I saw some other people doing these types of posts from around the web, so I thought this might be a great way to stay connected to you guys. I have a hard time coming up with new and fresh content lately, I feel like my brain is being pulled in so many directions it’s hard to focus and be creative on the daily. So I hope you like these posts. And I would love to hear how you’re doing these days too!
Brian and I have always been close with a pretty tight bond. But I must say being pregnant has brought an entirely different meaning to happiness in our relationship. We laugh more, we daydream about the little “us” inside me together, and we don’t to take ourselves too seriously through the roller coaster ride pregnancy can bring. And I see him differently now—I have a new layer of appreciation for the person I married. I never thought it was possible, but I feel more loved, cared for and protected by him than I ever did before.
Breakfast is now my favorite meal of the day. I daydream about what I’m going to eat/drink the night before while I lay in bed. I can never go wrong with whole wheat bagels from Trader Joe’s with cream cheese, so those are always on hand. And I was on a muffin kick a few weeks ago, hence this recipe I did for Made By Girl. I have always loved chai tea lattes, but I haven’t been drinking them until I found this caffeine free version. I love to mix it with almond milk over ice…it truly is perfection any time of day.
Boardwalk Empire has been the show we’ve been catching up on lately. And by catching up on, I mean binging on—for hours at a time. At first it took me a little while to get into it and get the hang of how the script is written. For some reason I found myself asking Brian often, “wait what did he just say?” Might just be me and my weirdly bad hearing at a young age, or it’s the slight difference in the way people spoke back then. Either way, now I am officially hooked. And I have an entirely new appreciation for Steve Buscemi and the actor that he is—truly talented and born to play this role.
Excited for the weekend. We have some empty planters that I want to fill with flowers so I’m thinking we might do some perusing for the perfect shrubs. I’m intimidated by flowers, since I have been known to have a rather dark brown thumb, I’ll be the girl asking, “On a scale of 1 to 10 how easy are these flowers to kill?”
I love Spotify. I am horrible at putting playlists together, or remembering who sings that one song off the radio that I can’t get out of my head. So when I used iTunes, it was just a waste for me. I love Spotify because I can pick types of stations (country, 80’s, top hits) to listen to and I then I “like” or thumbs up the songs I love and then Spotify remembers them and creates an entirely new station for me of all my liked songs. Makes is easy for me to listen to what I want to hear without having to remember names of songs or artists. It’s for the lazy music lover in me. Plus they give me names of new artists that I should check out based on my listened-to history. There are so many other fabulous features, so I encourage you to check it out if you haven’t already.
I am 18-weeks along now, and we can’t wait to find out if this little gummy bear is a girl or a boy. Brian’s fatherly intuition says boy, and my motherly intuition is confused and has no idea. I dreamed it was a girl with really long eyelashes a few nights back…so I’m not sure if that means much or not. But part of me thinks I have a little boy in there. I come from a family of all girls—cousins, sisters, etc., so it would be kind of fun to break the pattern and have a little boy running around.
With the scary factor of being parents upon us, I have a weird fear that Brian and I will end up being bitter and resentful towards each other during the stressful time of being new parents. I have no idea how this fear popped into my head…TV, movies…trashy magazines, marriage horror stories?…I’m not really sure. Deep down I know this is a silly fear, but in order to ease my future-tripping self, I read the book The Five Love Languages. So this weekend, Brian and I are going to take the quiz and figure out what each of our love languages are. This way, if we are tired, grumpy, or just totally obsessed with the new baby, we will know what little things we can do for each other to remind us that we love each other and as Gary Chapman says, we will be able to keep our love tanks full.
Maternity jeans! I recently splurged on a pair by Citizens of Humanity. I struggled with the price for a while, but I am so happy I went for it. These might have been the best thing I could have done for my sanity. I was getting so tired of seeing my growing body in stretch pants, I started to feel a little out of sorts and really not myself. But now, I can throw on a pair of jeans again. I feel most like myself in a pair of jean and nice top, so my confidence level has spiked. If you’re pregnant now or plan to be, I can’t encourage you enough to do what makes you feel comfortable during pregnancy. It might seem silly to other people, but doing things to stay connected to you during all the changes will help you enjoy your pregnancy to the fullest.xo, Jen