25 weeks!

Week 25 was great because we got a lot accomplished for the nursery. We ordered our crib, bedding and curtains (I had waited until there was another sale at Restoration Hardware Baby & Child before we made additional purchases).  I can't wait to share everything with you all as it all comes in, but I'll save that all for some nursery progress posts.

This weekend we plan to start painting the nursery.  I'm going to do the cutting-in and my husband will paint the walls. We are using no-VOC paint so I can participate (and because I've read you should always use no-VOC paint in children's rooms as it doesn't need to off-gas like regular paint).  We painted most of the rooms in our last home and the nursery isn't huge so we decided to make it a weekend project :)

The room will be a soft light gray with white trim (the trim is already painted so we don't have to re-do it).  I'm going for a look that's really clean and airy but also elegant.  I'm lucky to have a Restoration Hardware Baby & Child showroom in my city and that's the exact "look" I love for nurseries---no themes, no cartoon-ish things---just clean and elegant with some feminine touches.  To give you an idea of some of the looks I'm most drawn to, I'm posting some of my favorite images from the room gallery on the RH B&C website:

To me, these rooms feel really calm, classic and serene, which is exactly the look I hope to achieve. I'm crossing my fingers that it all comes together once everything we ordered comes in.  One of the reasons I wanted to get all of the big pieces ordered now is so that I would have time to return anything that didn't work since it can take weeks to get furniture in.  

My husband also assembled our Uppababy Vista stroller and it's hanging out in our guest room. One of my readers recommend we unbox it and let it air out because the smell can be strong when you first take it out of the box and she was 100% right---so thank you!  Thank you as well for all of the great feedback on the Uppababy Vista from my last post. It was really reassuring to read how many of you mommas love it!

I also had a dental cleaning done this week. My OB told me it's important to have your teeth cleaned during pregnancy because all of the hormones make can make your gums extra-inflammed and sensitive.  I have been keeping up with flossing and finally had a cleaning done at 25 weeks. My dentist said all looked well (though, we didn't do x-rays of course, so after I have the baby I will go back in for that to make sure there aren't any cavities or other concerns).  Something I wanted to share was that my dentist's office (I go to FLOSS dental) does complimentary "mommy cleanings" before your due date. How amazing is that?  Again, because your gums can be more sensitive at this time, they offer a free cleaning before you have the baby to make sure everything looks good. I thought that was really considerate. I love my dentist!

Now, let's get to this week's update:

How far along? 25 weeks (I do these a week behind as a recap of the previous week, so I'm actually 26 weeks today). 

Total weight gain/loss: About 10 lbs and increasing I'm sure. As I've mentioned before, I don't own a scale so I count on my OB appointments for weight updates. I have to be honest and say I'm not really watching what I eat. My goal is to eat healthy during the day and at night if I want ice cream, Thin Mints, chips, whatever, I have them. I was that way before I was pregnant too and it always worked out for me because I never deprived myself.  I've always had a huge sweet tooth and it's certainly just as strong now.  As long as I am eating balanced meals throughout the day, I'm good.

Just to give you a sampling of what I like to eat during the day at work, here are some of my favorite meals and snacks (I still eat every 2-3 hours, just like before I was pregnant).

  • A bowl of oatmeal with a little bit of brown sugar or cinnamon and strawberries, blueberries and blackberries (I eat this 4-5 times a week at work)
  • Whole grain waffles (Kashi) with strawberry preserves
  • Honey Nut Cheerios with milk (usually on weekends)
  • Big bowl of soup and side salad or fruit
  • Peanut butter sandwich and an apple
  • Chicken salad sandwich with fruit
  • Dinner leftovers
  • Chicken and rice from the cafeteria
  • Flatbread pizza from the cafeteria (usually veggie or margarita with chicken)
  • Cheese cubes and wheat thins (or another cracker)
  • Fruit
  • Nutri Grain bar
  • Veggies with ranch dip
  • Peanut butter with crackers
  • Greek yogurt
  • KIND bar
  • Veggie straws
Maternity clothes? Still wearing maternity pants and regular tops and blouses. I also washed all of the maternity clothes that my co-worker gave to me so I can wear them as I grow. 

Stretch marks? Not yet. I'm continuing to use Belli's Elasticity Belly OilMamma Mio Tummy Rub and Mustela double-action stretch mark cream in rotation.

Symptoms: I am waking up most nights to pee now and I have some occasional very minor pain/discomfort from sleeping on my left side and the pressure it puts on my butt/thigh area on my left side. I feel fortunate to still be feeling really good most days and I definitely thank the Lord in my prayers every night for this.

Sleep: I'm sleeping pretty well, except for on weekends when I have a harder time sleeping in.
Best moment this week: Making progress ordering things for the nursery and getting my teeth cleaned (feels good to be ticking items off of the before-baby-comes to-do list!) My co-worker also visited the office yesterday with her sweet 8-week old baby girl and she absolutely melted my heart. She is so sweet and tiny and holding her felt amazing. I can't wait.

Have you told family and friends: Yes!

Miss Anything? Only sleeping on my stomach

Movement: Still feeling baby girl quite a bit!  I love it every time I feel her move and kick. Sometimes I even feel her kick if I wake up throughout the night and at other random times. It's the best feeling.

Food cravings: Thin Mints, cheese, cereal with milk, cookies n' cream ice cream.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.

Have you started to show yet: Oh yes!

Baby is a: Girl!

Belly Button in or out? Still in, but definitely shallower by the day and I suspect it will pop eventually

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!

Looking forward to: Seeing my husband become a father, even though it's still a few months away (okay, here I go getting sappy again). My husband had to travel for work last week and while he was gone he was reading "Dad's Pregnant Too," (it was recommended by a friend who just had a baby) and it made me think about all of the amazing moments he will share with our little girl. If you've read my blog for awhile, you'll know that I did not have a good role model in my own father and that has always been really hard for me to accept because I would have loved to have a strong, loving relationship with my father had he not been the way that he is.  It always makes me emotional when I see a beautiful father/daughter relationship because every little girl deserves that. I can't wait to see my husband with our baby...I literally feel overwhelmed at the thought of how incredible it will be. I feel lucky that I married a man who wants to be an amazing father to his child. 

Thank you for reading and for all of my pregnant readers, please feel free to check in below as well and let me know how your pregnancy is going :) I also welcome everyone's advice and comments about pregnancy!


  1. You'll love the vista! I used to swaddle my son in the bassinet when he was a newborn for walks, and it was an instant nap. Such a smooth ride.


  2. Your inspiration pictures are beautiful! I cannot wait to see your nursey, with the love and dedication you put into things, plus your eye for design, it is going to be gorgeous.

  3. I love all of these pictures! Those rooms are so precious :)

  4. looking fab as always momma! xo


  5. It's so nice to read about your journey and I loved the 'looking forward to'! The nurseries are lovely, I think all nurseries should be like this so calm and serene as you say, perfect, can't wait to see it :) glad you and baby are well

  6. UppaBaby is the greatest, you will love it! Can't wait to see you nursery. Restoration Hardware has the cutest stuff! Sleeping on my stomach was definitely what I missed most, felt so good when I could after our little guy arrived!

  7. You look so beautiful! :)


  8. I love those sample nursery pictures! The light/clean/neutral look is fabulous. Cartoon stuff is cute but for the first year or couple of years it's essentially YOUR room where you will spend a lot of time so you want it to be nice (and not necessarily cartoon-y) for you. Love your bump pics too!


  9. Wow, your baby's room is going to look amazing! Heck, I'd want to live in it!

  10. I love the look your going for with the nursery! We find out in 4 weeks if we're having a boy or girl and I can't wait so we can start the nursery we've just moved into our first home so were decorating all day every day I can't wait for it all to be done! Your little girls going to be beautiful good look lots of love Charlie xoxo

  11. You have the cutest little bump!! And I cannot wait to see your nursery! It will look gorgeous!

  12. watch the sugar. women like you you who are slim and great before pregnancy CAN put on alot the last 2 months of pregnancy. i have seen women gain 20 pounds in one month! everytime you have sugar the baby has a growth spurt. and the baby is growing the most towards the end. so taper off the cravings or just have 1 sweet thing every few days. i would hate for you to freak out when you look in the mirror after the baby is out. warning from one mom to the next. you dont want your stomach to look like your pregnancy belly deflated after the baby is born. love your blog.

  13. Great post and I go to FLOSS as well! Love them!!


  14. Love your blog! I'm due any day now and it seems like the 26 week mark was just yesterday! I also went with Restoration Hardware for our nursery. We purchased the Belle Upholstered crib and used antique furniture pieces for the rest of the room. I also wanted a sophisticated, serene nursery (not kiddie looking). For paint we used Benjamin Moore gray cloud and gray timberwolf below the (white) chair rail. Benjamin Moore has beautiful gray shades. I ended up getting crib bedding from Serena & Lily. Highly recommend them! I've used Belli's elasticity oil throughout my pregnancy and like it as well. (I usually purchase it from Ulta when they have a 20% off coupon). Since you already use Mustela, you might like their pregnancy Ultimate Hydration lotion. I love the scent so much I plan to continue using it afterwards. We also purchased the Uppababy Vista and I recently bought the Uppababy seat liner to use inside the stroller to keep it clean. It was recommended to me by a few Moms so I thought I'd mention it in case it's something you're interested in. Best of luck with everything! Enjoy this wonderful time! :)

  15. your nursery is going to look awesome !

  16. I absolutely love all your weekly updates.. Even my Hubby and I would be trying for a baby by the end of the year..and I cant wait to go through all your posts again.coz it is so useful. Btw even I cant wait to see my hubby being an amazing dad to our baby..coz I too did not share a loving relationship with my dad..

  17. That last paragraph made me tear up! That is so sweet. I can't wait to see you two as parents!

  18. I say have all the sugar you crave now. ;) I don't think you will pay for it the last two months. Everybody packs on more pounds towards the end but that's because of the baby and retaining more water. You have fast metabolism so you should be fine. Also your "looking forward too" part was so sweet. Your heart is going to melt seeing your husband hold his daughter. I fell even more in love with my husband after seeing what a great father he is. My heart still melts now seeing him interact with the girls. He's just such a great dad. My father has always been in my life but I wouldn't of called it a really loving relationship. He was very stern and grumpy and my brothers and I were hit a lot. I resented him my teenage years. It really wasn't till after my first born that our relationship changed. He's a much better grandfather. I appreciate him much more now.

  19. Definitely teared up on your response to what you are looking forward to! I can only imagine how special it will be for you to see. I am so looking forward to seeing Stephen be a Daddy too. I think I will fall in love all over again!

  20. You talking about your husband being a father brought tears to me. So sweet!!!

  21. I CAN NOT WAIT to see your nursery! We didn't really do a theme, either. I can't wait to turn K's room into a "big girl room" already haha! That inspiration is gorgeous! Glad you are feeling well and you are certainly looking good!

  22. those nurseries are gorgeous! I'm so happy that there's not a RH store near me or I'd be in there weekly I'm sure. Your bump is so cute! It's like it appeared on you overnight! I swear two weeks ago it wasn't there.

  23. The ending to your post was so touching! Wishing you the best throughout your pregnancy! xoxo

  24. Love your nursery untheme! I did the same. I saw that you posted some metal cribs. I really wanted a metal crib too! Check out Bratt Decor's Venetian crib. You can use it with or without a canopy to change the look. https://www.brattdecor.com/products/venetian_crib_venetian_gold_stationary_gate.cfm

  25. lalalove the nursery style. and on a completely unrelated note, would you mind telling me the style name of your nikes?

  26. Your nursery plans sounds so nice!! I had so much fun decorating my nursery for my little girl. After reading your weekly pregnancy posts, it reminded me how much I enjoyed being pregnant and how quickly it goes by..it may not seem it at the time but trust me, it really does! Enjoy every minute of it.
    I also craved cereal with milk while I was pregnant..wonder if it is something that is common with carrying girls!?! Hope you keep feeling great and good luck with everything! :)


  27. Love the classic look of the nursery! Ours is an "eclectic mix" lol You are looking amazing!!

  28. Your nursery inspirations look fantastic! You and your husband are going to make fantastic parents, I'm so excited for you!


  29. You look great! I love your inspiration photos and I can't wait to see what you do with the nursery!

  30. I am so glad I just found your blog! I am 31 weeks and also expecting a girl :) Looks like we have very similar tastes on nursery styles. I am also getting the uppababy! Did you get the jake? I am between that color and the lindsey. But, I keep seeing people with the Jake, so I may go ahead and get that one. I just love the black frame! You look great! I've gained 12 lbs so far and like you, I don't really watch what I eat, just making healthy choices :)
    Can't wait to read more from you! So glad I found another cute pregnant mama blog!

  31. You look great! And those nursery photos are so modern and chic!


  32. I just found your blog & I love it! I have one more month to go & I have added your blog to my favorites. I will definetly be catching-up on it during my maternity leave.


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