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Saturday, February 26, 2011

23 Weeks

How far along? 23 weeks and 0 days

Baby’s Size: 11 1/2 inches

Baby’s Weight: 1 pound

Development: Baby can now sense movement and hear some sounds. I am determined to make sure my children have a good sense of rhythm (they certainly will NOT be inheriting this from their father!) so I plan to listen to different types of music and dance while I'm pregnant and while holding the baby after he's born.

Weight gain/loss: After gaining a whopping 6 pounds the week of Valentine's Day, I am proud to say I only gained 1 pound this week. Still, I'm up 18 pounds overall, which is definitely more than I'd like. I really need to start exercising more often.

Maternity clothes? Yes, please!

Best moment this week? We found a great day care and paid the $100 so we're now first on the waiting list!

Symptoms: Stuffy nose & congestion, nosebleeds, lower back pain, daily baby kicks, emotional

Food cravings/aversions: Nothing noteworthy, but I really have to force myself to eat vegetables.

What I'm looking forward to: My baby shower in 5 weeks!

Milestones: I've decided on my maternity leave--I will take off from Memorial Day through the summer.

What my baby and I look like this week:

Monday, February 21, 2011

Thank you, Temperpedic!

I had the best sleep of my whole pregnancy last night!

I have been having crazy hip and shoulder pain when I sleep on my side. After laying on one side for only a few minutes, my hip and shoulder start to ache at the points where they dig into the mattress. I wake up constantly throughout the night with sore, achy joints. We have a great mattress, but I still feel like the springs are poking me.

My in-laws were kind enough to buy me this Memory Foam Mattress Topper, and last night I felt like I was sleeping on a cloud! I woke up with NO hip pain at all! Best of all, it was 55% off at Amazon. I love good deals! :)

Saturday, February 19, 2011


Here are some things that currently bug the crap out of me:

1. My husband seems to need to spend a minimum of 3 hours playing Call of Duty on Saturday mornings. I, on the other hand, am usually motivated to clean the house on Saturday mornings. Currently, the dishes need to be done and the stove needs to be cleaned (even though he told me 3 weeks ago he was going to clean it--he hasn't touched it). So I can either start cleaning and resent him for playing video games, or I sit at the computer and be just as unproductive as he is. Then the cleaning will still need to be done later, and chances are I won't have the energy.

2. My chiropractor has asked me on 3 occasions if we have a name picked out for the baby. When I tell him no, he proceeds to spend 5 minutes brainstorming names...and I always hate everything he comes up with. I finally broke down and told him my favorite name so far (Nicholas) in hopes that he would stop listing names. It didn't work.

3. I love that I now have a definite baby bump, but I'm annoyed by the fact that people I come across every day have to comment on it. In addition to my first graders telling me daily, "I can see your belly getting bigger!" I also have their parents making comments each day: "You're really showing now!" "OH, you're getting a little belly now, aren't you?" etc. etc. It's making me really self conscious and annoyed. I hope the novelty wears off soon so I don't have to hear this every day for the next 4 months.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Seeing Kicks!

This kiddo is kicking the crap out of my uterus right now. These are the strongest kicks I've felt yet, and I just looked at my belly and saw two distinct kicks!

The kicking always seems to stop as soon as my husband tries to feel it. We are wondering if maybe the baby is responding to the sound of my husband's voice. Maybe it's calming? I just don't know. The next time the baby starts kicking a lot, I'm going to have my husband feel my belly without talking.

These little kicks feel so weird...I can't imagine what the big ones will feel like!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

DIY No-Sew Curtains

I found an inspiring tutorial over at Young House Love for some fabulous DIY no-sew curtains. After agonizing over curtain choices online, I decided to save some money and make my own.

For most of the project, all I used was an iron, some iron-on hem tape, and scissors. I found some cute polka-dot fabric that's exactly like some Pottery Barn Kids curtain panels I had my eye on. The great thing is, the PBK curtains would have cost me $100, and I only spent $20 on the fabric.

I have to admit...I DID cheat and sew a little, only because I wanted the top of the curtains to look like the curtains that are currently in the nursery. I could have done this with 2 rows of hem tape, but I figured sewing 2 straight lines would be faster. Here's the old curtain:

For the top of my curtains, I first finished off the edge with hem tape like the tutorial said, then I folded it down 4 inches and ironed it. To make the rod pocket, I sewed a seam 1 1/2" from the edge, and then another seam 2" below that. Here is my finished product:

We don't get direct sunlight through this window, so I probably won't need to add blackout liners. The blinds are faux-wood blinds from Lowe's ($20 less than the same blinds at Home Depot!).

Monday, February 14, 2011

Take-home Outfit

I bought this adorable outfit online at Macy's. My little boy will be wearing it home from the hospital.

I also bought this cute little bodysuit, but it's 0-3 months so it will be a little big when he's born.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

21 Weeks

How far along? 21 weeks and 0 days

Baby’s Size: 7 inches

Baby’s Weight: 10-11 oz.

Development: Baby's eyebrows and eyelids have formed. He looks like a mini version of what he'll look like when he's born. He's even getting some hair on his head.

Weight gain/loss: I gained back the 2 pounds I lost last week due to food poisoning. I'm up about 11 pounds overall so far.

Maternity clothes? Usually.

Best moment this week? I found a great second-hand children's store!

Symptoms: Stuffy nose & congestion, back & neck pain, daily baby kicks, dry skin with breakouts, vivid dreams

Food cravings/aversions: Not much sounds good lately except sweets.

What I'm looking forward to: Getting some registry items crossed off my list! I feel like my baby shower is so far away.

Milestones: An acquaintance who did not previously know I'm pregnant saw me and asked, "When are you due?" I guess I'm really showing now.

What my baby and I look like this week:

Sunday, February 6, 2011

20 Weeks

How far along? 20 weeks and 1 day

Baby’s Size: 6 1/2 inches, or the size of a can of Red Bull

Baby’s Weight: 10 1/2 ounces

Development: Baby has established his sleep patterns and favorite sleep positions.

Weight gain/loss: I actually lost 2 pounds, mostly because I had a small bout of food poisoning this week.

Maternity clothes? I can still sometimes get by with a Bella Band and regular pants, but I usually have to wear maternity shirts.

Best moment this week? Our anatomy scan could not have gone better. Everything with the baby looks perfect!

Symptoms: Stuffy nose & congestion, back & neck pain, occasional baby fluttering, and one night of round ligament pain every time I turned over in bed.

Food cravings/aversions: fruit, cookies, and today I want lots of protein--I just finished 2 chicken dogs and I could easily eat 2 more.

What I'm looking forward to: Choosing a paint color and getting the nursery painted. I'm having such a hard time deciding!

Milestones: I'm halfway done!!

What my baby and I look like this week:

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Nursery Update 2/5/11--DIY Kids Bookshelves

My husband and I were in search of cheap, compact storage solutions for the nursery, and we also needed to clear out half of our office so we could have space for our little guy. The solution: clear off a cheap bookshelf we already own, cut it in half, paint it, and add baskets for storage.

Before: (a $25 bookshelf from Big Lots)

Unfortunately, it didn't occur to me to take pictures until my husband was done. He was able to cut perfectly straight lines through the bookshelf using his favorite new toy, the Fein MultiMaster. This tool is pretty incredible and he's been able to use it for several jobs already. It's a handheld tool and you swap out the attachments so you can do different jobs like cutting, sanding, etc.

Ok, moving on...

Most of the shelves on the bookshelf are adjustable, but my husband did have to drill a couple new holes to get the shelves on the two bookshelves to line up with each other.

The next part is where I took over. I painted the shelves a shade of white called Popped Corn to match my restored dresser. I painted the inside back of the bookshelves blue just for fun. I'm not sold on the blue now that the baskets are in, so I may end up painting them all white instead. Then my husband caulked around the inside since the backboard is cheap and flimsy and the paint was starting to separate. He also sprayed a clear sealant on the shelves. Here are the bookshelves after painting (the light kept reflecting off the blue and makes it look splotchy...sorry).

I wanted to add dark brown elements to match our espresso crib, so I found these Burlington Small Espresso Willow Baskets on Amazon and bought 8 of them - 4 with light blue liners, and 4 with sage liners. The liners have a sweet gingham pattern that makes them perfect for a nursery! The baskets are 10" x 10" and I think this will add a lot more storage. (Did I mention the closet in the nursery is completely full so we have no space for baby stuff in there?) I really have no idea what I will use these basket for yet--burp cloths, diapers, toys...any suggestions? What are some things that I should have easily accessible?

Here is the finished product:

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