Nostalgic Fridays

I’ve had a lot of time today to think and do some web surfing and I came across an old checklist from Matchbook Mag about Classic movies girls should have watched.  Scanning the list, it seemed pretty typical except when I saw Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken! Can we talk about how I was obsessed with that movie when I was younger? I wanted to write a post about it because, now that I’m pregnant and so close to meeting our baby girl, it makes me think about how I spent my own childhood and what I watched and listened to and read, etc.

First of all, the movie takes place around the time of the Great Depression which is perfect for me because I’ve always said that any other time period to be born is better than my own.  It’s about a young girl girl named Sonor Webster who runs away from home to pursue her dreams of, you guessed it, becoming famous by riding and diving with horses.  (Ok maybe you didn’t guess it because it is kind of a random gig).  While riding and diving, Sonora loses sight in both of her eyes but overcomes her disability and continues her dream.  What can I say?  I’m a sucker for cheeseball movies and this is about as cheesy as it gets!  It’s also based on a true story so be sure to look up the real Sonora Carver on the web after you watch the movie.   

    

A picture of the real Sonora Carver
 
*Pictures are courtesy of Disney

  
I’ve been meaning to do a Baby Registry post since I finished building our registry in January.  I put so much thought into it and I am definitely not a pro.  After all, I’ve never been a mother before (except to the many dogs I’ve owned) so this is all based on hours I’ve spent pouring over reviews and blogs posts of other women I’ve loved or admired who seemed like they knew what they were doing.  Living in New York, one of the most important things that Łukasz and I had to take into consideration was definitely space.  We couldn’t just waste money or time putting things on our registry that we didn’t really need so we were pretty meticulous about what we chose.

New York City is, of course a commuting city so the first big item we had to have was definitely a stroller.  We had to figure out a way to get from point A to point B without taking a very expensive cab everywhere.  While the subway isn’t always the most fun way to travel, at least we can rest assured the baby will be comfortable in the adorable Bugaboo Bee.  The Bugaboo Bee, from my research, is geared for kids ages newborn and up and it folds super compact.  To me, that all screams versatility which was exactly what I needed from a stroller. 

Up next was definitely a crib.  I will have to say that Łukasz wasn’t readily on board with this crib when I brought up the idea but I, on the other hand, needed no convincing.  The Babyletto Origami crib is absolutely perfect for a New York apartment.  It is compact, has wheels in case you need to move it, and is a great replacement if you don’t have room for a crib AND a bassinet.  After finally setting the crib up on our apartment, Łukasz was also convinced we had made the right choice.  According to most reviews, the Babyletto Origami is perfect until kids reach around two, when we plan to move our baby girl to a toddler bed.  Couldn’t be more perfect.

One of the things I love most about our apartment is our spacious kitchen where I know baby girl and I will spend a lot of time together.  The Ikea high chair came at the recommendation of Lukasz’s sister who said it was easy to clean and, for me, the simple design didn’t hurt either.  Easy to clean, simple and at the price tag of $20? It doesn’t take much to convince me.

The last three things are small but absolutely necessary. Onesies, books, and diapers.  The one constant thing I’ve been told is that 1) babies poop a lot and 2) they get all the clothes dirty and while my ultimate wish is to someday live in a place with a washer and dryer, for now, I’ll just stock up on all of the onesies and diapers that I can.  Is is a baby registry must-have? To me it definitely is.  And of course books.  Because, yeah, we’re those parents who say that baby will never pick up an iPad until she is at least around 4 or so years old.  Maybe someday we’ll give in but for now, I’m staying strong! I’ve added plenty of awesome children’s books to my registry to keep baby happy and entertained.

Of course, I am not a pro and I am just trying my best to figure this all out so if you have any ideas for items to swap or items to add, I’m so sooooo open to suggestions!

Xo,

Karen

Questions and Concerns

32 Weeks

With baby’s due date vastly approaching,  I think I take back what I said about the first trimester being the most difficult.  This third trimester has completely kicked my ass and I still have about 2 months left.  For the most part I’ve tried to remain positive but I can’t help write about the things on my mind these past few weeks.

  1.  I just can’t breathe anymore:  One morning I woke up and I realized that no matter which position I lay in, I just wouldn’t be able to breathe anymore.  I don’t know about you guys but breathing is usually one of my top priorities.  No matter how I lay, or even how I sit, the baby can move and suddenly I’m gasping for air.  I probably sound really naive saying this but I just never knew this was a thing in pregnancy.  I’d rather have the baby crack my rib than take up so much space that my lungs can’t expand anymore.  Or maybe not, I don’t know.  I’m not being logical, I’m pregnant.
  2. I guess I waddle??:  So many of my of my acquaintances have said I have this seemingly “adorable” pregnancy waddle.  Yes, I’ve basically turned into a penguin and everyone does remind me at any chance they get.  Cheers.
  3. Fear mixed with Excitement:  So the closer it gets, the more I wonder what this birthing experience is going to be like.  I’ve read books, I’ve watched videos and I’ve questioned every mother that has ever had a baby slip out of her lady parts.  It’s fascinating to me how this experience is so different and unique to every woman with each of their children.  I’ve had women tell me that it was horrifying (ripping, tearing, episiotomy, basically a horror movie) and I’ve had women tell me that the epidural was so wonderful, they slept up until it was time to push.  This is all such new and unexplored territory to me and I just don’t even like surprises!  I wish I knew what was going to happen.  It’s driving me crazy!
  4. That Nesting Phase Though:  I once woke up with this feeling that our apartment needed to be clean right this minute.  It was so overwhelming that I cried about it for a little while and then I called out of work and I cleaned.  And everything felt better again.  I know people think it’s cute that women go through this when they’re pregnant but for me, it’s more like rip-my-hair-out anxiety.
  5. This BELLY:  I’m basically a woman that needs to be rolled off the couch now.  But I would like to shout out Lukasz who consistently makes me feel pretty, day in and day out, and who does so much to quell my fears about all of the above.  That’s all I can say before I start crying (freakin’ HORMONES).

xo,

Karen

Second Trimester

  

About a month ago,  I officially finished my second trimester and I’d have to agree with everyone out there when I say it was probably the easiest part of pregnancy.  There were times in the beginning where I was still not convinced there was anything in my stomach and during my second trimester, it all became so real as I watched my stomach grow and I started to feel our daughters first kicks in my belly.  It felt like little butterflies that have now turned into full on punches to all of my organs.

All in all though, the second trimester is the easiest because I felt like there wasn’t much happening most of the time.  I slowed down my coffee intake because I found that, with all the hormones, it definitely made me more anxious and emotional than I normally am.  I also took the time to finish my baby registry on babylistregistry.com.  It seems fun to start a registry but it’s also extremely stressful, especially when there a million baby products out there and you don’t know where to begin.  I’m definitely going to write a future blog post about my registry must haves. 

It was also interesting to see Łukasz feel the baby’s kicks for the first time as well.  I can imagine that it was pretty cool to actually be able to feel this little alien growing in my stomach, instead of seeing the negatives of how it was affecting me in the first trimester.  At the end, the coolest thing is seeing how real this is all becoming.  We have set up the baby crib and space in our apartment and its overflowing with so many cute things from our trip to California.   

As far as eating habits go (probably the most common question aside from how I’m feeling) I haven’t had any particularly strange requests or food combinations.  I never craved pickles and ice cream together.  I have been eating more sweets lately and when those sweet cravings hit, I try to reach for fruit instead of candy but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy more often than not some starbursts or a bag of skittles.  I’ve never been picky about food though, I love food and I’m always down to try anything once. My eating habits have remained pretty much the same and people say I look like I’ve remained the same, I just look like I have a basketball hidden in my shirt now!  I haven’t even experienced any swelling which is AMAZING.  I’m hoping that will be very good news when the time comes to lose the baby weight. The baby appears to be gaining weight really quickly and the doctor has advised me to do some mild cardio, lest I want a 9 lb baby coming out of me.  I wish I could go running but even a few minutes of it leaves me winded.  I’m also worried that I’m shaking the baby? Is that a thing?  Are there any runners out there that ran well into their third trimester?

As I enter my third trimester,  I can definitely feel sleepiness come over me more quickly.  I hear this last part can be difficult and I’m hoping I can power through! Fingers crossed. 

Xoxo,

Karen