Junebug Bumpdate || Week 37

Thursday, May 31, 2018
We have officially hit full-term, and it is unreal that we're already here!! Little lady's birth month begins tomorrow, and that means there are 18 days between now and her due date. I'm feeling like I could burst at this point, and my belly is as big as ever. I'm fairly certain it's at maximum capacity in there, so I'm really holding out/praying/hoping/doing a crazy dance that our girl will show up early. I am very much ready to meet her and get her in my arms. Husband feels the same way, and we're both looking forward to settling into a family of four over the summer months. Junebug, let's get this party started already, you are welcome to come out now!  Pregnancy is such an intricate design, 

  • It's no secret that this go-round growing a baby has been very taxing and hard on me. As sweet as the kicks can be and the unconscious way I rub my belly without thinking about it, there have been a fair share of complaints too. All I really want to do is paint my toenails, y'all!
  • I've tipped into 30 pounds gained at this point, and I feel every extra pound. I'm really looking forward to getting back to my pre-pregnancy weight and working on achieving an even more desirable/comfortable weight from there. 
  • I mentioned that sciatic nerve pain has been a symptom this time. After having a prenatal massage where the therapist could directly work on the muscles in that area, I haven't had near as much trouble with it, though it will pop up every now and then. 
  • Acid reflux has me eating TUMS like a crazy person. If I bend over, bam there it is. If I lay down, bam there it is. If I eat, bam there it is. Basically, it's almost always there. 
  • My feet, hands, and face are now swollen constantly. I was reading that the swelling is a way that the body deals with and supports the extra weight gained during pregnancy, which I thought was a really cool thing God did to help our bodies out. Though, I am very much looking forward to that swelling disappearing a little after birth! 
  • At this point I'm not shocked that my appetite still hasn't returned. And just like 5 weeks ago, I'm a shaved-ice-eating-machine. Between that and fresh fruit (watermelon has been oh so good!), it's all I really want. But I did have a random craving for grape soda over this past weekend. I got my share, and now I'm satisfied :) 
  • The biggest development of all is that our baby girl is head down, very much unlike her big sister. This means I'll be pursuing a VBAC for delivery as long as she is on time or early. I didn't know it, but if she's late, they won't induce me and I'll have to have a c-section due to increased risk for a uterine tear since I've already had one c-section. I'm hopeful our girl will show up on her own!

  • I'm tired almost all the time because I'm having a terrible time sleeping. It's been really hard to get any decent rest at night because I'm so very uncomfortable. That and I'm taking a bathroom trip anywhere from 2-3 times in one night. I keep trying to look at it as God's way of prepping me for nursing a newborn. I'm almost more excited for that than what I'm currently experiencing for two reasons....1) I will be able to lay on my stomach again. 2) Even if I'm still getting little sleep while nursing, at least I won't be uncomfortable and I'll be sleeping fairly solidly when I am getting shut-eye. 
  • I'm still experiencing leg and foot cramps during sleep. Sometimes just rolling over to a different side will trigger a cramp.
  • I sleep with all the pillows these days. 

  • I've hit the point where I am very ready to not be pregnant. Pushing through these last weeks will be a bit of a challenge, especially as the discomfort grows. But, I know it will all be worth it.
  • I'm finding that these last weeks as a mama to an only child is very bittersweet. I've loved our 2.5 years together, just us, and I'm sad to see it go. At the same time, I'm very excited to welcome our newest little, meet her, and get in all those newborn cuddles. 
  • From being a SAHM to family life in general, I'm also wondering what life is going to look like with two littles. In all truth, I sometimes feel overwhelmed with the idea of being outnumbered when I'm with my girls. But, I know I'll get a system down and it will be like I've always been balancing two instead of just one.

  • He is so excited to hold our baby girl, and I love listening to him talk about it. 
  • We've been reminiscing a lot on Greer as a baby and dreaming about what this little lady will be like. We keep saying how quickly it all goes and that we can't believe we're here again.
  • He's been taking charge of getting our 
  • He is the laundry champion, and I'm super thankful he's taking care of it because otherwise the Hills would all be running around naked ;)

  • She has started doing her routines with her baby dolls and calling them "baby sister." It's so very sweet, and it has me thinking that she'll embrace her new role as the big sister.
  • From changing diapers to getting pacifiers, Greer is still talking about all the ways she'll be mama's helper with baby. To say she's excited would be an understatement.
  • Greer has added "Apple" to her list of names for baby sister. Remember that goes on the list with "Hickory Nut."
  • Currently, she is super excited to get time with her Sidda (my mom) when we go to the hospital for Junebug's birth. She might even be more excited for this sleepover than meeting her sister! 
  • She has loved setting up the nursery with us, and even more so doing the laundry. We've washed some loads of hers with Junebug's and she gets the biggest kick out of separating the clothing and putting it away. 

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    Memorial Day 2018

    Wednesday, May 30, 2018
    We have been in high gear around the Hill house as we prepare for little sister Hill's arrival. From checking off projects to fitting in last family-of-three moments, we feel like we are moving non-stop. But, it's starting to catch up to us, especially this mama who hit full-term on Monday at 37 weeks. So while we had a list of things we wish to accomplish for our extended holiday weekend, we also didn't push ourselves and snuck in naps while our toddler napped. It was quite glorious to snooze in the middle of the day with the windows open and the sound of rain pitter-pattering down. 

    Needless to say, we were able to keep our weekend low-key and simple, which was just what we needed. The slow pace and good eats kept us in one of our happy places as we celebrated the many freedoms we are given because of all those who serve to ensure them. I hope your weekend was as sweet and as lovely too! 

    We even introduced Greer to one of mama's childhood favorites....chilly willies (you probably call them something totally different like freeze pops!). She was just smitten with this icy treat, and since I'm craving all of the shaved ice I can possibly get, I was just as happy as she was! The three of us spent a good chunk of the weekend sitting on our front porch watching the rain come down. See, slow and simple and perfect. 

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    Neutral Retreat || Master Bedroom Reveal

    Friday, May 25, 2018
    I'm so excited to be revealing our master bedroom today! This room took a design backseat when we moved into our home over a year and half ago. It fell to the bottom of the makeover priority list as we worked our way through the living areas of the house and our daughter's room. Now that the master is finally complete, I kind of wish we had gotten to it sooner. Because who doesn't want a master bedroom that feels like a space to retreat and relax?

    When it came to transforming the space, it was important to keep in mind the size. Our room is on the small side, which made it important to make it feel bigger with aesthetic touches. So we lightened up the paint color and added a grid board and batten feature wall for a custom feel.  The paint alone made a huge difference, and made the room feel like a completely different space. Not only did it seem bigger, but also lighter and airier. You should never underestimate the transformative power of a fresh coat of paint! To add to the illusion of a bigger room, we also made sure to hang our curtains closer to the ceiling, using 96" curtains instead of a more standard size. Combining all of those design elements gave our room the makeover and feel we were aiming for. 

    ** all sources are linked at the bottom of the post!

    All of the furniture in the space, we've had since at least the beginning of 2015. And I'm thankful that when we were making the purchases, we kept with off-white neutrals. Our two nightstands bring in some contrast, and are our "oldest" pieces, dating back to our college days (my old nightstand is now  husband's) and his old dresser was one of our first DIY projects that we transformed into my nightstand. Eventually, these two pieces will be swapped out for a matching pair, but they work great for us now. 

    Another big change in the room was turning our bathroom door into a sliding door to open the space up more. Instead of there being a visual barrier in the room when the door was open, there is now a seamless open feel to the room whether the door is open or closed. By using the existing door and adding some decorative accents to the front of the door with quarter inch underlayment (a type of plywood) + new hardware, we were able to make this project happen with little money, while making a big impact. The new door not only serves its purpose as a door, but is an aesthetically pleasing feature that adds some charm. 

    In keeping our master bedroom neutral, the bedding is where I opted to add some color. And by adding color, I mean I still kept it very basic but brought in some blue and blush with some of the accent pillows. I am a firm believer in keeping the big items (furniture, bedding, curtains, paint) in neutral palettes, while brining in the color and patterns in the accent pieces. This way when you tire of that style, it's much simpler to swap out the old for something new without spending a ton of money to do so. 

    To add some more color, I will eventually add more tabletop frames to our long dresser with colored prints instead of the black and white prints I opted for hanging on the walls. Keeping it subtle with color is more my design taste....at least for now :) 

    One of my favorite parts of our room is the grid board and batten wall. It gives the space so much more depth, which changes the entire feel in the room. I was able to bring in a pattern and extra dimension in opting for this wall, and I couldn't be more smitten with how it turned out. Eventually, I'd love to find a fun chair to replace the ottoman we currenlty have nestled on this wall for a little pop of color and some added texture.

    Let's talk about this watercolor painting for a just a second. The talented Jen at Mack & Ro Shop painted this for me, and it's a timeless piece that I will treasure forever. I can't believe we're about to add another little girl to the mix!

    When we changed up our bathroom door, we lost the mirror that was originally on the back of it. In its place, we found this standing mirror, and I'm in love with the extra detail it lends to the room. Though, I do think Greer may love this mirror even more than I do! 

    Another of my very favorite parts of this room is the black and white gallery wall above the tall dresser. It adds the perfect personal touch as a way to display some of our most loved candid photos. I mentioned that I kept all of the hanging photos in black and white, which I opted for because of the timeless and classic feel it brings to the room in such an effortless way. You really can't go wrong with b&w, especially when you get them printed by Mpix, who so graciously printed all of them in our room. 

    To see how I made this gallery wall come to life, be sure to read my how-to post!

    And last, but certainly not least (and the most comfortable), is the rug that ties our entire bedroom together. It was so important to husband and I that our bedroom be cozy. With hardwood floors running throughout our house, it's hard to achieve that cozy feeling, but with the right area rug, you can attain it. This rug by Erin Gates by Momeni is as soft and lush as it looks, and made our master bedroom complete. Momeni Rugs boasts an amazing assortment of rugs for any room and any design, which I love about their company. From the neutral color to the hand-woven texture, this area rug not only changed the feel of the room, but brought about the warmth we wanted in our space. 

    I hope you enjoyed this room tour as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you! Husband and I love being in our space now. It feels like us and has created a spot where we are excited to get away to at the end of the day. To see more room tours, head this way! And to see this space before its makeover, head here!

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    Revere Pewter (on three walls)
    Snowbound by Sherwin Williams (on grid board and batten wall + trim)

    If something isn't listed above, don't hesitate to ask me where I found something! 

    A giant thank you to those that sponsored this post: Momeni Rugs, Mpix, and Mack & Ro. 

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    And So She Complained

    Monday, May 21, 2018

    I'm about to get really honest with you, my friends. It's been a bit since I've blogged consistently, and that's because this pregnancy has rocked my boat. Pregnancy is beautiful and magical, but if I didn't mention the flip side of it, I wouldn't be giving the whole picture...at least from my perspective. So before I let the walls down and share, let me preface that I know not everyone will share my feelings, while others will find solitude in them, and that is quite all right. This blog of mine is a place where I come to be honest with each of you, giving you a little insight into my life and thoughts, hoping to connect in one way or another with my readers. I hope my message isn't misconstrued, but I know there is a very good possibility it can be. Just know this is a piece of my everyday that I want to be vulnerable and transparent with you about as I come to the end of my pregnancy. It doesn't forsake the feelings of others, but only lends a glance into my experience.

    Over the last couple of months I have turned into quite the complainer when it comes to just about anything, but mostly how I'm feeling as a pregnant mama. My body hurts, it's too hot, I'm swollen, my clothes don't fit (none. of them.), I feel fat, and so on. I'm irritable like you wouldn't believe, overly emotional/sensitive, and downright uncomfortable. Pregnancy can be quite a bear. Especially this one, which has been so very different than my previous pregnancy with Greer. The blessing of carrying a child is not lost on me, and I'm more thankful than words can describe, especially after experiencing a miscarriage during my first pregnancy. But while this precious gift grows inside of me, I find myself with a whole bunch of complaints. Because after all, I'm human and sometimes complaining is just a little bit freeing.

    Let's get right to it. What do I complain about? First let's talk about bending over to pick something up. At this point in the game, I hate needing to grab something up off of the floor. There's no good way to go about it. And the worst is when I have finally decided to bend over to get it, and drop it as I'm standing back up. It makes me want to drop an ugly word too. More often than not, my clumsy, pregnant fingers drop it 2-3 more times before I actually secure it, and nothing makes me want to growl more and chuck said item across the room. 

    How about the massive pressure on my bladder that keeps me running to the bathroom at all minutes of the day. I have to pee all the time, even two minutes after I've already visited the ladies' room. It wakes me while I'm sleeping (and I say "sleeping" lightly). Not just once. Usually twice. Sometimes three times. It's maddening, y'all. Or the way that my loosening ligaments stop me in my tracks  so my legs don't buckle out from under me and crash me to the floor. And my pelvic floor, I think one of these days it's just going to fall right out. 

    Sleep. Yeah, that doesn't happen anymore. Whether I have four pillows in the bed to help prop me up, hold me into position, or stick between my legs, nothing seems to truly work. I doze throughout the night, which leaves me waking up from my light cat nap(s) feeling exhausted. Not to mention the tiny dancer growing in my belly loves to move throughout the night too. And her little legs and arms love rubbing up and down my side with swift and strong force. It's a real treat. Oh, how I dream of sleeping through the night (maybe in 2019) and rolling onto my belly to snooze away. 

    Breathing, or getting in a full breath of air, isn't something I will take for granted once this little lady has arrived. I'm winded constantly. You should hear me trying to catch my breath after attempting to pick up the same item off the floor over and over again. You would think I just climbed a flight of stairs....up ten floors. And how about having your breath taken away when one of those baby legs gouges into my ribs or punches hard at my side. Oh baby, there's nothing like it! 

    Then there's the sciatic nerve pain that creeps from my lower back, through my bum, and down into the top of my leg. There's nothing like that pinching sensation to remind you of all the extra weight you're toting around. Doesn't matter if I'm standing or sitting, that nerve loves to give me trouble. And so does restless leg syndrome, that has popped up in the last several weeks. Paired with leg cramps, I can tell just how much leg muscles really love me.

    Sitting up, standing up, chasing after a toddler. Don't get me started about trying to get up off of the floor. It's comical to watch, I'm sure, and a multi-step process for me. My ability to move with ease is really long gone. I feel like I've forgotten what it's like to move without a belly. You know what else I've forgotten...what it's like to have an appetite. So far, it's not come back from my first trimester aversions, and it makes me grumpy. I just want to actually crave dinner, and not just eat something because I need to. At this point, I wonder if it's ever coming back. There is normalcy after pregnancy, right??

    All this to say, or really complain about, also leaves me very excited to meet our growing girl. With four weeks left, give or take, and I'm hoping there are less, I know I'll survive. And that I'd chose this all over again just for her. It's amazing to me what a female body is capable of, and I'm in awe at its ability to nurture and grow life. Now if only pregnancy could be a walk in the park! 

    I'll redeem these complaints come August, when I've started settling into my new norm, post pregnancy. You know I'll be gushing and these discomforts and irritations will be a thing of the past. Hold me to it, will you?

    A 36-weeks-pregnant-mama-to-a-toddler

    A Day At The Zoo

    Tuesday, May 8, 2018
    It's been almost a solid year of husband and I talking about taking our girl to the zoo. She is easily a lover of animals, and we knew she would just adore an experience to see more exotic animals, especially elephants and giraffes. Life happened and somehow a year crept by and we still hadn't made our way to the North Carolina Zoo. So when husband had a last minute trip to Dallas pop up last week, we took the opportunity to use the second half of the week as a little mini family vacation before baby sister arrives. 

    If you've ever been to the NC Zoo, you know what a hike it is around this massive place. I'm fairly certain I was crazy to think all of the walking would be a stroll in the park for an almost 34 week pregnant gal. It was a beast that left my legs weak and my feet swollen. But it was also so joyful to watch Greer absorb everything around her, and I wouldn't trade it for the world. I even loved the experience for myself, not having been to this zoo since I was a child. And by far my favorite part was feeding the giraffes. If you ever get the change to do something like that, take the opportunity because it's unreal, even as an adult! 

    Don't be fooled by her face, she loved feeding Jack, this huge giraffe. I don't think the photo gives an accurate depiction of just how big this guy was, especially that head of his. And his tongue was crazy long, but he was so gentle. Afterward, Greer kept telling us that we had fed the giraffe salad, which was basically correct; we had fed him romaine. And as her souvenir from the gift shop she picked out her own stuffed Jack to take home. 

    Our sweet girl was just as amazed by the elephants as she was with the giraffes. She decided which of the three elephants was the mama, daddy, and baby elephant. Though there was no actual baby elephant there, she appropriately picked the smaller one to represent the baby :) 

    The lions were our last stop of the morning before leaving for lunch and nap time back at the hotel. Husband and I even napped while our girl snoozed, which was amazing. We never get to nap in the middle of the week, and after walking miles in the zoo, it was needed. Once awake, we rallied and headed back to the zoo. If you ever visit the Asheboro Zoo, be sure to keep your receipt from your ticket(s) purchase so you can leave and then re-enter. We spent about an hour checking out the alligators, turtles, cougars (which Greer affectionately referred to as kitty cats), seals, and polar bear before calling it a day. 

    The polar bear was like such a big kid, swimming the same lap over and over again. I loved that we could watch the polar bear from a deck, then go below to watch him swim. Greer didn't quite get the concept of the glass acting as a barrier between her and the animals, which made her uneasy at times. But besides that, she really loved the whole experience, and I'm so very glad that we finally made the trip to the zoo for our darling girl.