Tuesday, June 25, 2013

She's Here!

We are in love. Head over heels.

Born Saturday, June 22 at 7:46 am, 8 lbs, 7 oz, 21 1/2" long. I'll write later with more details, but most importantly, she's here, she's absolutely perfect, and I've never felt like exploding with happiness like I do when I look at her tiny little face. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

39.5 Weeks - Nursery Reveal

I've decided to just be okay being a mediocre blogger for now. I will definitely post when baby girl is born (um, we are due on Friday... how did that happen?!?) and when I feel moved to write, but I've given up trying to maintain any regular schedule! 

Anyway, I'm doing well. My OB has had me start coming in twice a week to do some precautionary tests.  The tests have been fine, it's the fact that she has me coming in to do them that concerns me. I've been doing non-stress tests (i.e. belly is strapped with two belt things that are hooked up to a monitor that measures uterine activity and baby's heart rate) and more recently, ultrasounds to check my fluid levels. The doctor said she is just being extra cautious because I am technically "high risk" (news to me?) because of the Premature Ovarian Failure. Baby has been passing the tests fine, so I guess I'm glad to get the extra reassurance that everything is okay. Doc probably is concerned because I mentioned baby was hardly moving at all the week before last. Of course then I go in for the test and she throws herself a kicking party. 

Anyway. I'm ready for this little one to be born so I can meet her and hold her. I already can't believe how in love I am with this baby girl - there are moments when I think my heart is going to burst from being so genuinely happy and thankful that it's really happening. 

And aside from being emotionally prepared to meet her, we are all set for her to come home to a nursery that is officially FINISHED! Woohoo! I have some pics of course - unfortunately I just broke my real camera (damn leaky water bottle ruined everything!), so these are straight off my cell phone. I went with a loose "hot air balloon" theme and tried to keep things kind of soothing and soft and not too girly. Enjoy!

Since this picture was taken, we've moved the little framed hot air balloon pic from the right to a couple of shelves that are now flanking the window: 

I MADE that hot air balloon mobile. This should impress you much more than I'm guessing it is, because before a couple months ago, I couldn't even sew on a button!  

Some more homemades - the left pictures is a button shamrock thing my sis made for our shower (we're irish), the middle thing I made from an old frame that I painted coral and then attached chicken wire to the back with a staple gun, and the thing on the right (which is now on the shelf by the window) is a little hot air balloon art I made with scrapbook paper and a circle cutter. That piece is now replaced with a button & burlap hot air balloon artwork that I made: 

Those coral buttons? I PAINTED them coral because it's impossible to find coral buttons anywhere. 

Here's another view of the room: 

This one was pre-shelves as well, oops. Also, we hung that chalkboard on a wall you can't see from these pics. 

The chalkboard is now hung on the right hand wall in the above pic.  Think baby girl has enough headbands? My goodness!

The above angle is from a while ago, but I wanted to show off the little Ikea hanging toy basket thing. Love it! 

So I guess these pictures are kind of terrible / outdated / not consistent, etc. but hopefully they at least give you an idea of what the nursery looks like. I have to credit Craftiness is Not Optional (found via Pinterest) for most of the ideas I stole in this room. 

Next time you hear from me, I will (crossyourfingers) have a daughter! Best of luck to Belle at Scrambled Eggs and Ali at Not All Dreams Are Free, and anyone else due sometime soon.