Happy thanksgiving! We are thankful for sooo many things. God is so good and it’s a true blessing to know him. Thankful most of all for our little baby blue! Yes, we’re having a baby boy :). So extremely excited. The shopping has fully commenced. Gotta keep it in check though because stores like Pottery Barn Kids can be a dangerous place for first time mommies!! Everything is so cute, I want them all! We’ll be starting to put the nursery together in November when all the pieces are ready. We’re getting a shiplap accent wall installed this month, yay! I’ve always wanted one in the house, so why not the baby room? :)
Update on how I’m feeling: I never did get my pre-pregnancy energy levels back even now well into the second trimester but other than still being tired all the time, I am a very happy camper. Just gotta get those naps in and 10+ hours of nightly sleep, and I’m good. It’s worth mentioning that I go to bed around 8:30PM every night and wake up at 8:00AM for work (crazy, right?) LOTS of quality time with sleep going on around here. It’s as if I’m getting ready to bid it farewell, lol.
I’ve been feeling kicks and all sorts of baby movements since week 17. In fact, this little guy is quite an active one, like a little athlete in the womb. Feeling these movements is quite magical and every time I feel them, I am in awe all over again about the miracle of creating a little life inside of us. It’s truly so incredible! What a wonderful journey.
Also LOVING work and my new team. I am really, really enjoying having a team and coaching and developing others. I find it so very fulfilling. So I am thankful with my whole heart for these opportunities.
Last but not least, thankful for my amazing family (on both sides) and my all-star husband, Chris. YOU ARE THE BEST HUBBY IN WIDE WORLD. I am so lucky to be your wife :). I love you.
We are having a baby!!! We are so. very. excited. But it wouldn’t be the full picture without first sharing the part that wasn’t so exciting.
The truth about being MIA the last few months is that I was absolutely destroyed by the first trimester. What torture that was! I had never felt so sick in my life :(. All day nausea with vomiting (2-3 times a day), dizziness, extreme fatigue, constant bloating, horrible gas pains, and excruciating hunger. It was completely debilitating and I actually felt like I was going to die. While every inch of me was so grateful for this gift, feeling horrible every single day for 7 weeks straight really took away the excitement of the pregnancy for a while there.
The bright side of it all? Other than the obvious little peanut growing inside of me, Chris had been a rock by my side. I had never seen him in this light before. Completely and utterly selfless throughout my sickness and did everything he could to help. I am so blessed to have this man and going through this has made me fall in love with him even more. I have a sneaking suspicion that there will be a whole lot more falling in love as we journey through the ups and downs of life and as we grow and bond deeper with each other with each experience. :) I thank God everyday for you, Chris.
So then the second trimester came like a knight in shining armour! YAY!! All other symptoms have subsided or completely gone away and I am just dealing with fatigue now. I’ll take it!! I’ve accepted that it’s probably going to be a part of me until the 9th month and I’m okay with it. I’ve been able to get back into the groove of things a whole lot more the past few weeks with LOTS AND LOTS of sleep to get me through. :)
We are 16 weeks 3 days today and are sooo over the moon about our little human in the works! We’ll be three in February 2018!! What an absolutely incredible and incomprehensible thing to create LIFE. We are in awe. God is so good and we are so blessed. I can’t wait to capture our journey here as we embark on the next chapter so stay tuned!
Cozied up to tea and music this morning while working on orders :). I just love this print so much, I thought I’d snap a picture of it in its packaging ready to be tucked away for shipping. It’s going to a lovely customer in Tennessee!
Happy birthday weekend to my incredible husband! And happy weekend to all.
PS. We’re almost at the finish line with our backyard project!! Right in time for SPRING and it makes me so happy.
New year, new fun picture :). Thank you to my Christopher for snapping this one! We had a quiet new year’s eve, which is just the way we like it.
Thank you, 2016, and hello, 2017! We look forward to all that you have in store. Gearing back up for work and kind of very excited! January is going to be a crazy month but it’s the really good kind of crazy. :) I’ll certainly miss being able to blog and post pictures as frequently as I did over the break though :P.
Of all the home projects, the closet was probably among the easiest and cheapest!
DECOR TIP: Here’s all that you need to build a $500 low-cost yet pretty closet!
1. CLOSET ROD
Simply install this from one end of the closet to the other. You may need to throw in a support bracket in the middle if you have a lot of clothes that will eventually weigh the rod down!
2. MINI DRESSER
This is so you have a set of drawers to dump your clothes in! Extremely helpful to keep your closet neat.
3. MATCHING HANGERS
This is only if you care about having a “pretty” closet. Make sure your hangers match across the board – it makes everything look prettier and more organized! Miscellaneous hangers look messy :P.
This is an easy way to store your shoes neatly inside your closet. Again, pick colours that complement or match the rest of your closet. For instance, if my hangers are natural pine wood, then I’ll also pick natural pine wood for shelves!
5. LOUVERED DOORS
I love, love, love the look of shutters in general, so louvered-style closet doors were the perfect choice for me. I also love the bifold function because they are not only space-saving but they also look awesome!
6. DECORATIVE KNOBS
Toss the standard knobs that come with closet doors you buy at big box retailers and go out and get some decorative ones to spice things up! :)
As promised, here’s a snap of our new front yard! :) We’ve worked tirelessly on it for the past couple of months with our awesome handyman. I actually shared this on Instagram last week and am just catching up with a blog post now! I love, love, love it! Chris and I have been clockwork when it comes to watering our green babies after work. As much of a chore as it sounds, it’s actually extremely relaxing and it’s guaranteed outside-time every day. I wish it was summer all year long so we get to keep our flowers for a little longer, but that’s not Canada for ya. I’m on a mission to find flowers that bloom and survive in the winter though! Any suggestions, pretty please let me know. They’ve got to exist!
Another selfie in Iceland, taken by the hubby. I had a big urge to book a flight to Iceland today to travel the northern part. Perhaps in a few months; I still have enough photos to hold me over a little longer, thank goodness. :)
We’re all moved in! We have not unpacked nor do we have internet set up. It was actually a bit of a nightmare to think I’d have to go a week without internet. But thanks to tethering, that nightmare never materialized. :) I decided to post something quick tonight as I reminisce to those beautiful days in Iceland.
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