Saturday, May 29, 2010

Mary Harper's Room

So yes, we have now been in our house nearly 9 months and I have still yet to "deliver" a decorated home.  :)  I just do not have that decorating bone in my body...I know what I like, but just need help putting it all together.  My friend Laura and I started on the process and we accomplished a lot.  Paint colors, kitchen chairs, bed, couch, chairs, end table, rug, etc...  But then I got sidetracked, could only buy so much at one time...AND then she moved away!  

But I had my first consultation with Lindsay from LDS Designs last week and we have a follow up meeting next week (not sure if LDS has a website but Lindsay's blog is  Lindsay used to design houses in Westhaven and now has her own company.  And she is going to help me get back on track with the nursery being one of our top priorities of course!
Here is what I am looking to do in the nursery.  Instead of it looking like someone threw up pink pepto bismol everwhere, I am leaning towards more neutral colors (taupes, tans, creams, browns, white, etc.)..with accents of pale light pink.  Here are some pictures of what we are trying to accomplish (we plan on doing the stripes like you see in the picture and the chocolate brown monogram too).
Here is another room that has the same kind of color scheme as I am wanting.  I think I like a little less "baby" and more just another room of the house...well as much as you can make a room with a crib, changing table and dirty diapers look like just another room of the house.  :)
Here are some of the key pieces I'd love to see in the nursery once it's all finished:

Fun chandelier and lamp

Girly acccessories

Monogrammed baby linens
Comfy glider and ottoman
Fun rug
Changing table and chest

Hopefully Lindsay can figure out the look I am going for based on these types of items and can help me find all of this to make a beautiful nursery for Mary Harper at a great price!  Will post pictures as we progress! :)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

There She Grows Again!

Happy Hump Bump Day!
Can't believe I am now 6 months pregnant!  Even though I have taken other bump shots along the way, this is the first one where I feel like I REALLY look pregnant so it's actually my favorite one so far!  I can tell such a huge difference since my last bump picture which was just 2 weeks ago so she must really be growing! 

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

24 Weeks: We're 60% of the way there!

Mary Harper is about a foot long (picture an ear of corn) and weighs about 1.5 pounds.  I love how my favorite websites are getting so truthful about what is to come:  "The last three months will only involve putting on a lot of weight thus making you uncomfortable and not as mobile as before".  Can't wait! :)

I feel her every single day and I love it!  She doesn't have enough space anymore to do somersaults and cartwheels since she is getting bigger so I get these small kicks from time to time.  It's so crazy watching my tummy move! 

Her face is complete now with the features well developed and in the right place though her eyes are still shut.  She is now just a thinner version of how she will look when born but she will start gaining more weight in the next three months (guess that makes two of us)!

I am having more trouble getting deep breaths - sometimes it is worse than others depending on how she is positioned.  It is so weird getting out of breath so easily!  And I can already tell the heat is going to affect me more than I ever thought it would since I normally LIVE for the hot months of summer. 

I am also experiencing heartburn for the first time.  I had to explain what I was feeling to Josh because I had never had it before!  I hear that if you have heartburn, it means the baby will have a head full of hair...and if she takes after me and her daddy, she will have a head full of CURLY hair! 

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

"A good name is more desirable than great riches."

Josh and I have finally agreed on our baby girl’s name and the winner is…….
Mary-Harper Brown

Josh’s grandmother (his mom’s mom) was Mary Louise and my great-grandmother was Mary Etta. My aunt is Mary Sue and of course I am Mary Kate! :) So she will join a long line of Mary “Somethings”!

Harper is a name that Josh and I actually both liked (who knew that would be so difficult!) and is also the author of one of my favorite books, To Kill A Mockingbird (by Harper Lee). The acceptance, courage and compassion in this book is what made it a favorite of mine…and accepting, courageous and compassionate are definitely characteristics we hope describe our daughter one day.

We will either call her Mary Harper (a double name like me which I’m leaning towards!) or just Harper. But regardless, I can finally start monogramming! :)


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

23 Weeks: We're 57.5% of the way there!

Our baby now weighs about as much as a large mango -- just over a pound -- and is more than 11 inches long.  Boy (or should I say Girl!) has this past week been fun!  Josh felt her move for the first time on Friday and I am feeling her move more and more regularly now.  I can even see my stomach move sometimes when she is squirming around and I find myself anxiously waiting for her to start moving around again after she's been still for a while.  Definitely one of the coolest weeks so far!   
My "What to Expect When You're Expecting" email sent to me tonight started off with this:  This week marks the beginning of some serious weight gain.


But her weight in the next four weeks alone should double so I guess I have no choice but to pack on more pounds.  And her timing couldn't be better...just in time for bathing suit season.  :) 

Double excellent.

Another website I usually read said something that cracked me up after describing some of the not so pleasant symptoms that come at 23 weeks:  The expectant mother must try and remain cheerful as this will help in having an enjoyable and safe pregnancy along with a healthy baby. 

Not sure why that cracked me up but it did!

I think for the most part, I have been very blessed and have sailed through the first 23 weeks of pregnancy.  I didn't even really feel pregnant for most of the 23 weeks but I definitely feel pregnant now!  I really can't believe that next week I will be 6 months pregnant!  It is starting to feel more "real" the closer I get to 40 weeks but luckily I'm not at the point where I'm getting scared about the actual birth yet! 

So for now, I'm just going to try and soak in every wonderful moment of being pregnant...and take full advantage of not having to suck in my gut at the beach this summer! 

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

22 Weeks: We're 55% of the way there!

Baby Brown is now at 11 inches (the size of a spaghetti squash) and weighs almost a pound!  She is starting to look like a miniature newborn - the only difference is that she is much thinner as there isn't much development of fat yet.  (Can't say the same for mom). 

She is growing at a steady pace, all organs in the baby's body are developing at a rapid rate and I am feeling her move around more and more.  What an awesome feeling! :)

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Happy Mother's ME?!

So another busy weekend and a very special day today!  Today I got to celebrate my very 1st Mother's Day!  I received two gift cards to my favorite place to be pampered, Serendipity!  It's hard to believe I am now 5 1/2 months pregnant and have just 3 1/2 months to go!

Friday, I spent the day handing out lunches and FEMA information to flood victims in Franklin.  What an awesome experience.  My favorite quote of the day was from a woman who had lost 75% of her belongings in the flood:  This has been a God thing from the start. He is everywhere in this community & I am so filled with joy. We don't need the media; we have each other. 

And then Saturday we made our annual appearance at Steeplechase!  Back to back horse weekends for us!  Unlike last Saturday, the weather was beautiful! :)

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

21 Weeks: We're 52.5% of the way there!

Our baby now weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long (the length of a carrot).  

Her skin, organs and central nervous system continue to develop and mature.  Her eyebrows and eyelids are fully developed and her fingernails cover her fingertips. She will be more active at this stage, as she still has lots of room to move around. I am definitely out of breath more often; this is caused by my uterus pushing against my diaphragm, leaving less space for my lungs.

The three of us had a big week this past weekend in Louisville at the Kentucky Derby.  It was one of the best events I have ever attended! 

The weather for the Oaks race was beautiful but we had interior box seats so even on Saturday when it rained we were not uncomfortable at all. 

We got to spend time on Millionaires Row and Turf Club, walk through the paddock, watch a few races "from the rail" and even attended the Governor's Derby Eve Gala at the Governor's mansion in Frankfort. 

KY Governor Steve Beshear

I picked Super Saver as one of my winners and even hit an exacta box with first and second place picks! 

Of course we had no idea what was happening back at home with all the rain (good thing too or I would have been worried sick)!  We tried to come home on Sunday but the rain wasn't letting up and we kept hearing so many reports of interstate closings.  So we headed across the river to Indiana and visited the Horseshoe Casino (where I gave back my winning horse bets)! 

We finally got home on Monday and after seeing video our neighbor took of the flood waters around our house, we feel very lucky to have escaped with minimum damage to our house.  We did get some water in the garage, in one of our cars that was outside (seen in the picture) and under the house but none inside thank goodness! 

Our biggest problem is our pool which is now a mud bath and we're afraid the liner may have floated. 

Other than that, our garage door is acting up, our landscaping was washed away and we still have some debris to clean up but we are feeling so lucky compared to what others are dealing with right now. 

Please remember to keep all the flood victims across the state in your prayers.  I am so proud of all of our communities as our residents are stepping up to help their neighbors and showing everyone why Tennessee is called the Volunteer State!