The finish line, aka nesting projects galore

30 November 2016

30 November 2016
By that I don't mean that I've had this baby -- oh no, I'm still very very pregnant and not exactly all that thrilled about it -- but rather, I can see the finish line and it's somehow making me feel better and a lot worse all at the same time. #39weeks

David's been complaining that I haven't written any blog posts in awhile, because he's a very loyal husband blog reader, but my brain has been such a whirlwind of thoughts and emotions and yet at the same time extremely blank because I'm so tired that blogging has not exactly been on the priority list.

Instead I've been alternating bursts of nesting energy with longggg stretches on the couch. In the nesting vein, I've organized my sock and underwear drawer, sewn a pouf for a footrest (see below!), made David help me rearrange the shoes in my closet because I can't reach the top shelf, finished the baby quilt, scrubbed the kitchen floor (okay, Swiffered the kitchen floor), cleaned our bathroom top to bottom, completed a Nativity peg doll exchange, hung up pictures, batch cooked approximately 20 THM dinners and 40 THM breakfasts for post-baby with my mom and sisters, and probably some other things I can't remember. We also decorated for Christmas on the day after Thanksgiving and I've been finishing up the last couple projects I need to do for work before my maternity leave starts.

And I've also been spending plenty of time trying to nap when I can and sitting on my butt because everything is pretty exhausting at this point. Lest you think it's all productive around here -- it's sooooo not. haha.

The last piece of the nursery puzzle to be completed was the pouf I sewed very last minute. I had been debating on whether to buy a pouf online, or just get the foot rest that matched the glider we got from Target, but everything was so dang expensive. I could not justify $50+ for a pouf that looked like someone spent 10 minutes sewing it, and the glider's foot rest wasn't all that appealing either for $100+. So I DIY-ed it!

I followed this tutorial loosely but changed the dimensions and also just used home decor fabric instead of IKEA rugs. (Although I love the idea of using rugs for an outdoor seating idea! Someday in the future.) Some alterations to her "pattern": I made my squares all 22", which ended up making it a leeetle bigger than I had anticipated, but that's alright. I also had to buy two bags of the polyfil material, (affiliate link!) here on Amazon, but that still made it way cheaper than purchasing one.

The above pictures are my steps, not very well pictured but you should get the gist.
1. Sewing the sides together - I was not very precise on my cuts, and pinned them together just so I didn't have to hold them. Speed was the name of the game.
2. I laid out my pieces and wrote on the backs of them to match my pattern because my pregnancy brain was guaranteed to make a mistake if I didn't.
3. All 6 22" squares folded!
4. My very very fancy pattern written out. Like I said, not a complex pattern but I was sure that I'd mess something up.
5. Sewing all the sides together was super quick, and I double-stitched each one because I'm still nervous a certain toddler might attack the pouf and pop it if we're not careful and I didn't want little poly beads everywhere.
6. I think I bought 2 yards of fabric total, and my 22" squares just barely got me enough of a 45" home decor fabric because the lady cut it a little long. If you're nervous I would get 2 1/2 yards if you want a pouf this big.

I don't have pictures of adding the zipper in, because I made David do that part after agonizing about it for way too long at home by myself. There are far more useful tutorials on how to add zippers online than what I could explain, anyway.

Finished product?

Like I said, it's maybe a *tad* oversized, but it's super comfy and I am already looking forward to nursing with my feet up in our new comfy glider and pouf! Oh, and the nightstand! How have I not blogged about that yet? Oh right cause I haven't been blogging. Oops.

I had been looking for a nightstand for the nursery for a few months, and one Saturday decided to drive to an antique store here in Omaha (Midwest Pickers, if you're local) and try to find one in a last-ditch effort, or go without one. I'd debated buying a new one, but everything in my budget was either super flimsy or didn't have the amount of storage I wanted. I was getting really tired of looking and was just going to say "forget it" if I didn't find one that day.

I found one under a heaping pile of junk - say what you will about this store, but organization  and cleanliness are NOT its strong suits - and bargained the guy down to $5 when it was originally $25. After a quick Google search I realized this nightstand sells for $800 (yes, that's the right amount of zeros) in perfect condition so I was pretty sure I got a good deal. This one had a lot of scratches and a little water damage on the top, but nothing a good paint job couldn't fix.

I stopped at Ace and picked up their dark gray chalk paint (ridiculously titled A Good Man Is Hard to Find, Amy Howard brand) and went to work.

Two easy coats later, plus a coat of finishing wax I had leftover from the piano, and she was all ready to go. I got some cute pulls at Home Depot to finish off the look and voila, brand new nightstand for $40 (if you include the entire can of paint, when really I used only about 20% of it and will definitely use it in the future)!

As you can tell, I am pretty proud of the way it turned out. #chalkpaint5ever

Okay, enough boring nesting projects for one blog post. I finally remembered to have David hold the baby quilt so I could take pictures the other night, so that blog post IS coming, I promise, as soon as I remember to lug my camera downstairs and get the pictures off of it. Or maybe (please Jesus) I'll have the baby tonight and you'll have to wait even longer...I guess we'll just have to wait to find out!

Apparently all I can handle...

16 November 2016

16 November 2016
is one blog post per week at this stage of pregnancy. Oh well.

There are lots of things occupying my brain space still: the fact that we haven't picked out a baby name (for either gender! ACK!), the fact that the baby's quilt isn't done although it's super super close, all of the cleaning projects I'd like to complete because nesting for me means trying to clean and organize everything, trying to brainstorm Christmas gift ideas, working out details for my maternity get the gist.

I had my first "check" at my 36 week appointment last Thursday, and I was pretty much not progressed at all. So that's somewhat disappointing, but par for the course with Kate's pregnancy. (I think I was still just a "wiggle" dilated when we went in for our induction with her.) I'd love to go early, or on time with this baby, but I'm trying not to get my hopes in any regard so I'm not disappointed or expecting anything.

The end of pregnancy for me this time around is filled with an overwhelming amount of emotions. Not even tear-inducing emotions, surprisingly, just waves of things - feeling sadness at the thought of Kate growing up, anticipation to see what this new baby will be like, cherishing the last few weeks of cuddling with Kate in the mornings, apprehension about how our lives are going to change with another baby -- you name it, I think I'm feeling it. Sometimes all at once, which is tough to handle. I'm trying to remember that sure, the transition might be difficult in lots of varied ways, but it's nothing we can't handle.

I'm praying for strength and endurance to last these few final weeks, both physically and emotionally, and trying to remember that I got through it last time and I can do it again!

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I'm also at the stage in pregnancy where I can't make it through a normal-length day without a nap, but then I can't fall asleep at a normal time. So I've been napping quickly while Kate does and then not able to fall asleep til 11:30 or so, which isn't ideal but c'est la vie. To spend those hours after David falls asleep, I've been reading. I quickly sped through The Awakening of Miss Prim, which was alright but didn't quite live up to the hype (I'm picky, I know!). Then I read The Book of Strange New Things, a sci-fi novel about a Christian missionary sent to evangelize the inhabitants of a new planet, which was...indescribable. Fascinating, thought-provoking, unique, and deeply engrossing - highly recommend if you like sci-fi or space novels. (A little inappropriate at times, but you've been warned.) I think The Royal We is up next out of the pile I've got from the library. 

Well, that's enough rambling for one update post. 
TL;DR = still pregnant, still wasting time until baby gets here. :)

A quick catch-up

07 November 2016

07 November 2016

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind. I keep saying that, but I feel like every time the notch of "busy-ness" gets amped up by about 100° and it's really the busiest time now, but who knows. I might just keep saying that until my brain bursts.

Tomorrow marks 36 weeks cooking with this little babe, and I'm officially at the point in pregnancy where I am just Everything hurts (pretty much,) I can't sleep very well due to tossing & turning all night, I am always hungry because my stomach is the size of a peanut, and I have to pee about a thousand times a day. I think I feel a lot less swollen than last time, and my sciatica pain has still stayed away (thank you Jesus) so I'm feeling more human than this point with Kate, but still veryyyyy pregnant. Ready to be able to stand actually next to the sink so I can wash my hands like a normal person, ready to be able to pick stuff up off the ground that I drop, you get the gist.

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Since the holidays are going to be in the newborn haze this year, I'm trying to do some shopping ahead of time which means a lot of online shopping already. A shameless plug here: if you do shopping for the holidays on Amazon, and click through my link here, I get a small percentage back with no extra charge to you. Or support another blogger! I try to click around to my favorite blogs and make a different purchase at each one to even things out. Worth the extra effort, imo.

After the moving haze this summer, I realized I haven't completed, or really even tried to read, any books whatsoever. Not a single one. (So much for my 35 books goal this year. Probably ain't gonna happen.) But I finally completed registering my new library card in Omaha and got 7 books that I've been meaning to read last Friday. I'm hoping to distract myself from the waiting game for this baby by diving into lots of novels, starting with The Awakening of Miss Prim. Fingers crossed that the plan works!

I'm also going to start The Crown on Netflix after I watch the last episode of Downton today (I know, I'm so far behind). I'm trying to pick a postpartum show to binge this time around during maternity leave, so any suggestions would be great. Something not too heavy and that I can be distracted during - I'm thinking maybe Friday Night Lights? But any and all suggestions welcome. :)

David and I should hopefully finish the baby quilt this week, so I'll have a post on that coming your way, as well as some updates on the many landscaping projects David's been steadily working at. The majority of those are done now, especially since it's now going to be dark by the time he gets home from work, which means yard things get relegated to weekend-only type projects...sigh. Stupid DST ending.

Oh, and if you need a good laugh to brighten your day, this Benedict Cumberbatch sketch on Jimmy Fallon was hilarious.

I think that's all I've got for now. Have a great Monday!

Halloween 2016

01 November 2016

01 November 2016
The lack of talking on the blog recently does not exactly correspond with life around here - we've been really busy and trying to stay productive in these last 5 weeks before baby gets here. (umm...yikes.) 

I have some catch-up blogging to do once my work settles down a little bit, but I couldn't resist popping in quick to show off David and Kate's cute Halloween costumes from last night!

Kate went as an astronaut and David went as her moon & stars! (See the hat for stars reference?) 

I figured this was probably the last year I'd have complete control over her Halloween costume choices, and since I've always wanted to be an astronaut, we went with this $15 choice from Target. (#momprojecting) I made the mistake of also walking by the princess costumes after having purchased this one, and she was very confused as to why she wasn't getting one of those I said, last year I get to choose 100%. 

David's costume is a very fancy piece of cardboard painted and a string attached. 

We had a total of 26 kiddos come to the door for candy (I counted!), which was a pretty good turnout for what feels mostly like a retired-people neighborhood minus the two families on our street we've met that have littles. Our new neighborhood is kind of secluded, too, so there isn't a lot of cross traffic from other places.

I vastly overbought on the amount of candy needed, so by the end each kid was getting at least 4 pieces, or however many they wanted to grab basically. Trying to win friends, we are.

Our first group of trick or treaters were a bunch of 12 year old girls, and they very hesitatingly asked me if they could pose our skeleton so it could "dab," to which I said yes but I was pretty sure the arm didn't bend that way. They tried and it sort of worked, and then stood in front of our house all taking pictures of each other next to it for a solid 5 minutes. Have I mentioned I don't miss middle school?

I creeped out our front door and got this shot of them actually going door-to-door. I think total David said they hit up maybe 10 houses? But all she wanted to do when she got home was go back out for more! And then she was much more interested in taking her candy out of her bucket piece by piece and then putting it back in -- not upset about that. 

Most of the photos I got of her were pre-trick or treating, when her face looked like the above (lol). We weren't sure how much she'd enjoy it but she was a huge fan. I'm guessing we will have to have conversations all this week asking why we can't go trick or treating again tonight...haha.

Hope you all had an enjoyable candy-filled holiday.

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