Getting ready for a big change

This is a picture of a pregnant woman's belly at a side profile

I am 26 weeks pregnant. It’s so weird following this timeline in weeks vs months. I keep track of each week as it passes, noting the changes in my body. Sometimes I still feel like it isn’t real. Other times, I feel like time is going too fast and we’re not ready yet! The nursery is still filled with boxes and furniture to be put together. We haven’t purchased a stroller (but there is a plan in the works for that), car seat, or diapers. Thinking about all we need to do, preparing for our little one, can be stressful. The feeling passes though, and I find peace and excitement in the little things.

Since we have peanut’s name picked out, I created an email address for her. I got the idea from an article I read online a while ago, before I was even pregnant. I plan to send her emails with pictures and little anecdotes over the years until she’s old enough to take over her inbox.

I also started a lullaby playlist. This is one of my favourite little projects. Whenever I think of a song I want to add, I grab my phone and put it on the playlist. Once in a while I’ll play the songs for peanut. I’ll just lay there with Mark and we’ll listen to the songs while we feel her little body move around my belly. She’s growing well and her movements are getting stronger, sometimes it takes me by surprise!

The urge to “nest” is real, but we have to wait until the end of May before we can get the nursery in order. We’re waiting for a ride out to IKEA for more necessities. In the meantime, I have a few sweet little items of clothing to start her wardrobe for now, which bring a smile to my face. Also worth noting, if you build a baby registry on Amazon, they send you a box full of baby goodies/samples for free! Ours arrived this week and came with a bunch of handy things for mama and baby. Sample diapers and breast pads, body washes and lotions, a swaddle blanket, etc. Nothing for daddy in the box, unfortunately, but we appreciate free stuff!

This is a picture of an infant-sized yellow cardigan and blue and white striped jumper

Only 14 weeks until our little one is due and I’m doing what I can to soak it in and remember it all… except the glucose test. I had to do it a second time because I threw up the first time. I don’t really need to bask in that post-vomiting glow, I prefer to sleep it off and forget about it 😉

I hope everyone enjoys the weekend, I’ll be hitting up a yard sale for baby stuff and spending quality time with my man. Life is pretty good.



Home is wherever I’m with you

This is a picture of a corner of a livingroom showing part of a grey couch with a striped blanket on it and a large grey map in the right corner

Guess I broke my one-a-week posting streak. It was bound to happen sooner or later. Writer’s block always finds its way back. The rain is really coming down today so I’ve run out of excuses for avoiding this little blog of mine.

Things have been much more settled over the past couple of weeks. Mark and I have created a cozy space for ourselves and we’re starting to enjoy the apartment more. After a lot of online shopping, we’ve found a way to make this place our own. Ya gotta love Amazon Prime, Target and Wayfair.

It’s a shame we can’t hang anything on the walls. Until we get our full lead inspection, which won’t happen until after the baby is born, we can’t risk putting holes in the walls. This will be a real pain to deal with because our apartment will very likely need to be de-leaded. This means the lead paint, under the paint that is currently on the walls, has to be removed. It’s possible we’ll have to move to another place that has already been de-leaded. Anyway, we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. It’s been a learning curve, figuring out the do’s and dont’s of renting in another city/country. The biggest lesson? Never rent from anyone sight unseen. Videos and photos are not enough to ensure you’re moving into a safe, well-maintained, clean place.

Our kitchen is complete and while it’s small, it fits everything we need and we’re still reveling in the luxury of having a dishwasher. The living room/office space and bedroom are nearly done. Each has a few small pieces of furniture we need to acquire. I’ve given up on trying to make the bathroom “pretty,” but having black accents tones down the insane colour palette in there, which is good enough. It’s just a bathroom anyway, not like we spend a lot of time in there admiring the scenery.

The bottom line is, we have a comfortable, functional space that is all ours. We’ve dreamed of having new furniture that we picked out ourselves. We finally got the matching bedroom set we wanted and this space has turned into our new home. This apartment marks the start of a new chapter for us that has been years in the making and I can’t wait to make so many memories here.

The weather has been so crappy these days, I haven’t been out as much as I would like. Mark has seen two of the infamous Brookline turkeys in past week and I’m kind of jealous! I wandered out a few times to try to find maternity clothes but had no success, as I realized there are no large malls and almost no big brand stores in Brookline. This isn’t a bad thing, but it makes it much more difficult to find clothing, especially maternity clothing, for reasonable prices. I ended up buying a bunch of stuff from Target and Old Navy online, free shipping and returns are key!

It can get a bit lonely around here during the day when Mark is at work, but when the clouds lift, I’m sure that will change. Besides, I should enjoy my quiet a lone time while I can, since I’ll have my hands full with our little peanut in a few short months!

This pregnancy still feels surreal, even though the bump is growing by the day and our girl is moving and kicking all the time. I have about 17 weeks left before things get REAL. In the meantime, Mark and I are really enjoying talking and planning and getting excited for what’s to come. The nursery is acting as a storage room for now, but I’m looking forward to nesting soon. I want it to be very simple and neutral with a few fun accents here and there. Again, we can’t hang anything on the walls, so I have to get creative.

Okay, I’m really craving an apple with some cheese, so I’m off!