The Nursery Post

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I decided to bring back the “bare belly” picture for my 29-week post, because yesterday was the first day I really started feeling some serious growing pains in my abdomen. These pains, apparently known as “round ligament pain” can be as minor as a muscle ache, or as severe as an appendicitis episode… and I had something in between the two, right before our super bowl party!! Thankfully, my sweet husband called the birthing center to make sure we didn’t need to go to the hospital or anything (after all, stomach pains during pregnancy = scary times) and I was given some helpful instructions to ease the pain and calm my anxieties. Anyways – the belly pic is starting to get bigger and more “popped out” over my pants, so I wanted to share the incredible growth with y’all!

The other great thing that happened this week had to do with putting the finishing touches on nugget’s nursery! My mom came up from Charlotte for the weekend, and we made a trip to Buy Buy Baby so that she could complete the bedding set. Although Nick and I still have approximately 10ish weeks until Nug arrives, we wanted to finish the nursery well ahead of time so that we can enjoy spending time in there and getting “used to it” as the newest room in our home.

With all of the showers we have coming up, we are looking forward to adding items as they are given to us, but most of all, we are so excited for the warm, joyous memories that will be made in our baby’s room, whether it is changing diapers, reading books, or rocking nugget to sleep at night. We wanted the grey and yellow to be a neutral, but bright, place for our sweet little one to live, and of course, the Eno River poster (one of our favorite places to explore) was the inspiration for the entire space. 🙂

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19 Weeks and Counting!

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What a fabulous week! Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays, and this year was just as good as any! Nick and I traveled to Atlanta to be with my Oma and Opa, my Aunt Molly and her family, my brothers, and my mom and her husband. My uncle, Mike, has a fantastic family who hosts Thanksgiving every year (his mother Ceci really does host upwards of 20 people most years) and it is truly one of the only holidays where more than a few of my family members get together in one place. On top of all that – the Panthers beat the Cowboys and are now 11-0 for the season, woo hoo!!!

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We got to spend time with my little cousins this past week, and as if I wasn’t already excited for our little nugget to arrive… watching them laugh and play be curious was such a treat. I have so much to look forward to!! Nick and I talk all the time about how we want to raise our family, what kind of parents we will be, how we want to treat our kids and how we want our kids to treat other people. My cousins are so polite and caring, they are smart as tacks, (beating us genuinely in games like Junior Monopoly, matching memory cards, and tic tac toe) and they love being read to. But they grow up so fast!!! I feel like it was yesterday when I went to the hospital as my aunt was having Max (now 7) and I have already started cherishing every single moment I have with nugget. Who, by the way, has started moving like crazy and it is surreal!! It feels like a worm is squirming inside my stomach, ahh!! I had a root beer float last night for dessert and the sugar must have made him/her go crazy because nugget did summer salts in my belly for an hour!

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Nick and I put the crib, rocker, and changing table together this weekend, and it felt like freaking Christmas morning in our house!! We have an ultrasound of nugget on Friday, and the anticipation is something serious. I want to see his/her little arms and legs and body and head and face and nose and everything there is to see while we are in there! Fingers crossed, everything will go well. I think often of how lucky and fortunate I am to have had a healthy pregnancy up to this point, and don’t pretend for one minute that I don’t understand things could go differently at any given point. I don’t need Thanksgiving to come around in order for me to express my gratitude. I am grateful for every day that I have with nug, and for my health, and for my support network.

Next week will be the half-way mark in my pregnancy. I have been working on a draft for one of these entries over the past few weeks, and I’ve decided that next week is the week I want to share it with you all! As a little teaser, I will share the title here: “Why Eating for Two has Changed My Life“. Until then, have a great week! 🙂

 

Life Without a Sink at 17 Weeks…

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Hello dearest readers! I hope you all are well, and enjoying your November weather so far… I know I am (except my skin is not… it’s very, very dry… I think nugget is sucking up all of my moisture)! This week, Nick and I bring you news from the Cainade House… or “carnage” house I should say. Yes, we decided to demolish our kitchen, dining room, and mudroom in the middle of our pregnancy, all in the name of needing a dishwasher.

We are so freaking excited for the finished product!!! BUT – the hard part is being patient. Getting a new kitchen is like… a 10 part process. We needed new cabinets, new counter tops, new appliances, new floors, a new sink, new lights, etc… and it will take about 3 to 4 weeks until everything is complete. Let me tell you what… having no stove and no sink will really teach you just how “thrifty” you have to be in the house in order to feed yourself (including doing dishes in the bathtub. It has been an adventure thus far, and I have the pictures to prove it!

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Being patient when it comes to my kitchen is a pretty good lesson in being patient when in comes to waiting for nugget. It is crazy to think that I am almost halfway through this pregnancy, and with each new day, I want it to be April 25th more and more. I took my first prenatal yoga class this week, and it was magical. I am hoping that will really help with the learning to “wait” part (and the relaxation part). One thing that has helped this week in my “I need it NOW” phase, is that we finished nugget’s nursery. We added crown molding to the ceiling, put in new blinds, new curtains, and a new rug. The crib and changing station still need to be assembled, but we will do that soon enough!

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One thing that has been on my mind the past few days has kept me humble, grateful, and beyond blessed for the life that I live. In the midst of our home/nursery renovations, as we prepare a safe, warm place for our baby to sleep, some terrible things have happened in our world. Attacks on humanity in more places than just Paris leave me wondering things like, “how will I explain to my child why such evil exists in our world?” and “how will I protect my baby from these things?”

I don’t have the answer to those questions yet. I don’t know if I ever will. It’s just something I think about, especially in times like these. I can’t help but thank my lucky stars that I am here today, with a husband whom I love more than life itself, friends who support me day in and day out, and a family that I can lean on whenever I need. A lot of people around the world lost that this past weekend, and I do not take that thought lightly. ❤