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.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Week 8: Kitchen Renova[tion]

I am SO excited to share this week's update with you all, since it feels like a new dawn in our house! Finally, the plastic bubble around the kitchen is down, which means we can walk freely through the home, without detours through the playroom and garage! 

The highlight so far is paint on the walls and trim, which really has more to do with the living room than the kitchen! Although the kitchen has also been painted, it's white, which is EXACTLY what we wanted to offset the future tile backsplash that will be installed. It's just not that exciting to see the white walls by themselves. However, the den on the other hand, is a rich blue with white trim, that is such an improvement over the cream walls, cream trim, and cream ceiling that were there before. And as of today, the hallway to the bedrooms has also been painted a neutral grey with white trim. The house has always had an underlying dirty feeling, mainly because of the creamy paint color. Things are starting to feel fresh again! 

Also today, Brandon started installing the cabinets, and they are gorgeous! He has all of the base cabinets in, although not all are in place yet. There is a lot of leveling and tweaking that needs to be done, but it is so awesome to see the room starting to take shape!

The paint colors are all Sherwin Williams... 

HGTV Tree Swallow (living room)
Mindful Gray (hallway)
Snowbound (kitchen)

We also inherited my great Aunt Stella's piano over the weekend, as she moves into a new home soon, and won't be able to take it with her. We are so excited, although currently none of us know how to play piano. Someone's gonna have to learn!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Week 33: Baby Construc[tion]

How far along? 33 weeks

How big is baby? According to my "what to expect" app, he's about the size of a honeydew melon... so about 4 1/2 lbs! 

Cravings? hmm... not much of anything, except anything with caffeine in it, which I totally shouldn't be having... coke, tea, coffee. 

Sleep? Still uncomfortable and waking a lot in the night. The caffeine probably doesn't help!

Updates? At my last appointment, I had a non-stress test (NST), where they measure the baby's heart rate in relation to his movements, as well as whether or not I'm having any contractions. The doctor said we got an A+ on the test, and that my weight, blood pressure, etc are all looking good! 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Week 7: Kitchen Renova[tion]

We are still slow-going, but hopefully once the cabinets start going in, things will kick into high gear (which could potentially be this next week)!  One thing that was done early in the week was the sub-floor was put in, to level out the floor for the new cork that will be installed soon. The flooring has been delivered, which is also exciting! However, no floor until after cabinets are installed.

 As of this point, we have decided on the stain color for our cabinets after meeting with Dave the stain guy, once again this past Friday. Only this time Brian and I both went... 

And we made a few other decisions as well, including paint color for the kitchen and foyer (with help/encouragement from Dave above), as well as a color for the living room, which they should be quoting us a price on soon. We chose a drawer/door pulls for the cabinets as well!

Our carpenter Andy has also been hard at work on finishing out the trim. 

 And Brian has ordered door hardware for our front door, and we hope to purchase a new light fixture for the foyer soon! My apologies for the crappy cell phone pics. No time to set up the good camera equipment this week!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Week 32: Baby Construc[tion]

To make things really confusing, there’s something else that's been ‘under construction’, and that’s this little boy that’s joining our family in November! So here’s my new goal… to update everyone on my pregnancy week-to-week, especially since we are down to single digits! Less than 8 weeks to go!

How far along? 32 weeks

How big is baby? As of last Thursday, he was weighing in at approximately 3 lbs 13 oz.

Cravings? MILKSHAKES!!! And guacamole. 

Sleep? Uncomfortable, with lots of waking to pee and occasional painful leg cramps.

Updates? At our last appointment, we had an ultrasound, and little man had his hands in his mouth, so we weren't able to get a good look at his face or his profile. We did manage to get yet another angle of his feet, which it seems is always the highlight of the show! 

My apologies for the poor quality photos, cell phone and bad lighting = bad. But hey, at least there are selfies, right? Anything is better than nothing!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Week 6: Kitchen Renova[tion]

The beginning of the week was a continuation of mudding, taping, and sanding. Things are definitely starting to take shape! A base coat of paint went on today. Here are our most recent photos...

With things drying inside, the contractor was able to move to the outside on Friday, patching the hole that was left by the exterior door with cedar shakes to match the existing siding. Not only did they patch the wall, but also replaced several siding pieces along the wall of the garage doors where squirrels had eaten them away. It was quite a pleasant surprise to see they had gone above and beyond to replace pieces that were damaged on other parts of the house! Seeing the bare cedar caused us to wish none of it was painted! The wood is so beautiful, and smells divine.

infilled door, closing in our new pantry
replacement pieces where squirrels had damaged the siding previously,
beyond you can see our entry courtyard makes for a great staging space

Saturday we met with Brandon (of Progressive Cabinets) to go through the drawings one last time before he begins cutting them! So happy that he shares the same attention to detail that we have, and has really made our project his own. Can't wait to see what the final outcome looks like!

A few other happenings this week, that I didn't document with photography, but are still worthy of mentioning:
  1. The plumber replaced more of the piping towards the rear of the house, and got our only bathtub working again! Which means we don't have to keep going to my sister's house to bathe our daughter! The room is however still a wreck, since the linen closet had to be emptied to access the pipes. That also means there is a giant hole in the linen closet, still waiting for drywall replacement. Until then, the entire contents of the closet are piled around the bathroom (which I truly should take a picture of, since it's hard to believe that ALL of that junk fits in that closet!). 
  2. The sink in our temporary kitchen (aka the laundry room) has had a terrible leak since we are using it more these days, and my dear husband replaced the faucet! I seriously thought that the drip, drip, drip was going to drive me insane. So his efforts are much appreciated!! 
The faucet for the kitchen sink arrived this week, and the sink arrived today! And lastly, the flooring has been ordered! The floor is Capri Floats: Eco-Clicks in Plains Dark Grey in 15x24 planks...

Now we need to shift our focus to cabinet hardware and paint colors!