Tuesday, November 26, 2013
It took us months to finally decide on a plan for Baby P's nursery. I wanted to have some sort of underlying theme, without it jumping out at you as soon as you walk in the door. I wanted it to feel sophisticated, yet fun for a baby girl.
Enter: Baby P's "It's a Small World" Nursery.
Here's the plan:
We've hung board and batten on all of the walls, 48" from the floor. Hanging it this tall means it will extend above the crib and the light switch and just provide a nice, clean, white backdrop for the rest of the room. Above the board and batten, we're painting the walls Aqua Chiffon by Pittsburgh Paints. We pulled that color from the city prints and think it will be a bright and cheery backdrop for the artwork and bedding.
Speaking of which, let's talk about the artwork! I ordered 3 city prints from Laura Amiss on Etsy. I fell in love with the overall feel of them, and they tie in with the small world theme perfectly. Oopsy Daisy has a fun line of "It's a Small World" art. We'll either order a canvas print or I will attempt a DIY - not sure yet.
The crib and glider both came from Target. Her bedding and curtains are from Pottery Barn Kids. The dresser is from IKEA, and will also serve as her changing table. The monogram came from Groopdealz.
Above the crib, hanging on the wall, will be a wall crown canopy. We're not exactly sure how we're going go pull this off yet, but I don't think we'll be paying $300 for the one from RH Baby & Child that I included in the mood board. It's just for inspiration. We'll either use crown molding and hang sheer curtains behind it, or find something else that will work.
To round out the Small World theme, we ordered three of the cutie Small World dolls from the Disney Store. They each sing the infamous song in English and their native language. We're not sure yet how they will be displayed, but they are too cute for words.
So that's it - Baby P's nursery in a tidy little mood board. We're so excited about the direction we've taken and can't wait to get the room painted! Board & batten is hung, just a little bit more caulking to do and we'll be ready to roll (literally). :)
Monday, November 25, 2013
So, I've gotten a little behind in my weekly updates - whoops! Here are the last 5 weeks of my 2nd trimester.
I'm 28 weeks this week - officially in my 3rd trimester. Wow, that's hard to believe! We're getting so excited about this little girl. Our first shower is on Saturday and I can't wait to celebrate with our friends and family. While pregnancy is a miracle and so fun, I can't wait to wear cute clothes again (maternity clothes are terrible), and get my energy back! I'm used to go-go-going, and I just can't anymore.
This is my favorite week of the year... Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and the official start of the Christmas season! Have a good one lovelies!
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
I went on a little shopping spree at the Pottery Barn Outlet a couple weeks ago. Seriously, I don't think there's a happier place on earth than the PB outlet. It's fabulous.
Anywho, when I got home, I knew I had to put all my cute new decor items to good use and create a fun, eclectic fall tablescape!
I'm usually into symmetry and simplicity but I was inspired to just shop the house and go all out and I have to say, I kind of like it!
Mercury glass lanterns, candleholder, and pinecone: Pottery Barn Outlet
Capiz shell ornaments, napkins turned table runner & orange vase: TJ Maxx
Glitter pumpkin, brass tassel & faux apples: Target
Votive lantern (with split peas in the bottom): Kirklands
White candleholders: IKEA
Brass candleholders: Estate sale
There are exciting things going on at my house this week! The basement is DONE and furniture is being moved back in tonight!! Crown molding is hung in the nursery!! Oh, did I mention that we've decided on a nursery theme? I promise to share soon. Lots of fun updates to come! Here's a little sneak peek:
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Today is November 13th. It would have been my due date with our first Baby P.
I was a little reluctant to share our story because it's extremely personal, but I had to keep reminding myself that it might help one of you. To know you're not alone. We haven't even shared this story with our friends and family (except our parents). That is, until now.
My husband and I wanted to wait to have a baby. Whenever someone asked us about it, we would say we’re on the “5 year plan.” Our 5 year wedding anniversary was last September, and we decided we would start trying in December. No luck in December, none in January, but in February, on the day my extremely regular period was expected and then didn’t show up, I took a test. It was positive. I couldn’t believe it!
I had my first appointment 3 weeks later, where Baby P had a heart rate of 106. Our sonographer was so nice and we saw and heard the heartbeat and it was a miracle. However, Baby P was measuring a little small (about a week too small), so they wanted me to come back the next week. The hubs was going to be out of town on a business trip, so we decided to go ahead and tell our parents the good news so that my mom could come with me to my next appointment. They were elated, but apparently not that surprised. Note to self: the next time I have big news to share, send a text, don't plan an elaborate dinner because it's a dead giveaway.
The cake I made to announce our big news! It had pink and blue layers, obviously. :)
The next week, I went into the ultrasound room, got undressed for the transvaginal ultrasound (seriously, how uncomfortable are those things?), and my very stoic, unfriendly sonographer proceeded to try to find the heartbeat. I knew something was up when we couldn’t hear it. She tried the Doppler, and nothing. Then she tried some other method and could just barely hear it, even though we could see it on the screen. Baby P had a heart rate of 96, which was very low. We talked to one of our midwives, and she went through the scenarios with us and said it was basically a waiting game at this point and they would see me next week.
At the next appointment, I had the same stoic sonographer, who, in her unfeeling way, told the hubs and I that she couldn’t see or hear a heart beat this time, and that she was sorry. It was April Fool's Day, funnily enough. Baby P was 9 weeks old.
I didn’t cry. At least not right away. I think I had somewhat prepared myself for the worst. I went into the restroom and got dressed, then we walked over to the midwife’s waiting area, where we were supposed to wait and talk to her about the next steps. We sat down in the tiny room, where some sort of technician was working on some equipment nearby, and that’s when I broke down. My thoughts were spiraling out of control. Why me? Why us? Did I do something wrong? I just knew I was drinking too much coffee. Should I have taken a different vitamin? Was I too active?
But what was worse than knowing that Baby P was no longer with us, was still feeling pregnant. I was nauseous all the time, but especially if I didn’t eat every couple hours. I was exhausted. I still didn’t want to eat cereal (an aversion that lasted up until a couple months afterward). It was like a knife to the chest… all those symptoms still presenting themselves, yet, PSYCH, you’re not actually pregnant anymore.
Let’s just gloss over what happened next, shall we? I went to the hospital the next day, had a D&C, and came home feeling fine. The anxiety about it far outweighed the recovery.
The next week was an emotional rollercoaster ride. I would feel fine and kind of forget about it for a couple hours, then it would hit me like a ton of bricks and I would be on the verge of tears. I was sad. It was all I could think about. I didn’t know how I would ever get over it.
Truth is, I don’t know if it’s possible to ever truly “get over” a miscarriage. I think the pain from that time will stay with me forever. But you do move on. Each week was easier, and about 3 weeks later, I was feeling like my normal self again. As sad as it was, I had to keep reminding myself that it wasn’t the end of our journey. We would have a baby, I just knew it.
Now I'm 26 weeks pregnant with Baby P 2.0, who always has a healthy heart rate of 145+, and kicks me like crazy. I won't mention how much weight I've gained or the fact that I walk like a seal. I felt terrible up until 17 weeks, and now I'm dealing with back pain, restless feet every night (seriously, restless legs/feet syndrome is no joke), and I miss my morning coffee like crazy. But whenever I start to think about all these symptoms I'm encountering, I remind myself that I'm lucky. Extremely lucky to be carrying a healthy baby who I will get to see in 3 short months! Not everyone is as lucky as we are, and I don't take it for granted a single second.
Oh, and I know that I'm a few weeks behind on my weekly update pics, but I've taken them - just haven't gotten around to editing them yet! I will get to that soon. In other news, our ongoing, never-ending basement renovation should *hopefully* be finished this week. Yes, I believe I've said that before, but I mean it this time! You know what that means, don't you? NURSERY TIME! I can't WAIT to share what I have up my sleeve! The theme will likely KILL you with cuteness. At least it does me. :)
Thursday, October 24, 2013
As I'm typing this, my left index finger is on FIRE. Who knew that escaping steam from a Lean Cuisine could cause 3rd degree burns? Ouch. So it may take me a while to type this with one hand while my other hand is finding relief on a cool water bottle. Good thing no one reads blogs in real-time, lol!
So I promised you a peek at my Halloween mantel today. If you saw my post yesterday, you'll notice that I sort of combined the last two years' mantels into one this year! It was simple, quick, and I love it.
There's something about the combination of orange and green that just screams FALL to me, and with the addition of some cute jack-o-lanterns and skulls, it becomes 100% Halloweeny.
When November 1st rolls around, I'll replace the 3 pumpkin candle holders in the middle with more apples, and remove the glittery pumpkin and skull and it will be an easy fall display.
Have a great Thursday y'all - almost the weekend, woot woot!
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Since I've been a little bit of a Halloween slacker this year, I thought I would share some fun posts/projects that I've done in the past, for those of you who weren't around back then or would just like a refresher!
But I DID get a little mantelscape together this year, which I promise to share tomorrow.
George the Pumpkin Owl (my second most popular post ever)
Come back tomorrow for a not-so-scary Halloween mantel. I pretty much love it.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
My friend has been giving me a hard time about being behind on my weekly progress pics, so this one's for you Crystal!
I'm trying to ignore the fact that my feet got a little cut off in that last photo. Which I didn't realize until I uploaded the photos to my computer. Oh well!
By the way, who knew honey Teddy Grahams and milk were such a yummy combo? And addictive. Someone please remove the Teddy Grahams from my house or I will eat the whole box!