Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Little Man's Nursery!

As I sit here at 41 weeks pregnant, I figured what better than to give you all a tour of our little man's nursery!

We wanted something very neutral with a mix of modern and vintage. The room is super tiny so we kept everything pretty light except for the dark blue carpet. The carpet, armoire, dresser and curtains are all from ikea; Tom made the tall shelf with the lamp and Tom painted the green shelf that my grandpa (my mom's father that passed away when I was 1.5) made me when I was a baby. 

You'll notice that there is a futon in the room but no crib - we are co-sleeping with a sidecar crib so the crib is in our room next to our bed and the futon has nowhere else to go so we kept it in the nursery in case we need the extra bed for guests besides the one in our guest bedroom. 

So take a look and sorry for the crummy pictures but I took them in the morning and the light was pretty terrible but I didn't want to wait hehe!

Shelf my Poppy made for me that we painted emerald green (also the color of our dining room).

Tom made the picture frames for the prints since they were kind of an awkward size.

Tom drew this mural as a surprise for me! We were gonna do a huge animal mural but knowing this isn't our forever house I didn't want to get attached to an amazing mural and then have to leave it - I know I'm crazy but I'm very sentimental and emotional!

We put the changing pad on top of the dresser and the shelf to the right is the one Tom made.

One of my roommates and good friends from college actually MADE the stuffed monkey! The lamp is a wedding gift from our little man's godparents and is perfect for the room!

Curtains and rug are from Ikea. And the oar is one Tom's parents got him for Christmas a few years ago. Tom rowed all through college and of course I have to brag and say they won states his senior year which hadn't been done in a few decades by his team so the oar is perfect!

The ladder looking thing the quilt is hanging on is actually the fourth side to our crib that we took off for our sidecar crib. 

I love math so the abacus was my idea and the John Deer truck is Tom's when he was a kid. 

The metal milk carton is from a little antique store in Vermont that I pass every time I go to my midwife. 

The light colored wine box is actually the box we used as our card holder at our wedding and the mini shelf is an antique we picked up on our last trip to Ithaca. We had the guests at our baby shower that my mom threw bring books with notes to the baby in them instead of cards so we have a great start to our kids book collection!

I love how our little man's nursery came out and I can't wait any longer for him to enjoy too!!! I'm writing this on Monday and posting it on Tuesday so hopefully he is here by the time it posts - one can only hope :)

Monday, July 29, 2013

Wedding Invitations

Although I have my degree in Communications and Design my true love for design and specifically invitation design started when I created my own wedding invitations. I started to look for invitations but couldn't find exactly what we had wanted so I decided to design them [ I had already designed our save the dates so I figured why not ]. 

I received such a good response from friends and family asking me where they were from so I figured why not start designing on the side too. At the time I was only working part time as a graphic designer for a health care company so this was perfect. I ended up designing everything for our wedding from table numbers/names to escort cards to the labels on the beer and wine we gave as favors and everything in between! I've already shared my wedding invitations in another post, so here are some other wedding invitations I've designed recently. Enjoy!

[ Looking for baby announcements and baby shower invitations? Check out this post for some of my designs! ]

Friday, July 26, 2013

My Birth Plan

As my due date has come and gone I figured I would post about my birth plan. As some know or may not, we are using a midwife and I'll be giving birth at a Birth Center that is attached to a hospital so that if an emergency does come up we do have help right there. We do use the L&D nurses and we've met a bunch who are sooo nice and all say they prefer working with the midwives since the atmosphere is so much more relaxed.

We actually don't have to put too much in our birth plan because a lot of what we want is already protocol not only for the midwives but for the hospital in general. I'll give birth and stay the next 36-48 hours all in the same room which is huge and soooo nice, its like a hotel. Some of the things we want that are standard is not being asked if I want medication - not even the nurses will ask unless I seriously bring it up; I want to labor in the spa tub, walk around, try different positions to help relieve pain and use the birthing stool, squat bar and birthing ball; wait to clamp the umbilical cord until it stops pulsating; have skin to skin time right away with the baby for an hour or longer; withhold all weighing, measuring, shots, etc. until after skin to skin time; dad gives baby first bath if wanted and in room; all newborn procedures done in room and in front of parents. There's more that I'm sure I'm missing but they keep it all as natural and as instinctual as possible. So in addition to all of that, here is the rest of our birth plan:

My Birth Plan:

I only want Tom present. My parents may visit me when they first get to the hospital but no one else is allowed to see me under any circumstances.

I am very private and modest and want to be as comfortable as possible and I’m not sure that is possible with new people present.

I prefer minimal internal exams or at my request only. (Midwives only do this once every 4 hours instead of the standard 2 but if I don't want them at the time I don't have to)

Concerning GBS Antibiotics: I want to start them once I have reached 6 or 7cm. I am hoping to only need one dose. I will try a heplock but only if I can have it in my forearm, not in my hand. I have a huge needle phobia and do not want this to be an issue. 

I do not want to be told when to push and do not want any counting while pushing.

Language about time is not okay. I do not want anyone to say, “you’re almost there,” “it’s almost over,” “it will be over soon,” or anything that has to do with time when I am pushing. It is ok to say “you’re strong,” “your baby’s moving forward,” etc. (As a marathon runner I hate when I still have 3 miles left and the crowd is cheering "you're almost there" when in fact three more miles is still a long time and is still very hard, even the last 100 yards is hard and from my point of view feels like forever away.)

Tom would like to catch the baby. 

We will provide clothing, hats and blankets for our baby as our family has a history of sensitive skin - we will be using organic clothing. 

I’d like Tom to stay with the baby at all times if I cannot be present.

I plan to breastfeed exclusively. 

I would like Tom to give the baby his first bath and with water only – no soap – again due to sensitive skin.

Please do not administer eye drops to my baby.

Please delay the administration of vitamin K and PKU testing until after breastfeeding and bonding. 

Please, no HepB vaccine for our baby. 

If C-Section if necessary due to emergency:
Tom should be present at ALL times.

I would like to have immediate contact with the baby.

I admire Baby-Friendly hospitals and would like skin-to-skin with the baby, keeping the mother-baby dyad together during the repair and recovery, and encouraging unlimited breast-feeding, even during initial recovery period. 

I would like Tom to stay with the baby at ALL times. He is to be the first to hold the baby – I want limited nurse interaction with the baby and have Tom perform any procedures possible.

So there it is. Not everyone will agree with what we want but we feel it's what is best for us. We also know that our birth may not go as planned which is why I wrote a part about a possible c-section but I want to try my hardest to have the birth go as planned. Here's to hoping he comes soon!!!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

40 Weeks

Picture from 40w1d but I am now 40w3d as I write this!

How far along?: 40 weeks and 1 day in this picture
Maternity clothes: Still mostly regular clothes but most of my tank tops are a little too short to wear now!
Best moment this week: Going to the midwife and having her tell me she doesn't think I'll make it through the weekend without having this baby!
Symptoms: Still pretty tired but I officially had my last day of work on Tuesday. I'm afraid that the stress of work is not allowing me to relax enough which is why he isn't out yet! Last week at the midwife I was 2cm and 70% effaced and this week I was 3cm, 80% effaced, cervix is very soft and he's at -1 station so the progression in a week is awesome and its why they think I'm coming any day now. I also had my membranes stripped while I was there this week for an extra jump start which was a little more painful than I expected but she said it's because I have a high cervix to begin with and because he's so ready. So TMI (at least for those who haven't had babies or aren't pregnant since I've learned there's no such thing as TMI with someone who is with child or has given birth) I had bloody show on Saturday which is very good and then again yesterday after the procedure, a few times during the day and then in the middle of the night and this morning which is a good sign that I've had it more than just the once after the procedure. I haven't had any contractions yet but I've had much more pressure than normal!
Movement: He is still a very active boy! 
Food cravings: I wanted nachos last night but figured that would not be a good meal to eat if I were to go into labor so I didn't give in!
Have you started to show yet?: Oh yes! 
Gender prediction: It's a boy!
Mood: So impatient!!! I'm beyond ready for him to come out! My co-worker who was due two weeks after me went into labor yesterday and another old co-worker of mine who was due a week after me had her baby today. Granted this was the second for both of them, but I'm so jealous and want him to come NOW!
Looking forward to: Meeting our little man, sharing his name (I honestly think this is the longest I've ever kept a personal secret from any of my best friends and family) and becoming a family of 3!

I'm really hoping that not being at work and being able to relax will help labor start. I took a bath this morning (we have a miniature tub but it was better than nothing) and then went and got my hair cut since that's always my go to when I want to unwind and feel good about myself. I haven't gained any weight in two weeks and I've been measuring a week small (39cm this week instead of 40cm) for the past two weeks which is also a sign that my body is ready to labor so now its up to the little man to make his entrance, we're all waiting for him!!!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Baby Announcements and Shower Invitations!

I thought I would share a few more of my designs from my freelance design business, Shannon Reilly Creative Design. Since there are a lot of pregnant mamas out there I figured I'd share some birth announcement and baby shower invites I've worked on. And sorry in advance for the cruddy photography - the samples came in the mail and I wanted to take the pictures right away but at 8pm the natural light kind of sucked! Enjoy!

p.s. look for a coupon code at the bottom :)

Interested? email me at shannonreillycreativedesign@gmail.com for a quote. All work is custom design with unlimited edits as I believe you should absolutely love what you are getting and that every invitation or announcement should be exactly what you had envisioned!

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Friday, July 12, 2013

38 Weeks

Sorry for all of the bathroom pictures, life is busy now and I'm too tired lazy to erase and draw every week on the chalkboard!

How far along?: 38 weeks 
Maternity clothes: Still mostly regular clothes but most of my tank tops are a little too short to wear now!
Best moment this week: Going to the reservoir to swim this weekend with the pup in the beautiful weather.  
Symptoms: Pretty much exhausted! I definitely have carpel tunnel which wakes me up at least 4 times during the night making my hand tingle and hurt wicked bad. And of course there is nothing I can do for it other than stretch it and try not to use my wrist that much - which is hard since I'm a graphic designer and its my right wrist which is on a mouse all day. It should go away once the baby is born and my hormones are back to normal - or at least I'm hoping it does!
Movement: He is still a very active boy! 
Food cravings: Nothing really, but I would love some good Mexican food but that's nothing out of the ordinary.
Have you started to show yet?: Oh yes! 
Gender prediction: It's a boy!
Mood: Impatient! I just want him to come already!!!
Looking forward to: Our little man's arrival! I'm writing this at 38w6d so we have just about a week or so left and I'm now very impatient!

Friday, July 5, 2013

37 Weeks

How far along?: 37 weeks 
Maternity clothes: Still mostly non-maternity with stretchy skirts and dresses, but I'm kinda getting tired of wearing the same things. And some of my shirts/tanks are getting a little short and don't cover my bump - especially my workout clothes!
Best moment this week: Having Thursday off for July 4th and doing nothing! I took a three hour nap and I never nap but I'm just completely exhausted these days even after a good [ as good as it can be ] nights rest.  

Symptoms: Very tired and exhausted just climbing stairs takes a lot these days it seems. I've been having a lot of pressure and lightening pains the past week - good signs! 
Movement: He is still a very active boy - and Tom felt his hiccups the other night too which was really cool. 
Food cravings: Nothing really, but I have to have my mint chocolate chip ice cream every night!
Have you started to show yet?: Oh yes! 
Gender prediction: It's a boy!
Mood: Impatient! I just want him to come already!!!
Looking forward to: Relaxing this weekend with nothing to do. Nesting is definitely a real thing so I'm going to continue my cleaning frenzy this weekend!

I thought I'd do a little comparison to see how big this little man has really gotten!

Same shirt looks a little different now - I'm really hoping I look that little again some day! I love my clothes and especially my jeans - I will be a size 2 again [ we can't afford a new wardrobe for me anyways haha ]!