Monday, June 29, 2015

SurfGirl: Issue 51

Here's an excerpt that I wrote from the current SurfGirl Magazine, Issue 51. You may remember this story from my Mexico tales last year. You can purchase SurfGirl Magazine on their site and check out some of the other articles about travel in the current issue. If you haven't seen the short surf film Phil made about our trip you can check it out on YouTube.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Dear Sprout,

Dear Sprout,

Today was an important day. I mean, I guess it was just like yesterday. Here we are waking up, waiting for you, but all the days seem different since you've been here; bigger somehow.

I know the doctor says it's not possible, but I always worry I'm going to squish you in the night by rolling over on my tummy. You are getting really big lately. I'm sure in the grand scheme of this whole thing, your life and all, that you being about the size of one of those tiny lap dogs they let people bring on planes is nothing. But still, when I wake up I always try to get you to stir and then I tell you I love you. 

We went to the doctor today. Your daddy worked from home and came with us. The doctor said you could be here any time. When I hear this, I think about what it will be like to kiss your skin and see your eyes and I get excited to bring you to the home that will be ours.

On the way back from the appointment Daddy and I bought raspberry tea and jumped in the ocean in our clothes.

I wanted to take in the ocean's power. I figured I was going to need it soon, but instead its calmness is what stayed with me; the tiny sand crabs like teeth in the sand, the ripples in between the big waves, how everything sounds quieter underwater. 

There are things I won't be able to recall about this pregnancy, and truthfully I hope it's part of the pain that comes at the end, but I want to remember the way your small foot felt pressing against my hand. That was the first way we knew you. 

I have been waiting for you all of my life. Your daddy and I both have. We can't believe you're almost here. 

me, your mom

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sprout's Nursery {A Gender Neutral Beach Baby Room}

The other night Scott said "Come on Sprout. Come on and meet us." And it made me laugh, so I wrote it down. I think we are as ready as we can be now.

Room Details
Whale Bookends // Amazon Anthropologie
Changing table organization boxes // Target // Amazon
Rocking Chair // Consignment 
Whale Stuffed Animal // Sewn from a kit Scott's mom gave me from Target: Handmade Modern 
Dresser // Vintage
Moses Basket // Mine from when I was a baby, but the rocker portion I found on Amazon
Bookshelf // Thrifted
Stick Mobile // Made from the dance floor canopy at our wedding :) 

*The Amazon links are affiliate links and if you'd like to purchase something I've linked to, I'd really appreciate the commission! Thanks! 

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

June Sponsors

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Matsumoto StudioDesigning Aloha no matter where they may be. Sisters Jen and Jess create unique, beachy cards, luggage tags, notepads and more! 

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INT Softboards - Perfect for your summer quiver! Blackball beaters, beginner boards and more! I've used INT Softboards exclusively throughout my pregnancy for safety. Use the code mermaid20 at checkout to receive 20% off your purchase!

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LuSa Organics- All organic handmade products from a family brand named after the owners' children, Lupine and Sage. Products for bodybaby and moms too. Based in Wisconsin.

FinBan- "Safely keep ocean predators away with magnets!"... I've used these bands throughout my pregnancy and they have definitely made me feel more at ease in the water with Sprout. 

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Friday, June 19, 2015

The Nursery Project: Garage to Beach-Baby Room

When I tell people that we're not finding out the gender of the baby, a typical response I get is that I must not be very controlling. First, I am stoked to hear this feedback because it makes me feel like I just might be improving upon one of my greatest weaknesses. Then I recall how I asked my friend Stephanie to encourage people to use the registry we created for our baby shower so that we didn't end up in the same situation depicted in the first picture above: one hat, stuffed animal or surfboard away from being featured on an episode of hoarders. 

Not knowing exactly when Sprout is going to decide to live life on the outside has also left me a little anxious. How many days do I have left to sleep in, carry my first baby and finish thank you notes? No one can answer that and I guess I have to admit, it is pretty exciting not knowing when we might meet one of our favorite people we will ever know. But that's the go-with-the-flow side of me talking. The controlling side of me is really glad Sprout has decided to make their debut after we hung those twinkle light balls around the changing table window and received the cushion for the rocking chair in the mail. 

As for the rest of the project, I've posted previously about how Scott did the wood paneling and also how I painted the bookshelf. The flooring is from Urban E-Z Plank, bought on clearance. It's vinyl wood that is very durable and requires zero adhesive, so it can be removed easily. It took us most of a day to install, but generally speaking it was pretty easy. The hardest part was cutting the pieces so the planks were properly staggered. 

For insulation of the back wall and installation of the closet, we hired a contractor (actually the dad of one of the surf girls I coach). Everything else we tried to do ourselves.

I am working on another post for next week that will feature the room as it is now, including some details about where certain items came from. If you have any questions, especially about where something is from, feel free to email me or ask in the comment section below. I hope you have a great weekend! 

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