Friday, July 27, 2012

26 week pregnancy update!


How far along: 26 weeks :D 

Weight gain: No changes in weight, so still at a total weight gain of 8lbs. I feel like I'm carrying A LOT more than that.

Gender: Girl

Maternity clothes: Mainly I'm still wearing maternity jeans/shorts. I have picked up a couple dresses, but I don't quite fill out the belly area and I feel like I look so much bigger when I wear them because of that.


Sleep: Still relatively good. I've been tossing and turning a bit more trying to get comfortable at first, but once I'm asleep I do okay.

Movement: I can tell that she is starting to run out of room by the way she is moving and can now feel when she has the hiccups.

Food Cravings: Peaches and plums! The funny thing is that I was looking back on my posts of my pregnancy with Parker and around the same time I had also craved peaches.

Symptoms: I honestly feel pretty great! My contractions are next to none. I only have heartburn on a few occasions and  my nausea had subsided once again. I think my only issue is quite a bit of pressure "down there" when I walk.  I've been doing my best to take it easy since my OB did put me on modified bed rest. She wants me to be resting 75% of the time and doing what I can to not be lifting Parker too much throughout the day.



It will be a little bit before she wears these, but a couple outfits I made for Eliana.

Best Moment(s) this Week or since last update: If you read my last post you saw that we started the re-decorating for the room Parker will be sharing with Eliana. We picked up the carseat today, which is something I wanted to make sure I had sooner rather than later. Lastly, I have 11 of the 12 newborn diapers finished. I still have to sew all the inserts, but the hardest part is done.

What I am looking forward to: Next ultrasound on Aug 14th!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Designing a shared room: Painting chevron stripes

It feels good to say that we got all the painting finished in the room that Parker and Eliana will be sharing. It's a little ironic because I don't paint, but I wanted to do something special for this room. Now we may not even be staying in this house for as long as we had initially planned and will more than likely be re-painting in a few months.


It's hard to see the grid in this picture, but it's there. 

Just a note: We used the white that the wall already was painted as the second stripe color. This allowed for a lot less time and money spent on this project. From what I've read, if you are doing two different colors, it's recommended to paint the whole wall one color. After that has dried, then you will do the grid step.

After researching quite a few tutorials on how to have the "chevron stripe" look in the room. Most of the tutorials included a lot of measuring, calculating distances, angles and more measuring. I'm pregnant, my brain is not functioning at 100% at the moment.

Tools we used to draw grid:

Spiderman #2 pencil..(lol!)
12"x12" thick card stock paper (x2)...usually in the scrapbook section of craft stores.

Make sure if you use this method you write "TOP" on one side and on one of the pieces of the card stock. We found that they aren't perfect squares and if you don't place the card stock the same direction each time, it will result in the grid not lining up. 

The second piece of card stock paper you will fold in half, diagonally. This piece is what you will use to draw the diagonal lines for the stripes. 


We did write "new paint area" in all the sections that would be painted. Again, pregnant brain...I knew that I would mess something up if I didn't mark it.


 And here is the finished wall. Amazing the character the room receives with just a little paint.  I LOVE it!!

Paint color: Fudge Truffle from Olympic (Lowe's)

We used less than a quart of paint to do this project and we had to paint 3-4 coats. We still have 1/4 of the can left over.

With the painter's tape, roller, pan and paint we spent less than $20 on this project.

And just for fun, some pictures I took this morning.


Friday, July 13, 2012

24 week pregnancy update!

How far along: 24 weeks exactly and a big Yay, for viability. It's another milestone that I like to get to. I haven't posted about it, but I was in the OB triage a few weeks back having contractions. It's sad when the Dr. tells you that they can't do too much at this point if the baby decides to come. I know it's the truth, but it's not something that I wanted to hear. I wasn't too thrilled about the whole visit and when I relayed all the information I was told to my OB, she was quite upset.  

Weight gain: I had gained another 2 pounds last week for a total of about 8 pounds.  

Gender: Girl!  

Maternity clothes: Found these AWESOME maternity pants made by Noppies. I could seriously live in these pants. No other changes, with the heat here I pretty much wear pants and a tank top all the time .

Sleep:Sleeping good still, but I have noticed it's taking me longer to relax to get to sleep.  

Movement: She a busy little lady in the late evenings. This is probably why getting to sleep is a struggle, she is rolling all around when I'm trying to get to sleep.  

Food Cravings: No major cravings  

Symptoms: Nausea in the evenings has also returned. I've also been noticing some numbness in my hands and feet. Something I will be bringing up to the nurse that comes by weekly.
Best Moment(s) this Week:Nothing that really stands out, it's been a fairly uneventful week.  

What I am looking forward to: Getting the room started! I hope to get the chevron stripes on the one wall at least drawn out and taped this weekend. I have picked up some frames and some wall letters and did paint those.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Designing a shared baby/toddler room

Ever since I found out I was pregnant with a girl, I was so excited to start a little nursery for her. I'm not big on the traditional pinks and purples and I have to keep in mind that she is sharing a room with her big brother so I will keep the ruffles to a minimum.

We had recently started to decorate Parker's room in "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" theme, but I didn't want that theme for the baby's side. Thanks to Pinterest I have found so many ideas that I would love to incorporate into the room they will be sharing.

We did pick up the nursery bedding last weekend. We kept the bedding fairly neutral, to make coordinating a bit easier. Not to mention I have always LOVED the lamb bedding from Pottery Barn. I decided not to buy the mobile. I'm not a fan of that and hope to be able to find some whimsical I can make to match the set.

I'm dead set on doing chevron stripes on one wall in the room. It will be more of a light brown than pink. I think they are so cute!

I will definitely be doing a picture/sayings collage wall in the room. I'm so bad at putting up pictures in the house and this will be a must do project for the room. If you see the cute flag/bunting banner in the lower left picture, I would also love to do that in the room as well.


We have 3 windows in the room and we just purchased curtains for two of the windows and so for the third window, where the crib will be, I'm going to be making some ruffled curtains. I hope to have enough time to do full ruffles the length of the curtain, but if that doesn't happen I will do a few rows of ruffles along the bottom border.


We decided to forgo the toddler bed with Parker and instead I'm making him a hanging "tent" bed. Here is the basic pattern I will be using. I will be making the main portion solid white or creme and the top a brown to match the crib set and then will be adding Hungry Caterpillar applique' accents all around and making a couple Hungry Caterpillar pillows. I'm still researching the mattress. I was thinking at first to buy a rounded crib mattress as it would fit pretty good, but it's still up in the air.

Aww, I would have LOVED to have this when I was a kid. How cool would it have been to sleep in an awesome tent like this! Maybe it's just me...


The closet in the room is small and seems nonfunctional except for hanging clothes and hiding toys. I'm debating painting the closet a light coordinating color like they did in this nursery.

Now, just to get to work! I'm so excited about the project, yet I know it will be a lot of work.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Tutorial Tuesday: American Baby

A fun and quick "face painting" tutorial. Parker kept laughing at the screen when he saw the flag on his face.

Tutorial Tuesday
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