The Fogue Abode: 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017

Baby Fogue [Big Reveal]

Dropping by to say Weston Rhett joined our family late Tuesday evening.  He came into this world at 6 pounds 12 ounces and 18 inches long.  I'm very thankful for my small babies.  Being at home with Aspen has been a huge adjustment for us.  I can't wait to tell you more, but now I have a hungry baby.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Baby Fogue [39 Weeks]

Unfortunately, I'm back again for our 39 week update.  After an active week last week with contractions and cramping, it's been a rather quiet week.  I'm calling this the calm before the storm.  Ideally, I'm wanting to go into labor naturally and not have to deal with another induction.  It's time to get serious with these natural labor inducing ideas such as spicy foods and eating pineapple.  Do you have any tried and true induction remedies? I spent yesterday evening doing a little bit of walking.

While I'm bouncing away on the yoga ball, let's check in to week 39.

Baby Size: Happy Halloween Wes!  You are about the size of a pumpkin these days!  He should be breaking into 7 pounds and getting close to 20 inches long.

Symptoms: Lots of pain and pressure these days.  I confirmed at my last appointment that he is low and ready to go.  This means my walk is straight up penguin waddle now.  Continued Braxton hicks and frequent bathroom breaks leaves me guessing if this could be it.  

Currently Missing: The ability to sleep without the need for pillows to prop my large belly up.  I think Aspens about ready to say goodbye to mommies pillows as well.  Her attempts to sleep close to me usually results in her sleeping straight across our heads.

Sleep:  Sleep is interrupted nightly by having to roll and adjust pillows or to get up for a bathroom break.  I'm ready to trade these wake up periods with a new little squish.

Cravings and favorite foods: Trying to cram in the last of the unhealthy food options into my diet, I'm craving a fried egg and cheese BLT sandwich.  Or heart attack on a bun, if you will. 

Mood: Impatient.  I'm so over answering the same questions over and over like "how much longer?"  Or hearing people tell me about their kids.  Just let me sulk in silence.

Buying:  Did you see the big nursery reveal earlier this week!?  We spent the weekend finishing up that room so a few little purchases like hooks and screws to get this project checked off the to-do list.

Aspens Reaction:  Aspen finally got to feel baby brother have the hiccups.  She tries to scare away his hiccups by running up to my belly and yelling at baby brother.  Maybe this is a good natural induction method she should keep up.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Nursery/Guest Room Reveal

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We are cutting it close, but this weekend was spent putting the finishing touches on the nursery/guest room!  I'm so excited to show you how this room turned out.  

It was one of the last rooms in our house that needed saving in a desperate way.  Until just a few months ago, a bed had been shoved in there and it housed most of our random junk.  Once I cleared it out and was working with a clean slate, I knew I wanted something light and airy that felt homey enough for our guests but would also double as our nursery for little Wes.  

To start out, we needed to give this room a fresh coat of paint.  I went with Valspar's Mink Frost which is a soft brown/grey that is just a few shades lighter than our bedrooms color.  Since the room is dark and the only window is shaded by a large crepe myrtle, it needed something almost white to bounce light from.

We took out the old white and brass ceiling fan that was in desperate need of an update and replaced it with a simple drum light.  This total project was less than $60.  Instead of spending money on a light figure that was already together, which could easily cost $100+, I found a light kit and added a drum shade to it.  

The furnishings were all pieces that we currently own, the green bed that was in the spare room received an update with this washed linen duvet cover.  We moved the dresser and crib from Aspen's room and gave it a more adventurous update with this adorable bedding from Copper Pearl and a soft linen changing pad to complement the airiness of the room.

Much like Aspens nursery, I wanted the theme of this room to be versatile and able to grow with Wes.  I didn't want a generic baby theme, so I loosely tagged it as Adventure themed which embraced some of my favorite details of this room.  

To add a bit of a rustic element to this room, I wanted to use some stacked crates for the nightstand.  I left one of the crates opened up as a fun way to add some decorative details like this airplane blueprint.  I had found this airplane bedding from Restoration Hardware that I so wanted in the nursery.  But with a $90 price tag for a crib sheet, I knew it wasn't meant to be.  But then I saw that they offered a free swatch of the bedding which I ordered and then framed.  This fits perfectly with the paper airplane I saved from my sister's baby shower!  

There are just so many details of this room that I love!  It came together perfectly and is just awaiting it's tiny occupant to arrive, hopefully soon!  

Below I have rounded up a list of sources for everything seen in the nursery/guest room. If I missed anything you are curious in, leave a comment below.

Bed - we had
Dresser - we had
Crib Sheet - Copper Pearl "Dakota"
Deer Head - Amazon
Map - Hobby Lobby
Globe - Hobby Lobby
Lamp - Home Goods
Drum Light - Lowe's

Friday, October 6, 2017

Baby Fogue [38 Weeks]

Well we made it through to week 38 and a full moon.  I have my weekly appointment this afternoon, but currently not feeling very labor-ish today.  I was really hoping that extra bit of gravitational pull or what ever science phenomena that makes women go into labor during a full moon would have some magic effect on me today.  Sadly it hasn't.

On a plus note, I did finally manage to get all of our bags packed and ready for Go Time.  If I make it to the weekend I may try to create a What's In My Hospital Bag post.

So, here goes my weeks stats and we will see if we make it back for another week next Thursday.

Baby Size: Wes finally made it to the melon status and is weighing in about the size of a winter melon.  This should be around 6.6 pounds and 19.6 inches long.

Symptoms: Back on the crazy train of symptoms this week, I can sum this up by saying just about every symptom I've had these last 38 weeks have culminated into one.  At this point my whole body aches and I can't tell what's what that a labor pain or just my sciatic nerve running up and down my entire body?  

Currently Missing: EVERYTHING!

Sleep:  Limited.  Aspen has enjoyed snuggles with mommy this week.  Mommy has not.  (Poor baby girl)

Cravings and favorite foods: Current craving, cheetos!  I know, nutritious right?  

Mood: Irritable.  

Buying:  This weeks shopping list included a few breastfeeding essentials to finish out our registry list. We are now prepped and ready for the arrival of Baby Wes.

Aspens Reaction: With the endless parade of trips to and from the doctors office lately, our little Aspen has found a big fascination with doctors.  It's so cute to see her play doctor at home, making sure to check on baby brothers heart beat and mom's pulse.  She has also requested to be a doctor for Halloween.  I'm so sad, she's finally to a point where she picks her own outfits out.  Bare with me as I have an emotional moment.

Before I sign off for this weeks update, I wanted to request prayers from you my readers.  When I became pregnant with Baby Wes, I joined a group of moms through an online community who were also due in October.  It's been an exciting few weeks as our babies have started entering the world.   But today, we were notified that one of those babies is now fighting for her life and isn't expected to make it.  Please join me in lifting up this sweet little one and her parents.  God knows the details, we just need to be faithful in lifting them up to him.  

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Baby Fogue {37 Weeks}

It's official!!!  Today marks full term for Baby Wes and his eviction can be pending any day now.  To say I'm excited/relieved/nervous as heck for this stage is an understatement.  I'm a bag full of emotions.  

Oh and I noticed we have a full moon coming up on the 5th of October, I have my eye on you!  Let's get on to this week's happenings as I wait for go-time.

Baby Size: Ready to make his debut, Baby Wes is clocking in around 6.17 pounds and 18.9 inches long. Approximately the size of Aspen when she was born.  This weeks veggie is a bit of a reach, supposedly he is about the size of a head of Romaine Lettuce, but I've never seen a 6 pound head of lettuce, have you?

Symptoms: This weeks symptoms list has grown significantly.  Still struggling with Syatica, I can now add more frequent and painful contractions going all the way into my back, much more frequent bathroom breaks and a head cold that won't go away.  So many more symptoms pointing to the sign of labor soon. 

Currently Missing: The ability to breath!

Sleep: I broke my personal record of wake ups last night with 7.  Between the more frequent bathroom trips and not being able to breathe and coughing, my sleep is even more limited these days.  

Cravings and favorite foods: I'm guessing cravings are officially back, this week I've had the strongest urge for an Antie Anne's Pretzel with cheese sauce.  Does anyone want to indulge the pregnant lady?  

Mood: Crabby.  

Maternity clothes: None existent these days.  I discovered a hole in the belly of the only shirt I have left, my pants are starting to fray from being stretched out and none of my shoes fit comfortably.  I really should call into work fat and stay home in the only pair of PJs I could muster up out of Chris' side of the closet.

Buying:  So the rug from last week finally arrived and it was the wrong color.  We have a new one coming that I hope arrives before baby brother.  Other than that, just a few smaller items to finish out the nursery from my registry completion coupons and gift cards.

Aspens Reaction: This week Aspen has become much more clingy to me than she has been.  She cries out for me often and begs me not to leave her.  It breaks my heart that she doesn't quite grasp what's coming but I know once we get there, she will be in love!  Other than this, she loves helping me with baby chores like washing bottles and working in the nursery.  I'm the most excited about seeing her be a big sister.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Baby Fogue {36 Weeks}

I'm a little late getting this post out, this weeks update was met with one disaster after another.  After overcoming two flat tires last week, our AC decided to go out at the same time our oven went kaput!  All while this little stink of a head cold was starting to rear its ugly head.  Hopefully, this is just getting the bad out of the way in time for our little boy to come into the world. 

This past week, we were showered with gifts from our gracious Church ladies.  It is such a blessing to have such a wonderful support group and great friends.  Aspen was such a great big sister helping me unwrap the gifts and show them off.  And here we are, right at week 36. 

Baby Size: This week baby Wes is racking on the pounds and should be around the size of a cantaloupe at 6 lbs.  He should also be maxing out his height at 19-22 inches, although I have a feeling this little fella is going to be on the tall side.

Symptoms: This week's new symptom is sciatic nerve pain.  Thanks to baby Wes' growth spurt, he likes hanging out on that nerve which sends shooting pain down my leg.  Speaking of legs, we can add swollen ankles to the ever-growing list of ailments.    

Sleep: My 2 hours of insomnia at night continues to plague me this week.  I'm certain at this point there is no cure.

Cravings and favorite foods:  It's been a while since I've had one of those strong cravings, but this week I am wanting Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches.  Usually I'm not a BBQ fan, so this is certainly one of those weird pregnancy cravings.

Mood: Impatient.  This week my impatience with people has hit an all-time high.  I apologize in advance.

Maternity clothes: I've hit a new stage in this pregnancy, I've outgrown my maternity clothes.  With hopefully less than a month to go, I'm really against buying new clothes which means being creative with coverups and even going crazy casual in some of Chris' t-shirts.

Buying:  This weeks purchase, well actually delivery, is the rug I ordered for the nursery.  After 2 months and 3 missed ship dates, I finally received the nuLoom rug I ordered on Amazon Prime day.  Just one of the last few finishing touches I've been waiting on for the nursery.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

How To Have The Best Yard Sale Ever!

What's the craziest thing a 35+ week pregnant woman could do? Sort through years worth of junk to hold a Saturday Yard Sale!?

Who is crazy enough to hold said Yard Sale?  This chick!  Yep, you can just pick me up and cart me to the nut house!

Aside from how crazy I felt pudging around trying to sell all my junk, we had a great day and sold quite a bit of stuff.  And boy did we need it. Just as I was counting up our profit from the day, our oven decided to go out.  So new stove it is.  

I wanted to share a few tips on how we had the best yard sale ever, whether you're pregnant or not.

  1. Just Call Me The Yard Sale Prepper
I had a years worth of baby clothes to sell, and this was a hot commodity.  Our customers liked the organization behind our setup which allowed them to look through just the sizes they need.  I started back when we were growing out of these clothes and had a plastic tote set aside for each size.  This really helped when it came to Yard Sale prepping as I was able for to pin together outfits and lay them out while the onesies, pants and pjs were in the tote below.  I labeled our table with the size and season.

I wasn't just organized with clothing, I separated all of our household items with like items.  It helps your customers visualize more and in the end, hopefully, sale a little more.

  1. "Do You Want My Crap?"  Presale and Advertise
I think this approach had a large impact on our final dollar.  I put social media to use in helping me spread the word as well as to sale some of our larger items.  We posted in all of our local swap shops and community pages as well as our personal pages.  I made it easy for our customers by providing a way to "reserve" their items with a Saturday pickup day.  This was also a great way to tease what all we would have.  I used Canva to make my postings and made sure that they were all the same so that people would recognize the separate listings.  (Unfortunately, Facebook only allows 10 pictures per posting.)

  1. Junk You Need!  - Epic Signage
We are all drawn to pretty things, aren't we?  So why not make your signs pretty and witty.  Use a mix of fonts from hand script to block.  Try to make the signs as big as possible.  Also, have fun!  We put the generic "yard sale" sign with our info out on the main roads, but in our yard, I took a cue from The Magic Brush and had fun, stop you in your tracks signs.  It totally worked too.  We had many customers say they stopped because of our junk signs.  

  1.  Price to sale, but don't undervalue your stuff
Pricing for me is just plain hard.  I'm not one to mark everything for 25¢, I know how much I gave for an item and marking it 75%-80% off even hurts.  I wasn't afraid to be a little higher on some high-end items and to even say no to a few low offers.  I was pleasantly surprised at how many people were willing to give what I was asking.  If it's worth it to you then it will be worth it to someone else.
  1. Apparently only people in white cars Yard Sale
This last tip was a bit comical.  Our big spenders all showed up in white vehicles.  I'm not sure if there is a science behind this, but I feel like I've heard that statistic somewhere.  So when you have your next yard sale and a white car drives up, be a little extra nice and accommodating, you may just score your biggest sale of the day.

I hope these few tips help you out the next time you decide to plunge forward with your own yard sale.  They are a lot of work, but in the end, it's incredibly satisfying to clear out some of the junk you've collected and hopefully make a few bucks for something new and fun.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Baby Fogue {35 Weeks}

Getting past this week will be a huge milestone for myself.  35 weeks was the point when I had a brief labor & delivery stay and was put on bedrest for the remainder of my last pregnancy.  Obviously the goal this time is to skip the bed rest!  I have an appointment this afternoon so fingers crossed for me, please.

In other baby related news, this past weekend was the diaper shower for Baby Wes, he was sprinkled with plenty of diappies and other goodies.

Baby Size: This week Baby Wes is as big as a Pineapple and should be around 5 (large) pounds.

Symptoms: Can miserable be a symptom, because if it was that is my symptom this week.  At this point Baby Wes is so big that there is no more room, every day is pretty much constant aches and uncomfortableness.  I'm also pretty hormonal when it comes to the water works.  I've spent many nights worrying about how my little girl will adjust and missing our time alone together.

Currently Missing: Life without grunting every time I have to move. But seriously, I'm ready for the end while at the same time, I'm pretty scared of how our family dynamics will change.

Sleep: This week I've actually been able to catch a few zzz's at night.  Although it's the morning that stinks with the aches and pains.

Mood: Over this!  Today means I have 35 more days until my due date, I'm entering the hardest part of pregnancy where you just feel miserable and tired.  

Maternity clothes: Maternity clothes these days are all about being comfy and finding something that still fits.  My limited stash of clothes has obviously shrunk.

Buying: This week's purchases are all about mom's postpartum comfort.  Be on the look out coming up for what makes it to my postpartum basket.

Aspens Reaction: This past weekend Aspen got a little practice on being a big sister with her new baby cousin Kellen.  At first, she was very weary of the baby but after a while, she warmed up to him. We practiced being gentle with the baby this week and how we will care for him when he arrives.  

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

How to Decorate for Fall on a Budget

Like most first time homeowners, our décor budget is somewhat slim.  I love seeing the years trends in glossy magazines, like the fabric wrapped pumpkins and fall leaves abound a beautiful mantle or tablescape. I could seriously let my mind take me away, my pocket book, on the other hand screams in opposition.  Don't worry, there are still ways to create some beautiful fall vignettes around your own home even on a Dollar Tree budget.

So today, I wanted to share some of the tips and tricks I've found to add to my fall décor stash over the years.  Ultimately it takes a little patience and doing little by little every year.

Tip #1 I have is to use what you already own.  Simply rearranging your key décor areas can really freshen things up for a new season. Candles, mirrors, baskets and lanterns are great classic pieces that can move around from room to room pretty easily.  You never know what fun combination you may come up with by just trying things here and there.

Tip #2 is to be creative.  Burlap has become a classic fall staple.  You can grab a yard from your local store for just a few dollars.  Cutting it into triangles and using some craft paint to paint letters is a great way to make your own banner.  Know someone who owns a Silhouette or Cricut?  See if you could snag some vinyl letters to make a simple "thankful" sign from some scrap lumber. 

Tip #3 Snag fun pieces from yard sales.  Fall is a great time to find many yard sales and antique shows.  This is a great way to find buckets, crates and bowls.  Then, simply add some fall florals to it to make a perfect fall bouquet. 

Tip #4 raid your grandmother's old stash.  Eventually one day we will have piles and piles of décor staples that simply find their way to the back of a closet.  But for us just getting our start, using this resource is an excellent way to add to your stash.  I came home with bags upon bags of fall florals.  Don't be afraid take things apart and repurpose.  This filler I have in my dough bowls consisted of a cornucopia's guts and a baggie with a cute scarecrow on the front.  I took both apart and used the florals and the pumpkins and squash to fill up the bowl.

Tip #5 is to make a stop by the Dollar Tree.  They usually have a great supply of fall pieces for just $1.  I found the small hay bells, crows and pumpkins there last year.  I took several large and brightly colored Styrofoam pumpkins and spray painted them white.

Tip #6, online swap shops.  Last year I scored a couple of boxes full of fall sunflowers and straw from left over wedding decorations.  I came home and made them into small and large bouquets to place around.  Be on the look out for items in unusual places.

 Tip #7 mix it up!  I love a blank slate when it comes to pulling my boxes of décor out each fall.  I'm never one to put something in the same place year after year and really that's the fun of it all.  Be as creative as you would like and it will all feel brand new each year.

I hope these few frugal tips help or encourage you in a time when your budget may not agree with your eyes.  Have you found any steals this year?  Let us know what you found and how you incorporated it into your home this year. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Baby Fogue [34 Weeks]

I'm a little late with this weeks update, Aspen is at her grandparents for the night so this pregnant lady decided it was time to clean all the floors in the house.  You know, nesting and all.  I also am having some self-esteem issues with the lack of my wardrobe lately, so getting this weeks picture was a process of it's own.  Getting to the point where nothing fits just plain stinks.

On a positive note, I'm excited about this weeks coming Diaper Shower.  We kept all of our big baby items and made sure we purchased them in neutrals.  So I was only in need of diapers which seemed more fitting since this is our second.  To coil my excitement, let's review the week.

Baby Size: What's more fitting for fall, then marking this weeks size to a butternut squash.  Weston should be around 4.6 lbs and 17.7 inches long, all of which I feel stretched out under my ribs.

Symptoms: Lots of stretching and moving around happening this week.  The poor kid has to be feeling squashed.  Also, after a week or so of being heartburn free, it's right back today, boo.

Currently Missing: Being able to reach the floor.  Picking up after a toddler is becoming a more and more daunting. 

Sleep: I've resigned to the fact that my nights of decent sleep are over.  I can try sleeping with pillows, rearranging the pillows and even without, everything still aches come morning time.  It's just an impossible task these days.

Cravings and favorite foods: When heartburn doesn't deter me, sautéed onions are my craving this week.  This was a love I finally found when pregnant with Aspen and they are still my favorite.

Mood: Impatient.  This week I've been impatient with everything: time, people, the end of this pregnancy. 

Maternity clothes: When you've reach the point of outgrowing all of your comfy clothes with only a month left in your pregnancy, you turn to your husband's closet.  This evening I'm sporting an old pair of Chris' pajamas pants and one of his old college tee's.  Thankful for his sharing, it's the little things that make me happy. 

Aspen's Reaction: This week Aspen has been very excited about her new roll in our family.  She spent Saturday on her Big Sister Day talking about her baby brother.  It's now a daily request to have baby brother come out. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Big Sister Day

With the pending arrival of a certain baby brother, due in just the matter of a month, Chris and I agreed that some pampering was in order for the big sister-to-be.  So Saturday we set out on a day full of adventures, Aspen style. 

It's amusing what a two-year-old dreams up when you ask her what she want's to do on her special day.  First, we were to spend the day coloring, then she wanted to go shopping for Barbies.  We finally settled for tacos for lunch, followed by a fun day at the zoo and rounded it out with our first trip to Chuck E. Cheese for pizza and games.

I loved watching her explore around the zoo.  Her excitement was contagious.  We visited monkey's followed by the elephants, road the train and then saw the big cats.  Afterwards, we had pizza for dinner with games and prizes.

It was a brilliant day, we loved spending time with our first born and showering her with love.  It was also a great day of talking about the new baby and just what that was going to mean for life going forward. 

We can't wait to add another little one to our family, but at the same time, it's sad watching our little girl grow up.  I know she will be the best big sister.  If you're a parent of more than one, how did your oldest adjust to the addition of a baby?   

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Baby Fogue [Week 33]

There are certain events happening that really put into perspective the reality that baby will be here soon.  Like grocery shopping, when I picked up a tub of sour cream and noticed the expiration date is after our due date.  Or, the start of college football season in which baby Wes will get to enjoy the second half of.  How about before I freak myself out even more, we go through week 33.

Baby Size: This week, Wes is weighing in at about the size of a stalk of celery, or 4.19 lbs and 17.2 inches long. 

Symptoms: Continued pregnancy insomnia is plaguing me at night.  I can probably thank my squashed bladder for this problem.  And speaking of squashed, I can certainly tell everything is running out of room these days.  Tasks, like breathing or even bending over are extremely difficult.  It's making me go a little stir crazy not being able to pick up toddler disasters.

Currently Missing: Hot baths.  It's never a good idea to be in hot water because it could cause my temperature to rise.  But a nice hot bath is what my achy ribs are wanting. 

Sleep: Becoming more and more limited these days. 

Cravings and favorite foods: I'm currently craving (and indulging in while I write this post) brownies.  I'm loving those little mug brownie single servings.  So easy to whip up and I don't have to share them.

Mood: Busy and Tired.  I'm trying to get everything ready for baby which makes me needing a date with the couch more and more frequently. 

Buying: This week I'm into baby swaddles.  There are so many fun muslin swaddle prints that will make accessorizing a baby boy a little more fun, you know since bows and headbands aren't acceptable for little boys. 

Aspen's Reaction:  Aspen's patience for baby brother is growing short.  She is frequently asking for brother to be here and when he is coming out.  Now how to explain the waiting game to my 2 year old. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

My Top 5 Nursery Must Haves

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The stomach virus tore through our house this week like a hurricane leaving a path of destruction.  That path included the mess that was the clean out of our spare bedroom to get it painted for the nursery.  It's remanence littered the hall, Aspen's room and the living room.  The not so fun part of eany room makeover, making sense of the mess.  What stays, what goes, and where to put the items we want to keep.  Since I'm still trying to regain my strength to tackle that mess, I figure this would be a great time to share my top 5 nursery must-haves.

I wanted to outline our favorite baby items that we are using in Baby Wes' nursery.  Most of these items are second hand from Aspen's nursery.  We loved them so much that we are chomping at the bits to use them again. 

1. Jayden 4-in-1 Crib  This mid-budget crib is both classic and functional.  When searching for a crib back 3 years ago, I wanted a crib that would grow with my child.  As the title mentions, this crib can pose in 4 different positions making it a great long-term investment. 

2. Changing Pad This one is iffy when it comes to peoples top 5 lists.  Some love it and some hate it.  Us, we loved it and used it daily.  I purchased this changing pad to go on top of the dresser that has now made both of my babies nurseries home.  It makes changing diapers and clothes easier for me as I'm not having to hunch over on a bed or chair.  Don't get me wrong, we still change in these other locations, but the changing pad was also a highly used object in our nursery

3. Rock-N-Play This was a must for my first baby, so I've got it out and ready for baby #2.  My little Aspen was a cuddler right from the start.  She was content as long as she was being held.  Laying her down was always a sure way to wake the sleeping baby.  We found that the cocoon of the rock-n-play helped to ease her into sleep without being curled up in someone's arms.  I know the risks of allowing an infant to sleep anywhere other than on their back in a crib.  But when that is simply not an option, I'm also a fan of doing what gets you and baby the most rest.

4. Video Monitor Another must have nursery item is a video monitor.  I was a big fan of this monitor from day one.  Not only does the monitor provide great sight and sound, it streams through our wifi making it a little more difficult for someone to hack into and view or talk to our little ones. 

5. Sound Machine The one item that wasn't on my mind or my nursery list with our first was a sound machine.  As I was being discharged with our fresh little bundle of joy, my sweet doctor gave us one piece of advice, a sound machine.  We made a quick pit-stop by Bed Bath and Beyond for this machine on our way home. 

This rounds out my top 5 products for our nursery.  As we finish up the nursery during the coming weeks and begin prepping for our next little one, I'll share even more of what is included in our second's nursery.  I've got some really great and fun pieces going up.  Make sure you are also following along on Instagram for some nursery sneak peaks like this one.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Baby Fogue [32 Weeks]

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This week equals worst week ever.  I'm really glad to see 31 coming to a close, it's been quite the roller coaster of a week.  But the best part is Wes' baby cousin was born on Tuesday meaning we are just a month and a half away from meeting our little one.

Baby Size: This week Wes is about the size of a large Squash.  He is closing in on 4 lbs and around 16.6 inches long. 

Symptoms: Braxton Hicks has been the word of the week.  These practice contractions are getting stronger and more annoying.

Currently Missing: Being able to bend over.  I pretty much give up on anything that hits the floor these days.  Being able to paint my toes is also a lost cause now.

Sleep: This week has been really rough in the sleep department.  With a sick toddler and then catching the bug myself, I've had several nights of 3ish hours of sleep.  If this is mother natures way of prepping me for a newborn, it's really cruel.

Cravings and favorite foods: Nothing these days.

Mood: My mood this week has been exhausted and impatient.  I think had I not been sick, this would still be my mood.  It's the third trimester ready-for-this-to-be-over mentality. 

Maternity clothes: This week has been all about the stretchy pants and Chris' t-shirts.  I'm also really loving these nursing tank tops I found at Target.

Buying: Do you follow along on Instagram?  If you don't then you missed out on our crib bedding preview.  How cute is this Dakota sheet from Copper Pearl?  I'm loving the simplicity of it yet it's adding a touch of our adventure element with the arrows.

Aspens Reaction: On Tuesday, the kid's got a new baby cousin and I became an aunt for the 6th time.  Aspen has also dubbed sweet Baby Kellen as "Baby Fry."  If you've been following along, this is the name she chose for her baby brother.  I guess she has resigned to the fact that baby brother is in fact not going to be named French Fry and has chosen to pass it along to her baby cousin.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Baby Fogue Update [31 Weeks]

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This week is full of mommy milestones.  While Baby Wes has been growing away, my energy and "must get everything done" attitude has taken over.  Chris called me a little bird the other night as I was in the nursery putting his crib together at 10 pm.  If you know me, I'm usually in bed long before this time.

Along with full on nursery prep which you saw a preview of earlier this week in our nursery mood board post, I've been training my maternity leave replacement for my day job.  Needless to say, prep work is in full force.

Baby Size: In this corner is Baby Wes, weighing in at 3.31 lbs and 16.1 inches long (a pretty big growth spurt from last week which mommy fully feels.) In veggie weight, he's about the size of a bushel of asparagus.

Symptoms: Swollen cankles.  Fortunately, it's nothing health wise I have to worry about and just the result of being pregnant during the summer.  Also new in the symptom department is rib kicks.  Wes is head down in preparation for his debut so those little feet have found a new home underneath my rib cage.  Bluh!

Currently Missing: All the caffeine.  So last pregnancy, I was the saint of abstaining from caffeine.  I've limited myself to one drink a day.  But those really large Starbucks coffees have been screaming my name.  Especially with pumpkin spice season nearing. 

Sleep: Sleep has been limited this week.  Not because of my little baby, but my bigger one.  She's been battling a stomach virus which has thrown her off of her usual good sleep routine.  All in preparation right!?

Cravings and favorite foods:  Speaking of pumpkin spice latte's, I'm ready for a giant pumpkin roll.  Can you tell I'm really getting into the fall mood, it's the nesting right!?

Mood: Productive.  I don't think I've felt this productive since I found out I was pregnant.  Which is a good thing.  I'm usually in my happy place when I'm getting stuff done and seeing results.  This nursery project is making me extra happy.

Maternity clothes:  I found the top I'm wearing today on Zulily.  It is white with coral stripes and has a cut out back.  It's nice for the summer time.  Jeans are my usual Motherhood Maternity pants.

Buying: This week's purchase is a pendant light for the nursery.  Instead of purchasing a whole light, I bought a hanging pendant light kit and a large drum shade for less than $30.  It currently houses a white and 80s brass ceiling fan.  Lighting has been the source of my anxiety with this room.  So finally deciding on something basic that will flow nicely with this room has me screaming at myself "Why didn't I think of this before?" 

Aspens Reaction: As my belly grows larger these days, so has Aspen's excitement for baby brother.  At night we love to cuddle and she loves to give brother hugs and kisses.  A few nights ago as we were laying in bed, Aspen was talking to baby brother.  This was her conversation:

"Goodnight baby brother."
"Tinkle, Tinkle wittle star..."
"Mom, I'm ready to see baby brother."
"Mom, can we just take him out now."

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Baby Boy's Adventure Nursery Mood Board

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I had BIG dreams!

When 2017 rolled around I had one project in mind.  I was ready to tackle our Guest Bedroom redo.  I was going to make it a huge spring project.  So many fun ideas, including using some classic granny-chic floral wallpaper.  Trust me guys, it was going to look great! 

Then February blew in and we got that big fat positive, you know those two pink lines, meaning there was a baby in our near future.  Ok, that wasn't a huge issue, I quickly reworked the renovation ideas to add in a crib while keeping this totally girly theme.  I was secretly hoping for a little girl just so this room would work out.

Then God said NOPE!  And handed me a little boy.  Chris is over the moon and I'm beyond happy to add a little boy and balance to our family.  But that meant I had to scrap all of my ideas for our guest room.  I just wasn't putting pink floral wall paper in a little boys room.  Here I am six months later and I finally have a plan for our nursery/guest bedroom makeover.

I was starting this project with all of my big pieces of furniture.  We were given a green bed and would use the crib and dresser from Aspen's nursery.  So my color scheme was already in place.  How classic and fun blue and green would be for a boy.

The hard part was the specifics and keeping this room nursery themed while also providing a space for guests to stay. 

I started collecting things I loved for this room and soon an adventure theme was born.  Wes' room will have any and everything from arrows and mountains to airplanes and globes. 

To bring a bit of light and airiness to the room, I went with the paint color of Mink Frost from Valspar.  Thanks to all your input over on IG.  We spent this past weekend tackling the painting.

To tie these two separate living areas into one room, I will use this rug I purchase on Amazon Prime Day to give the room flow and cohesiveness.  The key to this trick is placing the rug where all key elements will be on it.  I've also considered adding a fun sheep skin rug under the crib for a nice layered look.

Make sure to continue following along as I plan to update you on the nursery/guest room progress as we try to cram it all in before baby (or bed rest) arrives. 

Want even more?  I'm usually hanging out over on Instagram, you can find me @shea_thefogueabode.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Baby Fogue Update [30 Weeks]

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Another week has come and gone and here I find myself at 30 weeks pregnant.  Only 10 more weeks to go (and if I'm lucky at all, a little less than that.)  I guess I can say it's crunch time for getting everything on the baby to-do list checked off.  Let's get this weekly pregnancy update rolling shall we? 

Baby Size: Baby Wes should be clocking in around 2.89 lbs and 15.7 inches long.  That puts him, according to The Bump, about the size of a zucchini. 

Symptoms: Rib aches, heartburn, difficulty getting comfortable while sleeping, swollen ankles, constant desire to lose the bra.  The list could go on for miles at this point. 

Currently Missing: Skinnier me! 

Sleep: Lacking these days.  And when I do get a good night full of sleep, I wake up with so many aches and pains that it doesn't really feel like a good nights sleep.  Not to mention I've been fighting a 2-year-old this week for pillow space. 

Cravings and favorite foods: Hibachi which I indulged in the other night.  I'm quite positive that didn't help with the swollen feet one bit.  But it was delish, as were the left overs the next day.

Mood: Tired and crabby.  As I mentioned last week, I'm trying to cram in a ton before the baby is born.  That plus just being slow and tired doesn't help motivate me for the typical house hold chores (like laundry.)  So things pile up which make me crabby.  Yet, I don't have the energy to do anything about it.  So is the story of my life right now.

Maternity clothes: Today I am wearing a Target striped top with my favorite Motherhood Maternity jeans with the side panel instead of the full belly panel and a kimono from LulaRoe since it's a bit cool and rainy again.  I'm loving kimono's this pregnancy.  The bigger and flow-ier the better. 

Buying: I'm excited about this week's purchase.  We never had a movement monitor with Aspen, in fact, they were still relatively new when we had her and it wasn't even on my radar.  But knowing now how little sleep I got in those first few days because my anxious mind would stare at her while she slept to make sure she was still breathing, I decided that this would be a must for baby #2. 

So I read and reviewed all the monitors out there, talked to friends and then did, even more, research and we decided to get the Snuza Hero Baby Monitor.  I liked how this was small and compact, I can easily pick the baby up for feedings in the middle of the night without having to pause anything.  But I mainly loved the fact that if it senses no movement for 15 seconds that it will begin to vibrate as a first attempt to arouse baby.  I'll make sure to come back and update you later on how this holds up.   

Aspen's Reaction:  Have you guys seen Boss Baby yet?  We watched it with Aspen last night.  She was excited about the baby movie, I am hoping it didn't put any wicked thoughts in her head, like shooting the baby out the window.  And what was with all the scary movie references like The Exorcist and Walking Dead?  Creepy!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

5 Take Aways from Megaphone Summit

Hey Girl Hey!  I just got back from the most amazing weekend full of creative, innovative and fearless gals (and a few awesome guys) sharing all about their keys to success in the social influencer world. 

This was my first year to attend Megaphone Summit, an influencer conference held each year in Arkansas.  It was 2 full days jammed packed with great sessions on how to be a better blogger and influencer. Since I have managed to blog pretty regularly for the last 2 years (Whoo Hoo!), I figured it was time to invest in myself and my brand.  Because yes, holy cow, I am creating a brand. 

I learned so much valuable information from some influencer superstars.  It would be super easy for me to rehash what my weekend was all about, but I figure that to 90% of my readers, that would be a boring read.  So today, I'm here with my top five takeaways for the average Jane (or Joe.)  Here are just a few tips I've learned along the way that will help you create a better social media image, whether your go-to is Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest.  (While you're at it make sure to follow me.)

1. Make It Scream You!
I loved this statement from our keynote speaker, Rebekah Radice.  While she was talking about the importance of being you on social media as a brand, I think anyone can benefit from this statement.  It's so easy to be someone else online, what's hard is being you and being honest.  It makes me think of all the beautifully decorated houses I see on Instagram and how much I covet that.  But what we never see is the toddler in the background trashing the next room or the unfinished projects you have laying around.  A picture may be worth a thousand words, but it's only one in a thousand when it comes to what your life is really and truly like.  Just keep that in mind when you find yourself wishing for what others portray.   

2. Don't Be The Same - Break All The Rules
This is a statement I needed more than any other take away.  Do you spend hours trying to fit into a certain mold that's well, just not you?  I think it's important to know the rules, and then break them.  Dare to be unique and bold.  Stand out in the crowd.  Be a unicorn.

3.  Be A FanGirl (or FanDude)
I think the beauty of the internet is our accessibility to the world.  Even you have the ability to influence someone.  So when you find something or someone that you are digging, shout it out.  Let your community know all about that awesome dress you found, that life changing cleaning hack or that awesome boss girl you discovered on Instagram.  Sharing is caring, and I look to my community for advice every day.  Whether it's how to potty train my toddler, to what moisturizer I should be using.  You are my #1 infomercial.

4. A "Like" is Like A Side Hug
Ok, this statement was totally geared towards us.  How many times have you seen something on social media and thought it was all that and a bag of chips (I know that statement belongs in the 90s.) As someone who is seeking my community's involvement, don't just double tap a like or love it in passing.  Stop! Comment on that photo or idea.  Answer their questions.  Leave inspiring feedback.  Not only will you make some influencer's day, but you just might gain a new friendship along the way. 

5.  Dare To Be Dull
We closed out the first day with one of my favorite Arkansas Influencers, P. Allen Smith.  He made a statement that hit deep down to my core, "Dare to be dull."  In a world full of crazy, sometimes it's the mundane that makes the loudest noise.  I think back to influencers that I admire, it's those that find the beauty in the classic and old that I am drawn to.  Think Joanna Gaines, all that she has brought to the world and if you ask her, she is the most simple down to earth gal there is. 

I could go on and on and on about my weekend and all that inspired me, but I better cut it short with 5 take aways from Megaphone for the average Jane (or Joe, let's not leave the guys out.)  I hope this inspires you to think a little differently about how you use and participate in social media.  Now let's go out and be social.  I dare you to find someone on some platform and start a conversation today.