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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

She is here...

I am beyond happy to announce that our daughter is here! It took me a little over two weeks since her arrival to get this post published, which is just a little indicator of how we've been adjusting :) But she is here and she is wonderful - we're completely in love and completely exhausted all at the same time. Everyone is healthy and doing great and I will be back in this space soon with more pictures and details...thank you all so much for your well wishes over the past few weeks!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Nursery

As of yesterday it is finally finished, and I am so happy with how it turned out. We got a late start on this little room mainly just because of all we had been through to get to this point. I had a lot of mixed emotions (mainly anxiety) about actually starting to create a space for our girl because I was still so nervous that something might go wrong. So we slowly pieced things together over the last few months and it is now officially my favorite room in the house.

Aside from being really excited to actually use the space, I adore this room because of all the love and little details that went into creating it. My Mom made the crib bumper by hand, the husband built the bookshelves, the bench, the foot stool and he was the mastermind in charge of the stripes (there might have been some swearing involved with that project). I made the mobile, some of the artwork and the pillows. My Dad cut custom mats for the frames and my Mom also made the curtains. The frames that the bunny pictures are hanging in were actually from the photobooth at our wedding, and the little silver picture frame above the dresser was a gift from when I was born, engraved with my birth statistics. The "love" pillow was a housewarming gift from when we first moved in together and even though you can't see it because her name is still a secret (much to my family's dismay) the ends of the bookshelves are monogrammed with baby's initial, in the same font as our wedding stationery. Even the stuffed pig has a special meaning between Brad and I, dating back to our first Valentine's Day together (in 1999...yikes).

*Edited to add: the paint colors we used were Martha Stewart "Heavy Goose" color matched in Olympic Low-VOC paint, and Olympic Low-VOC "Delicate White."*

I am officially 39 weeks pregnant tomorrow and more excited than ever to meet our girl. The waiting really does start to mess with you a little towards the end but I keep reminding myself to cherish the last few days of having her all to myself. I can't wait to see her face, to get to know her and I absolutely can't wait to be her Mommy...it's been a long time coming. I will be back soon with all the details of her arrival!

And of course, this one is still hanging around. She loves the rug in the nursery because it's soft and there is a window nearby just her height. She planted herself here the entire time I was taking pictures...

Monday, August 8, 2011

Nursery Preview

There is one more tiny project being installed tomorrow, and then the nursery will be complete. It's not a very big room but it has quickly become my favorite space in the house. I'll be back soon with all the rest of the pictures, but for now I am still here and still very pregnant!

Thursday, June 23, 2011


So much to share with all of you and discuss, and when I actually have some time to blog getting off the couch and getting my camera seems like such a daunting task! So until I can get it together I'll post some of the things I've bookmarked to share with you over the last few months. Have you seen these adorable totes from Fabric & Handle? I am something of a tote bag junkie (much to the horror of the husband) and would love one of these to add to the collection. The handles snap off so you can wash the bag, which is genius!

P.S. Are you on Pinterest? I am addicted! Let me know your username so I can see what you're all busy pinning...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


So, I took a bit of a break from blogging. Life has been busy and exciting in the best possible way and I needed to step back and absorb it all for awhile. We've moved to North Carolina, into a lovely little yellow house on a hill. I work from home full-time now, which is fabulous. There has been a lot of decorating, unpacking, arranging and....nesting. The day after we unloaded the moving van in our new home we found out I was pregnant! I am just a smidge over a week away from the third trimester, and am finally feeling enough like myself to take a step back into this world.

The reason for my hesitation in talking about our little munchkin is complicated. Part of it is that I was insanely sick until about week 20 - it was a life altering, I don't know if I'll be able to get out of bed tomorrow, type of sick. But also, it took us a long time to get this far. I've never been in a place to talk about it publicly but feel I have a responsibility to say so now. We struggled with infertility for almost two years before we got pregnant with our little girl. There were losses, pain, and a lot of heartache. I remember each time I would read a pregnancy announcement on a blog I would feel that familiar ache, so in case there is anyone else in that position reading this post know that you aren't alone. I am not sure I'll ever be ready to share the specifics of our journey but it was time for me to be honest about where we've been, and how we got here.

So, there you have it. I am slowly returning to this space and am extremely excited for all that the future holds! Thank you so much to everyone who emailed to ask if I was alright...I truly appreciate the concern and am happy to be back.

{Image from the talented Hannah Mayo}