Thursday, February 20, 2014

Week 28

"Everything grows rounder and wider and weirder, and I sit here in the middle of it all and wonder who in the world you will turn out to be."

- Carrie Fisher



































And If old wise tales carry any merit, then this baby must already have a full head of hair, as heartburn has set in far worse than I ever remember experiencing with any of my previous pregnancies. Though I suppose the increase in chocolate treats isn't helping matters. . . I keep telling myself I'll lay off, but the craving is full effect, and therefore pretty hard to talk myself out of these days.

In other news, I found the most beautiful antique music box at a yard sale this week on the way back from dropping the boys off at preschool. A first "gift" for this baby, from me. A tiny mandolin with a wind up key that plays the sweetest song. Hopefully a keepsake he or she will have forever.

As for the wardrobe situation. Options are shrinking drastically as the weeks go. Luckily I scored a couple pretty 'Mexican dresses' on Etsy, decently priced, to get me through this last trimester. The only downfall being they are both pretty sheer - the fact of which has forced me on a half hearted hunt for a good full length slip, which, oddly enough, hasn't been so easy to fulfill. Suggestions?

Other than that, I've been taking it easy. Mike has had the past two weeks off so it's been a huge help in the mornings before school to have those duties divided. Plus he's finally hired some help to finish up the never ending project that is our backyard, mostly remaining rock work, waterfall features and a big concrete fireplace. All of which should be done by the start of summer. A huge relief considering I most likely won't be able to be out & about as much as I like during the summer months, but can still entertain here at home with playdates and bbqs that we enjoy so much.
Can't wait.


Now if only I could keep up my energy. Feeling so guilty for largely neglecting the bulk of regular housework while trying to get some rest, and focus on spending time with the boys doing little things I know can get easily overlooked with a new baby in the house. Reading stories at night, playing out back and mostly just watching. Seems each of them are desperate for one of us to witness every new trick, drawing, building or endeavor they come up with throughout the day so it takes some effort to force yourself to really stop what you're doing and WATCH what it is they are involved in at that very moment. It's constant, with three of them, but they know when you attention is faint, so we've been working on keeping it focused.



* Aside from pregnancy news, I have a post coming up soon that I hope will foster some honest feedback in regards to the new project I mentioned awhile back as I am currently working out the details of a new blog I have been thinking about for months now, set to debut in March. Was hoping to start a conversation about some of the things that seem to be lacking in current "mommy blogs" as well as things you'd like to see or learn about in this new forum. I'll try to set aside some time this weekend to get it done because it's something I am feeling really excited about and naturally looking forward to hearing some of your thoughts and suggestions about it here for sure. 



Xo
J

11 comments:

  1. i love how you mention that you are trying harder now a days to just watch your children. I seem to be on that same path. Its such a simple concept and truly makes my children so happy, but it can be really hard to just turn everything off and "watch" them. Being completely mindful and in the moment has to be a conscious effort. Sad, but true. Thanks

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  2. Isn't it strange how difficult slips are to find? Back in high school (when I wore them layered as dresses...ahem,) I could find racks of them at the thrift store. I love cotton jersey skirts in the summer, but don't feel right wearing them without a slip underneath. I have been able to find half slips at Walmart, which gives that extra bit of cover from hips to knees, right where it's needed.

    Looking forward to hearing about your new endeavor...

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  3. I know, I was just remembering that too, that I had a couple cute vintage slips back in high school and they were so easy to find at the thrift stores, and now, when I really truly need one I can't find one anywhere. Was thinking I could try good ol' jc penny's or something ....

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  4. Ooh really looking forward to hearing about your project! I do like mommy blogs a lot even when they run to generalisations (I could do a post on the number of instagram pics I've seen of Donna Tart's the Goldfish next to a lovely latte!) - most of the blogs I follow are women who don't live in London like me thus I love the snapshot of their daily lives that is so different to mine in so many ways, yet also so familiar (kids! laundry! etc) - and of course I stick with the ones whose pics and words I like, who I find inspiring and uplifting like your lovely blog. I've started an online family recipe book that I want to give to my daughter when she's grown (after 2 years of not managing to ever write in the beautiful notebook I'd earmarked for the job) and I might do a lifestyley one more like pinterest, stuff I like, with more words! Not sure yet. On the observing your children - my friend's mum (a wonderful granny) said a great privilege of being a granny is you have the time to really observe the children in a way that is much harder as the mum (that and handing them back to mum!!). Love the pic of your bump and the pretty dress, Lili xx

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    1. I actually have a good friend who grew up here in californai - the quintessential "cali girl" who has now lived in London for the past 5 or 6 years and I asked her to write a post about what's it like to endure such a big move, taking into consideration such different humor, culture and weather. She struggles with the weather most I think. Anyway, I think that right there will be something you read and relate to so I'm excited to hear what you think. As for your cookbook, I think it's a great idea! Do it!

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  5. I just love your dress!! Not a long time ago I found a cute dress in a thrift store that required slip as well and had the same problem. I finally bought one in Target but it wasn't a kind I really looked for. When in Poland I buy some over there. The have a completely different style but that's what I grew up on.
    Can't wait to see your new project. It is delightful to read your blog so I'm sure I will enjoy your new journey.

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  6. single parenting. where do I find other single "normal" moms?! desperate in need of online therapy :)

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    1. I'm so glad you brought that up, Sara. One contributor I have on board is a newly single mom and I told her it was vital to have her voice there because there are so many other woman going through the same thing with nothing online that is solidly relatable. Everybody boast about their "perfect family" when in reality, that is not what a lot of people have. I was saying it must feel like there is nothing out there that celebrates or even acknowledges what it takes to do it on your own. But this new blog will have that. I hope it speaks to all kinds of moms and is easily relatable, entertaining, and fun. I think you'll like it!! xo

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  7. This sounds exciting. Not that this is geared towards me, since I'm not a mom, but it seems like from my reading of mommy blogs that there's way too much perfection going around. I mean, that's just the blogosphere in general, but I imagine it's particularly crushing for women who are trying to juggle all the expectations that come with motherhood. And then, on the other end of the spectrum, there's this:
    http://www.slate.com/articles/life/family/2014/02/what_s_it_really_like_to_be_a_parent_please_don_t_tell_me.html It's a pretty crazy dichotomy that the interwebs presents on motherhood

    Anyway, glad to see you're well and that you still have energy for projects like this. Looking forward to it.

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    1. You always have the best editorial references, M! I really enjoyed reading that article just now and agree with so much of what she's getting at. I feel like my biggest goal in this new venture is finding a good balance. Weighing both the utter sense of love and fulfillment as well as trials involved in raising kids. Not to mention, the uncertainty, the doubts, concerns and overall moments of feeling either drowning in adoration, or overwhelmed by chaos. It truly does shift from hour to hour so I'll have to figure out how to embrace both aspects. Anyway, thanks for sharing. And hopefully this new blog will be intriguing enough to hold even your attention, you know, on those rare nights you can't sleep or something like that :)

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    2. Are you kidding me? Part of my love of blogs is, as someone points out above, being able to look at the unfamiliar. I love reading mommy-blogs for that reason. In a way, most of the blogs I read are "mommy"-blogs, because most of the bloggers I love are moms. That's an interesting thing actually, the definition…
      Anywhoo, I'm stoked to hear all about it. xo

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