Looks like I'm really only able to update this about once a month. Sorry kids. Brandon has to remind me to update and for a while I was thinking maybe I shouldn't write about my family so much because, well, just becuase. But then he convinced me that this is all a part of their narrative, and he's right, I suppose. I wish I had more written down about what my life was like as a child. I have my memories, sure, but it would be nice to read what my parents remember about the little things in our lives. I would like for him to be a bit more involved in the blog. He takes some mean iPhone photos. Better than me. He's got an eye.
Since it's February, it means that we'll be having a baby soon, no later than March 17th. Since I'm not really one known to actually "go into labor" it'll more than likely be on that day, but who knows. This kid already feels like a giant. Crazy how we forget the aches and pains and discomfort of late pregnancy. I admit, I'm not looking forward to another c-section and I've had some really terrible dreams about dying from complications, but hopefully those dreams mean nothing. I mean, when I was pregnant with Ronan I dreamt he was a marmoset, and he's not... so, yeah. Probably just normal hormones mixed with my usual anxiety level stuff. And on that note...
We are doing some exciting stuff around the house. I mean, what's late pregnancy for me without some sort of major change/renovation taking place? Ronan was really the only one to come home to a relaxed atmosphere. We literally moved from Florida to Wisconsin when Isla was 10 days old, I drove away from Jacksonville straight from her 10 day pediatrician check up. Crazy. I can't imagine accomplishing that now. I was moving boxes into a storage unit 5 days after a c-section. STUPID. When Stellan was born, we were finishing his room and building a deck. This time, we just finished renovating the kids bathroom (FINALLY! I've had the sink sitting in my garage since before Stellan was born). It came out great, I think. I had been wistfully gazing at a Pinterest inspiration photo Here for years and here's our finished kids bath!
The sink is pretty much my favorite-est thing ever. It's a Kohler utility sink in case you're interested. The tub is the original from 1930, which I painted the bottom to match the paint used above the beadboard (as well as to paint the bottom of the sink. We had to retile, and I originally was going to just use while square tile, but once we pulled up the old gross linoleum, we saw that it was originally the 1" hex tile (the same as is in our master bath) so I found some sheets of that on Overstock and I'm really happy we did. The color does not match exactly to the inspiration photo, but I like this bolder blue a bit more. It just pops the ultra white of everything else. In all, it's my new favorite room in the house.
Now, as for other renovations, our finished room off of the garage is getting a make over. And after that, we have to gut the downstairs bathroom because I'm pretty sure there's mold in there. Then... we have to paint a few rooms and the staircase and redo the wood floors downstairs and up the stairway... Ah old house, it's always something... It's not all happening at once, but it's on the list.
I took the plunge and ordered a large wall canvas from Artsy Couture of this photo of Isla.
I had a sweet coupon code to use for gallery wraps, so let's see if it's as good as they're touted. If so, then I plan on ordering two more of Stelly and Ro (once I can get a photo of them I love as much, they're a bit trickier...) and put them up. Sadly, for as many photos as I take, I don't really have that many around my house, and the ones I do have aren't very large. Go big or go home is my new motto. Ha.
Annnnnd... I'm in a major cleaning/decluttering motivation stage right now. Probably feeling a little nesty. I still need to buy a new co-sleeper for #4, as well as a new swing. "need"? might be a strong word, but our old one has really been through the ropes with three other kiddos and is a weird creaking, squeaky disaster. Besides, since I don't really have to get much for #4, I figure I'll splurge on a new swing.
And I'll leave you with a few more phots just because they're fun.
My friend, Carri, turned me onto a new app today called "waterlogue" and it's soo pretty. It really made this somewhat blah Instagram photo pop. I love it! I'm looking forward to playing around with it more.
And... I've been craving the usual peanut butter m&m's and salt and vinegar chips and icees (that I won't allow myself too often because they are pure poison). Brandon and I aren't much for watching television, but for lately we have gotten into watching Orange is the New Black (highly recommend) and True Detective (on HBO - REALLY highly recommend). Of course, I am super excited for Game of Thrones to start up again. Woot! And... that's about it. I think we're just hunkering down waiting for the perfect storm of baby #4. I hope wherever you are, you're staying warm. xo Cat