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Addicted to Pinning.

I have a new addiction. Pinterest. I can’t believe I only recently joined. If you haven’t yet, you should. It makes me want to have a wedding all over again because there are soooo many outstanding ideas out there. Luckily, there are some pretty terrific baby ideas, too. And When I saw this dog silhouette art (which was not in the Baby category, but fit mine with perfection), I had to put on my diy hat and get to work.

And I had the two perfect models to make it happen.


While Tito has been gifted with a naturally more silhouette-friendly profile, a little trial and error made Frankie’s work out, too.

All I did was enlarge their photos on my computer screen, trace them onto some printer paper, trace them onto cardstock, and then cut them out.

So simple, and I love the personal touch of Baby P.’s two future buds always being there, looking out for him.

Now I just need something on the leftside of the mirror to balance them out. I’m thinking I’ll frame his birth announcement, or something to that effect.

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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 30-31. And 8 1/2 to go….



This week I noticed that I’ve stopped describing how far along I am in the weeks I’ve come so far, and instead in the weeks I have left. I guess that means it’s getting really close. Like, 61 days…as my freshly finished chalkboard deco has declared.


I’m incredibly excited about how they turned out. The whole process was pretty easy (the hardest part was waiting 3 days for the squares to dry so I could hang up the frames and start drawing!). I just measured out my squares, painted the inside, spray painted some frames I found on super-clearance at Hobby Lobby, and put it all together. I don’t know exactly what we’ll put in there once the countdown is complete. I imagine sweet little drawings and messages for Baby P. until he can hold that chalk and write something of his own.


That corner of the room is pretty much done. I still need a cribskirt. And I have liners on backorder at PBKids for those white baskets (another hand-me-down from my sister, who had two girls and 4 very pink liners in there). I also replaced those knobs from the girly ones my nieces had to some more manly man red knobs from Hobby Lobby. Which, I highly recommend checking out if you need knobs. Almost the exactly same ones were $20 a pair at PBKids, and only $3 a pair at HL! I also had my first shower this past weekend, which is where I got that cute “Toys” bin — given to me by my nieces and nephews, and stocked with some great books.

The only thing missing (other than the baby) is the mobile I’m working on. I actually have the pieces, and they’re pretty cute, but the whole balancing thing isn’t quite right. So, that is still to come.

Oh, and that rug? Well, it’s been officially broken in. This picture says it all:

See that look on that sweet, sweet dog’s innocent face? Well, we woke up this morning to find that she wasn’t feeling too well overnight, and she…ummm…broke it in. I’ll spare you the details, as they weren’t pretty. But I think I was able to clean it up pretty well. And now, it’s totally broken in for the baby. Right?

Okay, enough of that. On a fresher note, this baby isn’t the only pumpkin brewing at our house. Literally. Cause out in the backyard, we have a real life pumpkin patch.

And not just any pumpkin patch, one with three Gigantic Pumpkins, two of which now weigh over 200 lbs, and are still growing. In fact, their official “due date” is October 2. Just six short days after Baby P.’s. The baby of the group is still small, but growing quickly. So, it only made sense to start tracking that pumpkin’s progress against my own. Be prepared for weekly updates from here on out…

Seriously, who needs all those online fruit charts with a backyard like this?!

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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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Weeks 24-27. Catching Up.

I’ve fallen behind on my weekly posts. Two straight weeks of work travel will do that to a prego girl. I’m not sure how much longer I can travel. I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow, and that’s my only big question for her right now. However, I will say, traveling on the verge of my third trimester hasn’t been bad. I was a little concerned about the puffiness factor, but by drinking tons of water, I seemed to conquer that issue with ease. I also take a daily baby aspirin (just to be safe based on some little blood thing I was tested for because of my genetics), which helps with the whole increased risk of flying thing, too. So, while the two weeks did wear me out, I can’t say it was any more so than it would have been non-pregnant. Right now I don’t have any more scheduled trips for work before the due date, but as of now I can’t say I’d need to turn one down if I did…unless of course, my doctor said to. And now Baby P. can add Minneapolis ( Mall of America included) and Washington D.C. (second time, actually) to his list of in utero travels.

 I’ve also somehow managed to get A LOT done in the world of baby preparation the past few weeks…
1.I finally registered at Babies R Us (something I was dreading, and swore I wasn’t going to do. When it came down to it, I had no choice. Thank God I have a very focused and experienced sister to guide me).

2. We got his stroller. And never in my life would I have imagined getting giddy over a baby stroller. But, yes, I did. I was really struggling with what to get at first. And although I had a wealth of opinions coming my way on what/how many I needed, I went with my own gut. I really, really, really didn’t want to have to have 8 strollers in my garage. And while the travel systems look all cozy, they also seem bulky with a short usage period. And while the joggers look really cool, I don’t really jog…and if I do, I don’t think I will with the baby…and if I do, I’ll splurge and get one when the time comes (I know, joggers are good for rugged terrain, too. But the reviews for the one I picked said it’s great on sidewalks, and for now, that’s as rugged as I plan to get). And then there’s that shopping cart thing, and the umbrella stroller…See, people, this is stressful!

But then that stress was relinquished when I discovered — the BumbleRide Flite.

 

It’s basically the whole package. It works with the car seat I want, then converts to a simple umbrella-type for later. It folds easily (I plan to keep my Jetta for as long as I can), and is super light, yet durable. And, it’s actually really good-looking! Yes, we will be stylin’. So far, I love it. Let’s hope this love remains when it actually contains a baby, too!

3. My RUG came!

I was waiting and waiting, and since it was on backorder I even got a little nervous. But it came and it’s adorable and I even…

4. …picked out a paint color to match! Yep, I painted Baby P’s room turquoise this weekend, and it’s so, so cute. Granted, it’s bright (as Lucas immediately pointed out), but it’s cheery and adorable. And now I can’t wait to do the rest. As soon as it all comes together (don’t hold your breath, this is gonna take a few weeks), I’ll post some pics. At least I’ve gotten the ball rolling.

So, that’s my past three weeks in a nutshell. And now I’ve reached the third trimester! The bigger my belly gets, the more prepared I am for him to come. And, yet, there’s still so much to do. We’re getting there. Come on “nesting,” time to work your magic…

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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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Weeks #21-22. Over half way there and feeling good.

Weeks 21-22…
I have to say, this is definitely a good point in the pregnancy.

1. I have energy (most of the time)
2. I’m over feeling chubby, instead I actually feel pregnant
3. I’m getting a better idea of how to dress this ever-changing body of mine
4. Rather than relying on nausea/vomiting to reassure me that he’s doing well in there, I feel happy little pokes and jabs
5. As mentioned above, there is no more nausea /vomiting (knock on wood)
6. Food tastes good again!

In short, things are going well.
Nothing too big has happened this past week. I did start to think some more about the nursery and am kind of in love with this rug I found online.

I think I’m going to have to get it. I don’t plan to have an actual “theme” to his room, but I do like this whimsical little critter feel the rug will help to give it. Plus, considering this guy’s parents, he’s more than likely going to have a mild obsession with animals. It seems only appropriate that we get him grounded (pun intended) in the creature love from the start.

So, after looking at this rug, I thought I’d pull out two fun colors as the inspiration for the room. Turquoise Whale + Red Bird. I went ahead and made up a little mood board to really get me thinking…

Now, I don’t know if I have the guts to do a really deep turquoise in there. I might go back to my old kitchen color that I fell in love with after numerous attempts (see the b&f here). But, the idea of the little man waking up to a bright and cheery blue every morning is kind of nice, too. I guess I’ll see what moves me when it’s time to buy that paint. The project shall begin in the next few weeks. I’ll keep you updated as I go!

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