Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Your daddy...

Dear Emerson,

This is your daddy the day we found out we were having a son.  I think it's pretty safe to say that he was stoked!

I'm sitting here writing this letter to you only 5 days before your due date.  I wanted to take a little bit of time to introduce you to your daddy and tell you a little bit about him.  He is pretty gosh darn amazing and I cannot wait for you to meet him.  I am writing this letter to you in hopes that someday when he really ticks you off or embarrasses you that you can look back on this and realize just how good you have it that God chose to give Layton Jaret Wedgeworth to you as your daddy.

He is smart.  So smart sometimes that it scares me.  I hope you never think that your daddy is dumb. Learn from him.  He is so excited to have a son to teach all of the amazing things that he knows.

He is caring.  In fact, he is one of the most caring men that I know.  He is going to care so much for you and I hope that you learn to care for your wife and children just like he does.

He is not afraid to question.  This characteristic of your daddy's worried me a little bit at first, but now I admire it so much in him.  I hope that you also learn to question and not just take things for face value because it's what you're told.  Be like your daddy and really figure things out.

He is hilarious.  I know you won't always think so, but I pray that you have his sense of humor.  He makes me laugh every day and can use laughter to diffuse a situation.

He is loyal.  When he commits to something or someone he doesn't give up.  He is true to his word and makes sure that he follows through with things.  When you say that you're going to do something, make sure that you do!

He is giving.  He sure has spoiled me over the years and I have a feeling you might be a little spoiled too.  He tries to take care of family to the best of his ability and usually goes above and beyond.

He is adventurous.  I know he is so excited to take you out into the wilderness and instill in you the same love for backpacking that he has.  I know that you two are going to have many amazing adventures together!

He is the hardest worker I know, besides the other Wedgeworth men.  I pray that you get this trait.  Wedgeworth men are hard workers from your Great-Grandpa Wedgeworth on down.  I don't care what it is that you choose to do for a living as long as you love it and you work hard at it.

He wants the best for you.  Even though he hasn't even met you yet, he loves you so much.  He has found it so much fun over the last 9 months to watch my tummy roll and feel you kick.  And he is anxious to meet you.  If you can't already tell, I pretty much think your daddy is the best thing around and my prayer for you is that you will love and adore him just as much as I do.

You are one lucky dude Emerson William Wedgeworth to have Layton Jaret Wedgeworth as your daddy!

Your Mama

Weeks 38 & 39...

39 weeks down and only 1 to go!!  These last few weeks have felt like they have just been dragging, yet it feels like so much has happened too.  It is so difficult for me to sit around and wait for you when I am suck a planner.  I am definitely trying to learn to have more patience.

At this point in my pregnancy...I AM TOTALLY DONE!!  I just want you to come out so that I can finally meet you and stop being so dang uncomfortable, and your daddy agrees too!  I sent him a text at work the other day asking him what he was doing and he said,  "Just sitting around waiting for Emerson like I always do."  We are so anxious to meet our son.

I have gained about 25 lbs so far, but my doctor thinks their scale might have been off when I went in yesterday.  I'm having a little bit of swelling in my hands and feet, but nothing to substantial.  I've been having some soreness in my pubic bone for quite some time, but last week I felt an excruciating pain shoot through my pubic bone and it hasn't felt the same since.  I called the doctor and she said I have something knows as pubic symphysis, which is pretty much the separating of the pubic bone down the middle.  She told me that I need to limit any activity that aggravates it, so I had to stop prenatal yoga before I wanted to.  And since then I haven't been doing all that much.  Yesterday I went to the doctor to have my weekly check-up and I am 70% effaced and 1 cm dilated.  She was able to strip my membranes a tiny bit which caused some cramping and contractions last night but those stopped after I got in a warm bath.  It was so encouraging though knowing that I'm not going into labor with absolutely no progress.  I'm starting out a little bit ahead of the game.

Yesterday your nursery was featured on a website called Apartment Therapy, which I was so proud of!

I think that's about it for the last few weeks.  We're just waiting for you.  I hope that I'm holding you in my arms next week instead of writing a weekly blog!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

37 weeks...

37 weeks down and only 3 to go!!  It doesn't even seem possible.  I have everything done that I can think of, now i just sit and wait...and go to doctors appointments.  I am going to the doctor once a week now until you decide to make your arrival.  I also have my last growth ultrasound this week to check on your growth and to check on the growth my tumors.  I am so interested to see how much they will estimate your weight to be.  At least I'll kind of have an idea of how big you might be.

Nothing much to report this week.  I am not dilated yet but you are extremely low.  When I was checked a week ago you were at a -1 station, which means your head is almost fully engaged in my pelvis.  Needless to say, that makes your mommy quite uncomfortable :)

I have gained 21 pounds total so far, which I am very happy with.

This week I plan on pre-addressing your birth announcement so that I don't have to do it after you're here.  Your aunt Hannah is going to design the announcement for me.  Other than that I'm just sitting around waiting for your to decide when you want to join us.

Emerson's Letters & Numbers themed nursery

I wanted to make my little man's room VERY special for him, so the task of creating his nursery was a long and time consuming one for me.  I'm not one to just want to go out and buy everything.  I'd rather try and figure out a way to make it or buy a cheaper piece of furniture to refinish.  Most of everything in Emerson's nursery was either hand made or refinished by myself or a family member or friend.  The only major items we bought brand new were the glider and the crib.

I started out with a theme.  I have an English degree and both my husband and myself are big readers.  So that's where I pulled the letters part of the theme from.  My husband is a programming engineer and loves numbers and math.  That is where I pulled the numbers part of the the theme from.  I wanted Emerson's room to not just be a room where he sleeps, but I also wanted it to be stimulating and educational for him too.

Next I moved on to colors that I like.  I'm not afraid of color.  I didn't want to the colors to be the typical boyish or babyish colors.  I'm not a fan of extremely baby looking nurseries. So I looked around on Pinterest until I found a few color schemes that I liked and then I just pulled from those.  We ended up painting the walls a light gray and went with a burnt orange, teal, and kind of a moss green for the accent colors.  I made sure not to be too matchy matchy with the colors.  I didn't mind if a few of my teals were not the same shade of teal, or if my greens didn't quite match.

That's pretty much how I got started with everything.  I used Pinterest quite a bit for ideas and adapted things I found on there to fit into Emerson's nursery.

Now I'll break down all of the various elements in the nursery and how they were created or where they were purchased from.

The diaper pail I ended up going with is the Ubbi Diaper Pail and can be purchased at Giggle.  It initially caught my eye because it's orange.  It is a very nice diaper pail because it takes regular trash bags, so you don't have to worry about buying the expensive refills for it.  
I found a piece of wall art at Pottery Barn that had numbers all over it, but it was way too expensive, so I decided to create my own.  I did it the same way that I made the green art above the dresser/changing table.  I stuck vinyl numbers to a canvas and spray painted over them, then I peeled the numbers off.  It's a nice little touch for a Letters & Numbers themed nursery.  
The dresser is probably my favorite part of the nursery.  I was wanting to find something that was really long so that I could use it as a dresser/changing table combo and I found this adorable 1970's dresser on Craigslist for only $100.  I couldn't pass it up.  I absolutely love the detailing on it.  I chose to paint it a beautiful burnt orange color.  It was very easy to paint since it already had a nice coat of white paint on it.  I purchased paint with primer added to it from Home Depot.   
The print I ordered of of Etsy and the lamp came from Target.  
Here are just a few items that are hanging above the changing table/dresser combo.  The clock I found at Target and the green wall art I made.  All I did was buy vinyl letters off of Amazon, stick them to the canvas that I bought at Michaels, paint the entire canvas and after it dried I peeled the vinyl letters off.  You can use a paint brush to do this or you can use spray paint.
As I was searching on Pinterest one day I found a cute abacus that Crate and Barrel sells; however, their abacus was over $200 and I was not about to spend that.  I found a tutorial on Pinterest from someone that made their own abacus.  I showed their picture to my brother-in-law, who is in construction, and he said that he could easily make something that that.  I bought the little balls for it online and spray painted them the colors that were in the nursery.  He pretty much did the rest.
The changing pad cover I bought off of Amazon.  
The bookshelf we had already been using for our books so it didn't cost me anything.  The above picture is what it looked like before.  It originally came from Scandinavian Design.  This was a little trickier to paint than the dresser since it had a slick varnish over it, but I still didn't have to sand it.  I again bought paint with primer in it and with enough dry time it ended up turning out pretty well.  As you can see, it holds quite a bit of books and toys and I still have 3 shelves available as Emerson's library grows.
The teal curtains that are throughout the room I purchased online from Brylane Home for a very reasonable price. 
This cute little nightstand I purchased off of Craigslist also for only $35.  I used the same black paint that I used on the bookshelf.  The wicker part of  the nightstand had to be painted with black spray paint.  The green lamp was also purchased from Target.
Our glider is the The Little Castle Enchanted glider and recliner which we purchased at Walmart.  The teal foot stool with storage was purchased at Target.  The floor lamp was purchased from Urban Outfitter, as was the floor rug that is visible in various pictures of the room.   
The crib was purchased from Kids 'N Cribs.  It is the Creations Baby Summer's Evening Sleigh Crib w/ toddler rail.  It also has the option of turning into a double bed.
The quilt that is hanging over his crib was sewn by my best friend to match the various fabrics in the nursery and the crib skirt was sewn by my mother.   
The quilt for the inside of his crib was made by my mother with fabrics we selected to match the room.  The back side of the quilt is a very soft minky dot fabric. The crib sheets I ordered off of Amazon and they are black chenille to match the changing pad.  
The alphabet wall and the mobile above the crib were handmade.  I purchased a variety of wooden letters from Michaels and Joann's Fabric and then I spray painted them.  My best friend created the mobile from a picture that I found on Pinterest.  
The little rocking chair was refinished by my grandfather.  It used to belong to my mom.  The yarn wrapped "E" was created by my best friend as were the 3 stacking teal storage boxes.  
Emerson's complete Letters & Numbers themed nursery.  

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

36 weeks...

36 weeks down and only 4 more to go!  This is actually happening.  In just a few short weeks I am going to be bringing you home, my son.  I still cannot believe it.  When we decided to embark on this journey in January I really didn't think it would happen so fast.  Now I sit here waiting for you to arrive, wondering what you will look like, and praying for the man that you will someday become.  I am so excited to embark on this new, crazy, exciting, and scary journey.

I am pretty much done with all of my "baby tasks."  Now all I can do is sit here and wait.  We installed your car seat this weekend so that you have a safe place to ride home.  I just need to go to the fire department this week to get it checked out.  I'm also waiting on my hospital pajamas that I ordered in the mail and then my hospital bag will be packed and ready to go.  I have my 36 week check-up today and the doctor is going to start checking to me to look at my progress.  We are also meeting with our doula tomorrow night to go over our birth plan and get that squared away.  I'm starting to get pretty uncomfortable as you drop lower and lower.  The urge to pee is pretty much constant now.  I sleep horribly and some nights your daddy goes and sleeps in the other room because I toss and turn so much.  I just keep reminding myself that all of this is worth it because I will get to meet you so soon.

I'm so ready to see you little man!