Happy Birth Day Landon!

Our sweet baby boy, Landon Timothy, was born on March 14th, 2015 at 10:57PM (7lbs 14 oz and 20 inches long)- one week ago yesterday! We are so completely in love with him! He is a very calm and relaxed baby so far. It’s amazing how much we’ve already learned about each other in one short week. Everything from his little queues and cries to how to trick him into sleeping in his bassinet by our bed. Making sure we can lay down in our bed at night and get some real sleep between feedings and diaper changes has been the key to our sanity. Nate has been amazing in every way possible. I always knew he would be a great Dad and a wonderful support system during labor but he has truly gone above and beyond. People always say you fall more in love with your spouse after you have kids and that has been so true for me.

We are so lucky to have so many family members and friends around us at this time. We have definitely not gone without meals or help when we’ve needed it – so thankful! The last couple of days we’ve gotten more into a routine of sorts. We’ve had a few trips out of the house to Target and Meijer, gone for a walk in the neighborhood, and today we ventured out to a new coffee shop downtown. I’ve definitely “bounced back” quicker than I thought I would and have just been ready to get out of the house a little bit!

I can’t wait to type out the details of labor and delivery, to share our maternity photos, to put together a list of some of the baby products we’re loving so far, etc. So many fun little details that deserve their own posts!

Thoughts on Pregnancy: 38 Weeks – FULL TERM!

Maternity Photo & Mother's Day 2015
I was full term last week at 37 weeks and I’ll be 38 weeks tomorrow! Wahoo! I’m definitely at the point where I’m feeling like it’s time for this baby to come OUT. I’ve been in full on nesting mode and I’ve gotten a lot done around the house – thank goodness. I thought the nesting bug would never bite me! I don’t think I’ll get every single thing in the house to the point where I feel that it’s perfect but at least I’m feeling more at ease overall. I had been so lazy there for a while!

This past weekend we finally managed to get quite a bit done that I had on my list of to-dos: shopping for some things for the hospital bag, a few last minute items for the nursery, and we took our hospital tour on Sunday! Ahh – a sigh of relief! I still come up with a new list every day and I keep thinking – “OKAY, he can’t can’t come until I get ____ done!” Ha! In that case, I’ll be pregnant forever. Just gotta let some stuff go! And if we don’t have something that is a necessity – we will just get it when we realize, right?!

Mother’s Day was wonderful. It felt super weird to celebrate it for myself! I just don’t feel like a Mom yet, if that makes sense! I do but I don’t! I’m in a weird in between stage, ya know? Nate bought me tulips (my favorite) and took me out to brunch at First Watch before our hospital tour. Later in the afternoon we went over to my Mother-in-law’s to see her and my Mom! It was so nice to be able to SEE my MOM on Mother’s Day. That hasn’t happened in a long time! I got the chance to get in the pool while I was over there and it was GLORIOUS. I laid on my stomach for the first time in about 8 months. It was the most comfortable and relaxed I’ve been in so, so long. I could have stayed in there forever.

Well – this could be the last time I blog before this cute little bebe wiggle worm is born! I can’t believe we’re so close. I can’t believe we’re about to be parents. The time has gone by so fast and so slow at the same time. I am so ready for this. I’m “prepared” but I know there is just no way to know what this whole labor and delivery event will truly be like – but I’m ready because I know I’ve got Nate to support me and love me through it. He is going to be the best Dad and I can’t *wait* to see him hold his baby for the first time. I am so lucky to be his wife and I’m so blessed to have him as my support system. I’m so excited for our little family to become 3! <3

Thoughts on Pregnancy: 36 Weeks

33 Weeks and 4 Days

It took these photos a few weeks ago – so technically I’m 33 weeks (almost 34) here! I haven’t been as good at keeping up with photos and as I planned to be. Life is busy and I don’t always feel like I look “photo ready”, ya know? ;] SPEAKING OF PHOTOS – we got our maternity photos done and I am completely in LOVE. I am still trying to pick which ones I can’t live without and it’s proving to be very difficult! That’s what happens when someone as amazing as Erika Litton takes your photos. <3
33 Weeks and 4 Days

At 36 weeks I am now seeing my midwife once a week. It’s starting to feel extremely real! I’ve had some pretty low energy days but I think maybe I’m finally starting to feel like doing some nesting. Brittany came over a few nights ago and I flitted around the nursery throwing things away, reorganizing, and I basically ended up forcing her to move furniture and help me put our stroller together. She says I’m definitely nesting. Ha. On Monday I started to experience pretty extreme pain in my pelvis and hips. Baby Boy has been head down with his little butt on my right side and his feet on my left, so his head is turned sideways instead of facing my back. And apparently he’s very low! So, these two things combined are causing some pain. My midwife told me to sit on my birth ball quite a bit to try to get him turned around and not laying sideways. I’ve been working all day every day sitting on the birth ball since then. I think it’s helping!
33 Weeks and 4 Days

How Far Along Are You: 36 weeks and 1 day
How Big Is The Baby?: 4.2 – 5.8 lbs and as big as a honeydew! (according to that trusty baby app)
How Much Weight Have You Gained?: It feels like a lot. 0_0
Maternity Clothes: Wearing sleeveless clothing is preferable right now. I get SO hot.
Stretch Marks: Still none on my stomach and the Save My Skin oil that I’m using seems to be reducing the little ones on my boobs even as they’re happening.
Sleep: One night I’ll sleep really well and the next – nope. I’m sleeping sitting up to avoid acid reflux and basically only on my left side as something about baby’s position is causing my right leg to go numb when I sleep on my right side. Oyyy.
Best Moment This Week: Hearing baby’s heartbeat (never gets old) and having my first cervical check. I know that’s totally weird but it’s fun to finally be doing all of these things I’ve been waiting for.
Movement: All day every day!
Food Cravings: Mostly burgers. If I get to the point where I’m really hungry, you better be prepared to find me a burger. And not just any crappy fast food burger.
Food Aversions: None. FOOD.
Labor Signs: I think I’ve had some Braxton Hicks but they’ve been painless. I’m still not sure that’s even what I’m actually feeling?
Belly Button In or Out: I really hope my belly button returns to normal – that’s all I have to say.
What I Miss: This has been a week of missing normal life while loving all the baby kicks – I’m so torn. But I’m really, really ready to be able to lay down and get out of bed normally. And to be able to take off my pants on my own.
What I’m Looking Forward To: Getting my hospital bag completely ready, putting finishing touches on the nursery, cleaning our house until it is SPOTLESS. Bringing home a bebe. <3

Project Nursery: Repurposing Old Furniture to Add Character

Project Nursery: Repurposing Old Furniture to Add Character

When I started to envision Baby Boy’s nursery months and months ago I really didn’t have much direction. Everyone kept asking me what theme I was going to go with and I met their questions with a blank stare. I wandered the baby store aisles feeling like I would never find what I was really looking for – something unique, something … not covered in some sort of Disney character. The bedding sets I found on Pinterest were perfect but also $500?! So that was out. I started to realize that I didn’t really want or need a theme or insanely expensive bedding and furniture. I just wanted something simple .. a color scheme, patterns, texture.
Project Nursery: Couch Project

We had an old couch in our office turned nursery and I knew that I wanted to keep it in there to lounge on as a nice quiet place to hang out and nurse the baby. My Mother-in-law covered it in super fun retro fabric and when she wanted to get rid of it a couple of years ago I had to have it. I loved it in our office but lime green retro fabric didn’t go with our nursery color scheme of golds, grays, yellows, mint/turquoise, and navy. Thankfully my Mother-in-law agreed to recover it again and so she, my Mom and I set out to find the perfect material.
Project Nursery: Repurposing Old Furniture to Add Character

We even put my niece, Bella, to work! Ha. Just kidding. She was crafting scraps into pretty things!!

We found this super soft velvety retro gold fabric on clearance at a fabric store and got ALL of the material we needed for around $50. The fabric was pretty thick and ended up being sort of hard to work with but it all came together in the end. I say that pretty flippantly because I wasn’t the one doing all the work. ;] It took quite a bit of effort/time and I’m very pleased to own the last piece of furniture my Mother-in-law ever plans to recover. Haha!
Project Nursery: Repurposing Old Furniture to Add Character

I decided to take the easy decorating task of adding some personalized pillows to liven up the “new couch” even more and make it a true focal point in the room. I love how it all came together! I ordered the pillows from Tiny Prints and they turned out just perfect! So typical of me to push the hard labor off on someone else while I just clicked “add to cart” and waited for pretty things to show up on my doorstep! And you guessed it – Baby Boy’s name starts with an “L”! I am just so in love with little finishing touches like this – they make it feel like this is *HIS* room.
Project Nursery: Repurposing Old Furniture to Add Character

I feel like our nursery is “in style” without being a copycat of someone else’s Pinterest photo and that is exactly what I wanted. I love the pops of color against the neutrals that we’ve picked and every perfect detail! This is obviously just one corner of the room and I’m so excited to share the whole nursery with you all! Stay tuned!!

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