Tuesday, April 22, 2014

22 Weeks

This last weekend, we passed the "anxiety day" as my doctor calls it. 22 weeks, six days.  The day I delivered Celeste.  And I thought it would be hard, but instead it was sweet.  It was sweet for me to know that the baby growing in my belly is just the size Celeste was when she laid on my chest last February.

I know that the little baby in my belly has teeny tiny fingernails.

And fine little hairs tracing its head.

Tiny arms and hands no bigger than my finger.

It is so comforting and sweet to me to be able to picture that baby in my belly that rolls, kicks and punches me all day and night.  I feel so much closer to him or her knowing how those little feet look, and how those little hands curl into tiny fists.

We just can't wait to meet you, little one! August can't come soon enough!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Around the Interwebs

Isn't this pattern the prettiest?

I just bought this lip gloss and love it! It looks a little, well, purple in the tube, but it goes on really sheer and pretty! I think it would look great on anyone.  Bonus: it's super moisturizing and not really sticky. Plus, it was only $4.49 at Target.

My kids will be in good company in 2050.

Where kids sleep around the world. Fascinating.

Don't you just love these super organized diaper bags!?

Monday, April 7, 2014

One Thousand Gifts

"They say time is money, but that's not true. Time is life. And if I want the fullest life, I need to find fullest time." ~Ann Voskamp

"What was the pastor's most profound regret in life? Being in a hurry."~Ann Voskamp

I've been reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp (I mentioned it here).

To say that the words in that little book are striking a cord for me would be an understatement. The funny thing is, my sister is reading it right now too, and she says the same thing. Everyone I know who has read One Thousand Gifts says it feels as though it was written just for them.  What a wonderful thing! There is so much wisdom in the words, and I love that it speaks right to every heart it touches.

This morning I woke up at 5 am and couldn't fall back to sleep.  Finally I came out on the couch, made a cup of tea and sat down with my book. It has been so good for my soul.

If you haven't read it, I really recommend it, especially if your spirit has been needing…something.  Like mine.

In the book, the author, in her quest to discover the secret to unending joy decides to keep a running list of "one thousand gifts." As sort of a challenge, she begins to write the big and small ways God gifts her in her day to day life.

22. Mail in the mailbox
2. Jam piled high on the toast
16. Leafy life scent of the floral shop
119. Still warm cookies
783. Forgiveness of a sister

Those are a few from the author's list. I smile reading this book, especially reading a few of the items from her list. I've started writing my own list, a daily exercise in counting the blessings in my own life.  Because it's meant so much to me to read a few off Ann's list, I thought I'd start sharing a few from my list here.

1. Toddler kisses
2. Baby kicks in my belly
3. A conversation with a friend and a glass of wine
4. Warm banana bread
5. Husband's warm feet under the covers
6. coffee shops
7. Warm bed after a long day

What do you think? It's good for your heart, right? Share some of yours with me!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Stitch Fix IS HERE!

It's here it's here it's here! I was sooo excited to see the FedEx guy pull up with my very first Stitch Fix box today.  Of course I immediately tore into that thing to see what goodies had been picked for me.  If you're not sure what Stitch Fix is, check out my first post about it here.

My stylist, Julie, left a really thoughtful note, congratulating me on my pregnancy. She said she selected the items she did because she thought they'd work well as maternity and non-maternity wear.  I was super thankful for that, because isn't that what we all want when we're expecting? I mean, maternity clothes are great, but anything that can be worn during pregnancy and beyond and not look like a tent is a rare and precious thing!

Here's what Stitch Fix sent for me to try:
Super cute pattern on the inside!

Street Level Benian Easy Tote with Chain Detail, $68.00
I found what made my box so heavy! This purse! This purse was soooo super cute, and the big tote style is something I would totally use.  I love the cute triangle pattern on the inside, and especially loved the extra mini bag it comes with on the inside. I think that would be great for moms. You could put all your personal stuff in the small bag and baby stuff in the main compartment, so you'd always know where to find what you're looking for.  Seriously wish I could say yes to this!  However, I'm debating pulling the trigger on a new diaper bag, so I think I'll pass.
Verdict: Sent back

Lily Morgan Printed Strapless Jersey Dress, $68.00
This one was just ok to me. The print isn't bad, but I'm just not in love with it. After trying it on, I was still not in love. I'm not much of a strapless dress kind of girl, and this one just wasn't super flattering for me.
Verdict: Sent back

41 Hawthorn Abrianna Longsleeve Knit Cardigan, $48.00
I liked seeing this thin open cardigan in the box, and the color is really pretty! I think it's great even for summer, just to bring to work or the movies or the mall, when the AC is blasting and it can be cold inside.  I think it's great for bringing to the hospital too, like I mentioned in this post.
Verdict: Undecided! Help!

Chris and Carol Tobey Mixed Stripe Maxi Skirt, $58.00
I really liked this as soon as I saw it in the box.  I wish the picture was better-you can't really tell that the skirt has gray stripes in it.  I think it's nice that it will match basically any shirt, so I don't have to "think" a whole lot with this one.  At first, I didn't think the stripes were flattering on my hips, and the waistband sort of hits at a weird spot. It doesn't look right completely under my bump, but if I put it in the middle you can kind of see a muffin-top situation. But, I do like that it's something I can wear both during pregnancy and after.  It's also nice that it's a stretchy jersey material, so it will still fit even once I lose the baby weight.
Verdict: Keep!

Pink Martini Devin Lace Detail Tie-Waist Maxi Dress, $88.00
I didn't love this dress in the box, but it grew on me.  I like the idea of a maxi dress, but I've never loved dresses that tie in the back. I think the style can just look too matronly on me.  Once I tried it on, Kemi liked it, but I'm not in love.  I don't love my arms right now, and I think the cap sleeve style just hits in the wrong spot.
Verdict: Sent back

Overall, this was super fun! It's soooo nice to be able to try things on in your own house, with your own shoes and accessories.  It's great to not feel rushed to decide, and to be able to show the items to your friends or significant other before purchasing.  I'm definitely a Stitch Fix believer.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

In my hospital bag, the second time around

I thought it might be fun to compile a list of the items I'm making sure to bring with me in my hospital bag the second time around.  I think a lot of us first time mamas overpack for the delivery, and I wanted to give you the scoop on what I am making sure not to forget.  This isn't a complete packing list, just the items that I know I don't want to leave home without.  Hopefully you remember all the obvious stuff like your toothbrush!

Earth Mama Angel Baby Nipple Butter  This stuff is a miracle. I brought it with me when I delivered Evie and used it after every feeding from day one and never had an issue with chapped or bleeding nipples.  I swear by using it preventatively.

Going Home Outfit for baby  Since we don't know what we're having this time around, I thought this little bumblebee print was pretty cute! I'm still debating if I'll pack some little footed pants to go with it. We're due at the end of August, but it might be cold in the hospital too…but baby will probably be constantly swaddled, so we'll see.

Aden and Anais Swaddle Blankets  We got a set of these before Evie was born, and since they're now her beloved blankies that go everywhere with her, we definitely are going to need a second set for the new baby.  I like this grey color since we don't know what we're having, and hopefully they're different enough from Evie's that she'll keep her paws off them and not add them to her stash ;)

Granny Panties Throw-away undies are key to being comfortable post-delivery. If you don't bring comfy panties, the hospital will give you weird mesh ones that will constantly be falling off of you. Do yourself a favor and bring cheap granny panties that you can throw away after you get home.

Pads  You will definitely need pads for a few days post-delivery, and the pads the hospital provides are ENORMOUS and really bulky.  Pack your favorite brand/size and you'll be much more comfortable.

Snacks You never know going into the hospital how many hours you'll be in labor or what time the baby will be born.  Evie was born at 3:26 am and once she was born and they got us settled in our room, I realized I was STARVING! I was famished from the hard work of labor and wanted a giant cheeseburger.  Unfortunately, the cafeteria was closed, so our only option was vending machines.  Do yourself a favor and pack a mini cooler with some sandwiches and snacks, both for you and your hubby.

Face wash I have been using this face wash for years and love it. If I go without it even for a day or two I can feel the difference in my skin.  It's one of my few products that I can't do without. Good thing it's only $4.

Chapstick This is my absolute favorite chapstick. There's nothing worse than having chapped lips and not having a chapstick!

Yoga Pants  A little more acceptable to be seen in than pajama pants, but just as comfy.  I've heard these are the best, but haven't ordered them yet.

Open cardigan Hospitals are always freezing, so packing a sweater is definitely a must.  This open style is good for nursing, and wrapping yourself up when visitors arrive :)

Nursing Cover It's a lot easier to throw on a nursing cover if guests arrive than to pray that a blanket stays put over your shoulder. That's a little too risky if you ask me. Pack one just in case!  My nursing covers are hand-me-downs, but i'd love to have this cute stylish one!