I realized that I haven't really shared any pregnancy updates for this little guy, so I thought I'd post a little update here about this pregnancy before he arrives in a few short weeks.
This pregnancy has been 100% different than my pregnancy with Parker. Not only did we conceive naturally, but everything has gone so smoothly at each appointment, too. I am so grateful for this amazing blessing. At this point in my pregnancy with Parker, I was on a modified bedrest for preterm labor symptoms and was being so carefully watched and monitored. It was so nice to see P on the ultrasounds every week, sometimes multiple times a week, and this time around, I have only had three ultrasounds total - two in early pregnancy and the anatomy scan. It is so weird not seeing baby frequently, but I just need to trust that this is how most pregnancies are monitored and have faith that all will be just fine with this little guy when he arrives. I will say that it was hard being absolutely exhausted for a lot of this pregnancy and having a very busy toddler to chase after. Thank goodness for nap time - I took full advantage of that. One similarity I have had between the pregnancies is an irritable uterus. Basically that means you get a lot of the practice contractions. Starting in the end of the second trimester in both pregnancies, I was/am constantly getting braxton hicks contractions when I up and moving around, which is most of the day. The only thing that stops them are when I sit down and take it easy, which is hard for me to do. So I've been trying to just slow down for these last few weeks and get rest, but the third trimester insomnia is no joke. Sleeping has become pretty challenging these days. I pee all the time and it's hard to get comfy.
A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS
Since we are having another boy, I luckily haven't had to buy too many things, just do lots and lots of laundry! And I forgot how good Dreft smells. Baby's nursery smells so good everytime I walk in there. I did buy a few things though and here are some of the things I went for...
I haven't really made any progress on the boys' rooms yet. I keep toggling back and forth on whether or not I want to move Parker or keep him in his room, so until I decide on that I can't really start the design process in either space. Although I finally feel inspired and think I have a good idea of what I want to do once we figure out which lil guy is going where. For now, P is going to stay in his nursery (I plan to keep him in that crib for as long as possible! he's so busy!) and baby will be in our room, but all of baby's things are in the room that I think we will eventually move Parker to. I guess we will have to see how it all shakes out once he's here.
The one thing we are struggling with so bad right now is the name! Todd and I love different names and can't seem to agree on one. Each of our favorite names is not well liked by the other. So... we will see how that turns out! I am being so so picky. Everything I hear is fine, but not something I love. I am hoping I hear a name that I just fall in love with in the next few weeks, but I have been waiting for that to happen for the last 34 weeks and it hasn't so far, fingers crossed!
RANDOM THINGS ABOUT THIS PREGNANCY
I can't wait to meet our little guy in just a little over 5 weeks. It's so crazy, but I honestly feel like I forgot so much from the first days and weeks with Parker because it just flies by so quickly. I'm sure everything will come back to us and we'll know just what to do when baby arrives. I really hope that I can nurse him and avoid having to do the exclusive pumping that I did with Parker for a year. I am a little bit nervous for how the transition will go for the whole family, especially Parker, but I know that it'll just take a little bit of time to find our new sense of normal as a family of four and once we do, it'll be wonderful. I can't wait to see these little guys become best buddies as they get older, it's going to be so fun!
I've posted some home pictures lately on my Instagram page, but wanted to include them here on my blog and link some of the most popular products that I get questions on!
Mini Chandelier Pendants
Gold & Marble Tray
Scalloped Pie Dishes
Plush Pumpkins - Target dollar bins, wheat grasses - cut from my garden
I wanted to share the final pumpkin floral arrangement I made here, too! I just loved how it turned out for this special mama who just had her sweet baby girl!
This year for our outdoor fall decor I've decided to keep a neutral theme (shocking, right!?) - using lots of white and sage green pumpkins & gourds along with white mums and eucalyptus. I found a really pretty pin on Pinterest that I also shared on my Instagram page - that had white stacked pumpkins and the prettiest overflowing eucalyptus, so I decided to try and recreate that for my urns by the garage. I saved a "How To" series on my IG story on my Fall Highlights if you're interested! The one thing I would do differently next year...not spray painting the pumpkins. It would save a ton of time and the white got ultra white, and against our home it all just kind of blends together, so I think I'd keep them more natural looking next time - or try for sage green stacks of pumpkins. I bought fresh eucalyptus from Trader Joes for only $2.99 a bundle (I bought 10 total), which was such a good deal, you can get the pumpkins/gourds there, too!
Our giant white mums are from Tonkadale - I'd definitely recommend going there to check out their fall decor if you are local to the Minneapolis area, such cute stuff and beautiful mums. While you're there you can pick up your bulbs for spring, too! I just planted all of mine and can't wait to see them pop up in the springtime - that is, if I can keep the rabbits away!
Front doors: Marvin Integrity 8' french doors,
Paint Color - Fine Paints of Europe - The Guggenheim Collection, Gallery Colors GO40
Outdoor Lighting: Hanging pendant, Sconces
Front Door Mat
Front Door Hardware
It is so fun being able to dress to show off your bump once you've popped, but I really hate spending money on maternity clothes since there's such a limited time that you wear them for. This pregnancy I don't think I have bought any maternity clothes, I've reused a few things from my pregnancy with Parker, but have mostly found cute basics that work for dressing the bump and are non-maternity so they'll work afterward too.
I'm a pretty basic dresser - I love white, gray, black - basic tees, a comfy dress and athleisure. Below are some of my favorite styles, all of which I own and am currently wearing. A lot of these are great transition pieces to fall, too - you can throw a sweater on over the dresses and pair it with a pair of booties.
1 - Striped tie dress (so soft and comfy!) - you can see me wearing it below. | 2- Oversized boyfriend sweater in cashmere | 3- Striped dress with ruffle sleeves (also can see me wearing below.) - ON SALE! | 4- Turtleneck swing dress | 5 - The perfect sweater blazer for layering | 6- long boyfriend style T that goes with everything | 7 - Wunder Under crops - they are high waisted and I wear them almost every day! | 8 - Gray t-shirt dress with tie |
9 - The softest joggers in the whole world.
This dress is #1 above and is so so comfortable!
I love to organize and make things look pretty and decided to make some updates to my pantry and to my spice jars. I was so happy when I discovered these hand lettered spice jars from A & Co Mercantile, they were the perfect way to make my custom spice rack look pretty & organized, while reflecting my personal style, too. I love how they look so much I almost want to display them on a turntable in my pantry so people can see them. You can find similar jars for a little less here, too.
I've been wanting to organize my pantry for so long, and finally found some products that were inexpensive enough to tackle the project. I was surprised at how expensive it can be to buy turntables, storage containers, bins, etc. If you've been reading my blog for awhile now, you can probably tell that I love bright & airy spaces, and my pantry was no exception, so when I found these white crates I knew they were perfect. I am still on the hunt for the perfect labels to put on all of the crates and will share that info once I find "the ones". All of the products I've used are linked below!
Oversized storage bins - I have another one of these in my pantry, too for donations. There are always foods I am trying with Parker that he doesn't like so instead of tossing them I put them in a donation bin, and when it's full I donate it all.
I love displaying the pasta in clear containers so I can see all of the different noodle types I have on hand.
I love using turntables to display jarred products and grouped them together by category - this one is for Asian style foods.
I grouped each crate by day part of food type - this one for example is all breakfast foods - pancakes, oatmeal, hot cereal, etc.
Use mason jars to display straws or flatware.
MONEY SAVING TIP
If you have vases on hand, use your shorter vases to display dry goods like granola bars and fruit snacks.
Glass drink dispenser
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Hi! I'm Lindsay, a new mama to our little boy, Parker. I started my blog as a way to channel my creativity and document our life happenings. From the pretty, styled shots to the real, raw experiences, too, like our journey to start our family. I love to share about my faith, my personal style for interior decorating, holidays and entertaining & for our little guy. too. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your support. XO