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fashion fantasies

There is a woman at my daughter's school who was pregnant like me and I presumed she was either a few weeks ahead or a few weeks behind. I used to see her everyday when I went to pick up the kid from school. She was pretty much always cute and stylish and never seemed to appear uncomfortable or awkward. She gave birth sometime in the last week (the week of MLK's birthday) and by that Thursday she was back in regular clothes picking up one of her sons. I can only assume that because this was baby boy #4 that he pretty much just slid out and it was easy for her to bounce back. I was extremely impressed with the fact that she was even wanting to venture out of the house 3 days postpartum but hey, what do I know? This is only my second child so maybe it gets easier after the first three? Anywho - I saw her again yesterday and today and was struck by how non pregnant she looked. I mean, she just had a baby! Shouldn't there be some sort of post pregnancy bulge or squish in the mid-secti…

random thoughts....

I have been.....basking in the nothing-ness for a few days now and it's high time I got my act together. Or so I feel like.  I was sick so I do have an excuse but to be perfectly honest, I'm kind of enjoying it. I know this time of relaxation and preparation will be gone all too soon. Everyday I get a text or a phone call asking "you in labor?", "you ready for all this?" etc..... And for me - I don't think you're ever really "ready" per se. I think it's all a state of mind. The nursery is done minus the art work. My creative muses are taking a break these last two weeks  ( much needed after the OT they put in last Saturday)  We have gone through the many baskets of clothes given to us by friends, a few shower gifts have arrived and we (read: Babe) has put those in his room as well. Yesterday I picked up the stroller car/seat combo and Babe assembled that in the evening. As I placed the carrier on the car seat base it hit me- "here we go agai…

this weekend.....

Sitting in the window seat of my kitchen, eating waffles and looking out on the rain it suddenly hits me how tired I am. Tired, but incredibly happy. And truly blessed. I had a long weekend but it was all worth it and I couldn't be more thrilled with how it all turned out. I made it a point to rest a LOT last week as I knew  this weekend was going to take a toll on me, I just didn't realize how much until today. Friday we went to the movies and the kid got sick (like throwing up sick) 15minutes in. Being the awesome parents we are - I gave her the empty popcorn bag to yak into and held her hair back. Once she was finished I pulled up the armrest and let her sleep in what's left of my lap and there she stayed until the movie was over. By the time we got home she was fine enough to eat some dinner and have an ice cream sundae.  Random act of vomiting? Saturday I was up at 6:20 (haven't been up that early in a long time) dragged myself out of bed and hopped in the shower. Made mys…

Not what I planned

I was NOT planning on being up this early this morning. I wanted to get a head start on my day sure, but actually staying up once I finished Sweet Pea's hair after 7:30am? Not in the plans. However, she was coughing a bit and I wanted to see if we had anything to help her out and came downstairs to find a crap ton of ants in my kitchen. Not looking for anything in particular but I guess since it's going to rain they were planning on making a new home in my sink. Not cool. I DESPISE ants. They are the bane of my existence and I will destroy them if they cross my path. So that took about 20 minutes to get rid of them. Grrr. Now I'm up and feel like well, I could get my day started but suddenly can't remember what it is I'm supposed to be doing! So why not write? We went out to dinner last night at a super trendy burger joint Eureka Burger in Claremont (conveniently located close to the colleges for all the hipster college kids)  to celebrate the 34th birthday of Babe's BFF …

Fashion, Fitness & Inspiration on the Internet

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January often represents a "re-birth" of sorts. A chance to start over. Begin fresh and with a clean slate. 31 days of those chances to be exact. I've read a lot lately about how things are changing for other people and their excitement about the new year. I must say that my situation is quite different. Different from years past. In previous years I would be fervently planning for the year. Looking at the calender, marking off birthdays and special occasions and giving in to wishful thinking. But this year - I'm just waiting. Waiting to see what happens and when this little boy will make his debut. But that doesn't mean my mind hasn't been fervently working. I do have some exciting things in the works that I can't wait to share once they are solidified but for now I will  savor the moment, and just wait it out. ******************** There is a line from the first Sex and the City movie that I love: "Every year the women of (New York) come together to forget their…

Today

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Today I am celebrating the life of one of my favorite people in the whole world. My Dad. He is AWESOME, let me just tell ya. Most of my friends who have experienced his generosity of spirit or warped sense of humor would be inclined to agree with me. He's just a cool guy. Very intelligent and a modern marvel. He's taken such good care of me over the years there is no way to ever repay him. I love him to pieces.

My relationship with him wasn't always so peachy keen.  No, the teen years were rough (who's weren't?) but going back and forth between houses was really stressful for me. And then college - I couldn't wait to get away. But then I moved back and moved in with him and that changed everything. We began to talk. A LOT. well I talked, he mostly listened. To my hopes, my dreams, my crazy stories. And he supported them. As random as they were. Getting older has only strengthened our relationship. He is one of my best friends. Kind of weird to say about your dad but it's t…

Progress: Decor Update

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I want to say that I have been a whirling dervish of activity this week but that's not exactly true.
More like a slow moving top. I haven't been "relaxing" as much as last week but I've still managed to make a dent in my never ending "to-do" list. I started by sorting out said list into categories: Home, Baby, Business and that has helped focus me tremendously (there's that word again!)  So I must say I'm pretty excited about that.  I've made it a point to tackle at least ONE THING from each section of the list each day and this way the tasks are not as daunting. It also makes me feel like I'm actually doing something instead of being discouraged by the lack of check marks on said list. One thing I've really been wanting to do is spruce up the downstairs bathroom.
 It's been kind of blah since we moved in as we were focusing on other areas of our home.
(I basically just threw some rugs and a set of hand towels in there and never looked…

Naturally Inclined

I think the word "natural" is being a bit misused as of late. Being that I am in the home stretch of this pregnancy (thank you Lord!) I am getting inundated with emails about preparing for labor. There are at least 75 articles a week that I get sent about how to have a "natural birth", how to avoid a c-section and preparing for a 'natural vaginal birth' both with and without the epidural. I'm amused that there are no shortage of opinions on how a woman should behave and respond in labor a "natural" process that our bodies know how to deal with all on their own. Whether we are prepared or not. In a recent statement it was said Beyonce gave birth "naturally" to her new baby girl, while prior reports said that she had a C-section.
Who's to say what they meant by "natural"?????

I also find it intriguing that there are so many definitions as to what is "natural". Some would define it as giving birth with no drugs what-so-…

whats in a name

so we are in the pregnancy home stretch and I for one could not BE more excited. It's been fun, but honestly, I am over it. I want to meet this kid! See, face to face, who has been kicking me for the last several months and if my dreams of what he looks like are accurate. I'm also over being uncomfortable and unable to sleep, pick up items from the floor, and move fast. But I digress. So throughout this pregnancy I have been referring to the baby as "Baby Ninja" due in part to his ninja like movements on the ultra-sound and the fact that I'm convinced he's doing tae-kwon do (or something along those lines) in my belly. He's also been - "the occupant" or "tenant I'm ready to evict". But we've had a hard time picking out a name. Maybe it's because we had mostly girl names picked out originally and had to suddenly switch gears. Perhaps its because we have had so many suggestions (no Q - Britannicus is NOT happening) and ideas offered …

Monday miscellany

My friend Katie tagged me in this post and since it's so much like completing a survey (and I LOVE surveys) I decided to participate as well. I won't tag anybody since I doubt they'd do this but  I appreciate the love from Katie all the same!

[the rules] 1. You must post the rules. 2. Post 11 fun facts about yourself on the blog post. 3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create 11 new questions to ask the people you've tagged. 4. Tag 11 people and link them on your post 5. Let them know you've tagged them! So my "fun" facts

I am a huge book nerd. I love to read. All.the.time. I would rather read than do anything. and that's saying a lotI wear makeup in some form EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. even if I'm not leaving the house I at least put on mascara. it's a sickness, I know.My favorite color is not just purple. It's actually lavender. I lost my favorite lavender members only jacket in 2nd grade and still haven't recovere…

Focus on Friendship

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Lately I've been thinking about change,timing, relationships and priorities.  Partially due to the little ninja who will be arriving next month and that will be a huge change for us. But also in part to a lot of things I've been reading, hearing and seeing. It seems that we are in season of change over here in so cal. Not a bad thing but just a growth period for us. And within that growth our priorities are being re-defined and re-focused. This is a good thing. We are finding ourselves drawn to more like minded individuals and pursuing relationships with them rather than just accepting or creating any old friendship. That's not to say that we can't be friends with those that have other views or ways life but just that lately it seems the relationships we are growing in are the ones that are much like our own. This holiday season it was definitely evident how our lives are changing yet again. We've spent more time with friends, building our famdamily, and reveling in …

little pleasures

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Today was unlike any other day I've had in a while. I did absolutely nothing. And by nothing I mean, I did not work on a craft, run 25 errands by 2pm, workout or anything of the sort. I got up earlier than anticipated and prepped for my doctor's appointment only to receive a call that she was at the hospital and would not be available until late afternoon. So I took advantage and had a brief nap. A rarity for me. I had to stop at the store to pick up a few things for dinner (which I won't be cooking in part to my lovely husband and my mother.....courtesy of the Kansas City Steak Company). I picked up my favorite lunch of a personal pepperoni pizza from Round Table, came home, plopped on the couch and watched the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. I rocked in the glider in the nursery to get a feel for it. I didn't even look at the things in there that need a 'home' and was content to put my feet up for several hours. I've had a very simple day and I liked it. There ar…

enjoying waiting and incubating

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The decorations are down, the festivities are over and tomorrow everyone heads back to work and school. Suddenly I'm left with morning and afternoons to myself to write, finish art/craft projects and nap at my own leisure. And oddly, I'm kind of bummed about it. I've enjoyed the last two weeks more than I thought which is always a good thing right? Not realizing the blessings you have coming and then being astounded when you receive them? I enjoyed having Sweet Pea off and doing fun things, just she and I. Then we had Babe home for a week and we ran errands, laughed, watched movies, read and just enjoyed each others company. It's exactly what we needed. In the coming weeks I know things will pick up as we prepare for our little man's arrival and we will be busy and distracted with tiny things. I also know that I am moving slower and slower and am losing my "umph" so to speak. It's just not there like it was a few weeks ago. So I am cherishing this time. Granted t…

Expectations

Happy 2012 everyone! I hope you all had an excellent NYE and are looking forward to what all this year may bring as much as I am. Saturday was a bit of a whirlwind. I'm a firm believer in having a clean house heading into the new year so we spent most of the last few days cleaning, organizing and laundering. As we prepared our house for the New Year I was struck by a few things: One - I am REALLY pregnant. Like I can barely bend down to pick things up off the floor pregnant and sometimes I forget that Two - it has been a GREAT year. I can say that with confidence and smile.
But I digress....... I was reading another friends blog before I ran off on my errands and she was discussing her past year and what she was looking forward to in 2012 and it reminded me to work on my 'word for the year'. For the last three years I have picked one word to concentrate on. One word to articulate what I want for my life in that year. In 2010 it was all about Faith and learning to lean on it. In 2011…