Baby Mac’s Nursery

I’m so excited that Baby Mac’s nursery is all ready for him!

I’ve been working on this since I found out that I was pregnant back in January. I always knew I wanted to do a bunny theme with a lot of classic white pieces, no matter what sex the baby was. I have always loved Beatrix Potter so that served as the starting point for the nursery design and it just evolved from there.

We have completely transformed our former cluttered office/guest bedroom/catch-all room into a welcoming space for Baby Mac. In a house full of mismatched and hand me down furniture, his nursery is the most “designed” room in our rented house.

With the help of our family, we pulled this room together on a budget and are happy with the results.

The nursery is a classic mix of white and light blue and bunny everything. It’s so clean and bright and calm and I can’t wait to spend precious moments with him in this room.

I’m so in love with it. All that is missing is our sweet baby boy! Come on, Baby Mac, we’re ready for you!

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Crib: Buy Buy Baby Munire Brunswick Collection

Dresser/Changing Table: Ikea

Glider: Buy Buy Baby Best Chairs, Storytime Collection

Bookrack: Pottery Barn

Prints: Beatrix Potter Prints above the crib: Etsy.   Bunny print above bed: Etsy 

Frames: Ikea

Mirror: Homegoods

Curtains: Pottery Barn Sailcloth Blackout Panels

Bedding: Pottery Barn Harper Light Blue Collection

Bunny Rocker: Pottery Barn

Storage Bins: Homegoods

 

 

Bumpdate: 36 Weeks

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How far along: 36 Weeks. Everyone is telling me I look ready. And I am ready.  We have 25 days left until his due date, same as counting down to Christmas! 

We are getting so close. It’s scary and so exciting. I called my mom the other night (a totally normal and daily thing) and she answered the phone saying, “Are you in labor?!?”

Due Date: September 15

Gender: Boy!

Baby Size: Baby is weighing in above 6 pounds now.  He’s almost all set for his debut, except for his still developing lungs. 

Weight gain: 30 pounds.  This was the max I was hoping to gain this pregnancy, and I still have about 3.5 weeks left! I’ve learned to honor what my body is doing, creating a human, and not get caught up in the numbers. 

Movement: Still feeling a lot of stretching and prodding. Mostly at night. Ryan likes to play games with him. He’ll poke his little foot, which is resting up in my ribs, and wait for Baby Mac to kick back. It hurts but I let them have their fun.

Best Moment of the Week: We got a lot of work done in the nursery this weekend. Finally hung up curtains and art work and organized all the clothing. In the living room we had to move two arm chairs into the basement to make room for his baby gear. Baby stuff has officially swallowed up our small house. Welcome to the next 18 or so years of our lives. 

Looking forward to:  This afternoon I go in for my last ultrasound and growth check. I can’t wait to see how big he’s gotten (my guess is 6 pounds 5 ounces) and see his little face on the screen one more time before meeting him in real life.

Also: getting everything else organized this weekend. I’ve seriously hit my wall and I’m so tired and uncomfortable. I want to get everything done (that is possible to get done) and then just relax until Baby Mac decides to make his appearance. 

Food Cravings: Not much. I’ve been feeling a little nauseous this week. With the baby taking up so much room, I don’t really feel like I have any extra room to eat, so I constantly feel full. Still gaining weight though!

Mood: Very tired. But happy and very excited. 

Symptoms: Tired, sore back, sore hips, carpal tunnel, cramps, Braxton hicks, nausea, thirsty all the time, hot. I’m officially waddling and if something falls on the floor, it’s staying there. Emotions are high

I’m at this stage where every little symptom I double think/google “Am I going into labor???”

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Letter To My Soon to be Born Son

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Dear Son,

I’ve dreamt about you my entire life. Ever since I was a little girl cradling her dolls, I imagined what it would be like to care for another human, to be their role model, to be connected to them for the rest of their lives, and to be their greatest source of love.

You’ve been growing inside of me for the past 36 weeks. I’ve traced your growth from when you were nothing more than a few cells. We’ve been on quite the journey together and no one can replace that. We’ve shared resources, not to mention a body. It’s pretty magical stuff, little one, but not quite so magical as when you make your debut in a couple of weeks.

Your father and I cannot wait to meet you. In the recent months you have always been the forefront of our conversations. What will you look like? Who will you take after? Will you be an expert piano player or a soccer star or neither? What will you bring into the world with you? How will you change our hearts? In the end, we know none of these questions really matter. You, just they way you are, have always been my future. 

As your mother, it’s going to seem like I’m always telling you what to do or that I’m always forcing advice on you. Please know that it always comes from a place of love. Life can be hard, but it’s always easier when you have someone by your side. I can’t promise I’ll be perfect. But I do promise I’ll do the best I can and that I will never stop loving you.

So here are my first words of advice for you:

You’re about to enter the outside world. I know it will be scary, bright, and full of new things. There will be so many things to discover:

You will discover that you have hands. Over time these will help you learn to feel and examine the world around you. I hope that they allow you to grasp onto the things you love and bring them closer to you but I also you learn to use your hands to give gifts to others. 

You will discover that you have feet. These will be fun to kick and shake and pull towards your mouth for a good nibble. But I hope that one day these feet will let you explore our world. Let them take you to new places and new people. They will allow you to run forward as your heart pounds and the world whirls around you. I hope that you will use your judgement to run towards the right choices and away from the wrong choices.

But please don’t try to run too fast before you are ready. Do not grow up too fast. The world is a heavy place and my role, as your mother, is to carry that weight for you. Play, explore, laugh, and be a little boy for as long as you can. Innocence can never be replaced, so I intend to protect yours dearly.

You will discover your voice. I hope you use it to its full advantage. Words have power, my son, and I hope you will use them wisely. Use them to spread love, hope, and courage. Use your voice to say no when it matters and to say yes when the time is right. Listen to your voice. It may seem quiet, but that little timid voice is your heart speaking to you. Inside it are your fears and passions. Everytime you listen to it, it will get stronger. 

You will discover your thoughts. Your little brain has been developing at a rapid pace. Soon you will discover all the amazing things it can accomplish. Believe it or not, it will continue to grow for the remainder of your life. Nourish it. Never stop learning. Use your mind to push boundaries, question the normal, and to follow your heart. 

You will discover your eyes. These will allow you to witness all the beauty of our world. Always take time to pause and notice the tiny miracles that exist all around you. It’s a gift to truly appreciate the natural beauty of our world –  away from screens, technology, and crowds. 

I hope that you will use these new discoveries to always be kind. Even when it’s the uncool thing to do. Kindness will take you far in life. What goes around comes around, and being kind to others will bring you a happiness that cannot be bought or won. Never forget that kindness begets kindness, so with every little smile or act of kindness you put out in the world, you are encouraging others to follow in your footsteps. You will learn a lot of skills throughout your young life, but I think compassion will be one of the more important ones. Don’t belittle its potential. 

Your father and I have limitless love for you and support you and your choices. However that doesn’t mean that we won’t disagree with you from time to time. (No motorcycles!) I’m sure there will be days where I’ll be your least favorite person on earth. Don’t push us away. Love runs deeper than disagreements. We will always be there for you, even when it seems you are all alone. You are being born into a large circle of people that love you dearly. That is a great gift. 

Your father and I will love you unconditionally. And no matter what separates us, we will always live in your heart.

We will be there when you discover your first reason to laugh and when you are so sick that the night seems to never end. We will be cheering you on when you take your first steps and read your first book and we will clean up your scrapes and cuts and help when the words are just too tough.  We will hold your hand as you start school and will wipe away your tears caused by bullies or fractions. We will stand by as you graduate and move out on your own to explore the world. We will encourage you to keep trying when your heart gets broken and smile from the sidelines when you meet the love of your life. And we will proudly be part of your life when you start a family of your own. We are yours for life. Through the good and the bad. 

And yes, life will sometimes be tough. No, I take that back. I do not want to lie to you. There are many times when life will get tough. But don’t give up. You are a strong. Keep pushing, keep moving, every day is a new day. 

That is my final hope for you. Live a full life. A life full of adventure, learning, passion, compassion, and not least of all, love. Your first breath will set into motion a brand new life that is different from anything else on this planet. 

We can’t wait to explore this life with you, son. Only a few more weeks until we can meet you. The world is waiting for you. 

Love, Mommy

North Topsail Beach Maternity Photos

Last week during our family vacation to North Topsail Island in North Carolina, my dad took these gorgeous beach maternity photos and I’m so in love with them.

They are exactly what I wanted in a maternity portrait; natural and serene and I think it’s so special that my Dad was able to take them.

We were watching the weather all week, trying to anticipate the best day to take photos. Most days the wind was blowing like crazy, which wouldn’t be ideal. On Wednesday is rained almost all day, but as soon as the storm passed there was this beautiful ethereal glow happening down by the water. We knew this was our moment and we quickly got dressed and ran down to the beach to catch these precious moments.
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Bumpdate: 34-35 Weeks

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A little peek at some of the gorgeous maternity photos my Dad took for me during our vacation. 

How far along: 35 Weeks. Wow, only 5 weeks to go! Somedays it feels like I have 5 months left and other times it feels like the days are just flying by. On Tuesday my doctor told me that from here on out if I go into labor they won’t do anything to try to stop it. That made reality set in. He could come anytime now. 

Due Date: September 15

Gender: Boy!

Baby Size: Baby has gone through a major growth spurt (as well as me.) He’s about the size of a large spaghetti squash. He should be weighing in close to 5.5 pounds now.  He’s adding on fat, his hearing is at full capacity. His physical development is pretty much done, and he’ll mostly be focusing on putting on weight for the next few weeks. 

Weight gain: 29 pounds. And I feel it. 

Movement: He’s running out of some room but he’s still pushing, stretching, and prodding. He was the center of entertainment in our family’s circle of chairs at the beach. We got a kick out of watching him poke his little feet all around. 

Best Moment of the Week: Spending the week at the beach with my family! I loved dreaming of what it will be like next year when Baby Mac will be joining us. 

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 When I first got pregnant (in the dead cold of winter) I cringed at the idea of wearing a bikini while hugely pregnant. Come summer, 100 degree days, and a true appreciation for all that my body can do and I barely gave it a second thought. I’d rather flaunt the bump than be shamed by it. If I don’t love my body, who will? Plus I was super comfy on the beach. So, other pregnant ladies afraid to let it all hang out, do it! No regrets!

Looking forward to: Getting everything at the house ready for the baby’s arrival. I think I’m in full nesting mode now. I have a long list of things I want to clean, fix, organize, wash, and decorate. Ryan is being so helpful. We are so glad to be staying in our current home and he’s still loving his new job.  

Food Cravings: The other day I desperately needed a glass of ice cold milk. It was so strange because we are an Almond Milk household and I never have real milk. I ran out to the store and bought a small bottle and added chocolate syrup. Yum. 

Mood: Still experiencing mood swings. I can go from happy to moody in about 20 minutes. 

Symptoms: I’ve noticed a big change in my body in just the past few days. My bump is always rock hard and heavy feelings. I’m experiencing quite a few Braxton hicks (false labor) contractions. I’m also very, very tired, have carpal tunnel syndrome in my right wrist, have sore ankles and feet, sore back, and pee about every 20 minutes. This is all normal though, so nothing really to complain about. Oh and the wedding rings are off! Too much swelling!

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Bumpdate: 30 Weeks

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How far along: 30 Weeks, I can’t believe we only have 10 weeks left to go! I’m so excited and so terrified. 

Due Date: September 15

Gender: Boy!

Baby Size: Baby should be well over 3 pounds now and about the size of a large cabbage. This week he went through some major brain developments and is adding on more body fat, making him look more and more like the baby he will be at birth. 

Weight gain: 22 pounds and feeling huge. I’ve always had body image issues and I’m trying so hard not to be vain, but this week I just feel swollen all over. The wedding rings may have to be taken off  permanently in the next week or so. I’m still fitting in 3 workouts a week and trying not to compare my weight gain to others. 

Movement: Doing great! We had another A+ report from the high risk doctor and I’m feeling him move much more. Sometimes when I lie back my belly looks all lumpy and I can tell where in my uterus he is settling. 

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Best Moment of the Week: On Sunday we attended a 8 hour labor class at the hospital. It was both empowering and terrifying. We decided to squeeze it all in on one day instead of attending one class a week for 5 weeks. It was a a lot of information. We learned a lot of new information about breathing techniques, how to stay calm (ha!), and the progression of labor.

My lifetime desire to have a baby has always been shadowed by my deep fear of giving birth. Even the process of getting an epidural makes me faint feeling and nauseous! But the more prepared I am the better I feel.  

The teacher had us do an exercise to simulate the pain of a contraction. She had everyone (men included) hold an ice cube in the palm on their hand and squeeze it for a full minute. Ouch! The first minute, Ryan and I both stopped after ten seconds. The second minute she had us practice some of the breathing exercises we learned. I told myself I could make it through the full minute (or how else will I know that I can make it through a real contraction?!). 

So although I walked out of the class feeling a little more terrified than before I also feel more prepared. It also reminded me that Ryan and I are in this together. As my pregnancy progresses, our bond is growing stronger and stronger. It’s wonderful. 

Looking forward to: Baby showers! My mom and two girlfriends are throwing me one this weekend and Ryan’s mom is throwing me one the following weekend. 

Symptoms: Emotional and tired. Sleep is minimal and normal things like putting on shoes and playing ball with Maggie are getting hard. 

 

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Bumpdate: 29 Weeks, a much better week!

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Aren’t you lucky, two bumpdates in one week. I promise that won’t happen again, I’m catching up after being a bit behind. Maggie wanted to join in on the action this week, she was a good little dog model. 

This week was MUCH better. I feel like a new woman. Thanks for your kind comments after my ranting 28 week bumpdate. Happy that week is behind me and I’m taking on a much more positive outlook moving forward. 

How far along: 29 Weeks 

Due Date: September 15

Gender: Boy!

Baby Size: Just over 3 pounds, wow! He’s a little bigger than a head of cauliflower. This week had some major brain developments and he can now open and close his eyes and feel pain and movement pretty well. Which explains why I always feel him move after I eat ice cream or an ice cold drink. 

Weight gain: Holding out at 20 pounds gained. 

Movement: After all of the low fetal movement scares of past weeks, this week has been such a huge reassurance. I am feeling him move much more these days. Ryan can even feel a few big kicks. The doctor said he looks fantastic.

I still can’t get over watching him on the ultrasound every week. It’s so neat to see him kicking and squirming around. Although I have daily reminders that he’s in there, it gives you a whole new perspective to see him live on the big screen. It truly fascinates me that a living human is growing and being nourished inside me. Stay in there a few more weeks buddy! 

29weekswithmaggiesmBest Moment of the Week: Getting a “fantastic” report from the high risk doctor. I love them! I’ve been feeling better all over this week. No more vomitting or sickness. I also got my hair done and what girl doesn’t feel fabulous after a salon trip?

Looking forward to: July is a very busy month! Baby showers, bar exam, birthing class, and beach preparation. 

Food cravings: Chocolate, ice cream, watermelon, pineapple.

What I miss: Summer drinks, wine, going for a run, and sleeping through the night. 

Symptoms: Emotional, tired, getting out of bed and off the couch takes real effort, endless bathroom trips. 

Nursery: I ordered some prints for the wall this week. I can’t wait to put everything together. 

I hope everyone has a fun and safe Fourth of July! We are headed down to Philly for family time, pool time, and eating time. 

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