Nursery Reveal

Our little man finally has a beautiful room to call his own. And we (finally!) after one year of living in our house with that bedroom door closed, have a bright beautiful room to light up our second floor hallway!

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The room is just as how I imagined it.

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The neutral tones are so calming and sweet. Did you notice the faux brick on the back wall? It’s one of my favorite parts to the room. Such a big impact for such a small amount of effort. This is simply brick paneling from Lowes painted white. I love it!

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Then there’s all the woodland touches. I couldn’t be happier with the collage over the dresser.

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Remember the wood slice wall art I made?

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We filled this little lamp with river rocks and couldn’t resist leaving these little knit booties on display!

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The bunny mobile over the crib is so delicate and whimsical, it’s like a piece of art.

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His little library is starting to take shape. These woodland board books are beautiful. I hope the little guy likes them as much as momma does.

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And this adorable fox from our nephew Zeke watches over the nursery.

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Little man is sure to be a stylish gentleman with an organized closet like this!

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Completing this room is a huge step toward welcoming our little kiddo into our home. If only he knew what it once looked like!

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Growing Old is Mandatory but Growing Up is Optional

Today I turn 31 and this year is bound to bring about the most drastic change in my life thus far and maybe for ever more. One could argue that turning 30 with a new house in a new town as a newlywed and taking on a new job was a pretty big year too- but I think parenthood trumps all.

It really does feel like a point of no return. This little man is about to steal a huge chunk of my heart, and time, and money, and youth, and energy- but would I have it any other way? No-sir-ee-bob.

There was never any question for me that I’d become a mother. I consider everything up to this point to have been preparation for The Motherhood. A long orientation teaching patience, courage, generosity, humility, and love strengthening me for the hardest, longest, and best job I’ll ever accept.

While I’m acutely aware of how hard it will be, I’m more struck by how honored I feel to be able to be a part of this exclusive club. It seems as though my generation is having more trouble than ever conceiving and I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy. Every day I walk around with a miracle inside me and though I make jokes about hellish heartburn or big boobs, there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t thank the universe for our healthy baby boy.

It’s also taken me until now to realize just how special birthdays are for parents. After all, all I did 31 years ago today was pop out and start breathing air. It was arguably a much more memorable day for my parents! I feel like when it’s someone’s birthday, we should really start sending a “Happy Birthday” card to the birthday boy/girl and a “Mozel Tov” card to their parents!

So thanks Mum & Dad for heading to the hospital 31 years ago and you know, all that stuff you’ve done since then.

If growing old is mandatory but growing up is optional, I’m feeling pretty good about turning 31. Having a baby is bound to make me feel old but it’s easy to stay young at heart having kids around. So happy birthday to me and to my little man, I can’t wait to have an even more important birth day this December.

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Week in Review | September 8-12

Helloooo? Anyone here?

Yeah, I’ve been neglecting you dear blog but… whatever, get over it! I’m pregnant! I have a million things to take care of before this little bundle comes bouncing into our lives. One big check mark off the list was my Baby Shower this past weekend. My Mum threw me the most beautiful ‘Welcome to the World’ shower complete with vintage maps, white linens, and my favorite Konditor Meister cupcakes!

It was the most beautiful day filled with wonderful people and the cutest gifts for the baby boy! There will be plenty of Baby Shower photos in the coming weeks as well as the big nursery reveal! So you just sit tight. I’ll be over here you know, just growing a human. No big deal.

 

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My Summer According to Instagram

It sure still feels like summer here in Boston. Holy heatwave Batman! But before we say goodbye to the summer of 2014, I thought I’d take a look back at my summer according to Instagram. And by the way- you can follow me on Instagram here.

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These are just a few of my memories of the summer but I have a feeling I won’t soon forget the last summer BC (before children). It all started with that first bumpdate pic. Why do women not know they’re skinny until they are bigger? Look at tiny little me and mini! Our trip to Florida meant we got to say hello to our new niece Sophia. But then June had us saying goodbye to another family member. Jared and I became godparents for the first time in July and Sophia got her first taste of Boston on a Duck Tour. I was counting down the days until that peaceful week on White Pond in August. Lots of lounging on the lake with the cousins… and eating, lots of eating! And that brings us to Labor Day weekend on the Cape with this cool dude of a nephew. Zeke and I passed on the seafood but the rest of the family seemed to enjoy it. That final bump on the beach pic shows just how much we’ve grown this summer… quite literally.

Hope your summer was just as memorable! Imagine what next summer will bring!

Week in Review | August 25-29

How was your week? Mine flew by in a haze of hormones. A particularly busy week at work paired with the end of our birthing class and a million minor annoyances had me wanting to burst into tears at any moment. In fact, the restroom at work has echoed with my pregnant sniffles more times than I care to admit this week.

Trust me, the rational side of my brain is delighted with all of the joys and blessings that I am currently experiencing and will experience in the coming year. It’s just the irrational pregnant side of my brain that turns a stolen parking spot at the grocery store by a skinny bitch in a Mercedes into “why does the universe hate me?!” It’s all pretty comical looking back, really.

Although I am feeling legitimate sadness over the end of our birthing class at MIT. Since day one of the class, I felt a strong connection to all of the women and our doula instructor. It was wonderful to share the experience with Jared and for him to hear other Dad’s stories in the class. Every Wednesday night I felt a true and sincere acceptance, empathy, and overwhelming sense of being nurtured and taken care of. I would go from just another pregnant person in the sea of procreation to being praised for enduring the incessant symptoms and celebrated for taking care of my body the best I knew how and the little body cooking within.

Although many of the couples in the class are MIT graduate students moving on to great academic and professional adventures around the world, there were a few fellow MIT employees in the class- two of whom live in Winthrop! I love that we were able to connect with this couple and will be able to share pregnancy stories, baby stories, and drop our kids off at the same school one day.

So needless to say, I was a distracted mess this week and did not delight in my favorite blogs. Instead of a blogosphere week in review, I hope you enjoyed my hormonal week in review above. Happy Labor Day weekend- which by the way, takes on a whole new meaning when you’re preparing to give birth.

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Week in Review | August 18-22

Happy Friday! What will you be doing this weekend? Relishing in the final days of Summer at the beach? Or considering this cool week our first peek at Fall and baking up some apple crisp? You know I can’t wait for Fall! Bring on the pumpkins! It doesn’t get any better than this! Fall always makes me feel lucky to live in New England. And perhaps it’s the smell of school supplies in the aisles of Target or my September birthday that always makes me feel like new beginnings rather than the near year-end.

Either way, I promise not to jump right into the pumpkin-filled Week in Reviews. I’ll do my best to hold out until after Labor Day… but it won’t be easy!

Here’s a look at what happened this week in the blogsphere- pumpkins excluded.

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  1. Life on Virginia Street recapped some fabulous posts from around the web. This minty desk makeover definitely caught my eye! Isn’t it darling?
  2. The gals at the Glitter Guide are saying so long to Summer with a Rose’ Garden Party. Oh wine, how I miss thee…
  3. Brittany Makes made her own CB2-style woven wrap bench this week. What a great DIY!
  4. Dana at House Tweaking tweaked an unused room to create this lovely nursery for her little one. Mixing quality wooden toys and natural elements with IKEA and Target finds- a woman after my own heart!
  5. Before the summer blooms fade, Cottage and Vine foraged some beautiful blossoms and assembled this wildly wonderful centerpiece. Check out her step by step instructions here.

Bumpdate | 23 Weeks

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HOW FAR ALONG: 23 weeks

BABY SIZE: Fruit and vegetable comparisons have been really odd lately. Like a carrot or bok choy could be a lot of different sizes! This week they’re saying he’s as big as a bunch of grapes. Again, very misleading so for you technical types- he’s 1.25 lbs and over a foot tall.

GENDER: Boy

WEIGHT GAIN: 16 lbs – hit a milestone on the scale. I’ve never in my life weighed this much and I’ve never been more excited to put on the pounds! Just means the little man’s growing!

WHAT TO WEAR: Almost exclusively maternity clothes at this point. And my bra size could make a porn star blush.

STRETCH MARKS: Um, yeah. Yeah, they’re there.

BELLY BUTTON: Interesting…

WEDDING RINGS: On

SLEEP: Still loving every minute of sleep although exclusively side sleeping takes a toll on my hips even with the ridiculous pillow formations perched between my knees or behind my back.

MOVEMENT: Tons! He definitely makes his presence known whether flipping around and around or with his tiny kicks that get more powerful by the day.

MISSING: Never thought I’d say it but… renovating! Our nursery revamp is well underway thanks to Jared and my Dad but some nights I’d just love to be able to just grab a paint brush and take matters into my own hands!

CRAVINGS: Still loving fruit every day and lots of water. Lately I’ve had one odd craving for gummy things- starbursts, sour gummies, fruit chews. I try to not indulge too much because of all the sugar but man! Sometimes Momma needs a Blue Razmatazz Sour Straw in the worst way! Seriously salivating just thinking about it!

SYMPTOMS: Not much. Feeling pretty good lately! Though large. Good but large.

HUSBAND: The best ever. In one night alone the man had to run back to the Mexican restaurant because I burst into tears when my vegetarian enchilada had meat in it and then he had to console me as I sobbed uncontrollably over the death of a fictional character on a TV show. Yeah, he’s a good egg.

FAVORITE MOMENT THIS WEEK: Our vacation at the lake was pretty fabulous and I loved spending hours in the sun rubbing and watching my belly. But I’d have to say seeing Jared feel our baby kick for the first time was pretty thrilling. He gave him a good couple whacks to say, “hey hello there Dad!”

 

Unplugging

Hello.

I’m signing off for a little while. Not long. Just enough time to truly unplug and enjoy some real summertime.

I’ve been spinning for a couple weeks busy at work, prepping for my baby shower, shopping for the nursery, and overall being exhausted at how much there is to do before the little man arrives. I’m very much looking forward to shutting it all down, soaking in the sun by the most serene little lake, spending time with family, and most importantly being still and calm and rested for this bump of mine.

He’s making his presence known everyday. Moving and kicking about. Sometimes I feel like he’s watching over me- bringing me back to reality with a little kick when I’m stressing over something trivial. It’s a little “everything’s fine momma. I’m in here cooking and that’s all that matters.”

So farewell for now. I hope you take some time to unplug as well. Enjoy this summer!

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Week in Review | July 28-August 1

It’s August! Wow! Hope everyone is enjoying their summer.

We’ll be fitting in one last relaxing vacation BB (before baby) this month. I’m super excited to spend a week on a lake, swimming and sunning, not caring how round I am in a bathing suit because I’ll be with my fabulous family.

And speaking of family, today is going to be another different kind of ‘Week in Review’ because I’m dedicating it to my superstar cousin Rachel who is one week away from completing a cross country bike tour with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. Rachel’s been blogging too and I’ve spent my summer forgoing design blogs to read Rachel’s adventures every morning. You can check out her adventures here: http://rachelrides4k.wordpress.com/ or take a look at some of my favorite photos of hers below.

Finish strong Rachie!

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  1. Day one of the 70-day trek started with a send-off ceremony in Baltimore, Maryland. Rachel along with the four other teams that will make their way to the Pacific Ocean dipped their back tires into the Atlantic Ocean. They’ll dip the front tire in the Pacific next week!
  2. Riding up to 100 miles a day, many bikers dedicate their days to a loved one. On day one, Rachel dedicated her ride to her Dad, John DeFronzo.
  3. Niagara Falls, Mount Rushmore, National & State Parks, and even the Corn Palace in South Dakota! Rachel and her team biked through 13 states and saw some of the countries finest landmarks and vistas.
  4. There were rest days, sick days, and “the hunt for food donations” days but my favorite pics were ones like these of Rachel (the gorgeous redhead) being silly with her teammates. I think we all have life changing experiences that bond us with people and teach us more than we could ever read in a book – and I know that this summer is one that Rachel will never forget. Life is like a bike pedal, they can push you down but you’ll always come back up! We’re so so proud of you Rachie! See you soon!

Week in Review | July 21-25

Another super busy week flying by without time to pour over my beloved blogs! Remember the days of sipping coffee and perusing lovely post after post before I even had to tackle an email? Now it’s all work, work, baby stuff, work, baby stuff. But it’s fabulous so I’ll try not to complain. I just hope you all forgive the lack of proper “Week in Reviews” around here.

Today, I’ll leave you with some happy nursery art. There will always be a special place in my heart for Dr. Seuss and I think this quote is fantastic for a nursery, dorm room, or corner office!

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