Sunday, October 1, 2017

thoughts and whatnots 10.1.17

10.1.17 thoughts and whatnots
maternity navy maxi dress: one  |  two  |  three

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on teal and polka dots:

favorite sales:
  • 30% off sale at Anthropologie (no code required)
  • Up to 50% off everything + an extra 20% off at GAP with code ALLGOOD
  • 40% off sale at Loft (no code required)

  • what I'm watching: I've been having trouble getting comfortable at night, so I've been binge watching episodes of Glee. 
  • what I'm crafting: I've been eyeing all the cute woodland baby mobiles and think that I could probably pretty easily make something myself for a fraction of the cost. My favorites are this darling bear/mountain mobile, this forest creature mobile and adorable pom pom mobile
  • what I'm looking forward to: Meeting our baby boy! Unless he comes early, we're scheduled for an induction (since he's a big boy) this Thursday. We don't plan on having any more children, so it's been weird thinking how this is the end, the last time I'll feel sweet baby kicks, the last time I'll grow a life, it's a very bittersweet feeling. 

Friday, September 29, 2017

september budget

september budget

september budget: $97.57
third quarter budget: $600 - $234.85 in July - $217.34 in August - $97.57 in september =
$50.24 under for the third quarter

This was the month to buy all the things, just not all the clothing things. I was heavily focused on getting Aubrey's big girl room and baby's nursery ready and buying things like bedding, lamps, curtain rods, etc. Plus there were all the last minute things to buy for the diapers, and wipes...

So I only bought three clothing things, and the dress was actually purchased last month for our babymoon to St. Augustine, but I forgot to include in August's budget. *opps* For reference, the blue embroidered dress (see how I wore it here) is non-maternity, and I got it an an XL, which still left plenty of room for a big baby bump, so I definitely think it runs large. It was perfect for the sweltering Florida heat and it'll be great to wear next summer post baby. :) The shoes were a complete impulse buy, but they were so pretty, so velvet, so garnet. I'm anxiously awaiting to wear them this fall since my swollen pregnant feet aren't fitting into anything but flipflops these days. Last, but not least, is this adorable striped back cardigan. I love the neutral front and bold patterned back. Sadly, it's sold out at J. Crew right now, but it's been popping in and out of stock, so it's worth checking back if you're interested. For reference, it runs large - I bought mine in a L.

I did pick up a few things that didn't make it into the budget, like a new Lily Jade diaper bag, which I'm completely obsessed with. And a nursing nightgown from GAP that's currently in the hospital bag. My husband also got me the prettiest Kendra Scott rose gold drusy stud earrings for my birthday.

Looking toward October, I don't anticipate clothes shopping too much since I'll be busy with baby and in that awkward post-baby body phase. I did however order this resin-coated twill rain jacket from in navy from J. Crew Factory earlier this summer, which was waitlisted until October 19. So that'll be a fun mid-month treat!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

final bump update

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I can hardly believe that today's the final bump update before baby boy arrives! We're 38 weeks today, with plans to induce (hooray for a canceled c-section) next Thursday, October 5. Though at yesterday's checkup, the doctor said I'm already in the early phases of labor, so he very well may make his debut early. His sister was a full week early, so we'll see if he's an early bird as well. I'm so thankful this little guy decided to do what the doctor's said was "impossible" (due to his large size), and turn head down. The nurses and doctor himself kept saying "this never happens." So, we're happy to be the exception. At yesterday's ultrasound he was measuring at 9 and a half pounds - though that's really more of an approximation - so not so huge that he can't be delivered. Fantastic news all around.

My parents are driving down from Tennessee today so they'll be here for the birth and a few weeks after to help out - which we're incredibly grateful for. They missed Aubrey's birth by something like two days since she came earlier than expected, so I'm so glad they'll be here for baby #2, and Aubrey's just excited that she gets to spend time with Nana and Papa.

Tomorrow is my last day at work. Last time around I worked right up to the end, but I'm definitely feeling more tired this go around, so I'm looking forward to *hopefully* have a few days to rest and prepare before he makes his grand entrance. Which I attempted with Aubrey, but she came the day after I started my maternity leave. You just never know with babies...

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dress: Old Navy Maternity (similar, non-maternity option)  |  cardigan: J. Crew (similar)  |  necklace: Stella & Dot (exact)  |  earrings: Kendra Scott (exact)  |  sandals: Reef (similarish)

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

life lately

Since I've been a bit MIA on the blog lately, I thought it would be fun to do a little update on what I've been up to lately.

kids rooms
Aubrey's big girl room  |  baby boy nursery  |  never ending crib blanket project

kids rooms:
When Hurricane Irma tore through Florida the week before last, the university I work for decided to close down for the week. Though a lot of Florida experience power outages and destruction, Panama City didn't end up seeing much from the storm (we never lost power and only had one backyard downed tree). So my husband Matt and I and took advantage of the week off and made major progress of both Aubrey's big girl room and the nursery. Neither room is quite done yet, but once they're a little more finalized, I plan on doing separate blog posts (with lots of pictures)! I'm also getting super close on being finished with baby's crib blanket, *hopefully* I'll be able to finish it before he arrives. 

red velvet birthday cake  |  birthday present for my stepmom  |  pretty birthday earrings for me!

birthday celebrations:
My dad, stepmom and and I all have September birthday, so I've had a lots of fun shopping for birthday presents. Since my parents are coming in town later this week to be here when baby arrives, we've decided to celebrate all three birthdays together, which should be lots of fun. My birthday was yesterday, and I had a great time eating delicious Mexican and having red velvet cake with my office mates.

work projects
retractable banners, magazines and posters, oh my!

work projects:
With less than a week until maternity leave begins, I've been super busy trying to wrap up work projects. My most extensive project of the year is our annual magazine - which I design, edit and write a large amount of the content for - goes to press this Friday. *eek* I keep telling the baby he has to stay in my belly until I get the magazine sent! On top of that, I have quite a few other work projects I'm trying to wrap up as well. Whew, it's been busy. But it'll be good to know I wrapped up everything I could before going on maternity leave.

fall decorating
DIY blue pumpkins  |  fall mantel  |  Dollar Spot at Target score

fall decorating:
Even though it's still 90+ degrees in Florida, now that it's officially fall, I couldn't resist putting up some fun, pumpkin decor on our fireplace mantel. There's also a slew of fall pillows I'd love to get... my husband says I have a pillow obsession...but how cute would these gray gingham, pumpkin and thankful pillows look on the sofa? Speaking of decorating, now that we have a front porch, I'd love to go nuts with pumpkins and mums, but realistically, with the new baby, it'll probably will have to be a next year goal.

We're in the last push before baby comes. Depending on what the doctor says at today's appointment, Friday will probably be my last day of work before starting maternity leave. I still need to finish up some things for the nursery, do some last minute washing/cleaning/laundry before baby comes, and finish that darn crib blanket, so I'm looking forward to hopefully have a few days off before he arrives. But you never know with babies...I planned for a long weekend off before Aubrey's scheduled induction and she ended up coming four days early!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

purple maternity dress

maternity purple dress, long blush cardigan 6

Today's my birthday! There's something that feels very mature about turning 35, maybe it's because according to my OBGYN I'm now of "advanced maternal age" *bleh*, or maybe it's being a momma of a three-year-old with one on the way, but whatever the reason, there's something very adult about being in my mid 30s. I've loved my 30s so far - I married the love of my life a year before turning 30, finished grad school at 30, had my daughter at 31, started Teal and Polka Dots at 32 - and this year bought our dream house and am having our baby boy in about a week! All in all a very good first half of the decade. :)

I'm working today, so no big plans for the big 3-5, just a long lunch with hubby and delicious red velvet cake (my favorite) with my office mates this afternoon. My husband surprised me with the prettiest rose gold drusy earrings for my birthday and a magnifying wall mirror so my old eyes can finally, properly see my face. I love getting birthday goodies!

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dress: Target maternity (lilac option, sleeveless option, non-maternity option)  |  cardigan: Target (similar)  |  sandals: Old Navy (pretty alternative)  |  necklace: J. Crew Factory (cute alternative)  |  earrings: purchased in St. Augustine (similar)  |  watch: Fossil (similar)  |  bracelet: Kendra Scott (similar)

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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.

maternity olive dress, tan cardigan 7
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