I get to quote my friend Susan, ‘inch by inch life’s a cinch, yard by yard, life is hard!’ Small steps guys, that’s what I’m celebrating here!
We worked our butts off today and have just a little to show. We’ve finally made it to framing but unfortunately don’t have anything too fancy to show just yet, we framed the two main walls on the ground, Amazingly things seemed to work out, almost too well, both sides are almost exactly the same, for having such a wonky layout I expected much different outcome than that! We are trying to figure out how to bend the plywood curves without snapping them. Dry as is doesn’t work, we are going to try soaking them overnight then bending them, clamping them and letting them dry… We wonder about steaming them but are not sure how to do that with what we have… if you have ideas for bending plywood throw them at me! 🙂
We have decided we are going to make it fun, each of the kids bunks will have one of these windows in it, it’s pretty fun to design little people spaces! 🙂
Our budget hit $1,500 because we bought awning hardware, it’s brand new and from the same guy who we bought the A/C unit from. It is overkill but will be nice :), Here are some construction pics of all that:
We used the demoed walls to transfer the shape
we moved the front windows back 6″ from the original location to allow for an awning, which we got cheap from the same place as our a/c
getting the first side done
Mom and dad watched the kiddos, we peekedd inside to check on them and everyone was asleep, it was adoeable!
We copied the original framing, sort of
we have one sheep fo 1/4″ plywood, ripped down to 1″ strips that will be how we make the curves, we are just copying the original method here.
the second wall was just framed right onto of the first, they are crazy similar for how different they will be!
mom woke up but the kiddos were WAY out 🙂
Next update and there should be more fun stuff, I hope! We have been working, it’s just mostly the planning sort of work…
We have been working on our mural… still a ways to go! Hazel helped me paint!
We’ve had some big family things so they have taken priority, my brother got married last weekend! My dad turned 57, I turned 33, so we’ve basically just been partying, excepts Denver, he’s been sleeping! 🙂 In no particular order…
I love my biweekly flower budget!
I pretty much won the birthday this year, got a new gopro and a years supply of coffee from mom, best ever! We are still working on figuring out the gopro, I have tried to do two time lapse videos now, zero successfully! I’ll get it! 🙂
Denver in Denver pose…
It’s hard to be grey
Dad trying to teach Hazel how to light things on fire,, shes less than ‘into it’
James and I took a morning off to see some big balloons, it was fun!
My handsome boys!
Working on the mural! Working on the stuff, picking our noses, you know…
they did some painting of their own!
He was a fan!
Hazel loves hanging out in her bed… we totally should have done this before, we even got to watch our own movie because she was occupied! Amazing!
this is how a toddler eats ‘a doughnut’ if you don’t pay attention. notice the perfect bite taken out of the top of the jelly one…
Bro and his beautiful bride, Gia
I got to be in the wedding, and Hazel was a flower girl
a trip to the zoo even!
driving the truck with their buddies Maddie and Shelby!
a little lion ride…
this is where it’s at and the scene that they both broke down in 🙂
clearly it was just too much sand though…
Hazel doing a great job!
I can fit…
Adding some dinos, I think Ill put one right up front to the left too
the rainbow tree
Hazel doesn’t like the castle still, she says there are too many colors and keeps saying she will ‘just paint over it so I can do it again’ Such opinions! 🙂
Miles has to check it out every once in a while too!
He made it! 3 days before his due date! My midwife was out of town at a conference again so it seemed the appropriate time to go into labor :). This is the second kid with the same midwife and she didn’t deliver either of my babes! 🙂 It is quite alright though, she was great for both pregnancies and I had the same stand in midwife who delivered both Hazel and Miles. Never saw her but to deliver both kiddos, but she was great at talking me through everything both times. It’s so nice to have someone to make you more comfortable and relaxed while giving birth to little people. I appreciate both of my midwifes :).
I had been having contractions for several days and HOPING things would get going soon… turns out being pregnant is still uncomfortable, ALL the time! 🙂 At 3:30 I started doing dishes, the LAST thing in the house left to clean. Almost instantly contractions got a lot rougher and were 2 minutes apart. I let it go for an hour to see if they would keep going then emailed James that he should probably come home, we might be going to the hospital soonish… He came right home and tried to get me out the door instantly but I wasn’t convinced I was really in labor yet so we waited, drank some water and kept track of things. At 5:15 I decided we should probably go check and see, so we went to the hospital. At 5:30 I was checked in and not leaving until I had the baby :). At that point I was at 6 cm dilated and the nurses were impressed I wasn’t screaming already :). Labor is a different kind of pain than just ‘ouch’… it is lots of ouch too but… it’s just different, it’s productive pain so it’s easier for me to work through mentally, and it comes in waves, so I could relax in between and just trust the process would be over soon enough!
It was a pretty fast process really, check in at 5:30, by 10:00 we were cooing to our new little baby boy! Most of the time was spent joking around between contractions and generally having a good time (weird to say for a labor story…). I would be lying if I said there wasn’t a moment I considered letting them put lots of drugs in me for labor but ultimately I know that can slow down the process and can put unnecessary stress on the baby, if it was necessary I wouldn’t have hesitated but since it wasn’t I opted to try for another natural delivery with no drugs, it worked well the first go round, why not go for two? It was rough but I am sure it made the difference between his birthday being the 1st or the 2nd, and I am glad to have had a shorter labor (with only 11 minutes of active ‘pushing’ :)).
We opted this time to just let my folks know so they could pick up Hazel (conveniently on their way home from work!). No one else knew until after Miles was born, that way there wasn’t added pressure of people waiting in the waiting room or walking in the delivery room. It was weird to be without Hazel for the night but she had a blast at grandma and grandpas.
Miles was exactly the same length as his sister (20.5″) and weighed 9 ounces more (8 pounds 10 ounces). Apparently I make big (healthy!) babies :). We got to do everything just as we wanted, I have two great labor stories and I hope to never be one of those people who like to offer all the worst case scenarios and horror stories to newly expecting mothers. If I ever get caught doing that I give you all permission to slap me. Labor isn’t always bad, it’s a pretty amazing process not to be feared!
SINCE BIRTH… Miles has been keeping us busy, he’s had some reflux issues that he seems to have worked through, the first several days he kept throwing up everything he ate and had a lot of fluid in his stomach. He lost 5% of his weight in the hospital but today at his 12 day check-up he was up almost a pound from birth so we seem to have no issues feeding :). He’s in the 90+ percentiles on height and weight. He doesn’t have a tongue tie like Hazel did so feeding has been much easier on me. He has been the quietest little guy, he sleeps all day and wakes up around 7pm and is in and out through the night but rarely wakes me up, he just looks around :). We’re pretty smitten, Hazel adores him, I think he must have a raw spot on his forehead from all of her kisses.
She has had some adjustments to make but seems to be rolling with it pretty easily. About three weeks before he was born we started putting her in ‘school’ (daycare) for two half days a week. Mostly because she is a social butterfly and really wanted to hang out with the other kiddos (they go on walks right by our house). She is LOVING school, we may bump up to four half days a week just so I can spend some one on one time with Miles and she really likes it. We got a stack of her art projects and it is pretty cool to see all the things she is up to. It’s hard to drop her off for the day but nice to know she really likes it and gets to learn and do so much!
I have the feeling that these two kids of mine are going to be COMPLETE opposites. Hazel is a very strong willed individual with a lot of opinions… a ‘bossy pants’ some might say. She’s completely extroverted and a social butterfly. I think Miles will be more sensitive and easy going… time will tell but it’s been pretty cool to see their little personalities coming out!
We went shopping for Halloween costumes, I had this big plan that Hazel would be a cowgirl, Denver would be her pony and Miles could be a cow… Hazel had absolutely zero interest in being a cowgirl, no matter how many boots and hats she saw… what she wanted… er demanded, was Wonder Woman. She saw the skirt, grabbed it and threw itt in the cart. Went I put it back on the shelf she very calmly said ‘no’, grabbed it again and put it in the cart… I didn’t give in at the moment… but… this year we have Wonder Woman and superman… Denver can be bat dog 🙂 (pictures coming soon). It cracks me up how opinionated Hazel is at 18 months, i don’t think I’ve ever had that strong of opinions, just makes me laugh, all the time!
Lets see, other than all the family shinanigans… Guillaume and Jenna fron Tiny House Giant Journey published their video tour of our place, it’s way better than any of my boring ole tours 🙂
Here are some images in no particular order:
Waiting to see if were going to have a baby, I think Hazel knew what was up.
James ninja shoots a less than glamorous moment of ‘ouch’
Little man is here!
and not so happy to be out
couple hours later getting a bath
he was a big baby 🙂
and hanging out with mom
The next morning, Hazel was very excited to meet her baby!
he has more hare than Hazel already, and its dark like my families… though I think it will turn blonde
I think hes handsome!
and a thinker!
settling in at home
He even got his first wound, hazel took 16 months, Miles, 3 days, somehow happenedd from the car seat
Denver is much calmerwith him than he’s ever been with Hazel
The start of the co sleeper i built him. I took Hazels apart to build the bunk beds but I wanted one that would work with our king size bed too, so I made thiis
its a pretty basic table with an overhang that is above the mattress
It slips in along the side and fastens to the wall this is before the rail is added.
All of the babies sleeping… dont mind that one is on the dog bed and the other is on the couch, and the dog is mad he cant use either… tyoudont wake sleeping babies! 😉
Hazels favorite seat
and her favorite toy, the A/C remote/telephone as desired
cute cute cute!
she LOVES him!
Just an embarrassing photo for later 🙂 Shes potty training and doing so good!
She LOVES getting to ‘hold’ the baby 🙂
one of my favorite baby positions
Hazel trying out the new co sleeper, works!
each one has a memory box
where I put all their little treasures
This is what he looks like when he pees… 😉
another favorite baby position 🙂
Hazels art from school
and her art from home 🙂
and her new hat for winter that she likes to pull over her face and run around the house with 🙂