January 10, 2010

It's A Boy

Well, my belly is growing more than ever recently. Thankfully there is a little person in there that is causing all this growth, otherwise I would be alarmed! I'm 22 weeks along now and still feeling great. (Yes, I know how lucky I am!)

I wasn't sure whether I would post these here or not cause Jesse and I agreed we aren't the types to waive our ultrasound pictures all over the known universe. But, I'm pretty sure at least my Mom and sisters will want to see them. So, here are the first pictures we have of this little nugget.

Aren't those feet just too cute? I couldn't stop crying during the ultrasound . . . I'm such a crybaby when it comes to anything sentimental these days. It was such a wonderful experience. I told the technician that I wished I could do it everyday, and I really think I meant it.

So, we found out that our little human (as I like to so lovingly call it) is a boy! We are so thrilled. Now, we would have been thrilled to have a girl, too, so don't get me wrong. But, I have had an inkling all along that it was a boy. It seemed like every time I thought about the baby it was a boy, and it seemed that boys names were the primary ones we were discussing. So, finding out kinda felt like confirmation in a way.

I love this feeling of knowing, though. I wasn't sure I was going to be excited about knowing the gender cause I'm a huge sucker for surprises. But, knowing that I'm carrying a little boy seems to give him more of an identity and it makes the anticipation so much greater. I'm loving it.

Well, the nursery decor and accumulation of baby "supplies" is in full gear. The storage space is quickly dwindling, and I hear it's going to get worse before it gets better. I'm dreaming up plans for the nursery, and they are starting to come together.

The first project was the dresser. I had been searching for a long time for the perfect dresser. We have a very small room for the nursery, so it had to be just the right size. And, it had to be cute, you know? Finally, I found a really old one at goodwill for only $35. The drawers are a bit wonky - I'm not sure it was even worth 35 dollars, but I bought it anyway. Somehow I couldn't resist.

It took a lot of wood putty, sanding and paint to bring it up to snuff. But, I think I did it.

Okay, sorry for the lack of effort in the "after" shot. The dresser is still in the garage, and it was really cold outside - it's Iowa in January, give me a break. I made the best of my lazy effort. You'll see more of it when the nursery starts coming together, I promise.

January 7, 2010

More Pillows

My mother-in-law bought this gorgeous Vera Wang bedding this year. I love it. It's a bunch of rich, silky goodness. So, for Christmas she asked me to make her some throw pillows that will go with the set.

The bedding speaks for itself, so I decided to go with some pretty simple designs to complement it.

I found this brown floral in the remnant bin at Hobby Lobby. It turned out to be a perfect accent.

I added some "stripes" (you may have to click on the image to see them), which mimicked the design of the pillow shams that came with the set.

I ended up making three white covers just in case she didn't like the brown floral. But, the brown turned out so pretty that I partially wish I could have made three of those!

Anyway, she opened them on Christmas, and she loves them! I think she's trying to figure out how I can make more pillows for her . . . the living room next? Don't tell Jesse. We all know how he feels about too many pillows.