Thursday, April 17, 2014

Quotes from Cole

A few absolutely adorable and hysterical things Cole has said lately:

1.  Cole: "THERE'S THE MOON IN THE SKY, MOM! I SEE THE MOON!"
     Chris: "What are some other things up in the sky, Cole?"
     Cole: "THE ATMOSPHERE IS IN THE SKY."
     Chris: "...um, yes, yes it is..." (then to me): "I was expecting something more along the lines of clouds or sun, but ok?!"

2.  As he was "helping" me go through a large tub of baby clothes for Chase:
     "MAMA! I'M RIFFLING THROUGH THE CLOTHES!" And he totally was.  I'm actually not sure how he knew that word - correct pronunciation and use, too!

3.   Me: Cole, please be quiet when you are upstairs.  Chase is sleeping.
      Cole: (Shouting as loud as humanely possible while right outside Chase's door) OK MAMA! I WILL! I WILL BE QUIET SO CHASE CAN SLEEP!
     Me: ::face palm::

4.    Cole, while we're in the car driving: MOM, WHAT'S DOWN?
        Me: Like up and down?
        Cole: NO, I'M TALKING ABOUT LIKE SOFT DOWN.  LIKE IN THE BOOK WITH THE TOMTEN WHO TAKES THE EGGS? HER BABIES 'FLUFFED THEIR SOFT DOWN'?"
        Me: Ohh, I see.  Well, down is like a kind of very soft and short feather. 
        Cole: OH. OK.

5.   While perusing the amazing home d├ęcor section of Target, I spied an ampersand (the & symbol) and picked it up to examine it.
      Cole: "THAT'S AN AMPERSAND, MAMA!  DO THEY HAVE AN EXCLAMATION POINT? THOSE ARE MY FAVORITE!"

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Ugly Chair

I had three big projects I wanted to accomplish before Chase arrived: do the nursery, do our guest room, and redo my ugly chair.

Our nursery turned out perfectly, the guest room is exactly right (pictures to come soon), and I ALMOST finished the ugly chair before Chase made his debut.

So ok. The ugly chair.

Last summer while yard saleing, I found this chair.  SO ugly.  But SO awesome.  It was in amazing condition, sturdy and incredibly comfortable.  and the best part - it was FREE.  I couldn't believe it.  I also knew that bringing it home meant a strong possibility that I might be spending the night on the couch... but I couldn't resist.  I'd always wanted to try my hand at reupholstering, and what better project than a free chair?

(It has a removable seat cushion, which I forgot to include when I took the "before" pics)

Aren't those lines gorgeous?  I saw so much possibility!

Well, then we moved. And then I got pregnant. And... well, I was about seven months pregnant before I finally tackled it.

And ohmygosh.  Lessons upon lessons learned from this chair.

My original plan was to reupholster.  But I needed five yards of fabric, plus piping, to redo it - and I just couldn't seem to find anything I loved in my budget.  So I started to explore other options.

First, I tried painting - yes, painting - the chair.  Well, actually, I tried the cushion first.  I followed this tutorial to give it a try - and, while it was a great idea in theory, it didn't work well on my chair.  That lovely Golden Harvest yellow just wouldn't be covered by any shade of paint!

Next, I tried dyeing the chair, using Rit dye in a spray bottle.  Also a good idea in theory, but the only color that would cover it was black.  I just wasn't sure I wanted the chair to be black, and I was also slightly concerned that the dye would rub off onto clothing.

So then I tried two different kinds of fabric spray paint, seen here and here.  Honestly, the black Tulip spray paint was great.  It covered really well (even on the velvet-like fabric), it wasn't ridiculously expensive, and it was an easy one-step-and-done kind of deal.  The other kind of spray paint was a little expensive - BUT... again with the black.  Black was seriously the only color I could get to cover it!  I just thought it would be too dark... so, full circle, I came back to reupholstering the chair.

After scoping out some sales and coupons, I found some perfect fabric at Joann's that I loved, but I needed to wait for it to go on sale... only to return to find that it was all sold out!  I was so bummed, but I wasn't sure if they would order it again, so I just chose some plain gray upholstery fabric and a white and gray piping.  I still wish I had done a patterned fabric, but it looks fine.





My mom volunteered to make the cushion cover :)

So, I'm extraordinarily proud of it, but I have to say I won't be doing any more reupholstering projects any time soon.  This was a leetle bit more complicated project than I expected!

But the best part?  When the chair was all done and Cole came down to see it and said: "MAMA, YOUR UGLY CHAIR ISN'T UGLY ANYMORE!"

Ok, it was worth it just for that! :)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Father

Oh, this man of mine.

I love him more than anything.

There's not a single day that goes by that I'm not incredibly grateful that this the kind of man my sons will grow up to be.

And oh, how he loves his boys.

Every morning, he and Cole share a gummy vitamin.  A simple, silly routine that they've done for years.  Occasionally, Chris leaves for work before Cole gets up for the day... and he always, always leaves a little bit of a gummy vitamin on a plate for him at his seat.  Always.  No matter how much of a hurry he is in, he spares a few moments to think of his son and make sure Cole has a smile to start his day.

Yup, he's all of our favorite. 
 
 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring!

All of a sudden, we've had beautiful spring weather around here! I know it's not here to stay quite yet, but we're outside soaking up as much sunshine as we possibly can until the weather turns cold and rainy again.

Last weekend, we braved Chase's car phobia and trekked to Ashland to Lithia Park.  The weather was amazing and the light was perfect for some beautiful family photos.

But first, we had to take a few minutes to listen and admire this incredible cello player:
 
 
Sorry, photo overload ahead.  These handsome faces are just too cute not to share:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 That expression! what a face
 My favorite:
 
 
 
 I had picked out a different shirt for Cole to wear, but when he came downstairs in this one he explained to me that he saw my blue shirt and wanted us to match!
 
 
 This one's easier to get photos of, he doesn't run around yet!
 
 
 


Saturday, April 12, 2014

A tiny breastfeeding advocate

In an effort to start readying Cole for the realities of having a newborn in the house, one of the things I made a conscious effort about was to expose Cole to other nursing mamas.  Not in a show-me-your-boobs-while-you're-nursing-and-I-creepily-stare-at-you sort of a way, but just as normal, day to day sort of thing.  We are blessed to have many mama friends who were nursing their babies, so Cole saw it and was around it, without it being a super big deal.

As soon as I had Chase and was nursing him for an hour at a time, around the clock, it was much more obvious to Cole what was going on and he had some questions about it.  He's pretended to nurse his baby doll a time or two (which is absolutely adorable and sweet) and we've discussed a few times how the whole system works.

Now, I rarely use a cover when nursing.  Chase HATES it and I don't blame him.  It's hot and distracting and uncomfortable - and frankly, there's no need.  It's possible to breastfeed in a secluded spot, without whipping out my whole boob, and most of the time people around us don't even know what's going on.  I've heard plenty of arguments about requiring mamas to cover up when nursing in public - and one of the recurring arguments is about how boys and men might see and "get the wrong idea".  Well.  Let me tell you the kinds of ideas that Cole has had regarding nursing:

Cole: MAMA, WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN US ON OUR FISHING TRIP? YOU YIKE FISHING AND CAMPING?

Me: Well, I think it's important that you and Daddy and Papa have some time all to yourselves, so I'm not going to come camping. 

Cole: ARE YOU SURE? YOU CAN COME. I DON'T MIND.

Me: Thank you sweetie.  But I will stay here.

Cole: CHASE WILL COME?

Me: No, Chase will stay here with me.  Because if he goes and I don't, how will he eat?  He will be very hungry without me to feed him.

Cole:  YOU CAN COME AND BRING CHASE! AND I WILL BRING YOU PILLOWS AND WATER FOR YOU WHEN YOU ARE NURSING HIM. I WILL BRING THE BOPPY FOR YOU.  DOES THAT SOUND YIKE A PLAN?

By being exposed to a nursing mama, Cole has learned that breasts are one way to feed a baby; that it's an important job; and that he can do things to make it easier and more comfortable (I know it's solely Chris who gets credit for this one - he's full of never ending support, offering snacks, drinks, and anything to make me comfortable while I'm nursing). 

I'm so proud that my son will grow up to be an advocate for nursing, who will know that breastfeeding is a normal part of parenting.

Friday, April 11, 2014

My Emerson

Sometimes I feel her, my Emerson, in the breeze catching the hair at the nape of my neck; in the warm sunshine on my shoulders, in the grass spiky beneath my feet. I think of who she might have been, what she may have looked like.

I picture her with beautiful big brown eyes, dark expressive eyebrows like Cole's, and delicate hands and feet.  I imagine her crawling around with thumping knees, pulling herself up on furniture, and practicing throwing every single book out of the book baskets. 

I think of how I would have made her little hair bows for her hair, painted her toenails, and dressed her in homemade dresses once she started walking.  How I would have French braided her brown hair as soon as it was long enough. 

I love Chase, I adore my boys with my whole heart. But I don't think that missing her, the tiny piece of my life that I never knew, detracts at all from my love for them. Rather, it adds to it, making me appreciate the fragility, secure in the knowledge that Chase is here for a very important reason. 

I think of her every day, despite the chaotic and exhausting life it is having two small children. She would have been amazing. She would have been beautiful. I know, for the rest of my life, I will wonder at her place in the world, why she isn't with us.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Conversations with Cole

Cole: MAMA, WHEN CHASE IS A YITTLE BIT BIGGER, WE CAN SLEEP IN THE SAME ROOM!!!!

Me: Oh, you would like that? To share a room with Chase?

Cole: YEAH! WE CAN HAVE BUNK BEDS AND I'LL READ STORIES TO BABY CHASE! I WISH WE COULD HAVE THREE IN OUR ROOM!

Me: Three?! That's a lot of kids in one room.  And we only have two kids in our family right now.

Cole: YES WE NEED ONE MORE. A GIRL. OR MAYBE A BOY. IF WE HAVE A GIRL I WILL NAME HER... AIRPLANE!

Me: That's interesting.  I like the name Isabella.

Cole: UMBRELLA?

Me: .... (trying hard not to laugh)


The part of Cole talking that totally makes up for all the loud random babbling noises and interrupting and talking when I'm on the phone and the endless "why" questions is when his talking ends up with conversations like this.  I love love love hearing what is going on in his little mind, his thoughts and opinions. He's just such a PERSON, you know?

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