Sunday, July 31, 2011

6 weeks left....

I can't even begin to believe that there are only 6 weeks until my due date.  Ok, I can believe it but, it just seems to have gone by so fast.  Today I spent a good amount of time washing...well, everything.  As a side note, I HATE laundry.  Usually the hubby does it because he can't stand to have laundry sitting around so, once there is a full load ready, he is gearing up the washing machine.  However, this is not the case with baby clothing, sheets, sock, etc.  He isn't exactly sure why we need to wash everything before the baby wears it but, I know you have to.  So, I spend the day doing just that. 

But, I did get a chance to take a break and paint my nails.  For anyone who has been pregnant, you understand that things like painting your nails is one of the only things you have A: control over and B: make you feel pretty while pregnant.  Since all things fashion (eg. shopping, scouring fashion websites and blog, etc) seem pointless when you have a 40 inch waistline, the best you can do is focus on beauty.  Today, I painted my nails with the IT color of the fall, Chanel's Peridot nail lacquer.  Normally, I would never consider spending $24 on a bottle of nail polish but, it IS Chanel and it is an amazing color.

Monday, July 25, 2011


For some reason today the baby had hiccups at least 5 different times.  Usually he has them for maybe a few minutes and they are pretty subtle but, today was completely different.  Since he is head-down already, they were also uncomfortable.  I will let you guess why.  :)

My mom got me this dress at the boutique where I had my 3D images of the baby done.  I actually love this dress and sort of wish it wasn't a maternity dress so I could wear it after the baby is born.  Luckily it isn't really trendy so I can keep it and use it one day when we move on to another little owl. 

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Being Baby Busy

I know, I know, my blogging has suffered lately.  However, with all the baby stuff going on, including our baby shower and getting the nursery ready, I have just lacked time to edit photos and post.  I am sure anyone who has expected a baby completely understands.  Right now, I am 33 weeks and on cruise control until I hit full term and start seeing my doctor every week.  My mother delivered both my older brother and I 10 days early so, I am prepping for doing the same...even if I don't, better safe than sorry.  So I have been spending an exorbitant amount of time washing bedding, clothing and diapers, figuring out how in God's name things work (like folding up my stroller to fit in my car, holy geez) and most time-consuming, training someone to do my job for my maternity leave at work.  Which, I must say, has proven more difficult than I originally thought.  Regardless, I wanted to share a few pictures of the nursery!

This is the room.  Ignore the random pile of baby stuff in the corner and what looks like a demonic cat coming out from behind the bed (I promise, she is completely harmless!)

Baby Owl's crib.  I love, LOVE this crib because it is simple, modern and there is a built in drawer on the bottom that is perfect for stashing extra linens.  The paintings were done by a friend of ours who recently moved to Shanghai with his wife.  They are both slightly abstract takes on places in Chicago (which will forever be out home even though we now technically live in the suburbs).  The one on the left is of Grant Park and the one on the right is of the Botanic Garden coy ponds.

The crib head-on....and YES, those are Ugly Dolls.  I chose stuff that doesn't really scream "BOY!" so I could reuse the bedding for Baby Owl #2 sometime in the distance future.  To make it somewhat boy, I just added boyish accessories.  Like Ugly Dolls.

He already has a large collection of stuffed animals, as you you can see....

I am a huge, huge fan of children's books (probably because my mother was a children's librarian when I was growing up) so I started him a collection of books and stuffed animals to go with the books. 

And just in case you were wondering, here was me at our baby shower.  We have a large amount of men on both sides of our family so, we held it at a brewery in the city called Haymarket Brewery.  A friend of ours co-owns it.  They brew their own beer and instead of baby shower favors (that no one ever takes home yet you spend too much money on), we paid for the beer.  It was a great day and we had an amazing time with family especially family from out of town.  We planned it the same weekend as my brother's wedding so everyone would be in to celebrate with us.  

Opening some books....including French versions of my favorites like Madeline and Le Petit Prince.

My aunt knitted me a blanket which I loved.  That would be my husband next to me as well as my mother (in the black shirt) and my mother-in-law all the way to the right.  

Me with my cousin Claire.  She lives in Boston so I don't get to see her that often.  She is 9 years younger than me but a foot taller than me (I am the shortest person in my entire extended family and I am 5'6).  Claire knits beautifully and owns an Etsy shop called Tumble Tower.

And here is me...8 months pregnant....standing in front of a line of malt bags they use for making the beer!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Looking Forward to Fall

Ok, so I LOVE being pregnant.  I love feeling Jonas kick around in my belly and I love knowing that just 2 months from now, he will likely be here in my arms for me to hold and cuddle.  But, I do NOT love maternity fashion.  Mainly because it is all I can wear and I know that trying to buy lots of maternity clothing that IS trendy is just pointless.  I have been pretty good about only buying basics and things that I can wear in the weeks after I give birth during recovery ....but, being the fashion slave that I am, I am so tortured by all the cute clothing in the stores.  I have actually been avoiding shopping and various websites I normally frequent like  Its just too hard!

Luckily, I have been able to look forward to fall.  I know that I likely will not fit quickly back into my size 4 jeans so buying any fall stuff yet is probably pointless.  However, considering I have only gained 19 lbs with less than 9 weeks until my due date (really, I am all belly), and I still am keeping active, I am keeping my head high that I will be able to get back to my pre-pregnancy size quickly!  Here's hoping!

Shirt and Skirt: Liz Lange
Heels: Steve Madden
Necklace: F21

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Little Owl Goes 3D

Just thought I would share a 3D close up for our little one at 30 week!