Monday, October 31, 2011

23 Weeks

How far along? 23 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 13 lbs. +
Maternity clothes? Wearing one in this pic... has the cutest maternity tops!

Stretch marks? No
Sleep: Sleeping great... strangely not waking up to pee as much even
Best moment this week:  Halloween! Loved eating all the candy, watching my favorite movies, dressing up & painting my belly like a to come! :) ALSO, jackpot, found a dresser/armoire on craigslist for the nursery!
Miss Anything? DRINKING...what else is there to miss??

Movement: all the time. we love laying in bed in the morning & feeling her move all over when we wake up
Food cravings: Halloween candy is the culprit this week
Anything making you queasy or sick: nope
Gender: Girl
Labor Signs: No

Symptoms: Round ligament pain & rib pain
Belly Button in or out? In-ish
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: HAPPY
Looking forward to: more nursery decorating, getting our crib next week & having my parents come visit in November!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

22 Weeks

How far along? 22 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 13 lbs.
Maternity clothes? Bought some cute shirts on sale from Gap Maternity.. although I don't quite fill them out yet.. I think I will be happy that I have them in a few more weeks

Stretch marks? No
Sleep: Sleeping great
Best moment this week: I won a free 3D ultrasound!! We got to see babygirl on the big screen...what a little sweetheart rubbing her eyes & pulling her legs up by her head.
Miss Anything? One of these days I might have something else that I miss as much as booze. Doubt it though. And now it's Halloween (followed by more holidays) and I will be missing the cocktailing festivities. I am going to whip up some warm apple cider for our Halloween party.. so at least I have that to look forward to :)

Movement: felt (what I think was) baby hiccups last night in bed!
Food cravings: sweets of all sorts... dear God candy corn is addicting.
Anything making you queasy or sick: too much candy corn?
Have you started to show yet: see picture above
Gender: Girl
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In... it is hanging on for dear life.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: happy as a clam
Looking forward to: HALLOWEEN...and thinking about what the baby will be next year! I LOVE making costumes... this year we are going as The Wet Bandits (Harry & Marv) from Home Alone. Also looking forward to after Halloween baby outfit deals :)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sneak Peek

Originally we had planned on finding an antique dresser to refinish for the nursery. After spending a few hours taking apart the changing table, sanding & painting it... we decided to take the easy way out on the dresser instead. I will keep my eye out on craigslist just in case... but if we don't find something amazing very soon, we have decided to go with this little guy from Ikea. We will put one in the nursery & one in the closet, at only $99 each, they're a great deal! I will probably switch out the hardware to help it not look so modern. I'm a little nervous that it may clash with the vintage style crib at this point.
Speaking of the changing table... the paint job is FINISHED! Here is a little peek at how it looks with the changing pad & the start of my wire basket collection! I love it so so so much!!

I have also been on the hunt for another fabric that goes well with the honeycomb fabric that I am using for the bedding. It's been tricky finding something that matches without looking too modern/grown up... but this week I found this adorable OWL fabric that I had to get my hands on!! I ordered two blankets & some fabric baskets to put in the changing table. I love the funny little faces & all of the colors on the owls...especially the owls with the pink & white bellies that match my other fabric perfectly! 

And best sneak peek of all... I won a free 3D ultrasound last week so we got to see little baby girl up close!! Here she is all curled up in a ball with her leg up high on the left.

And here is her perfect little profile! I think the 3D ultrasound creeped Brandon out a little bit... everything looks so lumpy & weird but it was fun watching her move around and rub her eyes. I think he was most surprised that she wasn't already wearing a cute outfit or headband :)

Less than 18 weeks until we get to meet this sweet little babe!! I am not cut out for waiting that long for anything... SO EXCITED! :)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

21 Weeks

How far along? 21 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 11 lbs+
Maternity clothes? Still just rockin' the Maternity Leggings.. cold weather is so convenient for being pregnant

Stretch marks? No
Sleep: Sleeping great
Best moment this week: scoring lots of good deals at Baby Gap! :)
Miss Anything?cocktails of all sorts ..although I found my new favorite beverage of all time.. Caramel Apple Spice from Starbucks. Might become my newest obsession.

Movement: baby girl moves all day long & I love it so much!! Everyone was right when they said it is the best part of pregnancy.
Food cravings: still loving sweets.. Cinnabon and all things cinnamon sound pretty darn good every second of every day.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nada
Have you started to show yet: Yes..although lots of people tell me that I still don't look pregnant. Hmm...then I just look like a fat ass I suppose.
Gender: Girl
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In for now..but it is starting to look more odd every day.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: one happy camper.
Looking forward to: THE HOLIDAYS! I can't believe it's almost time for Halloween (can't wait to finish making our costumes!!) This is my favorite time of year & I feel like babygirl can feel my constant happiness & excitement from inside my belly! :)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Books for Baby

 They say that baby girl can hear us talking & that we should start reading to her while she's still in the oven. How ridiculous! But I'll probably do it :) I LOVE children's books!!

Image via Pinterest.

I started thinking the other day about all of the books we will want to buy to build up her book collection. My favorite books from when I was a kid include If You Give a Moose A Muffin (or a Mouse a cookie.. or a Pig a Pancake.. or a Pregnant Girl a Burrito...), Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Shel Silverstein Poetry & Dr. Seuss's The Hair Book! My grandma used to read The Hair Book to me all the time when I was little, not sure why I was so obsessed with it. Maybe because I had hair down to my butt like the girl in the book. All of these books are a MUST!
 Some of our other favorites that we need to get our hands on for the mini library include:

Where the Wild Things Are
The Velveteen Rabbit
Harold & The Purple Crayon (tell me someone else remembers this book?!)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar (and all Eric Carle Books)
Curious George

I know I am missing lots of other great children's books.. I will have to add to the list as I go along. I also really want to find a cute way to display some books in the nursery without going overboard. I thought about just putting a few in a wire basket by the glider. I love this display from Martha Stewart!

Yesterday was the start of week 21 - which apparently brought rib pain along with it? Boo, if this is just the tip of the discomfort iceberg, I am in hot water!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Our Third Anniversary

 Today, my husband & I celebrate our third wedding anniversary. 

Three years ago today, we were stuffing our faces with Happy Joes Pizza, sipping cocktails with all of our friends & family, and enjoying our first night as Mr. & Mrs. We have spent the last three years living in Sunny Florida, traveling, building our careers & drinking on the beach.

Today, we feel all grown up. Expecting our first baby in just a few short months.

Seems like just yesterday we were in high school on our first date. The years have flown by, through all of the good times & bad, we find ourselves happier than ever. He always pours my coffee in my favorite miniature animal mug, drives out of his way to pick me up cake flavored frozen yogurt on a Saturday morning & knows all the words to Hocus Pocus. He lets me get away with never folding or matching socks & never complains when I decorate for holidays two months ahead of time. I love him more than I ever have in my life. I just know he is going to be the BEST dad in the whole entire world & I can't wait for it!!
I feel so blessed & thank God every day for giving me such an amazing husband.

Cheers (with my glass of milk!) to three amazing years!

Monday, October 10, 2011

20 Weeks

How far along? 20 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 11 lbs gained, up to 122 lbs at my 20 week appointment
Maternity clothes? Still just rockin' the best ever Gap Maternity Leggings & sweats most days
Stretch marks? No

Sleep: Still sleeping great.. getting sick of midnight bathroom breaks & starting to get stiff from laying on my side
Best moment this week: seeing baby girl at my 20 week ultrasound & hearing that all is healthy and good!
Miss Anything? beer, wine, margaritas, beergaritas, jager bombs, jell-o shots, spiked apple cider..............................
Movement: baby girl is a mover & a shaker... and I love every minute of it!
Food cravings: had a bit of a tantrum at the grocery store trying to get my hands on some Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream the other day.. continue to crave sweets.. bring on the Halloween Candy!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nada
Have you started to show yet: Yes
Gender: Girl
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In.. although I literally jumped when I saw my belly button the other day when I was getting into the shower... that shit is SHALLOW these days.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happier than I've ever been in my entire life!!
Looking forward to:  More fun nursery decorating and the big one... PICKING BABY GIRL'S NAME!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Nursery Planning: Before & After Paint

 Just wanted to share some before & after pictures of the painted nursery! Before, the room was standard construction white.
And NOW, the room is a super subtle grey that makes the trim pop just a little but still leaves the room feeling like a blank canvas! Here is the corner of the room where we put the glider... my most favorite thing so far! :)

I am thinking thick white curtains for the windows - just trying to decide on a curtain rod at the moment.

Here is a close up of the glider along with the blanket that came in the mail that matches the nursery bedding. Have I mentioned that I am OBSESSED with the custom bedding?! I love this fabric SO much... wasn't sure I wanted to go with pink at all... but this fabric stole my heart! :)
Brandon took the doors off of the cabinet that I purchased on Craigslist to use as the changing table. We planned to sand them & paint them, but turns out, I love the way it looks without them!! I am not going to have a ton of surface space to decorate so I am going to leave this with open shelving for now, we will still paint the doors so we can put them on when the little one can stand up and grab onto things. Also, eventually I think it's going to turn into a hot mess in there bc let's face it, I'm not the neatest person on the planet.

The plan is to fill the top shelf with these wire baskets that I scooped up from Crate & Barrel. The small baskets fit perfectly inside the shelves, the larger one will go on top with some essentials in it.

This weekend we will paint the changing table... so excited! I am still on the hunt for the perfect dresser to go in the room as well. I know this wasn't a very entertaining post but it's time for me to head out to my 20 week ultrasound...later gators!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

19 Weeks

How far along? 19.5 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 8+ lbs gained so far
Maternity clothes? Still just rockin' the leggings & sweats most days
Stretch marks? No - let's hope the Mustela cream I bought works!
Sleep: Sleep is great
Best moment this week: realizing that I am almost halfway there.. BOOM!
Miss Anything? A tasty Oktoberfest or two... or eight.
Movement: so much movement this week!
Food cravings: continue to crave sweets along with Chipotle Burritos which I could literally eat for every meal.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nada.
Have you started to show yet: Yup!
Gender: Girl
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to:  My 20 Week ultrasound this week!

In other news, we painted the nursery this weekend!!  Brandon was such a champ, he did almost the entire room since technically I'm not supposed to be around paint much.

 For the parts of the trimming that I did, I wore a stupid facemask that made me breathe my own hot burrito breath. I was NOT a fan. So I volunteered to leave in the middle to get another gallon of paint when we ran out... and came back with ice cream. Go figure.

The color is called "Toasted White" by Glidden. I am beyond happy with the results! Even though it is still very light, the grey really makes the trim pop & gives the room an airy, soothing vibe. I will post before & after pics soon! Also, thanks to all for the comments & suggestions about the nursery, I loved reading all of your advice! I definitely noticed a consensus about the changing table being unnecessary.. which is good since I already purchased this cabinet to use. 
I feel like I am getting very far ahead in nursery decorations - which is totally my style since I've also been listening to Christmas music for about a month now. Fa LA LA LA LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!! :)