Friday, July 20, 2012

Friday Favorites

Another week has come and gone! We are down to single digits for Brantley's arrival... what?!? That is my number 1 Friday Favorite: 9 days till baby is here!! It's really strange but it seems like everyday this week pregnancy gets a little more stressful, physically and mentally. I haven't been sleeping near as well and I feel like she has grown a ton... I'm a little anxious about the delivery but so ready for her to be here. I just pray everything goes smoothly and I get the doctor I've had the whole time!!

Other Friday Favorites:

Loving these Emi Jay hair ties.

Do yourself a favor and go buy this now. It is AMAZING and there are only about 5 ingredients.

I've gone through a bit of mascara funk lately. I don't normally spend a lot of money on it because the cheap stuff is just as good. I saw a review on this kind and I really like it! I found out they have small sizes for super cheap so I got just a tiny tube. There's nothing worse than paying $5 for something that you hate. I think I may just experiment with the tiny tubes for a while!

I'm not one of those crazy football countdown people but fall and football season are just around the corner! Brantley has so many cute fall clothes and jackets I can't WAIT to put her in! Particularly this one...

Baby bear fleece

Does it get much cuter?! This is from L.L. Bean.

Did I mention Brantley will be here in 9 days?! AND this is my last day of work before she gets here. Can't wait to relax next week and get ready for her!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

38 Week Update

Yesterday I had my weekly checkup. No change from last week. The doctor thinks instead of being a week early she will be closer to her due date but maybe still early. Keeping our fingers crossed!

Now it's just a waiting game! Everything is done including stuff at work so now I just have time to THINK. If I were super busy I would probably be stressed about getting stuff done so bored or busy, I would feel the same way. It's funny how my emotions change from week to week. Last week it was almost to scary to think that she was going to be here so soon! This week I'm SO READY for her to be here, no worries at all of how it's all going to go. I'm trying to be patient and enjoy these last 2 weeks.

 Everyone says rest and enjoy this quiet time... I'm just not one to do that especially when I know there's a baby on the way! After this week of work, I am planning on taking off a few days next week to chill out. Hopefully she will be here by then! 

My doctor did mention inducing me. From the start I never even thought about it because I feel like that's planning out her birthday and forcing your body to do something it's not ready to do. Now that he's mentioned it, I can't get it off my mind! I know I only have 12 days but like I said, being patient is not my strong point! We are going to wait and see how the next appointment goes and then decide. She is due on a Sunday so if she's LATE it will be cutting into my maternity leave and I do NOT want that to happen. 5 weeks isn't very long for leave :( .

Who knows though, it could be any day! She will come when she's ready :) She just has a lot of anxious people ready to meet her!!!

Patience requires patience.

I will try and behave the best I can!!

Friday, July 13, 2012

"And yesterday felt like two days..."

Friday- Where the heck have you been!? If you don't recognize the quote then I guess you haven't seen the movie The Jerk. Such a good movie. This for some reason seems like the longest week ever. Maybe because it's the first FULL week back since being off for the 4th of July. 

Work has also slowed down a lot. I like to be busy so not having much to do at work makes the days draggggg. I don't want to rush my last two weeks of pregnancy but it's all I can think about with all this extra time!! 

14 days seems so close, yet so far away. I remember counting down 6 weeks until finding out if she was a boy or girl. 14 days is nothing compared to that!! I've got my bags in the car, the nursery pretty well set up (still need to put a few things up from the last shower), all returnable items returned, house pretty spotless.... what else is there? Everyone says to relax and take it easy... that makes me feel like I'm just sitting around waiting and I really hate waiting.

Most of the time by this point people are miserable and over being pregnant. Other than my swelling starting back up this week I feel great. I'm just ready for her to be here! I'm so restless and anxious for her arrival! If the doctor is correct on his guesstimate of a week to 10 days early, she could be here in less than a week. That's pretty scary to think about but my gut feeling is she won't be here that early. 

Until then I guess I will just keep on cleaning and straightening the house until she gets here! Justin is also starting to get really anxious to meet her so that makes time go by even slower! 

On the farm news, the other day one of our Jersey cows had a calf. We bought some Jersey milk cows last year to put bottle calves on. It saves a lot of money and time. Our cows normally calve late fall through early spring. We breed the Jersey cows to calve earlier so by the time our cows start calving, their calf is big enough to be weaned and we can put the bottle calf on her. Here are a few photos of the first calf. He's so tiny!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

37 Weeks

As of last Sunday I am 37 weeks! I cannot believe Brantley will be here in 3 weeks or less. Our checkup went well Monday, no more progress. I didn't ask if he still thought she would be a week - 10 days early because I feel like their patients bug them with those questions all the time! He did say she is very low. I plan on keeping up my busy routine and moving around as much as possible, without overdoing it of course. 

The 4th of July was great! I was off work from Wednesday - Friday so I took a small internet/computer hiatus as well. It's nice to take a break when you stare at a screen all day at work! We went to the lake Tuesday through Friday and relaxed. Saturday night we had dinner with one of my best friends and her husband who recently moved close by. We had our last baby shower Sunday and got lots of goodies! We got some video monitors, a swing and stroller! I had so much fun getting it all out and playing with it. I finally finished packing my hospital bag. I have been slowly packing it over the past 2 weeks. 

All we have left to do is install the car seat! I am definitely going to have to stay busy these next few weeks. I'm trying to enjoy it being just Justin and me right now but it's hard not to focus on my belly right in front of me!

Week 37 so far has been great. I'm having a lot of Braxton Hicks contracts but nothing painful. I didn't know I was having them until the doctor pointed them out and just this week I have noticed they are getting stronger. One weird thing I've noticed is my knuckles are sore. I don't know if it's from expanding joints or what but when I try and pop my fingers it hurts. Other than that these past few weeks I have felt the best the whole pregnancy. It is difficult having no core strength and not being able to move around as easily as before. 

That's about all that has been going on. I don't think I can clean or rearrange my house again. Everything is pretty well in place. Mama came over Saturday and helped me get everything ready so if she were to come early we would be set up. As bad as I want her to come early, I want her to stay in as long as she needs!

Here's a few photos because I hate pictureless post!

Bella my bottle calf. She realized she's a cow!

Screw in baby gates = no fun... I will definitely be getting a different kind for the nursery door. This is just for our bedroom so we could keep the dogs in our room at night. It gets too hot leaving the door shut and one certain little brown dog gets into trouble when she roams at night.

What a hard life. Brinkley slept like this on Justin even with him snoring. She is so spoiled.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Nursery Tour!

Ok, first.... IT'S JULY PEOPLE. This means D-Day is 27 days away!!

On to the nursery... I think the room is as complete as it's going to be! The room was kind of hard to photograph - I think it was the lighting but I'm so ready to post the pictures these will have to do!

It could not have turned out anymore perfect! This is exactly as I pictured it in my head. I wish there was more closet space but so far it's worked out fine. My inspiration came from this blog :

I'll start out with a few detail pieces then get to bigger ones of the full room...

This was a shower gift from my mom. I just love the antique look with the burlap and ribbons. It pretty much sums up how I wanted the room to look. I'm thinking we are going to take this to hang on the hospital door!

This sweet little lamp was my grandmother's. All we did was stick a new lamp shade on it. The horseshoe was given to me by a college friend. She has started her own line of western jewelry/paintings/purses etc. Look her up on Facebook or Etsy at Dirt Road Girls !

Her going home gown. In a few pictures you can see it is hanging above her crib.

We couldn't decide if we should do a "theme" with pictures like "The Places You'll Go" or what with this. I decided to just keep it simple with a farm/animal theme. In the future I may expand it to the other side of the wall with some more pictures but I thought these were cute for now. It's a few of the things I love that I hope she will too!

This rocking chair was used by Justin's mom when he was a baby.

This is one of my favorite pieces.. It is an old calendar from my great grandfather's (J.T. Miller) store.

Here is a closer detailed shot. The year was 1929! I love the pink acorns. It's like it was made for this room.

I think I have posted this before but here is the sign Justin made from pallet wood that I painted.

and again.

This is immediately to your right when you walk into the nursery through the door on the right. Justin made this bookshelf and I used it in my apartment in Auburn during college. The pink and white frame came from my mother in law, once again, exact look of how I wanted the room to look. "We loved you before you were born" sign came from my Aunt Judy. I LOVE this quote and would have put it on the pallet wood if I thought it would have fit. The white lamb piggy bank came from my mom's boss, Jane. I just love the look of a few white pieces.

Here is another picture with the calendar handing above. This picture makes this wall look huge compared to the calendar but it really isn't. The closet is to the left of the shelf.

Here is her crib. The bedding came from Restoration Hardware along with the matching comforter. This came from Aunt Judy.

I love the monogrammed blanket.

Another shot of the crib. 

This little dresser came from my parents lakehouse. It was in mine and my brother's nursery. It used to be white with yellow and blue knobs. Mama and I got on an "antique look" kick and this is how it turned out. We LOVE it and couldn't believe how easy it was to do!

Some of her wardrobe! The above dresser drawers are full of clothes as well. She should be very well dressed!

Here is another special piece. This bassinet started with my Aunt Judy when she was a baby and was also used by my dad. It has a stand with wheels and rolls around so easy. It is perfect when BB is tiny and I can just roll her around. 

Here is a full shot of the right side of the room when you walk in. The cow skin rug came from the rodeo this past March and I really love how it turned out. I didn't want too much of a country/western theme AT ALL so I love the subtle touches of the farm pictures and rug. The white on the edges ties into the rest of the light colors. 

This is looking at the left side of the room. The color in this picture isn't that great. The bed used to be a full bed that we converted into a daybed and threw a white quilt on. The big wreath has a few white flowers on it which can easily be changed out and updated. The pink pillows at the back and the bunny pillow came from Restoration Hardware. We have the pattern on the back pink pillows as a crib sheet as well. It all ties in to the same style line. The bigger pink and two smaller pillows came from a little store in town. I just love the softness of it and especially how it is a mixture of light pinks and not "matchy matchy" stuff. (This reminds me of being engaged when I would try on  wedding dresses and emphasize I did NOT want beading yet they would still bring me dresses with beading! I actually had to have mine made WITHOUT the beading and pay extra! Just like the beading, I wasn't having any "matchiness" in the nursery! haha)

That pretty much sums up the nursery! I don't plan on changing a thing. I may do a little rearranging with things like the baskets on the floor and I'm sure the bassinet will float all over the house. I definitely could not have put this together without the help of my mom and Aunt Judy! We all had the same idea in mind and it looks amazing. 

Our "babymoon" this past weekend was GREAT. We just rode around on the pontoon and relaxed. There won't be too many more chances for just the two of us to get away and relax like that, at least not without our mind on a certain little someone. 

We go to the doctor today and maybe I have made more progress but I'm not getting my hopes up!