Patrick: 7 Months and Then Some

Patrick turned seven months a couple of weeks ago. So naturally, we took his picture yesterday and are passing it off as authentic. It’s how we roll. We’re pretty laid back and casual.

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Aww Squishie, you make me melt!

Patrick loves pulling off his socks, pulling himself up on anything he can hold on to that will support his weight… or not, and has two bright and shiny new teeth that he’s pretty excited about. His crawl has officially evolved from the army crawl to the full blown up-on-all-fours model and he’ll eat anything. We love him, and he loves everything. Mostly food, though.

But let us not forget, in order to accomplish seven months, he first had to accomplish being six months. Which he did.

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And before any of this… he had to be two months. I’m happy to tell that you I finally caved and just bought a new charger for our camera (since our other one is officially MIA at the moment) and was able to download this gem of history:


Oh little man, I can’t believe how big you are!

You will also notice that we switched it up a little bit and I stood in at 7 months with Baby P, instead of Tim. Because variety is the spice of life.

Now, by the time he’s 10 months I’m sure we’ll get around to taking at least his 8 month photo, if we’re lucky we might squeeze in the 9 month-er for good measure. #lifegoals

Happy Monday!


Patrick: 3 Months

Our baby boy is getting so big! Here’s the part where I gush about him and his chubby little self.

Gush. Gush. Gush.

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This chunky little man is smiling and giggling up a storm. He’s at that awkward phase where he hates being swaddled… but he really loves it. Actually, he hates it… and it goes on. Let’s just say Mama and baby aren’t getting nearly as much sleep at night as they used to but we’re working on it.

He’s pretty close to sitting up on his own, and loves being in the Bumbo and his exer-saucer (is that how you spell that??). He thinks Sophie tells the best jokes and Charlotte’s hair is super fascinating.Loving every minute of this crazy household we have!

And, because I’m a mom and I can’t help myself, here’s some outtakes from the photo shoot.

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“Ceiling fans are hilarious”

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“Don’t look at me”


Psst… okay, so I totally dropped the ball on the two month photo. I took the picture and then my camera died. Diligently I went to get the charger, only to find I have no idea where it went. Probably in a box somewhere. To be continued…

The Stuff I Use (aka Register for this Stuff Because I Say So)

Apparently having three kids makes you a baby guru.


Totally not true. You know how they always say every baby is different? It’s so true. That basically means with each subsequent child, you might as well toss the rulebook and start making a new one. Babies like to keep it interesting like that.

Even so, I’ve gotten many questions about the items we’re using with Patrick v. what we used with the girls, and what has been helpful for us as we’ve transitioned from one house to the next with a baby in tow so I decided to create a little (umm actually quite long) list of the items we’re using on a daily basis. I love these items, but keep in mind that everybody is different, and so when you’re registering for baby stuff, really think about which items fit your lifestyle and which ones don’t. Do you want to spend time wrapping a long piece of cloth around yourself to carry your baby, or do you want a snap-and-go type carrier? Do you care if you can jog with your stroller, or are you just going to be using it for strolls? It’s hard to create a “master list” because everyone has different priorities. Either way, I hope you find this list helpful!

Baby Must Haves for Baby

1. BOB Duallie Jogging Stroller: We got this bad boy when I had Charlotte, and let me tell you something, this stroller is a boss. I love it. It’s definitely more expensive than the standard travel system, but if you plan to do a lot of walking, jogging or outdoor activities with your babe, this stroller is awesome and really holds up to abuse- erm… adventures. And, yes, it can fit through doorways. It also turns on a dime and has pretty amazing shock absorption. There’s a single seat version as well, so check it out.

2. Aden & Anais Swaddle Blankets: These blankets are really great. They’re light-weight, stretchy and huge. I actually use two of them when I swaddle Patrick to make extra sure he stays swaddled and he has been a great sleeper since he was born. They also double super-hero capes. Just saying.

3. MamaRoo: Alright, here’s the deal. The success of a baby swing is so based on what baby’s preferences are, but we tried a multitude of swings and bouncers with Patrick and this is the ONLY one that got him to sleep for more than 10 minute stretches. I got this guy on sale, because I bought a discontinued pattern so I didn’t have to pay full price for it, but knowing what I know now about it, it’s totally worth the splurge. If you can register for it, and get a couple of people to go in for it, it would be a pretty amazing gift for any first-time-mom. The new ones even have bluetooth capabilities making music playing a breeze. There’s also a less-expensive version (the Rockaroo) of it being sold by Target. It’s not completely the same, but I’ve heard good things about.

4. Covered Goods Nursing Cover: This cover is AMAZING. I used the standard apron-type nursing cover with Sophie and Charlotte and was not impressed, but I used it because I didn’t know there were covers like this (5 years ago, perhaps there wasn’t?). This cover is soft, stretchy, covers everything and is so easy to use. Plus it folds up nice and small so it fits great in the pockets of my diaper bag.

5. Breast Pump (In Style Medela): We got our new pump through insurance, so make sure you check to see if a pump is covered by your insurance before you register or buy one. With Sophie, however, insurance was not covered so we had to buy one. If you’re planning on breastfeeding baby, I strongly recommended getting a good breast pump. I’ve had two breast pumps now, and it’s been great to be able to pump and freeze milk so that we have a small stash just in case. We’ve used them so Tim can feed baby in the middle of the night so I can sleep, or if we decide to do a date night, baby can be left with babysitters, with Patrick I’ve even pumped just so the girls can feed him and bond with him that way.

6. Comotomo Baby Bottle: I’ve used quite a few different bottles, and this one is my favorite. We don’t use bottles all that often, but for us, it’s important to make sure Patrick will take one. With Charlotte we forgot to introduce a bottle early and she wouldn’t take one when she was older, so date nights without a baby didn’t really happen until she was over a year old. Lesson learned.

7. Diaper Bag (Skip Hop Duo): Diaper bags are definitely a personal choice. You should go to a store and look and try out a bunch of different styles, sizes, and types. For me, it was really important to have a messenger-type bag and one that wasn’t too big. Skip Hop makes durable, well thought-out bags that aren’t too bulky or so small that you have to stuff them to their breaking point just to feel prepared. I’m pretty obsessed with stripes right now too, so when I saw this guy I was like, “MINE!”. And I shall call it Lovely, and it shall be mine.

8. Sollybaby Wrap: This is a newly discovered item, like the nursing cover, and I love it. I love babywearing. It allows me to have two free hands, which is important for me having two other children, and it means that baby is normally close and snuggly to me. The Sollybaby Wrap is lightweight, beautiful, the fabric is so so soft, and has a wonderful little pocket at the end of one of the tales to put your phone, keys, etc. in. There’s definitely a learning curve with this kind of wrap, but Sollybaby has put together a great set of tutorial videos so it makes it a little less daunting to try. Also, I emailed a comment to them and they returned my email within 24 hours, so if you do have a question, they’re customer service is pretty prompt.

9. Milkies: Okay, I want to know why no one ever told me about this. Seriously, this is my third breast-fed baby and I had no.idea. It’s genius. So simple. So genius. Here’s the deal (people who don’t like reading about nipples, turn away), when you start breastfeeding, for many women, it takes your body awhile to sync itself with the demands of your baby. This could mean that you don’t make enough right away, or, like me, you have a surplus that tends to leak out one side when you’re feeding from the other. As “feminine” as a milk stain on your shirt is, I choose to not have one. Thanks. Enter the Milkie. It’s something you just slip into your nursing bra and it catches the leaking milk from the side you’re not using. Seriously, this is genius. Plus, it’s milk you can store for later that you didn’t have to spend the time pumping. See? I told you. Genius.

10. Motherlove Nipple Cream: Everyone always says, “Buy lanolin. You’ll need lanolin.” Well I’m hear to tell you, “Don’t buy lanolin.” What?! Yes. Don’t do it. I tried using lanolin with Sophie and it was a disaster, some women swear by it, it was no help to me unfortunately. Motherlove Nipple Cream is a great alternative to lanolin that, I’ve found, works a million times better for me. Put this guy in your hospital bag and start using it immediately after your first breastfeeding session with your baby, and keep using it until you’re nipples have gotten used to breastfeeding (sorry ladies, it does take a bit) and, combined with proper latch and general baby and breast cooperation, and you’ll hopefully never have to worry about cracked or bleeding nipples (sorry again, breastfeeding is beautiful… except when it’s not…).

11. Cloth Diapering System (BumGenius Diapers, Charlies Soap, Bumkins Diaper Sprayer): I love cloth diapering. I use disposables when baby is a newborn and doesn’t fit into the BumGenius one-size diapers, but as soon as baby’s bum fits, baby’s in cloth. Finding a system that works for you is important because cloth diapering is definitely a little more labor intensive than disposables, but it’s completely worth it once you’ve the groove of it. I wrote a post way-back-when about the system we used with Sophie, and we’ll be continuing that same process with our little man.

12. Boon Grass Drying Rack: If you’ve gotten baby stuff, you’re going to want a drying rack. Toys, pacifiers, bottles and many more items will need to be cleaned and dried and this guy is so cute and practical. I received it as a shower gift with Sophie and we’re still using it, three kids later. Plus, it looks all happy and summery sitting on a counter.

13. Bumbo Seat: Again, I’ve had this guy since Sophie and Patrick’s already using it, and he loves it.

14. Basket for cra- ahem baby stuff: Want to know a secret? Because we knew we were moving quickly after Patrick was born, we had to constantly be prepared for showings of our house, and wanted to have Patrick’s stuff be accessible through the move, we’ve been using a basket like this to hold all of Patrick’s blankets, clothes and shoes. Now that we’ve moved, we’re still using it because Patrick’s room is currently being used as the guest room, so we don’t have a place for any of his stuff. So stuff goes in box. Once he’s got a room of his own, we’ll use this box to store things like toys and books to keep them out of sight when the room is cleaned, and easily accessible for Patrick when he’s more mobile. Whether it’s a box with a lid, a wire or woven basket, buy them, register for them, register and buy them. Buy all the boxes and bins. Not really, but they’re awesome to reduce clutter and keep like-items together and organized.

Phew. So there you have. My must-have items as a mama of three. What are your must-have baby items? What did I miss that you can’t live without? Any items you got with your first, and then never used?

BTW I was not paid or perked by any of these companies, these are just items that we use in house on a daily basis that we love. 

30 Days Young

As I mentioned  we will be doing a month-to-month photo with Patrick, just as we did with his sisters. This one kind of came about because I forgot to take a really good one of Patrick when he was first born, but found a pretty great one of him and Tim and the month-to-month evolved from there. So, without further ado… here’s the newborn pic:



Anyway, and here is the big (little) guy 30 days later!


I also have one with the month on it:


But I think I like without better.

Patrick is chubbing out like a champ. He started smiling about a week ago, and is cooing up a storm which melts my heart every time. Every. Time.

Happy one month, little man!

The Dust is Settling

I’m finding time to blog! Boom! Super mom.

I was able to get quick snapshots of our home before everything started being moved in but I’ve temporarily misplaced those photos so today is going to be a bunch of pictures of my kids. Because I can and who doesn’t love pictures of squishy newborns? That was a rhetorical question.


I promised I would share Patrick’s birth story and on his one month birthday (plus one day) I thought it would be fun to relive his birth  with all of you. Maybe not in all the nitty gritty details, because ain’t nobody got time for that. It’s still a little weird to think that we’re now a family of five! We recently purchased our awesome minivan (can’t believe I used “awesome” and “minivan” in the same sentence) to accommodate all of us. Going from a Prius to a minivan kind of makes me feel like I driving a giant boat down the middle of the road. But this boat comes with heated seats and a DVD player for trips so I’ll take it! We’re pretty blessed with these three kiddos, and we wouldn’t change anything.

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Patrick was actually due on March 15th, however as we got closer and closer to his due date I began to worry about the timing of everything. Both of my girls were one and half/two weeks late, which put us solidly at moving weekend. If there’s one thing that’s not on my bucket list, it’s have a baby when you’re supposed to be traveling to your new home in a new state. So, after a lot of discussion between Tim and myself, and my doctor, we decided it would probably be best if they set me up to be induced the weekend he was due. I know there a lot of people out there who are against ousting a baby before they’re ready, but we put a lot of thought into our decision and decided this was the best option. I wanted time to heal. I wanted our baby boy to have time to acclimate a bit to being outside the womb before we threw him in a car seat and moved him a couple of hours away from the home he was used to etc. We also wanted the girls to get used to the idea of baby brother before we uprooted them to a new house.

There were a lot of factors that went into our decision, and we weighed all the pros and cons very carefully.


So at my doctor’s appointment on Thursday (the 12th), my doctor set up the appointment for induction the following day but she warned me that because it wasn’t a medically necessary induction that it might take a couple of days before they were actually able to admit me.

On Friday, March 13th (I know, right?) I called in at 6:00am to ask if they’d be able to uphold the appointment and the nurse on the line said, “Oh sure, come on in!” Ok then.

We then dropped the girls off at my mom’s house, and headed to the hospital. My plan was no medication, just break my water and let’s see what happens. Yep, that’s how I plan things. Very vague. I didn’t want pitocin, and I wanted to try going without any kind of pain medication as I had with the girls. I’m not against pain medication at all, but I generally don’t need it until the very end of labor, and at that point it’s always too late and not necessary because baby comes very quickly after it becomes “too much”.


So, they broke my water at 8:00am and then… nothing. A lot of walking happened. A lot of looking at all the cute baby gifts you could buy… I realized I didn’t have a nursing cover, put that on my list of things to still get… but not a whole lot of labor happened.

Here’s the deal with pregnancy, and everyone tells you this but you kind of shrug and say, “Yeah ok”: every pregnancy is different. Every labor is different. With Sophie they broke my water and she came an hour later. With Charlotte they broke my water (it always needs a little bit of help) and she was born four hours later. So when three hours had gone by and my contractions were very irregular and I was still up moving around and totally fine, I started to get a bit discouraged. The nurse suggested we try pitocin to get my contractions to regulate and really start to work but I was like no, maybe in an hour. I was worried that pitocin would be too much intense-ness in too short a time and I wouldn’t be able to continue to control my breathing and manage them well. So we walked so more, and then just decided it was movie watching time. And by movie I mean HGTV, because I can’t help myself I just love a good DIY.

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Around noon Tim got some lunch, and I got a couple of saltines to “refuel”. They would have let me have more but I was beginning to feel like we were actually making progress and I have this ridiculous fear of pooping while trying to birth a baby. So I did a saltine instead of real food. Always do the real food. When 2 o’clock rolled around, my contractions were beginning to come on hard and strong and I finally caved and asked for an epidural. Like I said, I’m not above pain medication.

However, the epidural never happened, because an hour later it was time to start pushing. After about three minutes of pushing, Patrick David was born at 3:13pm on 3/13/15. Wish we’d had a four leaf clover or something too just to round out all the luck that was happening this day. Is it too late to walk under a ladder? Quick! Someone drop a mirror!


At 7 hours of labor, that makes him my longest labor yet. Maybe after four pregnancies, my body is just more apt to take it’s sweet time. I’m just glad there was a doctor and nurse in the room when it was time to push because with Charlotte, we weren’t so lucky. Tim had to yell for the nurse as I started push (seriously, there’s no controlling it) and the nurse caught our girl. So having a team there was really nice. After having gone all morning and a good portion of the afternoon without decent food though, I was really exhausted and extremely hungry!

Patrick was 8lbs 15 oz and 22 inches long. He had black fuzzy hair and dark grey eyes, and was absolutely perfect. We were already so much in love with him, and having him finally here to hold and snuggle was beyond amazing. I will tell you something though, the nurse and Tim started joking about having number 4, and after having just pushed out this 9 pound kid, I was having none of it. Too soon, kids, too soon.

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We spent two nights in the hospital recovering. I feel like I recovered really quickly this time around, which is great because we were set to move two weeks later! Time is just flying for us right now.

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The girls love him, most days. We threw a lot of changes at them within a really short period and they’ve been doing great with everything. Patrick sleeps like a champion right now, waking probably three times a night. A rested mommy and baby means a much more calm household around here.

At one month out now, we’re settling in to our house really well. Tim is enjoying his new job, which is awesome, and the girls are exploring their new surroundings and finally starting to call Patrick by his name, instead of “baby” like they did when he was in the womb. The random tantrums are beginning to dissipate and I think in general we’re all starting to get comfortable with the new rhythm of our new lives.


I will be doing month to month photos for Patrick like I did with Sophie and Charlotte too. I’ve got his birth photo done, but haven’t had a chance take a one month picture yet, I’ll update when I do. It’s gonna be a good one! I’m trying to decide if I want to do a second set of month-to-months with all three kiddos, hmmm… things to think about. Thoughts?

Thank you for all your prayers and love as we’ve made all these transitions in our lives. We have felt the support from young and it has helped tremendously. So thank you, thank you, thank you!


Checking Off the List

I swear, I’ll never find time to blog again. The fact that I’m getting an opportunity now is slightly ridiculous. It’s all happy chaos though, so I wouldn’t change anything!


We had a baby!


Patrick David was born on 3/13 at 3:13 pm (seriously) weighing just shy of 9 pounds.

As far as the name goes, I left it up to Tim for the most part to pick his name. Of course, I threw out a couple of helpful suggestions along the way and in the end we both loved Patrick, it just happened to be that St. Patrick’s day was only a few days after he was born. David is after my father, who passed away when I was 15. It was a very special moment for me when we decided to include my father’s name and we think it’s pretty perfect for him.

So far, Patrick is doing great. He’s a champion sleeper, eater and pooper and his sisters love him. We’ve had a couple of temper tantrums from the girls since being home, but there’s a lot going on right now, so we kind of expected it. Otherwise, it’s been a really smooth transition and everyone is adjusting well.

I’ll have more on the birth story later.


Our house went on the market last Thursday, we had 43 (!!) showings from Thursday to Monday and by the evening on Monday, we had offers on the house! So, as of Tuesday morning, our house is sold!

Our realtor was amazing, we had a lots of help from family getting the house prepped and ready to go and when you take a look at the “before” pictures, we can’t believe what’s been done to the house in only a year and half.


Front Yard


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In the front we ripped out the dead hedges, sloped the yard down towards the sidewalk and laid sod down. It was nice and green in the summer/fall, but now that it’s winter (although arguably very warm for Minnesota in March) the grass is looking kind of lame. I’m sure it’ll be lovely when spring gets into full swing.

Living Room / Entry / Dining Room:

Living Room


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Of course we ripped up the carpet immediately. We pulled paneling down, sanded and re-finished the hardwoods, tore out the old bar and installed a bench in the entryway. We painted, added trim and all those little projects that happened in between. The wallpaper in the dining room is original. It’s the only wallpaper that stayed in the house. I still could never figure out how to position furniture in the living room/front porch area because of the dividing beam but now that’s someone else’s issue to scratch their head about. 

Office / Stairway:


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The real champion of this picture is the staircase. The first photo was taken after we ripped the carpet up, but you can still see remnants of it on the stairs and you get a good look at the old banister.

The funny thing about the banister is that when Tim put the new post in at the bottom, it fit perfectly into the spot where the original post had sat, before the previous home-owners remodeled in the 70s. Maybe it’s kind of like how everyone’s about white trim right now, but the nay-sayers (is that how you spell that?) are all, “Wait ten years and you’ll be sorry you painted your wood trim white”. Maybe, nay-sayers (neigh-sayers?). Maybe.

Girls’ / Extra Bedroom:


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Unfortunately this isn’t even kind of an accurate picture. Normally there would be bunk beds and lots and lots of toys. But you can still see the wallpaper is down, the floors are re-finished and it’s pretty adorable now.


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Again, not accurate. This room was first an office, then was being set up for the baby’s room. When we miscarried it turned into a storage space and then when we found out we were expecting again, it was back to being prepped for a baby. THEN we had to hastily take everything out and turn it into a usable bedroom for showings. Thus, for the last two weeks, Sophie and Charlotte have been sleeping in separate rooms. They’ll be sharing again in the new house so I hope they’re not getting used to it.



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The bathroom was the last thing we worked on, right before we listed the house. Everything was in working order, but not everyone appreciates a yellow toilet and vanity so we decided to update a bit. We replaced the toilet and vanity top. We also swapped out the hardware and light fixture. We painted the base of the vanity so it tied into the nice crisp new toilet and then painted the whole room a warm cream color to refresh the walls. Not too shabby and it wasn’t too expensive either.

Eat-In-Kitchen :

Kitchen 1

Kitchen 2

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The kitchen was the definition of “making it work”. The only thing we did in the kitchen was take down the wallpaper and add a bench and table to the little nook off to the right of the kitchen. Nothing else changed. But the kitchen had GREAT space for a city kitchen and I had so many plans for it. All the plans!


We’re less than two weeks away now from our move-out date. I’m getting a little misty eyed thinking about it, but we’re very excited to move, and get settled in the new home. We’ve had our baby, we’ve sold the house and now, it’s time to wrap things up and get ready for more big changes.

So, for now, we say goodbye to our little house. Our little piece of paradise in the city. The first house we bought together, the first house we owned. This is where Charlotte learned to ride her bike. This is where Sophie started to learn to read. This is Patrick’s first home, even if it’s only for two weeks. We are sad to leave, we will miss our neighbors, our friends, the parks, the restaurants, being close to our families and our beautiful city. We’re excited for what lies in store, but for now, we’re just soaking in the last few days here and hoping for sanity as we move our family of five to South Dakota.



Little House Completed

Holy moly it’s been awhile. We’ve had a lot of various things keeping us busy the last couple of weeks, but I’m hoping I can get an opportunity to update the blog with a couple of items in the next week or so. First, one of the reasons you haven’t heard from us in a while is because… Bum Bum Bum… our computer crashed. Nooooo!

It’s true, one day our computer just died. It was all, “See ya later, suckers” and pooped out, taking our photos, important files and everything else with it. Since then, after a very stern talk from the IT guys, we have now learned the importance of ALWAYS backing up your important information so when you have a Diva computer quit on you, your files are safe and snug. Lesson learned.

Second, and probably most importantly, we’re having a baby BOY!

It's a Boy!!

Yep! The cake frosting doesn’t lie, Team Olson’s about to become a little bit more blue! We are absolutely thrilled with the news, and the girls are pretty pumped to be big sisters (in Charlotte’s case, for the first time) to a little boy. Sophie needed some time to digest the news. She even asked if we could fix the cake and put the pink frosting in so the baby was a girl. It took some time for us to explain that changing the frosting wasn’t going to change the baby’s gender, but we finally accomplished it and she’s excited about a baby brother. Mostly.

Third, and most relevant to the post at hand, remember this doll house we were working on? Well, it’s done! Hooray!

When last we left it, it was looking like this:


All hot and natural. The next steps were painting and decorating. The best steps, in my opinion. So one morning I sat down, cross-legged and went to town on it. I lost all the really amazing (read: mostly boring) pictures taking me from this step, to the house painted and “wallpapered”, which could be a blessing in disguise actually, so we’ll just have to jump to the finished product. Jump!


Phew, if only it was really that easy. The dollhouse itself has two coats of white paint on it, left overs from all the trim in our house, and the wallpaper is craft paper that’s been Mod Podged on. The Mod Podge took me a bit to get used to, and because of that the upper yellow room is a bit crinkled, but it’s not really noticeable so all is well. The little picture in the blue room is just a bitty piece of craft paper on a wooden square chip that’s been taped on… because no room is complete without some artwork? I think I was just getting over-zealous at that point.

Next, we needed some furniture! I used some old gift cards to purchase most of the furniture, so all in all I think the furniture only cost me about $20. Not bad considering all six rooms are completely furnished. You could easily stalk Ebay or Craigslist for furniture and getting a pretty good set for cheap.

Dollhouse II The Bean House

None of the furniture sets came with people, but my girls have a pretty tidy collection of small people and animals so we’ve got no shortage of inhabitants around here, although, all the people are, admittedly, princesses.

Dollhouse II The Bean House

The girls love playing with this house. It’s been done for over a month now (I know, sorry) and it gets used every single day. It’s fun to see how they re-decorate or which animals they bring in to share the space. I could create an entire series entitled “A Day in the Life Of” centering solely on the way the furniture and toys are arranged and it would be pretty humorous. Complete with snarky captions. Obviously.

Dollhouse II The Bean House

You can kind of sort of see the seams on the walls of the blue and yellow room. These rooms were too big for me to just use one sheet of paper on, so I had to use two. The Mod Podge sealed the seams for me and, thus far, there’s been no curling of the ends where one piece of paper ends and the other begins. If it does start to curl, I’ll probably just put another layer of Mod Podge on the back and call it a day. I’m lazy like that.

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So there you have it. All in all, I’m really pleased with the way this turned out. It’s been a great little addition to our play area, and not too expensive. Total we spent $30 on wood supplies, $5 on craft paper, $20 on furniture. You could probably buy a complete dollhouse set on Craigslist for less than $55, but I really appreciate that we got to build this together. Plus, the girls love it, so I’m a happy mama!

What do you guys think? Got any plans to build some DIY gifts for the upcoming holidays? Any advice for a mama to two girls who’s expecting a boy? I may or may not have immediately gone out and bought all the monster jammies I could find for my little guy. Now I just need shoes with trucks on them or something…