Oct 2, 2015

Della June: 4 months

I've never really liked roller coasters. I actually kind of hate them. But motherhood is one roller coaster that I would gladly ride all day long, everyday for the rest of my life.

For us, the newborn stage was pretty easy. Except for being flat out exhausted and physically uncomfortable from delivery, of course. But we took it pretty easy, lounging on the couch most of the day for the first couple of weeks, watching Netflix, nursing, and recovering from waking up every two hours the night before. And I actually remember saying, "I expected her to cry more."

I had to laugh at myself when we reached the 1-2 month stage (although it wasn't actually funny). That was a tough one for us. We started dreading dinner time every. single. night. No matter what time we started eating dinner, the second I picked up a fork the fussiness would start, and wouldn't stop until she finally went to sleep for the night. I would rush to bed as early as I could just to get some rest, and I felt like I never saw Riley at all.

The roller coaster reached a high point again at the 3 month mark. It's been so much fun to watch Della take in the world, react to us with smiles, learn how to make new sounds, use her little fingers and find her own toes. She started giving us a 6 or 7 hour stretch of nighttime sleep every once in a while, but for the most part waking up just twice a night. 

At 4 months on the dot, we started waking up 3 or 4 times a night again, and man, is it ever hard to go backwards. This week has been a long one, but hopefully it's not indicative of the 4 month stage as a whole. And honestly, when she gives one of those heart melting smiles, it's easy enough to forgive anything. The highs are always so much more wonderful than the lows are terrible. She loves going places and being with people, bath time, diaper changes, and blowing bubbles. She dislikes stoplights or being still in one place for too long. She's perfectly plump in all the right places and is already wearing size 6 month clothes. She has no interest in rolling over yet, but loves using her legs to scoot herself around in a circle and practice standing, and is almost able to sit up by herself. She makes the cutest noises and may very well be a talker like her Daddy.

I always thought that "they grow up so fast" was just a thing that people said, but no, they actually do just grow and change so quickly! Being able to witness it is one of my absolute favorite things in life. Happy 4 months Della June!

Sep 25, 2015

Return to Southport

Last week we got a last minute opportunity to take our first family vacation since Della was born. We stayed at a beach near Southport, the town that we fell in love with during our sailing trip and where that adventure came to an end. Traveling with a dog and a baby certainly isn't the easiest or most relaxing way to vacation, and we were nearly ready to call it quits when we encountered a major flea infestation at the beach house on our first night. But as usual, the highs always outweigh the lows, and taking Della to the beach for the first time and getting to revisit Southport was worth the ongoing battle with fleas.

Della didn't seem all too impressed with the beach, but she indulged me in my picture taking and dipping her toes in the water. I'm not all that big on the beach myself, so my favorite part was showing her, as well as my mother and grandmother, around Southport. We ate a few meals at Provisions, the restaurant where we had docked our boat and eaten along our sailing journey, found some delicious ice cream at both Spike's Dairy Bar and Flava's (not on the same day, I swear.), and wandered down the pier and the streets lined with gorgeous historic homes. Part of me was afraid that I had romanticized the town in my memory since we had been there last, but I'm happy to say that it really is just as beautiful and charming as I remembered. 

Our old sailboat still lives in Southport, and the man who bought her has kept in touch with Riley. I was excited about the prospect of possibly seeing her again and showing her to Della, even though it obviously wouldn't mean anything to her at such a young age. Riley went one afternoon by himself and came back with news that sort of broke my heart. Although she's being taken care of, her name is no longer Winbrandt and she looks completely different. Knowing how much time and care we had put into her, I just didn't think that I had the heart to see her after all. So even though we were right near the marina that is her new home, I decided that I'd rather keep my memories of her as they are. Change can be good, but sometimes memories are just too precious. So although I hope to return to Southport again and again as a family and reminisce about our sailing days, I know now that my last goodbye to Winbrandt was final.

Sep 15, 2015

This is 30

I turned 30 at the beginning of this month. I am generally pretty excited about birthdays, so I wasn't necessarily dreading "the big one." Any excuse for a celebration, especially a themed one, sounds pretty good to me. I did find myself reflecting on my life as it approached, however. What in the world did I do with the first 30 years of my life? I can remember the last two, at least. A lot has happened in those last two, and at 30 I feel like I have already had some interesting life experiences. I have lived in the country, on a sailboat, in the city, and now in the perfectly imperfect fixer upper of my dreams. I am married to my best friend and we have a healthy, beautiful, precious baby girl and a sweet pup. I honestly couldn't ask for anything more in this stage of my life. Growing up, I always wondered when I would finally feel like an adult. It happened like magic the moment that Della was born, and now that I'm 30, it's official. But I have to tell you, for someone that never actually wanted to grow up, it's not all bad after all. In fact, it's pretty darn great. If this is 30, I'll take it.

However, I did request a stop at the ice cream parlor for a scoop of birthday cake ice cream on a sprinkle cone, and have a luau themed party, so it's likely I might actually still be a 5 year old trapped in a 30 year old's body.

Aug 5, 2015


remember that super cute sailor bathing suit I bought while pregnant? she wore it a grand total of 1 time (just for show) before it was too small. still worth it.

creating: I had planned to work on my very first Project Life album, "Expecting Della" during the last few weeks of pregnancy, but the baby arrived the day before the supplies showed up on my doorstep! Now I'm trying to get into it and work on her baby book as well.

wish listing: Lots of home decor and baby clothes. We're still surrounded by mostly blank walls so I've been getting the itch to decorate pretty bad lately. And this little girl of mine is growing so quickly… thank goodness for Baby Gap and cute clothes that make moving up to the next size bracket a little less painful!

hoping: That the weather cools off soon! I'm not trying to wish away the summer, but it's been so hot that I haven't really wanted to spend much time outside with Della. I'm starting to miss the sunshine and fresh air!

eating: A lot of squash and zucchini. Whatever you can hide it in, I'm eating it. Riley's first attempt at a garden might have been overly ambitious, because that thing is producing way faster than we can eat or give away vegetables. It'd be safe to assume we have been eating a ton of this zucchini bread.

watching: Parenthood. Cue all the emotions. I've had this one in my Netflix queue for awhile, but was hesitant to start it while pregnant (cue all the extra emotions). It's such a good show!

What have you been watching lately? Riley and I are looking for a new series to start together. Preferably something feel-good and relaxing! Do you have any suggestions?

linking up with Jenna and Anne today.

Jul 24, 2015

the best adjustments to life lately

I think it goes without saying that having a baby entails some major adjustments to everyday life. And we're all pretty familiar with the tough ones, like functioning on significantly less sleep, and not being able to run out the door at the spur of the moment or even finish eating dinner while it's still warm. But there have been some positive adjustments to life lately, too, and since yesterday wasn't our best of days, I thought it might be a good time to reflect on some of those!

1. First of all, Gidget deserves an award for the way that she's adjusted to having a new baby in the house. I was a little nervous about it, especially considering the notorious temperament of Jack Russells, but she has truly been an angel. Although she keeps an eye on things at all times, especially during nursing and diaper changes, she keeps a respectful distance from Della's personal space, just sniffing her toes on occasion. Naturally, she's not getting as much attention as she used to, but we're trying our best to make sure she knows she hasn't been replaced, and she's taking it like a champ.

2. My exercise routine has all but disappeared, and I can't just run out to a Zumba class like I used to, but we do have great walking paths near our house and I've been able to start putting our jogging stroller to good use. Getting a little bit of fresh air and exercise is good for the both of us, and I've been able to meet up with my sister on her days off, so it's become a pretty good routine all around.

3. I kind of had a reputation for taking my when it comes to any given task, like getting ready in the morning, but I've recently learned how to get things done at turbo speed. It's truly amazing what you can accomplish when the end of nap time is the deadline. I've never cleaned my house faster than I do these days! Even those tough adjustments have their rewards!

What have you been up to? Have you had any major adjustments in your life lately?

Linking up with Jenna for a coffee date today!

Jul 1, 2015

currently… ice cream and grill skills

Why yes, I did get ice cream on the way home from the hospital. It was on the way and, well, I think I earned it.

craving: ice cream and fresh fruit. Nothing feels more like summer!

grilling: lots of hamburgers. We were gifted with some wonderful meals from generous friends and family during those first few weeks of Della's life, and Riley filled in the blanks with his grill skills. Hamburgers are his specialty and he's almost gotten them to the level of those hamburgers he made during our sailing days. Almost. 

listening: We've hit a one month fussy growth spurt with Della, so unfortunately, we're listening to a lot that.

planning: date night! We've started thinking about our first date night sans baby and where we'd like to go. Of course, Della isn't taking too well to a bottle just yet, so we're still in the preliminary planning stages. One way or another, I'm thinking it's going to involve ice cream.

decorating: the front porch. A lot of our renovation plans came to a standstill this past month, but Riley's starting to pick a few up them back up. He's currently working on our front porch and I can't wait to spruce it up with some plants, rocking chairs, and maybe a porch swing, too.

linking up with Jenna and Anne today.

Jun 30, 2015

one month of motherhood

These first days of Della's life have been the absolute happiest of my own. Don't get me wrong, they've also been the most challenging and exhausting. In fact, I'm so tired that even when I am sleeping, I'm having dreams about not sleeping. Honest to goodness, that really happened. But when we brought her home from the hospital that first day, I felt like I had just been given the most precious gift. I  remember looking down at the angel sleeping in my arms and feeling like God had given me the secret to experiencing the greatest joy possible here on earth.

Della is great at nursing and has put on a healthy 2 lbs. since birth. She is laid-back and perfectly content during baths and diaper changes. She has no patience for gas, but really, who can blame her? She has her Daddy's long fingers and her Mama's chubby cheeks, but anything beyond that is still too early to call. She sleeps best when lying on one of our chests, and would prefer to spend most of her day being walked around. Don't try to pull any of that swaying in one place stuff on her, either, it just won't cut it. She has the funniest facial expressions, and her smiles, even though they aren't in response to anything yet, are just the best. Spending my days with her this past month has been the greatest privilege.

Della at 10 days old
Della at one month old

I still have so much to learn and figure out, but I feel like being a mother is exactly what I'm supposed to be and I can't wait to see where this journey takes me. 

Jun 29, 2015

della's birth story

If you had asked me on Friday, May 22nd, I would have told you that I was nowhere close to having a baby. I still had about 3 weeks until my due date, and wasn't feeling any symptoms of labor whatsoever. But if you asked me again first thing Saturday morning, I would have told you an entirely different story.

I woke up on Saturday just feeling different. I started having really sharp period cramp-like pains that morning, but they were intermittent and didn't feel anything like how I had heard contractions described, so I didn't want to jump to conclusions. I did mention to Riley that I thought it was likely that we'd end up with a May baby instead of a June baby, and asked him to go ahead and pump up the fitness ball that we had just picked up (for laboring). I also painted my toenails that morning, just in case, and you'd better believe I was pretty proud of the fact that I could still reach my toes (however awkwardly) at 37 weeks pregnant. All in all, it was a pretty typical Saturday; we were up around 7am and Riley got to work in the yard and garden and I did some housework. We were expecting friends for dinner that evening, and although there were a few times I considered canceling, it seemed silly since I really could push through the pain and it wasn't like I was going into labor or anything. So we went about our day and our evening plans.

By 10pm or so, after our friends had left, the cramping pain started getting so strong that I wasn't able to concentrate on the t.v. show that we were watching in bed. I mentioned to Riley that even though these weren't contractions, maybe we should start timing them just in case. They were clocking in around 5-7 minutes apart and definitely getting more intense. I don't know if I was really that clueless or just in denial, but it wasn't until then that I finally started realizing that I could be in labor. At the 2-3 minute interval, I was needing to use some of the coping strategies I had learned, and Riley was adding our last minute things to our hospital bags and trying in vain to print off the birth plan that I had typed up. I know he said "we should probably get going" several times before I finally gave in. The hospital is only 10 minutes away from our house, but the idea of getting in the car sounded like torture. We finally left the house around 4am Sunday morning.

We were taken to triage at the hospital and when the nurse announced that I was only 1cm dilated my heart sank faster and lower than it ever had before. The contractions were so strong and so close together that they let me labor in triage for 2 hours to see if I could make any progress before they would send me home. By 6am I had only progressed to 2cm, but they took pity on me and admitted me anyway.

By 7am on Sunday, we were settled in a room in Labor and Delivery, we had been awake for 24 hours, and I had been having strong contractions at 2 minutes apart since 10pm. It was at this point that I nixed the idea of going med-free and opted for the epidural. I had studied and prepared as much as I could for a "natural," low-intervention birth, but when I considered how much pain I was already in, how much further I had to progress, and how little sleep I was going on, the epidural seemed like the wisest choice. The relief was immediate and I have no regrets about the decision.

Riley and I spent the next several hours trying to relax in the Labor and Delivery room. He was able to doze off for a few naps, and I may have closed my eyes for a few minutes here and there, but found it impossible to sleep knowing that we were going to have a baby soon. The day wore on, and things progressed ever so slowly. We saw a couple shift changes, and wound up with the same doctor and nurses that we had started out with at 4am.

It was Sunday evening before it was finally time to push. The epidural had worn off enough that I was able to feel the contractions and I could direct my own pushing. I was relaxed enough that the pushing didn't seem too terrible at all, and I was excited to finally get things going! Four hours later, I could hardly take it anymore. I was exhausted from being awake for almost 40 hours, muscles that hadn't been put to much use in the last 9 months were sore from pushing for so long, and although everyone was so encouraging, I started feeling like it was never going to end. My pregnancy acid reflux didn't help the situation, either, and caused me a few vomiting spells as a final farewell. Then, finally, our baby was ready to be delivered, and... I was told to stop pushing. The doctor on call was delivering another baby! Honestly, it was worse than hearing that I was only 1cm dilated. I struggled to wait through 3 more contractions, because all my body wanted to do was get her out, and Riley asked who we needed to bribe in order to get a doctor in the room. After what felt like forever, another doctor was available, and we could finally deliver our baby. I have never felt so much physical and emotional relief in my life.

Della was born at 10:39pm on Sunday May 24th, after about 25 hours of labor and 4 hours of pushing. She was perfect and healthy, and when they laid her on my chest for skin-to-skin, she started nursing right away. We couldn't believe how beautiful she was.

Although labor and delivery was much longer, and much harder than I had anticipated, I am so thankful for the good experience that we had. My biggest fear going into it wasn't the pain, but rather the hospital setting itself. I had read so many positive birth stories and facts about labor and delivery that I wasn't scared of it. I was actually more worried about the hospital feeling like a cold and sterile place, and doctors and nurses pushing interventions that I didn't want. However, our hospital experience couldn't have been more positive. The sweet nurse that had checked me into triage was back on duty by the time delivery finally rolled around, and she stuck with me through those four long hours of pushing. She had written down the gist of our birth plan that we had never gotten printed, and she made sure every single person that walked into our room knew what we wanted and what we didn't. The doctors on call, even though none of them wound up in the delivery room when they were finally needed, respected my wishes without argument when I turned down pitocin and having my water broken. These things were all direct answers to prayer and they made a long and difficult experience so positive.

I am so thankful for Riley's endless support, sweet hospital staff, pain relief, and the opportunity to deliver our baby the way that I wanted. Most of all, I am thankful for a healthy, sweet, beautiful baby girl and the experience of being her mother.

Jun 4, 2015

introducing della june!

So grateful for these priceless photos that my sister in law took on Della's first full day of life.

Our sweet Della June decided to surprise us with an early arrival on May 24th. She is healthy and beautiful and we couldn't be happier or more in love. We are so grateful that she waited until just over the 37 week mark, and that labor and delivery, although long, went smoothly. We feel so blessed to have her in our lives and pray that we will be the kind of parents that she needs and deserves.

Her first name comes from the O. Henry story, The Gift of the Magi. I have always loved the selfless acts of giving in the story, and thought that Della was a beautiful name (I also had a looong list of criteria for a name, and it met all of that as well). We spent the last several months talking about and anticipating the month of June and it seemed such a perfect fit as a middle name that we had decided we liked it enough in it's own right, even if she decided to grace us with her presence a little early. And that's how she became our Della June.

May 22, 2015

thirty seven weeks

How far along: 37 weeks

Size of baby: a honeydew. Speaking of, that sounds pretty good right now...

Maternity clothes: So, I went to buy some maternity shorts the other day since it's starting to get too warm for pants, and when I picked up my size and looked at the gigantic waistband I thought there was no way that they would fit. Guess what? Fit like a glove.

Gender: a girl!

Movement: quite a bit. And her favorite lounging positions are the ones that make my stomach the most awkwardly shaped.

Sleep: haha.

What I miss: eating anything without worrying about acid reflux, comfortable sleep, and clothing options.

Food cravings: anything cold. Especially ice cream.

Food aversions: anything that's likely to trigger acid reflux, which seems to be everything but ice cream.

Symptoms: waddling.

What I'm looking forward to: Even though most activities and positions involve quite a bit of discomfort these days, I'm still enjoying this period of anticipation. Obviously we're looking forward to meeting her, but this time of planning and preparing and daydreaming is still kind of fun, especially as we get closer to the end and it starts to feel more and more real! I'm also looking forward to putting some finishing touches on the nursery, too.

May 11, 2015

thirty five weeks

How far along: 35 weeks

Size of baby: a coconut. Though I've also been told I'm having a soccer ball, basketball and a watermelon.

Maternity clothes: yep. At this point anything that I bought pre-pregnancy looks pretty ridiculous or tent-like, like this dress.

Gender: a girl!

Movement: quite a bit. She seems to be hanging out right up in my rib cage, and my stomach looks lopsided more often than not.

Sleep: I'm not really counting on the sleeping situation getting any better for a long time to come.

What I miss: eating anything without worrying about acid reflux, comfortable sleep, and clothing options.

Food cravings: I think about ice cream more than anyone really should.

Food aversions: Anything that's likely to trigger acid reflux, which seems to be unpredictable for the most part.

Symptoms: Acid reflux is still hanging around, but my newest symptoms are sore, tired feet, aching ribs, and my hands have started falling asleep at night. That last one was a funny surprise!

What I'm looking forward to: Tying up a lot of loose ends. We have one more childbirth class left, and our birth plan and hospital bags are almost done. Other than that we just need to finish the nursery and check off a few smaller "to dos" here and there!

May 6, 2015

currently… brown paper packages and peonies

my very first bloom from my very first peony bush!

designing: a nursery for baby girl! I've kind of come to a standstill on it because we've been focused on getting the remaining necessities and there are a few things we still need to move out of the room. But I can't wait to get it all organized and pretty. I know we won't be using the nursery much at first, so it's really just for my own fun and peace of mind.

enjoying: the beautiful spring weather that we're finally experiencing! It's also been fun to see what's been planted in our yard as things start blooming.

ordering: A lot. I'd be embarrassed to tell you just how many packages have arrived at our door in the last two weeks. In my defense, we still needed quite a few things off of our baby registries and most of them are practical purchases!

celebrating: I kind of hated to see it go, but I'm celebrating the end of April because so much got checked off of our to do lists. We also have some birthdays to celebrate this month, as well as Mother's Day, of course.

tasting: Ever since we discovered the best homemade ice cream shop during our maternity photo session, I've become pretty obsessed. If I do nothing else this summer (besides care for a newborn), I will taste every single one of the flavors on their menu. Aim high!

linking up with Jenna and Anne today.

Apr 30, 2015

april showers for baby girl

I feel so fortunate to have two sets of sisters and mothers that went to so much effort to throw two very special, beautiful and delicious baby showers! My sister and sister in law each hosted one in their own home, and I know that my mother and mother in law both worked tirelessly behind the scenes in preparation as well. I am so incredibly grateful to all of them and feel blessed that this little girl is already so loved and celebrated.

Whenever they host anything at all, Eva and Chelsa put so much thought into their menus and presentation,  so I just had to share some pictures of all of their hard work!

I am so grateful to everyone that came to celebrate this baby, and especially to everyone who traveled from out of town! And to Eva and Chelsa, many, many thanks for all of the hard work and love that went into planning these showers. You are both going to make wonderful aunts!

Apr 27, 2015

spring maternity photos

It just so happens that when I married Riley, I also married into a wonderful family, and gained a sister in law that is not only a dear friend but an amazing photographer as well. I was so excited to have her take some maternity photos for us because I knew that she would do a fantastic job, and also that it would also be a good excuse to spend some time with her. I will always treasure these photos for the special moment in our lives that they capture and for the fun memories we made while taking them. It was so hard to narrow it down, but these are just a few of my favorites from the day.

After taking several photos in downtown Roanoke, where this part of our story began, we headed back to our house to change and get some more around the property. On our way home, Riley, the ever thoughtful and patient man that he is (even while having his picture taken!) passed a local ice cream place and asked if we wanted to stop. The most delicious homemade ice cream with a scenic backdrop nearby? Yes and yes!

When we had taken some photos around the house, with a few including our very first (furry) addition to the family, of course, we hopped back in the car to find one more location. How often do you have a husband and a photographer willing to drive around and stop on a whim to take some photos? I'm a very fortunate girl, I tell you. Luckily, this field of yellow flowers was just minutes away and only required jumping (or something like it, in my case) one gate to get to.

Many, many thanks to Chelsa Yoder Photography for the photos and the fun time shooting them! I am thankful every single day for Riley and the family that I gained by marrying him. We can't wait to welcome this new addition into the family!

Apr 23, 2015

the renovation: exterior plans

We've been in our house for about a month now and we are so in love with it. There is still a lot to be done, of course, and progress has slowed down a little because of other obligations and the simple fact that we don't have to hurry to move in. But still, something gets done every week and each thing that gets checked off the to do list makes it look and feel even more like home.

Now that the main floor is livable and the weather has started to warm up, we're starting to focus our attention on the outside. The exterior of the house needs quite a bit of work and we also have a nice size parcel of land. Our first priority is replacing the roof because of leaks, and that should be happening in the next few weeks. This will obviously be a practical solution to a problem, but it will also be the first step in beautifying the long neglected exterior of the house!

One of our (Riley's) other focuses right now is on the creek in our side yard. Riley's been working hard at digging it out and cleaning it up. Firstly, because he likes it, but mainly because of some flooding issues that we've been having. A creek wasn't on my list of requirements when we were house shopping, but it sure is a nice perk and I'm looking forward to seeing it all cleaned up.

On the other side of the house we're thinking about making a nice outdoor seating area and fire pit. This will be a big project so it will have to happen in stages. We'll probably first focus on building a retaining wall and purchase a fire pit, and then plan on building a patio area and gas fire pit in the long run. 

We're both so glad to have our own yard space again and we just want to make the most of it! It was a lot easier to ignore the exterior when it was wintertime, which was a good thing since we needed to focus our attention on the interior in order to move in. But now we can't wait to start making the exterior look as fresh and new as the interior!

Do you have any outdoor projects planned for spring and summer?

Apr 9, 2015

favorite cleaning tools and tips

Every spring and every fall I get the urge to deep clean everything. This year, because of moving and nesting, my Spring Cleaning Fever is at it's highest ever.  

Now that we've moved into a new house and we're expecting a baby, I've started to rethink some of my cleaning routines and strategies. I would typically devote one day to clean our entire house (which has never been very big before now) and use the standard armful of cleaners, each one full of chemicals and devoted to a single task. When I started thinking about cleaning the new house, with all of it's untouched surfaces, and thinking about a new baby having access to them, I knew that the priorities for my new cleaning routine would be to maximize efficiency and minimize toxicity.

I'd like to share some of the new tips and tools that I've learned about recently, and then I'd really like to hear about some of your favorites as well!

A friend recently introduced me to Clean Mama. After taking one look at her blog, I quickly followed her on Pinterest and Instagram. She seems to have a great cleaning system in place so that she doesn't ever spend an entire day cleaning her house from top to bottom. I'm loving following her on Instagram because she posts daily reminders of her cleaning task for the day. For example, Tuesday is dusting day and Wednesday is vacuuming day. She's also currently in the middle of a spring cleaning challenge, and posts daily reminders of the day's extra task as well. There's something kind of nice about having a community of people working alongside you on their cleaning chores! So far I'm loving this approach to cleaning and would highly recommend following along with her on Instagram!

I also recently had a family member introduce me to Norwex products. I don't fall easily for these types of things, but I was hooked quickly, and can honestly say that their products have made me much more excited about cleaning and also more excited about the end results. I started out with the Norwex microfiber cloths and polishing cloth, and they work wonders on my windows, countertops and stainless steel appliances. I will never use windex and paper towels or stainless steel cleaner again. I've already cut back on time and effort by not lugging around a variety of different cleaning products for each room of the house. The basic idea behind their microfiber is that it contains silver fibers, which have self-purification properties. This means that bacteria is being eliminated with just the cloth and a little water. I'm no salesperson, but I am currently hosting an online party for friends and family, and if you'd like more information or if you'd like to try it out for yourself, I'd be happy to give you more information or you can follow this link: Allison's Norwex Party.

That's just the beginning of my new cleaning routine, but I'm honestly pretty excited about it, and I can't think of any other time in my life when I could say that! I'd love to hear what some of your favorite cleaning tools and tips are as I try to put these new routines in place. 

What is your cleaning schedule like? Do you clean a little every day or devote a single day to cleaning?

Do you have any favorite "green" cleaning products or any favorite recipes of cleaners that you make yourself? 

What is your biggest struggle when it comes to cleaning?

Apr 6, 2015

30 weeks

How far along: 30 weeks

Size of baby: a butternut squash

Maternity clothes: almost exclusively. Even my regular shirts that would technically still "fit" aren't long enough anymore to cover all this bump and that stretchy panel in maternity pants.

Gender: a girl!

Movement: quite a bit now. She's more of a squirmer than a kicker and she's had the hiccups a few times.

Sleep: still not happening.

What I miss: eating anything without worrying about acid reflux.

Food cravings: mango sorbet all time.

Food aversions: Anything that's likely to trigger acid reflux, which seems to be unpredictable for the most part.

Symptoms: Fatigue is starting to set in, as well as the nesting phase. But I'm not sure how much of that is attributed to moving and how much is attributed to pregnancy!

What I'm looking forward to: Our very first childbirth class is this evening and my first baby shower is this weekend!

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