Monday, July 21, 2014

State of the bump

It's about time for me to do some updating. It's been almost a month?!? What? I don't even know how that's possible. We've been having a pretty good July, despite the fact that I am slowly turning into Jabba the Hut. Seriously.

Some highlights... going to the fireworks locally (this is the first year we have actually been in the area for the 4th), going to see the Lion King (which was totally awesome), and another baby shower thrown by my MIL's friends. I meant to take pictures, but I totally didn't. Thankfully, my mother in law took a few before the shower.

3 of the 4 hostesses.

They did a lovely job and it was a very nice shower. We feel very blessed by all the love. They also did a book theme, so we now have a ton of great baby books to read to the baby! :) Good times.

Now that the showers are done, we have been able to finish up getting the last minute things we need and get them set up throughout the house. We have baby areas on the first and upper floors.

Baby gym on the first floor.

Other play things (books, toys, etc)

Stroller ready to go


Moses basket. I figured it would be good to have a place to sleep on the first floor since we have the pack and play set up in our room. Of course, if he likes sleeping in it, we can always relocate it to our bedroom. Also, breast pump stuff is currently on the dining room table because I haven't figured out where to put it yet. I did sterilize everything this past weekend.

Completed nursery. We are still waiting on a bookrack from Pottery Barn Kids. I ordered it in May, but apparently they want to wait until the baby is in college to deliver it. Sigh. I love our new elephant hamper though!

So, we're pretty well setup. I have my hospital stuff together, although not actually in a bag. I don't feel very near labor, so I'm not too concerned, but I'll probably be throwing it in the bag between contractions. haha. I've actually enjoyed being local this summer. Normally, we are doing a billion trips over the summer, and it's rather nice to be able to see friends, go to the neighborhood pool and hang out.

The popular question seems to be how am I feeling. I feel very pregnant. It's the last month... end game. So, basically everything hurts and I'm uncomfortable. But, that's pretty typical. Still dealing with the gestational diabetes. It hasn't been terrible, but I do sometimes get some high numbers, which are always upsetting. My doctors wanted to start me on medicine, but I have been having a lot of heart palpitations and the medication and palpitations don't really mix well (you aren't supposed to be on beta-blockers and glyburide at the same time, apparently). So, I am doing my best with the diet. The heart thing is fine (for those in the medical field, I have been having lots of PVCs), and I got an echo for it (woo - another ultrasound, but not of the baby!). Today, I found out the peaches I have been eating from Wegman's may be contaminated with listera (they issued a huge recall which includes Costco and Trader Joe's - check it out). So, I've been completely paranoid about that. All this microwaving deli meat, and it's the fruit! Urgh! Also, I'm a bit swollen, but my blood pressure seems okay, so whatever. One day at a time... Getting closer!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Baby Shower and Updated Nursery

Hello, hello! I hope my readers are doing well on this last day of June. This past weekend, my bff hosted my baby shower. It was a lot of fun and I am so, so appreciative of my friends and family who made the day so special for me (and J). It makes me happy to realize how many people have shown such love and support for the baby!

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the day.

My mom and our family friend made this cute fruit baby salad. They did a really awesome job!

My mother-in-law had this adorable cake made by my favorite bakery based on the invitations. It was so delicious (yes, I cheated on my gestational diabetes diet for a day).

I forgot to take a photo with all the other yummy food out. But, it was delicious. We had tea sandwiches, Buffalo chicken dip, veggies, and cheese. There was also a delicious punch that I had a sip from. :)

My mom made these chocolate baby rattles, which were adorable.


A lot of our friends and family traveled quite a distance to make it, and I was so happy they were able to come!

My mom and I

My mother-in-law and J's grandparents gift, which was quite the elaborate wrapping job (the gift was our stroller frame)!

Lamp for the baby room (a gift from my mom and aunt).

Two of my sorority sisters!

And my lovely hostess and I. I love that we inadvertently had matching dresses! I had so much fun at the shower and it really was a great day! Thank you to everyone who came!

And yes, I am looking quite pregnant these days. Baby is measuring about a week ahead in growth (meaning I am more like 34 weeks than 33 at this point).

I figured I would also share some of our updated nursery pictures with the goodies from the shower in there. The room is looking much less sparse now!

I should also add a huge thank you to the friends who weren't able to come to the shower and are sending us gifts! I am behind with thank you cards at this point, but we have absolutely loved everything! You all are so wonderful!

The quilt on the bed was made by one of my friends, who has her own blog. If you are interested in the details of the quilt, you can check out her post!

I really love our changing pad, which is easy to wipe down, which I know will be useful!

Oh, and I finally got the mobile hanging (with some help from J).

The sheep is a white noise generator, which I think is super cute! :)

Oh, and I love our diaper pail! It really goes well with the room, and seems like it will keep the smells contained. :) I also love all the books we have been getting. We have a bookshelf coming, so not all of them are pictured. We also received some swaddle blankets, which I am excited to use!

Anyway, that's all I have for now! Thanks again everyone!

Monday, June 23, 2014

The crib is finally here!

Hey guys! Guess what? Our baby's furniture (or at least the main two pieces of it) finally came in! You can picture me doing a happy dance. Actually, it came in last Tuesday, but we weren't able to assemble the crib until yesterday. Then, I managed to overdo myself and was way too tired to write this post last night (typical for me on weekends - I try to do too much).

Here is the assembled crib with the mattress we had purchased from Amazon. We have the mattress raised to the highest setting, which is the best for newborns. The crib and dresser are both from The Land of Nod (a Crate and Barrel company). The crib is made in the USA in North Carolina. I really liked that about it.

And here's the crib with the finished crib skirt! I love how it ties in with the curtains. I am thinking it will definitely need some hemming as the mattress is lower to the ground, but it is a perfect length for now.

I also hung some etsy artwork I purchased a few weeks ago. The frames are ikea frames to keep the cost down.

Better shot of the artwork. Some of the pictures are a little dark. I'll try and take some pictures when it's sunny out (for the final nursery reveal) so you can get a better idea for colors.

Here is our dresser/changing table area. The lamp will be switched out soon-ish. The puppy prints are also from an etsy seller. I was going to keep the theme all elephants, but J and I have a soft spot for puppies, and we couldn't resist (J helped pick out the artwork). I have been begging J to make a drawing for the baby room (he's quite a good artist). I'm still hoping. :)

Another shot of the dresser. The blankets are from my mom and J's mom and were used with us as babies. The basket is from our gender-reveal party (it held the cake pops), and I folded cloth diapers that my mom had given me from when I was a baby. We are not planning on cloth diapering (I don't have the patience for it), but cloth diapers apparently make great burp cloths (which is how my parents used them, too). So, I bleached those guys, and they look brand new!

More puppy prints. The mobile is laying in the crib. I was going to hang it yesterday, but I didn't end up getting what I needed at home depot to make it work, so it will have to wait a little.

I'm feeling relieved that our nursery is finally shaping up and looking like a nursery. It's pretty fun to put stuff away and get ready for baby. J and I are done our baby and childbirth classes now. I think we could have done without the childbirth one to be honest. It freaked me out more than helped I think. I am glad that I am delivering where I am. Apparently, it's one of the most advanced hospitals in the area for if something goes wrong, including a level 4 NICU (though I do hope we don't need that). I am still working on managing the gestational diabetes. I have good days and bad days. My dinner numbers seem to be the problem area. And I have more doctor's visits to schedule. The OB visits have now gone down to every two weeks. The end is near. When I went to my OB on Friday, they told me that I would not be going past 40 weeks, more likely 38-39 weeks due to the GD and my numbers being a bit on the high side (even when I am following the diet and feeling like I am not eating enough ever). So, it's looking more and more like early August is the time frame! There's more I could say, but I need to get moving on this Monday morning. Hope you all have a great week!