Monday, October 16, 2017

One Lamp Away from Done!

We can pretty much call the nursery done and I am very happy to check it off the list. We're waiting for a lamp to be delivered on Thursday but that's pretty much it! The art is hung, the floor is vacuumed, and the clothes are cleaned and put away.

We started out thinking we'd do an adventure/travel theme but it really morphed into more of just a bunch of things we liked. I think that's the best way for a room to come together...if you love everything in the room you are bound to love the room!

The paint color is Fog...I can't remember who makes it but but we got it at Lowes. The gem of the room is our glider/recliner. I LOVE it and frequently go in there to just sit and relax. You can see in that back corner the cord covers hiding the monitor cords. There is an extension cord hanging just out of sight so we're putting a tripod lamp behind the chair to disguise it even more and add some light to the corner.

This is probably my favorite corner of the room. I love the bookshelf and we threw down a cozy pillow and sheepskin rug to make it more comfortable to lay down and read. We've also got a few stuffed animals scattered around and a puzzle of dog breeds that framed on the wall.

The gallery wall above the changing table could use a few more art pieces but I didn't want to add just anything so we're leaving room to spread out. I do love what we have hanging including a "wolfcub" penant I found on etsy and a hopeful printable that says "You're getting very sleepy".  The caddy on the right is full of diapers and wipes and the basket on the left will be for laundry.

We got this felt airplane mobile on etsy and and I really love it.

Overall we're thrilled with the room! We'll also need to add curtains or a roman shade before he's really sleeping in there but we have time and I've been unsure what direction to go there. A talented friend of mine has offered to make a roman shade so we shall see! 

House-wise we feel pretty prepared, which is good. 16 days and counting til D-Day. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

37 Weeks

It's amazing the difference 30 weeks can make! Both in belly size and photo quality.

We hit 37 weeks yesterday which means we now have less than 3 weeks until D-day. The doctor said everything is measuring right on track, I'm not dilated at all, and to keep on keeping on. The past two days have been pretty rough on my rib pain...he's still sitting high and he's getting bigger so the stretch on my upper right side is pretty painful.

Work has slowed way down though so I've really been able to take it pretty easy during the day and I've got a pre-natal massage scheduled for next week!

The nursery is almost complete...we just need to hang the art and one carseat base is installed. I'm getting my car cleaned today so that we can install my base tonight or tomorrow. Our hospital bag isn't packed at all, I haven't had any braxton hicks, and I'm still playing pickleball. We're just riding the wave!

I think we're both anxious and excited for his arrival but I'm also not stressed about him coming. I figure, even if he's 2 weeks late, that's a drop in the bucket in his lifetime and I'll never have this kind of freedom again so I'm trying to enjoy it while it lasts. That being said, we're ready when you are Furnace!

Monday, October 9, 2017

October Baby Shower

We're almost 3 weeks from our due date which is absolutely wild. Once we hit 36 weeks last Wednesday it really felt like there was a real end in sight and Derrick and I have had an excited energy and a motivation to get things ready. I'm not having any signs of labor so I don't anticipate him coming anytime soon but with the weekly countdown below 4 it feels a lot more tangible.

Last weekend Nikki and Sabine threw me an amazing baby shower and it was our last weekend away from Raleigh until after the baby gets here.  It felt like a full circle moment because they also threw a wedding shower for us 6 years ago.

This little window pane was so cute and everyone at the shower left little notes of encouragement and hung them in the window pane. It was so cute and we brought it back for the nursery.

The food was adorable!

My lovely hosts! This family means so much to me and I'm lucky to have had them in my life for so many years. I love celebrating these milestones with them.


Everybody was so generous with their gifts! That's the most overwhelming part to me...everybody is so thoughtful and Derrick and I feel so lucky to have so much support and love. This little guy is going to be well loved when he gets here!


Both Grandmas are getting very excited! It is really crazy to think that the next time we'll see them it will be when the baby is here.

This crying baby mask greeted everybody at the front door and was hilarious. Derrick and I came back and hung it on Jack's door so he'd have a Halloween costume :)

Thank you Nikki and Sabine for an amazing baby shower! I can't wait for Furnace to meet you in a few short weeks!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

35 Weeks

We are officially at 35 weeks into this pregnancy and I am officially very large. It's crazy to me that we're only 5 weeks away from our due date. Derrick made a comment last night to my parents that he isn't going to nationals with his frisbee team because it's too close to the due date. Nationals is 3 weeks away! And that's too close to our due date for him to leave!!!

I'm feeling.....ok.  I have definitely had a noticeable slow down in the last two week and my ribs are still pretty painful. My hips are almost worse though, especially after I've been walking. We played pickleball twice this week though and it was a struggle to get motivated to go but I was really happy to be out there once we were playing. Derrick is in charge of bending over for any stray balls thankfully.

Work has calmed down a lot and I've started turning away clients. I've got a few more closings to get through this month but most are in the home stretch so it's been nice to be able to relax a bit during the day.

We have a baby shower this weekend and then we'll be in full set-up mode for the nursery and house. I'm looking forward to some final nesting!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Baby Shower #2

Derrick and I are so lucky to have so many amazing friends in our life that want to celebrate Furnace. We are having three baby showers and the second one was last weekend hosted by my dear friend Alison and her mom. The weather was perfect and the company was even better!

These pictures were a little eye opening...I obviously look at myself in the mirror but I realized just hot big I had gotten after I saw these pictures.  I'm definitely looking 8 months preggo.

Sweet baby Audrey is one of Furnace's best friends! She'll only be 5 months older.

Dessert club representing!


Chloe is another one of Furnace's best friends....she's two so she'll be showing him the ropes of life.


Our amazing hosts! Alison did the most amazing job and her mom's house offered the best venue! There was even a pool for the afternoon.


 Alison made this gorgeous quilt! It's going to be Furnace's floor blanket for tummy time and playing. I LOVE it!

Derrick's mom made this amazing shower cake! She's so talented with cakes and crafts!


This little photo booth area was so cute and I didn't make it over until the end of the shower. Alison had a polaroid camera out so I have these adorable little pictures. She also played up my cheese cravings with the props.

Last but not least was the tie dye station! Seriously! We tie dyed onsies and burp clothes and it was the messiest and most fun shower activity! Most people went to work the next day with dyed hands but it was well worth it I think.


Here's a picture of the finished onesies and burp clothes. They are so cute and I can't wait to get Furnace in some of these. I think we're going to send some to another tie dye loving friend since we have so many.

We have another baby shower this weekend in Hickory hosted by Nikki and Sabine. It's been amazing to have so much love poured out for this little dude. We can't wait for him to meet all of these amazing people who love him already!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Trash Bag

Two weeks ago at Sectionals some Trash Bag smashed our car window and stole my purse. I had just parked and the first game was hardly underway when I heard some cops walking around asking who had a red Rogue. At first I thought I'd let my registration expire or something like that but they let me know what had happened.

They left Derrick's wallet, two laptops, and an i-pad and went for my purse. It was really the best thing they could have taken since I didn't have any cash. The most valuable thing they took was my actual purse and wallet which I am pretty bummed out about. We had to spend the next hour cancelling our cards and we're still dealing with transferring our auto-pays and direct deposits.

Safelite will put on a temporary crash cover and then reimburse you for it when they replace the window which was a big help. They were able to come out the following Monday to re-install the glass and it wasn't even worth filing an insurance claim for.

Such is life I suppose and now I'm much more cognizant of where my wallet is!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Craft Room...Finally!

Sorry for the blog break! Work has been really stressful the past couple weeks and then we had Leanna and Kevin and their family in town as they evacuated hurricane Irma. The silver lining of the storm was we got some unexpected hang out time with them!

I'm back at it though with a few updates. We're about 6 weeks out from D-day so I've been trying to motivate to finish up a few things. When Ellie was here this week she referred to the craft room as "the messy room" and she wasn't allowed in without an adult. Here's a very clean picture of what we've been dealing with for the past several months. 

Really...throw in several more layers of mess and you'll get a bit closer to reality.

There was also the shelf situation. I wanted to put shelves in this nook and had these big dreams of building thick wood shelves. I got about half way through and then stalled out. I just wasn't loving them and they were hard to get level, and I was growing a human. Excuses, excuses...but these shelves were causing the whole room to sit in limbo for MONTHS!

Once I decided the shelves had to go I finally had the motivation to get this room under control. Derrick helped me demo the shelves and I found a great deal for some shelving at Target during their labor day sale. I then used some extra paint from the office years ago and we were in business!

The intention of the shelves was for Derrick's board game collection that has expanded a lot this summer. We still have a full game closet to sort through. Speaking of which...if anyone wants any high quality puzzles just let me know! I love puzzles but I never do puzzles twice so I have a bunch of great ones I'm happy to lend out or give away!

Once the wall was painted and the shelves were anchored to the wall I was able to organize the rest of the room.

We still have some changes to make to keep this room safe once Furnace becomes mobile but I'm thrilled to be able to walk around this room and call it done for now. It's right next to the nursery so I wanted it to look OK and it's been like Christmas morning turning the corner in the morning and seeing it all clean. It's been such a mess for so long!

I hope to jump back into blogging this week...I have a lot to catch you up on including a car break in, baby shower, baby class, and a growing bump.