The Magic Shakers

One of my good friends from high school and mom of two recently gave me these shape shakers from Gymboree.  She said they are magic soothers for her children, and she hoped they would be the same for Eleanor.  I am happy to report that indeed these shakers are magic.  She starts to fuss and shake shake shake she is quiet again.  They aren’t 100% foolproof (sometimes she is too …continue…

Eleanor Finley: A Birth Story Part II

Birth Story Part I left off right when I was about to take the induction drugs, so here we go with Part II. The drug they gave me was Misoprostol–and induction drug that is supposed to be slower-acting and is administered orally.  They started me out with half a dose to see how my body would respond, telling me to lay down and get some sleep, and hopefully when I …continue…

Eleanor Finley: A Birth Story Part I

Well, the long-awaited (maybe, maybe not) birth story.  I’ll try and give details without giving too many details, but if you want any information about any part of the process I’ll be happy to share in an email.  I started to write this in its entirety but apparently I’m quite verbose, so I decided to break it up into two parts.  Part I is leading up to the actual active …continue…

Useful Stuff With A Newborn

Well, in these first few weeks at home there have definitely been some products that have been indispensable for us here chez Eleanor.  Here are some items we have found most useful: The Moby Wrap This is by far the easiest way to cart the baby around when on-the-go.  After the first time, the wrap is incredibly easy to use and very portable.  I love how cozy and snugly it …continue…

Breastfeeding Update

(image courtesy of Edyta Szyszlo Photography) At six weeks I think I can say we have turned a corner, for real this time (knock on wood).  Of course there will still be hiccups since mastitis, clogged ducts and thrush can creep up at any time, but for now I think I might be on my way to actually enjoying nursing. Around 5.5 weeks I started to notice that I was …continue…

DeLurking Day

Courntey Bowden (of Bowdenisms and from yesterday’s Real Nursery) says that today is National DeLurking Day!  So, for all of you lurkers out there who haven’t commented this day is for you.  We love all of you and we would love to hear from you! So please comment below.  You don’t even have to use your real name.  Choose a name you have always wanted or a character or famous …continue…

[Real Nursery] Cozy Grey

Doesn’t this look like somewhere you could spend a lot of time?  It’s bright, and the color palette is very inviting.  The mix of textures, prints, and colors creates a cozy nursery without screaming ‘this is for a baby!’ or ‘a girl lives here!’.  It’s grown up, but with that touch of whimsy and comfort that just feels perfect.  Courtney is the mom of a very precious baby girl named …continue…

A nursery for Piper Jane, tomorrow (I hope)

I’m trying my darndest to get the nursery post completed for tomorrow. I’m about to leave for the airport, to visit the grandparents in Phoenix, who don’t have internet at their place . . . so this will all come together courtesy of Starbucks wi-fi tonight. But it will be worth it, I LOVE this nursery! I have the most adorable, but still sophisticated, nursery to share with you all. …continue…

Breastfeeding: One Month In

Okay, fair warning here, this is going to be a blunt tale of breastfeeding from a new mom. If you don’t want to read about what some might call TMI, I recommend skipping this post. So.  In the hospital I was told by everyone that Eleanor had a great latch, and the staff was impressed by how well she was eating and how we were doing.  I thought everything was …continue…

Hooray for garlands!

This as far as I have gotten on my garlanding push for the baby shower this weekend.  Five pieces done, many more to go. I enjoy doing this so it’s fun for me, my family however does not love the ‘punch’ sound that comes from the circle punch at 10 o’clock at night. So if you don’t have the time to make garlands or you don’t want to wake up …continue…

Garlands for a baby shower

I’ve been working on decorations for a Jessi’s baby shower on Saturday.  Sometimes I latch on to an idea and then I must make it, and lots of it.  At Tanisha’s shower it was fringe and cupcake poms.  This time it’s garlands.  I love garlands and when I came across this image from a beautiful mess I was on garland overload! (from a beautiful mess) I have made the fabric ties three …continue…