22 weeks pregnant

22weeks!

I’m now 23 weeks pregnant, but I had to share this picture from last week.  Our baby is moving around like crazy these days and it’s pretty much the coolest feeling ever.  This weekend I went to the pool and when I got out of the water, I went to lay down in the lounge chair to dry off and I could see my belly jump from his movements.  I had a book to read, but my eyes were glued to my tummy.  And last night, Parker and I were laying in bed and I had my hand on my belly and as we were talking, the baby kicked right where my hand was!  We both stopped and watched my belly to see if we could catch a glimpse of the kicking through my skin, and we did, but Parker decided it freaks him out to see it and didn’t want to see anymore. Haha!  He said it was like that scene in Alien.  :)

I have to say, I love being pregnant.  Sure, not every moment is magical and there are many less-than-desirable qualities about pregnancy, but I was thinking about it all and weighing the pros and cons, and even the bad stuff is happening because I’m pregnant, so it’s still awesome.  For example, I’m supposed to have all this energy in the second trimester, right?  Well, lately I have felt completely zapped and can’t seem to get much done at all.  The past couple of weeks almost feel like the first few weeks in terms of energy levels.  Every task feels like a much bigger undertaking than it should.  Just cleaning the kitchen makes me want to lie down afterwards.  And going on my daily walks with Frank is getting increasingly uncomfortable because of the combination of the heat/humidity and being this pregnant.  When strangers stop to ask when I’m due and I say in October, they say “Oh, poor thing, you have to get through the Georgia summer!”  and for the first couple of times I heard it, back when it was still pretty temperate out, I thought to myself, “Well, I’m from here, and I’m used to it, so it shouldn’t be much different.” But oh man, it IS different!  Makes me slow down.  I’m sure that’s part of why I’m feeling my energy drain so much lately.

Also, the sleep.  Sleep is this bizarre cha-cha dance where, all night long, I wake up to turn over, side to side, and get up to pee way more than should seem necessary.  So in the morning, when it’s time to start the day, I don’t feel rested and ready to start the day with gusto. But!  Then I feel baby boy move around and I think, “Oh hey little guy.  You keep doing what you’re doing, I’m juuuust fine.”  And I realize that any discomfort is the most precious gift and I’m grateful for it.

A few other things to note about this time:

Cravings.  Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  I’ve moved on from grilled cheese to another childhood classic, PB&J.  And it’s funny because I literally cannot remember the last time I had one or even had the ingredients to make PB&J before last week.  But I was shopping in the Whole Foods and happened to walk down the peanut butter isle, which has jelly right next to it, and they conveniently had a display of soft, whole wheat bread right next to those two, and just like with the olives in the first trimester, it sounded like the best. thing. EVER and I had to have it.

Clothes.  Mostly, this part is not that fun.  I don’t have a lot of maternity clothes and I hesitate to buy more because I’d rather spend the money decorating the nursery, but I have to go buy a dress to wear to a wedding this weekend and I think it’s time I buy a pair of real maternity pants as well.  I was wearing my pre-pregnancy jeans up until a few days ago (not zipped or buttoned though, just with a long shirt to cover that fact) and I was so uncomfortable, I didn’t last more than an hour.  Even my workout pants are too tight on my belly anymore, so I need some of those too.  Oh!  But as far as baby clothes go, I was just gifted a huge lot of sweet little boy basics from a former co-worker and I couldn’t be more grateful or ecstatic.  Onesies, pants, shirts, sleepwear – from newborn on up to a few months – all so cute, and all completely free.  And she said she has more where that came from!  What a blessing.

No Clothes.  When I’m waiting for the water to get hot in the shower, I stand with my profile to the mirror and just stare in awe at my belly.  I’m so amused and comforted by that roundness.  And for the first time in my life, I am completely kind and loving towards my body, rather than silently dissecting my flaws or chastising myself for not working out hard enough, etc etc.   No, now I have such gratitude for a body that can grow a baby and I also am amazed at all that it is doing to make that happen.  I do worry (just a little!) about how my body will “go back” after the baby is born, but I also know that everything will be just fine so I don’t spend much time with those thoughts.

Skin.  Okay, I thought I had heard that pregnant women get this perfect, glowing skin and hair that is positively radiant because of the hormones and prenatal vitamins.  Well, imagine my disappointment that my skin (which has always been a challenge) is even worse than usual lately.  It’s so dry and flaky and rough that it’s like having dandruff on my face.  And in the midst of 100% humidity.  (?!?!?!??)  So.  There’s that.

Parker. He continues to be the sweetest, most adoring, and affectionate partner ever.  Always hugging and kissing, rubbing the belly, and telling me to take it easy.  Sometimes he’ll be intently focused on his laptop and I’ll think he’s working, but then he’ll pipe up that he found a really cool Lego set that he wants to buy for our son, or that he found a robot-building summer camp that he can’t wait for baby boy to go to when he’s old enough.  He’s going to be a great dad. :)

Music.  I just read that the baby can now hear everything, so I’ve been trying to play music that I like to sing along to a lot because some say that hearing the mother sing is soothing for the baby.  So I’ve been listening to a lot of Simon and Garfunkle, The Lumineers, and, strangely, the Mary Poppins Soundtrack.  I know!  So strange, but last week I kept thinking about the movie (one of my favorites) and how much I love the songs so I found the soundtrack on Spotify and it’s been in heavy rotation.

Reading.  The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, which is actually an incredible resource despite the kind of silly name.  And, as I’m about to make a short trip to the beach this weekend and need something fun and non-pregnancy related to read, I’m going to start The One and Only by Emily Giffin, who never disappoints in the chick-lit genre and because it would be a nice change of pace to read something easily digestible that requires no thinking.  Oh and speaking of books, this weekend Parker and I went to Barnes and Noble and I had so much fun perusing the kids section!  I found so many books from my childhood that I had forgotten and brought back such wonderful memories.  Reading those classics to my child is one part of parenthood I most look forward to.  And my mom just bought us a huge lot of 28 Dr. Suess books she found for a great price on eBay to start our library off right.  So exciting!

Watching.  Orange is the New Black!  Actually, I already finished the whole season.  So good.  So addicting.

That’s my update!  Over and out. :)


(not) Barefoot and Pregnant

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As much as I would like to succumb to the stereotype of a pregnant woman in summer being barefoot and carefree, I find that I actually do need to wear shoes more often than not.  But I have noticed that more than ever before, comfort HAS to be top priority.  I’ve gathered some of my favorites here to show how I’m managing through summer and pregnancy with comfort and hopefully a little bit of style (at least south of my ankles).

target sandals with gold

These sandals are about as close as I can get to being barefoot, yet they’re super comfortable to walk around in.  And cute with the gold and black, yes?  Target, baby!  Target always has cute sandals  in the summer and they tend to hold up pretty well for their $20 price points.  Parker and I have a beach vacation planned for the end of the summer and these will be the first thing packed in my bag.

sandgrens swedish clogs

As I’ve mentioned before, I love clogs.  LOVE them.  These are Sandgrens Swedish Clogs and I love that you can just slip them on and instantly feel a little more cool.  The height of the heel is only about 2.5″ so they don’t even feel like you’re wearing heels.  These are so comfy and cute, they have quickly become my go-to if I’m not going to be walking around a ton.

target sandals

Okay, so Target was having a “buy one, get one 50% off sale” so I HAD to buy a second pair right?!?  Of course I did, what a silly question to ask.  (There are so many good options right now, I had to narrow it down to these two and leave the rest behind – but I’m seriously considering going back for these).  The “leather” on these looks pretty convincing, and I love the colorful embroidered band – makes it feel really good and secure on the foot.

swedish hasbeens

Oh, did you forget that I love clogs?  Let me remind you again.  :)  These are Swedish Hasbeens Peep Toe Super High clogs, a classic, and a little higher than the Sandgrens above, so they’re my “fancy” clogs.  I wear these when I want to feel a little more dressed up and don’t even bother trying to convince myself that I can handle heels anymore.  (Tip: They’re pretty pricey, but Zappos always has the best sales it seems like).

So those are my go-to’s for shoes this summer.  I’m really trying to minimize the amount of shoes I have in my (tiny) closet so I feel like it’s good to have a mix of investment shoes that will last for years, along with cheapy flats that are super cute but you won’t feel bad about replacing next year (although, my last pair of Target sandals I bought right before my wedding almost 2 years ago and they are still going strong).

Any advice for this pregnant mama in terms of staying as comfortable as possible during the hot and muggy summer months in Georgia?  I’m all ears!

Sandgrens generously gifted me that pair of Bali Mid Swedish clogs above, and are generously gifting YOU 15% off your purchase until June 16 with the code SWEDISHCLOGS15.  Thanks Sandgrens!  xoxo!


We’re having a….

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A BOY!!  Our baby is a boy!  We found out last Thursday and have been so excited ever since.  Something about knowing just makes it feel a little more real.  I know a lot of couples choose to be surprised, but I’m happy to know that there’s a little boy growing in my belly.

I can’t wait to meet him.  I hope he turns out to be a lot like Parker.  As I was driving home from the ultrasound, I had visions of Parker sitting with our son at the computer, teaching him computer stuff, and I got all weepy!  (Parker’s a computer engineer, fyi).  It’s the mama hormones and I make no apologies.  The boys better get used to it. :)

And for some reason, I’m not sure why, I feel slightly more prepared to be a first time mother to a son, rather than a daughter.  I do hope I get to have a daughter one day, but for now, I couldn’t  be happier to be having a boy.  Of course, girls clothes are generally a lot cuter and easier to come by, and I had a great name picked out for a girl basically since conception, but none of those things can spoil this.  I look forward to mama’s boy hugs, a boy who learns how to comb his hair just right by practicing in the mirror with his dad, and a boy who runs to the window every time a train goes by at the back of our property.  Dragons, robots, pirates, trucks, super heroes, Star Wars (if my husband has anything to do with it), and all those other quintessentially boy things.  But if he’s not into any of those things, that’s cool too (no gender stereotypes around here, haha :).  We’ll be happy to get to know him and see his unique personality develop.

20weeks

Also, at 20 weeks, I just started feeling the little guy move and kick around.  Coolest feeling!  They’re small movements though, so I have to concentrate and pay attention to notice them.  Usually when I lay down in bed at night, I’ll rub my belly and think, “You awake in there?  Can you give me a kick?” and I’ll start to feel little movements.  Sometimes though, like while Parker and I were watching a movie over the weekend, I’ll get a great big kick that grabs my attention and makes me tell Parker, “Whoa!  I wish you could feel this!”.

Anyway, happy Monday!  That’s my exciting news I just had to share.  :)

Any other mamas out there remember your reaction when finding out what you were having?  Or the first time you felt a kick?  It happens all the time, every day, all over the world, but somehow it still feels like the most amazing thing ever, doesn’t it?


Weekend Pretties

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Happy Friday :)

It’s Memorial Day weekend!  The unofficial start to summer and I‘m like, “Wha??  Already?” but it’s true.  And Parker’s birthday always falls around Memorial Day (this year it’s on Wednesday) so we’ll be celebrating this weekend.  Low key and no nonsense, as he swears he doesn’t care about birthdays, but I can’t help but want to make a little fuss over my sweetheart.

Those eggs are from my neighbor’s hens!  They went out of town and I got to be the lucky one to take care of them in exchange for free eggs while they’re gone.  And by “take care” I mean basically do nothing because they are so easy.  Throw out a little feed, make sure they have waterthey even put themselves to sleep at night and all I have to do is shut the door behind them and open it again in the morning.  And for that I get organic, free-range eggs?!  I’m now seriously scheming where we could put a coop in our backyard and have our own chickens.

I know I have been neglecting this blog (sad face!) but I hope to have lots of good stuff to share next week.  For now though, here are some links I wanted to share.  Enjoy the long weekend!

What the world was like in 1998.

20 weird things Americans don’t think are weird (but they totally are).

All my pregnancy cravings in one sandwich.

A woman who is changing the way you look at “Before” and “After” photos.

Fun quiz: Which country shares your parenting values? (I got Sweden!)

A beautiful revival of a famous French art deco pool.

Awesome random facts (aka one of my favorite internet time-sucks).

Fascinating story of how a working class couple amassed one of the most valuable contemporary art collections. (There’s also a documentary on Netflix!)

This account of a real-life nutritionist’s convention will make you want to laugh, cry, and rage against the corporate machine.

Flying apartments!

So sweet!  A cat adopts baby ducklings into her litter of kittens.

Jay-Z opens a club in the Atlanta airport. (?!??)

What to watch on Netflix (this will blow your mind).

Will Ferrel and the drummer from Red Hot Chili Peppers look EXACTLY the same. This video cracked me up.


18 Weeks and My First Mother’s Day

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We took this picture this past Sunday, Mother’s Day.  It makes me smile.  Parker loves the belly.  The belly is getting lots of love and affection these days.  This photo really shows his enthusiasm, haha :)

We celebrated Mother’s Day weekend by driving an hour out of the city to pick strawberries with some friends and their sweet kids on Saturday, and then Sunday we went to brunch at Rosebud where we stuffed ourselves silly.  I was grateful for my pregnant belly and the excuse it gives to not have to suck my stomach in.  :)

The weather was threatening rain, so afterwards, we did one of our favorite date activities: we puttered around a Barnes & Noble for a long time, quietly flipping through different books and magazines.  We started doing this when we were first dating, and we know things are going to change with a baby.  Those quiet, peaceful, bookstore visits may not be happening for a while in our future, or will at least be different.  But that’s okay, we can’t wait for the adventure that awaits us.

The rest of the day was perfectly boring and uneventful.  We took Frank on a long walk, and then I made Parker watch The Business of Being Born with me.  Oh and I attempted to make a cake that was an absolute, hilarious failure.  I don’t know what happened, but the 4-tiered chocolate layers slid off one another and any attempts to put them back together resulted in nothing short of a terrible mess.  We chucked the whole thing (after a couple of slices piles of cumbly cake, of course).  Oh well!

Also worth mentioning: Parker picked me flowers from the yard, made me a card by himself, AND cleaned the kitchen.  What a guy, right?! It was a great day.  Can’t wait for next year.    :)

How was your Mother’s Day?  I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day too, whether you celebrated your own mama, or if someone celebrated you for being a mama.

xoxo