Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A sappy mommy moment...

As I sit here in one of the only moments of the day when I have complete silence and time to think about something other than mommy duties, all I can seem to think about is my baby boy.

He is almost one, and it's hard to believe that a year ago today I was anxiously awaiting his arrival, unsure of what was to come.  Would my labor go smoothly? Would he be perfectly healthy? Would he look like me or Michael? Tears come to my eyes when I realize that God, the creator of the universe, was probably listening to those thoughts of mine with a smile on his face, thinking "Oh Stevie, you have no idea what is to come."

I'm so thankful to the Lord that no matter what the circumstance, He always has a bright future planned for me. (Jeremiah 29:11.)

Not only did my labor go smoothly but my baby was healthy and is perfect in my eyes.  If there is such a thing as beyond perfect, then that is Cole. The love I have for that kid is unreal.  I never KNEW such a love could exist... I knew that God loves us more than we can comprehend, but for the human soul to be able to feel such a love that I have for my baby boy, is unfathomable.  I can't count how many times since Cole was born that my heart filled up with so much love and joy that it was released through tears pouring down my face as I whispered under my breath "thank you Lord, thank you Lord, thank you."  I don't care if that sounds overly dramatic, I'm pretty sure most other moms out there no that EXACT feeling that I'm talking about... nothing so perfect could come from anything other than the Lord and He deserves all the glory. I can't thank Him enough.

A year ago today I had no idea what was to come.  I thought I had an idea, but no, I didn't.  Beyond all of the mommy-hood stresses I've dealt with and knew were to come: The labor, the nursing issues, the what-if's, the hundreds and hundreds of diapers, the sleepless nights, the crying that I couldn't stop, the questions of what to feed him, the sleep training, etc... beyond all of that there was something coming that I didn't know of because there was no way for me to know until I experienced it myself.  That was the unimaginable joy and love that this child would bring me.

So today, as I sit here and think, I need to realize that no matter what is to come, there is no reason for me to worry about the things in life that the enemy wants to consume me with. Everything is in His hands, always has been, always will be. His plan IS good, always. So I will continue to pray that God leads me on HIS path and His path only, not my own, so that I can stay in His good will.

And I will continue to cherish every second of my little man, inhale his precious baby scent, stroke his silky blonde hair, stare into his blue eyes, and kiss his soft chubby cheeks a billion more times... because he is my little gift from God, and no worry in this world is big enough to outweigh this love. <3

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Cole's Nursery Makeover

After some hard work and only $36.00 spent, I am finally done!

I decided that Cole's nursery needed a little bit of an update.  It started as safari theme, and it was cute, but I wanted something new.

I decided instead of a "baby nursery", we would make it a "big baby nursery".. Hehe.

I took a look around at what I had in there, and what I had to work with. I didn't want to make it expensive whatsoever. After all, my boy is only 10 1/2 months old!

We have tons of giraffe stuff, so I decided to get rid of the other animal stuff, and narrow it down to just giraffe decor.  I also made it a little bit more sophisticated and modern, so I am calling it a Colorful Giraffe big boy nursery. ;) LOL

Here is his nursery before:


Small changes that made a big difference:
1. Moved the furniture around.
2. Painted the changing table.
3. Moved one of the shelves on the wall.
4. Put new decor on the shelves... using all of what I already had.
5. Created my own nursery wall art using Microsoft Publisher and put in a frame I already had.
6. Spray painted the letter C for the wall, and the picture frames.
8. Took down the leopard valances and put up some red curtains we had in storage. I wanted to get rid of most of the animal prints except for giraffe and I figured why not add a pop of color. :)
9. Where did we get that giant giraffe you ask? It's a long story, but my father in law works at a furniture store and we ended up with it... we named him Geoffrey and he has been outside in our gazebo area for months. I decided he would make a nice addition to Cole's room.

Expenses for this makeover (approximate):
1.  Can of oops paint from Home Depot for the changing table: $7.00
2.  Can of blue spray paint for picture frames and the letter C: $3.00
3.  Wood letter C from Michael's Crafts: $3.00
4.  Printing the personalized wall art Cole poster (created in MS Publisher for free and printed at Kinkos): $23.00

Grand Total: $36.00

This is now my favorite room in the house.

I think baby man likes it too!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Cole's Changing Table Makeover

Hola Amigos! :)

Last weekend one of the knobs fell off my son's changing table.  I took that as a sign it was time to finally paint the thing.  I've been wanting to since the day I bought it off Craigslist when I was pregnant, due to it's scratches and dents...and the fact that it's a wood piece of furniture.  Every wood piece of furniture I see seems to scream "PAINT ME!!!" I know wood furniture can be gorgeous, but this piece was not.

I started sanding Monday morning, and worked on it little by little all week, and finally finished it tonight.

I knew I wanted it to be a bright color, something that would pop in the nursery.  I couldn't decide exactly what I wanted but when I went to Home Depot and saw a really pretty shade of blue in the "oops" section, I took that as another sign.  The changing table shall be blue. :)

Here it is before:

And After:

Mi gusto! (Sorry about all the horrible spanish.. Dora the Explorer has been playing in the background for like 3 hours straight and it's starting to get to me..)

Here's the step by step of what I did:

1. Removed the knobs and cleaned off the changing table really well.
2.  Sanded it down with my Ryobi power sander. Having a power sander is a MUST for these projects.  In my opinion, sanding should never be skipped if you want a nice turn out.  This sander was only $39.99 at Home Depot and worth every penny.
3.  Washed off all sanding dust.
4.  Brush painted on a coat of the blue "oops" paint.  Yes, I Stevie Jackson, the spray painting queen, brush painted.  Why you ask?  Over the holidays I was admiring some AMAZING refinished furniture projects my hubby's sister did, and wanted to know why her projects turned out so SMOOTH and beautiful.  She said it was because she brush painted with a NICE brush, and then brushed on a certain kind of wood finish she uses. Well, guess what she got me for Christmas?  A new paint brush and the nice wood finish she uses. :)  So I of COURSE had to test it out.... and I love how it turned out!!!
5.  After coat one was dry, I applied coat two.
6.  After coat two was dry, I inspected for any globs of paint (there were a few,) sanded them down and re-painted those spots.
7.  After all paint was dry, I applied two coats of the finish with my new amazing paint brush. (Waited for coat one to dry before coat two of course.)  The finish I used is by Deft and it's Satin waterbourne acrylic finish.
8.  Spray painted the knobs white.
9.  After knobs and changing table were dry, I put the knobs back on.
10.  Had hubby help me haul it all back upstairs to the nursery!

These projects looks SO easy on Pinterest and the blogs with these amazing before and after transformations... but I'll be the first to admit they're not easy. They take time, energy, and elbow grease. Oh. And lots and lots of patience, something that is hard for me.  So when/if you decide to take on a furniture refinishing project of your own, remember that you may not complete it in one day, and you may make a few mistakes.  

This changing table is just the beginning of a little makeover I'm doing on Cole's nursery.  I'm about half way there, hoping I'll be able to share it this weekend.