Well, I am officially 38 weeks today. That is SO crazy to write. Instead of another post about all the terrible food I’m eating and what size vegetable he’s compared to this week (a pumpkin, in case you’re wondering), I thought I’d share some pictures of Archer’s nursery. When we found out I was pregnant in July, one of the first things I started to think about was how I would decorate our baby’s nursery. I promise I didn’t just think of superficial things, but hey, homegirl likes to decorate. Once we found out we were having a boy, I started looking for bedding sets to give me some direction and found a whole lot of nothing. It seems like the only options for little boys are monkeys, trains, and a plethora of chevron. Nothing against these things, but they’re not our style and definitely don’t go with the rest of our house. I eventually stumbled upon a vintage map at an antique mall and kind of fell in love with the idea of adventure. It didn’t end up being too theme-y because I wanted to keep it simple, but it does have a little “go and see the world” feel. It may or may not be my favorite room in the house.

I decided to take some pictures of it before Archer is born because, let’s be honest, it will never look think neat or put together once he arrives. I definitely did everything as frugally as possible and just love how it turned out!

Paint: Valspar Stillness


Floor Lamp: Walmart | Glider: Amazon


Aaron made this awesome pallet sign to hang and his room, and I stenciled some of our favorite hymn lyrics on it using this tutorial. It took forever, but I didn’t want to freehand it and end up hating the result. I’m hoping it will serve as a reminder of the Lord’s blessing when I’m awake at 3am. Ha! :)


Pillow: Chrissie Grace Designs


We got our crib off Craigslist for $50, and they even threw in a free mattress! (Don’t worry… We didn’t keep it.) When we bought it, it was spray painted gold. I mean, GOLD. Every time I looked at it, I thought, “This is probably similar to the crib that Beyonce and Jay-Z’s baby sleeps in.” It was a little much, so Aaron and I refinished it to fit more with our (my) style.


I designed the canvas in Photoshop, and our friend Dave cut down a Hobby Lobby frame to fit it. (If you have any carpentry needs, Dave is incredibly talented… Hit him up!)


I decided to go pretty neutral with Archer’s bedding and LOVE how it turned out. The bumper fabric is Riley Blake Designs that I found on clearance on Etsy, and the crib skirt is linen that I got for 40% off at Joann’s. Adrienne Tucker (a friend from church) did the bumper and skirt, and they look amazing! We seriously have the most talented friends.


I really love that I’ll be able to use the crib skirt for future Crawford babies.


Dresser: Summit Hill Cottage


Lamp: Target | Lantern: Hobby Lobby 


Arrow Print: Printable Wisdom



Bags ready for the hospital!!! Is it okay to recommend something you have really used yet? Because I LOVE my diaper bag and would highly recommend it to any mommas looking for something functional and cute!


Come on, baby Archer!!

How far along: 37 weeks! I’ve read a few things that vary, but for the most part, doctors seem to label this week as full term. Yay!


Total weight gain: 24lbs.

Baby’s size: A watermelon, which explains a lot. He should be weighing a little over 6lbs and measuring around 19inches long.

Maternity clothes: Yep. Actually, last week, I wore an entire outfit that was pre-pregnancy… That was a very proud moment for me. Was it comfortable? No, not at all, but it was a nice break from my normal outfits.

Stretch marks: Still none. I’ve started using Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter at night. Hopefully, that will help them not to sneak attack me in the next few weeks.

Sleep: This is one thing that has drastically changed in the last week or so. I’ve been blessed to be able to sleep very well through most of this pregnancy, but I’ve gotten to the point where I’m so uncomfortable that I’m constantly readjusting in the middle of the night. I’ve also been having contractions sporadically throughout the night that wake me up. Oh, and then there’s still the going to the bathroom every 45 minutes thing.

Best moment of this week: My sweet friends Jamie & Rachel had their babies on Sunday and Wednesday this week. It’s been so fun (and helpful) being pregnant together, and I just loved meeting their precious little ones. And now I’m officially next! That might be what I’m most excited about. :)

Miss anything: Warm weather. I realize this isn’t pregnancy related, but after the temperatures plummeted again following a beautiful, spring-like week, I’m SO over it. Aaron and I were able to go on a walk almost everyday last week, which was exhausting but so nice. I’d like my walking weather back!


Movement: On Monday, my doctor told me that Archer’s movements should be slowing down and becoming more subdued, since he’s running out of room. Well, turns out our child did not get this memo cause he’s still busting out his moves at all hours of the day. It’s getting QUITE painful.

Food cravings: Sam’s Club Pizza, cheeseburgers from Feltner Brothers, Thin Mints, mozzarella sticks, and pretty much any other food that doesn’t contain the least bit of nutrition.

Anything making you queasy or sick: I’ve haven’t been able to pinpoint the cause exactly, but I’ve been pretty nauseous the last few days. I haven’t had this problem since the 1st trimester, and I definitely did not miss it!

Labor signs: I’m having a lot of BH contractions throughout the day. They’re not painful, but they’re starting to get uncomfortable, which make me weirdly happy. My exhaustion has increased, along with my back and leg pain. At my doctor’s appointment on Monday, they told me I’m 1/2cm dilated, 80% effaced, and the little guy has dropped, so that is some progress. I still don’t feel like I’ll make it all the way to the 20th, but again, I have no idea what I’m talking about.

Belly button in or out: Out/flat.

Wedding rings on or off: Still on!

Happy or moody most of the time: Uhhhh… To quote Andy Bernard, I’ve been dealing with a bit of “the grumpies”. The days where I have things to do and places to go aren’t so bad, but when I’m sitting around at home for hours at a time, I tend to get a little frustrated. There’s only so much you can clean and have conversations with your dog.

Looking forward to: Having a baby? It that an acceptable answer? Ha. :)

How far along: 34!

Total weight gain: I think it’s about 22lbs, which obviously makes me want to crawl into a hole and die. I know, I know… It could be much worse, but all I can think about is how terrible it’s going to be losing the weight. To all of you who have assured me that it will come off easy, thank you for the encouragement, but everyone’s body is different. When I realized that I needed to lose weight at the end of grad school, I had to work SO hard for it. I tracked every calorie (rarely went over 1200 a day), took 4 spin and 3 pilates classes a week, and did additional cardio almost everyday. Over about 5 months time, I was able to lose about 30lbs, which was awesome. I just know I won’t have that kind of time to dedicate to working out once Archer makes his appearance, so I really hope that breastfeeding is as great at burning calories as everyone claims! For the sake of complete transparency, I feel like I should admit that I don’t care enough about my weight to stop eating from this plate of chocolate chip cookies right now.

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This comparison is for all you people who have said I’m not getting bigger. Haha!
Left: 32 weeks, Right: 33 weeks and 2 days. Yeah. The kid is growing.

Baby’s size: This week, baby is the size of a cantaloupe! (Almost 5lbs and about 18 inches long)

Maternity clothes: Yep. Almost always. Aaron’s shirts are fitting really nicely these days too.

Stretch marks: None yet, but I have a feeling that they’re going to sneak attack me in the last weeks.

Sleep: I’m sleeping well, actually! Still having to get up to use the bathroom way too often, but the Benadryl helps me fall back asleep quickly.

Best moment of this week: Is it bad the my first thought when reading this prompt was “NOTHING!!!!”?? January and February are my least favorite months of the year, by far. They always seem to last foreverrrr because of how cold and dreary they tend to be, and this is especially true when feeling so large and in charge. This week has been full of nasty winter weather… Snow, sleet, freezing rain, crazy wind, etc. So if I’m being honest, I haven’t had any great moments this week. Debbie Downer over here.


This is us attempting to look happy in the snow. We’re great actors.

Miss anything: My old clothes. It’s shallow, but I’m getting so tired of wearing the same things over and over because it’s all I have that fits.

Movement: He’s still moving constantly, which I love, but MAN! It is starting to hurt. I can tell he’s gotten a lot longer and chunkier in the last couple of weeks because his movements aren’t quick little kicks anymore. He’s basically stuck making slow stretches that either jam into my ribs or my lady parts (just saying it like it is!). I thought that having him sit so low was uncomfortable, but after a few experiences where he’s pushed up into my lungs, I’m thankful I’m not carrying high! That is the worst.

Food cravings: Smoothies. I’ve wanted a lot of smoothies, but I haven’t actually indulged in my craving. Maybe a good idea considering that it’s flippin’ igloo outside. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: I’ve had heartburn a few times this week but haven’t figured out what’s triggering it. It’s not my favorite but could be worse.

Labor signs: What labor signs haven’t I had? Ha! But seriously. The last 5 days have been a little interesting… Lots of cramping, back pain, Braxton Hicks contractions, and painful (regular?) contractions. I went to the doctor on Monday morning but had to see someone else in the practice because mine has the flu… Go figure. He didn’t do anything but measure my belly (almost 34 cm) and baby’s heart rate (142 bpm) and assure me that everything I was experiencing was normal. It was a little strange to hear that because my regular doctor has instructed me to go to the ER if I have more than 3 BH contractions in an hour. The inconsistency in the practice is a little confusing, but I’m glad they weren’t concerned about anything. I go back on the 17th to be “checked” for the first time, and I’m eager to see if I’m at all dilated or effaced. I know that I don’t really know anything, but I’ve had this feeling that I’m not going to make it to 40 weeks for a while now. Wishful thinking? Ha! Watch the doctor tell me that my body is showing ZERO signs of progress at my next appointment.

Belly button in or out: Out most of the time.

Wedding rings on or off: Still on!

Happy or moody most of the time: Probably a little on the moody side. Sorry babe! Again, I blame it on the gloomy weather and not having anything to do.

Looking forward to: My parents and brothers are visiting us this weekend! Yes, when I’m 8 months pregnant. They bought their plane tickets about a week and a half before we found out I was pregnant… Isn’t that always how it goes? I’m really thankful they’re coming this weekend because I know it’ll be fun and make the time go by a little faster! I’m also looking forward to finishing the nursery in the next few weeks. Archer’s bedding and mobile are currently a work in progress, and I can’t wait to have those finishing touches!

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How much do I love this pillow from Chrissie Grace Designs?
So much. Maybe my favorite gift yet.