Tuesday, May 20, 2008

And the Crib

Too bad I already used the clever "my crib or yours?" title a few posts back. Turns out the crib wasn't so complicated to put together. I love it to death and I can't wait to but the little guy in it for the first time. Maybe if I keep telling myself over and over again that he's going to be one of those great babies that sleeps in his crib rather than our room from Day 1, just maybe I can will the forces of nature to make that happen.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Halfway There and Nursery Progress

We're halfway there today - 20 weeks - crazy how fast the time has gone. This last weekend was great. My mom came for a visit, we found out we are having a healthy boy, the nursery furniture arrived, we had brand new carpet installed in the guest room and nursery, and we had the first BBQ/pool party of the summer with my mom and Jon's family. Here are some pics of the furniture and a few projects from the weekend:

The crib. Looks a tad complicated so we decided to wait a couple of days to put it together. This is a good shot of the fabulous new carpet too.

I picked out this red microfiber fabric to cover the window seat cushion. Also, with mom's help, we added some ribbon to a plain chocolate brown valance to tie it in with the bedding colors (the blanket sitting there on the window seat).
Close-up of the DIY valance. It barely made it across the width of the window so I need to pick up another one (and add the ribbon to it) to make it look fuller.

Dresser/changing table with hutch. The set came with both brown and polished pewter drawer pulls which I have yet to change out. I did get to two of them on the top dresser drawer and I can't wait to do them all. I love the contrast with the metal knobs. The little plush lobster on the left has become my inspiration to eventually add some sea life inspired art work and decor.

The tall dresser. Still needs its metal knobs too.

Finally, a cute picture of how I greeted my mom at the airport on Thursday. She called me during her layover in Denver and I told her she had to wait until she got here to find out what we were having. I greeted her at the airport in Austin with a big bunch of blue balloons. She figured it out. She's pretty sharp.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

It's a...

We had our big anatomy ultrasound today at 19w4d, and we are having a healthy baby boy. All of this organs and limbs look great and all fingers and toes are accounted for. Here are some pictures:

Profile of his face and you can see a little arm in the back.

Here is his profile from the other side. He just didn't want to move those arms for us. Check out that belly!

And the goods. I think we can safely say he's all boy.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Nursery Design Ideas

I put together a couple of potential nursery design ideas this past weekend. I like the "red" design for either a boy or a girl, and the "pink" design for a girl (obviously). It's tough to see in the pink sheets, but there are some little spots of turquoise sprinkled throughout the designs. To give credit where credit is due, the sheets are from Caden Lane, the wall letters and closet pulls are from Giggle Brush Designs, the crib skirts are from American Baby Company, and the storage bins are from either Bed Bath & Beyond or Trend Lab.

Click on the images to make them larger and easier to read.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Why today is fabulous

Seriously, I've had a great day so far today. Good enough to put it all in a blog post. I suppose to a lot of people it's little things, but when a bunch of nice little things happen in one day it's cool.

So far today:

*I got my hair cut and colored. This wouldn't be a big deal except that I hadn't been in there for about 3 months. Three months worth of hair growth on super-strength prenatal vitamins makes for some pretty severe roots. I feel so much better about myself when my hair looks good.

*While I was getting my hair cut, I got a call from my OB's office with the results of our Quad Screen test. I just had the blood drawn on Wednesday and was told I wouldn't hear the results for at least a week. Everything checked out fine so we are thrilled. This tests screens for Down Syndrome, Trisomy 18, and Spina Bifida, and it has a relatively high rate of false positives. To hear back already that our little peanut is healthy is awesome.

*I dropped off a bag of clothing that no longer fit me along with a gift card for a girl I know of through the Nest today. Her house was struck by lightning last weekend and is a total loss. Luckily she, her husband, their baby, and their pets were able to get out. They lost all of their possessions and it felt really good to give her some nice clothes that haven't fit me for about a year now and were just gathering dust. I wish I could have given them more.

*Our good friend Chris saved the day and took a huge weight off our shoulders. The kitchen sink at our condo in Denver was leaking and our tenants were understandably sick and tired of dumping out pitchers of water each day. A plumber was going to charge us $120/hr just to show up. That doesn't include parts or anything else. One $40 faucet and an hour and a half later, Chris was calling me to tell me it was fixed.

*I checked out two consignment shops I hadn't been to before (Between Friends and Pumpkin Patch) and got three new outfits for under $50. Almost all of the maternity clothing I have purchased are used/consignment. Why should I pay $50 for one shirt I can wear for 6 more months when I can get it for $8 hardly worn? Somehow I feel like it's less wasteful too.

*Across the street from Between Friends is this place called Wally's Burger. By now it was 2:00 and I'd barely had anything substantial to eat so I was about ready to eat my own hand. Seriously, this was one of the best fast food burgers and fries I've had in a long time. For those of you familiar with Mighty Fine, it was just about as good and almost as messy.

*Which leads me to my last item - my new t-shirt. It made a lot of people smile today and who doesn't like to make people smile?

T-shirt by 2chix.com

The day's not over yet, and I'm looking forward to a fun night with Jon. He's had a long week of training at his new job and I think he's more than ready for the weekend to start. The plan is to see a movie, so I'm off to Fandago to see what's playing.