Thursday, September 21, 2017

olive maxi

maternity olive dress, tan cardigan 2

I've gotten to that point in my pregnancy where everything is swollen. Puffy face, fat fingers and wrists, cankles and 10 little sausage toes. Even my eyelids are swollen, which I didn't even realize was possible. :) I've long since given up being able to wear my wedding rings or even my watch - which basically means I feel like I'm running around naked. Oh, the joys of late pregnancy and hot, humid summer days.

So that's one of the reasons why I haven't been taking (or posting) many photos lately, I've been feeling less than attractive in my final weeks. Forgive me for my vanity. Oh, well, I suppose we can't all look glamorous up to the end of pregnancy, though I know that sweet baby is going to make it all more than worth it.

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cardigan: Lucky Brand (exact in other colors, cute alternative)  |  maxi: Old Navy (similarish maternity, non-maternity option) last worn here  |  necklace: Kendra Scott (fun alternative)  |  earrings: Fossil (similar)  |  sandals: Reef (similar)

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Today makes 37 weeks pregnant and time for another bump update! Baby boy is approximately the size of a head of romaine lettuce, 18 inches long and was about 6 lbs. 13 oz. at last Friday's ultrasound. We got some great news at the ultrasound - baby has turned head down (which we were told would be impossible due to his large size) and is smaller than originally anticipated. So instead of being in the 90 percentile for size, he's now in the 65th, and tracking to be approximately 8-9 lbs at birth. A totally deliverable baby, which means we may get to cancel the c-section! My OB was on vacation last week and this week as well, so we won't know for certain what the plan will be until our appointment next Wednesday. I'm praying for good news, I'd really like to delivery this baby naturally if possible.

We made a lot of progress on his nursery last week, we're just waiting for my parents to bring his dresser from Ikea next week, we need to hang artwork and the crib bumper *still* hasn't shipped. I'm still working on that darn knitted crib blanket and, hopefully, will have it done by the time he arrives. But all his clothing and bedding is washed and ready, new padding for the car seat arrived (changing it from sister's bright pink to black/gray) and his diaper bag arrived today! Now to pack it for the hospital...There's been such a difference preparing for second baby vs. first. With Aubrey we had everything ready weeks in advance, but this time around, everything's been last minute. Just two weeks to go (and counting)...

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Monday, September 18, 2017

monday musings: weeks 33-37

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You guys, without me even really realizing it, I've gotten majorly behind on Monday Musings. I blame it on vacation, holiday weekends, Hurricane Irma and wanting to post something else on Monday... either way, today's a major catch up day. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Monday Musings is "get to know you" style Q&A. I invite you to join in the comments below so I can get to know you as well.

Q1: What are three of your favorite books?

A1: Ooo...this is seriously tough one, it's so hard to pick favorites! I'm going to go with my gut and pick the first three books that pop into my head: Circle of Friends by Mauve Binchy, Pride and Prejudice and Little Women. Mauve Binchy is one of my absolute all-time favorite authors, I love pretty much everything she's written. Circle of Friends was the first book I read by her, which started a literary love-affair that's lasted many years. I read Pride in Prejudice for the first time in high school, but really fell in love with Austen while studying abroad in college. Little Women was my favorite childhood book, I read it so many times the book jacket cover literally fell off. If you don't feel like reading the books, here's my favorite movie adaptions: Circle of Friends with Minnie Driver and Chris O'Donnell, BBC's Pride and Prejudice mini series and Little Women with Winona Ryder, Kiresten Dunst and Claire Danes.

Q2: If you could meet a real-life celebrity who would it be?

A2: Ben Folds. I'm seriously in awe of his talent - what would I give to be able to play the piano like him! And to have that kind of songwriting talent. Plus, he seems like he's pretty normal and down-to-earth in real-life. I'm still sad I missed him with the Atlanta Symphony three years ago, but I was about to pop with my daughter at the time I didn't want to risk traveling.

Q3: What's been one of the biggest challenges in your pregnancy?

A3: I've had a few health hiccups that I have been a bit of a challenge, like being diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Most recently, I've had a troublesome root canal become reinfected which has caused me an immense amount of pain, not to mention is hard to treat while pregnant. But, all that being said, overall I've been blessed with a pretty uncomplicated pregnancy.

Q4: What's been one of the greatest things about your pregnancy? 

A4: I feel like so many wonderful things have happened during this pregnancy - purchasing our dream home, getting to experience the wonder of being pregnant again, being able to let the world's biggest food baby hangout and not have to worry about it...but seriously, overall it's been a wonderful experience. We weren't sure if we were going to have any more children after having our daughter, but I'm glad it worked out for us to have one more, and a boy should be extra fun!

Q5: Are you going to continue blogging after the baby is born?

A5: I absolutely want to keep blogging, but I do plan on taking a break to focus on the baby and family. I'm sure not how long the break will last, or what exactly it'll look like, but I do plan on coming back to this space.

Whew, and that gets us all caught up. Hard to believe there's only a handful more Monday left this year. Do you have any questions you'd like me to answer? Let me know in the comments below, or email tealandpolkadots@gmail.com.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

thoughts and whatnots 9.10.17

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  • on the blog: Sharing what I'm up to Currently.  
  • on instagram: Showing off the prettiest lipstick shade
  • on pinterest: I doubt it'll cool off enough to wear this, but love this fall-friendly maternity outfit
  • coming up on the blog: This might be an odd blogging week. The university I work for has been shut down for the next week due to Hurricane Irma, so I might take full advantage of not having to dress up and spend the next week in leggings and over sized T-shirts (seriously the most comfortable maternity wear ever) so I don't know if I'll have any exciting - or any outfits - to showcase. So I'm not sure what will be going on the blog at this point...

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  • As hurricane Irma is making it's way though Florida, my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in the hurricane's path. I live on the more of the far, west coast of Florida which - at the moment - is not in the hurricane's path. We are expected some heavy rain and winds tomorrow, but no major damage. Stay save everyone!
  • what I'm reading: Hester Browne's Swept off her Feet.
  • what I'm watching: Reruns of Glee.
  • what I'm looking forward to: Though I hate the circumstances, I'm looking forward to having a few days off from work to hopefully tackle some baby projects around the house - like finishing up the nursery, packing a hospital bag, washing all the sweet baby clothes, etc.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

black and white

maternity black pants, black and white stripe tee, kimono cardigan, birkenstocks 2

This outfit is all about basic neutrals - blacks and whites without a single pop of color. Which was unintentional, but I can't say that I hate it. As much as I love color, sometimes it's nice just to go with something that can be easily mixed and matched. Okay or maybe I was just having a case of the lazies. The outfit kind of went like this: do I want to bother with shaving my legs? Nope - okay, pants it is then. Top - I think the black and white stripe is clean...score! Cardigan - this one was at the top of the pile. Shoes - these were the ones sitting by the door - perfect. And there you have it - my no thinking about it outfit. :)

Unrelated to outfits or laziness - happy birthday to my dad! He pops on here every once and awhile, so dad if you're reading this, I hope you've having the best of days!

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Today makes 35 weeks pregnant and time for another bump update! Baby is approximately the size of a honeydew melon, over 18 inches long and 5 1/4 pounds - in theory, but at the last ultrasound they said he's more like four weeks ahead in size, so who really know what to compare him to? :) I have my next doctor's appointment tomorrow, but everything's been coming along nicely. Today makes exact one month until we get to meet him - we have c-section scheduled for October 5 (due to him being frank breech and very large) - unless he decide to make an early appearance of course!

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

currently

9.6.17 currently

currently I am...

celebrating: all the September birthdays in my family. My dad's birthday is the 7th, my stepmom's is the 13th and mine's the 26th! It's good to be a September baby. :)

watching: the tropics. Hurricane Irma's path is still uncertain, but there's a possibility it will go into the Gulf of Mexico and hit Florida. It's just a wait and see game right now...

welcoming: fall, or at least the idea of fall since North Florida doesn't really cool off until November. But still, a girl can dream...and light an apple cider candle, drink a pumpkin spice latte and decorate everything with pumpkins. Is it too soon to decorate?

preparing: for baby boy. Tomorrow will be exactly one month until he arrives - if all goes according to plan of course. ;) He's frank breach and quite large (which means he's unable to turn) so we have c-section scheduled for Oct. 5.

photographing: St. Augustine! Husband and I took a quick babymoon to the lovely city last weekend. You can read my post about it and see pics on instagram.

Sharing with Anne and co-host Lowanda of Sunshine and Elephants for Currently. Each month features a series of prompts that may be interpreted any way you wish.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

thoughts and whatnots 9.3.17

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black maternity dresses and cognac sandals:  one  |  two  |  three

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  • what I'm watching: Reruns of Glee. :)
  • what I'm crushing on: I know it's a bit too early to be thinking about fall, but I'm kinda obsessed with all the blue/green pumpkin decor at Pier 1.  These hand painted resin pumpkins would look lovely on a fireplace mantel or as table decor, a few of these embroidered pumpkin pillows would look great tossed on the couch, and this gorgeous gourd wreath is perfect for the front door.
  • what I'm looking forward to: Cooler weather - though in Florida I'm in for a bit of a wait...And of course having a three-day weekend. Happy Labor Day!

Friday, September 1, 2017

st. augustine (though the lens of my iPhone)

While my sweet parents were in town last week, they offered to watch the kiddo so husband and I could take a quick babymoon getaway. With the baby due in about a five weeks, we didn't want to venture too far away and chose to go to one of our favorite places: St. Augustine! Only five hours away from us, it's pretty much a horizontal straight shot across the state of Florida.

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where we stayed:
After pricing out hotels vs. a B&B, we ultimately decided to stay at 44 Spanish Street Inn. We stayed there for our honeymoon (six years ago in November) and again for our 1-year anniversary. The B&B changed hands last October and new owners Brian and Emery are seriously amazing. We stayed in the Firzgerald room (located on the bottom, front right of the top picture). The renovations they've completed in the past year are incredible. Seriously, if you go to St. Augustine, I can't recommend this place enough. It's right in the heart of historic downtown and we literally walked to everything we wanted to do. It was so easy to pop back into our room to drop off packages or just to take a break during the heat of the day.

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what we ate:
44 Spanish Street did a bang up job every morning for breakfast: poached eggs atop of a monte cristo sandwich, peach waffles, asparagus and ham quiche and a selection of delicious fruit and yummy coffee. We ate at our absolute favorite restaurant Harry's Seafood Bar and Grille (not once but twice!), chowed down on burgers at O.C. Whites, had authentic Spanish food at Columbia Restaurant and indulged in so many desserts: gelato at Cafe del Hidalgo, banana's foster with vanilla ice cream and Harry's, salted dark chocolate caramels from Whetstone Chocolates...it was all so, so good.

what we ate

what we did:
One of the best things about historic St. Augustine is that pretty much everything is in walking distance. We spent a lot of time going up and down St. George Street in the Old City, explored the Castillo de San Marcos (the oldest masonry fort in the continental U.S.), rang the bell at the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, walked through Lightner Museum (which has some gorgeous Tiffany's glass) and attempted to tour Flagler College twice (but missed the 10 a.m. by five minutes and the 2 p.m. tour was canceled). Because of the intense heat, we took a break by jumping on the Old Towne Trolley which took us past all the major landmarks including the Old Jail, the Old Senator Tree (which is over 600 years old) and Mission of Nombre de Dios.

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what I wore:
Since we knew it was going to be hot.hot.hot, I planned a lightweight packing list for the trip. I was pretty faithful to what I'd planned to wear, with the exception of a touristy tee on the last day since I knew we were going to be in the car for 5+ hours and just wanted to be as comfy as possible. And as I mentioned in yesterday's budget post - both the husband and I picked up new sandals at Kind Walking.

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And that was or trip. Short and sweet, but packed with a lot of fun. I'm already looking forward to the next time we get to go back. I love living within driving distance of such a neat old city!