Pregnancy + Haven Conference + It’s a…

*peeks head around a corner*

*sees if anyone is there*


I haven’t posted since July 1st.  3 weeks.

I’ll tell you why.  But promise me, don’t feel sorry for me.  You really don’t need to feel bad for me.

I’ve been really sick.  Everyone (annoyingly) tells you that nausea goes away after your first trimester.  Well, it didn’t.  In fact, it got worse.  I have to keep barf-bags in the car.  I have to know where the closest restroom is at all times, and the fastest route to it.  I have to keep zofran stock piled in my purse.  The throwing up has not stopped.  At all.  So, that’s pretty exhausting.  And then, the past 3 weeks have added something new to this pregnancy.  Cramping.  Nausea  is normal.  You deal with it.  But cramping is another story.  Sometimes it’s normal.  Sometimes it’s not.  Non-stop cramping for a few weeks is kind of concerning.  But luckily, I’m okay and the baby is okay.  But it isn’t stopping.  The solution: do less.  A LOT LESS.  Do nothing that causes stress.  Any kind of stress.  The verdict from my doctor, my husband, my mom, my loving coworkers and boss, is bed rest.

So, I haven’t really done projects.  I’ve been too tired.  Aaron has been really amazing at taking care of me.  And projects are slow going because of it.  He did get a vast amount done this weekend though.  And I’m so proud of him, and grateful for my dad for helping.  It’s so frustrating not being able to help.  I just watch.  And it seriously makes me crazy.  I want to do SOMETHING.  But I basically get yelled at anytime I even stand up.  Lame sauce.  Later this week I will show you the progress that has been made in the kitchen.  It’s fantastic.

Next topic: HAVEN.  Let’s not forget I bought my Haven Conference ticket New Years Day, when no baby was on the horizon.  I am pretty worried about Haven now.  I’m past the point of being able to get a refund on my conference ticket, hotel, and air fare, since it’s ya know, less than TWO WEEKS AWAY.  I’m nervous.  I’m still going to try and go.  Luckily, my mom decided to come with me.  She’s going to take good care of me, and make sure I don’t do more than I should.  I just have to remember that I probably won’t be able to do everything I want to do.  But anything I CAN do, will still be a benefit.  I’m still nervous though.  My blog has pretty much gotten the shaft lately, so going to a conference to build it seems a little ridiculous.  But hopefully I can learn some great new things, and meet wonderful new people and sprout this little blog into a flower.  That would be nice 🙂

Sorry for this post being so wordy.  I really don’t want you to feel sorry for me.  I’m so tough.  I can handle it.  I just wanted to let you know why I’ve been hiding a little.

And to make your day a little bit brighter, here’s this:
Baby Crowder has a name: Evelyn Faye Crowder

Interiors By Kenz Baby

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  • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

    I still can’t believe your pregnancy has been so insane- I fully agree on the bedrest team- though I’ve been saying that for weeks. If it were up to me I’d come lay in bed with you and we could be miserable together. The picture of the boys is adorable- I can’t wait to see little Evelyn!

    • Kenz

      Thanks for being team bedrest. It has definitely not been easy. I’m not used to anything like this, but it’s definitely the right thing. Come be miserable with me little pregger lady 🙂

  • Ugh–I’m so sorry that things have been so crappy for you! But I’m glad the bed rest gave you time to come up with a great baby name ;). Will you call her Evelyn or use a nickname, do you think? I know one other kid Evelyn (and then my grandmother, as I mentioned on facebook :))….but she goes by Evie.

    • Bethany Kline

      I love “Evie” so sweet

    • Kenz

      We’re not sure what nickhames we’ll call her yet! I love that was your grandmother’s name! Faye was my grandma’s name. Lyn is Aaron’s grandma. And you know… Eve, mother of all living. Haha, so we just squished them all together.

  • Bethany Kline

    Sorry you’re feeling so crummy! 🙁 I hope it starts getting better.

    • Kenz

      Thanks Friend! i’m excited to see you in GA!

  • andrea @

    Awwww, a girl!!!! =) I love the name. Too bad she’s acting like a teenager and giving you a hard time already! Keep your head up…it’s bound to improve! Esp because you can’t be pregnant forever!

    • Kenz

      hahahah! I should definitely ground that teenage-acting Evelyn! What a stinker. Thanks for the encouragement! xo

  • Tara @ Surburble

    Congrats! A little girl! Welcome to the Drama Club, lady! (And also, you won’t be so outnumbered in your house with all of those fellas) I love the name Evelyn!

    I’m sorry that you’ve been so sick. Just rest up and let Aaron do the heavy lifting. It may seem like you’ve got a ways to go, but I promise you, it will speed by and soon you’ll be snuggling that wee babe.

    Have lots of fun at Haven! I wish I was going (so many people I know in Bloglandia are going there) – I’d give you a hug and then take you out for lunch. (Your mom rocks, by the way – so rad that she’s going with you!)

    • Kenz

      Tara you are amazing! Just teleport to Haven, ok? That would make everything better 😉 You’ll have to teach me everything there is to know about being the mom-president of the drama club!

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART

    I so feel for you though. Throwing up is not fun at all. I hope it calms down for you soon. Congrats on the girl and finding a name. Such a great name 🙂 Love it!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Katja! You’re a gem!

  • Amber @ Wills Casa

    OH yeah!! A girl!! They are so much fun! It’s like having a real life doll (listen to my wonderful parenting advice here)!! I love the name too! So classic! Take it easy girl! I wish I was going to Haven, so I could keep my eye on you. I knew it was going to be too close to my due date for any kind of fun happening. Plus we just got back from alt. Can’t wait to see the project progress and hear all about Haven! Hang in there girl. It’s all worth it…especially now I know it’s a girl! 😉 (I’m only half kidding boys are great too. Maybe. I don’t really know that.)

    • Kenz

      A real life doll! haha, I love it! I’m sad you won’t be at haven, but you inspired me from alt summit. I’m so excited to see what Baby Wills is!

  • Stephanie, Sandpaper and Glue

    i love the name and you!! just a few more months and you’ll be good as new…. well, maybe with just a whole new kind of exhaustion. 🙂 xxoo

    • Kenz

      hahaha, I hope I’ll be as good as new! This 9 month flu is rough stuff! haha. xoxo steph!

  • Ashley

    Oh bless your heart! I’m sorry it’s been so rough. Love the name and so excited for you to have a girl–they’re so much fun!! Hope things improve soon for you.

    • Kenz

      Thanks Ashley! I appreciate the support 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Henriette

    I can’t help but to feel a little bit sorry for you!

    • Kenz

      Henriette! Oh my goodness I hope you have a boy! I’m happy you’re happy and healthy in your 2nd trimester. You are wonderful!!!

  • Sarah Ryan {Life in Ryans}

    Congratulations on your baby girl. Gorgeous name! Sorry you’re feeling so terribly. Glad your family are taking such good care of you though. Mind yourself xx

    • Kenz

      Thanks Sarah!!!! I promise to behave 🙂

  • SImply Sarah

    Love the name, Kenz. And girl don’t worry about this blog….its just a blog. If you don’t post for 3 weeks, no worries. It doesn’t get it’s feelins hurt…cuz it’s just a blog. Most important are you and miss evelyn.

    • Kenz

      I adore you!! You are right. Blogs don’t have time for hurt feelings 🙂

  • Tricia @ SimplicityintheSouth

    I know you have to be frustrated by not being able to do anything. Wish I could wave a magic wand and make the nausea go away. On a good note, I’m glad I get to meet you at Haven. I can’t believe it’s less than a week away!

    • Kenz

      Aw thanks Tricia! I’m really excited to meet you at Haven too! You are a doll!!!

  • Tessa

    i am so excited I found your blog today!! I think I am going to copy your wingback chair rocker re-do! I lOVE IT! thanks for the amazing post!

    • Kenz

      Aw YES! I’m happy you found your way here Tessa! Good luck with the chair. Let me know how it turns out 🙂

  • Maggie Rust

    You’re one tough cookie! All these months later I can only hope that you’re feeling better. You’ve been documenting more of your famous DIYs so I imagine you are.

    Earlier this year I was in the midst of several DIYs plus launching a new blog when my husband and I went away on a ski trip…whence I broke both my wrists. Both. When I got back, and for weeks and weeks afterwards, not only was I not able to DIY, I couldn’t blog. Heck I couldn’t dress myself or bathe myself or do ANYTHING. Luckily I’ve got a real good man 🙂 Months later, everything’s back to normal for me so I can say with authority that even the crappiest crapulescence meets it’s eventual end. >Happy vibes<

    • Kenz

      TWO BROKEN WRISTS?! I can’t imagine the horror of going to the bathroom… I’m glad you’ve got such a good man to take care of you. What is the link to your blog?? I’d love to follow along. This pregnancy has definitely been full of ups and downs. But, like you, I’ve got a great support team, and we’re getting so close to the end. Christmas will be here before we know it!

      • Maggie Rust

        Here’s a survival DIY for when you can’t bend your wrists: I used a spatula wrapped in T.P.. You make do, yuhnno?
        The blog (and biz) I was trying to launch pre-trip is still on the back-burner, because while I was on the trip (before the accident) my guy popped the question! So the project that’s been getting all my time lately is (Fair warning: where there should be tulle there are swears instead.)
        I’m going to be rolling out some how-tos and DIYs as soon as the indoor season (aka winter) starts. Meanwhile you’re baking a Christmas baby! Even though bebees is still in our distant-ish future, I am really looking forward to all your kid-inspired DIYs. WE’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BOAT–ER, BLOG.

        • Kenz

          hahaha oh Maggie, you kill me! spatula and tp 🙂 Genius. Congrats on the engagement! That’s huge! I’m excited to follow your blog. I’m definitely down for the swears