Friday, March 30, 2012

Prayers Needed!

I went in earlier this week for a follow up ultrasound from my 20 week ultrasound appointment. The doctor had told me in the first ultrasound that my placenta was low, but that more than likely it would move up further along in the pregnancy. Unfortunately, the placenta hasn't moved at all. 
So I am diagnosed with Placenta Previa

I had a call from my doctor yesterday and she said that I need to schedule a c-section. I immediately started crying (that has been happening to me a lot lately, darn hormones!).  After talking with her for a while I let her know that I really don't want to have one and she agreed to do another ultrasound in 5 weeks at my 36 week mark. If the placenta has moved then I will be able to labor naturally. If it has not, I must do a C-section. 

Please ladies, keep me in your prayers these next 5 weeks that my placenta will move up. I know it's not the end of the world, but I really don't want to have a c-section. I am terrified of surgery and I really want the opportunity to try to labor and deliver naturally this time. Also, please pray for God's peace to wash over me as I am now starting to have anxiety about the delivery. 

I know our God is a healer and miracle worker and I am believing in this!

Fridays = Park Days

Every Friday after we pick up Chloe, we head to a new park for about an hour before we head home. I really look forward to our park days. We are very lucky to be living in San Diego where the weather is nice 99% of the time and we have lots of parks in the city. 

 I like doing our Friday Park Day for a couple reasons:

1. Parks are just plain fun and before we had Chloe we would go to parks all the time. It's nice to keep doing that. I also like to explore new parks and playgrounds. I really love playgrounds just as much as kids do. James and I use to play late night lava monster with our friends all the time. It was a blast. 

2. It kicks off the weekend. I like to do something fun on Fridays just to make it "official" that the weekend has started. 

3. It gets us outside and active. Nothing is better than being outside, I love it. And being active is super important to staying healthy.

4. I love the look on Chloe's face when we set her free in a park. She is so elated. She runs free, climbs on everything and shows her independence. It makes my heart melt and I love watching her explore her surroundings.

This video was taken back in January. Chloe (and my tummy) are much bigger now!

I'll have to try and take more pictures of her at the parks. If you all have time (and appropriate weather where you live), I would suggest checking out a park or two during the week. It is so refreshing and fun!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

New Nursery Inspiration Board

I am definitely in hyper nesting mode. 
So here is the inspiration board I created for Chloe & Emery's shared room. We changed the colors to make them more modern and fresh (not to mention I am obsessed with green right now). I absolutely love it! It is clean, fun and reminds me of spring time. 

The room is practically done, all we need to do is repaint the diaper changing table and put together the closet! I will take pictures when it is officially done. :)

1. We already use tissue poms above the crib for Chloe, so we just changed some of the colors out. You can make them yourself with this Martha Stewart tutorial, or take the easy way out and purchase them from Etsy like we did we got ours through Fiesta Pom Pom. I LOVE tissue poms. They are so cute and fun and remind me of giant blooming flowers. 

2. We are going to use our existing changing table and just paint dark brown and white it to match the rest of the furniture. We will be keeping her bright green knobs on it as well. I love Anthropology knobs, but they are way too expensive for a changing table. We found some great knobs from Pier One and World Market, where you can get a 4 pack of pretty knobs for as little as $10. 

3. Yarn Ball garland. We made Yarn balls for Chloe's birthday party. It was super easy with this yarn pom maker. I just re-used the red ones from her party and strung them up on fishing line for the new room. Adds a touch of whimsy.

4. We are thinking of taking this duvet set from Ikea and using the fabric to make curtains for the room. I like the pattern and the color works great for what we are going with. 

5. We ended up getting Chloe a new convertible crib. We loved her old Jenny Lind Crib, but we had painted it teal before and to be honest, it was SO much work. We definitely wouldn't have the time or space to repaint the crib again. Not to mention we bought it used and it is the recalled version of the crib. We weren't sure if it would survive the wear and tear of a toddler and a baby and a big move. The new crib goes beautifully with the rest of the room and we liked the wavy design on the sides. Once Emery is old enough to move into her own crib (after we move in August), we will be getting Chloe a matching toddler bed and Emery will be getting the crib. 

6. This fabric from Ikea is the basis for our whole room design. James mom used this fabric to make a beautiful blanket for Chloe. I got more of this fabric and cut it up to put in embroidery hoops to decorate her wall with. It really ties everything in together. 

7. This Ikea rug is fun and comfy and added so much to the room. Not to mention it was only $50 and covers a ton of area. Score! Chloe loves playing in it. And peanut likes to play on it too. 

8. I love this Fox print from Sass & Peril. We ended up getting her discounted print with the seconds sale she offers. The print is the same, it just has a blemish on it that you really don't notice all that much. Especially when put in a nice frame and hung up. Instead of hanging all the prints we got, we framed them and put them layered on each other on a thin rail shelf. 

9. I love Green Nest art on Etsy. Her shop has been a favorite of mine for a couple of years now. We ended up getting the cute deer and squirrel prints. She is having a buy 2 get one free sale, so we also got this 2 owl print in the girls nursery colors (I like to thing it is a big sister little sister print). 

10. We got this toy organizer from Walmart. It was the only one I could find that didn't have all these multicolored buckets. That way we can use it no matter how many times we change the colors in the room and it won't clash. 

11. This is the matching book rack to the toy organizer. It works really well for Chloe because she can actually reach all of her books now. And it holds a good amount of books too. The first day she pulled out every single one of her books because she was so excited. Then she helped me put them back like a good little girl. 

12. Chloe got this Poang Ikea chair as a gift from my grandmother for her birthday. She loves it because it is just her size, she can easily get in and out of it on her own. She likes to sit in it and eat her snacks and read her books. 

13. We use the actual closet in the room for storage of all the big baby gear (walkers, Boppy, stroller, car seat, etc...) and for my crafts. So we needed a wardrobe closet to put all the girls clothes in and other necessities that we need to be able to get to easily. In comes the Aspelund wardrobe from Ikea. It has 3 doors and the middle one actually comes with a mirrored door. The wardrobe is the perfect size, not too big but big enough for everything and I can separate the girls clothes since easily. 

So there you have it. I can't wait to show the official pictures when we are all done and set up. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wednesday Date Night

James and I try to have a date night twice a month on Wednesdays when Chloe goes to Grandpa & Grandmas. 
Most of the time date night usually flops through and we just spend the night getting errands done and things that we need to do around the house. Tonight, however, we are making sure we have a date night. We are going to go see The Hunger Games. That's right, we are joining the craze. My sister and her boyfriend along with many of our friends have read the books and claim they are amazing. They are definitely next on my reading list. (right now I am reading Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, which is a great book and I highly recommend it!) From the reviews the Hunger Games movie is very very similar to the book, so I am very excited! 

anyway, in my excitement for tonight, I wanted to share this video. I LOVE the Civil Wars and Taylor Swift as you should well know by now. So I am so excited they got together to make this song. 
The song and video is lovely. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Chloe definitely going to be a musician.

This girl LOVES her music. Especially the guitar. We bought her a fun little acoustic guitar from the swap meet and she plays with it every single day. She carries it around with her all the time and it is definitely hands down her favorite toy. 

James had his electric guitar and amp out and was practicing for worship band and Chloe wanted to play as well. So he laid it out on the floor and let her go at it. It was so cute. (sorry the video is so long). She always shakes her head like that while playing. She closes her eyes and sways her head from side to side like Stevie Wonder. It's adorable.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Music Monday - Augustana

I saw this band many many years ago. They were opening for some other band I originally intended to go see. This band came as such a sweet surprise for my ears! I fell in love with them and immediately bought there cd and some merch at their table. I then bought there next cd that came out a couple years later. I know they are still around and just came out with a new cd last year that I have yet to listen to... so this post will just show the songs I am familiar with. I am definitely going to have to check out the newest cd.

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