Friday, April 18, 2014

Stitch Fix

I posted some photos of my first Stitch Fix box of goodies on Instagram and Facebook last month and it's time again for a new box to arrive!  I just got my shipping confirmation this morning, along with a referral credit.  Every time someone signs up with my referral code, I get a credit, which helps me sustain my healthy appetite for new clothes.  This is a shirt from last month's fix:

If you haven't signed up for a Stitch Fix yet, please think about trying it! The deal is, it's a $20 stylist fee for each Fix, but if you keep even one item in the Fix, you're credited back the $20.  If you keep all five items, you get the $20 credited back plus 25% off the entire order.  There's no shipping for receiving or returning items and you can leave as much or as little feedback about what you liked or didn't like as you want.  Also, you can receive fixes as often or seldom as you like. 

Here's my referral link: 

Last month, I only kept one item of the five in the package, but I was tempted to keep three of the five.  I can't wait to see what's in this month's fix!

Time is Flying

I had every intention of writing two- and three-month posts for Hawkes, but that hasn't happened!  He was three months old this week and I have yet to slap that three month sticker on his chest and take a photo, but it will happen!  He is such a big guy now and really strong.  

Yep, I could look at this face all day! His eyes are not as blue now - they are a blueish/greenish/brownish hazel.

I love this face - it's his skeptical face.  He's starting to really enjoy his play mat, but he's apparently suspicious of some of the dangling toys.

My favorite face - the gummy smile! Hawkes is such a happy, smiling little guy. It makes the tired days a lot more fun after some sleepless nights.
Likes:  Sophie, jumping/putting weight on his legs, putting his entire hand in his mouth, drooling, Sophie, blowing bubbles, Sophie, foot rubs, On Top of Spaghetti, Sophie, Twinkle Twinkle, Sophie, being naked or having his diaper changed, Sophie, baths, and pretty much anything Sophie does (except maybe when she grabs and squeezes his head or pinches him - gah!)

Dislikes: Sleeping all night long.  Ha!  We were so spoiled by Sophie, who was sleeping 10 hour stretches at 9 weeks old.  Not so much with Hawkes, but I know we'll get there.  We had a crazy week last week as Houdini found ways to escape from virtually every supposedly inescapable swaddle contraption.  At this point I'm double swaddling him for naps in a Woombie underneath a velcro Summer Infant Swaddle (both of his are for "big baby"!) and at night with his arms swaddled in an Aden + Anais swaddle with a velcro Summer Infant Swaddle on top.  Crazy! While he likes to escape, he hates being unswaddled.  Go figure!

Last month, I spent the day with a wonderful young woman who helped me get Hawkes into a better routine during the day, including crib napping, and it was the best thing we could have done.  We struggled a lot last month with bottles.  We've been trying pumped bottles with him since he was about three weeks old, but he's never really taken to them and lately flat out refused them.  Knowing that I was returning to work soon and he was refusing them made me a little crazy.  We tried different techniques and bottles and finally found one, the Comotomo, that he's taking pretty well.  Fingers crossed!  

Sometimes it feels like the entire last month of maternity leave is spent preparing myself and my baby to have the leave end. I just want the transition to be as good as possible for both of us.  Just a little more than two weeks now!  He's in good hands at the same school Sophie has been in since she was an infant and even in the same room she was with awesome and loving teachers.  That makes it much easier!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Fun Stuff

If you've seen me in the last month, you've heard me say the house is behind schedule.  Shocking!  It will be amazing when it's finished, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't frustrated and over it.  With that said, it's getting closer to being done and we're making some fun choices now with regard to the counter tops, tile, fixtures, etc.  We looked at a lot of options for our kitchen and bathroom - granite, quartz, marble.  We finally settled on Fantasy Brown quartzite for the kitchen and we're still trying to decide what to use in the master bath, but we've narrowed it down to a couple of quartz and marble selections.  The kitchen needs 94 square feet of counters, but the bathroom is only about 14 square feet.  We searched and searched and finally found a couple of fabricators that offer quartz and marble remnants and marble by the foot instead of by the slab, so that opened up our options a little more.  

Here's the Fantasy Brown quartzite:

We're doing a simple glass subway tile backsplash in a light gray, laid horizontally and a herringbone accent piece with the same tile over the cooktop.

In the master bath, we've selected the tile:
The stria 12x24 tile will be laid staggered on the floor, tub deck and vertically in the shower.  The hexagonal tile will be used as a tub backsplash, on the shower floor and in the recessed shampoo/soap cubbies in the shower.  We'll use a glass tile in that shade of blue shown in the subway tile - but the glass tiles we're using are 1x6 and we'll lay 6" of that tile about halfway up the shower to break up the larger tile and add some color and interest.  We want to keep the counters simple because there is a lot going on in the tile but we don't want to be to monochromatic.  I think we found something we like today, but we need to see it again to make sure. 

Here are a couple more pictures of the house from this past weekend.  This is just the kitchen - I'll share more from the other rooms and addition soon!

My new kitchen!  It's a horseshoe shape and will have a 5-foot square island in the center.

The view from the kitchen sink.  Not bad!