Friday, January 27, 2017

Pregnancy Update: 36 Weeks

HOW FAR ALONG: 36 weeks

HIS SIZE: 19 inches long & 6 pounds; the size of a papaya


SLEEP: Up early but falling asleep early as well

SYMPTOMS: Ashton has decided that he want to lay in "C" and kick me in the side all


MOVEMENT: Bumpin' and rollin'


1: Quite time in the morning - One benefit to waking up at the crack of dawn (3-3:30) is I have a lot of time to myself. I spend the extra hours listening to audio books while drinking decaf flat whites. A few times a week I even get motivated and walk on the treadmill:) I am thankful for this time because I know my quiet moments to myself are about to come to an end as Ashton's arrival is fast approaching!

2:  Pancakes - No explanation needed!

3Pics of Jer and Ry in Disney with my family - We were lucky enough to get invited to join my sis and brother-in-law at the Pro-Bowl in Orlando. As it so happens, traveling during the last few weeks of pregnancy is frowned upon (imagine that) so I made the responsible choice to stay behind. Talk about grownup problems. Although I am not there taking part in the fun, I am loving seeing the pictures, videos and realtime fun via FaceTime. Can't wait to go back! [Update: Raven's Disney shirts are from Etsy]


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Pregnancy Update: 35 Weeks

"I Love Paris" Shirt: Wildfox | Buffalo Plaid Shirt: Nordstrom
HOW FAR ALONG: 35 weeks

HIS SIZE: 18-19 inches long & 5-6 pounds; the size of a bunch of carrots

WEIGHT GAIN: 28 lbs and I am starting to feel the extra weight take its toll!

SLEEP: It seems 3 AM is my new wake time. Good thing I am going to bed at 8ish.

SYMPTOMS: Around 1:30 in the afternoon, the exhaustion really sets in. Being able to take a daily nap would be oh so amazing!

STRETCH MARKS: None but I have been packing on the lotion!



1: Being finished with Ashton's Nursery - I have such a sense of satisfaction knowing his room is complete (minus trying to figure out where to hang this super cute mobile we received as a gift). I am so thankful for my super handy husband who assisted with every aspect (from furniture assembly to installation of wall decals to installing the light fixture and dimmer switch). Now is I can just get motivated to wash all of his clothes and linens...
2: Nespresso Creatista Espresso Machine - This thing rocks! Jeremiah and I have a love for lattes (mine is decaf, of course) and I am pumped that we can make cafe quality espresso drinks at home. Thanks to my sis for selling me on this!

3: Where the Sidewalk Ends - Ryann is currently obsessed with this book. She loves the poems and simple illustrations and begs us to read it to her every night. A Light in the Attic is sitting in my Amazon cart...we need a little variety!


Monday, January 16, 2017

Ashton's Monochrome Nursery

Done and done. If Ashton came tomorrow, we would be ready!

Designing and decorating his room was so much fun. Jeremiah might disagree:)
 #1: I love, love, love black and white. #2: It is drastically different from Ryann's Restoration Hardware inspired room that was designed around an ivory Bratt Decor iron crib with a pastel pink and gray color palette. Don't get me wrong, Ryann's nursery will always be one of my favorites but I enjoyed going a completely different direction this time. 

***I listed where everything is from at the bottom of the post***
Paint Color - Behr Ulta "Drizzle" in Flat/Matte: Home Depot
Wall Decals: Urban Walls
Babyletto Lucite Crib: Amazon or Nordstrom
Babyletto Modo 3 Drawer Changer: Amazon or buybuybaby
Changing Pad (this changing table requires a very special size and the expensive organic one we bought did not fit): Amazon
Newton Crib Mattress: Newton
Malm Long White Dresser: Ikea
Industrial Metal Chandelier - 18 Lights: Amazon
Edison Bulbs: Amazon
White Leather Pouf: Land of Nod
Resin Animal Heads: Homegoods and Amazon [sold out but made by Three Hands]
Black and White Flat Weave Rug: Target
Faux Fur Rug: Homegoods
BlaBla Hand-knit Animals: Amazon & BlaBla
Jelly Cat Donkey: Amazon
Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper Bag: Amazon or Nordstrom
Finn and Emma Wooden Play Gym: Amazon
"Be Brave, Little One" Prints: Me:)
Boys Rule Print: Me:)
Fox Prints: DIY
Black Ribba Frames: Ikea
Cinematic Light Box: Amazon [this has been on of my favs!]
Crib Sheet, changing pad cover & Swiss cross blanket: Modern Burlap
Racoon Pillow Buddy: Target
Standing Bear: Target
Cactus Pillow: Target
Black and White Striped Pillow: Ikea
Black Pillow: Ikea
Moccasins: Freshly Picked
Black and White Felt Garland: Etsy
Custom Wood Blocks: Etsy
Custom Name Banner: Etsy
Lucite Corner Shelf:  Container Store
Nest Camera: Amazon
Black Baskets: Homegoods
Marpac Dohm Sound Machine: Amazon
Black and White Triangle Toy Baskets: Homegoods
Bookshelves: Ikea
The Book with No Pictures: Amazon
White on Black Book: Amazon
Black on White Book: Amazon

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Pregnancy Update: 34 Weeks

HOW FAR ALONG: 34 weeks

HIS SIZE: 18 inches long & 5 pounds; the size of a savoy cabbage

WEIGHT GAIN: 26 lbs; my belly is big!

SLEEP: Aside from rolling over every hour, pretty darn good!

SYMPTOMS: Just the effects of being 25+ pounds over my normal weight including sore ankles and pelvis pressure. I am sure I am starting to waddle a bit.

STRETCH MARKS: None but I have been packing on the lotion!



1: Black and White EVERYTHING - I have always loved black and it makes up 40% of my closet so I was thrilled to get to use black and white in Ashton's nursery. While there are pops of color, it is pretty darn monochrome and I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out. Hopefully I will post the final pics of his room in the next week or two.
2: The 3 day weekend - SO looking forward to this upcoming 3 day weekend! I think we all were a little too accustom to our extra time during Christmas break:)

3: The Bachelor - While it is not enlightening tv, it is definitely mindless fun and I look forward to it each week. It doesn't hurt that all of my girlfriends from work are also entangled in the show so it is a fun topic of conversation.

I just finished Pilgrimage this week and I was mesmerized by the life and upbringing of Jorge Bergoglio, better known as Pope Francis. Although I am no longer a practicing Catholic, I am so proud that this is the man serving as Pope. His ideals, faith and humility are truly humbling. Not my typical read but a good one!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Pregnancy Update: 33 Weeks

Dress: ASOS | Necklace: Vanessa Mooney
HOW FAR ALONG: 33 weeks

HIS SIZE: 17-19 inches long & 4-6 pounds; the size of a cauliflower blossom

WEIGHT GAIN: 25 lbs; my belly is getting HUGE!

SLEEP: Off and on; seems like I sleep good for a few nights in a row and up at 1AM on others.

SYMPTOMS: Ryann had the hiccups all the time during the third trimester and I have been patiently waiting to see if Ashton would get them, too. On Monday night, I finally felt the rhythmic movement that was no doubt him hiccuping in utero. It is the sweetest (and somewhat odd) sensation.

STRETCH MARKS: None but I have been packing on lotion!



1: The Happy Planner - Let me preface by saying this is the first planner I have ever purchased, unless you count the one I used to have to get stamped in middle school. My skepticism about planners has always been pretty high as I am a "digital" kind of girl. At the suggestion and high recommendation of my friend Shelly, I decided to the give the "paper" planner a try. I am hooked! I have already done such a better job of being purposeful about planning my weekends and week nights! Of course, I still keep my iCal up to date, but this has been a great addition. Not only do I keep up with important family events and personal dates, I am also using as place to document my daily gratitude journal and goal setting. This planner (the exact one I have) is gorgeous on the inside and fun to work with. I even bought a few of the sticker packs and spend time with Ryann planning out our free time and letting her help pick out the stickers. I am so impressed with these that I bought one for my mom and another for a friend.

2: Malibu Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner - As a natural blonde, I dread the winter brassiness that my hair goes through each year. I have tried a lot of "blonde" and purple shampoos and nothing has been as effective as Malibu Blonde! Not only does a little go a long way, it is free of sulfates, preservatives, parabens, gluten and fragrance. It is gentle enough that I use it on Ryann's hair, too. She think the electric purple color is pretty spectacular!

3Sephora Super Supreme Body Butter - I have posted about this body butter before. It is literally saving my skin during these drying months of fluctuating temperatures and dry air. While I cannot fully attribute this to a lack of stretch marks this pregnancy, it sure can't hurt. I slather this stuff on my belly every night before bed. Again, this is another product that is formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates.