Ari’s Birth Story

Ari’s original estimated due date was on March 29, a couple days after his daddy’s birthday. Russ and I spent all of March waiting for this kid. We finished the nursery, washed all the baby clothes, and organized the entire house before March because we thought our son might come at any moment and we wanted to be prepared. We even celebrated Russell’s birthday early. Then March 29 came…and went. I went to all my OBGYN appointments every week and each week the nurse taking my blood pressure and weight will comment how baby wasn’t here yet. I continued grocery shopping and the cashiers at the store started to recognize me and ask me when my baby was coming. I felt a lot of pressure to pop out this kid but he was on his own time. It got hard leaving the house because random people will comment about how I looked “ready to pop” which, yes I was ready to pop, but I didn’t need the constant reminder that baby wasn’t here yet. (more…)

39.5 Week Update

Yup, still pregnant! Hopefully this will be the last pregnancy update…hehe. Bonus: this post is being published on Russell’s birthday! Let’s see if our son decides to come out on his dad’s birthday to say hello 🙂

Baby’s due date is fast approaching and he still isn’t here yet. You can say Russ and I are excited. Everyday, we wake up and wonder if this is the day he’ll make his appearance. It feels like this is the first lesson in parenthood – that you won’t be able to control your child. The baby will come when the baby comes. And that’s okay, but we’re so excited!

Other baby updates: (more…)

Nursery and Name Reveal!

I figured it was time to blog about the nursery. As we await the arrival of our baby, here’s an update of what I’ve been up to: Project Nursery.

I’ve cleaned and organized, emptied and reorganized, vacuumed, re-vacuumed – over and over again. Seriously, the baby needs to get here already because there’s only so many ways you can organize baby socks. Anyways, the room we used as the nursery is (Was? Still is) the guest bedroom. Here’s the first time I blogged about the Guest Room and how we designed it when we first moved in: Virtual Home Tour: The Guest Room.

After doing all of that, about a year later we decided to make it into a baby room when we found out about our pregnancy. It wasn’t a big project to take on since Russ and I are always switching up our room decor. But it was a slow process since it took me awhile to collect the furniture for the nursery. So let’s start the blog. (more…)

DIY | Unpaper Towels

We are slowly going zero-waste in the Henry Home. It’s been a slow journey but we try to make cuts on disposable items where we can in our home. Awhile ago, I blogged about the reusable napkins I made out of upcycled bed linen. Ever since then, I knew I wanted to try to make unpaper towels. Fast forward to a year later when I am 9 months pregnant and frantically trying to finish all my sewing projects, I present to you DIY Unpaper Towels!

Ideally, you can use old scraps of fabrics (old cotton t-shirts, flannel bed sheets, old towels, etc.) you have lying around. Or you can thrift some fabrics from old linen. However, I went a little overboard when I found out I was pregnant and bought a bunch of flannel fabric for the baby. I made a bunch of cloth wipes for the baby since we will be cloth diapering but still had some left over flannel. I figured this would be a good time to work on some unpaper towels and use up my supply of flannel. (more…)

36 & 37 Week Pregnancy Update

Hello there.

I am still pregnant. Half of me is anxious to meet this kid already and the other half is anxious about labor and delivery. In other words, I am a ball of anxiety. But underneath it all, I can’t help but feel excited to see my family grow, to watch Russell become a dad, and to take care of a child. I am going to be a mother. Oy.

I’m combining my 36 and 37 week update in this post since this picture is from 36 weeks but I am writing this while I am at 37 weeks. I can’t believe that I have been pregnant for 9 months and that this baby will be coming ANY TIME.

Below is a summary of pregnancy this past couple of weeks. (more…)