Though we’ve had amazing weather around here lately, this weekend was decidedly wet and blustery. But when you have a three year old, cabin fever gets real, real fast. So we didn’t let the rain stop us and ventured out to a new, lovely tea spot not too far from our house.
It is such a beautiful spot. Everything is clean and sparse and gorgeous. Not everyone finds a sparse aesthetic very inviting but oh how I do. Maybe even more so after having a kid. All those clean lines and no clutter puts me at ease instantly. They also have the best magazines like this one I’m currently obsessed with. I have a feeling I will be back there…maybe with just myself next time :)
Eleanor drew with Papa and watched him too (one of her favorite things to do), while I read a bit (toddler interrupted reading, mind you). And we all enjoyed some delicious tea of course. It was really wonderful to just rest and be together.
Daniel and I were also able to get out for a date night, which was much needed. We followed the best advice and went to a movie before going out to dinner. That way you’re not falling asleep during the movie and can talk about the movie afterward over dinner. We saw Birdman, which we really liked. Thought-provoking, incredibly well-acted, artistic, and the cinematography was super different, but interesting. We went out to eat at Kachka, a newish Russian restaurant that was delicious. If you go, make sure to get the borscht and sour cherry dumplings—to die for. Also, the vodka flights are a must too. Though I can’t really give a review, my husband really liked it and I watched enviously across the table. I will definitely be going back after this baby is born :)
And lastly, a few pictures of the most epic post-nap hair you’ll ever see and apple snacking/being a goof :)
Hope you’re weekend was lovely , and happy Monday! We can do this! xx
“I never felt more beautiful than when I was pregnant, because it wasn’t about me. The whole purpose of my body was no longer to fit into a sample size. It was to nurture another being. So I always felt great, no matter what I was wearing.” –Amy Adams
Being pregnant can be both incredible and hard, in so many ways and on so many levels. One of which is the changes your body undergoes. There are moments when I marvel at my body, what it’s doing, and what it’s capable of. And other moments it’s…hard. I feel large and limited and not terribly pretty. I don’t like those times and am not proud of them. Because Amy Adams nailed it. The insecurities that creep up in me about my changing body are based on outright, mostly cultural, lies. Pregnancy is nothing short of miraculous and I want to see our society start to value women and mothers as givers and supporters of life. Think about how much would change for you and me and our daughters if we viewed women like that.
Anyway, I’ll get off my soapbox. Just really needed to say all that.
In my daily attempt to value myself and see the truth about how I look right now, I have been making sure to get dressed (most days) and care for myself in that way. I decided to start up a maternity style series like I did when I was pregnant with Eleanor and hopefully inspire any other pregnant mamas out there to get dressed and be proud of yourself and the changes your body undergoes to make another human!
One of my favorite, go-to pieces in this pregnancy has been…
I saw this survey the other day and remembered how much fun my nerdy self loves filling them out and reading them. So I filled it out and decided to share it with you. What would really make my day is if you filled it out and left in the comments (pretty please!)….
Since I hit the halfway mark in my pregnancy with baby #2, I thought it was about time I share some of my go-to wardrobe essentials that have been saving my ever-expanding self these days.
Though I have been able to wear most of my normal clothes still (Other than pants, I was pulling out the maternity jeans at like 13 weeks this time around!) and plan to do so as much as possible, I have found that since my pregnancy with Eleanor leaps and bounds have been made in the maternity clothes department. Amazing brands like this one make clothes women can wear before, during and after pregnancy which is just brilliant. It’s not as painful to spend money on clothes you know you will be able to wear longer than 9 months!
Below are seven pieces I’ve been living in and helping me feel put-together and pretty during my second trimester…
Of course I’ll hurt you. Of course you’ll hurt me. Of course we will hurt each other. But this is the very condition of existence. To become spring, means accepting the risk of winter. To become presence, means accepting the risk of absence.
– The Little Prince
“Motherhood is the most completely humbling experience I’ve ever had. It puts you in your place, because it really forces you to address the issues that you claim to believe in—and if you can’t stand up to those principles when you’re raising a child, forget it,” –Diane Keaton.
Because these past few weeks I’ve been feeling the weight and unrelenting responsibility of motherhood, especially in regards to what the wise Ms. Keaton speaks of so pointedly. I feel so painfully and, to be honest, unwillingly, sobered these days by this crazy thing that is motherhood. I don’t welcome the sobriety and humbling nature of it often. I’m usually kicking and screaming, like some kind of three year old. Which is funny, right… I want to be better, I want to be the kind of mother Eleanor would be proud of and respect and trust, yet I feel like I’m looking in the mirror most days when I look at her. I’m not much farther along in this whole life thing than her. And just look at that sweet face, you’d think I’d be able to just get it together.
Since photos and blog posts are usually slanted and pretty and since I’m having a hard time conjuring up much these days anyway, I thought I’d share some of the bad and ugly.
And, perhaps most importantly, because every mother desperately needs to know—you’re far from alone.
It’s been a busy, full few weeks so I thought I’d share a some bits and pieces of our life around here lately. First and foremost, Eleanor turned 3 this past friday!! I really can’t believe it. I always feel so nostalgic around this time every year and find myself thinking a lot about the day she finally joined us on the outside and the challenging but sweetest weeks that followed. 3 looks so good on you, Eleanor, and I can’t wait to see all the new, amazing things you will do and become this year!
I put up these streamers I made for her birthday last year in the doorway to her room the night before her birthday. She felt so special walking through them. They’re still up she loves them so much!
I have struggled with morning sickness in both of my pregnancies. With Eleanor I was kinda sick the whole 9 months, to be honest. Yuck. Needless to say, I’ve learned a few tricks that have really helped me manage the nausea. From what I’ve read and understand, morning sickness is usually caused by the flood of hormones that pregnant women experience, low blood sugar, and dehydration. For me, that middle one is especially true. I have a tendency toward hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) which just intensifies when I’m pregnant. So when I’m staying on top of eating something every hour and a half to two hours, I notice I feel much better. As well as eating frequently, I’ve learned some other simple, healthy, helpful tips that have kept the nausea to a minimum…
We are all very excited to finally let the secret out! I’ll be 14 weeks this week with our second child who will be joining our family come July :) Though I can’t believe I’m almost in the second trimester (!), the first trimester seemed so loooong. I think mostly because this pregnancy has been very similar to my pregnancy with Eleanor so far: lots of nausea, smells, exhaustion, etc. Good times. Which is partly why it has been kind of quiet over here on the blog. Nausea + exhaustion = sapped motivation. Thankfully, I learned a thing or two the first time around and have been able to manage the sickness a bit better this time (blog post soon to come).
Eleanor has been the sweetest about everything. She keeps asking questions like, “Is it summer yet so the baby can come out?” and “Mama, you having belly squeezes?” (referring to contractions). I think someone is excited to be a big sister :)
We told her about a week and a half ago after we were able to hear the baby’s heartbeat (yay!) We gave her a special cupcake and book about being a big sister. Her response, “Really?! You have a baby in your tummy? Can I see it?” She seems excited, which I’m hoping sticks ;)
It’s hard to believe we’re going to have a tiny baby all over again and though we’re plenty anxious and nervous about having 2 kiddos, we are so excited. I think waiting a little longer before jumping in for round two was necessary for us to wrap our minds around the idea and feel really ready and excited about adding to our family (we aren’t “rip the bandaid off” kind of people if you know what I mean, haha). I am looking forward to seeing Eleanor as a big sister, witnessing how having a sibling will shape and change her, and am so happy she will have a built-in, life-long playmate and companion.
Another thing I’m excited about and thankful for is being able to have the lead midwife I had with Eleanor on my team again this time and, if all goes well, having another home birth. Hopefully a bit shorter of a labor this time though! *fingers crossed*
Below is a recording of the heartbeat if you care to take a listen. This was the second time we heard it and Eleanor’s first time hearing it!
Personally, I can’t think of a better sound in the whole world.
I swear sometimes my toddler doesn’t eat. I feel lucky if Eleanor eats a bite or two at a meal. But, amazingly enough, she’s growing just fine. I know that it is super common for young kids to be erratic eaters. Somedays she eats a decent amount, but most days she eats so minimally I go head first into an anxiety-ridden state about her health. It has been driving me crazy. Any other mamas out there feelin’ me?
I also know that I don’t want her to have any issues surrounding food and I know that the “quest for attention” — of any kind — is very real. So I’ve been trying out different tricks to help get those greens and protein in her while not making a huge fuss and biting my tongue when she chooses not to eat, and praising her lots when she does. Read on for the tricks…