Posts Tagged 'Aiden’s Nursery'

December 08, 2012

I am happy to report that Aiden’s baseball nursery is FINISHED and awaiting his arrival! I have to admit, I was a little nervous doing a “boy room.” And when Jason saw the idea for the baseball wall, there was no going back…I was committed to the theme. But I quickly realized that most boys’ nursery sets include all the sports – baseball, basketball, football, and SOCCER. My husband must have something against soccer, as I was banned from buying ANYTHING with a soccer ball on it. I searched high and low for a baseball only nursery set, but found nothing (unless I was willing to shell out the big bucks). Then my good friend, Mandi, randomly found some sheets and a blanket at Target that just had baseballs and stars on them. SOLD! Once I had those, I was able to pick the colors (navy and red), and go to town!

The crib bumper, bed skirt, curtain, baseball curtain rod, and diaper stacker all came from Amazon. His furniture is the Delta series (we bought some at Target, and some on Amazon), and the small bookshelf is from IKEA. The blue toy bins and the baseball piggy bank are from Target (along with the crib sheet, and the blanket on the glider, of course!). The light switch, baseball dresser knobs, table lamp, most of the picture frames, etc. came from Hobby Lobby. The Barry Larkin autographed baseball was the gift I gave Jason for our first year wedding anniversary, and the big picture over the changing table is the scorecard and a picture of the stadium when the Reds clinched the division (one of Jason’s past birthday presents). Since we have no basement at the moment, both items are on loan to Aiden’s room. Eventually they will be put in the “man cave” at our next house! I have another glass ball case that we will put a baseball with Aiden’s footprints on from the hospital in.

The “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” canvas above his closet is from Kohl’s. It has special meaning, because when my Grandpa was quickly losing his memory due to Alzheimer’s, he would still sing that song and remember all the words. I didn’t know that until after I had already bought it for the room, and my mom got teary-eyed when she saw it and told me. So every time we sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” we will think of Aiden’s Great Grandpa Bob!

I am so grateful to Jason for painting all the walls, and putting up with my decision to change the paint color at the last minute. And bless my mom’s heart for painting the baseball stitching on the wall! I literally gave her the link I found on Pinterest with the idea, and she took it and ran with it. She even came up with a template to make it easier. I am lucky to be related to someone so artistic – I did not inherit those genes!

Aiden’s Grandma Colleen found a baseball glove chair that he will be getting for Christmas. I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m sure it is super cute and will make a great addition to the room! I can’t wait to take his monthly pictures in it. This kid better like baseball!!!

Aiden’s room is MUCH smaller than Peyton’s, so we had to get creative with how everything was going to fit. It’s a little crowded for my liking, but in order to fit all the necessities in, I guess I am going to have to deal.

Here is a peek into Aiden’s room. Let me know what you think! 🙂

I had to include some pictures of Peyton’s room, too! It’s pretty much the same as it was when we did her nursery, but we had to give her changing table and glider to her baby brother. I found a hot pink “flip chair” for us to read bedtime stories in, and we bought a long IKEA bookshelf that also doubles as a changing table for now. Potty training is in the near future, though, I hope! It’s funny how taking just those two things out of her room makes it seem more like a “big girl” room than a nursery. My little girl is growing up! 🙁

November 04, 2012

Week 33 Belly Pictures…

Here are the latest stats: 

Pregnancy Length: 33 weeks, 6 days (as of 11/4)

Countdown to Due Date: 6 weeks , one day (HOLY COW!)

Weight Gain: Still not sure, since our home scale’s batteries died and I have yet to replace them.

Baby is the size of a: pineapple (19 to 22 in., 4.9 lbs)

New baby developments: Still growing and gaining more weight. His fingernails now reach the end of his fingertips and may even curl over the tip. My pregnancy app also talks about how his testicles are making their way down from his abdomen. But I don’t know if any of us really need to know that lil’ detail…

Gender: Boy

Names: Aiden Michael

Sleep: Not going as well as it had been. I woke up a few nights in a row with massive cramps in my legs. I know that’s normal during pregnancy, but OUCH! I have to get up and walk around to get rid of them. Also, I have started waking up at least once in the middle of the night (usually at the same time) for no reason. I did this with Peyton, too. I guess it’s your body’s way of getting ready for those middle-of-the-night feedings. Can’t wait! Hehe.

Feeling: Tired and stressed. Report cards and conferences are coming up at school, so that’s not helping. Once those are done, I can turn more attention to getting those last minute things ready for Aiden and finishing his room.

Health: Everything checks out well at the doctor’s. However, heartburn is my new (unwanted) friend. I guess I’ll take it over the nausea I had with Peyton.

Movement: Since he’s bigger, I feel him move much more now! I think he’s starting to run out of room in there. I get a good jab at least once a day that makes me stop dead in my tracks!

Cravings: Everything I shouldn’t eat.

Nursery: We are making progress! Jason painted the walls and they look great! He put up with my crazy paint dilemma. Basically I wasn’t happy with the paint I bought for the three walls and had to take it back. Normally Lowe’s doesn’t take paint back, but I think the guy felt sorry for me and my big ol’ belly. The color we got is much more what I had in mind! My mom started on the baseball wall. Below you’ll see pics of the progress. It’s mainly done, but she needs to add some finishing details. Jason put together the crib and dresser. The dresser is the same as Peyton’s,  but I found baseball knobs instead of the ones that came with it. How stinking cute are they?! I can’t wait to put together all the little details in his room. Everything is bought…I just need to find time (and energy!) to get it all set up!

Belly: I feel like I am the size I was when I delivered Peyton! But I can still see my feet, which is a blessing I suppose. I am starting to get stretch marks around my belly button, which I was really hoping to avoid. So I will now be applying stretch mark cream daily to try and combat them! Also, my belly button seems to be getting smaller and smaller as my belly gets bigger and bigger. I am just waiting for it to pop out. Luckily it never did with Peyton, but I don’t think I’ll be so lucky this time. I am not looking forward to my “innie” becoming an “outtie.”  I’m just glad I heard about this pregnancy phenomenon from my teacher friends at school. I’m thinking about writing a blog post for all my friends that aren’t yet pregnant or are newly pregnant about all the things no one tells you about pregnancy. Would anyone be interested in those tidbits?!

Next Appointment: Nov. 14th

And now for what most people probably came here to see…Aiden’s room! A BIG thank you to Jason and my mom for working so hard – I don’t know what I’d do without you two! I personally think it looks amazing. My mom may need to retire early and start a mural business. 😉 Also, thank you to Pinterest for giving me the idea of the baseball wall, which got the ball rolling (literally) on our baseball themed nursery! And I suppose I should also thank Big Sister Peyton for inspecting all of the hard work and making sure it’s suitable for her little brother. 🙂

And finally some pics of my little stinker, Peyton. She came in the bathroom as I was taking my bump pictures, and I thought I’d try and get her in some with my belly. Well, she instead found the Q-tips and proceeded to stick them up her nose. So me, being the good mom that I am, decided to take pictures of her doing that. But I also got some sweet ones of her “reading” her new favorite book (Goodnight Moon) and hugging her teddy bear. That girl warms my heart and makes me laugh all at the same time!

October 14, 2012

We did our 30 week 3D/4D ultrasound at Becoming Mom this weekend. Ever since then, my mother keeps sending me text messages asking when she is going to get to see pictures of Aiden. Soooo…I had to get on the ball and come up with my 30 Week Bumpdate!

First off, here is my ever-growing bump:

For comparison sake, here is my 31 week bump with Peyton. I was basically two days away from 31 weeks when I took my pics for Aiden, so it’s almost the same!

Here are the latest stats:

Pregnancy Length: 30 weeks, 6 days (as of 10/14)

Countdown to Due Date: 9 weeks, 1 day (Single digits…HORRAY!!!)

Weight Gain: Not sure…our scale’s batteries died. Convenient, huh?!

Baby is the size of a: head of lettuce (18 in., 3.2 lbs)

New baby developments: His brain continues to develop, and he can perceive new information from all five senses. He is making faces, hiccuping (which he does A LOT!), swallowing, breathing, pedaling with little hands and feet, and sucking on his thumb. He will gain about 3-5 more pounds, possibly more, before he is born.

Gender: Still a boy! Confirmed for the 3rd time at our ultrasound!

Names: Aiden Michael

Sleep: Same – not too bad once I get comfy. I have started having strange preggo dreams though. I had one the other night that I had the baby super early and nothing was ready. Since we haven’t started on the nursery yet, I sure hope that my dream doesn’t come true!

Feeling: More exhausted than I had been recently. I can tell I’m into the third trimester; I have lost energy and get winded more easily. I know it will only go downhill from here (oh boy!).

Health: Still great!

Movement: He likes to move, but not all the time. Still reminds me of Peyton’s disposition.

Cravings: Still chocolate. I made the mistake of buying Halloween candy in advance when I was at Costco. Let’s just say Aiden doesn’t need to go trick-or-treating this year to get his treats! Kit Kats and Twix bars are our candy of choice right now.

Nursery: I have posted pictures of it below. As you can see, not much progress has been made. I THINK I have picked out paint colors for the walls, so I need to go back to Lowe’s and actually buy the cans. Hopefully we can paint the walls this coming weekend, and then my mom is going to be brave and try her hand at painting baseball stitching on one wall. Most everything is bought and waiting in the closet. The furniture is in the room, but still in boxes. I can’t wait until the walls are done so we can start setting things up!

Belly: Still there and growing. It’s getting harder to bend down and pick things up, which is super fun with a 15 month old around. We are making progress in teaching Peyton how to pick up her own toys, so that will be helpful. And no, I am not kidding. This OCD mama is teaching her to put the toys in her toy bins, and then we clap and celebrate. My child WILL clean up after herself! 😉

Next Appointment: Nov. 1st

And now, here is Mr. Aiden! He is currently head up, and so his feet were curled up by his face for the ultrasound. Not too comfy, if you ask me. All I can say is this lil’ guy better flip; I would really appreciate not having a C-section! Oh, and the ultrasound tech said she saw that he has hair. I’m glad she told me that, because they told me countless times that Peyton was BALD. Yes, that would be my daughter with the endless amount of hair. So I guess I need to figure out what to do with his hair, since keeping it out of his face with bows and ponytails won’t be an option this time around!

For another comparison, here is Peyton in her 3D/4D ultrasound. What do you think – do they look alike?!

As promised, here is the progress (or lack thereof) in the nursery. At least it’s cleared of our guestroom furniture, Jason’s desk, and our miscellaneous storage stuff!

Finally, here are some pictures of big sister Peyton. I took the day off on Wednesday for a doctor’s appointment, and we had fun playing in her playhouse on our back patio. I don’t think the nice weather will stick around too much longer, so we’re trying to enjoy our outside time while we can!

Peyton went to her first UC Bearcats game of the season this weekend. Even though she was going on a minimal nap, and was forced to stay up past her bedtime, she still really enjoyed the game. She clapped when everyone else did, and even attempted the UC cheer. She had fun dancing with her BFF, Braxton, during halftime. Braxton was also quite the gentleman and shared some of his soft pretzel with her. 😉 These two are just too funny when they get together. Now that they go to the same sitter (Braxton’s Granny), they are becoming more like siblings. Good thing they can practice sharing and “being gentle” with one another before their REAL siblings arrive!

We’ve had a busy but fun-filled few weeks. I know that the coming weeks and weekends will be just as busy and packed full of Fall activities. I just hope I have enough energy to keep up!

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