This week’s fall “it” color, according to Pantone, Overlord of all things Color, is Aluminum. This sophisticated, modern neutral is tinged with green and brown (think dollar bill) and is perfect for that splash of industrial design that every house needs. So go get the tin foil and have at it…or just check out some of these finds for a more comfy, less reflective approach.

Pantone Fall Color Forecast - Aluminum | westofgrey.com
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// Patterned Scarf // Long Gray Chandelier Earrings // Thick Strap Canvas Heels // V-neck Jersey Top // Overcast Grey Nail Polish //  Lyocell Shirt // Osini Crossbody Bag // Moe Oxfords by Dolce Vita // Easy Stripe Softened Shirt //

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Day two back at work just ended on a sour note. Both Alan and I came down with the stomach virus going around the family on the same afternoon and both had to go home early. Because I just really think we needed MORE vomit. Thanks to both sets of grandparents, Margot is safely sleeping out of the house and Oliver and I got a ride home.

In other news, Oliver is working hard in school and Margot is taking swimming lessons. I keep looking at my baby girl and seeing these lanky legs and long thin body. Where did baby go? Oliver’s teachers love him, especially since he’s the only boy in class and they’ve been incredibly diligent to watch for seizures (he’s had a few but we’re waiting to see if they go away once he’s used to the environment) and help with feeding experimentation. 2014-07-08_0001After weeks and months of trying bottle after bottle, we finally found “the” bottle on our last try. It is such a relief to know that he’ll take a bottle every time it’s offered (he even accepts it from me!) and he’s getting plenty to eat every day. Mommy was about to quit her job over worry that he wouldn’t eat. Not really but almost. And considering my ophthalmologist just told me in no certain terms that if I want a shot at my eyes healing from thyroid-induced pressure, I’d better stop nursing now, the timing is more than perfect. Good thing I have this.

In case you have a struggling little one, here’s our perfect combo:

This week, we’ve seen Ollie reach out and touch mommy’s face with open hands repeatedly, hit dangling toys, gum on teething toys when offered to his mouth, hold onto thin items and purposefully let them go, and tonight he actually rolled himself from side to tummy all by himself! It’s amazing how miraculous every little thing is now.

We’ll keep you posted as this new phase becomes more normal. And keep praying that I can continue to make it on time to work. Two days in a row is pretty awesome if you ask me!

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  • Jaclyn PruehsJuly 9, 2014 - 12:09 pm

    Oh I’m just so thrilled his daycare is going well and Margot loves swimming. Aaaaaand it is NOT cool that you two got sick as well. Ugh!!! Feel better soon sis! ReplyCancel

  • Niki KnowltonJuly 9, 2014 - 1:04 pm

    So glad to hear Oliver is doing so well! You’re continually in my prayers. Feel better… no one with kids needs more vomit…ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Ann CobleJuly 9, 2014 - 3:18 pm

    So thankful for the update…you are in my constant prayers❤️ReplyCancel

  • JennJuly 9, 2014 - 4:36 pm

    Not sure how you’re doing it all, super mama, know that you’re thought of and admired! Hope you’re routine becomes somewhat normal for you all really soon.ReplyCancel

    • AlysaJuly 10, 2014 - 9:55 pm

      Jenn, you only “do it all” when life forces you to do it. Then, like in childbirth, there is no way out but through. Thanks for the prayers!ReplyCancel

  • Joni Whitacre DarmodyJuly 10, 2014 - 2:29 pm

    Margot’s sleepover was fun. We made a big tent over the couch. She was so excited I was afraid she wouldn’t go to sleep. But she did great. Glad we could help while you guys were sick.ReplyCancel

    • AlysaJuly 10, 2014 - 9:56 pm

      Oh, I bet she LOVED a tent bed! Heck, I would love a tent bed. Come make one at my house!ReplyCancel

The #8-10 top Airbnb summer vacation spots are Denver, Orange County and Boulder. I’m feeling a need for a trip to Colorado, myself! Don’t forget to click through to see the whole house tour. They’re great!

Top 10 Airbnb rentals, Denver, OC, Boulder | westofgrey.com

Denver

// Cozy 1920’s Capitol Hill Charmer | $250

Screen Shot 2014-07-06 at 1.32.09 PM// Luxury LoHi Loft – Best of Wyandot | $179

Screen Shot 2014-07-06 at 1.47.15 PM// Quiet Loft in Denver’s Best Area | $175

Screen Shot 2014-07-06 at 1.50.20 PM// Hip Capitol Hill Home | $100

Screen Shot 2014-07-06 at 1.53.03 PM// Park Hill Home in Denver | $135

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See all ten of my Denver recommendations here!

Orange County

// Newport Beach Guest Cottage and Pool | $225

Screen Shot 2014-07-06 at 2.01.46 PM// Monarch Beach Coastal Condo | $225

Screen Shot 2014-07-06 at 2.03.22 PM// Cozy Laguna Beach Artist Cottage | $135

Screen Shot 2014-07-06 at 2.05.51 PM// Woods Cove Cottage, Laguna Beach | $195

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// Ocean View – Totally New | $250

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See all ten of my Orange County recommendations here!

Boulder

// North Boulder Designer Condo | $250

Screen Shot 2014-07-06 at 1.30.14 PM// Boulder Bungalow | $150

Screen Shot 2014-07-06 at 2.19.55 PM// Live Like a Local in Downtown Boulder | $175

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// Downtown Mapleton Sudio/Guesthouse | $75

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// Historic Home in a Great Location | $200

Screen Shot 2014-07-06 at 2.26.35 PMSee all ten of my Boulder recommendations here!

I hope you’ve enjoyed these fun vacation rental getaways! It came at great sacrifice, I’ll have you know. I’ve got a serious travel bug now. Maybe I’ll get ambitious and venture out to the Taco Bell this afternoon. Hm, maybe not. Too much work.

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When I designed Oliver’s nursery, I chose the theme of “Little Adventurer.” I had no idea what a little adventurer and warrior my son would turn out to need to be. As I look at the art, specifically, I am blown away with the new meaning that each piece has now that I know him better. I’ll try to show examples in my next several Oliver updates.

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To be honest, I planned to choose one of the more uplifting ones to begin this series, but I’m not feeling uplifted this week. This week, I’m at the base of a mountain, looking up. I promise not to use this blog just to complain about all of the downsides to raising a special needs child, but I also promised authenticity. There are mountains all around. Sometimes it feels like the damn Himalayas.

To start, both kids have been sick for almost a week. This is always hard, no matter your child’s development. But between Margot’s stomach virus and Oliver’s reflux, we’ve had pretty much half of our house covered in vomit for weeks. But after trying some advice from a gastroenterologist, we think that thickening O’s milk up with rice cereal is helping him keep down his food. Now if we can just keep him improving on taking a bottle at all so that I can deal with leaving him anywhere for more than a couple of hours…

Second, I return to work full-time today. I can’t complain too much on this subject because I do like my job and the people there so generously donated their own PTO to let me stay home as long as I have. But going back is tough. And handing your special needs baby to a stranger and saying, “Please let me know if he’s having seizures. And he’s not fully bottle trained so he might not eat enough. Oh, and he projectile vomits sometimes, too,” is nigh to impossible without feeling like a total traitor to your child. We’ve found a day care for him that specializes in incorporating delayed children into a classroom with normally functioning ones, so we at least feel confident that he will be with compassionate caregivers who aren’t threatened by his disabilities. This is a blessing. But Mommy still feels like no one else can take care of baby as well. I got over this with Margot, I pray I’ll get over it with Oliver.

So on top of the challenge of getting all four of us out the door on time, the kids to two different day care situations, jumping into my busiest time of year at work while fitting in a pumping schedule and figuring out how to fit a future filled with doctor and therapy appointments into it all, Alan is beginning a difficult two-week work event that will keep him out 12 hours each day through it all. I’ll be dropping off and picking up both kids, going to two doctor appointments, doing morning and bedtime routines, and giving up two date nights for it.

And all of this is while praying that I don’t get sick. So today, M is for Mountain.

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  • Joni Whitacre DarmodyJuly 7, 2014 - 4:06 pm

    Exodus 19:17 “And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.” God didn’t ask them to climb to the top to meet Him. All they had to do was stand at the foot of the mountain and He met them there. Prepare to meet God as you tackle that mountain.ReplyCancel

    • AlysaJuly 7, 2014 - 9:43 pm

      Thanks Joni, I like that thought.ReplyCancel

This week’s Pantone Fall Color Forecast “It” color is Royal Blue. It’s got to be vivid, true and can have a hint of indigo.

Pantone Fall Color Watch - Royal Blue | westofgrey.com
// Threshold Preston Denim Dinnerware Set // Rika Salad Plate // Blue Glass Marcella Cake Stand // CS Lewis “Better Things Ahead” Print // Jardin Des Plantes Pedestal Bowl // Latte Bowls // Salud Azul Pitcher // Threshold Ikat Lamp Shade // Oar Salad Servers // Milk Bottle // Woven Palms Baskets // Embossed Leather Journal // Cotton Cushion Cover // Lisel Pillow // Ava Velvet Tufted Sleeper Sofa // Celestial Coasters Set // Design by Conran Elder Chair // Locust Hexagon Handmade Rug
Pantone Fall Color Watch - Royal Blue | westofgrey.com
// L’Oreal Colour Riche Eye Shadow, Blue Haute Coutoure // Standout Layered Bead Necklace // Merona Striped Floppy Hat // Tucker Bright Leaf Sunglasses // Evelina Embroidered Tank // Sneakers // Paper Bag Waist Shorts // Xhileration Studded Monokini // Sailboat Scarf // Blueprint Nail Polish // Bueno Floral Backpack // Cloud Print Cutout Cami // Merona Colorblock Hem Shift Dress // Merona Mini Crossbody Handbag // Lace Knit Top // Caribbean Shores Pleated Skirt // Flare Knee-Length Skirt //  Merona Colorblock High Low Hem Dress // Starboard Houses Dress

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