28 Weeks

Thursday, May 31, 2012

I swear, it does not feel possible that I'm 28 weeks pregnant.  I know I say this all the time but seriously, I feel like time is just whizzing by me and I'm standing still. 

A little snippet from my weekly email:

"Baby will keep getting bigger -- and smarter -- after week 28, and other than that, she just needs a few more finishing touches.  Putting on layers of fat, your baby now weighs in around 1.5 to 2.5 pounds and measures about 13.6 to 14.8 inches. Her lungs are mature enough that she'd probably survive if she was born now. Wow!"

Seriously it amazes me that if he/she were born now he'd/she'd survive.  Of course, I don't want him/her coming anytime soon.  I'd like him/her to cook for at least another 10 weeks.

Surprise - I'm not wearing black today!  I feel like I'm either in black or grey (or is it gray...seriously, this word kills me everytime I type it).  I threw on a splash of color today for you :)

How far along:  28 weeks
Maternity Clothes?  Yes please!  Altho my shirt I'm sporting today is not maternity. 
Stretch Marks?  None!  I love typing that.  I hope it stays like that.
Sleep:  Sleep is good.  Altho it's getting a little uncomfortable.  My left side is the only position I feel comfortable in.  I need to have my body pillow next to me and have it between my legs.  I miss sleeping on my stomach so much!
Best Moment this Week:  There were a lot of good moments this week.  Last night I found out that my best guy friend finally popped the question to his girlfriend who is due to give birth 2 weeks before my due date.  Huge smile.  I'm so happy for him. 
Miss Anything?  I miss wearing all my cute shoes.  My feet have been so swollen that they don't fit in hardly anything besides flip flops.  Let's just say that's not business professional in the office.  Squeezing my feet into flats is so much work.  Today I'm wearing some chunky wedges which are actually comfortable.  Two people already questioned my safety in them today. 
Movement:  The kicks, punches and karate chops don't get old for me.  I love to sit at my desk and watch for baby kicks.
Food Cravings:  Is it weird I'm not craving anything specific?  I just love to eat :)
Anything making you queasy or sick?  Not really.  STILL cannot do store bought lettuce which really puts a damper on my evening dinners. 
Gender:  Still think "Vinny" may be a girl...
Labor Signs:  Nah.  Altho my weekly email states I could start to feel Braxton Hicks contractions.  Yikes!
Belly Button in or out?  The belly button is so funny to me.  Mine has not offically popped yet, which I'm happy about.  It's definitely doubled in size and is so stretched out.  Not pretty people.  I read in one of my weekly emails how now is a good time to clean out all the lint that has accumulated over the years since it's either so stretched or popped by now.  I did a little cleaning yesterday :)  Gross, but true.
Wedding Rings on or off?  Off still.  Sadface.
Happy or Moody Most of the Time:  I'm  normally happy.  But this week I've felt very emotional.  I could cry at the drop of a hat right now ... and have several times this week. 
Looking Forward to:  Getting the nursery repainted this weekend.  Fingers crossed that I can pick a shade of grey that has ZERO blue undertones in it!

Paint Smaint

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

That's how I feel. 

I found what I thought was the perfect shade of gray for the nursery.  It matched the vision in my head perfectly.  C&I picked up the supplies and C spent most of the morning yesterday painting his little heart out.  I stayed out of the room and tried my hardest not to peek while he was working.  Finally, when he finished, I checked out the room. 

It looks blueish. 

Blue?  Really?  How does this happen when the swatch is clearly gray and even the name of the color has the word gray in it.  I realize gray has a lot of blue undertones to it but I never thought the color would look this blue to me.  It's a gorgeous color and I would totally use it in a guest bedroom or bathroom, but it just doesn't flow with my nursery vision.

I wanted to cry.  Instead, I held it together and told him what a great job he did but mentioned I felt it looked too blue.  I waited for it to dry completely and walked away from the room several times and re-entered.  I figured taking a timeout from the room and re-entering would give my eyes a fresh look and I would be able to see some sort of gray to the wall.  No dice. 

I expressed my frustration and the anxiety I have with the color to C.  Thankfully he's taking it better than I thought.  I told him the color isn't working with the vision in my head and I need to find a new shade of gray and he will need to repaint :( 

I never thought it would be so hard to find the perfect shade of gray.  I've been looking at gray nurseries for inspiration for months and never did I think it would be so hard to find the perfect shade of paint.  Everyone makes it look so easy. 

I suck at interior design.

So tonight on my way home I will be visiting the paint store AGAIN.  I've been there so much lately they are going to know me by name. 

Here's a pic from my cell phone for proof.  Maybe the pic doesn't show the blueness as much as it looks in person.  But still, it's not what I had envisioned. 

For for the record is it gray or grey?  I always get so confused. 

27 Weeks

Friday, May 25, 2012

Remember when I blogged my weekly belly pics and progress?  Yea, me too.  Apparently with moving and everything else going on I got off track last week so week 26 never made it to the blog.  Ooops.

Week 27 started yesterday.  According to my handy dandy chart it also starts the beginning of the third trimester.  WHAT?  Oh my.  When I first became pregnant I searched the internet for a chart to follow as to what week was what month, trimester, etc.  There are so many different ones.  So I picked one, printed it out and just stuck to it.  Some websites say you don't start your third tri until 28 weeks.  But what's really one more week in the grand scheme of things?  I've been following this chart all along.  Seems pretty accurate to me.  So, hello month 7! :)

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I'm sporting my new comfy black and white long skirt today and I must say - love!  I need to go back and get one in every color they make.  It's the most comfy thing in the world.  I received several compliments on today already and it's only 8:45. 

How far along?  27 weeks, 1 day
Maternity Clothes?  Sure.  Altho my skirt today is from the juniors section at Target. 
Stretch Marks?  Still nothing - Can I make it the entire pregnancy without them?  Fingers crossed!
Sleep:  Sleep is good.  Now that we are finally in our new house I think my brain can relax a little.  I  no longer have sleepless nights, thankfully.
Best Moment this Week:  My birthday - duhhh.  Loved hearing from everyone via FB, texts and calls. 
Miss Anything?  I know I will be missing a dirty martini tonight while we are at dinner with Mo & Andy!
Movement:  Fo sho!  Love it to death.  I love just looking down at my stomach and watching it move around while baby tries out his/her karate moves.
Food Cravings:  I'm not a huge ice cream person but I have to say that I've consumed more ice cream and frozen yogurt in the last two weeks than I have in my life.  I blame the weather. 
Anything making you queasy or sick?  Nah
Gender:  Some people who have said girl at first are now changing their guesses to boy since I've dropped a little.  I still am thinking girl and have no idea why.  Just my hunch. 
Labor Signs:  Nada
Belly Button in or out?  Still in for the most part.  I'm scared for it to pop!  Jess thinks it's so cute but I just don't see the cuteness.
Wedding Rings on or off?  Off.  Damn you swelling!
Happy or Moody Most of the Time:  Happy.  Altho don't piss me off or I will yell, scream and voice my opinion loudly.  Which is so odd since I am not one to do such things.
Looking Forward to:  The long 3 day weekend!  We have nothing planned except house related stuff.  C will be painting the nursery this weekend - ekkkk!  Super excited!  

This & That

Thursday, May 24, 2012

I walked in the office this morning and not even 2 minutes of being here this happens:

I mean, really?  As if sitting in traffic for over an hour this morning due to the monsoon we were having wasn't bad enough.  I want to go home and start the day over.  So now I'm patiently waiting for Gap to open so I can buy a new tank.  I did my research and they are 40% off right now.  Even better.

Yesterday I took the day off from work.  It was my birthday after all.  Sitting under florescent lights is not my idea of fun.  And your birthday is supposed to be a fun day, right? 

I slept in til 8 - which was amazing.  I love not waking up to the sound of my alarm.  Tiko and I went for a nice long walk and then I got ready to start my errands.  I made a list the night before of all the places I needed and wanted to go.  The list was pretty long but I was excited to get it all accomplished.  When I grabbed my list before running out the door, I noticed a cute little happy birthday message from the Hubs on it.  So sweet.

A new address means a new license.  The thought of taking a new picture with my "fat pregnancy face" terrified me.  You get stuck with that picture for a long time!  The picture I currently have on my license is such a good one (if I do say so myself).  I really don't think I've ever took a better picture to be honest.  So after filling out the necessary paperwork and practicing how I'd suck in my cheeks while smiling, I was ready to say cheese.  I turned in my paperwork and the girl behind the counter told me I should receive my license in 1-2 weeks.  Wait.  "No new picture required?"  "Nope.  We will use your current picture."  I probably looked like someone handed me a million dollars.  I couldn't have been happier.  I skipped out of the government center on cloud 9.  Don't judge.  It's the little things people.

I ran a few more errands and then tackled the "fun" errands.  All of which consisted on shopping for the house.  First stop - HomeGoods.  I was on a hunt for a fun end table to place next to my glider in the nursery.  Sadly, I didn't find what I was looking for.  BUT I did purchase this awesome cork board for only $19.  And to think I was going to purchase the exact same thing online for over double that amount.  Silly girl. 

This morning I always purchased these from PB to complete our mud room. 

Then I went to the best place on earth Target to make an exchange.  I walked out with these additional items.  Being pregnant in the summer is no joke.  All I want to be is comfortable.  And I'm totally loving long dresses which is weird since I've never been a fan.  Being 5 foot 3 they never looked good on me - until I got a baby bump.  Now it's all I want to wear.

This morning I ordered this dress because I cannot find it anywhere in my size.  And I love it oh so much.  So my style. 

I then went to the paint store for the second time.  I have finally found the perfect shade of gray to paint the nursery.  Platinum Gray by Benjamin Moore.  It's exactly what I set out the first time to look for but did not find.  Project Paint the Nursery will be underway this weekend. 

I then found a glider that I'm giddy about and added it to my registry.  Altho, I'm not optimistic that I will receive it as a gift.  It's pricey.  My mother-in-law tends to think I might since a lot of family members like to go in together on big ticket items.  If I don't receive it, I will definitely order it myself.  It's super comfy.  I didn't want to get out of it after giving it a spin yesterday.   

I came home from my errands and the Hubs cooked me my favorite dinner - chicken, tomatoes and artichoke with a side of corn.  Mmmm - I can't wait for leftovers tonight.  And this is coming from a girl who refuses to eat leftovers so you know it must be good.  I really couldn't have asked for a better day. 

Tomorrow night we are celebrating my birthday with good friends at Oceanaire - which is one of the best seafood restaurants in Minneapolis.  I can't wait to relax, enjoy some amazing seafood and laughs with good friends. 

Gap is finally open.  Time to replace this stained tank.  Ugh.


Friday, May 18, 2012

Wow.  The last week has been such a whirlwind. 

We closed on our brand new home last Friday afternoon.  It's officially all ours people!

Saturday morning the movers were at our townhouse at 8:00 a.m. ready to move us into our brand new home.  What a long day.  Moving is no joke - even when your hire movers.  Since I'm pregnant I couldn't do a whole lot to help except sit back and watch our entire life fill a moving truck.  It was definitely bittersweet to see the townhouse go.  So many memories were made there. 

The rest of the weekend consisted of unpacking.  I made it my goal to get my kitchen together if nothing else.  And find my island since it was buried with boxes.  For the most part, I succeeded.  At least we have a functioning kitchen now.  We even broke it in and cooked dinner for the first time on Tuesday :)

See that blank wall next to the pantry?  It's a perfect spot for the chalkboard I just ordered.  I can't wait to get it.  Normally I would have easily chosen the Russet or Ivory/Rust but wanted a pop of color.  So I choose Beeswax.  It's going to look great. 

Our new neighbors are awesome.  They left this on our doorstep for us one night.

It was a jar filled with a cute towel, sponge and hand soap.  On back of the card they listed the restaurants and shopping in our area and how to get to their locations.  So thoughtful and sweet! 

Monday I took the day off work so the blinds could get installed.  They look amazing.  What a difference blinds make.  It is slowing starting to look like a home. 

The rest of the week has been rough.  C&I both work our full time jobs, come home and immediately start working on unpacking things.  Unfortunately, most nights it's just me working on the house since C has been working late.  I think the earliest I have been in bed this week was 11.  I'm tired to say the least.  There is just so much to do and just the two of us to do it.  With me being pregnant I can only do so much and need to take breaks - even if I fight with C to take them.  It's hard to not have everything done right away but I have to keep in mind that we aren't going anywhere anytime soon and have all the time in the world to get things together.  Thankfully my mother-in-law and sister-in-law are coming up tonight from Chicago for the weekend to help us.  We are so appreciative of their help.  I'm looking forward to getting a lot done this weekend. 

Yesterday I took C's advice and took a break from the house to run to Target.  I spent a good 2 hours there.  I needed to get familiar with my new Target which is conveniently located 5 mins away.  I picked up new sheets and pillows for the guest bedroom along with various fun house related things.  Oh and a long maxi dress for my pregnant self which I can't wait to wear tomorrow.  I swung through the baby department and am proud to finally say, I made my first purchase for our little peanut!  I've been struggling so much with trying to find cute gender neutral clothing.  I hate it all.  I'm so picky and can't stand it sometimes.  Yellow and green are just so blah to me.  I found this and snagged it immediately.

Black, stripes and stars?  Ahhhh, be still my heart.  All of my favorites.  Baby girl/boy finally has something hanging in her/his closet :)

I ordered the nursery furniture as well as the curtains and bed skirt this week.  Next Wednesday is my birthday and I took the day off work.  Yes, I always take my birthday off work.  It's a happy day and I rather not spend it sitting under florescent lights.  I plan on ordering my glider from BRU then.  I can't wait to get my paws on the nursery and start decorating.  But first things first, picking out the perfect shade of grey paint.  Which I'll add to the list for next Wednesday's day off.

I plan on posting each room of the house once we are finished decorating.  I'd like to make the nursery the first room to tackle since we obviously have a time crunch there.  But without paint, furniture and a few things that I have ordered that haven't come in yet, it needs to wait a little longer.   I don't want to jump in and decorate a room just to decorate it.  I want to make it exactly the way I want it and that could take a little while.  So, have patience with me :) 

25 Weeks

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Baby is a cauliflower this week :)  Comparing his or her size to food never gets old for me.  I love it!

This morning I had my glucose test.  I can honestly say I lost a little sleep worrying about having gestational diabetes.  But, thankfully, I passed my test and I don't have GD.  PHEW!  I feel so relieved.  Before heading into work this morning I celebrated by swinging through the drive thru at McDonald's.  Shhh. 

Everything else checked out great and measures right on track.  Our little peanut's heartbeat was thumping at 150 this morning.  15 more weeks to go!

These pics make me laugh a little.  Check out that booty!  My gosh.  Put it away Court.  This shirt was a dress at one point where I wore to a bachelorette party, skinny and hell with sky high heels.  Now it has changed into a shirt with leggings and flats.  How times have changed. 

How far along?  25 weeks
Maternity Clothes?  Of course! 
Stretch Marks?  Nada
Sleep:  This week seems to be much better.  Which doesn't really  make sense since this week has been crazy busy and we close on our new home tomorrow and move this weekend.  You'd think I would be tossing and turning.
Best Moment this Week:  Having the nurse give me a thumbs up after she tested my blood during my glucose test.  So relieved I passed!
Miss Anything?  Alcohol.  Still.  Mo gave C&I a housewarming gift today and it included a bottle of margarita mix.  She's such a tease!
Movement:  The next Karate Kid is in my belly, I'm sure of it.
Food Cravings:  Nothing specific, just food in general.  I feel like I eat non-stop and that it's kinda becoming a chore.
Anything making you queasy or sick?  Nope!
Gender:  15 more weeks until we will find out :)  I stay firm on my guess being a girl.
Labor Signs:  No
Belly Button in or out?  In-ish.  It looks so weird.  Not poking out but not all the way in either.
Wedding Rings on or off?  Off
Happy or Moody Most of the Time:  Happy!  How could I not be?  Closing on our beautiful house tomorrow, moving into it this weekend, all while carrying around our peanut in my belly.
Looking Forward to:  Duhh, closing and moving this weekend.  Seems like it's all I've talked about for months.  Aren't you going to be glad that's over with so I can shut up! ;)

8 Already?

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Happy 8th Birthday to my little furball.  I can't even believe Tiko is 8 today.  How does time pass us so quickly?  It seriously feels like yesterday that C&I drove to Wisconsin to pick up our new addition to our family. 

The pic isn't the greatest.  Technology has come a long way.  We all look so young.  It amazes me that Tiko was a little ball of fur once.  And my hair!  Oh my.  So glad I don't part my hair down the middle anymore or keep it short!  What was I thinking?  And C's hair is so dark and full! 

When C&I decided we wanted to add a dog (particularly a husky) to our little family, we initially thought we'd rescue an older dog.  The thought of puppy training was not something we were interested in.  Plus we just built our brand new townhouse and couldn't even stomach the thought of an "accident" on our brand new carpeting.  But after scouring the internet for days to find the perfect dog to adopt C came across Tiko's picture.  He called me over to look at his picture and I quickly snapped that we weren't getting a puppy so I refused to even look.  I gave in, took one look at Tiko's tiny little furry face and fell in love.  I knew at that very moment we found our dog.  Of course all the other puppies online were adorable, but there was just something about Tiko.  Love at first sight perhaps?

A few days later we drove from Minneapolis to Wisconsin to meet and pick up our new addition.  Since that day, our lives have never been the same.

Tiko has been there for some of the best and worst moments.  He was there to greet us when C&I came home from getting engaged.  I gave him a huge bear hug and told him he would have to change his last name with me :)  He was the one C&I were most excited to see after arriving home from our honeymoon.  He was there when I learned my Gram passed.  Tiko isn't much of a cuddler - mostly only on his terms.  But that night he let me cuddle him and bury my face in his fur and cry.  He was the only one around when I miscarried.  He came in the bathroom with me and laid at my feet while I sobbed.  He is always happy and wagging his tail like crazy to greet us at the door, no matter how bad our day.  Somehow coming home to his wagging self makes everything ok.  Most recently he was laying at C's feet when I informed him we would be expecting a baby in August.  Altho I am not certain if Tiko actually knows his life will be turned upside down in a few months.  What I am certain about is that he will do great with the huge change. 

"Dogs may not be your whole life, but they make your life whole."

This quote has stuck with me through the years. It sums up how C&I feel about Tiko. Over the last 8 years he has truly made our little family whole.   I can't imagine our life without him.  Happy Birthday to my first baby :)


Friday, May 4, 2012

I'm obsessed with turquoise lately.  I love it for clothing, home decor and my recent favorite - jewelry.  I purchased this lovely necklace from the oh so talented Erin at e.kate designs + the orchard art house.  It has quickly become my new favorite necklace to wear.  I've even received several compliments on it this morning.

I've never been a necklace person until lately.  I wear one just about everyday and if I don't, I feel naked without one.

Check out Erin's beautiful designs on her Etsy shop.

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8 Days

Thursday, May 3, 2012

That's right.  8 more days until we close on our new house!!  I can't even believe it.  It seems so surreal to me right now.  I feel like time has just whizzed right by us and here we are, almost ready to close and move in.  Feels like just yesterday that we signed on the dotted line to begin the building process. 

Every weekend C&I stop by the house to see the progress.  It's amazing how fast builders throw houses up nowadays.  I've enjoyed watching the process start to finish.  And, of course, it's always fun to see how all your selections on carpeting, back splash, granite, etc come together. 

Our front door.  Love that it's super tall with windows on each side!  Totally need to find a table still for that little nook by the door.

The kitchen thus far.  I'm kinda in love with it and am so happy with our selections.


Our wood floors.  Love the contrast of light and darker pieces of wood.

So unbelievably happy to have a living room with a fireplace and mantle!  We can finally hang stockings at Christmas!

I love our double doors into the master bedroom.  They make me feel like such an adult!

Our master bathroom still needs a mirror.  I can't wait to soak in that tub!

Ahhhh, finally a laundry room WITH A WINDOW!  I can't even express my excitement about this!  I will no longer feel like I'm doing laundry in a cave. 

The nursery.  I have big plans for this room :)

C&I are going to the house today to meet with the builder.  I love checking out the house but I hate when we have to leave.  I can't wait for the day that I can go to the house and not leave!

Sidenote:  I swear our carpeting is not a purple-ish color as it looks in these photos.  I wouldn't pick out something that hideous.  I have better taste than that people. 

24 Weeks

According to my weekly emails from thebump.com and babycenter.com baby is now the size of a grapefruit or an ear of corn.  Isn't there a big difference between a grapefruit and ear of corn?

How far along?  24 weeks
Maternity Clothes?  Yep!
Stretch Marks?  Nope, none yet!
Sleep:  It's been horrible this week.  I cannot get comfortable at all and my mind is racing non-stop.  I have been dragging all week due to only getting approximately 3.5 hours of sleep a night.  I'm pooped.
Best Moment this Week:  Meeting our neighbors new 1 week old baby yesterday.  Such a little peanut at 5 lbs, 7 oz!  It was so great to talk pregnancy & babies.
Miss Anything?  Alcohol.  We went to dinner last night at our favorite Mexican restaurant and it was killing me not to indulge in a margarita with everyone.
Movement:  It gets stronger and stronger everyday and I love it!
Food cravings:  Nothing in particular this week. 
Anything making you queasy or sick?  The thought of finishing packing up our t-house this weekend.
Gender:  ??  Girl?  Boy? 
Labor Signs:  Nope
Belly Button in or out?  In-ish
Wedding Rings on or off?  Off.  Sad face.
Happy or Moody Most of the Time:  Happy with a mixture of stressed and anxious (due to moving next weekend).
Looking Forward to:  Closing on our new home next week!  8 more days to go!

Nursery Design - Check!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

I've been spending hours and hours on the internet searching for nursery ideas.  I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted but after second guessing myself, I scratched it.  In my midst of hours of googling I came across this photo of black and white horizontal striped curtains.  It has now become my new inspiration and I'm running with it full steam ahead.  This finally feels more like "me".  Altho, I know the nursery isn't really about me ... it kinda is. 

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So here's to new inspiration and a head full of fun ideas!

Packing, Sleepless Nights & Shopping

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Time is really ticking now.  We close on our new house next Friday.  The movers will be ready to move us at 8:00 a.m. the following Saturday.  Ekkkk!  So much needs to be done before then.  So much.  I just wish I had the energy to do it all.  And it's not because I'm tired due to the pregnancy, I feel great.  I just feel overwhelmed.  So much packing still needs to get accomplished.  You really don't realize how much stuff you have until you have to put it all in boxes.  

On top of packing I've been using every spare moment I have to scour the internet for the perfect bedding for the nursery.  I thought I had everything picked but then, as usual, started second guessing myself and have now started with a blank canvas again.  I really thought designing the nursery gender neutral wouldn't be this hard.  Now I sort of wish we would have found out if we were having a boy or girl because it would make this part of the process 100% easier for me.

My mind is racing with either house stuff or baby stuff.  It's non-stop.  I wish I had an off button so I can clear my head for a while.  Because of it I cannot sleep at night.  The past week I have been tossing and turning.  When I can't get back to sleep I reach for my phone and start searching for nursery and house inspiration.  Last night I think I got a whooping 3.5 hours of sleep total.  Unacceptable.  To say I'm dragging today is an understatement. 

But at least I made some progress last night.  I made the following purchases for the house from Target. 

I've been eyeing this shower curtain for a while.  I just love it.  So fresh, clean and simple.  So, I finally ordered it.  It will be perfect for our guest bathroom.

Look how pretty it looks in a bathroom.  Perfect, no?

I also scooped up bar stools for our island in the kitchen.  We agreed we wanted to keep it simple so we snagged these in espresso.

And finally, my first purchase for the nursery.  This is quite possibly the most exciting purchase yet for me...  My owl lamp!  I've been wanting this for a few months.  I'm so owl obsessed right now and definitely want to incorporate an owl or two in the nursery.  I just need to switch out the black shade.  It is going to look great on my side table (which I have yet to find) next to my rocker.


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