Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Baby Update: 30 Weeks!

We've made it to the 30s!  Soooooo exciting!!!
Hard to believe there will only be (at most!) five more of these baby updates!

Max weighs around 3 pounds and is about 18 inches long! (according to my What To Expect app)
Lucy was only 18 inches long at birth (and 5 lbs. 12 oz.), so it's hard to say whether or not Max is growing according to "average" or if he's gonna be a little guy, too!?  We'll know soon enough, I guess!
Meanwhile, Max is spending his days making faces, hiccupping, swallowing, sucking his thumb, and pedaling around my uterus!  What fun! :-)

Speaking of pedaling around my uterus ... yeah.  Those feet are hanging out in my ribs a lot these days ... not so comfy.  I can tell things are beginning to get squished into places they're not used to being -- my stomach isn't happy unless I eat about half the food I'm used to eating, and breathing is getting a tad more difficult, too (if I actually do more than walk across the room, anyway).

On a very positive note, I mentioned last time I was about to have my glucose test ... no gestational diabetes!  WOOT!
Not sure why I was worried I would have it, but I'm very thankful I don't.  Just reading about it stressed me out!  (Kudos to all you ladies who manage that every day!)

If I haven't mentioned it before, I'm taking the whole school year off ... so it has been a very strange-feeling couple of weeks for me!  I'm not used to being home all day in September!  And I'm not used to not being stressed to the gills with teaching AND coaching (and adjusting to a new schedule) this time of year.
I am LOVIN' it.
And I'm especially loving not leaving my little Lucy every day to go to work.
I am SO thankful to have this time with her ... it makes me emotional, thinking about the fact that it will no longer be "just us" very soon.  (I know SHE won't mind that a bit, but it's bound to be an adjustment for all of us!)

One of my favorite parts of every day is bedtime when Lucy wraps her arms around my tummy, smothers it in kisses and says "Sweet dreams, Max!  I love you to the moon and back and then some more!"
Ah!  It doesn't get any better than that, folks!
She is just such a sweetie, and I love HER to the moon and back and then some more!

It's time to start planning her big 4th birthday party, too!  We are having fun, mulling over ideas.  (Well, really, that just means I throw out suggestions and she says "YES!  I want an (insert any given theme) party!" She's not a lot of help ... but at least I know she'll be happy with just about anything! :-)

Looking forward to telling you more about the big birthday party in the upcoming month or two ... :-)

Hope all you wonderful readers are doing well -- I've been trying to get back into the habit of blog-reading on a more regular basis, so I can keep track of what ya'll are up to!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Baby Update: 28 Weeks!

I'm seven months pregnant!!!
Things are gettin' serious now!
And seriously exciting! :-)

We've had an exciting couple of weeks .....
And yes.  I'm still growing.
God bless my iPhone.
Somehow or other, it manages to make me look not-quite-so-big..?

Max currently weighs about two and a half pounds and is approximately 15 inches long!
He now has eyelashes and can open and close his eyes.
He is gaining more fat, so the wrinkles in his skin are smoothing out.
Wanna see his sweet face?
Here's a peek from our 3D/4D ultrasound last week!
So precious!
Especially that sweet nose ... just like his big sister's! :-)

Oh, and did I mention, Max really likes to beat on his mama, too?  OUCH!  This guy can KICK!
His feet have managed to make it up to my ribs now, too ... which is a feeling I remembered well from Lucy's pregnancy.  (I was constantly trying to push her feet OUT of my ribs!)

My uterus has now passed the basketball-sized stage.
My stomach is feeling very s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d out these days.  People keep telling me how "HUGE" I look, but today at my doctor's appointment, I discovered that I'm actually measuring a week behind (which is what I measured all through my third trimester with Lucy, too).  So that made me feel a little better! :)~
I got to drink that lovely glucose yuck today, too ... so fingers crossed for no gestational diabetes!
I didn't have it with Lucy, but have heard from LOTS of women lately who didn't have it with their first, but did with their second!? ... that makes me a little worried, but worst case scenario, I'll need to alter my diet a bit -- (which could be interesting, considering 75% of my diet these days is sugar and carbs!  Yikes!  I know ... it's terrible.  But fruit and pasta and bread is about all I want to eat!).
My hips have started to bother me a bit the last week or so, too.
I've been forcing myself to walk for a while each night, despite my lack of energy ... it doesn't feel so great while I'm doing it ... but afterward, I'm glad I did.  It seems to loosen things up in the ol' hips! :)~  Plus, I sleep better, which is definitely a bonus!

This week, Lucy is gearing up to be a flower girl (again!).  She should be a professional at that by now! :)~
Dani's wedding is coming up in a couple of days, and Lucy is very excited to DANCE!  (Forget about throwing flower petals!  She just wants to get to the reception and dance!:-)
Here she is, wearing Dani's veil the other night ... (I realized it's been a while since I posted a picture of sweet Lucy here - so sad! ... and sorry for the semi-blurry phone picture!:)~
Aaaah!  Does it get any cuter, really...?
I vote no.
I know ... I might be a little biased.

Is it weird that this morning ... on the first day of school (where I am  NOT, which is SUCH a strange feeling!), I was having my own little panic attack, just thinking about two years from now when Lucy will be off to kindergarten!?!
I am truly pathetic.
.... Did I mention she will be coming WITH me to school?  And that I will be her teacher?
And I'm STILL freaking out about it!?!
I might need therapy.

Tell me I'm not crazy.

Oh!  And if you didn't see my really cool "DIY Faux Metal Letters" project the other day, go check it out! :-)

Monday, September 3, 2012

DIY {Faux} Metal Letters

In keeping with the whole vintage/industrial look I'm going for in Max's nursery, I knew I wanted some of those nice, big metal letters to spell out his name somewhere in the room.
Here's what I came up with:

So, why did I GO FAUX, you ask ...?
Well ... have you ever shopped for those suckers!?

Let me show you what I found on my shopping endeavor:

These are from Anthropologie, for $18.00 PER LETTER.
 These are from The Land of Nod, for $34.00 PER LETTER.

And these are from Pottery Barn Kids, for $14.00 PER LETTER.

I thought to myself, "Thank the Lord, MAX only has THREE LETTERS!!!"
But then I thought ..... hmmm ..... how could I do this myself?  (aka: CHEAPER!?)

And here's what I came up with:
I went to the craft store and purchased these giant papier mache letters and a can of RUST-OLEUM Satin Nickel Metallic paint.
(The letters were around $5.00 each, but I had a coupon, so they ended up being about $4.00 each.)
I used a gray primer (which I already had at home) first ... then the metallic paint.
I didn't love it.
This particular paint was a little to "sparkly" for what I was going for ....
Luckily, I had this MODERN metals paint in my paint closet already:
(If you haven't tried this brand of spray paint .... you're missing out!  Aaahh!  Love it!  And I even love the smell!  ... okay, maybe that's a weird pregnancy-related thing, but seriously, it smells GOOD!)

Anyway.  This was a much better option in this particular project. :-)
Here's an after shot:
And one more:

They're lookin' pretty darn metal-like to me ... how 'bout you?

I decided to take it one more step and add some distressing to my "metal" ....
I just used my walnut Distress Ink and a paper towel and smudged them up a bit.
Kinda more the look I was going for!

And here's the finished product!

And the best part .... for LESS than $5.00 per letter!
SO easy to do.
Gotta love a cheap 'n' easy project that looks cool and expensive!

See you tomorrow for a baby update! :-)