LK's Big Girl Room

The view from the door

The bed

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For LK's birthday present this year, Kyle and I decided to upgrade her room a little bit. We think she is ready for a real big girl bed and so I've had fun planning what we should do. Here are some ideas.

I found this bedding in the clearance section of IKEA for $3.99!! I really like it because it is super girly and isn't baby-ish but is still whimsical and fun.

Then, I found this post over at the Design Mom blog. BUT instead of making a toddler-sized bed which we already have, I'm going to make a twin sized bed. My mom is coming in town with her power tools tomorrow and is going to help me!! We are also adding a headboard.

Then, I think I will make some poofs to hang from the ceiling on either side of the bed. Probably in primary colors found in the print on the bedding.

AND, mom is also bringing her cricut and we are going to make a chandelier wall decal to be centered on the wall above her bed.

So these are the ideas I have so far...I'll take pics along the way!!
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As I was driving to pick Laura Kate up from school last Thursday, I started praying "Please let her have been a good girl and had no time outs....please let her have been a good girl and had no time outs"....

Kyle and I have been working so hard to be consistent with our discipline but also rewarding good behavior. For Sassy Pants this translates like this : "If I get a time out at school, I get a time out at home. If I don't get a time out at school, I get a cupcake".

So yeah, the reward does look like plain ole bribery.

I walked around the corner to her class and she was waiting at the gate for me. The second she saw me, her grin stretched wide, and she proudly proclaimed "I was a big girl and had no time outs so now I get a cupcake 'cause I had noooo time outs!!" I wanted to make a really big deal out of this (it has been a while since we've had no time outs) so I overdid the enthusiasm and told her how proud I was of her and how we were going to find the best cupcake in the store.

She then started clapping for herself.

Her teacher, standing by the door witnessing our dramatic excitement also started to clap for her.

THEN, all of her friends who were still in the class started clapping and cheering for her!

Today, I picked her up from school and for the second day in a row, has had no time outs....I'd say this calls for a round of applause for the sasster!

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Dear Shepherd (1 Month)

Dear Shepherd,

Today you are one month old! I can't believe time has passed so quickly! We've done so much fun stuff this month. Here are some things about you at one month:

  • You weigh 11 lbs and are 22 inches long!
  • We are on a 2.5 - 3 hour feeding schedule and you love to eat!
  • You don't love to sleep very long at night yet
  • Some naps we can put you down awake and you don't cry, you just go to sleep
  • You will take a bottle and especially like it when Daddy feeds it to you
  • You actually like tummy time
  • You love to play on your play gym
  • You are starting to not be so gassy
  • You stay awake and alert longer
  • You are starting to focus your eyes on people and things
  • You are so loved!

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The Big Sasster

In addition to me gaining a son, on March 9th, my first born, my little Sassy Pants became a big sister. This is an update on the Big Sasster.

When LK first met Shepherd in the hospital room, she was more interested in the fish tank downstairs than she was in meeting her little brother. She also told people that her brother was a dragon who ate grasshoppers. Thankfully, sometime in the couple days after he was born, he became a human little brother, and her pride and excitement grew.

As a mom of 2, some of my favorite moments have been when someone comes to visit and LK gets so excited to introduce them to her little brother..."LOOK! LOOK" she says, "It's baby Shepherd! He's my little brother!"

Overall, I have to say, the sasster has completely exceeded my expectations for how she would transition to her new role. For the most part, she has been a helper and happy about life right now.

However, we have had our moments...and our days.

.....Like the day I picked her up from school to find out she had had 2 timeouts for not listening and had to go to the director's office to have a chat because she threw her fork at her teacher....

.....And the time she she threw a fit because she was told "no" ...oh wait that's every day, every time....

As Kyle and I try to parent her through this season, I am reminded of how the Lord parents me in the transition times in my life: with love, gentleness, and sweet words of encouragement that remind me of his nearness, that we're in this together.

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