Thursday, May 16, 2013


Of course every time I sit down to write this post, Cash wakes up from his cat nap, but this time I have him trapped in the ERGO carrier and it puts him out like a light.  (Insert baby product promo)

If you've been following this blog from the beginning when I was writing about building West 26th (RIP)...  Which by the way, the guy who bought the lot from us is just letting deteriorate with weeds and grass. The horror...But anyways, if you've been following along you've heard me mention this wallpaper numerous times.

In fact you've heard me mention the use of wallpaper a MILLION times and it's never happened.  Now that we actually have a house I am so tempted to put this in Cash's bathroom.  I've been dreaming about it for 2 years now and think it's time to bite the bullet.  Our builder suggested putting bead-boards up half the wall to minimize how many rolls we would need (save some pennies) which I think sounds like an excellent idea.

You can see it in action in these pics

Paired with this tile (credit given to Bailey of Peppermint Bliss for this combo):

I really REALLY really want to do it. What say you?


Wednesday, May 15, 2013


I know every baby is different, but here are a few things that Cash (and me let's be honest) can't live without & a few things just for fun.

If you do one thing and one thing only by reading this blog post, GET THE MIRACLE BLANKET. Seriously.  I pray it works for you like it did for us, but the first night we used that thing he slept for 8 hours straight. 

Another device that I swear by (thanks to the recommendations of many fam and friends) is the Fisher Price Rock N Play Sleeper. This mainly is a life saver because Cash has GERD (bad acid reflux) and it keeps him elevated for sleep.  But I do know other people who love it just as much for a bassinet by their bed for the first few months.

Miracle Blanket + Rock N Play Sleeper = sanity and sleep for Ryann & B
Just do it.

Now on to playing...

I LOVE LOVE all the toys from Sassy Baby and Lamaze.  He has these little nuggets:

Sassy Ring

Sassy Birds

Newborn Lounger
*Cash loves to play on this. SOOO handy for talking, singing, and playing in general.  Also good for reflux babies because it's elevated :) Plus it helps him look at his BFF- the fan.

Freddie mobile
His other BFF is this mobile which we hung over his changing table. I've gotten major kudos from the doula for this thing since the black and white contrasts with bright colors.  He also flaps his wings and plays music. It's baby gold.

3 sprouts
In love with these storage bins for all of his thangs.  He has the fox and the raccoon. I also scooped up the goat laundry hamper because I couldn't resist.  I imagine them all lined up in the game room with lots of big boy toys :)

Ok my head hurts and Cash is squirming from his nap. I hope this helps any new or soon to be mommas out there!


Tuesday, May 14, 2013


I can't believe my little peanut is 8 weeks old today.  I feel like we've already been through so much together in such a short time.  Each week I can't wait for him to reach new milestones- smiling, grabbing toys, cooing. It seriously gets better and better.

I'm just now finding "me time''- in a large part thanks to Brett, his mom, my mom, and all the visitors who have come to babysit or watch Cash man for us.  That's a lot of the reason I haven't blogged-- I'm just so focused on him that I haven't really made time for other things.  I'm getting better at it though :)  Also Cash has had a lot of issues. It feels like we are in and out of doctor appointments every week.  The most recent one is that he aspirates.  Which basically means when he feeds, some fluid goes down the wrong tube and towards his lungs.  We've been working with a speech therapist to improve his swallowing and prevent him from aspirating, but it's a constant struggle.  One important thing I've learned-- I told the pediatrician for weeks that I felt like something was wrong with his breathing and feeding.  She kept telling me that it was a cold/that he was congested-- "get a humidifier'' or ''suction out his nose'' or ''keep him warm''.  FINALLY, after pushing and pushing she ordered a test which sure enough showed that he aspirates.  To soon-to-be-mommies, ALWAYS trust your instincts.  I know everyone tells you that, but that's one of the most important things I've learned these 8 weeks.  Granted he has more issues than normal babies, but I couldn't imagine not insisting on that test and then things getting worse.  The good news is that Cash IS thriving and is gaining weight and does all the normal things that a baby does.  He just happens to have had a bumpy road that will hopefully continue to get better :)

Over the next few weeks, we'll be making the transition from doctors in San Antonio to doctors in Houston, until we move into our NEW CASA!  I created an album on the FB to show the progress from construction to final product so you can find updated pictures there.  The next task we have to tackle is picking out all the tile/vanities/paint for the bathrooms.  It's hard y'all.

We know for sure that we want a gray vanity in the master with some sort of gray/white/marble flooring.  Kinda like this--

And for the shower/tub tile we are thinking a subway tile with dark gray grout (can you see a trend here? our house shall be full of subway tile.  cheap, easy, and good lookin')


Friday, May 10, 2013


So since the house is scheduled to be complete in July, we have to decide on a million things FAST.  Like in two weeks fast.  I began scrambling through my old files for W. 26th, Pinterest, Houzz etc and started planning like a mad woman.  The problem is that I am so indecisive- like the most indecisive person ever.  But I kind of think being forced to make decisions fast helps me in a way because you have no other choice- you can't take your time and there's no turning back.  So last night while Grandma babysat, B & I sat down to map out the kitchen design (after I had my bubble bath and wine obviously).  And in about an hour we had our entire kitchen picked out.  Here are a few pics for the inspiration:

We're going with white cabinets for the main area with a subway tile back splash-- I think we'll do a contrasting grout like the first pic to where it's not just all white and will break up the color a little bit.  For the counter tops, our top pick is a honed black granite (honed = not shiny); you can see that in the third picture.  Now to the best part- the ISLAND.  We're going to do the island in a blue-gray paint for a pop of color and the counter tops in some sort of white marble/quartz/granite with some big ole pendant lights over it.

Perhaps these?

Now we're off to pick out our washer/dryer- it's seriously like Christmas morning over here.


Thursday, May 9, 2013


And Grandma Cindy is in town so I actually have time to sit down at my computer and remember what it's like to TYPE!  I feel like that guy that shunned the internet for a year. Ok not really because I'd die without FB mobile but you get the point.

I know I have a MILLION things to discuss on the first 2 months of life with Cash so far, his birth story (IT HURT LIKE HELL) ((sorry to be honest)), and what's been going on in life in general...but today is for house talk.  All house talk.

We've been scouring HAR for months trying to find the perfect house.  When we finally made the trek to Houston to house hunt, honestly we were shocked by how insane the market is there right now.  Seriously made me want to hurl.  I'm sure most of you know how it is, but things are going over asking price (no thanks), bidding wars are happening, and houses you fall in love with sell in a matter of hours. #UGH.  Before we came in town we picked out our top neighborhoods-- Bellaire, Meyerland, West U, and Oak Forest.  I had never really heard much about Oak Forest or seen the neighborhood in person before last weekend.   I think this article sums it up perfectly.  Everything in the other areas have the tiniest yards and we just can't do that with 3 dogs and a little one who needs their space for playing.  As soon as we drove through Oak Forest, I knew it was the neighborhood for us.  Big yards that you just don't see in the city these days.  PLUS, so many fun restaurants and bars all over the place.  It's like a hybrid neighborhood: we-have-a-baby-but-still-know-how-to-have-fun kind of thing.  Which let's be honest, screams Brett & Ryann.

With that being said, I'd like to introduce you to our future casa:

I haven't named him/her yet, but it's only got wood framing inside which means we still have a good say in what finishes they put in.  I won't have enough time to chronicle the whole process on this blog which I would've hoped, but I'll keep pics updated as much as possible!

Cash also says hi:

He turned 7 weeks old yesterday.
He is already 11 pounds and 24 inches long.
He loves clothes from babyGAP.
He hates being cold.
He has reddish brown hair and bright blue gray eyes.
He laughs and talks to the fan.
He is seriously the cutest thing I've ever seen in my life.
I could go on and on and on and on...And on.