Monday, February 24, 2014

[ Countdown is on! 8 weeks left! ]


How far along: 32 weeks, exactly. 

Sleep: Less and less, but I have found a system involving 3 pillows & a thin blanket that helps a bit. I take up more bed but the Hubs seems to think a not-tired me is worth it. 

Best moment this week: Either attending our birthing class and trying very hard not to giggle through practicing breathing & labor exercises in the back of the class or when we both realized we are in single digits as we count down to her arrival!

Movement: All I can say is this girl has moves & she ain't afraid to use them. She literally takes my breath away mid-sentence with a swift kick into my ribs and lungs! I noticed it seems a bit more cramped over this past week. 

Miss anything: Regular sized meals. I eat about half and save the rest for an hour later when I know I'll be hungry again. 

Food cravings: At this exact moment, nothing in particular. But grapefruit has been my go to lately. 

Maternity Clothes: oh yes, and the choices continue to narrow down with the ever expanding tummy!



Anything making you queasy or sick: I'm just way more sensitive to smells. If something is too strong, it makes me a bit queasy- even if it's not a "bad" smell. 

Have you started to show yet: Oh ya, we have moved past just showing to the point where you can see my tummy roll and every movement of Bitty Baby. It's actually really cool to see her stretch and move! 

Gender prediction: Hopefully she's still a girl... I bought some headbands this past week and I'm pretty sure the bow would look funny on a little boy. 

Labor signs: The occasional contraction, but nothing regular or concerning. More just startling when I stand up too fast. I can't believe we are down to single digits though (8 weeks!!!) so everytime it makes me pay more attention as I hope it's not early labor. 

Belly button in or out: Definitely neither. It's just flat. 

Happy or Moody most of the time: I wouldn't say moody, but probably a bit more prone to cry. And it's over the dumbest things, being too tired, putting on my boots, picking out which shirt to wear, having a messy house, and the ridiculous list goes on. I can always laugh afterwards, but in the moment I have no self control or ability to think logically. Yes, you may think my poor husband... I do sometimes too. 

Looking forward to: My first baby shower is this next Sunday and I'm so excited! We don't have a lot of baby stuff yet because of the renovations and lack of storage space combined with the inability to set up her nursery yet. So I am excited to get somethings for her! 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

[ House Remodel Update ]

We have been working on renovating our upstairs. When we moved in 3 1/2 years ago, I took a number of pictures so we could remember what we started with. I did the same thing with downstairs and looking back, it's crazy to see the before and after pictures! Here's what we started with:

This will be baby's room. I used to call it the Pink Room. It's a great room in the front of the house with plenty of golden sunshine in the morning. If you've stayed with us before, you've probably stayed in this room as it was a primary guest bedroom.
This will be our Master bedroom. It's right above our dining room and is the same size, which we are excited about! I've always called it the tan room (I was super original and just called them whatever color they had been painted). It looks out to the south over our fire pit and the lower pasture where we can sometimes see wild turkeys walking through. 
This picture is only half of the room, but since it's pretty symmetrical, just imagine the other half looking the exact same. This room (the Blue Room, again, I'm sure you can guess why!) is going to be our Reading Room. In order to get to the back of the house (no previous pics- I can't remember where I stored them!) where we are going to be adding another bathroom, laundry area and office, you would have to walk through this bedroom to get there. So we decided to just make it into another area with a TV, couches and a place to relax. I love the low windows that look out to the North as our giant oak tree towers over that side of the house. Remington loves to sit at these windows and watch for cars to drive by or for Grama & Grampa next door to come home.  
So that's what we had before. Lot's of different colors, plaster and slat board all being held up by thick wallpaper. We had nob and tube wiring that had been chewed through in the past year by some friendly rodent which meant no electricity upstairs. So, obviously when Bitty Baby was starting to grow, we knew that we had to start planning a big renovation project that would hopefully be done before she'd make her grand arrival in the spring.

We invited a bunch of guys (& a girlfriend who is a beast at cleaning up renovating!) for a demo day. We anticipated a full day of tearing out plaster and slat board as we dumped it out of our shoot to a dumpster park below one of the windows. Turns out that our family and friends are incredibly talented at demo and completely tore out the upstairs by 1pm. That included all walls, ceilings and a lot of the clean up.

In the pic below, it's a panoramic while standing in the reading room. The Baby's room is in the far lefthand side, our room is in the middle (with a giant pile of garbage), the bathroom/laundry & office is in the far righthand side of the pic.
We had hoped to find some cool things in the walls, maybe a time capsule or something just as sweet. When we redid some of the walls on the main floor, we found news paper from the 1930s which was really cool to read. I eventually framed quite a bit of it and used it for decoration around the house, trying to keep some of the history. We didn't find anything like that upstairs, but instead learned exactly where the original house was. We knew the house had been added onto, but as the walls were torn down, we discovered that when they added on, they just built right over the existing roof- shingles and all. 
Since that demo day, family and friends have been working up there sometimes 5 nights a week for the past month trying to get everything ready. Electrical needed to be run, ductwork hooked up, plumbing put in and walls/doors changed to fit out layout. The bathroom and office were framed in first. Plumbing for the bathroom (including a bathroom- I cannot wait!) was put in next and then they moved onto electrical.

This is our Master Bedroom, with His and Hers closets on either side of the windows. I'm not only really excited about our own closet spaces but we are also going to put in a window bench to sit and enjoy the beautiful view outside! 
This is the view as if you were standing between the His and Hers closet looking into the rest of our bedroom. Eventually, our bed will be against the big wall and you won't be able to see the Reading Room, but you can see as the guys are working on the electrical and studs for each of the rooms. 
At this point, there's a lot of mess. There's a lot of sweeping, vacuuming and repeating that process. There's a lot of shared meals, brainstorming and saws running loudly upstairs. It's a lot of work for the men that have been putting in long hours to try and get our upstairs ready for this pending arrival of Bitty Baby. There have been stressful times, being pregnant with roller coaster hormones sometimes makes for hard days. But MOST days are happy days as I get to dream about where to hang pictures and set up her crib. I get to pick out colors to splash our walls with. In the next couple weeks, the sheetrock should arrive along with insulation and our rooms are going to begin taking better shape!

Monday, January 13, 2014

[ 26 Weeks & Counting! ]

Sometime this week, I cross the line that takes us into the 3rd trimester. I cross the line that takes us to the next step, a step closer to meeting our baby girl. Over the last couple months, I would think about things like cute outfits, what color to paint the nursery, if I just felt a kick or just gas. But over the past week or so, it's begun to change. Instead of just being in the middle of being pregnant, the end has begun to take shape....



How far along: 26 weeks, 1 day.

Sleep: Some nights are better than others, but it's been quite a few months since I've slept through the whole night. 

Best moment this week: Sitting upstairs with Hubs and dreaming about how we are going to be renovating our upstairs. Demo starts in a week and a half and as the upstairs begins to take shape, we know that the pending arrival of bitty baby girl is just getting that much closer!

Movement: Her kicks are getting stronger, she wakes me up in the morning- trying to motivate me to get out of bed, something that isn't always the easier due to lack of solid sleep.

Miss anything: At this moment, I miss the days before I'd ever have heartburn. Regardless of what I eat, my dear friend heartburn joins me every evening. 

Food cravings: Anything sweet. Tonight, I gave in a bought gummies. Gummies are my weakness- regardless of my pregnant or non-pregnant state- and tonight I caved. Fruit, ice cream and coffee creamer are things I cannot do a day without right now. 

Maternity Clothes: Uh, of course. Since week 13 or so, I've been in maternity pants. They are ah-mazing. This week, I began to realize that my expanding tummy is starting to need more bigger shirts which means new clothes & shopping. Thank goodness for online shops, free shipping and free returns!

Anything making you queasy or sick: I haven't really been sick since week 16. Thank goodness! Sometimes strong smells will make my stomach flip flop, but not enough to make me sick.

Have you started to show yet: Duh. No hiding this baby girl!

Gender prediction: We know it's a girl, even though most people seemed to say that it would be a boy. This mama was right! 

Labor signs: Maybe some light contractions, but that's normal and just means that we really are heading towards the end stretch!

Belly button in or out: a teeny-tiny bit in still, which I am going to cling to for as long as I can.  

Wedding rings on or off: I took them off a couple weeks ago. My fingers haven't been too swollen, but the ring has actually been a tiny bit too small since I got the bands sautered together and I was nervous that if I didn't take if off while I still could, I would have to get it sawed off and that sounds terrible!

Happy or Moody most of the time: We will just say it's probably about halfsies. Getting closer to April and meeting this bitty baby girl means that the pressure to get ready for her eminent arrival is going to creep up faster than we probably realize and this mama finds that stressful at times. Other times, I am just excited to be pregnant, to meet my girl soon, to see my husband as a dad, to choose cute baby outfits and enjoy these last couple months. 

Looking forward to: This week? Official hitting the 3rd trimester, I just can't believe how fast time has gone by! Other upcoming events? Beginning renovations upstairs, which means a nursery & new master bedroom. 
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