February- A very long, short month

The last few weeks of my pregnancy have really dragged for me. I’m in the later 20’s and it feels like I’ll never hit week 30. Thus February, even though it’s the shortest month of the year, seemed to go on and on for me. I’m so glad it’s finally March.

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February was record braking warm in Utah. Lots of other places where getting snow but we hardly had any. It seemed my daffodils and tulips popped up earlier than normal. About a month early. I always take a picture of the first signs of green. It’s always so exciting.

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Because of the warm weather we have spent a lot of days basking in the sun at the park. My rug rats haven’t complained one bit.

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One thing I’ve been doing to help time go faster is a few upgrades around the house. I updated my mater bedroom (in January) with new bedding, new paint and new nightstands.

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I even built the nightstands myself. It was craziness but I figured it out and did it. I order the mid century legs from homedepot.com and built the box and drawers using my dad’s table saw. I have very little wood shop skills but this project was pretty do-able. Making the drawers were the scariest but they work and I’m super happy with the results.

After my bedroom was done I moved onto my banister and fireplace. Ever since we put in new hardwood floors over 1 1/2 years ago I’ve been wanting to update the oak. I’ve been scared to death to make such a big change but now that I’ve done it I’m sooo glad I did. It looks so much better and makes a big difference in pulling the house together overall.

Here is the before:

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And the after:

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There are a ton of tutorials out there on how to paint banisters. I read several of them. It turned out easier than I thought but it was still time consuming requiring lots of coats painted by hand. First the primer, then 2 coats of white paint, then a clear polyurethane coat. Painting spindles is a pain! But the fireplace was easy. For the dark wood I used a tinted polyurethane. Most tutorials use gel stain but the girl at Home Depot convinced me to use PolyShades that requires no sanding nor an extra polyurethane coat. Thinking that would save me I went for it. I ended up doing 3 or so coats of the PolyShade anyway so I don’t know. It was kind of tricky to put on. It was sticky and hard to work so multiple coats and touch ups were necessary. I’d want to try using a gel stain before I said which one I preferred.

Once those projects were done I was pretty burned out. I’d still like to do quite a few things around the house (touch up baseboards, touch up baby boy room, build entertainment unit for downstairs…) but… as 3rd trimester approaches I think I’ll wait.

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This is a crummy picture of me. It’s blurry. It’s from a hike that my husband and I went on for Valentines day. I haven’t taken any good belly shots of this pregnancy. That’s what you get with #5 but my belly is growing. Slowly but surely. I am slowly getting bigger (everywhere!) and my least favorite thing has become bending over. Bending over to put shoes on, bending over to pick up the endless stream of toys, paper and pencils on the floor.

Pregnancy isn’t nice.

Despite the fact that it’s super uncomfortable to put my snowboard bindings on and we’ve had very little snow, we’ve been on a couple really fun skiing trips. (Midwife approved) I do feel really comfortable on the slopes even though my snow pants don’t fit. I take it easy and spend most of my time on the greens with Leah. We have a great time.

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She didn’t particularity want to be in my selfie though.

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Our ski trips wear everyone out. It’s great family fun.

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But mostly life is pretty mundane. Grocery store trips, homework, and everyday life.

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So here’s to March, more spring weather and hitting the 30th week in my pregnancy.

1 comment on February- A very long, short month

  1. Debbie Grandma
    March 11, 2015 at 11:08 am (2 years ago)

    Love you and love your family SO much! Fun post, darling. You neglected to say that you gave your life to your sister for a few days! And Here’s to 30 weeks!