Thursday, October 29, 2015

Lilla // 2 Months

 Lilla, you are TWO months old! Just look at how much you have grown in one month's time.

You are the squishiest little potato and we all love you so much. 

2 month happenings: 

You started smiling around 5 weeks. In the mornings, I go in to get you and your fat potato self is just smiling away that I came to get you! Exhibit A: 

You still hate your crib. We're really hoping when you go to daycare in a month that you learn to love it. You scream bloody murder when we leave you in it! Living room = happy place. Here you are staring at me in the monitor before shrieking at me to get you outta there. You will roll alllll around that crib. You still love your swaddle. Your dad leaves your little hands out and its the cutest thing to watch you wiggle those fingers.

You eat 6oz/feeding and you eat 5 bottles a day. You LOVE when dad gets home at night and you give him all the heart eyes. 

You love to admire yourself in the mirror. You make sweet eyes at yourself and coo at yourself. You love this mirror in your room or the one on your swing the most. This is about the only part of your room you like.

You went play at Cece and Papa's house a few times. Cousin Hadley wanted to share all her toys with you. You didn't want to play back just yet :)

Your big brother is still very confused by you and doesn't understand why you get all the attention. Especially from Della!

I think your most favorite thing to do is STRETCH! 

We took you to Red Zeppelin for pizza. This was your Dad's first restaurant outing with you! He was a little nervous. Since then, we take you everywhere and you usually sit next to Dad.

We took you to Zippys the next day for the LSU game. You were unamused and slept through it after giving the place a good onceover. 

You even got to go to your first "happy hour" with teacher friends. You had so much fun at Superior. You even slept through the band! 

Your favorite way to smile is this little smirk.
Other 2 Month Tidbits:
- You sleep through the night (9pm-7:30am) if you are in your swing. You don't need the motion in the swing anymore to sleep at night.
- You are almost busting out of size 1 diapers. I weighed you at home and you were about 10.14. I'm guessing at your doctor's appointment tomorrow, you will be over 11 pounds.
- You are definitely in 3 month clothing already and most things are 3-6 month!
- You still aren't quite sure about bathtime.
- You love to stroll.
- Your Della and I have taken you on tons of outings. We are teaching you how to shop and dine at a young age :)
- Your Parrain and soon to be Aunt Libby had their engagement party this month so you went stay at Cece and Papa's house. You also spent the night out at Della and Pops' house.
- You had lots of people visit you. Here you are with your great grandma, Dodie.

You also got a new cousin, baby Beau. You love to give these eyes. Let's just say you like the attention on you.
We take lots of selfies at home. You have a ways to go before we master it.
I leave you with this picture to sum up your two months. Potato!

Friday, May 15, 2015

24 Week Bumpdate

How Far Along: 24 Weeks 4 days

Size of Baby: A garden eggplant or a cantaloupe 

Gender: GIRL!

Sleep: On and off sleep. Typically, I get about 4-5 hours of sleep a night. After talking with my doctor about it on Monday, she said it's not typical that women have trouble sleeping at this point so we're hoping it's just a phase. I think it has more to do with renovation stress. Praying that ends soon so I can see if my sleeping pattern gets better. 

Movement: Much more this week! Josh was able to feel her move a few nights ago. At work this morning, we were able to see her kicking against the left side of my belly through my dress!

Workouts: Sadly, no. Hopefully when I'm off of work in a few days, I will develop some type of routine. 

Weight: 18 pounds. Yikes!

Maternity Clothes: Mixing and matching. Mostly maxi dresses that I just go up a size or they have a lot of room originally. 

Symptoms: All day Monday I guess I hadn't eaten enough (before going to the doctor in the afternoon) that I developed the WORST headache. It rivaled the ones I got in the first trimester. That headache kept me up for most of the night Monday night. I probably slept about 2 hours. The next day was pretty bad. Other than that, I've been feeling great. 

Cravings/Aversions: Right now, I'm on a waffle kick. I've been eating blueberry waffles every morning before work. Yum!

Missing Most: Missing the sanity of my organized house. I had a little breakdown yesterday saying I wanted to move out of my house. The dust, the disorganization, the frozen meals/eating out, etc. is start to get to be a bit much. 

Nursery:  No progress on the nursery. It's a storage area for the paragraph above. 

Hubby: He's been very, very patient with me this week. On Monday when I felt bad, he waited on me hand and foot and even checked on me several times in the middle of the night. When he sees my Nook light up in the middle of the night, it must not be good :)  

Best Part of the Week: The best part of this week was Monday. My mom and I went to my OB appointment where we had an extra ultrasound because they couldn't see the heart last time. Well, baby cooperated and we were able to get the pictures we needed. She wouldn't show us her face this time but we did get to see her kick her little legs. So special to share that with my Mom. 

Can't Wait For: I'm reaaaaallly looking forward to Josh and I's babymoon coming up. I'm so glad I went ahead and booked it a couple months back. We leave May 31 and I think what my brain and body need is a getaway. 

I'm so thankful that I am at this point in my pregnancy, this point in my house renovation, and this point in the school year. Typically, I'm such a positive person. I feel like I've kind of lost that over the past three weeks and I'm really looking forward to getting it back. I think I'm overwhelmed and tired. I definitely don't want to sound unappreciative or like a chronic complainer because I strive every day NOT to be like that. I chose this renovation, I chose this job, I wanted this pregnancy. I never want to sound ungrateful. Counting my many blessings today and always. I think I just need to give myself some grace. 

 I got this sweet little gift this week with the most touching card. I think it will be great in our girl's room and I know I will use it to pray for her until she gets here and after her arrival. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

One Room Challenge Week 6: Still Tiling

As we round out week 10 (in real life) and week 6 of the One Room Challenge, we still have a ways to go!

Some things we did accomplish this week were getting the floor grouted and the baseboards installed (thanks to my hubby and no contractors!). Our painter will start early this coming week. We'll get there :) Here's where we are now...

The lesson learned here is that relying on other people is one of the hardest things to do. I'm typically a laid back person, but I really think that 5 weeks of tiling will drive anyone insane. #notevenfinished

Hopefully we will be done very soon. Be sure to check back in a few weeks! Linda, maybe we can do a round-up in a month or so for those who didn't finish like we did in the past? Either way, this surely did make 6 weeks fly by super fast. Almost summer time!

Monday, May 4, 2015

23 Week Bumpdate

How Far Along: 23 Weeks Today!

Size of Baby: One app says a bunch of grapes and the other app says a grapefruit

Gender: GIRL!

Sleep: Last night was the first night I slept for a stretch in quite some time. I slept soundly from 10:30-4:30 then just rested till I got up at 6:30. The past few weeks I've been sleeping for about 2 hour intervals, up for an hour or two... repeat. I'm getting lotssss of practice for lack of sleep. 

Movement: Feeling little movements after I eat

Workouts: Besides gardening and running around at work, nope. 

Weight: At my 20 week appointment, I was up 11 pounds. I go back next Monday. I'm sure the scale will jump!

Maternity Clothes: Bottoms are mostly maternity... tops are pre-maternity. Finding lots of non-maternity dresses and just sizing up. 

Symptoms: Feeling really good!

Cravings/Aversions: Always wanting a pb&j. This past week I wanted a fruit cup from Whole Foods so badly. We finally went on Saturday and I got two :)

Missing Most: My kitchen... totally not pregnancy related. 

Nursery: Josh started building a dresser for the nursery. I have a crib picked out and I ordered some bedding which came in last week. Waiting to put anything out/up until our renovation is over. 

The changing pad will go on top of this. Looks like Josh will have to bend over quite a bit to change diapers :)

Hubby: He's very excited. Once I asked him to build me a dresser for the nursery (rather than me buying one), he was all in. He gets about as excited as he can when I show him baby girl clothes. 

Best Part of the Week: Celebrating the fact that we have 13.5 days left to this school year!

Can't Wait For: I'm excited for Mother's Day this weekend. It's kind of my first one? Other than that, I'm excited for our ultrasound on Monday. At our last appointment, baby wouldn't flip over so we couldn't get any images of her heart. Praying that she is more active this time! 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

One Room Challenge Week Five

Welcome to week 5 of our bathroom renovation! In real time, we are ending out week 9. We won't be finished by next week, but we'll be hopefully very close!

After last week (when I left you with a picture of my nighttime tile excitement), I knew that Friday would be a no progress day. Side note: our tile guy came for 15 minutes to insert our soap dish on Friday and then said he would be back on Saturday to which he was a no show. Insert pregnant lady and I had a full blown meltdown. Imagine my surprise when I walked in Friday afternoon to see counter-top people there installing something pretty.

The unpainted wood totally throws me off too, but it will be white. 

But then my happiness was taken away, because there are a few cracks in the marble in both kitchen and bathroom. Pretend I didn't mention that. 

Saturday morning, we decided to paint some samples on the wall because we're hoping there will be some paint in our near future. This is on the kitchen wall, but it's the same idea. I painted it in the bathroom as well but didn't get a picture. 

I think we're leaning towards option two from the left except cut by 50%. I don't want too much color in either room. 

Then Monday rolled around and we had tornadoes in the area so I knew that our tile guy wasn't showing up. Low and behold, he was at my house when I got home... working on the kitchen. Progress is progress.  The big bummer was that these terrible storms caused power outages in our area. I'm talking Monday-Wednesday we had to sleep at someone else's house power outages. 

Last night we had the rest of the floor tile cut and mapped out but not down. Sigh.

Let's revisit our checklist to see what we have left...
- Wait on tile to be finished and grouted 
- PAINT everything :)
- Install tub, toilet, and all plumbing fixtures
- Finish up electrical work, hang fixtures
- Install glass shower door 
- Install hardware 
- Figure out a window covering? Thinking of just putting some faux wood blinds that we had up before back up until I can commit and have a clear head
- Find art?
- Hang mirrors 
- Move in? 
- Are you laughing yet?!

Next week, we won't be finished but I'll still share we are. Cheers to positive thoughts and sending good vibes to all our subcontractors! Head back to Calling It Home to see all the other talent!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

One Room Challenge Week Four: Bathroom

Welcome back! We are in week four of our bathroom renovation. In real time, we are about in week 8.

Week 1: The Ugly Befores 
Week 2: Drywall
Week 3: Starting on the tile 

Earlier this week, we went and picked out our stone for our vanity counters. This stone will be used in both our kitchen and bathroom. They came out and measured everything and said it'll be about two weeks including installation. So, I'm crossing my fingers we'll have countertops by week 6!

Keeping in mind that we are doing kitchen and bathroom all at once, that's double the work for the same subcontractors. We got our first quote for painting (which includes all of our kitchen cabinetry) and it was high, so we're now playing the waiting game of getting other bids. Can't wait to see our vanity painted this color.

BM Pigeon Gray
Last week, I told you about our tile guy moving at a snail's pace. He had the floor of the shower tiled and that was it. My husband and I are used to doing all the work ourselves, so we can't help but compare it to our pace. This week, we're still snailing right along but we've got the shower walls and wraparound wall tiled as well. Keep in mind, none of the walls are grouted. We're all anxious to see some flooring go into this space that way our plumbers can come back and get moving. Right now when I walk into the bathroom, all I see is this shower of tile. I know I need to stop obsessing over it because there will be so much more added to the space soon enough. Here we are now.

Then surprise! I walk in last night and this is down... 

Can you even believe it? Well maybe you can, but I couldn't. Do you think the paint color for the vanity will still work? Thinking of going buy paint samples this week to test everything out.

My other big update is that my mirrors came in that I talked about last week. They're soooo pretty in person and a little asymmetry is going to A-okay as far as I'm concerned if it involves these mirrors.

Head back to Calling It Home to see all the other awesome rooms!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Kitchen Renovation Update 2

So much has been happened since I first updated you on our kitchen renovation! After 20 days, we have cabinets and crown molding. I also hear our butcher block for our island is going in this week along with some lighting. Fingers crossed.

So each day I would get home from work and walk slowly to the back of the house to the kitchen to see the progress. When I saw ONE cabinet up on the wall, I was over the moon. I guess when you want and wait for something, it's so rewarding to see it happen. Ask my friends, I was SO excited to see this go up!

Then day by day, more cabinets started to go in. Josh and I completely designed this space ourselves, so it was kinda scary to think of the measurements we took and whether or not it would actually work. 

Then, magically all the cabinets were in and the "wall" to the far right that will house our refrigerator went up. Now when you walk in from the back door (see it way back there?) you feel like you're not just walking into everything all at once... which I happen to like since our laundry closet is by the back door too.

The wood hanging off the island is Josh showing me how far our butcher block will overhang to give me an idea for bar stools. 
Next up,the cabinet doors were installed. They will wait to align everything perfectly after the paint job since they will take them all down again to paint. 

A view if you're walking in from the back door. That row of lower cabinets in the back will have our beverage and wine center in between them. We're doing two sconces up top with some open shelving in between. 

I'm so glad our carpenter suggested the storage on the outside of the island. We will have shelves on this side as well and can store so many things we only use occasionally. 
After so much momentum for a few days, the progress kinda halted. I actually walked into my house last week and was so disappointed. I felt like I had been staring at the same thing for days thinking what next? It took me a good hour before I realized there was crown molding on top of the cabinets and all around the room. Totally jazzes it up!

Hopefully next time we will see some paint and lighting!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Baby W Gender Reveal

How sweet it was to find out that we are having a little girl. I went back and forth constantly on trying to decide if it was boy or girl. I kept having dreams that were boy, boy, boy until a few nights ago when I had a dream that I had a girl named Julia. Naturally, I had researched all the "old wives tales" and most of my cravings, symptoms, signs, etc. pointed to girl, but there is never really any way to be sure. When we went for my ultrasound last Monday, the ultrasound tech asked what we wanted and my mom immediately said "girl!" She kept having us turn away from the monitor so we couldn't see, but I knew we wouldn't be able to "see" anyway. Surprisingly, the past week flew by in anticipation for our big reveal on Sunday. My parents hosted a crawfish boil and party for us which turned out to be the absolute most perfect day. After what felt like 30 days of rain, it was so nice to have some sunshine and a breeze. What a gift. We had so much fun celebrating and I was shaking all day from anxiousness and excitement. I have the cutest pictures from yesterday, so naturally I wanted to share. :) Thanks to all the friends and family that came. We had such a wonderful time and are so grateful to each and every one of you!

Our crawfish table setup

The cake was so hard to cut into! This is my face when I lifted the knife out and we both saw a speck of pink. I said "I saw it!" and Josh whispered back "It's pink!"

Team BLUE! 

Team PINK! 

My mom is in blue, but she was team PINK!

Thanks again to my parents who are always so generous. Their granddaughter will be one lucky little girl!