All construction trucks basically look the same. The above four trucks are all yellow, and have wheels.
They’re all called “scoopers” or “dump trucks” at our house. But upon the recent finding of one of Tyler’s favorite childhood books featuring Dan and his Mighty Dump Truck, we’ve needed to learn the real names for these.
I’ve learned the boys in our house can be quite persnickety when Mom calls the “loader” a “bulldozer”. Ooops.
And I still never seem to get it right.
Download and print 8 construction flashcards so you can learn the names, too. Because I’m hoping you’re all like me.
(and p.s. I hope I get the “coolest mom ever” award for this.)
(You can print it as many times as you want for personal use and gifts, but please do not sell, share digitally, or alter it in any way. I do not own any of the images. If you’d like to feature it on your site, please link directly back to my blog. Thanks!)
Finally, three weeks before his due date, Owen’s nursery is finished!
It actually came out fairly close to how I envisioned it, too. True to our Jones nature, we didn’t spend a lot of money – most everything in the room is either DIY and/or a hand-me-down. (I did convince Tyler to let me buy a new crib, the rug underneath it, and the changing pad – I think those were our only real “nursery” purchases?)
Granted, I would have LOVED an ikea expedit bookshelf instead of the one we have in there, and a new rocking chair or glider would be nice. But we’re using what we have and I’m really proud of how it all came together.
Here are some of the details:
^^Just keepin’ it real. Here’s the unfinished corner – I still need art to go in the big white frame, and we need to reupholster and fix the broken rocking chair. And obviously shove those plastic bins in the closet. ;)
Here’s the breakdown for where I got things if you’re interested:
crib: ikea gulliver
blanket on crib: ikea malin band throw
fox stuffed animal: jellycat brand from amazon – all three of our kids have animals from the cordy roy collection
OWEN letters: see my DIY here
star mobile: DIY (used dowels, twine, and glitter star stickers from Michaels)
star wall decals: walls need love in silver
dresser: already owned, used with Jack
felt ball garland: from brickyard buffalo (find similar from hellomaypole)
oversized you are so loved print: adapted from my friend holland’s design (I will blog about this soon and share the printable)
boppy cover: see my DIY here
“jones” watercolor print: painted by my friend Amanda (I will share a close-up later when this wall is done because it’s incredible!)
sheer curtains: already owned from Target
I’ll be boob-feeding Owen, hooray! Just as soon as he decides to make his appearance…any week now…
I don’t anticipate doing much on-demand feeding, as it’s just my personality to be a really schedule-oriented person. (To a fault, people. It’s ridiculous sometimes.) I made a similar chart that I used to bottle-feed Jack (you can download that here) but here’s the promised breastfeeding version.
Obviously I haven’t breastfed before but the only thing I felt the need to change from the other version was instead of charting how many “ounces” your baby drank, you can chart what breast side they fed on. Breastfeeding mamas, is this accurate or would you like any other information on the chart? I’m a newbie. :)
I’m happy to share this chart with all of you! Download the full size PDF here for free. You can use it one of two ways: I either like to print out a bunch of copies and cut them in half, or I frame it in an 8×10 frame and use a dry-erase marker to write on the glass everyday.
(You can print it as many times as you want for personal use and gifts, but please do not sell, share digitally, or alter it in any way. If you’d like to feature it on your site, please link directly back to my blog. Thanks!)
Jack was bottle-fed, so I found that I didn’t really use my boppy pillow all that much. My mom helped me make a cover for it (covers are like $30 to buy, yikes!) and I searched high and low and could only come up with this horribly bright lemon fabric. (Unless you go to a specialty fabric store and pay $15+ a yard, the fabric stores aren’t that great in North County San Diego.) So we used that but it stood out like a sore thumb everywhere in our house and I always hated it.
So this pregnancy I decided since I’ll be breastfeeding and the boppy will make its rounds around the house again, I wanted it to look good. And kind of just blend in and not scream, “BABY!” (My sister Mackenzie laughs at me for always trying so hard to not embrace decor that screams I HAVE KIDS! But it’s not like this boppy hides the fact that we have kids; everyone knows what it is still. Can’t it look good while serving its purpose?)
This time around I went for a more neutral fabric and decided to ditch the zipper. It closes with a flap and a small square of velcro. I think I already love it more!
I was going to include a tutorial, but let’s be honest: I really just loosely followed this one from Kalleymade. The only change I made was that I added a piece of velcro at the very end to keep the flap on the back side (pictured above) more tightly closed. The entire thing, even with my little 3-year old helper, took me about an hour.