Thirty-nine weeks + one day pregnant as I write this and I don’t even know what I’m going to say. Sitting here ready to crawl out of my own skin, I just had to do something before I fidget myself into a mental breakdown, and I thought “random thought-vomit BLOG POST!” So here you go my friends… the unfiltered thoughts of a nearly insane, ridiculously pregnant woman, who is BEYOND over it. A.k.a. My thoughts before baby number two.
Friends, I had a hard time with this one. Not only because it’s a great feat of physics to appropriately dress a pregnant body, but also because I’m fashionably challenged (that phrase is TM by me) even with a “normal” body. I looked at Pinterest for weeks trying to find something that I thought might be half photo-worthy. After searching for basically all of my second trimester, I’d resolved that I’d have to spend over $100 to get the flowy, comfy, goddessy style dress that my heart desired. Turns out I was wrong! Here is the dress that got my vote for what to wear for maternity photos, as well as a peek at some of our pics because I just couldn’t resist!
Exhaustion has been taken to new levels around here folks. I am now solidly 8.5 months pregnant and the struggle to sit, stand, and/or sleep comfortably is epic. In addition to that, being the parenting GENIUS that I am, I decided that now (40 days away from newborn) was the time to transition our two year old to her “big girl bed.” Turned out to be a big girl mistake.
As I sit on my birth ball and type this, I am 26 weeks and four days pregnant. I have the most compassionate and caring husband that a wife could possibly have. It recently occurred to me that though he is quite possibly the most understanding human in existence, he is helpless when it comes to the impossible task of deciphering the intricate, delicate workings of his pregnant wife’s brain and emotions. I know there must be others out there in same predicament, so I thought I’d cut through the crap and tell you precious husbands straight up exactly what your pregnant wife needs from you.
By now I’m sure you’re all aware that I’m pregnant with baby number two, due June 28th. Sadly, I have to keep double-checking this date to make sure that I have it right… With Lila I could have told you how many hours and minutes until I was due, and this time around I can hardly get the month right. #secondchildproblems Last week we FINALLY went for the anatomy scan and found out the gender! The baby gender reveal threw
us me for a loop and now we’re scrapping the awesome idea that we had and are back to the drawing board for choosing a baby name!
On Thanksgiving we announced to the social media world that I am pregnant with our second babe. I’m so relieved to finally be able to talk about it here on the blog. I’m certain that I’m not the only woman out there who starts growing a human and consequently begins to reevaluate ummmm, basically life as we know it. I look at my daughter when I’m rocking her to sleep at night and think, “she deserves better.” I go to work and I think, “this is not my dream.” I recall my interactions with the people I love on a daily basis and think, “this is not who I want to be.” Pretty heavy, right? I’m not saying I’m a terrible, miserable person (all the time), but I could do better and I know that. All of this recent reflection has led me to one conclusion… I need to know what makes me happy and then go for it. If someone asked you the question “what makes you happy?” What would your answer be?VIEW POST
Welcome to the second installment of JSH Baby Time! In the first post I talked about some tricks to make pregnancy survivable, and now we’re going to talk about how to survive the first year of parenthood, a.k.a. Stuff for Baby’s First Year. I must tell you though, no amount of lists, planning, thinking, prepping, reading, washing, organizing, or car seat installing can honestly prepare you for becoming a parent. There’s no checklist that can make the full gravity of leaving the hospital with seven pounds of brand new human life that is completely dependent upon you any less terrifying. So, if you’re looking for that post, this ain’t it. This is, however, a list of the top things that I wish I’d known much earlier in my foray into motherhood, so here ya go… a list of sixteen things to help you Survive the First Year of Parenthood, also known as Stuff for Baby’s First Year!
If you were around last week you know that I started decorating for fall like a madwoman. I gave a fugly piece of art a new chalkboard life and I’m loving it so much. I had originally intended to do the big reveal of all the fall pretties today – I know you’re all just holding your breath, right?! – but I’m going to push it to later in the week because I have a few more things I really want to do. And if also I don’t really want the decorating part to be over yet! I thought today it would be fun to start a “fly on the wall” series, to give you some glimpses of real life in our house… the before to our after, if you will. So had you been a fly on the wall at our Jones Sweet Home this weekend you might have seen… VIEW POST
Here in Northeast Florida we are in PANIC MODE, y’all! Looks like a hurricane’s a’comin! Quick let’s make a hurricane kit… clear the shelves of toilet paper, paper towels, milk, eggs, water, and batteries… and Bud Light!VIEW POST
Happy ‘Tini Friday! I had an extra cup of coffee and am feeling ambitious, so I’m sneaking in one more post this week. This is the first in a series I’m calling “JSH Baby Time” about pregnancy, labor/birth, and the first year with a baby. If this is not your deal, tune out and it won’t hurt my feelings, but I’m doing it because I WISH that when I was pregnant I had been able to find a blog where someone who’d just been through it laid it all out there and said “this is the no bullsh!t version of everything that you need and everything that will happen”, so hopefully this will help someone who is in the same overstuffed shoes that I was in about 20 months ago. This first post is mostly a reminder for myself about how to survive being a pregnant person, should we ever be brave enough to have a second little crumbsnatcher. It took me far too long to figure out most of these tricks, so here’s the cheat sheet version of Secrets to Survive Pregnancy for sweaty, swollen, beautiful preggies everywhere!