Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Nursery: Part One - Design & Planning

Unlike the last room that I gave a makeover, this room doesn't have any particularly terrible features that are driving me to fix it up. Instead, the drive to overhaul this room comes from what I'm attributing to my nesting urge. This is going to be a moderately long post, so you might want to settle in with a small cup of coffee.

I spent a lot of time looking over those cutesy bedding sets before I knew Peanut was a girl. I'd been hoping to find something neutral and adorable. There was nothing that struck my fancy though. Everything seems too polarized to people who know the sex of their baby. Plus, the overwhelmingly purple and pink sets were just too much for me. Disheartened by the lack of adorable and neutral bedding, I decided to peruse the nursery design ideas on Houzz. I noticed the wall decal trend was pretty popular, so I headed over to Etsy to have a look around.
Cherry Blossoms and Pandas by
Surface Inspired
As soon as I saw that decal, I knew that I had to have it. I also wanted half of the cherry blossoms to be dark blue with the other half light blue, similar to the cherry blossoms at the bottom of this. The decal gave me the perfect idea for a theme. I could take what we had done for our wedding and twist it to make it cute and nursery appropriate, which means cherry blossoms, pandas and squirrels. I'm not huge into the whole Pinterest thing, but I've been using a board to collect all my thoughts and ideas as find them. I definitely have a pretty thorough vision in my head about what the final product should look like and I'm excited to get it there.

Now that I have the vision, it's planning time! I've broken it down into stages that make sense to me and are organized enough to keep up a series of posts.
  • Basic room work
    • I'm still on my crusade against the crappy baseboard trim (ugh, it's so bad) so replacing that is a must. The casing trim isn't as bad so I think with a combination of sanding, wood filler and deglosser it can be left and repainted.
    • Prepping, painting and basic room setup
  • Furniture
    • I've got a tentative room layout but don't have any of the furniture yet.
    • Obviously it's hard to represent, but I intend to have the rocking chair angled from that corner into the room. It's not going to face out the doorway.
  • Closet Organization
    • The room isn't big enough to get a real dresser and still have it feel open and uncluttere, so I'm going to be installing some wire shelving in the closet. It's adjustable so it'll be able to grow with the kiddo.
  • Decor Details a.k.a the finishing touches!
    • I'm planning on making my own curtains and a slip cover for the rocking chair and foot stool I've chosen.

I've definitely got a few more minor pieces of things I want to do on my list, but they don't really fit into the series of posts specifically for the nursery. They'll probably just end up being their own individual ones.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


About three months ago, I had the opportunity to join a new project at a different facility doing completely different (but still software) work. It was intimidating at first, leaving everything I'd known for seven years behind but I got over it. I've got a lot more self-confidence than I did when I started my career seven years ago. The new tasks they have me working on are interesting and going to work in the morning is much less of a chore when you enjoy what you're doing.

On Wednesday last week, I was deep in concentration, attempting to solve a problem that required a directory name to be prefixed to an object's name in a makefile. I had 16 different browser tabs open, my earbuds in and my Amazon Prime Dubstep station cranked. All perfectly conducive to cranking out a solution in under an hour.  I'd just finished adding my last change to the file when Peanut decided to remind me she was still there.

She had to have wound up for that kick because she's still pretty small and it takes a lot of force for me to really feel her doing her ninja workout in there. She clocked me so hard that I actually jumped (easily startled much?) and completely lost my focus.

I guess this parenting thing starts early.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Growing Peanut: 5 months

The four weeks between my previous appointment and my appointment this past Monday were excruciating. They felt longer than the time between my positive test and my first appointment. And that was 7 full weeks! It was even worse than waiting for Christmas morning as a little kid because it had been 8 weeks since I'd last seen Peanut on an ultrasound and I wanted to know how things were going in there. First thing of interest, Peanut is a girl! The tech measured all of her little bones and organs (which are perfectly normal, yay!) and she's weighed about 10 oz on Monday.

The tech had no problems measuring all the little Peanut parts but when it came time for to get a side profile shot, she was not agreeable. She kept putting her arms in front of her face and turning her head just slightly away. Clearly my aversion (and Eric's) to cameras is genetic.

This is the best of the four I brought home:
Look at that little face!
Impatience aside, I've entered a pretty calm time in my pregnancy. Most, really all, of my first trimester discomforts are gone and none of the third trimester ones have reared their ugly heads yet. Sure, I get a little bit of pain in my round ligaments on occasion but it's not nearly as bad as the back pain I dealt with last summer. I'm currently counting myself as a lucky person to feel this comfortable. Stairs are still rough but I'm just going to keep using them since I feel like I'm going to need to learn to have some endurance for my growing belly.

Let's move onto the 5 month selfie. Oh what fun! I took this one in the morning so I look barely awake and have puffy eyelids.
Yep, definitely heading into the looking pregnant stage.
At this point, I've also resolved that I give approximately zero poops about what my weight is currently. I'm eating reasonably and Peanut's growing well in there. If it's a problem, I'm sure it'll come up at a prenatal appointment but until it does, I'm just going to trust my body to do it's own thing.

Previous Peanut Posts:
Week 13 (First Trimester Recap)
4 Months