Monthly Archives: February 2010

Tingly & Prickly

Tingly & Prickly

 

I’ve gone through the past month or longer with no feeling in six of my ten fingers . Most of the day they don’t function well enough to type for more than five minutes and this is time devoted to work. Generally I have trouble with opening door knobs, jars, caps on bottles and picking things up. I’m having problems with both my fine motor skills AND my gross motor skills. Yes people, Baby Raspberry has given me Carpal Tunnel.

I’ve begun wearing a brace and it had succeeded in not allowing the condition to worsen at all but it hasn’t alleviated the pain and discomfort I feel. I don’t understand how people go through their life or years of carpal tunnel. It’s terrible! It’s debilitating! It’s darn near impossible to function during the day and the tingling, fuzziness wakes me at night.

Beyond this, all is well. My stomach issues have subsided and baby LuLu is doing amazingly well! She’s kicking and bumping me a few times throughout the day now. This is nice because the time between my appointments doesn’t seem to stretch on and on as it did before. Prior to being able to feel LuLu’s movements I was so worried for almost every day of the four weeks between  because I couldn’t tell what, if anything was going on in there.

Everyone says that time flies in the last few months. They are liars! Sure, I feel as though we’ll never get enough done but that is how I always feel. I WANT TO HOLD MY BABY! Time is dragging!

I’ll begin physical therapy soon and then perhaps I’ll be able to keep you abreast of it all a lot better.

 

The Naming of a Baby LuLu

The Naming of a Baby LuLu

 

Jay and I were certain that once we got pregnant (if we ever did) that we would have a boy. We’ve had a boy’s name picked out since even before we were married so as my pregnancy went on, we just knew in our hearts that we were having a baby girl. This caused quite a bit of stress for me because I didn’t want our little baby to go without a name. Several friends would laugh at me as I’d refer to the baby as “IT”. Knowing the sex of “It” and having a name for “It” would allow me to stop using the word “It” to refer to my baby.
Some of the more trustworthy gender tests led us to further believe that “It” was going to be a girl. Sure enough, “It” is a girl!
Towards the end of my first trimester I began scribbling girls names in Sharpie onto the mirror in our bathroom. Occasionally, I’d be relaxing in the bathtub (a cool bath, of course!) and I’d notice a few names with lines through them.
I began to give my husband Jay a hard time. “Why are you de-contributing but not contributing to the list?” He pointed out that it didn’t count if I kept writing the same name down multiple times. I didn’t know what he was talking about but the next time I was in the bathroom I noticed he had numbered three names. And they were all the same. Alexis/Lexi. None of the three had been eliminated.
We had our name! Until…we realized our neighbors had a dog named Lexi. Already they had unknowingly taken another name that I liked and used it for their daughter, Lindsay.
The weekend before our gender discovery ultrasound we lay in bed looking up the meaning of the names on our list. Through the process of elimination we had only a few names left on our list including: Tenley (which I stole from The Bachelor), Sydney and few others. When we looked up the name “Lucy”, we both fell in love with the name and the nickname LuLu.
When we saw our little baby girl on the ultrasound we greeted her as Lucy. When we told our families that “IT” was a girl, we introduced her as Lucy.
I think that Lucy and LuLu are just so girly and I love that! Hopefully she does too!

 

Menu Plan Monday – Slacker Week

Menu Plan Monday – Slacker Week

 

Monday – Crock Pot Roast with potatoes, carrots, onions and any other vegetable leftover in the fridge. Biscuits with apple butter.
Tuesday – Dinner Out with Friends
Wednesday – Leftovers Packed Up for Late Night at Work
Thursday – Valentine’s Dinner for my husband’s fraternity. Dinner at Broad Ripple Steakhouse.
Friday – Vegetable Stir Fry made by my wonderful husband!
Saturday – Surprise! I’ll be chaperoning a high school ski/snowboarding trip and I’m not sure where we’ll eat!
Sunday – Subway dinner on the road back from the ski retreat.
Yeah, none of this is interesting at all is it?

 

Project Nursery: The Chair

Project Nursery: The Chair

 

This Design on a Dime project is getting really fun! The only thing that would make it even better is if I had heaps of cash to pay for even the cheapest of the ideas! Really though, planning and dreaming is just as fun as actually doing it I think. No, never mind.
 
The inspiration behind Baby LuLu’s nursery comes from the Serena & Lily website. It is the room that features their Lucy bedding line (fitting, I think). I was looking for something totally girly and simple and of course, pink. Today I’m looking for a chair. The chair in the inspiration room would most likely be found at a thrift store, yard sale, an estate sale, an antique store. Somewhere like that, it’s a bit older looking. Please excuse my decorating terms; I have no formal education in interior design.
As cute as the chair is, I don’t think it’s really super practical for what purpose I need it to serve. I need to be able to rock the baby and/or nurse. If I had a HUGE house, I might have a separate chair or place to do that but no, this room needs to be pretty all inclusive. So, here are the chairs I propose even though they look NOTHING like the inspiration chair. Your ideas or links would also be appreciated! 
1. Best Sweetheart Glider $379 and Ottoman $139 (JC Penney)   2. Regency Premium Glider Rocker and Ottoman Set $300 (Target)   3. Storkcraft Glider and Ottoman $170 (Walmart)   4. Dozy Dotes Ellies Garden Rocker & Recliner $180

Project Nursery: The Cribs!

Project Nursery: The Cribs!

On a recent episode of the Real Housewives of Orange County I saw a twin set of ROUND CRIBS in the nursery of the home of Alexis. After that I was SOLD.
I searched and quickly came to the realization that in order to get my hands on one of these I was either going to have to steal it or cough up about $1800 for the crib, the mattress and the special bedding. Not an option for us at all! Not leaving out the fact that the round crib is not convertible. Once it’s done being a crib, it’s just done. No toddler bed, no double bed, nothing.
So now I’m on the search to find a crib that fits into the design scheme that I introduced yesterday. At a real person price. Which of these options do you think is closest to my Serena & Lily inspiration room crib? Yeah, I know the round crib doesn’t fit in but I had to throw it up there to show you how adorable it is!
1. Little Miss Liberty Round Crib BEST PRICE FOUND $450+.   2. Baby Mod Serena 3 in 1 (Walmart.com) $300.   3. Baby Mod Park 4 in 1 (Walmart.com) $300   4. LA Brentwood 4 in 1 (Target.com) $300   5. DaVinci Parker 4 in 1 (Target.com) $234   6. Delta SoHo Crib (Target.com) $300
I actually came across a website called Project Nursery! I’m SOOOOO addicted!!

 

Project Nursery – The Fabrics

Project Nursery – The Fabrics
 Here is my PRE-Home Show fabrics inspiration board. I LOVE this room from the Serena and Lily website. I also am totally, absolutely in love with all things Serena and Lily. I want this bedding or this set so badly but the price tag (although totally worth it) is nowhere near in our price range. So, I’ve been searching the internet far and wide to find some design on a dime ideas to replicate this room.
 
A part of me prays that I fall in love with some other design idea at the home show but then again I’ve already done so much work to start copycatting this room.
 
A friend offered to make a quilt for Lulu and the fabrics from this bedding set can be purchased by the yard on the Serena and Lily website. My plan is to splurge and snag up some yardage of that stuff (around $20 per yard! Yikes!) and have the quilt made with those beautiful fabrics. Another splurge MIGHT be the bed skirt. Isn’t it just darling?!

1. Watermelon Linen (Serena & Lily) $20 per yard.    2.. Green/Pink Espadrille Cotton Sateen (Serena & Lily) $20 per yard & $45 bedsheet     3. Pink Pixie Dot on White Cotton Sateen (Serena & Lily) $20 per yard.     4. White Pique (Serena & Lily) $20 per yard.    (5-7 are my economical options)     5. Pink & Lime Stripe Crib Sheet (Carousel Designs) $34     6. CoCaLo Baby Tropical Punch Crib Sheet (Target.com) $14     7. Lamby Crib Sheet (Target.com)

Indianapolis Home Show – Project Nursery

Indianapolis Home Show – Project Nursery

 

This weekend we are going to downtown to the Indianapolis Home Show. Hilary and I go every year and we LOVE it! It takes place at the fairgrounds and they BUILD A WHOLE HOUSE inside the exhibition hall! It’s always absolutely amazing and we oooh and ahhhh every year. The house is even fully landscaped with decks, patios, flowers, ponds and more!
In the past we’ve gone just to lookie loo and buy gourmet dip mixes and stuff but in the past few years we’ve had specific quests: flooring, gardening and this year I’m hoping that they have a nursery in the showcase home. Jay and I THINK we have an idea of what Baby LuLu’s room will look like but this could change if I see the perfect room at the home show!
Other than safari and ladybugs, what themes or colors have you all seen or used in your nursery? 

Baby Presents!!!

Baby Presents!!!

Baby LuLu got a present today!
Leslie, my neighbor from back home sent her an adorable little hat! Isn’t it soooo cute! And it just so happens to be in LuLu’s colors too: pink and green! Yes, we’ve already decided that LuLu will HAVE to like pink and green.
Leslie’s boys were the first kids that I ever babysat for. Now, her babies are in college! Isn’t that weird?!? It’s so strange for me because I remember when they were born!
They moved to Washington a long time ago but I remember they had the most beautiful backyard and I loved their house too. Leslie used to have some hand dipped taper candles hanging from her wall. I had never seen candles sold that way. One day I found some, I bought them and to this day they still hang behind the door in my bedroom at my parent’s house.

Candles Image from Gift Shop Mag 

Introducing the Baby Formerly Known as “Raspberry”

Introducing the Baby Formerly Known as “Raspberry”

Some of you know and some of you don’t so I’ll start by telling you that the Drano test was 100% accurate. We’re having a little baby girl in June!

We’ll call her LuLu and we just can’t wait to meet her!
I’ve still had some pretty bad days of sickness but they are getting fewer and fewer.
Now the fun begins! Next weekend Jay will paint baby LuLu’s bedroom, next month baby LuLu will have a baby shower and then we’ll settle into getting the rest of our life in order!
I am pretty overwhelmed by everything that must happen and the order that it must happen in.
We’re just so excited to enter the crazy world of being parents.