Weekly Findings

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As I write this post, I am about 4 days past my due date.  I can’t even begin to express the frustration that is building up inside of me but let’s just say it feels like a baby girl that is getting bigger by the week and I need her to come out of me right now.  Not to be too much TMI but I’ve been feeling a lot of cramping and I’m hoping our baby girl will join us on the outside soon especially because tomorrow is Mother’s Day.  I’m super bummed to be skipping out on this day because our daughter isn’t here yet!  Oh well.  To all the moms out there, Happy Mother’s Day!

1. The Most Popular Baby Names of 2015:  The social security administration just released the list for the top baby names of 2015 with Emma at number one for the ladies and Noah at number one for the gentlemen.  We’re still keeping ours a secret but it definitely wasn’t in the Top 10!

2. Morning Routines for Busy Women:  I came across this list this very morning and I found it inspiring.  Though at the moment, my morning routine consists of absolutely nothing, just a lot of waiting, I’ve always been the kind of person that craves routine because it makes me feel more organized and less stressed.  I can definitely say that I’m a morning person and I can’t wait to get back into something semi-consistent.

3. This SMOOTHIE: So I guess this list is mostly about mom stuff but I was so excited to stumble upon this recipe for a post-partum peanut butter and jelly smoothie.  It’s funny how over prepared you can be for pregnancy and birth but forget about the “after” part.  This cookbook from Heng Ou is brilliant on ways to nourish a new mother.  Don’t forget about YOU.

4. 8 Fun Ideas For A Girl’s Night In:  Kate Spade is definitely my vice when it comes to anything “fashion”.  Everything just always looks so put together and bright and happy.  They’re making pajamas now and released this super cute list of ideas for a girl’s night in.  Not to be cheesy but this is the kind of thing I sometimes can’t wait to share with our baby girl.

5. Mother’s Day Brunch:  I didn’t ask for anything this mother’s day because I’m still very much pregnant and also because I just hate asking for things.  Can’t people just read my mind and know what I want already?  Here’s a hint: it’s brunch.  I love breakfast, like a good full-on breakfast with all the fixings, and maybe a mimosa or sangria. And I love this little menu of a good mother’s day breakfast.  Everything looks fresh, healthy and delicious!  But also, like, french toast works too.

 

*Picture source.

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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

Tell me again how to be pregnant.

Photo taken by Lukasz
Photo taken by Lukasz

I can say with complete honesty and certainty that being pregnant is one of the most interesting experiences I’ve ever had.  Not only does my body go through so many changes but it has definitely changed the way I interact with people and the way that people interact with me.  I’m not talking hormones, I’m talking about pregnancy etiquette and the correct way that people should interact with a pregnant woman.

Belly Rubs: When I first found out I was pregnant,  the first thing I was surprised to encounter was the people lunging forward, no bars held, to touch and rub my stomach.  I, personally, never understood this disregard for personal space and now, not only is it my personal space, but also my baby. I don’t think I’m rude but I just prefer that people don’t rub my stomach unless I know you really well, and even then, I can count on one hand the amount of people that have that privilege..  Please don’t pet me.

Inappropriate Questions:  When we first announced our pregnancy, I was floored by how many people immediately asked if our baby was planned and if we were going to get married soon.  (Someone once even said “Congratulations… if it was planned.”) When did this become appropriate to ask?  These questions and the answers to them are nobody’s business but mine and my boyfriends. Period.

Inappropriate Remarks:  When the news was slowly spreading about my pregnancy, I had a coworker that was shocked and said he had no idea.  My other coworker then replied with “Yes, did you just think she was getting fat?”  And maybe every time I have a bite of food, it would be nice if people didn’t say things like “Eating for two huh?”.

Unsolicited advice:  My personal favorite.  I once wore red lipstick and a male friend of mine asked me if it was paraben-free for the baby’s sake.  Another acquaintance (read: I barely knew him) saw me eating a bag of kettle chips and suggested I snack with fruits and veggies next time.  A customer of mine reminded me to take my prenatal vitamins, folic acid and protein every day.  I want to thank everyone for the advice but, seeing as how I’m the one carrying a child in my uterus, I think I can take it from here.  And if I want chips, I’m eating the damn chips.

I knew to expect it but I didn’t realize how heavy it would all be.  I wondered for a while if maybe I’m just being cranky pants about it, but I’ve read too many articles now to understand that all women that are or have been pregnant go through this and it all just boils down to basic manners.  It’s not rude to ask if I’m excited or when my baby is due or how my pregnancy has been so far.  I truly appreciate your interest and your concern of my well-being.  In the end, I just want to have a positive environment with good energy and dialogue heading my way.  There is nothing rude about sending positive vibes.

xoxo,

Karen