Friday, August 31, 2012

Gaining Pregnancy Weight

I have a hard time verbalizing my feelings, which is why I prefer to write them down. Being pregnant has been easy for me but sometimes my hormones seem to intensify my emotions. I feel my emotions much more strongly than ever before, which makes it challenging to control them and properly evaluate them. Like today for example. Crying at your desk makes you look like a nut job. I have had a lot on my mind recently, but I have not felt comfortable talking about this with anyone, because I didn’t think that people would understand and I didn't want to hear that it's because I'm pregnant. I would still have worries without a baby in my tummy and other life "issues". As a result of bottling up my emotions, I have been unhappy and angry with myself.

Each woman faces her own unique challenges and struggles during pregnancy. The hardest part about pregnancy for me is gaining weight. I have worked so hard to get rid of some of the extra weight on my body. Losing 30 pounds took a lot of work. I spent hours working out and I monitored every bite of food I consumed. I was okay with doing that. I loved feeling better and looking better. Every minute of it was worth it.

This week has been hard! I've ate too many sweets and goodies, which has more than likely caused me to gain more than what my baby needed in one week. I have been feeling guilty and ashamed of those poor food choices. I keep thinking I do not want to hit the 200 pound mark. Yes, I just put that in print. I'm not a small girl. I might be short, but I got lots to love. As of our last OB appointment, I was at 178 pounds at week 29.

My goal for this weekend is to reign myself in again. I want to choose healthy and nutritious foods that are good for both my baby and me. I want to say no to sweets and junk food, which is hard. Just because I am pregnant people think I should be able to eat whatever I want. I believed in this at first, especially for the 5 weeks that I was queasy and experiencing evening sickness. What baby wanted, baby got, mostly because nothing else sounded good to eat.

As you can see, I’ve been so discouraged and frustrated with my weight and the choices this past week.

I received a weekly email that provides suggestions to what I can pray for each week for my baby. Here is the prayer I read:


Dear Lord, as my baby continues to grow, I pray that she will gain the right amount of weight, including the healthy amount of body fat. Help me to eat in a healthy way and exercise on a regular basis so I don't put my baby in jeopardy of having diabetes or other obesity-related health issues. Give me the strength to avoid junk foods and excessive sugar and fat.

Lord, help me to concentrate on good health and not become obsessed with body weight and body image. I know my self-worth comes from You, and not from the way I look. Please help me with that, and help me pass on to my child only good attitudes about her appearance and her weight. Protect my child from eating disorders and a poor self-image.

Empower us, as a family, to live a healthy lifestyle. Empower us to be good testimonies of Your love, forgiveness and life-changing power. I pray that we would shine from an inner glow of Your Holy Spirit, and that it would attract people to You.

Dear God, please continue to bless and guide my baby's development. I thank You for Your love and protection.

Wow! This is exactly what I’ve been struggling with all week long! It is important that I make healthy choices for myself and my child, however it is not worth it to beat myself up over gaining more weight than I wanted to. I had forgotten to remember that my identity is not found in my ability to maintain my weight. My identity will be showcased in the child I bring into this world and raise with James. And as long as I can honestly say I did the best I could while pregnant and providing for Connor, then who cares what the scale says? Because in the end, Connor will be here. We will be parents and even better, living out the life God has planned. Plus size and all.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Perfection

32 weeks. You know what that means - we are only 2 months away from our due date and one step closer to holding our baby boy in our arms and sharing him with our friends and family.

It felt at times that this day would never come. Friends, family and our doctors try to prepare us for the third trimester and the final weeks with loving yet honest advice. You are told that you will feel huge, exhausted and that the heartburn and backaches will be attacking in full force. Not to mention, CANKLES! However, no matter how many times I'm warned about the "famous" third trimester, it seems so far away. Now, I'm 4 weeks in and I'm waiting for the pain, the discomfort and the dreaded cankles with welcoming arms.

Because it's all worth it. I would do it over and over again as long as in the end I get to meet our little boy. This little human that has totally taken over my ever wakening moment.

One thing I didn't expect was what mixed emotions I would have about the end of my pregnancy. If feels like this journey just began and yet, it's slowly coming to an end. It's terrifying and thrilling all at the same time. In just a short 57 days, we are going to be a family of 10. I'm going to be a stay at home Mom and James is going to give his heart to a little boy, someone he is going to love more than me, I'm sure. And someone I don't mind sharing my husband's heart with. One that I've been loving whole heartedly since the day I found out we were pregnant.

I can hardly wait to see what he looks like, to feel him snuggle against me, even to do the things like bathe him, dress him and bring him home for the first time. I am eager to see how James interacts with Connor. James is going to be an amazing father and the love I have for him is only going to multiply as I watch him care and provide for our son, our family.

I want to push fast forward AND pause at the same time. I want to take this moment and freeze it in time. I want Connor to know he is loved beyond measure and that every moment over the last 32 weeks were perfect. Just like him.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Epic Fail

So yesterday... the biggest EPIC fail in my pregnancy occurred. Seriously! I had scheduled a 3D/4D ultrasound. I invited my parents, brothers (one who drove in from IL to visit and see Connor), James' brother, his fiance and our niece and nephew. I was so excited.

I wanted to get a better look of Connor and maybe even see who he resembles. At our 20 week ultrasound, he was facing my back so we were unable to get a good look at his face. 11 weeks later, I hoped we could see a little more.

Wrong.

After 45 minutes, all we knew was that Connor has a nice big foot (thanks, Hubster) and he has some hair on his head. But.... that. was. it!

Connor is now head down, facing my back/spine. We couldn't get a picture or view of anything other than his backside. My boy has a nice spine! ;) But again... he is laying in the wrong position for photos.

All I am asking for is a glimpse of his face! That isn't asking for too much, right?? So now, we are going back on Sept. 10th. I hope that by then he has moved a little so we are able to get a better look at him. And if not, I guess I just have to wait for his birthday to see my Little Mister.

Dear Connor,
           Being stubborn like your Daddy and Mom Mom won't get you very far with me. Momma loves you and wants to see a little more of you. Do me a favor and give me what I want and I will buy you a pony!
Love,
        Momma

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Shannon's Mommyisms

Shannon over at From Match to Marriage has provided me with some amazing!!! Mom advice. There are lots of great suggestions listed below; many I didn't even think to consider. Make sure you check out Shannon's blog - she keeps it real and has the cutest little boy, Hunter.
 
-Don't waste money buying too many newborn outfits and diapers, they outgrow them super fast, especially if you have a big baby to start with. It's easier to put them in clothes that are too big than too small.
 
-Once they start having a lot of blowouts it's usually the sign you need to go up a size in diapers.
 
-I also have stopped buying too many clothes in the bigger sizes for when he's older because he's been growing so fast that he's already outgrown a lot of the clothes I had bought for him to wear this fall/winter. By the time the weather cools down they will be too small. Until you know how big and fast he's going to grow you may not want to buy too many seasonal outfits in larger sizes.
 
-I recommend the sleepers with the zippers as opposed to the snaps. It's a pain in the ass to have to deal with a bunch of snaps during the middle of the night diaper changes.
 
-Don't feel bad about sending the baby to the nursery in the hospital for a few hours or even to spend the night so you can get some rest. They will bring him to you for any feedings if you plan to try to breastfeed and it's important to rest while you can (especially if you end up with a Csection). We had Hunter in our room that first night and I was so sick and in so much pain from the surgery I couldn't really do much and Kristian didn't really know how to take care of him yet so we didn't get much sleep that night. Take advantage of the nurses help while you're there. You will still have plenty of time to bond with him.
 
-Don't load up any one kind of bottle or pacifier until you know what Connor's preference is. Hunter has never been particular but I know lots of babies can be.
 
-I recommend the Halo sleepsacks for swaddling as opposed to swaddle blankets. I could never get the blankets tight enough and he started to break out of them early on. The sleepsacks are great and easy to use.
 
-I also recommend some kind of sound machine for wherever he's going to be sleeping. Something that has some kind of white noise/ocean waves/rain etc. Ours has been a godsend.
 
-If you do plan on breastfeeding him learn to nurse laying down, I wish I had learned it sooner, it makes it so much easier in the middle of the night.
 
-One thing that has calmed Hunter down when he's fussy ever since birth is Reggae music, works like a charm. Maybe something to try, can't guarantee it will work for Connor but you never know :)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Katie's Mommy Advice

I am so excited to share with you Katie's words of Mommy wisdom. You can find more about Katie over at Our Happily Ever After. She is a new Mommy to the cutest little girl Jaqs - the name along is adorable. Thanks Katie for sharing some of your wisdom with me and the other ladies!
I guess the one thing I wish I would have been a little more informed about was baby reflux since we were in the grips of it for several weeks and everyone kept acting like I was overreacting about "normal baby fussiness." UM NO! Just because you're a new mom doesn't mean you don't know shit, okay? My baby is 100% better after being on reflux meds! You hear it all the time, but truly, TRUST YOURSELF!
As far as baby gear goes, the 'must-haves' we are easily doing without would be a changing table, wipes warmer, bottle sanitizers, and a baby bath-tub.
Also, we had Jaqs in the room with us for maybe 2 nights until we put her in the crib. Best decision we ever made as far as sleep goes. You don't hear EVERY little sound, and you don't have to worry about waking up the baby. And as a bonus, there's no transition later! In my opinion, as long as you have a monitor everything will be fine :)
P.S. - Katie used the word shit... I think this is the first time I have ever "heard" her cuss so you KNOW she means business!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Jenn's Letter to Connor and I

There are a few people that I follow in blog world or who follow me that I actually know. You know, they are real people that I see face to face and not just through posts and Instagram. One of those people is my dear cousin, Jenn. Jenn is a few years (5, cough, cough) younger than me but the closest thing I had to a sister growing up. She is just the neatest person! And one of the few family members I really like. When I asked for some parenting advice last week, Jenn wrote me this heartfelt letter. I will forever cherish her words:
 Dearest Mrs. Cox,

I am so excited for you to welcome Connor into this world! You do know that as stay-at-home Mommy’s, we’re going to have to have a ‘mom’ club that meets at least once a week, right? Any who, since you asked for it, I thought I would offer a little bit of advice.

For one, don’t waste your money on a lot of things. I know you’ve already had your shower and I’m sure that you got lots of goodies. You probably don’t need a whole lot more. My most treasured items when Henry was born was my boppy pillow (not the one that is enclosed, just get the regular one, it’s all you REALLY need), burp rags, blankets and of course, lots of diapers and wipes. 

Two things that I had that I found out were completely useless? The diaper genie and the wipes warmer. Sure, they’re great in theory, but they are pretty much pointless. The diaper genie fills up way too fast, and while Connor is tiny it might be nice, but once his diapers get bigger (and fuller) you’ll be trying to shove huge diapers in a tiny hole and changing the liner ALL THE TIME. It will get way expensive, way fast. The wipe warmer works and all, but the wipes get cold within a few seconds of being out of the thing so unless you’re moving extremely fast, that wipe is going to be cold no matter what. So just skip those two items; put them back on the shelf and just walk away.

I know you’re going to hear this a million times, but I’m going to say it anyway. If you do anything, cherish every little second you have with Connor while he’s small. Keep your camera charged and close by to capture those moments you don’t want to forget and write it all down if you can. If you think 9 months go fast, a year with a baby will go so much faster and when you blink and realize that your baby isn’t a baby anymore (but instead his legs are as long as his entire body was when he was born) you’ll wish you had all those little moments backs.

One more thing - time will never replace any toy. I know that you’re going to be a great mother, in fact, you already are. But read to Connor, get down on the floor with him and talk to him, cuddle him and just enjoy being with him at every chance you get. One day he’ll prefer his toys over you but until he does, enjoy him enjoying you. 

There are going to be tough days and nights - days where you are exhausted and feel like just handing him to someone else for awhile and nights where he wants nothing more than you to rock him all night long. Blink back a few tears, cuddle him closer and just remember that you are his Mommy and no one means more to him than you.

I love you and I can’t wait to meet your little boy,
Jenn
To learn more about Jenn, her adorable family and maybe even make a friend, visit Jenn's blog:  These Ripples and Waves

Monday, August 20, 2012

Kristen's Words of Wisdom

Last week, I asked my Mommy friends to help educate me in all that is baby (you know, my future and full time job in 2 months). Kristen, who rocks, I seriously have a weird cyber crush on her, has a post up giving me the 411 on all that is baby. You can see her full list over at FNS but here are some of the ones I appreciate the most:

**You can't possible begin to fathom how much sleep you will lose. And now matter how much you are determined to not change your life "just because of a baby", you will. And you'll be glad to. You made the little miniature human. Well you, your Husband or Baby Daddy, and likely a bottle of cheap champagne and a foot rub.

**Colic is real. And it's an asshole.  And there's no cure for it. Gripe Water is bullshit in my opinion and no amount of gas drops help calm the crazies. However, if you do find yourself with a colic-y child, I recommend the biggest bottle of wine and a Xanax (kidding. kinda).

**Don't ever throw a pacifier into the mouth of a non screaming infant. Breaking that habit is a bitch and you will later thank yourself for not forcing that habit. 

**That little pooch of yours won't disappear for a few weeks / months. And for those bloggers who tend to 'show off' their 6 week postpartum six back, you can hit that little unfollow button and tell them to suck your left toe.

**If you can't breastfeed or just simply don't want to, it's FINE. Don't beat yourself up about it. Or think that you're less of a woman / mom for it. You do what works for you. Just don't put your nipples on Instagram. That business is ridiculous. I don't care for any one's aureoles.

**If someone offers to babysit to give you some time off, DO IT. It doesn't happen that often after the novelty of a newborn squishy wears off. And you and your mans will need some time away. Date night once a month? Even if it's to McDonald's or a walk in the park. It will rejuvenate you.

Thanks again Kristen for the words of wisdom and laughs! I truly am looking forward to being a Mommy, Xanax and belly pooches included!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Mommys Unite

I am slowly approaching the end of my pregnancy. I can't believe that I have 10 weeks till my due date. Time is flying by, leaving me feeling a bit unprepared. As a first time Mom, I can only read so many books before I start getting dizzy. And of course, every one is an expert, yet it's hard to find someone that agrees 100% with someone else. It can be a bit overwhelming at times.

So I'm turning to you ladies for help, advice or a simple heads up. I'd like to ask you to send me your Mommy wisdom, your "I wish I knew this" and your "don't wast your money on this" pieces of advice. Simply, something that would have been nice to know before you found yourself ankle deep in diapers, covered in spit up with a crying newborn you can't soothe.

I give you the chance to be as honest and REAL as you'd like. I can't be scared. Swear. Send me the juicy info by email: sacox65@gmail.com and I will share your words of wisdom in a post next week. I can credit you with sharing your knowledge with a link to your blog. Not only will you be helping me but your blog will get a little publicity at the same time. 

Thank you!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

SWW

This week I'm joining a vacationing Shannon and saying So What! to:
  • if I think it's insane that my Mommies in Motion class had us doing an ab workout for 20 minutes of the 60 minute class. I didn't have abs before go I got knocked up, I don't think now is the best time to be working on a six pack. 
  • if I have rice cakes and peanut butter for breakfast most mornings. I don't know what it is but I really enjoy this breakfast. Add some fruit and OJ and I'm the happiest girl in the world.
  •  if I hope to gain a booty in the next 10 weeks. Not a fat one but more of a PHAT booty. It's the least this pregnancy can do for me, you know?
  •  if there is no way in Haiti, I'm going to be as productive as I had hoped this week. James is in Vegas for a work event (seriously!) and I had hoped to nest my little heart out. I don't see it happening.
  • if I think Robert Pattinson is looking more handsome than usually these days. Remember, I'm Team Jacob but I think losing that 100 pound skin tag really did the boy some good.

Head over to Shannon's sweet blog, link-up and let us know what you are saying SO WHAT! to this week!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Pregnancy Update #4



How far are we: 29 weeks and 5 days.

How big is baby: Connor is about 15 inches long and weighs about 2.5 to 3.5 pounds. He is the size of an acorn squash!

Total weight gain: 19.2 pounds. My belly is getting so big! I sometimes feel like I've gained so much more than just 19 pounds but according to my doctors, I'm doing great! I was told on Friday that my weight is perfect.

Maternity clothes: I'm wearing all maternity bottoms but my tops are a mixture. I had to get bigger bras. Holy smokes! The girls are totally out and proud. 

Stretch marks: NONE! I have been diligent about lotioning up each morning.

Movement: All the time. I am also having Braxton Hicks contractions. For those of you who haven't experience those or haven't gotten to that point yet, it's like a quick little spasm. It doesn't hurt and for a while I thought it was Connor tap dancing on my whoha.

Sleep: No problems at all. I have started sleeping with a pillow in between my knees to help with some pressure I've been feeling in my back. But I usually wake up once to pee and then head right back to bed.

Best moment this week: We painted Little Misters room and ordered his furniture. I'm hoping that by this time next month, I will have the majority of his room put together.

Food cravings: I don't have any cravings but I tend to choose foods that have marinara sauce in them. I love pizza, spaghetti and steak hoagies. You know, lots of crabs and calories!

Labor signs: None and I'd like it to stay that way.

Belly button in or out: In and I think I have a while before it's an outtie.

What I miss: I'd love to be able to walk and talk at the same time. When I'm walking with girlfriends, I get really winded if I try to talk and walk. And if there is an incline, I'm a mess!

What I'm looking forward to: We have a 3D/4D ultrasound scheduled on the 25th. I'm so excited to see Connor. I'm hoping we will be able to see if he looks like me or his Daddy.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Letters to Connor - #1

My Dear Baby Boy,

This is the first of many letters I plan to write to you. I have so much to say and I thought I could write you when the mood strikes. One it will allow me to share my thoughts, feelings, hopes and dreams for you and two, you will learn that your Momma has loved you for oh so long.

I just got back from my Dr. appointment to see how I was doing/feeling and to check your heartbeat. As always, it was strong and loud. The Dr. said you were a happy baby. I know you will be. Your Daddy and I love you so much. Words can't really convey how much. Dr. Patel said that Momma was doing perfect. My weight, measurements and vitals are all doing good. I had a perfect glucose test. As happy as this makes me, I'm twice as happy to know I'm doing a good job at helping you grow.

I've been working so hard on being healthy and making sure your current home is perfect for you. Let me tell you, it's a lot easier said than done sometimes. I hate vegetables. HATE! And if you dislike them too, I will understand why and I won't be too hard on you to eat them. Promise.

You are so active these days. I absolutely adore feeling you move around. Sometimes, you hurt me a little. Just the other night, I was trying to eat dinner and you kicked/punched my tummy and I was forced to stop eating. It made me physically sick. It's hard when you do that but I keep telling myself a active baby is the best type of baby to have.

You are due to arrive in 74 days, which totally amazes me. In less than 3 months, you are going to be home with Daddy and I along with the Zoo kids. I hope you like your "new" home. We are going to start working on your room this weekend. If you don't like it, don't tell me, okay? I've been stressing over making it perfect for you. But regardless of that, I can't wait to be home with you. To watch you grow and nourish you. I want to be the best Momma, keep that in mind. Every decision I make regarding your welfare is in your best interest.

Connor, Momma and Daddy love you and we are so excited to meet you. Stay safe and warm and I will see you in a little while.

With all my love,
Momma

Friday, August 10, 2012

Indecision galore!

If you would have told me that planning for and decorating a nursery was hard work, I would have thought you must be underestimating me. But as par for the course, you would be right and I would be wrong.

I have struggled with every aspect of Connor's room. We don't have furniture picked out because a) I'm too frugal to spend a lot of money, b) I want to make sure we are getting the biggest bang for our buck and c) I can't picture what the pieces look like since I am unable to see them in stores. Since I am having such an issue with furniture, I figured I would start picking things out that I want to decorate his room with.

This started with the horrid chore of picking out paint. Oh dear heavens! First we had a shade of green, Inch Worm, picked out. I wasn't sold on it but thought it would be okay and sure enough, when we went to purchase the paint, I changed my mind. We are now going with a blue, Baby Boy Blue. Please say a little prayer that it works out of us. I know it's just paint but I'm so indecisive and I don't want to waste time/money on paint we hate.

We are going with a jungle animal theme. Real original, right? Well I love the colors in a particular blanket we find at Target and decided to with the jungle theme but concentrate more on the colors than the animals themselves: blue, green, tan, brown and white. I don't want his room to be a jungle room, just pieces of the animals here and there. Nothing over the top. Because if it goes over the top, I'm going to freak. And hate it. Which in turn will cause my dear, sweet, patient husband to want to strangle me.

I've decided to find "ideas" I would like to incorporate into Connor's room. I am thinking that if I start small, I will be more comfortable with the process of creating this perfect room for my little man. So wish me luck and pray that James doesn't recommend I need medicated (again). Yes, it's that bad sometimes.

For you ladies that have recently created a nursery for your little one, where did you make the majority of your purchases or where did you get ideas? I am at a loss as to where to start since I'm not a big fan of the products found at Babies R Us. They are just too themey for me (and too expensive). We did get a few items from Target but nothing to really use as a starting point on getting a nursery together.

If you've made it to those point of the post, thank you. You must be a saint.


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

So What! Wednesday


I can't believe how fast the weeks are going! It's time for another So What! Wednesday. Link up with Shannon and let us know what you are saying So What! to. This week I'm saying SO WHAT!

  • if each week, when I receive my Bump updates, I have to Google some of the fruits and vegetables that resemble the size of Connor. This week, he is the size of a acorn squash, whatever the heck that is!
  • I have been slacking on the chores around the house. Even with my cleaning schedule. Sometimes, I just want to relax after work or the weekends and sometimes that means letting the laundry go and putting off doing the dishes.
  • I am going to be doing laundry for the next 2 months thanks to all the friends and family that purchased clothes for Connor. I really appreciate the items but I won't appreciate the higher water bill.
  • gets sad every time I think that I won't get to see my little brother play a single football game this year. Traveling is out of the question come football season and I have been to every game for the last 14 years.
  • should call the OB and see how my results were for my glucose test. I keep telling myself that no news is good news. Am I right?
  • has vowed to never be one of the "those" Moms that act like a expert. If I forget this vow, please remind me.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Pregnancy Rambles

As I approach week 29, I can't believe how fast pregnancy goes. It's amazing how much has changed in the last 6 months and I really need to savor the last 11 weeks. More than anything, I really need to document this experience. Here are some pregnancy moments and memories:

*I have nearly peed myself multiple times... already. It's insane. It's like the minute I walk into the bathroom, restroom or stall, I have to go. And go RIGHT NOW! And getting my pants down with the full panel doesn't make the process go any quicker!

*I crave Mt. Dew. All. The. Time. I haven't had a single drop of the golden goodness since June 2011 and let me tell you, if I weren't pregnant, I would have given in by now.

*I'm not as tired as I was in the beginning but I still could nap every afternoon for 2-3 hours. I can't give into these naps though. If I do, I'm up all night.

*I haven't been too emotional or hormonal so far (James may beg to differ) but in the last week, I've teared up a few times. I'm slowly getting more emotional.

*I can't imagine being a Mom. I know it's going to happen but the idea of being responsible for a little person in just a few short months is just lost with me. Normal, non-pregnant Stephanie enjoys everything planned and in order. I know this is going to change 100% and I don't know how well I will do with that. Regardless, I'm going to be a wonderful Momma. No ifs or buts about it!

*Putting together a nursery is hard. Actually, it's impossible. I can't find anything in stores or online that I like so I've recruited my Mom and best friend to make what I need. And the furniture? Forget about it!

*I have stayed pretty active during my pregnancy but I haven't been eating the best. I can't stand vegetables. At all. It takes everything in me to have at least 1 serving a day. I am sure if Connor grows up and hate his veggies, it's going to be because of me.

*I have the strangest dreams, which I have read isn't all that unusual during pregnancy but I swear because of these lifelike dreams, I'm not sleeping as deeply as I was pre-pregnancy.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Baby Shower Photo Dump

I had the best weekend e.v.e.r! Yesterday was our baby shower for Connor and I can't believe how lucky we are to have such amazing friends and family to help spoil our little Mister. Here are some photos from the afternoon. All in all, we are truly blessed! I can't wait to put the gifts to use when Connor arrives.

Some of his presents!

Ducky Bath Centerpiece

For Connor

Centerpieces - football is the only option!

Momma did an amazing job!

Favors I made for the guests.

Connor blocks

My cake!! I love cake. Like a. l.o.t.

My TR lovies. I sure miss my ladies!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Craft #2 - Subway Art

Subway art... how have I gotten by for so long without you? Thanks to the gals over at Tip Junkie, I have completed another crafty project. It's not as crafty as you might think and it's really easy to tackle and execute.

When visiting Tip Junkie, search for subway art printables free (because you shouldn't be paying for them!) or even try it in a Google search (try clicking images). You will come across hundreds of options to download. Here are a few of my favorites (all from TJ):

4th of July Subway Art {Patriotic Quotes} Christmas Scripture Word Tree Printable {Christmas Tree}Valentine Subway Art

I love how there are printables for nearly every holiday and special occasion. As soon as I saw these, I knew exactly where I wanted to put one in our home.

Here is a bookshelf I put together a few weeks ago. The picture isn't the best, it's from Instagram:


I loved the outcome. The best part, we had everything needed. I just had to add the photos to the frames! But something was missing on the top shelf with the vase, which is were the subway art comes in. I printed out a summer piece I liked and added it to a frame (again, we had this on hand) and here is the end result:


With this little piece of "art", my bookshelf is complete and I have now accomplished my second project courtesy of Tip Junkie!

To prepare for upcoming holidays and special occasions, I've printed my favorite subway art printables and have them ready and waiting. I'm going to change out the flowers in the vase to match the colors in the print as well. I really enjoyed finding prints that fit into our personalities and our favorite holidays. Now, hop over to Tip Junkie and see what subway art you can incorporate into your home!




Wednesday, August 1, 2012

SWW

I am linking up with Shannon over at Life After I Dew for another round of So What! Wednesday. This week I'm saying SO WHAT! to...

  • if today marks the beginning of my 3rd trimester! I can't believe how fast pregnancy goes. I have so much to do and not a lot of time to do it in.
  • the fact that I sometimes truly hate working for such a small company. I just don't understand how it's so hard to get answers. I wouldn't ask for assistance if I could find the info myself. I sometimes think working for a corporate office truly does have it perks.
  • being super excited for our first "baby" class tonight. On today's agenda, we have our Child Care Class. Seems simple enough. I'm sure I'm going in more confident than I should be. We shall see!
  • that I'm such a control freak that I've been very active in planning my baby shower. I can't help it. I have expectations and I want to make sure it is "perfect".
  • I've signed up for prenatal yoga and I'm scared to death to start classes. I've never taken a yoga class before and I'm worried I won't be able to do the moves. When class starts, I will be 32 weeks pregnant. Am I getting in over my head? 
Now it's your turn! Get a few things off your chest and link up with Shannon! Happy HUMP Day!