Wednesday, March 26, 2014

8 months

It's so weird to me to think that Lucas is closer to being ONE than he is to 0 now. There were not really any great big excitements this month as far as milestones, just the simple pleasure of watching this happy boy grow and discover the world around him.

We're still trying lots of new food. I am continuing to make most of it but I branched out and bought some of the Sprouts brand food and have been really happy with it. It's organic and has no added preservatives, flavors, etc. If you buy carrots, it just has...carrots in it. I will probably laugh at how nuts I've been about what Lucas eats on down the road, but for now, it's how we're rollin. Researching more on what to feed him has also been making me rethink some of our eating choices--but that's a post for another day.

He tried his sippy cup for the first time this month. He mostly plays with the cup, but he can get some water out if you hold it up to his mouth for him.

Sleeping at night is going pretty well for the most part. Lucas is completely out of the sleep sack and just sleeping in his jammies now. Whew! Who knew that would be so difficult?

He has started sleeping with a lovie. A lot of times, it helps him soothe himself to sleep so there is less crying (but not all the time). It melts my heart going in to check on him and seeing him snuggled up hugging his lovie.

He still fights his naps most days. Seems like just when we find our routine, life happens and we get out of sync again.

He was determined to grab the camera lens

He hasn't really made much progress towards crawling. He's pretty content to sit and play with the toys he can reach.

Still trying...

He absolutely loves Bear. Bear is a little less impressed with him for the time being. Especially when he tries to pull his hair--which apparently is one of his favorite things to do as he does it to me & Andy constantly.

He still doesn't have any teeth!

I had to include these pictures. During his little photo session he was interrupted by a poopy and his faces were too funny...

He pretty much hasn't used his paci this month, with a couple of exceptions.

Overall, he continues to be a pretty happy, easygoing baby. We continue to thank the Lord for the blessing of being his parents.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Before & After: Entry & Stairwell

The entry to our house is interesting because the front door is on an angle. You can see it in the pic below just to the right (with the red edge). It opens right up to the stairwell. 


View to the entry from the living room...

When we got the house, the stairwell was a steep, dark cave. There were no lights in it at all, so it was really dark at night. There must have been some sort of deal on the blue paint that you see here on the risers. The front door was painted the same color (over a bright red, so it appeared kind of purple) and there was a splash here and there on the kitchen cabinets and breakfast room ceiling as well.

View to the entry from the dining room...

During the reno...

In order to add a master bath upstairs, we had to run the plumbing through the entry and drop the ceiling a bit.

The biggest change we made in the entry was opening up the stairwell. We wanted to open it completely, but we ended up needing to keep the wide column you see at the left for support. 

You can see from this view how it looked from the stairs.

Phone cubby still there...

Front door view


We toyed with ideas for a long time of how to keep the stairwell open with the wide column that we needed. The stairs are so steep, it wouldn't have worked to run a traditional banister with balusters. You can see our final idea starting to take shape here...


View from the living room

To try to make the wide column on the left look like it was supposed to be there, we added a mirrored column on the right. My talented dad took a picture I found and built us this bench to fit into the space and then fit the balusters in above so Lucas wouldn't go jumping through the hole.

We do plan on adding some trim to the columns, but we'll save that project for another day.

These sconces were original to the house and were in the living room. My mom cleaned them up for us. We had them rewired and put them in the stairwell and upstairs hallway.

So far we've been happy with the results of opening up the stairwell. Bear likes to stop on his way up the stairs and look out over the living room to see what's going on.

Next up: Kitchen & Mud room