Grayson 3 Month & Elin 4 Year Pictures

Grayson had his 3 month pictures right before the fourth of July and of course big sister Elin got in on the photo shoot and consequently got her 4 year photos.

The pictures were scheduled on a Friday at 2pm. I was very nervous about the time because Elin had her last swimming class that morning and she was always super tired after swimming class and 2 pm was the fussiest time for Grayson. Luckily, they both did better than expected and we got some cute shots.

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I tried on this outfit a few days before the photos and I knew it was big but I thought it would be ok. In hindsight, I wish I would have gone out and tried to find it smaller. It was huge on him and so ill-fitting. Oh well…

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I love this picture of Elin. It’s one of my favorites of her ever taken.

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We’ve always got to let Angel her close up. She loves the camera.

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I’m so glad that I schedule these photo shoots. It’s not always easy to find the time, but I always love the photos and I’ll cherish them forever.

Grayson 3 Month Update

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THE (unofficial) STATS:

Weight: 15 lbs
Height:  25 inches
Head Size:  17 1/4
Clothes: 0-3
Diapers: size 1

Grayson is 3 months old! Three months have happened so fast! He is getting bigger, stronger and more alert everyday. He likes to hold his hands and stare at the toys above him when he is on his activity mat. He has also started enjoying his swing and bouncer seat more and more each day. He also continues to love being outdoors on walks or just outdoors in general. It’s so fun to see him smile a lot more and laugh out loud.

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This month was easier to start establishing naps and figuring out when he would take them during the day. He would take one for about 30-60 minutes in the morning each day. Then afternoons were still a toss up. Sometimes he would barely take any in the afternoons, sometimes a small 30 minute or so and then every once in awhile he would take a good 1.5-2 hour nap if he was swaddled and in bed.

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For some of his firsts this month, he got in the pool for the first time and seemed to really enjoy it. He enjoyed floating around in his little boat. He also enjoyed spending time in a Baby Bjorn while watching big sister in swimming lessons. He mostly just slept the whole time he was in it.

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Another first was staying all day at Nanny’s house while I went back to work. It’s an adjustment to not get to see him much during the weekday now. He has to go to bed early at about 7:30 PM since he has to get up so early now to get to Nanny’s at 7:30AM.

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I love this picture showing how Elin takes photos of Grayson during our little monthly photoshoots.  She loves him so much and is always taking his picture. It’s the sweetest thing! I’m so happy that she loves and is so proud of her baby brother.

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Do you want to build a snowman–in July?

Elin and I tried a new a modeling clay called Floof and it’s amazing!

Elin is a huge fan of playing with play dough and clay, so I knew she would love playing with this new feather-light substance called Floof. It’s smooth and airy light and feels like you playing with marshmallows without being sticky at all. You have to feel it to believe it!

This is one of those toys that is actually fun for me to play with her. She always loves me to play with her and I love that this keeps our hands busy and we can create virtually anything and have a million different ways we can play with it.

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We used the snowball maker set. It came with six different molds in three different sizes. Elin liked using them to make snowmen rather than snowballs per se, so I know she would have loved the little set that actually includes all the little accessories to create a snowman–right down the carrot nose and little scarf.

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Elin loved pretending that it was snow. As someone who is always looking for fun ideas for kids parties, this would be so adorable to play with at a Frozen birthday party!

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I love that it comes in its own bucket for storage. Everything must have a home in the toy closet!

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Another one of my favorite features of this innovative compound is that it’s less messy than some other popular clays out there. It stays together better and doesn’t leave little balls of clay all over the place. It stayed better clumped together. Definitely a win in my book.

We have truly loved playing with Floof and recommend it to any kids over the age of 3. This product was sent to me in exchange for my honest review.

Grayson’s Nursery

When I originally started to plan out Grayson’s nursery I had planned on gray, navy and white but somewhere along the planning process I decided to just do gray and white. I wanted to just go simple, crisp and clean. I also loved the the crown molding and wainscoting we put up in Elin’s room so we put that up in his room as well.

I decided to shop for the bedding first and fell in love with the Belgian Linen bedding at Pottery Barn Kids. I ordered it in gray and then realized that since I wanted the walls to be gray it might be too much so I decided to exchange it and went with the Harper collection from Pottery Barn Kids.

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From there I went through the horrible task of finding a gray. Grays are so very difficult to work with. It’s amazing how different grays look in different lights and up against different colors. We have a gray we used in our master bedroom and bathroom and we tried that in the room first and it looked completely different in there! It came out more tan looking than what we wanted. We made numerous trips to the paint store and finally we decided to have them color match a few items for us. We got on the right track but the color was still too dark so they upped the white in the paint and finally we eventually found our perfect gray. I like to call it Grayson Gray in case Sherwin Williams would like to make it an official part of their color line.

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Want a peak in the dresser drawers? Check out his drawer organization on this post.

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Then we searched high and low for a nursery chair. The gray color was tripping us up again but finally we found the quality and color we were looking for at Pottery Barn Kids. We ordered the rocker chair in Washed Linen French Gray and when it finally came in 8 weeks later it looked light purple in the room up against our gray! Ugh! Luckily, Pottery Barn Kids let us even-exchange it for the Washed Grain sack in Dove Gray and we couldn’t be happier with the color.

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The basics were there and then the hard part really started of finding wall decor I liked. There are so many beautiful options out there. However, I didn’t find a lot I liked in stores. Most of the items I found that I liked were on Etsy. I highly recommend finding unique and personalized items on there for nursery decor. After going through all the options I finally decided to go with the little gray elephant from Daisy and Bump. I had the pictures sent from the UK and they came super quick and were in perfect condition. I was nervous because I also had them framed there since the sizes were not common here in the US. I love all the prints on their site! I only wish I had known about them when preparing for Elin’s nursery.

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The carriage is my cake topper from one of my baby showers.  I love that I can reuse it as decor instead of just keeping it in a box.

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My other favorite find was Grayson’s nigh light. Why oh why is it hard to find a cute nightlight in stores? Etsy to the rescue again. I came across the Lightning Bugs Etsy shop and they have droves of adorable and personalized night lights. It’s so beautiful in person and I love it! Makes the room more special for sure.

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I love how his nursery turned out. I can be very indecisive and picky but all the trips to the stores and hours poring over the internet in search of the perfect item pay off when I am pleased and happy when looking at Grayson’s room.

 

Sources:

Bedding: Harper Collection: Pottery Barn Kids

Wall Monogram: Pottery Barn Kids

Nursery Chair: Washed Grain Sack in Dove Gray: Pottery Barn Kids

Changing Table Baskets: Pottery Barn Kids

Mirror: Lowe’s

Pendant Ceiling Light:  Pottery Barn Kids

Monogrammed Night Light: Lightening Bugs

Closet Dividers: ModishCG

Elephant Prints: Daisy and Bump

Floating Shelves: Amazon

Handprint/Footprint Frame (Pearhead): Amazon

Moon Bank: Bed Bath and Beyond

Back to Work

I haven’t had much time to blog lately because last week was my last week at home and this past Tuesday was my first day back at work after maternity leave. It’s good to be getting back into my work routine but also sad. Those 12 weeks went by super fast! I can’t believe that Grayson is already 3 months.

Lucky for me I have lovely co-workers who have been amazing. They have welcomed me back with lovely notes and cards and they decorated my office for my arrival back to work.

I wanted to share some cute photos from Grayson’s first 4th of July. The weather was rainy and not awesome during the holiday weekend which was a bummer. I was hoping to get him into the pool for the first time. But we did celebrate Nanny’s birthday with a cookout. Today is her actual birthday so a huge, “Happy Birthday” to my mom and the kids’ Nanny. We all love you!

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This picture cracks me up because they are both in the same position.

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Instagram

I am finally on Instagram and loving it!  I don’t know why I avoided it for so long.  I would love it if you would find me and follow!    Check it out:  Instagram.com/simplejoysblog.

Princess Tea 2016

A couple of weeks ago I took Elin to a Princess Tea put on by the show choir of our local high school. I had heard about it last year but it was too late to sign up by the time I heard about it, so this year I signed her up as soon as I heard that tickets were available.

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I was very happy to see that our Cinderalla dress from Disney World still fit well. Unfortunately, she had grown out of the special clear slippers so she had to wear regular sandals.

I was so impressed when we got to the school and they had the entrance into the auditorium decorated and a line of fairy godmothers waiting to take each child to get hair and nails done.

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Elin was very excited to pick her nail polish color and get her nails all done up. The experience was very similar to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique complete with a sprinkling of magic fairy dust and the magical words to transform into a princess.

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Elin was very concerned about getting nail polish on the dress and took extra precaution to let her nails dry.

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Then after hair and makeup the girls were lead out to long banquet tables set up on the stage where they had a snack of a pink cupcake, grapes, goldfish crackers, and pink lemonade.

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After they ate, they had coloring sheets of each princess to color and much like Disney, this was used as their autograph book. Each princess was announced and came out across the stage and then came around to each girl and signed their coloring pages and talked to them. It was so cute to see Elin get really excited as each one would get closer to her.

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After all the princesses had come around to each girl, it was story time and two princesses read two stories. Then they had a sing- and dance-a-long that Anna and Elsa taught the girls to Frozen’s, “Love is an Open Door”.

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After stories and dancing there, was an opportunity to get pictures with each princess. All the princesses were so nice to each girl and made them feel so special.

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Elin seriously had the best time. It was such a fun activity to do and such a great way for the show choir to raise money. If they do it again next year, we will sign up again for sure.

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I love this picture of Elin and her pal Lydia checking each other out after their transformation.

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That school was packed with other things going on like basketball camps, cheerleading camps, and various other sports goings on and so the girls ran into Elin’s cousin Max. I think he thought it was pretty silly to see them all done up like princesses running around in the school.

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Grayson’s 2 Month Update

Maybe someday I will get this monthly update up in a timely manner and not halfway through the next month.

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THE STATS:

Weight: 12 lbs 14 oz
Height:  24 1/8 inches
Head Size:  15 1/4
Clothes: 0-3
Diapers: size 1

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This month Grayson grew out of being so sleepy all the time and is awake more during the day. In fact, he doesn’t nap much during the day but luckily he started sleeping completely during the night at 5 weeks and hasn’t looked back. That was one week sooner than Elin started sleeping through the night! She started sleeping through the night at 6 weeks and has NEVER looked back. She wakes up maybe once a month (if that) in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, but that’s it. We are hoping he will be another good night sleeper.

About a week into month two he hit a big growth spurt and got really chubby really fast! It was like overnight he just got bigger! He is almost too long for his bassinet stroller and his feet are almost sticking out past his infant carrier! Luckily, he still fits in the bassinet stroller because he loves going for walks! He seems to like the constant motion and the fresh air. He just seems so at peace on walk.

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Grayson has found his hands and will hold his hands a lot. He reaches up and bats at toys on his activity gym and he also likes to kick at the little stuffed animals.

He has really taken to his bouncer seat and swing this month. He will often fall asleep in there for little naps throughout the day.

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These pictures crack me up that he fell asleep during our little photo shoot!

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Elin continues to love her brother so much and loves to sit and “play” with him everyday. He has started watching her more closely and smiling at her when she sits with him.

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Angel is still uncertain on her feelings. She seems to want to protect him from Elin when she is loud and running around, but she likes to keep a safe distance from both of them.

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Healthy Toddler Snacks and Gerber Lil’ Beanies

When Elin first starting eating solid foods, she was a rather healthy eater and on her own omission rejected such unhealthy foods as candy, ice cream, and chips. Over time she has come to understand just what a delight those types of items are and she now loves those types of treats and snacks. Now that she has developed a love for all things salty and sweet, I have been trying to be on the lookout for healthier options. So while we were out on our weekly shopping trip to Target we decided to pick up a can of the Gerber Lil’Beanies White Cheddar and Broccoli.

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Elin was immediately intrigued since they look exactly like all the other puffed crisps she enjoys and once I added them to the cart she held on to them and was scared I would change my mind and put them back!

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We had to hurry that shopping trip up so that she wouldn’t bust into them right then and there at the store!

I was happy to see that the Gerber Lil Beanies have 2 grams of protein, 1 gram of fiber and 10% daily value of Vitamin E per serving. Not bad!  They are made from navy beans which have a mild flavor and help bring the fiber. Plus, of course they are GMO free and have no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.

They also come in an original flavor, but my local Target was all out.

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Elin  has been enjoying them every day now.  She enjoys eating them outside picnic-style.

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I’m looking forward to checking out some of the other healthy Gerber snacks as well.

 

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Super Wings

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Elin loves to watch shows on Sprout everyday as she is eating breakfast and usually in the evening when she is winding down before bed. One of favorites she has been loving is Super Wings.

Super Wings follows an adorable plane named Jett who travels the world delivering packages to children. On every delivery, Jett encounters a new problem that he and his friends must work together to solve. The show focuses on creatively solving problems. They visit many different cities and countries showing off different cultures and customs.

Elin was excited to receive two of the character toys. She received Jett and Dizzy which are her favorites because Jett is the little brother to Dizzy. She thinks that is so fun since that is like her and Grayson.

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These toys are so fun because they transform from a plane or helicopter to robots, thus giving more options and ways to play.

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Elin has been taking them outside to play with everyday and she wants to take them to the pool with us this weekend.

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It’s been interesting to play with them with her because she has me go over what everything is called on the plane and helicopter like the wings, propellers, and the wheels.

You can check out all the different characters here.

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Doesn’t Dizzy have such a sweet face? She is my favorite.

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