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Babies in a Tiny House Part 2 – My Minimalist Baby Needs List

My two turkeys!

Needs before baby comes home are very few.  MOST things can be bought after kiddo is home and making certain demands, I wish I would have known that but if you don’t get ‘things’ you feel utterly unprepared… So on round one I got way more things than needed

Here is my experience after two kids

What you need before baby comes home:

  • A car seat, this is the one I went with but there are seemingly endless possibilities.  We got this one for safety rating, price and weight.  There are lots of factors that go into it though, choose one that is right for you.  We didn’t want a heavy one because both James and I have broken our backs, turns out even a light one is pretty heavy to pack around… come to find out (like many baby items) its not actually best to keep them in their car seat, it’s not a great position, doesn’t help their core muscles develop and can be a hard position for their air ways.  You do what you have to do as a parent but we rarely leave the kiddos in their car seat, even if (and especially if) they are napping.
  • Some diapers.  You’ll probably get a pack of the right size from the hospital but you can have a pack of newborn and a pack of size 1’s ready at home, in case they are on the big side. (if you’re making a diaper cake for a baby shower start at a size bigger than NB, everyone gives nb size and my babies were only in nb for a week, size 1, 2 and even 3’s are great for new babes, they will eventually be in them!)
  • Something for them to wear, or 3-4 somethings (may be hospital provided). We had newborn sizes which fit for a whole week (I have big babies…) we then had to switch to 0-3 month.  At 2 months Miles is already in 6 month clothes and will probably have them outgrown in the next month… Kids grow fast, this is where you look at your family history and decide if maybe preemie is a good size to start, or if you should just start at 0-3 month… I had a stack of gift newborn clothes with both kiddos that I took back for larger sizes right away.
  • Some swaddles, 2-3 (may be hospital provided).  Depending on the time of year they are little you may want more or less and they may be heavier or lighter weight.  Both my kids hated being swaddled but they are still handy to have around as blankets (or towels ;-))
  • Some boobs (If nursing isn’t your thing the hospital will most likely have some different formulas to try. Each type has it’s own thing, probably don’t stock up pre-baby.  What you decided to start with will be determined by your baby and any hiccups (literally and figuratively) they may have.  Same boat for bottles, they will give you some to start if you go this way then you can decide to change if needed to something else (lower flow, shallower latch, whatever) based on a reaction to your babe.)

That’s it.  ALL the rest can be decided post babe.  It’s a good idea to have a safe place for them to lay down too (safe from hazards like pets, siblings and sleeping parents) but you’ll probably be their bed mostly for a while :).

Of all the things I bought (and it was a relatively small list) there are only two other things I would suggest using because I’ve been SO grateful to have them at times:

  • A baby carrier/wrap– You can go down this rabbit hole as far as you like (and like tiny houses it IS a rabbit hole!)  I always got really overwhelmed with all of the options and wraps, some people get really into it (there are some great facebook groups for baby wearing).  I didn’t want to spend a ton for something made in China and shipped across the world, nor did I want to spend a ton for a wrap that I don’t appreciate (read: feel like I can make on my own) so my solution was a home-made ring sling similar to THIS.  You can buy some rings HERE for cheap, pick up about 2.5 yards of some fabric (mine was a whole 3 dollars) and make your own.  For less than 10 bucks I made something that sells for a LOT more.  Sure it isn’t as pretty as some but man, that thing has paid dividends in how much use it gets, especially with two.  I don’t know how parents parent more than one kid without a baby wrap of some kind, I couldn’t do it!
  • A car seat mirror like THIS.  This one came because they are rear facing, I remember Hazel was about a week old and I was driving home solo from my first trip to the grocery store post baby.  I couldn’t see her but she was making weird noises (as newborns do).  I could not tell if she was choking or what.  A short ten minute drive turned into 25 stressful minutes.  I pulled over 6 times to check on her because heaven forbid something was happening and I didn’t stop!  She was fine of course but as soon as I got home I ordered a mirror.  It’s more fun to be able to see them anyway but it’s a safety thing too!

Things people seem to always have on their list which can actually be bad for babes:

  • Crib bumpers are not actually recommended because they cause more issues than they help. They do look cute but can be a suffocation hazard. If your kiddo has issues getting stuck in the crib rails they make mesh breathable bumpers, certainly not a need but if you find you want them you can get them later
  • Car seat accessories.  Car seats are safety devices, they are engineered to save your kiddo in case of a crash.  Anything you put on them or in them becomes a projectile in case of use.  Any blankies you tie in or under the straps make the straps further from your babe and make your babe a potential projectile.  Experts suggest you take things like coats off when strapping your kiddo in correctly and not use any objects in your car seat that aren’t manufactured and okayed for your specific car seat. Also, make the buckles snug and located correctly, I often see pictures on Facebook of babes strapped incorrectly (and that is a tough spot, do you tell them and be ‘that mom’ or do you hold your tongue… awkward… and unsafe.)  Some drives we wish we had some piece of entertainment (every rush hour we accidentally get caught in) but ultimately we have little in the car seat with Hazel and Miles, maybe a stuffed animal or a glove these days, one of Hazel’s favored toys… 🙂
  • Jumpers/bouncers/rockers, mom’s do what we need to do, baby ‘stuff’ is not inherently bad, use it sparingly though… and if you can design your life to where you don’t need it, more power to you!  But moms need showers, and to fix food, etc., like I mentioned in part 1, these items are designed for parent convenience, not baby development, they are often not great to leave babe in for extended periods of time.   I choose to skip them all together.

If you are a first time parent reading this, it’s hard not to stress, I certainly did, but you will have time once they get here to get whatever you may be lacking, in the middle of it it actually goes nice and slow in my experience, it’s in hindsight that it seems so dang fast!

If you are reading this in prep for a baby shower you’re attending and I just shot down all your gift ideas here are a couple things that would be sweet.

  • If your target is going to cloth diaper check out some cloth diapering services.  It can be pretty reasonably cost to get a year subscription, they come a couple times a week, pick up dirty diapers and drop off clean ones.  They are all over the country and you’ll be supporting your local economy while giving a HUGE break to the momma to be!
  • A gift card to something like SnapFish or Zazzle so momma can make a cool memory book for babe’s first birthday.
  • Clothes size 6, 9, 12+ months, there is a huge abundance of people bringing itty bitty clothes (because all things tiny are adorable!) but right around 9 months it all drops off and you have to start shelling out the bills.  Even if no one gifts the bitty clothes, worst case, momma will have to go grab them but mommas usually WANT to shop for those ones, it’s once that ‘cute’ wears off that the shopping gets dull, get THOSE sizes for her :).
  • Seasonal personalized items, Christmas ornaments, valentines day frames, etc. with the new family members name (or a gift card for something like that) are fun and will be a reminder through time.
  • Your love and support and KIND WORDS.  This is a WAY under rated gift!

Maybe that brings back some of the fun I stole away! 🙂

For more of my thoughts on parenting in a tiny house/being a minimalist parent I have a couple more posts worth looking at…

Babies in a Tiny House Part 1 – Where Do You Put All The Stuff

My thoughts to the ‘your kids will be embarrassed’ and such critics… (coming soon)

Lastly, If tiny houses are your thing but you don’t know where to start or how to build check out the eCourses I made HERE.  Better yet, for the next two days get the tiny house bundle including parts 1 and 2 of the ecourses plus LOTS more!

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He’s Here! Miles A. (aka Mr. T(iny))

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 :).

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main passtime

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:

Well, I Was Wrong… Family Update Sept 2015

No baby yet!  It’s driving me nuts, I was sure with Hazel that labor was imminent for three weeks, we are about on week three with this little one too… I was hoping by the time I did my next family update there would be a new addition but here I am twiddling my thumbs…

I’ve been having contractions for quite a while but nothing serious or real yet… My due date is still 6 days away so I am not overdue yet, I’ve determined I just have a couple ‘squares’ for kids who wait for their actual due date to be born… little rule followers!   You would think a blood moon would have helped!  🙂

Hazel has started ‘school’ twice a week for half days.  I really wasn’t planning on putting her in daycare but we have one two doors down the street and they walk by every so often and she gets SOOO excited to see them… we thought we would get her in there for the social aspect… because we have concerns about her being a bully :).  Raise a baby with a Great Dane in a tiny house and they learn to just push things out of their way!  She definitely rules the roost with Denver but seems to have better social skills, at least nicer ones with other humans… She’s a little awkward at times :).  Several times we have witnessed  her playing with other kids and then it will get quiet and they just stare at each other and she will go in for an awkward hug, she learned that from her mom!  It’s adorable though!  The first day I dropped her off and it was total chaos and she cried and I cried and it was so hard!  When we picked her up she was still crying and they said that she didn’t smile once all day…

Her School Photo
This is her first day photo for our web portal… borrowed jacket, scowling face… not happy! 🙂

The second day she was very excited to go, she cracked a smile and made better friends.  When we went to get her at noon the second day she saw James and I come in the door, looked right at us, said ‘NOPE!’ and walked outside!  She did MUCH better :).  Every day since then has been about the same, she is enjoying ‘school’ 🙂

She has quite the vocabulary of both words and noises, she knows almost all of her body parts, animal sounds and will fake a lot of emotions.  We ask for her angry face and it looks about like the image above :).  I think she is moderately aware that he will have a sibling very soon, she’s seen all the diagrams at the doctor’s office and proudly announces baby to the poster with the creepy cut away belly and then grabs my belly… Still, I have no idea how I am going to handle two kids!  It seemed like a good idea to have them 18 months apart!  I think I thought she would be a little less ‘baby’ though! ha!  We will survive, I’m positive… just not sure how yet… 🙂

Mr. T(iny) is a constant mover!  He’s been nothing but really healthy at every visit, he’s head down, engaged active and getting pretty tough (right into my rib cage!).  I had my last scheduled check up today, REALLY thought I wouldn’t need one scheduled out that far… turns out he’s still there, doing his thing!  I’m ready for his arrival but not pushing things, he will come when he comes, we’re pretty excited to get to meet him!  We’ve got everything all ready for him to make his debut!  Just a waiting game now!

I hustled to get my eCourses done before he made his debut and succeeded!   This was my effort to put together ALL the info I know about tiny houses for others.  I was so extremely nervous to release it, you never know when things are going to be an epic failure and it’s tough not to think the worst… I have gotten some REALLY nice reviews so far though!  They have been out just over a week and I have FIVE 5 star reviews and some REALLY nice words accompanying them!  I can’t tell you how giddy it makes me to hear that someone else feels like I didn’t waste their time!  I REALLY hope they would be beneficial so it’s great to hear feedback saying they were!  Some of the nice words:

Absolutely wonderful!

I have been researching off and on for months come to find out I could’ve just waited for Macy to release her expansive knowledge on tiny houses!! Everything is super informative, very detailed, things I didn’t even know I needed to know I learned about! I love the step by step lectures of all the important things you need to know that would otherwise take a lot of time to sift through article and article! Very well done! …

… Thank you Macy! For always being there for every question and person and for being such an inspiration for another woman who just wants to build her own little oasis her damn self.

Excellent, Informative and Wonderfully Presented

Where to start? I can’t say enough great things about this part of this course. Macy does a great job of covering the “unexciting” specifics that you need to know in order to accomplish your “dream” of building and living in a Tiny House!

I consider this a “must” for anyone who is intrigued by the wonder of this movement. Too many times, individuals are enamored by the hype and then jump in and find themselves “over their head” and quit.

A great place to start and hopefully see how all the details are important in order to build a safe and secure permanent living structure. Great job, Macy!!

Seriously happy with how that is going, I never intended to put out eCourses but with James’s encouragement I did, I am stoked at the process and the reception so far!  If you are interested you can find them HERE, I really do hope they answer the big questions and of course I am around to help answer anything they may miss!

Denver Dog stopped his hunger strike, weird dude stops eating when its too hot or too cold.  He’s probably put on 15 pounds in the last three weeks, thankfully, and doesn’t look malnourished anymore!  I found some tricks to get him to eat his food when he doesn’t want to (he likes the EXPENSIVE canned dog food… the cheap stuff will not do! 🙂 )

He is slowly claiming the couch as his… he knows he’s not allowed up there but if he hides his head and looks cute… he get’s away with it… 🙂

Here are some of the family outings since the last family update, in no particular order:

Family Update August 2015

Just want to do a quick update, I have the feeling this may be the last chance I get to do that before our little family of four becomes a little family of five!  In the last month or so we have been trying to get out of the house a little more and enjoy the summer, the renovation took a lot of weekends but since it’s over we’ve been exploring!

I am getting pretty huge again, I am still a lot less concerned about weight this go around compared to the first pregnancy, I had a hard time putting weight on when I was pregnant with Hazel, even though I am working a lot this go around I am a lot less freaked out and stressed which helps me stay on a better path and I am right on target having gained 25 pounds so far!  It is amazing how much you gain for a small little baby but there is a lot that goes into it that isn’t just a baby I guess… 🙂  I am feeling much better in almost every way this time, Hazel was a miserable-miserable pregnancy, this time I totally get why people say they didn’t even know they were pregnant until they were so far along… I definitely LOOK pregnant but most of the time I haven’t felt that way.  As things get closer I am definitely much more tired, I find myself often taking Hazel’s afternoon nap with her, or at least part of it… I really think I am down to the last 3-4 weeks.  This is right about the time I stopped working with Hazel.  This go around I am rushing to get a few things done before Mr. T makes his arrival!  I hope I hope!  🙂  Stay tuned for that, I SHOULD have an announcement shortly if all goes as planned!

Mr. T is a mover, I wondered which was stronger, him or Hazel for a while, it’s definitely him!  He moves all day long.  It’s nice because he’s not lodged in my ribs like she was (yet) but he is SUPER low which has given me quite the waddle for several weeks now… it’s pretty tough to walk ‘normally’ with a small human lodged in your pelvis… he seems to be doing awesome though at every appointment, He’s been a really easy pregnancy and Hazel’s been a really easy baby, I am so scared that all hell is going to break loose once they meet! ha!

I do think that Hazel ‘gets’ it a little… I think getting a little brother is a pretty abstract concept to really ‘get’ but she has been paying a lot of attention to my belly, she got to feel him move several times and makes the cutest surprised shocked faces every time.  Every night she gives him a hug and a kiss (but then she will kiss James’s belly too…).  I am pretty sure we have a name, it hasn’t really changed much for several months at least, we still have to meet him first to know for sure but ‘Miles’ is at the top of the list still.  At first when I asked if she could say Miles she got a BIG huge grin… then I realized she thought I asked her to SMILE (I didn’t know she knew that word)… she’s since learned and when you ask her where Miles is she will grab my belly… she even says Miles when she wants to :).  She’s got a TON of words and will try to parrot anything we ask her to, some she’s good at, some need work.  Body parts are all down pat now, to the elbows and knees!  She knows most fruits and can identify them at the grocery store, she LOVES mangos, I think she would turn inside out for a mango sometimes…  She has discovered the art of tantrums too! Fun! 🙂  I have had to catch her head several times before she slammed it into the ground, we all just ignore them as much as possible so hopefully that phase passes quickly… it’s still kind of hilarious how irrational little humans are…

Denver is on a hunger strike, he seems to stop eating in the super heat of summer and the super cold of winter… I feel so bad because he looks so dang skinny!  I thought we got lucky having one of the few danes it wasn’t hard to keep weight on and then right around a year he turned out to be a skinny mini dane… I have tried putting yogurt in his food to get him to eat it, he just licks the yogurt off…. I’ve tried broth, he drinks it and leaves the rest… I have put hamburger in with the kibble and he picks out the big pieces… I would normally say ‘well he will eat when he’s hungry I guess’ but I can see every dang rib!  I feel guilty when we take him to the park and he plays with the other dogs and looks like Skeletor!  So I am trying to put some pounds back on him… James had some leftover Wendy’s chili the other day and I mixed a little of that in and it did the trick, he scarfed the whole bowl… so that is my method right now until he looks like a healthy dog again!   He’s totally happy and active as usual, just looks skinny, this is the third hunger strike he’s had… it MIGHT have to do with the introduction of Hazel slipping him her leftovers… he’s had a taste of the good stuff and is through with those dang brown pebbles!  Hopefully he gets over it soon!

I have some sad news too, my grandpa who was a very special person in my world passed away last week :/.  He was 90 years old and had such an amazing life (a lot of which I am only finding out about now! I knew he always wore a fireman’s jacket but had no idea he was a volunteer fire fighter and even chief for many years!), he was very influential for me.  I grew up spending every summer on his ranch with the cows and horses.  We used to eat burritos, go to ‘the office’ (the country store) and talk with all the farmers about everything, he’d get a coffee and I’d get a candy… He taught me how to work hard and enjoy life at the same time.  He exposed me to things I would have never got to experience otherwise which have shaped who I am as a person today.  He was an amazing man and I am VERY lucky that I get to share his gene pool!   I always felt like we had a special relationship and I will always cherish that…  On a whim, the week before he passed, I invited myself and Hazel on a road trip with my mom and grandma to see him.  I had a feeling it may be the last time I got the opportunity.  While it was great to see him again and he still had every bit of the spark I know in his eyes, he cracked corny jokes like always and was still ‘grandpa’; his body was giving out, his memories were failing.  It was very humbling to see such a great, independent, strong man in the final days of his life.  He was just a guy that was easy to be around, genuine and fun, oh so serious when needed though!  He was truly loved by everyone he met!  And I got to be his grand daughter!  How lucky for me!

Grandpa Z
My grandpa 🙂
Hazel got to meet him!
He called Hazel ‘twinny’, because they were twins, just separated by 89 years… 🙂

I am sad that Mr. T won’t get to meet him but he will certainly hear countless stories of the great man that is my grandpa Z!

Here are some random pictures in no particular order of all of our adventures and projects!  We will sit and patiently await the arrival of our little boy!  I hope your world is as amazing as ours!

Family Update July 2015

Hi Everyone!  I hope you’ve all been well, I figure it’s time for another family update, I’m going to use these few minutes while I have them because it’s been BUSY around here!   We wrapped up the tiny house addition and renovation and it is still totally AWESOME!  The house feels so much lighter and airier! I particularly like the shower, I think I am going to like it even more in winter when things tend to start to feel dark and gloomy.

James and I hit our third anniversary.  Every year we take a snapshot of our life and we realized that we can probably put some breaks on some big life changes!  Here are our four images:

First Date
Our first date. We went to a RAW art show that I had a couple of friends showing their work at. We were pulled over on the way but got out of a ticket, had to be a good sign!
Year 1
Our first year, holding an image from our first date. The day we got Denver and shortly after I moved into the tiny house. Turns out it was also the day we got Hazel ;-).
Year 2
Our second year, Denver grew up! Hazel was about 3 months and we were living tiny!
Year 3
Our third year, Denver has chilled out a bit, Hazel is getting big and we are well into the making of #2, Mr. T(iny). Recently added an addition to continue living tiny!

So that’s good, we made it another year.  🙂

So after we finished the renovation I set right into preparing my workshops.  Last week I got to present my first one, I was stoked to have so many people attend.  We had almost 300 people RSVP, I think about 200 actually showed up, it was a pretty full house!   I have three more sessions I’ll be presenting on, for more info they are outlined at
Session one of my tiny house series!

This first one was all about codes and picking the right trailer, we had some great questions, some really nice people and some members of the City even showed up to learn more, I think it was a success!  This Wednesday I will be presenting on Construction and Safety, then Systems and Utilities and finally Design!  It took me forever to comb through my head and actually put together some presentations in a coherent order but I am excited at how they have come together.  The events have been free to those able to show up BUT I was able to record them (and I am happy to say the first one recorded with no issues!).  I plan to edit them to something that will be helpful to those who may not be able to attend.  My whole goal was to make some free resources but at this point I am about $450 invested not including any of the time I spent putting them together or any of the time it’s going to take me to learn to edit and to edit the videos… I THINK I am going to have to put a small fee on the sessions but we will see what I can come up with.  I have been trying the ‘pay what you want’ model so that I don’t have to limit access to only those who can afford it…but… that isn’t actually working out so well.  With the baby coming I figure I need to at least break even!  But I SO hate charging!  We will see if I can get creative!

Speaking of resources and helpful tools, I put together some quick cut-outs a while back that others can download and use, you can get them HERE.   I get asked a bit ‘where to start’, AFTER you figure out your top ten things you must have this is my step two.  You can just get some regular old graph paper, one square = six inches, map out your trailer and put scaled objects into your house, that will give you a really good feel for how much space you need and how well you can fit your life into a tiny house.  It’s great to draw it on the graph paper but sometimes its easier to cut out the components and then you can move them all around and about quick and easy.  If you want to read more about this you can see my post at PlanningTiny, HERE.  If you want the cutouts they are HERE!



If you’re comfy with your design you can go straight to something like SketchUp but these are a good basic starting point to start figuring things out.  After you have your plan to a point you’re liking it I suggest taking the same graph paper and look at the outside/inside elevations too so that you can work out your window locations, roof style, and ceiling heights.  It will give you a pretty good understanding of your space.  from there you could go right into construction or you could take it to the next level and build a 3D or digital model.  These are great tools for showing others, maybe significant others, your ideas and getting them invested in the space too!

The kiddos

Hazel bell is pretty darn impressive these days, she’s at the point she tries just about every word we say out, a lot come out sounding like ‘candy’… Crayon=candy, etc.  We worked on ‘up’ for when she wants up (on my lap or on the counter to help me cook… cause she likes that), and we’ve also worked on ‘help’ when she needs something, they come out sounding exactly the same most of the time and she either needs help or wants up A LOT :).  She will bring me packages to open, or want me to help her put things back in boxes, it’s all pretty cute!  We are working on potty training, she LOVES it!  We got this book Potty

Totally worth the money!  She loves it, she will grab her book and go sit on her potty, she knows the story and ‘ohhhs’ and ‘ahhhs’ along with the story, every damn time, cracks me up! 🙂  It would be sweet if we could get her mostly potty trained before Mr. T(iny) gets here, but I am not totally sure if that will happen.   We need to just have a solid week to run around naked and ‘get it’.  Right now that is a tall order, I am pretty booked out until the end of August and I am perpetually more tired!  This being pregnant thing with a toddler is tough!  I am not planning anything for September though, hopefully we can make it happen then.  She is more than interested in the idea I just need to devote the time to make it work!  She is LOVING her room still and gets really excited to take her naps and go to bed and she is a smart little ball of attitude, this video pretty much covers her personality, she’s got a bit of the whole ‘little man complex’ :), poor Denver puts up with her:

I actually think Denver secretly likes her attention… though I think he was about ready for bed then.  It’s funny because that is about the fifth time she got him out of bed that way in a row.  He would lay down, she would run out of her room, get him up, lay down until he turned around then go back to her room.  He would look around all confused, forget about it and lay down only to relive the whole thing.  After the last one he just stood and looked at his bed, knowing he couldn’t lay down without her ‘teaching’ him but really wanting to just lay down… she’s a future dog trainer, or dog infuriator :).  He’s good to put up with her!  They are starting to play together which he is enjoying!

Mr. T(iny) is more and more active, I can’t figure out which one of the two has been more bouncy in utero, Hazel or him, I think he is gaining though.  You can sit and see him moving, kinda creepy!  His stats have been spot on the same has Hazel’s, week for week so far.  I am having a much less difficult time gaining weight, which I am actually grateful for.  I was worried with Hazel that I was not gaining enough, it was a stress that not many people have much sympathy for… but it is pretty stressful.  With her I actually lost a lot of weight to start and ended up not gaining a ton.  I definitely showed a lot sooner with Mr. T but have been shocked to find the gain was not nearly what it looked like!  At this point I am right on track and have gained almost 20 pounds at 30 weeks.  I hear that is right about where I am expected to be and I should be gaining 1/2-1 pound a week for the next ten weeks until he’s born.

I am not due until Oct. 4th but I have said since the beginning that I think he will be early, it may be wishful thinking but I still think so!  I’d LIKE him to be Sept. 21 because we have a solstice baby with Hazel, our anniversary is a solstice so it only makes sense he would be the fall solstice BUT I have the feeling it will be Sept. 29th, no real rational, that’s just my thoughts :).   I was expecting a HOT and miserable summer but it really hasn’t been bad at all.  I think I was more over heated with Hazel through the winter than I have been this go around.  It’s so weird just how different the two pregnancies have been.  To date things have not been bad at all, I am getting to the very uncomfortable point now though, I have been contemplating sleeping vertically in a chair… it’s just tough to get comfy laying down… I’m certain that will be happening before too long.  We are getting very excited to meet him though and I even think that Hazel ‘gets’ it a little.  I think she’s going to be a great big sister, she’s such a girly girl and loves ‘babies’, I think that will make things easier for sure.

Mom and I got some fabric to make Mr. T his baby quilt, Hazel’s was jungle animals, Mr. T’s is going to be woodland animals, fox, hedgehog etc.  I say mom and I but really it’s mom, we have a tradition that the grandmas make baby quilts, my turn will be soon enough, for now I will be the happy recipient!  Can’t wait to see how it turns out! 🙂

Last thing of note I suppose, we had Marc come out and take new photos of the place now that we are done with the renovation, I can’t wait to see them once he get’s them all processed!  We weren’t going to do it but it was about the best decision we made before to just document the accomplishment, we thought it was important to do that again!  I can’t wait to share them with you soon!  In the mean time I took a couple of my own just messing around with some apps and what not on my tablet, they are not great but they were kind of fun to do.

I hope you are all doing great!  Here are some random images: