Wow! I can't believe we are at the halfway point. Overall, I'm feeling great, and saving my whining about aches, pains and sickness for Danny's ears only. You know, just so we can stay on the same page with this journey! Turns out he has a lot of the same aches and pains.
We've been documenting the process since the first trimester, and up until a week ago I felt like I was taking FOREVER to show. Then, I looked at all the photos and could definitely see some progress. It's been fun eating whatever fruit or vegetable baby is the size of each week. The only week I let go bad was turnip. I just never buy them, and I haven't felt especially experimental in my cooking or eating, although I do like to get extravagant when we can.
This morning we had our anatomy scan/ ultrasound. How special! I've been feeling baby movements for the last week or two, tiny taps & kicks & somersaults, and read that it can be good to drink caffeine or something sugary before the appointment to encourage movement in the US. Well, I only had time for granola and the prescribed 24oz of water (does anyone else think it's cruel to require a pregnant woman to have a full bladder before driving in rush hour traffic to her doctor appointment?!) but baby was squirming up a storm the entire hour, so it's good I didn't give him/her an extra boost! Baby's tiny, cute little hands were up by his/her (obviously we didn't find out the gender) face the whole time, except for a moment where baby stopped to wave at us. Adorable, and no I'm not even kidding. We have a little video of it. Watching baby's fingers and toes, tiny open mouth, stomach and heart was just surreal. It made me more in tune with feeling his/her movements, which was been fun today!
The miracle of life. Crazy and wonderful, with a whole new meaning once you're intimately involved in the process. We are so very grateful for a healthy little one growing inside me!
Confessions: occasionally eating ice cream before dinner, loving maternity jeans (I can't imagine going back to regular jeans, ever), buying a sweater at Talbots, and Danny caught me in a dress and Nikes. What can I say? Momstyle.
I have the feeling our little sunroom (possibly my favorite room in the house!) will be a room of transition. It was on my list of "would really, really like to haves" when we were house hunting for a year, and we both treasure it. (Take a gander at which is the mama bear chair and which is for papa bear!) It's quite perfect for quiet mornings reading while sipping coffee, listening to old records and watching the crepe myrtle blooms dance off into the wind, or sharing a snack with a friend while catching up on life. But, as our family begins to grow, we need it to become multifunctional in our cozy 2 bedroom cottage.
The before picture is just an empty room with horrid, splotchy tan paint job. Like, I think someone did one and a half coats of paint in their sleep. It's terribly sloppy and it's been driving us crazy. So... Danny went fishing one morning and I painted it white! I had hoped to surprise him when he got home, but my morning painting job turned into a 5 day paint job. Sometimes they just do. We have high ceilings, I'm afraid of heights, battling pregnancy nausea, so as you can imagine the upper half of the room turned white at an awfully slow pace.
Anyhow, the room is filled with some beloved items from our previous home (I bought that table from an elderly couple at the flea market years ago... it has been a dining table in three homes, a sewing table, a "coffee table", a prop table, very versatile!), with the intentions of shifting it into a southwestern sunroom someday. Hence all the succulents and antlers! Come spring, though, we'd like it to play double duty as a little guest cove for out of town visitors. We're thinking we will expand on the southwestern theme (hopefully we'll find some great pieces in Tucson next month!) and recreate the cozy nook with some type of hidden sleeping situation. We have been doing a LOT of brainstorming, as it will mainly continue to function as our tiny breakfast spot, while being a bedroom once a month or so. These challenges are always more exciting/ time consuming on a tight budget!
But for now, it's just right, and I can enjoy my cup o' tea without being distracted by ugly, uneven, drippy tan walls.
Danny and I were thrilled to wind up with a big (to us) kitchen that was connected to the dining room. I'm thinking they tore out a wall years ago, but it's not obvious. We both adore the open shelving trend, as we are thoughtful about silly things like the style of our glasses, mugs, and china. But we decided not to go that route for three major reasons.
- The former owner had installed brand new birch (the good stuff) Ikea cabinets just before listing the house, so they'd never even been used. I couldn't justify getting rid of them, too wasteful.
- We would really have to keep everything super organized and clean all the time, and things like random plastic cups from a certain Hot Chicken Festival would drive me wild when mixed in with our vintage glassware.
- Because of our open concept, it seemed too busy and too much to look at from the dining room.
But we still like open shelving! So we decided to take out one random cabinet that was all by it's lonesome between the window and back door, and have been debating on shelving to go there. As soon as we decide on something, it goes out of stock, so it seems. We hope to take a trip to our neighbors at Good Wood and try our luck there! But I have my heart set on brass brackets, and the "right ones" are harder to come by then I imagined. Here's a little inspiration board I'm mulling over, and lots more organization ideas on my Pinterest board!
Do you have any great kitchen storage ideas that you are using and loving, or plan to put into play?
I can't help but be excited about all the new lifestyle motherhood brings. I know it will have it's challenges, and will be the most exhausting (and important!) "job" I'll ever have, but I look forward to the new element of fun it will bring to our family. So... right now I'm finding this video to be very inspirational ;)