Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Week 37: Baby Construc[tion]

How far along? 37 weeks + 1 day
How big is baby? We had a follow-up growth ultrasound this morning, and baby is measuring 6lbs 3oz, and should gain about a 1/2 pound a week until birth. He's in the 35th percentile on weight, a lot smaller than his sister was! 

Cravings? Chicken stew, maybe. Again, thanks to the cooler, rainier weather lately. 

Sleep? Is overrated.

Updates? Not much to report other than our appointment this morning seemed to go well at Maternal Fetal Medicine, and we have our weekly appointment at my doctor tomorrow morning, so another NST, and most likely scheduling the induction date! 

I did have a family member tell me "oh my gosh, you are getting so fat!" That makes a girl feel good, let me tell ya.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Week 11: Kitchen Renova[tion]

About all to report from Week 11 is the pantry, which is taking shape...

Brandon has been working hard to get everything in it's place, while still finishing up some pieces of cabinetry and shelving in the shop. 

Not much else going on.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Week 36: Baby Construc[tion]

How far along? 36 weeks

How big is baby? Apparently the size of a Honeydew Melon, here's a graphic from The Bump to show the comparison...  

Cravings? Not many cravings, other than pasta, but I think that's because we are lacking a cooktop at the moment, and we haven't been able to make pasta recently. I'm also digging any kind of soup, chowder, or stew thanks to the cooler weather lately. 

Sleep? Still not good at all. I'm even more exhausted this week.

Updates? People are starting to comment... "any day now". Yes, we are less than 3 weeks, and it's starting to get really real. I just want to make it through Matilda's birthday, since she seems so excited for it this year. Three seems to be the year that they actually take note that their birthday "is coming up". She says so every day. 

Matilda had her Sibling Class at the hospital as well, and learned how to change a diaper, feed a bottle, swaddle, and hold her new baby brother. She was also taken on a tour of the hospital, so she could see where baby would be born!

We also had a great time this past weekend with Nonna & Papa, as they came up from Georgia to go to the EuroFest Car Show in Greenville. Too bad Matilda isn't looking, but at least shows you the condition I'm in!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Nursery (#2) Reveal

Since I mentioned the nursery in the previous post, I thought it would be a good time to share some photos of the mostly completed room. I'm sure things will fill in (like last time) after the birth! For now, here is our 'space-themed' nursery for Baby Boy...

The above view is what you see upon entering the room, At first we weren't planning a theme per se, considering Brian thinks that I take a theme and run with it (he'd be right). So we decided to go subtle and choose greens and blues to go with a grey backdrop. It was him that decided to add the touches of the 'universe'... to which our theme was born.

The paint is Sherwin Williams Silverplate, which we used in the living room and dining room of our previous house. We already had the green rug, the navy curtains (which needed to be hemmed to fit these windows), as well as ALL the furniture! Matilda gave up her crib for a 'big girl bed', and we moved the glider and changing table from her room as well. The dresser and quilt rack were leftover from when the room was a guest room.

It all started with the poster above the crib, which is a star map named The Heavens. I believe it was a gift from Brian's mom to him, so that he could 'sleep under the heavens'. From there, we added other new touches that included the planet mobile and constellation lamp shade, both from Pottery Barn Kids; the sun and moon artwork from an artist on Etsy called Eve Sand; the navy pouf... can't remember where I got that!

Fun fact: the quilts on the quilt rack were all made for Brian when he was a baby! The small artwork above is also from Etsy, by an artist named StopGrowingUp. Here's a close-up of that from her site... 

And truth be told, I've had this little green fan for a while, and thought it would be cute to use, which is what started me on my green and navy kick! We also already had the table runner, which surprisingly works well with the circular artwork above it.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Week 10: Kitchen Renova[tion]

Cabinet installation is moving right along, and it's starting to look more and more like a kitchen! Our thought was always that once the cabinets were in, that things would kick into high gear, but as it turns out, the countertops are now what will be holding us up. They can't be installed until next Thursday, which is preventing further progress on floors, backsplash, doors, etc... 

One highlight of the week, the electrician came by and installed the can lights, pendant over the sink, and wall sconces in the dining area (which I don't have a photo of). Let there be light... 

Feeling a little worried at this point, considering we were supposed to have been done 2 weeks ago, we thought we were allowing plenty of time for the arrival of the little man. Of course, now it's a race against time, to see which happens first... baby's arrival or kitchen completed? I'm betting that baby comes first. Considering there seems to be a long way to go! 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Week 35: Baby Construc[tion]

How far along? 35 weeks

How big is baby? According to my "what to expect" app, he's about the size of a canary melon? Or about 5-1/2 pounds.  

Cravings? Today it was the tuna avocado melt at Converse Deli, although I'm also craving hearty stews at the moment. 

Sleep? Not good at all. I'm exhausted.

Updates? Today is the first time I've been uncomfortable all day. Starting to feel some swelling in my legs and feet, as well as heartburn and just achy for the most part. Not to complain though because I'm certainly not ready for the baby to come, especially with our construction progress!

Also, our firm had a baby shower for us this past Friday, and we were so overwhelmed by their generosity! There was delicious food and a fun celebration! Because it was a Baby-Q, they went with the "space cowboy" theme to play off the space decor in the nursery.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Week 9: Kitchen Renova[tion]

The most exciting happening this week was the process of measuring for the countertops. This small laser attached to an arm, anchored by a tripod, would measure every edge of the cabinetry and walls, and put those measurements into a CAD program. Very cool. 

The biggest disappointment: once the cabinets are done, we have to wait for the countertops to be installed before anything else can happen, and the installation date is pushing pretty close to baby-time. :( 

Do not want to bring a newborn home to a construction site.