All things MADISON

We have decided on a name for our baby girl! Madison Summer. (: I’ve always been in love with the name Madison (and no, I don’t care how trendy it was the last couple of years, how overused it has been, or how many there are!) and my mom suggested the name Summer, since my name is Autumn. At first, I thought it was a little tacky.. and then it grew on me a little. And then a little more. And I ended up falling in love with it too. (:

Other names we had thought about were Madison Cate for a girl, and for a boy we had considered Aiden Elijah and Aiden Ross (B’s middle name).

So now that I’m 21 weeks, right smack dab in the middle of my 2nd trimester, I’m in super-nesting mode. For real. If the bed isn’t made before I sit on it or before Brian gets home from work, I’m a little devastated. That’s not me!! haha! I’ve also been subconsciously cleaning up the room, like if a little something is in the floor I will bend down and pick it up, I like to keep the dresser top neat, if any drawers are pushed out a little, they have to be pushed in, etc. I’m just really getting into this mom thing I guess. And if I’m going to be a WAHM with my photography business, I’ve really gotta get used to doing all this on a regular basis any way!

On another note, we’ve been going nuts with all the decorating ideas, outfits, themes, just everything! My mom painted some on the nursery yesterday… I won’t spoil any plans for it yet. 😉

Here are some photos to visually catch you up on what’s been happening!

I’m a little bit obsessed with owls…


I am not sure about wearing HK myself anymore even though I’m absolutely in love with everything HK, so I will live vicariously through my daughter.. 😉

Our Abbey girl turned 1! And is obviously still the most adorable dog in the world.


We watched the KY Wildcats blue & white scrimmage. Go cats!! Funny story, I had a dream that all the boys on this year’s team signed my baby belly and they were all super excited about it. Pregnant dreams… so wild.

I’ve had lots of business lately with the beautiful Kentucky fall we’ve had! We haven’t had a fall this amazing in years. So I’ve had some really beautiful photoshoots. (:

We carved pumpkins! One of my favorite things about fall.

This is my size right now, at 21 weeks!

My hair is growing and looks AWESOME. I almost don’t want to get my roots done because my hair is just so healthy. My natural color is barely lighter than the color it is now so I’m hoping it will just fade in together and be unnoticeable.

I made a super cute new beanie.

My belly is too big for my regular shirts!

That’s the most exciting it gets around here. (: I’m loving life lately.

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Before Baby To-Do

There are lots of things I’d like to get done before the baby gets here. I know we have around 6 months before baby’s due date, but anyone who has ever met me knows I’m am one hell of a procrastinator.

I love to make to-do lists (and lists of any kind, for that matter), but rarely finish everything on them. I think my problem is once I get motivated and the gears in my mind start grinding, i get overly-ambitious and only have a spurt of motivation that will not be continuous if my procrastinating genes have anything to do with it.

SO. I’m going to make a list of things that need to ACTUALLY GET DONE before baby gets here. This is more of a cosmetic thing I believe, not all the practical things. I’ll have plenty of time (and suddenly no time at all before I know it) to fret over what to wear/take to the hospital, a for-sure name, all those things. No.. this is my craft/organizing list.

And seriously, these things really needs to get done. No bull-hockey (as my Papaw would say). If I’m going to be useful for anything besides an incubator for these next two trimesters, it’s gonna be a not-so-lean, more-moody-than-mean crafting and organizing machine.

So what do I need/want to do?

  1. Complete room makeover. This needs to be done because this room isn’t only my room. I’m sharing it with Brian now. That Hello Kitty calendar? Love ya, but see ya. That floral jewelery organizer? Adios. All things that scream “I just figured out I’m going to be a mom and I don’t really want to let go of being a young woman who will barely be drinking age by the time my baby is born” need to be put away, sold, donated, re-purposed, just gone. I think the only things about OUR room that don’t need to be changed are the grey walls, the bed, and the dresser/chest set. Maybe a bookshelf can stay. ):
  2. DIY baby decor. I have so many ideas! We haven’t completely decided on a theme yet, since we don’t know the gender, but for either one I have lots of cute, endearing ideas that would be so classy, adorable and not super cliche. These include yarn wrapped wooden/cardboard letters, framed fabric, framed ultrasound photos (temporary decor of course, but completely unavoidable), canvas light, and many others. A few of them can be viewed here on my baby board over at Pinterest!
  3. Clean/re-do corner desk. It’s an awful, ugly, cheap desk that surprisingly survived the house fire we had a few years ago. I didn’t want to let go of it because it was one thing that didn’t burn. It’s become my crafting table so it’s gotten a little roughed up. I’d like to sand it down, paint a nice, simple yet eye-catching pattern on it, and give it a new life. Also, the stupid little tiny shelves on the outside and the big ones on the inside, those are definitely coming out and getting covered with some pretty type of paper and modpodged.
  4. A new organization system for my crafts. I have lots of crafting supplies. No seriously – LOTS. If a stranger took a peek into my storage drawers and nothing else, they’d think a little old lady with lots of time and nothing else owned everything in it. The problem is that everything is stored in ugly, cheap, childish plastic storage drawers. You know, those stacked shelves that you buy for your dorm room? Yeah those. I’m definitely going to flea markets and Goodwill and I’m going to find a cheap bookshelf or old dresser/chest to rip apart and re-do. I want that nice, clean, organized look with those fabric storage bins that just simply sit inside the shelves, ready to be pulled out with ease.
  5. Nursery. Uhhh this needs no explaining. I’m really really really going to try not to put all this off for the nursery.. but there are a couple of things standing in the way. The baby’s room used to be (kinda still is) the storage room. We’ve weeded out a LOT of stuff, but there are still some of my boxes, totes, and crafting shelves, as well as some of my mom’s things for her classroom (one of those teachers who get all hardcore and work when not at work – so many teaching supplies). We don’t have anywhere in the house to put them, so we plan on putting them in the garage. The bad part about that, we just turned our garage into a garage from a dirty old building for hay, tools, firewood, etc. Welcome to Kentucky/living in a field where we grow and sell hay which needs somewhere to be stored. So until we can get it all cleaned out and organized and not so gross, I am NOT putting my good things out there! So there are a couple of things prolonging us from starting on the nursery – BESIDES not knowing the baby’s gender.

I’m pretty sure that’s the most important.. surely I couldn’t forget anything important enough to make this to-do list! Wish me luck.. I NEED it!

She’s A Dreamer

So, I more often than not have a dream when I sleep. Whether it’s during the night or during a nap, I’m probably going to dream. I remember most of them, but some I’ll forget and only remember when something triggers the memory. I dream about all kinds of things all the time, but 70% of the time my dreams are based in an old house that I grew up in that we moved out of about 6 years ago.

For the past year, I have had countless dreams about either being pregnant or having little girl with long, curly, blonde hair. I’ve dreamed about her calling me mommy, about holding her hand, and feeling her soft, sweet skin. Every time I would wake up saddened, wishing it were real. My maternal instincts have been much stronger for the past year or so, and I’m not really sure why.

Today I woke up from a dream that I had the baby, and it was a little boy! I believe this is the first time I’ve dreamed about having a baby boy… maybe the second, but I’m not totally sure. But the best part about this dream was that when I went to pick him up, he looked right into my eyes, and when I held him, he laid his head right down on my shoulder like I’ve always wanted a baby to do. His skin was so, so soft and it was so realistic.

I don’t know how I’m going to wait these coming months to be able to hold my baby. I know I say I want a girl, but obviously it really doesn’t matter. I wouldn’t love him less if he were a boy. I just want to hold my baby and give all of my love to him or her, knowing they’re going to grow up and I’m going to be the most wonderful thing they know, at least for a little while.

I may not be ready for a baby, and who really is ready for there first one, but I know I can love my baby when he/she gets here and I have all the support I need to learn how to be ready for him/her. So I’m not afraid! I can’t wait!