diy growth chart.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

To be honest, we haven't done much decorating in S2's room (come back Monday to see the whole thing!), but I did manage to find the time to make her a wooden growth chart.  Ignore the blank wall around it - I think I'll create a gallery wall here eventually.  Closet door on the left, bathroom door on the right.

I made it REALLY easy on myself and bought a 6' 1x6 board at Lowes and the vinyl decals from Little Acorns by Ro on Etsy (here's the link to the exact one I bought, but she has different options).  I lightly sanded the board and stained it using stain I already had, first with Minwax Natural (allover), then with Minwax Special Walnut (sparingly) and then with a gray stain that I don't remember the name of (in random splotches), but I think it's also Minwax.  I was trying to match the uneven color of the woven shades in her room, and I have to say, I think it matches perfectly!  This photo below is much closer to the actual color than the one above.  Considering I already had the stain, this whole thing cost me less than $20.

I followed the instructions that came with the decals to adhere them (using a used-up Subway gift card to rub it really well - why do we keep these things? oh yeah, I guess for applying vinyl to things).  You can see in the photo above that the vinyl came in one foot sections, which made it really easy to get them straight.  Once all the vinyl was applied, I just nailed in a sawtooth hanger on the back and hung it on a nail in her room.

Then we quickly went about marking her past heights (from the summaries from her check-ups) and her August 7th height. :)

We actually measured her again a week or two ago and she has grown a whole INCH.  She's in a definite growth spurt, all of a sudden in bigger clothes because her sleeves and hemlines were getting too short.

Listen, Father Time, you need to slow.your.roll.  My little baby is over half my height now and I don't like it one bit.  She is such a little sponge these days and we can actually carry on a conversation with her.  Oh, it was funny, the other day when I was picking her up from daycare, we were getting in the car and I said "My car is so dirty!" and she said "I'll wipe it off for you."  I about died right there in the parking lot.  It's like, she knew that dirty things needed to be wiped and made that connection all on her own.  It seems like a small thing, but it's another one of those milestones that never occurs to you until it happens.  Like, wow, this is another human being I'm raising, one with her own personality, thoughts and feelings.  It's so crazy!

I hope you all are having a fabulous fall!  I love October most of all, but November runs a close second.  Football, the Southern Christmas Show, Thanksgiving and Black Friday!  Oh and November 1st means Hallmark Christmas movies 24 hours a day until New Year's!  Ugh, I just love it.

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