Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Navy, Gray, and Aqua Woodland Nursery Inspiration

It's crazy how real everything gets when the gender has been revealed, kicks can be felt, and a name has been chosen. It's refreshing that our little guy finally has an identity. Joe and I are loving this stage and cannot wait for the next couple of months to fly by. Before he makes his grand arrival, we need to kick things into high gear over at the fixer-upper.

I was finally able to make a legitimate determination on the nursery. Here's what we're thinking:

PHOTO INSPIRATION:
Be prepared to swoon! Please note that I don't want all of these exact items, most are just photos from the web for DIY inspiration and can be found on my nursery Pinterest board.


MUST HAVE DECOR:
To Buy:
Wooden Mobile (I'm torn between the feathers and trees): The Red Bird Shop
Eddie Bauer Chair and a Half Rocker (be still my heart!): Target
Fillmore Crib: Pottery Barn Kids
Madame Aviary Throw Pillow: Land of Nod
Moose Head Hook: Zulily
Gray Surya Fallon Rug: Plush Rugs
Various Prints: Etsy
Basic white and gray sheet sets: Target
Kinderkram Woodland Friends Set: Blueberry Forest Toys

To DIY:
Stamped throw pillow
White dream catcher
Wood slice art
Clipboard gallery wall
Two-tone dresser & changing table
Rustic garland (either pinecones or felt leaves)
Chalkboard globe
Quilt and afghan

COLOR SCHEME:
Navy walls: Behr Marquee Opera Glasses
White board and batten: Benjamin Moore White Dove
Window treatments: Ikea Marmorblad Curtains & Ikea Emmie Roll-up Blind
Hardwood flooring - Minwax Wood Finish in Dark Walnut
Wood accents of varying tones
White & Gray upholstery
Aqua and navy touches here and there


Tell me, what do you think? I'm curious to hear your thoughts on the color scheme and theme - it's not much of a traditional match but does it work? I'm hopeful this will be a room he'll be able to grow into rather than solely being a nursery.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

21 Week Bumpdate

How far along: 21 weeks, 5 days today
Yikes - my cell phone failed me in this photo!
Weight gain: Somehow I avoided a scale altogether this week, but at my appointment on Tuesday, I was at an overall gain of 2lbs

Maternity clothes: Still wearing my regular clothes primarily but with the occasional addition of a maternity shirt I feel a tad more pulled together. I also hope that it makes it more obvious that I'm pregnant and not just chubby. Joe has been awfully sweet lately and on our way to breakfast on Saturday he commented on how great I look for being over halfway through. He's a keeper :)

Best Moment this Week? This weekend in its entirety was definitely the best 'moment' of the week - Joe and I spent a ton of time together and accomplished so much at the fixer upper. Joe's dad got the central air to work so that was a huge plus considering we have had ungodly heat and humidity the past few weeks. We  also decided on a paint color for the main living area (dining room, hallways, and living room) and holy moly, what a transformation! Take a peek on Instagram. It's so exciting to see this turning into our home.

Sleep: This has been the first week that sleep has been anything but extraordinary. I'm not sure if it's the humidity in the air or what, but I've been tossing and turning a lot. I've also been having really realistic dreams that I wouldn't necessarily call nightmares, but they're stressful. When I wake up, I feel as though I never had a chance to relax. 

Gender: Boy, boy, BOY! It's crazy how insanely fast you can fall in love with a new vision of your child. Sure, I still miss the idea of frilly clothes but the thought that I'll have a little guy in a few months is nothing short of exhilarating. We cannot wait to meet him.

Movement: I feel him move a couple times throughout the day, and while I may come to regret this, I wish it was more often and a bit more defined. 

Looking forward to: Completing our baby registry. I had every intention for us to go this past weekend but it was better for us to get things done at the house instead. This weekend I'm hoping we can get out there and check out all of the cool stuff available.

Food cravings: Nothing new. I'm still very much on a fruit kick and could probably eat an orchards worth of peaches if given the opportunity. I'm trying to expand my pallet though - I read an article about how the amniotic fluid changes in taste based on the food I eat (I'd hate to know how they know this...) and studies have proven that babies exposed to foods in utero are more readily accepting of those foods. So far, J is going to be obsessive about fruit like his Mama. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: I can't remember anything specific this past week and honestly, I haven't had much indigestion or heartburn either so I have nothing to complain about.

Labor Signs: Nothing, thankfully.

What I miss: Oh geez... Sugar Free Red Bull of all things. Joe had one on Saturday and I was crazy enough to ask if I could take a swig, swish it around in my mouth, and spit it out. He laughed. I cried a little on the inside haha. I ended up taking a sniff and letting it go at that. 

Symptoms: I'm in no way, shape, or form (very literally on those last two) 'very' pregnant at this point but I've been having a HARD time getting up. I noticed it last week when I find myself having to kind of roll to my side to pull myself up into a sitting position from laying down. It's just as difficult if I'm in a lounging position on the couch. Joe thinks it's adorable, I think it's just plain weird considering it's only going to get worse in the coming months. Physical exertion is also taking a toll on me - while I have a ton of energy to get things down, I also tend to get sore very easily. After painting on Saturday and Sunday (with a fantastic mask on, of course), I spent each of those nights barely able to move.

Nursery: Eep! We picked out a color and I primed on Sunday. It's been really fun getting to use J's name when Joe and I are talking about our plans for his room. I'm really thankful to everyone we know because our friends and family have been SO generous - we have a bassinet and pack 'n' play for him, vintage dressers to refinish, and a gorgeous crib that three of my favorite children used. I'll be sharing an update on the current status of the room as well as my plans later this week!

Belly button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? On

Mood: Emotional with a capital E. EVERYTHING makes me cry. I think I have probably cried at least once each day since last week. Little things, big things, non-existent things -- it doesn't matter. If it's remotely stress inducing, sad, or overwhelming, rest assured that my eyes will well up and I'll be a blubbering mess. 

Workouts: Pilates! I used to be religious about pilates every week with my bff but somehow fell off the boat. Finally I told myself that it was about time I got back to it. I had my first class back this week and it was exactly what I needed. I'll be continuing for the rest of the pregnancy without fail.




Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Boy or Girl? Gender Reveal!

Yesterday was the day! And oh what a day it was! We've been counting down the moments for this ultrasound for what felt like way too long. 20 and a half weeks is painful... just sayin'.

The full anatomy scan was incredible and our little one wasn't shy about exposing the goods. I knew what I was seeing before the tech even had a chance to say it. Joe and I will be welcoming a little boy into our family!


As I've been saying for the past few weeks, I've been convinced we were having a girl. I was shocked to hear that I was wrong -- as were all of the old wives' tales (but the Chinese Gender Chart was right on point!) While my immediate reaction is not my proudest moment - I began tearing up right away - I could not be happier at this point.

We have a son! And a big son at that - already weighing in at 14 oz! That's nearly two weeks ahead of schedule. His heart was racing at over 170 bpm - bad momma! I drank a little too much juice to get him ready for showtime. He was pretty lax for the first half of the ultrasound but he started punching and kicking midway through - it was pretty stinkin cute.


I can't wait to snuggle this little guy in a few more months!

So mommas - we'll be starting our registry this coming weekend. Any suggestions and tips are welcome!

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Monday, July 7, 2014

20 Week Bumpdate

How far along: 20 weeks, 4 days


Weight gain: Up 3.7 pounds so far

Maternity clothes: Here and there but definitely not all the time. I still prefer wearing my own jeans and leggings but ruched maternity tops are becoming my BFF. 

Best Moment this Week? Aside from an incredible holiday weekend, Joe finally got to feel the baby move! On Thursday night, our Little Chirpie was moving up a storm so I had Joe cop a feel and whatdya know? Joe felt a kick - or as he called it 'a little fistbump'! Ever since, I have spent every extra second holding my belly waiting for little pokes. It brings a smile to my face every single time. 

Sleep: Still, incredible. I was a bit tired out this weekend and really enjoyed sleeping in until 8:00 a.m. for the past three days. 

Gender: I'm still leaning towards girl, but the thought that it's a boy has been creeping up on me. Afterall, I have a 50/50 shot at being correct, right?

Movement: Lots more, especially during the fireworks on Friday night! I'm getting better at identifying the baby's movements and I'm LOVING getting to feel the kicks on the outside. 

Looking forward to: Finding out the gender... in just about two hours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (I'm just a little excited, can ya tell?!)


Food cravings: Fruit. Stone fruits have really been hitting the spot lately. I cannot get enough of peaches specifically. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: Ugh. Avocados. I got a salad and thought that since I've been doing so well with vegetables, I could handle the chopped avocado on my salad. GROSS! Just thinking about it now it making my stomach churn.... Yuck yuck yuck. 

Labor Signs: Nothing whatsoever. 

What I miss: Alcohol. That's a terrible thing to say but with the Fourth of July celebrations and floating with friends on Saturday, I would have loved a beer or some sangria. Obviously, I went without, but one would have been nice. 

Symptoms: I've had pretty bad headaches this past weekend but other than that, frequent urination has been my most obvious 'symptom.' 

Nursery: I'll be picking out a paint color and settling on a theme in just a few hours! We'll start painting next weekend... yay!

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Mood: I've been a little emotional this past week but I'll chock that up to a very stressful week at work, a high sense of being behind and overwhelmed, and the need to step back and relax. 

Workouts: Um... sure.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

19 Week Bumpdate

How far along: 19 weeks and 5 days today!
Weight gain: Up 3lbs total

Maternity clothes: Not really but I had a pretty awkward moment yesterday... I went to wear my favorite summer work dress and literally got a bit stuck in it when I was trying to put it on. It wasn't pretty haha. I managed to stuff myself in there: bump, boobs and all. I'm going to assume I won't be wearing that dress again until next year haha.

Best Moment this Week? Lots of girl time! Went to dinner with a friend and her daughter on Wednesday, had dinner with my bestie at the Melting Pot on Friday night, and spent the day on the water on Saturday with some of my favorite people. 

Sleep: Still can't complain. I love sleep. I really do not like waking up though - I'm groggy and sore most mornings. It's not pleasant and just another reason to stay in bed late haha. 

Gender: Boy, girl, boy, girl. I have no idea anymore.  Less than a week until we know for sure!

Movement: Yep! I feel the baby moving as I type this very sentence!

Looking forward to: A longgg holiday weekend. I have a feeling this will be a very long 4-day week. I worked 12 hours yesterday and am anticipating a similar schedule for the rest of the week. Hard work pays off, right?

Food cravings: Stone fruits! I CAN'T GET ENOUGH! Gimme all the cherries, peaches, and plums! Yumm-o!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing! Heartburn sucks but no nausea whatsoever this week... woohoo!

Labor Signs: Nada

What I miss: Sushi. Joe brought it up on Thursday and I have yet to stop thinking about it. 

Symptoms: Again, nada. This week has been pretty good to me!

Nursery: My sister/brother-in-law gifted us our nephew's bassinet. Not like that will go in the nursery - that's more for in our master bedroom - but it's fun to think that our little one will be in there in a few months <3

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Mood: My sister shared one of those someEcards last night and it was perfect to describe my mood this week:

Workouts: Oh shoot. About that... My 20 week goal is to pay more attention to this.

I shared this little #TBT on my personal Facebook. The dress I wore last Thursday for my 19 week bump shot was the same dress that was loose and flattering during our engagement trip to Niagara. Oh how time has changed things... at least this dress has gotten a ton of wear in every phase of my life!


Sunday, June 29, 2014

DIY Stained Glass Votives & Decorative Tealights

I signed up for Craftaholics Anonymous' Handmade Gift Exchange and I'm hopeful that this will be the time where my partner reciprocates... fingers crossed! My partner lives in Northern California and seems to like many of the things I do. I decided to make something and gift something that I myself would enjoy receiving. 

These stained glass votives would be right at home on our patio so I'm hoping my partner loves them!


The best part? These are upcycled baby food jars!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Jalapeño Cheddar Soft Pretzel Bites

I love semi-homemade anything. I mean, what's there not to love? Homemade taste + easy breezy convenience = recipe for success. And these jalapeño cheddar pretzels surely won't disappoint... promise!


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