallery wall done withing a week or two of moving in but the arrow wall I completed last week since it was a lot more time intensive.

So without further ado here are a few pictures.

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The dresser I got at a refurbishing store in Warsaw, IN and I am in love. It will function as a changing table now but in a few years I will take the pad off and will just be a dresser. The crib was Eli’s. It is a Cribs4Life brand I believe. The quilt my grandma made Micah. She has made one for all her grandkids and now great-grandkids starting with me 32 years ago. It is so special and also so cute! We love it!IMG_4745

Here is the arrow wall! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! It honestly wasn’t as hard as I thought. It would have been much faster if I didn’t have a helper and a little one that needed me. Ha! I will have to blog details about that another time. IMG_4751

The stand holding the canvas totes I got 10 years ago I think at maybe Walmart. It is a fake wood microwave stand I believe. I am all for real wood but I do have to say this sucker has made six moves (and that is just houses, not rooms) over the last 10 years and served tons of purposes and held up perfectly. The basket on the floor is from Hobby Lobby and holds all our blankets. They are all special as well. One made by my best friend Emily, one from my former boss and friend Lisa, and another from my friend Rachel. The list goes on and on. IMG_4752 IMG_4754The quilted bear is from my grandma Emily and the little brown bear we bought for Eli when he had a blood transfusion. The lamp is cement and we got it from Target.  IMG_4759IMG_4767The Pepsi crate is from an Antique Mall in Gas City, IN. The rocker was mine as a little girl and from my Grandma Emily’s as well. The Star Wars and Wild Things mash-up is from the same artist we got Eli’s prints for his room. I will have to ask Aaron the website. The vintage flashcards that spell VALOR are from a boutique in Chicago. I love the wooden Aaron puzzle. That is one of Micah’s middle names and it was Aaron’s as a kid. IMG_4768 The moose head I got at TJ Maxx in Atlanta with my friend Emily. I love it and since Eli has an animal head in his room it creates continuity. The cleaning and scrubbing print is from my friend Kelly’s etsy shop.  IMG_4770

The Adventures of Micah print was a print from Nana this past Christmas and is from uncommongoods.com. I made the cloud and rain piece and the US map is just a piece of scrapbook paper I got at Hobby Lobby for like 25 cents. Ha!IMG_4771 IMG_4772 Obviously if there is something else you have a question about just comment below and I will try and answer it.  IMG_4774 My favorite part of the room is most certainly the little man that sleeps in it, but I am very glad it is a room that will grow with him and is not age specific. I can very easily see us taking out the crib and putting in a twin bed in the future. Not that I am looking forward to that since I am cherishing every single baby snuggle now.

What are some things you have done to make your nursery age neutral? Do you have a favorite part of our little guys room or any suggestions?

Micah- 5 Months

Happy, happy, happy is the theme! You are always happy!

  • You talk all the time!
  • Rolling over is something you do every once in a while but again you are just happy whether you are on your back or tummy.
  • There is a toy in your mouth at all times! The only thing you got for Christmas from Mommy and Daddy were toys that you could look at and put in your mouth. Ha!
  • We keep a bib on you at all times because you slobber so much but still no teeth.
  • You like to see what is going on so you don’t like to be in any position that doesn’t let you see the room.
  • You sit in the bumbo sometimes and mommy puts you on your belly in the boppy up on the bar while she does dishes and makes dinner again because you love to watch everything.
  • Your favorite person to watch is Eli.
  • He has held you a handful of times but is much too busy for much more. Ha.
  • You are in size 6 clothes and some 3-6 months pjs.
  • Size 2 diapers are a must since blowouts are a part of your weekly plans.
  • The paci is still a sometimes thing.
  • You are still sleeping wonderfully which Mommy loves!

We truly couldn’t ask for a more content and joyful baby. Thank you for being so awesome already!

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Micah- 4 Months

You are the happiest baby! I promise I will eventually come back and fill in the height and weight but it is never around when I am writing these. I have them in a pile of papers somewhere. Ha! I promise to get paper piles organized every week and it just never happens. Oh well, I have more important things in life like two little boys which is the point of this post.

Weight:

Height:

  • Again, you are the happiest baby.
  • You love to have people talk to you.
  • You laugh lots and love being tickled.
  • You smile literally every time someone makes eye contact with you.
  • You are very aware of everything!
  • You sleep like a dream! 7pm-7am is the norm.
  • You love toys. Especially ones that go in your mouth.I think you are starting with teeth. Not necessarily cutting them but something because there is so much slobber.
  • You should be in size two diapers but I am using up the last of my size ones before I make the switch.
  • You are in 3-6 month clothes and more toward 6 months since you are so long.
  • You are still impartial to your pacifier. You like it sometimes but are generally content to not have it.
  • Your naps are a bit random because we are so dang buys but that will hopefully change after the holidays. Fingers crossed.
  • You love your brother. Watching you smile at him brings me the greatest joy. He doesn’t interact with you much but I know you two will be best friends.
  • Again, just to say it again, you are such a happy baby!!!

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Micah- 3 Months

You will see from the pictures that our littlest man has changed SO MUCH in the last month! He looks different to us all the time and again you will see from the pictures he looks really different even based on the expression he is making.

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  • You are in size 3-6 month clothes
  • You are in size 1 diapers
  • You have laughed at mommy
  • You love watching Eli play
  • Your favorite place is the floor of the library. You love stretching out and just talking and smiling at Mommy.
  • You sleep on your tummy because you are more than able to lift and move your head.
  • You started sleeping through the night three days before you turned 3 months old and Mommy loves it!
  • You are in your crib in your room on the other side of the house which is hard for mommy, but also good because she is able to sleep a bit more soundly without hearing every little sound you make.
  • You have had a cold for an entire month. Boo. However, you are handling it like a champ!
  • You went on your first road trip with Mommy and Grandma to KY for Taylor Bobb’s wedding and met so many people.
  • You love your paci, but are not dependent upon it and it falls out as soon as you fall asleep. Ha.

Again, you are a dream come true. We all love you. There have been a few days that daddy has been home and kept you while mommy went to get Eli from school. Every time you are not there Eli asks, “Where is baby Micah?”. Also in any movie or show that has a baby Eli refers to it as baby Micah. He loves you so. Thank you for being so very special our little Micah boy.

Here is Eli at 9 weeks adjusted which is as close as I can get to a three month comparison.

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Micah- 2 Months

I cannot believe that Micah is already 2 months old! I am sure I will say they at the start of every post about him but it is true. Time is flying!

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This one makes me laugh because I feel like I can hear him saying, “do you come here often?”.

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Weight: 9 lbs.

Height: 21 inches

You are such a happy baby! We love you so much.

  • You smile all the time. Starting mainly around 7 weeks.
  • You have been in size 3 month clothes since nearly a month old.
  • You have slept through the night a few times.
  • You are are great sleeper at night but you are a bit high maintenance during the day. Ha! You like to be held.
  • You are very content in the car for the most part.
  • You hate having a dirty diaper.
  • You really enjoy baths.
  • You are very happy outside on walks while Eli rides his “bike”.
  • You are still in newborn diapers but barely
  • You like your pacifier sometimes. Mommy wishes you liked it more because it would make it easier on me sometimes. Ha!
  • Eli has kissed you on the head and loves to touch your head but that is about it. Again, he is interested in you when you have a dirty diaper. He helps to give me diapers.
  • Daddy picked all your hair off trying to get your “cradle cap” off.

Eli at 6 weeks adjusted for comparison.

Eli is 4 months old! (6 weeks adjusted)

 

Micah Due and 1 Month Old

So this past weekend on the 7th was Micah’s actual due date. Forget the scheduled c-section. This is the day they told us when we found out we were preggers back in December. So in keeping with the tradition I started with Eli I plan to do monthly pictures. I combined this post. On his due date he was 4 weeks and 2 days old and 1 day shy of being a calendar month old. So it is his due date and one month pictures all in one.

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In the last month you have and are…

  • In newborn clothes but they are all too short for you
  • You have rolled over THREE different times and I am sure you would again if I would lay you on your stomach.
  • I have had to move the shoulder straps on the car seat up a level because you are so tall!
  • You sleep great.
  • You eat around 100mL every 3 hours.
  • You are so very content unless you are hungry or are going to the bathroom.
  • You have the hiccups several times a day which doesn’t seem to bother you but I hate for your sake.
  • Eli doesn’t pay you much attention unless you have a dirty diaper or are crying which typically go together. Ha!
  • You love to be snuggled and swaddled.
  • Walks are your jam. Really just being outside in general you love.

Daddy, Eli and I love you so much! We cannot believe you have been in our lives for a month already since you were only supposed to have been here a week with the scheduled c-section. In the last month we have had you, moved homes, Eli started school, Uncle Matthew moved in with us and Gigi and Pa have been visiting for two weeks! We have all survived and been doing exceptionally well and I attribute that in large part to you being a great relaxed baby. So a big thank you from all of us for being chill. Keep up the good work little one.

These are Eli’s photos for reference. We lost tons but I was able to find two. Apparently I didn’t start his monthly blogs until 3 months. 284893_544076206111_137161_n 284893_544076211101_6586136_n

Sidekick Photos

Some people pay and have newborn photos taken but since our life cannot handle one more thing right now I decided that I would take 15 minutes and just do them myself. Again they are not professional but they are something and they didn’t turn out to terribly bad if I do say so myself.

So here is the sidekick, Micah Aaron Allyn Wilkinson, two weeks old and two weeks before his due date.

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Eli wanted to sneak into a few as well. These in no way look professional but it is sweet that he wanted to be a part of it. I had to oblige. IMG_4180 IMG_4181

Wilkinson Sidekick Arrival!

He is here! Drum roll please!

Micah Aaron Allyn Wilkinson born Friday, August 8th at 2:30 pm weighing 5 lbs 14 oz and 20 inches long!

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I will write his birth story ASAP. It is a crazy one as well. We certainly like to keep things exciting in the Wilkinson home.

Sidekick 36 Week Bumpdate

DSC_8298How far along: 36 Weeks! I met my goal!!!! After finding out we were pregnant with this little sidekick I told myself I had to get to 36 weeks! Yay! SO I kind of met my goal! Ha! Since I am delivering today I guess it still counts but it is pretty close. I have thought that Saturdays were my mark but the Dr said that today I am officially 36 weeks!

Baby is the size of a: Honeydew Average size: 17.2-18.7 inches, 4.2-5.8 lb.

Stretch marks: Unfortunately, but it is worth it to have this little man in our lives.

Sleep: Some. The hardest part is the numbness in my hands. I am just so uncomfortable with the pins and needles in all my fingers that I can’t relax enough to fall asleep.

Best moment of this week: Having our little sidekick! It wasn’t the plan but the Lord knows and we trust it was all in his time. I will write up the whole birth story soon I hope. Not two years later like I did with Eli. Ha! Hopefully not as traumatic.

Also we met Eli’s teacher and saw his classroom for pre-school this year. He will go in the mornings for a few hours so he gets some special big kid time and I get a few hours with just the sidekick. I am excited for Eli. I think he will enjoy it as will mommy and daddy to see what he learns.

Miss anything: Independence. I was put on bed rest for 24 hours on Wednesday because I made an unexpected trip to the Dr. and my BP was high. They ran labs and I had to go back on Thursday morning. I am now able to help but minimally. For those of you who know me even a little bit you know how tough this is for me. I hate asking for help and I hate even more just watching people work and not being able to do it myself.

Now that we know we are delivering today this is ramped up. I will miss not being able to pick Eli up and snuggle him whenever I want or just lift and move a box as I please.

Movement: Still lots.

Food cravings: Carbs and sugars. All the things I should not eat. Also fried food for days!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Actually juice has made my stomach hurt. No fun.

Gender: Boy oh boy!

Labor signs: Braxton Hicks, cramping, and he is lots lower which is uncomfortable.

Belly button in or out: Pretty much even.

Happy or moody most of the time: I am exceedingly happy but very scared so there are lots of emotions. Not having that final time with Eli in preparation was hard but he is such a trooper and has been wonderful.

Looking forward to:  Holding my second little boy and coming home to our new house with all my boys.  I look forward to getting into our new normal as a family of four. I am so blessed with the husband of my dreams and two little boys that I adores.

photo(2)A terrible photo of me but this is our last picture as a family of three. I snapped it on my phone yesterday before I came into the hospital.

Sidekick 35 Week Bumpdate

photo 2(12) photo 3(4)How far along: 35 Weeks!!!! AAAAAHHHHHHHH! I seriously am in total shock!

Baby is the size of a: Coconut Average size: 17.2-18.7 inches, 4.2-5.8 lb.

Stretch marks: Dang yes and growing but I have a pin that says something about Vicks and plastic wrap making them shrink. Fingers crossed.

Sleep: Naps are my saving grace and I have actually slept ok once I actually fall asleep.

Best moment of this week: Buying our house!!! Eli calls it a “castle”. It is so sweet. We now all refer to it as our castle. I still cannot believe it is ours! We get possession on Sunday the 3rd and I cannot wait to get in there and start making it my own space!

Miss anything: Not being swollen. I can’t feel my fingers much at all due to the swelling and carpal tunnel and I can only wear one pair of flip flops. I haven’t cried over my shoes yet so that is a success. Ha! However, I am super ready to wear all my shoes and feel my fingers.

Movement: Yes. He is getting lower and lower so it is getting more and more uncomfortable. Just another part of this exciting journey!

Food cravings: Sugar and more sugar.

Anything making you queasy or sick: No.

Gender: another gentleman for the Wilkinson house.

Labor signs: Cramping and maybe some Braxton Hicks but I am not really sure what those feel like since I have never experienced them so who knows.

Belly button in or out: Still technically in but barely.

Happy or moody most of the time: I think mostly happy.

Looking forward to: Getting the house packed, moved and settled! My goal is to be in the new house (“castle”) by Saturday the 9th but we shall see.