It’s been a few, here’s a few

I know it's been a while. Here's some Annabelle photos!

IMG_6355.JPG Annabelle's first bath where she wasn't screaming! She even smiled!

IMG_6359.JPG My sister babysat for us on Friday night so we could go see Guardians of the Galaxy. My sister was using her phone on selfie mode, since Annabelle is fascinated by faces. Then Annabelle made a #2, and had to concentrate for it, LOL

IMG_6338.JPG "OK, I'll lay here for tummy time, but you can't make me do anything!"

IMG_6318.JPG "I am a burrito."

IMG_6341.JPG Selfie with daddy!

IMG_6343.JPG Happy Baby!

Nursery Tour!

For day 25, Sunday July 27, I didn't take any pictures, instead I was thinking about how happy the nursery makes me. We built the nursery ourselves, framing in a door, tearing out a desk, moving around electrical, re-drywalling and painting, and a bunch of stuff. It's a small little room joined to our bedroom and bathroom. Hopefully when we go to sell, it will read like an extended master suite. Later on I have an entire blog entry about the renovation project, but for now I want to show off the finished product. I was really worried it wouldn't get done before Annabelle got here, but it did. It got done and decorated even. These photos were taken before her birth, it isn't so neat and tidy now. Initially I wanted an outer space themed nursery but that was changed for a woodland themed nursery. Actually the nursery theme is "animals hunted by your forebearers" but not everyone shares my sense of humor so woodland theme it is. I will add links to various elements as I can. The area is small, too small for a twin bed or a proper bedroom, but perfect for a nursery!
Baby room, the main wall. It's small, but so is she.

Baby room, the main wall. It's small, but so is she.

Crib (from David's parents) and changing table are from Costco. The cubes are some old ones we had laying around. The baskets in the cubes say BABY and I got them on clearance at Michaels. The Moose is from IKEA (courtesy of my sister). The wall decal is from an Etsy shop InAnInstantArt. I love these vinyl wall decals. They look great and they're a great way to customize a space fairly cheaply and easy to remove as well. The shop I used allowed me to choose the colors of the owls and birds. The quilt over the crib was made by my mom and the afghan by David's grandmother. And yes I know not to leave them like that once we put baby in the crib.
Let the sun shine in!

Let the sun shine in!

Our nursery is entirely an interior room with no windows. I like to think this sun light fixture (again IKEA) helps. David hated installing it and made me swear to never buy anything again at IKEA. I don't think he'll hold me to it though.
Changing table space.

Changing table space.

We took the doors off the closet and put the changing table in there. It's such a small space, we really had no other choice. But it works out very well. We have just a few clothes hanging up. (Those are disposable diapers we used for the newborn stage.) And again the BABY baskets are from Michaels (sales + coupons). Just barely out of the picture is a diaper pail that we also got a cloth diaper liner for.The set up with all of our stuff seems to work very well.
Just in case we got confused about whose room it was...

Just in case we got confused about whose room it was...

Letters acquired from Michaels (Where else?) The letters were painted by Eliana (David's sister) and did double duty as shower decor and then nursery decor. Owl hooks from IKEA. The door still needs trim around it. For that matter, so does the floor.
A little bit of geekery slipped into the woodland nursery

A little bit of geekery slipped into the woodland nursery

The Star Wars decal was a gift from David's friend Dave. The painting was done by Eliana's boyfriend Tom. And the fox toy tote is from Amazon. Please note David also installed dimmer switches which are a life saver.
This is the rug that started it all.

This is the rug that started it all.

Finding this rug on the IKEA website is what changed my mind from Outer Space to woodland nursery. I love having the forest floor rug, tree wall decal, and sun light. It's a very into-the-woods gentle and sweet feel. IKEA only ships to communities where it has a store (such a stupid policy) and thus not to Alaska. So I went to Seattle to visit my sister when I was pregnant and we went to IKEA to pick up baby decor item. We got the rug which was the point, but also fell in love with several other items (the sun light the various stuffed animals including the fox peaking out of the fox bin). She generously gave them as her baby gift to us! And yes I do have a HUGE suitcase but even I was surprised I managed to get the light fixture and the rug back home. It only barely fit. And that is our baby nursery. So far Annabelle seems completely immune to its charms. She's taken a few naps in there but mostly she sleeps in the bassinet beside our bed, or in someone's arms, or occasionally in her swing or vibrating chair in the living room. Oh and did you see those nice floors under the rug in our nursery? As part of the nursery remodel, I convinced David to install those on the entire top floor. They're amazing and I love them. That's another blog post though. But I will say that all the work for the nursery (moving electrical, floors, drywalling, painting) was done by family and friends. Most of the decor, even if purchased like the decals, were placed leaf by leaf by family and friends. This is a room built out of love!

Days 21 to 24, democracy, friends, and family

Playing some more catch up on happy day things. I like taking the photos, but updating with a newborn is more of a challenge. Day 21, Wednesday July 23 I'm a board member of Alaska Common Ground. It is an organization that encourages civil discussion on political and policy issues. This fall there are four ballot initiatives going before the Alaskan electorate (one in August and three in November). We are hosting a series of forums/debates on each of them. The first one was on Wednesday July 23rd and was about the oil tax restructure. We weren't sure how they would go. However we had a completely full house, standing room only, and turned away a lot more people. Hundreds of Alaskans showing up to become better informed. Few things make me happier.
A very well informed group of experts on both sides.

A very well informed group of experts on both sides.

Day 22, Thursday, July 24 On Thursday, we (Annabelle and I) joined Hilary and her mom's group at the Loussac Library's summer concert series. It was a beautiful day to sit on the lawn, chat with other moms, watch kids play, and just relax. Lovely time.
Kids dancing, sunny skies, picnic lunches, live music. perfect day.

Kids dancing, sunny skies, picnic lunches, live music. perfect day.

Hilary and Annabelle hanging out in the sunshine.

Hilary and Annabelle hanging out in the sunshine.

There was a skywriter who was advertising the airshow. He tried three times to write AIRSHOW but it was too windy and the words kept blowing away, he never even tried to make the W. It was possible we decided he didn't know how to spell Airshow or how to make a W.
The skywriter finally gave up on spelling out words and drew a happy face.

The skywriter finally gave up on spelling out words and drew a happy face.

Day 23, Friday July 25 It rained on Friday and Annabelle and I snuggled. I love wearing her in the sling.
Rainy day snuggles in the sling.

Rainy day snuggles in the sling.

And we also did some tummy time. Mostly a low key mommy and baby day. Day 24, Saturday July 26 Dave, Annabelle and I went to the Saturday Farmer's Market for some fresh veggies. I love that place, I love those veggies. I bought a bunch of amazing spinach and various other veggies and treats. And we ran into a ton of people we knew because of course we did, that's how Anchorage works.
This bunch of spinach is bigger than Annabelle, locally grown, super fresh and yummy, and only cost $5!

This bunch of spinach is bigger than Annabelle, locally grown, super fresh and yummy, and only cost $5!

That evening we went to Mary and Tom's house for Tom's birthday. This tends to happen when Annabelle is around her family.
No shortage of admirers for little Miss Annabelle.

No shortage of admirers for little Miss Annabelle.