Thursday, January 31, 2013

Baisden Eloise

Well, she finally made her debut (8 days "fashionably" late) and today marks one week with our little girl! We are totally smitten and adjusting well to parenthood. "Baisden" Eloise (yes, we changed her time decision...the double name was just too much of a mouthful) decided to join us on January 24 at 2:57PM, weighing 7lbs 3oz (not the heifer I was expecting!) and measuring 19.75 inches long. I was set to be admitted to the hospital that evening and induced on the morning of January 25. Boy am I glad she had other plans!

Josh did an amazing job of both encouraging me during labor and being the photographer as soon as she arrived. Above was after her bath at the hospital, just about 30 minutes old. I had a pretty good labor experience...certainly got my wish of feeling the contractions! The epidural was welcomed. I thought about my mom throughout my labor...she delivered both me and my sister sans drugs. What a woman!

Since we've been home, we've had several of those typical sleepless nights, but Baisden has been sleeping much better for the last 3 nights. We've got a serious eater on our hands, so I have no doubt she will get to be a chunker in no time at all. Her cheeks certainly have a head start.

She is more and more alert each day, and we love watching all of her expressions. Particularly this furrowed brow. This look is SO Josh Van.

And much to our surprise, she has a little hair! It is longer on one side than the other and she's got a total mullet going on. Cutest mullet I've ever seen! Those are two words you don't see in the same sentence very often. Cute and mullet. Hmmm...

I can't even imagine the changes the next week will bring!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Living Room

Finally, I've gotten our living room decently finished enough to photograph. You can read here about my initial plan for the living room in our new house. I think it turned out pretty close, and the over-sized lamps I basically stole from Scott's make it, if I do say so myself. My goal was rustic and comfortable to fit our casual lifestyle.

Still on the list: a big square tray with accessories for the leather coffee table/ottoman and one or two side chairs (right now we are just using chairs from our breakfast nook).

This distressed piece (pictured below) is something I'm thrilled to have back. It lived at my parents' house for a while...I found at Scott's and had it in my condo before Josh and I moved in together. When we were combining two houses, there was just no room for it. Plus, I don't think he loved it. He thought it was beat to hell and back. Which, it is, but that's the look. Hence, the word "distressed." It works great behind the sofa to house a catch-all tray for keys and the lanterns I recently splurged on from Pottery Barn. Mom and I found the barrel at HomeGoods...I was THRILLED! It currently serves zero functional purpose but it sure looks good. The four pictures on the wall leading to the mud hall were taken on my parent's property at our wedding. They were a pain in the rear to hang but the finished product is great.

My mom has such a great eye. She arranged the bookcases for me and I'm so happy with them! We used my Spode china as the common link between the two and then filled in with pictures, books and funky like nick-nacks we found, mostly at HomeGoods. I had the painters paint the backs of the bookcases a slate gray to warm them up some and I think it really makes the accessories pop.

So that's my living room and the heartbeat of our house!

Friday, January 18, 2013

40+ Weeks

Patience is not one of my strong suits. My due date has come and gone, and although I realize it's not uncommon to be late with your first baby, it sure is annoying! My mom was a week late with me, so I'm guessing I will follow her lead. If no baby by Tuesday, I go back to the doctor for a quick check in. If no baby by Thursday, I will be induced. It's clearly a very personal choice but I am really wanting to avoid induction. I want to go into labor, naturally, at home, I want to feel the contractions and then be whisked away to the hospital for a quick and relieving epidural :) I want this baby to decide when she is ready to come. 

She is in "launch position," according to my doctor. He guesses she will be about 8 lbs. I have hoped for a chubby baby! She is still moving around a lot and kicking my insides like nuts. I'm having lots of Braxton Hicks, lower back pain and cramping. In other words, I'm there.

I'm officially on maternity leave, which is really weird. It's nice to change focus a bit and of course, needed at this point in time, but I've walked into the Presenting Atlanta office just about every day for going on 7 years now. Needless to say, I'm having to keep myself busy, but I've never had a problem there.

The nursery is functional, but not complete. Yesterday, I tackled one project that's been on the list for a while. I found a milk glass lamp and simple shade at IKEA for $40. It was cute but a little too blah. I spent about $3 on some trim at Hancock's and now it looks like this. Adore it!

Here are a few sneak peeks of the nursery, until it's really show ready.

This is an antique piece - actually, a children's bookcase and we are using it as just that. My mom painted it a distressed gray with a turquoise interior that really pops.

I just got these from Ballard Designs in rubbed white to hang over her changing table. I really wanted numbers, like 1 through 9 in funky finishes but couldn't find what I was envisioning.

Another antique piece. Josh painted the rocking chair to match the bookcase and that was my stuffed bear growing up. The poof is from Joss & Main...much more affordable than so many out there.

It will be nice to have the nursery completed...and even better to have a babe in it!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

39 Weeks

39 weeks pregnant yesterday. Absolutely cannot believe it. We are so over the moon ready and excited to meet the baby! You know, I'm not even really nervous about the labor part because I just want her to be here so badly. Plus, I'm not exactly comfortable these days. I also snore. Gross.

She is very low, I feel her pinching my bladder and doing something like nodding her head. She is still head down, thank the good Lord. I am getting up 4-6 times during the night. Which is VERY annoying. I guess it's nature's way of prepping for what's to come with all those middle-of-the-night feedings, but I'd really like to get my rest in while I can! Every other night, I'll sleep pretty good. The other nights, I am having lots of Braxton Hicks and some cramping. When that happens, I keep thinking...this is IT! 

She started having the hiccups about 3 weeks ago. I'd always heard pregnant women talk about their belly shaking and was so curious. She doesn't have them a lot, but it is kind of dramatic when she does.

My back. Do you know that feeling when you desperately need to pop your lower back? I have that constantly, but cannot bend properly to pop it. I dream about laying on my stomach and having someone walk across my back. That would be utter heaven!

Work has been a God send. I have been really busy getting things half-way buttoned up to head out when that time comes, and that has saved me from driving myself, and Josh, up the wall with those inevitable nesting instincts. My mom told me that even SHE was nesting the other day. I'm not sure that grandmothers are supposed to "nest"...hysterical!

I go to the doctor for my last appointment on Friday. We will see what he says about any progression. I know they won't let me go more than a week past my due date, so we will definitely be parents by January 23rd (although I REALLY hope we don't go that long)!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Amazing Chocolate Pecan Bars

This is the most addictive brownie/cookie type thing ever. I first made them over the holidays. Bad idea since we didn't have much family in town. Josh and I ate the whole batch basically by ourselves. My baby has been on a sugar high!

They are so incredibly easy.

You'll need:

  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Cream the butter and brown sugar. Add egg, vanilla and flour and mix well. Spread on a cookie sheet until it covers almost all of it. Get it pretty thin if you can. I think there is enough butter to avoid spraying the pan, but I did anyway. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden. 

Remove from the oven and sprinkle on the chocolate chips. Return to the oven for a minute to melt the chocolate chips. Then spread out the chocolate evenly. Sprinkle with the chopped pecans and let the chocolate harden. Cut into squares. I like them room temp, or cold...I keep my extras in the fridge.

Addictive, promise!