Sunday, October 31, 2010


So we're getting closer to being done with our old walk-in closet turned Rowan's nursery... and its finally starting to feel like a cozy little space. Here is the entrance thus far. Eventually to the right will be the crib and to the left, a rocking chair... and that's about it :)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Oh the difference a year can make...

Last year around this time... I was busy making my Halloween costume, fussing about how to best make my peacock mask and tail feathers, whether or not Mark was going to wear a wig or rock his actual long duds to be the most authentic Dog The Bounty Hunter possible, and where the most hoppin' place would be, out on the town, come Oct. 31st.

THIS YEAR... I am busy creating a nursery (in our tiny one bedroom condo... its been interesting), washing and folding baby clothes, and deciding on the best location for the birthing tub in our place, come Rowan's birth day (which may just be Oct. 31st... if we're lucky).
I absolutely LOVE this time of year... especially this year. We've had so much sun making all the fall colors stand out beautifully and with the anticipation of Rowan's arrival it just feels so electric and exciting.

Yesterday I met with one of my very best friends for coffee and a stroll around the streets of Hawthorne. In one of my favorite shops, while she was busy picking out ribbon for her beautiful bookmarks, I was in the card section picking out possible pictures for Rowan's wall above his crib. I haven't been terribly inspired by anything yet for his tiny room and yesterday while perusing the cards... I fell in love with a few that I just had to have. The cards depict Mark's love for architecture and my love for medicine in a whimsical way, so I thought they'd be fitting for over our little one's crib and not too babyish.

So, last night I put them into frames and am really pleased with how they turned out.... here's a little preview of a couple things we're working on... Hopefully we can get it all organized before he arrives... we'll see!

framed cards

some eclectic knobs for the three drawer dresser Mark is just finishing staining

and any guesses what my plans are for this??

Friday, October 22, 2010

knitted wishes

As the due date approaches... I find myself wishing I had had more time to knit some goodies for Rowan... Luckily I have a crafty older sister who made me an amazing owl blanket, some adorable burp cloths and a fun stuffed owl, as well as an amazing friend who made some lovely bibs... so he'll have a few handmade items to cherish. Maybe someday I'll get brave and attempt a knitting project like one of these.... adorable scarf or a hat like these from Oeuf

or how about an awesome blanket, stool cover or hangers like these from wood & wool stool

I think I'll start with a hanger... seems doable no?

38 weeks and counting

So, the pictures are slightly blurry, but its pretty clear that my tummy is growing at a rather rapid rate at this point! We are nesting to the n'th degree and feel like he's coming soon....

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Bigger by the day...

I officially have quite the belly now... I'm almost 35 weeks along and I can't really imagine Rowan (and I) will continue to grow for another month (or more)!! Its getting interesting! We're definitely in "nesting" mode these days... getting organized. We can't wait to see his little face!

15 wks

21 weeks

29 wks

34.5 wks

Friday, September 24, 2010

This picture made my day... Licia Ronzulli, Italian MEP, attended the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg WITH her newborn baby girl this week. As she should :)

read about it here

Thursday, September 9, 2010

first hiccups

So, I woke up early this morning to what felt like little rhythmic kicks in my lower abdomen. I knew this is where Rowan's head and arms are so I was really curious as to why he was punching me in rhythm.... I then felt for his back (he is really easy for me to feel as I am totally carrying out front) which was also moving in rhythm... hmm. I got a little worried/confused... until I realized... could he have hiccups?! Apparently its actually a really common thing for babies to have hiccups in the womb... how cute is that... little baby hiccups?! I can't wait to actually see him hiccup and not just feel it!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

nursery inspirations....

Love these wooden shelves and wall decals

these fun mobiles for above the bassinet/crib...

and this pillow for our bed or the rocking chair...

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

I can hear his heartbeat for a thousand miles
And the heavens open every time he smiles
And when I come to him that's where I belong
Yet I'm running to him like a river's song

He give me love, love, love, love, crazy love
He give me love, love, love, love, crazy love

He's got a fine sense of humor when I'm feeling low down
And when I come to him when the sun goes down
Take away my trouble, take away my grief
Take away my heartache, in the night like a thief

Yes I need him in the daytime
Yes I need him in the night
Yes I want to throw my arms around him
Kiss him hug him kiss him hug him tight

And when I'm returning from so far away
He gives me some sweet lovin' brighten up my day
Yes it makes me righteous, yes it makes me feel whole
Yes it makes me mellow down in to my soul

He give me love, love, love, love, crazy love
He give me love, love, love, love, crazy love

Photos by Steve Schmidt

Friday, August 27, 2010

Time flies when you're having fun...

Just about 30 weeks along and counting...

He's going to be here before we know it!!