It's a...

... boy! And a girl!

It's so funny how life works. I grew up with one brother, and I always thought having one of each would be perfect. Of course I never dreamed I would have them at the same time, but He is a better planner than me.

I'm 17 weeks along, but I'm already measuring 24 weeks. Our baby boy is measuring quite large (100 percentile for singletons), which I'm blaming on his father. He was a 10 lb. baby himself! Our baby girl is measuring at 55th percentile for singletons, which is right on track. I guess I'm doing a really amazing job eating everything in sight. It's all for the babies. *wink*

Now that we know the genders, we can really get started on the nursery. I haven't bought much just yet, but I've indulged in a couple of cute onesies because I just couldn't resist.

Like I said in my previous post, we have already purchased the cribs and the rocking chair. I've been hunting around for other big pieces like a rug and baby bedding, but it has been hard to zero in on exactly what I want.

I did start putting up my arrow decals, which I love!

It turns out I didn't order nearly enough, so I had to go buy a bunch more. I'm spending way more money than I thought I would on "stickers," as Scott calls them. I tried to tell them they were really "wallpaper" and therefore this was a decent price, but he didn't buy it. Then I just played the crazy-pregnant-lady-who-has-been-dreaming-about-a-baby-nursery-for-a-long-time card and he left me alone to order more decals. Smart man. 

We honestly haven't spent much time planning or working on baby things yet because the husband has been absorbed with football season. His last game is tonight, so his schedule will clear up and he'll have a lot more time to tackle projects. I have some pretty simple requests for him for this room (add a changing area to our existing dresser, add photo ledges to window seat area, paint dresser) that we're excited to get started on.

Does anyone have any good suggestions for baby bedding? I've done a lot of online searching, but it's proving hard to find what I had in mind at a decent price point. I really want vibrant colors and nothing too "precious" so that it doesn't scream boy or girl. I'd even take solid sheets if I could find decent colors! I'd love your suggestions.

I'll keep you posted as we make progress on the nursery. I'm off to continue eating everything in sight...

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Big Life Changes

If you follow me/this blog on social media, you may have seen our big announcement!


I hope that explains some of the silence you've been hearing around this blog. My energy level has been WAY down. It's all I can do to go to work and be productive; once that part of my day is over I have very little energy to do anything else. I've been able to continue my normal obligations, but anything optional (ie: exercising, home projects, writing this blog) has moved to the backburner while I grow these little humans. 

I'm in the middle of my 14th week, so I'm hopeful that the second trimester will bring with it less sickness and more energy. I've been sick, but it hasn't been completely awful so I'm grateful for that. I think I have gone through an average amount of morning sickness, and I really feel for women who suffer through severe cases where they are physically ill all day long. My favorite fix for the nausea was (and still is) Cheerios and Jolly Ranchers. Diet of champions!

If you're struggling to get pregnant, I don't want you to read this announcement and feel sad. Trust me, I know what that feels like and it's so hard to deal with. We have struggled for a long time to start a family, and many of my friends have had a baby (or babies) before we even got a positive test. I was so happy for them, but sad for us. We have been through a failed surgery, failed IUIs, and a failed IVF cycle before being blessed with our two little miracles. All of this just to say, my heart goes out to anyone reading this who is facing a similar struggle. It's not for a faint of heart. You are warriors!

How are we feeling? Blessed. Thankful. Excited. Maybe a little terrified. I think that's normal, right?

You know me - I already started planning the nursery! We don't have confirmation on the genders just yet, but I have identified some major pieces (cribs, rocker) that I wanted for the nursery that are gender neutral. 

First, we bought two of these sweet and affordable cribs from Amazon:


I really like the Jenny Lind style because it's so timeless, but the size and scale was also really nice for the smallish bedroom we'll be using for the nursery. They'll be sharing a room, so we didn't need anything too bulky or any cribs that have one side that has to face a wall. I wanted maximum flexibility with arranging the room, because I knew it would be tough to fit two cribs. These fit the bill and with a great price to boot ($199). The husband put them together while I was out of town this weekend and he said it was a piece of cake. 

We also found this swivel chair at Nebraska Furniture Mart that we're going to use as our glider. It's fairly small, so it fits nicely into our room. We wanted something that didn't scream "nursery," so when we found this for what we thought was a good sale price ($275), we went for it. I was amazed by how expensive gliders are in the actual nursery sections of furniture stores. Yikes!

That's all we have so far, but of course I have some plans in mind. Once we know the genders, we'll really get moving on the nursery. 

So anyway, that's what is going on in our world. I'll be back with more nursery details soon!

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Fall Home Tour 2015

It's still 90 degrees outside here in north Texas, and it doesn't feel like autumn at all. I'm hoping that by decorating my house for the season, I'm somehow ushering in some cooler temperatures!

Every year I use the pretty much the same fake pumpkins and try them in different spots. I'm a big fan of faux pumpkins because I can't stomach the idea of buying real pumpkins (those things aren't cheap!) only to have them rot weeks later! Every single pumpkin you spy in these photos is fake, but from various sources: Michael's, Walmart, HomeGoods. I've accumulated a decent collection over the years.

I do have dried gourds as well, but I'm not sure if those count as fake or not. I'm going to count them as fake since they are preserved and I use them every year.

Here's my general philosophy when decorating for the fall season: focus on a couple of key areas (in this case, the dining room and fireplace) and then casually place little pumpkins and gourds throughout the rest of the house. I don't spend too much time on it and I definitely don't overthink it, but those small touches make the house feel homey and warm.

The dining room is the first room you see when you come in the house, so I did a full autumn tablescape. This is actually practical for us because we don't use this table unless it's a special occasion, so these place settings can stay out as long as I want. Heck, it may look just like this for Thanksgiving dinner.

Pumpkins, gourds and chartreuse pillows (stolen from my mom's pillow stash) add some small touches of fall to the formal living room. 

One of my favorite fall decorating touches is to stash a tiny pumpkin under a glass dome. It's just so darn cute.

I kept the mantel pretty simple, but I did buy myself that copper stag head at Target because I just couldn't resist. Target's fall line is to-die-for! I wanted everything. The fact that I walked away with only this is a small miracle.

I had one small gold pumpkin left, so I stashed it in the guest bathroom. Because, why not?

Now that my house is all cozy, can we please have some cooler temperatures? I'm dying to wear my boots and sweaters!

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