7 week countdown!

Monday, July 30, 2012

I was bummed last week when I went a couple days thinking I was already 33 weeks going on 34, and then went to my doc and was reminded that I was a week off in my counting. I was actually 32 weeks going on 33. At this point, every hour is an accomplishment so to be off by a whole week just threw me a bit. But we're getting down to the wire! As I sat there on the exam bed thingy and discussed with the doc my birth plan, possibility of an induction date, recovery, etc, I was reminded that this is all coming up so soon! Like, he said if I was dilated to a 3 by Sept 12th he would consider inducing me then if I wanted. Say whaaa??!? That's in 6 weeks, folks! I was so so happy after leaving that appt. Also, mostly because the doc kept complimenting my "athletic body." Hmm... I'm pretty sure it's not my athleticism but my height that helps me out in the whole weight distribution department, but I was very fond of him for having said so. It's my new line I can whip out when Jared asks me if I really want to eat 3 rolls - "yes, dear, I'm very athletic, remember?" :)

This time around I am not frightened of the whole birthing thing so much as missing Evy Rae for those 3 days in the hospital. My mom is planning on being here, so that puts me at ease, but obviously last time I did this I didn't have another little one to worry about.

But with that being said, I am so excited for baby boy to get here! My wonderful friends threw me a shower this past Saturday and getting all this boy stuff is just crazy. This is going to be a whole new world! How fun! Still stuck on a name, though. Well, kinda. We've got it narrowed to three.

{I haven't been very good with these pregnancy milestone things. Last one I did was at 20 weeks.}

at the end of Route 66...

Friday, July 27, 2012

You will find my heart. 
I left it there a year ago on Wednesday when we moved cross-country.
Oh, Santa Monica, is there anything better than you?
Blue skies, palm trees swaying in the wind, evening campfires on the beach with friends,
those magnificent ferris wheel rides on the pier, 
tasty eateries on Main St, bike rides in Venice, tan lines in January...
This video Jared and I made way back when just captures the trance you put us young lovers in.
We were/still are infatuated with you.
Until Christmas when we are re-united, stay classy San Diego Santa Monica!


Thursday, July 26, 2012

I appreciate so much all the love you poured out to me in that last post. I was overwhelmed and indeed grateful that so many of you feel/have felt those same feelings. I tried to write as many of you back individually as I could, but a good majority of you don't have your email hooked up to your profile so I couldn't get in contact with you personally, but here's my mass heart of gratitude for all your kind words! Today Evelyn has just melted my heart with her sweetness, which of course has me screaming "I LOVE BEING A MOM!" Oh, how quickly my heart flipflops :)

monotony and dreams

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Sometimes life just isn't that grandious. Nothing bad, but nothing exceptionally good either. I've felt lately like I am in a rut, stuck doing the same things day in and day out. I've felt a bit of resentment that I've given up some of my freedom, if you will. That sounds so horrible, I know, because I am truly happy, but I feel limited in many ways of what I can do and who I can become. But I also feel all the contrary that I am now in a position to do things and become someone that I otherwise wouldn't be. Isn't that the oddest thing? I miss the freedom I once had before having a child. I miss my relationship with Jared, just us two. Yet without Evelyn, I wouldn't have become the woman I am today. I wouldn't be able to love as deep, appreciate this world with brand new eyes, test my physical limits, start raising my own progeny. I wouldn't be as joyful today without her, that is certain. There's no mistaking it. I'm just trying to find balance and contentment between giving my all to motherhood and still nourishing me and my marriage.

Sometimes women get a bad rap for being hysterical, dramatic, high-maintenance, overly sentimental, emotionally unstable, and all other kinds of things that make our sex sound weak and petty. Although I'm sure I've earned that title on occassion, I don't think I am THAT woman. I think I am pretty strong. But every now and then my jar of sanity and patience reaches the brim and yes, my emotions are in full force as husband was able to witness this past Saturday. However, I felt so deserving of all those emotions, like I had earned them and it was my right to release them. I had valid reasons for my passionate "unraveling."  I think it's because I care so deeply about life, choices, circumstances, and people, that I have such strong reactions. And I'm ok with being passionate. What I'm not ok with is feeling incapable.

In being honest with myself, I think a lot of my frustration at the moment has to do with this blogging world. Uh, and I hate that! I have a real life that goes on outside this computer screen and getting caught up in the cyber world is so unhealthy. But seeing women taking trips here and there, able to leave their kids behind leaves me thinking "Uh, I must be such a weak mom because I am not emotionally ready for that nor would Evelyn be such a charming kid to let me do that." We have a hard time sitting in our carseat for errands, let alone trips across the country. Then seeing so many that have their lives put together, or able to afford this and that, conjures up emotions of jealousy, which is deadly poison. It can crowd out hope and happiness in the blink of an eye. And for all I know, all these lives I read about are a facade, or at least not the whole truth. I have to be truthful. My life is awesome! Everything I post on this blog is authentically me. I try not to sugar coat things and I try my best to be a) joyful and b) honest.  And this is me being honest. I do realize that there needs to still be a sense of privacy, and maybe what I'm sharing should be written in my journal and not here {you don't want to see my journal. My thoughts on this are way more exponential there :) } but I also don't want to be misleading about my life either. So here is vulnerable me.

I sincerely am content with my life. Yes, it is rather monotonous right now and I may have lost a bit of my independence, but I've gained the dependency of a loving husband, an ever-affectionate daughter, and tummy kicks of a baby boy.

The other night I was talking with my best friend {I love that I have one of those}, and she said her plans for the evening involved watching The Help. She said something rather curious that stuck with me. She said she liked that movie because it's about dreams and asked me if we adults have dreams. I asked "Like nighttime dreams or aspirations?"   "No, aspirations. When we're kids we dream about being an astronaut or ballerina. When we're adults, what do we dream for?

I've dreamed my whole life about the time that I have right now to be a wife and a mom. I can't let anything entice me or distract me from the wonderful reality that is mine. 

"You are the trip I did not take,
You are the pearls I can not buy;
You are my blue Italian lake,
You are my piece of foreign sky."
-Anne Campbell

Those words done pierce my soul. Travels can wait, time alone with the husband may be few and far between, but what I have right now - the prized attention of an 18 month old, the opportunity to raise the next generation and shape someone's whole life and a loving man who is willing to do it beside me? Definitely better than pearls and foreign sky. My dream is unfolding before my eyes. It's quite miraculous, really. 

She calls me "mama"

Friday, July 20, 2012

Happy Friday! 
Giveaway winner announced here!

Life's Snapshots

Thursday, July 19, 2012

I didn't realize how busy we have been until I looked back at all my instagrams. Mostly, there has been a dangerous amount of sweet treats consumed with not all of them being pictured above. Ahh, I need an intervention! {but please don't really intervene, I like my sweets!}

Also, Jared returned from Argentina with a beard. We had fun Monday night when he shaved it off first into a goatee, then handlebars, then into Ron Burgundy {or Chester, but Ron is more hilarious so let's stick with that}. So glad to have the man back!!

Amish Country

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

This last Saturday, Evelyn and I drove up to meet my family in Pennsylvania. For the past week they've been traveling all over New York and while I wasn't brave enough to take Ev on that adventure, I thought we could atleast manage meeting them for the weekend.

I had visited the Amish Country once when I was probably 5 years old, and it has been on my list of things to do since moving out here to the East. While it took my family a good hour to hone in on the prime Amish spot, we finally came to a place where buggies were more common than cars and lucked out with a wonderful roadside stand. The little Amish family was DARLING, and had an array of homemade goodies for us to choose from. Grandma bought a handcarved train set for baby boy, while we all joined in on sharing a big glass jug of home brewed root beer and turned apple butter. Lucky for Ev, her new favorite thing pulled up along side us - a steam engine! It was a rather quaint afternoon, and I wouldn't mind being Amish for a day or two with all the homecooking and tricks of the trade they do, not to mention the beautiful rolling countryside!

NuSkin Giveaway! {CLOSED}

Friday, July 13, 2012

Ladies and Gents, this is the most ultimate giveaway ever hosted here on le blog. When NuSkin contacted me last month and asked me to test their ageLOC Transformation Line, I was ecstatic! After reading up on the product, I knew it would be perfect for me. You see, I taught swimming lessons for 3 summers and while that gave me a beautiful tan during those months, the payback has been ever-increasing wrinkles, sunspots, and tough skin. Yeah, not pretty. I have been using the transformation line for 1 month now and I can without a doubt see the results. My skin feels fresher, more youthful, less damaged, and just gives me an overall glow that I know isn't coming from being pregnant :) Here's what NuSkin has to say about the benefits of using their product:

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Are you sold yet? No? Take a look at the clinical before and after photos. Sha-bing! Lucky for you, NuSkin is offering one reader an ageLOC Transformation Kit of his/her own! Peeps, this stuff retails at over $350. You don't want to miss out! Here's how to enter:

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Giveaway will close Friday, July 20th. Best of luck and happy weekend!


A little place called Alexandria

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Yesterday Evelyn and I went on a double date with our cute friends to Alexandria. Oh. My. Goodness. If you have never been to that little town, I have to say it is a must see when coming to DC. The place is just bursting with an antique-y colonial flare but so revived with modern life as well.

We took the kiddos to the waterfront to stretch their little leggies, watch the boats and planes go by, and admire the gorgeous harbor. Then we walked the streets, window gazing along the way, until we landed at our destination - Bertucci's. Brick oven pizza with roasted artichoke, mozzarella, Italian sausage and grated parmesan = MmmmmMMM good mood food. Til next time, Alexandria! {And thanks Hannah for putting up with Ev's tantrum:) }

designing baby boy's room

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

With Jared being gone, that has left a TON of free time on my hands for nesting to swing in to full gear. "Designing," if I can qualify the cheap things I whip together as design, is always such a great creative outlet for me. It is also a source of stress and laborious contemplation. Since I am cheap, I do not like to spend a ton of money on decorating a corner {we have a 2 bedroom and baby boy will spend the first 5 months in the nook of our bedroom}, but I also appreciate a sense of personal style and allurement.

So here's my inspiration board for baby boy. I am loving the geometric scheme of things! Leave the Chevron at the door, peeps, triangles are so in! And I never thought I would want an animal skin rug at the foot of a crib, but I'm kinda digging the woodland creature thing going on up there. I am convinced that my son's favorite movie will be "Fantastic Mr Fox."

Striped bed sheets, knit mint and oatmeal shaded blankets, paper plane mobile - my mind is coming to peace with all of this. Now to get crackin on making this design board a reality!

All sources here

my family came to visit!

Monday, July 9, 2012

My family came out to visit Ev and me over the weekend! We were missing two of my siblings -  my brother is serving a mission in Colombia and my sister and brother-in-law are busy plugging away at their new home in San Diego, so they had good excuses not to join in the fun :)

Saturday we braved the major heatwave {104 + humidity put the heat index at 110, I think! Ghastly!} and headed in to the district to walk the Jefferson Memorial and Arlington Cemetery. You'll notice that Ev is not smiling in any of these pics, which is highly unlike her. The heat put a damper on her mood, but she was a such trooper, though! I do love living so close to the Nation's Capital. There are so many wonderful things to see.

Totally off subject, but I felt like I needed to address it. Last post I commented on my grammar and then I spelt grammar wrong. It took me 3 days to realize that horrendous mistake, which made me look more like an idiot, but I wanted you all to know that I know grammar is spelt with an "a" and not "e", just so we're clear :) I can't believe how many things I mispell only to correct later after hundreds have already judged my intelligence level. Oh well, can't win 'em all!

Life's Snapshots

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

What you are witnessing in the last two photos is me and Jared's {Jared and I's? Shoot me, I never got that grammar part down} first night out without the babe in over a year. Big thanks to our friend, Hannah, who willingly took on the challenge of putting Evelyn to bed {first time someone has ever put her down besides us} and it went smoothly! Hooray, more date nights in our future :)

More where that came from here.

Also, Happy 4th! Hope everyone has bigger plans than me and Ev. Our plans consist of a) Dennys for breakfast and nothing else! And a huge thank you for all your thoughts about our rough weekend. We made it through! You are all wonderful for your loving comments!