Saturday, June 28, 2014

Levon Is 50% Off!

Babies can get expensive. Especially if you're like me, and you have compulsions to buy adorable clothes for your baby who will probably only wear that article of clothing two or three times. The clothes I buy are definitely NOT expensive, but they're also not from the Babies R Us clearance rack. I love good quality, cute clothes.... which basically means Baby Gap, Hannah Anderson, and my new favorite, Zara Baby.

Zara Baby

I want to make it clear that I do not spend TONS of money on clothes for Levon. We have been lucky enough to have a lot of people give us hand me downs. I am just saying that babies can get expensive in general with all the organic this and that, diapers, formula, etc. We are not wealthy by any means and we are also not poor by any means. However, I do work two jobs not because I want to, but because I like having that extra security. And sometimes there isn't even that "extra security" but I will go ahead and buy Levon some cute stuff... because in my mind he needs it. In reality he doesn't need it at all. I think in my head, I just like seeing him in new outfits.

I recently discovered that Levon looks really good in sleeveless shirts! He has amazing shoulder definition! (Is that ridiculous to say?) So I've been on a mission to find cute sleeveless shirts (not onesies), and I found myself being disappointed in the selection at a few different stores. I did end up buying some stuff but I felt guilty because the stuff I bought wasn't exactly what I was looking for.

Today, to make up for my guilt, I came up with a brilliant idea to "re-do" some of his old clothes. A few nights ago I was in a creative mood, so I upcycled a few of my old band t-shirts. The result: so cute! It felt like I had a new piece of clothing in my wardrobe! Which can only mean that I basically paid only 50% because I got two shirts for the price of one!

Same idea goes for Levon! Because I'm reusing his old clothes, I'm basically saving 50% on him!

I have a bag of clothes that either no longer fit Levon or are too winterish. I grabbed a few long sleeve onesies and a few footed pajamas. Tonight was the beginning of Project Sleeves...

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So... yeah. It's nothing special but it's a fun project! I am going to make some shorts now because I love showing off Levon's thigh rolls :-D

And after that is Project Bandana Bib because they are just awesome on any baby!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Levon Is 3/4 Of A Year Old

Today, Levon is 9 months old. It also happens to be his 39 week birthday. Yes, I am neurotic like that. It started when people asked me how old Levon was in the first few months when it was still acceptable to answer with a "week" count. I don't know why, but I still keep track of the weeks. I think it's amazing to see how much he's grown and how many weeks I've been able to survive motherhood. I guess I'm just that kind of mother... I keep track of EVERYTHING with pictures, videos, and a memory book.

Today was a good day that symbolized how amazing motherhood is for me. I got up early to go to the gym to start my day off with a nice, sweaty workout. Then, Levon and I went to a casting call for Babies R Us in New Jersey. It was a quick casting (thank GOD!) so we were home by 11:15 AM!
This beautifully smooth morning was followed by a delicious lunch at Burrito Poblano in Tuckahoe which we basically didn't even pay for because I got a LivingSocial deal for $15.00 for $30.00 worth of food! And the food was amazing! The funnest part about eating out with Levon now is feeding him bits and pieces of our meal. I am not as nervous as I was a few weeks ago about wondering whether he was going to be allergic to certain foods, or my biggest fear yet, him choking on big chunks of food! It really is amazing to see how strong and resilient he is...

So now comes the time of day where I have to go to work, which typically is the most conflicting time of day! I am SO grateful that I have a job and that I can work. However, sometimes I anticipate missing Levon so much that I have a hard time leaving. Today was one of those days because Levon and Luke were cuddling so beautifully and I just wanted to join them! However, once I left, I was able to get into work mode and enjoy my role as a worker. I like the flexibility of being both a mom and a worker.

I got home at around 9 PM, and I was way too tired to cook so I had delicious leftovers of Spaghetti Squash and Kielbasa! I peeked into the bedroom to see that Levon was sound asleep. I closed the door happy to know that I have a partner who is MORE than capable of taking care of our son. He's an amazing father and an amazing partner.

Today was an exceptional day. However, even when I have a rough day, I am able to say that I did the best that I could. And when I feel really bad, I just tell myself I'm a hip mom. I mean c'mon, I have Burgundy hair and I see the Misfits with my son and my tattooed friends :-D