Week 28 Pregnancy Update and Nursery

Happy Holidays!  I hope your Christmas was spectacular and you were able to spend it with people you love.  At the very least, I hope you were able to get some rest and enjoy one of my most favorite times … Continue reading

Week 22 Pregnancy Update

How far along? 22 Weeks – The baby is the size of an orange and weighs approximately 1 full pound!

Total weight gain: More than 10lbs.  I’ll have an accurate update after tomorrow.

Bump Alert: Oh yea!  I’m finally able to do the classic “bump clasp” pose now that there’s enough bump to speak of.

22 Weeks

A trip down memory lane…

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I couldn’t pick out why Week 22’s picture seemed different to me until I realized that I had switched around my arm placement.  Sorry that I’m covering up so much of the bitty bump.

Maternity clothes? I’m wearing half regular and half maternity tops, but still 100% maternity bottoms.

Stretch marks? Still moisturizing and still luckily stretch mark-free!

Sleep: Tons and I’m always wanting more!  8-9 hours per weeknight and the occasional weekend nap.  This past weekend called for one on both Saturday and Sunday.  The good news is that I’m feeling more refreshed when I finally do wake up.

Workouts: Four or Five days of walking and two days of strength training.  I’m still feeling really good with my routine.

Best moment this week: Last week, I noticeably felt Baby Boy moving around, but now I can almost time his movements: 20-30 minutes after I eat.  I’ve read that this week, babies really begin to work on their grasping motions, usually around the umbilical cord.  I’m not sure if that’s what I’m feeling, but it cracks me up to think that he is doing his version of “ringing the dinner” bell when he’s ready for food.

Miss anything? It’s not that I miss it, but I attempted to lay down on my stomach to take a close-up photo of the new Scentsy scent bar tags (as seen below), and I quickly realized that I can no longer be in that position.  Sorry, Baby!  I hope I didn’t squish you too much!

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Food cravings: I don’t crave it, but I have started eating cottage cheese again, as I’ve mentioned before.  Right now, I have a light dinner of cottage cheese, cucumber and apple slices on the side, and some sort of protein.

Labour signs: No!

Symptoms: Reduced tiredness and growing bump.

Belly button in or out? Still an innie despite the belly growth.

Wedding rings on or off: On.

Baby Stuff: Nothing new this week, with the exception of the arrival of the Scentsy warmer that we are going to be placing in the baby’s nursery:

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Happy or moody most of the time: Happy and tired

Looking forward to: My next OB-GYN appointment tomorrow to see our little man once more.

 

Modge Podge Projects Shmojects

Happy New Year’s Eve!!!!

Without sounding cliche, but I know that I will, I cannot believe that today is the last day of 2014.  It’s been a great year, full of beautiful people, places, and reminders to be ever grateful.  I will post more about my reflections of 2014 and how I am looking into 2015 as the year of discovery and creativity, but today I want to share a few DIY/crafting projects that I started yesterday and finished up this morning.

Per Pinterest, I made a goal of completing two crafting projects:

1.  A modge podge framed initial

Inspirational piece

Inspirational piece

2.  A display board/wall adornment for my Washi tape.

Inspiration

Inspiration

What I would need to complete these projects:

  1. Old frames
  2. Black spray paint
  3. A letter F
  4. Faded, worn classic books
  5. Modge Podge
  6. Thumb Tacks

On our way home from watching “The Hobbit” 3D and lunch at Bento, my husband and I stopped at a second-hand store and picked up two frames for my DIY projects:

Frames 1

I chose them because they were cute and cheap just like me.

Frames 2

Once I setup a drop cloth over some cardboard boxes, I spray painted both frames flat black.

Spray Painting

While the frames dried, I went into my craft room and started searching through my $3.00 book collection for excerpts that I wanted to feature in my project.  I loved the look of the Faust and Candide copies, but I definitely had five lines from Hamlet.

“Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.” (Act I, Scene III)

“This above all: to thine own self be true.” (Act I, Scene III)

“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” (Act I, Scene IV)

“To be, or not to be: that is the question.” (Act III, Scene I)

“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” (Act III, Scene II)

Modge Podge Collage

The next day (today) I began to piece the background together.  This was my first time using Modge Podge, and I think it turned out quite well.  I used a sponge brush to apply the Modge Podge, and I used the cardboard backing of the frame that came with it as the canvas.  I allowed the pages to overhang the edges, and afterwards trimmed the dried pieces down to size.  Using multi purpose, tacky glue, I affixed the letter F to the center of the piece and placed it back in the dried frame.

Framed Work

I was so pleased with my finished piece, I didn’t want to stop!  Looking around my craft room for another victim blank canvas to work on, my eyes landed upon the second tray I had refurbished over the summer.

FLASHBACK!

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Modge Podge Tray

Later today I will be working on my Washi tape display area.  Updates to come!