Smiling from all your sweet comments regarding Monday’s post announcing my pregnancy.  Thanks you guys, y’all are the best.  :)

Chowing down on leftovers of this recipe I made last night for dinner (except I subbed parmesan for grueyere since it’s what I had).  YUM.

Playing this playlist in the mornings for my workouts.  It’s a good one, gets me pumped.

Still thinking about this blog post I read a couple days ago on how important skin-to-skin contact is with newborns.  I’m fascinated by the statistics!

Listening to men working outside our house for termite treatment.  Luckily we live in a brick house, but somehow termites still found a home in one of our wooden windowsills.  Jerks.

Binge watching Mad Men.  I’ll tell you my secret: I try to get dinner mostly done early, around 4 or 5, and sneak in one or two episodes before Parker gets home.  Pop dinner in the oven when I see him leave the office (via the Find Friends app) and that way I can watch my show and have dinner ready when he gets home.  Brilliant!!

Looking forward to my first chiropractor adjustment next week.  Pregnancy is doing weird things to me, like messing up my sacrum.  Owie.

Laughing at this video (and also seriously considering the benefits of a $1 a month razor subscription).

Trying to talk myself out of paying another visit to this shop this weekend.  I’ll probably lose.  :)

Psyching myself up to get out and work in the yard today.  It’s gorgeous out, yes, but today is one of those low-energy days pregnancy seems to bring and all I want to do is lie on a blanket in the yard instead of pulling the weeds that are taking over.

What are you up to these days?

We’re having a baby!!

we're having a baby!!

I am so happy to finally announce it here!  Parker and I expecting our first baby this coming October!  I’m 15 weeks and counting, and according to my midwives, everything looks as healthy and perfect as can be.   Yeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Okay, so details: Remember when I posted this at the beginning of the year saying that one of my goals for 2014 was to have a baby?  Well, just a couple weeks later I got pregnant!  I was hoping I was pregnant when I attended Alt Summit and took all the necessary precautions just in case such as avoiding the millimeter wave scanner at the airport (FYI they just let you through without any screening if you say you’re pregnant.  No pat down or nothin‘…), I didn’t have even a sip of alcohol at any of the parties, and even went cold turkey on my coffee habit and have been opting for decaf instead ever since.  All totally overkill I‘m sure, but I just wanted to be extra-super careful.  I had finally decided I wanted a baby, I wasn’t going to do anything that might ruin that.  I still had to wait a couple of weeks to test, but when I did, the test starting showing that second pink line before I could even get out of the bathroom.

Parker was home sick that day (with The Man Cold), laying in bed watching a  movie, and I didn’t tell him that I was going to take the testjust in case it turned out I wasn’t, I didn’t want a big buildup beforehand.  But I walked into the bedroom afterward, holding the test and grinning like a goof, and, with a tiny hint of a goofy grin on his face too he asked, “What?…”  and I just kept looking at the test, and then looking at him, and he kept asking me, “What? What does it say?” And finally I said, “I think I’m pregnant!” To which he replied, “You think you’re pregnant?” And I said “Well, look at this!  The second line certainly looks like it’s there.  I’m pretty sure I’m pregnant!”  And then, taking nearly all the fun out of the moment, he asked why in the world I didn’t just buy the digital read-out tests that either say pregnant or not pregnant, and I said these were on sale and he said this was not the time to be concerned with saving three dollars.  Touché.  But as we had this conversation and weren’t paying attention, the second line indicating pregnant kept getting darker and darker to the point there was no denying it.  Pregnant!

I knew I was pregnant though.  In the days leading up to the test, and especially the day of, I felt an overwhelming exhaustion that I had never experienced before.  I remember being at a stoplight in the car and feeling so tired (for absolutely no reason) that I could fall asleep right then and there if I wanted to.  I thought to myself, “Ooooh, I’m definitely pregnant.”

Oh, but back to finding out.  Once we finally knew for sure, a lot of happy smiles and kisses ensued WHICH may not have been the smartest idea since, likeI said, Parker was at home sick with a cold.  And though I usually have an immune system like a ninja (I never get sick!), I forgot that when your body is trying to make a baby, your immunity is much lower than normal, and of course I got sick with a cold too.  Oh well.

we're pregnant!

So how have I been feeling?  Great!  For the most part.  My energy isn’t what it used to be, and I find myslef getting worn out more easily.   Since entering the second trimester though, I have found I am much more energetic than the first.  The lethargy is mostly gone (one of the reasons I haven’t been blogging as much these past few months; another reason is because it’s so hard for me to keep secrets and I’ve wanted to share the news for so long!).  I had one week of nausea and morning sickness.  And then, miraculously, it went away.  I have so much empathy though for women that have morning sickness for months.  That mess is no joke!  I remember going through the grocery store and even looking at most foods made my stomach turn.  Or I could tell just by looking at certain foods if they would give me heartburn.  I ate mostly small meals of cutie oranges (lots and lots of cuties…), crackers, babybell cheese, and yogurt.  Pregnancy tapas, as I called it.  I read this post at some point during that week and felt like it was the best advice ever.  I went to the grocery store immediately after to stock up on those items I just mentioned and stopped feeling guilty for not wanting to cook or eat regular meals.  But then it all went away only a week later, and for the most part I have had a very easy pregnancy so far.  Not even a whole lot of exhaustion like those first few weeks.  Although, given the chance for an afternoon nap, I can zonk out cold for a good two hours, no questions asked. :)

 Other symptoms I’ve had?  For a little while I would find myself wide awake in the middle of the night, sometimes for no reason and sometimes because I was absolutely starving.  Like, the kind of hunger I’ve only ever felt before while running a marathon.  It’s primal hunger that’s rooted in the deepest pit of your stomach where need true sustenance is needed, not just a little snack.  Not the kind where you find yourself awake and like, hmm I forgot about those cookies we have, I think I’ll sneak a few.  No, it’s like, “OMG I could eat a steak right now and if I don’t get something in my belly soon, I am seriously going to FRRRREAK OUT.”  I tried to just go back to sleep several times, thinking, “Why am I hungry?  I shouldn’t be hungry. Just try to sleep.”  But soon realized that resistance is futile when dealing with middle-of-the-night pregnancy hunger pangs.  So, I found myself making mini-meals in the dark (usually egg salad on toast or cereal – or both!), and then would immediately fall back asleep after I had eaten a sufficient amount.  It was a good lesson in listening to my body.  Give that baby what it needs!  That hasn’t happened in a few weeks though, and thankfully I’ve been getting lots of good sleep lately.  Some weird dreams though, which I’ve heard are prone during pregnancy too. :)

Any cravings?  Okay, so I thought you weren’t supposed to get cravings until a lot later, but I was walking through the grocery store about a month ago and suddenly I saw pimento-stuffed green olives and lord have mercy, my mouth started watering so bad I thought I might drool all over myself.  It took everything I had not to open the jar right then and there and start shoveling olives into my mouth.  It was the STRANGEST thing!  Everything in my body was drawn to those olives and I just had to have them.  Weird, right?!  (Even writing this now, my mouth starts watering at the thought of them.  What does it mean?!)

Are we going to find out the gender?  Heck yes!!  I don’t have the patience of those parents who like to be surprised.  I want to know!  We still have about a month before we find out, and Parker refuses to discuss names until we know if we’re discussing names for a boy or a girl, but of course I already have a list for both.  I’m also excited to decorate a nursery, though I will admit I‘m feeling overwhelmed at all the stuff we’re going to need to buy (strollers – plural! - a car seat, a crib, cloth diapers and all that entails, breast feeding stuff, the list keeps growing).  Cup of Jo has a great list of only the things she says you need, but it’s still SO MUCH!! And all I’ve bought so far is a tiny pair of shoes, gender neutral (though I might add tiny flower clips if it’s a girl because I won’t be able to help myself), that I can’t wait to put tiny feet in.  :)

What else?  We had an ultrasound around week 10 and got to see our baby.  What a trip!  I mean, you see women getting ultrasounds on TV and hear about it all the time, but when you’re the one with your pants unzipped and the tech feeling around your belly with the wand, it becomes a whole different thing.  When the image first appeared on the screen, you could see clear as day, there was our baby.  Head, torso, arms, legs, and my favorite – little baby butt cheeks! (Squeal!!) It wasn’t like that Friend’s episode where Rachel pretends to see her baby on the screen and be touched, but really she has no idea what she’s looking at.  No, for us, the baby was in perfect position to be seen for the first time and we were kind of mesmerized.  And I cried, which surprised me.

This past Friday, Parker and I had an appointment with one of our midwives and got to hear the heartbeat again, to which I felt relief that there’s actually still a baby in there.  For weeks, I’ve felt totally normal and find myself wondering, “Is it possible to have a miscarriage and not know?  What if I’m not pregnant anymore?” but hearing the heartbeat again made me happy.  Our baby is still in there!  Growing stronger and bigger every day.  And my midwife said it’s totally normal to feel that way, especially for first-timers since the time between feeling nauseous and feeling the baby kick can be several months and you can feel totally normal in between.

I find myself suddenly motivated to exercise and have been working out consistently, which feels awesome.  For the first three months, I just couldn’t muster the energy or motivation for much activity.  And even though I wasn’t nauseous, I also wasn’t psyched about eating healthy foods either, which isn’t like me.  I always thought when I got pregnant I would eat KALE morning, noon, and night to help grow a strong and healthy baby.  Butthat was just not possible in the first trimester.  Pizza was like, freaking necessary a lot of nights.  I’ve been looking forward to eating healthy, clean foods again though so that feels good.  My “bump” so far just looks like I’ve let myself go and can’t suck in my stomach anymore (maybe that’s the reason behind my sudden motivation to exercise, actually….) but my midwife assured me that no, that is indeed my uterus growing and pushing out my stomach and I’m not just fat (though that’s what it feels like, especially since my pants are starting to get tight!).  I’ll be happy to get to the point where it’s obvious that there’s a baby in there :)

Oh, and I can’t forget to mention Parker, my beloved.  He’s been amazing and so supportive.  He gives me a break when I’m hard on myself and can’t do as much as I feel like I should be able to.  He just brushes off my self loathing and says, “Relax, you’re pregnant.  All you need to do is grow our baby.” I couldn’t have chosen a better man to raise a family with.  He is the best.

I’m so excited!  Sorry for this LONG post, but this being my first pregnancy and all, I want to remember everything.  I know how unique this time is – never again will I be able to sit and contemplate pregnancy in peace and quiet, for unlimited amounts of time, and relish the unknown and anticipation.  Next time around (knock on wood), there will be a toddler running around and I may not get to savor it like I can now.  Thanks for indulging me!  I’m really excited to share everything here with you guys!

Tell me: Anyone else out there pregnant?  Any moms remember this time in the early stages?  I love hearing about everyones’ stories and find that every mom has a completely unique experience.

Weekend Pretties

happy azalea

Happy Easter!  This weekend has been a great one, full of relaxation and quality time spent with my boo.  Parker was off Friday, so we have had three full days together and it’s been lovely; too lovely to stop and sit down to write a blog post.  The weekend has read mostly like this: eat, sleep, read, watch True Detective, repeat.  Except we did make it out of the house yesterday for a quick run to indulge in Revolution Doughnuts and coffee.  Today my mom is coming over for Easter dinner and I think I’ll take her and Frank to the nature preserve I’ve just discovered to go walking before gathering to eat.  I still haven’t found any glue to fix my broken deviled egg dish so I’ll have to figure out another way to serve them since Easter without deviled eggs just doesn’t feel right.

I did find some fun stuff this week while browsing the internet, so here are some fun things to look at if you are interested.  Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend!  See you back here tomorrow for a fun and exciting post :)

Who knew peg board could be so versatile (and chic)?

Would you eat this Easter candy?  (I’m still on the fence.)

So I guess I’m a hipster since I love almost all of these.

Kids’ hilarious reactions (and confusion) to a walkman.

More awesome street art.

The oldest known message in a bottle has just turned up.

Try not to die of cuteness: baby elephants learning how to use their trunks.

A history lesson in beach-going etiquette with bathing houses.

Dogs get a second chance.

A brilliant way to recycle old TV screens and computer monitors.

Black chickens!  Have you ever seen or heard of these guys?

A house tour that’s making me lust to move out west.

Fascinating read: the story behind Migrant Mother.

Oprah makes Pharrel Williams cry (in a good way).


The 50s Ranch House – Office and Hallway, Currently

office currently

So, not a whole lot has changed since last time I showed this room, but I have added a couple of things to warm up the space a bit.  The shelving unit, one of the (several) spare Expedit units from Ikea we had in the basement found a home in here and adds a lot of nice storage.  Those baskets were an impulse buy from Ross that I just had to have ($10 for the pair!) and the milk crates are left over from our wedding. I like having them to toss odds and ends inside as it somewhat organizes the chaos. (And yes, that’s dogfood in the top right – this room is where Frank eats, but I removed his dog bowl for the pictures.  :) )

office currently | all sorts of pretty

Also, the rug instantly added life to this room and comfort for my dog who used to sit on the bare wood while I worked on the computer (poor guy!).  I bought these at Scott Antiques Market here in Atlanta for a really good deal.  It’s a true vintage persian, handmade in Iraq and a decent size (5×8′ish).  I think I got it for $300, which sounds like a lot, but after rug shopping for a while, I realized that’s a great price.  Rugs are expensive!  And the cheap ones are, well….cheap.  I love this rug.

office currently | all sorts of pretty

office currently | all sorts of pretty

I’ve been trying to keep clutter to a minimum and have only added a small calendar and mini art print, along with a cup of pens and scissors on my desk.  I am having a bit of hesitation hanging anything in this room since nails don’t patch as easily in wood panelling.  Or maybe it’s a fear of commitment; either way, I realize I need some art on these walls!  It feels good when it’s this clean though (but let’s be real, it’s never this clean :) ).

Oh, also, that feather bunting was actually a business card I got at Alt Summit from Little Retreats.  I loved it so much that I hung it up in the corner.

office currently | all sorts of pretty

When I bought the rug for my office, I also bought the runner for the hallway.  Our dog has a phobia of shiny floors – wood especially.  (I know, such a strange thing to be scared of, but he’s always been this way.)  Before we got these rugs, he would psych himself out anytime he needed to go in to or leave our bedroom, which is just on the other side.  We  had a rug in our bedroom, and one under the dining table, but nothing between the two.  He was a nervous wreck crossing that long of a shiny-floor stretch and would sometimes freeze halfway and whimper like he didn’t know how to keep going.  It was so sad!  Getting these two rugs was pretty important, not just for looks or for our bare feet, but for Frankie’s well-being too.  He’s happy as can be now that he has rugs close together that he can walk on.  He doesn’t even mind the wood floors if he only has one or two steps between carpets (he’s so weird…).

hallway currently | all sorts of pretty

This is a better view of the rug in the hallway.  It might be one of my favorites in the whole house.  I love the colors and the pattern.  It’s handmade so it’s not exactly straight, but that’s part of the charm in my opinion.

We chose that ginormous mirror for a couple of reasons.  It’s really the only place we could fit a full length mirror in our house and I figured if we were going to put a mirror there, we might as well fill the whole space and make it feel really intentional.  This one came from Ikea (it’s the HOVET).  Makes the hallway feel bigger too.
hallway currently | all sorts of pretty

A closer look and a sneak peek into the newly finished bathroom!hallway currently | all sorts of prettyThe hallway makes a kind of L-shape, with the other end leading into the living room.  I‘ve only hung this one picture so far, but it’s a good one.  :)

hallway currently | all sorts of pretty

One really important thing about having area rugs when you have wood floors is the pad you put underneath it.  It’s like wearing the right kind of underwear with an important outfit; the wrong under garments can ruin the whole thing.  Our wood floors were refinished right before we bought the house and it’s really important to us to keep them looking nice as long as we can.  Also, spending a good amount of money on the rugs makes us want to keep them in good shape for as long as possible as well.  Rug pads protect both the floor and the rug, and keep the rug from slipping (which Frank did quite a lot of before we got the pads – poor buddy, he has it rough in this house!).

hallway currently

Rug Pad USA reached out to me to see if I’d be interested in using their rug pads, since they have eco friendly options and a lot of different types of pads.  I said sure since I had just gotten these two rugs but hadn’t gotten around to putting pads underneath them yet.  They were kind enough to send me two custom sized pads for me to use (one Eco-Cushion and one Eco-Solid) since these handmade rugs were not standard sizes.  But the great part is, they didn’t custom cut it for me just to be nice, they will custom cut any rug pad for no additional charge.  I love that!  In the past, I ordered a rug pad from Amazon and spent about an hour with a box cutter trying to saw through the thick material – and paid the same amount that I would have had I ordered a custom sized one through Rug Pad USA!  The cheaper ones on the market typically have a lot of fillers and chemicals in them, but Rug Pad USA only sources their materials from manufacturers they trust and continually receive green certification from companies like the Carpet and Rug Institute and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).  I like that!  Such a silly thing to talk about, but in all those pretty homes on Pinterest, no one ever talks about what’s happening under the carpet.  It’s important!

I have to say, these rugs haven’t budged an inch since we put them down a few weeks ago, and they’re more comfortable to walk on since they’re padded too.  I love them.

What do you think?  Do you like my new rugs and the progress?  Are you just dying for me to hang artwork up on the walls?  I know, I know…

PS – Rug Pad USA is giving All Sorts of Pretty readers 15% off!    Use the code “pr15off” at checkout.


Julie Kuberski print

One of life’s great ironies is that we resist what makes us stronger.

So true, isn’t it?  Why do we try so hard to stay in our comfort zone when just outside that bubble is something that could make us so happy or better or stronger?

Julie Kuberski print

A silly example: I posted this picture this morning asking, “Why do I ever stop working out?  How do I forget how awesome it makes everything else?”.  It’s so true though!  I love exercising, I love the way it makes me feel, I love how productive and energetic I am the rest of the day, and I feel like everything else in life just seems to kind of flow a little bit better when I’m in the habit of working out 3-5 days week .  Eating healthier is easier too.  So why have I struggled to keep a consistent habit going for the past….year?!?!  I’m driving myself crazy.

Julie Kuberski print

But yesterday I downloaded this app that may be the best alarm clock ever so hopefully I can get back in the habit of exercising first thing  in the morning again.  You have to shake it vigorously, like a cocktail shaker, for a few minutes to turn it off.  It’s a workout in itself.  And once you’ve got your blood pumping, the idea is that you’re now so awake that it would be really difficult to go back to sleep. This morning, I was so terrified of it that I woke up way early, got out of bed and dressed so that I could cancel the alarm before it went off.  Here’s hoping this new strategy works long term!

Julie Kuberski print

Isn’t this art print by Julie Kuberski pretty?  Julie has been a long time reader and I discovered her work after a comment she left here on the blog a long time ago.  We worked together to make this art print after I read the quote on Instagram a while back.  Julie does great hand lettering so I thought she would do a great job turning the words in to something beautiful on paper.

Julie Kuberski print

Julie Kuberski print

Julie has an Etsy shop where this print is available.  Thanks, Julie!

What do you think?  Do you think it’s true that we resist what makes us stronger?  Or are you some awesome go-getter that charges through any and all obstacles?  Because if you are…tell me your secrets!!  :)