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Monday
Aug042014

4 months

Oh how I wished I blogged more! This ball of pudge is clearly no longer a newborn squish. It's true what they say, the days are long but the years (months) are short.

Just shy of four months old, Gunnar loves to smile & giggle. He is so chill and SUCH a chunker. Probably because he loves to eat a lot. I love that he often holds my hand while nursing. His face still melts my heart at every opportunity. Currently he does not enjoy tummy time, rolling over, or naps....I'm holding out that he might some day. Luckily he prefers the potty over his diapers, which should come in handy in the future. He enjoys being worn, shaking his keyring, storytime, walks & exploring the world, making faces at momma & daddy, growling, and being my little photo prop. (As evidenced on my instagram feed)

My days are spent nurturing this little guy. I'm a lucky gal.

Wednesday
Jun042014

7 weeks into motherhood

You guys, I have NOTHING to blog or instagram except my first born child. Essentially there is nothing else going on in my life. This little creature has been all-consuming since his arrival. I do love him most dearly and very much enjoy our days of snuggling. The biggest adjustment is definitely the amount of attention he requires during his waking hours, and the scrambling to get 40+ things done during his short irregular nap times. Goodbye selfishness, there is no time for you. 

Gone are the naive dreams of working from home, whilst enjoying my sweet angelic babe each day. Instead are long days of breastfeeding, cleaning up body fluids, 
breastfeeding, laundry, breastfeeding, and attempting to keep the house from becoming a disaster. Did I mention there is a lot of breastfeeding? Which did NOT come easily or naturally in the beginning. If I'm being honest, at times I've even resented spending 1/4 of my waking hours on this single task. At 7 weeks, I estimate over 150 hours nurturing my little guy. I can't think of anything else in my life that has been given that much dedication. This is a calling that is physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausting. I had no idea.

But it is now getting a bit easier, and each time I have a little less anxiety about nursing around others. I envy those women who make it look so seamless, and hope to look half that put together some day. 

I haven't even touched on the many other surprises that came along with motherhood. Or the infinite list of questions like "do I leave my kid in the car while I return my shopping cart?" and "will my rug start growing some funk from all the milk it's absorbed?". But alas my sleeping babe will awake any second so I must publish this stat.

One day I do hope to blog about other fun things, but for now I plan to treasure (as best I can) this time when my baby needs his momma most.

Newborn photos by me—Gunnar was 4 days old. And yes, I was unexpectedly hit hard with a case of I-have-the-cutest-baby-ever-born-and-everyone-needs-to-look-at-his-picture syndrome (so annoying!).
Wednesday
Apr162014

waiting and magnolias

There are many correlations between the last few weeks of pregnancy and the magnolias blooming. For two glorious weeks you experience many joys like rest, friends, indulgence, and feeling the most put together you'll ever be in your adult life. But yet, you know that every day inches closer to experiencing spring weather. And meeting your first baby for the first time. A new season.

Waiting makes the days feel SO long. Here's to embracing that place called anticipation, where excited & nervous are one in the same.

Friday
Apr042014

week 39&40 ::: watermelon

I'm still here! And still pregnant! Though I'm sure only 3 of you were wondering if my time had come. March offered so little in the large produce department, I chose to combine these last two weeks into the grand finale of watermelon! I wore the same outfit as back in November at 21 weeks, when the bump first began to show. It makes me a little sad! This pregnancy journey for the most part has been really great. I will miss being smug, people being extra extra friendly, and those fun moments with my husband & this new little personality (seeing alien movements, laughing & long discussions, birth class, etc).

Such a trip! I can't wait to see what the next step will be like. My eyes are getting just a bit moist thinking about motherhood and having a son or daughter of my own. I'll definitely be updating my instagram as things begin happening!

Tuesday
Mar252014

week 38 ::: leeks

You know what is challenging in March? Finding large produce. Like pumpkins. Notta one to be found. Waiting for spring weather is also a challenge (snow appeared again!).

But spring is on it's way. And so is me becoming a mother. How terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. Though this little babe seems REAL comfortable, so I'm betting there is another month to wait.

Tuesday
Mar182014

week 37 ::: bok choy

It's the final countdown! (insert theme song from Job's magic show - Arrested Development) Everyone else is probably like, "it's about time—we've been seeing these vegetables forevvvver". It's true. But very soon I'll be able to photograph our home updates, and there are some fun ones!

This little 6.5 lb baby will arrive anytime in the next few weeks! Very excited to meet this little personality!

Monday
Mar102014

week 36 ::: rainbow chard

This week baby O is measuring just over 18" long, about the height of chard. But all curled up in that belly of mine. Still hard to believe. As for styling (background, apparrel, lighting) this is probably my worst week yet! If only we had a little greenery to work with...

Also fun—the game we played this last weekend at my local baby shower—arranging my blog photos in the correct order. There were a few discrepencies on produce sizes....and it did take even me a few trys to get it correctly. Overall though, so personal and fun! I have the bestest of friends.

I hope you all enjoy this new week of extended daylight. Take heart, spring is nigh.

Monday
Mar032014

week 35 ::: potatoes

The husband: "So we have a cluster this week?"
Me: "Yes, a 4.5 lb cluster to be precise."

Creative liberties are the best.

Ladies. I have ONLY 34 days to go. What is your advice for me this last month???! When other women gestate babies it takes a long time but for some reason mine has flown by so fast! And it seems like other women carry a basketball, whereas I'm definitely carrying a large beachball. And so ends my comparision I promise.

Happy March to you! Here's to all of us willing spring to arrive asap.

Monday
Feb242014

week 34 ::: romaine

The swelling is here to stay. Not sure these few images can convey it well. The baby daddy worked all weekend and only had a few minutes to help me get a quick profile of the 34 week bump. My little sprout is opening/closing eyes and can respond to light. It's a complete miracle I tell you.

I hope a wonderful week is in store for you as we say goodbye to February, and hello to spring, yes?!?

Monday
Feb172014

week 33 ::: pineapple

Another week down. The only new news is cankles. UGH why?! Doing extra excercises to help keep the swelling to a minimum. :/

Only 4 WEEKS until term! I can't even believe it. Starting to feel as though things are coming together (with some major spring cleaning/purging going on). Enjoy your week, everyone!