How to Survive the First Three Months with a New Baby

No crafts today, folks!  But, I do have a very appropriate post for you me today.  It’s titled ‘How to Survive the First 3 Months With A New Baby.”  Since I’m 2 months in … this comes at a great time.  Jennifer from Mommy Life After Ph.D. is here sharing some tips … and she’s got the credentials to do so!  With four kids ages 5 and younger at home, she would know this topic better than anyone I know.   If you’ve had a kid or two or five … this will strike close to home.  If you’re planning to have kids in the near future … this is some good real-life advice!  And if you’re a friend to someone that just had a baby … read on to see what she’s going through (and ways in which you can help!!).

Jennifer … spill the secrets ….


I tend to write a lot of fun “How To” posts over on my blog at Mommy Life After PhD. I’ve ventured into “how to survive air travel with kiddos” and “how to make a gallery wall” among others, and always do so with a bit of humor and sarcasm.

Today’s post will be no different, but I’m laying out some tried and true tips that I think would have really helped if I had known them prior to having each of our four children–especially when it comes to bringing home a new sibling.

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20 Wishes for 2014 {Month 6 Progress}

If you’ve noticed … I’m really good at starting stuff.  All kinds of stuff.  House projects.  Craft projects.  Gardening projects.  I’m NOT, however, so good at following through on these things.  Actually, I’m terrible at finishing things. I think I need an intervention. Someone to force me to actually finish all my random projects that are in limbo. Or maybe I need a team of people to come over one day and knock out all these things for me flash mob style (isn’t there an HGTV show similar to this … if so, where can I sign up?!?).

Should we count how many things I’ve started recently without finishing … (the answer is yes … humor me):

  1. That 52 week organizing challenge I gave myself on New Year’s Day.  I was completely planning on organizing on area/thing/drawer/etc a week.  My ‘Dirty Little Secret Friday’ ended in March.  Challenge = A Failure.
  2. O & C’s big boy room.  We are SO close to being done.  Someone please come install a closet door so we can finally call it done!!!
  3. The nursery.  A.K.A. Ben’s room.  I was totally planning on having this done PRIOR to his arrival.  Also a failure.  It’s close … So close.  Just need a day (or really only like 3 hours) to paint the doors, hem the curtains, and hang some shelves!!
  4. The office makeover.  Yep … we need some shelves.  And also some cleaning and organizing. And some labeling.  And a new floor.
  5. And … The topic of this post today … This 20 wishes project!!!  I first posted about it at the end of January.  Then, I was awesome at updating you each month (until May).  The end of May my life became MUCH more crazy.  Good crazy, but C.R.A.Z.Y.  Ben was born.  Ben is the easiest, happiest baby e-v-e-r, but the little ones now outnumber us, and life is crazy.  Period.  I’m not even sure what we do each day (seriously, I could not tell you what exactly we did yesterday), but by the end of the day … I’m wiped.  out.

Well … I missed the past 2 months of updates on this ‘project’.  So I’m bound and determined to update it this month!!  So … here it is (also … don’t get too excited, as not a whole lot has changed since April’s update).

20 wishes for 2014

Let me refresh your memory on what exactly this ’20 Wishes Project’ is:




At the end of January, I shared with you my 20 wishes for 2014.  This is a project with 10 other blogger ‘hosts’ and several other bloggers that linked up.  You can read about all the reasons for taking this challenge on in my first post here, but basically this list is more than New Years Resolutions.  It’s a list of fun things.  Things that create memories for us and our families.  Things that we’ve always wanted to do.  Things that we keep saying, “we should do that someday.”  Well … the point of these lists is to make ‘someday’ happen this year!

Each of the bloggers taking part in this ‘project’ have posted their July (month 6) updates today.  See below for the links to their sites, and check out their progress.

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Anthropologie Inspired Fringed Feather Dishtowels

A couple things I’m excited about this morning … 

#1.  My flowers didn’t die while we were on vacation (even with no rain and no watering).  I think I’ve trained them well for neglect.

#2.  Ben’s 2 month shots are over (O, how I HATE that appointment … makes me cry every time).

#3.  My bloggy friend, Melissa George from A Prudent Life, is here today guest posting!!  (Love her blog and all her work)

#4.  She is sharing an Anthropologie Knock Off … my favorite kind of project!

I’ll let her get right to it …

Hi there View From the Fridge readers! I’m Melissa from A Prudent Life and I’m so excited to be visiting Katie’s blog. I adore her AND all of her creative projects! I’m going to be sharing a project today that ANYONE who can write an I and a V can recreate for just a few dollars.

Two simple options for knocking off Anthropologie's Fringed Feather Dishtowels.

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Turn It Up Tuesday #45

Welcome to the 45th week of Turn It Up Tuesday!

Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this blog hop the best that it could be!

This is the last week for our July sponsor and guest hosts – so please stop by and show them some love!! We’ll be introducing some new guest hosts and a new sponsor next week!

As you may know, Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up your favorite posts and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments — anything at all, as long as it is family-friendly. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time!

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Elsa Cape Tutorial

Happy Monday!  We are finally back from our weekend up north … which was just fantastic!  Beautiful lake, beautiful cabin, lots of canoeing and fishing, bonfires and s’mores, and lots of fun time with the cousins and Grandma and Grandpa!

I’ll share a little more about our vacation later this week, but today I’m excited to share a project that I made for Ang from Juggling Act Mama.  Actually … not so much for her, more like for her two little ones … An Elsa Cape Tutorial (and a big brother Superhero cape to go with)!

Ang sent me a note earlier this month asking if I’d be interested in making an Elsa cape for her daughter … who just loves the movie (and, of course, Queen Elsa).  Sparkles, Glitter, and girly-ness?!?!  How could I resist?  Around our house it’s all ‘manly’ things … Spiderman, swords, trucks, motorcycles, and tractors.  So … I JUMPED at the chance to make a fun, sparkly, Elsa cape for Ang’s daughter Olivia.

Here’s Charlie modeling the cape:

Queen Elsa Cape Tutorial  |  View From The Fridge


And here’s Ang’s daughter, Olivia, modeling it for us after receiving the finished product:

Queen Elsa Cape Tutorial  |  View From The Fridge

She is a natural model!  Look at that bling in her ears!  So fancy …

Do you have little ones in your life that LOVE Elsa?  I’m sharing the details and easy tutorial over on Juggling Act Mama today.  Halloween is fast approaching … just sayin’.


JAM tutorial



Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope your week is off to a wonderful start (It’s 2 month shots for Ben this morning, so I sure hope your morning is going better than his will be … #hatetheseappointments).


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