The final day-

I had a couple of small(ish) goals to complete before the nugget arrived, one of which was to sell my old car. Okay, maybe that’s not a small goal, but a goal nonetheless. Backtrack– a few months after I graduated college in 2004, I had to quickly buy a new (to me) car… the transmission went out on my high school/ college car. And with that, Lola entered my life. I figured it was the perfect time in my life to have a convertible– no kids, single, living at the beach.

DSC04013Lola and I went on many an adventure… we drove clear across Virginia multiple times, VA>TX, TX>MI, MI>TX, TX>VA, and then some. I had her for nearly 10 years, and she was perfect for my single days. I put around 125,000 miles on her in that timeframe. kellydrivingBut as the Nugget’s arrival date neared, J and I realized that she would not be the most ideal baby-transport-car. And so, after much back and forth (seriously. we had a really hard time deciding on a car.) Ruby entered. Practical, reliable, and most importantly, she has four doors. Oh, and not a van.

2014-12-13 07.53.37We ultimately decided to sell Lola ourselves (car dealerships are sheisters when offering to buy your old car). Unfortunately, December is not the most ideal month to sell a convertible in Virginia Beach. Strange, I know. But we were patient (or rather, J was patient. I don’t usually mess with these kinds of things).

Valentine’s Day started like many Saturdays in our house… we made a quick trip to Costco, and then met up with a Photographer… at the last minute, we decided we needed to have the Heir photographed. We called up Tianna and invited her over to feel her out and so she could get a feel for the spaces in our home. She took a few test shots, and then was on her way.

BCGLifestyleMaternityPhotosT.Y.PhotographyVirginiaBeachMaternityPhotos-2After all that activity, I laid my large self down for a nap, while J met up with a lady from Craigslist. (Not the first time he met with a potential buyer for the car. Probably about the fifth time, actually.) A few minutes into the nap, he woke me up (!) to sign paperwork… he sold the car! Heyoooo.

We then made ourselves a nice steak dinner, set the table all romantically (with candles! And china!), and enjoyed what we knew would be our last Valentine’s Day dinner pre-children. After dinner, in true romantic fashion, we settled ourselves in front of the fireplace and I watched Lockup (THE BEST SHOW EVER)… J fell asleep around 9. By 10:30, I was ready for bed as well, and we migrated back to the bedroom. 2015-02-14 18.46.56At 12:45am, I woke up with a contraction. Not the first time I have woken up with a contraction, so I settled down and tried to go back to sleep. Throughout the end of my pregnancy, I’ve had many Braxton Hicks contractions, but this was different. Stronger. More intense. I got up, went to the bathroom, and tried to lay down again. (They say you should walk around and drink some water to determine whether or not a contraction is real. They will go away if they’re just faking it.) Falling back to sleep, however, was not to happen… contractions kept coming. Slowly at first, but they grew stronger and more consistent. By 2:30, it was time to wake up J. Game on.

To be continued…

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On the Homestretch!

Week 28: Remember how I said that I could be pregnant forever and this is great and yadda yadda yadda? Forgive me. I was wrong. I will never say such a thing again. Nope. I had a little run-in with some SERIOUS heartburn/ Acid Reflux this past week, and the best way to describe it is that I had flu-like symptoms. Except it was heartburn. Confused? Yeah, I was too. REGARDLESS. The little nugget is still active, healthy, and kicking away. #grateful2014-11-24 12.00.01

Week 29: This week, I discovered that dropping things on the ground IS THE WORST THING THAT COULD EVER HAPPEN. I can’t reach the floor. Since being [a lot] more careful with what I’ve been eating, the heartburn hasn’t come back. Phew. Decorating for Christmas whilst prego is kinda fun, actually. It makes me feel all domesitcated and junk. Or something.2014-12-01 17.46.23

Week 30: Every afternoon, it seems as if my fingers like to play this fun game called “swell up and hurt.” I hear this is normal, but I should probably decrease my salt intake to help it out. Ooookay, I can do that. Baby Shower week is here! Yay! Also, we had our birthing class. Not as terrifying as I figured it would be, which was nice. But strange because they didn’t really go over breathing techniques and such, which I expected.2014-12-13 08.14.27

Week 31: We had the Baby Shower last week, and it was awesome. I teared up only once, so that’s a win. We also had our hospital tour this week, and it. was. incredible. I can’t wait to describe that place in more detail. Up until this point, I had been wearing some non-maternity [stretchy] dresses, but it seems as if those days are coming to an end… the dresses are becoming more like tunics… yeeeiiiikes. And! I started my prenatal yoga classes (in a studio!) this week, and it’s been awesome. Suuuuper helpful.2014-12-18 21.40.48

Week 32: More of the same. Growing, stretching, etc. Although now, my fingers are still swelling, so I finally bit the bullet and took off two of my wedding rings (I usually wear three). And it’s much more comfortable. Also, tiny human has discovered poking and stretching into places (such as rib cages) that is less than comfortable. I also had my first bout of “sickness” whilst preggo, which was just allergies for a couple of days. Nothing too terrible, but an experience nonetheless.2014-12-26 15.45.34

Week 33: A New Year, a New Baby! It’s just starting to hit both J and I that we will, in fact, be toting around a tiny human child in approximately 7 weeks. And it’s permanent. He’ll be here. Forever. The weight of caring for, raising, and loving a tiny human entrusted to us is incredible. We are grateful. We are hopeful. We are overwhelmed by it all. Also, the [occasional] sleepless nights have started. I woke up at 330 the other morning, with no hope of going back to sleep. So I thought about tiny human and prayed for him for a couple hours until my alarm went off.2014-12-30 20.45.14Also, this is funny: Week 30 vs week 32 photo–

2014-12-30 21.15.03Week 34: Tiny Human and I have had a pretty good week thus far. No major bouts of heartburn, although I think I have figured out how to manage it, which is awesome. It includes a couple of tums, a peppermint or two (ie- clearance candy canes), and learning how to [properly] stand up straight, thanks to yoga. Also, I finally got to indulge in my French Toast craving. And it was delicious. We’ve started packing our hospital bag, and the stroller is loaded in the trunk. Getting closer!     2015-01-09 17.02.13Week 35: Things are about to get real. Also, exhaustion. Similar to the first-trimester in wanting to sleep, minus the nausea (yeaaaaahhhH!), but add in not being able to touch my toes. (I went to sleep the other night at 7. BECAUSE I’M CRAZY!) J and I have started really been cutting back on extracurricular activities and just hanging out and having family time… it’ll never go back to just the two of us, which is bittersweet. Gosh, I love that man.

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Week 36: Tiny Human is sitting way lower these days, which is great for the whole breathing thing. Not as great for the whole “walking straight” thing. But whatever… because that means HE’S COMING SOON!! According to the Doc, things are progressing quite nicely. Hooray for tiny human!

2015-01-20 17.32.09Week 37: 37th week! That means technically, Tiny Human is full term. The next post will [hopefully] be beautiful pictures of a tiny human. Again, everything seems to be progressing nicely. He’s right where he needs to be (head down), measuring on schedule, and kicking/ wiggling as much as he has room for. Also, I’m straight up waddling. He’s sitting so low in belly that walking proves to be much more of a challenge than what it used to be. I’m still feeling good, although I would welcome daily naps (if my job allowed). As such, going to bed at 8 suffices. 🙂

Thanks for the kind words of support and encouragement! He’ll be here soon!!

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The little #GoldNugget’s room

I can’t wait to bring the little buddy home and show him his room. In reality, I foresee the following: J will scoop tiny human out of his car seat and take him for a grand tour of his brand new house while I quietly sob in the corner, hoping to never forget how sweet of a moment it is.

J will slowly walk tiny human around and show him all the fun things in his room…

Where he will rest his little head:Crib Complete_HouseofGoldThe mobile he will look at when he can focus his little eyes:Ship Mobile_HouseofGoldThe dresser that holds his tiny human clothes:Closet Corner_HouseofGold

The curtains that block out light and let him sleep:Nugget Curtain Close_HouseofGoldThe chair him and his Mom (that’s me!!) will sit for hours in while he feeds:Nursing Corner_HouseofGold

And the room that he will grow up in:Nugget Room Overall_HouseofGoldSo much love for this little one already.

Hall Closet – Slow but Steady Wins the Race.

I promised you a finished picture of something this week, but not necessarily the nugget’s room. See what I did there? Imma show you the finally-finished-closet. YESSSSS.

Come to find out, adding an extra bit of girth to your frontal midsection inhibits your abilities to wiggle in and out of tight spaces. Ergo, working on the closet was a little harder than I figured it would be. Progress has been slow (if not nonexistent), but now! NOW I HAVE SOMETHING TO SHOW YOU! This was cause for much rejoicing and celebrating in our house. Here’s where we left off:Stencil Complete_HouseofGold

So remember when I made all these fancy drawings and had everything all figured out? Well, I was too quick to speak. Much too quick. We purchased 3/4″ sheets of mdf and had the nice man at Home Depot cut them to size for us. Which, with my brain preoccupied with other things, I gave him the wrong dimensions. I told him I wanted 2-18″ pieces, and 1-12″ piece (leftovers) cut out of one board. (My drawings called for 16″ wide boards.)

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Once I got home, I realized my mistake, so J and I ripped them down to 16″ boards. And then I started putting some in the closet and getting started with the whole shebang. Actually, after I put one board in the closet (the top shelf, to be precise), I recognized that was all wrong. WAY too deep and just not okay. There was literally no room for me to even use the shelves. Or to hang up a coat. So I decided the shelves then needed to be 12″ deep. Which caused about a 2-week wait until it was light enough outside to see our fingers, we were home for long enough to rip the boards down (again), and it wasn’t raining.

Once that was done, though, PROGRESS! Here’s what I [we] did. (And I don’t have step-by-step pics, but I think it’s fairly straightforward. Maybe.)

First, I screwed 2″ wide boards as my supports for the top shelf. Taking very special care to measure where the vertical shelves would go, I made certain to leave some open space. Then the top shelf rested neatly on those boards.Shelf Support_HouseofGold

Then I took the two 7′ tall boards and slid them vertically in place, so I could then take exact measurements of how wide the second, shorter hanging section on the right would be. Got that? Once that was in place, I measured for a shelf on the very lower left hand side of the vertical supports (where boots might rest).

With those two shelves in place, I could then measure how wide the center shelves should be, which would [hopefully] make everything flush and tight with each other. Basically, the reason there are no progress pics is because everything wouldn’t fit together properly until the very end, when it was all in place. Also, despite the fact that I drew up my fancy sketchup model, we have plaster walls. Which makes nothing really square and/or exactly straight. Which means it’s best to wait and measure exact dimensions, rather than go off a drawing that assumes a bunch of things.

LIKE THIS.Closet Shelves_HouseofGoldOnce we got all the shelving set up, Dad came in and cut the baseboards to size, which also included the quarter round. And then he got crazy with the nail gun and secured them in to place. While that was happening, Mom and J and I cut the trim pieces for the front of the shelves. This trim is called “stop moulding” at the Depot, which means that one of the corners is ever-so-slightly-rounded… and that was just fine for our tastes. So anyway, we cut all those to size and nailed them in place.Adding Trim_HouseofGoldAnd then I caulked the entire thing. Two-point-five-bottles of caulk. I had to take a nap after that. #butforreal We let that stuff dry out for a day or so, and then Mom came back, lightly sanded the caulk spots down to make them smooth, and put a couple coats of paint on it. AND THEN?!?! Okay, wait. Remember what it looked like before:

Hall Closet Before_HouseofGold   AND NOW.Hall Closet Unloaded_HouseofGoldHall Closet Complete_HouseofGoldI didn’t keep track of the exact pricing of everything, but if we had to guess, it’d be around $100 in materials to create this. We used:

  • 2 sheets of 3/4″ mdf
  • baseboard
  • quarter round
  • 3-7′ sections of Stop moulding
  • Paint (leftover oops paint)
  • Stencil (given to us by the lovely people over at Royal Design Studio)
  • Screws/ Nails (had on hand)
  • 3 bottles of caulk

So, obvs, I could have gone out to buy new fabric bins that matched and don’t make your eyes dizzy (pattern on pattern… whoa.), but seriously. It’s a closet. These bins were free. I didn’t want to spend money. And therefore, they work juuuuuust fine.

I’d say Team Goldman/Warner was pretty successful in the closet-ing adventures.

Hall Closet CloseUp_HouseofGoldHooray!