Tuesday, November 27, 2012

8 Months! (lots of pictures!)

   Have I really been pregnant eight months? Three fourths of a year.. wow. I can't really imagine not being pregnant at this point. I definitely feel very pregnant. Moving is awkward, and my belly has become a table for my cereal bowl. Getting out of bed leaves me flailing and feeling like a huge, beached whale.
   Heart burn is the bane of my existence, keeping me up or waking me at night. My hands and feet are so swollen I can barely wear shoes and my wedding ring should probably not be worn anymore.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Ottoman Re-Do

I found a cute little stool at Goodwill last weekend while shopping with my friend Donna, and at just $3, I couldn't pass it up. :)
I had several ideas for color/scheme I was mulling over, but when I finally made it to the fabric store to buy supplies, those were out the window when I found this adorable print.

I can work with that! I also grabbed some trim, and away I went!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Baby Project: Natural Diaper Cream

Okay, this isn't technically a baby project, but more of  a baby gift. Some friends of ours recently had a baby boy, and I knew just what I wanted to make as a gift.

I used the recipe found here, halved again and with some slight modifications.

All-Natural Diaper Cream

1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 ounce beeswax (chopped or pellets)
6 drops lavender essential oil
6 drops tea tree oil (melaleuca) essential oil

I put my ingredients in a small canning jar to use as double boiler, and stirred occasionally until melted. Remove from heat and add essentials oils. Stir and pour into your final container, or just leave in the jar.
Allow to cool and set. :)

For my container I ended up recycling a travel size conditioner bottle. I removed the label easily  and printed my own. I also included a printed list of the ingredients and why they are used, borrowed from Simply Real Moms. This would be especially helpful if the recipient isn't aware of the benefits of natural oils. :)

The finished gift basket! I also included two flannel/chenille wash cloths, and two flannel/terry burp cloths.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

7 Months In.

Seven months. I have been carrying this sweet baby in my womb for over half a year. It's so hard to believe! The second trimester really flew by with me feeling great and the weather was gorgeous.
I'm officially in my third and final trimester as of two weeks ago, and am 30.5 weeks today. I've really been noticing how I have to slow down again, and the third trimester has brought back the hormones, achiness, and occasional nausea of the first trimester. I'm hungry a lot, but because Baby is squishing my stomach now I can't eat as much, so it feels like I'm constantly eating small meals and snacks!

I get bigger daily as Baby grows, kicking and squirming around in his/her cozy little nest. I am so excited to meet my baby! Time seems to have started dragging again, and the weeks are so quickly ticked off the calender. Still, I can not help but be occasionally overwhelmed at the thought that in ten weeks or less I will will be holding my own baby, and be a mom. It's exciting but scary. I've never been that responsible for another human being before, but I will lean on my Jesus for strength and guidance.

My first baby shower is in less then two weeks, I'm so excited! My generous and sweet friend Donna is throwing it for us, and I can't wait. :) She is one of the sweetest people I know, and has been a true blessing in my life.

Besides a preterm labor scare last weekend, my pregnancy has gone so well! I have no major complaints, and am loving being pregnant more then I even imagined I would! :)

Seven month picture! :)

My sweet sister Susannah and I on her 11th birthday when I got to spend some time with family.

Kitchen Organization

If you ever need inspiration to organize, go to IHeart Organizing. Wowzers, what a beautiful blog full of so many beautiful things!

Anyway, I found my organizing inspiration for some problem areas of my kitchen. Here are some slightly embarrassing pictures of my corner cabinet...