things people say when you're pregnant

I haven't written much about being pregnant. Probably because it's been fairly (thankfully) uneventful. If you discount the ankle breaking taxi accident when I was 5 weeks pregnant, it's really been just plain boring! Which I will gladly take! Here's how things are looking at the moment - 

 A few baby bump progress pictures . . . 

A few baby bump progress pictures . . . 

One of my biggest observations through the whole experience is how much of a conversation starter being pregnant is. Who knew! I'm constantly approached by pedestrians, flight attendants, colleagues, and just plain random people. I haven't been approached with too much inappropriate tummy rubbing, but rather, hilarious comments from just about everyone.  In general, people are kind and well intended, but when you take their comments out of context, they can sound a little 'bless their heart' ridiculous. Here are a few of the most interesting things I've heard since being pregnant and some simple rewording that would make the comments way less weird - 

Actual Question Asked: Have you started gaining weight yet? 

Let's try that again: You look great! Have noticed anything different yet?

 

Actual Question Asked: Do you have stretch marks? 

Let's try that again: You look great! I'll have to get you the lotion I loved when I was pregnant. 

 

Actual Comment Made: Wow you're really gaining a lot of weight in that one area! (Attempted pregnancy joke. Always a fail)

Let's try that again: You look great! 

 

Actual Conversation that happened today:

Lady in bathroom: How far along are you?

Me: 35 Weeks

Lady in bathroom: Wow (looking at my stomach). You're really small. (Not talking about my whole figure. Just my tummy.)

Me: Thanks! Everyone wears it differently.

Lady in bathroom: I guess so!

Let's try that again: 35 weeks? You look great!  THE END.

 

Basically, the rule of thumb is to always compliment a pregnant person - even if it's not that accurate. I promise the pregnant person doesn't really care. As wonderful and magical as being pregnant is, having a little person growing inside your tummy is also really weird! We just want to feel normal and like ourselves. Compliments help :)

once upon a time, i took a diy hiatus

It feels a little funny to be blogging and with a diy post of all things! I've certainly taken a little break from the blog over the past few weeks, or is it months? We've been in full baby prep plus work has been nutso for both me and Brooklyn Boy. So you know, the blog gets a little quiet :)

The diy bug finally hit me last weekend, though! My thrifty and crafty mother-in-law sent me some cute upholstery fringe from Joann's a while back. She sent a nice little variety of pinks, which I thought could work for baby girls room.  Plus, I had a left over barrel lamp shade from Target that made for a great blank canvas. 

 Here's what you need. A few yards of upholstery trim / fringe. 

Here's what you need. A few yards of upholstery trim / fringe. 

 My inexpensive left over Target barrel lamp shade

My inexpensive left over Target barrel lamp shade

 Legitimately, the only other supplies you need: scissors + a hot glue gun.

Legitimately, the only other supplies you need: scissors + a hot glue gun.

 First step - pull the thin piece of thread holding the bottom of the trim together. It should pull away easily.

First step - pull the thin piece of thread holding the bottom of the trim together. It should pull away easily.

 Then fray up the ends a little bit to relax them.

Then fray up the ends a little bit to relax them.

 Next, lay the fringe out and decide on the color order. I'm was feeling a variation of ombre!

Next, lay the fringe out and decide on the color order. I'm was feeling a variation of ombre!

 Using your hot glue gun, pick your starting point (I usually go for a seam) and slowly apply the hot glue to the top of the trim and press into place. Continue around circumference of shade. Repeat with each color.

Using your hot glue gun, pick your starting point (I usually go for a seam) and slowly apply the hot glue to the top of the trim and press into place. Continue around circumference of shade. Repeat with each color.

 Voila! SO simple. The project from start to finish took about 15 minutes. My kind of diy. 

Voila! SO simple. The project from start to finish took about 15 minutes. My kind of diy. 

I'm trying the shade in a few different places at the moment. I think I'm going to pick up a smaller shade and make something for baby girl's room. Speaking of which - is almost DONE! We've got moms and sisters coming in town this weekend and I plan on fully utilizing their skills to get everything completed and ready to go for baby girl! 

A little news from Norma . . .

Norma had some fun news to announce this weekend!

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Brooklyn Boy and I are expecting Baby V next May! We are beyond thrilled and somewhat relieved to be done sharing news! (I.E. Car wrecks & babies!) We are all feeling great and are finally getting back into the swing of things - I went back to work last week - woo hoo! 

I'll be returning to a regular blogging schedule this week - starting with How To transition your Halloween Pumpkins to Fall / Thanksgiving / Winter Pumpkins! 

For now, I leave you with a few behind the scene shots of our girl Norm :)

  So I just have to sit here and you give me treats? Cool.  - Norma

So I just have to sit here and you give me treats? Cool.  - Norma

  This d*amn wooden sign. - Norma

This d*amn wooden sign. - Norma

  Guys, I'm kind of over this. - Norma

Guys, I'm kind of over this. - Norma

  Please can we be done? Puuuulleaaase!  I promise I'll stop eating loaves of bread and left over chocolate off the counter top! - Norma

Please can we be done? Puuuulleaaase!  I promise I'll stop eating loaves of bread and left over chocolate off the counter top! - Norma

  Hey, maybe that guy over there can help me get this necklace off. - Norma

Hey, maybe that guy over there can help me get this necklace off. - Norma

Quickie Halloween Decor

"Necessity is the mother of invention." 

- Plato via Wynonna Ryder a la Jo, of Little Women.  

I've watched Little Women 3 times during this season of recovery. I will never get tired of that movie. I really should read the book. As the movie opens you hear Jo, one of the sisters, talking about the winter and the hardship that the war has brought. She says that "Necessity is the mother of invention", a thought that has stuck with me over the past few days. 

On a much smaller (non-war) scale, my projects birthed out of necessity are my absolute favorite and seemingly most natural (for me). Funny enough, I prefer my projects done behind the scenes, on a whim, and within restrictions (limited budget + time + resources). I find the results are more smart, clever and fun then when I'm trying HARD to conjure up content you've probably already read on some other blog. 

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All that to say, "Necessity is the mother of invention" is the spirt of my very last minute pumpkin decorating that happened earlier this afternoon :)

Brooklyn Boy and I are slowly returning to normalcy, with me still home all day crutching/hobbling around. We missed the boat on apple & pumpkin picking upstate with friends, so instead, I improvised. I ordered 4 pumpkins off of Fresh Direct with the rest of my groceries (Fresh Direct has SAVED my life these past 3 weeks. I place my oder online and everything is delivered the next day. Magic!

I've had these 4 pumpkins sitting on my countertop for a week now. 

I rooted through my fabulously organized craft bin (totally thanks to my mom, not my  organization skills) and pulled out some brass tacks, mailbox labels and fabric. Ended up only using the tacks and sticky mailbox labels.

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I started with the brass thumb tacks and ended up attacking all 4 pumpkins with them! I used super simple designs - polka dots, letter V for our last name and lets see what else . . .

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I used the sticky mailbox label letters (that I use all the time) to spell BOO!! and lastly, went for the classic jack-o-lantern look.

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Legitimately, decorating all 4 pumpkins took 10 minutes total and it was no carve! I.E. there was ZERO mess to clean up. 

Lesson of the day: Let necessity drive your creativity and don't fret if you haven't even thought about Halloween! Grab some pumpkins and thumbtacks and go crazy! You could paint your pumpkin a fun color first, or even paint the thumb tacks different colors - if you have the time :)  Hope this quickie craft and iphone documentation gives you the freedom to not have it all together. Happy Fall!