The Nursery Reveal!

When we decided that we weren’t going to find out the sex of our baby, everyone was confused on how we would decorate the nursery! As far as ‘home decorating’ goes, I am a very neutral person and already wanted to have a grey nursery so it was a no brainer how we would decorate. I took a while to get started because we were doing a lot of home projects around here, including getting all new doors and doing some painting and outdoor work so I wanted to wait until after those projects were completed to start and by the time I started I was around 30 weeks and getting a little antsy!

We recently had the room painted grey, before I even knew I was pregnant, and it was used as a guest room. I really wanted a calm environment for the room with a lot of fun touches that were unique to us. The first thing I really wanted was a changing table where somehow I became hellbent on finding a hutch to refinish to use. I finally found one on Craiglist. It has great storage and really cool details which we painted grey. I love how it came out! On the top shelf, we have a few little fun trinkets and B built a lego firetruck because he grew up loving legos and my brother gave us the “I love you forever book”, with a very nice inscription inside which made everyone at my shower cry. The second shelf is a few stuffed animals, books and a bin for swaddling blankets.

When I started planning I knew a big rug in the middle of the room would make it warmer with the hardwood flooring and once I saw this one at Target, I thought it would be perfect! We received the rug from one of our showers from a family member and we got the crib from my in-laws and it’s from Buy, Buy, Baby.

As for wall decorations, I saw a few ideas on Pinterest for bookshelf and loved them. A little bookshelf that was well off the ground so once our baby grew it wouldn’t be pulling the books or the shelf off the wall was what I started thinking. I showed B the Ikea inspired bookshelves on Pinterest and he told me he could build them instead so off he went. He also made two shelves that I really wanted to include in the room – one for ‘us’ with our stuffed animals from our childhood on it and one of the ‘dogs’ with their picture and the Milkbone tin. They came out so great, I love how they add more personalization.

We got the glider from Target. I was pretty nervous because we could only order it online and I was scared I wouldn’t like it once it arrived. As soon as we unpacked it, I sat down and I love it! I can sit in it for so long – it’s so comfortable! I am going to put a small white table next to the glider for a bottle and maybe a book or our baby monitor to sit on while we are in there for those late nights and early mornings.

One thing that I really wanted in the room was it to be a reflection of both of us and not just solely focused on baby stuff. I don’t know why but I don’t really love all the BABY stuff so when I found these animal prints, I was so in love. I looked at SO many animal prints because I love animals and wanted to include them but some just seemed so boring to me. Even though they are a little quirky, they are so fun and I love the bright colors! I can’t wait to point out pig and donut or puppy and glasses to our baby! I ordered them from Etsy and put them into Ikea frames and once they were hung I couldn’t stop smiling!

The finishing touch to the room is the amazing mobile that Shea got for me from Etsy. It includes my in-laws 2 dogs, her 2 dogs and my 2 dogs! Another thing I’m so excited to show our baby when it arrives :) I love the colors and how realistic they look. We were scared it wouldn’t look as good as we imagined when she told me what she got for me, but it exceeded all of our expectations and has incredible detail while being completely custom to our dogs!

Here is a before and after of the hutch. I wish I took a better before photo but it’s from the Craiglist listing and it is a little grainy.

Hutch used for changing table, before and after photosAnd here are some photos of the room:

Entrance to the nursery - looking to the refinished hutch to be used as a changing table.This is the entrance of the room – The room has such great lighting! I walk in and just smile.

White "I love you" Night light in Gray NurseryAnother really fun gift from Shea, this “Love You” Nightlight. I saw this on Pinterest and loved it and it looks amazing turned on. Can’t wait to use it at night :)

Repurpoused Hutch to be used as a changing table in a gray nursery.Top of the Hutch – I love the Chicken wing teether and the little collection of Jellycat stuffed animals.

Custom dog mobile from Lovely Friend on Etsy with Watercolor animal paintings. Paintings from Etsy and custom mobile from Etsy.

Repurposed Hutch used as a Changing Table in Grey Gender Neutral Nursery. The cords are still being figured out but here is the hutch all finished!

Shelving in Gray, Gender Neutral NurseryI love these shelves! The flower is B’s ‘toy’ from when he was a baby and the Pink Polar Bear was mine from when I was growing up. Then I found the vintage Milk bone tin on etsy a while back and made the little ‘dog’ shelf so that our entire family is covered on the both shelves.

Bookshelving in Gender Neutral Gray NurseryI hope to get a small chair to go where the mamaroo is once our baby is a bit larger but am waiting to see what it is first! I hope to make this a little reading nook area. Also, for underneath the nightlight I ordered a new grey dog bed for Sophie and George so they don’t constantly lay on the rug. They always love laying on their beds and I know that they will want to be with us and the new baby when we are doing feedings and in the middle of the night.

Gray Gender Neutral Nursery with animal water color paintings, glider and crib.This is my favorite view! The rug is from Target, the glider is from Target and the Crib is the “Brunswick” from Buy Buy Baby.

Gender Neutral Animal water color paintings from Deidre Wicks on Etsy!Love these paintings! This photo was from right before we hung the mobile.

Bookshelving in Gender Neutral Gray NurseryThe bookshelves came out so cute and the Oh Baby sign is from my shower that Shea threw for me. It’s so cute I couldn’t just throw it away!

Waiting for Baby!Ready for the hospital! Come on out baby – we’re waiting for you!

I’m sure that there will be tons of things to add and change once we get this little dude or dudette home and figure out our new lives together, but as for right now I’m so happy with how things came out and I love how it’s very clean. I feel so relaxed in the room and hopefully the little one will be relaxed and SLEEP while in it’s crib too ;)


Love You Nightlight

P.S. SHE’S here! ;)

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Staying (somewhat) active during Pregnancy

When I found out I was pregnant, I envisioned myself running until the day I gave birth. I saw many women do it online, read a few blogs, and I thought this will be a piece of cake! Let’s go! My body had other plans and I had to give up running long distance (anything over 10 miles) around 12 weeks and gave up running in general around 28 weeks. It was hard to adjust to because I’m so used to running but I’ve been walking a lot lately!

I wanted to share a few of my favorite things that have helped me stay somewhat active throughout my pregnancy so far, or at least made me feel better about myself. I’m all about comfort and feeling confident so these helped me in all of those aspects while my body was changing. Because I coach and have to wear workout clothes often, these have been in constant rotation for practice as well. Would I have liked to hit up the gym daily and run 3 miles whenever I wanted? Heck yes, but hey, I’m glad I can walk and still feel good throughout the day right now.

A few great pieces of clothing to help you to Stay Active while Pregnant!Shorts with a soft band – At first I was thinking elastic is king, most of my shorts will fit the entire time! Boy, I was wrong. Around 20 weeks it started to dig in and roll down. Awkward. So a soft band is really, really helpful and doesn’t dig into your skin while stretching over the belly. I found that these have been my go to and STILL are fitting me thankfully. I got four pairs and rotate between them and I normally wear a medium and in all of them I sized up to large. I hung up my spandex long ago because I just feel soft since I’m not running and they are way too tight and uncomfortable. Saucony, Reebok, Nike, Nike, Athleta

Nike Rally Pants/Capris – These I got last season during Cross Country because they were soft and these are, to be honest, probably what I’ll be wearing home from the hospital. Comfortable. Comfortable. Forgiving and Comfortable. Every night these are my go-to when I just want to relax and not have something on my stomach. They are loose fitting and soft terry with a elastic waist band that doesn’t dig into you. Every time I see a pair on sale I snag them up! I know these will be my go-to around the house while I recover with my new amigo as well. Long Pants, Capris and more Capris

Tanks that forgive the growing belly – I found a few of these from a few different spots and have kept quite a few in rotation. They make me feel comfortable while keeping me covered and not riding up while out walking or doing any type of workout. I personally like my clothes to be baggy normally and have no problem buying a large, which is what size I got in these and they fit awesome – even now when I’m a big mama. Nike, Athleta, Old Navy

RunKeeper App – Normally this is my go-to app for running. I love how it tracks my workouts and keeps things organized so I can compare my past workouts and see progress. It has both a online interface and an app and both are easy to use. Now since walking is my jam, I’m keeping track of my mileage and pace in the app which helps keep me accountable and motivated to keep getting in my miles.

More Supportive Sports Bras – Though I haven’t experienced growth in this department yet, normally I just opt for a compression style bra. I recently upgraded to a few encapsulation bras and have felt a huge difference. Why I didn’t explore this sooner, one does not know, but they have been great to walk in and I’m looking forward to running in them once I can. They offer more support all around and the straps are thicker too, which helps my back. Saucony, Under Armour, Champion

Gabriella Band – So this reminds me of a weightlifting belt but it truly helps! I don’t wear mine to walk but if I’m doing household chores like vacuuming or on my feet a lot at home, I throw it on and it helps support my back and stomach. I don’t feel as sore at the end of the day. I don’t think I would wear it while working out because it would get really hot and it started to restrict my movement a bit when I started getting really big, but I got it early enough where it helped offer support and made me feel more comfortable.


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Baby Mama Baby Shower

My best friend went above and beyond to throw me a Baby Shower and I wanted to post about a few of my favorite details that she worked on! She asked me about what I wanted for my shower and I told her I wanted to have a small friends shower that was more of just a hangout and time to catch up with everyone who would be able to make it. No games, no pressure, just good food and a small group of friends.

It was a very warm day but everything was beautiful and the food was delicious. The flowers were all done by her florist she used for her wedding, who is incredible. I never imagined these colors to go together, but as soon as I saw it I loved it! The tables were so pretty and perfect for just relaxing with friends and enjoying some food and treats.

Navy and Pink Baby Shower tablescape with white and pink roses and greenery.

Table Scape at White, Navy and Peach Baby shower.

She had a “Mom”osa bar, where there was a plethora of drinks to mix up to enjoy, including cute little custom waters that matched the theme.

"Mom"osa Bar with custom water bottle lables and custom drink stirrer sticks.Custom Stirrer Sticks made from Cricut to guess sex of the baby at a gender neutral baby shower. She used both George and Sophie throughout the shower, which was one thing I was really excited about. Because we aren’t finding out what the baby’s sex is, she had everyone guess by choosing boy or girl drink stirrers. The little George and Sophie silhouettes turned out so cute and looked great in the favors which were succulents. I’m excited to use the cut outs in the nursery too!

Dog Sillouettes inside the succulents used as favors at a gender neutral baby shower.Another thing that was SO much fun, and to be honest I was kind of skeptical of how it would turn out, was the flower crown station! Almost everyone made one and they were so cute in photos and I’m really glad she added that little fun aspect to the shower.

Group ShotShe knows I love my food, so the menu was a few of my favorite things, sliders, macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes and everything was amazing. I even was lucky enough to score some of the leftover mashed potatoes and ate them for the next three days.

The colors were great and she added a really cute ‘baby mama’ banner to the back of my chair at the table. It’s one of our favorite movies and I’m glad she gave me the the big comfy chair too, good looking out for the baby mama!

Custom Baby Mama Banner at Baby Shower made with Cricut

She is known for always having a photo backdrop at her events, and of course made one out of ribbon for the shower which was nice because I got to take photos with everyone in front of it. She also made adorable custom props to use on her Cricut machine.

We all enjoyed the desserts as I opened gifts, she got a funfetti cake (I didn’t even know you could buy that) from a local bakery and it was so good, minus being HUGE to cut into! There were some really thoughtful and fun gifts but I was just so glad that it was relaxed and laid back with some of my favorite girls! We are counting down the days until the newest member of the family is here!


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August… Walk It Out!

So during the month of August I got in a lot more walking and I’m getting closer to running again soon! I hit my goal of 40 miles for the month, which was a few more than I did in July and I felt decent all month long. I even got in some bleachers at practice – which was nice to get my heart rate up and not be running and feeling awkward. Towards the end of the month there was a pretty rough heat wave… which I’m glad has now left!

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 8.00.10 PMThe house projects are pretty much done now and I finally got to start on organizing the nursery and putting some things in there, which made me feel way better about the approaching month of September!

At 36 weeks, I told B it was finally time to put in the carseat and he went out to my car and said, well this isn’t happening. So we started looking at a few used cars and found a GMC that we liked and was really reasonable. B kept my old car which he now calls his go-kart for driving to work because it gets such great gas mileage and to be honest, I’m glad we could keep it a while longer, I was sad thinking about parting with it.

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 8.00.22 PMAs for the baby update, all my doctor check ups have been good and everything is going well, I just start to struggle with backache and hip pain at night. And the heartburn… holy toledo! A peach, some ice cream, peanuts, tomatoes, a slice of bread. It all just burns. Only a few more weeks though. I always joke to B that I turn into a pumpkin at night. I am getting more and more excited to actually know the sex of the baby! As we get closer and closer I am SO tempted to just ask the doctor to tell me, but I know continuing to wait will make it that much more worth it. I honestly cannot believe we made it this far, it’s been so fun though. I also love hearing what people guess it is.

I know that I am getting amped to run again after I recover and looking forward to having that back into my routine and also am looking forward to heading back to the gym when I am ready! I’ve really missed that these last few months and know it will be good for me to get back into a routine even though it will now be adjusted for our new little person.

I can’t believe it’s finally September – the month our family and hearts will grow! I’m looking forward to so many firsts including hopefully our first walk together soon!


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Tap… Tap… This Thing On?

WHOA. Where have I been? I don’t know why but I completely have been neglecting my blog. Even though I missed it, it’s been a bit of a refresher for me for my writing for work stuff, so that’s good. But now I’m feeling the itch to start blogging more. Lucky you! So what I’ve been up to lately.

June – 55 miles of walking and running. Went to Del Mar with B for a little mini get away and it was so relaxing. Ate way too much delicious food and hung out by the pool for a bit.

As for running… It got more difficult this month. I focused on walking more and just enjoying being outdoors. I always thought that I would be pregnant and just running around until I was giving birth and it was hard for me to come to the realization that it might not happen, but now I’m okay with it. My doctor said to keep going as long as I felt good so I would throw in a few miles here and there in my walks to mix it up.

Jakes Del MarOh Del Mar… SO much good food and it was so nice to be able to hang out with B distraction free. He’s been working a ton so it was nice to get quality time together and him and I just vacation well together, sounds weird but we both love napping and relaxing and just lounging around without doing much, which makes it nice because we agree on what to do a lot. It’s one thing we are the same on… usually we are complete opposites. Del MarThe weather was perfect!

The rest of the month was filled with coaching duties, summer practice (6:30 am – YAY!) and tons of home projects. Well B is taking charge of that. He decided he hated the doors in our house. Strange, I know… and decided that we had to replace them all. NOW. So… after ripping off the casing, doors and moulding, and then sanding them down, getting them to fit and painting them… we have new doors. I do like them but the process was a bit more lengthy and invovled than I imagined it would be.

I was looking forward to working on the nursery, but with all the construction and projects going on… I was waiting until the doors and painting was completed before adding more project to our plate.

Onto July. So I’m almost 8 months pregnant. CRAZY.

It was another great month of walking for the most part and I finished it out with 32 miles. I got sick the last two weeks so my walking tanked which was kind of sad because I was hopeful to get around the same numbers as June, but next month I’m hoping to get my numbers back up in August. I have been taking these mongrels with me lately, which has been fun.
4th of JulyIt was also ‘dead period’ for cross country for most of the month which was nice because it’s a time period when the coaches can’t meet with the athletes but they are suppose to practice on their own.Ā  My friend Nina was here from out of town and we did a ton of fun ‘LA things’ that I normally would have never done and had so much fun together. I’ve lived in CA my whole life and have never hiked to the Hollywood sign… but we did it!
Hollywood Sign HikeB and I also went up to Big Bear for 2 days with the dogs to just get away. Like I said, he’s been a workaholic and mentioned he wanted to go to the mountains so we rented a dog friendly cabin and traveled up for two nights. I was working on a big work project so it was perfect to be away and get some work done too. Big Bear Finally it was time to start coaching again, and it’s been a somewhat good start to the season. It’s always hard during summer because the dedication isn’t as consistent and keeping the kids around is a bit difficult. If I have to be up at 5:30 am, they can do it too! It was also the month of baby N being showered by love from our family and friends. We got so many amazing gifts at the showers and I finally slowly started organizing its room. I’ll have to post about the shower Shea threw for me, it was so cute!Navy and Peach Baby ShowerI finished off the month going to cheer for the Special Olympics World Games that are happening in LA and it was awesome! A bunch of kids from our team came and it was a great day cheering on so many awesome athletes from all over the globe. Special Olympics LAAs for Baby Updates… I am feeling pretty good for the most part still, thankfully! The heat hasn’t been too bad. I do still have pretty bad insomnia, but I’ve dealt with that for a while now and it’s nothing new. Everyone tells me to sleep now!! Well, I wish I could!

Every time we see the doctor, they say everything checks out well and is looking good. The last ultrasound we saw the baby yawning a TON, and it seems SO shy. Always looking away from the camera and hiding its face with its hands. They said now it’s about 4 pounds and looks pretty big! Great.

This month I’ve been having some sciatic pain and the doctor said it’s probably how the baby is positioned. I’ve been going to the chiropractor and it’s been helping a ton. I found some stretches that have been helping a bit and have been walking and trying to stay healthy. Throughout my pregnancy I haven’t had any weird cravings yet, but maybe in these last few months I’ll go nuts. I still can’t believe that in 2 months we’ll have a little baby in our house, joining our family! It’s so crazy to think about.

So that’s a brief update… here’s to more consistent blogging!


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