Monday, November 20, 2017

Nursery Tour

When I started thinking about what I wanted my nursery to look like after we first found out we were pregnant, I really didn't think we would go with a theme. As with everything in my house, I envisioned neutral tones, cozy textures (he would be a winter baby after all!), and a little mix of modern and vintage. Then I decided I really wanted to incorporate wallpaper on one of the walls and after searching for days for the perfect 'boy' pattern that I wouldn't get sick of in a few months, kept with my neutral look, but was also appropriate for a nursery, I ended up landing on the Whale Migration Wallpaper from Anthropologie. Quickly my lack of theme turned into an "under the sea" theme. Coming from a family who has grown up at the beach, loving every moment and memory we have by the sea, it seemed only appropriate that this room would reflect that major part of our life and something we hope our son will find room in his heart for as well. When my mom discovered the French stuffed sea creature brand, Big Stuffed, it pretty much sealed the deal. Keep scrolling to see our favorite new octopus and whale...

With the wallpaper being the main focus of the room, I kept everything else primarily in white and natural tones. The ceiling light, ottoman, and crib bring in some modern elements, yet the dresser kept with my love for antiques. The wallpaper was not difficult to put up...for me at least! Thank goodness my engineer Dad was around to make the calculations and measure three times, cut once...unlike me who would have cut once and regretted three times. My mom and I just pretended to help, slapped some glue on, but mostly talked too much while he was trying to think! (we might have been told to leave the room once or twice hehe)

Keep scrolling through to see more of our nursery tour as well as a few more snippets from me! 

I think one of my favorite things in the room is the mobile that my dad constructed (multi-purpose for use at our baby shower and the nursery!) out of some rope, a $1 sewing hoop that was found at a flea market, and some wooden fish that were found at the Country Living Fair several years back. He added in the white piece at the top which plays "When You Wish Upon a Star" when dialed and brings a smile to my face everytime I hear it! 

Those building blocks are another favorite and were gifted to us by my friend (thanks, Tika!) from Land of Nod. The pictures and patterns on them are adorable and so well done. My mom bought the bike basket from Olliella, a brand from the UK. This is also where my sister purchased our changing basket, which I absolutely love and think is so unique! The wrap is from Solly Baby Wrap and the overalls from H&M. 

 The sweaters in the photo above mean so much to me: the grey one was knit by my mom (the soon-to-be Nanny) and is simply precious. The yellow one was knit by my grandmother (Nanny) when I was a baby and has been preserved to be passed onto our son. And the blue one (with bonnet) was also gifted to me by my mom from Luca and Lola, a beautiful line of Australian handmade knits. I can't wait for our little winter baby to wear them!

Sebastian the Lamb is from Cuddle and Kind, a company that provides 10 meals to children in need for every stuffed animal purchased. An adorable toy AND the ability to feed children is a win in my book. The tote is Pehr Designs. 

 Next up is the bear rug. Can you even believe that my mom knit this, too? She is absolutely amazing. Her vision is to see a little newborn laying on it but then as soon as he is old enough, to see him dragging it all over the place with him:) It is the softest, most adorable thing ever and it may not be "under the sea", but he is here to stay!! 

The rocker and reading side of this small, cozy room is probably my favorite corner. My dad made these photo/book ledges for us to display all our favorite reads. My mother-in-law has been sending us a few books a week ever since early pregnancy (which is the best idea ever!) and our library surely has grown! I love the illustrations on these and cannot wait to start reading them to our little guy! 

The curtains are from Anthropologie and the rug is from Target several years back. Oh and that pom pom knit blanket? My mom. What can't she do?!
 And finally we arrive to the focal point of the room: the wallpaper wall, complete with fishy mobile and Oscar the Octopus. Isn't he GREAT? And if you keep looking through the pictures, notice his whale friend as well:) 
Thank you for stopping by to tour our nursery! The only thing it is missing is the best part yet: our son. We are SO ready to meet him in just 7 weeks. He already has our hearts and I cannot wait to love him forever and ever. 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Pregnancy: Week 32 Update

Photo by Emily Troutman of Emily Troutman Photography

Month/Trimester: As of Saturday, November 11, 2017, I was 32 weeks! Third trimester!

Baby name: we have it all picked out, but don't want to share till he's here! 

Belly: Wait, I still have 8 more weeks with this thing? Remember that time around 18 weeks where I was like 'I can't wait to look pregnant', well I should have savored every moment of that. Just kidding, it's not terrible, but as the belly grows, the back, leg, and hip discomfort grows, which is tolerable but can be uncomfortable at times. Overall, I like looking pregnant! 

Movement: He is a crazy little guy! Moving all the time- kick counts are not a problem here! I love when all the sudden my belly goes in two different directions at once with his butt pushing out on one side and his feet on the other. It cracks me up! I compare it to the movie Flubber. Or all the sudden a huge bump protrudes out and I know it's his butt pushing! This is really the fun stage where you feel closer to this child growing inside of you and its movements almost give him a personality already! 

Symptoms: I still have ankle, lower leg, and foot swelling, but the colder weather has definitely helped keep it less than it was. Around week 29-30 I had a midwife appointment where my blood pressure was just at the borderline of being worrisome- 140/78. My appt was at 7am, so they had me go into work and get blood and urine tests (luckily I work at a hospital/outpatient building) and then recheck it around noon. When I rechecked, it was even higher, so at their recommendation I headed down to my hospital (it's the same health system I work at, but the nicer maternity spot is at the other end of town closer to home) and was checked into their PETU (prenatal emergency room) for monitoring. Of course, all three times they checked me, my BP was well below the original readings that morning and everything was fine! They are having me see doctors from here on out, but everything is normal and I do not have gestational hypertension at this time. 
I also had a Fetal Growth Scan as an extra check on the baby last week and he is already in the 84th percentile at 4lbs, 10oz!! No concern for a small baby there:)

Other than that, I am starting to have more achy legs and hips, especially when I wake up in the morning. Sleeping hasn't been a problem, but I am working on sleep positioning to decrease this pain. My back has been fine unless I do a lot of housework for an extended period of time. 

The skin issues are probably the funniest to me- skin tags. yuck! 

Sleep: I pretty much addressed this above. It hasn't been bad for me which I am really thankful for. My Snoogle continues to be very comfortable to sleep with! 

Maternity clothes: Clothing is working out great. It's starting to get colder and I can't close my coat and refuse to buy a maternity coat for 8 weeks so I plan to bundle up! The shoes are the bigger concern- I might be wearing a dress and UGGs to Christmas dinner haha! 

Baby prep: I am going to post a third trimester checklist in a few days- things I have been accomplishing in the past few weeks in preparation. Some of them include: final decorations in the nursery, washing all the baby clothes and linens, prepping some freezer meals (I actually did it!!), making lactation cookie dough (ha!!), getting my hospital bag ready, and since we are approaching the holidays- getting all my Christmas shopping and wrapping done really early! I also was so excited to get the ok from my husband to hire a cleaning lady for a few visits before baby and I found a "good" one who came for the first time on Saturday morning! My mom, sister, and I were out for massages (using a gift card from last Christmas) and I was SO looking forward to coming home to a clean house so I could kick my feet up and light some candles (my husband was also out of town for the weekend, soooo you knoooowww....some peace and quiet hehe). Well, when we got home, 90% of the house was still completely untouched!! She spent 3 hours just cleaning the bathrooms. I was seeing red for about 3 hours after that. My Mom so very graciously came back to my house to help me clean the rest of the house which only took us an hour! I know, first world problems, but when you expect something to be done, it kind of sucks when it's not! 

In the past few weeks, I have also sterilized all our bottles, breast pump pieces, and pacifiers, finished all baby shower thank- you notes, use my registry completion discounts to purchase all remaining postpartum supplies, and made sure all smoke detectors had new batteries! 

Oh and on October 21 (week 29), my sister and parents threw us a baby shower (click link to see her post about it)! It was "co-ed", as we wanted everyone special in our life to be there to celebrate the new chapter Les and I are about to embark on. It was such an amazing time and we felt SO loved. We received nearly everything on our registry for the new baby and walked away feeling overwhelmingly blessed. My family did an amazing job decorating and preparing the day for us. It was "under the sea" themed, but in a way that was perfectly my style- neutrals, pom poms, yet adorable:) I am so thankful for my sister and parents and all the work they put in to make that day so special for Les and I and I cannot wait for them to become grandparents/aunt! 

Essentials right now: water, my Snoogle, my desk fan at work (I am always hot!), chocolate milk and orange juice (current cravings)

My to-do list for the next few weeks: put the car seat in the car (we are traveling to Cape Cod for Thanksgiving in a week, so plan to have this and our hospital bags with us just in case!), prep 1-2 more freezer meals, stock up on some household supplies, and take our "Baby Care Basics" class at the hospital. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Pregnancy: Week 28 update

Month/Trimester: As of Saturday, October 14, I am 28 weeks and starting my third trimester! According to the Bump app, baby boy is the size of an eggplant: about 2.2 lbs and 14 inches long! 

Baby name: we have it all picked out, but don't want to share till he's here! 

Belly: Growing! I remember several weeks back I had a week where I felt a huge belly growth spurt and it took everything out of me. I haven't had that since then, so I guess it's just a steady growth now or maybe I am in for a big surprise. I have some stretch marks despite daily polishing of the bowling ball with Burt's Bees Mama Belly Butter and putting Collagen Peptides in my smoothies most of the pregnancy (gives more elasticity to your skin!) - I am a little bummed about this. 

Movement: He moves like crazy! Some days more than others but I have definitely noticed a routine. It's so weird when you can feel an actual limb brush up against your insides! I am now trying to do my "kick counts". I think he was hiccuping this morning as the movement was very rhythmic! Such a funny thing! I love when he kicks so hard that my arm or hand bounces off my belly. 

Symptoms: Ankle and foot swelling! this definitely seems to be "my symptom", although I think now that the heat is turning into more fall weather, it hasn't been as bad over the past few days. This is also causing my legs to be very achy and sometimes my lower back. I wear compression socks religiously, drink a lot of water, almost have no salt in my diet, elevate my legs nightly, and try to sleep on my left side as much as possible, but after sitting most of the day at work, I inevitably have cankles. My fatigue is also returning- I notice that by the time I get home from work, I am pooped. I am really glad I worked hard during my second trimester to check everything off my pre-baby to-do list, because there's no way I would be doing it now. 
I think skin things are another weird symptom: skin tags (yuck!), some breakouts on randomly my shoulders- fun fun. 

Cravings: I craved brownies last week. I think I should probably move on from that craving though haha 

Aversions: no aversions! I am glad to be back to meal prepping on Sunday nights with lunches that have actual veggies in them:) 

Sleep: I have finally reached the point of LOVING my Snoogle. First trimester, I didn't like it. Second trimester, it was growing on me. But now...I think it is my sleep buddy for life. I have not had any issues sleeping recently- I had some of this first trimester, but have been very careful about maintaining a consistent sleep schedule, drinking chamomile tea before bed most nights, reducing screen time before bed, using guided meditation when needed, not napping during the day (which I don't usually do anyways, but yesterday- Sunday- I did and I suffered last night as a result), and taking my daily Magnesium supplement. I only wake up once per night around 3-5am to use the bathroom, but this is only if I drink too much water before bed, which I am trying to limit. 

Maternity clothes: Still loving them. It was so hot here in Philly for a while- mid 70s to 80s daily with 80-90% humidity. I bought a bunch of cooler-weather maternity clothing thinking it would be fall weather sooner but so far, it's still borderline. Thank goodness for my birkenstocks though, because if it was cold, I literally am not sure what would be fitting on my feet, which is reassuring as we enter November and December...not. My poor beautiful clogs I got last year will have to be dusted off for the spring :(

Baby prep: I got my breast pump in the mail a few weeks ago! It was free with my insurance, but I opted to pay a bit extra for an upgrade at the recommendation of some coworkers. I just started the FMLA maternity leave process- shooting to take the full 12 weeks. I am really glad Les' company provides 3 weeks as well for paternity leave! The nursery is still mostly finished- Les and his dad will be setting up the crib this weekend when his parent's visit town. I had my glucose test this morning and I am crossing my fingers that I pass- I think this made me the most nervous out of everything so far. The drink was actually not bad at all though! 
We have a breastfeeding class this week and a Baby Care Basics class in a few weeks, which I am really excited about! Les got his TDAP vaccine last week (a highly recommended vaccine for those who will be around baby a lot) and I will have mine next week...and we both got our flu shots! 

Essentials right now: water, pillows for foot elevation, my Snoogle, an early bedtime, taking it VERY easy. 

My to-do list for the next few weeks: begin to prep some meals to put in the freezer for when baby comes, continue to stock up on some household/personal care essentials so we don't have to worry about running out of toilet paper with baby here, look forward to my baby shower coming up very soon, definitely making lactation cookie dough to freeze (don't even know what that is, don't even care- but the word cookie is in there, so I am down). 

And a little further down the line: set up baby things, wash baby clothes (that detergent though- so much money!), put car seat in the car, pack a hospital bag! Things are getting real:)

Birth Plan: I am not a birth plan kind of girl. My plan? Get the baby out in the fastest, safest, and most painless way possible. That's all. 
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