Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Maternity Leave

Eeeeek.  How are we here already?! 

We're about 5 weeks from my due date and I am officially 
stepping away from the blog to spend some time with my husband, 
do some cleaning, stock pile the sleeping, 
and get ready to snuggle a sweet baby boy.

I will be back this summer sometime! As a mom!  AHHHH!
In the mean time, if you miss me, you can check out my social media. :)


Monday, April 27, 2015

Bump Date: 34 weeks!

.:.:.: About the Babe :.:.:.
How far along: 34 weeks
Baby is the size of: a cabbage!  5.25ish lbs and 18 in.
Gender: BOY!
Movement: Definite movement very often now - love it!
Name: We have it! :)


.:.:.: About Mom :.:.:.
Weight gain: +35 pounds.
Maternity clothes: Well, yes, but I tell you what.  If anything else stops fitting, I'm wearing my PJs to work.  This is so depressing.
Stretch marks: Still none on my stomach.  I'll take it.
Belly button in or out: Still borderline.  I keep thinking it's going to pop, but it doesn't.  So maybe it's just going to hang out at slightly abnormal and call it a day!
Wedding rings on or off: On, but I'm currently debating a preemptive removal.  Some days the swelling makes me worried I won't get them off.  We'll see!
Sleep: Sleep?  What is sleep?  My bags have become a permanent accessory.  It's really glamorous.
Best moment this week: Lots of things, actually - we got a sneak peek at our maternity photos, the dresser came, I organized and washed every last item babe owns.  It was a good week!
Buying: All the things.  We went to Babies R Us this week and knocked out almost everything we had left on our registry.  I do want to grab another set of bottles, but I'm waiting for my coupons to come since I have at least $40 on the way.  Wooopppppp!  I also placed a mega order on Amazon for things for me postpartum.  Slightly less exciting stuff there.  I still need to get some nursing tanks and such, but we're thisclose to being done shopping.
Miss anything: Sleep.
Cravings: Not really.  I think I've hit the home stretch and I'm basically eating normal now.  Amen.
Queasy or sick: Nope,
Labor signs: 1 real contraction to date.  It was lonely and lasted like no time at all, so maybe it was a dream.  Who knows.  But aside from BH, really nothing yet - let's keep it that way!
Looking forward to: Relaxing.  We're done leaving the city until after little man arrives!  We're still hosting a few friends and family during May, so it won't be all couch vegging, but I'm going to squeeze in just as much as I can this coming month.  And I'm not even going to feel bad about it.  (Mostly because it's almost impossible to move around now without my back killing me, but also because I am now giant and pregnant and entitled to such laziness without judgement.  Right? Right?)


Friday, April 24, 2015

High Five for Friday: April 24, 2015

YAY WEEKEND!  YAY SLEEP!  I'm waiting for that nesting bug to bite, but in the mean time I literally cannot get enough sleep.  I'm ready for a couple days of being lazy, lazy, lazy and lots of naps.  Mama needs some rest.


one // In case you missed it, I shared my fishing themed shower this week and some super fun printables for planners like me who need a checklist for baby's closet.

two // I mentioned this last week, but maternity photos were Saturday.  Our photographer was so, so nice and I am SO looking forward to working with her for the next year (and then some, I am sure)!  She shared this sneak peek on her Instagram before we even got home Saturday morning and I love it!  I cannot wait to see the rest!  She mentioned a preview was coming this week sometime, so I'm definitely stalking her Facebook page waiting to see some more.  We should have them all back sometime in May, so I will definitely be sure to share those when we get them!

three //  For a hot second there, the weather in Michigan was LOVELY and WARM and it almost felt like spring.  It's been about 30 every morning this week, so that feeling is obviously long gone, but while it was around, we discovered the best lemonade recipe.  Like we finished the pitcher in one day it was so good.  And it was a lot easier than I thought to make!  (Probably because Josh made it, but it didn't take him long at all!) 

In case you want to try your own, here's our recipe:

Ingredients:
1.5 cups squeezed lemon juice
1.5 cups sugar
2 tbls. grind lemon peel
6 cups water

Directions:
Squeeze and strain lemon juice.  Boil one cup of water, add sugar, cook until dissolved.  Add this mixture to remaining ingredients and chill until cold.

As you can see, I opted to infuse raspberries into my lemonade.  You could really do this with any fruit to make all kinds of flavors.  I'm currently pricing out the cheapest method for stocking up on lemons for the summer.  ;)

four // I've been working on a little project since we moved here.  At first it was unintentional, then I realized I'd collected photos of my favorite street in Grand Rapids in three different seasons, so I waited for the perfect spring morning to collect number four.  And then, of course, I ran them through my watercolor app.  I'm obnoxiously happy with how it turned out, so I think I might just find somewhere to hang this collage in my house!  SO CUTE!

five // Little man's dresser is coming tomorrow!  So if you need me, you'll find me organizing, reorganizing, and probably staring lovingly at his nursery all weekend.  (When I'm not sleeping, of course.)


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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Gone Fishing: Baby Shower #2

On Sunday, my in-laws threw little man and me a fishing themed baby shower!  It was just about the cutest thing I've ever seen.  They did such a great job!  I love all the little details.

Before we get started, I will throw out there that I completely failed on the photo front.  I got some photos before it started and then completely forgot to take another picture all afternoon.  ARGH!  But at least we can see the cute decor, right?
The tables were all decorated with fishing nets, mini canoes, grasses, and some snack foods.  It looked so adorable!  I stole their netting and I'm hoping to reuse it in the nursery!

The guests played Bingo and also a cute little game where they guessed how many gummy worms / Swedish fish there were in this mason jar.  

The food was basically all of my favorites.  I'm not sure if that was on purpose, but they definitely win!  There were sandwiches with fruit salad, pasta salad, taco salad, a cracker dip shaped like a fish (I forgot a picture, surprise!), and tons of fishing themed desserts.  Check these out:

Don't you just want to eat them all?  No worries,  I did.  So you're in good company.  There were also no bakes and a yummy dirt dessert too.


These ladies went all out and it turned out so adorable!  And, of course, little man went home with so much good stuff.  He's going to love it. ;)  Orrrrrr maybe he won't notice.  But we are very thankful and will definitely put it all to good use!


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Baby Clothing Checklist

As my pregnancy winds down, life has become a bit of a checklist around here.  I have lists of things to buy for the nursery, for the baby, for postpartum, for the house, things to clean, things to wash, things to do, things to think about, you name it and I'm pretty sure I've got it on a list somewhere.  I hope.

With that being said, one of the many items I wanted to make sure of is that little man has enough clothes.  This REALLY isn't a problem given how many clothes he already has, but what I really needed to make sure of was that I was getting the RIGHT kind of clothing.  1,000 onesies are awesome, but some PJs would be awesome too.  And socks.  Little things that might slip your mind because... well... pregnancy brain.

As a first time mom, I really have no idea what I will use and need.  So, I scoured the web.  Turns out, everyone likes to make their own lists.  Which means no two lists are the same.  And that's cool, but that doesn't help my OCD nature which wants to make sure I have EXACTLY what I need.

So I made my own list!  It's really a compilation of the 123,345,234 lists I found online, but it seems to summarize everyone else's lists pretty well.  And I thought today I'd share it all with you!


Get it in: Blue | Pink | Yellow

Now, this list is not region specific, or season specific, so like all those other lists, it's not going to be a perfect fit for everyone (or even anyone), but it's what I'm using and I think it will at least get me covered on the basics.  It gives me TONS of space to plan ahead for future sizes: something else I really wanted to be able to do.  And, bonus, it comes in three colors, so please enjoy!


Monday, April 20, 2015

Bump Date: 33 Weeks!

I've reached the point where I'm just like, "take my picture and be done."  Hence the awful sun glare.  Whoops!  Also, I never feel very big until I look at these photos and then I'm like, "do I really look like that?"  Definitely ready for that light at the end of the tunnel!


.:.:.: About the Babe :.:.:.
How far along: 33 weeks
Baby is the size of: a cauliflower blossom!  4.2-5.8 lbs and 18 in.
Gender: BOY!
Movement: Definite movement very often now - love it!
Name: We have it! :)



.:.:.: About Mom :.:.:.
Weight gain: +33 pounds.
Maternity clothes: oh yes!
Stretch marks: Still none on my stomach.  I'll take it.
Belly button in or out: Still borderline.
Wedding rings on or off: On
Sleep: Eh. Getting worse and worse now.
Best moment this week: Maternity photos!  Saturday was so beautiful and the park my photographer picked was just perfect!  I cannot wait to see how they turned out!
Buying: Well last week, nothing?  This week?  Everything.  We had our second shower yesterday, so I am officially in the market for all of the remaining essentials.  As soon as I find a free night, we're headed to Babies R Us! :)
Miss anything: Decent sleep.
Cravings: Nothing in particular.  I've started to lose my sweet tooth, which honestly is more than welcome.  I don't want to find out if there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.
Queasy or sick: Not too bad.
Labor signs: Just braxton hicks, but aside from that NADA!  Hoping it stays that way for several more weeks yet!
Looking forward to: Getting our dresser THIS WEEKEND!  And finally some organization in the nursery.  NO MORE PILES!  WOOO!


Friday, April 17, 2015

High Five for Friday: April 17th, 2015

So excited for Friday!  I have been waiting all week for today!  

one // We have maternity photos tomorrow and our second shower on Sunday, so I'm super, super excited for this weekend!  I'm also hoping to get some cleaning and organizing done, but we all know how THAT tends to go.

two // I got a super amazing surprise this week and found out my bedding for the nursery is done!  I'm so, so in love with it!  My friend did such an amazing job making it for little man.  The furniture is coming soon (t-minus one week until the dresser's arrival), but you can bet as soon as that crib shows up, I'm going to have the best day ever putting the bedding set together on it.  It turned out exactly as I pictured it my head and I just cannot wait to see it all come together!!

three // Speaking of all things baby (because when am I not these days), our car seat should be here tomorrow!  I'm ridiculously excited about this too.  (Let's be honest - everything makes me excited these days.  Cleaning? Yep! Laundry? Yes! Who knew...)  I have gone back and forth on the car seat 110 times.  For the longest time we were getting a convertible car seat right off the bat.  (Maxi Cosi Pria 70, if you wondered what we picked.)  And then a couple weeks ago, I decided I didn't like that idea and went back to an infant seat.  So we're still going to get the Maxi Cosi when he's ready for a convertible seat, but I ended up ordering a Chicco Keyfit 30 for the first 10-12 months or so.  (However long he fits correctly, anyway.)  I couldn't find better safety ratings and I have a friend who is basically in love with hers, so Chicco was the winner!

four // I'm basically ready for April to end now.  I'm so exhausted it's not even funny.  We have been on the go every weekend - sometimes multiple trips back home in one weekend.  (It's two hours one way.)  It's been fun, but I need to veg and do nothing.  Even our weekdays have been packed, which is unusual.  Between birth classes and the church audit I'm helping on, I really feel like I haven't stopped running around since March.  I need a vacation.  Or just some sleep.  Maybe both.

five// I'll just leave you with this happy face.  How could you not love waking up to him?



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