Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Transition... Part One

Two weekends ago was exciting and tiring, all rolled up into one!  My mom came to Birmingham on Saturday, and she, my cousin, and I went on a search for baby furniture.  We were on the lookout for a non-traditional changing table, as well as a crib that would match the dresser we already have in the room.  While my mom was on the way to Birmingham, I figured I would waste no time and hit up some yard sales around the area.  I was really looking for a table that I could transform into a changing table, but what I ended up getting was even better.  While there was nothing that matched my "changing table wish list," I did score a pack-and-play, as well as a stroller for a little bit of nothing.  And they are both in really great shape, so I'm beyond excited about my new (to me) purchases. 

Once my mom arrived, she and I hit up a couple of other yard sales, as well as a local furniture store before picking up my cousin to do the most important thing of the day: eat lunch.  After loading up on some really great Mexican food, we set out in search for this "in my mind changing table that doesn't really exist."  After one store, we thought we'd found the perfect piece.  It was antique, painted mint green, and was really cute.  However, I felt that we should go to another store just to shop around first.  I'm so glad we did!  We found this table, and I love it!  I'm going to repaint, hopefully in the same hue, only because of the chipped paint places.

You should have seen us riding through Birmingham with this table hanging half out of my trunk, strapped in with some twine that I had leftover from our Christmas tree purchase- and padded with a hoodie that always lives in my trunk.  If we didn't look like the Clampett's, I don't know who did.

After dropping off the table at my house, and switching vehicles with Michael, we headed on the search for the crib.  I had done some online searching for cribs, and knew the style that I wanted, so it was an easy decision for me once we saw one similar to the one I had painted in my mind.  But, I'm going to leave you in suspense for the crib pic, because I want to get the mattress and bedding put on before the great reveal.  But that's where we'll end this post- Saturday afternoon, with a changing table and a crib in tow, a great time with my mom and cousin under my belt, and excitement for the day that lay ahead.

Stay tuned...

Monday, July 19, 2010

Oh Boy!

We found out last Thursday that we're having a boy!  Michael and I were both really shocked- not because we didn't want a boy, but because we both (along with most of our family members) thought we were having a girl.  There was no scientific reasoning behind this... just a feeling.  And apparently, it was an incorrect feeling.

So, we were all set with a girl name, but since we've been discussing boy names for five months with no conclusion, we're going to have to really ramp up the efforts.  We have agreed on one name, but I'll wait to post it because if you know us at all, there's a strong chance we'll change our minds.  Hopefully not though- because I really like this one.

Anyway, I've been looking at bedding for several months now, and had already decided that I wanted to do a green/white/brown color scheme- if it was a boy or a girl.  I finally settled on one that I just kept coming back to.  I think it's really clean and fresh, and not too baby-ish.  Check it out!


Now all I have to do is figure out how I want to decorate.  But that's the fun part.  Nursery pictures are coming soon.  I may wait until I have something more substantial before I post pictures though.

Have a great week!

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Hushamok

I like to find new items that I've never heard of before- especially when it comes to baby items (right now, at least).  So, imagine my interest in this cool baby hammock.


It's called the Hushamok.  I get blog updates from Project Nursery, and the Hushamok is this week's giveaway prize.  It's designed to snuggle baby in a smooth rocking motion that helps baby feel like he/she did when in the womb.  There are also numerous health benefits to the Hushamok.  I really like the name... and I'm having even more fun typing it.  

Anyway, if you would like to win a Hushamok, visit their website and then share your thoughts about it with Project Nursery by commenting here.

I think it's kinda cool- and just thought I'd share with you interested preggies!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Wednesday Update... oh wait, it's Thursday

I have been so off this week on my time, because Monday was a holiday... all day long I was thinking that it was Wednesday.  Well, anyway.  I have a couple of updates.  First, a sad update to those of you who didn't see my Facebook... sweet Bayler went to be in Heaven.  I didn't have words to say then, and I still don't now.  So, the best thing I thought I could do would be to link you to Teal's blog.  She put it all so well.

Second update is that yesterday marked 18 weeks pregnant for me!  Yay!  I'm still doing really well.  Just started to notice that I am out of breath ALOT easier and faster these days.  I realize that's only going to get worse, but seriously- a phone call made me short of breath today.  I can't seem to find a way to sit in my chair at work comfortably either- I always feel like I'm cutting off some blood supply somewhere.

Michael and I will find out whether we're having a boy or a girl next Thursday!  So, that's really exciting!  I'm going to spend a little time this weekend working on cleaning out the office and guest bedroom so that we can get cracking on a nursery.  I think I'm going to stick to neutral colors no matter what though.  I've never really been into the whole entire room being pink or blue- don't take offense if you disagree- I'm not saying that's bad... it's just not my style.

And the third and final update is that I'm finally going to share a baby bump picture with you.  Some people are getting just downright upset that I haven't done this yet.  And, since I'm staying late at work today (because we're meeting friends for dinner close to the office, and it's pointless to go all the way home just to come all the way back- you get the picture), I took a picture with my phone in the office bathroom. 

That's right folks, SaniFresh handsoap and all!  Don't you love our gorgeous ladies room wallpaper too? And for those sticklers out there, no- I'm not wasting company time just to update you on my baby bump.  I'm just chilling here after hours so that I don't have to waste gas by driving around Hoover for an hour.  And yes, thank you for noticing, I DID get my hair cut. 

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

"All the Pregnant Ladies..."

Last weekend, I traveled to Auburn/Opelika to spend some time with one of my favorite people in the whole wide world- my friend Shea.  Shea has always been like a big sister to me, helping me torment my brother, taking me out when I was (according to my brother) too young to go out, and she even did my flowers for my wedding back in 2006.  She's a gem- and while she is in a hilarious feud with my husband currently over something that happened in 10th grade- she's always been a part of my family.

Shea's sister Haley tied the knot last Saturday, so I got to spend some really good quality time with the Fords, the Justices, the Gardiners (who I didn't know before last weekend, but adore!), and some Selma folks whom I'd not seen in a really long time.  I was already signed up to sing in the wedding, so I decided to go over a little early and help Shea with the flowers, the kids, and anything else that needed doing.

Shea's two sister-in-laws, Heather and Amy, are also pregnant- and they're AWESOME!  I had so much fun hanging out with them, and Shea kept singing Beyonce's "All the Single Ladies" with the word "pregnant" instead of "single."  I know we're all still singing it in our heads... thanks Shea.

But all in all, it was a GORGEOUS wedding, and I had a blast hanging out with this crew!  The only thing that was missing was a reprise of "Respect" on stage with Figure 8.  I'm still bummed that I didn't get Shea up there to sing it.  Oh well, maybe the next wedding!