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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

HOLIDAYS

Hi everyone!

Just popping in real quick to say hi and that I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas! I'm heading up (or down??) to Houston today for TEN whole days.  Brett comes on Saturday and until then I shall mees him and my puppies so much :(  I'm going early to spend some time with my fam and my grandma, AND to help them out with some last minute Christmas shopping.  Houston malls > San Antonio malls.  I'm seriously just going to go sit in the Galleria with some waffle fries and stare at the huge tree.

So in preparation for this vacation, as I like to call it, I have spent the last month writing down restaurants in Houston that I've been craving.  That way we will be sure to hit every.single.one. when we're in town.  Can you tell what's on my mind most of the time these days??

Breakfast: The Bagel Shop, Bellaire Coffee Shop, Buffalo Grille
Lunch/Dinner: LOS TIOS, Mi Luna, Barrys Pizza, Niko Nikos, Hubcap Grill, Killen's, Brenner's on the Bayou
Dessert: Michael's Cookie Jar, 3 Brothers Bakery

And that is only the top of the list.

OH AND TODAY I AM 7 MONTHS! The last trimester. The home stretch. Wooohoooo!!!!!

I'll check in over our vacay with any updates and obviously to talk about how full I am from all the food I've been consuming.

Much love & happy holidays! Love you all!

xoxo,
ryann

Friday, December 14, 2012

TODAY IS A GOOD DAY

A real good day.  And no, not just because I heard Michael Jackson Black or White on the way to get coffee.  But because today I woke up and something happened that has NEVER happened to me before....I WON A GIVEAWAY!!!!  I have never won anything before in my life (minus $2 scratch off lotto tickets) so this is like a really big deal.  I won some majorly cute gifts from Biscuit Home in a holiday giveaway Bailey hosted on her blog Peppermint Bliss. AND the best part? My friend Lauren won too!! Not only did she win, but she won the big giveaway of the series.  Super excited for her! I laughed so hard when I saw both of our names listed on there.

I'm definitely paying Biscuit a visit over the Christmas holiday for a couple of crib sheets (mentioned on yesterdays post). 

And you know what else I woke up to? An e-mail from Birch Box saying my momma had gifted me a subscription! It's an early but very welcomed Christmas present that I've been dying for the past couple of months.

I seriously think I'm going to go buy some lotto tickets today because I am on a ROLL.

Tonight is the long awaited Bryan Adams concert and just to get you in the mood:

xoxo,
ryann

Thursday, December 13, 2012

ROOM ON A BUDGET

Ponder this masterpiece:
 
 
This room by Jamie Meares of Furbish inspired me to start a new series, ROOM ON A BUDGET.  I take rooms me spectacles are particulary attracted to and try to recreate them in a more $$$ friendly way.  Or at least try my bestest.  My first attempt:
 
ROOM BUDGET
 
Paint ze walls red.  Any dark shade by Sherwin Williams will do.
Curtains: from IKEA for $50 paired with roman shades from Overstock for $30.
Custom pillows by MISS BLUEBONNET: inquire for pricing.
Nightstand: again from IKEA for...TEN DOLLARS. Yes your eyes read that right.
Furbish lamp: this is a splurge for the room & can definitely be replaced. But I just love this lamp.
Ginger jar: MISS BLUEBONNET
Moroccan pouf: on eBay ranging from $30 to $100
Rug: Home Decorators for $399-- STEAL for a rug. That is an amazing price and apparently is really soft/sturdy.
Cow rug: These are usually around $200 and up but try Craigslist and eBay. Í've found tons on there for great prices.
Vintage Eagle mirror: Again try eBay and CL!
 
And there you go! For a total master bedroom redo these are phenom prices.  Plus the original room used $$$$$ fabric and furniture pieces.  Thanks for helping me kill an hour of my day.
 
xoxo,
ryann

ON MY MIND

My anxiety level has gone down tremendously from yesterday.  Thanks everyone for your reassurance and suggestions! Especially those who told me about the no fume paint! That alone (paired with Chik-fil-A waffle fries) calmed me nerves a whole bunch. 

On another note, the top baby names of 2012 came out recently.  Here are the top ones:

Girls
1. Sophia
2. Emma
3. Olivia
4. Isabella
5. Ava
6. Lily
7. Zoe
8. Chloe
9. Mia
10. Madison

Boys
1. Aiden
2. Jackson
3. Ethan
4. Liam
5. Mason
6. Noah
7. Lucas
8. Jacob
9. Jayden
10. Jack
 
I do have to admit I kind of love that we picked a name that didn't make the list.  I've always said I want a unique name that not a lot of people have & Brett wanted something unusual and different too.  That doesn't mean I don't love the names that did make the list.  In fact, if we were having a girl, the name we had picked out rests comfy in that top 10 girls list up above (my great grandmother's name).  I think when you know and love your name, no "list'' matters.  At least that's my spiel on names for today. 
 
On to design related news, have you seen Biscuit Home yet? It was opened by Bailey of Peppermint Bliss and I kind of need all of the crib sheets.  These are my faves:
 

Little bikes & plaid.  Paired with this guy:
 
So cute for baby D!
 
Have a lovely night.
 
xoxo,
ryann (baby momma)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

IF I COULD....

...redo our living room right now (which we all know I can't), then it would look something like this:

living room

Ahh, neutral heaven.  Can someone make this come happen, along with our nursery & master bedroom?

xoxo,
ryann

27 WEEKS

HELLO EVERYONE.

Today I'm 27 weeks-- that's like one week away from the LAST trimester.  Woohoo!  March 13th is our official due date, but at our last ultrasound they said they think he will come before then at the rate he is growing.  Before??? I mentally need to prepare myself for going into labor any day in March.  March is like less than 3 months away.  Errmerrgerrd.

This is what my current state looks like:


(PS thanks everyone for all your nice comments on FB!! You know how to make a girl feel loved.)

I promise to be better about pics over these last few months :)

Now everyone has been telling me to get as much done as possible before the last trimester because it flies by.  And I believe them.  We have all of our baby classes scheduled and ready to go.  We have a general plan for labor and delivery.  But...again....the nursery hasn't even BEGUN.  And here comes the huge wave of anxiety I get just thinking about it.  Are we way behind on this?  Is this normal? All advice and reassurance welcome.

Here's the reason for the delay:  We have 100 things to sell before we can even begin on it and Craigslist isn't cutting it.  I mean nothing is selling y'all.  Thus, a garage sale might have to be the answer.  On top of that, the nursery is where all of our dogs' stuff lives (kennels etc) and they need to be moved which also isn't possible until more stuff sells.  Then we are waiting until Christmas to see what Santa brings (aka my mom has hinted about a crib coming down the chimney).  Finally, it needs to be painted and that can't happen until I am out of town and away from the fumes.  And then I think about the little things like, we don't even have baby hangers to put his clothes on!!! Or....there are a million jackets where his clothes are supposed to be!!! Then I vent on my blog apparently and I feel much better.  So thanks for listening to meeeeee.

Hopefully I will have a post later today telling everyone I have calmed down.  And how good the Chik-fil-A I just ate was. Mmmm waffle fries.

xoxo,
ryann (baby momma)

Friday, December 7, 2012

BABY UPDATES

I answered some FAQ's when I first started blogging again so I thought I'd do another round since that was about 2 months ago :)

How far along are you?
26 weeks and almost to the 3rd & FINAL (thank god) trimester.  I can't wait to meet him, but I also can't wait to be unpregnant.

What are you craving?
Everything.  But more recently: Chick-fil-A, sweet tea, spaghetti, cookies/brownies, and the occasional Taco C.  I swear I eat good things too. 

Has it been hard to not drink?
A lot of people have asked me this since I've been known to imbibe every once and a while.  Honestly, it's a no brainer since something so important is now a part of me and my life.  But besides that at the beginning- not at ALL.  Nothing really sounded good much less alcohol.  Now? Not really, but randomly I'll be like...man I could really go for a glass of vino with my 'sgetti.  But it's not ''hard.''  It just is what it is.  Brett's really excited to see how tipsy I get after one glass post-birth.

Do y'all have a name?
I think it's time to say......yes!!!!!!! And we are in love with it.  That whole when you know you know thing?  Totally true. We're debating keeping it a secret until he is born.  Partly because people tend to have so many opinions, and partly because we feel like it's something special between our little family....but I don't know if we'll be able to hold out that long.  We shall see :)

Why haven't you posted bump pictures?
I KNOW. I know. I'm so bad at posting pictures!! Except of our dogs.  My daily outfit consists of maternity workout clothes so I never feel like I'm dressed up enough.  But this will hold me accountable...this weekend I WILL take a bump pic and I WILL post on here on Monday.  See now I have tooooo.  And I just love my lil bump so why not show it off on here.

What effects from pregnancy are you having now?
The nausea has finally gone away for the most part.  Aka no more naps on the bathroom floor thank gurdness.  My biggest complaint as of late are the back aches. UGH.  I need massages and heating pads on the daily.  I would take this over nausea any day though so I try to be somewhat positive.  Also the constant shots/taking blood/tests suck majorly.  I.hate.needles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Are you scared for labor?
Ok I have been since I knew what labor was.  But to be honest I'm more scared about actually knowing WHEN I'm in labor.  Like I have a real good feeling they will know our names at the labor and delivery admission.  "Oh, it's yall again?'' This happened to my mother, and I am sure to meet the same destiny.

What is baby coming home in?
Apparently this is a thing???  I have no idea.  Maybe something monogrammed?  Or just your basic onesie, socks, and a hat.  We are simple peeps.

Ok that is all I can think of for now.  We are off to the Spurs/Rockets game tonight, but more importantly an open bar (for him) and a free buffet of food goodness (for me). Mmmmmmmmm. Have a great weekend!

xoxo,
ryann (baby momma)

Thursday, December 6, 2012

DOUBLE POST

JUST BECAUSE I'M IN A GOOD MOOD.  And the dogs are not entertaining me.

I want our console to look like this......

console

 
Please and thank you.

RANDOM THINGS

Let's get to the important issues here:


At first I was all like I'm so glad I announced before her.  Then I was all like SHE BETTER NOT STEAL OUR BABY NAME. Then...duh, our taste and her taste might just be a leeeeetle different so I'm pretty sure we're safe there.  I'm not saying we have or don't have a name (sorry to be secretive) just that most likely the next heir (or heiress) of England will not likely steal our thunder.

Ok moving on.

Our baby girl broke her toe this week :(  I've been cooped in our house taking care of her so she doesn't play, run around, and most importantly chew up her cast.  I haven't showered in 3 days and have only left the house to get Chick-fil-A & spaghetti.  Embarassing I know.  I was telling Michelle earlier today that when the baby comes 3 days of not showering is bound to turn into a month.  Here is Fi Fi:



Don't you just wanna hug her?

To something design related.  I know I should really be focusing on the nursery since I'm in week 26 now and about to freak out that nothing is done. BUT, typical me, I'm redoing our bedding situation.  We got the perfect pink headboard that I was going to base the room around-- this was my inspiration:

 
But when we found out about baby boy, everything got put on hold.  So the bed that was supposed to go in the 2nd bedroom (now the nursery) is staying with us.  Thus it needs some zhushing, whatever that means.  I decided to go more monochromatic this time round w/ a hint of colah plus on a major budget. 

PS. I tried to make a fancy looking design board, but it just wasn't working and my brain is too tired.

This is the bed we have that I got after college from Pottery Barn


I got gray sheets from Target.  I asked for this for Christmas:



And these in black:

I need monogram shams like these bad boyz:


With a pillow like this:

Can you see it all together? I know it's hard to peecture.  Since I'm hoping to get a few of the things above for Christmas, all I had to buy were the sheets ($25), need to get some pillows monogrammed ($25/each), plus the pillow which is around $45.  FINE BY ME!

Also go on over to my girl Liz's blog to check out Baby D's 2nd nursery board!! She is oh so talented, works for a major designer in NYC, and will be BIG one day.  Bask in her goodness here: Irreverently Inspired.