Friday, November 29, 2013

Nursery UPDATE!

Thanksgiving started with a BANG. I mean a bang of a hammer. The morning of Thanksgiving was full of activity. We put the bird in to cook and then moved on to the nursery. We had everything painted and printed. Here are a few pictures of John working hard and the final results. (the red isn't right... so we are going to re-paint those things soon with a new paint).
 John hanging the pictures. We are still one frame short... but it is on my to do list. 
 Adi was a good supervisor! I was in charge of handing the frames and positioning! 
Adding the prints! (some are still empty because we are waiting for maternity pictures) 

Finished product (thus far) This is above where her toys and little rocking chair. 
 NOW for the prints and close ups: (I just made these in powerpoint and printed at Office Max)
 -Mommy's favorite Bible verse-
 I love this reminder. 
 Found this picture online. Not sure where. But the first toy we bought her (before anyone knew) was a small little hedgehog! 
 Oh how HE loves us <3 So blessed.
 New nightly routine in the Edmonds house? I think so!
 Solid advice! I agree wholeheartedly!
 -Psalm 139:14-
 Always.
 (glare) Don't Forget to be AWESOME!
 Dream BIG little one. :) 
 View from the door to the nursery. I think the colors look good! Now to add those pictures and hang those shelves. 
 Daddy being a champ and hanging all her bookshelves perfectly straight! 
 She loves to lay down in the nursery. It may be her favorite spot in a few months! (Aspen was sleeping in our room on our bed.. floor or tempurpedic... I'd be with Aspen-haha)
The shelves are hung! Daddy was so excited to pull books from Mommy's stash and put them in the shelves! Some of our favorites. (Just need The Pokey Little Puppy to add to the collection) I plan to rotate books in and out frequently and of course add holiday books based on the time of year. I am hoping to get some great Christmas ones on sale after Christmas! 


Things are shaping up! We have a few more things to do to finish decorating. I am so excited for our showers coming up. I hope we get the essentials... we are not prepped for the actual baby... but her room is looking great! :) 

I will keep you updated on upcoming projects! 

-Alexis

Week.27.Questions.


How far along: 27 Weeks

Total weight gain:I was worried about Thanksgiving food, but my ability to eat an entire plate of food has vanished. no room for food.

Maternity clothes: Still wearing the over the belly jeans. On the hunt for a Christmas dress... proving to be difficult and/or expensive. 

Stretch marks: No new ones! 

Sleep: Depends on the night. Lately the acid reflux has been an issue whenever I lay down. 
Best moment of this week: Thanksgiving and nursery updates!

Miss anything: Missed the rest of my family at Thanksgiving this year. 
Movement: She has been moving. I can't figure out her schedule... but I want John to be able to feel her. She did knock my phone out of my hand one day! 

Food cravings: Thanksgiving food. Enough said. 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing really. Trying to get the acid reflux under control. 

Have you started to show yet: Oh yea! Great for maternity pictures. I haven't blown up anywhere but my belly thus far... give it time. :) 
Gender: Little Lady! <3
Labor signs: nope. 
Belly button in or out: Still in! I thought I was going to pop like the turkey...
Wedding rings on or off: on.
Happy or moody most of the time: Not bad. Feeling pretty good about accomplishing so many things. 

Looking forward to: Printing pictures and getting the last few gifts for Christmas. I am almost done... just 3 more to get and wrap. Everything else is WRAPPED!


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Give Thanks 2013

Thanksgiving is a tradition that I love. We have been hosting ever since we moved into our house. It is so much fun and I feel so accomplished after the fact! It is exhausting, but full of love. I love to cook (hate the dishes), love family, and love eating. Being pregnant, I was so excited to fill this belly! (It doesn't take much to fill these days... jam packed already).

We make a gizzard stuffing. Family recipe. Well, we made it Wednesday night and the process is interesting and somewhat disgusting, but the final result is amazing!
 Adi got to taste some gizzard stuffing. It is a current holiday tradition to share with the pups. I think it is their favorite holiday!
 Aspen loves food, so she couldn't stop with the delicious stuffing! She would have eaten it all if we would have let her.
 Another Wednesday night tradition is to make stuffing "burgers". Just take the recently made stuffing and put into a patty shape, fry it up in a pan, and eat! Delicious. Check out Adi scoping the situation!
We make the turkey the same way every year. My dad helped us the first year (thank goodness) and we just do the same yearly. Why mess with something that works. We use a little bit of butter, to say the least. ;) It is disturbing at the time (and I won't even go into the NECK!) but it always turns out amazing! 

The prep was worth it and Thanksgiving lunch was a success. Here are some pictures from the day!
 The table! I love this tablecloth and napkins. I got them last year at Kohl's. The pumpkins were a dollar at a craft store, and I hot glued the little leaves to them. The vases are versatile. We use them year round, but change the contents. For fall, they are split peas and bean mixture for color. So festive!
 Just Danny being silly. He didn't want his picture taken, I took it and told him it would be on the blog. Maybe we will get smiles next time?
 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade... Festive Thanksgiving Banner... Pumpkins.... Family.
Birds the word! John carving it up! 
Still carving the turkey. So delicious! (I may have had a turkey sandwich for dinner too...)

 Just a better picture of the sparkly pumpkin and added leaves. Not hard to do, but really cute and cheap!
 The SPREAD! Rolls, Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans, Corn, Stuffing, Turkey, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy. All delicious!

 After dinner Rock Band. Mom got (I think) the first EVER 1% on the guitar. Then she realized she wasn't using the white button to strum. Kind of important. She got better!
 Kerrigan sang for us. She did good for not knowing many of the songs. I was on the drums... and super easy level was rather difficult at times.
 Singing can be exhausting. Much easier to lay down and sing. I must admit, that carpet is really comfortable.
 Just a close up of the green beans. They are AMAZING. I found the recipe on Pinterest and they are called Arkansas Green Beans. I suggest you find them, and make them. ASAP.
 The pumpkin pie! Fresh from the oven. I had more Cool Whip than pie.. but definitely worth it.
 Me, Mom, Wendy and Kerrigan. Little Baby Edmonds and her first taste of turkey. (also.. my hair has been wavy lately, and I went natural route today... eh.)
 Don't poke the baby! haha. There is definitely a baby belly! <3
 Sleepy Aspen after a long day of foraging for Thanksgiving food. She was so tired!
Adi crashed out on her bed too! John wasn't asleep, just being comfy on the floor with Adi. They like to snuggle. 

Our Thanksgiving was successful, full of love and food. I am so glad we were able to host again and make it another year of tradition. 

I am truly thankful for family near and far, friends, little baby Edmonds, my pups, food, shelter, and of course my Creator. I give thanks for all things. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

-Alexis

Be Prepared

This week was full of many ways we need to get prepared. I was so excited for our birth class. I am a learner at heart (some call it nerd...). I like to know as much as I can as to not be shocked or surprised. I know that it is still going to be a process and who knows how it will all go down, but at least if they mention something, I would like to be educated prior not in the moment. Anyway... our week finished off with a few more coats of spray paint. I was beyond happy when the garage was cleared of the many frames and paint... and I could pull my car in. I appreciate a warm car in the morning, not scraping the windows.
 We took lunch to John really quick one day on our way to the stores to get some baby shower shopping done. Well... Stella was not happy that he only joined us in the car for about five minutes. This was the best shot I could get of her sobbing and saying... Jooohn, Jooohn, Jooohn.. the REST of the ride. It was pretty pathetic.
 She became all smiles when we got to the store. She always wants to buy a "boo/k/". I love that she loves to sit and read/look through books. And that is all she ever wants at the store! Funny girl.
We got TWO gifts this week. The first being the Rock-and-Play that I was so stressed would be sold out/unavailable. I saw it at Babies R' Us and Karmon came and got it for us! We were so excited to put it together. Adi sniffed it a few times, then walked away. Aspen was being a nosey beagle (always) and she was sniffing it and then had to get up on the ottoman to get a closer look! (I know I will find her snuggly butt in there one day... I think it will probably be hilarious)
 The second gift we got was a toy that I LOVE! I love the vintage coloring and it matches the nursery pretty well. The entire set of these toys/accessories are amazing! Thank you Anne! (now... how to keep Adi from eating the balls...)
This is just the cover of the resources we were given at our birthing class. We decided to do it all in one day. I am glad we did. They do need more comfortable chairs, but other than that.... amazing. It was great to see videos of how it all REALLY works, not what I have created in my head, heard from others, or learned in high school. I think that the science behind it was amazing to witness, and with that being said, it is truly a miracle to think of all the things that God has created/set in motion for a woman to be able to deliver a baby! I can remember a few things that I found fascinating and I feel I should share:
1. The journey for delivery is 4 inches. That is all the further it is from beginning to end. 
2. The uterus is the strongest muscle (man or woman) when in labor.
3. When a woman dialates, the muscle moves to the BACK of the baby and keep pushing. 
4. The placenta is the only organ that is fully created after birth and only lasts for the 10 months of pregnancy. (then it dies when expelled)
5. A baby is given skin to skin immediately to regulate the babies heart rate, temperature, and give it a sense of familiarity by hearing mom's heartbeat. 
6. Babies see light and dark when born. That is why a woman's nipples get darker. Within the first hour, a baby will look for the dark nipple to start breastfeeding. (natural instinct)

Random facts but I felt like they were very interesting!

We are blessed with an extended family of campers. John and I were camp counselors at Camp Presmont (church camp) where we were mentors to a group of girls and a group of boys. We are always in contact with them and make sure they are doing great! I know that it is amazing to know that they are growing in to adults and making decisions that will forever impact their lives. They keep us up to date and we love them dearly. After church, John and I got to see Eli for lunch! It was so nice to just sit, talk and really get to know how he was doing. He is full of life and a great young man. I am so proud of him and his pursuit of teaching. Growing up is hard, and Eli is doing a great job! (Please disregard how stinking LARGE I look in this picture. yikes. This sweater will be taken out of the rotation immediately!)

 Ultrasound pictures for the baby shower! I am so excited to make things for the shower. I sat down one night and got it all knocked out! Whew! It felt great. I have a few little things to do still, but they shouldn't take long. I am going to try to make a fringe banner... wish me luck! (pinterest, don't fail me now)
 I have seen many things at baby showers where the guests write wishes for baby. I wanted to do something a bit different. I wanted guests to write down things that little baby Edmonds NEEDS to do in her first year of life. (ex: visit Santa, see the lights, go to the zoo, etc.) Fun activities and musts for babies first year. If you are reading this... make sure you get your idea for the shower ready!
 Tuesday was full of random prep and of course a stop at Steak and Shake for some CHEESE! (grilled cheese is Stella's favorite). She looks adorable in that dorky hat!
 John and I were getting Christmas/Maternity pictures on Tuesday. I have been so diligent as to not bite my nails and I must say, I have succeeded! They aren't super long, but they are just the right length. So I treated myself to a manicure. Well.. Stella wanted her nails painted. She picked the color and was so excited. Check it out!



 If you know me, you know my nails are NEVER this long. I know... crazy to believe... because they aren't that long. But they were usually a good nub. I am so proud! And this color is so pretty for Christmas. (Sinful Colors from Meijer named Sugar Sugar)
Just a sneak peek! It SNOWED!!!!! Ever since I found out I was pregnant, I looked up winter maternity pictures and they were all snowy... I was so jealous. I wanted snow. And it snowed.... amazing! It was cold, but beyond worth it. I will post all of the pictures once they are edited and ready to share! (I found the perfect Christmas card too.... so exciting!)

Thanksgiving prep coming up...

-Alexis