Friday, February 24, 2012

Redecorating the Girls' Bedroom and the Nursery-Part 1

When we moved into the house we basically painted the walls to match the bedding and that was the extent of the decorating.  The windows had vertical blinds, so we didn't even have curtains.
This is also the first time that I have really been able to decorate a nursery.  With Kaylie and Myla, we were living in apartments, so we couldn't do much to the walls, etc.
I knew that I was going to really try to decorate the nursery this time.  Then, I felt bad because Kaylie and Myla didn't get that much attention to their rooms when they were born or now.  So, I decided to decorate Kaylie's room and turn it into Kaylie and Myla's room.  Luckily, they have both enjoyed sharing a room the past few months (I wanted the transition to not be too close to when the baby came because I knew the addition of the baby would be hard enough).
Here's a look at the rooms before we started the transformations.
 Kaylie and Myla's room Before

 Nursery Before

The nursery transformation started with finding crib bedding.  I tried to find bedding I liked that matched the walls already.  That did not go so well.  I finally decided on the bedding, but then I couldn't settle on a paint scheme.  I finally chose the pink, brown, and chair rail.  I'm glad I did!

With the girls' room I knew I wanted a change, and something creative, but not busy.  Kaylie wanted to paint the walls black and Myla changes her mind about her favorite color every two seconds (and usually copies Kaylie with the whole black thing).  Kaylie has wanted blue walls in the past and the bedding had the blue stripes, so I chose the blue.  Then I ran into the problem of how to add interest to the walls.  In order to tie in the theme of the bedding, the only thing I could do is stripes.  I didn't want stripes everywhere though!  So I settled on the two stripes in the middle of the wall in the accent pink color (to make sure everyone knew it was a girls room!).  I had a lot of help painting from Justin and my parents, especially figuring out those silly stripes. 

So far, the painting is done and very little else has been completed.  I have done a few of my pinterest projects, but I have a ways to go.  I'm still trying to figure out what to put on each of the walls in the nursery, etc.  I will be updating again with complete before and afters when the rooms are completely done, but for's some pics of how the rooms look painted. 
 Paint Job in Kaylie and Myla's room

 Paint/Chair Rail in Nursery

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Pregnancy at 30 weeks

Being 30 weeks pregnant is a lot different than being 10 weeks pregnant, especially for me.  At 10 weeks I felt miserable and couldn't do ANYTHING.  I also had no motivation to do ANYTHING! One of the hard parts was that I didn't look pregnant, so not everyone knew why I looked/acted/felt crappy.  At 10 weeks I was losing weight consistently and could barely eat.

At 30 weeks, I'm consistently gaining weight and eating a lot.  Everyone notices right away that I'm pregnant and asks how I'm feeling.  Now I have crazy amounts of motivation and OCDish cleaning impulses (I hope you can understand that crazy language I just made up).  However, my body can't handle too much of my motivation.  I typically crash in the evenings.  I'm just thankful to be able to get some of the things done that need to be done and extremely blessed that I am no longer getting sick.  I'm feeling lots of kicks and rolls and flips.  I'm starting to sense her personality already.  Kaylie was constantly moving and kicking regardless of what I was doing.  Myla was a stretcher.  Whenever I moved I could feel her moving around as if to get herself comfortable.  This little girl seems to tell me when she's mad.  I will lay down and get comfy and then she starts kicking. She will kick and jab and bounce until I move.  She stops, as if to say, "Thank you, that's where I want you to sit". 

I was very tiny when I was pregnant with Myla.  I'm not as tiny this time.  My belly has definitely been growing faster with this baby.  I just hope that doesn't mean I'm going to have another big baby!
This is my first attempt at a photo collage: 

I recently had to take the 3 hour glucose test.  The 1 hour was "not-fun" enough so I was absolutely dreading the 3 hour test.  Turns out, there was good reason!  I have been known to faint in the past, especially when getting blood drawn while pregnant.  For the 3 hour test they had to draw blood samples 4 times.  Seriously, 4 times in 3 hours!  The first blood draw went pretty well and I actually got that disgusting drink down pretty well (think flat orange soda with about 80 times extra sugar in it).  I was feeling pretty good for awhile and then started getting a little queasy, but nothing I couldn't handle.  However, when they did the blood draw at the 1 hour mark, they almost had to cancel the test.  I was about as close to passing out as I could get without going completely and I also came very close to getting sick (which would definitely cancel the test).  Luckily, I made it through and they took the last two blood samples from me while I was laying down on the cot in the back.  Now, I just wait for the results. 

I'm very excited to meet our little girl!  There will be more updates with nursery, names, etc.  For now, I'm just trying to make it to spring break so that I can go crazy nesting!