this week //

This Week // 02.27.15

DenaFebruary 27, 2015

this week //

this week //

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.


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 //

this week //

this week //

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 //

this week //


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 //

this week //

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

Comments (3)

  • Momista Beginnings

    February 27, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Oh a manicure/pedicure..what a dream! It’s been years since I’ve had either. How sad is that? Funny thing, too…I’ve had a manicure gift certificate to one salon for about 2 years and a pedicure gift certificate to another salon for one year! What’s even worse? I’ve had a $100 gift certificate for a fancy massage (Burke Williams) for 3 years (received it in the hospital when Mia was born) and another $100 gift certificate to a spa for another massage for about 5 years?? Are any of these still GOOD????? I’m ridiculous. Using one or some of these before baby is born is on my to-do list. Love the sweet pics of Roman. He looks so content and satisfied. And since you asked, this weekend I’ll be attending a little brunch in honor of the baby! It’s very small, but that’s what I wanted. Something super simple, easy and small. Feels weird to do anything more with baby #2. I know everyone has a different opinion on the matter, but this works for me.

    1. Dena

      March 1, 2015 at 10:16 am

      OMG… you need to get ON using those gift certificates, lady! enjoy your brunch. it sounds perfect and similar to what we’ll be doing to celebrate next weekend. xo

  • Tina

    March 6, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Oh mannn I really want to get my nails done haha. I think I want an entire spa day: massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, etc. Lyla has never napped. Never! Besides when she was a newborn 🙁 She just has crazy amounts of energy from 9am-10pm. Getting her to go to sleep is difficult because she’s just still so AWAKE. My mom said I never napped either, and I still don’t nap as an adult, so I guess I can’t blame HER. Haha. I feel like delivery the 2nd time around would be scarier now because I know what the pain / after pain was like but at the same time knowing that I got through it healthy would lead me to know that everything will be okay and that I can totally do this! Hopefully you have that same mentality 🙂

Leave a Comment

Prev Post

Things That You Really Need for a Newborn

Next Post

Pregnancy Update // 36 Weeks