Monday, July 25, 2016

Parenting Penrose: Getting Ready for Preschool!

Linking up today with Andrea & Erika...

Preschool...How are we already talking about this?  I can't believe that Ryleigh is going to be starting her first year of preschool a month from now.  She will be in the two year old class, which meets two mornings a week.  I think she will really love school, and I'm so glad she already knows a few kiddos that will be in her class so she will be more comfortable from the start.

As far as back to school shopping, I've got some items saved in my Amazon shopping cart to complete her Supply List.  The fun items that I've purchased were of course her backpack (her first ever backpack!!) and a matching lunchbox.  I probably over-thought this way too much but I figured a matching set would make it easier on the teacher to know which were hers.

These were scored on sale during Amazon Prime Day:

Wouldn't a monogram look cute on the front pocket?!

Skip Hop Zoo Lunchie Insulated Lunch Bag, Unicorn

My tall little stringbean is in need of some new clothes as well.  Since her 2 year doctor's appointment back in mid-February, she has grown over 2 inches in height.  We noticed this when we had our kitchen granite done a couple weeks ago and realized she was all of a sudden taller than the countertops!  2T shirts are all showing too much belly so I've got to stock up on 3T tees and long sleeved shirts.  The first weekend of August is tax-free weekend in SC so I'm planning to do some outlet shopping, and also pick up some fleece sleep & plays for baby Aubrey!  I've gone through most of Ryleigh's old clothes and I'm finding that newborn, 0-3m, and 9m clothes are where we need to add since Ryleigh was born during the opposite time of year.  

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Aubrey Kate's Nursery Design Plans

Planning the nursery decor is always one of my favorite baby checklist items! I am incredibly excited to see my plans for Aubrey's nursery come together.  Here is a little peek into what we are working on...

It typically starts for me by looking through fabrics and finding one that is my inspiration starting point.  Last time for Ryleigh's nursery, I found a cute, colorful giraffe print that became her whole nursery theme.  This time, Aubrey's design started with Budquette in Nightfall from Bari. J's Emmy Grace collection.  I immediately fell in love with the artsy floral print and the charcoal background.  Our house has a lot of gray and blue tones so this fit in well.  After looking at a lot of paint samples, I chose SW Restful for an accent wall.  The other walls are SW Agreeable Gray like the rest of our house.

I always like to include the baby's name in the nursery and started brainstorming after I read a recent blog post from Katie about the Alphabet Soup letters at Michael's craft store.  I spent a good hour there rooting through the options since some are on clearance/discontinued, and coming up with this (although I have a lot of work to do with them before they are ready to hang)...

I ordered a crib skirt and one fitted sheet in the Budquette fabric from HappyMae on Etsy.  From there, the floral print took my mind in a wildflower/woodland direction.  I stumbled across this Monogram wall art from Anthropologie (unfortunately now discontinued) and looked up the artist, Starla Michelle Halfmann.  Her work is incredible! I am so in love with her style and wanted to order canvases and prints of everything, but eventually I decided on a large print of Kandy Forest.  I found the handpainted clipart images of woodland animals with flower crowns from FHFclipart on Etsy, and I shared a sneak peek on instagram of some cute artwork I've made to go over the changing table and rocking chair....

And of course, we will be re-using the crib and dresser/changing table from Ryleigh's nursery, now that she's in a toddler bed and we have a different set of furniture for her (my childhood bedroom suite).  

The accent wall has been painted and now we have lots of organizing and moving around of furniture to do.  I'm excited to start making progress!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Baby #2 Bumpdate | 23 Weeks

How far along? 23 weeks, 5 days!

Total weight gain: +15 lbs

Maternity clothes? Oh yes.  

Sleep: Fairly good.  I usually wake up in the middle of the night wide awake, but I can fall back asleep within 30 minutes or so.

Best baby moment this week:  Feeling so much movement these days!  We have had some sweet Big Sister moments lately and Ryleigh is really demonstrating that she realizes there is a growing baby in my belly.  She will tell us "I want to play with Aubrey" and then bring toys over and sit them on my belly and give my belly kisses or hugs.  

Miss Anything? Free movement--the belly is getting in the way a bit these days.

Movement: Yes, lots of movement and kicks.  She seems most active mid-morning and in the evening right now.

Food cravings: Lemonade, Milk, green grapes

Anything making you queasy or sickNo, but I am having more heartburn with this pregnancy.

Actually I take that back--I'm already queasy over the fact that my next OB appointment is my Glucose test :(  Dreading that sugar drink!

Have you started to show yet: Yes, this belly has definitely popped now.

Gender: GIRL! Aubrey Kate. 

Wedding rings on or off? On, but this summer heat does make my ring and some of my sandals uncomfortable some days.

Happy or Moody most of the time:  Mostly happy, though I do admit having some emotional/hormonal cries.  

Looking forward to: Working more on Aubrey's nursery and Ryleigh's big girl room.  I shared this sneak peek on Instagram of the letters that will go above Aubrey's crib after I paint them and work on them a little...