As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, these pregnancy hormones have me swinging from mood to mood with hardly any notice. It seems like I experience absolute joy, anger, frustration, heart-breaking sadness, peace–everything–every day! Since my paintings are inspired by my life that week, I put all of those feelings in one chaotic (but thoughtful) painting–which consequently also describes my life this week–and call it Moody. It was a fun painting to do. Lots of vibrant colors juxtaposed with muted mints and neutrals and an inky dark thrown in. Overall, it leaves me feeling…happy. A good place to be.
How does it make you feel?
For more details, photos or to purchase this week’s painting–click here. If you miss snagging the original, high quality giclee prints are available today (!!!) in a variety of sizes. A quick note on those: Things were getting kind of crazy with so many listings for the same painting (just in different sizes), so I did a little spring cleaning and consolidated. Each painting still comes in 4 frame-friendly sizes, choose which print you’re interested in and you’ll see a drop-down menu to select your size in the listing. Cheers and happy weekend!
The last time I gave a pregnancy update on the blog was when I was a mere 16 weeks. Still puking daily. Still wearing all of my pre-pregnancy clothes. Sigh. It feels like so long ago. While this pregnancy has definitely flown by, when I think back through all of the events that have taken place during this pregnancy (I was actually pregnant when we moved to Idaho although I didn’t know it, yet)–it seems I have been baking this bun for an eternity.
The last 6 weeks have been hard. I have been dealing with some pre-term labor and have been monitored closely by my doctors. My hypothyroidism is getting out of whack again. Acid Reflux. Restless leg syndrome. SPD. My hair is losing pigment and turning red (this actually happened when I was pregnant with Greta, too). Nose bleeds. Oh pregnancy, I have such a love-hate relationship with you.
But she is really moving a lot which makes it more fun and finally, finally Greta is semi-acknowledging she is going to have a baby sister–not without throwing in the “fact” that she has a bunch of animals in her belly also kicking like crazy and keeping her up all night. That girl.
And now, to answer a few FAQs:
How far along: 34 weeks.
Total weight gain: 30 pounds. Nutrition has been my focus this pregnancy, so I’m really happy to see that number (in a weird way). My doctor really wanted me to gain a pound a week (40 pounds total), since I am at high risk of getting bell’s palsy again. We’re hoping, praying and crossing our fingers the extra storage keeps my nerves and immune system in check this time around.
Sleep: Nighttime is when the restless leg syndrome, insomnia, and acid reflux really kick in, but a few weeks ago the nice people at bump nest sent me one of their pregnancy pillows and I have been sleeping so much better with it. I actually can’t wait to get in bed (while I used to dread it). And sometimes I don’t wait–afternoon veg session in bed? Yes! This pillow is a miracle worker. Greta and Chris have also been caught cozying up to it.
Food cravings: I haven’t been very hungry lately, but I feel like I can’t get enough cold water. Even writing cold water makes my throat start to tighten. I need some. A lot! One consistent craving throughout this pregnancy has been frozen mango chunks–I have eaten a ridiculous amount of those.
Queasy/Sick: I haven’t thrown up in several weeks (yay!) but I still battle nausea frequently.When heartburn starts kicking in or I haven’t eaten in a couple hours.
Gender + Name: It’s a girl and we have picked a name we’re pretty set on, but haven’t shared it and don’t even call her by the name yet. I just can’t seem to say it out loud until I see her and know for sure she’s a _____.
Happy/Moody: I am a roller-coaster of emotions lately, poor Chris. I don’t remember being like this with my last pregnancy and it is throwing me for a loop. I am moooooody! It has actually inspired this week’s painting–coming at you tomorrow.
6 more weeks, people. Or more. Or less. But we’re really shooting for more (despite the discomfort) because, goodness, we are not even close to ready for little baby to make her debut.
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Last week our glider for the nursery arrived! I shared several I was deciding between here and ended up going with one I didn’t list–the Graham glider from West Elm. I almost went with the Sweep Swivel chair that I depicted, but after learning it just swiveled and didn’t glide, I decided on the Graham in Dove Gray.
Sadly, we can’t unwrap it just yet because of our flooring project, but the chair is a good size and nice, warm and soft gray that can transition to any other room down the line. I pulled the trigger during President’s day, so I got a screaming deal on it–which is always a perk.
I opted out of the matching ottoman for a couple reasons. First, matchy matchy. But also, I don’t particularly like gliding ottomans. I prefer something to ground myself–something stationary I can push off of. Aaanndd, I already found this beaut for $2.50 at the thrift store:
Okay, it’s not the most beautiful or vintage-chic find ever, but the height was right. It was stationary. Cheap and full of potential. In thirty minute’s time and with a few things I had around the house, I gave her a little makeover:
The legs of the ottoman were a fake, bad brass that had chipped in a lot of places.
After unscrewing it from the top, I gave it a few light coats of gold spray paint (the same I used for the frame of baby F’s giant letter art here).
Krylon’s gold spraypaint is a little more of a rose gold, in my opinion–which is exactly what I wanted for this room so it worked beautifully. If you want something a little less rose gold and a truer brass or warm gold, this gold spray paint comparison post might be helpful. While the legs were drying, I tackled reupholstering the top. It just took one of Ikea’s faux sheepskins I had around the house and a little hot glue.
I started out using a staple gun, but the underside of the cushion was pretty much cardboard, so they wouldn’t stay secure. The glue gun worked much better. Also, word to the wise: cutting one of these faux furs is a little bit messy initially. I trimmed some of the edges and worried that I had made a critical error as it seemed the whole thing was unraveling. But after securing the edge in place with a little glue, I could see that just the long strands where I had cut had come off exposing a fluffy underside. Everything but that row was still attached. Just a head’s up, don’t panic.
I reattached the base and that was that–my little thrift store score had a new life.
I like that it looks a lot more expensive than $2.50, or even $20 (for the faux sheepskin + spray paint + ottoman if I did have to go buy those)–but it’s not precious. I hope it lasts a good long time, but since it is living in the nursery, I feel so much better spending pennies on an ottoman I love maybe just as much as one I could have spent hundreds on.