Friday, September 28, 2012


How Far Along: 39 Weeks Today!!

Size of baby: Baby is the size of a watermelon (19-22 inches long, 6 to 9 lbs.)

The Bad: Sooo many trips to the bathroom and some significant back and hip pain now...

Maternity Clothes: All maternity clothes.  Most of my shoes are tight too - hopefully that will not permanent! 

Gender: BOY - so excited to meet him by Monday!

Sleep: Sleep is hard!  Everyone says that is preparing for all night feedings...

Movement: Still feeling him move all the time!  He is getting ready to come out I think.  

What I miss: Sleep!!  Don't think that is going to improve much very soon :)

Cravings: I really miss eating ice cream or drinking regular soda/sweet tea whenever I want to... not sure if that is a craving or just a sugar withdrawal... (I am having to watch my sugar intake.)

Symptoms: Belly feels stretched to the max!!  Frequent trips to the bathroom... back and hip pain - The preggo waddle is definitely in full swing!!

Best Moment this week: (Besides finishing my last day of work today!)  Having my last Dr. Appt - it was surreal leaving there and knowing that the next time I will be up there will be when I am in the hospital having him.  I am going in to be induced this Monday, October 1 - if he does not decide to come this weekend...

Josh and I are ready to meet our little boy.  We are going to try and relax this weekend and just make a couple of runs to the store, etc to stock up on things.  I can't believe that by Monday evening, we should be holding our little boy!  I feel so blessed :).

Countdown to Baby Boy Hewiett's Birthday: 3 days or less until he is here!!  

Thursday, September 27, 2012


Fall is finally here!  We had some cooler weather last weekend and now we are back in the mid-80's.  I am hopeful that the cool breeze will return soon.  I love Fall.... the weather... the football... the holidays... our anniversary... our birthdays (soon to include baby Hewiett!)... the Bath and Body Works Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Hand Soap... and of course, the decorations!  I spent last weekend putting out the few decorations we had and making a few new ones.  

First up: the mantel in the den.  Honestly, this is one area that I really haven't done anything with since we moved in.  Josh kept asking me what we should do with it... so we decided - FALL it is.  This setup will get us at least through the end of November and then Christmas decorations can follow...  I found a wreath that I really liked at Target for $30.  It was decided that since our mantel is quite large, we could probably use more than one and so - we were off to Hobby Lobby the next day and then I re-created these three beauties for about $30 for all 3 - not too bad!  We added a few pumpkins & guords, some candle sticks (Target) and Randy the Reindeer (found at our brand new Huntsville Homegoods).  

Fall-themed Mantel
Hobby Lobby Wreaths to mimic Target
The other fall decorations at this point simply include the table setting in our kitchen.  I got this table runner and napkin rings at Pier 1 a couple of years ago and still love them.  They make me happy!

Table Setting in Kitchen
That's all for now... possibly more to come after Baby Hewiett arrives... we will see how motivated we are :).  Hope everyone is enjoying fall!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


So I know that most moms and even couples go through a nesting phase... The Hewietts are no different - we have indeed been nesting since late spring.  The only difference: we are "building a nest" that incorporates the entire house.  Phrases like "before he gets here" and "then we will have an infant in tow" have been motivation for Josh and I to try and get lots done to the house this summer.  

Here are two more rooms that we have made some progress on... I am not sure that I am ready to call them "done" - but definitely far improved :).  

The first update here is to the bedroom downstairs.  The previous owner used this room as an office.  It definitely has a lot of character with the wood wainscoting, crown molding, built-in bookshelves and 3 large windows.  We couldn't wait to give this room a facelift.   
After initially setting up this room as an office, we later decided to convert it into a second guest room.  (Anticipating lots of visitors in the near future!)  We decided to paint the wood paneling, crown molding and shelving a nice, bright white and use a cheery green as the wall color.  Here are the results:

AFTER: GUEST BED ADDED (Plus a dog that loves to photo-bomb.)
Another project that we incorporated into this bedroom reno was some french provincial furniture that I used when I was little.  The pieces were actually my Aunt Sissy's (Dad's sister) when she was little and then they got passed to me and then they got passed to my cousin Miranda.  I was fortunate enough to end up getting them back and we thought it would be fun to give them a facelift of their own and use them in the guest room.  


Again, I would like to say that this room is still a work in progress... We found an antique headboard/footboard set that needs to be painted and installed.  I would like to find a bedside lamp, a mirror over the chest and some more accessories.  We would also like to add some drapery panels at each window to add pattern and and softness to the space.  All in good time.  For now - we are pleased with the results and can't wait for the room to be used by our sweet family and friends who visit after Baby Boy Hewiett is here.

The second renovated room is the downstairs half bath.  This cute little (and functional as it is the only one downstairs) bathroom was screaming for an update with mauve walls and gold hardware.

This renovation was pretty simple - we decided to use left-over blue/grey paint from the Den, add some black and white frames to tie in the black and white floor tile, switch out the old outlet and light switch, change out the hardware for a satin nickel finish instead of gold and get a new hand towel & porcelain knobs on the vanity.

AFTER: HALF BATH RENO - Kept original light fixture (love!)
We would still like get a new faucet and eventually add some crown molding to this room - but again, we feel like this room is light years better with just a few improvements.

Monday, September 17, 2012


How Far Along: 37 Weeks (Last Friday) - Today I am actually 37weeks, 3 days

Size of baby: Baby is the size of a watermelon (19-22 inches long, 6.5 lbs.)

The Bad: Still lots of trips to the bathroom... and some minor back pain starting.  Not too bad though.  I think I have officially begun the preggo waddle... especially by the end of each day....

Maternity Clothes: All maternity clothes.  Some of my shoes are starting to get a little tight too.  Hopefully that will not last forever.   

Gender: BOY - getting so excited to meet and see him.

Sleep: Sleep is increasingly difficult... no one ever told me that I would be going into this utterly exhausted... I thought that came after...

Movement: Still tons of movement - Josh actually answered that question at the Doctor this week - "O yeah, I see him moving all the time.  He doesn't stop!"  

What I miss: Used to say sleeping on my back... now I just miss sleeping!  I also miss drinking sweet tea whenever I would like.  Although, I had a sip of Josh's Chik Fil A sweet tea last night and almost fell over from sugar shock!  

Cravings: I really miss eating ice cream or drinking regular soda/sweet tea whenever I want to... not sure if that is a craving or just a sugar withdrawal... (I am having to watch my sugar intake.)

Symptoms: Ever growing belly.  My heartburn has actually come back in full force in the past couple of weeks!  Josh calls me the Tums Queen :).

Best Moment this week: The update at the doctor this week is that I am now 3cm dilated.  She confirmed that the induction on October 1 should go very smoothly.  We also had another sonogram as well to check my fluid levels (which turned out to be normal) and they said that he looked pretty comfortable in there despite my dilating... hopefully he will make it to the induction date which will be at 39 weeks, 3 days.

I feel pretty ready for his arrival - we are finishing up all of the last minute preparations that we can think of.  (I mean, how prepared can you really be?!?)  We are definitely very excited and nervous all at the same time - but are trusting in God's will and timing for the birth of our little boy.

Countdown to Baby Boy Hewiett's Birthday: 2 weeks, 3 doctor appointments & 9 days of work (or less) until he is here!!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


How Far Along: 35 Weeks (Last Friday) - Today I am actually 35weeks, 5 days

Size of baby: Baby is the size of a large cantaloupe (21 inches long, 6 lbs.)

The Bad: Going to the bathroom every 30 minutes... especially when we are out shopping or walking around... poor Josh!

Maternity Clothes: All maternity clothes at this point... I am looking forward to going back to some of my old wardrobe soon :).  

Gender: BOY - getting so excited to meet and see him.

Sleep: Sleep is difficult - get up every 2-3 hours for the bathroom and toss and turn a lot trying to get comfortable... poor Josh again...

Movement: Still lots of movement - I feel like he is running out of room! I had a Doctor's appointment this morning and they were monitoring his heart rate for a few minutes (which was great, BTW).  After a couple of minutes, he started kicking the monitor pad, almost like he did not like the pressure of it pushing on him.  It was pretty funny.  The kicks sounded very loud on the monitor - I think he was mad.  

What I miss: Still miss sleeping on my back... soon enough!

Cravings: I really miss eating ice cream or drinking regular soda whenever I want to... not sure if that is a craving or just a sugar withdrawal... (I am having to watch my sugar intake.)

Symptoms: Growing belly, still a little heartburn or random hiccup here or there... from me that is.  He gets hiccups a lot too now.  

Best Moment this week: The doctor said at my appointment this week that I am already 2cm dilated - she said that I should either have a relatively easy delivery when we induce on October 1 (which is great news) or he may even come a little early (which is slightly scary, yet exciting!!)  We are both getting so excited to meet our little man!

We still have a few things left to do but we are getting there... I am all packed for the hospital and my Mom and I did lots of laundry this weekend when she visited.  We are just about ready to bring this baby home - now we need to install that car seat!