Marina Grace

March 25, 2015

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Marina Grace

March 20, 2015
8:23 a.m.
7 lb. 13 oz.
19.5 inches

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Roman James @ 22 Months

March 18, 2015

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Growth & Appearance: You are tall, handsome, strong, and heavy. When stranger’s guess your age, they usually guess that you are three. You have the brightest, bluest eyes and you still have golden blond hair. There is a big extra blond (white) patch on the back of your head. We don’t know if the hair around it went dirty-blond or if that patch just lightened for some reason.

You are so very handsome and have a contagious and beautiful smile. You have the cutest little teeth inside that mouth of yours and you have nice, full lips, like your Papa. I’ve said it before, but if I drew up the perfect little boy in my mind, it’s you that I would draw up. I know, I know… I have a crazy mama-bias, but I just can’t help it. I know that at 38 weeks pregnant, I shouldn’t be lifting you up as much as I do — but I can’t help it. You are just so sweet and you’re only going to let me smother you with kisses & hugs for so long. You are almost two and becoming a mother has taught me just how quickly life goes by.

Sleeping: You typically go to sleep at night between 8:30 and 9:30 pm and you wake in the morning between 7 and 8 am. For a long time (most of my pregnancy, gratefully) you took a two to three-hour nap, around 12 or 1 pm each day. Unfortunately, you’ve been boycotting these naps this past week. I’m not sure if you’re transitioning away from naps early, or whether it’s just a passing phase. Of course I’m hoping for the latter. Time will tell.

Talking: This is the biggest point of note at the moment. You talk all day long! In the morning when you wake up, we can hear you talking to your stuffed animals. When we come in to get you from your crib, you start talking to us. And it just goes on from there. The only time you are really quiet is when you are watching a cartoon or deep in play/thought. At night, when I put you down in your crib, you fall asleep talking to your stuffed animals once again.

All of the talking is just wonderful. I’ve been wondering for so long about what you are thinking and now, for you to be able to communicate so much to me, it’s just so exciting. I feel like I am getting to know you in an entirely new way and I love it. Of course, it can get to be a little bit too much, like when your Papa & I are trying to have a conversation and you’re yelling over the both of us — attention hog — but most of the time I appreciate everything that you have to say and I could listen to you for a lifetime and never tire.

You also have the sweetest ways of (mis)pronouncing several sounds. You use “L” in place of “S” sometimes and you use “Y” in place of “L” sometimes. Examples: socks are “yocks” and light is “yite.” There are also a lot of words that you say that sound exactly alike, so there’s always a level of context needed. For example, when you say tractor and cracker, it’s impossible to tell the difference. On the other hand, there are so many words that you say perfectly, that it can be jarring. You’ve also got lots of phrases figured out and you use them with perfect timing. Examples: Where’d [Papa] go? // What happened? // It’s broken. // What you ‘doin here?

Development: Continuing with the theme of talking, you’ve always been able to identify about twenty animals by making their sounds (i.e. moo, meow, quack, etc.) but now you can identify all of these animals by their names, too. You know the names of most household items, foods that we regularly eat, and lots of drinks. You know all sorts of words based on the books that we read, shows that we watch, and places that we go.

You can identify nine letters of the alphabet and this number grows weekly. You can also identify a handful of numbers, although you get them mixed up quite a bit. You can identify the primary colors, as well as the basic colors in the rainbow. You love to count, but you have not gotten the idea of “order” down yet and you count along the lines of, “fourteen, nine, fourteen, eighteen, five.” I often try to correct you, but it’s the sweetest thing and most of the time I just laugh.

I’m not trying to cultivate a baby genius in you by any means. In fact, that idea makes me cringe. Everything that you have learned has been organic. You pick things up naturally and when I notice that you’ve picked up something important (like letters or numbers) I’ll occasionally reinforce them during our toddler preschool/playtime dates on the chalkboard.

As far as physical development, everything is where it should be and you are incredibly strong and coordinated. You dance, march, run, clap, and you can jump pretty darned high! I can’t wait to get you in the water this summer to see how you’ll swim. I’m hoping you’ll be a little fish, just like me.

You’ve also been giving us lots of hints that you might be ready to start potty-training. So we’ve got a little potty that you’re really warmed up to and maybe we’ll get some pull-ups soon so that we can start that journey.

Your Papa has taught you to say “Thank you.” It is the sweetest thing I’ve ever heard. Anytime we hand you something that you want, you reply with the sweetest little, “Thank you.” For a little while you would say, “Thank you, Mama” or “Thank you, Papa” based on who you were speaking to; but now you’ve made the whole thing more efficient by saying, “Thank you, MaPa” regardless of which one of us you’re speaking to!

You’re really wonderful about giving hugs & kisses and you know exactly how to melt me into a puddle of mush at any given moment. At just shy of two-years-old, you’ve already learned to use this to your advantage. I’m in trouble!

Favourites: You love Curious George, Mickey Mouse, and Elmo. You love cheese, grapes, noodles, french fries, pickles and olives. You love to color and to be outside. Your grandfather, Pop-pop, is your favourite person other than me and Papa. But you love lots of others, too, and you’re pretty friendly with most people you meet. You can take awhile to warm up and you never quite open up the way that you do at home, but in general, I think you are a “people person” and you love to be in social settings. You also adore all of your cousins. Your favourite toys are your blocks and your wooden train set — you’ve become an expert train-track builder and you make the neatest train track designs.

You love to help! It’s great. You throw garbage away, help us prepare meals, water plants, scoop Bella’s dry food into her bowl, and much more. Anytime that we can bend a task to include you, we try to do so. Helping us makes you so proud and we couldn’t be more grateful.

Dislikes & Behavior: A couple of weeks ago, you were going through a phase and we thought that the “terrible two’s” were upon us. Everything was a battle and you were such a cranky pants! Gratefully, it has since passed and you’re back to your sweet self most of the time. You have started to have regular tantrums, though. It’s disappointing, but it’s part of toddlerhood, and as I’ve mentioned in the past, most of the time it’s because you are overtired or hungry.

You do have moments of straight rebellion, however. You continue to learn how to push buttons and boundaries. You’re at this weird stage, too, where it’s difficult to discipline you. We have always used the time-out method and plan to continue to do so. In the past we used your crib for timeouts because you’re simply too small to understand that you’ve got to sit in a chair for two minutes. But now, you’ve learned to entertain yourself in your crib and you don’t really see it as a punishment! So we’re a little stumped on discipline at the moment. (Any ideas, friends?)


It’s a little emotional wrapping up this update, as it will surely be the last one before you become a big brother. These past 22 months have — without a doubt, hands down, far & away — been the best of my life. You have brought me a joy & taught me a love that I couldn’t have imagined in my very wildest dreams. You are the light of my life and I am so deeply grateful that I have been blessed to be your Mama.

I know that you are going to be an incredible big brother. You are such a positive role model in so many ways. Your spirit is bright, generous, loving, and adventurous. You are the most beautiful person that I’ve ever known and I’m not just saying that because you are mine. It’s the truth. I know that adding another little one to our family will be an adjustment, but I feel very confident about it. My heart has been swelling & stretching for nine months and it’s ready. I can’t wait to see where our adventures bring us next.

All of My Love, Always & Always,
Mama

Pregnancy Update // 38 Weeks

March 16, 2015

Pregnancy Update // 38 Weeks

How far along are you? 38 weeks.

Sleep: Still rough, but I’ve gotten in a few decent stretches of sleep lately. Sometimes my body hits a wall of physical exhaustion and I fall into a deep sleep, despite the pain in my hips & my ever-present need to use the bathroom.

Movement: She is getting strong! She must be working on growing muscle these days. Last night she pushed against the middle of my stomach with such force, I’m certain that she was trying to break out.

Favourite Moment: My favourite moments these days involve daydreaming about her. This week I’ve been busy sorting through her clothes and putting things away. I often catch myself imagining what she will look and feel like wrapped up inside of them. There is so much excitement and anticipation wrapped up in these final days. So many “what-ifs.”

I’ve also had several favourite moments with Roman. He is going through another period of rapid mental development. Within the past few weeks, he’s started to talk all the time. From the time he wakes in the morning until the time he falls asleep at night, his little mouth is going and he has so much to say. Best of all, we can understand a lot of it. It’s amazing to finally be able to communicate with him in many ways. It’s a huge relief, too, that he’s come this far before his baby sister is born. Even though he can’t communicate everything, it makes things so much easier now that he can tell us when he is hungry/tired/thirsty/hurt.

Cravings: Most of the time I just want to eat, I don’t care what it is. However, my terrible indigestion has really been ruling my diet. I try to stay away from anything that contains too much acid and I’ve decided to stop eating after 4 pm. Not eating after 4 pm has been insanely difficult at times, but waking up in the middle of the night with indigestion so bad that it brings me to tears/to vomit is just not worth it.

Happy or Moody? Moody for sure. I’m all over the place these days, it’s a wild roller coaster. I may be crying tears of gratitude one hour, flung into despair the next, and snapping like a bull dog later on. It’s all in a day’s work, I suppose.

Belly Status: I can’t tell a difference anymore. M. says that it continues to grow daily, but I’ve lost track. I have noticed that even my most forgiving “regular” clothes no longer cover the bump. It’s all maternity, all the time at this point.

Aches & Pains: I talked about the indigestion and sleep issues already. Other than that, I still struggle with back & hip pain most days, but it’s contingent upon activity. As long as I don’t overdo it, it’s not too much trouble like it was a couple of months ago. I’ve had three, short, intense periods of pain that felt like they could have been contractions. However, they also could have been muscle pain or gas pain — who knows. And finally, I’ve had some nasty ligament pains under the bump. I have to be careful about getting up from sitting or standing too quickly and about coughing in certain positions. Fun, fun, fun.

Looking Forward To: At this point, it’s hard to see passed labor & delivery. When I think ahead, that’s where my mind goes. I wonder when labor will start. Will I go early (like last time) or will I go late, past my due date. I wonder if it will be in the middle of the night again or if it will be in the morning. There are so many questions along these lines — will I be strong enough to go med-free again; will I be able to go intervention-free again; will I be able to labor in the water tub; will I tear again — the list just doesn’t end and I’m really looking forward to knowing the answers, putting them behind me, and holding my little girl.

At the same time, I am in a way, looking forward to the labor & delivery experience. It may well be the last time I get to experience it and there is just nothing else like it — it’s the ultimate feeling of empowerment, strength, and magic. My first time was (mostly) such an incredible experience and I am prayerful that we will be so blessed once again.

I sat in silent meditation last night for the first time in too long. I stretched and then sat still, shutting my mind off. I breathed strength into every part of my body, starting with my toes and working all the way up to the top of my head. I am preparing myself — physically, emotionally, and spiritually. These strengthening rituals will be a part of my daily routine from now until the big day.

Changes to the Home: At this point, we are as ready as we’re going to be. We’ve addressed all of the last-minute details this week, like installing the car seat and packing the hospital bag. I realized that there are a few little things that I still needed (nipple butter, extra pacifiers, another pair of maternity sweats) so I put in an order on Amazon Mom which should arrive early this week.

I’m probably a bit over-prepared considering my due date is April 1st, but that’s how I roll. Plus, I’ve been reading about how the average pregnancy actually lasts 35 to 40 weeks from the date of conception — and varies from woman to woman and birth to birth. This reconfirms my belief that the “due date” is really just a guess date.


That’s all for this update. My mind is clearly overflowing with pregnancy-thoughts at the moment and I could go on forever. Soon, however, I’ll be living through it rather than thinking about it.

This will most likely be my last pregnancy update as I’ve been making them every couple of weeks. Hopefully my next such update will be about my happy, healthy baby girl!

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This Week // 03.12.15

March 13, 2015

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“When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow.” –Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet

Hello there! How was your week? Mine went by quickly. We’ve been busy checking the final items off of our pre-baby to-do list, and I’m happy to report that after this morning, it will all be complete! The infant car seat is installed; the tiny clothes are washed (thanks, Mom!); and the hospital bag is ready & waiting to be packed.

The best news that I have to share is that warmer weather is finally upon us! Temperatures during the day have been above freezing and the massive drifts of snow that have surrounded us for the last couple of months are melting. We even had a “warm” day this week that served as a reminder that spring is so very near.

Other than that, things have been fairly quiet around here and I imagine that they’ll stay that way until baby girl arrives. I’ve been enjoying these last few weeks with lots of extra cuddles for Roman, cherishing my last days as a mother of one.

With M. being home, he’ll take over many of the “Roman responsibilities” once baby arrives. It will be a major adjustment for everyone. My postpartum period with Roman was rough. Back then, M. was working 12-16 hour days and I was always alone. On top of that, I was up all night with sleepless baby Roman, working to keep him as quiet as possible so that M. could sleep. This time around, I’m grateful that M. will be here with us. I plan to spend the first few weeks postpartum resting & bonding with my tiny little one as much as possible.

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Not much else to report for this week. And if there is, I’m simply too tired to think of it. ;) 18 days ’til my due date……. (!!!)

Have a lovely weekend, friends. xo


Sweet & Simple Baby Shower Favors

March 12, 2015

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As I mentioned yesterday, we held my “Sprinkle” over the weekend. It was sweet & simple and I wanted to give out a little thank you to each guest to fit the theme. I had fun assembling these miniature candy bags with love and thought I’d share the process. (By the way, if you’re interested in my first baby shower you can check that out — including favors, decor, and games — right here.)

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You’ll need:

  1. a “Thank You” stamp & ink
  2. miniature paper bags
  3. floral fabric tape
  4. candy (I used pillow mints & pink chocolates)
  5. baby-themed stickers

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Directions:
Assembling the bags is so simple and you can pick up all of the necessary supplies at your favourite craft store.

To start, lay all of your bags flat. Using your stamp & ink, mark each bag with a “Thank You.” You’ll be folding & taping the bags down later, so stamp each bag low enough to account for the fold & tape. You can do a practice fold to give yourself an idea of how much space you’ll need.

Next, apply a sticker on the opposite side of each bag, at roughly the same height that you applied your stamps. Then, unfold your bags so that they are standing upright. Fill each bag with candy, being sure to spread the sweetness evenly into each bag.

Cut fabric tape into roughly 1.5-inch strips. Finally, fold tops of bags down and seal each one with a piece of fabric tape. I alternated between folding toward the “Thank You” stamp sides and the sticker sides — that way when I put the bags on display, guests could see both designs.

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These favors could be customized for any kind of party, the possibilities are endless. If you give them a try, please share with me. I’d love to see what you come up with. xo


Sprinkled with Love!

March 11, 2015

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My “Sprinkle” ended up being a bit last minute. (Well, last minute according to me, since I usually plan parties 6 months+ in advance.) We ended up making a reservation and getting the invitations in the mail just under three weeks before the party date. I thought I’d made up my mind awhile back, but then I started going back & forth again. In the end, we hosted a small, casual sit-down lunch at a local restaurant for my ten closest lady friends & family members. It was intimate, simple, and exactly what I needed it to be.

I can’t resist an opportunity for a little bit of DIY, so in the days before the party I put together some cute favor bags. I’ll share a simple “how-to” for those tomorrow.

We didn’t book a private room, so we didn’t make plans to decorate. However, it just wouldn’t be a “Dena” celebration without fresh flowers & mason jars. I’d planned to pick up a large bouquet from the florist, but I was food shopping on the morning before the sprinkle, and noticed a beautiful selection of flowers in the grocery store. I picked up three bouquets — deep coral roses, light pink carnations, and white baby’s breath — all for under $20. I arranged three lovely centerpieces. We did end up having the room to ourselves and the flowers gave it just the pop that it needed.

The shining star of the party was the cake. I’ve been looking for an excuse to have a pink ombré cake forever — and what better time than a baby girl’s sprinkle? I contacted my friend, Fatima Majid of Cakes & Cupcakes, with a few ideas and she designed the most gorgeous and delicious cake that I’ve ever seen & tasted! Truly, it was perfect and it took my breath away. Everybody loved it. Fatima is a talented stay-at-home mom, who started baking as a hobby and turned it into a home business. If you’re local & looking for a baker, I most highly recommend her services. Check her out here on Facebook.

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In the end, it was all perfect. Me, Matthew, & our babies are so blessed to have such wonderful friends & family. Life is full of ups & downs. The last nine months have thrown challenges our way that we could have never expected. Still, we are surrounded by amazing people, who are always there for us when it matters the most. This simple little party — meant to celebrate baby girl’s upcoming arrival — was the best reminder that she is already so very loved.

Today marks twenty-one days until my due date! Here we go!


This Week // 03.09.15

March 9, 2015

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Don’t let those pretty, little flowers fool you — spring hasn’t sprung here yet. We still have a few feet of snow in our backyard. It’s an old photograph, but I didn’t take many this past week and needed some colour in this post. Plus, it is finally warming up and if the forecast is correct, most of our snow should melt this week. Hooray!

I’m a few days late with this post. I prefer to summarize the weeks on Friday and start with something new & fresh on Monday, but it didn’t work out that way this time. Everything is a bit mixed up now at thirty-seven weeks along. My time and thoughts are consumed, and downtime is spent resting.

Last week was blurry & busy. On Monday, there was a big debacle. I found out that my OB practice has an office in my town and decided to schedule my weekly visit here in town, rather than driving all the way to their office a couple of towns over, as I have in the past. Unfortunately, they gave me the wrong address for the second office. I ended up driving many miles and then walking around a huge building for over an hour trying to find the right place. It was an incredibly stressful thing to go through at nine months pregnant. I held back tears several times throughout the ordeal.

Speaking of tears, my emotions have gone haywire this past week. On occasion, I find myself overcome with sadness or despair for no good reason. Gratefully, it never lasts long and I am able to recognize that they are simply hormonal outbursts. That doesn’t make them any easier to bear through and I’ve been locking myself in my bedroom and crying into pillows whenever necessary. Ha, how dramatic it sounds.

In happier news, Roman and I had a fun day out with my girlfriend on Friday. We spent the day walking the mall. I got a couple of lovely spring maternity tops and a few much-needed pairs of maternity panties for my hospital stay. These were on sale, 5 for $25, and they’re pretty amazing as far as underwear go! It’s just one of those things that you won’t understand unless you’ve lived through a pregnancy — but things like undies really matter. After shopping, we had a nice lunch and dessert at Cinnabon. I left the mall one full & happy preggo.

I spent the rest of the week preparing for my little “Sprinkle” that just happened yesterday. It was amazing and I’ll do a full post about it soon. I never cease to be amazed by the love & generosity of my closest friends & family. Me, Matthew, & our babies are truly blessed beyond measure.

My plans for this week include getting outdoors for at least one or two walks; washing all of the adorable baby girl clothes that I received at the sprinkle; finally packing our hospital bag; and installing the infant car seat in my car. I’m hoping to find some time to blog in there as well. Speaking of which, I’m sure things will continue to be a little bit quiet over here in the coming weeks, but I’m usually on Instagram even when I can’t get on here and I’ll definitely be announcing baby girl’s birth over there before I get home to officially blog it. You can connect with me at instagram.com/denajoan.

Have a beautiful week, friends! xo

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Pregnancy Update // 36 Weeks

March 2, 2015

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How far along are you? 36 weeks.

Sleep: It’s a shame that this is one of the first questions, because the answer is always negative. I’d better get used to it since it will stay that way for awhile. Fact is, sleep is horrendous. Things are tight in there. Baby girl moves lower & lower as she prepares for her debut. She is on my bladder constantly & the pressure is insane. I can’t sleep for more than an hour straight and I’m up all night using the bathroom.

I go to bed tired and wake up tired. I forget what it feels like to be well-rested. More, if baby girl follows her brother’s sleeping habits, it will be another year before I ever feel well-rested again.

Movement: Her pattern of movement has changed over the past week. I still feel her moving with about the same frequency as before, but it’s clear that she has less space to move about now. Last week, at my thirty-five week scan, we determined that she was head-down, face-down, and weighed somewhere in the ballpark of five pounds, fifteen ounces.

I’ve noticed her having the hiccups a few times recently which is always interesting. Roman had the hiccups at least daily, but she has had them less frequently.

Favourite Moment: The highlight of my week was sneaking away from my chores and spending a morning getting a manicure & pedicure. It was heavenly and provided me a beautiful opportunity to clear my mind and focus on my self, my body, and my pregnancy. We are moving into the very last weeks now and I feel like my head & heart are finally in the right space to move through the closing stages of this journey. I am a bundle of nerves & excitement. I can not wait to meet her.

Cravings: Anything that fills my belly. ;) I haven’t had many specific cravings to speak of, it varies by day and time of day. I’ve been making giant kale & berry smoothies for the whole family and those have been really satisfying. I’ve also been eating a lot of cheese (mozzarella is my weakness!), salads, and cereal with almond milk. My craving for meat has vanished. I try to eat small meals throughout the day because of my relentless indigestion, but it’s a losing battle. It never lets up and I spend my days popping Tums (antacids) like candy.

Happy or Moody? My mood has been fairly consistent throughout this last trimester. And by consistent I mean, I feel fine most of the time and occasionally meltdown into a weeping mess. I am as physically broken down as I’ve ever been and my inability to do physical things without an enormous struggle — such as carry Roman up the stairs, shave my legs, find a comfortable position to lie down — often gets to me. I absolutely hate feeling incapable. I try to remind myself that this, too, is an important part of the process and, like everything, it is temporary.

Belly Status: Once a week or so, I leave my belly uncovered and parade it around for the boys to see. I feel like it is such a miracle that I just have to share it. One day this week, while it was on display, M. said, “It’s just unbelievable how much your skin is able to stretch.” And he is right, it really is amazing.

There is something so different about the final weeks of pregnancy as compared with the rest of it. The female body truly shows the sheer wonder that it is capable of. I am so grateful that I have had the gift of experiencing this incredible process twice.

Aches & Pains: Indigestion is constant and horrific. I know it sounds dramatic, but sometimes it feels like there is battery acid in my chest and I want to cry. There are, naturally, some foods that make it worse, but all food causes it to some extent. My sister and I say that from the second trimester on, we can drink water and it gives us heartburn. We joke about it, but sadly it’s true! Nothing is safe.

As I mentioned above, my body is reaching its limits. Walking up and down stairs is painful on my knees. I struggle to carry Roman, even short distances. (He is over thirty pounds, so that’s to be expected.) I get winded easily and breathe heavily even at rest. And finally, my energy levels are at all-time lows. It’s easy to get depressed over these things, but I am keeping them in perspective. So. worth. it.

Looking Forward To: I am going to stick with my response from my last update & go with Spring. March came in like a lion — with a massive snow & ice storm — and I’m praying that it goes out like a lamb. I am holding fast to my dreams of sunshine, warm days, and laying in the grass with my two little ones.

Changes to the Home: Operation: Declutter 2015 has slowly rolled to a close. I’m absolutely amazed at what we accomplished in two months. There is such a dramatic difference throughout the house.

Even though we have two items left to tackle (our closet and the bathroom cabinet/drawers), I am confident to say, Mission Accomplished. We’ll get to those other two things eventually, but the major projects are complete, and we are so much more at-peace in our home now. It has never felt so organized. It’s also been easier to keep things clean in general since I don’t get overwhelmed/crippled by clutter everywhere. It took a lot of work and heart but I’m grateful that we persevered. What is apparent now is just how much this needs to be an ongoing thing. Simplicity is not a project that you can tackle once, but rather, it’s a lifestyle that you must maintain.

This week we got the infant car seat down from the attic and I washed the fabric insert. I’ve got to re-insert it and clean the base. Then we’ve got to get it in the car. It’s going to be tricky. My backseat is tight as it is. We’ll have to put her car seat on one side and Roman’s on the other. It’s the only way they’ll fit.

Other than that, there are a few things I want to prepare around the house for my mother. She will be staying with Roman in the event that I have a middle of the night labor, like I did last time. She’ll drive up to stay with Roman until M. can get back home, so I want to have bedding and anything else that she’ll need prepared for her. I’ve also still got to pack our hospital bag, which I’m determined to do this week.


That’s another update down. Officially less than a month to go. It’s just incredible!

Have a beautiful week. xx

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This Week // 02.27.15

February 27, 2015

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Happy Friday, friends. How was your week? Ours was pretty good. My body and mind continue to slow as I push through these final weeks of pregnancy, but overall things have been going well & today I’m feeling incredibly blessed.

Blogging

On Monday, I participated in a little collaboration post with my friend, Jana, called Living Simply with Little Ones. It was a lot of fun to talk about two of my favourite things, motherhood + simplicity. Head on over to her blog to have a look. I also shared a post here titled, Things That You Really Need for a Newborn. I enjoyed writing that one, both as an informative piece for others and as a reminder to myself.

Other than that, it’s been a bit quiet on the blogging front. Roman has been going through a phase where he requires a lot of attention. I’ve been lacking in energy. I’ve got a few drafts started, but there just doesn’t seem to be the time + push to complete them these days. I imagine that will be the case for awhile now. Priorities. Still, I do find so much joy in this space & I’m so grateful when I make the time to be present here. Looking back on my writing + photographs is always extremely gratifying.

this week // livelovesimple.com

this week // livelovesimple.com

this week // livelovesimple.com

Breakfast Date

We’ve decided that if we’re going to leave the house on average days (as opposed to special occasions), we must get out in the morning and get home before Roman’s nap time. If he falls asleep in the car, even just for five minutes, he wakes up thinking that he’s had a nap and then boycotts sleep until bedtime. That means he gets a five-minute nap instead of a two – three hour nap and it also means no break for Mama & Papa. So, errands + outings now take place first thing in the morning.

Earlier this week, we had a family breakfast date at the diner, complete with blueberry pancakes, bacon, eggs, & home fries. It was just too good. After that we went to the toy store to pick up a toy for my nephew’s birthday party this weekend. Since Roman was such a good boy, he also got his very first Slinky. It was such a nice morning. Getting out of the house in this wicked, winter weather takes extra effort, but it’s so nice once we get out.

this week // livelovesimple.com

this week // livelovesimple.com

Pregnancy

I’m hoping to do a full pregnancy update next week, but there are a few things I don’t want to forget. I had my thirty-five week scan yesterday and baby girl looked great. She’s head down & face down. My doctor said that is perfect because that’s the ideal position for delivery and since it’s so cramped in there now, she’s not likely to change position. What a relief. I’ve had friends forced into c-sections due to babies in breech positioning and that’s always been a fear of mine. She is measuring right on target and my due date of April 1st holds firm.

It’s absolutely getting down to the wire now and I’ve been having some anxiety about pain. If you read Roman’s birth story, then you know that I had an unmedicated, vaginal delivery without intervention. It was a challenge, of course, but in a lot of ways “not knowing” what to expect made it easier. Now, knowing exactly what the pain entails, the whole prospect is a bit more terrifying.

It’s all just normal nerves & anxiety; but I have started to practice visualization & relaxation more often/intensely. Continuing these practices will be a major priority for me in the coming weeks.

“Me” Time

The last thing that I have to report is that I had a lovely bit of “me” time this morning when I snuck away after breakfast for a manicure & pedicure. It’s been ages since I’ve had that sort of pampering & it was truly divine. I made sure to lavish in every luxurious moment of peace, quiet, & pampering. I kept my phone put away and turned off my mind. I left the salon feeling like a new woman and I’m determined to get in one more visit before she arrives, since it will most definitely be a long time after that.

this week // livelovesimple.com

this week // livelovesimple.com

I hope that you have the most beautiful weekend, friends. We’re off to a birthday party tomorrow and I’m so excited that Roman will get to spend some time with his cousins. What are your plans? xx


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