Monday, September 20, 2010

41 Weeks: We're 102.5% of the way there! Sigh...

Well the website I have been using for these updates stops at 40 weeks so I had to find my own picture of how big Mary Harper is becoming. :)  Of course she is not quite THAT big but some days it feels like it!  I go back on Tuesday to check my progress and if she's still enjoying her stay at Hotel Uterus, I will be induced sometime next week.  Apparently there is a full moon on Thursday so maybe that will be the night if she doesn't decide to come sooner!

I have been trying to be very patient but I am really becoming amazed at how many symptoms can come with pregnancy!  And can't believe I ever talked back or disrespected my own mom! :)  I always knew she "had brought me into this world and could take me out" but I never realized how much it took to get me here until now!  The past few weeks I have had a sharp pain in my thigh and butt and it makes my leg feel really weak like it's about to give out.  Apparently this fun new symptom is called sciatica.  (The sciatic nerve is a long nerve that runs from the lower back to the back of the legs and feet and the weight of the baby can cause it to become inflamed).  

But I am so grateful to be pregnant and so excited to become Mary Harper's mommy that when I get too uncomfortable I just try to remind myself that it will all be worth it once I finally have Mary Harper in my arms...WHICH SHOULD BE THIS WEEK!! :)

Monday, September 13, 2010

40 Weeks: We're 100% of the way where is she?!

So we of course can't tell for sure how big Mary Harper will be but the average newborn weighs about 7 1/2 pounds (the size of a small pumpkin) and is about 20 inches long. 

My actual due date is THIS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15!!  My doctor has told me that if she hasn't arrived by my due date, he would let me decide if I want to induce or if I want to wait it out.  He did advise that we only wait one week past my due date.  Part of me really likes the sound of having a set day and time to go in, being able to get ready and not having to make a mad rush to the hospital. But there are pros and cons to both I guess. So right now it's just a waiting game!  At my appointment today, my doctor today said he wants to see me again on Friday this week to see how I have progressed.  Depending on that visit, he said we could go ahead and induce this weekend if I wanted. 

Monday and Tuesday are officially my last two days at work until nearly February.  Josh even gets 6 weeks of PAID PATERNITY LEAVE (doesn't even count against vacation days or anything!)...crazy huh?  I doubt he'll actually take off all 6 weeks but I am very grateful we will be able to have so much quality time together as a new family. 

As far as my nesting, I am pleased with the progress we made and actually feel "nested out"...which is a good thing because Josh has me on a spending freeze.  :)  Our master bedroom and nursery turned out exactly the way I had envisioned them and I am content to take some time off before we start back on other rooms. 

My "to do list" is very small now and no big priority items remain.  It feels so great to have accomplished so much over the past few weeks/months to prepare for her arrival.  It feels really weird to look at our upcoming calendar and not have something planned for every day of the week.  The only thing we have scheduled is family time with our new baby girl!  It may be a great opportunity for us to slow down a bit...we'll see how long that lasts before I go stir crazy!

I can't believe this may be my last post before Mary Harper makes her debut!  Josh and I have been overwhelmed by the love and support we have received over the past 40 weeks.  This has been such a special time for us and you have made it even better. 

And once again, your thoughts and prayers are much appreciated as we await her arrival!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Possible Blog/Privacy Setting Changes

So with our little one's impending arrival, I am thinking about making this blog private.  I'm not even sure if there's anyone in blogland that actually reads my blog and I really use it more to document "life" for my own benefit.  But if you do actually read it and would still like to able to keep up with the Brown family from time to time, please either comment on this post, shoot me an email or message me on facebook with your email address. 

I believe your email address is the only information I need to give you access to it.  Anyway, still not sure if that is the route I am going to go...maybe I'm just being paranoid.  I know other friends post pictures of your kiddos on your blogs so it may not be a big deal. But I wanted to at least start gathering the information in case I do make it private once Mary Harper arrives.

Would love to hear other parent's thoughts on public vs. private blogs too if you have an opinion one way or another.  It's just something I've never really thought about before becoming a mommy! 

For those of you that do read it, I hope you will continue to do so even if it's no longer public.  I can't wait to finally introduce you to Mary Harper!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

39 Weeks: We're 97.5% of the way there!

Mary Harper is just ONE week away from her due date!!  It's likely she already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds, a mini watermelon.  My biggest achievement each day now is actually getting out of bed in the morning!  There have been times I thought I was going to have to call a towing company.  I now look at my feet and feel like I'm looking at someone else's body's so weird.  But I keep telling myself in just a little while I can start trying to get back to normal. 

I haven't really started worrying about the actual birth other than worrying that MH arrives safely and healthy.  Of course that may change when I actually start feeling REAL labor contractions for the first time!

Here are a few more maternity pictures from Katie Mosley Photography.  Is she not great?!  I never really thought I would want to capture this big ol' belly for all eternity but think she did a great job of capturing such a special moment for us. 

The picture below may be one of my favorites.  For those that know me well, they know that Miss Scarlett has been my dog-child for over 11 years now so she naturally will be Mary Harper's big sis!  She normally looks away and hates getting her picture made so I love how she is looking at the camera and even looks like she is smiling!
I can't believe I just have one more random veggie/fruit post of Mary Harper's size to make!  I'm starting to get a bit freaked out  excited about her arrival and would really appreciate your prayers this last week as we prepare to bring our precious baby girl into the world.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Nesting-mania! Decorating Reveal Pics!

I can't believe we have already been in our home for a year now!  When we first moved in, our goal was to decorate/renovate/etc...within a year.  A year later, I now realize that was a crazy an ambitious goal!  But it didn't take me long to step up the pace once I found out I was pregnant.  Nesting is an odd phenomenon.  So I don't know if we should call what we've been doing decorating or nesting but regardless, we finally have progress!

First, for the outside, we took out lots of trees in the back so we have more sun and less leaves around the pool (sorry, forgot to take back yard pictures).  We also had the outside of the house cleaned up landscaping wise.  I usually like to plant flowers but just didn't feel like it with the heat and inability to bend down well pregnant!  So I hope to have more color next year. 

I believe I first met with Lindsay of LDS Designs in May.  Our top priorities at the time were our bedroom, living room, kitchen and nursery.  Now we are only focusing on completing our bedroom and nursery and will start back on living room and kitchen after MH arrives. (Other rooms in the house to come later but I think the bonus room and sitting/wine room will be next in line!) 

Ever since moving into our home, I started saving pictures of how I wanted each room to look and then shared those with Lindsay so she could grasp the look I was trying to achieve.  I think you'll agree we were successful!

So for my first blog REVEAL, I will start with our bedroom!

Here is what our bedroom looked like when we moved in:
Here are some items I liked and "inspiration" pictures of what I wanted our bedroom to look like:

Here are some details of how we acheived our look. 

*Canopy Bed & Sisal Rug:  Pottery Barn
*Bedding:  Restoration Hardware, Ross
*Window panels & panels on canopy bed:  West Elm
*Mirrored bed side tables:  Z Gallerie
*Chifarobe: 1st piece of furniture my parents bought when they got married 44 years ago!
*Bed side lamps & bench at end of bed & curtain rod:  Marshall's
*Letter "B":  Ross
*Mirrored star burst: Hobby Lobby
*Cool linen chair:  Scarlett Scales Antiques in Franklin
*Dresser: MISSING - Still searching for the perfect one! :)

When I first found out I was pregant with a little girl, I decided I wanted the nursery to be more like part of the rest of the house and not use pepto pink everywhere.  You may recall this entry of what I was thinking for her nursery 3 months ago:

I wanted more neutral colors with light pink accents.  I also HATE "characters" like Cinderella, Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse, etc...or things like butterflies, fairies, etc...  So I knew what I didn't want.  I found the picture below on a website called and couldn't afford anything on that site.  But I still hung on to the picture and showed Lindsay at LDS Designs and we began to try and replicate for less!
My husband would say otherwise but we have really created her a beautiful nursery on a budget!  We did have a few splurges like the new carpet but everything else we really tried to keep affordable.  I would say 90% of the items came from TJ Maxx, Marshall's and Ross!
For instance, the monogram above cost $155!!  And I found the one we used on etsy for $26.  Anyway, I will post more details below on where we found what, but here are BEFORE pictures of the nursery:

 Here are some details of how we acheived our look.
*Crib:  My dad made this crib in 1998 for my oldest niece Camille.  Since then, all of my nieces and nephews (besides my new niece Naomi) used this crib.  There are walnut inserts that came from The Hermitage in Nashville that dad was able to buy when the tornado came through and knocked down a lot of trees there.
*Monogram and tutu: Etsy
*Bedside lamp:  Target (with added trim from the Fabric Store)
*Floor lamp:  Tuesday Morning
*Crib bedding by Glenna Jean:  Bed, Bath and Beyond (and 20% off)!
*Curtains:  Fabric from the fabric store, my mom made them and they are beautiful!
*Curtain rods:  Lowe's
*Nursery furniture and glider rocker:  USA Baby
*Dress form:  Pier One
*Baskets:  TJ Maxx
*Magnetic pink crystal accents on chandelier:  Hobby Lobby

Here is the one spot we are still waiting to fill.  My dad made Mary Harper a bookcase and it will go here this week once he brings it down.

Here is a picture he sent me of the bookcase (and a special message for her on the back):

Here are also pictures of the adjoining bathroom:
Once again, most everything came from Ross, TJ Maxx and Marshall's except for the AWESOME bench I found at Nadeau Furniture in Green Hills.

And finally, one last accomplishment.  Here is a before picture of the green runner on our staircase.
And here is the new staircase with updated carpet!  It is brown on brown zebra print!  Since it is all one color, it really is subtle but still fun!  This was actually used in an entire room in this year's Westhaven St. Jude house.

So there are a few items I can now check off my to do list!  It is amazing how much better a decorated house makes you feel.  I can't wait to start on other rooms but I think I will slow down once Mary Harper arrives.  And more importantly, until we can afford to start on any more rooms!  Even on a budget, things add up and I think I've pressed the boundaries of what Josh is going to let me spend for a few months!  But something tells me, I'm going to be too busy to care!