Friday, December 19, 2014

High Five for Friday: December 19, 2014

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Another happy Friday!  Not much to report this week, but I'll see what I can muster today. :)

one // I think we've rounded a corner and said adios to the nasty nausea.  I am very, very thankful.  Of course, just last weekend I discovered the Preggie Pops and my life changed, but I guess we'll call that a decent waste of money.  I'm sure I'll need to use them again at some point.  ;)

two // I am hosting my mom's family Christmas on Saturday.  On the menu?  Appetizers.  Yes, finger foods all day, folks.  I'm pretty excited.  And, it's much more casual than Thanksgiving, so I'm looking forward to that as well!

three // I had my office Christmas party this week!  And the District wide Christmas breakfast.  Both were delicious.  I remember now why I love the holidays so much : the best food.  It's also convenient that I should be packing on some pounds this tri.  Can't blame it all on the food, can I?

four //  I feel like it's worth noting we left the cats unattended with our Christmas Tree for two whole days and every thing (and everyone) survived!  My little kittens are definitely growing up!

five // No more Fridays until Christmas.  It's the final countdown people!  I just realized last night I need one more gift, so I'll have to hop on that.  I might just get it online - the stores scare me.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Nursery Planning

I could be normal and just wait the 2 or so months until we find out what we're having, but my brain doesn't work that way.  Naturally, I've been looking at color schemes and picking out themes since... oh... that second pink line popped up.  I thought I would share today some of the rumblings in my head!

Let's start with my BOY ideas:
Josh is a big outdoorsman, so if we have a little man cooking, I definitely want to play on that.  I think he would really love it and - honestly - it's darn cute.  I have settled on a gray/navy/olive color scheme if it's a boy.  I really love how fun those colors are together.

I know I want to DIY some art (duhhhh).  I really really love those little fish prints.  I think those would be fun to recreate.  I also love the dog gallery wall at the top there, so I might mix in some other animals as well.  I'm not fully decided on that just yet!

Regardless of the gender, I absolutely want an alphabet wall in the nursery.  I just think those are darling.  My thought is to do vinyl since it's renter friendly.  If it's a boy, I think I will design the letters to have little fish in/on/around them so that it ties to my theme!  I am also thinking I will use the nursery colors to make the letters.

Ok, so how about if it's a GIRL:

I'm less decided on colors if we are having a girl.  I like the bright pops of coral and teal, but I think I am leaning more toward the pale blue and purple.  I don't know why, but those colors look really great to me.  And I like how they are more calm than the hot pink/coral and teal.

The theme if it's a girl is most likely going to be sheep (I guess I like animals, huh?).  I found these sheep nursery ideas a long, long time ago (like YEARS ago) and have hung on to them since.  I just think the fluffy little sheep are so cute!  I probably won't play up the sheep as much as I would the fish if it were a boy - I'll definitely incorporate them in the room, but for a girl, I'd more like to play with a color pallet than a true theme.  I have no real reason for that, but it's just the way I'm leaning!

So, there you have it!  Some ideas I've been playing around with!  I cannot wait to find out what we're having.  I'll probably have the nursery done the next day.  ;)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Wedding Album

As promised last week, I have my full finished wedding album to share with you!  Finally!  I've only been talking about sharing this for the year and a half I've been married.  Even though this wasn't my original plan for this album, I'm really, really, happy with how it turned out!  And I'm so in love with how easy it was!
I used the Midnight Edition of the Project Life Core Kit to complete this album.  I opted to leave out the yellow cards for the most part - just using the black, white, and gray that tied to my wedding theme.  

I will mention, I have well over half of my core kit left to use later on other projects.  And about 40 of the 60 page projectors left from the variety pack I bought.  So it was well worth the investment!  I'll be putting these items to good use on the baby's book.  :)

Ok, let's get started!

(Don't mind the blacked out names!)

(More journaling to come on the bottom right page!)

There you have it!  Sorry for the photo overload.  I just love how quick and easy it was to finish!  I'm totally sold on Project Life now!  I think I'm going to go back and add engagement photos, wedding showers, bach parties, and the honeymoon to this book too since there's so much room left.  I think having everything in one place would be great!

Anyone else into Project Life?  This was the perfect time for me to find it!  I started baby's book this weekend and I'm already in love with it.  I can't wait to fill it out!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Bump Date: 15 Weeks!

.:.:.: About the Babe :.:.:.
How far along: 15 weeks
Baby is the size of: an avocado!  3.53 oz and 4.57 in
Gender: Still thinking girl.  :)
Movement: Not as much.  I think babe wedge them self in be behind some stuff because the flutters aren't as prominent as they have been.
Names: We have them! :)

.:.:.: About Mom :.:.:.
Weight gain: +4 pounds. (I only weigh myself when the doctor makes me, so we will see at the end of the month how that has changed!)
Maternity clothes: Pants, yes! And some tops now.
Stretch marks: No
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding rings on or off: On!
Sleep: Nightly trips to the bathroom are routine.  At least one (on a good night).  Sleep comes and goes.  Some nights are better than others.
Best moment this week: I started baby's scrapbook!  I got it all designed and the journal cards ready to go!  I can start a lot of it, so that's next on my list.  :) 
Buying: I don' think I bought anything this week.  Hmmmm.  
Miss anything: Not having nauseous.  
Cravings: Nothing really this week. Mostly anything that my stomach likes I'll eat.
Queasy or sick: Just food related nauseous.  Still.  Forever.  It wasn't too bad this weekend.  Fingers crossed we are turning corner, finally. 
Looking forward to: Same as last week, baby kicks (probably a few weeks out yet), finding out the gender, putting the nursery together... Ummm, everything, basically!

Friday, December 12, 2014

High Five for Friday: December 12, 2014

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Another happy Friday!  I so look forward to these days.  It means the next day is Saturday and that means SLEEP.  Hallelujah.

one // Christmas baking this weekenddddd.  I'm so excited!  Which is weird.  Because lately the thought of doing anything that's not laying on the couch has been very unappealing.  Especially involving food.  Am I turning a corner?  Could this be my second tri burst of energy?!  I'm not going to get my hopes up.
two // Finally got a good, solid heartbeat on my phone.  Usually they're hard to hear or going in and out, but babe spent a few days in a really good spot and I caught him/her!  Now though, they've moved back to hiding and even the flutters are hidden from me.  I'm excited for when baby gets too big to hide.  Come out and play little one.  ;)

three // The really, really big news this week was when Josh had his ornament featured on the Dan Patrick Show.  This picture is not-so-great, but he made some custom ornaments for the show's Christmas tree and Dan featured it.  :)  It's pretty much going to be the only claim to fame we'll ever have, so we're pretty stoked about it.

four //  I've been thinking about the nursery.  I think I have it fully planned out.  (More coming next week!)  Now, if babe would just share his/her gender, we'd be golden.  Sighhhh.  Some day soon.  Some day soon.

five // Just one... ONE... one Friday until Christmas.  It's hard to say that.  Am I ready?  It seems so soon! AH!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

First Tri Must Haves

I can't believe my pregnancy is 1/3 of the way over already.  It feels so surreal!  It simultaneously feels like nothing has changed and everything has changed.  I think it will start to feel more real this tri when I pack on a belly and we find out the gender.  :)  I can't wait!

I thought I would celebrate by sharing my favorite things from the first tri.  Posts like this are my favorite from other pregnancy blogs, so I thought I'd do my own!  

Here's some things I couldn't live without for the first trimester of pregnancy:
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I'll start with the obvious: comfy clothes and prenatals.  I think the prenatals are a gimme, but I threw them on here anyway.  I basically lived in yoga pants any second I wasn't at work.  Same with my slippers.  When you feel like crap, you at least want to be comfortable!

Floaty sweaters were my bff at work for a while.  I feel like I started showing really early.  Af first it was bloat, but by week 10 it was a legit bump in the making.  I hid it for as long as a could and these guys were a big help!  

A good water bottle is also a must.  I can't even believe how thirsty I am.  ALL. THE. TIME.  It's insane.  I wake up at night because I'm so thirsty.  So this little guy and I have also been bffs.  

A good chapstick is also high up on the list.  Along with insatiable thirst comes dry lips.  This is another product that graces my nightstand, purse, desk, you name it.  

I threw Friends on here because, much to my husband's chagrin, I spent a lot of time on the couch.  For the first 8-9 weeks, I did not feel like moving a muscle when I got home.  Between nausea and exhaustion, anything other than laying down was not happening.  So I'd throw in Friends reruns and camp out until bed.  Which comes about 9 these days.  Old lady alert.

Finally, I included a Sonaline B Fetal Doppler.  I honestly do not know what I would do without this thing.  I started using it just before 10 weeks and now I use it every few days to listen to baby.  It brings me so much peace and comfort just to heart babe's tiny heart dancing away for a couple seconds, especially after the first pregnancy went not so great.  I highly, highly recommend one to everyone - especially if you have a lot of anxiety like me.  It makes a world of difference!

A couple other things worth mentioning are crackers and comfy bras (sans that underwire).  Just buy crackers in bulk.  You'll thank me.  And I was wearing new bras by week 6 or 8.  It's insane.  But go with the comfiest, most grandma like bras you can find.  Again, I promise.  You'll thank me.

Anything I missed that other moms recommend?  I know I don't have a body pillow.  I haven't found one that has done anything other than annoy me.  I'd love to though, if it means I can get some decent sleep.  :)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Project Life

This is probably no surprise to anyone here, but I used to be into scrapbooking.  (Basically, if it's crafty I've probably tried it at least once.)  I probably have 6 or so full scrapbooks of me growing up, me in high school, my senior year... every moment of every day of my life.  (Not really.  But kind of.)  
The hobby sort of tapered off after high school.   I ran out of exciting things to scrapbook.  And then I got married.  And I was all, "I'm going to do a digital book!"  And I made said digital book, but never had it printed.  ($200?  That's hard to pull the trigger on for something that's going to sit around and collect dust.)

Then I got pregnant.  And I started thinking about scrapbooking baby.  And the idea of getting backing into it exhausted me (actually, most things do these days).  But I knew I wanted do something more traditional than digital scrapbooking.

... and you're like, "Good grief. You think too much."  You're right.

But then I discovered Project Life.  And it all came together!

Project Life is basically speed scrapbooking.  That's what I'm calling it.  You buy the book, the pages, and a "core kit" - decorative cards and journaling cards in different sizes that you pair with your photos!  

While researching some Project Life ideas for baby books, I actually stumbled upon this wedding idea and decided I'd finally do a wedding album - non-digital style - to test out the products and make sure it was what I wanted for the babe.  (Good thing I never ordered mine, right?)
So after 40% off a Joann's, I picked up everything I needed for less than $50.  (Beats $200, no?)

I went with the core kit used in the inspiration photo above: Midnight Edition.  I also grabbed the matching album and went to town.

I'll share the full finished album next week, but I just have to say I loved it.  It took less than 4 hours to completely finish my wedding album!  I found a baby core kit on the Project Life website on clearance, so I've already ordered that to get started on baby's book!

There are a couple things I would change for the next book(s) I do though.  A better corner rounder is a must.  The Becky Higgins one is OK, but I didn't work as smoothly as I would have liked for as much as it was used.  Also, a 3x4 punch is a necessity.  Cutting all those photos down was kind of a bear. And with this, you could make your own decorative and journal cards too!

The thing I was most iffy about on these books is the size - both the physical size and amount of pages the hold.  They're rather large.  My wedding book is pictured below, finished at 20 pages (aka 40, using both sides).  It doesn't even remotely fill the album.  But I think this is also going to be awesome for the baby's book.  Because I can fit a lot more in just one album!
And, as an added bonus, they are a perfect fit into my entertainment center.  So it's totally meant to be? Right?