DIY: Bow Frame

I am back!  Little Audrey was born on 6/1 and we have been enjoying life with an infant ever since!  It has been a crazy ride but she is great and we are super excited to watch her grow into a little person.  They say you forget what life was like before kids, and as cliche as that saying is, it’s been so true for us.  Maybe it’s just the sleep deprivation because I can’t remember much of 3 days ago either.  For my first post back, I thought I’d share an item from her room:

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Photo by Roza Melendez Photography (rozamelendezphotography.com)

As soon as I found out we were having a girl I wanted to go out an buy bows and headbands in every color under the sun.  So of course, we got some as gifts and I went at got a (large) handful and needed somewhere to store them.  I checked out good ole’ Etsy and was surprised by the cost of these frames.  On average they were about $40 a piece.  Don’t get me wrong, I love supporting local and small shops.  I understand and appreciate cost of supplies, cost of time, and that these shops are not in business to give away their work for free.  However, in this case I was feeling creative and wanted to give it a shot.

Supplies:

  1.  Frame.  I found one similar to this at Hobby Lobby.  They always have items on sale or a great coupon available.  I found mine for $15 in white.
  2. Ribbon.
  3. Glue Gun
  4. Tea Cup hooks 
  5. Paint
  6. Drill with wood drill bit a size smaller than your hooks

Steps:

  1. Remove the glass and backing of the frame and paint your frame in chosen color. I used Behr Ultra in Guava Jelly. I got the sample size for about $5 from Home Depot
  2. After measuring the ribbon, I used the glue gun to attach the ribbon to the lip on the back of the frame where the glass would typically rest.
  3. Using the drill, place holes evenly spaced in the bottom of your frame. You want to  drill the holes first so you don’t split the wood when twisting in the hooks.  (Phil did this for me)
  4. Attach bows and hang headbands!

Easy 😜

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40 Weeks

Today’s the day:  my estimated due date!  However, there is very little going on to indicate that little miss is ready to make her debut.  Up until last week I was doing really well with the whole, “she’ll come when she’s ready” concept.  Now, we are ready to meet her!  I’ve been home for almost 3 weeks.  I have completed my pre-baby to-do list and have watched more 30 minute sitcoms during the day than should ever be allowed and 2 full seasons of shows on Netflix.  I am bored!  I know that those with kids are probably chuckling while thinking, “just you wait…” but we are ready.

We are ready to see what she looks like.  We are ready to see what her personality develops into.  We are ready to see her smile.  We are ready to be a family of 4 (we have a furry kid as well).  I am ready to be able to lay down comfortably again, even if that doesn’t involve sleeping.  We are ready to be up at all hours.  We are ready for all the things that come along with being a new parent.   As ready as anyone can be, at least.

We are ready, but apparently she is not.  She’s the one in control here and we know that is what’s best for her.  So, we will wait, patiently, for our whole lives to change.

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All about the bump

 

taken 3/12 (29w6d)

 
When I first found out I was pregnant I had all these ideas to create one of those weekly posts with me standing next to a chalkboard with that weeks stats/events on it. Well, that lasted for about 3 weeks!  So I’m currently jotting down all of these updates in a notebook and I’ve started a Shutterfly book which I’ll share when completed. Let’s be honest, that post will more than likely come about 6 months after the baby. In the meantime here are a few updates (the 3 things I’m most commonly asked about) for family and friends who I don’t see often or those with baby fever. 

Gender:  Girl. Up until about a week before our anatomy ultrasound we swore we were having a boy. Almost every old wives tale pointed to a boy and it was kinda just a gut feeling.  As the ultrasound approached I couldn’t get the “what if” out of my head. Then, of course we found out and I started thinking about all of the fun glittery clothes I could buy for a girl!  

 

the bear was a baby gift from a friend and the “necklace” is actually a bracelet from Phil with a little girl charm on it

 
  
Cravings:  in the beginning all I wanted was comfort food. Not that I was necessarily craving it but while I didn’t have true morning sickness I constantly felt queasy and knew that a Taco Bell bean and cheese burrito would fix that. As I progressed into my second trimester I was able to tolerate fresh veggies and I ate pretty healthy for awhile. I had, and still have, an aversion to meat by itself. I can eat ground beef in an enchilada but a grilled chicken breast grosses me out.  I’m kind of hoping this aversion stays for multiple reasons. I also had an aversion to sugar, which is odd because I typically am all about the small indulgences-mainly any type of cake or cookie. Well, a few weeks ago that craving came back stronger than ever!  Maybe that’s why I tripled my weight gain last month!  Current cravings:  decaf mochas. 

Weight:  I actually haven’t gained a ton of weight. When I got pregnant I was the heaviest I’ve ever been, yet the thinnest and fittest I’ve ever been. I worked out regularly, built up some muscle mass and ate pretty well. I actually ended up losing weight my first trimester. Probably a mix of no longer working out (bye bye muscle mass) and not having much of an appetite. Weight loss in the first trimester is totally normal FYI. In the second trimester I starter to gain a few pounds per month, right on target. I’m now gaining weight like crazy!  Apparently my body wants to pack all 25-35 recommended pounds on at once. 

 

at 21ish weeks

 
Overall things are going really well!  I’m currently at 31 weeks and with roughly 9 more to go, nerves are starting to come into play. This is my first baby so I guess it’s the fear of the unknown and all of the “what if” questions.  I’m really excited to meet our super active little bundle in the near future. In the meantime we are getting her room ready, studying up on L&D info, and enjoying this season in our lives. 

Wanna know anything else?  Ask away!