Nursery Ideas for Number Two

It’s been a long time since I actually wrote a blog post.  Maybe it’s because I have a two-and-a-half year-old, maybe it’s because the demise of the blog world has me feeling a little foolish, or maybe it’s because I’m growing another human inside me; I guess it doesn’t really matter what the reason for the hiatus has been, because what really matters is I’m back.  At least for a little bit.  I think I’m nesting, which might be a little early, but considering that last time I was pregnant we remodeled our kitchen and bathroom, it’s probably about time.

As with Mini Bunches, we’ve elected to wait to find out the sex of baby #2.  But of course we have our predictions–I’m officially predicting boy while Mr. Bunches and Mini Bunches are officially on the girl train.  My in-laws (almost all of them anyways) predict boy as does much of my family.  So we’ll see who’s right in a few more months.  Either way, we need another nursery.  And that means I’m back into mood boards.  But I have to admit, I’m struggling here.

OB-Baby 2 Nursery 1


I’ve decided on a magical woodland theme (loosely of course–I still want the room to be modern and be able to grow with the kid), but I’m a little stuck.  I’ve found some great inspiration online, so I just need to start getting some things into the room and then we’ll see where we end up.  Right now, the only items that I’m definitely going to get from the mood board are the Restoration Hardware faux taxidermy heads and the Ikea Hemnes dresser.  Oh, and since the baby will be taking over our guest room, the paint color is going to stay (Benjamin Moore’s Ocean Air that we used on the ceiling in Mini B’s Nursery).

Anyways, here are some rooms I’m digging:

Delia Hauser’s Nursery

delia hauser nursery


DIY on the Cheap’s Gray and Gold Nursery

A Modern Woodland Nursery from San Diego

Keane’s Modern Woodland Nursery (love this graphic crib sheet)

So any thoughts? Suggestions always welcome . . .

Mini B is Famous!

That’s right–she’s a star!  Er, well, if you define fame as being featured on a pretty popular blog.  What–did you think I was going to say she was in a movie or something?  Puh-leeze.  That’s for next year ;).

Mini B’s nursery was featured in the Before & After section on Apartment Therapy Friday!  Check it out here.  I was so excited that I actually took a picture of the site on my phone (I know–I’m a full on geek) . . .


I have no idea how it happened–I didn’t submit it or anything.  Total happy surprise to me.  :)  So thank you Apartment Therapy for stumbling across Mini B’s humble little nursery–she is really quite touched by the praise.


Oh, and if you want to see the actual post about Mini B’s nursery, just click here.  If you want to see an even amazinger nursery (yep, just making words up today), check out her cousin’s digs here.

Time for a Bigger Chair

Mini B and I traveled to Dallas a couple weekends ago to visit Mr. Squishy.  As usual, she did well traveling although that might be our last solo trip for a while . . . I’m not so sure that my seat neighbors appreciated Mini B’s feet in their lap while I nursed her on the plane.  Sorry strangers.  But besides that, it was a great, albeit far too short, trip and we can’t wait to see Mr. Squishy again sometime soon.  Oh, and as a bonus, we had a longish layover in Boston, so Mini B got some quality time with Grammie.


Now, I haven’t made it through all my pictures yet (I only just got through my pictures from our earlier trip to Dallas four months ago), but I thought it would be good to make a little comparison.  Here’s a shot from our first time meeting Mr. Squishy (this was before he earned his nickname), taken on September 22, 2012:


And now here’s a shot from our recent trip, taken on January 21st, 2013 (almost 4 months exactly after the shot above).  And note–these kiddos are in the same chair (and I tried to pick a shot of them in similar positions):


No one’s been missing any meals, eh?


Hopefully Mr. Squishy doesn’t need that toe . . .


And we have to thank Mr. Squishy for lending his clothes and toys to Mini B during our trip.  It was nice to not have to pack too much, and Mini B had so much fun testing out all of Mr. Squishy’s goods.


Of course, Mini B would have been remiss if she didn’t share anything of hers . . .


Mini B thought he looked quite dapper.


Although she was a tad confused by the whole situation.


Just a little taste of what Mr. Squishy might have looked like if he had been born a Mrs. Squishy . . .


But fear not, this little guy is all man . . .


And hopefully he won’t someday hate his aunt for posting pictures of him in a flowery jumpsuit.

Isn’t it crazy what a difference 4 months makes?

Yogurt Taste Test

Having a sister-in-law in the yogurt biz has its perks sometimes.  Usually they come in the form of coupons, but last week they came in the form of a little market analysis.  Which market?  The Greek one of course.  I mean, does anyone even eat regular yogurt anymore?  I didn’t think so.

So let’s get to it.  The test?  A taste test of 4 different Greek yogurts, all vanilla-flavored.  Set up by Bunches Junior herself.  First–the brands:


And the set-up.


We each got to taste while Mini B supervised.


And then came up with our own rankings of our favorites.  I even attempted to identify which yogurt was which.  Let’s just say I got them all wrong.


In the end, Wegman’s brand and Chobani were the clear favorites (sorry Junior!); Mr. B and I both picked Wegman’s as our clear winner.  And Mini B?  Well, she got her first taste of yogurt (just the Stonyfield organic one though–sorry Mini B!).


She seemed a little unsure about the whole thing.


But no worries.  She recovered quickly.


And then decided she wanted a beer.  Too bad she’ll have to wait 20 1/2 more years for that.


Even though Mini B’s first taste of yogurt didn’t go so great, we decided to try again.  This time with Stonyfield’s Plain full-fat yogurt.  And she loved it.



Er, at least she loved rubbing it all over her face; I’m not sure how much was actually ingested.



She mastered getting the spoon and yogurt into her mouth, but then also mastered spitting it right out.


Oh the joys of Baby-Led Weaning!  We just had to sit by and watch patiently while she did her thing . . .


So what do you think?  Ever done a yogurt taste test?  Who was your winner?

Mini Bunches: 5 Months

Seriously, when did we get a hot tub time machine that seems to make months disappear like nothing?  I can’t even believe how fast this whole parenthood thing is going.  Maybe it’s the lack of sleep, but it seems like it’s all a blur.  Sigh.

Mini Bunches is currently sporting a little bit of a faux-hawk as her hairdo of choice, but at least there’s some hair, right?

Of course the hardest part of this photo shoot was trying to get a shot that involved nothing in the mouth.  It was either both hands . . .

or some combination of hands and blanket . . .

or just blanket . . .

And then of course I occasionally got this look.

Thank goodness that (most of the time) it quickly turned into this look:

So there you have it–our little girl is quickly approaching 1/2 a year old.  Craziness.

Oh, and yes–I will be doing a post soon all about our Halloween adventures; I just have to get through the 1,000+ photos I took first.  But here’s at least a little sneak peak . . . 

Baby Top Ten — The Four Month List

I’m a list person . . . to-do lists, shopping lists, pro/con lists, lists of what I would do if I ever got a full night’s sleep again, and last but not least: top ten lists (here’s an example of another top ten list I did about Brockport, NY).  So here’s a top ten list of what has led to our survival over the past four and a half months of parenthood.  And since it takes too much brain power for me to put these in any semblance of order, they’re just random.  Oh, and I should preface this with this: these items worked for us and may not work for others. If there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout the past few months, it’s that each kid is totally unique. With that said, here we go:

#10 – Ubbi Diaper Pail

I love the Ubbi Diaper Pail.  So much so that I bought two–one for disposable diapers and dirty wipes; and the other for cloth diapers.  It contains all that yummy dirty diaper smell so that Mini B’s room doesn’t smell like a toilet.  Thank goodness.  Because really–who wants to live in a toilet?  Not Mini B.

#9 Music Box

This music box actually came as a piece of the Baby Einstein Neptune Ocean Adventure Mat . . .

and it has been invaluable in getting Mini B to sleep.  Whether attached to the side of her crib, in the backseat of the car on road trips, or in hotel rooms on vacation, this is Mini B’s equivalent to Pavlov’s dogs’ bell.  While not entirely foolproof, it generally induces sleepiness.  So thank you Mini Crab and Mini Turtle.  We owe you (although we don’t understand Mini Turtle why you have a snorkel and mask–I mean really Baby Einstein, what lesson is that teaching our children?).

#8 Kindle Fire

How is the Kindle a top ten baby item?  Allow me to explain in simple chapter and verse: Mini B sleeps in a pitch black room (I’m not kidding–I bought black-out roller shades and black curtains; her room might as well be 50 feet below ground when the shades and curtains are drawn); until recently, nursing and/or rocking Mini B was one of the only ways to get her to sleep; nursing a baby in a pitch black room is beyond boring–I cannot stress this enough–we’re talking serious mind-numbing boredom here; Mini B nurses A LOT (again, this is an understatement, but trust me–she’s no stranger to eating); having a Kindle Fire (the Amazon light-up reader for those of you that don’t know) has been literally a life-saver.  For me, and for Mini B.

I only discovered how wonderful the Kindle was over the past two months, and in that time I’ve read over a dozen books–the entire Hunger Games series, the last two Harry Potter books, the entire Anne of Green Gables series, and multiple Jane Austen novels.  And all of that reading was done in a pitch black room with Mini B attached to me.  Thank you, thank you Kindle for saving me from staring at blackness for hours on end.

#7 Snoozy Organic Waterproof Pads

This one is a bit random, but these pads have been awesome for all those “accidents” that happen mid-diaper-change.

We keep them on the changing pad so that we don’t have to constantly be changing the cover of the changing pad.  So you can basically see them in every picture of Mini B on her changing table . . .

#6 SwaddleMe Blankets

These were literally lifesavers.  Literally.  The Summer Infant Swaddleme blankets are basically a cheater’s swaddling blanket–velcro tabs take all the challenge out of it.  They also give some needed resistance for those babies, ahem Mini B ahem, who fought the swaddle tooth and nail.

Mini B was in these blankets from birth up until a few weeks ago.  This shot was taken a couple months back.

While she may look all peaceful, don’t let her fool you.  She was always ready for a fight . . .

And her victim?  Usually the swaddle blanket.  Sometimes Mom and Dad.

I loved these so much that I even snuck one on my nephew (and I’m happy to report that he’s been in them ever since and his sleeping has been much improved) . . .

#5 Rocking Chair

Not that I don’ t love Big Bird (the chair we converted into a rocker here), but I have to say that our nursery rocking chair has been my go-to . . . for nursing, for rocking Mini B, for reading stories, and yes–even for sleeping sometimes (although that was only during a 30-hour night and day spent trying-to-wean-Mini-B-from-the-pink-palace, aka: the night from hell.  Oh, and the weaning wasn’t even successful so it truly was THE night from hell).

#4 The Pink Palace, aka Nap Nanny

As any new parent can attest, sleep becomes an all-consuming desire.  So much so that you’ll find yourself in the aisles of Babies-R-Us buying every possible sleep contraption they make (I’m not joking–during week 4 I sent Mr. B and Aunt Doodles to the store and they returned with all 4 of the newborn sleeping options from Babies-R-Us; since I still wasn’t up for leaving the house, they figured they’d bring the store to me).  What ended up working?  The Pink Palace!

It’s actually the Nap Nanny, but we refer to it sometimes as the life saver.  So much so that we even smashed it into a suitcase and took it to PhillyEven though she’s no longer sleeping in the Pink Palace, it will forever hold a dear, dear place in our hearts.  Thank you Pink Palace.  Thank you.

UPDATE: The Nap Nanny has been recalled so it can’t be purchased anymore.  

#3 Squishy Dice

Now, even though Mini B didn’t play with toys for her first couple months, she still was pretty mesmerized by this one.  And since becoming more interactive, this is definitely her favorite . . . I mean, just look at all the phone pics it makes an appearance in:

#2 Leopard Lovie (aka Angel Dear Blankie)

Right up there with her fuzzy dice is this little lovie.  She literally flips out when she sees it and absolutely loves smashing as much of it into her mouth as possible.

BTW–don’t you love how Mini B looks like she was born in the 70s in that pic?  It’s from a recent trip we took with friends to the middle-of-nowhere Pennsylvania, during which we stayed in a 100+ year-old farmhouse.  Good times.

#1 Desitin

Kind of anti-climactic, right?  But at least I’m honest.  Mini B had one raging diaper rash early on and Desitin literally saved us.  Boring?  Yes.  Exciting?  No.  Practical?  You betcha’.  And no–I don’t have any pictures of Mini B with Desitin.  That would just be weird.  But, since we can’t end on such a blah note, here’s one last phone pic of Mini B (oh, and for those that haven’t figured it out yet–I finally joined the rest of the world and got an iPhone.  I am obsessed now with taking pictures and with Instagram, Hipstamatic, and Diptic.  It’s the little things in life, right?)

And three points to anyone who can guess where that pic was taken . . .

Mini Bunches: 4 Months

Oh how fast time flies these days . . .

And I know what you’re thinking–does this kid EVER smile?!  Well, yes, she does.  She sometimes smiles so big that her whole body gets into it . . .

Sigh.  She’s growing up so fast.  Just for kicks, let’s look back at her other monthlies:

When I see them all together, I can’t help but be mesmerized by the ever-changing hairline.  I think the 2-month picture captured it best ;).


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