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Nursery and a name

It’s funny how things are much more simple with baby #3.  Nurseries have also changed a lot since the other two.  I decided to skip the bedding set and theme this time.  They say not to use bumpers, a quilt, or pillow.  So what do you need…..a crib and a sheet.  I actually did go out and get a dust ruffle after we put the crib together…..Target clearance for $7!

The room that we are using was a guest room so we had a dresser and two night stands.  We passed the bed on to Tim’s sister.  Tim and I refinished the furniture right before we got married and used them in our first master bedroom.  There was a lot of blood, sweat, and tears (well, maybe not tears) that went into refinishing the furniture so I wanted to use it.  Then I saw a deal at Target for a free bassinet with crib purchase.  I really liked the crib but it only came in cherry and grey.  I knew cherry wouldn’t work with the rest of the furniture and I loved the grey but how could I get that to go with the walnut stain?  After perusing Pinterest, I decided we could go for rustic with grey and wood.

Tim installed the planked wall.  It was pretty easy to install but it was a little more costly than I had hoped (around $300 for the wood).   We painted a bookshelf that has been in all three nurseries (it’s been white, red, and now grey).  I kept our rocking chair to rock our grandchildren one day….little did I know.  My mom and I picked out fabric and covered the off white lamp shade.  I used the rest of the fabric and my little sewing skills to make the banner above the crib.  Janie, my sewing guru, was at a friend’s house when I sat down to sew so I had to learn how to tread the needle without her.  Luckily, they have the steps numbered on the sewing machine!

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Here’s a close up of the picture on the left.  It’s a free printable in a Goodwill frame!

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I saw a pallet sign on a friend’s Facebook page and I loved it (thanks Ashley).  Tim has access to lots of old pallets from work and I have a friend that was able to make the stencil for me.  We used paint that we already had so this was a free project.

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We are ready for a baby!  As you can see above, his name is Asa.  After lots of deliberation throwing out names and Tim vetoing most of them, he finally said yes to one.  So Asa Robert it is!


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Pregnancy update

I’ve never been pregnant and blogging at the same time so I thought I better do at least one of these.  I kept pregnancy books with kids and it’s fun to look back.

How far along:  14 weeks

Baby size:  A lemon this week

Total weight gain:  I just went to the doctor yesterday and I’m at 5lbs.  I gained 20lbs with my other two pregnancies.  I’m ahead of where I was with them this time.  I’m also AMA (advanced maternal age) so I hope that slower metabolism doesn’t work against me!

Sleep:  Good and lots of it!  I hit a wall each day in the late afternoon and often end up taking a nap after work.  Growing a baby is hard work!

Maternity clothes:  I’m wearing some maternity shirts because they are longer but my jeans still fit, so far.

Food cravings:  Carbs and ice cream…..no wonder I’ve gained 5lbs!  A fellow pregnant friend posted about loving honey toast.  It sounded good so that has become my go to breakfast.

Food aversions:  Meat

Symptoms:  Nausea and fatigue.  The nausea comes and goes but thankfully, I’ve never gotten sick.

Appointments:  The kids got to hear the heartbeat yesterday.  Nolan said, “That’s cool that he knows how to gallop!”  The next appointment will be an anatomy scan with the specialist, since I’m AMA.

Movement:  Not feeling any movement yet but I felt it at 15 weeks with Nolan so I expect it soon.

Gender:  Boy!  We found out with the Harmony test at 11 weeks.

What I miss:  Sushi and wine.

Nursery progress:  Target had a deal on a crib and bassinet so we have those.  I also bought a newborn to 3 month lot of clothing from one of those Facebook sites.  I think I have Tim talked into a planked wall behind the crib.  I’m excited for him to get started!


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Updates

Hello!  I can’t believe that I haven’t posted in two months.  I have some updates and one big one for you so stick with me!

  • Nolan’s baseball team won the 5/6 World Series!  That was pretty cool and he was excited.  They even got trophies!

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  • I sprained my ankle walking into the garage.  My ankle rolled and all my weight went onto the side of my foot.  Ouch!  It’s been two weeks and I’m still limping around.  My foot is pretty colorful.  I wish I had a better story!
  • We had our third and final placement was Safe Families.  The 3 year old was with us for 6 weeks.  She was a sweet little girl and we sure do miss her but she is back with her family so that’s a good thing!

Now for the big announcement…..I’m pregnant with a baby boy due in November!  We got involved with Safe Families because I felt like our family was not complete.  Looks like God agreed!  We picked up our last placement on a Monday and I found out I was pregnant that Saturday.  Janie was thrilled and cried tears of joy.  She can’t wait to have a baby around.  Nolan was not interested in becoming a big brother.  However, I think he’s come around a bit now that he knows it’s a boy.  We’re still a little shocked but very excited!


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A hard goodbye

We had to put our almost 13 year old boxer to sleep this week.  The life expectancy of a boxer is about 10 years so we saw this coming for awhile and I thought I was prepared but I wasn’t prepared at all.  It was so hard to say goodbye to Baxter.  He was one of the first things that Tim and I did together.  We got him the year before we got married so he was with us through one wedding, two homes, and two children.  His life changed dramatically when he became a brother, no more doggy daycare or visits to the PetSmart Santa.  He was a great with the kids and always watched out for them.  He was born before the digital age so this is a best I can do with his puppy pictures.

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It’s been a rough week!  Our memories of Baxter will live on and maybe one day we will be ready to add another four legged friend to the family.

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Custom vent hood

I can finally share our custom vent hood!  As I mentioned, our microwave died about 6 months ago.  I knew I didn’t want to replace it with another above stove microwave.  I had to sell Tim on the idea of a custom vent hood because let’s be honest, he would be the one doing all the work.  I can use a hammer to hang a picture but I don’t really trust myself with power tools and he doesn’t trust me with a paint brush.

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We removed the dead microwave and cabinet.  Then we purchased this range hood.  Tim built a box for it, did the trim work, and added the additional tile (the grout is still wet in the last picture).  Sounds so easy but it took a couple of weekends.  I just love the way it turned out!

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I’m not 100% happy with the items on the shelf.  I might be swapping them out.  A neighbor suggested hanging the clock in the frame.  I would love to hear your ideas!


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Winter Break

We left cold, icy Georgia last week for warm, sunny Arizona!

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We had a great time visiting family and the weather was awesome!  I also learned how to fly with a 5 year old.  Get two seats in a row and two more seats in the row behind it.  Then put Nolan in the seat behind Janie.  That way, she is the one that has to deal with tray table movement and kicking.  She’s much more forgiving than strangers!

We made a trip to Jerome, went to the Wildlife Zoo, and Cave Creek.

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We had a great time and love Arizona (in the winter)!


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What’s new

I wanted to pop in and say hello.  No big updates but I have a few little ones.

  • Tim and Janie attended their 5th father daughter dance.  The theme was Candyland so Janie was in heaven!  dsc_1508a
  • Nolan had baseball assessments and he’s an Angel this season.  Let’s hope he behaves like one too!
  • Janie is going to give swim team a shot.  She’s not a super strong swimmer yet so I think it will be great for her!
  • I read the Orphan Train and loved it.  I remember stories about my great grandpa being on the Orphan Train and the book really piqued my interest.  I called my grandma to get more information and she said they didn’t know much.  I did some research and have contacted the hospital that they think placed him on the Orphan Train.  We hope to get his birth certificate as well as some information on his birth parents and possible siblings.  It may take a few months to hear back but I’m really excited and hopeful that I can provide my grandma with some information on her father and his life before the Orphan Train.
  • We are still living without a microwave and surviving!  I think we actually have a plan in place to remove it and do something like this…..

That’s about all I’ve got for now!

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