Monday, January 30, 2017

39 weeks

Well, it's almost that time. But then again, that's the song I've been hearing for the past couple of weeks. (At my last two check-ups, the doctor and APRN have said, "I wouldn't be surprised if we didn't see you next week." That made me antsy for a while. Now I'm convinced that they have jinxed me and I'll be late. I'm okay with holding off for a bit longer since my husband has a nasty cold - fingers crossed it doesn't make its way to me!) So these days I'm just trying to keep up with grading for my online courses, but the fatigue has made it a real challenge. 

At least I have somewhat of a predictable routine by now: sleep in, have breakfast, respond to emails, take a break by doing some kind of household cleaning until the heartburn strikes because I've bent over too many times, go back to grade but realize I'm hungry, and then have lunch and watch some TV. Before too much time passes, I'm ready to take a nap (clearly deserved at this point with all I have accomplished - ha ha). While my goal is to keep my naps under 45 minutes (because Google told me to), I end up groggy regardless of whether they're 30 or 60 minutes long. The best cure I know for nap grogginess is a snack, so it's off to the kitchen I go. ... The rest of the evening is far less predictable, but it's a combination of dinner, Hulu (unless the Bulls are playing), and trying to work up the motivation to drink my red raspberry leaf tea, eat dates, and do some stretching. 

"Try" seems to be a recurring theme here. I suspect after baby is born, I won't even bother to try. People keep telling me to relax as much as I can and enjoy the calm before the storm, but that just seems impossible when there's always something to do.

I honestly don't know how any pregnant blogger has managed to keep her blog going, especially in the third trimester. Kudos to those of you who have done so successfully. 

And because I feel like it's obligatory to have at least one photo in a blog post... 

[taken at 38.5 weeks]

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Happy (belated) New Year!

Hi there! I hope you have all had a wonderful holiday season. I have been meaning to post, but developing a brand new online course and updating my other one have kept me unbelievably busy over the past month. After spending nearly all day every day for the past couple of weeks working on the courses, I began worrying that I would pop before I finished. 

Fortunately I'm here to say that I haven't popped, my little Tater Tot is growing (and feeling more like a bowling ball these days), and I finalized the courses. Hopefully I have constructed them in such a way that I'll have less work this semester, but I'm not holding my breath on that one.

I have been doing a terrible job of taking pictures over break. My outfits lately consist of grey or black leggings, a black or white long sleeve tee, or a short sleeve tee. Add to that fuzzy boots or my new Nikes (which you've seen if you follow me on Instagram), and you can basically put together what my blog would have looked liked over the past month.  (Oh, and I got a hair cut - from a salon!)

So what's in the future for this blog? We'll just have to wait and see. Hopefully I'll get another post in before baby arrives (I'm 37 weeks and counting).

Thursday, December 8, 2016

31 Weeks

I really didn't intend to let so much time pass by since my last post. But my camera broke, and it bummed me out way more than it should have (blame it on the hormones). By the time I was over it, I realized I had no idea where my memory card was. I still don't. 

While hemming and hawing about getting a new digital camera, my sister-in-law suggested I use my phone, and then my husband pointed out a tripod/remote set while we were randomly in Best Buy one day. So here we have my first attempt at smartphone blog photos.

Top: Motherhood Maternity
Jeans: Liz Lange via Target
Flats: Christian Siriano via Payless

And of course, an obligatory bump photo. These photos were taken at 31 weeks. I have no major complaints these days, and I'm grateful for that. All the women in my prenatal water aerobics class who are ahead of me in their pregnancies make the last two months seem like the worst time ever. Here's to hoping that things stay manageable at the very least. Any words of wisdom from experienced moms out there are always welcome :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

November Budget

floral top: orig. $35, on sale $21
coral robe: orig. $20, on clearance $7.50
purple wrap top: orig. $40, on promotion w/coupon $1
white tee: orig. $25, on clearance $10.50
grey leggings: orig. $25, on promotion w/coupon $5
(not pictured: two $1.50 tank tops, one $2 tee)

= $50

This month was about picking up some more maternity pieces for my growing belly (currently 30 weeks along), and specifically those that I knew I would want to wear over and over again. So far, so good. 

I got the grey leggings because I already had a pair of black maternity leggings and needed/ wanted to wear something other than the same pair of leggings every night. The white tee is long enough to wear with leggings alone, or paired with jeans and my coatigan. The robe is a nice piece to have when it's not cold enough for a sweater, but when I just want to be comfy at night. The floral top is basically my favorite top to wear when I don't feel like wearing a t-shirt.

The best of all? The purple wrap top. I just got it and love it (and it didn't hurt that it only cost me $1 out of pocket). My cousin brought it to my attention that after the baby comes, I'll likely only want to wear nursing-friendly clothes. So now I'm trying to be mindful of that with my purchases. For those of you who have little ones, did you only wear nursing-friendly tops, or did you wear whatever you wanted to, even if it was inconvenient for nursing?

[linking up with Franish]

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

on repeat: cozy coatigan

Recently I was out of state accompanying my husband on an extended business trip (few days for work, few days for play). I'm not sure if it was the trip or the combination of the trip and pregnancy, but it wiped me out completely. As a result, I have fallen behind with grading, dissertating, and - as I'm sure you have noticed - blogging.

But lo and behold, I'm back to share with you one of my favorite pieces this fall - this cozy coatigan. I have been wearing it on repeat since I bought it last month, and it's easy to see why. It's far warmer than I anticipated, which means it's great for days when it's not cold enough for a coat, but still cool enough to need an extra layer. The length makes it perfect for leggings, too. It really can't get much better than that, but it did, when I was able to snag mine for about 80% off the original price (promotion + coupon). Do you have a coatigan? Do you love it as much as I love mine?


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