I'm nearly 37 weeks pregnant.
The nursery is complete.
Baby's first loads of laundry are washed. Car seat is installed.
All the major things have been checked off the list and moved to the "complete" section of my organizer.
What does all this mean? Take on another project, that's what!
While organizing in baby girl's room yesterday – nesting, if you will – a small issue popped back up. What to do with her many, many headbands. Really, this just was NOT working for me…
See, I opted for making headbands because I wasn't sure if she'd have a head full of hair or not. I searched Pinterest and seriously could not come up with a cute way to organize her headbands! Lots of ideas for bows and clips – not A LOT for headbands!
So, last night I searched through my crafting supplies, knowing I surely had something that I could make work. I purchased a really cute wooden craft frame from Michael's a few months ago. After I spotted that, and some leftover nursery fabric, I had a good feeling I could fix this horrible organization of baby's headbands ordeal.
Take a look…
So, here's the picture guided tutorial if you want to make one too!
- Wooden Craft Frame – any shape or size
- Fabric (I used leftover fabric – coral and white chevron by Premier Prints)
- Clothespins (I used 22 to complete my organizer)
- Hot Glue Gun
(sorry – the bump made it into several photos along the way. can't.even.help.it!)
Step 1: Remove the insides of your frame. The plastic/glass, paper insert, and backing. Fold down the black clips that would be used to hold the frame together. Line up your frame on your fabric – if it's a print like mine, be careful to get those lines straight!
I'm a little late posting about week 36 – I'm nearly 37 as I type this! But, during week 36 we celebrated Easter Sunday.
I already posted about my Easter decor here - so I'm going to cover how we celebrated, you know, 36 weeks pregnant and all!
Typically, we travel for every.single.holiday. It gets a bit exhausting! It's been especially exhausting while being pregnant and we've limited our trips to visit family. The whole packing for a few nights, driving, not being comfortable is just not really appealing to me right now! We originally intended on traveling for Easter weekend, but after a few doctor visits we decided it was the best decision for us to not travel and be hours away from our hospital and/or doctor.
All that being said, it was SO nice to take it easy on what typically is a busy holiday for us. The Hosp family came to our house, we had a simple breakfast/brunch at Cracker Barrel, and we took a drive later in the afternoon because the weather was amazing.
Another reason it was so awesome to stay here? We actually have a photo – of us together – standing on our front porch. Our own front porch on a major holiday. May not seem like a big deal to some, but I was loving it!
Looking large. Seriously. I don't realize my size until I see photos of myself…
On to my weekly update…
How far along? 36 weeks. I have no words for what it feels like to be 9 months pregnant. Part of me feels like it's went by really slowly – other half of me feels like it's just flown by. Either way, we are very excited to meet our little girl in just a few more weeks.
Baby Size: Baby girl is the size of a honeydew melon. Average size: 18-19ish inches, and could be between 4 and 6 pounds!
Symptoms: 9 months pregnant…I feel better than I ever expected. Sure, I totally lose my breath when I go up a flight of stairs, and it's not exactly comfortable to stand for a long time and cook/clean/etc – but all in all, I feel pretty normal!
Cravings/Aversions: Still no crazy cravings! No pickles/ice cream or other odd combinations!
Milestones/Events: This week was Easter, as mentioned above!
We had our 36 week appointment and ultrasound this week! I was VERY excited and anxious to see our baby just one more time before she makes her entrance into the world. Well…while it was very reassuring to see her development; we were not able to see any GREAT photos of her face. We do have one 3D image that shows her nose, but that is it. She's pretty low, and had her forearm over her mouth the entire durationg of the ultrasound. Oh, baby…we can't wait to meet you.
Baby girl's bassinet was finally delivered. I was so relieved to see this box show up on my doorstep! I ordered it twice – the first time it was backordered. I randomly checked Amazon one night and it was available! I was hesitant but ordered anyway. Thanks to our Prime membership, two days later this beauty showed up. The official put-together-er constructed the bassinet and it now has the perfect home. Can't wait to put little baby in it! For any wondering, it's the Babyletto Bowery Convertible Bassinet. When we remove the legs of the bassinet…it becomes a cute little toy box for all the toys I'm sure we will acquire. You know, legos, star wars figurines and stuffed animals, hopefully a baby doll….right, dad-to-be?
Baby's bassinet was the last major purchase we needed to make and I was very relieved to have received it and that it fits perfectly in the room!
Not sure if I mentioned it or not, but our nursery is completely…complete! That was another item checked off my list this week. I've had to make several lists just to make sure I'm accomplishing things that I really want to finish before baby arrives. I feel like she could just come anytime. I don't physically feel that different, but the realization is settling…we will be bringing a baby home in a month.
I started packing my hospital bag this week. I had a general idea of what I want to bring, but looked online for some helpful lists. Wow – the things that people bring! I'm really trying to limit the amount of things I carry in to avoid having to carry out a ton of things! I've picked out baby's coming home outfit – well, I've picked out two. I will be bringing both…:)
No major events…just really taking it pretty easy besides totally nesting. Pretty sure I was a nester before I was pregnant, though. Organizing, arranging, cleaning…
Development: Big deal this week? Baby is closer to being able to breathe on her own this week. Her skin is getting smoother. Circulatory and immune system, as well as her liver and kidneys, are in good working order.
Movement: Now that I know she's definitely head down (which is great!) I can really feel the bigger squirms higher and smaller movements lower. I already had a good feeling she had flipped and had noticed the difference in movements, but the ultrasound confirmed! She's still squirming all the time, though her big somersaulting movements have subsided. I still say it's amazing/crazy that a human is growing inside…and those movements are her. Craaa-zy.
This week was crazy weather-wise! The forecast was for our area to get 8-10 inches of snow. We didn't want to believe it, but my dear husband was very excited for the potential to use his new snow blower! After shoveling 7 inches of ice and snow a few weeks prior, a snow blower was a wonderful purchase!
Turns out…we ended up with 14 inches of snow at our house. It just.kept.snowing! Here's a look at the pro using his snow blower…
How far along? 35 weeks. My uterus is about 1,000 times it's original size. Craaaaazy.
Baby Size: Baby girl is the size of a coconut. Average size: 18-19ish inches, and could be between 4 and 6 pounds!
Symptoms: Yeah, about that swollen ankles and feet thing. Over it…
Cravings/Aversions: It's been awhile since I've had any strong aversions, but in general things just sound ok to me. Nothing sounds REALLY fantastic other than ice cream and candy. This is not typical me. Every once in awhile a big meal sounds good, but I've pretty much stuck with eating 5-6 small meals a day, mixed with lots of snacks!
Milestones/Events: This seems important to me….I washed baby's first load of laundry! All those little sleepers, onesies, muslin swaddles, tiny socks, little mittens….OH.MY.GOODNESS. Can't handle the cuteness.
I've been really taking it easy per doctor's orders so a few days this week I sat and made baby several headbands to match her newborn clothing. I figured I won't have much time to sit around, crafting up some cute accessories so I decided to take full advantage of being told to rest. I am so happy with how they turned out! (This is just a few of the many I made for her)
Development: Big deal this week? Baby's hearing is fully developed and she can hear high pitched sounds the best! Better get out the Lullabelly and play some tunes for her.
Movement: I told dad-to-be the other night that I think I will miss the feeling of our baby girl kicking around in womb. He was like "Are you serious?! Holding her will be way better." I guess that makes sense, too – for him, he hasn't been able to feel the feeling I can as she squirms around. Either way, she's great as squirming and stretching. I absolutely love it, and we can't wait to meet her. Only 5 weeks (or less!)
Search Etsy for floor pouf/floor cushion and you'll see some SUPER CUTE baby sized floor chairs made by some obviously SUPER TALENTED people. They range from $50-$100 and were not in the fabric print that would match baby girls' room!
Search West Elm, Land of Nod, Pottery Barn…again, some SUPER CUTE floor cushions, just not in my fabric choices…and I'll be honest, not really in my price range for something I'm unsure of how much it will be used!
Search Pinterest….find TONS of DIYs, tutorials, and step-by-steps of how to create one of these adorable floor cushions!
FIrst things first, I used an amazing tutorial that was super easy to follow.
I was entirely happy with the results. I have yet to find the perfect place in baby's nursery for it, but I have some time given it will be months before she can utilize this little floor cushion while reading books and playing with her toys. Yep, in my mind that's how I see things working out.
Like I said, follow that tutorial! But here are some photos I captured along the way…which isn't many because this little cushion came together SO FAST!
Baby Hosp had a pretty exciting week. Some good exciting, some not good exciting. I'll keep it light and we'll talk about the good exciting!
We had a special visit this week – my sister and her family came to visit and….baby girl made her first trip to American Girl (in womb, of course.)
My niece was just loving all the babies. The accessories, over priced tents, strollers, and car seats for the dolls, and just being surrounded by American Girl everything. At least we have a few years before our baby girl becomes interested in things like that…
After American Girl, we all joined Mr. Hosp's family and we had dinner at Red Robin. It was a great, but very long for this 34 week pregnant chick, day.
Also, thought I'd share a finishing touch I completed for one of baby hosp's projects…
How far along? 34 weeks. 6 to go…a month and a half until 40 weeks?! WOW.
Baby Size: Baby girl is the size of a butternut squash. Average size: 17-18ish inches, and could be between 4 and 6 pounds!
Symptoms: Um…well, my ankles were a little swollen and that was SO CUTE. Other than that, we are mostly doing good. All in all, this whole pregnancy has been smooth sailing and we are very thankful for that.
Cravings/Aversions: Nothing particular! Ice cream still does the trick. And I'm loving chocolate graham crackers and chocolate animal crackers. Yum! I'm not a chocolate person, but both the graham crackers and animal crackers have more of a cocoa taste. It's so good to me right now.
Milestones/Events: The nursery is MOSTLY complete! It feels SO good to have accomplished SO much in the past week. I've finished her quilt, a coordinating pillow for our glider, added a bookcase for baby's books and small toy basket, found a super amazing lamp, hung frames, and filled those frames with my husband's artwork. He chose most of it…I approved. Some will just NOT be surprised by his choices. We hope to share some photos soon!
I had my 34 week appointment this week. All was mostly good. We go back next week for another appointment, and I will be going weekly from here on out. It's reassuring that I have a great team of doctors. It truly is something to value!
The nursery is mostly complete as I mentioned, and I've started to further organize baby's things. See, first I do a rough organization…now it's getting more serious. I need lots of totes, baskets, drawer organizers, etc. I can't help myself! I love organizing!
I think I can even mention baby's first trip to American Girl with my sister and my niece as a milestone. :) Dad-to-be may be a bit nervous about this. Ha!
Development: Big deal this week? Baby can recognize and react to simple songs! How cute is that! Good thing I have the Lullabelly. Oh, baby girl's also urinating about a pint a day….UM. Ok!
Movement: Our little lady is active and we LOVE it. Enough said. I find if I'm quiet for awhile, typically before Mr. Hosp gets home from work, and I suddenly start a conversation with him, her movements are much stronger and more frequent. It's so amazing that she can react to our voices. I just can't get enough!
How far along? 33 weeks. 7 to go…
Baby Size: Baby girl is the size of a…durian fruit?!? Ok. Average size: 17-18ish inches, and could be between 4 and 6 pounds!
Symptoms: So far, so good! You know what's amazing? Sleeping on my side has become less and less of an issue as my belly is just too big to lay any other way! I can still get about 4 hours of consecutive sleep before I wake up, move around, and fall back to sleep. Can't complain!
Cravings/Aversions: Ummm….food. Just any and all food.
Milestones/Events: We had our last birthing class this week! Crazy, crazy, crazy. One couple didn't make it to our last class – they had their baby! That was a little shocking for us – things got real. REAL FAST.
No appointment this week, but I'm excited to go next week! It's funny, when I went every month…I was alright with it. Two weeks, at the beginning of those appointments, I was so happy to be going every two weeks. Now…BRING ON the weekly appointments!
I finally got everything organized from our baby shower. I haven't washed anything just quite yet – I'm holding off as long as I can! But, the linen closet has now become a baby/one shelf of linens closet. No complaints, though. I love looking in that close and seeing her baby wash, lotion, towels, wash cloths and other necessities we were given from our shower!
Next up is finishing some nursery projects! I can't wait to complete everything. Now that baby's things now have some organization going on, I can really focus on finishing the nursery!
Development: Big deal this week? Baby is keeping her eyes open while awake. She's also coordinating her breathing with swallowing and sucking. Her brain is continuing to develop, too!
Movement: She still seems to be kicking, squirming, moving just as frequent! I know as she gets bigger and has less room, this movement will feel different. More squirming, less kicking. Love the squirming…it seriously feels like she's just trying to get comfortable in there. I know that I will totally miss not feeling her move around…eyes on the prize, though. Once she's here it will be just as amazing.
I've caught up with my weekly pregnancy updates and thought I'd share a little progress on baby girl's nursery.
I've had the window treatments finished for quite some time now – and I've got pictures to prove it!
I guess I should first share the colors we've chosen for the nursery…
We're calling it coral. It's not pink – it's not red – and it's not orange. It's all three rolled into one color that we're loving right now.
(interested in the fabric? I'll link at the bottom of this post!)
On to the windows! Here's a look at the before and after…
This was one of those projects that started relatively small. You know, make some curtains, hang them on the existing rod. Done.
A lot of my projects start like that.
So how did I go from a boring window with a rod that I mistakingly hung 4 inches above the window frame to a window with back tabbed curtains AND a matching cornice? I'll attempt to share.
8 weeks to go. It's unbelieveable. That is just two months – if I go to 40 weeks! I anticipate that I will, but you never know! We are so busy preparing baby girl's nursery – we want it perfect for her arrival. Lots have commented that "you don't need a nursery" and "it doesn't matter if her bedding is finished." Well, it matters to us – a lot! We want to look back and remember this exciting time and think about what we chose to complete for her big day! That being said, I'm working overtime to finish absolutely everything I can and want to create for her.
How far along? 32 weeks. 8 to go….oh.my.GOODNESS.
Baby Size: Baby girl is the size of a squash! Average size: 16ish inches, and nearly 4 pounds!
Symptoms: I'm feeling good this week! I'm late writing this post, but from what I can recall I felt great! Sleeping is slightly irritating at times, but I'm still getting consecutive hours of sleep so I can't complain much about that!
Cravings/Aversions: Ice cream. Lots of it. Why not? Dad-to-be and I have been "sharing" ice cream. You can imagine how that goes!
Milestones/Events: We toured our birthing suites and they are AMAZING. Lots of great options. We are very pleased with our hospital choice!
My appointments have been going well! Heart rate is right around 154. I love going every two weeks. At the same time, I'm becoming anxious about my appointments starting to be weekly soon! It's a little overwhelming!
We had our baby shower this week! It was ABSOLUTELY wonderful. So many THOUGHTFUL, handmade, creative gifts. So many necessity items that we REALLY needed. So many outfits – Baby Hosp has a full closet of clothes! We are so thankful for the gifts we received BUT even more thankful for everyone who attended (around 60 people!!)! We are truly honored that so many were able to make it to our shower! I have lots of pictures thanks to a good friend – I just need to start uploading so I can share some!
Development: Big deal this week? This is crazy…but baby may be making her descent down to prepare for birth. I don't feel like she's lower, but I'm guessing I won't feel that for a couple more weeks.
Movement: I'm lovin' the kicks, punches, rolls, and squirms. Seriously! It's amazing that I can feel her all day and night. It's the best part about pregnancy! (in my opinion!) I love when I can feel – what feels like – her little body, and not just a hand or a foot. So exciting!
9 weeks to go. It's unbelieveable. The fact that we're now counting down with single digits is crazy in and of itself. We are so excited to meet our baby girl. She still doesn't have a name, but we're working on it.
How far along? 31 weeks. 9 to go….oh.my.GOSH.
Baby Size: Baby girl is the size of an pineapple! Average size: 16ish inches, and nearly 4 pounds!
Symptoms: My back. Oh, my aching back. Only when I stand for a long time in one position, though! Overall, I feel great for just about 8 months pregnant.
Cravings/Aversions: Nothing specific this week! I sometimes (frequently) take sips of dad-to-be's soda…lately it has been tasting SO GOOD. I've stayed away from any and all caffeine through my pregnancy – something that was REALLY important to me. But, I have given into those couple sips.
Milestones/Events: We are still continuing with our birthing classes! Our class was actually canceled this week due to some crazy weather we've been having lately! Class will resume next week and I'm excited to tour our birthing suites at our next class!
Several projects in Baby Hosp's nursery have been wrapped up lately. I REALLY need to do post a few photos and maybe a DIY!
My appointments have been going well! Heart rate is right around 154.
OUR FURNITURE IS IN!! I am so excited about this! When we ordered, we were looking at a delivery date of the VERY end of March. It initially made me so nervous to think about putting together a room in just 4 weeks. We will be setting up a delivery day soon!
Development: Big deal this week? All of baby's five senses are working! I'm partial…but I think that's pretty amazing. I can definitely tell that she will respond to the sound of my voice whether it be singing, having a conversation, etc. Her irises now react to light and she's going through major brain and nerve development.
Movement: I'm lovin' the kicks, punches, rolls, and squirms. Seriously! It's amazing that I can feel her all day and night. It's the best part about pregnancy! (in my opinion!)