You Know It’s Monday When…

Delicious green smoothie dumped ALL over me... before noon. Oy.

Delicious green smoothie dumped ALL over me… before noon. Oy.

 

On the positive side, with every Monday, there was a weekend and ours was pretty good. I saw my ladies on Friday, which was lovely as always. Saturday was a BUSY day of nursery prep. We decided to spray paint the doors instead of finishing with a brush… because neither of us could stand the idea of having to brush any more paint on those damn doors. So for Mark, there was a whole lot of this…

Shake, shake, shake...

Shake, shake, shake…

Shake, shake, shake...

Shake, shake, shake…

And spray!

And spray!

Thankfully the weather cooperated!

We also finished the dresser and got some stuff hung up. However, the frames are too close together, so I’ll have to adjust them.

Somehow the picture frames made it to the wall in a way squishier layout than I had hoped.

Somehow the picture frames made it to the wall in a way squishier layout than I had hoped.

And outside of the nursery, we got the lower level guest room all set up and ready for our visitors this weekend. If you remember, the room started like this…

BEFORE shot of the bonus room. Please note that there are piles of papers and crap everywhere and that all craft stuff is thrown into two drawers or somewhere in the desk.

BEFORE shot of the bonus room. Please note that there are piles of papers and crap everywhere and that all craft stuff is thrown into two drawers or somewhere in the desk.

And ended like this…

Cozy little guest bedroom! Needs some wall art, but not too shabby!

Cozy little guest bedroom! Needs some wall art, but not too shabby!

Here's the little "office nook" in the guest bedroom.

Here’s the little “office nook” in the guest bedroom.

And just for fun, we had two of our friends and their sweet baby girl over on Sunday for grilled pizzas! It was delicious and a blast, as always! They shared lots of parenting tips with us and we had a lovely little Sunday.

Symptoms

This weekend I had quite a few Braxton Hicks contractions. In fact, I had at least a few in an hour on Saturday and was starting to feel worried that baby might come early. Of course, she didn’t 🙂 Also, while I’ve been sleeping pretty decently, I will say that I keep waking up with soreness on my right ear. Apparently my head is too heavy for my poor little ear. I miss back sleeping.

Other than that, my right eye won’t stop watering. What the hell is that about? Urgh. It might be dust-related from the weekend, but whatever it is, it’s seriously annoying.

Lastly, with the nursery pretty far along, I’ve started thinking about our DIY ruler growth chart we’re going to make using leftover wood from our homemade wedding photo booth. Here’s the quick mock up I put together…

DIY growth chart to hang on the wall behind the door.

DIY growth chart to hang on the wall behind the door.

The Great Nursery Build

Here is our amazingly productive weekend through a series of photos.

The official Best Seat in the House!

The official Best Seat in the House!

But before all of this loveliness came together, there was a lot of work!

On Friday night, we went to visit my mom and have dinner with the whole fam. Even my brother was in town. When we got back, we decided to get the room all prepped and ready to put the last coat of paint on the walls. That meant a lot of taping... and of course, a quick Lion King reenactment.

On Friday night, we went to visit my mom and have dinner with the whole fam. Even my brother was in town. When we got back, we decided to get the room all prepped and ready to put the last coat of paint on the walls. That meant a lot of taping… and of course, a quick Lion King reenactment.

On Saturday morning, we woke up early and got to work. Even Toby was hard at work, following me around the room as I cut in on the bottom and Marky cut in on the top.

On Saturday morning, we woke up early and got to work. Even Toby was hard at work, following me around the room as I cut in on the bottom and Marky cut in on the top.

It's hard work being a dog.

It’s hard work being a dog.

The kitty decided to help, too.

The kitty decided to help, too.

Toby got back to his post.

Toby got back to his post.

Finally, the room was painted and it was time to move onto the chandelier. I assembled the glitzy number and Marky installed the beast. It was a proud moment... electrical work!

Finally, the room was painted and it was time to move onto the chandelier. I assembled the glitzy number and Marky installed the beast. It was a proud moment… electrical work!

Of course, no nursery is set without a dimmer... so Marky swapped out the old switch for this new fancy dimmer.

Of course, no nursery is set without a dimmer… so Marky swapped out the old switch for this new fancy dimmer.

Then, it was dresser time. This was by far the worst part of the weekend and the biggest pain in the ass to assemble. 6 drawers = so many damn pieces. Also, one piece came broken, a couple things were missing, and Mark and I each broke a piece. Luckily, the company had NO issues sending us all 7 replacement parts we needed.

Then, it was dresser time. This was by far the worst part of the weekend and the biggest pain in the ass to assemble. 6 drawers = so many damn pieces. Also, one piece came broken, a couple things were missing, and Mark and I each broke a piece. Thankfully, the company had NO issues sending us all 7 replacement parts we needed.

In the end, the incomplete dresser looks like this. I bought a bunch of different knobs and didn't like the look, so now I will be ordering some more. This piece remains a work in progress.

We had a much needed break from the dresser mid-way through! My sweet friend Marci, her lovely husband and their adorable dog came for dinner. Then, it was back to the evil dresser. In the end, the incomplete dresser looks like this. I bought a bunch of different knobs and didn’t like the look, so now I will be ordering some more. This piece remains a work in progress.

After the dresser, it was definitely time to call it a night. We would start again the next day.

The first task on Sunday was putting together the changing table topper. You can't really see it, but here's the best picture I have.

The first task on Sunday was putting together the changing table topper. You can’t really see it, but here’s the best picture I have. My sweet husband built this while I was off lunching with my girlfriends.

After the changing table topper, we tackled the bookshelf! It actually came together very easily and quickly. Looks good, huh?

After the changing table topper, we tackled the bookshelf! It actually came together very easily and quickly. Looks good, huh?

Then, it was crib time! Mark's sweet dad came to join the fun and help our furniture building process along.

Then, it was crib time! Mark’s sweet dad came to join the fun and help our furniture building process along.

The crib was another quick and easy job (and of course, Toby helped).

The crib was another quick and easy job (and of course, Toby helped).

More crib building.

More crib building.

After the crib, Mark was feeling ambitious and decided to install the wall shelves. These were an added bonus... not on my original agenda for the weekend.

After the crib, Mark was feeling ambitious and decided to install the wall shelves. These were an added bonus… not on my original agenda for the weekend.

So Mark, his dad, and Toby put the shelves together and devised a plan for hanging them.

So Mark, his dad, and Toby put the shelves together and devised a plan for hanging them.

But in order to figure out placement of the wall shelves, I needed to see where the curtains would fall. Mark hopped on his stool and put the curtains back up.

But in order to figure out placement of the wall shelves, I needed to see where the curtains would fall. Mark hopped on his stool and put the curtains back up.

Then it was drill time.

Then it was drill time.

And voila! The official Best Seat in the House!

And voila! The official Best Seat in the House!

The lighting and size of the room do not mesh well with my camera settings, but here's the room!

The lighting and size of the room do not mesh well with my camera settings, but here’s the room!

The closet, sans doors.

The closet, sans doors.

After a nice dinner with Mark's dad and step mom on Sunday, I came home and relaxed in the nursery with my animal babies.

After a nice dinner with Mark’s dad and step mom on Sunday, I came home and relaxed in the nursery with my animal babies.

Ollie joined the fun, too.

Ollie joined the fun, too.

All in all, it was a GREAT weekend and I’m obsessed with where the room is at. It looks amazing and just makes me so happy. My husband really is perfect.

Symptoms

Baby’s getting bigger and kicking harder! I was super excited because this weekend my mom, dad, and sister-like friend, Marci, got to feel the baby kick. Big kicks, too. She’s such a little champ. Also, I’m starting to get super excited for my shower. It’s coming up in just three little weeks! I can’t even believe it. AND, even more exciting is that my aunt, uncle, and cousin from Cali are coming in for it and are staying with us. This just makes me way too excited. Last night I was googling DIY onesie ideas for my cousin, aunt and I to do together. Maybe a little onesie bedazzling… who knows? The options are endless!

Paint-a-Palooza 2014

This weekend was a big one! I had pretty high (and possibly a little unrealistic) expectations for our productivity. I charged my hubs and I with the task of painting the walls and trim in our soon-to-be nursery. Now, I say the expectations may have been unrealistic because if you factor in dry times, I’m not sure the task was actually possible. Pshhh… details! Right?

Anyway, Friday we had a very nice dinner with our friends and got to see their sweet little 6-month-old, Ellie. She is literally cute as a button. It was fun getting to love on her… even Toby got to come!

Our friends have a GIANT Goldendoodle who thinks Toby is a toy. Needless to say, he was pretty tuckered out.

Our friends have a GIANT Goldendoodle who thinks Toby is a toy. Needless to say, he was pretty tuckered out by the end of it.

On Saturday, we were up bright and early to get started. Step 1 was getting everything out of the room. Hardware, drapes, etc.

Cleaning out the room...

Cleaning out the room…

Step 2: time to tackle the trim. Lots of sanding, wiping down the trim/walls/doors, vacuuming the dust, etc.

Mark's sweet Momma (Milly) came to help us!!

Mark’s sweet Momma (Milly) came to help us!!

And we made Mark vacuum the ceiling. Can’t have any dust lingering up there when the baby comes!

Mark was not a fan of this job.

Mark was not a fan of this job.

Step 3: We had to wedge tape under the trim to protect the carpet and then cover everything with a drop cloth, and tape up the window.

Almost ready to paint!

Almost ready to paint!

Taping up the carpet in the closet.

Taping up the carpet in the closet.

We paused for a picture... still happily painting for our baby girl :)

We paused for a picture… still happily prepping for our baby girl 🙂

Step 4: Finally, it was time to prime the trim and the doors. PS: doing anything to louvered doors SUCKS.

Doors and trim are primed!

Doors and trim are primed!

Step 5: BREAK TIME! At this point, it was 11:30 PM. Mark made a package of grand biscuits and I decided to lay down for a second.

Step 6: Mark paints the first coat of paint on the trim and fills all the holes in the wall. Melissa is passed out on the couch.

Just a quick nap... that ends at 330 AM. Note: this evening happened to be daylight's savings, so we lost an hour.

Just a quick nap… that ends at 330 AM. Note: this evening happened to be daylight’s savings, so we lost an hour.

Step 7: Back at it at 330 am to do the second coat of paint on the trim and the doors. In the end, we did 1 coat of primer and 2 coats of Sherwin Williams Extra Pure White paint. We haven’t done this yet, but we are going to need to do one more coat on the trim, as you can still see some wood through in areas. BOO!

Post-nap paint.

Post-nap paint.

Step 8: Literally at about 7am, we finally finished and went to bed. Baby, if you’re reading this, you should know that we REALLY love you already… and that’s what drove us to keep going. Now, this was probably a bit much, but apparently, we lost perspective at this point.

Step 9: Woke up at about 1pm and got started again.

Step 10: Tape the trim & prime the walls.

Trim is taped, it's primer time!

Trim is taped, it’s primer time!

Step 11: Cut in and start rolling on the paint! We ended up changing the paint at the last minute and went with Sherwin Williams Requisite Grey.

Mark is excellent at cutting in!

Mark is excellent at cutting in!

Milly came back to help!

Milly came back to help!

Almost done with the first coat!

Almost done with the first coat!

Step 12: Finally at 930pm, we ate dinner and relaxed. Job done for the day.

So, now that it’s Monday, what’s left?

  1. It looks like we might be good with just one coat of paint on the walls, BUT, we are going to need to touch them up tonight.
  2. We didn’t fill the holes in the trim or use caulk where the trim connects to the wall. We are going to do this and then paint one last coat of paint over the trim.
  3. The closet doors need more paint. Probably have 2-3 coats left.
  4. The entrance door needs to be primed and painted.

And once all that’s done, we can install the chandelier and build the crib and the glider… because we officially ordered them both on Saturday! Yay! With the coupon, ended up being $920 for both. Not too shabby!

Also, I stopped at TJ Maxx on Friday and picked up a bunch of cute decor. For everything, I only spent $120!

Mercury glass lamp, two throw pillos, storage basket, soft basket for toys, 4 picture frames for the gallery wall and two window panels in a cute sheer white with embroidery!

Mercury glass lamp, two throw pillos, storage basket, soft basket for toys, 4 picture frames for the gallery wall and two window panels in a cute sheer white with embroidery!

Symptoms

By the time Thursday hits, I will definitely be MORE than ready for vacation. I pushed it a little hard this weekend, so I’m going to try and get to bed early this week. As for how I’m feeling, besides tired, I feel great! Everything is really coming together and I couldn’t be happier. I’m also VERY excited to have some non-working time with Marky. Perfect timing!

Nursery Design Complete(ish)

The other night, Mark and I were sitting in the nursery trying to decide if everything was going to fit. Ultimately, he said that we’d make it work once it came. Me being me couldn’t let that be the end. SO, taking my mother’s suggestion, I decided to use graph paper to mock up the room and furniture, to scale, and play around with different layouts.

This is what I’ve ended up with…

The room layout with decor ideas all along the corresponding walls. A gallery wall over the changing table with this cute mirror from Home Depot. The crib netting and mobile from Restoration Hardware. A picture, some wall flowers, and two floating shelves in the corner behind the glider. And then, a homemade growth chart ruler made with some scrap wood we have from our wedding photo booth.

The room layout with decor ideas all along the corresponding walls. A gallery wall over the changing table with this cute mirror from Home Depot. The crib netting and mobile from Restoration Hardware. A picture, some wall flowers, and two floating shelves in the corner behind the glider. And then, a homemade growth chart ruler made with some scrap wood we have from our wedding photo booth.

Before I had selected the layout, here are some of the options I came up with…

My #1 Option. Note: the glider has the wrong dimensions and is actually smaller.

My #1 Option. Note: the glider has the wrong dimensions and is actually smaller.

Another option...

Another option…

And yet another!

And yet another!

Then, after going through a bazillion paint swatches and three sample cans of paint (all of which made it to the wall), I think I’ve finally selected a paint.

The many paint swatches...

The many paint swatches…

The final selection... Sherwin Williams (which I could have sworn was actually SherMAN Williams) Alpaca.

The final selection… Sherwin Williams (which I could have sworn was actually SherMAN Williams) SW 7022 Alpaca.

So obviously, once my colors were selected and the layout was set, I had to put together a little inspiration board, or whatever you’d call it.

The colors are more yellow because of the way the camera took the photo, but here it is. The first ivory color is similar to that of the furniture. Then the next two colors (grey and white) are for the walls and trim. Next are three pink variations for accent colors and finally, the dark grey, which is close to the color of the glider. Voila!

The colors are more yellow because of the way the camera took the photo, but here it is. The first ivory color is similar to that of the furniture. Then the next two colors (grey and white) are for the walls and trim. Next are three pink variations for accent colors and finally, the dark grey, which is close to the color of the glider. Voila!

And as a recap, here’s what we’ve decided in terms of furniture…

The Crib: Sorelle Verona Panel Lifetime Crib from Babies R’ Us

Sorelle Verona Panel Lifetime Crib from Babies R' Us

Sorelle Verona Panel Lifetime Crib from Babies R’ Us

The Dresser: South Shore Hopedale 6-Drawer Dresser from Walmart (they have the cheapest price and free shipping!)

South Shore Hopedale 6-Drawer Dresser from Wayfair

South Shore Hopedale 6-Drawer Dresser from Walmart

The Bookshelf: Sauder Living Room Library Bookcase from WalMart (originally found this on Wayfair, but cheapest price is from WalMart)

Sauder Living Room Library Bookcase from WalMart

Sauder Living Room Library Bookcase from Walmart

The Glider: Kacy Collection Madison Glider & Ottoman in Ash from Babies R’ Us

Kacy Collection Madison Glider from Babies R' Us

Kacy Collection Madison Glider from Babies R’ Us

The Chandelier: Hampton Bay Maria Theresa 6-Light Chrome Chandelier from Home Depot

Hampton Bay Maria Theresa 6-Light Chrome Chandelier from Home Depot

Hampton Bay Maria Theresa 6-Light Chrome Chandelier from Home Depot

As for the pink accents, I’m thinking of doing little things like this…

Grey, Cream, Blush & Gold... a thought!

Gallery Wall Accent Pops

Polka accents in gold/blush.

Polka accents in gold/blush.

I will likely be doing some crafting and/or InDesign(ing) for the gallery wall art. No need to buy that stuff. And then maybe a pink pillow or two, and subtle little decorative pieces… it’s going to be decorated in no time!

Symptoms

We leave for Mexico in less than a week and I’m just so excited! Can we consider this our sweet girl’s first time out of the country? By the time she’s born, she will have been to NYC and Mexico. Quite the little traveler.

As for me, I’m feeling great. Happy and excited to be making progress on the nursery. Excited for the trip. Loving all the kicks, pokes and prods of our little baby. Life is good and really, I’m loving being pregnant.

 

Don’t Make Me Decide… The Nursery Debacle

To say that I’m struggling with nursery ideas would be a total understatement. I am SO lost. I keep thinking I’m ready to go in one direction and then something makes me change my mind.

I know that generally speaking, I like the neutral colors… grey, cream, beige… with accent colors… maybe blush… or turquoise… or lavender…

Blush accents...

Blush accents…

More blush... I definitely don't like this crib.

More blush… I definitely don’t like this crib.

Grey, Cream, Blush & Gold... a thought!

Grey, Cream, Blush & Gold… a thought!

Elegant and neutral.

Elegant and neutral.

More elegance.

More elegance.

But then I have my moments where I think I want to be a little brighter with my choices and then I get totally lost. Ugh.

Bright colors...

Bright colors…

Not sure about the pink, but I like the rest I think.

Not sure about the pink, but I like the rest I think.

Similar colors.

Similar colors.

Cute driftwood mobile.

Cute driftwood mobile.

Can someone just design the damn room for me? I really suck at making decisions. The same thing happened with our wedding… I was totally paralyzed in making any decisions, so we decided to move our wedding date up by 5 months and plan the whole thing in 3 months. I promise, that will help you make decisions 🙂

Anyway, I know I need to decide, but nothing has really wowed me.

I sketched this last night to try and organize where things will go and what kind of furniture we’ll need…

Don't make fun of me... this is just one way I plan.

Don’t make fun of me… this is just one way I plan.

I’ve been toying with the idea of doing polka dots on one accent wall. But really, I just don’t know.

Subtle polkas on one wall with white furniture...

Subtle polkas on one wall with white furniture…

Way too bright for my taste, but smaller polkas.

Way too bright for my comfort, but smaller polkas.

Polka accents in gold/blush.

Polka accents in gold/blush.

Polka bedding.

Polka bedding. Also really like these colors… some of the time.

Here are some cute mobiles I found, too!

This first picture is by a lady who had a REALLY cute little lamb mobile on her Etsy page, but now it appears to be gone. <TEAR>

If I go the colorful route..

If I go the colorful route..

Thoughts?

Nursery Ideas

Okay, so this is obviously a very premature post, but sometimes, I get excited and carried away.

Here's one sketched idea for a nursery floor plan.

Here’s one sketched idea for a nursery floor plan.

 

And here are the two main walls in more detail, with my inspiration…

Here is the wall with the crib.

Here is the wall with the crib.

 

And here is the wall with the glider chair and changing table.

And here is the wall with the glider chair and changing table.

 

No bedding options just yet, but here’s a general idea of what I’m thinking for the room itself. I think a decent amount of this can be made or purchased from Craigslist or garage sales, but only time will tell what will happen!