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…to your wife, who already thinks you’re pretty crazy.

“But if we ever try to have a third kid, and we had triplets, then we would have five kids! And where would we put them!?”

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It’s finished!


This was the first room in our house I’ve gotten to decorate as a blank slate and I love everything about it!

When we found out we were having a boy, we started looking for bedding,and the spaceship bedding was the only thing we could find that Hubby and I agreed on. After that, I made a plan with that as our starting point.

Much of that original plan stayed, with a few adjustments. We ended up using a full-sized dresser as a changing table, and that necessitated a switch in room placement with the crib. We also originally planed to purchase a bookshelf from IKEA for the room, but when we found both the dresser, mirror and a matching bookcase on sale as floor samples at a local furniture store, we couldn’t pass it up. As an added bonus, the bookcase we ended up with is solid wood and cost just about what it would have to purchase and  have the IKEA bookshelf shipped to us.

The curtains were tough to figure out though, and despite my best efforts, ended up being a bit of a splurge. I had originally looked for an inexpensive, solid navy black-out curtain, but the best I could find were ones from Pottery Barn kids, at $60 per panel, and I didn’t want to spend over $200 for curtains. I ended up purchasing the fabric and black-out lining and paying someone to sew them custom for me. So, even though they were a bit of a splurge, they were worth it to me because I have exactly what I wanted!

I thought we would luck out with a rug from Target, but the none of the rugs that worked in our room (and there were many that would have fit the color scheme) were the right size. I was afraid we were going to have to shell out over 300 bucks for a rug for the room (NOT GOOD), but thanks to overstock.com, we ended up with lots of choices in a Target-comparable price range. I took a leap of faith and went with a themed rug. Initially I didn’t want anything to overly theme-tastic, but I am so glad I went with this rug!

My goals for the room were to create something that would grow with our little guy, to be a place that’s fun, inspiring, doesn’t take itself too seriously, but is also practical. I think the rug really helps set the tone for fun, inspiring and not being too serious. It does, after all, still include Pluto. But, for me, the details make the room. I love the above photo of my dad as a little boy, and several other of the small touches around the room that make it cute and functional.

We are so fortunate that many of the items in the room, including the crib, were gifts. This really helped up keep costs down, and allowed us to splurge on a few items.

Crib: Graco Lauren Covertable Crib in Espresso, from Target

Dresser, Mirror and Bookcase: Floor Samples from local furniture store

Rocker: Belonged to Grandmother

Rug: Overstock.com

Curtains: Fabric from Joann’s, custom sewn

Lamp: Target

Bedding: Dwell Studio for Target

Orange Bins (one for toys and one for blankets): Target

Monster Nightlight: Target

Jungle Taggie Blanket: Made by friend

All Art: either made by myself, my father or family friend or printed from an online resource

Wooden Blocks: mine as a child

Pillow on Rocker: Target

Quilt on Rocker: Made for me prior to my birth

Pound-a-Peg: Melissa and Doug, purchased new at consignment sale

Mobile: Target

Well, not actually my closet, but the baby’s.

Hubby and I have never shared a closet since we moved into our house. Built in 1953, we have the typical teeny, maybe 3-foot wide closets in our bedrooms. Even with the custom organizing system Hubby built in our closet, there was still only room for my clothes.

So, Hubby had just finished building a custom organizing system in the office for his clothes when we found out about the bambino. Since the system had been built for use by a full-grown man, I wondered if it suit the needs of a baby boy.

Not to worry! The system fits our needs perfectly, even without any modifications.

The three rods have allowed me to organize the clothes by size — up to 6 months on the bottom, up to 12 month above them, and outerwear on the right side.

The cubbies Hubby made (by cutting the wall back to the studs) for his shoes, store extra wipes, bath supplies, etc.

The top shelf has plenty of storage for diapers (its possible I went a little overboard with coupons and diaper sales, especially considering this isn’t my entire stash!)

We didn’t even have to remove Hubby’s tie and belt organizer! It’s transitioned well to holding our diaper bag and our sleepy wrap. Plus, all the other hooks Hubby installed for his various bags and other gear work great for hanging hats, bibs, etc.

So that’s the baby’s closet. Stay tuned for more nursery details!

…when you’re supposed to have a baby any moment and call him at work.

“Hey! Guess what!!?”

“WHAT!?”

“Oh, no, no baby. I just wanted to tell you I picked up our curtains!”

Interestingly enough, according to my doctor, I’m already 40 weeks pregnant. His chart has me 6 days ahead of where I have thought, for nearly 40 weeks, I was.

I am probably the only person on the face of the planet who thinks their due date is a week later than it really is, and is actually a little upset to find out that it’s earlier.

So this week’s doctor’s appointment was full of fun! I didn’t get checked, and since I’m not having any contractions (that I can feel), it doesn’t seem like I’m in labor in any way, shape or form.

So we got to talk about induction!

We also talked about sweeping my membranes at our next appointment if things don’t seem to have changed.

I’m more okay with the second option than the first, but I need to research it more to be sure I’m really more comfortable with that than an induction.

I’m still hopeful, especially based on my last visit, that I’ll go on my own in the next week. Before my appointment. Or, actually the day of my appointment. Because how fun would that be!?

I’ve been trying to walk and do other things that are supposed to get labor going, no luck yet.I can feel a lot of pressure from his head, especially when walking, so I think that’s good. I’m also having a lot of rear pressure, which is not so much fun. Let’s stop that.

Other than that though, I feel really, really good. Now that I can sleep in and rest during the day I feel a lot better and a lot less tired. I feel like I am waking up slightly more frequently than I was, but I am almost always able to fall back asleep easily, which is really nice and makes the middle of the night wake-ups not so bad.

We got our curtains yesterday, and once we get them up the room will be finished! I can’t wait to share photos. The room just makes me happy; I love to sit in there and just admire mine and Hubby’s hard work and imagine what having a baby in there will be like.

While I was in the bathroom, leaving my “sample” at my last doctor’s appointment, I heard a commotion in the halls; something about a delivery and hoping he made it. Turns out, my doctor had to run, literally, to deliver a baby. It’s a good thing their offices are in the hospital!

Because he was gone, I had to see one of the other two doctors in the practice. On the one hand, I was excited because there’s a chance one of the other doctors will deliver my baby, and I’d like to see him before he shows up and I’m pushing a baby out. On the other hand, I was not excited to have to see a new doctor on a day I was scheduled for an internal.

No need to worry though – the doc was FABULOUS. He came in and plopped himself down on the stool like he was in a recliner. He put us at ease, and even went over a few things with us our regular doc hasn’t. He felt the baby and said right now he thinks he’s between 6 1/2 and 6 3/4 pounds, and that he’ll be between 7 and 7 1/2 pounds at delivery. Not a bad size I hope!

And the dreaded internal? Not nearly as bad as last time! I was almost dreading it this time, though I really, really wanted to know if I’d made any progress. So, not only was the exam not half bad, neither were the results! I’ve progressed pretty significantly in the past two weeks, and am now 2 to 2 1/2 cm dilated and 50% effaced. Yes! Go uterus! The best part is that I feel pretty normal, haven’t had any Braxton-Hicks or really anything that atypical from anything else that’s gone on this pregnancy. I’m hoping this means I’ll labor like my mom, who didn’t know she was in labor until her water broke. If she passed nothing else on to me genetically, please Lord, let it have been that.

The doc said I may not make it two weeks sans baby, which is really, really freaky. I knew I was getting close, but this is crazy. In less than two weeks we could have a BABY? I mean, I know we’re having a baby, but an actual outside-of-me, sleeping in the bassinet in our room baby? It just seems so hard to believe. In fact, during the internal he said, “I have my fingers on this baby’s head.” I thought “HOLY COW! There really is a baby in there!” Even with the ultra-sounds and feeling movements and everything, it just doesn’t seem quite real. Having someone say they can feel the baby makes it feel real in a way it hasn’t been before.

Even though I’m pretty sure Junie has enough clothes right now, thanks to friends, family, co-workers and my consignment shopping, I still love trolling etsy for cute clothes and other baby items. After all, I still don’t have enough clothes for Junie to have an outfit for everyday he can fit in 3-6 month clothes! So far, here are some of my favorites I’ve found so far.

Stroller Cover — to protect that expensive investment and keep it clean for future users!

Guitar Beanie — So, so cute!

Patchwork Jumper — I adore this jumper! I can’t decide if it would look good with a monogram, or if that would make me like it less.

Handpainted Picture Frame — I love the alien! This would go wonderfully with Junie’s rocket and space room, without being super matchy.

Needle Felted Wooly Ball Toys — Have you seen anything cuter? And they’d be easy for baby to grab onto and play with.

Love You to the Moon Locket — Okay, this is totally for me, but I love it, its technically baby related, and this is my blog, so it goes on the list. The “Love you to the moon and back” saying is perfect for what we’ve chosen for the room, and will always represent my first baby to me. I’m not sure what I would have engraved on the inside, but I know I love it.

Kite Away Blanket — This blanket (quilt?) is one of the cutest I’ve seen. I’m not sure a baby would care about the kite and adorable little boy, but what mom wouldn’t love to see her adorable baby wrapped in such a soft, cute blankie?

Monkey Lovey — Junie’s already been given a couple of lovies, so we don’t need another, but if we didn’t have one, this would definitely show up on our front porch! The monkey face is too cute, and the orange is gender neutral. Hmm…this might make a great gift for my friend who isn’t finding out what she’s having!

Memory Book — A week ago, I suddenly realized I needed one of these to record all of the adorable things the bambino does (and my handwriting). I couldn’t find a book I liked locally, but I found this one, which I LOVE. I really like that this book has lots of pages, specific for months and milestones, AND it has a 14 month calendar to record little things each day. This one, I think will be making its way to my house.

Monthiversary Onsies — I love the idea of monthly onsies. I’m not sure if I’m sold on them for me yet, but if I did decide to go that route for a monthly picture, I think I would choose something like these robot onsies. I love that they’re a little different than what’s normaly done for boys (cars, trains, dogs, bugs), and that it related to our room without screaming coordination.

How far along?: 37 weeks. Almost there!!

Total weight gain: I don’t ask, the nurses don’t tell. I’m thinking 25 pounds.

How big is Baby?: Should be around 6 pounds or so. I’m hoping he doesn’t get too much bigger!

Maternity clothes?: Pretty much constantly. I did wear a dress last week that wasn’t maternity. Funnily enough, my maternity shirt I wore under it wouldn’t cover my belly, but the dress a great fit!

Stretch marks?: Ugh. Yes. Just a few around my hips, on each side, but still, I was hoping to avoid them all together.

Sleep?: Not too bad. Nothing to be excited about, but nothing to complain too much about. I mean, I’m uncomfortable, and it is a production to roll over, but that’s to be expected at this point.

Best moment this week?: My baby shower with friends, and seeing all the love there is for the bambino already. Plus, now we are pretty much SET to have this kid!

Movement?: He’s still going strong! It’s funny, because now some of the kicks and jabs will HURT.

Food cravings?: Donuts, chocolate. Basically, anything I shouldn’t have.

What I miss: Honestly, my pre-pregnancy body. I didn’t realize, I guess because pregnancy creeps up on you, how large I’d gotten. I also didn’t realize, until I looked at old pictures, how good I really looked physically. Why couldn’t I have appreciated that body when I had it!?

What I’m looking forward to: Checking out that cute baby face!

Milestone: Only one week of work left!

Gender: Mess maker, bug catcher.

Labor Signs: None that I can really tell. 2 weeks ago I had dilated some, but not more than 1 cm. I feel like I’ve made some progress, since it seems like I’m loosing bits and pieces of my mucous plug, but I didn’t want to be checked again to confirm that.

Belly Button in or out?: In, but the top seems to be starting to poke out.

Weekly Wisdom: Try not to worry too much about what other people think about decisions you make. Make the choice that’s right for you, your child, and your family. That’s what’s important.

Several months ago, Hubby and I decided that, after our son is born, I won’t be returning to my old job.

I’ll have a new boss, one that I’ve yet to meet. I hope he and I get along and that we work well together!

Two weeks from now, I’ll pack up my personal photos and walk out of my office for the last time.

In the meantime though, I’m working to train a college student who’ll be taking my job for the summer. After the first week of August, there may or may not be someone to do my job. I really like the girl I’m training, and I think she’ll do a great job, but its tough trying to teach someone everything you learned in 2 years in a week and a half!

I’m finding I’m missing the time in my office alone, even though its always seemed difficult to come by and short-lived. I also used a lot of my lunch break for reading blogs, and now I think that will be a thing of the past.

I suppose though, I should get used to short-lived blogging time. I have a feeling my new boss might be even less understanding about it than my current one!

Its no longer a bump y’all, its a bulge. Or a basketball. Take your pick.

I’m still feeling ready, but really ready now. Last week I was feeling ready to be done being pregnant, and now I’m feeling ready to have a baby. As ready as you can be at any rate. It still doesn’t really feel like this baby is going to come out of me, or even that he’s really there.

I had my first internal exam this week, and my doctor said baby boy is head down, and things are moving in the right direction (I’m about 1 cm dilated, so nothing to really get excited about). When he said he could feel the head, I thought “so there really is a baby in there!” I really and truly cannot explain how surreal all of this is to me.

This week has been really, really good. I haven’t been as tired as I have been, and have felt quite comfortable. Hubby and I have also had some really great times together this week too. Even though there are still plenty of things I want to do while its still just the two of us, if Junie came before we had time to do them, after this week I’d be happy.

We went to our church picnic on Sunday evening, had a nice, but quick, dinner out before our last childbirth class Monday night, and had a great breakfast out on Tuesday before our doctor’s appointment. Sure the food was good and it was nice to get out, but we just had a great time being together, talking and just enjoying each others company. Since Hubby’s not really a talker, having free-flowing conversation isn’t always that easy for us, much less to have it three days in a row! Its just felt like a special week, and I’m thankful for those times.

Just a 20-something girl living on the East Coast, trying to figure out life. I'm a wife and mom to two. I'm trying to rediscover my love for long walks, yoga and pilates. But not hiking. I still don't like hills. I was raised at the beach, but I don't like the beach. I like to look at it, but I don't like to swim in it, I'd prefer a pool, thanks. I'm just trying to become the best person I can be -- the woman God wants me to be. That's easier said than done!

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Hubby is my all-time favorite guy. A perfect mix of serious, sarcastic, laid-back, handy and nerdy, he is the perfect complement to me. I love his strong work-ethic and the way he always loves and supports me through everything. Some of Hubby's favorite things include: hiking, Virginia Tech football, woodworking, and his family. When I married him in July 2007, I had no idea what an amazing journey we were headed on, and how I could come to love him so much more each day.

Our oldest, Colton, is three years old. He is equal parts sassy and hysterical. He loves all things train, car, bus, truck, and machine related. He has a penchant for made-up words and loves to be the clown of his pre-school class. Our younger son, Nathan, was born this May. He is pure joy and full of smiles! He is such a blessing and a perfect fit for our family.