What’s On My Registry…

With just a little over two months to go and a baby shower coming up next weekend (woo hoo!) I wanted to share with you a few things from my registry.

Now, if you’re expecting and anything like me, you were – or are – absolutely clueless as to where to start. I actually began creating my registry at about month 3, researching some of the big ticket, gender-neutral items. And of course, in perfect Kristen fashion, I began stressing. I finally calmed down once I discovered the gender of my little bean (around week 22) and realized Aha!This should actually be a FUN process, not a stressful one! So, keeping my registry private, I then went a little crazy and began adding whatever struck my fancy.

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Like these guys from the Animal Prints Shop. How can I possibly resist baby animal prints for the nursery?!

Over the last month, I finally began weeding through the crazy and finalizing the registry to go public prior to the shower. And believe me, it is hard to weed through the millions of baby products out there because, well, it’s baby stuff – it’s all pretty darn cute! It’s easy to get lost in the cuteness of it all and fall into the opinions of everyone else. But what kept me sane was the thought that the registry was for me, not for everyone else. It was – is – a way for me to stay organized and keep track of what I think is best for my baby, my lifestyle, and my home.

So without further ado, here are a few of my favorite things from my registry:

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gDiapers.

In my attempt to go a bit more organic/natural with baby products, I’ve been contemplating cloth diapers but figured that it would be way too messy and time-consuming to keep up with the laundering and sterilization of it all. And then I came across these beauties! gDiapers give you the best of both worlds: a reusable diaper cover made of 92% cotton, 8% spandex with a snap-in pouch of breathable nylon, and disposable, biodegradable inserts that are composed of cellulose rayon, fluffed wood pulp, and super absorber (all chlorine free, latex free, perfume free, and dye free). They come in sizes from newborn to large and a variety of colors and patterns. The bottom line is – they are safe, environmentally friendly, and most importantly, pretty darn cute!

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Boppy Bare Naked Pillow with Pillow Protector and Organic Slipcover

Again, this is my attempt to go organic. You don’t have to go with an organic slipcover and there are many other options available. However, this is a time where I have taken the opinions and advice of others into account – Boppy pillows are supposedly an essential! These suckers not only provide the perfect ergonomic support when feeding, but they also transition into props for tummy time, play time, and learning to sit up. Meaning it is money well spent!

Bestever Lamb Plush Play Mat Set

Ok, this is neither organic nor essential but it’s super cute and I couldn’t help myself. And it looks insanely comfortable! Sometimes, you just gotta give in to the crazy, ok?!

Britax B-Agile & B-Safe Travel System

I did A LOT of research on strollers and read WAY too many reviews, but this is the stroller that I determined best fit our needs. Is it perfect? No. I’ve come to the conclusion that there really isn’t one perfect stroller out there! I would love for it to have more urban wheels and for the car seat attachment to be a bit smaller and lighter, but after testing it out at Buy Buy Baby and comparing it to others, it does seem to ride exceptionally smooth, folds and compacts easily (with the push of a button), and has multiple adjustments to keep baby comfortable. And per the reviews, it’s extremely durable and should last for years to come!

Bundleme Hat, Mittens & Booties – JJ Cole Collections

Again, just because it’s so darn cute! And with an end of October due date and Winter on its way, I think it is pretty essential…

For all you mommas out there, what are some of your favorite, can’t-do-without products? Do you have any must-have advice for us mommas-to-be?

26 WEEKS & A LOVE LETTER

It’s hard to believe that I’m already so close to my third trimester! Yep, today is the 26th week and I’m beginning to feel it – the ever-growing belly is getting in the way, the outie is making an appearance, and my feet are actually starting to ache from the extra poundage I’m now carrying around.

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I love the excitement and anticipation this pregnancy brings, 100%, but I must admit, there are some days when I simply freak out. There’s so much to do! So much to buy! So much to read up on and understand! And heck, it’s not always easy facing (or dressing) that bulging belly in the mirror.

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But after about 30 minutes of panic, I calm down and remind myself that this is a magical process. There is a little person inside of me! A little person that is wholly mine and completely dependent on me. A little person that will become my whole world. Sure, it’s scary, but the joy and wonder he will bring is insurmountable.

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So, while I’m on a bit of a lovey-dovey role, I thought I’d write my first love letter to our little man…Greyson (that name seems to have stuck!).

Dear Little Greyson,

I can feel the movement of your tiny hands and feet now – my, you are an enthusiastic one! Every kick and flutter brings me a joy that I cannot even put into words. They are a constant reminder of this magical little being growing inside me. I often wonder about you, what you will be like. What kind of man you will grow into. What your personality will be like. What kind of life you will lead and where your heart will take you.

I also worry, as all moms do. I’ve been thinking a lot about what kind of mother I’ll be. I do know that I will do my very best to be there for you, to guide you, and to understand you. I know sometimes I will fail, but my heart will always be in the right place – with you. It already is and always will be.

I can’t wait to meet you and to watch you grow – but not too fast! The world is at your fingertips, as you will soon discover, and I look forward to seeing that sparkle in your eye and that sense of wonder on your face. You can do anything and be anything you want in this world, that is something I hope to instill in you. But in the meantime, I’ll be content with you as my little man for as long as you will allow it.

3 more months and I will be giving you the first of many hugs and kisses to come!

Love always, Mom

GENDER REVEAL!

For 22 weeks I waited with baited breathe to find out the gender of this little bean growing inside of me. I tried not to think about it. I tried not to guess. I tried to content myself with calling it “It.” But it didn’t help. I was drawn to the baby section of every store and longed to by something for…him? Her? I kept mulling over names…Ryder? Jax? Lily? I even took a few online gender predictor tests (which revealed the wrong gender, by the way!). Yes, for 22 weeks I had a whiney, pleading voice in the back of my head screaming tell me, tell me! Pleeeease!

And now, at 23 weeks 5 days, I’m happy to say (drumroll please….)

It's a Boy! (22 W 5 D)

IT’S A BOY! And I can’t wait to meet this little man of mine.

Speaking of little man, I am now in the process of picking out a baby shower theme and I think I’ve actually settled on one: mustaches! Or in better words, a summertime ‘stache bash! Because heck, everyone loves mustaches…

Mustache balloons!

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Oh boy, it is on!

NESTING & NURSERY PROGRESS!

Well hello my friends – I can’t believe it’s been a month since I last blogged! (Time flies when you’re having fun). Yes, I’ve been in full nesting mode and have been working on a handful of projects that I’m excited to share with you.

First, I have finally made progress on the nursery! You see, I’ve had an idea in my head from the moment I realized I was expecting, but have been dreading the process of actually bringing it to reality – specifically, the painting process. Sure, I do paint for a living, but painting multiple stripes on multiple walls does not sound the slightest bit appealing to me. Add to that a 100 year old home with crooked walls and floors and it’s a recipe for disaster!

But one rainy day I decided to go for it – if it didn’t work out I could just paint over it, right? And after much measuring, taping (a roll and a half of frog tape, to be exact!), and more than a few hissy fits, things finally began to take shape…

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(ps…I love, love, LOVE this diaper bag I got from Skip Hop!)

A day and a half later, the straight-ish lines were complete and the crib put together…

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And now comes the fun part – the details! I can’t wait to start shopping for the baby blankets, artwork, and pops of color…10 more days until I find out the gender!!

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Obviously, I’ve had baby on the brain, but I have also managed to complete a few projects not at all baby related.

Like this dresser that sold in less than a day, and it’s now very lonely counterpart…

Dresser & Nightstand Set

Or this outdoor table (built by my wonderful husband) that I painted in ASCP Old White and stained using an aged vinegar and steel wool mixture…

Patio Table

Thank goodness I put on multiple layers of spar urethane before the downpour! Now to purchase new chairs….

And as usual, I have a few other projects that I’m working on simultaneously that I hope to finish after this non-stop rain!

Projects Galore

With a little help from the dogs, of course!

But back to baby….almost 21 weeks (on Wednesday)!

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Obviously this was taken on a productive painting day!

A VERY SPECIAL DAY.

Today is just one of those days in which the world seems to have come together and everything has fallen into its perfect place…

Two years ago today, I married my best friend.

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And in these two years we’ve traveled together…

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…laughed together, cried together, and had many a drink together…

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Croatia Wine

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…snuggled together, played together, and worked out together…

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…made a house into a home together and found a new addition to our family together…

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…and now, at exactly 4 months today, we are expecting another addition to the family…

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A little baby bump!

It’s amazing and thrilling and exciting to have shared in these moments together and to look forward to the many wondrous moments we have ahead.

Of course, the last two years haven’t always been easy – there’s been some heartache, a lot of screaming and yelling (at least on my part…), slamming of doors, and the occasional silent treatment, but it’s been worth every minute of it.

I love you honey – happy anniversary!

THE CORNER OFFICE

If you read my previous post, you just may have heard the happy news: we’re expecting! And with a baby on the way, my mind is running a million miles a minute with all the things I need to do before the big arrival. I want every room in my home to be picture-perfect and magazine ready. I want to finish every single unfinished project sitting around the house. And I already have a collection of quick, easy, and healthy recipes that may possibly rival Martha Stewart’s. Some people like to call it “nesting,” but I just call it “crazy.”

And I’m pretty sure my crazy started with the nursery.

I have grand plans for the nursery, you see, but before I could get started on la chambre de bebe, I had to move my office/craft room into an itty bitty corner of the guest room. I felt a little disgruntled about getting stuffed into a corner (nobody puts Baby in the corner!) so to ease my crazy and to give myself a little pick-me-up, I purchased a new desk.

I think we’ve all seen the parsons desk (via West Elm) through our Pinterest stalking browsing…

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…and since I’ve had my eye on it for quite some time, that’s exactly what I went with.

It’s a little outside my typical cottage-vintage style, but I love it. It’s sleek, it’s modern, and just a little glam with its glossy finish.

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I need to hide the wiring and one day get a new computer, but as far as the office goes, I think crazy is content for a little while. Now on to the next room….

IT’S OFFICIAL!

I’ve been waiting with bated breath to share the happy news that yes, we’re expecting – 13w, 5d and counting!! I’ve been cautiously optimistic, but with sonogram now in hand, baby bean is definitely in there and thriving.

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Needless to say, I now have baby on the brain and am impatient to get started on the nursery! Unfortunately, what is now becoming the nursery was once my office so I am also in the process of reorganizing my desk into a corner of the guest room (a miniscule sacrifice for a lifetime of hugs and kisses!). It did give me an excuse to order a new desk though! More to come on that later…

…back to the nursery! Since we won’t know the gender of the baby bean for a couple more months now (which seems a bit like an eternity!), I hope to keep the room gender neutral with greys and, well, neutrals. Of course, Pinterest has been my go-to source and I’ve managed to zero in on a few favorites:

Love the grey striped wall and jute rug.

Love the grey striped wall!

Elegant and neutral nursery

Soft, Peaceful Nursery

Love, love, LOVE this changing station filled with vintage goodies!

Imogen's Glamping Themed Nursery

Glamping theme is genius!

Imogen's Glamping Themed Nursery

Makes my heart melt.

Oh, how my brain is buzzing with ideas…

If you have any ideas or advice of your own, please feel free to share!!