Operation Nursery~He’s Still a Boy~34 Week Update

Good Morning!

Heavens to Murgatroyd do I ever owe an update!

I’m going to have to catch up in several posts… so in this first one I’ll update on the things I’ve been promising with the most frequency.  Operation Nursery, He’s still a boy, and my 34 week update!  Then over the next few weeks I’ll catch up the rest of it!  I can’t believe it’s been almost two months since I was really here!  So much has happened in the past 7 weeks…

I’m going to begin with ‘Operation Nursery’.

First I’m going to show you again the picture of the nursery before Mom and I got at the furniture…  We refinished the antique dresser to the left and the old 70’s rocking chair to the right.


I say ‘we’ but to be perfectly honest, it was mostly my mom.  Refinishing requires far too many chemicals that I’m not supposed to be around.  I spent a great deal of the time locked into a different portion of the house just watching her work or running errands for her whenever she needed something.

Here she is stripping the dresser…


I braved the room once in a while to check out the progress.  I’m not one to sit back and have others work on my stuff so I couldn’t stay away all of the time! 

No worries though, I wore a mask!


It’s coming along… sanding and staining and sanding and varnishing…  It was a lot of work! 


 Once that was done (No worries I have pictures of it finished and in the nursery) we started work on the chair…  It was horrible!  She sanded it down with an electric sander and then I helped her sand it down by hand.  Once we had it sanded she applied stripper and… NOTHING! 

We went through three different kinds of stripper and several home remedy tricks and nothing broke through the old varnish.  She swears they must have stuck this sucker in a kiln after they lacquered it!!! 


So for a time we thought that this was it.  The way my favorite rocking chair in all the world would look forever!  For a few days we were sick with the thought!!!


And then I had an inspiration!!! 

“Let’s paint it red!” 

So we did and it’s AWESOME!!! 


Since we were going red I had her paint the Pirate wheel red too… 

Oh, have I not told you about the pirate wheel?

This will hang above his crib.  When he’s born I’ll write on it

Captain Isaac Orion Laube
Insert his birth date)
USS Scuttlebutt

That last is a joke of Ryan’s.  He always teases that when he retires he’s going to take up piracy.  He wants to be the ‘Dread Pirate Lauberts’ and captain the USS Scuttlebutt (Scuttlebutt is an old sailing term used for gossip) and I’m to be his pirate wench.  Please imagine me hugely rolling my eyes at this!

So here is a picture of Mom working at the helm… snicker!


 So are you ready to see the finished product?  Dare ye enter?


 Here it be!  A genuine pirate nursery!  Remember that the green and red lanterns are the Starboard (green) and port (red) of his little ship!

We absolutely love it and I’m so glad I went with red! 


 Here is a blanket that I got at the shower and decided to make into a wall hanging…  right over his blanket rack, which incidentally is getting very full!  But… I’m not done yet…


 Didn’t the dresser turn out beautifully!?  It turns out that once we got it stripped down it was birds eye maple!  They just don’t make them like this anymore!


 I love my red chair!  I can’t wait to rock him in it…


 My mother in law bought us our diaper changer to match our crib.  Ryan commissioned her to make us a sign to hang above it… Ready for it? 

It says “POOP DECK”  How funny is that? 

I don’t have it hung yet because I need to go out and buy a hanger for it.


This is the pirate bedding.


 Here’s a close up of the pirates for fun…


Even Gandalf loves the nursery and spends much of his time there these days basking in the sun.


 We are thrilled with the outcome of ‘Operation Nursery’.  There are a thousand other behind the scenes things that you can’t see… like the fact that the dresser is full of his little clothes all washed and ready to go, the shelves are arranged with his toys and the things he’ll need shortly after birth, ect.  It was a well packed three weeks!

THANKS MOM!  There is no way I could have done it without you!

Another thing to come out of the past few weeks was a new ultrasound!  I went in for my 32 week appointment just a day after my return to Texas.  My mom came with me since she was here and when my doctor saw her he decided that she needed to see her grandson!  How cool of him was that!!!?

So I have a 32 week ultrasound that proves he is healthy and thriving and at 32 weeks measured in at 4 pounds 1 ounce and right on schedule. 

It also proved once and for all that he is most definitely a HE!


 One last thing that I most definitely owe you is an updated pregnancy photo.  How about several?  Ryan and I went out into the backyard since it was such a nice day and decided to do a little photo shoot. 

Let me remind you what I looked like last time at 27 weeks…

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And here I am now!  YIKES!!! 


Okay okay in all seriousness… Here are the results of our little photo shoot…






 One more goofy picture just for fun.  I was joking around with Ryan and stuck my foot up.  I asked,

“Hey honey, do I look like I’ve got a little captain in me?”

He replied, quite straight faced,

“Why yes you do.  A little Captain Isaac Orion Laube!”

Well duh!  We are doing a pirate theme!

He got a laugh… of course!


And last but not least… this will be my official 34 week pregnancy picture.  I can’t believe how fast it’s going! 

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 Well, that will do it for me today. 

I’ll be back with more soon! 

All my love,




21 thoughts on “Operation Nursery~He’s Still a Boy~34 Week Update

  1. The nursery looks amazing, but doesn’t even begin to compare to how beautiful you look.  You are SOOO ready to hold that precious baby in your arms!  I’m so happy for you!  Woohooo..not long now!  Yay!

  2. What an awesome post!!!!! I’ve missed you!The nursery…er, pirate ship looks wonderful! I love the pirate theme and the red rocking chair. It turned out so beautifully!! Girl you are too.stinkin.cute! LOVE that belly!! I’m so happy that you and baby Isaac are doing so well.Love you!

  3. I love the bumper on the bed. I think it’s my favorite detail, though the captain’s wheel with the future info on it is an AWESOME idea! And I had to laugh out loud at the “poop deck” idea. That’s a very sexy mask-wearing shot!The island where we’re living has a TON of pirate lore. In fact, Blackbeard met his demise somewhere nearby. I was SHOCKED to read Ann Bonny’s biography. What an evil slut! Even this island’s name is somehow tied to pirate stuff, Topsail Island. I know, I should give you more details but I”ve forgotten them already and I still have to read one of the 5 books on local history that Steve bought us.

  4. PS – I forgot to mention how I loved the picture that includes Gandalf. I wish Isaac could grow up knowing him.  The rocking chair made me smile. You should enter this post in the Weekly Photo Challenge as “Something Red.” Or I’ll post a link at the site for you if you’d like. Your creativity and your mom’s hard work are worth sharing!

  5. What a wonderful update….you look positively GORGEOUS when your pregnant. Seriously! And the room…I absolutly love it! It turned out so nice, and your right about the dresser- they don’t make them like that anymore. Such a beautiful piece of furniture. That was awfully nice of your mom to help out like that…sounds like between the two of you- you guys got alot done.Much love girlie!!!

  6. @BigToePeople – Thanks so much!  I am so happy with how it all turned out and all the little details were so fun to indulge in after waiting for so long!!!  Believe it or not I’ve actually heard about Topsail Island… I think I may have read a bood that was set there once… How funny!!!!  You are more than welcome to post a link to this at the photo challenge site if you want.  I hesitate to join a new thing I’ll be addicted to myself as I can barely keep up with things on my plate these days!  LOL 

  7. @NightCometh – @babybooties33 – @spunky_monkey83 – @HisLovelyMrsKing – @BrieanneVanessa – @one_in_heaven – @kristilee627 – Thanks so much ladies!  It’s been so fun to do the nursery and to look and feel good through this pregnancy!!!  God has been faithful to Ryan and I and I’m so glad to have enjoyed this right down to looking good and finding clothes I like!  LOL  Love you guys and I’m so happy to have you to share all of this with!

  8. wonderful post and what a fantastic job on that nursery!   and I think you win the red photo challenge.  get ready for a life changing event (when that new one gets here.)  – Rollie

  9. What a darling red room and what a darling mama.  It doesn’t get any cuter than this.  Congratulations on your new little one and hoping everything runs smoothly from his outcome to his outgo at graduation time.  May you all live happily ever after.    Your mom is a darling too.  You are all lovely, I can see it in the smiles. 

  10. You are incredibly talented and beautiful.  Pregnancy suits you.  The ship is incredible.  You know, my son’s room is a disaster.  I wasn’t ready at all!

  11. Okay, I’m FINALLY here to comment on this.  I really need to get caught up with everyone, but I have to make it through finals first!Wow!  The nursery looks INCREDIBLE!  Seriously, it looks like something out of a magazine!  I love the dresser, the red rocking chair, and the bedding!  Oh, plus everything else, too.    Your mom is incredible to do all of that for you!  I’m so glad she could be there to help you!  She has to be getting excited about her newest grandson, too!Hahahaha, at the “poop deck”!  I love it!I got all teary-eyed reading this entry.  It does my heart a world of good to see you getting to finally experience all the baby-preparations and the big belly.  ๐Ÿ™‚  I can’t stop smiling when I think about how faithful God was and is.  You look absolutely BEAUTIFUL!  I love that pink top with the black and the blue jeans.  And your hair is gorgeous.  The one you have as your profile picture is my favorite, though!

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