July 30, 2014

Hump Day || Bump Day - 34 Weeks

Well, here we are...another week has come and gone and I currently stand here at 34 weeks and 3 days pregnant. 34 freaking weeks. I know I say this every week but this entire pregnancy feels like it has literally flown by!

I've decided I like this bullet list format much better than the ol' survey and, well, since I make the rules around here, we're just gonna stick with that. Mkay?!
  • Baby girl is the size of a butternut squash and growing daily! She has a strong heartbeat (in the 150's as of this week) and thoroughly enjoys taking up the entire right side of my body. I swear I walked around all weekend with a lopsided belly. Not to mention sister LOVES poking her feet out into my side and not gonna lie but it hurts a little at times!
  • It baffles me to know that she's already around 4 1/2 pounds and 18 inches long. Literally BAFFLES me! Pregnancy continues to amaze me on a daily basis!
  • Also-I thought I was doing good in the weight department until I went to the doctor this week and gained almost 4 pounds in two weeks. Whooooops!
  • As far as symptoms, my pelvic/pubic bone pain comes and goes. There's a fine line between sitting and standing too long so I'm really having to get creative to balance the two. Also, shortness of breath. Holy whoa! I didn't realize it until the other day but I almost huff and puff when I talk to much/too fast or after going up a flight of stairs. Other than that, I honestly cannot complain! Though my body aches more than normal, I honestly feel great and my energy levels are still existent so I'll consider that a win!
  • That being said...this last week has been harder on me than normal. While I fully expected things to get a little tougher on my body and my patience to grow thinner, I definitely didn't think I'd feel the way I felt last week. Heavy, large and completely out of control of my body would be putting it nicely. Granted, some days are better than others, and I am so close to the finish line so I am really trying to cherish these last few weeks by getting excited about holding this sweet little girl who has taken up residence in this torso of mine for the past 8 1/2 months! (Whoa. Run-on sentence much?)
  • My clothing selection is getting more limited by the hour and I am refusing to invest in anymore maternity clothes. I've been wearing pre-pregnancy workout shorts to exercise, walk and sleep in and as of this weekend, I'm down to maybe one pair that fits. Thanks, hips/butt/thighs. You really know how to make a girl feel good about herself... ;) Beau's boxers have become my newest BFF's at night. 
  • I have my family shower this weekend and then my work shower next week and I am SO looking forward to both!!! Friends, family, cupcakes and love for our baby girl...what more could I ask for??!! (Fingers crossed both of my dresses still fit when the time comes!)
  • Now that the nursery is complete, all I want to do is go in there and stare at the walls, envisioning what it will be like once she's here!
  • After my next doctor's appointment, I start going in every week to be checked for "progress". Exciting and terrifying all at the same time!
  • I'm packing our hospital bags this weekend and holy guacamole IS THAT SURREAL! 
  • Finally, I had to include this. This is a to-the-week comparison of myself and my sister-in-law, Julie, who was pregnant with the triplets at the time. We're both 34 weeks + 3 days here. This is also the day she delivered those precious mini human beings and seriously...she AMAZES me. I hope I look half as good as she does the day I go into labor!
(Thanks for letting me share this, Julie! You are a SAINT!)

And here's what those sweet angel babies look like outside of that belly!

Until next time, friends! Have a great day!

July 28, 2014

Paisley's Nursery

When we first found out we'd be having a baby girl, there was no question her room would be a shade of pink. That being said, the color of the room was the only thing I had in mind. I really had no idea what shade of pink I was going for, what color I wanted the walls to be, what color the crib/dresser would be, what kind of bedding I liked, if I wanted to go with a theme or not, and so on. I really had not the slightest clue as to anything besides that it would be pink. 

Until I found this bedding. 

And then it was game over from there. Once I placed my order, I knew I wanted to go for a antique/shabby chic/French country style. At least, I think those are the correct terms for the way it all turned out?! 

I knew I wanted burlap (duh), lace (duh), monograms (duh) and any/all things super girly. I also knew I wanted to stay as far away from "cheesy" as possible and I definitely did not want her room decked out in paislies. Knowing that we will be spending a lot of time in this room, I wanted to make it like a retreat. Somewhere we could walk in and instantly love. A place that made our hearts happy. A room that our little lady would (hopefully) look back at and love as much as we do!

After many, many hours of painting, hanging chair railing, touching up ceilings, shopping for the most perfect accent pieces, organizing, nailing things to walls, hanging shelves, washing sheets and blankets, anxiously awaiting UPS packages and setting up everything we have (so far), I can officially say this room was designed with an incredible amount of thought and love and I honestly want to just sit in here all day everyday and dream of the day our sweet little girl will be added to the picture!

I sure do hope she enjoys her nursery as much as I have enjoyed putting it together! Without further adieu...Miss Paisley Ann's Nursery. :) (P.S.-I apologize in advance for the over-over-abundance of photos. I wanted to make sure I captured every little detail...also because this is the first official complete room in our house since moving in a year and a half ago...

A huge thanks to our families who helped us paint the walls (such a labor of love), our neighbors for lending us tools and assisting us with the chair railing (#rookies), our friends for their input and opinions and of course, my sweet, sweet and ever-so-patient husband who helped me with every bit of this room, let me buy any and everything my heart desired in hopes of making this room everything I had dreamed of and listened to me demand politely ask him to hang every shelf, picture, chair railing, basket, window pane and monogram on these walls.

And how could I forget, my beautiful assistant, who spent every waking hour helping me design this entire room... #not

6(ish) more weeks 'til our sweet girl is added to the room and then it will be without a doubt 101% complete! And so will our lives. :)s 
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Here's a rundown of where everything is from but if I forgot anything or you have any questions, feel free to ask!:

Crib & Dresser: Baby's 1st Furniture
Glider: Borrowed (similar)
Glider Pillow: Vine & Wine Boutique
Window Pane: Antiqued & filled with coordinating fabrics
Cream Shelf w/ Crystal Knobs: Kirkland's
All Picture Frames: Hobby Lobby
Monogrammed Converter Gown: Monogramme Maison
Lamps: Hobby Lobby
Small Side Table: Hobby Lobby
Scalloped Monogram: League of Letters
Crib Bedding (Doodlefish "Blush Peony"): Green Pea Baby
"Love You Forever" Pillow": Homegoods
Travel Sleep Sheep: Gifted
Rug (5x8): Pottery Barn Kids
Cream/Gold Floating Shelves: Hobby Lobby
"I Could Eat You Up" Canvas: Hobby Lobby
Shakespeare Quote: Gifted
Bunny Bank: Pottery Barn Kids
White Basket turned Bookshelf: Homegoods
Burlap Letter "P": Hobby Lobby


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