Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Packing my Bag

I started getting things together this week for my hospital bag. 

I need a moment for that to sink in. Hospital. Bag. 

I haven't been to the hospital since high school, when I had an unsuccessful shoulder surgery to repair a softball injury and I don't recall much of my stay.  My OB is encouraging me to pre-register and take a tour of the hospital, but so far I have procrastinated. I can't quiiiiite bring myself to believe that the little person inside me is going to need a way to come out. 

Back to my bag. So far I have a phone charger, comfy socks, flip flops, a robe, some undies, some toiletries, a hairbrush/hair tie and a toothbrush. I've read a lot of lists online, but those seem like the basic essentials. As the weeks pass, I am sure I will throw more things in.  I'd love to add one of those mini bottles of wine, but I'm thinking that would be inappropriate. 

It is strange to be packing for a trip that you have NO idea when you will take. My nephew decided he wanted to make his entrance into the world 2 months early, so fingers crossed this little guy stays in there until his expected month at least! 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Baby Shower!

My friend Rebecca was gracious enough to offer to throw us a co-ed baby shower! The invites went out a few weeks ago and I just HAD to share them...they are SO cute!

Now I just have to figure out what to wear!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Nursery - After

If you recall, our nursery started off as my woman cave. After much painting by NJhusband and major furniture assembly assisted by my dad, we now have a nursery!

This is a dresser from Ikea that NJhusband cut the legs off of to make it short enough to use as a changing table. The lamp (slightly sad looking without its backordered lampshade) is from Pottery Barn Kids. 

I wasn't thrilled with the Ikea drawer pulls, so I got these beauties from Etsy. They are glass knobs in a GORGEOUS cobalt color. The picture just does NOT do them justice. 

The drapes are from Pottery Barn Kids, as is the bedding and rug. The bookcase is from Ikea. The tree decal was another Etsy purchase and though it was a labor of love to get it on the wall, we love LOVE the look. NJhusband and I REALLY wanted a second place to sit in the nursery, besides the rocker, so I decided to re-purpose the black leather ottoman that was in the room previously. I bought a navy sheet from Target that was $9.99 and NJhusband recovered it.

Bless NJhusband's heart, he painted the entire room himself and even indulged my design whim by painting these stripes on the wall. I didn't decide I wanted the white outside stripes until AFTER he had painted the blue stripe, so he had to do those individually. I love LOVE the look though. The letters are from Pottery Barn Kids. 
The room is small, so we decided to have the tree blow around the corner onto the main wall. It is SUCH a cute effect even though it literally took DAYS to attach each leaf individually on the wall!

This rocking chair was my grandmother's who died this past January. My dad lovingly sanded it and painted it for me to match the room and I love that there is something from her in the room. The bear on the shelf in the first picture is in memory of my grandfather (the bear's name is PopPop and that is what we called my grandfather). I love having these family touches in the room. 

The crib is from Babyletto and turns into a toddler bed. I loved the look and the fact that it had storage and designed the rest of the room around it. I think I had this crib bookmarked LONG before I even found out I was pregnant! 

I absolutely love this room and can't wait to bring our little guy home to it. Only 11ish more weeks to go depending on if he is early, late or somewhere in between!

Friday, July 26, 2013

The Name!

I am working on the nursery post and photos, but it occurred to me that I can't share pics of this little guy's nursery without sharing his name (it's in big letters on the wall), so I am happy to announce that our little guy has a name!

Eli Reid

*NJhusband would like me to point out that despite his LOVE for the NY Giants, he was not named after the quarterback. NJhusband and I had narrowed it down to Blake (his top pick) and Eli (my top pick) and we realized that every time I went to the doctor we passed a HUGE billboard for Eli Adams Jewelry and we took it as a sign that our little guy's name should be Eli. We chose an R middle name since everyone in NJhusband's family has an R first name and everyone in my family has an R middle name. If we have more children, we will continue the traditions by giving them either a middle name or first name that begins with R.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Book Review: A Place to Belong by Lauraine Snelling

I picked this book up without knowing it was part of a series. Though I enjoyed the story, I always felt like I was missing something and now I know why!

Cassie is recovering, both physically and mentally, from a gunshot wound she suffered on her ranch. A devastating injury for a Wild West show target shooter, she struggles to reinvent herself and has a bit of a roller coaster romance (or two) in the process. 

I felt the romance aspect was weak and sloppy, but the detail put into the workings of the ranch and the supporting characters more than made up for it. There is no way to read this book and not be enamored with Mavis (the Mor/Ma of the story) and Arnett, the grumpy, yet lovable, neighbor.

I definitely recommend reading the whole series in order. I will definitely be reading this series from start to finish! 

Bethany House provided me with a copy of this book to review, but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my own observations and thoughts while reading this novel. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Prince

It may just be pregnancy hormones, but I have to admit, when I saw the video of William and Kate bringing home their baby, I got a little misty. It was just such a "regular" moment of mom sitting in the back with the baby and dad clicking the carseat into the car for the first time and then getting in the driver's seat. I guess I assumed they would have security drive them home, but you could just tell William wanted to be the one to drive his son home from the hospital like any first-time dad.

So sweet. I wish them the best of luck. They seem like such a cute family. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Pregnancy Book Reviews

Throughout this pregnancy I have been reading....a LOT. I've pretty much picked up every pregnancy book out there at some point and I thought I'd post my reviews on some of my favs and flops.

The Mommy Docs Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy 
LOVE LOVE. Written by moms who are also OBGYNs, this book has been my go-to bible the entire time. My sister recommended it to me and I am SO glad she did. It's nice to have a "normal meter" resource so I know when to call the doc and what is ok. 

You Having A Baby by Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz
I picked this book up from my local library. I thought it had some good information, but did not care for the layout. The diagrams were pointless and even ridiculous. Basically it was a couple hundred pages of "everything you put in your body, on your body or around your body, has a potential affect on your baby".  I did like the section on anxiety and stress and the affects on the baby, but aside from that, I would say this book is one you can probably skip.

You Raising A Baby by Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz
SKIP this. I couldn't even make it through the first few pages. The diagrams are once again silly and the layout is terrible. The information is sure to be in other books that are laid out MUCH better. This one was a flop and I was thankful it was only a library book.

Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy
I so wish this book was updated more frequently (though I doubt pregnancy has changed too much since 2007). I enjoyed the candor of this book and the writing style. It gets a tad preachy in certain sections, but nothing that is too hard to ignore if it's not your thing. Despite it's drawbacks, the information was good, the format was easy to read and definitely had that "girlfriend" vibe. I'd say this one is worth having on hand.

If you are looking for a good book for Dad's, NJhusband read through Your Pregnancy for the Father to Be. He liked it, though it did turn him all pregnancy police on him for awhile, constantly monitoring what I took, ate and did, quoting "the book" to me. LOL  Overall he enjoyed it though and got a lot of out it and for him to even sit down and read a book is a miracle in and of itself! 

*None of these publishers know anything about it. These are books I either purchased or got through our library for my own interest!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Nursery Before

So this little guy we are expecting is going to need a  room of his own, which means turning my woman cave home office into a nursery. Everything in the room will be relocated, though my clothes will remain in the closet. NJhusband has a biiiit of a clothes obsession and since I moved in, not a SPECK of my clothing has ever fit in our bedroom closet, so the baby and I will share.

It's a small room and hard to photograph, but here is where we started:

If the baby had been a girl, we were going with a lavender/white combo and cherry blossom accents. Since it is a boy, we are going with a grey/white/blue theme.

Stay tuned for our progress!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

27 Weeks

So sorry for the hiatus. Our house has been in chaos turning my previous office into a nursery and until today I was without a desk! Thanks to IKEA, a handy husband and a newly empty corner of our living room, I am not back in business! Pictures forthcoming. 

I can NOT believe I have made it this far! No real complications, other than anxiety issues and (lack of) weight gain. It's still hard to believe I have 10-13ish more weeks to go. I feel like I've been pregnant forever already.