Monday, April 14, 2014

Highlight of my day

Why yes, that is a UNC shirt #raisinghimright

Monday, January 28, 2013

41 Weeks

How far along?  41 weeks, 1 day.  I really never imagined making it this far, much the opposite. I was convinced that if we didn't have everything ready for this baby by week 36, we were doomed.  So that would be 5 weeks of thinking I was going into labor any day, not good for my patience.  But tomorrow I'm scheduled for an induction so this baby is coming very soon, like it or not.

Total weight gain?  +33 pounds

Maternity clothes?   Still anything comfortable

Stretch marks?  No

Symptoms?  Like I said this waiting game has not been good for my patience, but I find myself impatient not only about being pregnant, but about EVERYTHING and with EVERYONE. And I'm super emotional, too.  So I just want to take this opportunity to apologize to anyone who may have been harmed as a result of my condition.

Sleep:  I've had a couple mornings this past week where I woke up at 4 and despite all of my efforts I could not fall back to sleep.  I'd eventually just get out of bed because lying there in discomfort for an hour wasn't working for me.

Best moment this week:  One last child-free weekend with the hubs. 

Miss anything?  Just about everything I've listed in the past.

Movement:  Yep, and it is more uncomfortable than ever.  There is no more room at the inn.

Gender:  TBD.

Labor Signs:  Just Braxton-Hicks contractions.

Belly button in or out? Out.

Exercise:  I retired from shuffling last week so it's just been walking when the temperature actually goes above freezing (which unfortunately was not much the past week).

Looking forward to:  Obviously meeting this little one very soon, but also seeing my family.  My parents and two of my sisters are coming up tomorrow and I cannot wait to see them!  Tomorrow is a BIG day.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Nurspiration Revisted

I shared my original inspiration for the baby's room a little while back here, but that was put together month's ago, and of course reality hit and the plan has well, evolved since then.

Behold nurspiration, revisted:

Crab Themed Nursery and Guest Room

And why:

Reality #1:  We live in a 2-bedroom rowhouse.  The baby is going to get a lesson in sharing early, starting with its room.  

Hey, both the hubs and I shared rooms growing up, our kid can learn to do it, too.

The second bedroom has been serving as a guest room up until now, and it didn't seem right to just scrap the extra bed and sleeping space just so a little thing who won't know the difference anyway could have its own room.  So the nursery idea soon became guest room slash nursery.  We figure when we do have overnight guests, the baby can just rough it in the pack and play in our room with us.

Reality #2:  Too much of a theme was too much for me.

So I could have gone crab-crazy on this room, with every little crab knickknack I could find in a 50-mile radius (and in Maryland, that would be a lot), I just didn't really want to go there.  Less is more.  So the inspiration board became more of a color scheme for the room than anything. The crib bedding was set, and I went from there.  Plus there were so many other fabulous little nursery features I had seen out there that I wanted to incorporate.

Reality #3:  I wanted make sure I was bringing some North Carolina up in there.

This Tar Heel couldn't go completely straight Maryland after all.  And while it didn't make it to the board above, I definitely have some NC touches in the room that I hope that this child can learn to appreciate as much (or more, that's fine too) as his or her mother does.

So I might not have stuck to the original plan, but now as I am continuing to learn, being a week past my due date after all, that everything isn't going to go to plan and you can't plan everything out.  

But it all will work out the way its supposed to.

Can't wait to share how it's all worked out for us.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

40 Weeks

Yep, still pregnant.

How far along?  40 weeks, 2 days.

Total weight gain?  +35 pounds

Maternity clothes?  At this point, anything comfortable.

Stretch marks?  No

Symptoms?  More of the same that I've been having.  Plus the with each day that passes, the feeling that I'm letting everyone down by not having this baby yet.  Sorry guys I'm trying here.

Sleep:  Some nights better than others.  Thank goodness I'm working from home for here on out so I can take an afternoon nap.  Naps are my bff.

Best moment this week:  Again it had to be the Ravens win, this time making it to the Super Bowl.  I do have to give a shout out to this baby for not deciding to make an appearance Sunday night and letting us watch the game. Even though we just stayed at home to watch it, it still was awesome opening up our front door after the game was over and cheering with our neighbors and hearing people celebrating in the streets.  If nothing else, I can take comfort knowing this baby will be here in time for the next Ravens game.

Miss anything?  I'm not going to lie, I'm kind of psyched knowing it's not much longer before I can have a beer again.

Movement:  Yep.

Gender:  TBD.

Labor Signs:  Nope.

Belly button in or out? Out.

Exercise:  One last shuffle/walk this past week and then walking every day since then (except for today since it felt colder than a meat locker outside).  From what I've heard, that's really about the only thing I can do to move this thing along.

Looking forward to:  Not waking up every day wondering if today will be the day.  Like everyone else, we can't wait to meet this would just be nice to know when that will actually be.  The good news is, according to the doctor it will be next week at the latest.  No matter what, it's not much longer now.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

DIY Fridge Liners

I don't know what it is about Bravo shows, but the geniuses behind them must have some formula they use to make shows so easy for me to watch over and over.  Well, I use the term "watch" loosely of course. It's more like have them on in the background while I'm doing other stuff, but still they are getting my viewing time.  That was the case the other day with one of my fav's:  Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis.  I love this show on so many levels.  There's Jeff's dry, albeit slightly evil, sense of humor, our shared desire to purge all unnecessary stuff out of a house, and just the general inspiration that comes from watching him transform each home he takes on.  Not to mention of course, Zoila, Jeff's irrepressible and at times downright sassy housekeeper.

Which brings me back to the subject of this post. The other day, I found myself watching an Interior Therapy episode that I had admittedly seen (at least) once before and Zoila took it upon herself to clean the refrigerator of that week's client.  As she started in on it, she lamented at length at what bad shape the bachelor's appliance was in.  I believe the word she used to describe it, as only she could in her thick Nicaraguan accent, was "disgusting".

I have to admit, at that moment I couldn't help but wonder, "What would Zoila think of our refrigerator?"

Well as any 9+ month pregnant lady would do (right?) I continued to obsess over this question for a day or two and upon inspection of our fridge, the answer was a resounding no.  It didn't take long before my main priority in pre-baby prep was having a refrigerator even Zoila would be proud of.

I didn't take a before picture, but this should give you an idea of the state it was in:

I cannot explain thisgraphic yet I am fascinated by it

Side note:  Do a Google Image search of "Hot Mess" and see how many pictures of Lindsay Lohan show up.

Anywho, this obsession of mine whipped me into a full-on refrigerator clean-out frenzy. I was tossing old salad dressing and wilted vegetables, taking out shelves and scrubbing them down in the sink, and wiping down every exposed surface of that thing.  It was glorious, but I felt the need to take it even further and prevent this kind of mess from ever happening again.

That's when I remembered something I had seen online a while back, a little something called Fridge Coasters.
{A Bowl Full of Lemons}

Fridge Coasters are liners for your refrigerator that not only make it easier to clean but also come in the cutest colors and patterns, to make your fridge look (who knew?) super chic.

I loved the idea and look of them but not so much the price (25 bones to line the entire fridge) and waiting time of ordering them online.  Time is of the essence for me these days. I wanted, or in my twisted mind needed, something similar, stat.

Luckily Target makes vinyl place mats in some super-cute patterns which I could tell would work great a a liner for the fridge.  And at $1.99 a pop, at a store near me, I couldn't beat the price or timeliness.

DIY Fridge Coasters


Vinyl place mats (I used four)
Double sided tape (if needed)

I started with 4 place mats in this pattern:

Pretty cute, amiright?

And because of the straight lines in the pattern, I didn't even need a ruler to cut them down to size.  I just cut them to the size of the glass shelves in the fridge, and I was able to tuck them right into the plastic lining around the glass to hold them in place.

Our doors have these (extremely annoying) open shelves that, in the past, have allowed anything smaller than a tub of mayonnaise to slip right through, so I also placed liners on the door shelves and held them in place with a couple pieces of tape.  Now condiments don't slip through like they used to. Hallelujah.

A couple of plastics bins added to the mix to keep things tidy and this was my finished product:

The hubs came home last night, took a look at the refrigerator and I think he was a mix of impressed slash concerned (as in how wacko is this woman anyway).

But the real question is, do you think Zoila would approve?

Getting my link on: