Mini Makeover Photo Wall

Being on maternity leave has been amazing. It's allowed me to heal physically, settle into somewhat of a routine and spend precious time with our new son, Dylan.

It has also proven to be a bit dangerous for my husband, as I am now home all day and keep thinking of new house projects.

There has been one area of our great room that I have wanted to makeover for quite some while. I had put a buffet cabinet (that actually matches our dining table) and some random art to fill this area a few years back and it ultimately stayed this way for far too long. The cabinet and art were much too small and it didn't work with the rest of the room.

I found a console table that I liked on Amazon and pulled the trigger. Click HERE for the link to the table.

This table measure 64 inches wide, where as the existing one measured just 44 inches. Though it's much wider, it is also more shallow, so it tucks nicely in the little nook. I wanted to go with this type of design, to allow for storage baskets to be used. With baby stuff and dog toys filling up our room, this will allow for easy, accessible storage.

The vintage milk crate was a flea market find and holds blankets. The white-bottom basket was a gift and holds Dylan's swaddle blankets. I feel as though we are always reaching for these blankets for him, so it's nice to be able to quickly grab these.

The basket on top holds a few votives and some of our wine cork collection.

I also wanted to redo the art above the table. It was a hodge podge of sorts and didn't really go with the rest of the room. I have been wanting to use these large, oversized Ikea Ribba frames that have been famous on blogs for years now, and I figured this was the perfect blank wall to try them out on. Plus, I was itching to frame some of Dylan's photos from his newborn shoot:)

Justin was on baby duty and I made record fast trip to Ikea. I was in and out in under an hour, on a Saturday no less. It's amazing how efficient one becomes when they are a parent! I picked up 6 of the 19 3/4" square frames in black. They hold 12x12 photos, which aren't the easiest size prints to order. After much research and disappointing recent experiences with both Snapfish and Shutterfly, I discovered AdoramaPix and I am obsessed! Although it's a bit more expensive, the prints are the highest quality I have found with any online printing service. I will be ordering all of my photos from them here on out (and no, I was not paid or sponsored in anyway. I'm just ecstatic to find a quality online printer).

Lastly, we wanted to add some console lamps. After searching online for weeks, I ended up buying lamps at Target. We love how they look, though I will warn you that the lamps are bright went on, even with just 40 watt bulbs, the clear glass does not diffuse the light at all. Originally, I bought the lamps in brass but they didn't look right. Back to the store for the onyx finish, I went.

This little niche in our great room is finally just how I envisioned it!

Have a great weekend! xoxo, S+J


Welcome to the World

Our sweet baby boy has arrived.

Please welcome Dylan Wyatt to the world...

Born Saturday, February 27th, weighing 8lbs 6oz and measuring 22'' long. He is a healthy and BIG baby boy!

The first few weeks of parenthood have been amazing. It's amazing how much you can love something the second you lay eyes on it. It's amazing how little sleep you can actually survive on. It's amazing how your view of the world and life changes once you have a child. It is also amazing what our bodies can do.

I was not one of those woman who looked forward to the childbirth experience. In fact, I read tons of pregnancy books but skipped over the labor and delivery sections. For me, ignorance was bliss. We went to our 40 week appointment and I let my doctor know that I hadn't felt the baby move much the night before or that morning. I was accustomed to feeling the baby move frequently, so this was a little alarming. My doctor sent me to get a biophysical profile, which is basically a detailed ultrasound. The technician indicated that the baby's heart rate was good, his lungs looked good, etc. She then got very quiet. Justin and I could sense that something was wrong, so Justin asked. The ultrasound technician said she didn't see any amniotic fluid. We knew this was serious. She said I am getting your doctor right now. My doctor came in and said that she was admitting me to the hospital immediately. She did allow us to go home and grab our hospital bag, as long as we were back at the hospital within the hour *Lesson to all you pregnant gals out there- keep your hospital bag with you at all times during those last few weeks.

This pic was taken at 39 weeks and exactly one week before Dylan was born.

We got checked into the hospital and they checked my vitals and kept a band on my belly to monitor baby's heart rate. A few times, the nurses came in and had me quickly move positions as baby's heart rate dropped. We were nervous that we would have to have a c-section that day. Luckily, the baby's heart rate remained steady and the doctor wanted to begin the induction.

I'll spare you the dirty details, but I will say it was a long few days. We were admitted Thursday morning and Dylan didn't make his debut until Saturday. I wasn't able to eat and could only consume water and ice chips. I was also hooked up to so many monitors that it was impossible to get any sleep. Justin and I must have worn a path through the hospital with all the walking we did. I wanted to wait as long as possible before getting an epidural, as once you have one you are bed-bound. I was already going a little stir-crazy in the hospital. I finally got an epidural at 11pm on Friday night after my contractions became VERY strong. After it was administered, I was able to get some sleep. When I was checked again at 3am on Saturday morning and was still only 1 cm dilated, I had a minor meltdown. I was starving, weak and exhausted. I couldn't imagine having the strength to go through delivery. However, when I was checked again at 7am, I was fully dilated. Thank goodness! I really don't think I could have handled much more of labor.

The actual delivery was much more peaceful than I had imagined. The lights were dim, we had some relaxing music playing and for the majority of it, it was just myself, my husband and our nurse in the room. It was not the crazy, hectic scene typically portrayed in movies. Justin was so amazing throughout the experience. I squeezed his hand, while he counted and I pushed. In about 45 minutes, Dylan was born.

A few hours after his birth, I had one more minor scare. The nurses want you out of bed pretty quickly after delivery to help with recovery. The nurse helped me out of bed and as I began to take a few steps, I got very dizzy. I vaguely remember saying, 'I don't feel very good...' and then the next thing I remember is waking up back in bed with about a million nurses looking over me. I had passed out.I believe it was a mix of lack of sleep, lack of food and blood loss. I rested for a bit and then my sweet in-laws brought me some potato soup from Panera, which was the only thing that sounded good. I felt much better after eating, which was good because we had several visitors that day and the next.
Some of Dylan's 'aunties and uncles' and our dearest friends meeting him for the first time.

I delivered at Shawnee Mission Medical Center and I have to say, the staff was outstanding. The nurses were incredible, especially Sarah, who helped deliver Dylan and Teresa, who I had while recovering. They were so incredibly kind, helpful, sweet and supportive. My own doctor was not available for Dylan's delivery but her colleague was. We really enjoyed the doctor who delivered Dylan too, she was focused but also personable.
Dylan getting skin on skin with Daddy.

I'm not going to lie. The first few days were rough. Recovery from childbirth is no joke. I told Justin that it felt like I had been in a car wreck. My whole body just ached. We weren't released from the hospital until Monday. Spending 5 days there took it's toll. It felt so nice to come home, shower in my own shower and sleep in our own bed. It took me a few days to feel somewhat normal again. We had family over the night we came home from the hospital but then no visitors for the first few days. It was nice to have some time, just the three of us at home to try and figure everything out and try to catch up sleep.
Dylan and his great great aunt, born 2 days shy of exactly 89 years apart.

Dylan has been a great baby and we feel exceptionally lucky for that.

We had some newborn photos done when Dylan was 6 days old. He slept the whole time:)

We are just 5 weeks in but, so far, parenthood has been just as amazing as we had heard. To think that we created this little person, this life, that is a blend of both Justin and me is truly an indescribable feeling. There are certainly times of exhaustion, but I am trying to savor every single moment of his newborn sweetness.

xoxo, S


Baby Boy's Nursery

With baby boy due in less than 2 short weeks, our nursery is finally complete! I'll be sharing all the details behind the DIY trim accent wall, how we optimized storage in the smallest room of our house and all the other fun details in another post.

For now, welcome to our son's room.


Crib  DaVinci Autumn
Glider Baby Relax Mikayla Recliner
Dresser Ikea Hemnes 
Acrylic Bookshelves
Curtain Pottery Barn Teen Preston Plaid in Gray
Toy Boxes DIY Project
Bedding and Blankets Wendy Bellisimo
Animal Prints Etsy Seller Tiny Toes Design
Adventure and Little Boy Prints
World Map Gordmans
Cube Organizer in Closet Target Threshold
Storage Bins Target Threshold Cube
Woven Baskets Target Milk Crate
Trim Wall DIY
Paint Colors Sherwin Williams' Steely Gray in Trim Wall