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Friday, August 29, 2014

This Month at Babble

It's almost September! Do you know what this means?? I AM ALMOST DONE BEING PREGNANT HALLELUJAH. This has been my hardest pregnancy to date and me and my cankles are pretty over it.

I got diagnosed with placental resistance a few weeks ago (no, I had never heard of it either. Apparently it's not real common but it DOES explain my history of complications) so how much longer I have really depends on how the blood flow looks at my ultrasound each week. I'm crossing my fingers for a happy balance between "letting baby develop as long as she needs" and "going all the way to the end." Because I remember this part and I sleep way more AFTER the baby is born, no matter what the old ladies at church say.

From my maternity pics with Baby 2


Anyway, in case you missed it, here's what I wrote at Babble this month!
Have a great weekend!!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Celebrate Grandparents Day with Me!


I haven't done a Babble collaborative post in a while thanks to changes over there BUT I'm doing one for September and I'm super excited about it!!

Get the details right over here. And hurry...submission deadline is Sept 2nd!!
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Nursery Snippet | The Dresser



I originally planned to find a second-hand dresser on Craigslist and then refinish or paint or whatever. But after all the work I put into the planks and trim I just couldn't talk myself into another major project! I took the easy way out and went to Ikea to pick up a Hemnes.

I looked at a couple cheaper options from other places and kept coming back to the Hemnes 8-drawer dresser. It's a great height for a changing table and the drawers slide out so smooooth. Plus, lots of storage!

I couldn't just leave it as-is though, obviously. I wasn't willing to do a major alteration but fun knobs? I could do fun knobs.

Anthropologie had several pretty mint colored knobs on their website so I dragged my (whining, hot, unhappy) boys to the store (the workers LOVED us...) and spent some time pondering before I ended up with these simmered glass knobs, which look more minty and transparent in person than they did on the website.



Because they're a little on the pricier side, I only bought 4 to use on the top drawers and went to Home Depot for the remaining 8 pulls. Gold options were limited so I ended up buying these cup pulls and using my handy-dandy hammered gold spray paint to get the look I wanted. I just did a light sanding, a quick wash and dry, and then spray painted them out on our back patio.


Since the drawer fronts were originally pre-drilled with only one hole we had to drill another pilot hole for each pull. Aaron, bless him, ended up taking it upon himself to handle that one morning while I was doing laundry. He got it done way more quickly and accurately than I could have! The longer this nursery project goes, the more I lose faith in my ability to measure things precisely.

After assembling the Hemnes I attached the changing pad with 3M velcro strips. When we're done with the changing pad I can just remove the strips and there will be no permanent damage to the dresser.



I got these little storage bins on clearance at Target ages ago. I used a paint pen to change the hardware from silver to gold (it was a good project for a really barfy day spent on the couch) and they're the perfect size for holding diapers and other changing table necessities.


For now, the one on the left is holding bows. The one in the middle WILL hold wipes but right now contains cards from my baby shower, screwdrivers and hardware for the stuff I haven't finished yet. The one on the right holds newborn diapers, which, SO TINY I HAD TOTALLY FORGOTTEN.
Going home shoes!!


I picked up a latte bowl from Anthro while I was there for the knobs. The color was right and I figured it was a good place for corralling binkies and whatnot.

I could do a whole post about how much I LOVE WubbaNubs. Stinky spent 2 weeks in the NICU due to prematurity and they gave him one. We were instant converts! The original was looking a little shabby so my sister sent this sweet little cow one for baby E.

I stole the Ikea lamp from my bedroom. It should be sitting on my bedside table but I currently don't HAVE a bedside table so I wasn't really using the light all that much. It has a dimmer, which was my major requirement for any light that would go beside the rocking chair. Eventually I'll steal it back for my bedroom and I'll have to find another lighting option, but this works for now.

The nursery is getting SO close. I have to rehang the curtains because the rod was in a weird place and I have to figure out what I'm doing for art (first thing I started thinking about, last thing I seem to be able to make decisions about) and the room needs a trashcan (boooring), among a few other small things, but we are almost there!!


Now that I've spent so much time in the room, though, I'm seriously considering a skylight or something. I knew the room was dark but I didn't know, you know? These pictures were taken at the time of day when the room gets the MOST light from its one small window and I still had to turn on the overhead light so there would be enough light for my camera to focus. The lack of light is great for a napping baby and toddler but I think eventually this kid isn't going to be quite so enamored of living in a cave. We'll cross that bridge when we come to it, I suppose!
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Baby Shower

Six lovely friends from my old neighborhood threw me a baby shower last week and it was SO pretty and fun that I wanted to share a few pictures:

3 kinds of bruschetta, coconut lime cookies, cream puffs (my FAVORITE), mini cheesecakes, caramelitas, fruit skewers and veggies with dip. It was SO YUMMY. I took home a couple plates and ate it all for breakfast the next morning (aaand I wonder where the weight gain is coming from...)



Brooke and Amanda hard at work


There were lots of pregnant bellies and lots of tiny babies too!


I made this face a lot.




I HAVE BOWS

If it's possible I'm even more excited for this baby now. It's weird how little things hit you...I opened a tiny pair of fuzzy socks and was like OMG I'M HAVING A BABY! It hit me again this morning as I was assembling the baby tub (I've always bathed my poor children in the bathroom sink....

Baby Stinky in his fancy jacuzzi


 ...so this time I was like, "Yeah, this baby gets a TUB! Livin' large!").

She may already be keeping me up at night but I can't wait to snuggle her!
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Then and Now

I haven't proclaimed my love for Janssen on my blog in a while but she's been one of my closest friends for years and years, despite the fact that we haven't lived remotely close to each other since our college days. That is, until this summer! She and her family have been living about 20 minutes away for the past 6 weeks and it has been glorious. They're leaving today (insert many sad face emojis) but we got one last picture in last night at my baby shower.

Four and a half years ago Bart and Janssen came for a quick visit. I was 34 weeks pregnant with Baby 2 and she was 22 weeks with Ella. We went on a hike and took this picture:

Yes, only TWELVE weeks apart. You have to be pretty secure to stand next to Janssen.


So last night we had to take this one:


Pregnant together again! And it's awesome.
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