Debut Of The Bump // Now that our little Greyson is beginning to reveal himself slowly each week, I’m beginning to finally feel pregnant. No amount of reading will adequately prepare any woman of the changes that she’ll encounter in regards to her body and it’s still taking me time to get used to this little bump of mine. I’m in that in-between stage where I don’t quite look pregnant enough, but yet somehow none of my pre-pregnancy clothes seem to fit anymore. Adjusting to my new figure is something I didn’t anticipate having difficulty with. Hence my next point…
Stitch Fix Maternity // I am so excited about receiving my very first Stitch Fix Maternity box this month! I’ve already cried over how I fit into nothing anymore and it’s quite frustrating when you’re trying to set clothes out for work ahead of time and you feel like a sausage trying to fit into a pair of pants. This go-around I’ve asked for dresses to acquiesce my bump along with lightweight blouses and cardigans since we’re still in summer-like weather out here. For the life of me I just want to feel comfortable and as cute as those pregnant women on my Pinterest board. Is that so much to ask?!
Season Of Blooming & Change // Pregnancy has begun to teach me a lot about myself and how life seems to rapidly change. I was always so scared of change and my ability to adapt to it. Now that my husband and I are preparing for the biggest change in our lives, I’ve found that we’ve altered our perspectives and priorities. I’m learning that change, especially unexpected change, isn’t all that scary.
Enjoyment Within A Book // I cannot wait to receive my copy of The Martian thanks to Blogging for Books. I’ve heard a lot of buzz about this novel, especially with the anticipation of the movie coming out soon. There’s something to be said about the quiet enjoyment of a good book. What are you reading lately?
Pregnancy Journaling // I’ve never really been into journaling prior to getting pregnant, but have always envied those with the gift of writing or even just the enjoyment of writing pen to paper. However, jotting down and capturing these moments on paper about our son and my experiences carrying him gives me such gratification; something I didn’t foresee happening. Noting all those feelings, fears, and excitement over the little occurrences and goings-on have been fun to read over and I can’t wait to share them with Greyson in the future. Now if only I can get my husband to join me…
The Baby Registry // Creating any kind of registry whether it’s for a baby or a wedding can be a bit stressful. Especially for a baby there’s an added element of researching each item you’re wanting to add because there are millions of different strollers out there and God-forbid you choose the wrong one. There’s close to a billion different products that claim they’re the safest, best quality, or healthiest and it can be difficult to find what’s right for you and what your particular needs are. My husband is a minimalist and so we’ve enlisted the help of Baby List to guide us with the basic baby essentials. I love their service and highly recommend it for anyone who is expecting. So easy to add items from all over the internet to one list.
My Happy Place // The recommendation of intake of caffeine during pregnancy is no more than 200mg a day*. In an average tall iced non-fat caramel macchiato from Starbucks** there is about 75mg and I am enjoying every drop. I do try to limit my caffeine on the whole, but I truly enjoy my little treat especially on these hot days and I don’t believe there is anything wrong with that.
* According to Baby Center
** Starbucks Nutrition Guide
Heading Back to Work // I am so grateful to be back at work and getting back on some sort of schedule. I’m pretty exhausted at the end of the day and my commute doesn’t help, but it’s nice to feel productive and not to mention active. As an assistant teacher I’m up walking all day, which also means I’m on my feet the majority of the time. But every moment I get to spend with my little first graders is a day well spent. I’m truly enjoying how well the beginning of the school year is going…now I just have to make it to February when I go on leave for the baby 😉
Perspective // My husband and I are fortunate enough to literally have this view of the beach every single day. Our home sits right off the coast of Ventura Beach and most nights we take walks with our Murphy-dog as the sun begins to set on the horizon. Sounds pretty picturesque doesn’t it? But that’s our life! Living by the ocean helps keep our perspective on life, especially on those difficult or challenging days. Whether it’s work or family that has us stressed, we take a walk and spend a moment looking at the water and all of a sudden our problems don’t seem all that important anymore.