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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Baby Negi - Weeks 36 - 39

Baby O has arrived, but I want to back track a bit to the final weeks of my pregnancy. I continued with my Instax weekly photos until the very end, and I'm really proud of myself (and H too) for completing the project. Even though I started late, I was still able to squeeze in a photo every week from week 23 until Baby O's arrival on week 39. Hoping to continue this project with weekly photos of O!

Baby Bump - Week 36

The last 4 weeks of my pregnancy felt like a waiting game for the most part. Would the baby arrive today? Tomorrow? Next week? What would be the game plan if I went into labor? I have been experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions since the second trimester, and I started to feel real contractions. There was never a real pattern to them, but it would catch me by surprise. Some days I had contractions one after another for half an hour. Other days it would be two contractions in a row and nothing else for the rest of the day. With my pregnancy with E I never felt the BH contractions, and I didn't have actual contractions until the day I went into labor. Knowing this I wasn't sure what to expect. I figured this would be a good time to start planning for the baby's arrival. I started freezing extra servings of leftovers for E, and we stocked up on food for the freezer and pantry. I drafted a plan if I were to go into labor during the weekday, and my sisters were all on call. 

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For being a very pregnant woman in her last final weeks, I felt abnormally fine. I wasn't tired of being pregnant, and I very much wanted O to remain inside the womb for a few more weeks. Sleep was great, and my frequent trips to the bathroom didn't interrupt my ability to fall back asleep. I still enjoyed my mid-afternoon naps to get through the day. Like most of my pregnancy, I felt and acted like I wasn't pregnant at all. 

I was still able to control my gestational diabetes with diet, but I was getting tired of my frequent visits to maternal fetal. Going in twice a week wasn't my idea of a great time, and I found myself dreading each appointment. Every time baby turned out to be doing well. He was growing and active, and my levels of fluid were great. I still wasn't convinced that it was necessary for me to be so heavily monitored. I may have fallen asleep a few more times during my ultrasounds. Knowing that the end was near, I was very much looking forward to eating normally again. Oddly enough now that I have the ability to eat freely, I still try to limit carbs out of habit. At my last weigh in, I was 124 lbs. I gained a whopping 12 lbs during my pregnancy. Woot! P.S. I'm already under pre-pregnancy weight. Don't worry though. I still have a pooch.

Baby Bump - Week 38

Knowing that we wouldn't be a family of three much longer, we tried to fit in as many activities as possible for E. It was crazy hectic at times but very much worth it. Our weekends were packed, and we were dead tired by the end of each day. In addition to having family time, H and I made sure to have as many date nights as possible until the very end. It's important that we can have this quality one on one time together before our lives get flipped upside down again. 

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Once I reached week 39, I felt ready for O to arrive. Being the good and cooperative baby that he has been throughout my pregnancy, he decided to make his arrival on week 39 + 1 day. He was nice enough to let H and I have our last date night on Friday and allowed us to have a relaxing Saturday at home with E. Now we are a family of 4, and we are adjusting well. It's of course full of challenges, but we are surviving and making the best out of it. Stay tuned for Baby O's birth story and his first month update (yes, he is already a month old!).

Overview of my bump project just for fun ;)

Weekly Bump
Weekly Bump

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Nursery Reveal!

Negi's Nursery

Baby O's nursery is finally complete and ready for it's blog debut! H and I spent a lot of time perfecting the room, and I'm really happy how it turned out. Typically I'm indecisive and never have a clear vision for any space in the house. By the way, E's room looks nothing like this. He still has a blanket draped over top the curtain rod in his room to block out the sunlight...

This room was originally my craft room, and it took weeks to clear out the space. I have collected a lot of crafting supplies over the years, and I am reluctant to throw away old projects. Plus it eventually became our junk room, and even junk needs to be sorted out. Once the room was emptied, we transformed the room by simply painting it. Sometimes I just get used to white walls, and a splash of color does wonders. Slowly we added the crib, blinds, and curtains. The room was finally coming together, which gave us the motivation to keep decorating and perfecting the space.

Negi's Nursery

Earlier in September, we transitioned E into his big boy bed. It was a smooth transition, and E loves his new bed, especially since we can join him in his sleepy slumber. I'm glad that I chose this crib three years ago because I still love it, and it works well in the room. 

Negi's Nursery

Knowing that I would be spending a lot of time in the rocking chair, I wanted to make the corner a extra little special for Baby O with picture frames of family and a colorful collage of Charley Harper images. I originally bought the ledges from Ikea with the intention of using them in E's room, but again my indecisiveness took over and I never found  the right spot for them. The Charley Harper images are actually from a memory game that I purchased on sale from Anthropologie last year. 

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The bookshelf holds a lot of E's old baby toys that he no longer plays with. E also has a huge collection of books, enough to share with his younger brother. Can't wait for Baby O to be old enough to pull the toys and books off the shelf! 

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The dressers were given to us by my sister, who had received them from her MIL. My original plan was to paint them for the guest room, but instead they just sat there for a year being neglected. Once I was pregnant with O, I knew that I wanted to put them to good use in the nursery. I was happy enough to simply paint them white, but after getting some inspiration from Young House Love, I decided on a white and gray combo. The credit all goes to H who spent many hours sanding them down, priming, painting, and adding an extra layer of protection with polycrylic. Plus he spray painted the hardware! 

 Negi's Nursery

Hoping that Baby O will love his room as much as we do! We haven't transitioned him into his room quite yet, but he might be ready soon. E still asks to go into baby brother's room to play with his toys and rediscover old books. I have a feeling we will be spending a lot of time together in Baby O's room. :)

Negi's Nursery

Crib: Baby Mod - Olivia / Mirror: Nate Berkus for Target / Map: Costco / Curtains: Threshold Window Panel from Target / Globe: Thrift Store / Lamps: Ikea - Arstid / Rocking Chair: Thrift Store / Photo Ledges: Ikea - Ribba / Picture Frames: Ikea - Ribba & Virserum / Collage: Charley Harper Memory Game / Bookcase: Ikea - Hemnes / Wastebasket - Simple Human / Area Rug: nuLOOM Rug

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Introducing Baby O!

Baby Oliver
Baby O
11.03.13 at 7:08 AM
6 lbs 0.6 oz, 19.5 inches

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!! This just so happens to be one of my favorite holidays of the year, and I cannot wait for our special day of trick-or-treat fun. We celebrated our first Halloween in our home four years ago, less than a month after moving in. I didn't exactly grow in a normal household, and my Halloween experience was pretty limited. Since owning our home, I have made sure to make the very best out of this holiday. Pumpkin carving -- check! Awesome candy -- check! Costumes... eh, I'm working on that one. 

Halloween 2010 
Totoro & Vampire Hello Kitty Pumpkins

E was 6 months old for his first Halloween adventure. Even though he was pretty young, he did enjoy watching trick-or-treaters come to our door. He was probably a little too busy learning how to use his walker to fully appreciate the kids dressed in costumes. 

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Fast forward a year later, and Little E at 18 months old was much more hands on with his Halloween experience. He was able to help me carve some pumpkins and loved dressing up as a lion. He was even more amazed when we left the house and visited our neighbors to ring their doorbells. The whole concept of ringing a doorbell to have someone answer with candy was beyond his comprehension. Luckily he wasn't too sure what was going in his basket, and we didn't let him know that the candy was edible. It was just another toy for him to play with in his pumpkin basket.

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With my due date only a week away, I'm really hoping that Negi stays inside just long enough so that I don't have to spend my Halloween at the hospital. I want to see E dress up in his giraffe costume (his costume of choice) and bring him to the houses on our street. I bet it will be even more exciting next year with two kids. Hehe.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Milburn Orchard - Fall 2013

I didn't realize how many places have become a tradition for us to visit in the past couple of years as a family. While I was pregnant with Little E, H and I started to go to our local orchard on Columbus Day. It's a holiday that H has off, and usually it's a low key day at the orchard, which is perfect for us. It puts us in the perfect fall mood and preps us for Halloween right around the corner. This year marks our fourth year, and each year our experience changes a bit to reflect our growing family.

It's hard for E to stay still, and in his usual fashion he was ready for lots of running, even before we left the house. He likes to be silly and run back and forth on the sidewalk. On days that we walk out to the field he likes to pretend that we're trains. He is usually Thomas, and I'm either Annie or Clarabel (Thomas' coaches). 

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This year we were welcomed by a huge crowd of families, which was surprising. Usually the orchard isn't too busy. Columbus Day isn't a common holiday for people to be off of work, and it's a Monday. I later concluded that many of the kids were on school field trips. The crowds made it more difficult to fully enjoy, but we tried to make the best out of it.

"How Tall This Fall?"

How tall this fall? Well it looks like E grew quite a bit since his very first visit. Hehe. While he wasn't enthusiastic about posing for photos, he is pretty good at standing back and letting us take a picture. Occasionally he will even say, "Cheese." If we're lucky, he'll even look at the camera. 

Surrounded by Pumpkins

Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins! While this orchard didn't have a pumpkin patch, they did have a lot of pumpkins to choose from. The first two years we purchased from them, but we have since decided to save our money and buy them from Trader Joe's. Charging by the pound can get really pricey. Buying two normal sized pumpkins and one mini one used to set us back $40+. Instead we spend $4 per pumpkin at Trader Joe's. We're considering going to an actual pumpkin patch next year just to experience it and see if there are any major differences. 

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Farm animals! Cows, chicken, smelly pigs, and goats were all on display, and E enjoyed looking at them but it didn't last long. His attention span was short, and he was immediately drawn to the open space around him. Can't blame him. He knows what he likes, and he just loves to use his legs and run.

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One big difference this year was the installation of tunnels in the big hill. I thought E would be afraid to go in the tunnel by himself since it's pretty long and very dark. He had a blast, and fear was the last thing on his mind. The tunnel made for some cool pictures as well. Some tunnels were narrow and others were big enough for adults to fit inside too. Very nice addition.

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With E being 2.5 years old this year, he was able to fully participate and go through the corn maze. It was fun figuring out which direction to go, and he had a great time running around. Occasionally we would bump into people, but they usually walked around us as we took our time around the maze. We made it all the way around to the finish point!

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Yes, we're one of those parents who makes their kid pose in front of cut outs. Our excuse? Tradition! E has grown so much over the years, and I will still make him pose behind the cut outs when he is a teenager. Okay he probably won't come with us anymore, but I'm holding onto some hope that he never grows up. 

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Can you tell E loves trains? Hehe. With so many kids around, it was actually really difficult for him to get adjusted and comfortable. He doesn't really know how to interact with kids, especially older ones who generally push around to get their way. He patiently waits his turn, and usually that means his turn doesn't come. Poor E. He actually did make his way to the wheel only to have a big kid take over. The big kid did apologize, but the damage was done and E backed away. E and H returned later to find that the wooden train was completely unoccupied. E had the time of his life! H's strategy was to protect E and sit with him inside. 

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We spent a good amount of time inside the orchard, and E was getting tired. I was ready to continue our day and run a few errands. We stumbled upon this horse, and E thought it was so cool that there was a blanket on top of the horse. It's the little details that amuse him. Hehe.

Milburn Orchard

To make us appear like crazy parents, we conquered going into the big city the day before. Talk about a jam packed weekend. We were running on very little sleep and a lot of adrenaline, which wore down by the end of the day.

Now I can't wait to see how our experience will change with a toddler and a baby next year. I'm sure it will be even more enjoyable. 

P.S. Check out some of our photos from previous years!

Last Year...

Surrounded by Pumpkins Milburn Orchard Inflatable Animals Are More Fun

The First Year...


 The Beginning...

  Showing Off Pumpkins!
{fall 2010}

Oh it doesn't stop there. We had our engagement pictures taken at the orchard a few months before...

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