Friday, January 28, 2011

The Nursery

I know some of you have asked, so here it is! The nursery.

Just a little note first... I decided to wait to make the Texas flag Pottery Barn painting until I know the gender. If the baby's a boy, I definitely want to still make it! But if it's a girl, I'm really loving our pink and green glider cushions, so I may mix in some more pink and green. And of course, with a boy, I would make new cushion covers for the glider. Either way, I have some more decorating to do! I do love projects!

Okay now for the photos. Here's the nursery, thus far.









And the closet...



Our baby already has quite the book and toy collection!

And as you can see, we have lots of rubber ducky pajamas! We even got four of one - but all in different sizes! You'd think our friends coordinated that! 
You can also see that others of our friends have guessed at the baby's gender... some pink, some blue. It makes it so fun!

Think we have enough diapers?




While I do plan to use cloth for the most part, I'm not going to attempt that the first little bit, hence all the disposables! We also have several smaller packages of different sizes - 1, 2, 3... not just newborn. Great for babysitters and running around town!

And here's our cloth diaper stash so far...


39 Weeks

Any day now! I'm hopeful.

Here are the latest photos!




Someone told me this week that I look like I'm going to explode. Naturally it was a man. I'm sure he was single. Thanks, bud. He asked if I was overdue. I told him next week, but thinking about it, I should have told him I'm due in May.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Mmmm Chai

Courtesy of Pioneer Woman

Since the baby will most likely decide to bake past his or her due date, I think I may need to find some things to do to entertain myself... one is make this delicious looking chai tea concentrate. Yuuuum! I'm not sure if it will end up being cheaper in the long run than the Tazo chai concentrate I buy at CostCo. I need to go price things out. But it's definitely worth trying! It's gotta be better for me than the boxed stuff!

Thanks, Nicole, for passing this recipe along!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

My Maternity Must-Haves

Jean inspired me with her list of maternity must-haves over summer, so here's mine! The winter edition...


and

Target's Up&Up Cocoa Butter

In an effort to avoid stretch marks, I've put on the cocoa butter after ever shower. It's basically replaced my old lotion, so I put it everywhere. And before bed each night, I have used Belli Oil, per Jean's recommendation. And I will say that the only place I have gotten a stretch mark (thus far... knock on wood) is the one place I did not use the oil! So put it everywhere - butt, thighs, tummy, love handles, chest... you name it! Wherever you are gaining weight, use it! Still, I think the cocoa butter has made any damage minor - and hopefully not permanent!

 Maternity low-rise jeans from Old Navy
I HIGHLY recommend these jeans, and they are only $34.50!
I have another pair of maternity jeans from Gap, and I hate them. Before I got extremely pregnant they were okay, but once I got bigger, the "low-rise" band, which comes up too high, began cutting into my stomach. Plus they are twice the price of the Old Navy jeans.

Mama J skinny jeans (aka J Brand maternity)
Before I my hips spread (Does that happen to everyone or just little mamas?) these were my absolute favorite! And the low-rise makes them ultra-comfy. Don't judge me for them being name brand. You know I'm thrifty... so naturally, they were on sale for 60% off! And I wore them daily until about 32 weeks. Post-baby, I might still wear them...

Black maternity leggings
These are great for under cotton dresses. It helped me to extend my warm weather wardrobe. They're also great to wear with tees around the house.

Black yoga pants from Gap
I bought two pairs, and I'm so glad I did. I live in these!
I totally lucked out this season with all of Gap's 40% off days and that Gap Groupon from the fall.


 Aladdin tumbler with straw
I put ice water with lemon in here and carry it with me daily - everywhere I go.

And a cute new pair of glasses with... don't laugh... transition lenses (The lenses are in gray, not brown, thank you very much.)
My eyes have been getting so dry because of pregnancy that I am loving wearing glasses over contacts. I never thought I'd say that. Still, driving around in glasses isn't practical because it's too sunny to go without sunglasses! So transition lenses it is!
It helps that my dad is an optometrist.


Other maternity must-haves:
White and black tanks to layer under tops
White and black long tees, again for layering
Cardigans - non-maternity are great
Empire waist (non-maternity) tops
Pashminas and jewelry, since I'm not buying much
Coat - I found a cute one at Old Navy for $25.
Zip-up or fleece
Cute flats, though once I got to about 34 weeks, I started wearing pretty much only tennis shoes, Uggs, and flat black boots (and the last pair pretty much just to church).

...Oh and I should add pen and paper to this list. I thought pregnancy brain was bad first trimester. Just wait. Apparently the last month or two is when it gets the worst... for me anyway. I have forgotten birthdays. I lost my debit card and my husband's health insurance card. I've forgotten thank you notes - which I never forget. I can't remember to call people back. I've left my dog outside without a collar and with the gate open far too many times. The list goes on. It's truly embarrassing.
I know there was something really terrible that I forgot the other day, but of course, I can't remember what it was. Ugh. It's beyond funny. It was funny the first few months of pregnancy. But now in the last stretch of pregnancy it's truly at the point of annoying. Mixed with the last trimester "Get this baby out of me" hormones, it's bad.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Cravings

Some of my cravings...




Chai tea lattes, preferably from Starbucks
Although I'm not sure this counts since I wanted them daily prior to pregnancy too.


Chickfila lemonade

 
 Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies... with milk chocolate chips, of course.
And since Cait asked, here's the recipe.


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Things I Am Tired of Hearing...

I have really loved being pregnant. Sure there are a few annoyances, but over all I can't complain. This baby is just such a gift from God! What is there to complain about?

That said, sometimes people still say things that are hurtful or just rude... I mean what are they thinking?? Here are a few I am tired of hearing.
  • In December, I got a lot of "When are you due?" And when I say February 4th, I got some sort of smirk and "Oh I thought you were for sure having a Christmas baby!" Really? Really? I'm thinking you've never seen a woman 9/10 months pregnant.
  • And thankfully I've only gotten two of these, but still two too many... "Are you sure you aren't having twins?" Seriously? Yes, I'm sure. Two things: 1. Do you see my size? I was 104 lb and almost 5'3" prior to this baby... where else do you think the baby should go? And 2. Surely it occurred to you that you just called me fat... thanks.
  • Or when I say we are waiting to find out the sex of the baby, I often get "That's fun! I'm too type-A to do that." This isn't offensive or rude, so don't think I'm saying that... It's just annoying. I'm way type-A, the typical first born child. I don't think us not finding out the gender has to do with personality type. I think it's just more that both Brendon and I have seen how special waiting to find out has been for some of our friends and family and wanted to experience that also. Plus as we always say, "If God wanted us to know, He would have told us." Don't worry - that's definitely said jokingly! I do respect that people want to know! I totally get wanting to do go all out in the baby room with pink or blue ...especially with the pink! I just get tired of hearing of the type-A thing as the reason.
I'm sure I could think of others, but these are the core three.

On the other hand, I did hear a very wise comment from a man one day... So I was chatting it up with a police officer. (No ticket involved... just a nice guy.) And he said, "When are you due? I learned long ago to never guess when a woman is due. It seemed to be offensive. So I always just ask." Smart man!

Okay moms or pregnant ladies, what were/are you tired of hearing??

Friday, January 14, 2011

37 Weeks: Our Little Watermelon

Today I'm officially 37 weeks, and our baby is a watermelon!


I'm definitely waddling... and feeling heavy! But I discovered a good trick for helping me sleep at night. I took a small pillow (about 12" x 16") and placed it under my tummy. Ever since then, I have slept much better!

Now that I am past 36 weeks, the baby can officially come whenever it wants! But my midwife says it will most likely come closer to February 4th, if not a little after. Perhaps in time to make a Superbowl debut? We may have a future football player or cheerleader in there! After all, it'd be a shame to miss all the fun in Dallas! I'm not sure our families would appreciate a February 6th appearance. Traffic in Dallas might be a little intense.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Dear Feet





Dear feet,

Please stay cute and skinny forever. Over Christmas you began to swell. After my initial panic, I began to prop you up each night and use Burt's Bees Mama Bee Leg and Foot Creme on you. I even got you a pedicure and a good rub.

If you swell too much, you might grow. And if you grow, I'll have to buy new shoes. I don't want that.

Since we've been back in Dallas, you've been good to me. I guess you had an adverse reaction to Houston.

Either way, I took these pictures to remember you by... and to compare you to, should you choose to swell on me. Please stay cute.

Thanks,
Ashleigh

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Christmas 2010 Recap

Our Christmas was wonderful!! I hope yours was also! Here are some pictures to show our eventful holiday! Lots of parents and family to see!

 Christmas Eve SMom and Wayne have a party, and Santa was there!
The first picture is of us with Santa. And the second is my brother-in-law, sister-in-law, and my new nephew Connor with Santa!



My step-brother Alex came up to me with a ball under his shirt and said, "Look! I look like you!"


Christmas morning, wearing our sisters pajamas


My dad got the baby a Denver Broncos jersey!


My dad loves to give scratch-off lottery tickets in our stockings. William won $7! I won $22! And Anabelle won none.


Christmas Dinner at Val's house


And of course, we made our rounds to each house over a period of several days. We took lots of pictures along the way - 380-something to be exact!! These are just the best! 

This might be our last Christmas in Houston for awhile, as we want to start our own traditions with our kids. But one of my favorite traditions we've done in my family is our Christmas Eve trip to the Galleria. It's great people watching, as shoppers scurry about to finish their shopping! Plus my dad gives us $100 that we have to spend in that two hours before lunch. Also a fun task! This year I made the most of my $100, as usual. Thriftiness! I bought...
  • The medium "Flutes and Pearls" Wilton Armetale serving tray. It was 40% off at Macy's! I love Wilton Armetale because all of the serving dishes are not only cute, but they can also go in the oven or freezer!

  • A white crossover short-sleeved maternity tee from Gap. (No picture) It was $5!
  • A star tee from Gap. $4! Their maternity sale items were an additional 40% off! This tee is so comfy and has quickly become a favorite. It already has a stain... in the works of getting it out. Fingers crossed! And by the way, it's way cuter on than in the picture... this woman looks sickly skinny for being a maternity model... just saying. For a better picture, see the Denver Broncos photo above... I'm wearing it!

  • A blush colored v-neck empire waist top. Not the color shown below, but you get the idea. I'm actually wearing it in the pictures above with Santa and with my step-brother.

I hope your Christmas was merry also!! What's your favorite Christmas tradition?