Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Faves

Happy Friday!

I didn't get to share the news yet, but I got a new job! I actually started the last week of August. Fortunately, I had a few offers on the table at the end of the summer, each one more different than the next. I'm happy to say I chose a position that was completely out of my comfort zone, less than the salary I was seeking and not located downtown.

I'm happy to report I started working at a non-profit adoption agency as a Digital Marketing Manager. The work is right up my alley in terms of what I've done before, but I'm also learning new skills, like SEO. And it's feel-good work. I love knowing that I'm not working for an organization that is driven by money, but by helping families and children. I've been here a few weeks and am happy as a clam.

That said, getting back into the "real world" after a summer off has been an adjustment! It's amazing how much more tired I get with having to commute and use my brain! (Hehe). I wouldn't have it any other way though, and all the stress that came with not having a job at this time in our lives is slowly melting away.

I'm not going to do a bumpdate this week, only because not much has changed from last week. That and I just look hideous in my most recent bump photo (you can see it on Instagram if you really want).

So this Friday, I thought I'd do a non-pregnancy related post, since I feel like that's all I talk about anymore, and share with you some of my favorite things currently (and always):


Fall Faves

Fall Faves by rzupek featuring Essie

Gap top
gap.com


Wedge ankle boots
target.com


Burts Bees beauty product
$23 - debenhams.com


Essie nail polish
target.com

Friday, September 5, 2014

Week 24 || Bumpdate

Looking a little rough around the edges. 
I had been sleeping on the couch for 2 hours prior to this photo.

How far along: 24 weeks (Technically 25 today..I'm late posting this)

Baby's size: We are an ear of corn this week! He's about 1.5 lbs and almost a foot long already!

Baby's progress: His body is starting to fill out proportionally, but is still pretty skinny right now. His brain is still (always) growing and developing, and his taste buds continue to develop. His lungs are developing their branches, too. His skin is still translucent, but that changes soon. He's putting on weight like crazy!

Weight gain: Unknown. My scale broke (probably due to my weight) but I'm guessing 25ish lbs? Will find out at next week's appointment...

Stretch marks: All clear.

Sleep: All good in the hood. Wish I could say the same for my husband.

Gender: I think we've established I've got a penis inside me.

Movement: Little dude has been on the move this week. But it's mostly been during the day, so that's good. At least he's not waking me up at night. He made his way under my rib cage yesterday, which was SUPER weird and uncomfortable. Go ahead and float back down any time! 

Best moment this week: Little man Farrell was hiccuping today! Either that, or jumping up and down. It was hilarious and so cute!

Looking forward to:  Our babymoon! We were going to go somewhere tropical, but decided to save the money and head to NYC instead! We're going the last weekend of September (my birthday weekend!) and I can't wait! It's a foodie/pregnant woman's dream! Also excited about seeing fellow preggo Carrie Underwood this weekend at Ravinia with my other fellow pregnant friends! (Minus a couple.)

Labor signs: Nada! Keep cookin' in there, buddy!

Symptoms: Backaches...leg cramps...swelling...exhaustion (I'm talking first trimester tired). Ooof.

Workouts: Just once, unless you count my painting and dancing this past weekend! 

What I miss: I'm gonna go with not feeling like my back is breaking in half. I also actually really miss craft beer. I've indulged in Non-Alcoholic beers this summer, but would really just love a beer that has FLAVOR!

Things that suck: I've begun the swelling phase of pregnancy, which is a real downer, to put it kindly. It also sucks when you can't find relief for your aching back!

Things that don't suck: Feeling little man be so active! He loves to kick, punch, jump, hiccup and stretch.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Weekend Update: A "LABOR" of Love

No, I did not go into labor this weekend, thank God. But I very well could have, what with how I occupied my time while simultaneously being a complete ball of nerves while my husband climbed Mt. Rainier.

I'm getting ahead of myself.

So, first and foremost - It's SEPTEMBER and I'm not sure where or when or how that happened, but this is officially my favorite month. Not only is it my birthday month (on the 28th, mark your calendars!), Fall begins (my favorite season), college football starts (Go Hawks!) and Fantasy Football/NFL football starts (Go Pack Go). Hot coffee is back in style. Boots and leggings are on regular rotation. THE BEST.

This year, September also has new meaning because now I can say that in just three short months, we will be a family of THREE, which is crazy to me. This pregnancy has seriously gone by so fast, and I can't believe I'll be 25 weeks along on Friday. Anyway, back to my weekend.

So, my ever-adventurous and thrill-seeking husband signed up several months ago (before we were expecting) to climb Mt. Rainier with a couple of his buddies this past weekend. No, he has never climbed a mountain before. Yes, I was scared. A group freaking died on Mt. Rainier just a few months ago, and I have no interest in becoming a single mom or widow any time soon! Thankfully, he and the group made it up the mountain and back down in one piece, and I'm super proud of him for this amazing accomplishment (just don't do it again, honey).
Needless to say, while he was gone, I felt anxious and knew I had to keep myself busy to keep my mind off things. And what better activity to keep me busy than to get ready for baby? Friday night, I went to Pottery Barn Kids and picked up some curtains for the nursery (and scanned a few more items while I was at it!) I also hit up Buy Buy Baby to pick out a glider. After much debate, I decided I needed Bryan to help me make a decision, but here are the two we are looking at.
 

They are pretty similar, and I think I'm more drawn to the modern look of the one on the left, but the one on the right is a bit more fluffy and comfy. The bigger decision here is which fabric? We have light gray walls and white furniture. So do I go with the tweed/gray color and hope it doesn't blend too much, or go with the Raffia Cloud and make it pop with pillows and blankets? Would love your input!

The top two are my faves and the right is our paint color. Stonington Gray. 

Saturday, I woke up and thought it would be a good idea to paint our master bedroom. I told you that I'm obsessed with the paint color for the nursery, and we had a bunch leftover, so I thought, why not? Never mind the fact that I'm pregnant and should not be inhaling paint fumes, climbing ladders or moving furniture. I went ahead and taped off the whole bedroom, which took SO much longer than I thought (doesn't it always? This is the story of painting). By the time I was done, I had to shower and head to Aurora to watch one of my close friends tie the knot!

The wedding was at Two Brothers Brewery and was a total blast. I got to see all of my former co-workers that I worked with at Imagination and we always have a great time together. As I told the bride, it's tough to have sober fun at a wedding, but I truly did at her wedding and could even be found on the dance floor for much of the night! I didn't get home until after 1am, so I snuggled in to rest up for my day of painting on Sunday.
Rest I did - I slept until 11am! This mama was tired. Not wanting to waste the day, I ordered brunch from my favorite place (#lazy), picked up a couple of movies from RedBox and got to work on the bedroom. One quarter of the first wall in and I immediately regretted my decision. We only had a roller, with a short handle, which meant a lot of climbing up and down the ladder to reach the high spots. I also had to press the roller really hard onto the wall to ensure I didn't have any spots.
Before
SEVEN HOURS LATER...the room was done. And holy hell, I was spent. My back ached like nothing I have felt ever before. My hands were bruised from pressing that damn roller into the wall. My feet hurt from standing all GD day and my legs were swollen from climbing up and down. I had a headache from the paint fumes. It was horrible. BUT the room looked great.

Seriously though, I realize how dumb it was of me to paint a freaking bedroom when I'm 24 weeks pregnant and no one was there to supervise or help if something happened. More importantly, I learned that I need to listen to my body and that I can't physically exert myself the way I did pre-pregnancy. Lesson learned, loud and clear.

                 
Not great after shots..oh well. How annoying is that crooked lampshade?

Since painting took me all day on Sunday, I left my last project for Monday and spent the night laid up on the couch, watching Divergent. (Haven't read those books, but really liked the movie!) Monday morning, I woke up sore, yet rested and ready to tackle my final weekend project: The closets.

We have a master bedroom closet and another closet in the guest bedroom (soon-to-be nursery). Until recently, half of my wardrobe was in one closet and half was in the other. Mainly, I kept the opposite season's clothes in the other bedroom, along with my 50+ dresses for every season, and would switch out accordingly. Obviously, with little man on the way, I had to make room for him. And given that I can't fit into anything in either closet, it was time to pack it up and move things out.

So, I went to the Container Store (anyone else freaking LOVE the Container Store?) and stocked up on under-the-bed storage and some closet organization devices to help the process. I started in my bedroom and took inventory of all the clothes I wear currently and/or clothes I assumed I'd still be able to wear pregnant. This was a sad day for me, friends.

Pretty much, the only things I was able to keep in my closet were maternity shirts, maternity jeans, drawstring pants, maxi skirts and cardigans. That's it. Even my flowey blouses and tank tops don't fit, thanks to my ginormous pregnant boobs and growing hips and belly. The joys.

The good part about this was I made a TON of space for new clothes to move in. After I got done in the main closet, I moved everything out of the second bedroom and did the same thing. What I ended up with was clothes to put in my closet that I can wear currently will be able to wear through the rest of my pregnancy. And the rest, I organized into piles: Summer & Spring 2015 (cuz ain't no chance I'll be able to wear it before then) and post-pregnancy clothes. So, clothes that I can't fit into now, but will likely (hopefully) be able to wear in the winter after I have little man.  I folded and packed all of these clothes into my handy storage bins and voila! With the exception of my wedding dress, I have made room for Baby F's clothes.

Speaking of, I washed all those, too. I received a BOXLOAD of newborn outfits from my sister-in-law that my nephew never wore, and I've done a little purchasing of my own. So into the washer they went and now, all that's left is hanging those adorable little outfits!

By the time I finished this task, my hubby walked through the door safe and sound, and we grabbed a bite to eat before concluding the weekend snuggled up at home.

And that my friends, was my labor-filled, Labor Day weekend. Crossing so much off my list was worth the backache.

What'd everyone else do?