diy tree stump side table.

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We are so close to being done with Isaiah’s forest-themed nursery. Now that I’m on bed rest, I have had time to work on many of the projects I wanted to do. It won’t be long before he is here so we don’t have much more time to get things ready. I’ll post pictures of the entire room once the curtains and crib skit (being made by a family friend) are complete.

I can’t take much credit for this project (other than the idea of it!), because my sweet, hard-working husband did most of the work…okay, all of the work. I am so thankful for his willingness to help! When we decided to make Isaiah’s nursery a forest theme, the first project I thought of was a tree stump side table to go next to the rocker for when we are in the nursery rocking him. My husband’s parents had a huge tree fall in their background during a storm in the fall so it worked out perfect to snatch a piece of the stump being cut up! We stored it away for a few months to let it dry out. This is really important, because it makes the process of removing the bark a bit easier. The longer it dries out, the easier the bark comes off.

The first step, as you can guess then, was removing the bark. My husband did a fine job at this by using a hammer and a pick. It took a bit of time  to do it this way, but it looks so great with the bark removed and I was very pleased it.


Nerd alert with the glasses…but really kids, safety is no accident. Wear protection! 🙂

After all the bark was removed, we (sorry there I go again) he sanded it down to make a smoother looking finish. This is best done with an electric sander…doing it by hand would take much longer and just plain stink. So I suggest borrowing one if you don’t have one.


The final step is optional, but something I feel really brings it all together…staining. Since all of the furniture in the nursery is a dark espresso color, I wanted the table to match. The stain is “English Cherry”, made by Minwax, a popular brand you can find almost anywhere. Whatever stain color you choose to use, it will look darker when you first put it on, but it will lighten up quite a bit as it dries. Don’t worry if it seems insanely darker than you wanted, it will look great!


It took almost 3 days for the stain to really set in and dry completely. I waited almost a week to put it in the nursery, because I was afraid of stain getting on the carpet. Use your best judgement when deciding if it’s done or not. Every stump is different.


Now I can’t wait for Isaiah to get here so I can rock him and use this adorable side table that cost practically nothing to make…except maybe some of my husband’s valuable time. 😉 But I absolutely love how it turned out! I’m obsessed and go into the nursery at least three times a day just to look at everything coming together finally!

Good luck if you decide to give tree-stump-side-table-making a try. It’s totally worth the effort!


maternity pictures.

We got our maternity pictures back yesterday and we love them! We had so much fun taking them and I’m thankful we were able to capture such a precious memory! One of my best friend’s and her husband were in town when we took the pictures and they are also due with a boy a week before us, so we got a few fun shots together as well.

So, without further ado, here they are!

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thirty-seven weeks.

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We’re full term! Congrats to Isaiah for sticking it out in my womb for this long. He’s got to be getting uncomfortable.

We installed the car seat this week just in case he makes his debut a little early…which is somewhat likely according to my doctor.

I went in on Tuesday for my weekly appointment and was already almost 2 cm dilated and 70% effaced. He ended up putting me on bed rest too, because the width of the baby’s abdomen is measuring in the 5th percentile, which he didn’t seem to think anything is majorly wrong with him, he just wants me to rest as much as possible (which wouldn’t happen working with preschoolers) before he comes out so that he gains as much weight as possible. A bit stressful, but glad to know it won’t be long before Isaiah is here!!

I’ve now packed most of my hospital bag. I have read so many lists of what I will and won’t need at the hospital and almost every list is different. I plan to write a post after the delivery with my experience of what I did and didn’t need to help out those first time mom’s that will be in the same boat as I have been. It’s hard to know for sure what will come in handy at the hospital and what won’t.

My aunt, cousin, and her daughter that live about an hour and a half from us came to visit over the weekend since they weren’t able to make it to my shower a few weeks ago due to a bad snow storm. They brought gifts for Isaiah and we went out to eat and had a nice time catching up. I’m so thankful we have such great families. They really have been so generous and supportive throughout this entire pregnancy. I know they will be throughout his life, too. 🙂

I’m amazed at how big my belly is getting. It seems like all of a sudden I am huge. Baby is continuing to practice skills such as inhaling, exhaling, sucking, gripping, and blinking. So cool that he is doing all of that in the womb. Won’t be long before he’s doing them outside!!

thirty-six weeks.

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Isaiah has a new cousin! Wren was born on Feb. 23rd at about 2am and weighed in at 8 pounds, 3 ounces. They don’t live close to us, so we will have to wait a few months (until our big family vacation) to meet her. We can’t wait!

We had a great time visiting with our friends that stayed with us this past weekend. They are also expecting a little boy in a few weeks so we had a lot to talk about and it was so much fun catching up in person since we don’t see them all that often!

We also had our maternity pictures on Saturday. I’m so anxious to get them back. It was a beautiful day and we had a lot of fun taking them!

We had an appointment this week and now we will start going every week for him to check my labor progression. So far, no signs of labor. That is A-okay with me! I don’t mind if he comes a few days or maybe even a week early, but four weeks…there’s still a lot of growing for him left to do. Speaking of growing, he is now almost SIX pounds. Hard to believe. Hopefully he will not gain an entire pound each week as I’ve heard happens sometimes (praying for 1/2 lb each week – haha) or that will not be a very fun situation.

We are almost full term which is also hard to believe. He really could make his debut at any time!

Just a little prayer request: Say a prayer for my anxiety. I keep getting extremely anxious when I think about labor and delivery. I try to imagine what it will be like, but as a first time mom, I have no idea what to expect. Every labor and delivery story I’ve heard have been so different so it is hard to get a good idea of what it will be like. I know the Lord will take care of us, but it’s hard not to worry. Pray that Isaiah and I would be healthy through it and it would all go smoothly when the time comes. Thank you!

thirty-five weeks.

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It’s getting real around here, folks! We toured the labor, delivery, and recovery rooms at the hospital where we will deliver. It was so surreal to be in the rooms and hear the nurse talk about the specifics of how things are done at the hospital. I got butterflies in my stomach…or maybe that was just Isaiah kicking…

We have our maternity pictures on Saturday. I think we’ll have lots of fun taking the pictures and seeing how they turn out! A friend’s sister-in-law is doing them for us and she does really good work, so I am looking forward to it!

My best friend (who is also pregnant with a boy and due around the same time as me – so funny!) and her husband are coming to visit this weekend. I’m so excited to see and spend time with them before our boys get here.

Isaiah’s newest cousin should be here in the next few days. She (wren will be her name) was due Feb. 14, but is being a bit stubborn so hopefully we will meet her soon. I am excited for him to have a cousin so close in age. If only we lived closer to them!

Can’t believe we are getting so close to meeting our little man!

thirty-four weeks.

34 wks - bag of clementines w txtWe had our second and last baby shower over the weekend and now we pretty much have everything we need for baby boy! We just need him to get here. Not too soon, though…in a month or so, really. I’m just so excited and the waiting game is no fun. The shower was thrown by my older sister and she did such a great job. Everything was so cute and creative and I could not be more thankful for her hard work and time she put into it. The theme of the shower was a forest theme since that is what our nursery will be. I will share pictures once she sends them to me.

Our 34 weeks appointment was the other day and we got to see him one last time. They said it’d be the last ultrasound we would have so that was a little sad, but I know that means I will get to see him in person soon! He is about five pounds now and they said he’s in the 90th percentile for weight and 20th for height…so I guess he’s short and fat as of right now. My doctor said you generally want it the other way around for the birth…well, duh! But I’ll take my little chunk.

Isaiah’s nervous system and lungs are almost completely mature now. And that brain of his is continuing to develop. Praying for a smart little boy! Let’s hope he at least gets his daddy’s math skills…

I’ve been having some Braxton Hicks contractions, but they aren’t terrible. They aren’t really painful, just uncomfortable more than anything. My belly gets really hard and a little deformed so it’s a little amusing when it happens. Thankfully they aren’t very often and don’t last all that long. I know it’s just my body preparing for labor. Scary!

We have a tour of the maternity ward and labor and delivery rooms next week. I’m eager to see everything at the hospital we’ll be delivering at!

thirty-three weeks.

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If the movement in my womb is any indication as to what this baby will be like than he will be one heck of a soccer player. Or boxer. His punches and kicks have gotten so much more intense over the past week. I’ve even started to feel him get to my ribs. It’s a little painful at times to be honest, BUT I still love when I can feel him move, because it makes me thankful he’s healthy and active!

I did the first load of baby clothes laundry this week. Actually 3 loads! And that’s not even going through all of the boxes we have. I still just can’t get over how awesome it is that we have received so many hand-me-downs. With baby clothes, they wear them for such a short time that they all seem brand new! So thankful! I could barely handle the cuteness of all the clothes. I kept showing my husband just about every little onsie, sock, hat, and pair of pants we had, but I couldn’t help the excitement (and emotions that have come out of nowhere!).

The nursery is still coming along nicely. We did a few more projects and stocked the dressers with clothes, hung a few things and organized his closet a bit. I even started packing the hospital bag. So far it includes his coming home outfit, a robe for me, and travel sized shower items. Still more to pack, but it’s a start!

We have our 34 week appointment next Tuesday, so we will see how much he’s grown and get the whooping cough shot.

We have our second and final shower this weekend in my hometown thrown by my sister. I’m excited to see family and celebrate Isaiah again! It should be a good time.

thirty-two weeks.

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The third trimester sleeplessness and exhaustion has definitely set in. Not to whine, but I’ve been waking up more throughout the night and struggling to fall back asleep. It hasn’t been terrible…just enough to cause extra tiredness throughout the day. I just like to think of it as a blessing, in that it’s preparing me for sleepless nights with the baby.

The nursery furniture came this week and we put it together. We got a three drawer changing table and five drawer dresser, both from Storkcraft. We are really happy with how they look! Now we have all of the big items covered…we are just waiting on our jogger stroller/car seat set to come in, which should be here Monday.

I had a tiny scare this week. I started having some cramping and after talking with some people and researching online, I got nervous that I should get checked. A few people said they ended up being in labor when they were having cramps. So I gave in and called my doctor to make sure everything was okay and that I wasn’t in preterm labor.

Well, fortunately I wasn’t dilated and everything sounded/looked healthy with baby boy on the ultrasound. My doctor said to make sure and drink TONS of water, take it easy when I feel cramps and just to monitor them. It could have just been stretching, dehydration, Braxton hicks contractions, or a combination of them all. He really didn’t have an answer as to exactly why I was experiencing them. I’m just happy to know everything was okay!

Right now, Isaiah is at a point of really just brain development, weight gain, and building up his fetal immune system. He’s just getting bigger and stronger for his big debut!

thirty-one weeks.

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I can’t believe my sweet baby is nearing four pounds already. I’m starting to feel it in my back and feet though…just soreness, not swelling so that’s a relief! Hopefully that doesn’t become an issue, because I know people who had to be put on bed rest for that!

He is still as active as ever and those kicks and movements take my breath away at times. He still gets the hiccups at least three times a day. But that is a good thing, because it means he’s getting in those practice breaths before he’s out and doing it for real.

We had to miss our appointment this week due to weather. We’ve been getting lots of snow and ice, which makes it not so conducive to travel. I’ve already had about 5 snow days since Jan. 1. Unbelievable! We are hoping to get it rescheduled for the following week if they’ll ever call me back. I love getting to see my boy on the screen so it’s hard to go this long without it!

I had my first shower this past Sunday and let me just say…it was overwhelming how blessed we are! I could not be more thankful for my sister-in-law who threw the shower and all who came and gave such generous gifts!! It was a lot of fun seeing friends and family and getting to spoil Isaiah a little bit!

The nursery is slowly but surely coming along. I can’t wait until it’s finished and I can post pictures! We are doing a forest theme and I’m having lots of fun doing creative, homemade crafts for the room. 🙂

bathroom vanity makeover.

Once you become a homeowner, every weekend is filled with projects to get it to look the way you want it. One of the first things I wanted to do to our new home once we were somewhat settled in, was to re-do the vanity in the master bathroom. The color of the wood was terrible and I knew I  didn’t want to have to look at it everyday, so I decided all it needed was a little TLC. I sanded and painted it, replaced the hideous gold and silver knobs with new ones from Lowe’s (our 2nd home now), and spray painted the hinges, so we didn’t have to buy new ones.

Here is the before and after picture of the vanity:

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Isn’t it so much more pleasant to look at it? Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I love it. My husband liked it so much that he asked me to do the guest bathroom vanity and the kitchen cabinets too. Yipee for me. Really though, I am happy to do it, because I can’t stand the look of them right now. Of course, I won’t do those in blue, too.

Here are the details and cost breakdown for the project:

  • Vanity paint: Blue Bayberry – Olympic ONE Interior Latex, Flat ($10 for a quart)
  • Knobs: Brushed Nickel ($1.50/each – $10.50 total)
  • Spray paint: Satin Nickel – Rust-Oleum ($7)

I spent a total of $27.50 and that is very reasonable for a quick DIY project that completely changes the look of a room. Now I just need to change out those ugly faucets and it will be just the way I want it.

I am hoping to post pictures of the entire house soon, once we get a few more minor projects completed! Stay tuned.