Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A Happiness Post

Lately, pregnancy hormones have me feeling all out of sorts. Little things that would normally just be a small annoyance now fill me with a white hot rage. If I've allowed myself a small cup of coffee that day, then the rage simmers just below the surface, allowing me to at least function through the day. Otherwise, hell hath no fury like a pregnant woman who has received one too many stupid emails.

To offset my emotions, I decided to write a blog post and focus on 20 things making me happy right now. This list will likely be my mantra until it is finally acceptable to calm myself with coffee (and wine) again.

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1. We're expecting a baby girl! This is the big thing getting me through this week--knowing little Aida Marie is on the way. Now it's time to really start planning!

Blue outfits with pink cupcakes. That's how we do. (p.s. delicious cupcakes courtesy of Fabulous Fetes)

2. Mindy Kaling's new book, Why Not me?
She's been one of my favorites since the moment she described the process of a Netflix que when she was Kelly Kapoor on The Office, and both of her books provide a good laugh and lots of wisdom. Example:

"Who is the beauty icon that inspires you the most? Is it Sophia Loren? Audrey Hepburn? Halle Berry? Mine is Nosferatu, because that vampire taught me my number-one and number-two favorite beauty tricks of all time: avoid the sun at all costs and always try to appear shrouded in shadows."

#truth, right?!?! Skin cancer is no joke, guys, and it's always a good idea to remain a little bit mysterious. 

3. Chocolate chip ice cream cookie sandwiches from Byrne Dairy. 
I discovered these at Costco one day and my life has been forever changed. This comes from some dairy in New York and I have only been able to find them at Costco--what will ever happen if Costco decides to stop carrying them? Life will lose a little bit of its color, I'm sure. 

3. The return of fall television
No explanation needed. 

4. Food
Being pregnant makes me feel exactly the same why I feel when I'm on prednisone--I want to eat all the food, and I want it now. Anytime we go to a restaurant, my eyes automatically drift towards the kitchen, eagerly awaiting the moment when my food will arrive and I can inhale it in all of three minutes, so I can sit forlornly and count down the minutes again til my next meal. 

5. The new CHVRCHES album. 
It will be released later this week, but if you pre-order on iTunes you get three songs right away, and they are all AMAHZING. 

6. Fall weather
Leggings and boots, I know, whatever--the real reason I'm excited about cooler temperatures is because that means I can get away with unshaven legs much longer than in the summer.

7. Spacebar
After what is sure to be a long day at work this Saturday, Matt is taking me to a restaurant that is built around the concept of a grilled cheese sandwich. I anticipate this to be one of the best days of my life.

8. My nieces
I've got one niece who cuddles and plays candy crush with me, and another who gave us a dance recital to the sounds of "Let it Go" and "Rhythm Riot" (or, as she described it, the "Ah Ah song"). Basically, they're the best.

The dancing queen at the beach.
9. The arrival of a new Longchamp bag
I've done really well with a spending freeze this month--so well, in fact, that I decided to order myself a new purse to reward myself. Honestly, Longchamp is one of my favorite brands. I bought my first one in Paris almost six years ago, and other than a little wear on the corners, it has held up incredibly well, considering what I've put it through. Plus, they came in a variety of sizes and awesome colors, and even the large size works great as an overnight bag. I've justified this because I can get a diaper organizer, and voila! Diaper bag! But we all know I'll end up with a Kate Spade diaper bag....right, Matt? Right?

10. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 
I can't believe it has taken me so long to watch this show--it's hilarious. If you ever had any love for Colbert or Stewart, you will love this guy. Pulling this up OnDemand has been a great way to take my mind off my Humira shots, which seem to have become particularly painful during pregnancy.

11. Matt's Face at the Baby Appointment
It was the best. I'll never forget that moment when we looked at each other and found out baby is a girl.

Much different from this face, which was only a few months before this Power Couple had a Power Baby on the way.

12. Cuddles with the Dood
The only problem is, she gets the most cuddly right when it's time for me to leave for work.

13. Mr. Darcy (the candle)
I found this at a local store in Winchester--they were burning the candle in store and I knew I had to have that intoxicating scent. It's tobacco and vanilla and will sweep you right off your feet.

14. Our upcoming trip to Nashville
I get to spend time with my best friend and stand by her on her wedding day; have a little getaway with the love of my life; AND eat amazing food. This is a no brainer.

15. Letters to Aida
I decided I wanted to write letters to our children all throughout their lives, then hand over the letters on their 18th birthday (and these are handwritten, because I'm old fashioned and have a problem with buying cute notebooks). Last month, I bought a beautiful, Lilly Pulitzer notebook for that purpose (because I had a feeling), and I can't wait to get started.

16. Cooking dinner with my husband
Now that Matt works from home, it means we have plenty of opportunities to cook dinner together, and it's one of my favorite things to do. Even if he needs to work late, he'll take a break and dice whatever needs dicing and season whatever needs seasoning. Sometimes, he's really busy and leaves it to me--that means I'm calling in the pizza order or making the five minute drive to Chipotle.

Turns out, twenty is a lot, and this list already feels quite long, so I'll end it here. What are the things filling you with happiness this week?

All Love, 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Styling the Bump: Part 1

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So far, styling my ever-expanding pregnancy bump has been fairly easy. I attribute that to two reasons:
  1. It's summer and I don't have to wear pants, and 
  2. Even before pregnancy, I shopped for pieces that could either accommodate a food baby, or still be worn in the event of a Crohn's flare-up and gaining 15 lbs from steroids. 
Of course, there are some clothes that I've had to push aside in my closet (see pants comment above). Luckily, the majority of my wardrobe remains functional, and other than this pants expander thing that I haven't even removed from the package, I haven't made any maternity clothing purchases. Here are my recommendations if you're slightly pregnant, or you need your clothes to accommodate your love of carbs and ice cream:

1. Maxi dresses
Literally the best. Even shorties like me can find some that fit, and if not, I'll spend the money to get them hemmed. Not only do they make you look cute with (or without) a baby bump, but you can wear them without shaving your legs. Win-win.

Note the dress in the middle during non-preggo times. Although not pictured, it has also served the bump well!
2. Empire waist dresses
Also great dresses that can be worn before, during, and after pregnancy. Bonus--shorter dresses can be worn with leggings and sweaters in the fall. Gotta love those pieces that can function in all seasons!

That's no maternity dress--it's been in my closet for five years!
3. Elastic waistbands
I know I have waxed poetic about my love of elastic waistbands many times on this blog, but really, they have to be one of the greatest inventions! In addition to my Hue leggings, I also love the Lilly Pulitzer travel pants. These pants are more dressy, so they are acceptable for the office, and you can even get away with wearing a shorter top (tip: wait for one of their half yearly sales and these pants are usually half off). I also love shorts with elastic waistbands--this kind of clothing is also helpful if you ever break a wrist, because getting dressed is a breeze!

There you have it, friends--the wardrobe staples that have carried me through almost 19 weeks of being pregnant. Any other pregnant or formerly pregnant ladies have any tips?

All Love,

Friday, September 11, 2015

Goodbye Summer

Now that Labor Day is behind us, and September seems to be moving at a rapid pace, it's really time to say goodbye to summer.

Sunset over the sound on Hatteras Island. 
I've found it hard to really get into the spirit of things this summer. Things started off on a bad note when I broke my wrist and ended up needing surgery. In addition, Matt and I both worked quite a bit and didn't take a vacation. I'm not trying to say that summer was terrible, it just didn't feel like summer. We felt extreme heartache a few times this summer, most especially when we lost Matt's grandmother in early July. I also had to come to terms with the reality that we wouldn't be spending any more summers at my grandma's beach house in the OBX. Even when we found out we were going to be parents, my nights were riddled with exhaustion and anxiety over all the things that could go wrong in the first trimester.

Despite all the doom and gloom of the previous paragraph, I am grateful for this summer. I'm grateful for the nights spent watching Netflix, eating Joe's Pizza on the couch while Millie barks her fool head off at anything that moves on the nature trail. I'm grateful for time spent with our neighbors, doing little more than sitting around in our driveways eating ice cream. I'm grateful for the road trips we were able to take, even though we weren't always taking them together. I'm grateful for our family, who supported us through the toughest times and already show so much love for our little sweet potato.

As I look back over the summer, it feels like one of the seasons where time feels suspended. I'm ready for fall, ready for a change, ready for this new adventure that awaits us in February.

All Love,

Monday, September 7, 2015

Music Monday, V.25: Noah Gundersen

Big news--HUGE. One of my favorites, Noah Gundersen, just released a new album. At first listen, I wasn't super excited. After all, I was still deeply enamored with his previous album, Ledges, and I couldn't stop comparing the two.

However, I've continued to listen to it all week, and there's more to it and it definitely deserves to be played on repeat. It feels slow and quiet at first, but in each song you'll find spots that suddenly burst with emotion and makes me want to cry (not at all hormones, because we all know I have a lot of feelings).

Now that I've fallen in love with Carry the Ghost, I can officially give it my stamp of approval and tell the world to go download the album (and obviously download Ledges too, if you haven't already).

All Love,

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