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.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Family Baby Shower

Last weekend Derrick's family threw us the best baby shower! Leanna and Kevin were in town with Ellie and Jesse and we won't get to see them again before Furnace is born so we had a family shower that was SO nice! I LOVED it and it was such a great way to start our baby celebrations that we have going on this month.

How cute is this diaper wreath? And it had so many other goodies in it including a lot of rattles and car seat toys which I'm really excited about.

Those ducks have heat sensors on the bottom and will tell you if your baby's bath water is too hot. Genius!

Derrick's mom had some really cute games planned including price is right, a diaper toss, and a "don't drop the baby" water balloon toss. I got totally soaked in the balloon toss and drastically underestimate the cost of baby items in the price is right game. Derrick and I are in for a rude awakening I think!

Dad and Jay were able to come to the shower to represent the Williams family and was so glad to have them there. It was their first baby shower and I think they both really enjoyed it. They ended up tying for the win in the balloon toss and Jay won the bottle candy count.

The hit of the shower was the onesie making station. Derrick's mom is amazing! She has a cricut vinyl cutter and a heat press. A HEAT PRESS! So these onesies are professional! Amazing! She had a whole row of them pre-made lining the windows. The light is washing the pictures out a bit but just look at those!

And then she had all these pre-cut options and blank onesies so everybody got to design their own. Just incredible and SO fun!

We wrapped up with gifts and everybody was so generous and so thoughtful! It's clear everybody is excited for Furnace to make his debut.

When the shower was over we transitioned into the family fantasy football draft. Jay roped dad into assisting him with his draft and they proceeded to sit like this for the next two hours. I finished the onesies and then napped on the couch :)

My parents set us up with our stroller at the shower and we put it together when we got home. It was super simple to do and we are loving the red!

Shout out to Momma Marcey for doing the bulk of the planning and organizing of the shower. It was so amazing and we loved every second of it! We are so lucky to have such great family all around and seriously so lucky that our families can gather together so seamlessly. It makes bringing this guy into the world that much more exciting!