Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Registry Tips

Wedding season is upon us! It's always an exciting time- all the showers, brunches, the wedding itself- I love it (remember how I was in 14 weddings over the course of last year? Haha)! 

Now that I've been married for a few years, I've had the opportunity to think about things that I wish I would have done differently. As far as our wedding goes, I wouldn't change a darn thing. To me, it was the most special day, and it was exactly what I hoped it would be.

But I would change a few things about our registry choices- and I figured I would share them with you. Here we go! 

Let's compare the following two pictures... The same meal, two different bowls. 

Isn't it UNBELIEVABLE how much better the food looks in the white bowl?! Mind blowing! I wish I would have known that little tidbit of information when we were registering three years ago (Whoa! Has it really been that long?!). Even though colorful dishes can be fun, I am 100% convinced that food looks WAY prettier when it's served on/in something white.

While I'm singing the praises of white dishes, I need to talk about white towels and how they're the best.

We made the silly decision to register for white, brown, khaki and blue towels at several stores. Now, we have 4 different shades of blue towels. Y'all, we should have gone with all white. Because we can bleach them to get the nasty moldy towel smell out, and we obviously can't do that with the colored towels. We do the hot water/vinegar/baking soda trick with all of our towels too, but the moldy smell comes back pretty quickly. So I'm telling you- register for all white towels. You won't regret it.

Also- let me just say that there's no shame in registering for some decor. We didn't register for any decor, and we probably received 8 lamps from different people, as well as 20 picture frames. There were some that happened to go nicely with our furniture, and then there were others that didn't at all. So you know what? Go ahead and register for some home decor items at Target- it will help your friends out who don't feel like buying you some kitchen tongs.

Speaking of kitchen utensils.. (Don't you love that little segue?)

Don't register for every kitchen item under the sun. We made that mistake. Y'all- we never use a kitchen blow torch. But we have one. We don't need 30 casserole dishes- but we have them. See where I'm going with this? Register for things that you KNOW you will use on a regular basis. We love our blender. We are OBSESSED with our KitchenAid. Yes, you really need more than one baking sheet.

So those are the lessons I learned the hard way. Would any of you "unregister" for some things if you could?!

Have a wonderful, sunshiney, happy day!

27 Weeks

Check out that bathroom-post-workout-selfie. Hahaha

How far along? 27 Weeks and 5 Days (Oops)

Maternity clothes? Duh!
Sleep: I have to get up at least once a night, thanks to my growing buddy kicking me in the bladder. 
Best moment this week? Going to the Symphony (again) with the hubby. 
Miss Anything? Being thinner. Haha 
Movement: All the time- little guy has been SUPER active over the past few weeks. It's fun! 
Food cravings: I'm a lot more hungry than I have been, but I'm not craving anything in particular.
Aversions: The smell of BBQ potato chips. Gross.
Showing? Of course! 
Labor Signs? A couple of Braxton Hicks contractions here and there- but nothing huge. 
Belly Button- in or out? In
Rings- on or off? On
Happy or Moody? Happy! 
Looking forward to: Getting a pedicure tomorrow (Thanks Mom!)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

26 Weeks

No chalkboard picture.... But he's growing! :)

How far along? 26 weeks and 4 days
Maternity clothes? All the time!
Sleep: Has been interesting- I wake up all night long, but when I sleep, I sleep hard. Until the boy kicks the bladder. 
Best moment this week? Feeling the little guy move around more and more- it's crazy! I think that's going to be the only thing I miss once he's born. 
Miss Anything? Carbs. But other than that, I'm good. 
Movement: Yes! A lot of it! 
Food cravings: Carbs. And I can't have them. 
Aversions: Nothing really- we've come up with a system where DJ always picks up the meat at the grocery store so I don't have to. So we're good. :)
Showing? Uhhhh yeah. 
Labor Signs? Nope! Thank goodness!
Belly Button- in or out? Still an innie!
Rings- on or off? On- thanks to my low carb diet.
Happy or Moody? Happy! 
Looking forward to: Baby showers! We have several on the calendar now- it's going to be so wonderful seeing sweet friends and family! 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

25 Weeks

When you've had a long day, you don't check the cuff of your pants. Or touch up your make up. Hahaha! 

How far along? 25 weeks, 4 days
Maternity clothes? Yes! 
Stretch marks? Ugh... unfortunately, one has popped up. So from now on, I won't be answering this question. ;)
Sleep: I've had a hard time falling asleep this week... And I keep waking up at night. So I think it's starting to go downhill. 
Best moment this week? Painting baby boy's nursery. And a surprise fancy date night with the baby daddy on Friday. He's seriously the best. 
Miss Anything? Did you read my blog post last week? Hahahaha... But I'm trying to focus on how much better things will be when the little guy is born. 
Movement: Yes. And that's my favorite thing about this whole experience. 
Food cravings: Well, with the gestational diabetes in full swing, I am craving everything I'm not supposed to eat. But I try to change my train of thought whenever I start missing things like pizza, pasta, dessert.... Okay I'm stopping. 
Aversions: Nothing really! 
Showing? Yes!
Labor Signs? None at all! 
Belly Button- in or out? Still in.
Rings- on or off? Still on- the swelling has actually gone down this week.
Happy or Moody? It's been a roller coaster of a week. But the past couple of days have been great! 
Looking forward to: Getting furniture in that beautiful nursery! 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

24 Weeks

Y'all- yesterday was not the best day... I found out I have gestational diabetes, cleaned my house all day long, cried off and on for a few hours because I was frustrated with life, we had to spend a small fortune on car repairs, and then the day ended with my husband flooding the bathroom (it was not the toilet- it was the bathtub). So yeah. This was at the end of a long day. Excuse the hot mess. 

How far along? 24 weeks, 4 days
Maternity clothes? Yup! All day err-day.
Stretch marks? Not yet.
Sleep: Has been okay- I wake up a couple of times at night due to discomfort, but nothing too terrible.
Best moment this week? Spending a ton of alone time with the hubby- I'm soaking in every moment! 
Miss anything? Fitting in my normal clothes- now that spring is rolling around, I don't feel comfortable in anything at all. :/ (See yesterday's post)
Movement: More and more every day! He's definitely breech right now- hopefully that will change. 
Food cravings: Taco salad and pineapples have been my favorite thing this week.
Aversions: Raw meat in grocery stores. Disgusting. 
Showing? Yup! 
Labor Signs? None 
Belly Button- in or out? Still in
Rings- on or off? Depends on the day- the wedding band is always on (it's 1/2 size larger than my engagement ring- yes I did this on purpose). 
Happy or Moody? I haven't been moody. But yesterday was not the best day of my life. 
Looking forward to: Painting the nursery tomorrow!