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Friday, March 25, 2011

While I'm Waiting for Lucy to Bloom...

Around Thanksgiving, I got into knitting. My mother-in-law taught me the basic stitch and I finally persevered and made my first scarf! It was not easy, it took me several tries..Then I learned how to knit these cute hats with looms. I made some of my friends' girls hats with flowers for Christmas. I got really burned out on the knitting and took a break. So now that Lu is nearly 6 days late (or not ripe yet!) I thought I should make her a newborn hat. Of course it had to have flowers on it. I am working on some headbands too...I am still trying to get the perfect pattern for them. Depending on how late she goes, I may have all kinds of projects to post!

Oh Lucy...I know you will come when you want but I just can't wait to meet you and hold you! Way to keep us waiting, hoping, and anticipating!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Lucy Bloom's Nursery

Nothing Like Nesting

So here are some pictures of her nursery. This is as done as it is gonna be until she comes. We want to paint her room the same aqua blue you see in her crib bedding, but we are unsure how much longer we'll be in this house. So, ideally it would be that color walls. I also want to reupholster the glider in a fun orange or neutral color. I also want to make a mobile for her...I have an idea, but am going to wait. She'll be sleeping in the pack and play in our room anyways for a little while!
This is one of the very first items I bought for the nursery, actually the second. I got it at a yard sale for $10 with my sister-in-law, Ashley--my yard sale hero! We touched it up with paint, but it was exactly what I was looking for. I just new we were having a Lucy Bloom. That bedding fit her perfect. As soon as I told my mom we were having a Lucy she ordered the bedding from Target. The painting was custom from my sweet friend, Milady Griffin. That verse summarizes the emotion we feel regarding her entrance into life and our family! It's a special Spring with Lucy Bloom.

My precious daddy-o painted this dresser for me as a surprise. They had it in a storage building and told me I could have it. It was this 70s wood color. My mom bought the glass pink knobs for it. It is my favorite! The two paintings were also done by Milady Griffin; I picked out the flowers from the bedding.

The box on the left is a gift from my friend Lindsey Durham, she made it! The blocks are also done by Milady Griffin. She sells the whole set of block letters, hand-painted by her, on Etsy. Her business is called "Squid Monkey." That little bear there was my bear when I was a baby. It winds up and plays music, although it doesn't work as well as it used to!

This is the glider my mom and dad got me. It is pottery barn second-hand, woop woop! I am still in search of some good fabric for it to reupholster. The giraffe I thought could be Lucy's music playing "bear." The pillow was the very first thing I bought for Lucy--yard sale:) Got it the same day as the crib. It says on the bottom, "Where there's mom, there's love." The blanket was crocheted by a friend from church. I love the little flowers scattered all over it.

The lamp my mother-in-law found for me at a yard sale. It's in a great shape, and I love that it has storage on the bottom I'm using for some books. The picture frame and book are from my sister-in-law. The changing table my mom found for me at a auction, dad repainted it. The "Lucy Banner" was made by Ben's cousin, Megan, as decoration for my baby shower. Thought it would be a super cute addition to the nursery. If you can see on the bottom--she has lots of super cute shoes! Well that's it for now on her nursery. I will post new pics of projects and maybe some with her in it! I'm a day past my due date, but calm as can be. She'll come when she's ready. I am savoring this time with her so close to me..I'm sure I'll miss it once she's out, but there's probably nothing better than holding her close, smelling that sweet baby smell, and hearing her coo and awe! Hopefully my next post will be my birth story! Much Love~ Jenny and Lucy Bloom.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Finally Found Something Worthy Of Blogging About...

I've wanted to start a Blog for a while now, I love to write. I hate that I've neglected it for so long, but I just haven't found anything worth writing--that which would be good for me and good for the public. I have kept a journal since I was 8 years old, I still have that first one. This Blog is mostly about my new journey as a Mom. I am 39 weeks and 3 days. My little girl will be here any day! Her name is Lucy Bloom. I was journaling last night about this massive shift in my life that is coming--it's inevitable. The underlying feeling most women without children get about being mothers is that motherhood is a jail sentence. I know many mothers will deny this strong statement but will affirm, "Say good-bye to your freedom, your life, your time--just say goodbye to you." So in other words, a jail sentence! And I just read an article today--actually I had to pause before posting this entry to go with my husband on an errand, while in the waiting room I read this article in the Women's Journal Magazine--reflecting this very emotion. The author of the article writes when finding out she was pregnant, "All I could sense was the fading ghost of my own freedom."
Well, I don't believe it. Yes an old me will fade, but a new me is emerging! I am about to experience my own birth. A new part of me is about to be released that no one has ever seen before because it's never been activated. I've heard it said, "With every birth of a child, there's a birth of a mother."
A little over a year ago I bought a new journal (as I always do when if I finish one, or am about to embark on a new season in my life) after I returned from my brother-in-law and sister-in-law's wedding. It was there that Ben (my husband) and I felt it was time to start preparing for a child. I didn't realize until after I bought this journal that on the cover was a picture of a mother bird bringing her baby bird food. Under the two birds is the word, "free." I just liked the birds and the "free!" I wrote my last entry yesterday, on the last page. After writing I felt inspired to chronicle my moments of motherhood in a blog. The picture on the cover inspired the name of the blog, which I will post because after reading that it sounds really confusing. So here goes...