Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Day 10 Update

Luca is 10 days old!

I have been doing a bad job at taking real pictures so all I have are some iPhone pics so they will have to do for now!

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Luca lost a bit too much weight from birth to his first appointment with his pediatrician so we've had to go back multiple times to make sure he is on track. Here he is showing off his guns waiting for his weigh-in:

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And in hopes of starting the embarrassment early, we wore matching outfits yesterday:

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And we went for our first walk!

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He is such a sweet little guy. With the exception of some fussiness from about 11 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. (nice timing, buddy) he is pretty chill. He eats, he burps, he sleeps and dirties his diapers. Just like a baby should!!

We've had some challenges with breastfeeding but we are working on it and I'm hopeful it will get better. Lucky for moms these days, there are a lot of resources out there to help so I am definitely taking advantage of those!

More updates to come! Sorry for the lack of posting but well...I had a baby!! haha

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Friday, June 22, 2012

A Few Pics for a Friday!

First up, thank you everyone for your lovely comments on the birth of Luca - while I haven't been able to sit down and reply to them all, I have read each of them and am so touched that you took the time to write.

We are still doing well - our little family of three. Luca is amazing and while we are not getting much sleep (well, he sleeps, just during the day!) I am still flying high so the lack of sleep hasn't hit me too hard yet. Although I think my time is coming. Poor J. He'd better watch it :-)

I'll be back (hopefully next week) with some more specifics and some other posts, but in the meantime I thought I'd throw in a few pics for you guys!

Have a great weekend!

At his first appointment with his doctor




Love this face!


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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

What Did You Get Up to for Father's Day?

I know what I was up to....

turning this guy:

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into a father!!

We are so very happy to introduce you to the newest member of our family, Luca! Born at 5:16 a.m. on June 17 (39w2d) weighing in at 8 lbs exactly, Baby Luca is the best gift I've ever received and I now understand why people call it the miracle of birth.  A miracle indeed.

We were so ready to meet this little guy and have been enjoying every second since he arrived (even last night when he decided sleep was for the birds).

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(He looks SO much like my nieces here)

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This was our first self portrait after getting moved to a recovery room.

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All dressed up and ready to go home!

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Havin' a little snooze :-)

We are going to take a little time to get to know Luca but I will be back soon with some half decent pictures of the little munchkin.

Thanks to everyone for all your support during the pregnancy - it was a crazy journey and I'm really grateful to have been able to experience it. More details to follow!!


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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sarah 101 - Season 2

Have you guys been watching? I missed last week (wasn't home) but have finally set up my PVR to save me in case I'm not around. 

This season has been amazing so far!! Last year at the first BlogPodium event, Tommy Smythe spoke about the upcoming season and promised it would be even better than season one, mostly because it was going to highlight Sarah and Tommy being themselves - laughing, joking and goofing around while creating amazing design.

Tommy did not lead us astray!

This week was particularly great. I can't decide which episode was my favourite - the bathroom reno or the kitchen. Both of the 'afters' were incredible, and as much as I loved the kitchen (probably my favourite 'after'), I loved watching the bathroom process because it is so close to my heart (especially with the hunter green tiles!).


I thought the end result of the bathroom was gorgeous. Especially a) the layout (loved the huge shower and the separate water closet) and b) the tile. The tile was insanely gorgeous and I loved the use of the mosaic like art in the shower and in the "nooche" :) 

The only thing I didn't *love* was the light wood colour of the vanity. I'm not sure why but it just didn't jive with me. I think I would have preferred it to be white, dark or grey. The pinkish tone of that natural colour didn't really fit with my taste.

The kitchen (and the gorgeous country home it was in) was INSANE. Seriously. The herringbone backsplash, the reclaimed barn board island, the calcutta marble. Amazing. 


There was nothing I didn't love about this kitchen. No wonder the homeowners were so happy! Who wouldn't be?! To live in a house like that with a kitchen done by Sarah and Tommy? Hel-lo!!

If you didn't get the chance to watch, head over to HGTV and you can watch the episodes online. Definitely worth it :-)

In other Sarah 101 news.... :-)

I've been told that our episode will air on JULY 10!! So mark your calendars and you will finally get to see our awesome nursery! Once it has aired I will be able to post a bit more about it so until then, my lips are still sealed!

Did you watch this week? What did you think? Any favourite tips? Are you liking this season?


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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Day 2 of Maternity Leave

and I'm not bored yet but I think I could be pretty soon!!

My last week at work was half hectic and half quiet. Trying to finish up the last bits and pieces and training my replacement was very, very strange. Even though I know it is temporary, there is something kind of never wracking about packing up your office and training a replacement.

I obviously have a big life change coming my way and taking a maternity leave is important both for the baby and our family, but it is a huge transition for someone who has for many many years worked towards building a career. I'm sure I will get used to it but right now, as I sit on the couch watching daytime tv, it feels very strange.

I went to the spa yesterday thanks to a gift certificate from my work colleagues/friends but the rest of the week will be filled with naps, movie watching, cooking and a little bit of nesting I think. I have to finish up with the nursery (organizing the clothes, etc) and I want to do a little bit of cooking so that we can have some frozen stuff in the freezer before the little guy joins the family :)

And finally, so this post isn't entirely picture-less, we made a last minute change to our living room!

We always hated the light fixture that was in there. Here is a pic:

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Notice the lovely brass bows? Not my favourite part.

Since the guest room was turned into a nursery, we had one of our DIY projects just sitting in our basement:


Yep - the light used to be in the dressing room (which has never looked that clean since!) but it was a little oversized and eventually was swapped to the guest room:


And now?

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The wire/chain is a little short but we'll deal with that later. At this point, I'm just happy to have the brass bows out of our house. AND I am now SUPER HIP because this month's Style at Home was all about decorating with white :-)


What do you think? Should the fixture be temporary (which is what we thought at first) or do you think it is a winner in the living room?

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

ScotchBlue Tape with Edge-Lock Protection - Worth It?

I remember when us Canadian's started hearing rumors about this magic painters tape called "Frog Tape" in the States. Supposedly it had some magic in it that made sure that paint wouldn't leak under it. Frog Tape Magic, I'm sure that is what it was called.

I even called my parents in the States and asked them to look for it and buy it if they could. I wanted the magic.

They never found it, and eventually they started selling it in Canada to somewhat mixed reviews (if I remember correctly). Some people said it was worth the extra money, some said it wasn't.

When it came time to buy tape for our stair project, I was adamant that I wanted to buy Frog Tape. Having the line between the white and the black be crisp was SUPER important in my eyes, and regular tape just wasn't going to cut it.

We trekked out to Home Depot and looked at the Frog Tape. I remembered the mixed reviews. I looked at the price. Then I looked at the bin next to it filled with ScotchBlue with Edge-Lock Protection. It was slightly cheaper and was made by the company that (in my opinion) also makes excellent regular painters tape. I generally prefer it to the other stuff (the green tape).

Appeasing my husband's desire to save a bit of money (he wasn't convinced we needed 'special' tape), we went with the ScotchBlue and got taping.

There was a lot of tape used in the project:

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I was super careful taping and really just kept hoping for the best. We wouldn't know how it worked until the end (which is SCARY, yo!).

I am extremely happy to report that ScotchBlue with Edge-Lock Protection was AMAZING. I would say that we ended up with 95% perfection. The tape came of easily and smoothly (after just over a week and 2 coats of black oil paint) leaving behind a gorgeous, smooth and crisp line.

The only areas where we had a little bleeding were areas where the wood wasn't flat - little divots were there that I didn't notice and because I didn't push the tape into those divots, the paint dripped behind the tape.

Example:


That was one of the worst ones. But you can see the edge on the bottom is pretty much perfect (thanks to ScotchBlue!!).

In order to fix up the few tiny blemishes on our gorgeous stairs, we picked up small art brushes from the dollar store and I got busy touching everything up. It was surprisingly easy and only some of the deep divots required two coats. I even took a video to show you guys (nerd-alert!):



That was one of the steps that I went back and did a second coat on, but you get the idea of how easy it was to fix the little bits that weren't perfect.

So that's that - ScotchBlue with Edge-Lock was DEFINITELY worth the extra price. You don't want to know what I would have done if we took off the tape and found this:


I know it is crazy talk, but I would actually try to use this tape for almost every application. Why wouldn't I want a nice crisp line where the wall meets the ceiling or the trim? Totally worth it :)

(No, ScotchBlue didn't sponsor this post or send me any free tape. Although I'd love that as I have some striped wall ideas in my future :-) I just was really, really happy with it and I wanted to let you guys know!)

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Monday, June 4, 2012

And Finally, The Reveal We've Been Waiting For...

Well...the reveal I'VE been waiting for :-) You guys are probably sick of the stair project but friends...so am I! We started this project on April 14, 2012. We thought it would be a decent sized project, but we had no idea it would take SEVEN weeks.

Remember where we started?

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And then we did this:


And then we proceeded to panic :-)

After weeks of stripping, sanding, filling, sanding, priming, priming, and paint paint paint (oh wait, we also taped every little thing), this is where we are now...


you ready?



Really?




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We still have work to do as far as a new console table (that one is literally teetering on those legs), storage and some hooks, but for the time being, we are DONE. I can't believe how hard J worked on these stairs. He did about 90% of the entire job while I either left the house and went shopping or napped on the couch in the basement. Poor guy. However I think this is a job he can be really, truly proud of. 

I can't get over the transformation. Whenever I see them, I actually smile and chuckle to myself when I think about what they looked like before and what they look like now.

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Are they perfect? Nope. The treads, no matter what we did, did not end up perfectly smooth. You can definitely see some 'character' in them, but I'm okay with that! They are original stairs and a few nicks and bumps are to be expected. They are perfect for us though :-)

Here is what we used as far as paint went:

White trim/risers: Para paint "Chrysler Hall White" in semi-gloss
Black treads: CIL oil based garage and porch paint in "Black Plague"

If anyone has any specific questions, please let me know!

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Full Term, Baby!!

That's right. 37 weeks today which means the alien growing in my belly is full term and could safely come out any time!!

This photo isn't from today (it's from yesterday) but today's outfit isn't as cute so I'm cheating a bit.

You can see my JUMBO feet and ankles (and hands) in this one - nothing like honesty and FULL disclosure, right? :-)

This dress kind of reminds me of my STAIRS :-)

So for those of you who are wondering, here is how 37 weeks pregnant makes me feel:

Nervous
Massive
Swollen
Excited
Impatient
Tired
Excited (did I say that twice? oops)

In other news, my awesome friends at work threw me a shower yesterday and proved that they had a sense of humor, using some old decorations from earlier celebrations:


Very funny, eh? I was the lucky (and appreciative) recipient of a gift certificate to a spa, so I'm putting baby on notice that he can't come until I've been able to go to the spa and enjoy! haha

Happy Friday everyone. Enjoy the rain!

PS for those of you who are wondering, the dress is from ASOS and was CHEAP.

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