Thursday, June 28, 2012

bathroom remodel

I've decided not to post any additional kitchen photos until it's completely finished (which, at this point, mostly just means painted walls!) so to hold you over I decided to post a few pictures of the major bathroom overhaul our friend, Scott, has been hard at work on.

Let me refresh your memory of our lovely green bathroom with some "before" photos:
I wish I had gotten a picture of these ridiculous cabinets that lived just above the shower (they are just barely out of view in the middle picture above). These cabinets went all the way back to the wall and created a cave-like shower and pretty much made no sense. Needless to say, we begged Scott to rip them out as part of this remodel. And now, the work-in-progress:
Pardon our mess..
No more silly cabinets!!
Waiting for beadboard
So much more spacious.
As far as I'm aware, Scott just needs to finish the last wall of beadboard, plaster the ceiling where those cabinets were, and throw up some molding. When he finishes that, Jon and I will be filling nail holes, scraping the window frame/built-in cabinet and repainting them, and then painting the ceiling and walls. We also have a new light fixture to put up in there. I was so happy to see the green tiles go and to know we are nearing the end of the updates to the interior of the house and constant mess/not being fully unpacked business that goes with it. Thank you for all of your hard work, Scott!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

14 unknown pregnancy-related things

Fair warning to my male readers (and also to my immediate family): this is most certainly an over-share. You might just want to click over here, or even here, instead. Seriously though, don't say I didn't warn you.

There are some things I feel shafted about by my mama-friends and even own mom (yeah, I'm calling you out!). Okay, every pregnancy is different, but I'm sure ya'll have experienced SOME of these things. Where was my warning!? I felt totally blindsided by half of this stuff! So I decided to compile a list of the unpleasentries I've experienced to spare those of you who are just now getting yourselves into the throes of pregnancy so you can't say I didn't warn you.

1. You will constantly be bumping your belly into objects and people. Your depth perception is totally skewed. I currently have a red mark on my upper tummy from where I opened the medicine cabinet corner into it this morning.

2. Your boobs might leak long before your baby's arrival... and your husband might ALWAYS be the one to notice it before you do.

3. Everyone will be CERTAIN you are having a boy or a girl and this will differ from person to person.

4. Pregnancy farts are the best revenge for all the times your husband "dutch ovened" you. No dutch oven necessary.

5. You may not be getting your period anymore but you may still need those panty liners. Pregnancy discharge is serious business.

6. In your first trimester, do NOT buy anything in bulk. There's a significant chance you won't want it anymore after two days. We learned this lesson with copious amounts of fruit and Rice Chex cereal.

7. Think you're going to sleep as much as possible between now and when you have a newborn? Think again. You will pee every 1.5-2 hours every. night. by midway through your second trimester.

8. One word: snissing.

9. That saying that pregnant women are constantly aching for some loving? False. False, false, false. (Poor Jon)

10. Fetal hiccups are endearing at first, but by about week 34 you will be ready to not feel those bad boys ever again.

11. Pregnancy-related gingivitis, carpal tunnel, heartburn and acne. These are things.

12. Hot flashes ain't just for the menopausal. Case in point: I spent about one fifth of the baby shower sitting in the fridge. Literally.

13. Pregnancy might really change your personality. I went from a super high-strung Type A personality to a way-too-laid-back Type B-er. This would have been fine except for the fact that I accomplished literally nothing the first 28 weeks and now I'm thrown into overdrive trying to get everything done in time.

14. Getting yourself out of bed by about 32 weeks will be next to impossible. You may need a boost from your husband to pull yourself up. Prior to then, you can successfully do so by flailing around like a beached whale and using Newton's laws of motion.

You also might want to head over and read Aliya's post about how you feel by 36 weeks pregnant. I'm in that place already... a week and a half early. Come on, Baby Flip! Let's appear by the end of July, shall we?

Sunday, June 24, 2012

practicing

With Baby Flip's arrival less than 6 weeks away (we hope!), Jon and I, but mostly Jon, have been in overdrive trying to prepare ourselves for his/her arrival. Here are the scenes in our house lately:
Buckled!
Swaddled!

We are mostly prepared to bring the baby home. There are a few minor things I'd still like to hang and get settled in the nursery, but otherwise all of BF's clothes have been washed and put away, the diaper bag has been packed for the hospital, and the car seat is ready to be installed. All we really need to do is take our newborn education class in the beginning of July and pack our bags. More and more people are claiming there's no way I will make it to my due date because of my size, and let me tell you: with how uncomfortable I'm already feeling I hope they're right. I'm praying this babe will decide it's ready to come into the world mid- to late-July. Sleep got worse even when I thought that wasn't possible and now just being awake is uncomfortable. However, if this baby is anywhere near as stubborn as Jon and me, I have a feeling I will need to be induced...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

the damage of short-term missions

If you head over to Sit a Spell today, the Hendricks posted a very powerful blog discussing how damaging short-term missions trips can be to poverty-stricken countries.

It's a concept I had never considered prior to following several blogs of missionaries in Haiti. Read it over, tussle with the ideas proposed in your mind and with the leaders of your churches. Even the purest of intentions can have damaging ramifications.

Monday, June 18, 2012

kitchen progress 2.0

We've made quite a bit of headway since my post just a few short days ago.

Where the fridge will go!
With regard to painting, here's what we have left:
-paint the cabinet doors and drawers
-do a coat of ceiling paint once Scott's all done patching everything
-painting over all of the trim
-painting the remaining window frame (we're leaving all doors with the original wood for the time being--bigger fish to fry)
-paint the inside of the cabinets that are above the stove and sink (which includes peeling out the awful contact paper from the previous owners)
-painting the room--as much as I dig the psych institution vibe I'd prefer something warmer

We're definitely getting there. Tomorrow Jon is planning on installing our backsplash--roof flashing that we're re-purposing out of necessity/frugality--and when I get home from work I want to tackle the inside of the remaining cabinets. Following the completion of the inside of the cabinets I'm going to switch gears to the cabinet drawers/doors since I can do that sitting down. It's definitely coming along! I intend on starting to unpack some of our kitchen boxes once the painting we did yesterday on the inside of the one set of cabinets dries and keeping more of an open-air vibe until the doors go back up. I'm itching to start that project!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

father's day

Happy Father's Day to all the dads and dads-at-heart out there: your role in you childrens' lives is so important and I salute you for being the stand-up men I know you are.

To Jon, I am so excited to see you as a dad in just a few short months. I hope our baby turns out (and looks like!) you because that would bring me unadulterated joy. You will be the best daddy our baby could possibly dream of, I don't doubt that for one second.

To my own dad, thank you so much for all the ways you have supported and encouraged me (and us!) throughout my life. I've learned a lot through and by you and I am grateful to you because of it!

To my father-in-law, you have always been there for us and I know you are half the reason Jon is the man he is. He had you as an example growing up which is a big part of the reason I know he will be an amazing dad.

Today we had Father's Day brunch followed by more house stuff. We are in the midst of a much-needed rainstorm and I can hear our grass yelling thanks. The temperature is perfect, my foot/ankle swelling has gone down quite a bit, and we are feeling quite blessed today.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

kitchen progress

We haven't had a functioning kitchen since we moved in. Part of this is attributed to the fact that our friend Scott would be remodeling it within a few weeks of us moving in so we didn't see the sense in unpacking everything in there. Part of this is because the kitchen is gross (greasy) and awkward. We have since torn out the terribly installed linoleum floors, Jon refinished the hardwood that was buried beneath, and we tore out some of the awkwardly sized cabinets above what would be a weird-height fridge. Jon's uncle switched out our leaky faucet. The boys also managed to move one of the side cabinets that we're ultimately going to turn into a breakfast bar counterspace. Here is some of the progress that's been made so far:

Before - that cabinet just barely in the picture to the left is what was removed
After Jon refinished the floor and we removed the one cabinet!
Before

After removing the cabinets above/next to where the fridge goes


I wish I would have gotten better/more before pictures--those are literally the only two I've got. The pantry on the right in the picture above is also now gone along with the drywall to the right of it (it was an awkwardly long/deep pantry) and the cabinetry on the left has been primed and has the first coat of paint, along with cabinets Scott built. Baseboard and crown molding has been removed to be replaced and Scott moved the electrical outlet for the fridge to where the former pantry was. We bought our range hood and have a garbage disposal that arrived yesterday. The giant gap to the right of the sink is where an 18" dishwasher goes which is currently on our "we wish but can't afford right now" list. Jon is confident the remodel will be done by midweek and I really hope so because I am more than ready to unpack our kitchen, have a stove again, and no longer have a fine coating of drywall dust spread throughout our first floor!

someecard saturday

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

hard at work

I've been neglectful of the blog the last few days for good reason: progress.

Our friend, Scott, has been hard at work on our kitchen tearing out cupboards, building new cupboards, etc. Jon has been hard at work building our countertops and doing other miscellaneous projects (such as tearing out still other kitchen cupboards, refinishing the floors, etc.) I've been trying to get everything settled from the baby shower as well as assist in the kitchen.

Yesterday Nikki and Jim came over and helped us out. Jim helped Jon with the counters while Nikki helped me begin the priming process of the existing kitchen cupboards we're keeping. It has been a very long couple of days but we're making progress and I'm excited to see what the final product will look like. I'm also quite anxious to have a functioning kitchen complete with a stove! Don't get me wrong, I love grilling, but naturally the second I was stoveless I was craving spaghetti, mac and cheese, and all the other stove/oven friendly foods. My fingers are crossed for a Saturday completion because we're hosting Father's Day brunch at our house on Sunday. Failure to finish kitchen by then will result in some very creative recipes on our part.

Hopefully I can post pictures soon. I had started a kitchen blog update about a week ago but then life got nutso and that fell by the wayside. Jon is off work today so he's hoping to completely finish at least 1 of the 2 counters. I'm hoping to finish priming the remaining cabinets. Tomorrow my parents are coming over to help with house projects while Jon is at work. Once this kitchen is done the only major indoor project remaining on the to do list is the full bath remodel. I can't wait until the indoor to do list has no major components!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

baby shower (in progress)

I got some pictures from my dad of the baby shower actually happening. Here they are!
I requested this one at the end--we had to get one of the two of us!
Our gift from Logan!
Jon's mom made this!
Grandmas-to-be
Jacqui & Logan
My gram--we had the shower at her building
Mickey Mouse outfit from my gram
Outfit from my relatives in Germany!
So. Blessed.
It was an amazing shower. One thing I was surprised by was how exhausting it was--once we got home and unloaded the car we didn't even have the energy to take everything from the living room to the nursery. Again, a huge thanks to everyone who helped out and for everyone who showered our babe with love!

Monday, June 11, 2012

showered with baby stuff

Our baby shower was yesterday and it was amazing. The work my mom, sister, Jon's mom and aunt, and some of my sister's friends (Logan and Hannah) and my friends (Nikki and Dez) put into making this happen was a testament to their kindness. Everyone who came truly showered us with blessings--we have 99.9% of what we need for the baby now. Here are some of the decor pictures from our orange and bicycle themed baby shower:
Guests wore blue tricycle buttons if they think Baby Flip is a boy or pink if they think BF is a girl:
The favors were homemade chocolate suckers and candies made by Jon's mom and aunt in a burlap bag with a tricycle that my mom put together:
Centerpieces
My mom made pink champagne cupcakes and peanut butter chocolate cupcakes and topped them with these cute little banners:
And another view:

I didn't get any pictures of all the food we had, including the two delicious types of punch my sister and Logan made, but rest assured when I tell you it was very delicious and I probably drank about a gallon of punch. I hope to add some pictures of the shower in progress once I get them all from my dad, but I couldn't wait to post the pictures of the items I had on our camera.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

on birthing plans

Before my pregnancy I was of the mindset I want the drugs when I have a baby.

In my early- to mid-pregnancy, I was of the mindset I want to try it without the drugs but if I need them to be successful (i.e. to get rest if I've been laboring 24+ hours with no end in sight) I won't oppose. This mantra was due to me trying to save money on the epidural, not because I am morally opposed to the intervention.

Well my friends, there has been an unexpected change in this mama's heart. I really want to do this thing without the epidural. I need to give you a little back-story before I continue.

In high school health class, we watched a 20/20 documentary about hypnobirthing: the practice of hypnosis during childbirth. This woman's home video of her labor was ridic: she was in a state of total relaxation and didn't make a peep during pushing. She was also going naturally. That day I decided to pursue hypnobirthing should I ever have a baby. 

I've since half-read a book about hypnobirthing techniques and whatnot but then totally dropped the ball when life got nutso with the house situation. I mostly read the background about how/why it can work. As dumb as it sounds, one of the things I hadn't really thought about before reading the book was that women's bodies were made for this. The medical interventions are amazing and even lifesaving in complicated situations, but more often than not, women do not need painkillers to get through it. Sure, it helps, but you are capable of having that baby without. Just ask our moms and their moms and all the women before epidurals came into play.

Another point made by the book was that the pain experienced during childbirth is much greater when you are stressed or tense because a contraction is simply a contraction of the uterine muscles. Tensing up prolongs labor and increases pain, so if you can get yourself in a mentality where childbirth isn't some evil/terrible act and relax you will have an easier (but not easy, obviously) labor. 

That being said, with all of the relaxation and breathing techniques we've learned during our childbirth classes thus far and my inherent frugality, I really want to try to do this naturally. Last night it hit me: I am one of the most stubborn people I know. If I can convince myself I 100% want to do this naturally I should be stubborn enough to follow through. Granted, I also tend to crumble in the presence of pain so who really knows. But here is our tentative birth plan:

  • no epidural--go natural
  • when labor starts to progress and contractions get worse, Jon will be my only "support person" in the room
  • minimize medical interventions where ever possible, but we will obviously not deny anything that could benefit the baby if things are going wrong - this includes me getting an epidural if it is strongly recommended by my OB to make progress and/or avoid a c-section
  • skin-to-skin after the babe is born - prolong the vitamin K injection and silver drops of the eyes as long as the babe is doing okay
  • doctor/medical personnel cut the cord--Jon wants nothing to do with this, and honestly, I get it
  • there WILL be a towel placed on my belly prior to delivery for the baby to be wiped off on--I'm sorry, child, but all that gunk you come out with makes your mama gag
I've been warned by several people, my nurse-sister and OB included, that birth plans tend to go by the wayside during the actual labor. I'm fine with that--our birth plan is more or less a wish list.  We understand that childbirth is unpredictable, especially since we've never experienced it. Those are just my goals and I hope we can follow through. So to those of you who went naturally: do you have any tips on how to cope with the pain?

Saturday, June 9, 2012

a loved baby

One of my best friends, Alli, can't make it to the shower tomorrow so she came over today to shower Baby Flip with love. Among her gifts, these were hands down my fav:


She made all of these! She and her boyfriend, Chris, also bought me lunch and helped me with a few house projects--they know just the way to my heart. We are so blessed to have such loving people in our lives!