Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Nursery

I've been terrible at keeping up with my once a week post! It's been more like once a month! The nursery has kind of taken over all my spare time, but it's finally done! It was such a fun process! I'm bummed I didn't take pictures of the construction when the room was being built. Jason even reminded me, but I was so busy moving back in to the house and then it was done!

So, here is the first picture. ( About half of these pictures were taken on my phone and not the best quality, but you get the idea.) It was taken shortly after the room was finished and painted to match the rest of the house. We weren't sure if it was a boy or a girl at the time.
After we found out we were having a girl, the search for a nursery theme began! I usually start with the bedding and let that set the tone for the room. I would browse almost every night online, but nothing jumped out at me. One weekend, we were up in Sacramento and went to breakfast with Danale and Justin. The bathroom of the little cafe had this fence on the wall and a cute built in bench to sit on! I took a picture with my phone to show Jason! I loved the idea!

A garden theme room would be so fun for the nursery! I had been drawn to pink and green, but had to change the type of bedding I was looking at to something more playful. Jason and I were at BabiesRUS one night and saw this Ladybug bedding with Pink and Green. It wasn't my favorite, but it would go with our theme and we liked the ladybug idea. (Ashlyn's room was all about butterflies.)

We got to work matching paint and then the "fun" began! I started with the ceiling and then the top half of the room.

My mom came to help me finish the pink and then the green a few days later.
Next, it was time for the fence. I wasn't quite sure how it was supposed to work, but I figured it couldn't be anything my hunky hubby couldn't figure out!
(Like the nail in his mouth? )
I painted while Jason measured and cut Austin documented our progress. ( I think he has found a new hobby)It was fun working together and thinking about the little one who would soon be occupying our little creative space.
We got the posts up and called it a night. A few days later, we were back in the nursery finishing the fence rails and chair rail around the room.

Phase 1 complete!Jason moved the furniture back into the room. Later that night, I came upstairs and found him sound asleep in the rocker! So cute!Haley and I made a little day trip to Visalia the next week, to see if the new Hobby Lobby had flowers to fill the flower boxes (that I still needed to buy!), and inspiration to finish the room. I'm not sure what I would have done without Haley there! There were so many rows of flowers and way too many choices! She is so creative and has impeccable taste in decorating!
Jason helped me install the flower boxes. We had to make sure a toddler couldn't pull them off the wall. I feel sorry for the person who moves in after us and wants a different theme in that room! We got the crib put together and the bedding in place. I shopped for curtains forever and had a hard time finding anything that I loved. I finally bought these after the fourth time of looking at them in the store (all on different days!)

Jason said they looked like clouds and wasn't sure if he liked them. The next few days, emails flooded my inbox with links from Jason of cute ladybug stuff he had found online! I LOVED that he was looking at all this stuff for the babies room! What a cute husband! He found some curtains that we thought would work and a changing pad cover that matched perfectly! He also came across a quote that would be perfect over her crib!
My mom just started a vinyl business, so I went to her house to help design the quote- really I was just the messenger between her and Jason. It was his idea and we wanted to make sure it was how he wanted it. I had to head home before we were finished, but the quote said: "With a butterfly kiss and a ladybug hug, sleep tight little one like a bug in a rug". Jason has been leaving for work before we wake up in the morning and I always call him when I get up. When I reached for my phone the next morning, I had a text from him saying, "Instead of "like a bug in a rug" I think it should say, "and know you are loved". I loved it! Perfect! I called my mom and she made the changes. She and Janey designed the bugs to match the ones in the bedding and helped me get the quote up on the wall. I love how it came out!

Jason's valences came and I think they are cute! I think I like it even more that my rough and tough husband found cute, pink and white and flowery valences to go in our little girls room!

It's hard to tell in this picture, but the red you see in the changing pad cover are three cute ladybugs!The only thing missing in this picture are the two other wall flowers that go on the other side of the window. I just picked them up a couple of days ago! Jason put some shelves in the closet for me and I have been busy filling them with all the little things we will need when she is born. The room took over a month to finish, but I am so happy with how it came out!
I can't believe she is almost here! We all find ourselves hanging out in her room. Ashlyn has been practicing taking care of a baby with her dolls. It is so sweet to watch! I think she will be a good big sister even if she still wants to be the baby. Jason took this picture of her last Sunday hanging out in Paige's room. She has grown up way too fast!!Now it's just the waiting game...
(I'm ready for her to be out of my tummy and in that crib!)

Monday, February 14, 2011

8 1/2 Months

We are on the final stretch! (and I mean s-t-r-e-t-c-h!) I can't imagine getting any bigger!!I swore I was going to be patient and just enjoy this last pregnancy, but it is getting really hard to do! I think she broke one of my ribs this last week and it is so sore all the time. If I happen to bend when she stretches or kicks, the pain in my ribs sends me through the roof! I've been pretty good about holding it in and keeping a smile on my face, but secretly I'm checking my pregnancy calendar every day to see how much longer I have to wait to have my body back to myself.
I'm as puffy as a marshmellow! When I take of my socks at night I have a serious indentation around my ankles. So NOT CUTE! My hands are too puffy for my wedding ring, so Jason I bought a temporary replacement on our anniversary. My lips look like I'm having a love affair with collagen and the picture above is the only angle where I don't look like I borrowed my nose from another ethnicity! Even my eye lids are puffy! Ug! I almost didn't post a picture for 8 1/2 months. I thought maybe we could just skip to the after pictures, but I suppose it only has one of my chins (and I didn't have to photoshop!) and I really should keep at least one of my promises with this pregnancy.
Jason says my puffy, pregnant self is beautiful and got mad at me when I told him he is just saying that because he loves me. I pretended to believe him to make him happy, but really?! It's okay, it makes me feel loved and he takes such good care of me so I'll go with it. We'll have to wait and see if I post a 9 month picture...