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34 Weeks

Monday, May 23, 2016


How far along:  34 weeks + 1 day

Baby's Size: A pineapple! Baby boy is 19-22 inches and weighs about 5 lbs.

Workouts: Meh. Brandon and I had been doing so well going on walks most nights, but the weather has been just terrible. Looking forward to some pretty weather this week to get back at it.

Nursery: Sconces (that were ordered on March 31) are finally supposed to ship this week. Other than installing those, we need to make the cornice board and repaint the mirror and hang it. Then I'm calling the nursery done and not worrying about it.

Maternity Clothes: So over them. Before pregnancy, I swear I saw cute maternity clothes all over the place. Now, I'm doing everything I can to avoid them -- especially the shirts with ruching on the side. The same few dresses/outfits are starting to be on regular rotation in my wardrobe and that's just how it's going to be for the next 6+ weeks.

Sleep: Starting to become a struggle. I have to sleep mostly propped up because of my acid reflux which isn't too bad, but the past few nights the baby has been tucked under my rib making it uncomfortable to lay on either side.

Best Moment: The baby shower our church community threw for us. It was such a special time with some of my best friends (from church and life). Having them pray over me, Charlie, and Brandon was such a special time that I will always cherish. 

Movement: All the time and I love it. He's especially active at night and first thing in the morning. He's also taken to poking his butt out which was fun to let Brandon feel for the first time.

Food Cravings: All the fruit. Especially watermelon, but I'm happy with any of it. I also got the Peachy Green smoothie from Whole Foods last night and it was so good (peaches, kale, pineapple juice). I also don't mind

Symptoms: Mainly just acid reflux. Definitely not sleeping as well and feeling the extra weight I'm carrying around. 

Baby Goodies Acquired: Lots of great things. Everyone has been so generous at our baby showers that we are just about set! 

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Nursery Update

Thursday, May 19, 2016

After the baby shower this past Saturday, mom came home with us and helped organize the nursery (i.e. did it all while I watched her) and then she and Brandon hung up the prints! I am so thankful she is always so willing to help her children. Until Saturday, walking by the nursery would stress me out because I didn't know where to start. Now we're just waiting on a few finishing touches and we'll be all ready! 

The prints could not have turned out better!

My sweet friend Kiley made the "Charlie" banner

We do not have a shortage of books which we couldn't be happier about!





We're still trying to figure out whether we're going to keep the mirror white or strip it and stain it to its natural wood color. The lamp on the dresser will go once the sconces finally get here and we can get them installed. Other than that, we just need the crib skirt and cornice board! We'll also eventually look for a bookcase to go underneath the Pooh prints, but are happy with the bookcase in the closet for now.

And just a little fun with the carseat.

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Greensboro Baby Shower

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Two of my aunts threw me an incredible shower in April. I was surrounded by so much family from all sides and felt so loved. It was such a great time to celebrate our son and to also catch up and have an all around wonderful time. Every detail was so beautiful and the food was great. The shower was at my aunt's house and it was the perfect setting. Her home is beautiful, but also so comfortable and somewhere I love going. They recently redid their back deck and the weather could not have been more perfect. I didn't remember to bring my camera, so all the photos are the ones my cousin remembered to snap.

I don't have a picture of this, but when we pulled up, there were balloons and a wreath on the door. It made me so excited with anticipation and made me realize that this was my baby shower for our son!








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Raleigh Baby Shower

Monday, May 16, 2016

This weekend was one for the books. Not only did we celebrate Pentecost (the church's birthday) with a picnic at Dorothea Dix with our church fam, but my friends through me a beautiful baby shower! There was so much love in that room and I am so incredibly grateful that these are the people that support us and love us so much and will be here for us as we enter this new season of life.

The highlight of the shower was when Emory read Psalm 139 and replaced the pronouns with Charlie's name. After that, everyone prayed over me, Charlie, and Brandon and my marriage. It was truly the most special time and something I will forever treasure. These women are all so remarkable and I truly cannot verbalize what it means to have them in my life. 

I loved the gingham invitation. So perfect!




The had emailed Brandon a list of questions about my pregnancy and what he's looking forward to. Cullen (in the white) was the perfect emcee for this!

Meredith got me the most precious puppy rocker. I was so surprised when I opened the box, and it looks so perfect in the nursery. Finley is very confused by him and keeps sniffing him.

Marion and I had to do a side-by-side bump photo. She's due 2 weeks from today - May 30!

Church friends like family

College friends! So happy the three of them could be there. They are so special to me!

The wonderful hosts. They really outdid themselves with this shower and I'm so happy to do life with them.

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Nursery Design Board

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Since we're two months out from my estimated due date, I thought it'd be fun to share a deisgn board for the nursery. I'm feeling good about the direction we're heading, mom is happy that we're finally bringing in some color to the room, and Brandon and I are both happy that we're pretty much done spending money in this room. We still need to get a bookshelf and a crib mattress, but other than that, everything has been purchased.


Paint Color - After four different samples of white, we finally settle on Benjamin Moore Cloud White.

Glider - We were able to purchase the Lee Industries glider off the floor at South and saved SO much money going this route. Everyone loves it so much.

Crib - We went classic (and inexpensive) with this one. This is the same Jenny Lind crib that was in my brother and my nursery and I love that small connection.

Lighting - We've ordered these sconces from Bowery Lighting. They're expected to ship the last week of May and I can't wait to see them hung up. You can normally find a 15% off coupon at Bowery. We went with these specific sconces because they're plug-in and we didn't want that added expense of an electrician to install them.

Fabric - Robert Allen Checkered Out. I found the best deal for this from Mahones Wallpaper, but if you have a trade connection, it would be cheapest through that route. We're using this for the crib skirt and cornice board.

Art/Wall Decor - We took the prints to Hobby Lobby to be framed. We went with a thin, dark burlwood frame with a double matte - the dark green color above layered on top of an off-white. 

We have a few other details that I didn't include in the design board that I'm also really excited about. Hopefully the nursery will be done before our sweet boy makes his debut! 

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May Goals

Monday, May 2, 2016

May! How have we already arrived on this fun month? We have so much to look forward to this month including the last of our baby showers and our last trip to the beach sans baby!

April was a truly wonderful month. We celebrated our first baby shower and it was wonderful having so many people come together to celebrate our sweet son. I'm going to do a recap after we have all of our baby showers so I can remember these precious times. We're so fortunate to be surrounded by a community of people that love us and our son so well.
OIB Sunset, I'm coming for you!

For the Baby/Nursery:
Continue to celebrate our son's quickly approaching arrival with the last of our baby showers
Make the pelmet box/cornice board (once fabric arrives)
Have crib skirt made (once fabric arrives) - Mom dropped the fabric off with my Aunt!
Install the sconces (as soon as they come in)
Make sure everything has been washed and put away
Finish our baby classes
Have our maternity photos taken (doing a mini session with Elizabeth Tate!)

Personal/Relationship:
Start using Dave Ramsey's Every Dollar app to track our cash spending
Get 20 minutes of exercise every day
Commit to our bible study and do all 4 nights of the home study
Have a fun and relaxing beach trip
Finish reading all of the books on my nightstand (Bringing Up Bébé, Babyproofing Your Marriage, Jen Hatmaker's 7, The Power of a Praying WifeI think this goal is only somewhat reachable because I'm almost done with the first one and I love to read on the beach.
Soak up these last couple of months with Brandon as just the two of us

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28 Weeks - Third Trimester

Monday, April 11, 2016


28 weeks

How Far Along: 28 weeks + 1 day. Hello third trimester!

Baby’s size? A head of cauliflower or a chihuahua - these apps are weird. 16 inches and 2 1/2 lbs. He's growing!

Gender: Our precious boy!

Workouts: Doing pretty well with this. We've been going on lots of walks and I've been trying to do more of the barre3 prenatal workouts. They really are a great workout and it's nice to work my muscles again. I have my last prenatal yoga class this week and Brandon will come with me which will be fun!

Nursery: We've ordered sconces for either side of the windows. We've decided to go this route instead of a lamp on the dresser that he will most likely kick off one day. 

Need to order the fabric for the window treatment and crib skirt, have the prints framed. We'll also order a mattress and the mobile at some point.

Maternity clothes? Pants, most definitely. I can still get away with some of my non-maternity dresses and tops, but I think that ship is sailing quickly.  

Sleep: Pretty well. I'm definitely moving around a lot at night and getting up to go to the bathroom normally twice a night.

Best moment: Walking around Boston with Brandon on Saturday. We went to see the duckling statues at the Boston Public Garden and then bought the Make Way for Ducklings book before having a picnic in the park. It was a great day! Also loved my prenatal massage on Friday. They had a special set up so I could lay on my stomach (miss this so much!) and then they lifted the table so I could lay on my back too!

Movement: He's is starting to move around so much more and it's amazing. I've even been able to see him move on the outside. Such a miracle. We went to Million Dollar Quartet at DPAC with Brandon's law firm last week and baby boy LOVED Johnny Cash. He was moving around and kicking like crazy.

Food cravings: None really. Can't wait for real sushi and a Jersey Mikes sub post pregnancy 
Symptoms? Nothing too bad. Sometimes he'll get up under my left rib and that doesn't feel good, but I can normally push him down. Other than that, feeling pretty great and thankful for a smoother and less stressful second trimester.

Baby Goodies Acquired: Nothing new to report, but I'm sure that will change after our first baby shower this weekend. I can't wait to celebrate our sweet son with family and some of my oldest friends!
 

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