Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Bumpdate 2.0 {30 Weeks}

How far along? 30 Weeks
Weight Gain: 17 big ones! There is absolutely NO WAY I'm not going to surpass my weight gain with Evie. I feel like I'm already the size I was when I delivered her. TEN MORE WEEKS!!
How Big is Baby? Big! 3lbs at least
Maternity Clothes? Nothing new. Oh, except a big girl bra. I nearly cried in the dressing room.
Stretch Marks? Nope- PTL!
Sleep: Meh. It's getting harder and harder to get comfortable and I've officially broken up with my preggo pillow.
Best Moment of the Week: Not related to MY pregnancy, but- my nephew was born yesterday!! I'm officially an aunt and I couldn't be more excited or more bummed that they live across the country. All I want to do is hold and snuggle him!
Movement: Oh yes. It's crazy, but he also kicks me in the on my right side that Evie always kicked me. Nothing on my left side. So bizarre, especially since he's still flipping all around. At yesterday's appointment he was totally breech and I can pretty much tell when he is transverse, because it's really uncomfortable. There must be a little bullseye in there that they aim for!
Food Cravings: Sweets!
Gender: BOY!
What I Miss: Being comfortable when I sit and lay down.
What I'm looking forward to: Snuggling a teeny baby. Mine OR my nephew!
Symptoms: Braxton Hicks, some low back pain and general largeness.
Emotions: Back on the up and down. Pretty sure I've cried at least every other day in the past week.

It's becoming more and more real that this boy will be here very soon. I can hardly believe it's April and this month is already shaping up to be a doozy in the calendar department. I MUST start working on the nursery and getting this place ready for our boy! The sweet girls in my bible study threw me a little shower/dinner last night, which was really fun. So we can check a few of the items we need off the list! Yay!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Bumpdate 2.0 {27 Weeks}

How far along? 27 Weeks
Weight Gain: 14 lbs
How Big is Baby? The size of a cauliflower or rutabaga 
Maternity Clothes? Still only my 2 pairs of jeans. I think I'm in denial. I even purchased some regular workout leggings (for allll the working out I'm doing), that will clearly only work for a limited amount of time. Denial. I can't wait until it's full on dress weather around here.
Stretch Marks? None
Sleep: It's okay. Not great, not horrible. I have been getting tired in the afternoons again, but who has time for a nap!? 
Best Moment of the Week: Honestly? Enjoying the total spring weather that finally decided to show up. The warm sun on my face has never felt so good!
Movement: Yes, tons! It's been cool to actually see them from the outside.
Food Cravings: Sweets after dinner
Gender: BOY!
What I Miss: Feeling comfortable laying down and an adult beverage every now and then.
What I'm looking forward to: Working on the nursery. I MUST make this a priority!
Symptoms: Braxton Hicks, some low back pain and general largeness.
Emotions: They're good! The crying still happens, but you know, 3 year olds will do that to you. ;)

Here I am at 27 weeks with Evie, if you want to compare!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Bumpdate 2.0 {23 Weeks}


How far along? 23 Weeks
Weight Gain: 11 lbs !!!! To say he (and I) have had a growth spurt seems like an understatement.
At our appointment this week, he was measuring nearly a full week ahead, size-wise, so at least I know it's not just me! Evie was just so teeny the whole time, that this is new territory for me. I feel like I'm the size of being 7 or 8 months pregnant with her! I went back and found my 23 week picture with Evie and the difference is insane. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when I saw my little bitty burrito tummy in a swim suit.

How Big is Baby? A large mango. Yum!
Maternity Clothes? Still just the one pair of jeans. Not sure how long that will last!
Stretch Marks? Nope, praise Jesus. I've been freaking out about them with this growth.
Sleep: Eh. I'm currently hating my preggo pillow. And Evie's had a pretty good cold, so that has interrupted sleep for everyone lately.
Best Moment of the Week: Seeing our boy again! We get to have an ultrasound each time and our doc will switch it to 3D, which is awesome. I think the little guy is already sporting daddy's profile! Especially in the upper lip and chin region. Just like Evie. :)
Movement: Oh yeah. An all night dance party went down Saturday night!
Food Cravings: No. Just food.
Gender: BOY!
What I Miss: Nothing right now!
What I'm looking forward to: Sweet baby snuggles.
Symptoms: Braxton Hicks and just general aches and growing pains. Sometimes after I eat I feel so huge and full and uncomfortable. 
Emotions: Good! I can still cry at the drop of a hat, but, you know. :) I'm feeling good.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Some mama encouragement

I have read a number of really good blog posts and articles in the past week, that have spoken to me as a mother. Motherhood is so amazing and rewarding. And HARD. I think we moms are the hardest on ourselves and it's so easy to get consumed with whatever tough phase is currently going on at home. 

So if you've already exceeded your "yell quotient" for today (a friend on FB posted about this recently!), or are struggling through potty training or sleeping issues or back talk… grab a cup of coffee and lock yourself in the bathroom to read through some of these. And I hope you're as encouraged by these sweet women as I have been… to be present, to love our little ones well and to give ourselves a much needed break sometimes.

And then watch the video at the end. You'll most certainly cry and it's a beautiful depiction of a mama's love.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Evie's Big Girl Room {Inspiration Board}

We've been in our house for over 5 months now, and I am just finally getting around to working on Evie's 'big girl' room. 

When we moved in, we put all of the furniture, etc from her nursery into her room, but I didn't hang anything on the walls because I knew I would be redecorating soon and didn't want to bother with the extra holes in the walls. And of course, there was the whole time/motivation factor. Let's just say her room quickly got moved to the back burner.

But now that she's in a big bed AND I have a nursery to plan out and decorate, it's time to get this bad boy on the road! I went back and forth on what color scheme I wanted to use (as seen by some of my random pins to this board), but her walls are a medium/light grey and I knew I wanted to use lots of crisp white. I am what one might call a fabric hoarder, and have picked up various fabrics I thought I might use in her room over the last year (or two!). I've had the pink/white stripe fabric for a long time and always intended to use it to make her an upholstered headboard. Then when I went to hunt down a fun floral or print to bring in more color on the curtain panels and pillows, I almost scrapped it, but luckily it made the cut!

Here's my ghetto inspiration board, thanks to a Picmonkey collage. Mama needs some photo software.

My plan is to pull lots of fun color from the floral (teal, coral, pink, yellow) and temper with tons of white and hits of gold. I've hung some white floating shelves and have plans for some fun and easy DIY art for the walls. I need to track down some pillow fabric and I definitely need to repaint her dresser. I still like the pale blue I originally painted it, but it reads all wrong in her room now, with the grey walls. And I want it to really pop in there. I'm leaning toward a deep teal with new hardware- probably brass or gold! Though I did really like the coral one above, too… we shall see!

So far I have the curtain panels done and hung, and the headboard is 98% done and will hopefully get hung this weekend! The other big thing I need to tackle is her bedding. My plan is to make a white ruffle bedskirt and I'm leaning toward a white duvet cover.

So that's the plan! I will hopefully have some pictures to share of her room soon!

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