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Nursery Inspiration

08/22/2017

I’ve had a “Tiny Tots” Pinterest board for years. There’s nothing wrong with appreciating the art of a stylish nursery or an adorable onesie. I thought I’d share a few of my favorite nursery pins as I start the task of putting together Baby Mack’s very own room. We aren’t planning on finding out if Baby Mack is a boy or a girl, so we are planning for a pretty neutral nursery. Below are elements I am pulling from to bring into their room. I am not into super themed nurseries, but I’m obsessed with the collection of Rifle Paper Co. Wallpaper (also…why is this not removable vs. legit wallpaper). However; we are making do!

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This is the actual dresser we purchased from Target. A friend of mine bought it for her nursery and once she posted a photo of it, I knew it was a must-have for our space. I want to pick out pieces that will grow with our children and can be reused in future nurseries or bedrooms.

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This nursery is a dream. I’m into a little bit more color and personality, but that Rifle Paper Co wallpaper is such perfection in my eyes. I wish it were removable wallpaper and came in more colors, there used to be a teal option but has long since sold out. Cody would like me to just stick with paint for the nursery…a challenge if you will? I’d love to do something funky with framed wallpaper samples instead of a statement wall.

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Wall shelving is a must in our space. This kid of ours is going to love to read, whether they like it or not! I’ll be reusing the two wooden shelves from my office, and will pick up one or two more. Time to start their book collection!

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Because we are creating a gender neutral nursery, some of the details to make the room will come in once baby is here. I love the unexpected pops of color, especially the mint blue trim and the shades of purple. Can we also talk about the beloved Animal Print Shop prints? I think we will do a few baby animal prints for our little one.

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This little vignette from Elements of Style houses a lot of things we plan to bring into our nursery. A soft shade of blue for the walls, a gray rocker/swivel chair, and some sort of pouf!

I can’t wait to show you the mood board I’ve pulled together. We have a lot of prep work to do in the space, as well as figure out what to do with all of my office furniture that we won’t be reusing (the beloved pink couch, rug, desk, file cabinet, book shelf, and acrylic chair). We will be reusing a few of the accessories (side table, mirror, and wall shelving). Stay tuned!

Life

19 Weeks

08/21/2017

Modcloth Sweater c/o| Old Navy Maternity Jeans | Rebecca Minkoff Backpack | Converse

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It’s been a few weeks since I’ve checked in and we are officially in the second trimester. As I write this, I’m 19 weeks (almost five months).  We have our 20 week appointment and ultrasound this Friday! I can’t believe we are almost half way there. I think we’ve finally decided that we will NOT be finding out the gender of Baby Mack. If we’ve made it this far, what’s another 20 weeks? Right? Although, I still think I’ll have the doctor put it in an envelope in case we change our minds!

PS. Should I just rename this post, “The One Where She Holds The Bump” haha

Here’s a quick update on my pregnancy right now:

What I’m Wearing

Tops: Thank goodness for tunic tops and peplum detailing like this one from Modcloth. I’ve been living in both styles of tops as my belly starts to pop. This knit sweater, also from Modcloth, has been an amazing addition to my wardrobe. I’m wearing a small and it’s long enough to cover my tush and handle a growing bump. I’m all about versatile tops these days that can be worn both to work and swapped out with leggings the moment I get home. Most maternity shopping has to be done online (frustrating), but thankfully Modcloth offers in-house stylists if I have any questions about how something will fit prior to purchasing or finding the right size for my growing bump!

Jeans: My biggest struggle has been finding the perfect pair of maternity jeans. I just don’t think they exist. I could do the ‘pony-tail’ trick on a few of my non-maternity jeans, but most are high-waisted and that just IS NOT happening these days. I thought I would find love with the jeans from the new maternity collab with Target, but they just didn’t work for me. I ended up ordering a few pairs from Old Navy, which I love their non-maternity jeans, so right now I’m happy with their maternity options, I didn’t spend a fortune and was able to pick up a few different styles for work this fall and winter.

Dresses: I love showing off my bump. I know some women may not be into that, but I love seeing my baby grow each week and snapping a quick selfie to see the progress (sometimes you don’t even realize how much you’ve grown in just a few days). I have three midi-length tank dresses that all have ruched detailing that I’ve lived in this summer.

What I’m Loving

Baby Kicks: At my last two appointments I was told conflicting information regarding baby kicks. One doctor thought that because I am petite I wouldn’t feel kicks until 20 weeks or beyond, and at my 16 week appointment, the nurse thought I would feel them sooner because I was petite. Either way, I think I’m feeling the baby kick every once and awhile, or at least that is what I’m telling myself! I can’t wait until I can feel the full fledged kicks.

Cravings & Aversions: Still not into grilled chicken, but I’d do anything for a medium rare steak right now. I’m easing myself back into eating eggs, especially scrambled eggs because it’s not recommended to eat eggs over easy. Overall, most of my aversions have gone away. I’ve been craving cereal and milkshakes. If you are ever in the Des Moines area, I suggest Zombie Burger – they have THE BEST milkshakes, especially the Zombie Wedding Cake shake. It happens to be even better when spiked, but I’ll have to wait a few more months to treat myself to that!

Exercise: My main form of exercise these days is taking walks with Lola. I need to start looking into some pre-natal yoga. I tend to do some yoga stretches every night before bed, my lower back and legs have started to bother me a little bit. I need to do a better job of walking around during the day, which sometimes is easier than others if I’m walking a job site or doing a field measure.

Beverages: I’ve been drinking a ton of water, which is good, but have switched it up to iced tea for at least one meal a day. I am not a pop drinking nor do I like sparkling water. I had a rough day at work last week and ALL I wanted was a summer shandy. There’s always next summer! :)

 

Prepping for Baby

What I’m Reading: The only thing I have started to read is Brining Up Bébé (the difference between American and French parenting) and weekly updates on pregnancy apps on my phone. I haven’t read that much. I’m take each day at a time and not stress about what will come next. I know whatever I read will fly out the window once Baby Mack is here and we will all figure it out together and what will work best for our family.

Nursery: I think I finally landed on a paint color. I’ve been trying to color match a shade I saw in a Pinterest photo. Nine paint samples later, I think I finally landed on one. It was a shade of blue from Sherwin Williams (Blue Horizon) lightened about 50%. I picked out my crib and it should be here end of October. We have a dresser that needs to get put together and then it’s all about finding the perfect swivel glider. All the details and accessories will come in time, I have a lot of items I’m reusing from my office.

Registry: I finally started making a registry, if you have any suggestions of must-have items, let me know! Especially for those first few months! Picking the cute stuff like sheets, towels, swaddles was easy, but I’m clueless when it comes to the essentials!

What I’m Struggling With

Breakouts: I know this is not a fun topic and may be a little TMI, but the hormones are causing breakouts on my chest and upper back and it’s ANNOYING. My mom experienced this too during her pregnancies, but doesn’t make life any easier. Thankfully the acne has stayed away from my face so far with a few minor breakouts here and there.

Round Ligament Pain: Real thing. When I sneeze or laugh it will catch me off guard and I swear I feel like I’m permanently damaging my stomach. My doctor swears it’s totally normal.

Emotional: This has come full circle the last couple of weeks. I’m more easily pissed off these days and often share my opinion before I even think about filtering what I’m going to say. That is pretty out of the norm for me, so I’m trying to remember to process everything before I open my mouth. I also can switch on a dime and become even more emotional, it doesn’t take much to make the tears start to flow. Thankfully, my husband has taken a few of my outbursts in stride, and I’ve only cried at work once (but to be fair, it was a BAD morning).

Stress: Work and the current events happening in our world the past few weeks have added a lot of stress to my daily life. After what happened in Charlottesville, I had a lot of fears manifest about the kind of world we are going to bring a new human into. Frankly, it pisses me off and makes me want to weep at the same time. All we can do is raise our child to be kind, to treat one another with respect despite any differences that may arise, and to know that love is love is love and the color of ones skin or the religion they practice does not make anyone less.

Despite what’s happening in the world putting everything else into perspective, work has been STRESSFUL. The last phase of my summer long project (two buildings, four floors each), is finally installing. Managing timelines, trades, vendors, and clients between two sales people and a very full install schedule has been testing my limits, which normally I feel like I handle fairly well, but as I said above, my emotions are all over the place and pregnancy brain is real. It’s been hard for me to ask for help, but I know that it’s ok to say I need help every now and again and thankfully I work with amazing people who are willing to take on some tasks to help alleviate a little bit of my stress!

So that’s a fairly long update of what my pregnancy is looking like thus far. I can’t wait to see what happens over the next few weeks and months!

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Surprise, We’re Pregnant!

07/25/2017

…And baby makes three! We are expecting Baby Mack to make their arrival January 2018 and we could not be more excited! We are so blessed and grateful that I’m pregnant and so very excited to finally share the news.  I may not document everything baby related, but I want to share a few things that people have asked me over the last two weeks since we shared the news!

How We Found Out

I actually took a pregnancy test sooner than I probably should have. We had been trying for a couple of months and I was getting anxious to see a positive test, but this time I just had a feeling. I took the test on a Monday evening and it appeared to be negative, so I threw it away. The following morning, I thought, “Maybe..just maybe,” and took the test out the trash and checked it again. It showed the faintest, and I meant faintest of lines. Still didn’t believe it. A day or so later I ended up back at Target and bought two more tests, another line test and then a digital (word of advice – always go with the digital). The line test showed another very, very faint line. When I took the digital test, I expected it to immediately show “Not Pregnant.” Two minutes later, I looked at the test and it stated, “Pregnant.”

Insert shock and excitement here. It was so late and Cody had been working late that I ended up being asleep when he got home. I wanted to tell him in a special way, so the next day I ended up grabbing a few things and put together a little package for him to open. He had recently given me a hard time about purchasing items that he ends up having to help me put together. Using a recent Amazon box, I ended up telling him I needed help with something and left it on the counter. He grabbed the box and removed the kraft paper and saw this:

He was just as excited and shocked as I was.

I ended up spilling the beans to my mom on Mother’s Day and we told my dad, brother and his family,  and all of Cody’s family on Father’s Day. I ended up getting a t-shirt for our nephew on my side that said “Big Cousin” and we framed photos of the ultrasound for my dad and Cody’s family. Everyone was thrilled, and I know some of my nieces were like “It’s about time!”

We announced on social media/the rest of our world a few weeks later after our 12 week appointment with the photo above using the letter board.

The First Trimester

I found out about the three week mark and didn’t experience too many symptoms right off the bat. The biggest symptom that carried throughout my first trimester would be exhaustion. I’ve had limited morning sickness and the only thing that makes me remotely nauseous is Lola’s dog food, so I’ve tasked Cody with filling up her food.

My typical breakfast of scrambled eggs and bacon has gone to the back burner for now. My love of eggs has dwindled as well as grilled chicken (which is all I used to eat!). Though, my college diet has returned in full force, cereal, pasta, and PB&J sandwiches make me very happy. ALL THE CARBS. Hopefully now that I’m feeling more energetic, I’m hoping some of my favorite foods start sounding more appealing. I’ve been craving fresh fruit, especially apples, peaches, and watermelon. I haven’t had any weird food pairing cravings yet, but only time will tell.

I only just barely started showing around 13 weeks, any other bloating or ‘food baby’ bumps were easily hidden at work with flowy dresses and peplum tops. Thank goodness that is what is in style!

The hardest part and maybe my biggest frustration was hiding my big news in general. I had multiple work events the first few weeks after I found out and I wish I could have had water or pop without the stares, whispers, or questions. Instead I found creative ways to hide it. It was funny to talk to co-workers after they found out to put two & two together. No one seemed to have any idea. Another random pet peeve is that I feel like you can never just buy a pregnancy test on its own, you have to buy a few random house goods to go along with your pregnancy test. Thank goodness for self-check out at Target!

Boy or Girl?

Right now we are up in the air on finding out the gender. I was hoping our 20 week appointment would align with Cody’s 30th birthday so we could do a mini gender reveal with our close friends and family, but it will be a week or two after we have Cody’s party. Initially we were going to find out, but now we are leaning towards surprise. However, we have a few more weeks to decide!

Do We Have Any Names Picked Out?

I have a long list of names that I’ve added to over the past few years but we haven’t settled on a name. We probably won’t share the name publicly until the baby is here.

Are you Going to Blog About Baby Mack?

My first trimester left me asleep in bed every night by 8pm, and now that I’m in my second trimester I feel like I’ve finally turned a corner. My goal is to try and blog about the big things but probably won’t do a weekly update (even without being pregnant updating the blog has been few and far between – I blame my day job!!). I’ve been keeping updates in a Note on my iPhone and it’s been fun to see what’s changed week to week. I really want to keep more of a personal journey of my pregnancy so I can look back and not forget what a special time this is and maybe one day share it with our little one!

Tell us about the Nursery!

This may be the biggest question I’ve gotten so far, talk about pressure. My little cousin even said, “That baby is going to have the best room!” I better get to work, especially on a room they won’t use for their first few months! Ha!

I’ll definitely keep you posted about decorating the nursery, more to come on this.  I already have a few designs drafted (of course) but I am not satisfied with anything I’ve put together. Normally I can latch on to some inspiration and run with it, but that hasn’t happened yet and I’m trying not to get frustrated! There is still plenty of time for things to fall into place. The only thing we’ve ordered so far is the dresser (I had a fear it would sell out).

Baby Mack at 14 weeks, 5 days (Dress – Kohl’s | Sandals – Joie via Shopbop)

I’m excited to share more pregnancy related content here — and if there’s anything in particular you want to see please send me a note! Thanks for following along!