Pregnancy – Week 34

Week… 34

Baby is the size of… a Pineapple

Highlight of the Week… Surprise! My coworkers threw me the most incredible baby shower. I was totally overwhelmed by the love Baby Lawrence is going to be surrounded with. The party turned into a parent support group where everyone shared their best parenting stories from weird things their kids have done to annoying parts of parenthood. I haven’t laughed so hard in a very long time! It was perfection!

Frustration of the Week… The humidity of our storm season has been wreaking havoc on my body. Not only is the weather particularly draining, the inflammation of my joints is not helping my body adjust to baby’s increasing weight gain. I’ve been doing my best to stay cool, hydrated, and moving despite my body’s every inclination to be a couch potato.

Eating a lot of… Homemade tuna sandwiches and California Cuties.

Cute Thing Hubby Did This Week… Hubs continues to be the best support I could ever want or ask for – offering up back or foot rubs when he sees me struggling, carrying anything and everything so I don’t strain myself, and providing all the support he can as he watches me struggle with baby’s growth impact on my ability to move around.

A Tidbit… If I’ve learned anything this week, it’s that pregnancy brain is real. It’s like being a walking real-life version of Dory. I frequently forget what I was doing mid-walk to another room or talking about mid-conversation. And don’t even think about trying to play trivia games with me right now. I honest to goodness forgot Carrie Fisher’s name the other day, which is basically a sin in my household.

And bonus! 

A coworker has been joking with me that my growing baby bump reminds them of the Grinch. So, for their enjoyment at my baby shower this week, I decided to model and then compare. Here, for your laughs, is the side-by-side. You’re welcome.

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Disney Seashell Sign

When designing our Disney ocean themed nursery, we knew we were going to incorporate seashells. First, seashells are absolutely fitting for any ocean or beach themed room. And second, we have a lot of them sitting around.

Like “a lot” a lot.

Most of these are left over from our Coastal Christmas and were just begging for a second life. So here it is!

As is the goal with most of my craft projects, this one is incredibly easy, fast, and inexpensive. Keep reading for the step-by-step guide.Read More »

7 Books on My Reading List

Happy Sunday! As we prepare for little arrival, I’m soaking up every bit of quiet alone time I can and mostly filling it with reading. Under the advisement of a few friends, I’ve also begun putting together my maternity leave bucket list. My friends have warned that while a newborn will make my schedule more erratic, they can be a bit… boring and I’ll have time to indulge in tv shows, podcasts, and if I’m lucky, a few books. While I will be filling my time by knocking out my current goals, there are a few books I’m very excited to get reading.

Without further ado, here are seven books currently on my reading list. Click the titles for the descriptions.

  1. You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories by Curtis Sittenfeld (currently reading for my book club)
  2. Being Boss: Take Control of Your Work and Live Life on Your Own Terms by Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon
  3. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders 
  4. Jackie’s Girl: My Life with the Kennedy Family by Kathy McKeon
  5. You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life by Eleanor Roosevelt
  6. The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn: An Untold Story of the American Revolution by Robert P. Watson
  7. My Life in France by Julia Child

Any other recommendations to add to my list?

I’m always looking for new, interesting books to enjoy.

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Pregnancy – Week 33

Week… 33

Baby is the size of… a Honeydew Melon

Highlight of the Week… Seeing baby! We had a growth check appointment this week with an ultrasound. Our ultrasound was extra exciting because the office had a brand-new machine installed that morning. What should have been a 15-20 minute appointment to peek in on baby’s development was closer to an hour as the specialist taught the technician all the bells and whistles of the machine. I wish we could have taken videos or pictures of what popped up on the screen. Everything was remarkably clear! I mean, not only could we see the heart, we could see each minute movement of the chambers and the blood flowing through. When we scanned over the brain, every wrinkle and vein was visible. We were blown away!

However, baby was not feeling quite as photogenic as we had hoped. Instead of posing nicely for Mom and Dad, baby was grasping onto its feet and rolling back and forth. For the yogis out there, you know this is called happy baby pose.  So… we weren’t really thaaat upset.

Frustration of the Week… Finding comfortable sleeping positions for my rapidly changing body. I was warned that the 30 weeks were the toughest and my friends were very right. I can feel weight-gain every couple of days from the increasing discomfort in my hips to randomly losing my balance. And also… when did my belly get so big? And where did my feet go?! All these changes are part of developing a healthy baby but also mean that sleep has become a challenge. For now, we’ve moved to the living room couch, and I’m taking it one day at a time.

Eating a lot of… Taquitos and fruit. As much as I would love to be the woman who is craving ridiculous foods, my eating habits aren’t far from what I normally eat. But… I am a bit more permissive with “bad” foods. Overall though, lots of fruits and veggies… and then a plate of taquitos.

Cute Thing Hubby Did This Week… Last weekend, I had my hardest pregnancy night thus far. Every discomfort I’ve experienced during my pregnancy came together for a one night show of misery. In my frustration of not being able to sleep, I moved from the bedroom to the living room couch at midnight and shortly after, heard the pitter patter of feet coming down the stairs. There appeared my husband with his arms full of pillows and our dog’s favorite blanket, ready to join me. My hubs and dog have been camped out on the couch with me ever since so I won’t have to sleep alone. Truly, the best.

A Tidbit… My belly is now big enough that the motion sensors on my work’s restroom sink pick it up before I even get my hands near the faucet. Haha!

Tinkerbell Lantern

All you need is faith, trust, and pixie dust…

And a small lantern, some vinyl, and a fake candle.

Adding a Tinkerbell lantern to our Disney-themed nursery was the perfect dash of magic to bring the room together. Just as simple as sprinkling pixie dust, this project takes less than a half hour to complete and is just oh-so-cute.

Here’s how to make your own.

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