Sunday, September 14, 2008

Her first little hat

I finished Aubrey's first little hat last night. It's so teeny and I can't wait to see it on her.

First peek @ the nursery

Todd and I busted it out today. I was determined to get the nursery done today and we did. We got the 2nd coat of paint and touch-ups done. Then I put all the bedding on and we put the furniture in place. We then made a Target run to get the bookcase and new lamp. Todd put the bookcase together for me and hung the curtain rod and then I put the curtains up. And, whalah. Nursery done! Except for decorations. I am not as worried about getting those done right now, though. We are going to do her name above the crib and then some other various things, but I am just excited to have the biggest parts done.

Love my glider.

Her crib.

The bookcase and dresser.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Very productive today

Todd and I have been very busy today. We took all of the cardboard boxes from the furniture, glider, and my new computer to the recycling center. After running a few more errands, we came home and put the first coat of paint on the walls in Aubrey's room. It looks so good! We have borrowed Jimmy and Betty's camera, so I took a few pictures.

Todd at work.

We also went to the mall to run a few errands and went in Baby Gap for me to look at pants. I didn't really find anything for me so we stopped to look at the baby clothes. There were so many cute outfits in there and I could have bought all of them. I didn't buy anything because they were a little expensive for newborn clothes, but it did inspire me to come home and start working on her first hat. It's not quite done yet, but it's so cute and so tiny. Hopefully I can post a pic tomorrow.

A couple of days ago I also found my diaper bag. I had decided to get the Java Blue Vera Bradley diaper bag because that was my purse last year and I have tons of accessories to go with it. But I was on Facebook the other night and they added the new Spring 2009 colors to their page and I almost fell out of my chair. One of the new colors is called Purple Punch. It's black with purple flowers on it. I have been waiting on a purple Vera Bradley for the last 3 years so this was perfect timing. It matches her room so well so I can't wait to get it. Yes, I am excited about a bag. It doesn't take much.

Friday, September 12, 2008

My new love and new pregnancy complaint

Good news first. BRU called me Wednesday to tell me my new dresser was in. I asked if I could just pick it up when my glider came in and the lady told me to hold on. When she got back on the phone she told me the glider was in too! So, Dad, Jimmy, Todd and I went tonight to pick them up. This dresser looks so much better. No jacked up drawers. While they were unloading the dresser, I got to work putting my glider together. 4 easy screws and it was done. Man, I am in love with this glider. The fabric is so soft. And comfortable doesn't even begin to describe it and it's not even broken in yet. It reclines, too, which could be dangerous for me down the road because I can so see myself sleeping in it in the nursery. This is one of the most expensive pieces of furniture I have ever bought, but well worth every penny to me.

Now for the bad news. My belly has really popped out this week. Yay for looking really pregnant now, but boo for killing my back. My back is working so hard to compensate for the belly and it is killing me. I thought I was going to cry at the end of work today because it was so sore. I really hope it's not this painful for the rest of the pregnancy. I can't focus at work if I am hurting that much. I am doing Pilates and all the back exercises for pregnant women, so hopefully that will help strengthen all the muscles and ease this pain.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Before shots

We started working on Aubrey's nursery this weekend and getting it ready to paint. There were a ton of holes and dings in the wall, so I had my first lesson in spackling. We also put the crib together with minimal cussing and no fighting, so that was a major accomplishment.

Of course, I broke our camera at the beach, but I still wanted to get some shots of the room before we started the major stuff. So, I busted out the good ol' cell phone and snapped away. So, these are really crappy, but the point is to get an idea of the before, not the idea of the crappy picture.

Her busted dresser (see post below) and parts of the crib.

The wall and her closet.

The rest of her crib.

]Do you think I have enough sheets covering that crib?

Getting ready to paint

Whoo-hoo. Time to bring on the lavender paint and I can't wait! That will be this weekend's project.

Friday, September 5, 2008

20 weeks- Good doctor's visit, bad furniture

Well, Aubrey is officially halfway done gestating! I had my 20-week check up today and all is great. Her heartbeat sounded great and the nurse said she was moving a lot so she had a hard time keeping the doppler in one place to hear the heartbeat. Blood pressure was great at 120/78 and I was very happy about that. I met Dr. Vvong for the first time and I really liked her. She was very personable and actually chatted with me about how she got to feel her baby move for the first time. She said my 24-hour urine looked great and everything seemed to be right on target. She said at my next appointment they will be doing a Rh screening to see if I have developed any Rh antibodies and then I will get my first Rhogam shot at 28 weeks. Todd's blood type is A+ (Rh+) and mine is A- (Rh-). If Aubrey's blood is Rh+ and our blood mixes, I will be sensitized and my blood will make Rh antibodies (unless I've already developed them which is the reason for the screening at my next appointment). These antibodies will then attack an Rh positive baby's blood, causing it to breaking down the red blood cells of the baby and anemia will develop. In severe cases this hemolytic disease can cause illness, brain damage and even death. So, it's important that we prevent this, hence the Rhogam shot. Yay, fun, another shot. But, at least it is preventable. I'll also get another shot after she is born to prevent any future antibodies from developing. I also have to make sure if I get a blood transfusion, that they give me A- blood. Much fun.

I was pleasantly surprised when I got the call on the Thursday before Labor Day from BRU saying Aubrey's nursery furniture was in. Todd was out of town all weekend, so I took Dad, Jimmy and Betty with me to help me pick it up because as usual, I am impatient and wanted to see it right then. I asked the staff to let me see inside the box before we left and they acted like that was a hassle so we just brought it home. We unpacked the crib parts and everything looked pretty good there. But, when we unpacked the dresser, I was very upset. The drawers look like they aren't centered and the wood that holds them in was warped. So, the left side door will not close without rubbing the drawers, which I can see rubbing the finish off eventually. The furniture was made by Baby Italia, which is supposed to be one of the better brands so I couldn't believe they let that defect go to distribution. The directions in the box said if there was a problem, I had to contact the manufactor 1st before returning it. So, I emailed them and at first they just wanted to send me new doors and drawers. I told them I thought it was structural and not the drawers or doors, so I really didn't think it could be fixed. They agreed and told me to return it to BRU. So, I called BRU and they said they would order me another one and I could bring in the defective one to exchange it. So, that made me feel much better. Hopefully, Todd and I will be putting the crib together tomorrow because I can't wait to see it together. We still need to spackle some holes in the walls before we paint and I am also hoping that gets finished tomorrow. I really want to get this nursery finished soon before I get miserable.

BRU also called me today and let me know my glider was at the distribution center so I could order it. They took all the information over the phone and just like that it was ordered. They also have it on sale for 15% off so I got a pretty good deal. It should be here in the next 2 weeks and I can't wait to sit in it! This is a pic of what is looks like, except ours will have white microfiber instead of sage green. It is so comfortable.