Sunday, February 19, 2012

First Impressions

Colton turns 3 next Saturday? WHAT? How do I have a 3 year old. How is he so big? I can hardly believe it. Colton turning 3 has made me a big nostalgic...

I remember so clearly those first moments of Colton's life. Minutes after being born, Colton looked around the room eyes wide- so curiously, so intently- as if he were trying to figure out this crazy world. I held him, and he looked right into my eyes and really looked at me.

I remember getting his newborn pictures taken, and he just stared straight at that camera the whole time...totally amused...not even attempting to fall asleep for those classic "sleeping newborn" shots. People used to tell me how aware and alert he was for a newborn. He noticed everything. I used to joke that the world was just a little too much for Colton.

When Colton was a week old, we took him on a walk. I remember poor Colton clinging on for DEAR life to that baby bjorn. He was terrified, and then once the sun shined on him, it was all just too much for his little body to handle. He braced himself for the sun, held on tight and tolerated our walk.

I remember describing his little personality on day 5 on his life as "sweet, lovable, stubborn stubborn, and tricky."

It's funny how I already knew my little Colton so well just a few days after he was born. His personality now is just that- it's sweet, oh-so lovable, stubborn beyond anything I could imagine and patience-trying tricky (I understand the stubborn and tricky part more now :) ). The world IS a little overwhelming for him, and he still CLINGS on for dear life. Whether that be onto my leg, or onto things that are familiar, or his little routines, or onto what makes him feel comfortable...this life is just a little harder for Colton. He still looks around at things with those eyes that see everything, taking it all in...sometimes in ways I recognize and sometimes in ways that I don't even pick up on.

But BOY do I love that kid. I'm happy to be that security for him, the thing he clings onto. I always tell him, as he is panicing when I walk into a different room or leave for a few minutes "I will come back Colton. I always will come back. I always do."

Colton, I am so proud of you. I'm so proud of the wonderful boy that you are. I'm proud of all your hard work and for learning lots of new things everyday. I know you have to work harder than most kids. You are the sweetest boy, with the purest heart. You love so fully. I love how you take care of me and look out for me. You are my #1 buddy. We love you to pieces. Happy 3rd birthday Colton!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Colton's Room Redo

Disclaimer: I wish I was one of those people that had a wonderful camera and could take beautiful pictures...where everything, even vases/books/beds, look glamorous. One day.)

Colton is turning 3 in a few weeks, I can hardly believe it! I was looking around his room a couple months ago and realizing I still have all his newborn baby pictures up. It was time to get this boy a big boy room!

(however, this big boy room STILL includes a crib because I'm not ready to give it up yet. How old is TOO old to have a child in a crib? I DO have the cutest West Elm striped blue/white bedding and plans to build a darling headboard when the time does come for the switch.)

(first I painted the room a light gray)

So, I have completed PHASE 1 of bedroom redo: wall art
Here is my photo wall. I made the graphic images from ideas I saw online, painted Colton's silhouette/pear, printed photos, and spray painted some cheap frames white. $15 later= my favorite frame wall!

This will be his bedding from West Elm
I also painted this deer silhouette on some wood, and then covered this letter C in some Yarn. $5 for the deer and probably $5 for the C. The C was my most favorite project ever, cute, fast...and super darling.

My MAP! Okay, I give full credit for this idea to this etsy shop. But I simply didn't have $80, so I spent about $10 and made it on my own. Chalkboard fabric, stained dowels, paint marker, and some chalk! I love love love it and can change up the chalk parts whenever I want! $10 = my favorite project ever.

Up next....pillows, curtains, big boy bed, comforter, rug? I am using this fabric for my bed pillow, and his comforter will be the blue/white wide stripes.
and...I made this cute print for Valentine's day (I made it from what I saw here). It makes me happy :)

Decorating is my favorite.