Tuesday, May 31, 2011

28 Weeks

The curing time of concrete is classically considered 28 days. The revolution time of the surface of the Sun on itself is 28 days while its core is revolving in 33 days. There are 28 dominoes in standard domino sets.
Entering the third trimester! Baby J now weighs two pounds and a quarter and measures almost 15 inches. The baby's eyelashes are coming in and he/she is blinking their eyelids.

Baby J and I had a great holiday weekend. We didn't plan anything on purpose. We played outside a lot; planting plants, mowing the yard, taking walks. We went to the pool several times and had a great BBQ at a friend's house. We rented a movie and saw a movie in the theater. It was such a relaxing weekend and Baby J was active as ever. I tried to video tape all the activity I was seeing. But of course, Baby J is camera shy.

5-31-11 ... 28 weeks

How Far Along?: 28 Weeks
How Big Is Baby?: the size of Chinese Cabbage. 15 inches, 2.25 pounds
Maternity Clothes?: Oh, so comfortable
Sleep?: Sleeping much better. I get tired but am able to sleep through the night again.

Food Cravings?: Banana peppers. I had them on a veggie pizza and now I want them on everything. (not ice cream though)
Movement?: LOTS of it. I love it!!!
Gender?: Will find out June 18th!
Belly Button?: feels like it's on top of my belly.

Next Appointment: June 2nd

Friday, May 27, 2011


Remember my grandmother’s comment I shared with you? “Buttons are just as important as the pattern.” I repeat this to myself all the time. Although my taste gravitates to the expensive side, I try to be frugal and make my own stuff that is similar. But sometimes, a splurge is worth it.
My kitchen cabinets came with these knobs.

There is nothing wrong with them. I could live with them. Just not for my entire life. Of course I found AWESOME knobs at a high price. But what do you know… I found a duplicate for much cheaper at Target!

Can’t really tell a difference!
They were an easy switch. I just unscrewed the old knob and screwed the new one on.
When it came to the drawers, I wanted an actual pull. I found these pull handles at Target as well.

This required two holes I had to drill. It wasn’t that bad. I just measured and drilled.

The finished product is just a little different. I think it goes with the house.
However, I’m not feeling the drawer pulls. They seem to weigh things down and are too chunky for my taste. They are just something else I will live with until I can change them.
Don’t worry, I’ve already found their replacement! Last year at the Parade of Homes, I walked into a house that had these dainty hanging pulls that were almost as wide as the drawer itself. I LOVED the look. But changing the pulls again would mean I need new face for my drawers (because of the three holes in the middle that can’t be concealed.

I’ll just wait a little while for this upgrade. It will probably happen when I get my new sink and countertops. Woohoo! Too bad that is years away.

In This Post:

Target: Liberty Hardware Round Bronze (8 pack); $20.99 each
Target: Rectangular Bin Pull (2 pack); $8.99 each 

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Sunning Through the Storm

Did you know that when I think of changes/updates to the house, I think of what the boys would like? That’s right! Anderson was a big reason for adding a storm door to our front door. He loves people watching and sits on the back of the chair in front of the window to see. I figured I’d help him out by looking out the front door.

There are many storm doors to choose from, but we chose the Andersen brand. Ironic!

The storm door has a glass insert and a screen insert that you can interchange with the seasons. I’ve not yet used the screen insert. I like the look of the glass insert better.

The storm door lets more light into the house and acts as another window to see out of.

The boys love the door too.  It’s a great place to sun on cold days.

In this post:
Anderson Storm Door: Sandtone color with curved etching; classic handle in bronze

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

My Handle Is Meant To Be Pulled

I think you get who I am now. And I sympathize with builders… but COME ON! Don’t make every house the same! I’ve said it before, that I’m proud of our builder for finally learning this. But it seems to be too late with our neighborhood. Seventy-five percent of our neighborhood looks the same. One thing we all have is the same silver front door knob. It’s very generic.
January 2009

In my search for door handles, I found a beautiful and unique piece I fell in love with. It’s not your normal handle.

Half-Heart Handleset
The above handle is your typical handle most people upgrade to. I’ve seen quite a few in our neighborhood.
This was the handle I fell for.

Instead of the handle being the half-heart shape like others, its handle is straight.

I love this handle. Love it, love it. Again, simple changes make a difference.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

27 Weeks

The planet Uranus has 27 moons. There are currently 27 Amendments to the United States Constitution. Wolfgang Mozart composed 27 concertos for pianoforte and orchestra.
Baby J is getting closer to two pounds and is 14.5 inches long. The baby is now sleeping and waking at regular intervals and opening and closing his/her eyes. The brain is very active now.
This week Baby, Mr. JCrew and I went strawberry picking. I think Baby really liked the strawberries I ate. Or didn't like the bending over I did. Whichever, made him or her move a lot.

It's my last week in the second trimester. I can't believe I'm in the third and final trimester soon! It's getting real. Next week I have an appointment and yesterday I did my glucose test. I studied for this one, so my odds of passing are greater. :)

We sold my Acura CL this past week. It was sad to see it go, but the two-door would have been more work than I wanted with a baby in tow. Feels like we're getting closer to baby's arrival! I'm ready to hold this baby and never let go. (I have a feeling I won't be a good sharer after August.)
5-24-11 ... 27 weeks

How Far Along?: 27 Weeks
How Big Is Baby?: the size of a head of cauliflower
Maternity Clothes?: Oh, so comfortable
Sleep?: This past week I wasn't sleeping very well. Couldn't get comfortable and always woke up. I could sleep better propped up on the couch. So now I've built a mound of pillows in bed to sleep on.
Food Cravings?: yogurt with granola
Movement?: LOTS of it. I love it!!!
Gender?: Will find out June 18th!
Belly Button?: looks like a bottle opener. Half circle kind-of shape.

Monday, May 23, 2011


Fixtures seem to be the easiest things to change in a house update. When we bought our house, I wasn’t fond of everything, but knew things could be switched out easily. This week I’ll highlight our little changes that we made.
 The light in the foyer was first to go. There was nothing wrong with it other than it was too ornate for me.

Berkeley Foyer Chandelier

I searched out for a smaller light fixture that was plain and simple. I came across several.

I settled on this one.

The foyer is very tall. We didn’t have a ladder that was tall enough. My crazy mom and I pulled the dining room table over into the foyer and put the ladder on top of it. I don’t suggest this at all! It is a funny story to tell now, but not while we were doing it.

I love the new light fixture. A simple change made a big impact for me.

In This Post:

Home Depot- Progress Lighting Madison Collection - Cobblestone - $43.85

Friday, May 20, 2011

Feeling Pretty

Ever watch Divine Design? I love Candice Olsen. Her style fits mine perfectly. Not very often does she have a design that I don’t like. I might not agree with all her choices, but 90% of the time, she is right on.
I don’t know if she has continued this, but an old thing she was doing was putting chandeliers in the master bathroom. Usually it is placed over the tub. In my quest to be unique, I set out to find a crystal chandelier for my tub.

My tub has an existing canned light above the tub. So at least I didn’t have to add new wiring.

I bought a canned light converter kit. In hindsight, I don’t know how much I really needed this. I think I could have removed the light all together and drilled directly into the stud.

The hardest part about the chandelier is having to build it AFTER it was hung. It was a good thing. The chandelier put together is HEAVY!
It was hard finding an all crystal chandelier that was small. I didn’t want it too small where it would go unnoticed.

I love my new light above the tub. Makes the tub feel all pretty and glamorous.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

I Want Your Discarded Brick

There’s been a lot of construction happening on our street. Thank goodness they will be done FOREVER very soon. And just in time before Baby J arrives.
When the builder bricks a house, the broken brick just sits in the yard for a couple days. It’s very hard for the workers to pick up after themselves, so some brick ends up being buried in the yard. We’ve dug up many bricks, bottles, plastic wrappers and rocks while we were planting our plants.
While the houses just a couple down from us were being bricked, I decided to ‘help’ with the brick clean up. I took my wheelbarrow (YES!) and gathered up only the broken bricks. I figured they might need the perfect bricks.

I didn’t know what I was going to do with them yet, but I played around with ideas. Then I came up with using them to border my flowerbeds that were covering our utility boxes. These flowerbeds already had the green lining that I could use to rest the broken brick on.

It was perfect. The flowerbeds now had brick liner like everyone else and I used a material that would have been thrown away.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Ivory Silk Lilac

I’d like to take a moment and highlight a beautiful tree.
When I found this tree, I loved it. There aren’t any lilac trees that do well in the South, except one variety that can tolerate our heat. It’s the Ivory Silk Lilac.

This tree is the first in my yard to get its leaves in the Spring. It’s not like many deciduous trees that get flowers before their leaves. Its flowers come in May/June.
When I bought the tree, it was very tall, but not wide.

I was so impressed with its growth rate the second year we had it.

July 2009

May 2010
This year it seems to be continuing its growth spurt.

April 2011

May 2011
But this year is special. This will be the first year it has bloomed!

I’m so excited for this tree. It means it's happy! Now I can look forward to the blooms each year.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

26 Weeks

Twenty-six is the only number between a square (25=52) and a cube (27=33). Twenty-six is the age at which males can no longer be drafted in the United States. In a normal deck of cards, there are 26 red cards and 26 black cards. There are 26 letters in the English alphabet. Runners run 26 miles in a marathon. There are twenty-six bones in the normal human foot and ankle.
Baby J is getting closer to two pounds and is 14 inches long. The ears can hear sounds better outside the womb and the lungs are developing as the baby swallows amniotic fluid.

5-17-11 26 Weeks

I haven't had a huge growth spurt, but I'm sure one is coming. Lately I have not been able to stop eating! I've always been a snacker, but the snacks are getting more and more frequent. I'm not complaining. Mr. JCrew thinks it's funny. I now snack as often as he does and he thinks of me as his snack buddy.

Baby J's favorite time of day is my bedtime. Between 7-9 at night, the babe dances. Literally! It's all over the place. I'm usually so tired, I can fall asleep while it's going on, but it sure can wake me up at 2AM.

Crazy dreams come and go and forgetfullness is present. I can remember parts of things, but the other parts are completely erased. I try so hard to jog my memory and it use to work, but now it doesn't. One dream I had this week involved me grabbing the baby's foot through my tummy and asking Mr. JCrew to get the camera and take a picture. HA! I wasn't letting the foot go.

How Far Along?: 26 Weeks
How Big Is Baby?: the size of an English hothouse cucumber! (ha)
Maternity Clothes?: More often than not.
Sleep?: I am started to get tired in the evenings again.
Food Cravings?: Can't get enough of cereal and toast. Lemonaide
Movement?: Lots of dancing at night. :)
Gender?: Will find out June 18th!
Belly Button?: Still in
Special Moment of the week: We have less than 100 days left (hopefully)

Monday, May 16, 2011

The TV Has A New Home

No more TV watching in the bedroom for us!
Remember when I posted about getting a TV in the bedroom? (here)

I then quickly mentioned the intention of removing it. I’m happy to report the TV has a new home.

The TV now lives in Mr. JCrew’s mancave. He loves it and so do I.
The TV was on a wall mount in the bedroom that swiveled. We wanted to use the same wallmount in the Bonus Room.
Taking down the wall mount left three big holes. I also got to see our old paint color, Azure blue! I patched up the holes with plaster.

Then I painted over it with our bedroom color.

Now the room feels a little larger and I am getting great sleep!!

The TV loves his new home. We definitely hang up there a lot more and I’ve already designated the room as my hang out spot when baby comes.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

100 Days

If Baby J comes on time, we have 100 days left!! 100!!! That's it. The countdown is shrinking dramatically.

Can you tell I'm excited? I'm staring at my ultrasound pictures wondering how big the baby is now.

Countdown number 2 is down to 34 days. Thirty-four days until we find out if Baby J is a girl or boy! I am so excited to have all our friends and family together when we find out. Woohoo!
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