Here it is.  A rough draft of course.  I chose to turn our nursery into a pond.  It was a really easy decison.  I’ve always loved frogs!  It started when I was a very little girl catching frogs camping on the North Fork and lead to a frog collection that I still have packed away in boxes.  The nursery was a great excuse to get some of my cute frogs out again. 
Like this one my grandma Linda made for me.

Nathan loves bass.  Specifically Largemouth bass that live in ponds filled with lillypads and cattails.  Which makes this pond-themed nursery a perfect combination of the both of us…which is what this baby boy will be. =)

The cattails are my favorite touch.  Nathan cut down some real ones he found near a pond while bird hunting.  Our friend Tom Greene sprayed them with some lacker for me.  Hopefully this will perserve them and they don’t blow out.  We’ll see…

I ordered the bedding online.  It is exactly what I had in mind and I was so excited when I came upon it!  Love the colors, frogs, and turtles. I also added another frog from my collection…see him?

My other favorite part of the nursery.  The rocking chair.  This chair was the very first gift my dad ever bought my mom.  They found out they were pregnant with me when they were engaged to be married.  (I was an accident.)  As soon as my dad heard the news he went and bought my mom this rocking chair.  She nursed both my brother and I in it.  I am so excited that it gets to be in my nursery now and I get to nurse my babies in it.  It still needs a little TLC…a coat of Old English and a little reinforcement on one side.  I’m also going to order a pad to go on the chair. 

Here it is one more time.  My mother-in-law made the curtains.  Love them. 
As I said before, it is still a rough draft.  I ordered a different lamp in exchange for the one currently there.  I found one that matches the bedding set. 

The other side I have planned out but I haven’t started yet.  I ordered some wall decals online.  Today I went to Home Depot and found some floating shelves.  I’m going to paint the shelves sage green and put the wall decals right above the shelves.  Then I plan to put picture frames on the shelves.  Here’s an idea of what it’s going to look like on the wall.  (Picture the decals brighther without the top sheet on there and the shelves sage green.)

There you have it.  As I update the nursery, I’ll update with new pictures. =)

My Little Nudger

Pregnancy is definitely the hardest thing my body has ever been through (I haven’t been through labor yet so I can say pregnancy is the hardest right now.)  Honestly, the menstral cycle doesn’t have a thing on pregnancy!  The puking, fatigue, uterine contractions, sore ab muscles, achy hips, and I won’t even get into what is going on “down there.”  I think the hardest part of pregnancy for me has been the “pregnancy brain.”  I’m a teacher and a cheerleading coach, needless to say, I’m busy; and on most days I honestly feel like I’m loosing my mind!  I am so forgetful, I can’t keep anything straight…I just feel scatterbrained.  For a teacher, scatterbrained is not okay.  Since my tear ducts and stress were tied together before the pregnancy hormones they are really connected these days.  I don’t feel cranky, moody, or snappy, but I cry. A lot. 

Regardless of all this I still love, love being pregnant!  I love being able to put on shirts that show my belly rather than try to hide it.  I love maturnity pants!  They are the most comfortable pants I’ve ever worn.  My boobs have grown a whole cup size and are still growing!!  For once in my life I actually have clevage to try and cover up. =)  People carry things for me, open doors, and pick things off the ground so I don’t have to bend over.  Baby clothes are my new obsession…I absolutely love them.  Especially newborn clothes.  Setting up the nursery has given me an excuse to redecorate a room in our house.  But most of all, the most precious part of this whole experience is feeling my baby move around inside of me.  I can’t describe the wave of peace and joy that comes over me when I feel those little nudges underneath my skin.  I lay in bed at night in a state of peace as he nudges my hand with his little feet, fists, knees, and elbows.  After a stressful day I’m reminded of what is most important in my life as I sit with my husband by my side and our baby saying hello with little kicks from inside my belly.  We haven’t met yet, baby and I, but already we have a special connection…I send him my thoughts and he responds with a nudge.  ❤

So, tell me how uncomfortable pregnancy is and how much it’ll hurt when I have a foot stuck in my ribs.  Let’s talk about the leg cramps I get in the middle of the night that make me sit up in bed.  Ask my husband how many times he woke up in the morning to me puking (not quietly) in the kitchen sink.  I’ll sit and drink my water while you have a beer and say, IT’S WORTH IT.  Every precious second.

25 Weeks and the Results Are In…

Weight gain since last appointment: 6lbs
Total weight gain: 13lbs
Baby’s heart rate: 138bpm
Nurse said everything is going perfectly.  I’m measuring right on track which means baby is growing just like he should.  After 4 months of zero weight gain she is happy to see some weight coming.  Overall, it was a great appointment today.  I didn’t get to see the doctor because he was at the hospital delivering a baby. =)  Next appointment I have to be screened for gestational diabetes.  I’ve heard not so pleasant things about the sweet drink I have to consume and I have to sit in the doctor’s office for an hour.  I go back to do this in 3 weeks.  I can NOT believe in just 2 weeks I start my third trimester!  This is going by sooo quickly!

So at 25 weeks, here’s the scoop.  Baby now measures just little over a foot in length and weighs about 1.5lbs.  (Of course this is statistically…our little boy could be bigger or smaller, either way he’s starting to put on baby fat.)  He can now make a fist and touch his toes. =)  As for me…my uterus is now the size of a soccer ball and people are noticing.  I get the “So, when are you due?” question at the store a lot.  I don’t mind people’s questions one bit, in fact, I love to talk about the pregnancy.  So ask away! =)  I’m noticing the extra pounds I’m carrying around, too, as my hips ache every night.  I know this is only going to get worse.  About 15 more weeks to go!!

Doctor’s Appointment

I have a doctor’s appointment today.  Being pregnant is the first time in my life that I have looked forward to going to the doctor.  I love the reassurance of listening to the heartbeat and hearing the nurse say, “Perfect heart rate!” =)  I also like being weighed (can you believe I just said that? …But it’s true.)  I want to know how much I’ve gained and then I know how I need to adjust my eating habits. (At 21 weeks I had gained a total of 7lbs.  We’ll see where I’m at today.)  I also like being able to ask questions and get answers from a reliable source.  The internet sometimes makes me question its credibility.  Overall, I just enjoy having mine and the baby’s progress monitored.  I’m already starting my life as a worrier called parenthood.  I worry constantly about that little boy growing inside of me.  So, I’ll let you all know how it went after 3:30pm.  Stay tuned…

Little Boys Are Made Of…

Frogs, snails, and puppy dog tails!  And energy, cuteness, sillyness, and love for their mamas.  I can’t wait to have a little boy.  On September 22nd Nathan and I sat (well, I laid) in a small dark room with an ultrasound tech who changed our lives.  We saw our precious little baby appear on the big screen…kicking, punching, and moving like crazy.  Less than one minute into the ultrasound we heard the tech say, “Looks like its a boy.”  My eyes immediately gravitated towards Nathan and his face was priceless…large, proud smile that I will never forget.  Then he wiped the tears before they could fall from his eyes.  It was a moment of true happiness.  Until that day I had said, “I don’t care what it is as long as the baby is healthy.”  The second I found out it was a boy my heart told me that I had been in denial, I deeply wanted a little boy first.  A big brother and best friend to a little brother or a protector of a little sister.  A fishing partner for his daddy.  A little man for his mommy.  Nathan and I couldn’t be happier or more excited for the changes that are about to come.  Our lives, marriage, and family will be so much richer because of this little boy sweetly growing inside my belly. 

So, please sit down and enjoy reading this blog about the process of growing and raising a son.  The ups, downs, times of happiness, worry, and fear.  Life is a rollercoaster…so hold on tight!