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Saturday, April 11

Spring Decor and Some Pillow Talk


Remember when I said I'd started nesting already? Let's talk about that. 


You've seen how I transitioned my Valentine's mantle to spring - I switched out the romantic location posters for birds and butterflies, added easter eggs to the branches, some greenery, a bird's nest, and a couple birds. The cappuccino candle isn't exactly spring-y, but it smells delicious, so it stayed.


The full effect. Here's where the nesting instinct started kicking in. Sidenote: why is there a whiteboard in front of the fireplace? Funny story. Sirius discovered a new game, called the climb-in-the-fireplace-drag-chunks-of-burn-wood-all-over-the-house game. Let's just say, I don't like playing. 

But you see how stark and bare that coffee table looks, with it's lonely island of coasters and forlorn TV remotes? I decided it was time to change that. 

At the same time, I decided I'd had enough of the wimpy flat Ikea pillows we'd had on the couch. Brian had had enough too, so he put a couple of extra bedroom pillows on the couch. Not tacky at all. 

I decided it was time to get some good squishy throw pillows. I started my search at Pier 1.


Not intimidating or anything.

It totally was. So many color combinations, textures, and patterns - oh my! Suddenly I couldn't remember what my living room looked like beyond the fact that I had a gray couch. 

I bought one pillow at Pier 1, and a tray for the coffee table. Then I went to World Market, and couldn't make any decisions there. Finally, I saw this at Target: 


Everything started coming together. I could use navy, which is in the living room rug, coral, a nice springy accent color, and a light aqua/sea blue, which would also work with our bedroom colors. I consulted Pinterest for pins on how to arrange couch pillows, how to mix pillow patterns, etc., and then added and subtracted pillows from my cart accordingly.


So nesting. It's real. 

Here's what's in the bags. A navy and white striped rug from Target - a clearance score, it looked like it'd been returned, so it was marked down. Perfect for a nautical nursery!


The nursery is still very much under construction. 

I bought this tray at Pier 1, also on sale. I love the French cottage touch it adds to the room. 


And, pillows! 


One for the bedroom - the gold, aqua, and gray ikat patterned one in the middle. This one is from Pier 1, on clearance. I love the gold and silver combination, and it adds pattern.

Many people I know don't like having extra pillows for decor on their bed. It adds extra time to making it, and really, what's the point? I, however, really love it. Yes, you have to take them all off and pile them on the floor every night, then put them back on in the morning. For some reason, it just makes me happy. 


Now, the living room pillows. I stuffed the "C" pillow cover above with both of the previous ikea pillow inserts. 

Couch pillows! 


I fell in love with the coral and gold pillows. They also work well in the bedroom!

I thought the big gray pillows made a nice neutral base, and the navy velvet lumbar pillow added some texture and matched the rug. 



I thought for sure the giant gray pillows would be a hit with Brian. But the day after, the couch looked like this: 


Ultimately, the gray pillows are just too big. They're uncomfortably big. And, I didn't realize that I already had a gray neutral base - the couch. The gray pillows just blended in.

So now, the gray pillows are piled on a little used chair, and the coral and navy pillow are still in use. Should I return the gray pillows? Can you return pillows, if you tried them out for a day, and now there's dog hair on them?

I could always put the money toward one of these: 


 Have you ever experienced nesting? Made any recent updates for spring? Let me know in the comments!

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Saturday, April 4

Life Lately: My bump Really Starts Showing, SXSW, and Being Sick While Pregnant


I realized that I only blogged once in March, with the gender announcement. Here's the highlights of the last month: 

We took the baby to his first baseball game, a spring training game between the Oakland A's and the Angels (bumpie above). He enjoyed it - at least that's how I interpreted all the kicking. He just can't wait to get out there. 


It feels like summertime, so we bought some patio chairs. Sirius and I are loving sitting out by the pool and enjoying the weather.


I got to go to SXSW with some of my coworkers! It was crazy, but good.


I tried to take a bumpie on the elevator whenever I happened to be in it alone, but it never really turned out.


Oh the food! It's a good thing I did lots of walking. I'll spare you all of the photos I posted on Instagram, but Ironworks Barbeque and Franks hotdogs were my favorites.


I'm glad I went, but I was also happy to get home. Five days is a long conference. 


22 Weeks!


I went through my closet, pulled out all my summer clothes, and figured out what I could still make work. I might have had a little freakout when tops I'd always thought were loose were too tight, and my shorts? Not happening. It did motivate me to start watching what I'm eating and make more of an effort to work out. 


Pool time! We got in the pool for the first time last week. It was COLD. But we stuck it out. I realized I would also need a maternity swimsuit to survive the summer. 

That, plus a great pair of maternity shorts from Target and a couple of maxi dresses = my summer wardrobe game plan.


Long hours + too much stress + not enough sleep = sick. Last week I worked myself sick, and wow, being sick while pregnant sucks. I'm taking the nurse approved cold medicine, but it isn't doing much for me. I know I need rest, but since I can't breathe, I haven't been able to sleep for the last four nights. 

Other than this cold, I've felt awesome the last several weeks. Yay for second trimester energy! I've also experienced the nesting syndrome - it's real, although I thought it wasn't supposed to happen for a while yet. More on how that turned out later!

Also, the baby is kicking so hard, I can actually see my stomach move! Brian is finally able to feel it, which makes me happy. 

Today marks 24 weeks! 

Any little known cold remedies I could try? Let me know in the comments!




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Monday, March 23

It's A ...


Boy!!!

A very active one, in fact. He gave the ultrasound technician a rough time ... she never did find his kidneys! He yawned for us, and boy, is he cute. He's also tall! 


Of course, I wanted to put together something creative and cute to announce it. After coming up with ideas like throwing darts a paint-filled balloons, glitter filled balloons, dog tracks in paint, a paint filled baseball ... well, we ended up calling and Skyping our family and just telling them. 

But I held out hope for at least a cute picture of Sirius in a blue bow with the baby shoes.


Instead I ended up with fifty blurry photos of Sirius destroying the blue bow. He didn't want to put up with it for a second. 



Well Baby Conley, we can't wait to meet you!