Tuesday, September 2, 2014

17 Weeks

Week 17: Your baby's skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — her lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a onion), and she's around 5 inches long from head to bottom. She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are starting to develop.  With pronounced ears, your little one is now able to sense the sounds in her environment; like the reassuring sounds of your heart beating above her and the reassuring sounds of your voice. Talking to baby or playing music is often a great way to get her attention; in the coming weeks you will find that she'll become a lot more active when she hears music or hears your voice murmuring to her.

The bump:

How far along?  17 weeks
Symptoms:  Not many symptoms this week at all.  Feeling good! 
Total weight gain/loss:  +9 lbs
Gender:  We did find out on Sunday, but I can't share until our gender reveal party on Saturday! It's so hard to keep this secret!
Maternity clothes?  Yep.
Stretch marks?  None yet
Belly Button in or out? 
Still in
Not bad, but bathroom trips every night.
Yes! It's getting much more obvious.
Labor Signs:  Nope
Food cravings: 
Now that it's almost pumpkin everything season, I can't wait for some pumpkin treats!
What I miss: 
What I am looking forward to: 
Our gender reveal party this Saturday. Can't wait to tell our family!
Best moment from last week:  Seeing our cute little baby at the ultrasound and finding out the gender!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Faves

Now that my hallway project is done, what is next on my to-do list? The dining room! Well, the nursery might technically be next, but I really want to fix up our dining room. It really needs some attention. It still looks exactly like it did when we moved in.

So obviously, we don't have an actual dining room table. We still just have a folding table in there. We haven't needed to use it very often at all, but I think we might be hosting Thanksgiving this year, and I'd really love to have a real table before then. So I've started looking around a bit.

I absolutely love the farm table look. I love the rustic look. And this picture is actually of a DIY table! I'm trying to talk Andrew into taking this project on. Not so sure that's going to happen, but I also found a local guy who makes them. So hoping we'll eventually have something like this in our dining room!

Source: ForRent via Cassie on Pinterest

I also like the contrast of dark wood with white. This is another DIY link.

As for chairs, I really love the look of these. They just look so comfy, too!

And that awful, very gold, light needs replaced. I love the look of this style. And I think it would look really nice over a farm style table.

 Source: bobbleheadbaby via Cassie on Pinterest

As for the walls, you can see there is a chair rail up around the room. I was thinking of adding something like this. This is another DIY project, adding a "fake" wainscoting. It seems easy enough. I'm not set on a top wall color yet, but I'm thinking maybe somewhere in the warm, natural green family.

 Source: decorchick via Cassie on Pinterest

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DIY Photo Shelves

I mentioned recently that we were working on a picture shelf project. I've been asking Andrew to make them for about the last year, and am so happy they're finally done! I really love how they turned out!

Here's where my inspiration came from. I saw this on Pinterest, of course, linked to the Ana White blog. She even has a video tutorial. They're very simple (and much cheaper than buying shelves this size!).

I have a terrible time hanging picture frames straight and centered with others, and I had a lot I wanted to display, so I thought this was the perfect solution. I can easily display all my favorites without having to hang each one individually.

So Andrew made the shelves for me. I think they were pretty simple. We just went with 6' ledges, although after hanging them I wish we would have gone with 8' so I could have fit even more pictures. After he had them put together I gave them two coats of white paint. He had a bit of a struggle with finding the studs to hang them, but we finally got them up over the weekend.

I'm so happy with them!

This empty hallway definitely needed something. You can see our front door is straight ahead to the right. I love that now when our guests come in they will walk right past our favorite family photos.

So much better!

Monday, August 25, 2014

16 weeks

Week 16: Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, your baby will double his weight and add inches to his length. Right now, he's about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. His legs are much more developed, his head is more erect than it has been, and his eyes have moved closer to the front of his head. His ears are close to their final position, too. The patterning of his scalp has begun, though his locks aren't recognizable yet. He's even started growing toenails. And there's a lot happening inside as well. For example, his heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as your baby continues to develop.

The bump:

How far along?  16 weeks
Symptoms:  Feeling pretty good this week!  
Total weight gain/loss:  +8 lbs
Gender:  Boy?  Girl?  We'll find out in 6 days!!!
Maternity clothes?  Yes, mostly maternity now other than my stretchy shorts.
Stretch marks?  Still nothing yet at this point!
Belly Button in or out? 
Still in
I slept ok this week. Bathroom trips most nights, but Sophia is starting to sleep through the night again, so feeling a little more rested!
Movement:  Yes, more little flutters this week!  
Labor Signs:  No, thank you!
Food cravings: 
Still no real cravings.
What I miss: 
The only thing is my energy level is still down, but I don't see that going away.
What I am looking forward to: 
Finding out little peanut's gender!
Best moment from last week:  Having fun planning the gender reveal party

Friday, August 22, 2014

Playroom Update

So I know I'm super late on sharing this room update. I realized I never shared about our playroom makeover that we did last fall. This was the first room we changed in our new (not so new anymore) house.

Here's the before pics.

The first thing to do was choose a paint color. I had loved the gray color in Sophia's old nursery so much that I wanted to use it again in here. So that's what we went with; Pebble Gray by Glidden.

We really debated about what to do for baby gates. After looking at several (expensive) options online, Andrew realized he could easily make something that would be much cheaper. It really turned out great, too! I love them!

I also knew I wanted a desk space to sit in here while Sophia played. I debated over several and finally chose this computer desk at Office Depot and the chair is from Wayfair. Curtains are from Target.

Still looking for better toy storage, but it is what it is.

I really love how the room turned out!

These pictures are from right after the room was finished, so we have had a few additions to the room since then. My favorite, the main thing, is this super cute kitchen I found for Sophia on a local sale group. She loves it and it's just so cute!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Weekend Recap

We had a fun filled family weekend! My whole family, minus my sister, went up to Rockford for the weekend.

We kicked off the weekend leaving around 3:30 and going to a trick water skiing show. It was really neat!


Saturday we spent the day at Magic Waters water park. Unfortunately we didn't have the best swimming weather. But thankfully the rain stayed away and the sun finally made an appearance after lunch.


That night we had dinner at Red Robin and then the boys played disc golf while the girls brought the kids to a playground.

On Sunday, the girls plus Andrew went to the Japanese Gardens while Dillon and Chad played a round of golf. Dad, Brett and Kolby had to head home early. The gardens were really pretty!


Monday, August 18, 2014

15 Weeks

Week 15: Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of a navel orange). She's busy moving amniotic fluid through her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her lungs begin to develop. Her legs are growing longer than her arms now, and she can move all of her joints and limbs. Although her eyelids are still fused shut, she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, she's likely to move away from the beam. There's not much for your baby to taste at this point, but she is forming taste buds.

The bump:

How far along?  15 weeks
Symptoms:  More lower back pain and stretching pain especially when laying down.  
Total weight gain/loss:  +7 lbs... yikes, I guess 3 weekend trips in a row and all the eating out caught up to me.
Gender:  I had a boy dream this week and am really thinking it's a boy
Maternity clothes?  Yes, but still wearing some regular things as well.
Stretch marks?  None yet!
Belly Button in or out? 
Still in
I made it a few nights this week straight through without a bathroom break, so that was nice!
Yep! Still not consistent yet, so I can't wait for those real kicks.
Labor Signs:  Nope!
Food cravings: 
Still nothing
What I miss: 
Nothing too bad this week.
What I am looking forward to: 
The big ultrasound! Less than 2 weeks to go now!
Best moment from last week:  Scheduling our gender scan!