Nineteen Weeks

Two things this week's fruit reminds me of: 1. The hilarious SNL skit with Mango (Mahhhhngo), and 2. The most awesome clothing store I visited in Spain, besides Zara:

I can almost see a little mango in there, can't you?

Meh. Still not TRULY looking pregnant. But dang, all of a sudden I have the lower back sway I swore I'd avoid, don't I?

So what's new this week in the pregnancy front? Let's uterus (from here on to be called the 'ute') is big. I mean, seriously, when I lay down flat it pops out a bit. In between my two hip bones used to be a land of nothingness, sinking downward, empty. And now? A little mound of hardened ute muscles. Weird, huh? And plus, when I poke around I can feel the top of it pretty substantially right under my belly button. Sometimes it's harder than others, almost like it's doing some sort of crunches on it's own. Creepy and cool, no?

Baby is still kicking up a storm, except Saturday night and into Sunday I had a minor panic attack because I couldn't remember the babe kicking too much since Friday. I began speaking in soothing tones to my abdomen, rubbing it, and then I even borrowed one cup of Nate's 'real' coffee on Sunday morning to light a fire under baby's butt. That didn't work, of course, but a few hours later the babe started moving around again with abandon, as if to say, 'Look lady, you are a total psycho and I'm fine in here. Just resting. Why don't you do the same while you can?' And that was my stint with a near-meltdown THIS week. Many more to come, I'm sure.

Speaking of meltdowns, guess what I did ALL FREAKING SATURDAY LONG? I painted the nursery! Alone! In a well-ventilated, freezing cold nursery room while blaring Miley Cyrus and Brittney Spears. Not sure many mature mommies-to-be crank Miley and Brit while painting nurseries but I guess I'm one big oxymoron.

I was too excited to sleep in on Saturday morning, so I was up and prepping the room by 8 am. Nate had to work and I was all over this project, literally counting down the hours until I could transform this sucker into my vision. I slapped on the first streak of paint at 9:15 and finished the second coat, finishing trim, and inside of the window box by.........3:30. Three-freaking-thirty in the afternoon. For a miniature nursery. Are you serious?

Anyway, Nate and I picked out the color on Friday night and I'm so glad he went with me to be my sanity. I could NOT decide between all of the shades of aqua and finally Nate just grabbed this swatch out of my hand (as 15 others fluttered to the ground) and announced Rushing Stream to be the color of our nursery.

(I paired it with the pink in the rug because all day I was feeling like baby is a girl, and I will totally pull this shade of pink in the room if so). We also used the "Cool Rain" darker shade inside of the window box.

So here we go...

My 'helper' ready to work hard, of course:

And the after...


The darker shade of the window box doesn't 'pop' as much as I had hoped but I honestly do not care at this point. I am SO done painting for a while.

Isn't it just glorious with the rug?

And the crib? All of a sudden it looks so fancy-shmancy with the aqua walls, no? It's almost like a Tiffany blue I guess but not quite. Rich for sure, just like my $40 crib.


And really, with the old vintage style of the whole room, I think the shade works well. I was SO worried about the natural wood with a bright color but really....I love it!

So let us remember the humble beginnings of the nursery (former guest room) by looking at awful panoramic shots. Before:
the nursery before

And the current 'during':
nursery pano painted

Totally psychedelic rug, man. And I'm not sure why the wall color looks so cold here but whatev. You get the idea. Do you likey? Are you envisioning the big picture with fun bold bedding, curtains, window seat cushion, and artwork? Sigh.

So hello to 19 weeks: minor panic attacks, near meltdowns involving painting for six hours, Rushing Stream aqua, and only ONE MORE WEEK until the big ultrasound! Whoo hoo!


  1. love the aqua color you picked, and i think it looks great with the woodwork :-)

  2. Wow! That color is beautiful! I never would have thought of it, but it looks amazing in that room. Can't wait to see it when its all finished!

  3. Hooray for the big u/s!! And, the room looks great and most definitely fits the bright criteria you were going for :).

  4. I love the color you chose, perfect with the rug and the trim. And you get a gold star for picking a bold color. Bold colors scare me but I always love then once they are on the wall. =)

  5. The white crib looks fantastic against those aqua walls. Painting is the WORST, so I'm impressed you did it all alone! I definitely would have pulled the, "I'm pregnant, honey, can't you just do it?" card.

  6. I love the color. It's so fun and refreshing.

  7. Love the nursery color. My oldest nephew's nursery was the same with aqua walls and a white crib and I think it looks great together!

  8. Pretty! I'm excited for you!

  9. cute!

    it kind of reminds me of my friend's baby's room:


  10. Love it! Can't wait to see the everything put together. I'm supposed to be painting my own walls today, but it's wet and rainy and I'm afraid the paint won't dry.

  11. Ok I always read your blog but I get lazy and dont comment, but i do say it to myself in my head, does that count? Anyway I love your hair curly, your tummy is so cute, and Zara and Mango are the SHIZNIT! oh and the color of the nursery is my fave. Carry on thank you for sharing.

  12. Love the color!

  13. Great color! Everything looks great so far.

  14. I loves it! I love it with the rug too. Don't worry about the kicking too much.

    Advice for big ultrasound: Drink OJ about 30 mins beforehand and you will have a lovely active baby. :)

    I can't wait to find out if it's a boy or a girl! :)

  15. Thanks guys!

    And Pam~I LOVE your friend's baby's room. GREAT work and yes, I see the similarities.

    And hi, rare to never commenters. You make me happy (as do the regulars, too, of course).

  16. I love it! It looks great! And you do too, of course--such a cute little pregnant lady. :)

  17. It looks great!! And good for you for doing it on your own. Painting is hard work!!

  18. It looks awesome! I love the aqua, with the dark wood... and with that rug... I love it!

  19. Love it! It will be perfect for a boy or a girl. I can't wait to see the finished product!

  20. Love it! It will be perfect for a boy or a girl. I can't wait to see the finished product!

  21. looks awesome with that rug!

  22. Holy ambitious! I'm jealous of all your energy! The colour of the walls looks fantastic, and it really looks great with the crib

  23. Julia, I had to comment on this post to tell you how ginormously happy I am for you. The smile on your face on your two belly pics made me grin from ear to ear thinking about how happy you are. And the nursery looks brilliant - great painting job!

  24. never stop cranking that britney, girl! proud of ya!

  25. still so adorable!!!

    love the color of the walls! it's going to be so perfect and you know babies are smarter when they're surrounded by bright colors? :)

  26. You look fantastic and so does the nursery!! I can't wait to find out next week what you are having!!! :)

  27. How have I not commented on this yet??? The nursery looks awesome!! I love that aqua..good job, Nate :) (I'm the exact same way with paint swatches...I usually have a million in front of me and cannot decide to save my life!) I can't wait to see everything pulled together!

    Eeeek (!!) for the big reveal next week. I'm so excited for you guys.

  28. First, love the curly hair this time around!

    And I love those jeans you have on in the pic.

    And of course the room looks great but everybody else already said that much! ;)

  29. Oh wow, I love love love that color. And the rug. And pretty much everything. I'm so excited to see how everything comes together.

  30. Love the colour, and well done for painting all that yourself. I hate painting you find muscles you never realised you had.

  31. I LOVE LOVE this color! Great job!

  32. I love how the nursery is coming along. And the ute is cute too!! Can't wait to hear the big news!

  33. Your baby bump is so cute! Just found your blog and love it! Beautiful color for the room- I would never think of aqua but it looks great. I am just a few weeks behind you in my pregnancy- using the food comparisons from the bump on my blog too! They kind of make you hungry.... :)

  34. it looks fabulous! the aqua shade is perfect and the bright white crib realllllly pops - it's gorgeous!


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