Nursery Inspiration

This week I've been scouring Pinterest for nursery inspiration. We'll find out if Nora's going to have a little brother or sister next friday! The plan is to leave the room painted lavender if it's a girl. If it's a boy we will repaint the room, and the color options will be wide open!

 So far I'm loving cool tones and am leaning toward blues and greys for a boy and lavender and mint for a girl. Then again, Nora's nursery turned out pretty different from what I envisioned originally so we'll see how things turn out!

All photo sources are linked at my nursery Pinterest board.

What are your favorite websites, blogs, or other sources for design inspiration? 
+, Lauren Aiken


18 Weeks

jeans \\ tank (Target, old - similar, similar)  \\ tee (borrowed - similar) \\ necklace

How far along: 18 weeks, 4 days
Size: About 5.6 inches, 6.7 oz (sweet potato)
Gender: Under two weeks now until we find out!
Total weight gain: Around 6 or 7 pounds.
Maternity clothes: These are the best fitting maternity jeans I've tried on so far.
Stretch marks: No.
Sleep: Sleeping with a pillow between my legs has alleviated all the pain I was having a couple weeks ago.
Movement: I've felt definite movement this week, though it's still fairly light and inconsistent.
Queasy or sick: Only in the car on an empty stomach.
Labor Signs: --
Symptoms: Nothing much to report other than a growing bump :).
Belly button in or out: In. Definitely getting flatter more quickly this time around.
Wedding rings on or off: On.
Recap of the week: Auntie Eloise came to visit for the weekend, made terrariums with some friends, and celebrated another friend's 30th birthday.
Looking forward to: Spending a week in Indiana with Grandma and Grandaddy Weir.

+, Lauren Aiken


Nora - 16 months

Well, I figured it's time for a toddler update since Nora will be 16 months on Sunday! Nora has changed so much between her first birthday and now! She is practically running, feeding herself with a fork and spoon, and talking up a storm. We've stopped teaching her signs because she's repeating many words now and can communicate with us her basic needs (eat, more, please, thank you, diaper, and all done). Her verbal words include: mommy, dada, down, uh-uh-uh (up), ni ni (night night), dicka dicka (tickle), nana (banana), ookee (cookie), eye, eeze (cheese and please), bebe (baby), okay, dye dye (bye), hiiiii, and no! She has two forms of "no" - NO when she doesn't want to do something and no-no in a sweet voice when she's just affirming that she knows she isn't supposed to do something. She also repeats a lot of words but doesn't say them on her own yet. She can identify a few body parts: nose, eyes, mouth, tongue, hair, toes, leg, and her favorite - bellybutton or "lalalala." She knows a few animal sounds (kitty cat, lion, cow, dog) but seems to have forgotten what a duck says after about 5 months of quacking! 

Her current favorites are playing with her babies, getting a free cookie at the grocery store, bath time, reading ALL of her books, building really tall single block towers, making sure any open doors are closed, and playing outside when the weather is nice. Her favorite shows are Daniel Tiger and Curious George. She literally squeals with delight when we turn one of them on. 

She's officially made the transition to one 2 hour nap after lunch, with the exception of falling asleep in the car some days. It took about a month of struggling with nap time daily to get into a new schedule though. Most days she would talk/fuss in her crib for 2 hours in the morning and other times she would be really tired and take two full naps. She is consistently sleeping from 7pm - nearly 7am, sometimes with a random wake-up in the middle of the night. We stopped nursing right around 13 months, which thankfully was a very smooth transition for both her and I. So now, we let her cry for 5-10 minutes since she often goes back to sleep on her own. If she doesn't, one of us goes in to check on her, comfort her, tell her night night again, and put her back down.

Nora continues to be an awesome eater. Yogurt is one of her current favorites (she eats an entire single portion of Chobani greek yogurt!). Actually, she loves anything messy she can feed herself with a spoon, i.e. applesauce, soup, you get the picture ;). One of her new favorite things is dipping foods. She'll dip anything and everything - she even likes mustard. 

Teeth brushing has become a major challenge. Because she is exercising her independence so much, it is a huge struggle to brush her teeth every day! Nora gets to finish brushing, but only after mommy or daddy brush first. She has 12 teeth now (8 total in the front and 4 molars). I think her incisors will cut through soon. We've decided to adopt the "Nora gets to finish" strategy with FaceTime also, otherwise we end up with tantrums and 10 call backs because someone likes to push the big red button before it's time to say goodbye :). 

Photos are still a challenge because she is so active, but we've managed to get a few good shots in the past couple of weeks!

If you missed what's going on with baby #2 this week, you can read here

Hope you're having a good week!
+, Lauren Aiken


17 Weeks

tee \\ jeans \\ scarf: gap (old) \\ boots: nordstrom (old)

How far along: 17 weeks, 4 days
Size: Baby is around 5 inches and 6 ounces (onion, according to my app).
Gender: My ultrasound is scheduled for March 7 - less than 3 weeks away!
Total weight gain: ~5 pounds
Maternity clothes: I'm already wearing maternity jeans all the time, and usually wearing maternity tops! Some dresses and looser fitting tops still fit.
Stretch marks: I still have a little bit of my Burt's Bees belly butter leftover, but I'm planning to make this DIY belly balm once it's gone. Have any of you made your own?
Sleep: My entire right side (neck, shoulder, back, and arm) have been hurting for the majority of this pregnancy off and on, and I think it's from how I'm sleeping. Since I'm usually a tummy sleeper, I've been tweaking my position trying to sleep belly down but not on my stomach...not the greatest position. Last night I finally propped some pillows around myself, which seemed to help.
Movement: I've felt a couple tiny flutters in the past week, though nothing consistent yet.
Queasy or sick: At 16 weeks I had the stomach flu, but my energy is back to normal this week.
Labor Signs: --
Symptoms: Other than a growing tummy, there's nothing much to report here. I've already felt a handful of Braxton-Hicks! I can't remember when they started last time but certainly not this early.
Belly button in or out: In.
Wedding rings on or off: On.
Recap of the week: We thoroughly enjoyed this past weekend after traveling and being sick for the previous two. Matt and I celebrated Valentine's day with a nice meal in while some good friends kept Nora for the night. This was our first time away from Nora all night, and she did fantastic (with fewer tears than mommy).
Looking forward to: Auntie Eloise is coming to visit this weekend!

It's been fun to look back on pregnancy with Nora this time. I'm glad I kept track week by week! If you want to compare, go here.

And a few more photos just for fun... :).

+, Lauren Aiken