Monday, September 1, 2014

Nursery Project {Closet Dividers}

Happy Labor Day! You wouldn't believe how many labor jokes and references you hear when you are pregnant during this holiday. It cracks me up. So I figured it was only fitting to share something somewhat labor/pregnancy related today, but let's be honest I have not posted anything other than these topics for months now.

One of the first projects I started on for Aiden's nursery were these closet dividers. They were cheap and simple and something I knew I could do in one sitting even before I had the rest of the nursery planned out. I was also itching to hang up some of the adorable outfits in the closet and knew I needed a way to be organized.

What you'll need:
-6 Closet Dividers (I got mine at the Container store for 99 cents each)
-Scrapbook paper (1-2 sheets)
-Scissors
-Pencil
-Mod Podge
//Start by gathering your supplies and picking out paper you want to use as your background.
//Then turn the paper over so it is blank side up and trace the inner part of the closet divider. I found this more difficult than some of the tutorials I saw. If you can't simply trace the inside of the closet divider just trace the whole thing and then go back and trim the excess paper or fold down when you use the Mod Podge towards the end.
//Cut out your paper and fit it to the closet divider. I used stickers to label each one so make sure to put those on before Mod Podge-ing as well.
//Add a coat or two of Mod Podge folding down any excess paper as you go.  Allow each one to dry completely before attempting to use.
//Hang closet dividers on a closet bar and use them to organize your adorable baby clothes!

I ended up using the following labels for my dividers, but feel free to use the ones you think you will actually use: New Born, 0-3, 3-6, 6-12, 12-18, 18-24

Happy organizing!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Pregnancy Files {The Bump Week 31}

Best moment this week: This week has been a whirlwind so please excuse my doctor's office selfie as my 31 week bump picture that is really me at the beginning of 32 weeks, oops. I actually like it because it captures so much of what pregnancy is...living in between the moments of doctor's visits, praying everything is growing at the right pace, smiling so big when you hear your baby's heartbeat. So the best moment of my week was lying on the bed in the doctor's office and listening to Aiden's heartbeat then hearing the doctor say that everything is looking great and right on track!

Food cravings: I've eaten more Chinese take out the last two weeks than ever before. Someone please stop me. 

Movement: He's been moving around a lot and when I set things on my stomach they won't stay there any more as he has been kicking them off. So funny. He is also hiccuping daily. I love it.


Symptoms: Things like putting my shoes on, picking things up off the floor and sitting upright for long periods of time comfortably are getting more and more difficult especially since some part of Aiden is camped out under my rib cage. We went to a movie the other night and I just could not sit still. I kept having to change positions to try and get comfortable. 

Nursery: This week we finally got around to doing a few more things in the nursery. We got take out Friday night and took it back to the house then it was operation Aiden's room. Drew hung up a new clothing rod in the closet, mounted curtain tie backs, we hung our mobile and I washed and sorted a bunch of baby clothes! It is so fun and surreal to see baby clothes in our washer. So tiny and adorable!!

Prayer for Baby:
Dear Aiden,
I always look forward to hearing your heartbeat at each doctor's appointment. It is such an incredible sound and it makes me so happy to hear!! 9 more weeks until we get to see you and feel your heartbeat ourselves. Your Dad is coaching his first football game this week and I can't wait to go and watch. We can't wait to see what kinds of things you are interested in!!
Love,
Your Mama

Dear Lord,
This week has been a busy one. I'm trying to make time slow down by soaking up every moment of this pregnancy. This week I have a few people on my heart to pray for. Specifically couples who are struggling to conceive and want it so badly. I'm thankful everyday for Aiden growing inside me, but I know it is not an easy journey for everyone. Help comfort those couples who are trying, give them wisdom and patience and most importantly help them to trust in your perfect timing and your plan for their lives and for their family. Thank you for knowing and caring about every detail of our lives.
Amen. 

1 Peter 1:6
"Be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead."
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Things I don't want to forget...

There are so many sweet moments that come and go during a pregnancy. Time is going so incredibly fast and then there's that thing called pregnancy brain so here are some things I don't want to forget...

//How hard Drew worked stripping paint & refinishing old furniture that belonged to his Dad for Aiden's nursery
//Picking out the accent wall color and putting on the first coat
//Putting together our crib and mini table and chair set
//Sharing in the joys of pregnancy with dear friends

//A sweet blog friend who showed up to our date bearing baby gifts and great advice
//How excited I was to get my Snoogle in the mail
//A dear friend who helped me register
//How much Sawyer loves hanging out in Aiden's room
//My first shower thrown by my old coworkers
//Special visits from my sweet cousins
//Knowing I have people praying regularly for me and Aiden

And how incredibly loved I feel every day by my friends, family, coworkers and sweet baby boy as he kicks and punches my insides...haha. I truly have loved almost every second of this pregnancy! Less than 10 week to go!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Pregnancy Files {The Bump Week 30}

Best moment this week: Hands down the best moment of the week was my shower. My sweet sister in laws threw me the best shower. I felt so loved and Aiden is already one spoiled boy.

Food cravings: Sweets? Yes please.

Movement:  He is moving around quite a bit as he gets bigger and bigger. He is a whopping 3 pounds right now. Crazy.

Symptoms: My poor back...it hurts...all the time. It's getting harder and harder to feel comfortable sitting or laying down.

Nursery: I now have all my wall decor thanks to my very talented sister in law who painted them for me. I have been rearranging them like crazy and plan to hang them with her this weekend. Once the walls aren't so bare I feel like it will really start to feel like a baby could actually move right in.

Prayer for Baby:
Dear Aiden,
You are one loved little boy already! Your Aunts threw a party for you and me this weekend and it was absolutely over the top. They had all the guests fill out a "Wishes for Aiden" paper and I loved filling it out and thinking about all the things I hope you grow to love about yourself and this world. You are already so loved and so many people just can't wait to meet you!

Love,
Your Mama

Dear Lord,
I'm so thankful for such amazing support. This pregnancy has shown me how truly loved I am. I know Aiden will have such a strong support system when he gets here and that is such a blessing. Help me to continue counting my blessings as I get more and more tired and uncomfortable these last few months.
Amen. 

Colossians 3:14
"And over all these virtues put on LOVE which binds them all together in perfect unity."
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Rocking a Muumuu like my Mom...

I remember a few months back reading the book Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy and laughing hysterically when she was talking about her strong desire to wear a muumuu. You get to the point in your pregnancy when you just want to be super comfortable, hence her wanting a muumuu. I was looking at some pictures recently of my mom when she was pregnant with me. She could rock a muumuu I tell ya...
So when eShakti contacted me about reviewing a dress I picked the most muumuu like dress I could find because it just sounded fantastic. I received my dress in in the mail, added a skinny belt and wore it out that night. It is the most comfortable dress ever especially for a pregnant gal.
The material is breathable, the pattern and detailing is fun and makes me feel like my mom totally could have worn this dress when she was pregnant with me. My other favorite thing about this dress is that it has pockets. Who doesn't love a dress with pockets?

eShakti does a great job customizing orders. I requested the length of the dress be knee length, which was longer than the actual dress shown on their website and I love how it turned out.
 So here's the question of the day...would you rock a muumuu?

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While I did receive this dress for free, all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Woodland Shower | The cutest baby shower ever

This weekend my sister in laws threw me the most amazing baby shower ever. I can not even put into words how much it meant to me. They put their hearts into every decoration, every recipe, every game...I am so blessed.
The weather the day of my shower was absolutely perfect. My shower was at Drew's family cabin on the river which was the perfect setting since the theme was woodsy. My sister in law, Carly painted every adorable woodsy creature you can imagine to use not only as decoration, but also for me to use in my nursery. Win, win. Here are a few pictures from the cutest shower I ever did see...
Aiden has the best Aunts ever and is already so well loved!