Otto’s 6-Month Update

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Otto 6-Month Update

We just got back from Otto’s 6-month appointment today, so I wanted to write everything down before I forgot! I am not ready for this baby to grow up. Our pediatrician said as we left, “Just think—the next time you’re here he’ll be crawling!” All the nopes on that one. I need him to stay little. I can’t really tell you why, but I have learned these 2.5 years of being a parent that time is fleeting. And this time when he is so little, the last baby, feels very special. I’m holding on as much as I can.


Weight – 17 lbs 14 oz

Height – 27.5″

Head – 18″

Teeth – 0

Diaper Size – 3

Sleeping Through The Night? – Yes (But still in his Rock ‘n Play—oops!)

Likes: Watching his brothers play, kicking in the water, eating purees, napping on mama, playing hide ‘n seek, bouncing up and down, touching Biggie’s fur, gnawing on his blanket and looking outside

Dislikes: Diaper changes, being put down for a nap, loud noises, getting strapped into his car seat, when mom ends nursing sessions


Otto 6-Month Update

Otto is a hoot! He’s got the best faces. And he gives us these “Y’all are crazy” stares all the time. I think he is going to be a little jokester—I swear he knows what makes us laugh. His big trick right now is blowing raspberries while eating, which sprays food everywhere, which gets all of us smiling and laughing. He gets a kick out of it.

Overall, he’s a very calm baby (thank goodness!). He’s really along for the ride, which is good, because it feels like we’re moving a mile a minute all of the time. He’s outspoken though—and will let you know when he needs more attention or if he’s ready to move on. He laugh-screeches for us in the morning to come get him and it’s the sweetest thing. I’ve mentioned this before, but the kid knows how to command the attention of the room. A select few have been lucky to hear his glass-shattering Mariah Carey-style scream. (It’s actually pretty impressive.)

His favorite thing to do right now is to stand on our knees, with his legs locked, and then let go and bounce up and down for as long as you’ll let him. He squeals and giggles the whole time, especially when he’s with his daddy.


Otto 6-Month Update

Both Nixon and Teller are beyond sweet with Otto. They talk about Otto all the time. When Otto starts to fuss, the boys act like it is a national emergency and yell, “Baby crying!” as they rush to his side. Soothing includes throwing a blanket over his head or shoving a paci in his mouth (don’t worry, there are interventions that take place).

Teller is often sitting next to me while I’m feeding Otto and I’ll look over to Teller holding Otto’s hand or patting his arm. It is beyond sweet. And I hope it stays this way when Otto gets mobile. I keep telling myself that the big boys are so used to a life of sharing that adding a third person to lay claim on toys won’t be as big of a deal (maybe?).

And Otto is incredibly curious about his brothers. His head is on a swivel, whipping back and forth, as he watches them zoom around the house. He drools over what they eat, he laughs when they laugh and he’s just generally ready to get in there and play. He will have to wait a few more months, but he’s almost there.


Otto 6-Month Update

We just started him on some purees this month and my gosh—he is a fan. He smacks his lip and opens his mouth wide for more. His favorite so far appears to be prunes and as you can imagine, stretches my laundry skills to new heights. 🙂 He also is loving pumpkin and mango. We got the OK to add in some variety today at our appointment, so we’re about to go full throttle into the world of “real food” and some of the handheld stuff. I wouldn’t consider myself a BLW (baby-led weaning) mom at all, but I’ll let him suck on a banana or another type of fruit if he reaches for it.

And from a nursing perspective, Otto is my first baby that has been 100% breast milk fed. I pumped for the boys and supplemented, so this “all in” thing has been a whole new adventure for me. Do I love it? Yes. Do I want it to be over? Yes! Ha! I don’t do a ton of nursing in public because Otto is a very, erhm, passionate eater and him nursing sort of looks like I’m wrestling a crocodile under my shirt, which isn’t a great look. I’m thankful for a pretty big freezer stash that saves me from some of those moments.

Also, not sure this is worth nothing but I’m not a “breast is best” snob AT ALL—I’m so laid back about the whole thing in general (just feed your baby whichever way works best for you—no biggie), but the whole nursing thing has been a personal challenge/goal of mine that I’m glad I’m still doing.


Y’all. Going from two to three is no joke (and doing so in 2 years was also aggressive lol). Everything they say about adding a third is true. It took a long time for us to get into a routine, and we’re still working out the kinks. The biggest daily hurdle is being outnumbered, particularly when we are wanting to get out of the house and go to some kind of event as a family. The boys are still young enough that they need to be watched close/need assistance and Otto is well… a baby. Otto is actually the easiest part—it’s keeping the other two together and safe that gets tricky. Aaron is usually chasing the big kids (and they run in opposite directions), while Otto is strapped to me. I can chase, but I can only do so much with a baby on me. And when I have to stop to feed the baby? Oh boy… it’s a little nuts!

But even with all of those challenges, we try to get out of the house a lot. No matter how painful or inconvenient it might be. We need to exist and participate in the outside world in order to feel normal. We’ve truly had a great summer and we didn’t feel like shut-ins at all, which I’m thrilled about because I was sure it would be the exact opposite. That being said—those outings all come with a serious dose of “oh my gosh, this is hard” (ask us about our camping trip, or our weekend at the lake), but we’re always glad we did it.

I’ll be back at 12 month (in 2018! Eep!) with another Otto update, and my big boys are actually 2.5 as of today, so I’ve got another update to write. This blog is sort of acting as my baby book (I try to do updates every 6 months) and I am so thankful to have these posts to look back on!

Otto 6-Month Update

We love you so much Otto boy. If feels like just yesterday you were born a St. Paddy’s Day baby and now we’re so excited to show you what mom and dad’s favorite season is all about.



Master Bedroom Progress!

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We’ve made some pretty decent progress in the master bedroom recently—a new rug, curtains, bedding, drapes and some furniture! It’s getting there! We’ve got quite a bit more to do (here’s the design plan post), but any progress is considered awesome progress around here.

Master Bedroom Progress

It wasn’t too long ago that it was looking more like this…

It's Starting to Feel Like Home: Part 3

We’ve yet to make the big visual changes yet—like painting the walls (DREADING IT!)—but it’s crazy to see how simple layers like bedding, rugs and drapes can change the space.


Master Bedroom Progress

This rug needed an 8′ x 10′ so I was on the hunt for an affordable option. I needed something muted, with just a tiny hint of pattern, and this Safavieh Valencia rug did the trick. I actually found this rug marked as “damaged” via eBay and got it for much cheaper. I have been loving this eBay shop for “damaged but mostly lovely” bargain rug finds.

Master Bedroom Progress


Master Bedroom Progress

I always tell people when designing spaces that dressing a window with a decent 96″+ drape and quality rod is going to cost you around $200/window. Fabric at that length and that width is just expensive, no matter which way you cut it. Now, there are certainly deals to be found and you best believe I was trying to get this closer to $150/window, which I almost succeeded at.

The black rods are from Walmart (believe it or not) and I LOVE THEM. They are heavy, feel very substantial and I like the style of the finials—mostly traditional with a touch of matte black modern. And get this—they are $25 a piece. That is unheard of.

The drapes are another awesome bargain find. Like I mention in this post on big-home living, I’m firmly footed in the land of 108″+ drapes thanks to our 9’+ ceilings, so finding affordable options that are fully lined and can also block light is really hard. The average is about $80/panel and with 3 windows to cover, that was just not happening. I also am fairly picky about the hanging style of the drape and prefer something that has both a pole pocket, tabs AND a sewed in panel for drapery hooks. High maintenance, I know. These 108″ blackout velvet drapes via Amazon did the trick!


Master Bedroom Progress

I have a white duvet in the design plan, but I’ve had this taupe floral bedding around for awhile now and wanted to see how it would look with the new, well, look. It’s from Dwell Studio—called the Georgia—and I do love it. It was a way for me to get my floral on, but yet neutral enough that Aaron didn’t feel completely silly with it pulled up around his ears at night (lol).


Nearly everything “new” you see here—the chair, the side table, the black task lamp, the blue shibori frames—are from Target. This was all stuff that I had purchased to stage the Holman house (and ultimately to live at this house) but I didn’t exactly plan on it all being within the same 5 feet of each other–ha! We have plans to swap out the art in those Target frames (the frames are incredible!) but I do like everything together here.

Chair / Side Table / Black Lamp (similar) / Blue Shibori Frames

Also, if you’re interested in the Target frames, they are made in a way that you cannot open the back of them. I think I can still get in there, but have yet to investigate how much damage opening up the back of those puppies might happen. Just so you’re aware…

I think that’s it!

Now on to painting… UGH!



Staining Our Deck Like A Boss (With A Sprayer!)

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Our back deck is finally stained! Hallelujah! You’ve heard me yammer on about staining this deck now for weeks and the weather finally cooperated long enough for me to get it done. It feels great to check this off my list.

Spray Staining Our Deck

Spray Staining Our Deck

When we designed the deck, we opted for a shadowbox-type approach for the walls. It gave it the modern horizontal look we wanted, saved us some money on materials and keeps the space nice and breezy (vs. doing a solid vertical wall). I talk more about our approach in this post, including where we started and where we ended up. We used the very talented Bill Harris from Custom Carpentry in NKY to bring our vision to life. Here’s what it looked like when Bill wrapped up his part (it was about 90% done at this point).

Backyard Fence/Deck Progress

That was in November of last year. And it sat and sat. There’s actually some merit to letting treated lumber “sit” for awhile, but I doubt they meant for nearly a year. Whoops. I had been putting it off because I knew it was going to take forever. While the design of the walls is awesome visually and functionally, getting the nooks and crannies of those bad boys stained is right up there on the torture scale with painting kitchen cabinets. It was one of those “take a vacation day” type of jobs, if you know what I mean.

But wait… I had forgotten about these lovely little devices called paint sprayers!! D’uh!! Guess what sprayers can also spray? Wood stain! (Stain is actually much easier/less fuss in a sprayer versus paint because you don’t have to water it down like you do paint.)

Spray Staining Our Deck

Here is when being a blogger comes in handy. I emailed my contact at HomeRight and asked for a prayer to review, and she recommended the Finish Max sprayer. My very own showed up in the mail a few days later.

I have to admit—I was intimidated by this thing. It looks and feels very powerful. It IS powerful. But it was so easy to use. I was expecting to spend 2 torturous days staining our deck by hand and it took me like two hours. TWO HOURS. There is nothing I love more than something that saves me time.

A couple of things to note on spraying vs. staining:

  • You’ll use more stain (so be sure to have some extra on hand)
  • You’ll need to stay close to the wood (about 4-10 inches) to ensure you don’t waste too much (took me awhile to get this down!)
  • You’ll need to practice the spraying motion on a piece of cardboard to avoid getting those start and stop circles
  • You’ll need a long extension cord so you can move with freedom
  • You’ll need a good stain brush to smooth out any drips (I used this one)
  • You’ll need some mineral spirits and a bucket for cleanup
  • You’ll need to plan a date night to celebrate all the free time you’ll suddenly have (no seriously, we went out that night)

As far as the supplies we needed—we didn’t need much! The stain we used is called ProLuxe Cetol SRD RE in a Cedar Matte Finish… pretty much the Mercedes Benz of wood stains… it went on like buttah! I also really liked this AllPro Stainer Brush I borrowed from my dad. I can’t find the link for it, but this one is a similar size.

Spray Staining Our Deck

The color of the stain turned out so pretty. I was a little worried because sometimes cedars come out too orange, but this one was just right while still coordinating with the color of our cedar playhouse.

Spray Staining Our Deck

Spray Staining Our Deck

A year ago it looked like this (below), so I’d say we’ve made a vast improvement on this space!

Backyard Fence/Deck Progress

I’m not completely done here (I’d like to paint the floor) but I’m happy for now!




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