Showered With Love

In a word: Amazing. My baby shower, hosted by my Mother-In-Law and coordinated with my mom and two best buddies, was this past weekend, and I can't think of a word other than 'amazing' to sum it up. So much love, so much time invested, and so much gratefulness from me. Words can't do it justice, so enjoy these pics!
My MiL's amazing friend loaned out this 115 year old family heirloom crib
to hold gifts by the front door. So gorgeous!

My parents worked their magic on creating this diaper tricycle. So cute!
Every detail accounted for - Check out those arrow-printed clothespins!
Sweetly framed invite, complete with pretty little accoutrements.
We played The Price Is Right... I lost after not even knowing the price of my own
Starbucks drink! D'oh! Haha
Gorgeous garden flowers on every surface.
My bestie from childhood, Rebecca.
Seriously, EVERY detail. See the tiny blue pacifiers?!
My mom and her neighbor whipped up the most delicious cupcakes
in three different flavors: Raspberry, orange, and chocolate coconut. YUM.
Little candy favors all dressed up like onesies.
My girls. Fifteen years of friendship and counting!
So cute. Just everything: So cute.
Thank you to all of you who contributed, came, sent good vibes, everything. I'm chock full o'love, and we have the luckiest lil' guy.


Random Round Up: Weekend o'Love

Such a wonderful, love-filled weekend 'round here: My two besties were up to stay with me, and right in the middle was my baby shower. Guess what, world? People are NICE. The generosity and support were overwhelming, and the hubs and I were left feeling unbelievably special and loved. Couldn't ask for better!
Autumn is kicking off in a picture-perfect way.
Between the massage chair and the foot rub, this has been the BEST treat for myself.
Two of the last teams in the nation to be undefeated so far went head to head.
My Huskies lost, but it was a hard fought battle. Hooray for volleyball season!!
They are just the best ever.
Swelling continues to be an every-morning issue... New meaning to
Beyoncé's 'I Woke Up Like This' line, eh?? HA. But why only really
bad in one hand?! Bizarre, per usual.
I'll share some shower details later this week - My mother-in-law and her friend outdid themselves in design and decor, and my mom and two best girls followed up with perfect little touches of their own. Wonderful! And here's hoping the same for us all for the week ahead.


Random Round Up: Can A Girl Get A Nap Around Here?!

As sleep gets harder to come by, my brain feels a little more addled by the day. So! With a grand flourish of absolutely no creativity: Here are some pictures from the weekend.
It's a good day to be a tailgating preggo when a Cinnabon truck pulls up with freebies!
Last able-to-attend home game for us for the season. Sad, but ready for a break too
after three home games in a row.
Early morning aircraft carriers in a base harbor nearby.
Color me basic, but these are delicious!
Tuck summing up how I feel in general today.
Happy Monday - I'm going to go back to my anti-adulting today. ZzzzZZZZzzzZzz......


Ode To A Paint Sprayer

Guys. I can't say enough good things about this paint sprayer business. Buy one now, thank me later, you're welcome in advance.

You may recall, we sprung for this bad boy a couple years ago, thinking it would be just the thing for our kitchen cabinet overhaul and repainting all our interior doors. Well, we ended up going with hand-rolling for the cabinets, and the doors have yet to be tackled. But the perfect opportunity to bust this guy out came with our new sections of replaced siding.
We had a painter lined up, but after he accidentally rolled off someone else's roof, he was out of commission. With the rainy season bearing down, we needed to get our siding covered and ready for the elements. Nate took a chunk of the old siding into Home Depot and had some flat exterior Glidden paint color matched to the piece of old stuff. It turned out perfectly! By far the best match we've ever had mixed, and probably due to the large size of swatch he took in for them to work from. Take note of that if you ever need a paint match: The bigger swatch, the better.

We poured the paint into the sprayer, and got to work. And what fast work it was! Even with Nate allowing me to do some (he couldn't have ALL the fun of trying a new tool!), the entire process took only two hours. If we had used a brush and roller, my guess is that time frame would have doubled.

I was allowed to try 'er out on the no-ladder-required portions.
Even, fast coverage: Wonderful! Lots of folks complain about over-spray with paint sprayers: Because this model has the option of a vertical or horizontal spray, we found it to not really be too much of an issue. Sure we have spots, but nothing major. It was fairly easy to control once we got the hang of it all.
Say hallo to mah leetle friend!
We'll still be having the whole house painted as soon as the weather turns dry again (May-ish?), but in the meantime I'm so glad to have had a stretch of dry weather to get this taken care of ourselves. One less thing to have on our minds in this busy stretch o'life!
We'll be touching up those bare spots on the white garage arches this weekend.


Random Round Up: Sickness & Health

I was 'encouraged' to get my very first flu shot this year due to landing in the high-risk category of being pregnant... They say it's not a live virus and you won't get sick, but my 1.5 days of missed work last week beg to differ. What gives?! No fun!

Luckily the fever faded and I was up and about by the time game day came around on Saturday, and even got to get some much-needed house painting done Sunday. Check 'er out:
Those under eye circles and orange juice kinda sum it up, eh?
My sick day couch buddy.
A much, much cooler game day than last week, thank goodness!
After our scheduled house painter took a tumble off someone's roof, we decided
to get our new siding set for the winter ourselves. LOVE the paint sprayer!!!
Cleaning up while lying down.
More on the painting later this week - I must say a paint sprayer is one of the best tools in our arsenal! Worth every penny! I'll give you the full run-down. 'Bout time we had a DIY post around here, eh? #BabyTakeover


Ding Dong the Ring is Gone

With last week came a sad day: I had to face the fact that I'm too vain for my own health. 

Like every married lady, I love my wedding rings. So much so that I danced around taking and leaving them off until, well, it was way too late.
Five pounds of sausage in a one pound bag on Bourbon Street.
I'd had some swelling, especially in the sweat fiesta that was New Orleans in May, but it had always gone back down. Until it didn't. I tried every lubricant, every method under the sun. I iced. I oiled. I wrapped with string. With tape. With wire. 
Ice bath.
I made it worse.
The string method worked best, and if I hadn't waited as long
to try probably would have solved my problem.
So off I went with a heavy heart to the jeweler where they were purchased, ready to bite the bullet and have them cut off. The employees were so kind, telling me it happens all the time and they would be fixed whenever I was (physically) ready - Aka: healed and no more swelling, so post-babe. Sigh.
The sweetest old Eastern-European jeweler toddled out and ever-so-gently hacked my rings in half. No really, it was moderately painless: They have a special tool that slowly and precisely cuts through the metal. Then with a tweak of some needle-nose pliers, my finger was free. And wow, did it need to be freed. I didn't think it was THAT bad until I saw the damage on my skin underneath.
Luckily, thanks to my Rodan + Fields product love, I used some Soothe 2 (a redness-reduction miracle product, seriously) and within 12 hours the swelling was way down and the redness all but gone. 
In the meantime, I printed out a ring measurement tool and took stock of my finger. Turns out, I'm now about a size 9.5-10 on my ring finger... My wedding set is a 7. What?! But with that knowledge I was able to pop onto Amazon and pick up a simple, low-cost, sterling wedding knot to keep my finger feeling a little less naked these last few weeks. It's actually a little too large, but I have a feeling I'll have days where I fill it out just fine.
It's a weird and wild ride, folks. Can't wait to get my bands repaired and back on.

...Guess my vanity level hasn't resized.


Random Round Up: Recovery Mode

Whew, what a week last week!! Even though I've been with my company for years, last week was one of the busiest I've EVER lived through, work-wise. As energy and brain power aren't exactly my strong suits right now, this weekend called for some recovery... After the first Husky game of the season, of course. Gotta rally for that.
Caught in the act! Cooper hung out at our house for a few days.
A couple late bloomers still hanging on in the backyard!
Trying to stock the freezer a little for baby time - Banana bread baking fiesta.
Setting up our tailgating spot at 6am on Saturday! Nothing like a game day sunrise.
Baby J's first Husky game! Starting him young.
Here's hoping this week is nice and smooth for us all - I've got a jewelry saga for you later in the week, stay tuned!