Being a Mum

Oh my! It has been ages since I thought about this little corner of the internet that I call "my blog."  I had no idea that motherhood would change me so much. I absolutely adore my sweet and funny Rosie girl. I find my thoughts are constantly on ways to teach her, to play with her, what to feed her, how to console her, etc. I no longer spend countless hours on Pinterest or fashion blogs. I no longer shop for clothes or shoes or accessories for myself! The most recent purchases for myself were guided by my husband who basically forced me to splurge a little and treat myself. It's not that I no longer care about my looks, I still care quite a lot. I just don't care as much.

I found the ideas of "capsule wardrobes" exciting. Plus with this new motherhood thing, I find that I am most likely to wear the same 4 outfits all season long anyway just because they are easy and comfortable and Rosie doesn't pull or fuss with "plain" tops or sweaters. I made the mistake of wearing a top with beaded embellishments on it and she was incessantly trying to pull them off and stuff them in her mouth. I began dressing for two when I was pregnant, and I am still in a similar position where I have to think about her before I decide what to buy, what to wear, how to style it.

Then there is the dreaded baby weight. Ugh. I was not a #fitmom when I was pregnant. I was working full time, and when I wasn't working I was tired and just wanted to rest. Abe and I did walk, like all the time, because that what we did for fun. But I put on excess weight with the baby and I still don't fell comfortable in my new mommy size. I was vegan up until the 2nd trimester or so and I think that's when all hell and belt buckles broke loose. Now that lil Rosie is 9 months old, I am finally ready to explore returning to vegan again. We currently eat too much pizza, I eat too many sweets. When I was vegan, I had much better self-control. Abe doesn't love it, he'll not be vegan with me. So there's the cooking and meal prep that I'll have to get back into. Rosie is such a fuss bucket sometimes. She is super curious and wants to be where the action is and it's truly wonderful, but I would love to say I can put her down in the room next to the kitchen and she'll play contently while I whip up a fantastic dinner of legumes and leafy greens. NOPE! She favors me so much that it's apparent to Abe that she wants me over him. So I'll be the one to occupy her and he'll be the one to cook. Gosh I can't wait to get back into cooking! Now that she is eating solids, I can set her in her highchair with something to nibble on and actually get some housework done. Usually it's just dishes and tidying up, but I'm making progress!

I went part-time at work to spend more time with my family. The days fly by so quickly and I can't believe I'm already thinking about her birthday at the end of March. We moved to Michigan in August and I am so excited that Rosie's grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc are able to have a relationship with her and will be there to celebrate her first birthday. Abe and I used to be quite content as just the two of us, but when baby makes three, one realizes that it really does take a village to raise a child.


Mama Bee

 Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there! This was my first time celebrating for myself and not for others.  All I wanted was a family portrait and I didn't have to convince my husband at all, he willingly obliged!  It was a nice reason to get dressed up and put heels on.

Both Rosie and I are wearing vintage, I feel like such a hipster :P Her lil dress is something my mom passed on to me when I announced I was expecting. She was certain I would have a girl and wanted me to have the clothes she saved from when I and my sisters were babies.  I think it's quite special for the occasion.  The necklace I'm wearing is also special, Abe gave it to me after I delivered our daughter <3

Dress: vintage
Shoes: Prabal Gurung for Target


Now My Life is Rosie

Announcing the arrival of our sweet baby! On March 31st, my water broke at home and after an uncomplicated delivery at the hospital, we welcomed our DAUGHTER, Rosalina Bettye!

If you are following along, you'll know that my husband and I decided to be surprised with the sex of our baby. We were thrilled to learn our baby was a girl as she emerged and breathed her first breaths. I was actually the one to announce her gender because I looked down just as she came out and I was so shocked and emotional. I believe my words were, "Oh my gosh! It's a girl!!"

We've been living in a cozy little bubble since her arrival 2 weeks ago. My sister was able to visit us in the hospital on Rosie's birth day and we had a few visitors to our home, but it's been so nice being just the three of us. (Four if you count our lil Molly kitty who is adjusting very well to the newest addition to the household).



Overdue: Pregnancy Update

Can you believe it's been 2 months since my last blog post? A lot has changed! And can you believe I am still pregnant?! My due date has come and gone and this little pumpkin is still baking in my oven. I am only 2 days overdue, but it feels like an eternity that I've been pregnant!

Here's my final pregnancy update. My next post will feature our sweet little one!

How far along: 40 weeks, 2 days
Total weight gain:  a whopping 50 lbs! Eek!
Maternity clothes: I’m living in yoga leggings and dresses lately, the less belly binding the better.
Stretch marks: They have arrived. I had some on my hips from puberty, so the new ones are on my lower belly and are small.
Sleep: Insomnia and I are good friends. I get up every 2 hrs to pee, then halfway through the night I wake up starving and can’t go back to sleep until I have a snack, and then still I’m awake for 3 hours in the middle of the night until I get tired again.
Best moment of this month: Finding out from the doctor that I am dilating and thinning and baby will be here any day now! (Although, this news came 10 days ago… still waiting!)
Miss anything: My skinny jeans and heels! Thought I’d say wine again? I had a small glass of red last night in hopes of inducing baby. It was so nice!
Movement: Baby has been head down for a few weeks now, so I feel its butt at my upper belly all the time. I haven’t had kicks in the ribs, but I do get bladder punches! Wowza!
Food cravings: Tortilla chips. I could eat them daily as nachos, chips and quac, chips and salsa, plain…. You get me.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Too much dairy makes me feel gross. So I don’t go overboard on cheese or ice cream.
Have you started to show yet: Oh what a funny question! Passers-by are constantly asking when I’m due, what sex the baby is, and giving me tips and advice. Thankfully no strangers have tried to rub my belly!
Gender: Still don’t know! Coworkers usually guess boy, family has been guessing girl. We’ll see!
Labor signs: Every day for the last 10 days or so I have been having mild to moderate contractions. Last Friday I was certain I was in labor until I laid down to rest and all contractions ceased. My poor husband is almost as anxious as me for the real thing to happen!
Belly button in or out: Does flat count as innie still?
Wedding rings on or off: Finally had to take them off. The wedding and engagement rings together stopped fitting about 8 weeks ago so I would wear just my wedding band. But I had to finally put that in my jewelry box a few weeks ago and replace it with a ring I normally wear on my right hand.
Happy or moody most of the time: I’d say I’m still happy. Although with some of the movies I’ve been watching lately I have been teary. I just want baby to just get here already!
Looking forward to: Freaking labor! I have never wanted pain so badly. I welcome the contractions even. Bring it on!

Papa and Mama, I'm 39 weeks here.

Taken yesterday, 40 weeks 1 day.