Sunday, November 20, 2016

Pregnancy: Bump Silhouette

For a more "professional" maternity photo, I've been wanting to try taking a few silhouette shots in front of our picture window. Here's our first attempt, and I'm pretty happy with them! Once my bump is a few weeks bigger, I'll try again (but actually do something with my hair and maybe wear something a bit prettier!).
                         
I love being pregnant and I especially love my belly - but I am so ready to meet our little man!!!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Pregnancy: Week 31

Today was a cloudy, rainy day, so the lighting in our home was not ideal, but I made Pat take a few photos of me anyway. We missed week 30, so I needed to make sure I got something! I'll try to make time tomorrow for some better ones, assuming the weather cooperates.

Here I am at week 28:

And here I am today, at week 31:
It's really hard to tell if I'm bigger or if it's just the angle at which Pat is taking the photo and the position of our little man. It does seem as though the bottom of my bump is bigger/lower. As I mentioned in my previous post though, my belly changes shape a lot now depending on what he's up to. I should be taking my waist measurements for a more accurate assessment!

I've been sick these last couple of days - I started having cold symptoms Tuesday night, which developed into a sinus infection (but only on the right side) by Thursday. I'm finally feeling better now: still going through lots of tissues, but the pressure behind my forehead/eye/jaw is gone. The worst part is not being able to take any medication to help decongest, though I have been using a nasal rinse (which is... interesting) and am going through LOTS of Halls.

Luckily, baby is oblivious. His movements are getting more consistent and stronger. He gets hiccups a few times a week. And not only do I get quick kicks and jabs, but he'll sometimes move so that I feel a lot more pressure - like his head/bum/back is pressing into me instead of a smaller limb. These "bigger" movements are often followed by a similarly strong push on the opposite side of my belly. It's hard to describe... but this is definitely my favourite part of being pregnant! So cool! 

Friday, November 4, 2016

2016 Goals: October

October was a great month - great weather, gorgeous fall foliage, amazing baby shower, fun Thanksgiving and a good start on the nursery!

16 GOALS FOR 2016:
  1. Read 30 books. 35/30 (YES!) 
  2. Try 16 new Ottolenghi recipes. 6/16
  3. Try 16 new (loose-leaf) teas. 16/16 
  4. Put up shelves and organize craft room. Make it inspiring.
  5. Finish Amber art book - this year I WILL! (Only a few pages left!)
  6. Work in sketchbook daily. (Not daily, but at least weekly.)
  7. Blog weekly. (Going to try harder with this one this month.)
  8. Finish 2 cross-stitch samplers. (Didn't finish the November square, but it's about halfway there - I will finish it this month and get started on December.)
  9. Travel somewhere new. (Eastern Canada)
  10. Sign up for and pass my SOCRA certification.
  11. Make an inventory of all my books. (This has been on my to-do list for so long.. I really want to get it done this year!)
  12. Wake up earlier and practice yoga every morning evening. (So tired. All the time. Looks like this one might be on hold until next year...)
  13. Make a weekly meal plan and prep veggies on the weekend. (Keeping up with this one pretty consistently.)
  14. Get rid of junk we never use (i.e. downsize our "things") and organize storage and spare spaces. (Wardrobe done. Storage space next!)
  15. Work on making the backyard nicer (plant flowers, landscape, garden). (Just need to clean things up for winter now - more landscaping to be done next year.)
  16. Set reminders in my phone to make me check in on my goals at least monthly (and blog about it). (9/12 monthly reviews - missed June.)
This month I will continue to work on #8 and #14 and put a dent into #2 and #5.

What goals have you crossed off your list lately?

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween

Pat and I have a standing tradition of carving pumpkins for Halloween (mostly for the seeds, but having them lit for trick-or-treaters is a bonus now that we actually get them!). Here are our masterpieces this year:
The Lego man is Pat's, the haunted house is mine. I'm actually really proud of mine this year - I sketched it free-hand based on a design I found online and it turned out perfectly. This is the first time I was able to "half-carve" out some sections (the windows) effectively. Yay!

And of course - the liquid gold reward:

Here's hoping we don't run out of candy this year - we have 6 big bowls full (up from 4 last year)!

Happy Halloween everyone!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Pregnancy: Week 26-28

I'm so glad I'm taking these bi-weekly photos - I didn't think I'd gotten much bigger until I looked back at the last photos we took, at week 22:

And here I am at week 26 (+4 days):
Pretty big difference! It's obvious I'm now in my third trimester, that's for sure!

And here I am today, at week 28 (+ 2 days):
Not a big change in size, just shape. I've noticed lately that the shape of my belly changes (depending on how little man is sitting). Today, my bump almost looks pointy. Often, he'll be more on the right side of my belly button. So funny!

And, just for my mom, here's my naked belly today (don't mind my sleepy face.. I may have just woken up from a nap...):
I have to say - I've been really enjoying being pregnant. I love my belly. I love feeling him moving around in there, kicking and prodding and rolling. I've also been incredibly lucky in having a very easy pregnancy. Let's hope the next 12 weeks go by just as easily!

We've finally started the big project that is the nursery. We started painting last week - Pat's putting on the second coat of blue paint this weekend. We picked up a lovely, soft grey rug last weekend. We've pretty much decided on our crib (just need to order it). Everything is coming along.. I just want it done. I'll feel so much better once that room is finished! I'll be sure to share photos once it is!

Monday, October 3, 2016

2016 Goals: September

The months just continue to fly by! I want October to slow down - it's one of my favourite months and I would like to enjoy it to the fullest!

16 GOALS FOR 2016:
  1. Read 30 books. 31/30 (YES!) 
  2. Try 16 new Ottolenghi recipes. 5/16
  3. Try 16 new (loose-leaf) teas. 16/16 
  4. Put up shelves and organize craft room. Make it inspiring. (There's still some organizing to do, but this is mostly complete. Our rowing machine has been moved down here and it doesn't feel cluttered, so I consider that a win.)
  5. Finish Amber art book - this year I WILL! (Only a few pages left!)
  6. Work in sketchbook daily. (Not daily, but at least weekly.)
  7. Blog weekly. (A slump compared to August, but hopefully cooler weather will help inspire me to cozy up under the laptop)
  8. Finish 2 cross-stitch samplers. (My goal for this month is to finish November and start on December.)
  9. Travel somewhere new. (Eastern Canada)
  10. Sign up for and pass my SOCRA certification.
  11. Make an inventory of all my books. (This has been on my to-do list for so long.. I really want to get it done this year!)
  12. Wake up earlier and practice yoga every morning evening. (I started a 30min daily routine last week and so far so good!)
  13. Make a weekly meal plan and prep veggies on the weekend. (Keeping up with this one pretty consistently.)
  14. Get rid of junk we never use (i.e. downsize our "things") and organize storage and spare spaces. (Step one: wardrobe (half done at this point). Step two: under-the-stairs storage.)
  15. Work on making the backyard nicer (plant flowers, landscape, garden). (At this point, this goal is pretty low priority..)
  16. Set reminders in my phone to make me check in on my goals at least monthly (and blog about it). (8/12 monthly reviews - missed June.)
This month I will continue to work on #8 & #14 and put a dent into #2.

What goals have you crossed off your list lately?

Monday, September 19, 2016

Pregnancy: Our Gender Reveal

As I think I've mentioned, I didn't want to do anything big for our gender reveal - I really just wanted to tell our parents in a special way. In that end, there are no pictures from the reveal (though I do wish I had snapped a photo of my mom's face! Haha!) - but I did take some photos of the cards I made.

So here is our reveal:

BOY!

I'm so so so excited - I couldn't be happier! I didn't have any special feeling or inclination either way, so I am over the moon and cannot wait to hold our little boy!

That being said, there were quite a few shocked grandparents! My mom was SO convinced I was having a girl - SO convinced she swayed Pat's mom, sisters and my sister-in-law into thinking the same thing. Ha! Surprise!!! Obviously, it didn't matter either way, but the shock-factor was on point. I loved it.

Anyway, here are a few more detailed shots of the cards:
To make these cards, I started by designing the card to fit my idea, then I measured and cut out three of them from watercolour paper. I made one for my parents, one for Pat's parents and one for my gramma. After taping the front flaps off, I achieved a watercolour effect with watercolours and gelatos in either blue or pink. I used a salt resist for some texture. Next, I added more layers with a splatter of acrylic paint, again in pinks, blues and white. Once the fronts were done, I repeated the same steps for the inside heart - using only blue this time! Finally, it was a simple matter to add the lettering and fold them back up for the big reveal.

I'm so happy with how these turned out! Next crafty project: painting the nursery!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Pregnancy: Week 20-22

I'm trying to take photos every 2 weeks - it's hard to see any changes in my belly day-to-day, so these really help me see some progress. Plus, there are some excited grandparents that don't get to see us very often..

That being said, there's definitely not a huge difference in the last 2 weeks:
week 20 (above) + week 22 (below)

Maybe side-by-side will make it more obvious?
Maybe a small growth?

Over the last 2 weeks, I've been feeling movement more and more, to the point where it's daily now. I just wish Pat could feel it - but as soon as he puts his hand on my belly, all movements stop! Hopefully soon!