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{say a little prayer}

This morning my mom has to go into the hospital.
She is getting an angiogram done in order to check up on her burst aneurysm/coil, as well as look at the two other existing aneurysms in her brain.
Hopefully all will be well and they won't have to repair anything.
It's all a little nerve wracking.

I am very thankful that she is seeing the same doctor who saved her life in the first place, 
and hopeful for good results from her angiogram.
If you could send up a little prayer for her today, I'd certainly appreciate it!

I'll leave you with a few pics of her recent stay with us...

And an oldie that my parents emailed me this week of my mom and I...



{32 weeks}

AND... just like that I'm at 32 weeks.
This pregnancy sure is flying by.

Here are some 32 week stats for y'all:

Size of baby: He weighs about 3.75 pounds and is about 16.7 inches long.

Development: The little un-named baby now has toenails, fingernails and real hair {or at least respectable peach fuzz}. The skin on his body is becoming soft and smooth as he plumps up for his big arrival!

Weight gain: 23lbs. Ugh! Slightly depressing. My goal is NOT to get to 40 this time.

Feeling: Large and in charge... and a wee bit tired all of the time.

Sleeping: Nope. Mr. No Name likes to wiggle. A LOT. He seriously reminds me of the Twilight baby! For real.

Movement: Uh, yes, like stated above. I hear some pregnant people complain about the baby jabbing their ribs. I like to carry my boys low apparently because I haven't felt that with either pregnancy. In fact, this little mister prefers to jab, kick, scrape his elbow {?} over my hip bones. Real comfortable. And yes, it seems rather low. I swear he's trying to escape.

Fun facts: After my one hour glucose test, the results came back 2 points over... just slightly elevated.
I had to go in for the three hour glucose test {barf!!} to make sure that I didn't have gestational diabetes.
The results came back totally clear. Thank goodness.
Bring on the cookies!

Now a little job for you!
We need to name this baby, peeps...
I have a few names that I really like, but my farmer is being really picky/quiet about what he likes.
We didn't completely decide on Brody's name {Broderick} until very near his due date.
I'm sure this will be the same. 
I like B names, but am open to anything... preferably a little unique.
Leave me some suggestions in the comments section.
Thanks loves!! :)



{farewell pacifiers}

Today was the day.
I snipped the ends of all of Brody's pacifiers, lovingly called his "night-nights".

As he sat and innocently ate his breakfast, I was in the kitchen ruining one of his main comforts that he has known since birth.
If that doesn't make you feel like a bad mom, I don't know what does.

The whole thing is quite emotional... for me.
Maybe it's because I am a ball of emotion in general,
or maybe it's because my little baby is growing up SO fast. 
Another stage gone. 
Every day he grows up just a little bit more, and it hurts my heart.
I can only imagine watching him with his baby brother in a couple of months and realizing just how big he truly is.

I've read/heard that giving up the pacifiers is harder on the parents than on the kids.
That is completely accurate.
As I put Brody down for his nap today, he requested his night-nights.
He likes three... one for each hand and one for his mouth.
He tried all three of them before looking concerned, and then said, "mommy, bubble."
No idea what exactly that means.
But then he declared that they were broken.
Every couple of seconds he switched to another night-night.
After quite a few minutes of frustration, to my surprise, he stopped trying them.
He simply fell asleep without them.
Not exactly sure how long he will sleep, or what will happen at bed time tonight, but for now, I will call this a success.

**Just a note to mommy's who want to try this same technique...
snip ALL of the pacifiers in the house.
Don't leave a spare around.
I know I can't be trusted, and surely would've snuck him an unbroken night-night at some point.



{diy striped curtains}

I've been in the market for some navy and white striped curtains for Brody's room.
Needless to say, they are expensive.
And the most prevalent place for them is on etsy.
I figured if other people can make them to sell, why can't I make them for my kids room?
So, that's just what I did.

You probably think that the first place I'd go is to a fabric store.
That would be WAY too much sewing/cutting for me.
Call me lazy, or 32 weeks pregnant, either one is true.

While searching the web I came across these super cute shower curtains from west elm.

After doing some measuring, I knew that I would only need two shower curtains to make four curtains for Brody's room. 
Being $38 a piece, I would have all of Brody's curtains for about $80.
That is how much ONE panel was costing on other sites.
So I obviously ordered them.

They came today in the mail, and I was anxious to get them done.

Let me break down for you what I did...

First I folded the shower curtain in half vertically.
I really just eye balled it.

Next, I ironed the fold to make a strong crease.
When I unfolded it I could see right where I needed to cut.
Chop, chop, chop.

I wanted to copy the seam that west elm had already put onto the shower curtain on the other side.
It was 1/2 inch.
I actually did measure this time, and went along the back side of the curtain folding over the fabric and pinning it 1/2 inch back.

After it was all pinned I ironed it to get a good crease again.
Then, I sewed it right up with navy thread.

I did the same thing to the top... 
it had slits in it to be used as a shower curtain remember, so I had to loop it around to fit onto the curtain rod.
You'll need to measure yours depending on the size of your curtain rod. 
I like to leave some extra room, because it's better loose than too tight!

And then, boom! You're done... with one. 
Do that three more times and you've got four panels for $80 and very little work.

I'm nearly done with Brody's room renovation.
I'll do a post on that soon-ish, so start getting excited. :)
Maybe I'll even get those wrinkles steamed out of the curtains - geez!



{kauai pt III - photo dump}

Yes, I realize that it has been 5 weeks since my last post, and almost two months since we were in Kauai.
With that being said, I am going to do one last post on our trip via photo dump. 
For memories sake.

Lydegate Park.

Getting buried in the sand.

My boys striking a pose. Very vogue.

Quite the photogenic bunch at the canyon.

Our lovely friends.

This guy, and his thighs, were at the canyon. You're welcome.

Oh, that's just a WHALE jumping out of the water! 
Yes, you should be excited...

Brody certainly was.

And now some highlights via iPhone...

Ooh sweet memories! 
We had such an amazing time.

If you are planning a trip to Kauai, shoot me an email. I'd love to recommend some fantastic places. 
Oh, and also where NOT to go if you would like to avoid food poisoning. 

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