Tummy Problems



Lately I’ve been craving mint chocolate chip ice cream. I’ve been trying to limit myself, since ice cream isn’t exactly healthy. But that doesn’t always work out so well for my stomach. Last night I found myself feeling extremely hungry right before bed. I went into the kitchen to find some food and absolutely everything sounded sickeningly disgusting to eat….except for mint chocolate chip ice cream. Since I had already indulged in a bowl earlier that day, I decided not to have another. I choked down a piece of bread with honey (something I usually enjoy) and went to bed. I woke up this morning yet again wanting…. You got it, mint chocolate chip ice cream. Isn’t pregnancy strange??
I’m constantly surprised at all of the strange things happening to my stomach. Besides the obvious growing bump, I’ve also been dealing with my increased appetite, the strange cravings and aversions, random nausea, intense heart burn, and feeling full sooner than I actually become full (Archer doesn’t like to leave my stomach much space these days). And although I can not wait to have my body back, from my old waistline to my normal eating habits, there aren’t many better things in this world than feeling the baby inside your womb move around. Sometimes I get frustrated at my heartburn or weight gain, and Archer does a little flip inside of me, reminding me that those things don’t really matter. My body is growing another human being! The body of my sweet baby boy, whose tummy I can’t wait to kiss and whose toes I can’t wait to tickle.





Six months pregnant. Time is flying! Archer is approximately a foot long and weighs over a pound. He can hear many sounds from outside the womb, is developing his sense of taste, and moves often.



Today marks the beginning of month 6! I can’t believe how fast time has been flying by. Nate and I have been really taking the time this week to think about how we want the nursery to look, and we have been (oh sweet joy of joys) registering for baby things for Archer!

I can’t stop thinking about how I want the nursery to look. I’ve been on Pinterest and Etsy and random baby blogs non-stop lately, and every time that I have a minute to sit down and think, my mind wanders back to planning out the nursery. I guess I must be in the nesting phase. So….I’m going to use this blog post to share what I’ve been dreaming about for the nursery!

We’ve known for quite some time now that we want to do foxes as our nursery theme. We’re thinking kind of a retro Fantastic Mr. Fox meets other woodland creatures kind of a feel. Fox and woodland stuff isn’t easy to find for nurseries, but the stuff that does exist is crazy cute! Here are some of the things that we have registered for on babylist (you can see our whole babylist registry as well as links to our Babies “R” Us and Target registries at our personalized link http://babyli.st/baby-otte):







This fox crib sheet from katyandzucchini┬áis so perfect! I know its a bit pricey for a crib sheet. And that babies tend to make messes on crib sheets! So I also registered for some cute grey striped ones that are a more reasonable price at Babies “R” Us.









This adorable woodblock fox pillow from Laura Frisk. We also love her squirrel and deer pillows!











This pretty squirrel nightlight from landofnod would be so cute with the whole fox/woodland theme. I love how softly it glows, instead of a harsh table lamp.











Simple green hamper from our Babies “R” Us registry.









I think this faux deer head from Theshabbyshak would look great on Archer’s wall both as a decoration and as a hook for coats and other little things.









Fox head clock from ObjectIndustrialArt.



I also got really inspired by some nurseries and children’s bedrooms that other people had done:



I really love this woodland nursery that was featured on ontobaby.com. The simple colors, the use of natural wood, and those awesome antlers! Nate and I have been wanting to paint a series of fox pictures featuring quotes for Archer’s nursery, so those would go in the place of some of the other pictures that this mom used.





This whole woodland nursery that Kelly Hicks created for her son, Jack. I recommend checking out the whole blog post, it’s incredible! And how great is that fox lamp?? It’s originally from Target but I don’t think they are selling it anymore.



fox nursery inspiration board


And of course this awesome inspiration board from projectbambino!






I also found some really neat things on Etsy that I think Nate and I might be able to make ourselves for a more cost efficient price:










I love these mossy letters from teresab123 and I think it would be great if we bought some basic wooden letters in Archer’s initials and glued floral moss onto them.











I love the quote on this wooden sign from WordsonWood11. Although the shop did a great job with it, I think I could buy some wood and paint on the quote myself and use some colors that fit Archer’s nursery a bit more.

I can’t wait to set up Archer’s nursery! All this fox and woodland themed stuff gets me excited. I’m so excited to paint the nursery walls and hang up these adorable decorations and to set up his little crib with fox sheets. Hooray for daydreaming and nesting!



babyarcher3One of the joys of pregnancy is getting to feel baby move. Those little flutters in my tummy let me know that he is OK; he is growing and alive and may even be aware of my movements and my voice. Lately, Archer’s movements have been even stronger and Nate has been able to feel him move. The secret joy of Archer moving is no longer mine alone, but can be delighted in with his father.

Movement demonstrates life. If something can move, if it can change and grow, it shows that it is living. Babies move, even in the womb, in their tiny confined spaces. Plants move, and change throughout the year as summer turns into fall and they are forced to stop the process of photosynthesis and drop their leaves. And sometimes, people that we love move. They move to distances that we can not walk to or drive to or see every day. They need to move, because, in some strange way, the change helps them to grow.

Our move to Arkansas was a big change for Nate and I (and in a way, for baby Archer). Within just a month, we left our families, our friends, our old jobs, the city and state we grew up in, our apartment, our culture, and the youth group that we poured our hearts into for two years. And all of this during the excitement of a baby coming. If I said it was easy to do, I would be lying. But if I said it was the wrong thing to do, that would be a lie as well. I know that we are where God wants us to be. And I know that this change, this movement, will produce many good things for our whole little family.

From Archer’s little kicks and flips in my womb, to our almost 1000 mile drive across the country to our new home (including a drop in altitude of over 4,000 feet), our lives have been full of movement lately. Movement isn’t always easy. It isn’t always free of pain. But it is exciting. It can be beneficial. And it demonstrates life. I can’t wait to see what happens next.