Archives: August 2011




Ok yes, rewind again on these.  These pics were taken a little over a month ago, so i’ve got my belly bump order all messed up here on my blog! But I couldn’t help but post them.  I love the colors in these photos by JOIELALA.  I guess i’ve got a bit of a hippy vibe going on here (the only vibe that seems to suit my growing belly these days).  My skirt was ransacked from my sister’s closet, via Free People.  Obviously, I can’t really get enough of their stuff.  They have a store literally right down the street from my house at the Forum in Carlsbad.  It’s a daily struggle not to jump in my car and buy something new! Well, it’s not REALLY that bad….but there is always something I want to walk away with when I go there.  What stores are like that for you?

Love Art Print by Sweet William


I know I have been a bit MIA lately.  So just to re-cap.  I am on maternity leave!! Whew! My last day of work was last Friday.  And although I am partially still working from home, the last two days have been wonderful.  I feel like this week is a time for me to rest and reflect.  I haven’t really taken the opportunity to fully process this pregnancy and come to terms with the fact that in just a few short weeks, I will have a baby!  It seems like it was just yesterday that I was announcing my “big news” to you here on my blog.  And here I am, on the last leg of my journey, about to embark in a whole new adventure of life….motherhood!  With Rylee’s arrival quickly approaching I have been feeling all sorts of emotions: excitement, fear, curiosity….My prayer is that God keeps us safe through this delivery and that Rylee arrives to us healthy and strong.  It’s funny because so many people have asked me “are you nervous about labor?”   In all honesty, I have been more fearful of the process of pregnancy than I have of actually giving birth.  Worrying if she was growing enough inside of me and anxious about weather or not she (or I) would have any major complications.  I suppose now that I am so close to the finish line, small fears of labor are now popping up.  But I keep telling myself that babies are born everyday….and no matter what my birth story looks like, I will be just fine.  My body has made it this far, I have faith it can finish the job!  She will be here before I know it!



So, it’s August 1st.  Which means it’s my baby month! I thought this month would never come.  It feels like I have been anticipating August for forever now….and well, we’ve made it!  Little Rylee has been growing faster than ever.  They say that in these last 4 weeks is really when she packs on the pounds…about an ounce a day.  And man can I feel it.  She is already in a head down position (yay!) , which means her kickboxing lessons shoot straight for my ribs (ow!).  Sitting at work I am constantly pushing down her little feet that get caught just under my right rib cage.  I keep telling myself “only a couple more weeks”!  Backaches have finally set in and sleep is no longer so easy for me.  I guess I can be thankful that my difficulty sleeping is just coming around now.  Maybe it’s my body’s way of getting me prepared for all those sleepless nights to come!

Friday is my last day at Jedidiah, and it’s honestly such an odd feeling.  I have been working full time for so many years now and have never really learned how to slow down. It’s always “go go go”…and “how many projects can I possibly take on without burning out?”  Now, thinking about stopping (in fact, KNOWING I am stopping)…is such a foreign idea.  It’s not like I am stopping forever, but work as I now know it will never be the same.  Part of it scares me because I have gotten so comfortable with my routine and my workaholic ways that I am not sure what I am going to do with myself when it all abruptly stops.  But the other side of me knows that REST is what I need right now, and that this baby is going to bring such a huge, incredible life change that I think I have been wanting for a long time.  The idea of being a mommy and loving and nurturing this tiny little human life that I (or I should say “we”) created is such an amazing feeling.  I am ready for it….or at least as ready as I will ever be.

…a few pics Sam took the other day. 25 more days and counting!

And if you want to end your night with a good laugh….THIS PHOTO was me just a few hours ago at my friends house watching the season finale of the Bachelorette.  My tummy now officially qualifies as a table :)  Especially convenient for late night ice cream cravings.