Friday, May 29, 2015

Five on Friday

1.  Mills has not been wanting to get up in the mornings.  He will just lay around all morning while we get ready.  LAZY part human dog!

2.  Speaking of Mills, I made him a Camp reservation for July 4th weekend in case things go down with the baby then.  I just felt better having the reservation on that busy weekend because I know I'll want my parents with us at the hospital instead of having to worry about taking care of him.  Plus, let's be honest - he's obsessed with Camp and there is no place Mills would rather be!  

3.  It's been really odd not traveling for work.  It's a good odd but still weird not going to the airport.  

4.  I was able to get the Dreft load of laundry done last night and bags packed for the baby and I.  I did individual bags for us so I hope that'll be a bit easier.  Last thing to do - car seat installation.  I can hang with only having that to do and 5 more weeks left.  I still attribute being done with all of this stuff so soon because of my mom and SIL organizing our nursery for us!

5.  We have a couple fun things planned for the weekend and will spend a lot of time outside.  One not so fun thing planned - fix our garbage disposal.  Gotta love house duties!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Week 35 Pregnancy Journal

How far along?  35 weeks, due July 3rd!  WHOAAAAAAAA.  I need to get my act together and actually figure out how Kevin and I will be PARENTS in 5 weeks.  Holy moley.  I still don't think it's real for some odd reason!!!

Size of Baby: Honeydew Melon - over 18" long and 5 1/4 pounds.

Gender: I have no idea!  But we'll be finding out SOON!

Weight Gain: I'm going to change this to how the doc says I'm measuring and he says I'm measuring perfectly so not to listen to people that keep saying how small I am.  People judge.  Majorly.  And I'm tired of hearing people's opinions on how big I'm going to get in the next 5 weeks and how I am small and how etc etc.....!  I was in the bathroom at a restaurant the other day and this woman was like, "wow you're really small, are you sure you're 34 weeks pregnant?"  NO, I MADE IT UP WOMAN!!!!  Mind your own biz!!!

Maternity Clothes:  Pretty much regular clothes.  The dress I wore for the wedding last week was regular.  I don't know about wearing one of my pencil skirts at the moment.  I did wear one last week so that was good. 

Nursery:  Nothing has changed since last week.  I need to do one more load of Dreft laundry which I'm hoping to do tonight.  And I need to pack a baby bag and a mama bag.  We also need to get the car seat installed.  I called and talked to a Safe Kids thing I found on the internet yesterday and she told me all of the places around us that install the car seats properly.  Works out that she is having someone from the police department come do it for nice!  

And on to less important things but still fun things....I told Mom I needed to have bows made for our mailbox and she went and had them done for me yesterday.  Like as in they were done within two hours of me mentioning it to her.  SO nice of her and one less thing I have to do.  She also has a pink one she used when I was born so she had another blue one made for their mailbox.  They'll have a neighbor put the appropriate color on when we know!  And since my parents will be here, they'll put the right one on our mailbox! ;)  This is kinda like our wedding...we put that big white bow up there during our wedding week!

Movement: Maybe a little less these days?  Baby running out of room?

Symptoms:  I think the chiropractor may be helping my ribs so thank you Alisa and McGee for making me do this!!!

Sleep: I am up a couple times a night in the bathroom but switching from side to side has hurt this week.  Ugh I shall survive.  Kevin has been making comments about my moaning and groaning haha.  I promise I'm not an old lady!

Cravings:  Everything I can't have on this diet.  Though I did have strawberries this week and those were AMAZING.  

What I Miss:  I'd like to feel like myself.  I will say I'm glad to still be able to be functional during the day.  I still walk Mills at nights.  I don't have any swelling.  I am thankful to go hard at work and still come home and have energy to get other things done.  But I am in bed by 9pm. 

Best Moment This Week:  The doctor's appointment last Friday was good.  All is perfect.  I asked him if he thought I'd see them at the 36 week appointment and he said definitely.  So we shall see!  I just feel like it could happen any time now though I hope he/she hangs where they are for a few more weeks!

Looking Forward to:  Getting my last three things done - 1.  Load of Dreft laundry.  2.  Car seat installed.  3.  Bags packed.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mills Barked!

This lil bubba found his vocal chords last night. He's never barked before. He's always done this whimpy, half real bark and that's only every now and then.  Basically he just doesn't bark. 

Well last night I let him out and he didn't come right back in. He went to our back right fence line and I thought Rudy was barking at Mills as they usually like to play.  Well I went out there and it was Mills barking. I couldn't believe it!  

Evidently this morning he's quite tired from learning something new!  Let's just hope he stays mostly quiet still! ;)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend

Hope you all had a nice weekend!

Friday:  Rachel and Ashley hosted a dinner at Cantina 1511 for Michelle's last night out before baby.  We all brought gifts and had lots of girl talk.  Rachel, Anni and I stood in the parking lot for an hour afterwards talking baby stuff!

Saturday:  Flywheel - my usual Saturday morning.  I've been doing this Saturday mornings for over a year now and I love it.  Every time I go to the doc I ask them if they're fine with such a hefty workout and they keep telling me to keep going!  From the beginning they said to not limit exercise at all.  Understood!

Saturday evening - Trey and Alisha's wedding at St. Mary's Chapel and reception at Roof With A View.  

Look who came!

Trey is one of Kevin's bank buddies so it was a big reunion for all of these guys.  

Sunday:  Kevin decided to take the top off the jeep (with some help from Brad ha!) and we took that to a late lunch and Farmer's Market trip.  

We had never had King of Pops so we tried them (after I took my blood sugar of course!).  Truth be told - the Banana Caramel only had 20g of carbs so I was fine to eat it.

Sunday night we met our friends Dave and Jenn at the new Midwood Smokehouse down in Ballantyne.  It was good but busy!  We love hanging out with these two!

Monday:  Mills and I chilled outside a lot this weekend.  He felt so much better after his haircut on Friday.   

Monday night - we had the honor of going to our friend's house for dinner.  Kevin's parents also came and some neighbors as well.

Today - back to the grind!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Five on Friday

1.  I get two magazines - Coastal Living and Southern Living.  These pies...!!!  I will be a strawberry eating machine come July when I can eat sugary fruit again!  I'm missing them so much!

2.  My buddy and I still enjoy our after dinner walks.  It's been nice being home all week and cooking dinner then playing outside with him.  I've even cooked dinner 5 nights in a row. Honestly I don't think that's ever happened with me traveling the past 10 years. Crazy!  But I love it!

3.  This is how Fin feels about sharing chuck it balls with his new brother Gill.  Hahaha it cracks me up my brother or SIL captured this!

4.  Hmm. 

5.  Mills was not happy with me the other night when I chased him around our room trying to cut a knot out of his tail.  Thankfully Camp has finally hired a groomer and the crazy man is there today getting his summer 'do!  When I turned on the street this morning, Mills was literally in the front seat.  He's crazy about his Camp!!!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Week 34 Pregnancy Journal

How far along?  34 weeks, due July 3rd!

Size of Baby: Cantaloupe - 18" long and 4 3/4 pounds.  Whoa. 

Gender: I have no idea!  Everyone keeps saying boy because I haven't gotten wide but some days I feel like this child is a red headed girl based on how I feel! ;)

Weight Gain: Basically I weigh less now than when I got pregnant.  I won't complain.  The baby is taking all I've got!  The doc isn't worried so I'm not worried!  

Maternity Clothes:  Maternity shorts and white jeans.  Otherwise, regular clothes.

Nursery:  Kevin hung the painting this week.  We set up the monitor as well.  Here are some pictures.  We still have to find one more thing to hang above the chest of drawers, get an ottoman and Dad will be bringing us a bookcase that he is making for the baby (this won't be until July when they come down for the birth)!  I just think it's super cool that he is making it for us!

This ginormous golden retriever stuffed animal cracks me up.  I had to have it.  Obviously it'll be put somewhere else in the room when the baby arrives but it's so cute in the crib for now!   Mills thinks it's his new best friend haha!

We plan to add coral accents to the nursery if it's a girl or kelly green accents if it's a boy.  That will give the room a lil zip to it!

Movement: All the time!

Symptoms:  Ohhh the usual.  Ribs.  And gestational diabetes is basically ruling my life.  I never ate so often in my life before now!  Hey, whatever it takes!

Sleep: Well I quit taking benadryl this past week but then I haven't been sleeping.  I've been worried about work and my fasting number for my blood sugar.  I think tonight I'll try benadryl again.  Doc says I can take it with no worries so I will.  

Cravings:  I have started a list of foods that I will eat in the week after this baby is born!  

What I Miss:  Nothing really.  I kinda feel like I may be in the home stretch!

Best Moment This Week:  Having some time to get back to myself this past weekend and get a routine back together.  And Kevin and I hung in the nursery getting a few things done the other night - that was nice.  

Looking Forward to:  My doctor's appointment tomorrow!  I like the reassurance that all is well.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Master Bathroom Renovation

Welcome to what used to be the worst room in our home!  From Day 1 of seeing our home, we knew we were going to redo the master bathroom.  It just took us 2.5 years to finally decide on exactly what we wanted.  Plus we had been doing lots of other projects that were more necessary.  This was a big project!

Here are some before pictures:

The pink tile - ahh!!!  Brass and silver faucets.  Handicap bars everywhere.  Brass and silver lighting.  

This is my little area right outside the bathroom.  We went back and forth about what to do with this space but ultimately decided to make the counter, mirror and lighting match the bath and then we will change the flooring of this to be what we use in the bedroom because there isn't a door between this area and the bedroom.  

A few progress pictures...

AND the grand finale, which may I add looks a lot better in person!

Kevin's area in the bathroom (they've since put the covers on the electrical outlets and speakers back in.  We replaced the lighting, mirror and faucet and installed a new carrara marble countertop.  Left the same cabinets.  Still need to get chrome knobs. 

We painted the it Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray.  We love that color so much in the baby's room.  The trim is SW Creamy High Gloss.  Ceiling is ceiling white.  

Knobs have been put back on.

My area we decided on the two light fixtures.  Replaced the countertop, new sink and faucet.  We went with the Delta Linden collection for the faucet for my area and the Delta Foundation collection for Kevin's.  Just our individual preference but since they don't sit right next to each other, it was no big deal.  New mirror as well.  

As you can see, we knocked that half wall down between the tub and shower and it really opened it up!  We also moved plumbing from that half wall to the back wall.  

The tile guy was super fancy and he studied in Italy.  Let's just say, he knew exactly what he was doing.  He was excellent.  

The herringbone shower floor is my favorite part and I'm glad we splurged on that.  I like the little corner notch which you can prop your foot on to shave.  When we knocked down the wall,  we had them install the shower wall over a bit so it created a shelf for shampoo etc.  Details!  There is not a window in the's a reflection.

You can see that we removed the tile on the face of the tub and added wood paneling to update it.  We do like the Jacuzzi tub even though only our nieces have taken a bubble bath in there.  The flooring are 18x18 tiles.  Large tiles for a decently large space.  They are so pretty and work perfectly with the 9x14 tiles used in the shower.  The floor tiles are honed so they aren't slippery.

We decided for now to keep the window though we do have plans to remove it and put a regular window with plantation shutters to match the rest of the house.  That'll probably be a project for the fall.  It's a custom size window so it was a long lead item.  We just decided to bag it for now and deal with it later.  The tub faucet was also replaced and all the grab bars were removed.

Ohhhh it's so nice to have a real bathroom again!

It took almost 4 weeks for this project to be done but it was so worth it!  We are thrilled with the final product!  Our next big house projects....redoing hardwoods, adding hardwoods in our room and the hallway, maybe a new stove, maybe a pool, maybe a patio, maybe a two car garage.....!!!  It's fun making this place our own!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New China Cabinet

A month ago we got a new to us china cabinet!  My friend Katie spotted it on one of the Mom's facebook groups in Charlotte and told me about it right away.  She remembered I've been looking for the perfect one for 2.5 years!  I can't thank her enough for finding this gem!

It's perfect for our room.  Mom and I got it all cleaned up and placed everything in there.  I'm so happy with how it turned out and now I don't have china on our upstairs floor covered in beach towels haha!

Things are finally coming together in the dining room!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Weekend - Very Necessary

We had a good weekend and I hope you all did too!  

I'm supposed to be in Vegas for the annual commercial real estate conference.  It was actually really refreshing to not get on a plane yesterday as I usually would.  I'll miss being there with all of my work friends but I honestly think it would have been a lot for me to get on another long flight and be in Vegas for hot, busy and long days. So it was the right decision to not go. 

Friday night I poured about 5 sips of white wine and walked over to my friend Sarah's house while Kevin and Mills played out back.  I drank about 3 sips of the wine while socializing then walked back and poured the rest out ha!  I'm so paranoid but a lil taste really does taste good. 

Later that night we went up to Hawthornes for pizza and wings. Or in my case - salad and meatball sub with no bread.  Ha!

We got this pics of my brother's dogs. Seriously could they be cuter?

Saturday AM I went to flywheel, the farmers market then picked up mills and we visited Kevin's office.  Then I was able to shower in our new shower. I can't wait to post before and after pics of our bathroom!!!  

I picked up some things from trader joes on Friday that I could have as snacks for my new gest diabetes eating routine. 

And my friend Maran told me to get these and they are so good!!!

Later that afternoon I went with Sarah and Gigi to Camille's first birthday party!  It was a gorgeous afternoon for a party!

Of course April had outdone herself!

Camille was adorable!  

It was bubble themed!

Pure love right there!!!

I got to hang with sweet Gigi and also Kristen and her little boy Freddy!  Too cute!

I got home and Kevin and I zipped down to our friends new home they are building!  It's gorgeous!!

After dinner at 521 BBQ, we chilled on the couch that night.  Well, mills did!

Sunday morning = breakfast taco.  Something that works for my blood sugar every time. 

We went to the outlets then came back and went to our neighborhood pool for a bit. Then we played out back while Kevin grilled dinner. Mills became a muddy disaster so I cleaned him up while Kevin cleaned up dinner. 

He ran around like a wild man haha then played possum on the porch!  

We needed this weekend desperately. I finally feel like I'm somewhat back to normal. The past 6 weeks have been way too busy.  Now I need to not feel like I have to see everyone I know before July 3.  Everyone wants to get together before the baby comes and that just ain't gonna happen. The thought of going going going more does not sound appealing.  I have done that for 33 weeks and I'm not anymore.  I know, I'm a terrible person. Ha!  But I'm going to hang with Kevin and Mills and be selfish! ;)

Happy Monday!