Time flies when you’re having fun

And in the blink of an eye, it’s been five months since I’ve posted! I should have a huge list of things that have kept me away, but really, it’s just one thing:

Introducing Samantha Jane!

Introducing Samantha Jane!

Time especially flies after you’ve had a baby! I think it’s because for the first time, time has a face.  My Mom was there to support us and witness her first grandbaby’s first breath. And capture some nice family pictures, too!

My husband and I welcomed our daughter into the world Nov. 12, 2012.

My husband and I welcomed our daughter into the world Nov. 12, 2012.

 I love that photo because it is so new and I think you can tell we are all just checking each other out! 🙂

just us

I was hers instantly and I have been shocked at how much I’ve enjoyed every minute since.

After two months, I went back to work full-time and any chance of recreational blogging got even slimmer. Now, I think we have a pretty good system and are loving (mostly) every minute–we all got the daycare cold so that was less than fun. But, it means I’m dabbling back in the blogosphere! Although I have LOVED being a puddle of love and a fool for this little girl, I miss feeling inspired and wanting to share outside my little nest.


I started this blog to remind me, and inspire others, to try new things and then share. Luckily, with a baby, I am doing a huge new thing and celebrating her new things every day.

Like driving, haha

Like driving, haha

And taking a great interest in things (cameras) and people around her!

St. Patty’s Day floor time

St. Patty’s Day floor time


Now, it’s time to refocus. I’ve polished the blog a little bit: added a new tagline (since I’ll be 30 on the 30th! the twenty-something reference had to go) and updated the Characters and About sections. I will keep posting, but it probably won’t be on a regular basis, and it may not be frequent until I figure out my overall goal for this place.

Hope to see you around! :)

Hope to see you around! 🙂

Pregnancy update: 10 Months

*Realized I wrote this and never published it. Although, our baby is here now and that update is coming soon, I wanted to finish out the series. Soooo, here it is…*

Well, it’s here! My due date. It’s Nov. 3, 2012 and I have no signs of labor, so the husband and I are going to the movies. We’ll sit in a theater while we can without it being a kids movie or arranging babysitting.

Baby and me:

40 weeks!

40 weeks!

Right now:

  • Foods–We made it through the whole pregnancy with the closest thing to a craving being ice water. Otherwise, I’ve covered everything in the past posts.
  • Body–I’m huge. I’ve gained 20 pounds and my belly is it’s own element…rivaled only by the size of my feet and ankles. 🙂 Thank God for flip flops. I’m uncomfortable in most positions and have forgotten what it’s like to be smaller. I can’t remember being energetic or mobile, haha.
  • Sleep–Eh. I toss and turn all through the night trying to get comfortable. Inevitably, as soon as I get comfortable, I have to get up to pee. TMI but true.
  • Work–Work is great. I’m lucky to have a company where my coworkers are excited and supportive. I’m even luckier to have a boss who appreciates me and is flexible. I am working from home now until the baby comes so I don’t have to worry about shoes fitting or being interrupted 20 times daily by coworkers asking why I am still working and why I haven’t had that baby yet.
  • Baby–It’s all up to her now. She is perfect and we are just waiting for her arrival.
  • Other people–There is fear in people’s eyes now when I go through a store. It’s hilarious to see them calculating in their head. “When are you due?” they all ask me. When the answer is “tomorrow” or “today,” their eyes get huge and they aren’t sure what to say next.

What I learned over the past month:

  • How amazing skin, and the body overall, is.
  • How to simultaneously want time to hurry and stand still.

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Happy Halloween!

Although I will not be trick-or-treating, partying or otherwise participating in common Halloween frivolities, I am still feeling the atmosphere.

This year, I’m dressed up as an end-of-term pregnant lady…note that next year, I’m determined to have a much more COMFORTABLE costume, haha.

We did still carry out our annual pumpkin carving tradition! Jeremy and I spent quite a while trying to pick a design that would be both interesting and not too challenging since neither of us has the energy or time lately to dedicate to it. Sad but true–spending an entire evening with specialty knives and the Dremel were not in the cards this year. But I’m still so excited about our creation {wringing hands, evil cackle}…

Our haunted tree!

I thought I’d do a simple, Pinterest link-around party of some of my favorite Halloween-inspired eye candy lately and wish you all a safe a spooky day! Feel free to comment with your favorite Halloween decoration/costume/party theme/food/etc!!! Or, just tell me what your plans are tonight so I can be jealous! 🙂

A few previews…


Pregnancy photo project

When we found out we were pregnant, I instantly knew I wanted to take daily photos to track this journey. I also quickly discovered that my photographer’s (aka, husband’s) schedule and my schedule didn’t always align. Plus, at five weeks pregnant, my belly really didn’t look any different from one day to the next. It seemed silly.

No belly yet…

I decided to take my pictures on a weekly basis instead. But at week nine, the sickness hit. I started to feel like crap daily and really didn’t want my picture taken at all. There was no cute pose outside…I flopped on the couch after work and pouted, haha. They started to look like this:

Awww, the glowing essence of joyful excitement. That’s me!

So I changed my mind and we switched to monthly. I started with three months and started sharing them on the blog at four months:

So far…

Can you tell that morning sickness was in full force around month four? Haha.

But at the six-month mark, more changes started happening more quickly. So, I started weekly pictures. But to take the pressure off me to look good in them, they are just of my belly. 🙂 That’s the real focus anyway! See the weekly progress  on Flickr!


And I’m finally feeling like this could be a successful project and a great memory. I also am thinking it might be something we can stick with once the baby arrives.

Of course, we’ll probably be taking a bajillion photos of her all the time (except maybe for the beginning when I don’t know the difference between a hairbrush and toothbrush much less how to work a camera). But that’s where Daddy comes in to the rescue, right? I want plenty of pictures with him and her, too!

I’m thinking we’ll take weekly photos of just her and monthly photos of her and me for her first year (as a fun comparison to “us” before her arrival). It should be great to display at her first birthday party or in a book and to look back on several decades from now.

Of course, there are tons of inspirational people who’ve shared ah-mazing photo projects, so this is certainly not a comparison/competition. Has anyone else done pregnancy photos or a series? Do you have a favorite photo project you spotted online? Or tips for baby memory photos (pregnancy, hospital or after)?

Pregnancy update: 9 Months

I need to start with: Oh my goodness, I can’t believe I’m writing about completing my eighth month and being into the ninth! Am I seriously nine months pregnant?! And not just nine months, but full term! Last Saturday I hit 37 weeks, which is officially a full-term baby. She can come any day now, which is amazing and exciting–minus the part about how she has to come out and what I’m supposed to do with her once she’s here. 🙂

OK, now that’s off my chest…

Baby and me:

36 weeks

Right now:

  • Foods–I think simple basics, namely Cheerios, peanut butter, apples, cheese sandwiches, bananas and milk, are the best things ever (not all together though). They never fail to sound good. Easy to eat, acid neutralizing…snack or meal, these are common in my routine. I’m also still eating my version of overnight oats many mornings. But, fall is rolling in so oatmeal (hot or cold) just seems fitting and I’ve heard it’s good for breastfeeding, so double bonus. Red meat and sweets are also sounding particularly appealing lately. Luckily, my husband is fantastic and took me out for steak and made a rockin’ meatloaf. 🙂 Oh, and I may have eaten three Butterfinger Blizzards in one week and have since sworn them off since I don’t think it’s pregnancy (that’s just a convenient justification for deliciousness). Otherwise, I can’t say I’ve had any cravings. I was really hoping something weird would surface, haha. Oh well.
  • Body–I feel quite large. It’s a noticable change from earlier when I loved my bump. I’m frequently short of breath, I get restless legs one or two nights a week, and I think my arms and face have fat that wasn’t there before. The stretch mark count is still zero but oh my, the swelling. I hit 36 weeks and had to put my wedding rings on a necklace because I never knew when I’d need to take them off. By 37 weeks, NONE of my shoes fit! I’m living in flip flops…even to work.
  • Sleep–When I sleep, I sleep well. It’s in shorter increments now though. I toss and turn to accommodate the belly and get up to pee far too many times. And the cruelest part is I’m still always thirsty! I haven’t experienced any Braxton Hicks contractions yet but laying down can be quite uncomfortable and painful on the belly.
  • Work–I’ve turned over a lot of my projects and daily work, plus I leave early at least one day a week for the doctor’s appointment and I still manage to break 40 hours per week. Busy bee over here! I had to take a day off just because my body and brain demanded it. I feel wimpy but it was best for baby. I filed my official intent to go on leave and am getting nervous about leaving. I have no idea what I’ll come back to.
  • Baby–Got confirmation that she is a definitely a she in the last ultrasound. We opted out of the 3D one (poor Jeremy didn’t even get to weigh in) because I hate the way they look. I know I’m a crazy. But the doughy, clay, deformed monster baby images are just not for me. She moves all day long and although it’s still the weirdest sensation ever, it amazes me.
  • Other people–Stranger belly touching has not happened yet! Great news. However, family and friends now have no problem reaching out. It’s awkward to just stand there while they have a conversation with my belly but it’s so cute, I really don’t mind. I love when she moves for them.

What I learned over the past month:

  • Reaching/leaning/bending is a talent I took for granted.
  • The ins and outs of short-term disability and FMLA.
  • Breathing and positioning tips for labor, how to bathe and swaddle the baby, and gear necessities in our hospital’s birthing classes.
  • Kourtney Kardashian had her baby and made it look easy.
  • More and more birthing stories from friends, family, coworkers and strangers. Let’s just say, “yowza.” 🙂

As usual, we had a few outtakes in our 9-month photo shoot.

I was uncomfortable and swollen…and not originally in the mood to have my picture taken.

But Jeremy brought me around…

Out came the smiles 🙂

And the belly!

Not much longer in here!

Sooooo, what’s going on with you? Can we discuss Halloween plans? I’m most likely avoiding parties so let me live vicariously! 🙂

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Pregnancy update: 8 Months

Baby and me:

32 weeks!

Right now:

  • Foods–My acid is not quite as under control as I’d like it, but we’re managing. The right foods and scheduling is key. I don’t even try to splurge and eat an.y.thing with marinara or BBQ sauce. Cereal is always appealing and I’m eating my version of overnight oats many mornings. Just oats, chia seeds and milk in the fridge overnight. I add a splash more milk, blueberries and nectarine slices in the morning–delicious!
  • Body–The sciatica pain went away after week 26 thank goodness! I stay in flats and most defintely feel pregnant now. I think I move more like a pregnant lady to get in the car or get out of a chair. My belly button is officially starting to poke out, too, which I think is funny. But, I’m still feeling good overall: my wedding rings still fit, my ankles still look like ankles and no acne or stretch marks yet. I’m counting my blessings!
  • Sleep–I sleep fairly well. I get lower belly pain and have to reposition frequently. I’m also noticing that I get up earlier. Even when I don’t want to, my brain wakes up around 7 a.m.–that’s not normal for me! 🙂
  • Work–Is good. I am training two new people and counting down. Only seven weeks until the due date so I’m trying to pull away from some larger projects and put the new people on point so they can start their own relationships and contact points. It’s hard to let go and not do it my way, but I know it’s the right thing to do. And, I’m still managing to stay crazy busy.
  • Baby–Is a gymnast…or a karate champion. She is large and moves ALL DAY. From her swimming/repositioning motions to outright jumping/kicking that others can feel. My belly often either looks like the sand in Tremors or the toaster filled with slime that dances with music in Ghost Busters.
  • Other people–People are still frequently stopping me at work or in stores to inquire about the pregnancy. Luckily, I have not had any strangers try to touch my belly. I think people are finally learning!

What I learned over the past month:

  • Glucose testing is not fun but worth it to rule it out: Got my results back from the three-hour glucose test and no diabetes for me. Phew!
  • Baby showers are great: Four of my very sweet and generous friends offered to throw a baby shower for me. It was adorable and so nice to just hang out and celebrate with friends for an afternoon with delicious food and fabulous decorations. Presents were a cherry on top!
  • Nurseries are surprisingly intimidating. Before we were pregnant I loved looking at nursery ideas and thought that setting ours up would be the most fun part. We still haven’t set up her nursery. We have several of the key pieces (crib, changing table, bassinet, rug, stroller and car seat, bookcase, recliner) but they are all in boxes all around the house. No bueno.
  • There is no normal or getting used to pregnancy. Although I’m feeling good, the cliches that we all know feel very different when you are going through them for the first time. Just when I feel like I’m getting the hang of something, a development happens and I have to adjust. I’m figuring out how to move, how to eat and how to dress. But now I have to face impending labor and transitioning the house. Holy crap.
  • Our photo projects are more fun lately. Now that I have some direction and purpose for why we are taking them. With me getting more comfortable with my picture taken, they are also getting goofier. I am not a model. I don’t do “poses.” Jeremy is great and patient photographer and basically he says things to make me laugh and I either pout or crack up and we manage to get one good picture each time. We also get some other funny moments in between:

Like this ridiculous one:

Don’t ask.

At least I’m smiling here:

Can you see my belly button?

Or missing the belly altogether while I’m making an important point (maybe?):

Jeremy says he’s all too familiar with this face, HAHAHA.

Somehow this happened:

I guess I was feeling strong?

We do remember it’s about the baby sometimes:

Belly hug!

Ooooh, she’s going to be so embarrassed of us. Can’t wait for pictures with her before her junior high dances!!!

Sooooo, what’s going on with you? Are you expecting little ones (your own or a friend/family member?) Is time just going really fast for anyone else?

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Ikea Hotel?

Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a great weekend. I have a short and light-hearted post for today. I just read on an RSS feed that Ikea was planning to open a chain of budget hotels throughout Europe.

Ikea Hotel!

Now I’m dying to see what their floor plans and designs will be. Is it going to be like the store with all the mini room perfectly outfitted and Swedish meatballs in their snack bars? Or will they try to be less like Ikea and just a normal hotel (that will be built with an Allen wrench)? You know it’ll have to feel Scandinavian, right?

Has anyone else heard this news? Thoughts on whether is is brilliant or a trainwreck? Insight? Is there another company you wish would open a hotel chain?

Pregnancy update: 7 Months

Baby and me:

28 weeks!

Right now:

  • Foods–Rice and almonds are still the most appealing at any time. I’ve also kept up a ton of fruit and veggies. I have caved more this past month though. I ate a fast-food burger, chocolate chip cookies and an ice cream cone. It’s still in low doses since processed/refined sugar makes me feel bad, but still!
  • Body–Getting bigger! I think it’s still mostly belly but since I can’t really see other angles, I could be blissfully unaware. I have started having pain in my lower right back area. I think it’s sciatica–mostly it’s a dull ache that occasionally turns into a breathtaking, shooting, blinding pain. Good times. Luckily, I switched to flat shoes and am more conscious of my sitting posture, which has made it better.
  • Sleep–Pretty good overall. I only wake a few times a night and have no trouble going back to sleep. I hit a wall of lethargy around 7 p.m. and sitting is too much work, lol. But the days are full of energy and I rally around 8 or 9 p.m. to finish last-minute stuff.
  • Work–I’m finding a better balance at work. I don’t come home as tired or stressed and I don’t dread going. I took a week off for our anniversary and it was nice just to have time away and with Jeremy.
  • Baby–She is active enough now to get her own bullet point! 🙂 Jeremy was able to feel her kick for the first time, too, at 26 weeks. I’m told she is approximately 14 inches long and 2.5 pounds. I feel her move daily but it’s random.
  • Other people–Many stop me and want to know how far along I am, compare to their belly size when they were pregnant, ask me if I’m planning on having an epidural, if my Mom is excited, give me exercise tips and more.

What I learned over the past month:

  • Glucose testing is not fun: Actually, I was stressing over it being disgusting but the drink is actually not bad at all. The blood draw is just a finger stick and the waiting went by pretty fast. I was feeling great until they told me I’d have to take a second one. 😦
  • I’m starting to feel like an invalid: Jeremy is tackling a bunch of home projects. Although he is adorable and I love it, not being “allowed” to paint the dining room or help to lift heavy furniture (or even questioning lifting a friend’s toddler!) is a defeating and humbling reminder. Even when I do get to do stuff, sometimes it backfires and doesn’t come out like I want or I get tired halfway through. I’m working on my stamina and flexibility. Getting a pass and not having to scrub the bathtub is a-okay though, haha.
  • Hospital tour: We took our hospital tour this past month and it was really interesting. Filled out a bunch of paperwork to pre-register. One less things to do when we go to deliver! We got to see the rooms, the nursery, the layout, etc. We also learned about the hospital’s photography policy, visitor policy, drop-off routine, breastfeeding resources, etc. I’m glad we went. The nurses were all very nice and it was quiet in the hallways–not like the crazy, moms and babies screaming scene from movies. It was, however, SUPER secured. The security measures they take are both sad and crazy. But obviously necessary and I’m glad they take them seriously. 
  • We need to pick a name. Both couples we did the hospital tour with had names chosen. I think, truthfully, we have until labor day…but we should probably at least have a few contenders sometime soon.
  • I chose a photo project! Post coming soon.
  • Pre-pregnancy clothes have hit their limit. It’s great to have pieces that you can wear to limit buying expensive “maternity” clothes. However, there comes a day that the buttons can’t take any more punishment.

I didn’t want to say it, but I knew it was true.

So, what’s going on with you? Anyone else working on projects? Or going through growth spurts? 🙂

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Pregnancy update: 6 Months

This is baby and I.

24 weeks! July 20, 2012

Right now:

  • Foods–I really enjoy ice-filled water and drink about 60 ounces a day. My diet is as non-acid inducing as possible and I started a new, baby-safe medication regiment that has done wonders.
  • Body–OK, NOW I’m showing. I think all my water drinking has kept swollen ankles and fingers at bay for now. Lotion is part of my daily routine to try to keep away those dreaded stretch marks. So far so good. But, you can only do what you can and make peace with what happens anyways, right? My belly button has been shallow for several weeks and now the top of it is just starting to turn outward.

This is my view. 🙂

  • Sleep–I’m sleeping alright. I’m used to my nights now. There’s lots of switching form side to side and I have to roll via my back, not my stomach like I used to. Luckily, I also have a pillow to place under the belly. Round ligament pain twinges if I just lay on my side without it. Have a feeling that’s going to get worse. 🙂
  • Work–We still aren’t talking about work. I’m trying to focus on it during work hours and that’s it. I don’t blog at work so it’s only fair, right?
  • Other people–People have no hesitation to ask me if I’m pregnant lately. Then proceed to tell me how I’m barely showing. Or, that I’m big. Or that I’m going to get big. I know there’s cliches and jokes about what to expect while you are pregnant, but even when you know what’s coming, it’s very odd to experience how personal you get with people and the affect it can have on you. Not always because you had any intention to when you walked by them!

What I learned over the past month:

  • Life really knows how to kick you in pants. Had quite a bit to deal with the past 30 days but we came through it and are really grateful for all of you who checked in on us, prayed for us and shared your stories.
  • Baby girl is the size of a cantaloupe. Apparently that’s just big enough to start to feel her move! My placenta is situated in front of her so they told me I would feel her later than most people. It’s a weird, swimming sensation. The first time I felt it was the middle of week 21. I thought it was my stomach growling–then I realized it was on my right side. It was a funny moment of “hey! that must be her!!!” 
  • How lengthy a registry can get! I was a firm believer that we would just get essentials for a small baby and a small house…I think we did fairly good and we still ended up with more than a hundred items. Wow!
  • Jeremy and my photo shoots are getting goofier. I give you exhibit A:

25 weeks, paying no attention.

and exhibit B:

25 weeks, paying too much attention.

So, what’s going on with you? Let’s share, and I wish you a great weekend!

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Pregnancy update: 5 Months

Well, better late than never! 🙂 And, I’ll have a 6-month report coming sooner than later now.

This is baby and I at 20 weeks.

20 weeks! June 15, 2012

Right now:

  • Foods–I still drink nothing but water, and lots of it. I did splurge on an orange Fanta–ooooo. I’m still a picky eater but am working on better control of my acid reflux. Some days are better than others but being diet conscious really helps. Luckily, I really enjoy fruits and veggies so it’s a healthy diet for both of us.
  • Body–I’m so enjoying “showing.” This is probably the least self-conscious I’ve been…ever? I feel sassy and energetic most days. I got a haircut today, which makes an amazing world of difference in attitude.
  • Sleep–I’m sleeping alright. Not like I used to, but I have system.
  • Work–We aren’t going to talk about work.
  • Other people–People are starting to give me the I-think-she’s-pregnant-but-I’m-afraid-to-ask glances.

What I learned over the past month:

  • It’s a girl!!! We found out June 6 that baby is a her. We both wanted a boy originally, but I knew it was a girl from the beginning. I just knew.  We threw a gender reveal party that weekend with our friends and it was a blast. It was supposed to focus more on our new deck, but Florida made sure that baby was the only focus with record thunderstorms the entire month of June.

So, what’s going on with you? Have a great week!

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