Method to Our Madness

"Every child arrives with a specific personality, and that is really fun to explore together as the children grow."

Hi everybody, it's Cortney from 9 by Design!

This is a very exciting and crazy time in our lives! The second episode of our new show is super-fun, and one of our favorites.

In this episode, I’ve given birth to a healthy baby boy we named Major Robert Novogratz, after Robert’s dad, who was a major in the Army. We have been so blessed to have amazing kids, and I never take any of them (or any aspect of our lives) for granted even for a minute.

Taking Major home from the hospital is a highlight on the show. All of the other kids were super-excited to see him. And Major figured out quickly he is loved, as everybody fought to have their chance to hold him. He is a very chill kid, which is a good thing after having Five and Holly, who are the wild children of the family. One of the most interesting things about parenting is how different each of the children is, regardless of the family environment and the parents’ impact. Every child arrives with a specific personality, and that is really fun to explore together as the children grow.

The other big news on the show, we finally moved out of our temporary apartment and into our new home, which we had been waiting for, big time! The home had been eighteen months in the making, and we were ready to get in there. As usual, we were on a tight schedule—our lease at the temporary apartment was up. With only three days left before we had to move into the new home, we discovered we had almost of a month of work left until the house would be finished. It was pretty stressful, but at least the end of the work was in sight. To make matters worse (or funnier, depending on who you ask!), our workers punk’d us into believing that the house was being shut down by the building department. Robert almost had a heart attack. We get back at those guys in later episodes, so stay tuned.

Finally, we move into the house, and though there is still much to be done, we are so happy to be there. Everybody connected with the house worked like crazy to make it all come together, and we were so grateful. It takes a village to raise this big, crazy family and we are certainly very lucky to have great people around us being supportive! After a few days to get the house in order, we were thrilled by how amazing it all turned out to be. The most fun we ever have is the final design. Believe me, it’s much cooler than figuring out the plumbing or pouring concrete for the foundation. The kids were in heaven over the new house. Us too! I think the viewers of our show will begin to realize that there is a method to our madness.

Check out the last part of episode two, which was filmed from outside the house by a robotic camera on a crane! It was crazy to shoot, but it is a really fascinating view of the house and of us inside. We were so lucky with our production crew and director, who spent so much energy on the look of this show. I hope you love it as much as we do. Well, back to the family.

See you next week!

Cortney

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Best One Yet

Tallulah reflects on the season, and talks about her experience at The Bungalow Hotel.

This is my last blog entry for the season. Overall it was a really fun experience! I think the last episode is the best one yet. The Bungalow Hotel is a really nice hotel and I think my parents did a really great job with it. I stayed once over the summer for a few days and I really enjoyed it. Our friend Anne Carrington, who is a great artist, made flags for each room of the hotel. Someone stole the USA flag, so Ann asked Bellamy and I to make a new one with her. It was exciting to work with Anne. I really enjoyed sewing with her. I hope we have another season. Thanks to all of the film crew and my family.

- Tallulah