Holy moly, I am less than six weeks away from this baby boy’s due date! The photo above was taken at 33 weeks, by the way. I’ve definitely grown a bit since then. He’s getting so big now that I can feel him under my ribs and on my bladder at the same time. I love, love feeling him move around. The movements are small since he is so big, but powerful and often. No little flutters here anymore.

According to my apps, our baby is about 18 inches long and 5lbs. No wonder I am having to roll over on my side and push up just to get out of bed. Any ab strength has gone clear out the window. I’ve been feeling great, but I’m having to walk really slowly because of the pressure and my sleep schedule has been a bit off. It’s just that I’m having a harder time going to sleep at night, so I’m also having a harder time getting up in the mornings.  It has just created a vicious cycle. I’m trying not to be too hard on myself right now and am allowing myself the extra time in bed on days that I’m able to sleep in a little. I know my sleep is going to be thrown way out of whack soon anyway, so I’ll take all the extra zzzz’s that I can now.

I’ve also been getting into nesting mode slowly but surely. I got down on my hands and knees and disinfected our guest room closet today, for goodness sakes. About midway through I thought, “This must be nesting!” I couldn’t fathom putting any sort of stored items on the floor of the closet without it being germ free. I’m about to make a big closet purge too, so be on the lookout for a blog sale soon.

Read on for photos from my baby shower!

My three sweet friends, Chandler, Ryan, and Crystal, hosted my baby shower last weekend. They put so much thought and work into making everything beautiful and comfortable for all the guests. It was the best feeling to have so many of my friends there to celebrate this special boy. I think what gets me the most is how amazing it feels for our son to be loved by all of those we love already—before they’ve even met him!

(I wore this dress, which is 50% off!)

Brandon showed up at the end with my brother to say hey and to grab all of W’s gifts. He is a lucky baby! We are standing in front of the Uppababy Mesa carseat, which was a gift from Brandon’s parents and eases so much anxiety for me to finally have ready to go. I’ve been worried he would come super early and us have no carseat! My parents got us his crib bedding from Restoration Hardware Baby + Child. I’m so in love!

Other updates in nursery land…

The last time I did a pregnancy update, I mentioned we had been having a tough time picking a paint color (to say the least!) and I’m happy to say that the room is now painted in a color we love—one that we created ourselves. We had an extra gallon of Sherwin Williams Zurich White left over from painting the former nursery in their Harmony formula (no VOCs). We knew we weren’t going to be using it and I just hated to waste it, so we took it into our local Sherwin Williams and had them play around with the color a bit. We figured we had nothing to lose. They added a drop of green to cancel out the pink tones we were catching in the Zurich White, then added one drop of black to make it more gray. We left with a totally changed gallon of paint, which we humbly named “Stokes White.” No really, it’s in the computer now. 😉 I should have named it “Chad White,” because that is the guy who helped us change the formula. He had so much patience with me! It’s sort of a mix between Benjamin Moore White Wisp (which was too light for us) and Benjamin Moore Gray Owl (which was too dark). It’s not blue, it’s not beige, it’s not lavender … it’s just perfect.

I can’t wait to hang those paintings by Way Way Allen. They might be my favorite thing in our entire house. We had them framed by Framebridge

This blanket below is from Modern Burlap. It’s big, soft, and reversible! One side is white and the other is black—I kind of positioned it so that you can see both below. It will be perfect for nights when I’m rocking him in the glider and want a blanket for myself. Plus, it’s something he will have and use for years. 

I’m all about the Bird of Paradise plants these days. I’m sort of over the fiddle leaf fig, which I never thought I’d ever, ever say. It’s probably just because all of ours look pitiful. But these, I need them everywhere! This one is tucked away in one of the corners of the room.

Kind of a random thing to post, I know, but I really needed a rug pad for the nursery to keep our rug in the right shape and to keep it from sliding around. I had a horrible experience with one of those waffle rug pads you see all over the place where it stuck to my floor and stripped the finish off of it. I found this Superior Lock Rug Pad from Rug Pads USA and went for it. It’s low profile, but gives a nice cushion. The upper side of the pad is felt, which grasps onto the rug really well. The bottom is solid rubber, which anchors it to the floor. It’s not a “sticky” rubber though—it’s safe and isn’t going to adhere to the floor like those synthetic waffle rug pads. More than happy with this one—highly recommend!

Some very special, handmade wooden toys from Smiling Tree Toys. The company was started in late 2009 by a couple who had just returned from serving as Peace Corps volunteers in West Africa for two years. You’ve got to check them out. Their shop is full of well-priced and well-constructed gifts that will last a lifetime.

My mom knows I have a huge soft spot for bunnies (I had quite a few growing up!) and got him one of these sweet jellycats. Is it wrong if I sleep with him until the baby arrives? Don’t worry, I won’t keep extra stuff in the crib when he starts sleeping in it.

His wooden chandelier from RH Baby + Child. I think it makes the room.

Previous updates: 

pregnancy announcement  |   14 weeks  |   16 weeks  |   18 weeks  |   20 weeks  |  23 weeks  |  27 weeks  |  29 weeks  |  31 weeks



  1. February 25, 2016 / 1:16 pm

    First, you look stunning of course! I can't believe how close it's getting. Second, I want that paint color – it's perfect!!

    Annie Reeves

  2. February 25, 2016 / 2:24 pm

    We got the Uppa Baby Mesa carseat & RH crib bedding too! 🙂 You look awesome mama!

  3. February 25, 2016 / 3:49 pm

    It's coming together so well! Looks perfect. Have ya'll started the kitchen remodel? You're a brave homeowner to start before baby! Looking forward to seeing the updates.

    • February 26, 2016 / 4:45 am

      Thanks, Emily! And we haven't started demo yet, but it's coming soon. I know we are CRAZY for starting such a project this close to his arrival! We enlisted a contractor's help, thank goodness!

  4. February 25, 2016 / 5:24 pm

    Question for ya- Are you going to keep the bumpers in the crib? I keep contemplating whether or not I need bumpers right away because I have read not to use them until the baby is a certain age…?

    • February 26, 2016 / 4:49 am

      I am pretty certain it's recommended to stay away from bumpers completely because of the risk it poses for SIDS. I think bumpers are so sweet and I wanted one mainly for looks, especially since he won't be sleeping in his crib at first and it will just be for looks! Once he starts moving around, we will take the bumper completely out so there is no chance of suffocation at all. 🙂

  5. February 25, 2016 / 11:10 pm

    SLEEP NOW, SISTER!!! You look gorgeous as ever! Also, the nesting thing doesn't go away once he comes haha. It's just when you're ABLE to function to clean then hahaha. Won't be as long as it has been!! eeeekk!!

  6. February 26, 2016 / 6:01 pm

    Did you have to order a size up in that dress or was it flowy enough to order regular? I love it!!

    • February 29, 2016 / 4:15 pm

      I sized up one size! So I took a medium in it. 🙂 Doubt it would fit me now though. This belly is growing every day!

  7. March 14, 2016 / 12:08 pm

    What a beautiful baby shower! I can't believe you are so close to meeting your sweet, little one! Time is flying! Xo, Stephanie

  8. April 13, 2016 / 2:45 pm

    I've been swooning over the color in the nursery! And by the way congrats, your sweet baby is precious. I was wondering if you would mind sharing the formula that you created?

  9. Sandy
    May 5, 2017 / 4:30 am

    Your nursery is adorable. I literally spent hours looking ( understatement ) for a wall color like yours. Stokes White is simple perfection. While it is airy it is not stark white. Would you mind sharing the formula?

  10. Traci
    August 2, 2017 / 11:09 am

    Hi, I would love to know the paint formula as well! Would you mind sharing?

  11. Crissy
    March 13, 2019 / 2:36 pm

    Would also love to have the paint formula! Been trying to pick out paint for master bath for over a year! This might be perfect!

    • holycitychic
      March 19, 2019 / 9:23 am

      Hi! If you search my blog for “custom paint color” you’ll find the formula! xoxo

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