Nurses Gifts

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Our nurses at the hospital were absolute life savers so I made them a few little gifts that I found on Pinterest. I substituted crinkle paper for the tissue paper in the Pinterest version though :). I made sure to give these out after Parker was born so they didn't feel like they were being bribed haha!

I stuck little $5 Starbucks cards in the cups. I actually took these pictures in our hospital room because I ran out of time to take them at home!

I LOVED our nurses!!

We are spending a wonderful week in Colorado with my family. Parker has been a great traveler so far and I will be sad to head back to Texas on Sunday! I have been working on his ONE MONTH post....I cannot believe how fast time has flown. He will be 5 weeks old tomorrow. I love my little boy so much it's crazy.

Have a great weekend!

Newborn Pictures

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Here's a few pictures from little  mister's newborn session with the wonderful Tiffany Padilla of Harrison Photography.

I can't believe he is already 3 weeks old!! He was only 4 days when these were taken  :(....

So so sweet!! We love our little boy. Have a great rest of your weekend!

P.S. Thank you all for the sweet comment's on Parker's nursery. We worked so hard on it, so I'm glad you enjoyed it! The hanging baskets are from World Market (they have all of his books in them) and the paint color is Valspar Cliveden Gray Morning. I blame exhaustion for making me forget to put that detail in the original post :).

Parker's Nursery.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Today is finally the day! I actually got around to posting pictures of Parker's sweet little nursery.

There are so many projects and stories that went into the making of this room.

My dad and Bryan put in the board and batton. It was definitely a labor of love. The rocker was the best Craigslist find I have ever seen ($60), but needed a new upholstery job BAD. I found an upholsterer and a neutral toile fabric (so that it can be used for future, "girl" nurseries if needed) and wa-lah!

"Cooking and cleaning can wait till tomorrow, for babies grow up we've learned to our sorrow, so settle down dust, cob webs go to sleep, I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep."

My mother-in-law told me this saying, and I thought it was important to put somewhere that I could see it everyday. I find myself repeating it in my head while I'm looking around our wreck of a house. And while I'm rocking sweet Parker to sleep :).

I put the lyrics to "You Are My Sunshine" in the frames above the crib, but I will eventually put his newborn pictures in them instead!

The little onesies on the wall are Bryan's. I LOVE these.

As you know, we painted our Craigslist crib a few months ago, and my mom, mother-in-law and me made all of the bedding. My mom did the awesome crib skirt (using this tutorial), my mother-in-law made the bumpers (which I don't have in there at the moment), and I made the fitted sheets (using this tutorial) and pillows. The pillows are taken out for sleep-time though!!! We are very paranoid parents, promise :). All fabric was special ordered at JoAnn's.

The light is from Ikea, the rug from Home Depot, curtains from Target, and the ottoman from TJ Maxx. The hanging baskets on the opposite wall are from World Market. The paint color is Valspar Cliveden Gray Morning.

The dresser is from a local antique store. I love love love it, but the drawers are kind of a pain to close. Bummer. The baskets have all of his diapers and changing supplies. We didn't do a changing pad per my mom's advice, and have been having a perfectly fine time changing him all over the house. (I have many "diaper changing stations" set up around the house.)

So that's that! I hope you all liked it. :) I'll try and put a few more details later, but right now I have a precious little baby who is starting to wake up and wants to eat!


Crib: Craigslist, Rug: Lowe's, Rocker: Craiglist (Sealy brand), Ottoman: TJ Maxx, Dresser: Antique, Stacking baskets: TJ Maxx (I still see them from time to time), Side Table: TJ Maxx, Hanging Baskets: World Market (I believe they are discontinued...), Light Fixture: Ikea, Lamp: TJ Maxx, Airplanes: TJ Maxx, Curtains: Target, Bamboo Blinds: Overstock, Sunburst Mirror: Hobby Lobby, Grapevine Balls: Hobby Lobby, Wire Baskets: Paul Michael, Wooden Frame: Target, Metal Wall Frames: Ross, Succulent: Ikea, Eucalyptus Bunch and Vase: TJ Maxx, Chair Fabric: Waverly Country Linen via Joann Fabrics, Crib Skirt & Pillow Fabric: Croscill Home via Joann Fabrics (discontinued, sorry!), Houndstooth Pillow Fabric: Croscill Home via Joann Fabrics, Blue Plaid Fabric on Pillow and Clothing Art: Robert Allen Home via Joann Fabrics (discontinued!), Paint Color: Valspar Cliveden Gray Morning, Satin, Crib Color: Valspar Gray Silt, Satin, Ceiling Color: Valspar Woodrow Wilson Blush, Flat, B&B Color: Martha Stewart Clean White, Satin

Have a great day!

P.S. I'm sharing this here:
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Just Arrived

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Weight: 8 pounds 5 ounces
Length: 20 inches

Dear Parker,

We have had so much fun with you in your first week as a part of our family. You're little presence has made such a wonderful impact on our lives and I literally do not know how I ever lived without you.  After countless hours of sitting and staring at you, we've come to the conclusion that you have your daddy's eyes, forehead, and nose, and my mouth and curly hair (!). You are so handsome, and while the little changes that I see in you each day make me sad because it means you are already growing up, I'm excited to see the little boy that you are turning in to.

You were born with an impressive variety of facial expressions that we get a kick out of. You love to crease your brow and pout your lip out one moment and then smile the next. My favorite face of yours is when you open your eyes wide and make a little "o" with your mouth. You love to be outside listening to the birds and dogs and wind blowing, and you've already spent many hours in the garage having Sonic breaks with your Nonnie and Pops. You love to have your head rubbed and are fascinated with your Snugabunny bouncer. You cry when we give you baths and when you are hungry but are pretty mellow and content the rest of the time. Your daddy is already convinced that you are a leftie. You are also a very gassy little boy! I am seriously amazed that such big sounds can come out of such a little body!

You met almost all of your family members this week including two sets of great grandparents and many great aunts and uncles. Everyone kept talking about what a pretty and mellow little guy you are. After hearing everyone compare your looks to me or your dad's, your Great-Nanny got fed up and said, "He looks like Parker. He has Parker's eyes, and Parker's nose, and Parker's feet, and he is his own person." We all thought that was so sweet! She is so in love with you already!

I have never been more exhausted in my life. Our house doesn't look perfect, and I am lucky if I get to shower at all during the day, but I have never been so happy. Thank you for making me the only thing I ever knew I wanted to be....a mommy. We love you so much and are excited to see the man you become.