Monday, September 15, 2014

Baby Boyce's Nursery Reveal!

If you’re reading this, it means that Baby Boyce has arrived! Now that she’s here, I can finally give a full nursery tour (I had to wait until now since her name is on the wall!).

I had a pretty clear vision of how I wanted the nursery to look from the very beginning, so it didn’t take too long to put it all together. The first thing we purchased was the crib, and then we picked up decor pieces as we came across them. I knew I wanted the IKEA Hemnes dresser, but initially had a hard time deciding between the smaller 3-drawer dresser or the larger 8-drawer dresser. In the end, we went with the 8-drawer version, and I love how it turned out! Since we are using the dresser as a changing table also, it made sense to have more surface area for the changing pad, diapers, and other items. We definitely had a few hiccups along the way with the dresser, as it was damaged when we got home from our 10-hour round-trip to IKEA (and I didn’t even cry over it. #success). We spent a month dealing with customer service, which was admittedly a headache, but finally got a new piece to replace the damaged part. I’m just happy it’s fixed. :)

My parents ordered the crib bedding as a gift to us, and it was backordered from Pottery Barn Kids (side note: this always happens at PB...I’ve never ordered anything that could be shipped immediately!) so I was (im)patiently waiting for it to come in until the end of July. It’s gorgeous though, and I love how it looks with the wall color and rest of the decor! It’s a shame that crib bedding is so pretty, but then you have to remove the pretty bumper and quilt before baby can sleep in the crib! #FirstWorldProblems

We went ahead and started buying photo frames as we came across them, because I knew I wanted to put a few of our maternity photos and pregnancy announcement photos in them. Once we received our maternity photos, we were finally able to print a few and put the finishing touches on the wall decor. With the exception of a canvas print for one of the walls that is being ordered, the nursery decor is complete.

One of my favorite features are the bookshelves - made from IKEA spice racks. I saw this idea on Pinterest a long time ago, and made a note to remember it when we had a nursery to decorate! We requested that guests at our first baby shower bring a children’s book instead of a card, so all of the books on the shelves are extra special, since they’re signed by our friends and family.

The chair that is currently in the room is one we purchased from World Market last year and used to have in our living room, but when we moved to our new home, it no longer matched the living room decor. We had it sitting in the guest bedroom and it needed a ‘home’, so for now, it’s in the nursery. It matches pretty well, so I’m going to see if it’s possible to live without a glider/rocking chair. I’ve heard some people say a glider is a necessity, and some say that they never used one. I guess we’ll have to play it by ear!

Since the day we painted the nursery, it has been Paige’s favorite room. As soon as she goes upstairs, that’s the first place she goes...and sometimes, she just sits in there. Not sure if she thinks it’s ‘her’ room or what, but it’s really adorable! It should be interesting to see what she does now that baby is here...we think that she’s going to stay in there and sleep on the chair when baby’s in her crib!

{Pregnancy Must-Haves}

One of my favorite things while being pregnant has been hearing what other ladies 'must-haves' were while they were expecting and once baby arrives. While I clearly have zero experience with baby must-haves as a first-time mom (as of tomorrow!), I figured I have a little insight to share about my favorites during pregnancy now that 40 weeks have come & gone! 

Pregnancy Pillow. I had a Snoogle pillow, but I've also heard great things about the BumpNest as well. Regardless of which you choose, I HIGHLY recommend picking one of these up as early as possible in your pregnancy! I asked for one and got mine as a birthday gift (thanks, Mom & Dad!) at about 13 weeks pregnant, and I've loved it ever since. I can't imagine how badly I would have slept without my Snoogle. My husband hates it and can't wait to kick it out of our bed - but it's a lifesaver and I would recommend it again and again!
Epsom Salt. One of the best things my doctor told me early on was that it was more than okay to soak in the tub. A lot of things you read will tell you that taking a bath is a no-no, because you don't want to get too hot. Well, obviously, you have to give up the super hot water temperature, but there's nothing wrong with a nice, warm bath...with epsom salt. I'm convinced there's nothing better for an achy body than a soak in an epsom salt bath! My evening routine for most of my pregnancy was to go for a run or walk after dinner, then take a bath with lavender epsom salt and hop into bed. #heaven
Belly Band. I picked up a belly band when I was only 12 weeks pregnant, because I intended to keep wearing my regular pants/jeans as long as possible. Little did I know, I would STILL be able to wear my jeans with this belly band at 40 weeks pregnant. In fact, I ended up buying zero pairs of maternity pants throughout my entire pregnancy! I stuck to buying some cute dresses from Motherhood and Old Navy, and got tons of use of of these all summer long. I bought just a few maternity shirts and was able to wear those with my regular jeans the entire time, too. I couldn't recommend a belly band enough - I only paid $15 or so at Target for one of these. SO much cheaper than buying maternity pants or jeans!
Belly Support Belt. Because I wanted to keep running as long as I possibly could throughout pregnancy, I knew I needed something to support my growing belly - plus, I started to get achy after a long walk or a run before I got one of these! I ended up buying the Gabrialla Maternity Support Belt and could immediately tell a difference when I wore it while walking or running. It literally lifts your belly up and supports it - you even notice less pressure and strain on your back. If you work out a lot or if you have discomfort from your belly weighing you down, this is a great thing to have!
Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter. I swear by this stuff! I had some Palmer's Cocoa Butter, but the smell of that did not sit well with me at all, plus it's kind of greasy. This belly butter is so light and it dries super quickly, not to mention it definitely worked. My skin has stayed in great shape, even with my belly being stretched out SO much and it kept it soft and smooth, too. I always bought mine at Target, but I'm pretty sure you can find it anywhere! 

There's obviously a trend to all of my must-haves...they're all about being comfortable & pampered! That's one of the best things about pregnancy - you have an excuse to take extra great care of yourself and be pampered for 9+ months. Having an awesome husband who goes out of his way to make sure this happens is even better! ;)

What were your pregnancy must-haves?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

40 Weeks!

How far along? 40 weeks.
Baby size: A jackfruit...whatever that is?!
Weight gain: 23 pounds.
Maternity clothes: Yes...finally getting close to the end of this!
Sleep: Decent, minus waking up a few times throughout the night.
Gender: GIRL!
Movement: Yes, a lot of movement...especially in the evening!
Best moment this week: Hasn’t happened yet - reserving the ‘best moment’ for when Baby Boyce arrives!
Looking forward to: Meeting our little girl in 2 days or less!
Food cravings: None really...not much appetite this past week. I think there’s just zero room in there.
Weirdest food I ate this week: Nothing.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.
Labor signs: Had pretty regular contractions for an hour straight one night this week, but not much since then. #sigh
What I miss: Not hurting all over.
Symptoms: Backaches, occasional crampiness, just uncomfortableness in general!
Workouts: Lots of walking...feels like baby is SUPER low, but she’s still staying put.
Things that suck: Waiting...
Things that don't suck: Knowing that she’ll be here by Tuesday at the latest! And the fact that this is my LAST bumpdate. ;)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

{39 Weeks}

How far along? 39.5 weeks.
Baby size: A watermelon!
Weight gain: 23 change from last week’s dr. appointment.
Maternity clothes: Yes and so tired of rotating the same small wardrobe...can’t wait to get back into my regular clothes!
Sleep: Pretty good, minus waking up 1-2 times per night.
Gender: GIRL!
Movement: Yes, and it feels crazy sometimes...she moves SO much!
Best moment this week: Although not how I hoped it would end up, we scheduled an induction date for 9/16, so the upside is that we’ll definitely be meeting baby in a week or less!
Looking forward to: Finally having a baby to hold in less than a week!
Food cravings: Hmm...nothing really. Pizza is still one of the few things that actually sound good, but just not very hungry these days!
Weirdest food I ate this week: Nothing.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.
Labor signs: Not much of anything. Occasional Braxton Hicks, and progress has been about the same for the past two weeks. #LetsGetThisShowOnTheRoad
What I miss: Being comfortable.
Symptoms: Backaches, occasional crampiness.
Workouts: Lots of walking, and even ran a little bit over the past few days...trying to work that baby out somehow!
Things that suck: Waiting around for labor to begin...and so far, no luck.
Things that don't suck: Knowing that in a week or less, we’ll finally meet Baby Boyce!