We're putting Baby in the corner

...and we think our little one will like their corner!  

We are apartment dwellers.  Thankfully, we have a two bedroom apartment, which gives us a little bit of breathing room.  Even more thankfully, our second bedroom is massive.  Up until this point, bedroom #2 has served as our guest room/my husband's office/my craft room.  But now, we have added "nursery" into the mix.  

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Yes, I do realize there is a lot going on in this room.  But it works.  Or at least we claim it does.  Want to see baby's corner a little closer?

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There are lots of handmade details in this little corner of a nursery.  For starters, that crib was lovingly made by my aunt.  Beautiful, no?  

I sewed a little adjustable length crib skirt for the crib.  We have storage tubs hiding under there.

My husband built & painted the wooden sign teal, and I used my Silhouette Cameo to make a stencil for the wording, which I then painted on.  The burlap banner will have our kiddo's name on it, once we know what that name is ;) 

Baby's "chandelier" mobile.  I had to enlist the husband's help to tie the strings of circles onto the dowels - I lacked both the patience and dexterity, and he used the opportunity to practice his surgical knots ;) 

These cutie pie hand-cut animal silhouettes were a shower gift from dear friends.  So adorable!

Finally, this quilt was made by another one of my aunts (I have rather talented aunts!).  I want you to see a close up of the quilting:

See the stars?  So neat :) 

All in all, it might not be much compared to some of the ornate nurseries we've all seen.  But despite that fact, we are sure that a) our baby won't care, b) our budget is happy and c) we like it!

Also, in case you're keeping track, I am now two days overdue.  I was hoping that my cleaning marathon, twice daily walks or copious amounts of hot sauce I've been consuming would get the ball rolling, but no such luck yet.  Though I suppose if I got to hang out in a hot tub all day long, I might not be too keen on leaving either :)  

I'll be sharing our little corner nursery with these fun parties this week...unless we actually go into labor at some point ;)


Looking forward to: Post Baby

(Sorry for the overload of baby & pregnancy related posts.  It's kind of the only thing on my mind right now!)

I really haven't minded being pregnant.  Honestly.  Aside from the nearly constant first trimester nausea, it's really not been bad.  I would almost daresay that I've been enjoying it.  I'm still quite comfortable, am sleeping decently well (most nights - some are torture though), and have the energy to do pretty much whatever I want.  

That being said, as our due date rapidly approaches, I've started to consider the things that I'm looking forward to post-delivery.  Of course, meeting our firstborn child, finding out if we have a son or a daughter, introducing the kiddo to our friends and family, and figuring out what the heck we are doing as parents all make the list.  But there are also some rather selfish things that I'm looking forward to post-babe:

With regards to clothing:
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  • wearing pants with a zipper.  Zipping said zipper. 
  • I've been told you don't leave the hospital wearing your normal clothes ;)  So I'll start small: wearing my own tee-shirts...not that my husbands aren't lovely to sleep in, but I really do miss mine.
With regards to sleeping:
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  • having something cuter than my bladder wake me up 3-5 times in the middle of the night.
  • rolling over in bed without feeling like I need to lift and support my stomach to do so. 
  • sleeping on my stomach, or my back.  Basically any way but on my left side!
With regards to eating
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  • sushi.
  • wine (that bottle in particular).
  • as much cold deli meat as I want without being paranoid that I'm poisoning our baby.
With regards to living:
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  • it not being socially acceptable for anyone to make any comments about my size or weight.
  • lifting things without people asking if/telling me it's too heavy.  Related - going back to carrying all of our groceries for the week up to our third floor apartment in one trip.  The day when I was carrying 10lbs of grapefruit, 4lbs of oranges and 5lbs of potatoes, along with everything else for the week was when I realized that perhaps I was in excess of that silly 20 pound limit.
  • bending over without feeling like I could potentially topple over.
  • spray painting.  Odd, I know, but I like the smell of spray paint to spray paint often, and my husband has pretty limited time and patience to paint all of my projects for me!

We're down to two days until our due date (Thursday).  Just throwing it out there, I'm pretty certain this little one is quite content right where they are, and I'm absolutely expecting to go well past our due date.   I asked my OB how long she'd let me go over prior to inducing...she informed me that she just delivered a woman at 42 weeks!  So at most, we've got 16 days left before we become a family of three. 

Is there anything that you experienced moms out there can advise me to be doing in these last few days(weeks) pre-baby?  Aside from sleeping as much as possible, that is ;)  I've got as many meals in our tiny freezer as I can fit, my mom-in-law got me a pedicure yesterday (yes!), and my hospital bag (fine, bags) are as packed as they're going to get before heading to the hospital.  Any other last minute preparations that you'd recommend?


Family Medicine Rotation

My husband is on his family medicine rotation now.  Actually, he's halfway done with it, so it's probably past time that I mention it, considering, you know, the basis of this blog.  

This is his last rotation of his 3rd year.  In four short weeks, my husband will be a fourth year medical student - one school year away from being knighted putting an MD after his name.  It is an absolutely insane thought to consider.  

Family Medicine for us consists of two weeks of in-patient care, two weeks of clinical work in the residency clinic, and four weeks of outpatient care.  The hospital where my husband is normally placed no longer has family medicine docs roaming their floors, so he was at another hospital here in town.  It was nice for him to get some time in another setting, just to see how other hospitals operate.  

Today is his first day of outpatient care at an office here in town.  They are open 8a-5p, Monday-Friday, and 9a-12p on Saturdays.  My husband says that it's a shame that he isn't more passionate about family medicine/primary care, because a)there is such a high need, and b)the hours ROCK.  But, alas, I don't think there are quite enough adrenaline rushes in family medicine to make it on our possibilities list. 

I'm hoping that my husband is able to talk to his attending today regarding maybe having, you know, a day or two off when baby debuts.  There's nothing set at his school for spouses receiving time off when having a baby, so we're not exactly sure how this will work.  I'm hoping that he can just work some Saturdays or something to make up for a couple of days of "paternity leave."  May his attending be an understanding man!

Hey, by the way, it's Medical Monday!  (or technically yesterday was...so I'm a little bit late!).  Join in the fun!