DIY paint chip embroidery hoop mobile
Whew! It’s hard to believe Foster is now 4 weeks old!

I’ll be honest, the first couple weeks were a blur. He had a hard time nursing (we ended up getting his tongue clipped after 2 weeks) and wasn’t gaining weight. He also wasn’t sleeping much at all, which meant I wasn’t sleeping much.

I finally feel like we are getting into something of a groove. I’m sure it will change in the next couple days, but I’m going to enjoy it while I can! The fact that both boys are napping at the same time and I don’t feel like I have to join them to stay sane, is huge!

Today also marks the first day that Adam is back at work. Amazingly he was able to take 4 weeks off! Honestly, I for a lot of it I felt guilty telling people that he was able to be home for so long, but God knew what we needed. Foster has only been sleeping more than 2 hours at a time at night for the last few days, so it was a huge blessing to have Adam home to help with both boys and let me try to sleep when possible.

I don’t know why I have such a hard time accepting God’s blessings. It’s definitely something I need to work on! It’s silly, but I can’t help comparing myself to others (another thing I’m working on) and feeling like I should be able to handle two kids under two on my own, immediately. As I discovered during the first months with Emerson, parenting is a process and God teaches me as much through these little loves as I hopefully am teaching them!

Foster is still sleeping in a pack ‘n’ play in our room and will probably stay there at least another month. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t work on a few projects to make the nursery special for him!

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There are countless cute mobile projects floating around on Pinterest, and I had embroidery hoops left over from my embroidery hoop sphere, so I used that as the base for my paint-chip mobile.

I have a couple old paint decks and punched circles 1 and 2 inch circles out of shades of blue and green. Then I sewed the circles together and hung them around the hoop. Super simple!

paint chip mobileI don’t think Foster can even see them when he’s on the changing table, but eventually he will. For now, Emerson loves to bat at them whenever he has a chance.

Obviously we need to take the “E” off the wall and replace it with and “F”. And I have a few other small things to add to make the room feel like Foster’s. Hopefully we have him moved into the crib and Emerson moved into his toddler room by November. I’ll keep you posted!

FosterDanielFoster Daniel Cooley was born August 21 at 9:59 am. He wasn’t quite as prompt as his brother, but I went into labor the night of his due date, so I won’t hold it against him!

We are so blessed and thankful for another healthy baby boy! Emerson is a proud big brother and adjusting pretty well to life as a big brother.

emerson+fosterIt’s hard to believe Foster’s already a week old! Adam is able to be home with us for 4 weeks, which is a huge blessing. Of course I have all kinds of ideas of things we can do during this time (go to the zoo, the science center, little projects–you know me!), but as Adam keeps reminding me, we have to take it one day at a time and I have to lower my expectations. And let me tell you, that’s hard to do!

For now we are still getting into a good nursing/sleeping/eating routine and trying to stay on top of the laundry. Oh the laundry! I forgot how many shirts and onesies and burp clothes you go through every day!

2014-08-21 19.55.27Foster and Eli have already been introduced. They didn’t say a lot, but I’m sure they will be best buds!

I have baby projects to share, thoughts on having a newborn for the second time, and the birth story (it was much shorter this time!), but for now I have a baby to snuggle and need to sleep when I can!

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