I am very, very slowly decorating the house. So many other things seem to be taking priority right now… I did order a few things… This area rug for the living room, two of these chairs for the living room in Nimes Demin, and these dishes from Denby. Hopefully those links work, if not, pictures below. Honestly, that’s all I’ve done so far. I can’t decide on sofas for the living room. I know I want cream leather, but I just can’t decide where to order from. We have several items from Room and Board which I’ve been impressed with, so maybe from there. We also need a new dining room table, but again, no idea what to order. I never did get back to the interior designer we hired. I just didn’t feel like she got the vibe we were going for, or understood our tastes.
Posted at 1:47 pm by Stefanie, on February 9, 2021
I’m a bit over winter. I know, I live in Iowa. I should be used to the cold. And it could be worse. I’m guessing North Dakota is much colder right now! It was -18F actual temperature this morning. I’m not sure what the windchill was, but a lot colder. I think our school was the only one for MILES and MILES that didn’t have a delay for the cold. The roads are horrible, it’s too cold for salt to work, so we all basically just slide everywhere. I saw some cars in some really interesting places yesterday, and that was just from running errands in town.
Nadia is still going to school each day, and wearing pants! Sometimes even to bed, and sometimes with shirts rather than dresses. She has her moments though, still some meltdowns, and still come times when she says she feels ‘wet’. Most of those times don’t involve crying fits or wiping for 30 minutes anymore, so I’m still viewing it all as improvement. We’re following a combination of treatment between her PANS specialist and a Naturopath who treats a variety of issues, but her practice includes many kids with PANS and PANDAS. She’s in Australia, if you can believe that. We meet with her next tonight at 9pm my time, which I think will be morning for her. She’s very interesting, and her and our MD are aware of the shared treatments. So far it seems to be working for us… I’m curious if she will add any more supplements when we talk tonight though. Nadia is already on so many that Eric calls one of our kitchen counters, Stef’s Apothecary.
And guess who lost her first tooth?? Yes, Nora! I can’t believe my little peanut Nora is already getting adult teeth. Actually, her two bottom permanent teeth have been in for weeks. Hopefully her other bottom tooth falls out soon so her second row of teeth can move forward, lol!
Last week felt rough. I picked up the girls from school Wednesday afternoon at 1:30p, and we didn’t leave the house again until Monday morning for school. And Eric was on-call, and terribly busy. Snow days, ugh, and weekends when Eric works. And yes, we totally could have ventured out, but where to with COVID and the below freezing temps? Here is a picture of the girls waiting for daddy to arrive home… Pay no attention to our messy garage entrance…
I’ve done a little, yes, very little, decorating of the house so far. We still haven’t ordered any furniture. I just need to decide I guess. Here are a few little areas I put together so far, nothing fancy. I kind of have a thing for green wreaths all the sudden. I obviously need to order another candle for the one holder, but I’m not sure I love that wall anyway. I didn’t get it all quite in the center of the wall, and it bothers me. Although I assume in person no one else would notice. Our coffee bar wall needs more help, more on the top shelf as I took down a few things that were up I didn’t like. And no judging my messy kitchen! (There is obviously a theme in this house with messy. Or rather, real-life.)
Did I ever post pictures of Nadia’s bedroom? It’s pretty much complete, could use a bit more decorating. I’ll take a few pictures and post again soon!
Posted at 3:39 pm by Stefanie, on January 25, 2016
How is Nora 10 months old already?? I seriously don’t know where the months have gone! I best start thinking about her 1st birthday celebration!
Nora’s a very busy little girl, never stops moving, pulls herself up on everything, tries to stand… Which probably explains why she is gaining so, so very slowly. Last Wednesday was her last weight check, up to 14 lbs 9 oz. We are still fortifying my milk. And while we are adding in solids, her pediatrician stresses that my milk is still best for her at this stage.
Last Saturday thru Wednesday Eric and I went to Minneapolis with Nora. Eric had a week off work and while I’d love to just fly to Aruba like one of his partners, I don’t feel like it’s all that feasible with a baby. I have no clue how one takes frozen breast milk on a plane. And honestly, I’m learning that traveling with a baby is a lot of work. Stressful. And takes some of the fun out of time away.
For whatever reason we didn’t take many pictures… I need to be better about that. We did have a nice time though. Eric even let me shop two days at the Mall of America! I got Nora a bunch of cute outfits and myself another pair of Uggs. I’m addicted. Nora was best at restaurants, being she is so nosy. If we put her in a high chair with puffs she entertains herself by people-watching. It’s quite amusing really.
Aside from the mall, we went to a bunch of furniture stores. There was one in particular I wanted to stop at, Room and Board. I found several things on their website I liked and wanted to see them in person before ordering. This bed and matching Bennett collection should be arriving this Saturday in the color shown on the site. And I’m pretty sure I’m going to order this table with charcoal stained legs and a bright white quartz top. Not sure about chairs yet. I’m just pretty much awful at decorating. I ordered these bar stools with graphite legs and black leather seats. But now I’m wondering if black will be too dark. And what do I order for chairs with a table with a white top? Can I order the same chairs with a black seat? Or is that too much contrast? Help! Oh, and then there is the house situation, which might change all this furniture anyway. Without boring you with pages and pages of complaints, let me just say, I don’t like our current home. It just doesn’t feel like home to me. We looked at several open houses yesterday, but honestly, there isn’t much for sale right now here. The only one I kind of liked was this one, but I don’t love it, it’s nothing all that special, the basement would need to be finished, and frankly, I feel like we shouldn’t just buy something again to buy something. That’s how we got into a house I don’t like in the first place. I guess ultimately I still want to build our dream house we designed last year, but Eric wants to wait until his practice is more stable, so probably three years from now. In the meantime though, does it make sense to build again, or just live with this house I don’t care for so much? I feel like I spend so much time at home though, and not liking where you live, well, it’s hard. But on the other hand, there is nothing wrong with the house we just built… Perhaps I’m just way too picky… I’m sure our Realtor thinks I’m quite crazy! Maybe I am…
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