Tuesday, July 31, 2012

guest bedroom 3.0 {done!}

Okay, not entirely done. We want add some artwork above the bed and switch the wardrobe with the tv stand/bookshelf/painting setup eventually, but for the time being we're all finished with the guest room.

I'd also like to add a little area rug and some throw pillows to the bed, but those are way down on my necessities list. We've kept an eye out for both and haven't found anything in our price range that strikes our fancy. So pleased with how this room came together!

Monday, July 30, 2012

just because

I've gotten several texts and messages in the last few days asking the status of Baby Flip.

Thank you, Laura, for pointing me towards this link:


Sunday, July 29, 2012

guest bedroom 2.0

We added some personal touches to half of the guest bedroom. The other half has bathroom items in it as Jon finishes painting the bathroom cabinet. We'll hopefully have final guest bedroom pictures for you in about a week.

The bookshelf used to live in our dining room at our apartment and the television stand sat in the guest bedroom that was more of an "everything" room at the apartment. We were hoping to get a 2nd bookshelf for the left of the television stand but unfortunately it would be about 3/4" too wide for that spot. 

On the one wall that isn't pictured (with all the bathroom junk) we're planning on putting our wardrobe and then we're hoping to put some artwork over the bed's headboard but we're not sure if that plan will work out. Every room that we complete makes this house feel so much more like home.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

holla! progress.

Had our 39-week appointment yesterday. Up until this point the baby hadn't dropped / I wasn't effaced / I wasn't dilated.

I should mention that Jon and I went walking around the local mall the other day in an effort to move things along. A sales lady at Brookstone told me the baby dropped. I didn't believe it because babies make everyone think they're doctors (myself included). Lady also said she thinks it's a girl.

At the appointment, the nurse said to me right away, "it looks like you dropped, at least a little!" Cue glimmer of hope.

My doctor came in and asked if we had questions. I asked if they strip membranes since they are generally very hands-off with regard to intervention unless necessary. She said yes, if I was 1 cm dilated she would do so then. Cue desperation given my last 2 no progress checks.

Then she checked.

"This baby is SO low. The biggest part of its head is already through the narrowest part of your pelvis!"

I may or may not have yelled out, "HOLLA!"

Then the million dollar question: was I dilated?

"You're definitely at least 1 cm dilated!"

Again, I may or may not have yelled out, "HOLLA!"

Then she stripped my membranes. Let me tell you: it's about as pleasant as the name implies. BUT it only lasted about 20-30 seconds and let's be real ya'll... it's just a preview of what's to come.

Then I asked her if she could nail down a more accurate size estimation now that the baby has dropped / doesn't "float up in the uterus" when they push on its head.

"I'd say if you delivered today you're looking at about 7.5 pounds. I'd be VERY surprised if you exceeded 8 pounds by the time you deliver."

For good measure, I once again may or may not have yelled out, "HOLLA!" My doctor also proceeded to inform us that the heartbeat was around 150 bpm and "sounded great" and confirmed that we still have a VERY active little one. "I can see it moving around right now as I'm trying to get this heart rate reading!"

Last night we headed back to the mall to keep working on walking this baby out. If BF ends up being a girl I'm going to the Brookstone lady for advice and to tell me my future.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

slow down

Things are starting to calm down now that we're in the homestretch. Jon's work has been scheduling him one/MAYBE two days per week because we obviously can't plan for when this baby will show up and in the retail world it's difficult to get shifts covered at the last minute. While this sucks big time for us in the finances department, it's nice that he has a little extra time to work on house projects. Not to mention the fact that when I get home from work in the evenings he's usually home and we get to spend some much needed quality time together! Then we can do things like cook ourselves some mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, and bacon wrapped turkey filet for dinner:

Either way, I'm starting to move at a snail's pace. I have horrendous pelvic pain thanks to all my stretched out ligaments that makes walking a chore. Getting up out of anything (chair, bed, etc.) is a challenge that often requires assistance from Jon. Just when I thought sleep couldn't get any worse it did. To top it all off, my brain has slowed to match my body. I feel aged, weathered, and tired. Times that I lay down "for a few" turn into 3+ hour naps (hey, I'll take it!). I've stopped going upstairs to the full bathroom when I'm downstairs and have resorted to the creepy unfinished half bath because stairs are just not worth it anymore. I'm contemplating having Jon bring up the "man chair" (our recliner with ottoman) to our bedroom for me to sleep in because being flat hasn't seemed to be conducive to my lower back pain.

 In the wise words of The Format, I'm Ready, I Am.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

be lifted high

The last few Sundays worship at our church has really resonated with me. I'm not sure if it's just the hormones or the fact that it's a great time for me to reflect on what's happening (and about to happen/change) in our lives or if God's really moving me.

A daily struggle of mine is trusting God's perfect timing. This baby will come when He wills it. There is nothing I can do to speed up the process. It will happen when it's meant to be. In the meantime, I need to be patient and humble. I need to recognize that I don't know what's best. That's a tough sentiment for a control freak like myself to swallow.

The one song that really moved me on Sunday was "Came to my Rescue" by Hillsong United.

I've been tossing around the idea of making a playlist of worship songs for when I'm in labor. Worship songs just stir a confidence in me that I can do this naturally, that God has my back, and that everything will be okay. Most importantly, that despite how I feel often times throughout the day, I will not be pregnant forever.

In my life, be lifted high.
In our world, be lifted high.
In our love, be lifted high.

Monday, July 23, 2012

locked and loaded

We're just missing one precious piece from this puzzle...
Sun shades on both sides - overprotective much?
Baby mirror so we can see what baby's up to in our rearview
After making sure everything was level and secure we brought the car seat back inside. Someone gave us the sage advice not to keep the car seat in the car prior to delivery because if we get into an accident between now and then we'd need to throw out the seat and buy new. We have the base intact and figure it's easier to replace a $45 base than a $175 car seat! Now all we need to do is click the seat in when it's go time. Well, that and take it to a car seat safety check to make sure we did it correctly. We're anxiously awaiting this little one's arrival!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

garage sale

Yesterday we had a small garage sale to unload some pieces of furniture that have no place in our new house and a bunch of other random junk. My sister and our friends, J.O. and Cristina, also gave us some items to include to make it a little more worthwhile. We got Swenson's for lunch with J.O. and Cristina; it was my 2nd time having it and the first time I wasn't too knocked out about it. I got a cheeseburger and I gotta say--way better than I was expecting. We managed to sell at least half of everything we had put out and we were all pretty pleased with the results. The best part? At the end of the day the ice cream truck rolled up!
{Image stolen from J.O.}
Let me just say.... the ice cream truck is a heck of a lot more expensive than I remember! The ninja turtle + snowcone cost $5.75! But after a long day in the sun, it was well deserved. Brought back some serious memories of our youth.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

guest bedroom

We actually have a bed and curtains up!!

It's still very much a work in progress. We're planning on putting the wardrobe that was in our bedroom in here and hanging some artwork on the walls. Also going to get rid of the miscellaneous clutter that has taken residence via a garage sale this weekend. Looking forward to being able to cross another room off of our to-do list.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

good buy

We went to Gabriel Brothers today in search of artwork for the guest bedroom. We didn't find quite what we were looking for but instead stumbled upon this gem:

I toiled over the decision whether we should spend $15 on it. After much debate we decided to go for it. When the cashier rang it out guess what it came out to? $7!!! Cue singing and merriment. 

We also recently received a gift from Jon's maternal grandmother for our little one straight from Puerto Rico:

We (and this baby) are so so blessed. We are so amazed by the love Baby Flip constantly receives! 

Monday, July 16, 2012

my husband rocks.

Chik-fil-a had a promo where if you dressed up like a cow on July 13 you could get a free meal. Being inherently frugal broke, I jumped at the opportunity. I even managed to convince Jon to go along with it. This picture is far from flattering, but I figured when you literally look like a cow you can't expect much better:

Things Jon said during the process:
-"You look like an Indian princess"
-"I do some weird stuff for you"
-the udders were also his idea

The boy didn't complain once. I am so blessed!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

menchie's baby mobile

Have I mentioned before how much I love Menchie's? Because I do, an awful lot. Give me some red velvet cake and cake batter froyo, throw in some hot fudge, and color me content. I'm also a fan of their spoons. You get these adorable spoons with your treat and the first time we ever ate there I realized how valuable they could be in the crafting world. I resolved myself to start saving the spoons when we finished our yogurt for a future unknown art project. Jon may or may not have also had to restrain me on several trips to prevent me from digging through the trash can to retrieve additional spoons.

Enter Baby Flip. I couldn't find a baby mobile that I liked / could afford / would fit with our unusually thick crib rails. I quickly recalled how the Menchie's spoon has this little prefabricated loop on the top where the soft serve hair twirls over. It basically begs for some fishing line or other type of thread to be woven through.

Before the painting began

That settled it. I would collect the spoons from all of our pregnancy-craving-induced Menchie's trips and turn them into a baby mobile. I quickly formulated my plan: spray paint the spoons the appropriate colors for our nursery (my initial thought was teal, orange, and maybe a purple), purchase and paint a wooden circular hoop to hang the spoons from, and purchase some sort of string (tweed and fishing line were my initial thoughts) to hang the spoons and mobile with.

After procrastinating for literally the entire pregnancy (it didn't take long to build up our spoon supply given BF's sweet tooth...) I decided to get on the mobile train since the baby is due in 3 weeks. I had to improvise on the fly a bit when I couldn't find a wooden hoop nor white plastic primer, but it all came together in the end.

-Paint (or prime, if you can find it) the spoons with a spray paint that adheres specifically to plastic (I used Valspar plastic paint in white)

-After paint/primer dries, apply colored spray paint using as many coats necessary to get the depth you want (used Valspar Tropical Oasis and Gold Abundance; Krylon Rich Plum). It took me several coats, especially with the yellow.

This next part is important: if possible, HANG THE SPOONS to paint. I learned this lesson the hard way. Another hard lesson I learned? Be patient and let each side dry completely before flipping. Sigh, BF is just going to have to accept the bits of newspaper that are stuck to the spoons as a result of lesson #1.

I held up a piece of newspaper behind each spoon as I sprayed it once I realized this would probably be a wiser approach.

-attach a string to the hoop to hang from the ceiling. I first attempted using monofilament illusion cord (similar to fishing line) but this ended up not working at all. I switched to a heavy duty thick silk thread instead.

-if you use a metal hoop you should superglue the thread in the spots you want as you go. Otherwise the string will travel along the hoop and it won't stay balanced.
-attach spoons.... when they're dry!!!
-for this step I went through and double knotted at the tops of the spoons and on the metal hoop. I super glued the knots on the tops of the spoons immediately and waited to super glue the knots on the hoop until we held it up and made sure it was balanced
-hang in your nursery

One of the things I love most about the mobile is that I'll be able to tell the baby "this is how much you made your mom love frozen yogurt / dessert." I'm also borderline ashamed of the vast number of Menchie's spoons we accrued during the pregnancy...

Thursday, July 12, 2012

officially less than a month

My due date is August 3 and our OB told us that the longest they'd let me go before inducing is a week. As such, we're looking at August 10 as somewhat of a deadline. I've also decided to be optimistic and assume that if I got induced the 10th (worst case scenario) I will not have 48+ hours of labor. I think it's safe to say that in less than a month we will have a baby.

Last night we sat in the nursery--me in the rocking chair and Jon on my exercise ball--with only the table lamp in the hallway turned on. It let a charming yellow glow in the room and it felt very peaceful. Jon talked to the baby and rubbed my belly. The memory of that moment is one that I will seriously treasure forever. The calm, the love and the quiet were exactly what my heart needed. I'm definitely starting to grow apprehensive about the pain associated with childbirth and the whole being responsible for a tiny, helpless human business. Not to mention my fears about what type of parent I'll be, what our finances will look like when we shift to Jon being a stay-at-home dad, etc. To be gently reminded that I have such an involved, passionate, and caring partner did my soul so much good.

I'm still hoping for an earlier arrival than August 3, but at this point I mostly just don't want to be induced so that I can labor at home for as long as possible before heading into the hospital. I think I'm gradually starting to get more regular contractions, particularly when I first wake up in the morning, but still nothing that I'd say is a sign of imminent labor. Whenever this baby decides to make its arrival is fine by me because tomorrow marks week 37 / full term.We're definitely in the home stretch!

Monday, July 9, 2012

baby flip's nursery

Yesterday we finally completed the baby's nursery! Our goals for the nursery were:
-gender neutral
-bicycles and elephants (odd combo, I know)
-orange creamsicle with pops of bright color, especially teals
The crib bumpers are not included right now because the original pattern my mom used didn't fit our crib so she's tweaking them. But other than that, it's complete and I'm totally in love with it. Hands down my favourite room of the house.

The crib bedding, curtains, changing pad cover, rocking chair cushion covers, and diaper organizer were all handmade by my mom. The bicycle paintings were a team effort between my big sister and my mom. The rocking chair is my mom's great aunt's and is a family heirloom. The dresser was a freebie gift from some family friends that we repainted. The only two pieces of furniture that are new were the bookshelf (Target, $19.99) and the crib (and we painted the crib drawer to match the dresser/orange stripes in the room). The shelf above the changing table, including the light that Jon attached underneath for nighttime changings, as well as the rug were IKEA purchases (but the shelf/light were purchased well before we got pregnant and repurposed for the nursery). Finally, the Baby Flip elephant art was a gift from our friend, Tessa, and we love where it lives now. I'm definitely feeling much more prepared for BF's arrival knowing his/her room is complete and waiting for baby!