Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!


Happy Thanksgiving week, friends! I woke up a couple of mornings ago to heavy snow falling and the winds howling outside. Winter has come early this year, and for some reason, I don't mind. Maybe, I don't mind as much because I'm extra warm this winter because of my baby. Either way, it's a pleasant surprise.

I really cannot believe that Thanksgiving is tomorrow! Yay! Bill and I are in charge of my families Thanksgiving dinner. I'm getting a turkey and locating the brine we have at home. I'm also making strawberry pretzel dessert, Light Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dessert pizza (for both my family and Bill's), and these amazing biscuits. We're celebrating Thanksgiving with my dad till Friday so I have some time to make a couple of things for that meal.

This Thanksgiving is probably the most exciting Thanksgivings in a while. There's so much anticipation. Megan, my sister, will be there, and I haven't seen her in over a year! Plus, we only have a few weeks till sweet Liam is here. I cannot wait!

Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!


Little Pink Book

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

37 Weeks!


How far along are you? 37 Weeks! I'm almost there!!

Cravings: I'm still craving milk like crazy. My heartburn is out of control! Ha Milk provides a temporary release that I wouldn't otherwise get. In fact, I could use a glass now... :)

Reactions: I feel like everywhere I go people are asking me, "So you're due really soon aren't you?" How can I possibly have 3 more weeks when people ask me THAT question? Ha

Favorite moment this week: I love when one side of my stomach sticks straight up! He's getting so big. Also, I had an ultrasound today, and I loved being able to see our little baby!

Fears:  A couple of weeks ago, I was afraid he wasn't head down, and my fears were for nothing since he is head down. :)

General Mood: Tired... Excited... Did I mention tired? Normal things like walking and standing are hard when you're this far along!

Things I was surprised by: My mom told me it would get hard towards the end of pregnancy. I didn't believe her, but now, I totally know what she's talking about. Needless to say, I'm taking it easy from here on out.

At my ultrasound today, I found out that our baby weighs over 7 pounds right now. I think he's going to end up being 8 or 9 pounds. I guess I shouldn't be too surprised, because big babies do run in both our families. 

Things I'm most looking forward to: I can't wait to meet our little (or not so little) Liam. What day will it be??

Sometimes, I can't believe we're really going to have a baby in 3 weeks! Wow!

Sleep: I'm still sleeping in my reclining chair. I don't think I would be getting any real sleep without that chair. Thank God for that! I can't wait to sleep in my own bed again though.

What I think is really cool and amazing: I'm looking forward to giving birth and having that experience! I'm blessed to have Bill and my mom with me. Can't wait!

Food aversions: Well, this is weird, but I'm starting to resent the heartburn that chocolate gives me. I may start avoiding it as strange as that sounds.
 
Maternity Clothes: My tank tops that I was wearing in the summer don't cover my belly anymore! I can only wear them to bed when it doesn't matter. Also, I'm starting to regret only buying one pair of maternity yoga pants. All pregnant women need at least 2 pairs!

Exercise: Exercise has become really really hard considering it's hard to walk. I'm carrying my baby super low, and it makes it hard to walk/stand. I'm still doing my squats and stretches though! I'll continue to do that for my last few weeks.


Little Pink Book

Friday, November 21, 2014

Nesting


Nesting has become a major thing at my house! I cleaned and cleaned some more yesterday! I washed the rest of the baby clothes aside from two outfits I left hanging in the closet. Ha I'm finding a lot of happiness in cleaning everything from the bathroom to the kitchen to just about everywhere in my house. I'm ready for our baby to be with us!

I got super excited when my doctor told me he was head down. I knew that he had dropped last weekend. Hopefully, we won't have to wait too long before we meet our baby boy! In the mean time, I'm going to be decorating our house for Christmas and tidying things up everywhere. I never really thought about the whole "nesting" aspect of pregnancy.

It really just began today for me. I feel more ready and relaxed if everything is clean. That's part of my personality too. The other day, I went grocery shopping and put everything away, but I didn't have time or energy to clean the dishes and kitchen. It left me feeling gross. I love having everything cleaned.

Since I began the whole nesting phase, I also decided to pack a hospital bag yesterday. It was well worth my time! I have clothes for both me and Bill along with clothes for the baby and his special blanket and hat for pictures. Oh, I also packed some food and toiletries. I'm planning on bringing my iPad and headphones to listen to music.

There isn't a whole lot left on my "to do" list. I have a feeling I need to make a short list of things left that I need. Maybe a travel shampoo and conditioner and a cozy robe? This winter is off to a cold start, and I'm not into being cold. I'll bundle up whenever I need to and a warm robe sounds like heaven to sleep in at night.

Besides the cleaning/nesting and list making I've been doing, I'm also thinking about the holidays that are right around the corner! Thanksgiving is next week!! How is that possible? Bill and I offered to cook most of the Thanksgiving dinner at my mom's house. We're both looking forward to baking and cooking different things. I have an awesome roll recipe. And, I'm of course making dessert.

What are your plans for next week?



Little Pink Book

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Winter is here...


Winter arrived in Illinois this past Saturday! We got our first snow and the chickens were scared! The baby chicken in the picture above stood on the tiny tree stump to avoid stepping in the fluffy white stuff.


It's been a whopping 9 degrees in the morning... Brr. Oh, I've been getting up around 4a.m. each morning and reading for a little bit. I had to take a screen shot of the temperature, because I can't believe it's THAT cold already!!



Bill's been practicing by holding his twin nephews! I just love this picture. The twins are so cute and happy. I know he's going to be a great dad, and I can't wait to see him in that role. It makes me super happy to think about it. He's going to love our kids so much! :)




Little Pink Book

Thursday, November 13, 2014

35 Weeks

35 Week Bump with chalkboard bubble thought comments created by Bill!

He can always make me laugh even when I'm super tired.

How far along are you? 35 weeks and 2 days! We're getting so close to meeting our little Liam!!

Cravings: Milk has been a huge craving for me since I've had really bad heart burn on and off for the past few weeks. Usually, I'll drink two glasses of it, and I feel so much better. Thank God for that!

Note to self: Chocolate chip cookies give me the most intense heart burn! I need to avoid them. 

Reactions: Bill and I went out to eat at the buffet last Friday, and we went up to get a small serving of ice cream and the girl behind the counter let out an audible exclamation. She couldn't believe how pregnant I was. I didn't know her so I was kind of surprised a perfect stranger reacted that way. Ha It was kind of cute though!

Bill continues to poke my belly and make the same popping noise that my brother Phil does. It's hilarious.

Favorite moment this week: Yesterday, the baby kicked so hard that I jumped. It truly surprised me! I have a feeling there will be a lot more of those moments as he gets bigger!

Fears: I'm hoping that he's in the head down position next week when the doctor checks next week. It would be really nice to not have to worry about a possible c-section. 

General Mood: I'm feeling super tired lately. It's harder to do regular things, and I'm feeling clumsier! I can't wait to have my body back. :)


Things I was surprised by: I can't believe how little time I have left. There's only 5 more weeks till we meet our son, and I'm shocked by it. Even though I'm tired, the weeks go by so fast. This whole pregnancy has flown by for me. My doctor keeps making the same comment to me, and I couldn't agree more!

Things I'm most looking forward to: Looking into Liam's eyes for the first time. Wow, it will be the best thing in the world when we meet him.

Sleep: I've been sleeping in my gliding chair that reclines for a month or so now. I couldn't get comfortable in my bed, and I was waking up at all hours of the night because I was uncomfortable. When I'm sleeping in my chair, I only wake up once if that. I don't think I would be sleeping at all if I hadn't bought that heavenly chair. It was definitely worth the investment!

What I think is really cool and amazing: We're going to have a baby at Christmas this year. That will be the best ever!

Food aversions: My appetite has decreased, and I haven't been gaining that much weight. I gained most of my weight in the second trimester, and in the third, I've only gained a couple of pounds even though my measurements continue to increase at each doctor's visit. I'm not complaining. ;)
 
Maternity Clothes: I'm super thankful for the few shirts that I bought at Macy's over a month ago. The tank tops I was wearing during my second trimester don't cover my stomach anymore. They are super small on me!

Exercise: My exercise has decreased. Every time I feel like doing one of my DVDs, I think about how hard it is to do the same exercises, and I give up before I try. Although, I have been doing squats and attempting to use my dumbbells more often. Lunges feel good too.




Little Pink Book

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fall Photo Shoot


My mom and I went to our local forest preserve a couple of weeks ago just to take a few pictures while the leaves were still on the trees and colorful!

Unfortunately, the leaves were so high up we couldn't always get them in the picture, but we still enjoyed our time out in the forest.

There was a lot of stopping to pose in the perfect light we would find poking through the trees! I like how this one turned out even if it was a little dark.


Such a pretty one of mom!


Every year, I love capturing the color of the changing leaves. They're always so beautiful, and I know that I'll want to remember it when winter approaches. Tomorrow is supposed to be in the 30's, and I'm not ready for it! I guess in a way I am ready, because that means we're really close to meeting our son! I can't wait for that.

Speaking of which, there is only 5 weeks left! Five weeks! How is that possible? I'm so ready to meet him. :)

Little Pink Book

Friday, November 7, 2014

Pinterest to the Rescue!

I've been organizing and cleaning different shelves around the house lately. I guess you can say I'm nesting! With less than 6 weeks to go till baby time, I'm wanting to redecorate where I can. I haven't used Pinterest for a while, but I started pinning different ideas for decorating shelves.

I was super excited to see what I could find! The first 4 pictures are from my Shelves Pinterest Board.
I pinned this picture, because I loved the idea of using pretty books as a stand for other things like a vase of flowers.

Trays on shelves are popular on Pinterest! I loved this idea!

I'm super impressed by decorating of these shelves. There are different layering dimensions that make it so interesting.


I'm in love with the turquoise and bright pink colors are so lively.

My versions of the shelves above!


I used the tray idea and bought a turquoise storage container that spins. I'm keeping lipstick and lip gloss in it. 

I also used one of the beautiful books that Bill bought me when we were dating and placed my clock from Hobby Lobby on it. For some reason, the clock looks really special resting on that book. My vase of flowers (from Target) on the tray make me think of breakfast in bed. I love it!

This is our hallway shelf. I started by taking all the books down from it, and I only kept the ones I knew I would read. I organized them by stacking some and placing others in an upright position. I just feel it makes it so much more interesting.


And this is Liam's shelf. Bill's sister Tracie painted this shelf and put the orange chevron fabric on the background of it. I didn't want it to be simply lined with books so I added the basket that has smaller books and put a few of his toys in it as well. I had ordered those stuffed animal aardvarks and put them next to the orange fabric. I love the way it looks!

I have a feeling I'll do a couple more things to decorate. I haven't done much with the living room lately so that will be next.  I can't wait to post about it!

Do you have any ongoing projects right now?
Nesting is a real thing. Don't you agree?



Little Pink Book

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Juns Family Surprise Baby Shower




Reacting to my surprise shower!





All the little ducks! Loved it!


My mom and I!

Playing the Price is Right game.


Other contestants on the Price is Right. :)





Beautiful crochet blanket from his Nana. He'll have a Nana (Bill's mom) and a Mimi (my mom). So excited!




The Liam sign that Aunt Katie made! We love it!


Jim doing his comedy bit in a makeshift diaper with a nook around his neck!


Laughed so hard it made me cry!

Reese laying her head on Liam. ;)

I had the best weekend, friends! I knew that Bill's family was going to throw us a baby shower at some point since Bill's mom and I talked about it a while ago! I've been trying to anticipate it for weeks now. It was a surprise party since Bill's family loves surprising people including me. :)

I had almost given up trying to predict what weekend it would be. Bill told me it was on my due date in December because of bad planning. I knew he wasn't going to give away anything so I gave up! Ha

On Saturday, we lounged around the house for most of the day and took a nap in the early afternoon. I had raked some leaves in the morning and was pretty tired later in the day. After our nap, we went to town and had a bite to eat before we went grocery shopping at Meijers. Bill's brother Tom called and asked us to pick up a gallon of milk for him. I should have known something was going on!

We left the store and pulled into the farm to drop off "Tom's milk." I saw cars parked up by the barn and thought that was weird so when we pulled up to the shed I asked Bill, "Is this my party?" He half smiled and said no. LOL The automatic shed door went up, and everyone was there ready to celebrate! I was pretty shocked and of course happy!

I don't think I've ever been to a crazier baby shower! They played the Price is Right game complete with the TV show's soundtrack and their cousin Jim hosting the whole thing. Jim also did a comedy bit to warm everybody up. It was great! I was laughing so hard, I started to cry! I had so much fun.

Also, they had little rubber ducks everywhere on the tables. I picked up a few of them to decorate Liam's room. Since we have four ducks as pets, I thought it was a really sweet idea!

Everyone gave me and Bill these awesome gifts for Liam. I was completely overwhelmed in a good way. I'm in the process of sorting his gifts and organizing everything right now. I think nesting is taking over. I also reorganized our hall shelf to make it look more modern. I have it almost finished, but I'm picking up a couple of things to beautify it. I think I'll be organizing and cleaning till Liam comes! I can't wait!



Little Pink Book

Saturday, November 1, 2014

My Prego Halloween Costume


MR. POTATO HEAD

I had been wanting to have a Halloween costume of sorts, and last week, Meg found this MR. Potato Head costume for me. I loved it!! Thursday night, Bill and I went to a few stores, and I picked up felt from Michaels and a pregnancy t-shirt from Target.

We came home and googled pictures of Mr. Potato Head, and Bill cut out the face for me. He's pretty artistic so I knew he would do a great job. I'm not artistic like that at all. I hot glued the pieces of the face onto the shirt while I was wearing it so I knew it would look right. I just slipped a piece of felt underneath my shirt so it wouldn't burn me.

I loved how it turned out! It wasn't time consuming in the least, and it made for a fun costume to wear on Halloween!

How was your Halloween?
Did you dress up?



Little Pink Book