Aug 14 2013

i’ve become a cat.

Have you ever looked at a cat who has been lounging in the exact same spot for hours on end and wondered what it’s like to be them?

I think this week I’ve discovered what that’s like…although I must say it’s more due to incapability rather than laziness.  So I’m 30 weeks pregnant tomorrow.  I start counting down in single digits after that.  I’m pretty stoked,  but I feel basically useless at this point.  I think this point arrives for every pregnant lady at a different time.  Some people work almost to the end (and they are crazy), some people are put on bed rest at 20 weeks.

I’m the kind of person who really enjoys working from home because even if it’s a slow season I always can find something to do.  I actually like housework,  I love to reorganize things,  and I always have a sewing project on the go.  With a baby on the way, there is much of that happening.  Until….this week.  It’s true that I’ve slacked a bit on the housework in the last month but I still have managed to do the necessities (well, to me) like making the bed, general tidying, dishes, etc.  This week, however, I have started to develop a fun pregnancy ailment (with an equally fun name!) called diastasis recti, essentially, my abdominal muscles are separating!  It makes it fairly difficult to sit up, bend over, lift things (any movement involving your abdomen, which is a lot I’ve discovered).  I’m not entirely certain how common it is, but on top of regular braxton hicks (practice contractions) feeling huge and lethargic, it certainly has changed my daily routine.

So I’m feeling done.

But I would really like to make the bed and dust and vacuum and reorganize the kitchen and clean out the closets (and finish that dang dress I started two weeks ago!)  But instead I sit on the couch reading Calvin and Hobbes.  Oh, and dinner?  Poor Dave comes home from working all day…and so far this week all I’ve got done is plan what we will eat…and then he cooks.

Is this normal?  Do other pregnant people feel as useless as I do at this point?

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Aug 1 2013


Third trimester.

Things we are doing (on top of preparing a nursery) that may seem crazy:

-Redoing our bedroom. It’s been neglected for so long. Our bed is *falling apart*, partly from it being old and taken apart and put back together too many times, partly because it’s got wicker on it and we have a cat. Enough said. I asked Dave that for my birthday present this year (which is two weeks before my due date) I wanted our bedroom to be pleasant. Dave is building a bed frame that can have storage under it. We are also painting (hallelujah! No more slightly pink/white walls!) and I got some new bedding. So. Happy.
- Redoing the floor in our kitchen/mudroom. The mudroom (which is the main entrance) is carpeted. CARPETED. It get’s SO dirty, and it drives me batty. The lino in the kitchen is about 100 years old and is so disgusting. This was an idea I had a few weeks ago, and then we decided that we didn’t want to push the idea too much with our landlady and maybe wait till next year. Well just yesterday she came up to Dave and said that she wanted to have the floors redone! Huzzah!
- Recording an album with our jazz band. We are doing a large concert at Christmas time and really want something to sell.
On top of all this, my photography has suddenly gotten busy and we still have some more gigs with the jazz band.
Oh, and I’m growing a baby. In case you forgot.


Jul 23 2013

the fashionable bump.

taken at 26 weeks 3 days.

Recently I was asked to be an expert on the topic of maternity fashion for a UK fashion blog (I’ll link when the piece is live), and it reminded me: I haven’t really spoken a lot about maternity fashion on my own blog!  When I first got pregnant I fully intended to write here and there about maternity related things but you know how it goes…

So I thought I’d write about a few things that I’ve learnt in the past few months, starting with this:

You don’t have to lose any sense of style when you get pregnant.  Seriously…when I first stepped into a maternity shop I was so…bored (and not to mention overwhelmed by how expensive it was!) From what I can surmise, most of the people who design maternity clothes think that pregnant people like plain tank-tops, boring pants and wrap dresses (hey, nothing wrong with a wrap dress…but some variety please?) I thought about continuing dressing in vintage, but unfortunately vintage maternity wear is either: A) impossible to find or B) really. weird. (no muumuu’s thanks.)  So what’s a girl to do?

Be picky.  Don’t pay $50 for that “maternity” top…especially if it’s not really your taste.  A lot of my tops actually still fit me (albeit a little differently. eg: Today I’m wearing a peasant blouse tied above my belly).  I was a little surprised at this and thought that I would inevitably have to pay the $50 for a boring maternity blouse but it seems my cheapness has paid off. :)

There are a few things that you will likely need from the maternity shops, but stay with the very basics.  I ended up buying a pair of maternity jeans (I altered them, because all they had were wide legged jeans and I didn’t like that) and I found some black skinny maternity jeans at the thrift store that will be great when the weather cools down a bit (PS: thrift stores usually have tiny maternity sections, but every now and then there’s some gold in there).  I’ve also found that maternity tights/leggings are fabulous (and I may just wear them outside of pregnancy too.)

Be creative.  I loved this tutorial from Cotton and Curls for making a maternity top out of an old mens t-shirt. I ended up making a few of these and they’ve been so great for me.  I have an extra long torso, so add a baby bump and it can be tricky to find tops that are long enough.  If you know how to make a simple seam on a sewing machine, then this will take you under 15 minutes for one top.  I’ve also made a few dresses out of stretchy jersey cotton.  It’s totally forgiving and easy to work with.  Plus, many of the things that I made I can wear outside of pregnancy.  If you need some inspiration, again check out Cotton and Curls maternity posts.  She’s got a ton of tutorials.

Be versatile.   A lot of the big pregnancy websites will have you believe that at some point in the pregnancy you are going to have to go out and shop for a whole new wardrobe.  While that may sound nice to some, it’s generally impossible for most of us.  When I was about 12 weeks pregnant and just starting to show a teensy bit I went though my closet and tried to figure out what was going to work for me in the next few months.  I packed and stored stuff that would be impossible to fit in (as it would just be depressing to look at) and kept out what I thought would work.  A lot of my full skirts still fit, they just have to sit higher (see the above picture).  Button up tops get tied above my belly (don’t worry, I wear a tank top underneath)  Stretchy skirts are awesome and maxi dresses have become my new best friend.  The clothes that I have bought this year I’ve made sure that I can wear when I’m done being pregnant.  Nothing bothers me more than buying something that you can only wear for a little while.

In the end I feel like I’ve probably spent less on clothes this year than previous years.  That’s pretty much due to me being stubborn and not willing to give up some of my favourite clothes.  So fear not fellow pregnant ladies!  Maternity style doesn’t have to be lame.

PS:  A little birdy told me that on Little Black Dress (the fashion website I was asked to speak for) is now launching some affordable maternity party-wear.  I’ve peaked at some of them and they are fabulous!  A far cry from the formal maternity wear offered at Thyme or Motherhood.


Jul 4 2013


It’s difficult to believe that I am almost done with the second trimester.  I find it astounding that the first trimester feels more like a year, and the second has just breezed by (and by “breezed”, I don’t mean easy-breezy. Ha! But it’s been fast.)  I have been working on plans for the nursery for the past few weeks. We just got our dresser/change table (for free from craigslist!) and I plan on painting it, Dave is planning on painting it in the next few weeks.  We also did the daunting task of registering for baby gear at Sears and Baby’s R Us (on our 8th anniversary, no less!) Things are moving along quite nicely.  Other than the fact that it’s freaking hot and I feel like my belly is going to explode, I’m feeling pretty good.  Happy 24 weeks!



Jun 18 2013


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