Lessons Learned in Nesting


Well, I am officially nesting. I would not say I really ever felt like I had a nesting phase while pregnant with James but they aren’t joking when they say that pregnancies are different. Anyways, this weekend we spent our time doing a major house shuffle. It was a lot of work, but I am happy with our progress so far. Mostly I learned a lot about craigslist, yard sales and thrift store shopping do’s and don’ts. Here are the top lessons learned:

– Patience pays off. If you are persistent and look for long enough an item you want will pop up around your price range. I found a desk for $25 bucks and a some bunk beds in good shape for $25 bucks. Hooray for great deals.

-If something is close to what you want or exactly what you want at a thrift store do not think on it and say ‘I’ll come back later,’ because later it will be gone. No joke. There was a small dresser that I liked and was priced fairly but I decided if I really wanted it I would come back later. Low and ¬†behold I did and it was long gone. Bummer!

-Some used items won’t be exactly what you thought. We bought some closet doors for $10 at the Habitat for Humanity Thrift store. However, the dimensions marked on them weren’t the real dimensions. Blast! They didn’t fit of course and now we have to take them back. Not the end of the world but for sure a lesson learned that we needed to measure them ourselves. *Side note the Habistore in Tucson is AWESOME and is a great resource if you hare looking to redo anything in your house.

-Searching craigslist saves time and effort. Although there are some good deals out there are thrift stores and yard sales the amount of time it takes to check them out is not always worth it. This is especially true when it comes to furniture pieces.

-It’s always good to keep perspective. It is so easy to obsess and think you just need that (fill in the blank) RIGHT NOW! In reality it is not really a need at all. This helps keep me grounded and focus on things that really do matter in the midst of trying to find the items I am wanting.

Overall, I am super happy about the progress we made this weekend and even more excited that I was able to do it all on the cheap! I am also so thankful to my wonderful hubby for all of his help and support with the projects! This is one happy pregnant mama!


18 Months

James is a year and a half. It is safe to say that it is hard to think about what life was like before this sweet, energetic little boy came into our lives. He is  ham and so much fun to be around. He is still the outgoing and full of personality little boy he has been since the day he was born. Here are some recent new things he is doing/loves to do:

-He just started reading to books to himself. He started with his first favorite book “Llama Llama Red Pajama.” Mostly he just says “yama yama” to himself over and over but it is pretty cute. His love of reading is growing which is super fun to watch as a mommy.

-His energy level is increasing all the time. This includes running around the house in circles for fun. Throwing/kicking/hitting a ball for hours on end. Climbing on an off furniture and play sets forever. It is sometimes exhausting just watching him, but it keeps me on my toes.

-He has an attachment object now. He never really attached to any stuffed animal or blanket or any thing until just recently. My mom brought me a beach wrap from her recent trip to Brazil that is super soft. He has fallen in love with it and even calls it his “bankie” now.

-He loves to give kisses. For awhile all he would do is lean over and receive kisses from you but not any more. He will now give real kisses. In the mornings he comes to cuddle us and will go back and forth between me and Austin giving kisses. Precious moments I will not forget.

-He loves to splash in the rain puddles and every time it rains he gets super excited and heads straight for the door.

-The realities of tantrums and whining are starting but overall he is a good baby and listens well. We are taking one day at a time with this and learning as we go in the journey of parenting.

-He is still obsessed with playing instruments especially the piano, guitar and drums. His favorite is for sure the drums. He recently sat at a drum set and used the drum sticks as if he knew what he was doing moving around the set playing all of the drum set.

-We just went for his 18 month check up today and the doctor says he looks great. He is in the 70th percentile for height and weight and continues to be in the 90th percentile for head circumference. The Baum and Morales big head genes are still going strong. Ha.

James continues to be such a blessing to us and we are so thankful to be his parents. Come and play with us anytime. James loves company and we do too!


Playing the piano wearing his hand knit beanie from my great Auntie Laura.


Zoo time with James’ best friend Harrison.


Future drummer.


Carefully and meticulously stacking some blocks.


One last time seeing Lindsey, his first nanny who he loves so much, before she headed out to Austria to do some Mission work.




Once a climber always a climber.


Reading one of his favorite books about dogs and turtles.


Telling my parents new puppy, Mojo, “No.”


All tuckered out after a relaxing weekend at the cabin.


Splish Splashing in the puddles.


Doing like his daddy does.