Wednesday, April 15, 2015

THIRTY NINE WEEKS

Well, well, well. Didn't think I'd be doing one of these again.

Date: April 15, 2015

Due Date: April 22, 2015

Weight gain: 29 pounds total.

Belly Picture:


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39 weeks with Laney

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39 weeks with Charley

Photo thoughts: While I actually really like the way I look pregnant - even at 39 weeks,  I prefer the 39 week picture with Charley. She was already a week old here!

Pregnancy Symptoms/How I'm feeling: Physically, I honestly cannot complain! I am more exhausted in the evenings, but pain wise I really don't have much. I'm shocked about this!

I am growing impatient and HATE that the same few people ask me daily "you're still here?!" which is met with an eye roll and a forced smile and an implied "ARE YOU OR ARE YOU NOT LOOKING AT ME WITH YOUR OWN EYES WITH THIS GIANT BELLY STILL?" So, maybe emotionally I'm a tidge grumpy.

Cravings: Just going to leave the answer here from the last time I filled this out...

Chocolate chip muffins, chocolate anything actually, and for actual food - a Chick-Fil-A Chargrilled Club with no lettuce or tomato with colby jack cheese, waffle fries with honey roasted barbecue sauce and a Dr. Pepper. I don't want to know how many of those I've eaten this pregnancy.

Sleep: Well. Ahem. Last night in particular Charley came into our room at 3:30 for no reason at all and John got up and took her back to bed for me. And that was the end of sleep for me last night. I laid there for another hour trying to go to sleep, and then finally picked up my phone to entertain myself for a while longer, and before I knew it John's alarm went off and he went to go work out and then an hour later mine did. So, sleep wasn't so great last night but the weird part is that I don't feel completely exhausted like I would think I should.

Other than last night, I do still get full nights of sleep some nights mixed with other nights where I wake up on my own around the same time (3:30) and am usually up an hour before I fall back asleep. So, it's a mixed bag in the sleep department at this stage.

What I’m loving/I can't live without: The weather? It's been perfect minus some rainy days. 70s and 80s, breezy, and the short few weeks of the warmer weather where there are NO BUGS. It's a glorious time for a mosquito magnet like me! I can't think of anything that I can't live without right now.

What I miss? My friends! HI FRIENDS! I've either not seen some most of them since before I was even pregnant or the ones I have seen I've not been able to make plans with lately, which is in no way the fault of them not asking. I guess I just kept thinking I'd have Laney at the same(ish) time as Charley and so didn't want to make plans just to break them.

What I’m anticipating/Looking forward to: Having a baby! Squishy teeny tiny newbornness coming my way SOON. Cannot. wait.

What I’m stressing about/worries: The possibility of my water breaking at work, for one. I have an emergency bag at work with a change of clothes, feminine products, a TOWEL in case of failing feminine products, and a granola bar (because what emergency bag DOESN'T include a granola bar? No emergency bag I'd want anything to do with at least.) and it is ready and waiting for said possible emergency.

And of course just anxious to get her out and have her checked over and know she's healthy.

Milestones: 39 weeks is a milestone itself since I was SO SURE I wouldn't make it this far. Ha!

Differences between pregnancies: Overall length of the pregnancy, for one. Having to time contractions, for two, since I never got to that stage with Charley. Man - timing contractions stinks. I cannot believe this is how the majority of people realize they are about to have a baby. There's got to be something easier we can do. An app for that? And not the app that times contractions. I've got that. Still too difficult.

Maybe they haven't kicked up a notch yet, but they just aren't easy to time for some reason unless I'm sitting down and focused on them. Most have been just squeezy but more and more are more crampy feeling and they still just aren't that obvious to me. Water breaking is way easier.

Highlights of the week: Got to celebrate my birthday with my family Sunday (my birthday was actually yesterday though) which was nice. I thought for sure that since I actually made plans she was going to crash them. Nope. So then I thought she was going to steal my actual birthday thunder and share a birthday with me - nope again. Oh, anyways, HIGHlights.

Other highlights have just been spending more time with Charley. She knows that it is harder for me to do things with her and she's just been so sweet. "You don't have to bend down to get that book, Mama. I'll get it." "I'll hold you hand and help you walk there Mama." And just been overall more agreeable with John doing things for her when in the past she's preferred Mama do them. She's EXTRA sweet this week and I love her for it!

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Goals for the upcoming week: Bring home a baby.


Movement: She's all over the place. Even coworkers have seen her moving around while they stop by my desk.

Boy or girl: Girl! Laney Beth

Birthdate prediction: I'm thinking this weekend now, since my previous guess of the 8th is long gone.

Summary: We are so ready for this baby. We have completely organized and cleaned every single room of the house over the last few weeks (the basement doesn't count as a room, right?) and it has remained clean in the mean time. Hospital bag has been packed so long I feel like I need to go through it again to remind myself what I packed. Charley's going-to-my-parent's-house bag is packed and ready to go, and her big sister gift is wrapped and ready too. Laney's car seat is in the car. Her room is organized and clean and diapers and wipes are at the ready. My to-do list at work is completely done. John mowed the grass last night and planted the garden over the weekend. The swing is assembled and is in the living room. I even set up the pack n play in our bedroom and every put a clean sheet in the bassinet part. We are for sure the reason we are still waiting - we are TOO READY.

At my appointment last Friday I was 3cm and the doctor said this exactly "You will not make it until your due date" which just added to my anticipation. They also stripped membranes which obviously didn't do anything over the weekend like I'd hoped. So, if I wasn't anticipating an early arrival in my head by myself, the doctor's office amped it up even more. She said "not make it to due date" and I heard "have baby tomorrow" and she meant "have baby on or before the 21st."

I go back tomorrow and am pretty excited about that appointment too. The progress keeps it exciting for me, as well as these contractions and other symptoms of which I'll spare you the details.

But, in summary (of the summary), IT IS FOR SURE BABY TIME. YOU HEAR ME LANEY BETH?!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Carrying Laney

During Charley's pregnancy I didn't do any of the weekly (ahem....monthly) pregnancy survey things to keep up with how things progressed during her pregnancy. I think I just mentioned things here and there, and then right at the end did a big wrap up post to cover it all. The wrap up post is HERE.

So even though I did do some of those survey type posts this time with Laney, I still feel like the questions were pretty pointed in that they didn't cover everything that I covered in the wrap-up type post at the end of Charley's pregnancy so I'm going to do one of those too. & I hope this is the last pregnancy post from me - forever. Gasp!

First Trimester ---- July 16 - October 17, 2014

Man. The months of August -  October were not my favorite times ever. I briefly wrote about my first trimester here, but let's draw it out more shall we?

I wouldn't want to do it again. I was sick all day long for at least 2 months. I threw up often. At work and at home. Maybe elsewhere too? I can't remember. Although I didn't venture out of home or work often so maybe not. I'm positive it happened out of an open car door on the way to work at least. Eesh. What a miserable time.

Food obviously was touchy for those months too. I was used to  drinking a healthy kale and berry smoothie every morning up until this point, and once or twice those violently came back up and I was done with those for a while. That was for sure my most nutritious "meal" of the day so to give those up didn't feel all that great. There wasn't a whole lot that was appetizing. A couple of REALLY BAD fast food items did the trick sometimes. And muffins came into the picture here too. Chocolate chip muffins, to be exact. The GIANT ones from the grocery store bakery. And giant glasses of MILK. Weird huh? I remember going to the beach to see two of my friends and when I got there they offered me something to drink and I asked for a giant glass of milk. Of all things to want when you feel nauseous, it usually isn't milk but at that point it is just whatever works. Both the muffins and the giant glass of milk (had both today, in fact, but in addition to the smoothie) continued throughout the rest of the pregnancy.

Emotionally. So. I don't know how to describe my thoughts or my emotions this whole pregnancy. They were definitely wacky, but I guess in some way justified too? Anybody that knew I was pregnant during the first trimester and then offered congratulations was often met with a wince from me. I didn't like hearing any congratulations - it felt like they were jinxing something after my previous losses. After our first ultrasound where Laney measured only a few days behind what I was expecting, John and I argued in the waiting area while we waited to meet with the doctor across from a very pregnant lady that probably felt very uncomfortable. We argued whether or not this was yet another miscarriage. I wanted to go on believing it was - it was easier for me to think this because I had grown used to this - and he wanted to be positive this time ("it is only a few days off this time") and I just thought being positive would make it harder on me later. Rough times for my heart and brain and emotions.

And finally size wise. I was paranoid about EVERYTHING, and size was no exception. I lost 10 pounds over this first trimester and then was paranoid on why I didn't need any maternity clothing or even that I didn't have any trouble buttoning up my pants like normal. Looking back now - DUH LACEY - but at the time I thought I should at least be bloated. Not necessarily in the first trimester, but I wore regular clothing up to 20 weeks this time so it just made me scratch my head a lot. We'll see how ironic this is when I get to the third trimester section.

Second Trimester ---- October 18, 2014 - January 17, 2015

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This trimester started out still feeling the same as the previous 13 weeks. We were in the midst of fall festival season and I remember feeling icky at several of those after having some of the food at those festivals. We got the anatomy scan scheduled for November 25th, but seeing as how my paranoia was out of control, we shelled out the cash to find out the sex of the baby a few weeks earlier on November 2nd. It had been a long time since that 8 week ultrasound and that cash was well spent for my sanity. And, of course, finding out that we were having another girl was icing on the cake. All three of us wanted Laney to be a girl so obviously we were all happy about that. Not that a healthy boy wouldn't have made us happy, but I am a firm believer that you are allowed to have a preference and still wish for a healthy baby. The two are not mutually exclusive.

Okay! So, this trimester was already starting off pretty good! Sometime between fall festivals and that elective ultrasound, the paranoia died down (not all the way though), the nausea went away and things were looking up! I announced on Facebook and here and was slowly starting to accept congratulations without wincing. Then we had our anatomy scan on the 25th of November and I had a lot riding on this appointment. I knew we were having a girl and I knew she was still growing, but I feared that something else may be wrong. It was just a mindset that was hard to break free of after so many disappointing ultrasounds. At this point prior to Laney's anatomy scan, I'd had 10 ultrasounds in my life, and at least 6 of those had been bad news or questionable news. So I didn't love going into that ultrasound room. I told myself if everything was okay here that I would finally start to believe this was going to happen and move forward with planning for a baby. And the good news was that everything was good! Laney was healthy and growing and this was happening. Hallelujah.

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Emotionally this trimester was about half and half. Same as first trimester pre-ultrasound, and post-ultrasound I was obviously much happier, but I still didn't like talking about pregnancy much. I still don't know why I've been like this. I have definitely been grumpier all along too. Luckily anyone around me has given me a pass on this front.

Symptom wise was pretty good this trimester too. I had that one itsy bitsy little blackout episode (darn Cinnamon Toast Crunch!) and then the beginning of some back and tailbone pain, but that was really it. The belly started to become a more profound pregnancy belly versus "does she have a beer belly or is she pregnant?" around this time also. Though I was still hiding it to discourage conversation about it. Me = weird.


Third Trimester ---- January 18 - NOW

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So this last little bit has been really good. I knew that second+ pregnancies brought along the pain and discomfort earlier so I was prepared for that but surprisingly it really hasn't been bad at all. I've had to rest more and my energy definitely depletes a lot quicker, but it has been manageable. My biggest complaints have been the shortness of breath and tailbone or back pain, and those things have really just been within the last few weeks so I feel very lucky in this department.

Laney, like her big sister, has never had any movement that was painful to me. I don't know why this is but I've never been kicked hard in the ribs or anything like that. Just sweet little rolls for the most part. Charley was sunny side up and sometimes I feel like Laney may be too - so maybe that is why? Like her feet movements kick the outside of my belly instead of my insides? Who knows. She is most active when I'm sitting down relaxing or laying down in the evenings. Caffeine (obviously) and just cold water seem to wake her up the most. And her big sister loves to feel her move. If she's not moving Charley loves to scream "WAKE UP LANEY" into the womb. She will definitely know her sister's voice when she is born.

The swelling has been nothing like it was during Charley's pregnancy. I've had some fat feet and ankles randomly here and there (usually on the warmer days we've had lately) but they go away by morning. Of course Charley was born in September after a really hot summer so I know that has a ton to do with it. I did take off my rings last week though. They weren't coming off as easily as I liked and that made me panic so I took them off and never looked back.

I haven't weighed myself in about a week I think, but I was up about 25 pounds from pre-pregnancy weight at the time. I started out this pregnancy 10 pounds heavier than I was pre-Charley, so ultimately I'm ending right at the same weight. Well, there could be 2 more weeks to go so I'm sure I have it in me to go above and beyond in this department.

Stretch marks - I'm not sure. I THINK there are a few new ones forming around my belly button but I had a bunch from Charley on my lower belly so I can't tell if any of those are new or not. What difference does it make if I already had some anyways?

I've had Braxton Hicks contractions for the whole trimester at least. Nothing real though.

Emotionally in this trimester - the grump continued and so did the sensitivities. I'm sensitive anyways, but it was definitely easier to touch on the sensitive side these last couple of months. Tears have been just hanging out right behind my eyes just WAITING to pour out. Those suckers are hard to stop sometimes too. I've been extra sensitive about my size - even though I honestly don't feel THAT big. I just didn't like it being brought up at all. Which is the irony I mentioned way up there in the first trimester section.

And when I was checked 2 weeks ago I was 1 cm and 50% effaced. I know the entire internet really wanted to know that about my lady bits, so you are welcome. But I haven't been back to the doctor since and don't have an appointment until Friday (they were way overbooked or something. Jerks.), so not sure if there is more progress or not. When they told me my next appointment would be the 10th I snickered because I thought for sure she'd be here by then. She's still got time to meet that deadline, but I just don't feel like it is coming that soon. But of course John didn't feel Charley was coming that soon either when he ran off to Home Depot and left his cell phone at home. So, I'll just continue to wait and be anxious.

And I think that is it! A second (and last!) pregnancy in just 1,900 words.

As of TOMORROW, that will be the most pregnant I've been as Charley was born at 38 weeks gestation. So this could really happen anyyy time now. But it won't - because we are way too prepared this time. I'll be back in 2 weeks with a 40 week post looking for sympathy. I just want to meet this little lady and see Charley as a big sister already. And I want to experience that feeling of my heart growing because right now I just cannot fathom loving another kid as much as I love Charley. I know that's normal, but I am just anxious to experience it for myself.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Top 10 Reasons Why I Got Crappy Sleep Last Night

Back in the old days where I could stay up late enough to watch a late show (and before they put all the best parts on YouTube the next day), I used to really enjoy watching David Letterman and his top 10 list. So I made one myself and it only took me all night to come up with this list.


And so, imagine I'm reading from my little blue note cards as I give you: The Top 10 Reasons Why I Got Crappy Sleep Last Night.

10. Our cat Reese. He always sleeps at my feet probably because I'm less likely to kick him off than John, but John's side was vacant last night and yet he still tried to sleep wherever I wanted to put my feet. MOVE CAT.

9. I actually had to get up and pee once. ::ducks to avoid daggers thrown at me from every other pregnant woman ever::

8. While laying awake in the 3-4 o'clock hours somewhere, I decided to catch up on Facebook, Instagram and Timehop. Newsflash: they didn't lull me back to sleep.

7. Hot. So, so, hot and the switch to turn on the ceiling fan is so, so far away so I'll just stick one leg out of the covers and hope that helps.

6. Cold! So cold! Pulled my one leg back under the covers and screwed up all the covers in the process. Super hard to fix them with this giant belly in my way.

5. Frozen pizza for dinner = Indigestion. No worries - Tums were on the nightstand.

4. I came down with Charley's cold overnight. So breathing was already tough with Laney hanging out by my lungs, and this just made it worse.

3. John was out of town last night. I always wish for more space when he's in the bed with me, and then when he's gone I can't sleep as well.

2. Because when I finally fell asleep and got my deepest sleep of the night, my alarm to wake up went off 45 minutes later.

1. And finally, because I was mentally writing this post as I lay awake from any of these other 9 reasons. Couldn't turn the brain OFF.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

36 Weeks

Date: March 24, 2015

Due Date: April 22, 2015

Weight gain: 24 pounds, plus the 10 I lost and regained for a grand total of 34. I gained 42 total with Charley so will probably gain less overall this time yet I look bigger in the belly at least. I was pretty swollen with Charley so maybe the difference was the extra water weight? Who knows.

Belly Shot:

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Laney Bump - one day shy of 36 weeks.
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Charley bump one day shy of 36 weeks - and I showed this to a friend last week who thought I was wearing a super short dress. I assure you those are just sleep shorts. Ha! 


Photo thoughts: I definitely look bigger this time around, which should be expected I suppose. Belly just seems much more round in all directions.

Pregnancy Symptoms/How I'm feeling: I still feel pretty good, surprisingly. Which makes me think that a) labor is still a long way away and b) that this is just the universe saying it is sorry for the path it put me on to get to this point. Thanks, universe, I appreciate it!

Actual symptoms are back pain, some occasional swelling - but no where near like I had with Charley, and shortness of breath - likely because she is sitting so high up in my lungs. That's really not too bad, huh?

Cravings: Chocolate chip muffins, chocolate anything actually, and for actual food - a Chick-Fil-A Chargrilled Club with no lettuce or tomato with colby jack cheese, waffle fries with honey roasted barbecue sauce and a Dr. Pepper. I don't want to know how many of those I've eaten this pregnancy.

Sleep: Still loving my pregnancy pillow and really give it tons of credit for the good sleep I'm still getting. Sleep definitely isn't as solid as pre-pregnancy as I wake up a little while maneuvering myself from one side to the other or wake up some when I have indigestion, but I don't think I have the right to complain about this department at all.

What I’m loving/I can't live without: Heating pad, I guess? I love sitting back against that in the evenings. Oh and the support belt is a huge help too.

What I miss? Being able to go anywhere without people wanting to talk to me about the pregnancy. Ha. Here were three conversations I had in three consecutive days this week:

Saturday at a fast food restaurant: "You look so cute! Your belly is so tiny!" (Okay, so I truly didn't mind this conversation at all. I want to clone this woman and put one of her everywhere I go!)

Sunday at a baby shower: "When are you due? (me: one month from today) "Oh yeah I was going to say because you are really big."

Monday at work: "Whoa! I had to do a double take! I didn't even know you were pregnant!" (I didn't mind this conversation at all either - especially since I see that salesman pretty often!)

What I’m anticipating/Looking forward to: Doing some last fun things with Charley as a family of 3. Easter egg hunts, going to the local theme park, dying eggs, etc.

And my sisters and mom are throwing me a little "sprinkle" on Saturday which should be fun!

And! John's work is throwing a full blown shower next Tuesday which I'm excited about. They gave us one for Charley too and it was really nice, so I was surprised when they wanted to do another one. I threw together a registry super quick-like!

What I’m stressing about/worries: Just getting my work done before I go into labor. I hate to leave things open for someone else to finish up not knowing where I left off or anything. But, since I can't predict when it will happen and it is impossible to just have everything done every single day before I leave, I just need to let go of that worry a little bit. This is a "me" problem because I know my boss would not care and would get whatever taken care of.

Also, the whole budget while I'm out of work. I have absolutely NO IDEA when or how much I'll get paid while out because it is very complicated. I remember having some of this with Charley too, but my old employer had a more straightforward plan so even though I didn't know down to the penny what I'd bring home, I knew roughly what it would be and when it would be. Using short term disability and then just relying on working from home if/when/as I can is a total crap-shoot as far as budgeting purposes. I don't know if I will feel up to it, or WHEN I'll feel up to it or anything, so therefore I know nothing about if or when I'll get paid and that makes my budget really scary! 

Milestones: Just about full-term, which is just insane. And when choosing the Charley bump picture to compare to, there was just ONE MORE after that one. This really just is not sinking in for me.

Differences between pregnancies: Not a whole lot. I feel similar in the way I'm carrying and she seems to move similarly too, even maybe a little less than Charley did.

Highlights of the week: Much like what I'm looking forward to in the next weeks, the things I most enjoyed of the past week (or month) are just all of the things, big and small, that we have done with Charley. Whether it was just watching her drive around in her car outside, taking a little trip to the library, hiding/finding Easter eggs with her or just snuggling with her, she is such a joy and we have so much fun together. I feel the need to maximize all fun with her because I know I personally won't be able to do as much when Laney gets here - at least for a few weeks - so it is probably more for me than it is for her, but she is for sure reaping the benefits.

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Goals for the upcoming week: Want to make some busy bags for Charley to do while I'm out on maternity leave so need to get those together. Also, would LOVE to come up with just a few freezer meals or at least some grocery lists to keep our house more stocked with food. I remember with Charley that we just do not keep enough food in our house for someone to be there full-time. I think it was mainly snack stuff we just didn't keep on hand enough because we truly don't eat out much at all for any meals (well, okay, except for that Chick-Fil-A addiction I've developed).

Movement: Still a good bit when I lay down at night or sit still in front of the TV in the evenings or something. Not much when I'm out and about.

Boy or girl: Girl! Laney Beth

Birthdate prediction: I am jinxing this, I know, but I still feel like she's going to be a couple weeks early just because Charley was. That puts me at April 8th-ish.

Summary: Since I really only manage to do these monthly this very well could be the LAST pregnancy update. Insanity. Tomorrow starts weekly appointments. 29 days until my due date. Charley was 13 days early, so if Laney follows suit that 29 days may just be 16 days! Whattt!? We are basically ready though. I even put the swing together last night and it is now sitting in my living room. Everything has been washed and her drawers are crammed full (seriously - the amount of 0-3 month stuff we have is insane) and the blankets are washed and stacked high in her closet (that's another area of WAY EXCESSIVENESS.) I even packed a hospital bag this weekend instead of waiting around and doing it after my water had broken like last time. All of this preparedness can only mean that she will be late though, right?

I am feeling pretty emotional about Charley's last days of only child-dom winding down but am excited to see her as a big sister. I think she will be an awesome big sister - most likely a pretty bossy one - but awesome nonetheless.

And now - we wait for Laney!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

I Still

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Regarding my 3 year old, I still...

....use those worthless baby washcloths.

...use hooded towels that don't reach down to her feet, so we dry feet and bottoms of her legs first before putting the hood on.

...check on her nightly before I go to bed myself by going in her room, resituating her covers, giving her a kiss on the forehead, and staring at her for a borderline-creepy amount of time.

...have her nap in a pack n' play at my sister's house during the week. I mean, she still likes it, so who am I to suggest anything else?! Maybe we'll put the second mattress at the top for the bassinet and then Charley and Laney can have Pack n' Play bunk beds.

...use kiddie silverware and plates.

...use a baby gate - it traps her in her room at night as she falls asleep. We remove it before we go to bed. (Actually - I started typing this months ago and just this past weekend we moved the baby gate to the basement. She doesn't get out of bed anymore like she used to so the need was no longer there.)

...must be sure that her beloved "owlies" (lovey blankets) travel back and forth from my sister's house to mine each day or bedtime would be pretty difficult. We have forgotten a couple of times and considered starting to ditch them, but decided against and went to pick them up. She doesn't seem as attached to them as she used to be so maybe she'll cut this one out on her own.

...love that she fits the length of my arm to snuggle in the bed on the weekends. Although, only her trunk fits now versus her entire body before, but it still makes for easy snuggling.

...help her get dressed in the mornings. Although all outfit choices must be approved by Ms. Picky herself, I still do help her get into them even though I know she can do most of them herself. I have a feeling this will change very, very soon when Laney is here. I also think it is my own fault for always being in a rush in the mornings to get ready to go - I can do it faster so I just help.

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...rock her from time to time. Although lately (KNOCKING ON WOOD!) she hasn't had any night terrors, she did have a couple of bad ones just a month or 2 ago where rocking her back to sleep was my last resort and it totally worked. Sure, the glider is in Laney's room but my bigger baby still needs me sometimes too so Laney can share.

...brush her teeth for her. Is that normal? Sometimes I'll let her do either the morning OR the night herself, but I feel like at least one of those times she needs a good brushing and I don't think she does well enough herself yet.

...cut up some of her food for her - like pancakes and pizza. Makes it easier and less messy.

...think of her as a baby. A BABY that is 3 and a half. It just doesn't seem right; like we've counted incorrectly or skipped a year somewhere.

...cannot wait to get to her every afternoon. It is by far the best part of my day.


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Monday, March 16, 2015

L is for: Laney's Nursery

And not Late, but Later than I would have preferred, And Lovely.

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It is (mostly) done. Hallelujah. I just need my seamstress to sew a couple of new pillow covers and my painter to spray paint one more frame for me and I think that would be it. (Can you  believe that my landscaper Juan is also my painter and seamstress? Man of many talents.) Oh, and if a little round accent rug that I actually like finds its way into my hands/shopping cart that would be lovely too. But I'm at least at a point where I feel like I can share it.

(If only I loved the pictures as much as I love the room. Turns out I'm a horrible room photographer. Just awful. And then trying to get the coloring right in Photoshop was horrible too. Just take the average coloring from every picture and find the common denominator hue. Those are the actual colors. Maybe I'll get the newborn photographer to take a couple of pictures for me since I am incapable.)

Anyways, this room took me a while to figure out exactly what I wanted. I originally started out just knowing I was going to start by mimicking this picture from MODGblog's playroom.


Even on my Pinterest board, I kept coming back to this peach/gold color combo so eventually I was settled on that. I went ahead and picked a wall color and got that ingrained in my head. 

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Oh look! There's Juan there!

With that out of the way, I started pricing those star decals (not cheap! or easy to find!), or deciding if I was going to ask Juan to stencil those for me. I thought about that for a long, long time. So long that when I finally got inspired to move on to other areas of the room, I had long since forgotten about them and ultimately decided against using them at all. 

The next thing I got inspired to do came from some basement cleaning. At one point about a year ago, I started buying any and all letters I could find for an Etsy idea that never came to be. I have no idea how we were able to do the bird mobiles for so long and do so many of them! I never even made a good attempt at getting the letter business off the ground. So while cleaning the basement and seeing all of these letters sitting there unused, I decided to see how much of the alphabet I already owned since I had seen that idea on Pinterest a million times. I mean, use what you've got, right? Turned out I only needed to buy 6 more letters to complete the alphabet, so I decided to go ahead with that project.

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I bought about 6 different pieces of scrapbook paper that I liked and modge-podged the tops of the letters while painting the sides gold. It was actually a very easy (and cheap!) project. Then those got hung over the crib (instead of over the bookcase like I had envisioned) after some mild panicking about furniture placement and it not all fitting. Sure, would have made more sense over the bookcase but I loved the finished product so much I wanted it to be on the focal wall when you came in the room, so over the crib they went.

And the room stayed that way for several weeks after that. I couldn't decide on anything so I just did nothing. But then. THEN! Ideas started coming all at once! I found some wrapping paper I liked at Marshall's, and then a roll of wallpaper I liked for only $1 at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and curtains that didn't break the bank from a pin on Pinterest and, and, and, and!! It just all started coming together and rolling in.

I used the wallpaper to cut some silhouette shapes for a few frames I got at Marshall's and to cover a couple of books I used on a shelf and I framed pieces of the wrapping paper for a triptych I made to go over the bookcase. Basically just doing my cheapo decorating as I normally do.

And then I came across this mobile on Pinterest that I loved and was sold on Etsy anywhere from $150-$175. I wondered if I should splurge on this since I'd yet to even spend $30 on this room.


I considered that for negative 2 seconds (meaning not at all, no way, no how) and instead Googled DIY instructions to make it myself. I came across a couple of YouTube videos on the flowers themselves, and then this blog with a tutorial that I roughly followed (except I for sure did not make a pattern for every flower - I just free handed those.) It was definitely time consuming, but I felt like I wanted to make Laney a special mobile too since we spent so much time making (and the duplicating 200x over) the one we made for Charley so it was my first moment of "let's make everything fair for my kids". I love the way it turned out so much though. And it cost me maybe $15 total.

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There was one other last minute project we completed over the weekend, but again, I just cannot get a good picture of it. It uses an IKEA Lyrik Pendant lamp shade (with the Hemma cord set), a pack of $1.50 paper flowers, and a roll of jute string I got for $1 at a yard sale forever ago. Oh, and for the bracket John went to the basement and found this wirey photo frame thing that I had planned to use in our bedroom one day if we ever got around to it. It was one of two swirly wirey pieces that connected, and had 4 frames hanging down from them. But he saw its potential as a bracket instead and once I agreed that it would be perfect, he re-engineered it to hold the pendant up. I wrapped the cord in the jute string to make it a little more visually appealing since it ran down the wall and added paper flowers to the pick-ups in the lamp shade. 

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Okay okay enough. Let me just show you the whole room. 

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And a few little details - somehow bunnies kept finding their way into everything, so bunnies it is! Charley has even already picked out a bunny lovey for Laney so I guess bunnies are to Laney as birds and owls were to Charley.

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I love that I know what is functional for me this time when designing a nursery and that I can get to as many burp cloths as I could possibly need (the basket on top of the dresser closest to the glider), the laundry hamper to dispose of those burp cloths and the switch for the lamp all easily and from the comfort of that glider. I spent a lot of time in that glider with Charley and foresee doing much of the same with Laney. And I love that I'll get to spend that time with Laney in a room I truly love!

I bought very few things new (shocker!) so I'm not going to bother with a source list, but if there is something in particular you want to know about feel free to ask! My biggest splurge in the entire room was that crib sheet - it was $39 which is insane for a sheet that will just get peed upon and spit up on. But, if that was the most expensive item in the whole room, I think I did okay.

And just for fun, here is the link to Charley's nursery. I like looking at them both and seeing how different they are! They have definitely been some of my favorite rooms to decorate.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Last Month

The title of this makes me chuckle - this post is about the last month of my life, however it could also mean that I'm entering the last month of this pregnancy. Hehe! Double meanings are so clever.

Anyways, I just knew my next post would be about the nursery. Ha! Really hoping this weekend I can get that done.

Instead, another catch-up type post.

We've been to the zoo and a children's museum, spring has now sprung shortly after we had a tiny bit of (our only) winterish weather this winter, I bought Charley some Disney princess sheets (!!), we visited an aquarium, took Charley to a sibling class at the hospital and John took her to a little building class at Home Depot, and we've just spent a lot of time at home since we've last spoken.

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And then this stuff, too:

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Last night I had to run to Target because spring is all of a sudden here! I've gotten Charley quite a few dresses for summer (not even going to bother buying shorts at this point - it'd be a waste of money) but they are all sleeveless because that is what we need for the majority of the spring/summer down here. But, it's not quite sleeveless weather yet so needed some plain tees to wear under the dresses for now. 

I have had this issue every single year since Charley has been here, yet I return to Target every single spring looking for the same thing that just isn't there. PLAIN tees, Target. No bows, no lace, and good grief no graphics. Just a plain tee was all I needed and the baby/toddler section was a huge disappointment yet again.

I was just about to leave defeated when I remembered Charley is in a 4T now, which is justttt shy of the size 4 in the big girl's department so I wandered over to the other side where people with BIG kids shop. What do ya know? PLAIN tees and the only difference in sizing was the length. So I purchased something from the BIG GIRLS department and I nearly shed a tear. Good thing we get to start all over in the baby department really soon!

And yeah, they fit perfectly. My bayyyybeeee.

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Have I mentioned lately how much I love my new job? Because I really do. It makes me happy. Even if the pennies I'll get while on maternity "leave" (I say "leave" because I'll take a laptop home with me and work when I can/if I can/if I want to - they are pretty flexible) will make it a couple of rough months in the budget - I still would take this 10 times over staying at the old job. Which, the old job didn't make me UNhappy either - I just didn't know how much better I could have it.

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Have I mentioned here before how I am anti-plastic in food/drinkware? Because I am. I don't use many plastics ESPECIALLY anything that has to be reheated. Ack! So naturally, we are going with glass bottles this time and I'm pretty excited about it. The things that excite me these days are pretty lame huh?

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During the winter my mom and I have to get our thriftiness fix at second-hand shops and thrift shops while it is not yet yard sale season. I feel like I've gotten some pretty good stuff too! 

We are nearing complete in replacing all of the hideous builder light fixtures in the house. The bathrooms still had those awful Hollywood lights, so I scooped these up so fast when I spotted them at the Habitat For Humanity ReStore for only $10 each! And then I had to come home and look them up on Lowe's website where they are priced for a lovely $78 each. Score!

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And we had to find a new dresser or something for Charley's room because the one she had worked so great as a changing table we wanted to use that one again in Laney's room instead. I started out looking for just a dresser when I decided a wardrobe would be more fun. I found this one at the same Habitat for Humanity ReStore and one day we'll finish it up and I'll share an after picture with you, because the before requires you to use quite a bit of imagination to see its value. I paid $80 for it.

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This is a horrible picture, but one more favorite thrifted item I've gotten lately is this old antique baby stroller which I'm using as decoration in Laney's nursery. It was only $8 or $10 or something. Yay!

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We are going to Disney in October! I can NOT wait. It's not a long trip - just a long weekend - but Charley is going to be so beyond thrilled with it all. My parents are also coming because they want to see Charley's reaction too, and of course help out with Laney. 

We are already talking about it with Charley so there will be no "surprise! We're going to the airport to go to Disney" video. We don't have much patience and luckily she isn't the type of kid to ask about it daily. Although she HAS been planning her birthday party for a few months already and we still have 6 months to go for that one.

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And finally - 34 weeks! Whoa!

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I didn't feel like doing the whole weekly survey thing again. Basically I am getting to the point where I get winded from walking all of 6 feet and I actually have some acid reflux here and there too - which I've never really had before. I had some last night which woke me up around 4, and even though the obvious culprit seems to be the Mexican food we had for dinner, I seriously think chocolate seems to be the common denominator every time I have it. Not cool, body, not cool. And despite appearances I am measuring right on track, but they only measure the front bump and not the back hump so I can't comment on the size of that at this point. 

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Now, next up, nursery! Finishing it up THIS WEEKEND. Darn it!