"It was the oldest sound in the world. Souls flying away." The Secret Life of Bees

Sunday, October 27, 2013

OOTD and anniversary celebration

Hope you all are enjoying the weekend!  This is a recent OOTD featuring a maternity dress I got from Shabby Apple.  I won a Shabby Apple gift card many months ago and couldn't decide what to spend it on.  Once I found out I was pregnant, I decided that this would be a great, versatile dress to have.  So far, so good!  It is comfy, light weight (which is great because I'm always hot), and has plenty of room for my belly.  I love the sleeve length because it covers my tattoo, so I don't have to wear a cardigan over it to the office.  The neck tie ads a little something, so it's not just a boring black dress.  

Dress:  Shabby Apple maternity line
Tights:  Assests maternity tights
Belt:  J.  Crew
Shoes:  Anthropologie Olivia Cutout Oxfords

Ben and I celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary earlier this month.  We kept things low key and ended up having a wonderful day together.  We spent the morning at the pumpkin patch (my favorite!), then we took a little day trip to Mount St. Helens to explore a bit and have a picnic.  Here are a few pictures from our day.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Pregnancy update: end of second trimester

How far along: 27 weeks

Development: According to The Bump, baby is the size of a Rutabaga. He can open and close his eyelids and now weighs around 2 pounds.

Symptoms: Tired, sore, achy. It's becoming hard to get comfortable at night and I wake up pretty much every day with sore hips and overall stiffness.

Maternity clothes: I am pretty much exclusively in maternity clothes at this point. As you saw in my last OOTD, a couple of my regular maxi dresses still fit, and I have 1 or 2 other regular dresses that are still working. Other than that, it's all maternity.

Stretch marks: Not yet.

Sleep: Overall, not the best, but it varies. Some nights I sleep like a rock and other nights it feels like I'm constantly tossing and turning.

Best moment of this week: I woke up in the middle of the night last night because baby had the hiccups! Middle of the night timing was a little annoying, but I don't care because it was so cool!

Miss anything: Not really. Maybe caesar dressing a little (the real kind, which contains raw eggs!).

Movement: Yes, lots of it!  He moves quite a bit throughout the day, but he is typically very active after dinner and before bed.  I also feel him quite a bit during the night when I get up for a bathroom run.  At my last midwife appointment, she was able to feel his positioning (head down at this point), so I like to try to guess if movements/jabs are feet or  hands or butt, etc. but I really can't tell.

Food cravings: Orange juice!  I can't get enough.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope!

Have you started to show yet: Oh yes.  There is no hiding my bump at this point.

Gender: Boy!!

Labor signs: No, too early. I did have 36 hours of very consistent braxton hicks contractions a couple of weeks ago.  I tried everything my midwife suggested (rest/hydrate/bath/etc.) but they continued.  I had to go get checked out (everything was fine) and was given an herb to take to help things relax.  It worked and the contractions stopped.  I wasn't too concerned as my midwife kept me calm and told me that the contractions weren't "doing anything" at that point.  It was a bit stressful and exhausting though.  I guess the actual diagnosis is "irritable uterus" which kind of makes me laugh.  All is well now.

Belly button in or out: Still in, but barely.

Wedding rings on or off: On

Happy or moody most of the time: Mostly good, but I definitely have more emotional and/or frustrated moments.

Looking forward to: Every single thing!  The nursery is slowly coming together, my friend is throwing me a little shower/celebration in early December, our childbirth class is well underway, and it feels like things are moving really fast.  Only 3 more months!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Double up

I love my Empire Day Dress in black (see here and here), and it still fits well at 6 1/2 months pregnant, so I picked up the blue version a few weeks ago (and I see that it is now marked down to $29.99!).  To make it a little more fall appropriate, I added a scarf and cardigan.

Now I'm headed back to work for a quick appointment.  Of course the patient I need to meet with today is scheduled at 7:00pm, when 99% of the time, appointments are between 8:00 and 4:00.  Ugh.  I don't like this coming home, getting settled, then having to head back out business.  At least it will be quick and I'm pretty sure I can justify leaving early tomorrow now:)

Dress:  Anthropologie Striped Empire Day Dress
Cardigan:  Anthropologie
Shoes:  Gee WaWa
Scarf:  Orla Kiely via Uniqlo
Necklace:  Etsy

Sunday, October 6, 2013

My Sunday

After being down for a couple of days with another cold (the second one I've had in the past month), I woke up today feeling a bit better.  The sun was shining and it was a beautiful fall day!  Ben and I went out for a late brunch, stopped by a fabric store and a craft store, then came home and worked on a little nursery decor project.  We also took the dogs for long walks, checked in on the bees (I will do a proper update on them soon), and enjoyed some apple crisp I made last night.  All in all, a lovely fall day.  

Jeans:  Gap maternity
Top:  Orla Keily via Uniqlo (I think this was originally a dress which ended up being way too short for me, but is now a perfect maternity "tunic")!
Shoes:  Born
Bracelet:  Gift
Hair clip:  Anthropologie Critter Gem Bobbies

Staple guns are awesome!