Baby Talk: 24 Weeks + Nursery Inspiration

Aug 7

Happy Friday, friends! I thought I’d switch things up just a little bit today and wrap up the week with a little baby-related update. Said baby has much to do with posting being a bit light this week so it seemed appropriate to fill you in on how things are going now that we’re quickly cruising toward the third trimester. To kick things off with a more general baby update, I’ve been starting to think a lot about the nursery over the last couple of weeks so I thought I would share a few of the nurseries that are inspiring me as I start to formulate plans and ideas. I think it’s pretty obvious at a quick glance that I’m definitely gravitating toward very soft, neutral rooms with just little bits of color here and there. I find myself pinning nursery inspiration with a similar vibe to these rooms over and over again. I just think they are so so pretty! I’ll keep you posted as I really nail down the direction I want to go, but these sweet little havens are definitely steering the direction of my nursery daydreams at the moment.

Nursery Inspiration from @cydconverse

[The Animal Print Shop | Delbarr Moradi for Sacramento Street | Claire Esparros from Style Me Pretty Living | Sarah Sherman Samuel for Smitten StudioJoe Schmelzer for The Animal Print Shop.]

24 Weeks Pregnant

Today officially marks 24 weeks! A lot has happened in the last four weeks since I filled you in on our big baby news so I thought I’d get you up to speed and also solicit your advice at this stage in the game. In the last few weeks my pregnancy has steered off course a bit and is no longer plotting along like a typical pregnancy, so if any of you have any input or tips to share I would sincerely appreciate the feedback!

Boy or Girl?

Let’s get right to a big one, shall we? Are we having a boy or a girl? Truthfully, we weren’t planning to find out initially. We didn’t change our minds until we walked into our 20-week ultrasound. As of right now we’re pretty sure we know what we’re having, but the baby wasn’t moving around very much that day so we will be confirming gender at the next ultrasound, which is Monday. Stay tuned! Any guesses in the meantime?

Symptoms

By and large, I am still completely symptom-free. Sleeping is increasingly difficult at night as my hips just get so uncomfortable within a matter of an hour or two, and then I’m restless all night long beyond that point. I am finding that my sciatic is occasionally getting really uncomfortable if I stand or walk for too long on hard surfaces (such as our IKEA trip last week) and/or if I’m in the car for too long, but for the most part I really can’t complain. Aside from the summer heat getting to me a bit here and there (which is annoying, I admit) I still haven’t had any issues with morning sickness or nausea, I haven’t had any swelling so far, my boobs have never hurt and for the most part my energy level is pretty good. This would be enough to make me super annoying for those of you with tough pregnancies if it weren’t for that one other little pretty huge thing going on….

My Placenta Hates Me

It’s true. My placenta hates me. We found out last week that I have a condition known as placenta previa. I will spare you many of the details, but in a nutshell that means my placenta attached to my uterus in the wrong spot. Plus, it decided to take things one step further and attach in what is essentially the worst of all possible spots, classifying my particular placenta as not only a complete previa, but also an anterior previa, which has it’s own special set of complications. What does this mean? Well for now it means I’ve been handed down several physical restrictions by my doctor which I am strictly following. It also means that baby and I will be monitored way more than is average as we head into the third trimester. Thus having another ultrasound so soon next week. In fact, I will now be having them every few weeks. Also, in all likelihood this means the only safe way for me to deliver the baby will be via c-section at no later than 36 to 37 weeks. Unless something changes (which the doctor said yesterday he does not anticipate), we are now on course to have our little one join us at the beginning of November instead of the end of the month, putting us at right around 12 or 13 weeks out. Absolute utter craziness!

Any Advice?

Ok, moms. Lay it on me! Any advice at this stage in the game? Any other previa moms or c-section moms with anecdotes to share? I don’t personally know anyone who has dealt with previa although I do have friends who have had c-sections. I will admit that the previa and all of it’s many potential complications (really nasty things like possibly ending up on bed rest to try and avoid hemorrhaging and pre-term labor, ugh) has had me very nerved up over the last many days. While a c-section is less than ideal, I’m dealing with that news pretty well, it’s just all the other risks that have me freaking. I’ll be sure to share updates as I go along, but I’d love your advice in the meantime! xoxo

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15 thoughts on “Baby Talk: 24 Weeks + Nursery Inspiration”

  1. I have a lot of those nursery’s pinned too. They’re so adorable!
    Hooray for symptom free pregnancies! I did have nausea and horrid fatigue, but it pretty well stopped there. Now I have ankles that rival those of an elephants (aka non existent) but it’s all part of the game eh?
    I was thinking the other day, and something like 90% of my friends with kids have had c-sections. In their cases, the recovery wasn’t nearly as bad as some make it out to be. I think knowing you need a c-section in advance would be better than needing an emergency one in the middle of birth. Mama you’ve got this!

  2. Tan, I agree completely! I’d so much rather know we’re having a c-section and plan for it over having it happen under emergency circumstances. I think that’s why I’m pretty ok about that side of things. At least I know and can prepare! My best friend has had two c-sections and basically says the same thing – recovery isn’t fun, but it isn’t necessarily awful, it’s really just the first week that’s a major pain. Literally. ;-) xoxoxo

  3. Lauren, I love that you’re also 24 weeks! It seems like so many ladies are pregnant right now, it makes the entire experience so much more fun for me. Do you know if you’re having a girl or boy? :-)

  4. I’m glad you are relatively symptom free (minus the placenta hating you part)! I just love all the nursery ideas, that was my favorite part about having babies… decorating the rooms! xo

  5. Cyd! I’m so sorry to hear about your complications. I’m sure you’re super anxious but try not to read too much on the Internet. Easier said than done, I know. I don’t have any experience here – just wanted to say I’m thinking of you!

    And ps: I highly recommend a neutral base to the nursery with decor that’s easy to swap out. I did a very sweet, simple color palette for Hazel and now that she’s basically a teenager I’m realizing her nursery doesn’t fit her personality! It needs to be way more fun and vibrant:)

    xoxo
    Whitney

  6. Your nursery inspiration photos are perfection! Doing lots of neutrals for the big ticket items will also help you more easily transition (redecorate!) the room as the kiddo grows older. Wishing you a healthy third trimester with the little one, and can’t wait to find out what you’re having! :)

  7. I love your nursery looks! I chose a color palette based on that pretty Italian stationery so it made shopping easy – some aqua, some pink, some green, etc. When we learned we were having a girl, I used more pinks and aquas. I went this way in case we have another baby and I can hopefully recycle some stuff…I’m sorry to hear about your placenta previa. I think it’s more common than we think. My friend had that and she had a fairly normal pregnancy. Baby came a few weeks early, but nothing major. Hang in there and I definitely agree with previous comments who said not to get too worked up over what you read on the internet. We’re all thinking of you!

  8. I was high risk with baby #2 and was transferred to Regional Perinatal Center for my appointments. They took such good care of me! Not sure if you’re dealing with them, but if so, you are in good hands. I have two boys and both of them were C-sections. #1 was breech, and with #2 I had polyhydramnios, plus he was over 9 pounds. My first C-section at the little hospital close to my home was kind of a nightmare. My second was at Crouse, and the experience was amazing, start to finish! Not that C-sections are fun under any circumstances, but they took such good care of me that it went as well as could possibly be expected.

    The recovery is NOT fun at all, as others have mentioned, and you will be surprised to discover that it takes every bit as long as they tell you it will, maybe even a bit longer. Cut yourself a lot of slack and take it easy in those weeks after you deliver. Congratulations and all the best!

  9. Thanks, Whit! You’re absolutely correct. The internet is a scary scary place. Eek! And a neutral base that can grow with the little babe is definitely the direction I’m thinking at the moment. :-) xoxo

  10. Desirée, that sounds gorgeous! And I’m glad to hear your friend made out well with the previa. That’s what we have fingers crossed for over here! xoxo

  11. Jen, thank you so so much for chiming in! I haven’t yet been referred out anywhere, we’re going through a series of follow-up tests and ultrasounds at the moment to determine the extent of things. Yesterday’s ultrasound didn’t give us as much information as we’d hoped, but the baby seems to be doing great (and starting to grow like a weed) so that’s all the matters to me at the moment. And thank you for the c-section feedback! I am definitely in the process of preparing myself as best as possible…AKA starting to think about my workload and commitments so I can plan to slow way way down for a few weeks. ;-)

  12. I’m pretty late seeing this, I had no idea you were preggo! Congratulations. I’m sorry to hear about your placenta previa issue. That’s scary stuff. I had twins 5.5 months ago and both of them had issues with their placentas (1 was insufficient and my baby stopped growing and 1 had their umbilical cord inserting into the side instead of the center – which can lead to placenta previa). We ended up having to deliver at 33 weeks since baby A stopped growing. My advice with your c-section is take the drugs they offer and stay ahead of any pain. One thing no one really tells you is that what seems like every hour after your procedure a nurse is going to come in, check out your down-there area and then push very firmly on your lower stomach area to make sure your uterus is returning to normal size. Problem is, you have an incision in your lower stomach area so that pushing is not at all pleasant. Follow the restrictions the doctors give you between now and delivery – you definitely don’t want to take any chances with this (I’m sure you know this already). If they say bedrest, do bedrest. I was on bedrest in the hospital for 17 days before my babies were born. It was boring but it’s what they needed. Binge watch some shows on netflix, it helps pass the time. Delegate your nursery decorating to hubby, friends and family. Wishing you the very, very best and keeping you and your babe (whoever he or she might be) in my thoughts.

    1. Thank you, Kristin! Your advice is so spot-on. I’m so sorry to hear about all the scary business with your twins, but I am so glad that everyone made out ok. Sending you lots of good baby juju! xoxoxo

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