The shelf is back! While at my 28-week appointment, I discovered a familiar sight had returned and is at it’s full potential. It’s the perfect size – just big enough to prop a plate or coffee cup, but baby’s not strong enough to kick it off… Yet. Speaking of the appointment, all is well with the little guy. Got my Rhogam shot, heard the heartbeat and talked about how I have yet to get my 1-hour glucose test. I was so on top of these appointments and lab visits with the first few kids – clearly I’m a little more lax about them now. But no fret, the sugar test is scheduled for this week.
My excitement surrounding this nursery is so great I can hardly contain it. Other than being completely impatient and occupied with three other littles, I’m glad I started this project as early as I did because it also allows me to really shop around and seek out the perfect pieces and accessories. Take, for example, this Target pouf. A few months ago, I saw the same one while killing time with the toddler one morning – browsing the aisles of Target. Except the only color choices were tan and grey. You would think either one would be perfect for the theme of our nursery, but the texture of the tan one wasn’t exactly soft and the grey, well, I didn’t really want to add in too many more shades of grey – if I didn’t have to. I waited it out (even ordered a different option – that ended up being too small) and then it came to me… The orange pouf appeared at Target one morning (yet another morning out, killing time with a toddler in tow) and I snatched it up! It looks amazing and is the perfect size next to the Monte Vola glider.
I think I’m in denial that I’m officially in the third trimester. The other day I texted my mom with the words, “omg I start my third trimester tomorrow!” because, really, where has the time gone? I received this adorable pregnancy journal as a gift recently and because I’ve used the blog to keep track of my pregnancy weeks, I was able to go back and fill in all of the pages for the weeks that have passed. I’ve always kept some form of a journal with each pregnancy, so I was thrilled to receive this Pea to Pumpkin Pregnancy Journal when I did. There’s just something about having and holding a book in your hands to recount those special memories – especially since this will be the last time.
In and Out has become my best friend this week. I made a quick dinner stop while heading up to Los Angeles and posted the picture to Instagram while eating my meal in the parking lot. One of the replies asked if I ordered the root beer float. Root beer float?! How have I never know of such a thing from one of my favorite food establishments. I mean, I’ve known about their secret menu, but not this option! Guess who went back and got a root beer float just a few days later?
My day trip to Los Angeles was amazing – and exhausting! But that’s to be expected when your seven months pregnant. I started my day brunching with some LA friends and learning all about the new BabyBjorn Bouncer Soft. I’m already a fan of the bouncer, but I love the changes to come this year. Andrea from Savvy Sassy Moms hosted the casual event and forewarned me there would be lots of belly rubbing – and there was! I actually don’t mind it when the bump gets some attention, especially soft, loving hands from friends and family. A typical day for this pregnant belly consists of kicks and knocks from three boys running and jumping all around me.
After brunch, I met up with more friends for lunch and then walked around The Grove – alone! At first, I didn’t know what to do with myself and was quite bored. Then I found Splendid, Baby GAP and See’s Candies and snapped out of it. I also made a stop at Athleta for a new pair of Havaianas (because my feet were killing me in wedges) and I needed a new pair of flip flops for the spring anyway. After shopping, I treated myself to an organic pedicure in Beverly Hills where I felt really bad for the lady doing my feet. An impromptu pedicure means hairy legs these days – because I can’t reach my legs anymore!
I finished off my day away with an amazing evening at the Big City Moms Biggest Baby Shower at the beautiful Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood. I met up with friends, met new people, enjoyed mingling with other expectant moms and listened to a few wonderful panels about green living (with Kimberly Van Der Beek and Christopher Gavigan) and top baby products (with “the Guncles“, Bill Horn and Scout Masterson). I had planned on leaving early to make the long trek home, but of course that didn’t happen. Who leaves a good party early? Not me, apparently.
Exciting things to come this week in this pregnancy
- My husband totally surprised me when he agreed to work on the kids’ playroom this past weekend. Not only did he work on it, he completed everything that needed to be done – that I, physically, couldn’t do. That means I have yet another room to decorate and have fun with – and I have already started planning!
- Double stroller or single with a sibling board (or two) attachment? I have a few major decisions I need to make – and soon! My three year old is getting better at safely walking with me when we go places (and trust me, we’ve been practicing – or more like I’ve been testing him), but I still feel like we need an option for those times he needs to be in a stroller. Not to mention, my 5-year-old still likes an occasional ride. And I let him, because it’s very rare and he’s very little – and moody. That’s what I call picking my battles with that one.
- I’ll be on NBC San Diego again this week talking about registry must-haves and the hottest baby gear items. Next to nursery design, this happens to be another one of my favorite topics.