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Weeks 32-34. Showers and Nursuries and Nesting, Oh My!

The closer the baby gets, the busier I seem to become. And the more that happens, the more the realness of it all seems to set in.

I’ve had two more showers in the past few weeks — a work shower (which I got to share with two other preggo coworkers):

And my friend shower:

Needless to say, both were wonderful and Baby P. came out with so many great, new things.

And, I’ve finished the nursery! Wu-Hu!!!

I’m so happy with the way everything turned out. We still need to install the ceiling fan, and I do have one more art project I think I’m going to add to the walls. But it’s pretty much complete!

And, yes, the nesting is here, too. Lucas caught me cleaning the fridge at about 10 o’clock last night, and continuing to clean it at about 7 am this morning. And I’ve organized our linen closet, and all of the baby’s clothes. If only I  cared this much about cleaning all the time!

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Weeks 28-29. Please Pardon the Bump.

Weeks 27-29.

Remember the stupid 80’s movie Spaceballs? And remember that man-dog creature, Barf? Well, I can recall maybe 5% of what was said in that movie, but for some reason, I have a very vivid recollection of the part when Barf’s tail tries to peak under some lady’s skirt, and Barf says something to the effect of, “Oh sorry, he has a mind of his own.” Odd, right? Especially considering I was probably 8 when I first saw it. Anyway, my point is, I currently sympathize with Barf. This belly, too, seems to have a mind of its own. I’m constantly finding my growing bump copping a feel on random backsides, knocking down displays on store shelves, and struggling to squeeze through spaces that seemed oh so forgivable in the past. And with 10 weeks left, it’s only going to get worse. Thanks, Barf, for making me know I’m not alone.

And speaking of hairy, dog-like creatures, we’ve recently found out that Baby P. is not the only new guy in the neighborhood. Our next door neighbors have four baby foxes living in their backyard! He set up a game cam to catch them in action, since they only come out at night. They look like they’re doing well.

And, by pure coincidence, we now have an accessory in the baby’s room to match!

I saw these flashcards at Anthropologie a while back, and then found them cheaper on Amazon. Added some twine and some clothespins, and now have the perfect little accent!

We also picked up the baby furniture this week. I’m lucky enough to have an older sister whose children are well past the crib-stage, so we inherited some nice PBKids pieces. (And, in case you’re up-to-date on baby gear recalls, the crib was a drop-side, but Pottery Barn sent me the repair kit for free, so it’s safe.)

Oh, and those black boxes? They’re my current project. It’s actually chalkboard paint, which will soon be complete with some bold red frames. More info on that to come.

And, yes, the rug I love. All four of our pets seem to think it was placed there for them. They’re all in for a little shock come this fall. But, we’ll let them enjoy it for now.

That’s all for now. Tomorrow makes me officially 30 weeks! Once again, still feeling good. Last week Lucas and I even witnessed that creepy yet incredible moment when you actually see a body part squirm around in my belly. He’s an active little guy in there!

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Week #21-22. Boys ‘n Bugs.

Weeks 21-22…..

This has been quite a spring. Between the tornadoes and the cicadas, it’s hard not to wonder if that “rapture” guy wasn’t too far off. But I’ll go ahead and continue believing he’s as crazy as he sounds, send thoughts and prayers to those down in Joplin who have been devastated by the storms, and do my best to embrace the masses of red-eyed, shell-shedding, goose-bump inducing creatures invading our backyard.

Afterall, I’m growing a boy.

And not just any boy. Lucas’ boy.

Unlike most people, my husband is enamored by the cicadas. He has undergrad degrees in Biology and in Fishery and Wildlife Management, so he does know his stuff. Like when he let me know the kind that came out this year are distinguished by their beady red eyes.


And that they’re harmless. And since our son will be THIRTEEN when he actually gets to see them for himself, it was only right to document the occasion.
If he takes after his dad, he’ll be very grateful.

Isn’t that disgusting?

Yep, kind of gives me chills. But it’s also a good preparation for the types of encounters I foresee in the years to come. Afterall, one of Lucas’ mom’s favorite stories is when she got in the shower and was greeted by a snake wrapped around the shower head. And the same thing happened on the dashboard of her car once, too. Apparently Lucas had a hard time keeping his snakes in a cage? Eek.

To top off my week of boyish preparation, I was thrilled to see this adorable photo snapped by my old friend Jennie from Arkansas. We used to work in advertising together, but she’s now doing an incredible job as a professional photographer in Colorado. See her great stuff here. When I told her I loved the shot, she sent me the link to the high-res image. Yay! It’s definitely going to get framed and hung in the baby’s new room.

 It’s so perfect for him!

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