Nursery Progress

With the nursery starting off as a disaster, it has taken a while for it to become decent enough just to paint. For the last um, 3.5 years it has pretty much looked like some variation of this:

Aka dumping ground of random crap. A million holes in the wall that were halfway through being patched. And here it is now:

Don’t worry, most of the dumping ground of random crap has just been temporarily moved to another location (aka the nursery closet, and at least it’s more exciting random crap — baby clothes, new cooktop, and new faucet for our eventual kitchen countertop overhaul!), but so far we’ve:

  • Finished patching and sanding all of the imperfections in the wall (there were a LOT as you can see from the before)
  • Almost finished patching and sanding imperfections in the baseboards (a dog we were pet sitting decided the trim looked like a yummy chew toy?)
  • Replaced the carpet (Woo! Well WE didn’t do this ourselves, but we paid for it, haha)
  • Replaced the blinds. They don’t look that different, but the dog decided to use parts of the opening/closing cords as a chew toy. What is it with this room and dogs chewing things?
  • Replaced the fan. The old one worked, but it was a sight for sore eyes.
  • Painted! The color is Benjamin Moore Pleasant Pink, matched to Sherwin Williams.
  • Purchased a mirror for over the dresser/changing table. I will be refinishing it or repainting it — maybe a dark-ish gray to tie into the glider? (sneak peak of it sitting on the floor)

And what’s in the works/in progress:

  • Curtain fabric has been purchased, but I need to start making the curtains before I am too big to comfortably do this.
  • We ordered the nursery recliner, crib and dresser. They’ll all be here in the next 4-8 weeks or so.
  • David has specifically requested a certain song lyric/quote to be framed, so I’m on the lookout for something to mimic from Pinterest.
  • We are doing either initials or her 1st name over the crib, so I’m on the hunt for some letters.
  • The closet still needs to be painted, which I’d like to do in a contrasting color (maybe turquoise or magenta?). It needs some organizing functionality added as well since there is just 1 hanging bar for the whole space.

There’s so much more on the “to do” list for this room including other wall decor, lighting, accessories, maybe a little side table or small bookcase to sit next to the glider, etc etc etc but I’m just thinking about the “big things” for now.

Baby Progress: Week 22

How far along? 22 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Up 9 pounds. I made an effort to eat a little more this week since I haven’t gained very much over the last few and ended up putting on 2 pounds this week! My weight finally matches what’s on my driver’s license since I got in shape early last year.

Maternity clothes? 2 new maternity purchases this week — a new dress for an upcoming wedding (this is some kind of sickness where I convince myself I can’t wear an old dress to a wedding, but I’m planning on wearing this one to my shower too so I talked myself into it), and compression socks (for the flight for said upcoming wedding). Cute, right?

Stretch marks? Nope. I am definitely feeling that growing/stretching sensation again though. I was telling a friend it’s like eating a big bowl of pasta and then immediately regretting it once you feel it start to expand in your stomach. Except all of the time.

Symptoms: I got nothing really, besides the stretching sensation. I think my acne is finally under control (I’m really afraid to type that out in the event that I jinx myself…)

Sleep:  I took 2 naps this week! Sleeping has been fine other than getting kicked right before I’m about to fall asleep…

Best moment this week:
Realizing I had cleavage for the 1st time in my life! Best part of pregnancy is the insta-boob job :-P
Ok ok, and hearing baby girl’s heartbeat at my appointment this week (going strong in the 150’s).

Worst moment of the week: Nothing really.

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? A commercial came on the radio about oyster fest and I missed oysters for about 5 minutes, but nothing other than that.


Movement: All day err day, practically. I even saw movement for the first time this week when my laptop started bouncing while resting on my belly.

Food cravings: Lucky Charms and Oreos (double stuff, of course).

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope


Have you started to show yet: I mean, yeah I guess you could think I had an impressive beer belly, but…who knows. Sometimes I wonder if people at the gym are like “look at that dumb girl lifting weights instead of working off that belly on the treadmill”. I definitely feel bigger, but the random comments from strangers hasn’t started yet (thankfully).

Gender:  Girl

Labor Signs: No


Belly Button in or out?
In, but it is getting very flat. I’m sure I’m going to have an “outie” very soon. Belly buttons are so weird.

Wedding rings on or off? On
and loose. We’ll see if I get any swelling after my flight next week.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy


Looking forward to: Putting the 2nd coat of paint up in the nursery. And babysitting my super-cute niece!

Baby Progress: Week 21

How far along? 21 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 7ish pounds I think. I don’t think I gained anything since last week, surprisingly.

Maternity clothes? Mostly just my maternity jeans. I used the BeBand for the first time this week to wear the jeans in my photo below, and it was kind of annoying since you have to wear a longer top to completely cover it :\

Stretch marks? Nope

Symptoms: None really. So weird to say that!

Sleep: I’m sleeping OK. I’m having a hard time falling back asleep early in the mornings, but I don’t think it’s really pregnancy related.

Best moment this week:
I am kind of surprised by how frequent and consistent her movement has been. It’s cool to feel her squirm around several times per day, pretty much everyday.


Worst moment of the week: Some friends of ours had their baby this week, about 3 months premature. I can’t even imagine. We had just gotten the invite for their baby shower.

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? Shopping for/wearing cute spring clothes.


Movement: Yep, she likes to make a habit of kicking right when I’m about to fall asleep!

Food cravings: Nothing really.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope


Have you started to show yet: Still in that sort of in between phase. It is getting somewhat awkward to do certain things like shave my legs, paint my toenails, pick up things off the floor, etc.

Gender:  Girl

Labor Signs: No


Belly Button in or out?
In

Wedding rings on or off? On


Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy


Looking forward to: Placing the order for the nursery furniture. Yay!

Baby Progress: Week 20

How far along? 20 weeks, officially halfway there!

Total weight gain/loss: A little over 7 lbs.

Maternity clothes? For work I am wearing mostly dresses and non-maternity pants. When I workout I am definitely in maternity workout capris and pants. I got frustrated shopping at Destination Maternity last weekend because a cute top I saw online was actually huge in-person, and the XS pants I tried on were still massive. I think I’ve also returned about 90% of the maternity stuff I’ve bought online. So I might as well just stop looking at maternity clothes at this point and try to find regular clothes that might fit? Honestly I am not even close to the point where I have nothing to wear, so it’s not a big deal, just annoying. I just like shopping!

Stretch marks? Nope

Symptoms: Nothing really. I feel lucky to have had an extremely easy pregnancy so far, which only makes me think I’m going to pay for it during delivery or with a crazy newborn!

Sleep: Sleeping has been fine. I am trying to transition to sleeping on my side (from my stomach) but I am just too comfortable. Not always getting up in the middle of the night to pee, so that’s been fun.

Best moment this week:
Feeling movement pretty consistently and catching up with friends that I haven’t seen in a while.
And hubby’s birthday! We have so many plans for his birthday and Easter I am exhausted just thinking about it all.

Worst moment of the week: Nothing really!

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? I miss some of my cute clothes. I’m trying to figure out what to wear for a wedding in a few weeks. I should be able to get away with a non-maternity dress I already own unless I go through a crazy growth spurt…


Movement: Yep, and both David and I have even felt some “kicks” from the outside, which was cool and kind of weird feeling.

Food cravings: Clementines I guess. I think I’ve eaten about 3 per day on average the past week.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Seeing gross things on TV like that stupid foot fungus commercial. I literally have to look away or change the channel.
Looking at my phone in the car when someone else is driving makes me a little queasy.

Have you started to show yet: Yes? No? I’ve gotten some comments that I don’t even look pregnant (ugh, thanks, STFU please as you’re just adding to my anxiety/insecurity) that make me almost feel like I need to go around and show people a photo of my pre-pregnancy abs just to convince them! So my official answer is…it depends on what I’m wearing, what angle you’re looking at me from, and if you knew what I looked like pre-pregnancy. But I definitely did a double take in the mirror this week, thinking, “whoa, when did that show up???”.

Gender:  Girl-y girl.

Labor Signs: No


Belly Button in or out?
In

Wedding rings on or off?
On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy


Looking forward to: Celebrating hubby’s birthday, and some family time for Easter.

Baby Progress: Week 19

How far along? 19 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: About 7 pounds

Maternity clothes? Still mainly in normal clothes and more non-maternity dresses, of course.

Stretch marks? Not yet, but at certain points of the day I literally feel like my skin/belly is stretching. I started using stretch mark cream just in case…

Symptoms: Still some back pain, but I modified some of my workouts this week to see if it would help. Less planks, less deadlift weight (boo), etc.

Sleep: Sleeping has been fine, surprisingly.

Best moment this week:
Feeling kicks and movement!
Also, getting the follow-up anatomy scan and everything looked great. We even got to see her yawn and swallow (yuck!).

Worst moment of the week: Nada.

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? Ugh, I’m going to go with clear skin, again. My forehead is a war zone.


Movement: I am pretty sure I am feeling movement now. It’s become more consistent so I feel confident in thinking, yes that’s actually the baby and not my imagination!

Food cravings: Nothing really.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope


Have you started to show yet: Yes, but still not extremely obvious unless you’re looking from the side. I got cat-called on the way out of the gym last weekend with “hey pretty mama!”, but maybe that was just that dude’s go-to choice of words for anyone. My choice of clothing makes a huge difference too. I definitely look pregnant in this week’s photo in a fitted maxi dress, but still just kind of “round” in day-to-day clothes.

Gender:  The ultrasound tech added “still a girl” to the crotch shot photo she printed out for us ;)

Labor Signs: No


Belly Button in or out?
In

Wedding rings on or off?
On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy


Looking forward to: Hmm, can’t think of anything at the moment. I think I’ve picked out a paint color for the nursery, so, painting???

Baby Progress: Week 18

How far along? 18 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Up 6 pounds. My weight gain seems to have temporarily stalled even though I feel like my belly is still getting bigger. It’s crazy how the baby only makes up 8 ounces of those 6 pounds!

Maternity clothes? Yes, mostly. I have been wearing non-maternity dresses lately which is awesome because no pants are the best pants.

Stretch marks? Nope

Symptoms: Some minor/annoying back pain. Does “pregnancy brain” count? Last week I forgot to use soap in the shower. This week I put face wash on my loofah instead of body wash. Luckily I caught myself on the last one before I lathered up in face wash.

Sleep: It’s getting a little uncomfortable to sleep on my stomach, so I guess I’ll have to switch to my side full time soon :(

Best moment this week:
Seeing baby girl at the anatomy ultrasound :)
  Unfortunately she was all curled up into a ball so I’ll go back next week for more pictures.

Worst moment of the week: Is it weird my “worst moment” ties into the best moment? They also told me at my visit that I have placenta previa (for now), which means if “things” don’t move to where they are supposed to, I would need a c-section for delivery. Not ideal, but we’ll see how it goes. I’ve got a lot of time for things to change, and I guess it would be kind of convenient to know exactly when she’ll arrive. But the recovery? Nope nope nope.

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? Clear skin


Movement: No, at least I don’t think so. It’s tough to tell what’s going on in there ;)

Food cravings: French fries, I guess, but no “must have” cravings.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nah.


Have you started to show yet: Yes? I got my first “are you expecting?”, but granted it was in the elevator leaving the OB office. This week’s photo was actually taken at 18 weeks, 3 days — on St. Patrick’s Day (hence the green dress!). Excuse the zombie look on my face here, I was in “need a nap” hour of the afternoon.

Gender: Girl

Labor Signs: No


Belly Button in or out?
In, but it’s getting bigger and weird looking..

Wedding rings on or off?
On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy


Looking forward to: Going to start looking/shopping for a crib, dresser, and chair this weekend.

New Carpet!

Yay! The new carpet has finally been installed. While this was a painful project to pay for, it turned out really well. We are happy with the carpet itself (it’s so FLUFFY!), the installers, and that it is finally off the to-do list. I still surprise myself with the softness especially when I get out of bed first thing in the morning. Here’s some quick photos, but we’re still cleaning up and dealing with the aftermath. All of the old carpet and the installation left a lot of dust and fuzzies covering every surface of the house. There is a slight purple undertone that I feel like only comes across in photos. In person it is not very obvious, except for in the office where the paint color is a very warm yellow-beige.

The current disaster state of the nursery…

 

One step closer to touching every surface of what sometimes feels like our “fixer upper”! And here is a sneak peak of what I’m thinking for the nursery. So many shades of pink to choose from! :)

 

Baby Progress: Week 17

How far along? 17 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Up ~6.5 pounds. I think I’m on track to gain right at 30 pounds, but I swear just looking at unhealthy food makes me gain weight!

Maternity clothes? Yes! I wore a pair of normal jeans with a hair tie around the button on Sunday and it was not comfortable at all. I am so excited that it is warming up and I can just wear skirts and dresses for the rest of the spring/summer! Yay no pants! :)

Stretch marks? Nope

Symptoms: I *think* my fatigue is starting to wear off (at least the mid-afternoon fatigue). Still going to bed pretty early. More tailbone pain this week (most likely due to a few long days of sitting at work).

Sleep: Sleeping is fine. I think daylight savings time has helped.

Best moment this week:
Nothing all that exciting going on at the moment!


Worst moment of the week: Long days of sitting at work is causing some pain in my tailbone. I need to set a timer on my phone to remind myself to get up and stretch/walk around.

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? Box jumps? Not feeling like I am going to die after 30 seconds of a plank?
;)

Movement: I had thought I was feeling movement laying in bed the other night, but then I had to focus really hard and just realized I was just feeling my heartbeat in my abdomen. Weird.

Food cravings: We had catered breakfast and lunch at work, so of course I was ALL OVER the breakfast foods. Yum!

Anything making you queasy or sick: No, just the occasional motion sickness when someone else is driving.


Have you started to show yet: I’m getting there. The top I am wearing in this week’s photo makes me look a little bigger than I actually am, but I am still in that weird “food baby or real baby” stage.

Gender: Girl

Labor Signs: No


Belly Button in or out?
In

Wedding rings on or off?
On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy


Looking forward to: Picking out a paint color for the nursery and seeing her again during the anatomy scan next week!

Baby Progress: Week 16

How far along? 16 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 4-5 pounds? My scale likes to give me heart attacks by spontaneously jumping up 3 pounds over a 24 hour period and then later settling down. So even though I did have my fair share of 2 desserts last night (hey, it was my birthday!), I really doubt I gained 3 pounds overnight.

Maternity clothes? Wearing a few pieces here and there, but still mostly in my normal clothes. Some pants need the hair tie around the top button. And I got a few more pieces from Gap Maternity — capris and pants for working out, and a cute tank top with a tiny bit of gathering on the side (it doesn’t scream I’M PREGNANT like some do). I feel like Gap has the best fit for me so far. So much of the stuff I’ve tried on from other places is huge, even in the smallest size. And obviously my “bump” is not filling it out but most things I’m trying on are literally falling off of me in the chest, shoulders, arms, etc.

Stretch marks? No new ones.

Symptoms: Back pain, thirsty ALL THE TIME

Sleep: Still tired a lot and wanting to go to bed at like 9:30pm every night. I’m having a hard time getting comfortable again after waking up in the middle of the night so I might have to resort to a pillow between the legs soon.

Best moment this week:
My birthday! Getting my bonus check! Immediately spending it on new carpet! (ouch…)

Worst moment of the week: Work has been pretty hectic. A few late nights this week and already planning on a few long days next week. Plus, daycare waiting lists are insane! :(

Have you told family and friends: Yes, and my boss finally knows too (whew!).

Miss Anything? Caffeine of course, and I always crave a good frozen margarita when we head out to a Mexican place for dinner.
Also the waitress at dinner on my birthday asking me if I’d like a cocktail at least FOUR TIMES. YES I’D LOVE ONE ACTUALLY.

Movement: Not yet, I’m looking forward to this part soon!

Food cravings: Nothing in particular.

Anything making you queasy or sick:
Not really. I’m kind of having a meat aversion lately. Normally I love a good steak or what not, but lately I can only eat a few bites and then I’m not interested.

Have you started to show yet: Not really, but I can tell I’m getting a little bigger. I’m ready for the “cute bump” stage instead of the fat girl stage.

Gender: Girl

Labor Signs: No


Belly Button in or out?
In

Wedding rings on or off?
On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy


Looking forward to: Getting the carpet installed so that we can move on to painting and furniture for the nursery!

Baby Progress: Week 15

How far along? 15 weeks! Where is the time going???

Total weight gain/loss: Basically didn’t gain any weight this week thanks to a gross cold, despite the amount of Thin Mints I consumed and no working out.

Maternity clothes? Mostly wearing non-maternity stuff. The maternity leggings I got are perfect because regular leggings were getting uncomfortable (aka muffin top city).

Stretch marks? No new ones. The existing ones look like they are getting darker :(

Symptoms: minor headaches, dry skin, being constantly thirsty, pain in my tailbone after sitting at work all day, round ligament paint whenever I sneeze

Sleep: Going to bed early a lot, mostly due to this cold.

Best moment this week:
Some fun stuff! Got some baby clothes (my awesome sister even picked up a Georgia Tech outfit for me at a consignment sale!)
, starting to pick out curtain patterns and a color scheme for the nursery, and going to look at daycare centers.

Worst moment of the week: Getting a cold from hell. Trying to Google to find out which medicines are actually safe to take. News flash, there is never a definitive answer for this! Ugh.

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? I miss a good end-of-a-rough-day glass of wine.


Movement: Not yet.

Food cravings: No, especially with a cold I don’t really want to eat anything.

Anything making you queasy or sick:
No

Have you started to show yet: No, not really. Wondering if I am I going to wake up one day and suddenly have a bump?

Gender: Girl

Labor Signs: No


Belly Button in or out?
In

Wedding rings on or off?
On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Ugh, moody. I half blame this cold, but between people tailing me on the interstate WHILE APPLYING MAKEUP, the Jehovah’s Witnesses coming to my door when I’m trying to nap, and just stupid people in general…the claws are coming out.


Looking forward to: Getting things crossed off the to do list, because there are a LOT.