checking it twice: boys’ shared bedroom update.

yup, we’re still in list-mode over here as we eagerly work hard on getting this space ready for Lionel and baby! i’m going to do a pregnancy update here in the next week or so, but a few highlights:

* i’ve only gained 14 pounds, which is amazing, considering that around this time with L, i had gained 29 pounds by now!

* baby is scheduled for a c-section on December 1, meaning it’s only 10.5ish weeks until we meet him – we can’t wait!

as a reminder, here’s what’s on the ol’ to-do list for the boys’ shared bedroom:

1. take down the ceiling fan.

2. paint the ceiling {in Benjamin Moore’s Lacey Pearl} and touch up paint on the walls.

3. hang the warehouse light fixture.

4. install DIY custom shelving flanking the window in the room {two wooden shelves – stained grey – on each side of the window, hung with hefty, exposed black brackets}.

5. order two monogram pillows and a metal photo print, courtesy of Tiny Prints.

6. order the rug {pictured above on the left side of the inspiration board, from Urban Outfitters}, as well as a few knick-knacks for the boys’ shelves that i’ve been coveting on Etsy :)

7. print and frame some custom artwork that i made for the boys’ room, as well as a piece of printable artwork that i purchased from Etsy {we’re about halfway through this process, hence the half-checked-off text}.

8. pick up the repainted bed frame and the repainted rocking chairs from my parents’ house.

9. hang the curtain rod + curtains, hang the artwork and vinyl decals, and dress the beds – really, this is the time to decorate our hearts out!

what’s new since our last update, in case you can’t tell: the curtains have been hung (and i LOVE. THEM. SO. MUCH!). the light fixture is in, and oh my, is it looking fine – thanks to my engineer brother for installing it! the DIY shelves have been stained and are looking great, and i’ve touched up all of the paint on the walls, so we’ll be ready to go come October to hang the shelves, to dress the bed and crib, and to start decorating! it’s our goal to have pictures to share of the shared room come November, and we’re right on track.

in other news, as i mentioned here, we were planning on Baby sleeping in our room – in a crib – with us for the first nine months-ish of his life, so as not to disturb L’s sleep patterns and to make nighttime nursing easier. but, as of this past week, my Mom scored a stellar deal on {drum roll please} a Moses basket and stand! i’ve had this inspiration image pinned on my Pinterest forever, and she remembered that, so when she came across a scream of a deal at a local secondhand store, she jumped on it. we’re so glad that she did – not only do we not have to move the crib back and forth between rooms {which involves taking it apart just to put it right back together, as it’s too large to fit through the doorways}, but the Moses basket will be wonderful to set Baby in to sleep or chill out in all areas of the house, since L likes to move about the house throughout the course of a regular day! :)

the Moses basket is a light natural wood color and looks to be in great condition {according to my Mom and to the pictures I’ve seen}, but we plan to replace the mattress with some hefty 2-inch foam, and to strip the old {icky velour!} bedding off of the basket in favor of lightweight cotton. the rocking stand that the Moses basket sits on is white, and apart from needing a fresh coat of paint, it’s also in great condition; my Mom plans to repaint it {in Benjamin Moore’s White Dove, my favorite shade of white!} when she repaints L’s twin bed in the next few weeks.

my maternity leave prep is also going swimmingly for me; i feel so blessed to have administrators and colleagues who understand and support my desire to be a Mama to my fullest capacity, and i feel so, so lucky to have almost four months off to spend with Baby! even though i know that it will be difficult to send little four-month-old Baby to daycare, i’m so looking forward to that in-between time with him, and with L, who will likely be home with us 2-3 days a week at least.

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what i’m most looking forward to.

dear sweet baby boy in your Mama’s belly,

here’s what i can’t wait for, dear child.

meeting you for the first time, feeling my heart expand in size over and over and over again, bigger than i ever thought it could go, Grinch style. and finally putting to rest that plaguing, annoying, i-know-it’s-wrong-but-can’t-shake-it feeling of, will i have enough love to go around?

i know that i will. once your eyes meet mine, i know that God will make more than enough room for you in this heart of mine.

Daddy-Mama-L-Birth

seeing him be a Daddy to a newborn all over again. seeing him hold you, swaddled, like a football, just like he held your big brother – so tender, so close – just so – tightly enough to allow the freedom to twitch and tingle and turn and wiggle, like newborns do – just like sand in the palm of his hand.

Daddy-L-Hearing-Test

seeing this one be a big brother. i know that he will feel protective of his toys, his books {and, let’s be honest, his Mama}, and that he’ll endure bouts of jealously when we care for you, the little guy who will join our world this winter, but oh, i know that there will be tender moments, loving moments, moments in which the world slows, and the glittering light of the sunshine, ever reluctant in the chill of December, touches the snow, creating glimmers as it flies and sparkles.

Lionel - Baseball - Summer 2014

it’s in those moments that i’ll know – that this, yes, this slowing-and-quickening of heartbeats, of time, of life, this life – it was never in my plans, but it was always in my dreams.

xoxo, Mama

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our two boys’ shared room: a to-do list update.

hi all! things have been busy around here lately, with school starting up again for both L and i, and many a doctor’s appointment for baby no. 2. we have also made some progress on the boys’ shared bedroom; check out our {smaller!} to-do list:

1. take down the ceiling fan.

2. paint the ceiling {in Benjamin Moore’s Lacey Pearl}.

3. hang the warehouse light fixture.

4. install DIY custom shelving flanking the window in the room {two wooden shelves – stained grey – on each side of the window, hung with hefty, exposed black brackets}.

5. order two monogram pillows and a metal photo print, courtesy of Tiny Prints.

6. order the rug {pictured above on the left side of the inspiration board, from Urban Outfitters}, as well as a few knick-knacks for the boys’ shelves that i’ve been coveting on Etsy. :)

7. print and frame some custom artwork that i made for the boys’ room, as well as a piece of printable artwork that i purchased from Etsy {my Dad is helping out with this}.

8. pick up the repainted bed frame and the repainted rocking chairs from my parents’ house.

9. hang the curtain rod + curtains, hang the artwork, dress the beds – really, this is the time to decorate our hearts out!

i can’t wait to receive my items from Tiny Prints, and to officially start decorating the space! I have some touch-up paint to do on the walls {my darling hubby spackled for me, to give the room a fresh start} before any decorating can really happen, but i couldn’t be happier with how everything is coming together; as i collect more and more items for the room, i feel so excited for the space, and even more giddy about the fact that come this winter, TWO boys will share this space.

in other baby prep news, i expect baby’s bedding to arrive in late September from the Etsy seller who is crafting it for us, and in October, we will purchase shelving brackets, mattresses and fun sheets for L’s big boy bed. in the meantime, i can’t wait to wash the baby’s clothes {next weekend!} and start to ready a sweet baby boy haven in our master bedroom for our second little man. our DIY platform bed in the master bedroom is not quite completed yet, and we still have curtains to hem and other miscellaneous projects to complete, but with approximately 13 weeks to go before baby, everything that’s left on the list seems manageable at this point.

what’s on your to-do list this month? I decorated our home for Fall today – which involved hanging a autumnal wreath and tossing a few pumpkins into our decor upstairs – but nothing gets me excited for home projects like a change in season, so it felt great to show our home some Fall love today!

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{TWO} boys + {ONE} bedroom = love.

as i mentioned here and here, sweet L and baby boy no. 2 {who has a name, but it’s a secret until he’s born!} will share a bedroom for the next two to three years. our home has two bedrooms upstairs and one bedroom downstairs, and until L is ready to be on his own downstairs {i’m aiming for ages 5-6, although i’m sure he’ll be ready before then}, our sweet boys will share a bedroom.

as soon as we learned that we were expecting baby no. 2, i began adding image after image to my Pinterest board for shared kiddo rooms {follow along here}. i was confident that regardless of whether baby Gillis no. 2 was a boy or a girl, we could make a shared bedroom work, at least for a year or two {until privacy and/or modesty becomes an issue for kiddo(s) of different genders}. but, when we learned that our babe on the way is another boy, it made the process of conceptualizing and executing a shared bedroom even easier, especially for the long-term.

after many a look back at my Feedly {side note: i LOVE this blog reader} and my Pinterest boards {i used to have a secret “Baby No. 2″ board that i was pinning to like mad before we revealed that we were expecting}, i devised an overall plan/theme for the room: a woodland adventure.

as you may recall, when we first moved in, we repainted L’s room in a cozy mint blue color {Benjamin Moore’s Palladian Blue}. i definitely wanted that color to stick around, as it’s such a beautiful neutral that contrasts so richly with our dark woodwork. after some brainstorming, i added pops of orange to the mix, as well as white, grey and black for accent colors.

here’s what i’m using as an inspiration board of sorts; let’s call it Pinspiration, since i do all of my dreaming and room planning for our home on Pinterest these days:

Lionel-Baby-Shared-Bedroom

a few explanations:

– the mint tree image and the orange and white arrow images in the right corner above will be featured as baby no. 2’s crib bedding, which is currently being crafted with love by this Etsy seller.

– we purchased the warehouse light at a steal {$29 bucks!} from Home Depot; it’s this one. i can’t wait to hang it after the ceiling is repainted!

– the image of the aqua color on the white chair {from here} is my inspiration for L’s little rocking chair, which my parents are painting white; i plan to run a little stripe of orange across the bottom of the rungs for some visual interest!

– the image at the bottom left {from here} is really my inspiration for the room; L will have a white-painted wooden bed, and his comforter is a mix of white and grey and is geometric in style. i love the collection of colorful, woodland-inspired pillows on the bed as well! we will also be incorporating triangle decals onto the walls in either black or grey, as well as artwork like the Explore, Explore print above {from here}.

a note: please visit my Pinterest board {Our Home – Lionel and Baby’s Shared Bedroom} for the sources of all of these images.

as of now, here’s what we have left in terms of the boys’ shared bedroom:

1. take down the ceiling fan.

2. paint the ceiling {my Mom is tackling this for us soon – it will be in the same color as our master bedroom ceiling, which is Benjamin Moore’s Lacey Pearl}.

3. hang the warehouse light fixture.

4. install DIY custom shelving flanking the window in the room {two wooden shelves – stained grey – on each side of the window, hung with hefty, exposed black brackets}.

5. order two monogram pillows and a metal photo print, courtesy of Tiny Prints.

6. order the rug {pictured above on the left side of the inspiration board, from Urban Outfitters}, as well as a few knick-knacks for the boys’ shelves that i’ve been coveting on Etsy. :)

7. print and frame some custom artwork that i made for the boys’ room, as well as a piece of printable artwork that i purchased from Etsy {my Dad is helping out with this}.

8. pick up the repainted bed frame and the repainted rocking chairs from my parents’ house.

9. hang the curtain rod + curtains, hang the artwork, dress the beds – really, this is the time to decorate our hearts out!

i plan to showcase the boys’ shared bedroom to all of you sometime in November, so stay tuned! {of course, i will likely conceal any name-revealing items, like the letter on baby’s monogrammed pillow, until baby no. 2 actually joins us in December…we don’t want to give away the secret!} :)

one of my most favorite photographers, Kara of Creative Kindling {who photographed many important moments in our lives, including our engagement, wedding, maternity and newborn photos of L, and will also be shooting newborn photos of baby no. 2 for us!}, will be taking photos of the room for me to share – i can’t wait to see how she captures our boys’ shared bedroom.

thanks for following along!

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baby no. 2 bump update {24 weeks}

here’s what’s going on with baby no. 2 this week {from Babycenter}:

Your baby’s growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at about 1 1/3 pounds. Since he’s almost a foot long (about the size of an ear of corn), he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he’ll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing “branches” of the respiratory “tree” as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.

how far along: 24 weeks + 1 day.

total weight gain: 5-6 pounds, if i remember correctly from my last appointment – but i head to the doctor again on Friday, and i’m trying to ready myself for some significant weight gain, because i feel so big!

report – recent prenatal appointment: as of my last appointment (at the end of July), everything looks great with baby boy Gillis no. 2; his heartbeat was measured at 130 beats per minute, and i finally have been feeling kicks – in fact, baby moves quite often, which is so much fun! i actually saw my whole belly move the other day for the first time this pregnancy :)

a bump picture:

Sara - 24 Weeks

what’s coming up: this Friday, i have another ultrasound to check on baby boy’s growth, and i’m so excited to see him in my belly again! my Mom and Dad will be accompanying me to this ultrasound, since Jord has an all-day staff meeting that day. then, that afternoon, i visit my regular doctor for a routine OB check-up – and, lucky me, i get to take the glucose test this Friday! ick.

food cravings: cake, cupcakes + chips ‘n’ dip!

what i’m looking forward to: seeing baby again on Friday, and enjoying one last “free” weekend before school officially starts on the 25th!

what i miss: sleeping on my belly and a cold beer at a baseball game :)

update on L and baby’s shared bedroom: as i mentioned here, i’m having a blast brainstorming decor for L and baby boy’s shared bedroom! since my last update, we’ve actually purchased a few things for their room, including a fun warehouse/industrial light fixture, grey and white geometric curtains, artwork for the walls, fabric for my Mom to make two changing pad covers, and custom crib bedding for baby {which is in the process of being made by an Etsy seller and should arrive via mail sometime this fall}. what’s up next: painting the ceiling and hanging the light fixture, purchasing twin-size mattresses and bedding for L’s new {old} bed frame that my parents are painting, hanging the curtain rod and the curtains, and purchasing brackets and hanging some custom shelving in the boys’ room.

i’m also SUPER excited to reveal that Tiny Prints and i will be collaborating on the boys’ shared bedroom, and they are generously providing monogramed pillows and a metal photo print/wall hanging for the room – i can’t WAIT to share more details about this partnership as the items arrive!

next appointment: august 22nd for another ultrasound + OB check/glucose test!

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state of the family: canine edition.

hi all! you may have noticed that Jord and I have been rather mum on the topic of our Yorkie, Wyatt the dog, as of late, and there’s a very good reason why: Wyatt is not part of our little family anymore. instead, Wyatt the dog is on his way to finding a forever home, as part of a terrier fostering and adoption program in a nearby state.

Wyatt-1

the back story: after we moved in to our new home in August 2013, Wyatt began to show signs that he wasn’t his typical happy self, including various instances of acting out. while he never was aggressive towards us or towards L – something that we never, ever would have tolerated – we began to feel concerned that our little dog’s unhappiness may not be easily remedied by extra loving and the feeling of being settled in a home.

so, after much deliberation and thought, my parents kindly offered to take Wyatt into their home on a trial basis, to see if he was happier in an environment where there were two people to love on him that weren’t distracted by new jobs (me), by getting settled in a new home (all of us), and/or by a growing child (again, all of us). for a while, this situation seemed to be working for all parties – i know that my parents enjoyed aspects of caring for Wyatt – he truly is a good-natured dog with a loving heart – and i know that Wyatt enjoyed receiving lots of attention from his beloved grandparents. during this time, we kept the door open to my parents taking Wyatt in permanently – their offer! – while continuing to explore other options when it came to Wyatt. we still visited Wyatt often at my parents’ home, and he always greeted us with happy, excited barks and kisses (L included).

Wyatt-2

about the time that we learned that we were expecting baby Gillis no. 2, it became clear to all parties involved that Wyatt again was feeling unhappy. he again began to act out in my parents’ home at times, and after many discussions with each other and with my parents, we all decided that A) Jord and I were not comfortable with Wyatt returning to our home, either in the short term or the long term, due to his various episodes of acting out and the fact that we were expecting another little one that would, again, draw love and attention away from Wyatt, and that B) my parents were not comfortable with Wyatt’s presence in their home on a long-term basis, since he was again displaying his unhappiness, even in light of my parents’ loving care.

at this time, Jord spoke with one of his trusted coworkers, who is a dog-lover and has always offered helpful advice to us as “dog parents” to Wyatt. he explained our situation, and after doing some research of her own, Jord’s coworker recommended a terrier shelter in a nearby state that may be interested in taking Wyatt in and finding him a suitable home. we immediately contacted the terrier shelter, submitted an application for Wyatt, and he was accepted into their fostering program. and in mid-July, we met up with Wyatt’s foster mom (who, after discussing Wyatt with her via phone, and after meeting her in person, is just the kindest lady!) and formally submitted Wyatt into her care.

we feel so, so grateful that organizations like this exist for dogs like Wyatt – a dog who is kind-hearted and loving, but needs more attention that we can offer him at this point. we feel hopeful that this organization will help to find a new home for Wyatt in the near future, one that prioritizes his needs more than we could when he was in our care.

Wyatt-3

there are moments when I miss him, when I miss his snuggles or his kisses, but we feel confident that we did the best thing that we could for Wyatt – through the help of this organization, we are giving him the opportunity to find a forever home with someone who can love him the way that he needs to be loved.

as far as our future dog-owning days go, we’d love to add another canine to our family at some point far in the future, most likely when we are done having children. when we do take this step, we know that we’ll think much more seriously about a dog’s personality and his/her needs when considering how well a dog would fit in with our family’s lifestyle, and we feel confident that “parenting” Wyatt was a fruitful experience for both of us in helping us to understand how important it is that a dog complement our ever-changing family dynamic.

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housiversary no. 1 + listy mclisterson update.

you guys, guess what?! today is our first housiversary, meaning it’s been one whole year since we’ve moved in to our house! we can’t believe how quickly time has flown by – i guess that tackling DIY projects, working hard to make our stamp on our first home, raising a rambunctious two-year-old, and feeling gleeful about a baby on the way makes a year feel like a minute.

Front-of-House-Updated

after just a year of living here, dear reader, nothing has changed about the way that we feel about our home – in fact, we still feel SO blessed to call this space home. if anything, we’ve fallen in love with our home base even more as we’ve made it feel more like “us” – plus, it doesn’t hurt that we’re growing our family in this space, which instantly gives us the warm fuzzes about this place.

anywho, in honor of our first housiversary, we thought we’d give you all an update on good ol’ list mclisterson {our house to-do list, as coined by Sherry and John over at Young House Love}. hang on tight – here goes!

overall look + layout of our home

– install crown molding in all rooms

– replace standard light fixtures/fans in all rooms in favor of lanterns and chandeliers

– eventually install hardwood floors in common areas, and install tile in kitchen + bathrooms

– eventually add a fourth bedroom in the lower level by closing off part of the large family room

– eventually repaint exterior of house in grey with white trim

garage

– add some nice hardware to the garage doors to beef them up {like this}

– convert space in garage {just off entry way of home} to a mudroom; add a bench, cubbies/lockers/wainscoting with hooks {repurpose/reposition existing hanging shoe storage?}

– eventually replace garage doors with ones with windows/molding/character

outdoors

front yard

– add a few planters in front of the garage

- paint the front door {Blue Lake}

– paint the exterior entry door{s} to the garage {Blue Lake}

– paint the storm door?

side/back yard

– build a pergola over {stained} concrete patio

– add Adirondack chairs in a fun color {red? coral?} to the concrete patio space

– DIY a sandbox for Lionel and future sibling(s)

– add potted tall grasses around perimeter of deck for privacy {multiple planters? one long bench-like planter?}

– add an outdoor table and chairs to the concrete patio {paint our old pub table + stools with outdoor paint? store inside the garage in the winter}

– plant lilacs

– plant a food garden

– eventually refinish the back deck in a light grey color; modernize/replace deck posts?

entry way

– add a bold stencil/wallpaper treatment

- paint inside doors: front door, garage entry door {Blue Lake}

– eventually add a fun lantern or chandelier

- add hooks for coats, art

kitchen

– paint

- paint a chalkboard wall in the eat-in area of the kitchen

- spray paint {Mint? Coral? White?} and hang empty frames on chalkboard wall {write notes, quotes inside}; also add upside down drawer pulls to hold chalk; also draw a family calendar on the chalkboard wall

- add curtains/blinds of some sort to sliding glass door for privacy? Frost the doors for privacy?

- find a cute vintage cake stand and use it to hold soaps/scrubbers beside sink in the kitchen

- add vintage chairs in a fun pop of color

– add art, decorator items above cabinets

– eventually replace the sliding glass door with double French doors {unpaned} or a Dutch door

– eventually add a farmhouse sink

– eventually install tile flooring in a neutral tone

– eventually install subway tile in a neutral tone above counters? {white with dark grout?}

– eventually paint/upgrade to white cabinets {or a tuxedo kitchen, with white upper cabinets and darker {navy, gray, etc.} lower cabinets?}

– eventually take down some upper cabinetry to try out open shelving?

– eventually upgrade appliances to stainless steel?

hallways + stairways

– paint horizontal stripes on the walls {Gray Owl and White Dove? Behr Cracked Pepper and White Dove?}

- add decorator items in lighted nook above the upstairs hallway

- organize upstairs hallway closet: main use for upstairs hallway closet = linens and board games

living room {upstairs}

– add safety gate to stairway before baby #2 comes along {find a style that doesn’t damage the banister and/or is visually pleasing}

– paint

– add an area rug

– add curtains

- mount the television on the wall

bathrooms

upstairs

- touch up paint in both bathrooms {upstairs is painted a terracotta color, while the downstairs bathroom is charcoal grey}

– paint {Hale Navy}

– add white beadboard to walls {make sure to use bathroom-safe beadboard + adhesive made for damp spaces}

– replace white waffle weave shower curtain in upstairs bathroom with a ceiling height curtain in the same style

– update linens

– add art

- remove builder-grade mirror in upstairs bathroom and hang heavy black mirror horizontally in its place {possibly dry-brush white/silver after painting the walls?}

– eventually replace tub in upstairs bathroom with a claw-foot tub

– eventually tile the entire back wall {behind the tub upstairs}

– replace vanities in bathrooms {repurpose vintage dressers?}

– install sinks with character {double “bowl” sinks?}

– install tile flooring in a neutral tone {grey? white?}

– install new lighting {pot lights above the tub/shower?}

downstairs

- touch up paint in both bathrooms {upstairs is painted a terracotta color, while the downstairs bathroom is charcoal grey}

- purchase hand towels

– add art

– bring in a vintage dresser in each bathroom to utilize as vanities

– install sinks with character {white basin sink downstairs?}

– install tile flooring in a neutral tone {grey? white?}

– install a tiled {grey penny tile?}, walk-in shower

master bedroom {upstairs}

- paint {indigo}

- Craigslist/sell IKEA Hemnes bed + replace with a DIY upholstered headboard

- add accent pillows/recover existing accent pillows

- add end table

– remove and Craigslist/sell the ceiling fan; add a chandelier

- purchase vintage dresser in a fun pop of color

– add closet organizational system

– create a nook for Baby Boy No. 2

L and Baby Boy No. 2’s bedroom {upstairs}

– remove and Craigslist/sell the ceiling fan; add a warehouse-inspired light fixture

– add white vinyl decals (triangles?) to one wall to create a focal wall in the room

purchase/make + hang new artwork

- order crib bedding for Baby

- paint big wooden rocker and little wooden rocker, both from my childhood {!!}, as well as a twin bed for L that we inherited from my Mom’s younger days {!!!} {my parents are again tackling the furniture painting for us, since my painting time is limited by the pregnancy; they’ve already begun the sanding + priming process – yay for progress!}

– personalize L’s bed with a monogram {wood? vinyl decal?}

– build, paint + attach a simple bed rail for L’s big boy bed out of 1x3s

– purchase twin mattresses, bedding, sheets + accent pillows/blanket for L’s big boy bed

– build + hang wood shelving on either side of the window {2-3 shelves per side} for additional storage

– purchase curtains

– hang another clothing rod in the closet for Baby’s clothes?

family room {downstairs}

– paint

- bring in TV {at least 55″} and TV stand

– add a wood accent wall behind TV {made of pallet wood?}

– add a sideboard/buffet {with doors for DVD/toy storage} under TV {Craigslist/sell 2×4 black/brown Expedit?}

– add large area rug near/beneath sectional

– add wood blinds, graphic curtains, art

– add built-in shelving {white} with glass doors above ledge

– add playroom for L and future sibling(s) – until fourth bedroom comes along…

– add leather armchair with nailhead trim, sheepskin, ceramic drum table, pillow; hang farmhouse lantern over the armchair {in red? yellow? teal?}

laundry room {downstairs}

– add drywall

– add a folding screen door to hide appliances {furnace, water heater, etc.}

– paint {White Dove}

– stencil a focal wall

– prime, paint {White Dove} and hang open shelving above washer & dryer to hold laundry soaps, baskets, etc.; use 12” shelves {with fun/large brackets spray-painted gold!}

– paint the floor {use Valspar Oil Porch & Floor Paint}

– place washer in a water-safe metal tray

– “build in” washer and dryer, add folding shelf made of MDF {or DIY a faux bois counter}

man nook {downstairs}

- mount two computer monitors on the wall

- mount/bring in a desk

- bring in Operation Nerd Mode PC and Xbox One

– create a cool way to hang/hold accessories, games, etc.

– find a cool chair

– address the drywall situation {while the space has been drywalled, it is need of sanding before painting}

– paint the room a light and airy color

– give some love to the concrete floor (paint it? add rugs?)

– add/build concealed storage furniture {for baby items, holiday items, etc.} in smaller space under stairway {beyond the “man nook” area}?

third bedroom {downstairs} – remember, this space will likely serve as a guest bedroom/be in flux until it becomes L’s big boy room in three years or so!

– paint

- bring in full bed, which is currently housed at my parents’ house

– DIY a headboard

– purchase fun duvet color, solid color Euro shams, colorful throw pillows

– replace light fixture with a chandelier/drum shade

– bring in a dresser, a chair/chaise

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the epic before-baby to-do list.

yup, it’s that time, folks – nesting has already set in {and i’m only 21 weeks along!}, and i’m all about checking off as many to-do items on this here house list as we can before baby Gillis no. 2 joins our family.

here’s what’s on the ‘ol agenda:

master bedroom

– finish DIYing our platform bed, as discussed here; even though we’ve been sleeping in our new bed for a few weeks now, we have a few tweaks to do to the legs of the bed and trim to add, then we’re calling this bed done-zo {as a reminder, our old bed – a black/brown Hemnes from IKEA awhile back – made its pilgrimage to my brother’s new bachelor pad; he also took possession of our matching Hemnes six-drawer dresser and our nightstand}.

– tweak the artwork in the room in preparation for an upholstered headboard {not ready to tackle this yet}, a big DIY mirror out of wood shims {still not done – i’m on a roll, i tell you}, and baby Gillis no. 2’s haven in our bedroom {see below}

– make a haven for baby Gillis no. 2 in our bedroom by adding curtain tie backs {for safety – the crib will be in front of the window}, a changing pad + diapering accessories {to go on our yellow dresser}, the crib + bedding/baby blankets/lovies to our room {back story: while we coslept with L, we’re going to attempt to have this little one sleep in his crib from the start. to make this process easier on ourselves, and to hopefully keep L on a relatively consistent bedtime routine – the two boys will eventually share a room – we’re moving L to a big boy bed later this fall and bringing the crib into our bedroom for the first eight to nine months of baby no. 2’s life.}.

upstairs living room

– drill holes in the wall behind the {mounted} television to conceal the TV cords behind the wall

entryway

– touch-up paint on interior and exterior doors {i’m still in love with the Blue Lake color, but after nearly a year of use, they could use a light sanding and a quick touch-up so they are good for the long haul. LESSON LEARNED: sanding before painting = a good idea.}

guest room

– ready the guest room {read: declutter + organize} prior to baby no. 2’s arrival, so my Mom can stay in there if we need/she wants.

Lionel + Baby’s shared room - see my Pinterest board for this room here!

- touch-up paint on walls {still in love with Palladian Blue – it’s the perfect minty blue!}

– paint ceiling?

– add white vinyl decals (triangles? arrows?) to one wall to create a focal wall in the room

– purchase/make + hang new artwork {the purchasing + making of the art is in process right now, and i’m having so. much. FUN.}

– order crib bedding for Baby {already in talks with an Etsy seller – she’s been wonderful!}

– paint big wooden rocker and little wooden rocker, both from my childhood {!!}, as well as a twin bed for L that we inherited from my Mom’s younger days {!!!} {my parents are again tackling the furniture painting for us, since my painting time is limited by the pregnancy; they’ve already begun the sanding + priming process – yay for progress!}

– personalize L’s bed with a monogram {vinyl? vinyl decal?}

– build, paint + attach a simple bed rail for L’s big boy bed out of 1x3s

– purchase twin mattresses, bedding, sheets + accent pillows/blanket for L’s big boy bed

– build + hang wood shelving on either side of the window {2-3 shelves per side} for additional storage

– purchase/dye curtains {i’m so inspired by Jenny’s post on dying her own curtains, and i’d love to shoot for a moody gray-blue color…}

– hang another clothing rod in the closet for Baby’s clothes?

overall

– hem curtains in kitchen + downstairs living room

– locate, clean + bring in all baby gear, including swing, bouncy seat, baby bathtub, etc.

– wash all baby clothes, new {oh, the joys of having another boy in a different season = SHOPPING has been so much FUN!} + old/used {from L}

– purchase new swaddle blankets {we swear by the SwaddleMe brand with velcro!}, car seat {we’re going to try out an infant car seat this time – looking at the Chicco brand!}, diaper bag {need one for two kiddos!}, and cloth diapers {while we were satisfied with our Fuzzibunz experience last time, we really want to try BumGenius this time, so we’re looking to add about 18 BumGenius diapers to our stash with this baby}.

– purchase + wrap Christmas gifts in November {goal: no last-minute stressing after baby comes!}

i’m sure i’m missing like 100,000,000 things that we need to do before this baby comes {we’re due the first week of December}, but this is at least a start…

what’s on your house agenda? do you have an impending deadline like we do?

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boys.

last time i wrote in this space, i warned y’all that despite the fact that we’d likely learn {earlier this month!} the gender of our sweet baby on the way, that we’d be slow in updating this space with the news.

and guess what – i was RIGHT. so i’d apologize for that, except i’m totally on a high right now from being able to predict the future failings of myself and my dear hubby to update this here blog. WOO.

anyways, now to the real news…

Baby-Boy-Gillis-2

that’s right, we have yet another boy on the way, and we couldn’t be more excited!

to be absolutely truthful, we’ve had a boy name stashed away since L was still fresh and new and swaddled up, and i CANNOT. WAIT. to bust out this name when our scrumptious boy arrives. how do i know that he’s scrumptious? well, he has his brother’s face profile, and we all know how darn cute our little L is.

i think that i’m still a bit in shock that come Christmas, i’ll be Mama to two boys, ages two and under, but i’m so ready to tackle this experience and all the challenges that come with it. plus, i’m having such a BLAST planning a shared room for these two boys of mine…can’t wait to show you what i’m dreaming up!

i never thought that a boy baby could weasel his way into my heart like L has, and i can’t wait to open my heart to even more snuggles {and cars and trucks and dirt}. we are SO blessed.

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baby no. 2 bump update {18 weeks}.

{if you missed our announcement, click here}

as i did when i was pregnant with L, i will {periodically} track what’s going on with baby Gillis no. 2 on this here blog. so, let’s go!

here’s what’s going on with baby no. 2 this week {from Babycenter}:

Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long, and he weighs almost 7 ounces (about the size of a bell pepper). He’s busy flexing his arms and legs — movements that you’ll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. His blood vessels are visible through his thin skin, and his ears are now in their final position, although they’re still standing out from his head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around his nerves, a process that will continue for a year after he’s born. If you’re having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If you’re having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.

how far along: 18 weeks + 1 day.

total weight gain: 2 pounds – seriously! although, if history shows, i’m due for a big weight gain between now and the next six to eight weeks!

report – recent prenatal appointment: as of my last appointment (at the end of June), everything looks great with baby Gillis no. 2; his/her heartbeat was measured between 130-140 beats per minute, and we could hear evidence of movement on the Doppler. i’ve felt a little bit of movement here and there so far, but nothing very consistent, so i’m looking forward to baby’s major growth and development in the coming weeks so that movement becomes more recognizable and frequent!

a bump picture: {these are from our recent family reunion – i was 17 weeks here}

Baby-2-17-Weeks

what’s coming up: on july 17 {me and Jord’s four-year wedding anniversary!}, we will have our 20-week ultrasound to check the baby’s anatomy, including the baby’s gender! we are hopeful that this baby shows us “the goods” so that we can announce whether we’re having a boy or a girl {and so i can start shopping!}. after we tell our families and close friends, we’ll likely announce the gender {provided that baby cooperates} on social media sooner than the blog, so be sure to follow along with us on Instagram and Facebook by clicking the links on the sidebar!

food cravings: chips + queso from Qdoba and water with lemon slices + a TON of ice.

what i’m looking forward to: the 20-week ultrasound + our family trip to Omaha for L’s first trip to the Henry Doorly Zoo!

what i miss: red wine {especially when we eat spaghetti}, drinking as much coffee as i’d like {i’m drinking only one small cup per day, if that}, and sleeping on my belly.

what’s different between my pregnancy with L and this pregnancy, so far:

– i only had intermittent morning sickness {perhaps twice per week, usually on Sundays and Thursdays – odd, i know!}, compared to five straight weeks of morning sickness with L.

– i’ve only been to the ER once {around eight weeks, for pain associated with – what we learned – was a kidney stone}, as compared to two ER visits with L, both for dehydration.

– with L, i craved orange-colored food {think orange Jello, orange soda, Cheetos, etc.} throughout the majority of my pregnancy; this time around, while i still loved orange Jello and a Cheeto every now and then, orange soda made me sick, so i’ve stuck with pink lemonade and water with lemons + ice.

– i’ve felt round ligament pain later, but stronger, in this pregnancy. i’ve also had more back pain, despite my devoted use of a body pillow when sleeping at night.

next appointment: july 17th for our 20-week ultrasound!

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