Monday, May 30, 2011

room redo

Since the boys are sharing a room, we didn't have a big nursery project to do this time around. That just meant I got to shift my nesting focus to a few other house projects I'd been putting off. One of those was our bedroom. I finally (you know, T-1 week until J is due) got everything almost the way I want it (just a few more things to hang on the wall) so I wanted to show off the final product. I'm in LOVE with how it turned out.


I wanted our room to be black, white, sunny yellow, and gray. I started with the walls...

When we moved in, my fabulous mom helped me paint it... I was really wanting a chilly blue and earthy brown bedroom, but my paint color picking didn't quite go as I'd planned. I think four years was plenty of time to determine that no, sadly, it wasn't ever going to grow on me. Our first mission was to paint the walls Valspar's Stone Mason Gray. I wanted a warm gray, but not brown-gray, and somehow I managed to hit the nail on the head.


From the doorway

The comforter/shams are from Target... on clearance (I got the set for TWENTY DOLLARS).

I also showed you how to make the bed skirt (and I can say after 4 months, it's holding up beautifully!).

The flowers are vinyl wall thingies from

The shelves on the left wall (from Michael's, I think) need some frames and family pics. Family pics coming after Baby J comes. :)

The dresser normally doesn't live there, but we had to move it to put the Pack 'n Play in our room. I have high hopes that J will in his crib in no time, but we'll see. :)

These are metal wall thingies from Hobby Lobby... Joey even picked these out.

Artwork is my own. :) (With a lot of help from Adobe Illus.trator)

The other wall... I want to find one more yellow picture/print of some sort that'll hang above where the Pack 'n Play is now.

I love how it all turned out, and I think it's finally ready to welcome a peanut home to!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

while we wait...

J is still an inside baby and 39 weeks today. So while we wait for him to pick a birthday, here's some pics of what we've been up to this spring...

We wore our boots, with sweatpants:

We made sure kitty had something to drink:

We practiced our smile:

We wore shorts!

We lounged:

 And lounged some more:

We dyed eggs:

 We got into sticky situations with our cousin:

We looked for eggs:

We had our first "popsicle" (aka frozen OJ):

We went to the state museum:

We played choo-choos with our cousin:

Friday, May 27, 2011


Floating baby over on the left says 8 DAYS TO GO. I'm still not completely convinced that we're really at the end, but I think Baby J has other plans.

Appointment yesterday was great. Nothing exciting. I'm still 2ish cm dilated, and "very thin" - she didn't give me an effacement %. His head is still wayyyy low, so I suppose in theory he could fall out at any moment. :) We even got an extra ultrasound because she wanted to double check fluid levels, his activity, etc. Which means we got a sneaky peek at our boy. And you guys? I'm about to give birth to the same child all over again. Proof:
To me, one of the best parts of having a second son has been the part where Joey and I have started to refer to them as "the boys". And I know I've said "my boys" a time or two to a friend. Growing up, my sister and I were often referred to as "the girls" and I loved this - it's fun to be half of a pair like that. While it would have been equally awesome to have a girl to add to our fam, it makes me so happy to have another boy - I like being the main gal in their lives. At least for 30 more years. :)

Anyway, everything is the same. More baby baking. Woo!

Friday, May 20, 2011


We had our weekly checkup with Dr. C yesterday - all is boring and well, whew! He's still verrrryyyyyy low. She'd barely begun the exam and was like "oh hi, you are right there" - so that's a little... creepy? Anyway, I'm 80% effaced and 2 cm dilated! So that's something. I know it means nothing, but I always figure it's 2cm less that I have to do in labor and delivery. This was roughly the same amount I was dilated with B at this point.

It sounds like she would like to induce me the week of the 30th, so we shall see! Just a few more weeks to go.

Enjoy your weekends! I will keep you posted on any developments, promise!

Sunday, May 15, 2011


Days to go that is. I assumed things would go fast this pregnancy, but I'm really not sure how we've gotten to 37 weeks, it's all just a blur.

I know you've all been waiting with baited breath for the appointment update from last Thursday, but you're going to be disappointed... there's not much to report. :) My doctor had been called out for a delivery so I saw her colleague, which was fine. I really like all 4 OBs in the practice, but my doc is my fave. They all try to deliver their own patients so that's nice to count on... except we found out last week that my OB is on vacation for 10ish days starting in a week. SO! It'll be fine either way, but I'm really hoping she'll be able to be there for delivery again, she's the best.

And that was pretty much it. Baby J's heart was thumping away in the 140 bpm range. Next appointment is this Thursday.

We're finishing up getting things ready for his arrival. We got the car seat bases in the cars today. I have yet to pack the hospital bag, but I did make a list of what to put in it. So that's a start, right?

Thanks for checking in on us!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

B & B

B is lucky to have a cousin just three months older than he is. Our "B boys" (they both have names that start with B) are separated by 5 hours and 350 miles but you wouldn't know it from the attention they give each other when they're apart. One of B's top 5 random phrases to spout is "Bear-bit GO?!" - like Momma, I lost him, where is he? These two don't miss a beat when they get back together, they're going to be best buds for life. And we're in bigggg trouble when they can drive. ;)

These videos are from last Christmas. They were chasing laser lights around on the carpet, it was hilarious. I don't know why my son is pantsless, I think it was just about jammie time. :) Enjoy!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

quick update

We had a appointment Friday to check on Baby J and all was well. I was 36 weeks yesterday (Saturday) so we're in the last days as a family of three! My blood pressure was normal, I actually lost a pound since my previous appointment 10 days prior, and my belly was measuring right on.

We talked about labor and when to go to L&D (when contractions are 5-7 minutes apart, unless I want to go in sooner, it's up to me and my pain threshold). (Did I mention I love my OB? She's fantastic.) We asked her if we needed to be concerned about baby J having a huge head since B did - she said we could do an ultrasound next week if we want to. I said I didn't feel like he was that huge, he "seems" to be about the same as B to me. She said that a mom's (in a subsequent pregnancy) perception of the size of the baby is almost always as accurate as ultrasound - weird, huh? We'll see if she wants an u/s next week, but I don't feel like he's 10 pounds.

Anyway, we're still here, still baby baking. :) I think we have almost everything crossed off our "pre-baby" to do list. We just need to get the bassinet/pack n' play set up in our room. We got the crib mattress raised back up to newborn height today, so I'll try to take a picture of the boys' room this week, it's surreal to see TWO beds in there!

B is (we think) excited to meet his little brother. We are too! Next appointment is Thursday, I'll be back with an update then!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

thought bubble tuesday

Thought bubbles! Because it's Tuesday, and it's about as much of a post as I can wrap my mind around at the moment.
  • I had an appointment with my always-awesome OB, Dr. C, last Wednesday. Everything has been really good and normal so far this pregnancy. I've gained less weight this time than I did with B... which I attribute completely to being in shape at the beginning of this pregnancy. (Thank you boot camp, I'll be back very soon!) This appointment was more of the same, normal normal. Blood pressure was 120/60 or something? And Baby J's heart was lubbing away around 140 bpm. I've had some crazy crazy pelvic pain this time though, and was beginning to get a wee bit concerned. She wanted to check if his head had dropped already and lo, it has, and is verrryyy low. No progress to speak of, dilation-wise, but he's heads down and ready for his escape!
  • I really need to post some pictures of B. Which would mean I need to take some huh?
  • I want a new camera... I know, what mom doesn't? But I don't think I'll ever be a Photographer, so I can't really justify spending $700 on one. Maybe something in the $300-450 range? Do those exist? Any recommendations? Mainly I want one that will take pictures faster than ours does now, and also takes ok pics in our dark-ish house (we have a ranch built in the 50s, we're unfortunately not swallowed by sunshine all the time).
  • Speaking of the munchkin, he's great as usual. Definitely very TWO right now. The sweetness melts me and the tantrums make me pull my hair out. Par for the course, right? He may look like a carbon copy of Joey, but I see myself as a kid in his actions constantly. He's a stubborn little button pusher through and through. He knows how to work the system, even if he is only two.
  • I swore I would never be a mom that talked about her kids' bathroom progress, but since this functions as a baby book to some extent I feel like I need to record that today was day one of wearing undies to daycare. Toddler teachers don't get paid enough. We'll see how this goes, he's eager so far!
  • We're basically ready for Baby J's arrival whenever he decides to come. I mean we have like 2 days worth of diapers and his clothes are hanging, what more do we need? :) Perhaps we should work on getting the crib situated and the rest of the stuff (swing, etc.) up and operational soon. I'm much more relaxed about baby #2 than I was about baby #1.
  • Any advice on welcoming baby J into B's world? Bubba is a super loving kiddo, but he's also a normal jealous 2 year old, and I'm a wee bit nervous. Obviously things will be fine in the end, I just want to avoid unnecessary heartache for him if possible. Sometimes he doesn't handle change the best, and he really doesn't like sharing Joey and I with anyone.
  • In other, non-kid news, Joey was honored with a nomination for the American Heart Association Lifestyle Change Award at their annual Heart Walk last week. He didn't know about the nomination until we got to the walk (I told him we were helping our nurse friend, Kelli, finish up some final pre-graduation requirements she had). He was irritated that we had to get up so early on a Saturday morning and he thought we were picking up trash (?), and he about freaked out when I told him Kelli wasn't even there. :) Thankfully we were able to surprise him with the nomination booth and he was excited - as he should be, he deserves it!
  • Last time I ask for advice this post: what is your must-have baby item? Anything that made life with two peanuts easier? A friend wanted ideas on baby gear that I loved/hated, and I'm curious as to your thoughts as well!
Have a great week! Next OB appt is Friday!