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Pregnancy Diary: 33 weeks
Pregnancy Diary: 33 Weeks || ADOS

It's starting to get really real over here. At my appointment on Monday the baby was measuring at 4 lbs 9 oz. I'm well on my way to having another 8 pounder. Insert distressed emoticon here. My doctor suggested I think about being induced at 39 weeks because my last delivery was so difficult. I can't believe how much comfort it brought me to hear him say those words. Knowing that's an option and that my doctor wants me to have an easy delivery brings me such peace of mind.

It's not really until now that I realized how traumatizing my first delivery was. As the day is approaching to have Grey, I am feeling more anxiety and fear that it will be exactly the same as last time. While I've received a lot of encouragement from family and friends that my body knows what to do now, I can't help but think about how I felt like a failure for the first three and a half hours of pushing with Turner. Granted, I didn't have much of a coach throughout the process. I only saw my doctor 5 or 6 times in the 10 hours I was at the hospital. 

Still, it was frustrating to me to think I wasn't strong enough to push out my baby. He was in the birth canal for 4 hours before he arrived. I feel completely responsible for his stay in the NICU.  I have prayed so many times that with Grey it will be different. That it'll be a smooth delivery. That I will have the strength and ability to ensure a healthy delivery for him. I don't know if an induction will help me do that, but I'm hoping to be inspired to know what will be best for me and my sweet baby boy. 

Until then I'm choosing to stay hopeful. To have faith in myself and my experiences. To trust in my Father in Heaven. I'm choosing to be grateful for a healthy child and an uncomplicated pregnancy. For the blessing to be a part of creating another human life. I'm choosing to think about the first time I'll hold my precious son in my arms, and when he will meet his incredible father and his big brother. That day will be the sweetest of days. And although I'm afraid, I'm dreaming of that day to come.

xo

Signature || Cheree || ADOS
 
Pregnancy Diary: 28 Weeks
Pregnancy Diary || The Third Trimester || 28 Weeks || A Dash of Salter
Pregnancy Diary || The Third Trimester || 28 weeks || A Dash of Salter

It's official. The beginning of the end has come. We started renovations on Turner's big boy room this weekend and by we I mean my husband. He rallied together some of our family members to make the work as light as possible. I can't believe how lucky I am to have someone who knows how to go to work and get things done. He is so open to improvement in all aspects of life and makes goals for himself often. I admire him so much, it's ridiculous. 

Meanwhile, I am trying to follow his example by making some goals of my own. I have some big things (at least to me they're big) that I'm pushing myself to do. To explain briefly, I'm in the process of starting a small modern baby quilt business with my mother in law. Go like the Stitch & Stork Facebook page to give some moral support and be updated on our opening. I'm also pushing myself to create some decor to add to our ADOS Etsy Shop, so stay tuned for updates on the blog/IG about that as well.

I'm really going out of my comfort zone here, because I struggle A LOT with thinking anything I create is destined to fail. I have very diverse interests and because my passions are so far spread I have a hard time feeling like any of my them are strengths. Since becoming pregnant especially, my anxiety and self doubt is through the roof. I'm not nearly as confident or as driven. It's rather depressing to even think about actually. I can't believe how different my temperament has been this pregnancy versus my last. I worry that PPD might hit me hard this time around, but I'm praying it doesn't.

My belly feels really big at this point and I still have 12 weeks of growing. This boy is a lot higher than turner was and it feels like someone blew up a balloon inside me and lodged it right underneath my ribs. The constant pressure makes me feel like I have an underwire bra permanently attached to my body even after I take mine off. 

It's become nearly impossible for me to hold Turner for more than 2 minutes straight. Which I wouldn't be so sad about if I knew he'd let me hold him for much longer, but he's becoming more independent each day. I'm hoping the adjustment goes well when little brother arrives. He's so sweet with babies, but will that change when there's a little one stealing my attention at home on a daily basis? All normal concerns for second time parents, I'm sure. I never want Turner to think I love him any less. A lot of our routines might change when the baby is born, but I hope I always give him the time to feel loved. 

And with that we're off to get ready for Turner's 2 year well check! I can't wait to hear how much he's grown! I hope everyone is having a wonderful new year so far! 

xo

Signature || Cheree || A Dash of Salter
 
Nursery Mood Board || Little Moon Boy

You guys. We're having another BOY! Turner is going to have a little brother! I cannot tell you how thrilled I am about this. We had a second option boy name picked out when Turner was born that we LOVED and decided to use it for our next one. Grey Matthew Salter.  

I've been nesting big time now that I know the gender. I'm a total freak when it comes to decorating the nursery. I've completely torn apart Turner's room and gone through all of his old clothes. (So glad I kept them! The newborn stuff is so little and got hardly any wear so it still looks brand new!) It's getting me SO excited to have a little baby around the house again.

We're going to try and get the third bedroom in the basement all finished/remodeled so Turner can move down there and I can get started on baby Grey's vintage space themed nursery!!! I created a mood board -- because I love creating them -- and to guide me while decorating before baby arrives! All items are numbered and linked at the bottom of this post.  Let me know what you think! 

Little Moon Boy

1. Gray/Ivory Wool Rug - Target - $249.99  |  2. White Pendant Lamp - Ikea - $24.99
3. Abstract Toddler Quilt - 2ndStitchtotheRight - $249  |  4.  DIY Moon Mobile Inspo - Kelly Lamb
5. Singlar Crib - Ikea - $79.99  |  6. Fable Oak Armchair Inspo - Sold in Australia and New Zealand
7. Peek-a-boo Astronaut - Art.com - $30  |  8. Retro Rocket Print - ElephantJuiceNZ - $5.49
9. Full Moon Antique Print - BySamantha - $14  |  10. Navy Stars Crib Sheet - SheetWorld - $18
11. Rocket Toy - AtelierSaintCerf - $28.26  | `12. Modern Throw Pillow - LoveJoyCreate - $38
13. Triangle Print - MelindaWoodDesigns - $5  |   14. Metal Letter G - Hobby Lobby - $15
15. Ceramic Yellow Lamp - Land of Nod - $139  |  16. Astronaut Stuffie - LoveJoyCreate - $30
17. Constellation Print - MelindaWoodDesigns - $5  |  18. Tarva Dresser - Ikea - $149
 

One more thing...what do you guys feel is essential for baby #2? It's another boy so clothes are pretty covered. We still have a car seat, crib, changing table, baby carrier, single stroller, bumbo, and bassinet. I feel like most things I want for baby #2 are for my enjoyment and because I'll need to accommodate two children instead of one. My main things on the list are a double stroller, covered goods nursing cover (my old one was a pain), huge diaper bag/backpack, puj tub so I can bathe newborn separate from Turner while still super little, but still do all the bathing at the same time. Those may seem like silly items to some, but I feel like they will make my life so much easier. Please help me!! Leave comments below with your must haves! Lots of love!

Signature || Cheree || A Dash of Salter