Sunday, July 24, 2016

Baby C's Nursery

We are 15 days away from the due date, people!! 
 Let's hope she comes before or on that day.... HA. 
Regardless, her little nursery is ready when she is. 

Have a look.

If you care about the details...

Bedding, Curtains, & Changing Pad Cover 

I saw the set on Pinterest and about died. Then I died again when I saw the price tag. I decided I would just use the print as inspiration, but my oh-so-amazing Mom actually bought it all for me - here! Let's be honest, minus a few little things Grandma helped fund this nursery significantly. She's great and a little excited for a grandchild ;)

Gallery Wall

I found all of the framed art for my gallery wall online. There is some really cute stuff out there, and most of it's FREE. Links below. (Sorry, I can't remember where I found the blue arc art... I'm pretty sure it was a desktop wallpaper though haha. Whatever works, people!). The key was an old item I had laying around. I just painted it gold to match. The white oval frame is from Hobby Lobby.

Rocking Chair & Footstool

These things are PRICEY. I went back and forth on this purchase. We ended up finding this gem at Downeast. They have product online too but the real deals are in store. Every store can be different and sometimes when things go, they are gone forever. We just kept checking back and we found this chair on sale. The footstool was an IKEA find. Bonus- it has storage!

"Ferle" Rug

Maybe completely unnecessary because there is already carpet in her room? This rug was too good to pass up though. 6' 5" x 4' 4" and I got it for like $20 at IKEA. We must have bought one of the last in stock because I don't see it online anymore. I know it's not super high quality and it won't last forever - but $20?? Worth it.

Gold Nightstand. Lips, Arrows & Heart Art

Hobby Lobby is your friend, people!! I wasn't even planning on these pieces, but they are just so cute. Stock is always changing, but they have so much to choose from. It was hard to pick!

Owl Lamp

Potterybarn is usually out of my price range, but we found a long lost gift card from our wedding! SCORE. Originally the lamp was like $50/$60 bucks... yikes. I got it on sale though. The gold ears are a nice touch. Don't you think?

Changing Table

Vintage! From Austin's mom. Austin himself was changed on this thing 26 years ago. Precious, right??


Another vintage item! My mom grew up with this dresser in her room as a bedroom set, then passed it all onto me, and now I am passing it onto our daughter! It was a teal color before with some serious vintage hardware. I WISH I had taken a "before" picture, but I forgot. I used Americana Decor chalk paint and wax finish (get it at any local craft store), and I got the hardware at Home Depot.

The dresser matched this desk before I painted it.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Maternity Shoot. Eeeek

How far along? 35 weeks!! 5 to go. YIKES!

Baby growth and progress? 19 inches & about 5.5 lbs. They say she won’t get much longer, but she will beef up a bit.

Body/Weight Gain? Holding out around the 21 lb mark. Your body takes a serious beating during pregnancy, but I’m happy to do it for this little girl.

Sleep? Not ideal… haha. I’m trying to get as much as possible before she comes.

Emotions? Still tearing up more than usual. I find myself a little more irritable too.

Food cravings? Still eating lots of smaller meals throughout the day. I’m craving sweets a lot now which is not great. Let's be honest, probably not pregnancy related haha.

Maternity clothes? YESSSS… I look at my pre-prego clothes and wonder if I will ever fit into them again. Only time will tell.

Stretch marks? Shockingly enough, still no. I can seriously see a size difference in my belly over days now though, not weeks. They are bound to come out any day now.

Anything make you queasy? Car rides still and if I don’t drink enough water.

Movement? ALWAYS. Which is good! I sometimes wonder how I am going to make it 5 more weeks without her jabbing out my ribs though.

Exercise? Still trying to walk! The stretching out of the pelvic area is making that reaaaaaal difficult.

Memorable pregnancy moments? Austin does this thing where he will get down close to my belly and say something like, “hey, little girl!” I love it. It’s even better when she moves when she hears him.

Least favorite thing about being pregnant? I originally took this question out. I was just so excited to be pregnant at all I thought it was insensitive to say anything was bad about it. Honestly though, there are some parts that are just not that great. Some people love being pregnant… not me haha. I hesitate to say that, but it’s true! It’s weird to be physically incapable of doing something that I could do so easily before! The bloating and nausea in the beginning was horrendous. The weight gain does a real number on your self-esteem. The random aches and pains from stretching and hormones are inconvenient. It’s a wonder that billions of women have done this haha. BUUUUT… it’s all so worth it. We literally can’t wait to meet our baby girl.

Looking forward to: 35 days from now when she is HERE (hopefully…)

My sister-in-law was kind enough to offer to take some pictures for us. (Thank you, Olivia!!!!) I was a little nervous about the idea. I've never been a huge fan of maternity photo shoots. Sometimes they are weird... haha and do I really want to remember and even highlight my body this way? So be kind, people. I think we will be glad we did these though.

Austin was NOT thrilled about the idea at all, but he was a trooper. Thanks, honey!