Nursery Inspiration

October 14th, 2014

With our addition slash remodel nearly complete, we are just about to move into our new room. This means we can finally start putting together the nursery! I have been pinning away lots of nursery inspiration images and have even bought a few things. As you can see below, we want to keep it gender neutral (since we aren’t finding out the gender), and a mixture of modern, rustic and bohemian. I can’t wait for it to all come together and will most definitely share the end result with my lovely readers!

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*all images via Pinterest

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Pregnancy Update

October 7th, 2014

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I have been seeing some of my other favorite bloggers doing little “pregnancy update” posts and thought I would join in on the fun! I love the idea of being able to update my friends and family, especially the ones all the way over in France. Here it goes…

How far along: 26 weeks

Size of baby: Size of a papaya or eggplant (appx 2 lbs)

Weight gain: Eeek 17 lbs

Movement: Yes, baby likes to give little jabs especially after meals (or sometimes to torture me in the middle of the night!)

Sleep: In a word, disrupted. If you know me, you know I have a small  bladder. Combine that with a baby playing trampoline on it all night long and it results in me getting up to tinkle an average of 5 times a night. We like to think this is preparation for after baby comes;)

Stretch marks: Not yet, but I feel they are right around the corner…

Maternity clothes: I have only bought a few things (belly band, a few pants and tees) at this point because most of my stuff is still working.

Cravings: I got nothing! I am kind of disappointed I haven’t been taking advantage of sending the frenchman out in the middle of the night for pickles and ice cream, but so far no cravings.

What I miss: I do really miss my margaritas and wine (at the risk of sounding like a lush). I also miss raw oysters and real sushi (the baked stuff just doesn’t cut it).

Sickness: I had horrible morning all day sickness in the first trimester, but since then I just feel bits of nausea occasionally after I eat. Trust me, after real morning sickness, that is a walk in the park.

Gender: We are keeping it a surprise until the big day (much to the hubby’s dismay)!

Work outs: Since the sickness in the first trimester, I have been back on track with my usual routine (although the intensity has decreased a bit).

Symptoms: Just the post-meal nausea mentioned above and a ridiculous amount of pee breaks.

Best moment so far: I think when the hubs felt the baby kick for the first time. That and watching him try to make Gaston realize there is a baby in my stomach – he is determined to make him understand.

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Our Renovation Progress

October 1st, 2014

When we first bought and moved into our house, we knew we wanted to add on almost immediately. The house was a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom and we knew we needed that second bathroom. In fact, I didn’t even want to come see this house when we were house hunting because 2 bathrooms was a “must have” on my list. But the hubby convinced me and we fell in love with not only the precious house, but the large yard, the tree-lined street and the whole neighborhood vibe. Rather than waiting until we already had a family to fill it up, we decided to get it out of the way and start the renovation project so it would be done by the time our baby came along. Everyone we talked to agreed and said that once the baby comes along, you just won’t find the time or the money to do it. So, earlier this summer we jumped right into the whole renovation/addition process!

What we decided to do was convert the smallest bedroom in the back of our home into a master bathroom and add a master bedroom to the back of that, creating a master suite. The whole project is almost done, which began just 3 months ago. At this point, we are just waiting on some final pieces, including the hardwood floors and closet to be done. We couldn’t be more excited to start moving into our new room so that we can get decorating not only that, but the nursery as well (which will be in the room we are currently using as the master bedroom).

I wanted to share some photos of the whole demo and building process. This has been such a learning opportunity to see all that goes into the construction of homes. We feel so blessed to be able to add our own personal touch to a home we were already in love with from the start. I hope to share more before and after pictures of the house once it is actually complete and decorated! Scroll down for progress photos and captions.

 

This was one of the very first days. They had torn down most of the back bedroom wall and were about to demolish those trees.

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Bobcats in progress tearing down these trees and breaking into the cement walkway like it was butter.

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Our contractor and the other workers jokingly referred to Gaston as “the foreman”, because he loved to go check on their progress and get a little attention. I seriously think he is going to miss having them around.

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The foundation was completely dug out at this point! Can you tell I’m excited?

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“The foreman” checking out the progress on the foundation.

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This would eventually become the shower on the left and vanity/mirror on the right.

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Pouring cement around the foundation…all the steps involved amazed me which you never really know about until you do a remodel.

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Our first wall is up! This was an exciting day to see the borders of our future master bedroom.

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Wood for the roof being delivered with this huge crane.

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We have a roof and 4 walls! This is the inside of the bedroom with the closet framed there to the left.

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This is the bathroom framed out with the toilet closet on the right and the vanity area on the left. It was so hard to imagine how everything would look at the end, but our contractor was amazing at laying everything out for us.

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“The foreman” checking out his new master suite. He seems pleased.

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The roof is being finished here and the walls are being lined, getting ready for stucco. These guys worked at the speed of lightning.

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Tile going in the shower… yay!

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Finishing off the walls in the room… this is a view from the hallway of the master suite and the bathroom is right there to the right.

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…and the stucco and color coat are on!

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Floral Tulip Shorts

September 29th, 2014

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I am happy the heat is sticking around a bit because that means I can get more use out of some of my summer clothes like these floral tulip shorts. The print is so girly, which makes them really fun to wear! This last weekend to run some errands (like going to look at strollers – ahhhh!) I paired them here with a basic black ruched maternity top from Target. This top is my new fave tee at the moment because of its simplicity and flattering shape. I bought it in a few different colors as well, so I am sure they will be making an appearance on the blog sooner or later.

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Peachy

September 17th, 2014

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These peachy shorts have been in my rotation all summer (ever since I grew out of my regular denim shorts). I am surprised at how many tops the peachy color goes with. It almost acts as a neutral. Of course here I am wearing with a white blouse, but it really goes with a plethora of options in my closet. I am getting sad that fall will steal these shorts away from me with the colder weather! The top I have on is from Urban Outfitters and I just love the flowy bohemian feel and the shoulder detail – it is really fun to wear! This is a piece that I will be able to transition into fall with some skinny jeans or even some flowy pants.

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