{Christopher Wesson's Nursery Tour}

Happy Monday, friends! I am so excited to share Wesson's nursery with you - FINALLY. I have to give most of the credit to my wonderful husband who spent many hours painting, putting together furniture (though I did HELP!), hanging pictures, and creating the beautiful pallet artwork hanging above Wesson's crib. I am a very lucky girl!

Let's begin, shall we!

When you enter the nursery a sign hangs on our terribly ugly door that reads, 

"Free Bear Hugs
Any time
Any bear"

Then you see the wall art, that three people contributed to, though you would think only one person picked it all out since it matches so dang well. Then we have Wesson's closet, which is highly organized at least for me, and the thing on the right is the stroller who's permanent residence will not be there, but we just have it there for now.

Here's a close up of the amazing art that Adair, my mom, and Jasmine gifted us. I am in love with the words, the frames, and the colors. They really could not go together more perfectly. From top to bottom: "For this child I have prayed" - 1 Samuel 1:27 framed picture, "Bear Sic'Em Silhouette" framed picture, and "Fearfully and wonderfully made" - Psalm 139:14 framed picture.

Next up is Wesson's closet, which I nested the heck out of. :) Our babe certainly has some clothes! We've already started stockpiling diapers too through the Amazon Prime Subscription.

Next up is the diaper odor control pail (yes, that's the technical term ;)), the dresser I helped put together complete with the changing tote, changing pad and beautiful changing pad cover Mama McD sewed for Wesson. Ryan's parents gifted us the beautiful artwork hanging above the dresser. We can't wait to see the little face the LORD designed for us.

His glider and storage ottoman are also part of that side of the room, as well as a three light fixture that is awesome because you can choose how many lights actually are on (1, 2, or three respectively). There's also a fun string and nails compass rose with arrows mounted on the wall for our boy's adventure (and ours!). :)

Close up of the changing pad and changing tote. Mama McD has had a fun time sewing things for Wesson!

Close up of the glider, ottoman, light fixture and compass rose artwork. The bear sitting in the glider was a gift from Papa McD (or Pop as he will be known to Wes) and Dar at our gender reveal. It's a pretty good fit we think!

Finally, we have Wesson's crib complete with sheets sewn by Mama McD (or Granda as Wesson will know her), the beautiful pallet art that Ryan made for him, a somewhat hidden storage nightstand, and his bookshelves stocked with some pretty great books! I am in love with the pallet initial art Ryan made for him. It is PERFECT and better than I imagined. I am so glad Ryan told me he wanted to build it for Wesson.

Crib, storage night stand, and artwork.

Close up of the arrow sheets Mama McD made for Wesson. She also made him a set with feathers, and another set with owls. So talented!

&& that, my friends, is Christopher Wesson's nursery! I hope you enjoyed the tour. Here's our little man from Monday when I got to see him at my appointment. He's pretty squished in there! He has his hand over his head in this picture, and that's his profile you're seeing. We do have some exciting news, too! If Wesson hasn't made his grand debut by next Tuesday we will be induced on Wednesday morning, his due date! It turns out my doctor is going to be out of town next Thursday and Friday and I didn't want to risk not delivering with her if he decided to come on those days. So, while I am hoping he will come on his own and I don't have to be induced, it is crazy exciting to think that Ryan and I will be parents this time next week!

Prayers for a safe delivery are ALWAYS welcome and appreciated. Thank you!

{33-36 Week Bumpdate}

Hello friends!

Life for this mama-to-be has been nothing short of busy and hectic as of late, but I cannot lie when I say I haven't enjoyed most of it. Between showers, nesting, getting my ducks in a row at school, and preparing for our little man to be here it has been a truly busy season of life. I am thankful for the constant support around Ryan and me. There is nothing like it. :)

Tomorrow marks 37 weeks of growing our sweet Christopher Wesson. Tomorrow we will be full term! That means he could arrive any time, though my doctor is pretty certain he won't be making his debut very early, if at all.

So, let's recap the past 4 weeks:

33 Weeks:

34 Weeks:

35 Weeks:

36 Weeks:

Size of the baby: Wesson went from the size of a durian to butternut squash to coconut to being the size of a honeydew melon at 36 weeks. Based on last week's sono and seeing my doctor Monday, he's already "supposedly" weighing in near 7 lbs.
Movement: Wesson is obviously quite limited in his space, but he certainly doesn't let that stop him from wiggling all over the place. He is head down, so he trades off pushing his little baby butt and arms and legs into my ribs. Quite the charmer, ehh? ;) My 2nd graders have been even more touchy the past few weeks and have loved getting to feel him. It's so crazy we have come this far!

Sleep: What sleep? Between getting up at all hours of the night to tinkle or simply reposition my whale self for the 1,000th time sleep is becoming more of a dream and less of a reality. The LORD is preparing me for night feedings and inconsistent sleep. Here's to a new routine for the next couple of months!

Missing: Other than the obvious - SLEEP - I have been dying to enjoy an adult beverage, or seven, on the patio with all this beautiful Texas weather we've been having. I'm also not one to lay on my stomach much, but even the thought of just reading while laying on my stomach sounds so appealing. I'm also missing normal workout routines like running and a good yoga session. I can't wait to get back at it.

Nursery: I am beyond pleased to say the nursery is COMPLETE!!! My husband has been a rockstar in getting everything hung on the walls, Mama McD produced beautiful crib sheets, and I have nested the heck out of our little babe's space. I've said it before, but it's become my favorite space in the entire house. Stay tuned later this week for a tour of the baby cave.

Craving: Still no major food cravings. I've noticed lately that I'm heading back to my food aversions stage of pregnancy. Things are just not sounding good like they were even several weeks ago. I have eaten 2 cartons of raspberries in 2 days though, so those have clearly not lost their appeal. Thank goodness Kroger is having a $0.99 special this week!

Symptoms: Oh heartburn, how I loathe thee. Otherwise, not much to complain of. Still breaking out way more than normal, but that will soon be gone. I also started swelling this weekend. After doing some nesting of my own in my closet I noticed my ankles had swollen up WAY more than I've ever seen them before. Being on my feet all day at school probably isn't helping, but my Dr. said I didn't even get to be considered for her Kankle Hall of Fame. Apparently, still being able to see some ankle bone omits you from the club.

Ryan is: so looking forward to meeting Wesson. At this point, everyone we know is just as excited as we are, but he and I are especially excited. He talks to him a lot and tells him he can't wait to meet him, and he messaged me at school this week just to say he was so excited to hold him. Swoon.

Looking forward to: enjoying the last 3 weeks of life as a family of 2 humans and 2 furbabies. We are certain the border collies won't know what hit 'em, but we're pretty excited to see how they react. I feel really confident knowing that mostly everything is taken care of, despite actually installing the car seats, but trust me that is on our to do list this week.

Best Moments: People keep asking what we have left to do, and I love getting to say that really we are pretty ready. We have our hospital bags packed, the nursery complete, a list of Hospital "Go Time" reminders taped to the front door for last minute items to grab on our way to the hospital, someone to feed the border collies while we are at the hospital, I passed my ESL (English as a Second Language) Supplemental test for school, and most of my school things are in order for my substitute. There's always more I could do at school for the substitute, but were I to go into labor tomorrow she would be well on her way to a very successful end of the school year.

So, there we have it! All in all, my first pregnancy has been pretty great minus a few weeks where I had really bad morning sickness. Thank the LORD for smooth sailing so far and praying for a smooth next couple of weeks and delivery. I hope to have Wesson's nursery on the blog this week for your viewing pleasure. Until then, best wishes!
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