Wednesday, August 29, 2012

20 Weeks

This week marks the half way point of pregnancy. Wow, unreal! We are so excited to meet our little Ella Baisden!

I swear that my belly has popped over the last two days. It's nuts!
Everything went great at the 20 week appointment. They did the big ultrasound to locate all of her organs, parts, etc, and we got a good report! She looks a bit like an alien right now but they said once she starts getting some fat, she'll look more and more human-like. And based on my baby pictures, fat will be no problem at all. This is what 3 months old looked like, people...

This just looks uncomfortable! The baby needs a bigger tub!
At this point, she is weighing in at about 10 ounces and is about the length of a banana. Her heart rate was at 144 at our appointment yesterday which falls into the "normal" category and she was moving all over the place.  

Speaking of movement, I am feeling her just about every day now. It is usually in the evening or right before bedtime. I first felt her at 17 weeks, right as I was about to fall asleep. I nearly scared Josh to death. He got to feel her about a week and a half later. It is the most amazing thing in the world!

I am feeling great! I've gained 9 pounds, so right on track per the doctor. We can't wait to hold our baby girl!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Living Room Revamp

A new house calls for a new living room design. Well, a few new items maybe, eventually, over time. I'm not good at that. And I'm finding that Josh isn't either. We both want instant gratification, well, instantly. Got to work on patience!

Below is what our living room currently looks like. I've loved it. It is cozy and inviting. The floor plan in the new house is much more of the open concept feel. Our kitchen, breakfast nook and living room are basically one nice large space. We have lots of natural light too, which I've loved having in our current house. Sofas will definitely be recycled and used at the new house.
Based on the paint colors we selected (which you can read about here), I'm shooting for a more neutral space with warm grays and interesting textures. The red accents are out, and I'm hoping to bring in some turquoise or mustard via accessories and the screened in porch immediately off the living room.

Here's the rug I'm loving right now. Pottery Barn actually has it at a pretty good price. We need the 9'x12' so it's a big purchase. Unfortunately, everyone else loves it too because it's back-ordered until November 30th!

Coffee table - right now, we've got an upholstered bench. I love this bench, but I'd like to see it at the foot of our bed instead. This look below is so great, and I especially love that it is square. This table is on sale right now at Wisteria. My only hesitation is that it's a tad modern for our taste and I'm afraid it may limit other furniture like side tables (we have some antique tables now that I love and want to continue to use).
My mom has great, rustic taste and discovered the table below at Pottery Barn. This may be more in line with our style/other pieces. I've got a distressed Asian style table (steal at Scott's from Mom when I moved into my condo pre-Josh) that I'd love to use behind the sofa if there's space and these two would blend a bit better than the above option, I think.

Can't wait to see these lamps (another steal at Scott's) where they belong! They are incredibly over-sized in our current house but they still make me smile.

Eventually, we'd love a leather chair but that's gonna have to wait. We have our eye on this one from Restoration Hardware. Would you ever guess it's a recliner?! Love the tufting and nail heads.

Finally, some throw pillows in neutral charcoal and brown tones would complete the look. I love these two different yet complimentary patterns together. And actually, they aren't all that bad with the existing brown and white zebra pillows we already own.

What color would you use as an accent through accessories? Opinions needed!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Baby Girl's Nursery Brainstorm

The moment we found out that our bambino is actually a bambin-a, I started plugging away on nursery ideas. The goal is to give her a sophisticated and comfortable room that isn't off the rack. Here's what we've come up with so far.

We have walls in Sherwin William's Dorian Gray. The paint is up and it looks beautiful. Even better than expected. Love it when that happens!

Crib...we are thinking we'll go with the Jenny Lind crib in white. It is just so clean and classic, and the price is right at around $200. You can purchase this at a number of different stores, but Baby Braithwaite has it and I like to support local businesses when possible. Plus, that store is amazing and it's an excuse to buy something else on the same trip, ha!
The bedding that I have my eye on is the Colette from Serena & Lilly. It is clean and simple, with just a touch of pink. Perfection.

How precious is the crib skirt. I love that little gray peek-a-boo dart.

Close up of the fabrics for the bumper and crib sheet.

I was literally JUST wishing for a pale pink poof for the nursery. Believe it or not, a sale popped up today so I ordered one in Papaya from Joss & Main! I'm obsessed with these. I recently bought the brown leather poof for the living room in our new house. The quality is great and they are much more affordable (at about $155) than some of the others I've seen.

The white ruffle curtains from Pottery Barn Kids immediately spoke to me. I love that they are girly and crisp. Plus they are blackout drapes. Maybe that's wishful thinking...

We've got an antique children's bookcase (currently used as a china cabinet in our mini dining room) that my mom and I are going to paint one shade darker than the walls. We'll paint the inside a turquoise to make the library pop. We also have the most precious three-mirrored children's dresser for some drawer space that has been used by all the girls in my mom, my sister and me. It's painted turquoise (it's been every color under the sun) and rather than change it, I think it will be a nice color addition to the room. We have an old wooden rocker to use too. 

My mom is planning on painting a piece of artwork to hang over the crib. On Pinterest, I found a boy's nursery with a southwestern feel that was absolutely adorable. A large painting of a steer was placed over the crib. A steer is a little too masculine, but we thought about a sheep. I'm thinking we can copy the below and change the colors a little bit! 

Will post pictures once we get moved into the new house and started. Oh, I don't plan on having a changing table. So many moms have said they just change the baby on the floor. Am I making a mistake?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Selling A Home... emotionally draining, frankly. And physically too, especially if you have a 100 lb chocolate lab that likes to shed! Josh and I both are first time home sellers, and it has been way more stressful and time consuming than building a house ever thought about being. Who would've thought!? Even though we live in a neighborhood coveted by young couples and families, it is still a buyer's market. Buyers these days want a lot, for just a little. Ugh.

I work with people all day every day, and I am consistently amazed by both their splendor and stupidity! The first offer we got fell through because the buyers weren't qualified for the amount they offered. WHAT!?! They are quite lucky that we planned on countering their first stab and didn't just sign on the dotted line. So irresponsible. Isn't this one of the reasons we are in the trouble we are in?

The second offer has been rather interesting as well. Before even settling on a bottom line price, they were already negotiating in furniture, lamps, rugs, shower curtains (dead serious) and bath mats (true story). Is this weird? I think so!

We've really struggled with looking at the process as a business transaction versus a personal exchange. It is our home, after all. Josh gets wound up in the numbers while I get worked up over someone's audacity to ask me to include a pair of family heirloom lamps with the house. In their defense, how would they know that a price tag can't be placed on something like that, I know. But still, it irked me. We're trying to sell a house here, not light fixtures. I will gladly recommend a great store for you to buy your own accessories!

I don't usually use the blog as a platform to vent like a negative Nancy. But, I feel so much better now! :) Of course, it might have something to do with this adorable little munchkin...

And the fact that I've been stocking up on a lot of pink for our baby girl!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Beer & Cheese Hot Dogs

No recipe here, unfortunately. I picked up these beer and cheese bratwurst at our local farmer's market recently and threw them on the grill. They were great with Trader Joe's garlic fries (in the freezer section).

How's that for a healthy meal, ha?!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Mama's BBQ Meatloaf

Here's what we ate for dinner tonight. My mom's meatloaf, fresh lady peas and garlic cheese bread. YUM. This meatloaf is so juicy, you wouldn't believe it! 

For the meatloaf, you'll need:
  • 1.5 lbs ground beef (chuck)
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 package Knorr onion soup/dip mix
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 medium can diced tomatoes
  • 3 Tablespoons vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
Combine the first 6 ingredients in a large bowl. Add 1/3 can of the tomatoes and mix again. It's easiest to just mix with your hands. Shape into a loaf and place in a 10x6x2 pan. In a small bowl, combine the remaining tomatoes and the rest of the ingredients. Pour over the loaf and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Slice and serve!

I got the lady peas at our local farmer's market. I just simmered them with Better Than Buillion for about 45 minutes. They are so delicious. The garlic cheese bread was also super easy. Just take a slice or two of regular bread, spread some butter on it, sprinkle on some garlic powder and add whatever cheese you have. Broil for a few minutes. Keep a close eye.