Friday No. 25

I definitely didn’t intend to take a week off from blogging, but it’s been go-go-go between work, home projects (more on this to come), and prepping for my baby shower!

I’m linking up today to share some of the highlights from the past week or so!

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1. I recently picked up this seasonal-flavored creamer while I was out grabbing groceries and love the flavor and clean ingredients list! The only thing that feels strange to me is that since it is dairy-free, it doesn’t turn your coffee that pretty creamy color like regular creamer does — this sounds so weird but it throws me off every time!

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2. Speaking of seasonal flavors, I’m really looking forward to cozying up at Starbucks with my favorite drink of the year once it is available in a couple weeks. Their gingerbread latte is hands-down, my all-time favorite coffee shop beverage.

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3. Our weather this past week has been absolutely perfect — clear blue skies, crisp air, and lots of sunshine. These 50 / 60 degree days are seriously the best! I’ve been trying to soak up as much time outside as I can — one of my favorite things to do is go for a walk through our neighborhood to get a little fresh air and admire the pretty fall leaves.

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4. Also on that note, my heart is just so happy to be living in this neighborhood. One of the girls invited a bunch of us over for a girls’ night last week and it just made my whole week. I feel like Ive been longing for this stage of life for so long and it feels so good to have a home, live in a family-friendly neighborhood, and have a little baby on the way! Such a sweet season of life this is!

P.S. I made this little snack mix to take over to the girls’ night and while we typically just toss peanuts and candy corn into a bowl, I decided to add M&Ms thanks to my friend Erin’s suggestion and it is life-changing! Would highly recommend it!

5. I hit 3rd trimester this week (which seriously blows my mind — this pregnancy feels like it is flying by but at the same time, I feel like it’s been forever since my pre-pregnancy days). I was browsing the web the other day and saw that the Madewell jeans that I wanted were finally back in stock so I jumped on them right away! Originally they said my size wouldn’t ship until the end of January which would defeat the purpose of maternity jeans so I was super excited to see them in stock! It looks like sizes are getting limited again, but definitely keep checking back if you’re interested in them — they have easily become my favorite pair of maternity pants and they remind me a lot of my favorite toothpick jeans that I lived in pre-pregnancy.

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Alright, I am off today and have a hair appointment and some baking on the agenda before my sister comes over later tonight! My plan is to get everything except the last-minute food prep ready for the party so that tomorrow morning goes smoothly! I picked up all of the groceries for it yesterday and scored these gorgeous mums that they were practically giving away — it’s funny how fresh flowers / plants can bring such joy!

Favorite brand of denim?
What’s your favorite Halloween candy?

Pregnancy Weeks 22-25

I feel like these weeks are just flying by so quickly lately. Just next week I’ll be in the third trimester, which I’m so excited for since it means we will be in the home stretch and it involves all of my favorite holidays!

How far along: 


25 weeks (I planned to have this post up last week but things happen! I’m currently 27 weeks).

Size of Baby: 


Carton of milk! (13.5 inches)

Gender: 


Boy!

Movement: 


We have an active little guy — his kicks and punches have gotten a lot stronger over the past few weeks and I’ve usually been able to guess his position based on how hard the movement is. He also rolls around a lot and has started moving in response to sounds. For example, I was walking to work the other morning and a vehicle drove by while blasting its radio and baby started moving around really quickly! Not sure if he was startled or dancing to the beat but I found it pretty funny to see how outside things affect him. I’ve also started seeing my belly move when he kicks really hard, which is so fascinating to experience.

Sleep:
I’ve been SO tired lately — I fall asleep fairly quickly but the mornings have been a struggle to get out of bed. I’m also up a few times each night to use the bathroom or get a drink of water — I’ve been keeping a huge cup of ice water on our bathroom counter throughout the night and I’ve found that it’s usually almost empty by the time I wake up in the morning.

Symptoms:
Just the usual ones — achey feet, really tired, super thirsty. One thing I think I’ve forgotten to mention in past recaps is that ever since the beginning of pregnancy, I’ve had a really stuffy nose that doesn’t seem to improve no matter what — so strange! No new symptoms though!

Bump / Body:
The baby bump is officially here to stay! I feel like the bump first really appeared around 18 weeks and now it’s more defined.

Maternity Clothes: 


I’ve discovered that maternity clothes aren’t my favorite and it’s hard to find ones that fit well when you’re petite. What has been working really well for me is purchasing maternity basics (long and short-sleeved tees) and then continuing to wear my favorite jackets, vests, and cardigans. I’ve found that these favorites still fit as long as I wear them under the bump rather than keeping them high-rise as I did pre-pregnancy.

Cravings:


Nothing really! Been eating a lot of soups lately with all of our chilly weather though!

Supplements:


Still on my prenatal, folic acid, prenatal fish oil, and vitamin D. 

Fitness:

I’m still running 4 days or so per week and going for walks whenever it’s nice out. We’re hoping to get a treadmill next weekend so I can continue running as it gets colder outside.

Missing Most:
Kombucha and not worrying about what I’m eating in terms of “is this cooked enough?” haha.

Nursery:


This still has a ways to go — we did order him a crib sheet, but we definitely need to do some major decorating in there. This is going to be one of my main priorities for the month of November. We also got him a bassinet so he is all set to sleep in our room for the first couple months after he is born!

Favorite Products:


This forever and ever. I’m also still using this and so far it seems to be working really well!

Favorite Moments:


I just love when he moves around — it’s not only reassuring that he is okay, but also so fun to get a little glimpse of who he is. He moves around when we read books to him and play music and we are really looking forward to doing these things and more with him once he is born!

Can't Wait For:


Decorating the nursery and for his arrival!

October 2018 Goals

This hasn’t been the lovely fall that we’ve been anticipating (it’s been rainy, gray, and damp for I don’t even know how many days straight). We even have some snow in the 10 day forecast but we’ll see if that actually ends up happening!

Even though we didn’t get the gorgeous autumn that I love so much, I am still really loving this new season of slower days, cooler temps, and all of the layers. Speaking of which, I definitely need to get a maternity winter jacket because my North Face is past the point of zipping up since Little Pang is riding front and center. :)

September Goals Check-In:
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1. Baby Registries
Done! These have been updated and are ready to go! Not only will they be great for our baby showers, but it’s a nice way to see what we still need to purchase for our little guy!

2. Apple Orchard Date

We tried so hard to make this happen but our weather in September wasn’t the greatest — we did have one gorgeous fall weekend but that was the weekend that we painted the living room and did a few other house projects so we didn’t make it to the orchard. This might have to happen next fall instead — which is fine with me, because we’ll have a cute little addition to take on the hay ride! :)

3. Utilize My Planner

This helped SO much! I went back to my roots and started using my planner each week to track to-do lists and my schedule. Will definitely continue to utilize this helpful tool as I move forward through the rest of the year.

4. Finalize Baby Shower Details
Done! Invitations are sent, registries completed, and the party is planned for 10/20.

5. Enjoy The Month

I didn’t get outside as much as I would have liked to, but I’ve been enjoying cozy nights at home with my fall tv shows on the evenings that Andy teaches his design class.

October Goals:

1. Baby To-Do List
I’d love to sit down and make a master to-do list of things we need to do before his arrival. This month I’d also like to purchase the following baby items: diaper bag, baby book, and a crib mattress. I’m thinking one of my November goals will be to finalize his nursery — right now it’s pretty bare but our weekends this month are already all booked up so I’m looking forward to decorating his room in the coming month.

2. Infant CPR Class
I’d like to book an infant CPR class for us to take sometime between now and his arrival so that we feel prepared in case of an emergency with our little guy.

3. Celebrate 7 Years of Marriage with Andy
October 15th is our wedding anniversary but we’ll probably celebrate next weekend since it falls on a weeknight. Click here for a recap of our wedding ceremony!

4. Practice Self-Care
I feel like these past few months have been such a whirlwind with moving, being pregnant, starting a new job, etc. and I’ve started to feel a little run-down lately. I’ve been trying to be more intentional with my evenings at home so that I can rest and relax especially as I enter my 3rd trimester next week!

5. Start Thinking about Christmas Shopping
Like last year, my goal for November is to finish up all of our Christmas shopping by December 1st so that we can slow down and savor the month before Christmas. This month I plan to make a list of ideas for everyone that we need to shop for so that next month we can divide and conquer. Click here for my post on how to finish your shopping ahead of time!

What’s something you’d like to accomplish this month?
Favorite thing to do in October?

September 2018 Books

This last month flew by so fast and I’m really hoping that October goes by a little slower since it’s my favorite month of all! I’m reviewing the 6 books that I read this month — I typically like to read around 8, but this month was jam-packed with a lot going on. Just a reminder, you may view all of my past book reviews by clicking here.

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An Unwanted Guest // Shari Lapena
Overall, I loved this book but wasn’t a huge fan of the ending — I felt like it could have been stronger. The story follows a group of visitors at a secluded inn and one by one, guests keep wind up being murdered — it’s a bit like this movie if you’ve seen that before. This particular one really reminded me a lot of Mary Higgins Clark’s writing style so I’d still recommend the book especially if you’re a fan of her!

Brain Lock // Jeffrey Schwartz
I picked up this book because I’ve developed some quirky habits while being pregnant and I heard that it’s a helpful one! I ended up loving this book (I’m a sucker for anything about psychology) because not only was it helpful, but it also was extremely interesting! My favorite part was when the author would share case studies and examples of patients with OCD — some of them were crazy, but after reading this book I could really understand why their brains got hung up on certain thoughts or actions. For example, one woman had OCD surrounding whether or not she turned off her coffee maker each morning so she started unplugged the whole Mr. Coffee unit and bringing it in her bag with her to work! I will also say that reading this book made me realize that the quirks I’ve developed during pregnancy are so, so minor compared to what other people are struggling with! I can elaborate more on my OCD / quirky habits I’ve picked up if anyone is interested — just let me know!

The Perfect Mother // Aimee Molloy
I was so excited when this book became available at the library and had really high hopes for it but in my opinion, it was a less-than-stellar version of this book (that I LOVED). The story covers a young single mom whose baby goes missing while she is out one night and many secrets become unveiled as the story pans out to find out who really took him.

The House Swap // Rebecca Fleet
I wanted to love this book but I just did not — the story covers a couple that house swaps with another women who seems to know intricate details about the wife’s life. The story covers an affair and I’m typically not a fan of books with those as plot lines because I always feel so bad for the other person. Wouldn’t recommend this one.

Kind is the New Classy // Candace Cameron Bure
As always, I love CCB’s books and this one did not disappoint! I love her view on life and this one was such a great reminder about having your heart in a good place and living kindly towards other. Would highly recommend, especially if you’re a fan of her!

The Psychobiotic Revolution // Scott C. Anderson
Another psychology-heavy book for the month and this one was really interesting as well. The book covers the connection between our mind and gut and how that affects us not only physically but also mentally. I definitely need to do a whole post devoted to this topic because it’s something that is very near and dear to my heart after experiencing some crazy health issues in my early-to-mid 20s.


Baby Sale, Errands, and House Projects

I snapped this pic last Thursday and felt like our front porch was looking so bare. However, we’ve been experiencing cooler than usual temps (i.e. highs in the low 50s and I’m not complaining — I’ll take this over 85 degrees and humid any day!), so I’ve kind of made the decision to skip decorating our porch for fall this year and instead will do some sort of holiday decor instead.

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My main reason for this is because I really wanted to get a few pots of mums for our front steps, but with how cold it’s been, I’m worried they’ll freeze in just a couple weeks. My boss said you can throw a towel on them overnight, but I’m not the greatest with plants so I think we’ll hold off for now. We’ve never had a true front porch before so I’m looking forward to scouring Pinterest for some holiday decor ideas as we start to get settled and begin decorating our new home for the seasons!

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On Friday evening, I headed down to our hometown with my sister for a huge baby sale that was going on. My sister has always raved about this semi-annual sale that contains tons of kid and baby items — anything from high chairs to clothes to toys.

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It was a little overwhelming at first, but once I got my lay of the land, I was able to find a few things that will be perfect for our little guy. First up was a bassinet for our bedroom — we plan to have him sleep in our room for the first couple of months since he will be so tiny and not on a regular sleep schedule yet.

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I also found some adorable clothes for him — including this cute little outfit that I put together based on a bunch of items that I found (a lot of the items still had tags on them too — bonus!). Andy was at a friend’s house but I texted him this picture to show him that I had found a navy gingham shirt just like his for our baby!

The next morning, we headed out to take a look at baby travel systems (stroller + carseat combos) and ended up finding one that we loved! It feels so good to have this checked off the list — we just need to purchase a recliner and a dresser for his nursery and then all of the big baby purchases will be done! I’ll be sure to share his nursery once we have it all set up — we are really excited about how it is turning out.

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Afterwards, we contemplated going out for brunch (aka we really wanted waffles / pancakes) but then decided to just power through our errands and head home so Andy could install our new storm door and start painting the fireplace. I returned some books and picked up a few new ones at the library and I must say, it has been so fun picking a few children’s books each week. Since our baby is able to hear outside noises and recognize our voices, we have gotten into the habit of reading a few kid’s books aloud to him throughout the week.

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One quick Costco run and then we headed home for some lunch! I ended up taking a long nap afterwards while Andy worked on the house projects. I’ve been SO exhausted lately and the nap felt so refreshing!

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Later that evening, we made some popcorn and watched tv together — it felt good to have a relaxing night at home after a busy work week.

On Sunday, I was up bright and early so I did our grocery shopping right away and it was so nice to be at the store while it was basically empty. While shopping, I realized it had been far too long since I’ve had some ice cream so this tub of Breyer’s was tossed into the cart at the last minute. I stocked up on our usual haul and then headed home where I spent the majority of the afternoon taking yet another nap and reading.

Later that afternoon, I walked to my sister’s house to drop off a few things for her and stayed to chat for a bit with her and the girls before heading back home — I’ll probably say this a million times over the course of the next few years but it’s SO nice living within walking distance of her!

When I arrived home, Andy was almost done with the primer on the fireplace and it is already looking SO good in white as opposed to the oak color it was before! We can’t wait to see how nice and bright it looks when it adds the actual white paint! I’ll be sure to share some before / afters once the project is complete. 

As usual, it felt like the weekend flew by way too quickly but we’ve got a a few fun things on the calendar over the next week so I’m looking forward to all that is to come as we kick off October 1st today!

Favorite ice cream flavor?
Any porch decorating tips?