What Fruit are you? "large cantaloupe" 19-22 inches 6lbs
Due date: November 15th
How far along: 36w5d
Next appointment: Had one yesterday, and got some news. our tricky little guy who has been head down the ENTIRE pregnancy decided to flip and is now breech! Its not very common for them to flip this late in the game because there is not much room in there for them to maneuver. we are praying he flips back... if not we have a C-section scheduled for 11/11
Gender: BOY! :)
Total weight gain/loss: I don't even want to discuss this. ;)
Stretch marks: No new ones
Swelling: haven't really noticed any, maybe a little at the end of the day after walking a lot. but not enough to complain.
Maternity clothes: yes-maternity pants and I wear all my same shirts basically.
Belly button: innie
Sleep: a little bit better these last couple days! (its the little victories)
Food cravings: sugar sugar sugar!!!! I cant help myself... then I feel guilty...until I am offered more sugary goodness!
Symptoms: Its the last month... I think a better question is what symptoms do I not have? ;)
What I miss: being able to stand up normally and not like a grandma. and having a bladder larger then a walnut.
What I'm loving: Its the final count down! if we have the C-section that puts me at 19 days!!
What I'm looking forward to: meeting our little guy :)
I don't know if any of you know the struggle of baby boy clothing. 80% of it is weird and has animals all over it or phrases like "daddy's little tiger"... not a fan. anyways I needed some little beanies for Nixon because he will be born in winter but all the ones I could find were so horrible, they had puppies in firetrucks or basketballs embroidered all over them.
you can go to baby gap and find the most adorable clothes and beanies, and then you look at the price tag and they cost the same as your adult size clothes :(
you decide that you could probably make some of those trendy little beanies because how hard could they be... Right?
I made Nixon a little top knot beanie
I followed this picture tutorial-
It took me about 10 minutes to sew, I made sure to use the original T-shirt hem for the bottom to have a pretty finished edge :)
Hello everyone! (more like the 6 of you that read my blog...) some have been asking for a quick tour of the nursery we made for Nixon... Here are some super awesome quality Iphone pictures showing the room. I eventually want to feature different sections of the nursery so I can highlight where I found super awesome deals for nursery furniture... and by then I will have used my camera to take some higher quality shots.
When we found out we were having a boy, 90% of my nursery ideas went out the window. It was the girl nurseries that had been catching my eye and so I had to start from square one. when planning the nursery I wanted a big statement art piece but I didn't want to spend the big bucks.
Earlier this year I made a string art quote for our entryway, and I thought it would be a fun fit for the nursery!
Although I LOVE the finished project I curse the day I got the idea for it. learn from my mistakes...
OSB board-9.00 for a huge 4x8ft piece. I had them cut it down to 4x3.5 feet for this project.
finishing nails- I used about 1.5 lbs of these nails-5.00
paint and primer-both on hand-free
crochet yarn- around 2.00 with coupon
"Wow this is super cheap and its going to be super easy! I cant wait to knock it out in a couple hours." I was So naïve
What caused me to want to light this project on fire?
I loved the texture the OSF board gave, and I especially loved the price tag, but I had a TON of problems with the nails popping up and out of the surface of the wood as I nailed in all the letters. This caused me a ton of frustration because I would hammer in a whole letter, it seemed stable and then five minutes they would be wiggly again! I never had this problem when I used a solid piece of wood.
1. Prime and paint your wood. I used 2 coats of both paint and primer, there was some print on both sides of the OSF so I wanted to make sure it was covered up.
2.Find a font you like. I use dafonts.com for a lot of my projects. you will want to pick a bold blocky text so when you string it up, its obvious what your words are saying. I just guessed at the size of letter I wanted for the project. use trial and error when printing out size and placement. For your letters
I used blue painting tape so I could remove it without scuffing up my paint.
3. After you position your letters you just take your nails and evenly space and then nail around each letter (while the paper is still attached to the board)
You will probably want to cry at this point because you have been sitting on the floor for 4 hours nailing in stupid nails, and you are 27 weeks pregnant, and you smashed your thumb twice, and you are bleeding, and you try to stand up but your bones feel like you have aged 75 years. oh wait...that's just me?
4. After you have finished nailing in 1 zillion nails you just pull the paper off. (usually the nails will stay in the board no problem but with the OSF board I had nails popping out all over the place so I basically RE-NAILED half of the words in again at this point. but I was too far to turn back at this point so I chugged along)
This is the thread I used for the letters. you could use embroidery floss or whatever other type you want to use. I like this stuff because its cheap and I used less then half the roll for this project. I would recommend checking out different craft stores for color options. Hobby Lobby had the best selection from what I found.
5. When starting the string portion I tied a knot around one nail, and then you "outline" each letter, I weaved around each nail and went around the letters twice. then you just go crazy going from nail to nail until you get the fill that you want with each letter. once I got it to where I wanted I simply tied another knot around a different nail.
when you are done lay on the floor and let the tears of joy flow! and then Vow next time to just cut out the letters out of vinyl and call it good:)
Just kidding. I think the personality of this art is worth the time. It brings a lot to the nursery without seeming too busy.
Nate and I were scratching our heads at how to we would hang this on the wall. its a 4ftx3.5 foot piece of wood so its fairly heavy. we ended up using D hooks on the back of the wood and then used these things called 'gorilla hooks' in the drywall! the gorilla hooks are awesome and the art seems really steady on the wall.
A couple weeks ago I went to the parade of homes with some friends, and I saw one thing in common with all the homes I was drawn to...color. I love the personality and life that it brings into a space.
then I came home and thought... my house is boring... my house needs color.. my house can look like these show homes.
I showed Nate a couple pictures of painted pantry doors that I found on Pinterest and he jumped on board.
This project cost me less then $10.00 total and took about 3 hours (start to finish--prep and drying time included)
Paint- I had this already at home--0.00
sign- pinterest printable I will talk about later 0.00
chipboard letters for above door-6.00 @ Hobby Lobby
spray paint- I used the sterling silver spray paint w/ coupon it was 3.50
The paint I used was Valspar-Lake Breeze.
funny story about this paint. I was SUPPOSED to use the paint I had left over from our herringbone wall in the living room but due to pregnancy brain I was an idiot and used the paint I bought for the nursery!! SO STUPID! I didn't realize it until I was hammering the lid back on the paint can. (this is more of an aqua where the other one was a mint green) luckily the paint colors are kind of similar so it looked fine. But I am still kicking myself over it.
Anyways I slapped two coats of the paint on the door and called it good. I used a brush and I think it went on just fine.
I painted the chipboard letters a sterling silver color- I wanted an anthropologie knockoff look.
I have been looking for a statement piece of art/mirror/decoration to hang over our master bed for the longest time. I like unique artwork and with that usually comes a hefty price tag... I don't like hefty price tags, I like getting things for cheap. I have noticed in the blogging world that hanging woven tapestries are very on-trend, but I wasn't ready to commit to making a loom for this project.
I announce the hanging yarn wall art- a project decided on because of cheap-ness and laziness!
but I think its pretty cute :) Total cost was around 20 (and now I have TONS of leftover yarn)
Yarn- any craft sore
Paint- Spray or craft acrylic
I purchased my dowel at lowes because they came in a 48 inch length vs the 36 inch length they sold at hobby lobby. I have a king bed if that puts the picture more into perspective.
1.Paint your dowel- paint, stain or leave it natural, I chose a gold metallic craft paint.
2. I placed the wood between two chairs, this way you can kind of see what your project will look like, and it makes it easier to assemble
3. Start cutting your yarn, I would loop it around both my hands about 6 or 7 times, then knot it on the dowel, and cut the loop at the bottom
4. Go crazy with colors and lengths. I made sure my lengths were longer then I thought I would want so that I could trim them later.
5. you are done! hooray!
isn't that easy? I think it took me about an hour and a half total.. not including paint dry time.
Due date: November 15th. they moved my due date back 5 days.. I am so depressed.
How far along: 20 weeks..again. haha, I guess its more time to prepare right?
Next appointment: July 30th
Gender: its a secret:)
Total weight gain/loss: i'm at -12LBS since pre-pregnancy weight. starting to get more of a bump.
Exercise: is working 40 hours a week exercise? I am so tired and sore every day that I cant even imagine going to to gym, which is probably a sign that I NEED to go!
Stretch marks: nada
Swelling:I noticed a little swelling in my hands and feet when I was outside all day in the heat
Maternity clothes: I bought maternity pants! they are magic! not only are they SO much more comfortable.. but I think they help my bump look more like I am pregnant. less like I ate one to many muffins.
Belly button: innie
Sleep: Ive been sleeping a little better, but I get SO HOT.
Food cravings: not too many this week, more food aversions.
Symptoms: still mostly vegetarian, sciatic pain, and the cool new symptom is nerve pain in my right arm. I guess its a result of scar tissue being inflammed mixed with pregnancy. I get to wear a super stylish wrist brace. hahah
Movement: Yes! I feel kicking all the time. I love it Labor signs: no
What I miss: being able to shop, walk without hurting
What I'm loving: we had our anatomy ultrasound this week, it was great seeing our little one's feet and face:)
What I'm looking forward to: heading to Portland for the 4th!
Best moment this week: My mom was in town this week, and we went to the Gavin DeGraw concert. (wait is this supposed to be pregnancy related? haha)