A Pre-Baby Update


Hello everyone,

Just wanted to check in with you all before things get even crazier here.

Our baby Diana is due in less than two weeks (August 13), and we are intensely trying to finish the messiest part of the renovation so that we can clean up and get settled into bedrooms.

The pregnancy has gone extremely well. Besides having to measure my blood sugars (and giving up chocolate) due to gestational diabetes, this pregnancy has been one of my easiest and I am so thankful for that.


This black birthday dress hides my big 9-month belly

Living through a major home renovation, where all four floors of our house have been torn up in some way, has not been so easy. Either has potty-training our Luke (who just turned three).

On both fronts, however, we are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. Luke has earned some high fives, and I’m very happy with the finished parts of the house.

Basement renovation with salvaged antique beaded oval doorknobs and doors

I love how the salvaged doors and antique knobs look in the new basement.

Living room with salvaged fireplace mantel and Benjamin Moore Copley Gray paint on walls

The living room will be cozy this winter with our new fireplace.

New nursery in shell pink with salvaged decorative radiator.

We chose Queen Anne Pink (Benjamin Moore) for Diana’s room.

Victorian painted lady houses in Cape May, New Jersey

Then last month, we were able to escape the mess and stress of the remodeling for a week-long family vacation in Cape May, New Jersey, where the Victorian houses are just as compelling as the ocean.

Toddler boy at fence with horse at farm in the countryside of Ohio

We even squeezed in a quick trip back to Ohio to see my parents (and feed the horse).

Homegrown fruit from front yard edible garden

At home this summer, our garden didn’t get a lot of attention, so we felt blessed to have been able to taste our very own peaches and apples for the first time.

Now it’s time for punch lists and rearranging furniture, stocking tiny diapers, freezing casseroles, and cleaning baseboards.

Over the next few weeks and months, I’m going to leave the substantial writing up to my contributing writers — thank you, Jen, Karen, Rayna, Samantha, Sara, and Suz. I’m also looking forward to sharing some guest posts from experts at Home Depot and T. Rowe Price. I plan on popping in now and then with pictures.


Thank you for sticking with me during this time when blogging and social media have taken a backseat to home and family. I look forward to sharing our news with you!

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  • Sofia Suardi August 9, 2013, 7:06 pm

    Hi Mama! That was a very efficient overview of what is going on at home. I can’t wait for Diana to be born!!!! Only four more days left!!!!

    Your daughter,

    • Amy August 10, 2013, 3:48 am

      I’m so glad you like my little summary, Sofia. That means a lot coming from someone who knows our life well!


  • Alison August 1, 2013, 10:40 pm

    Ah, the tiny diapers. Good luck with the last few days–you look great! Don’t forget that “Diana” is the best friend of Anne Shirley, heroine of the Anne of Green Gables books. And one day I must get myself to Cape May….

    • Amy August 3, 2013, 10:11 pm

      Thanks, Alison! I was forgetting about Diana of Green Gables — thank you for the reminder. And yes, you must check out Cape May. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Take care, Amy

  • carol post-pfaelzer August 1, 2013, 7:45 pm

    Amy,I really love your writing and news.Have a big bouncing baby!!!!!!From Carol, an old friend of your parents,Boston,mass.

    • Amy August 1, 2013, 8:30 pm

      Hi Carol,

      It’s great to hear from you! Of course I know your name through my mom. I love the image of a big bouncing baby — so happy.

      Thank you for your note!

  • Diana Barry July 31, 2013, 10:35 pm

    Love the name. My middle name is Lynn.

    Best wishes to you and your family.

  • Dianab Barry July 31, 2013, 10:32 pm

    Love the name! I grew up with others who had the same name and don’t hear it very often. My middle name is Lynn.

    Best wishes to you and your family.

    • Amy August 1, 2013, 9:31 am

      Hi Diana!

      Great to hear from you. It’s true — the name doesn’t seem to be used much these days, but I agree that it’s beautiful. My mom’s name is Lynn!


  • SarahButtonedUp July 31, 2013, 9:36 pm

    Amy – you look FABULOUS! Glad to hear the pregnancy has gone smoothly (minus the gestational diabetes). The house looks gorgeous, too. Sending you a very huge hug and best wishes for an easy delivery. And O.M.G. is Luke really 3? That is nuts. Such a big boy!

    • Amy July 31, 2013, 9:38 pm

      Hi Sarah,

      Love hearing your enthusiasm through the line! Thank you for the hugs and encouragement.


  • Meera July 31, 2013, 9:32 pm

    Good to hear that everything is coming together! Hope all goes well with the delivery.

    • Amy July 31, 2013, 9:33 pm

      Thank you so much, Meera, for your well wishes!


  • Jen @ Jen Spends July 31, 2013, 8:12 pm

    You look amazing, the finished projects look amazing, and I adore the color you chose for Diana’s room–it has always been one of my favorites. I’m so glad to hear that things are going well. Hopefully the delivery will be one of your easiest as well!

    • Amy July 31, 2013, 8:47 pm

      Hi Jen,

      Thank you so much for all your glowing compliments! That’s so cool that you know about Queen Anne pink too. It’s a beautiful historical color that goes well with the other antique colors that we picked.

      Here’s to hoping for a fast delivery too!