Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Favorites

Happy Halloween!!

I've gotta say, I'm not a big Halloween person. I do, however, enjoy a good costume party! My friends and I are having a little brunch get together tomorrow morning to celebrate one of the girl's birthdays and we are required to wear a costume. I chose cat ears and will dress in all black. Fat black cat it is this year! So creative, I know!

Here's what I'm loving from this week:

1 | Halloween Candy... We just made it through last night's trick-or-treaters with out running out of candy. I blame the baby for making me eat so much!



2 | Grey Plaid Blanket Scarf. Yes, I need another one in my life. I love the colors of this one from ASOS.



3 | Broccoli Cheddar Chicken & Rice Casserole. I made this recipe for dinner last night and it was so good! Total comfort food!


4 | Rose Gold French Mani nails. How awesome are these nails? Colors are Essie Mirror Metallics Penny Talk and Essie Adore-a-Ball



5 | New Blogs to Follow! I just love when I stumble accross new blogs to follow. I've been working on cleaning up my Bloglovin' feed (btw - follow me here) and trying to categorize all my blogs and it has been very helpful with streamlining my blog reading in the mornings! 

Here are a few blogs that I have started following this week:

A Blonde Ambition - How have I not been following? Leslie has impecable style and does it all while in her 3rd trimester with her second girl on the way! I just love her sense of humor too!

Two Twenty One - Again, have I been living under a rock? I love this blog! Chelsea posts so many great DIYs and home projects. Not to mention she is the mother of an adorable new little boy!

Hosting & Toasting - I actually came accross Brittney's blog via IG when I spotted her post of a beautiful fall inspired brunch party. BAC (as she refers to herself) is a girl after my own heart, with a love for styled events, entertaining and fashion. 

Add these blogs on Bloglovin' here, here and here

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Happy Weekend, Lovlies!

I'm linking up with Amanda for Friday Favorites and April, Christina, Natasha and Darci for 5 on Friday.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Bumpdate | 34 weeks!


Does it look like I'm forcing a smile?
Not gonna lie... I might be!
Do you see the size of this bump? No wonder I have hip and back aches!

Can you believe we are at 34 weeks and 4 days?!
That means less than 6 weeks to D day, people!
Our little boy could be here in a month!

Let's get to it...

Facts
  • Baby is the size of a butternut squash! He is measuring between 17.2 and 18.7 inches long and weighs between 4.2 and 5.8 lbs. 
  • He is recognizing and reacting to simple songs (I may or may not have been playing Christmas music for him already :) :) )
  • He's also urinating about a pint a day (In the words of Jimmy Fallon... ewww!)

Not so fun things
  • I'm slowly getting used to the no sleep thing. I'm still waking up about every 2-3 hours at night to switch sides. My hips start to ache if I'm on one side for too long. And of course, why not use the bathroom while I'm up?
  • I'm starting to get to the point where it is hard to be on my feet or be mobile for too long. I went to the grocery store earlier this week and by the end of the shopping trip, my lower back was killing me. We have been taking Charlie on walks and I notice towards the end my back is really sore. 
  • Some acid reflux here and there, but it's bearable.
  • I'm starting to swell!! My feet and hands look a little more puffy than usual! Still can't wear my wedding rings :(
  • Boobs are just out of control... That's all I'm going to say about that. I really hope they go back to normal after baby or I am going to have to convince Bill to get me a boob lift/reduction after we are done having kids. I'm not joking! Plus, I think they are the reason I am feeling some aches/tingling in my upper back in between my shoulder blades. These things are heavy!
  • Definitely feeling some major pressure down there. My pelvis bone has been aching and when I go to stand up or do something strenuous it stings! Hopefully, that means baby is making his way down and getting ready for his arrival (not too soon though... Let's make it at least to 37 weeks)!

Random things
  • Still craving ice like it's going out of style. I'd say I have 3 big cups of it a day! Good news is, that is probably helping me stay hydrated.
  • Other random cravings: cheese puffs?! MILK! Lots of milk. I drink organic fat free milk and go through about 2 cartons a week! I have a bowl of cereal every morning and I will have 1 - 2 cups of milk in the evening during dinner. I was never a milk drinker before pregnancy. Also, I can't get enough Halloween candy, but then again... who can?!
  • Baby is moving a TON! Sometimes it is a little uncomfortable, not gonna lie. I can tell things are getting a little cramped for him and he is trying to stretch out. I still do love the feeling, though, and is worth a few jabs/kicks in the ribs. 
  • I'm really looking forward to getting back into a workout routine after baby. I miss going to the gym and really sweating! I know some pregnant ladies are able to keep working out through out the majority of their pregnancy, but it just hasn't been that way for me. Thinking about jogging with this bowling ball in my belly makes me queasy! I do have a goal to complete a half marathon next October, so hopefully that will give me the motivation to get back into it in early 2015. Don't worry, I'm sure I will be posting all about my progress as well!

Really awesome things
  • The nursery being complete! So happy to have it all ready for baby Camden's arrival. I also enjoy organizing and re-organizing (aka nesting) everything in there. 
  • Thinking about enjoying this Christmas with a snuggly little baby! And dressing him in cute little Christmas outfits (he may have a few to choose from already...)
  • We have one more shower this weekend with Bill's family. We are so blessed to have such wonderful and loving friends and family to help spoil this little boy rotten!
  • Starting the process of packing the hospital bag (what?!). It really makes it so real! This is what I'm going to have with me when we have our baby!
  • Having an amazingly supportive husband. I have not given him enough props here on the blog. He has been so sweet and always looking out for me and baby Rumple. If I am too tired to do the dishes or cook dinner, he steps right in and takes care of it. And he calls me on his way home to let me know he is stopping by Dairy Queen if I want a blizzard... the answer is YES!
  • Tonight is my last Pregnancy Yoga class and I'm sad that it's coming to an end. I have really enjoyed sharing the experience with a few of my pregnant friends. The classes are so relaxing and it always feel so great to really stretch out my bones and muscles. It is also a great bonding experience with other pregnant ladies! I am hoping to keep up my own routine at home over the next month now that I know some good stretches. 
Whoo hoo! 6 more weeks (or less)!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Camden's Nursery Reveal!

I know you all have been waiting anxiously on the edge of your seats for the reveal of Camden's nursery. Well, I finally got to a point where I felt as though it was 'complete' and picture worthy. There was one more item I was waiting for (the hamper), but decided that we could do without just for pictures' sake. 


This room has been a labor of love (emphasis on the labor... get it?). We started about 2 months ago with painting the room. It started out a grey-ish color that I thought might work, but later decided I wanted to lighten it up. I chose 2 paint colors, both Sherwin Williams. One wall where the crib would go, is Snowbound (SW 7004) the other 3 are Hinting Blue (SW 6519).

Once the paint was done, the fun began... I ordered these star decals from Urban Walls. My inspiration was this photo that I had pinned a while ago. I just loved how serene it felt. Instead of putting the stars on the ceiling, I decided to put them all over the white wall as a back drop for the crib. Let me tell you, putting up those stars was no easy task. A lot of mathematical skills and patience were involved!


This is by far my favorite corner of the room. I have already enjoyed many hours in that glider just envisioning rocking baby Camden to sleep or reading him a story.






You may have noticed that there is no crib bumper. I have heard from several sources that crib bumpers are actually dangerous for infants. They can roll over onto the bumper and not be able to breathe. I do have a mesh/breathable crib bumper that I am planning to put on once baby starts using the crib.


 I love these grey striped linen baskets for extra toy and book storage. I have another basket for swaddle blankets and burp cloths by the glider for easy access. The burp cloths were hand made by my friend's mom. Aren't they adorable? I just love the fabrics she chose.


The room is not very big, so I knew I had to be very creative about the space. The room is just big enough for the crib, dresser and glider (we have an older home that has been renovated, so that means small rooms and closets, but I do love our original hardwood floors!). We saved some space by doubling the dresser for the changing table. The top 2 drawers are filled with diapers, wipes and onsies for easy changing access.



The closet is also not very large (it also is home to my wedding dress...), so I added this hanging closet organizer to use for extra clothes, toys, stuffed animals, blankets, etc. I found the closet dividers from this shop on etsy.


Sources:

crib & dresser | Target
dresser knobs | Hobby Lobby
glider | Babies R Us
rug | At Home
star decals | Urban Walls
wood letters above crib (I painted them) | Hobby Lobby
black out curtains | Pottery Barn Kids
grey pouf | Land of Nod
small globe | Home Goods
lamps | Target
crib sheet | Babies R Us
crib skirt | Buy Buy Baby
personalized boppy cover | Pottery Barn Kids
monogrammed baby gown and hat | Ann Everett Rae 
'coming soon' frame | Babies R Us
diaper bag | Pottery Barn Kids
hanging closet organizer | Target

The tassel garland on the window is from the balloon from our maternity shoot! You can get the balloons or just tassel garland from this etsy shop.

The multicolored knit blanket on the glider was handmade by my grandmother. She started 7 years ago! It is definitely something we will treasure!


All ready for baby's arrival!
Now, all that's left to do is wait...

I'm back with my 34 week bumpdate tomorrow!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday!

I can't believe this past weekend was the last of October... 
Which means this weekend it will be November?!
Hey, time... Can you slooooooow down?

Friday night, Bill and I had a date night and saw the movie Fury. He went for the war movie, I went for Brad Pitt. I will say it was a good story line, but it was a little too action packed for this girl.

Saturday, Bill and I ran a bunch of errands around town including pricing and looking for deep freezers for our basement, random housewares purchases at Target (we should really buy stock in that store) and picking up a pumpkin for our porch. In the middle of all our running around, we did get to stop and have lunch at Tom + Chee which I've been wanting to try out for a while. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint! Mac & cheese on a grilled cheese sandwich? Yes, please!!


Saturday night, we went over to Bill's friend's house to watch the OSU game. He has a great set up on his patio including a big fire pit and a flat screen hung on the back of his garage with cable running to it so we could enjoy the gorgeous weather outside while watching the game. I'm so glad I got to experience the watching a game outside before the season is over. It just feels weird not to drink beer while watching football so I had a few O'Doul's. 


Sunday, I met up with some of my preggo friends and their husbands at Sunny Street Cafe for some pumpkin pancakes and baby talk! I just love having close friends that are pregnant the same time. We can all relate to the weirdness that is happening to our bodies and the anxiety and excitement that comes with being pregnant. 

After brunch, a few of us headed over to a local second hand store for baby items. I was able to find a Graco SnugRider Elite Stroller (or snap/click 'n go) that fits our car seat for only $28 ($100 bought new)!! What a steal! It is in great condition too! That checks off one major item off our to get list before baby arrives. Just a few more to go!


Bill and I also practiced putting the car seat in the car. It was a little confusing at first, but we caught on to all the buttons and pulls pretty quick. I think I have mastered the car seat!

Sunday afternoon was spent on the couch. My energy level dropped after our busy weekend. I was able to paint the pumpkin we got for our front porch, though...


It represents all our family members :)

Also, I am happy to announce that the nursery is ready for it's reveal!
Stayed tuned for Camden's nursery reveal tomorrow!!

I'm linking up with Biana and Leeann.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Favorites

First of all, I want to say thank you to those that commented on my post yesterday! Just another reason why I love the blogging community so much! I learned a lot from all of your advice and I think we have figured out what to get and what we can wait to purchase before baby comes :)

Can you believe it's Friday already?! 

Here's what I've been loving lately...

1 | Currently wearing and loving OPI's Kennebunk-Port and Revlon's Colorburst Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie. Both oldies, but goodies!



2 | I received Camden's monogrammed coming home outfit in the mail this week! I was so exicted to receive it! Ann Everett Rae's shop on etsy has the cutest little monogrammed baby outfits and accessories! They were so great to work with and sent several proofs to make sure it turned out just the way I wanted and it only took about 2 weeks from the time I ordered the outfit to receive it (which is pretty quick for something that is monogrammed or personalized). Can't wait to bring him home in this little get up :)



3 | Gold decor from Crate & Barrel that has recently caught my eye... Love this little acorn plate and gold candle sticks!



4 | Just recently stumbled accross H&M's maternity section online and I am loving what I see! I know I shouldn't splurge on any more maternty wear... But, seriously... MAMA imitation leather pants? I feel like I would be the coolest pregnant lady around if I wore these. And I would pair them with the faux fur vest!


5 | Last, but not least, I am loving my new hand stamped bar and charm necklace from Mia Earrings! I showed Bill the necklace I wanted a few weeks ago and that I wanted it for my birthday or our anniversary and he said to go ahead and purchase it now! I wonder if that means there is something else coming for anniversary/birthday?! We shall see...


Happy Weekend friends!

I'm linking up with Amanda for Friday Favorites.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Baby Mama Advice Needed!

We are getting down to the wire, friends!

I have a little over 6 weeks until my due date! Crazy!

I have one more shower on November 2, but want some advice on a few items we have left to purchase...

1 | We currently have this Pack n Play which comes with a little removable rocking seat and changing station on top. I have heard from a few of my friends with babies that they used this in their bedrooms at night for baby to sleep in. Well, we got it all put together last weekend and put it in our room and I'm realizing how much space it takes up. Our bedroom is not that big as it is and now we have a king sized bed in there. There's hardly enough room to walk around the Pack n Play when it's set up next to the bed. I mean, we can manage for the first month or so...

I have heard from multiple sources that the Fisher Price Rock n Play is a great alternative for newborns to sleep in while bedside. Should we break down and get one instead or try the pack n play for a while? 


I like the idea of the pack n play because it has a changing station right there. If we use the rock n play sleeper, do you have to go all the way to the nursery to change diapers? (Yes, I am that lazy and will be even more so on no sleep!)

2 | If we go with the rock n sleeper, do we still then need to get a swing? I have heard that a swing is a MUST have, but the one I want (Snugapuppy Cradle 'N Swing... Gosh I hope this child likes puppies as much as I do!) is big and we have a pretty small family room. I know the mamaRoos have great reviews and are more compact, but are a little more pricey and I just like the Fisher Price ones better for some reason. Any other suggestions??




3 | I am torn with what type of bottles to use. I've got a few Madela brand (that go with my breast pump), but have yet to purchase or receive any others. I have heard so many differing opinions on bottles and it sounds like every baby is a little different with their preference, so I am planning on getting a few different kinds to try out. 

My question is, is there one type of bottle sterilizer, warmer, etc that you all recommend? I have the Tommee Tippee bottle warmer and the sterilizer on my registry, but do these fit any bottles? Are there any that fit all brands?



4 | Last, but not least... Strollers.. I have gone back and forth about these! We have not received one as of yet and I've actually changed my mind a few times with what kind to get. I have heard that the car seat stroller frames (or snap n go's) are the best for quick transportation with the car seat, so I have this one on our registry that goes with our car seat. We will definitely be purchasing this before baby arrives. I also want to get a high terrain/jogger stroller at some point. I had this Graco one on our registry for a while, but just changed to the BOB stroller because of how many great reviews it has. It is definitely a little more pricey than the others, but if we can get some good use out of it over the next few years, then it may be worth it. 

My question is, can I get by until Spring without purchasing the jogging stroller? Baby is due beginning of December and I doubt I would be able to get out and use it until the weather got warmer around Spring time any way. Can I get by just having the basic stroller frame for the first few months? Any other recommendations?





Ok, I think that's all the questions I have for now!!

Comment away!

I'm linking up with Natalie and Annie for Thoughts for Thursday.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fall + Winter Maternity Must Haves

It's been a while since I posted a 'maternity must haves' post. Recently, I've been trying my hardest not to splurge too much on shopping for myself so we can focus on spending the money on baby needs (and wants... let's be honest). 

However, there are a few maternity staples that I've had to purchase recently in order to get through the cooler weather we've been having here in Ohio. 

When it comes to dressing the bump, I have found it easier in the fall to buy a few maternity staples and mix them with 'regular' clothes and accessories. First, let's start with the basics...



1 | Maternity leggings. These are a must have. I have several pairs now and wear them just about everyday! The ones I have are from Destination Maternity (Motherhood Maternity brand). I bought 2 pairs of these and they have been in heavy rotation! I love the full panel that goes all the way over my belly. They are pretty opaque which is great for throwing on with a sweatshirt or cardigan and not really having to worry about covering your behind. I also got a pair from Old Navy that I wear when my other leggings are in the wash. I have also heard great things about the BLANQI brand for maternity leggings. I may have to invest in one more pair...

2 | Maternity jeans. I have loved my Jessica Simpson maternity jeans. Again, I like the full panel style. It may not be for everyone, but it makes me feel more comfortable. They are really soft and have kept their shape through a few washes. Definitely find a pair that you love!

3 | Basic tanks and tee shirts. I have bought a few colors of maternity tanks and tee shirts from Target that I wear a lot. I would suggest getting black or a basic color so you can layer on top. 

4 | Long sleeved shirts or light sweaters. I recently purchased this long sleeved maternity shirt from Target and have been wearing it a lot because it is so comfy and goes perfect with leggings! I also picked up a few light, long sleeved sweaters to go over leggings as well.

Now that you have the basics down, you can add other non-maternity pieces that you may already have in your wardrobe:


1 | Long cardigans. These are great for layering over your maternity tanks and tee shirts. You can wear them with leggings or jeans. I have a few different ones in my closet from last year that I have been using a lot. I love this boyfriend cardigan from Old Navy too. 

2 | Puffer vests. These are great for layering with your long sleeved maternity shirts and sweaters. you can leave them unzipped/buttoned to give your belly some room. I am loving this fur hooded vest option!

3 | Flat boots. Unfortunately, if you are like me and towards the end of your pregnancy, you may have swollen feet. My feet have gone up one whole size since I've been pregnant and none of my boots fit from last year (sad face). So, I picked up a pair of these and these from Old Navy to get me through the next couple of months. If you are lucky and your feet have not grown, get out all the pairs of your comfy FLAT boots for the fall and winter. Trust me, flat is the way to go... your feet will thank me! (from the photo above: red Hunter boots, Steve Madden knee high boots, Old Navy sherpa-style grey boots)

4 | Scarfs. It's no secret that the plaid, over-sized scarfs are in this season. It is the perfect way to top off your fall and winter style. You can pick up a few reasonably priced ones (like this one) from Target! 

There you have it! My budget friendly fall and winter maternity style must haves!

Pregnant ladies or former pregnant ladies, what were your maternity staples?

I'm linking up with Morgan today for Mid Week Muse.
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