Friday, July 16, 2010

Happy 10th Birthday Alaina!!

I missed posting on her actually birthday which was on the 13th. But, I still want to say


To my sweet girl,

Your growing so fast. Quickly becoming a young women. Your loving, funny, compassionate, smart, creative, and sensative... and many other things too. Every day you surprise me. And, every time I look at you my heart fills with love and happiness. 10th birthday... I can't believe your 10.

I love you,

A Nursery For Cael

We finally finished the nursery today. I would like to say that it's been a long time in the making, but that wouldn't be entirely true. To be completely honest, I didn't know what I wanted to do in this room until this last Tuesday. This room has been a play room / guest room the past few years. It's yellow with green molding around the top. I knew I wasn't going to change the color and that I needed to keep the spare bed in there, but other than that, I had no idea what to do with the furniture or the d├ęcor. I've been completely uninspired.
A month or so ago when my mom was up she and told me that it was driving her nuts that the room had nothing baby in it yet. So, we set up the crib, brought up the rocking chair, and moved around the furniture. All the baby furniture is on the far side of the room and the queen bed was pushed against the wall by the door. It's tight, but it all fits. She also put up a few baby toys that I had. But, the crib was filled with baby stuff and we didn't have anything else ready yet. So, the room stayed that way until she came up for my baby shower this last weekend.
With my mom coming up for the baby shower this last weekend, I knew we would be working on the nursery. But, I was still uninspired and uncertain. On Monday, with the shower over, she told me “Tomorrow we are working in the nursery.” So, feeling a little trapped against a wall, I hopped on the internet and found a picture of a nursery that had a simple graphic tree and bird painted on the wall. I loved, loved, loved it! With that as inspiration I started thinking about the rest of the room. Then I found this website with an adorable bird mobile. My mom loved both the tree and the bird mobile and that night we drew the tree and bird on the wall.

Tuesday morning we started painting the tree with Alaina to help. It was the fastest mural we have ever done. Total it took about 5 hours. (that's including the 1.5 hrs. that it took us to draw it on the wall first) We then emptied everything out of the crib and actually put everything in it's place! It's simple, clean, and very baby boy. I can't wait to bring Cael home to it.
The bird mobile: So cute! I had all the birds sewn up yesterday. Today I went out and cut some branches from our contorted filbert, cleaned them, and then attached the birds. Then my hubby helped me string the whole thing together and hang it. He loves it, the kids love it, and I love it. It's a great final piece in the nursery.
As a side note I just want to say that this room may never have gotten done to completion without my mom. With the girls I knew exactly what I wanted in their rooms and I had them ready months before they came. For some reason with this little man, I just didn't know what to do. Having her push me to do something with the room was very needed. I miss her living so close. She really inspires me when I need it.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

32 Weeks!

32 weeks along today. Only 8 more to go if he waits until my due date to come. I saw my midwife on Tuesday and she thought he may be a bit big. She was right. The ultrasound I had today confirmed that he is big. He's in the 80th percentile and weighing in a 4.75 lbs. The info I found said the average at 32 weeks is 3.72 lbs. He's goona be a big boy!