31 Weeks

It’s hard to believe that we’re in the home stretch of this pregnancy already. Of course, there were a lot of distractions that have made this whole year speed by in a blur. On the other hand, having spent the better part of the last 3 years pregnant or recovering from a pregnancy, I’ll be pretty happy when this little one comes out, be done with these maternity clothes, and get back to normal.

maternity style//plaid skirt

hat and scarf::handmade, dress::H&M MAMA, sweater and leggings::old navy, boots::FRYE

 

Thankfully, much like the Bear’s, this pregnancy has been pretty uneventful though still different from the first one. Most significantly, DB has been around for this one. I’m so glad that we’ve gotten to experience this pregnancy together.

I haven’t gained nearly as much weight as I did with the Bear.I’ve talked to a bunch of other moms who’ve all pretty much said the same thing. The first one was huge and any subsequent babies didn’t cause quite so much bloat. I think not eating nearly as much processed foods and running after the Bear has been a big help too. I can see my feet and tie my shoes, but I still feel huge.

I’m tired all the time, nothing new there.

My only real craving has been for cereal, which was the same with the Bear, and cinnamon things, which is new.

With the Bear, my hair turned into a giant gross oil slick. No lustre, just grease. This time around hasn’t been so bad, but I still want to chop off all my hair.

I haven’t spent this pregnancy obsessively checking websites like Baby Center and What to Expect to find out what the baby is doing each week, but I’ve felt a lot of anxiety and paranoia about this baby. Most likely this is due to the miscarriage we had in between the two. All signs point to us having a beautiful, healthy baby in just a few weeks, but I can’t tell you how relieving every swift kick to the bladder has been throughout the last several months.

Since I’ve had the opportunity to actually nest (instead of coordinating a cross country move immediately after the Bear’s birth), I’ve had DB rearrange the furniture in the house at least 5 times, and we’re not done yet.

As for the Bear, he’s totally oblivious to the fact that he’s going to be a big brother soon. The first few weeks ought to be interesting as he learns that he’s no longer king of the castle. I think he’ll like being a big brother, and we’re happy that the kids will be close in age.

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Friday Night

Right before we got married I suggested to DB that we should brew beer as a family hobby or at least a husband/wife hobby. He recalls this moment as one where he knew he’d chosen the right gal for him. Since that time, he’s really taken the ball and ran with it. We’ve had some great brews, a couple failed experiments, and once, a garage floor caked with brown ale. It’s been a while since there’s been any brewing activity though, and so it was nice to visit the local brew shop last weekend and pick up some new ingredients and start fresh. He’s going for a Belgian style with this batch, and there should be plenty of it ready to go when I can (finally) kick back and enjoy a home brew again. Perhaps one day it will also be incorporated into a sour beer which is one of our long-term brewing goals (hard to pull off when you’re moving all the time). Bottling night has always been a bit of a family affair, DB does all the grunt work with either me distracting the Bear, or capping the bottles, or other various called upon errands. Whichever it is, I always enjoy this time we spend together in the kitchen, enjoying a new to us podcast, and just hanging out after a long day/week. P1030067 P1030069 P1030070 P1030071 P1030073 P1030076

Vintage Photograph

This is a picture of my grandmother, Stephanie, when she was about 16 years old (she’s 91 now), which would date sometime in the late 1930s. I absolutely adore this outfit since I’m a huge sucker for puffed sleeves and gingham. I also really love the dropped waist which is a silhouette not seen to often lately, but I’d like to start incorporating it into my handmade garments. Seriously, though, check out the shoes. It’s hard to tell if they’re peep toe, or the toe is finished off in a contrasting color, but either way so chic, and so perfect for today.

Late 1930s vintage puff sleeve dress with dropped waist and gingham details.Have a great Monday!  xo, S.

Friday Favorites

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Wes Anderson released the trailer for the Grand Budapest Hotel and it looks hilarious.

DB loves graham crackers and I love pumpkin, this recipe was tailor made for us.

DB has also requested we enjoy some Tomato Lager Soup in these.

I don’t know how to cross stitch, but if I did it would look like this.

Totally loving how Elizabeth styled these outfits, especially that first one in the blue dress, such a great mix of geometric patterns.

I’m pretty good at this game.

If I wasn’t so pregnant I’d like to be dressing more like this right now.

Happy Friday! xo, S.

Knit Love

I can honestly say it’s been a while since I was really truly stoked on knitting. Don’t get me wrong, I love knitting, and often feel lost if I’m sitting in front of the tv without yarn in my hands, but recently most of those times I’ve been working on a simple hat or scarf mostly for stash busting. It’s not been the most inspiring work, but this year I’m finding pattern after pattern to oogle and dream about, and frantically run to my (ever decreasing!) stash in order to make. I think the knitting world itself has really taken off in the last couple of years. Ravelry has played a big roll, of course, because it allows so many great and emerging designers out there to publish independently and really bring new and innovative designs to the table, something that’s been harder to find in traditional print publications over the last couple years. I’m also a huge fan of the growing number of small American raised and milled yarn companies that are helping to keep the textile industry in this country alive. Here are some of my most recent cravings, and for more check out my Ravelry favorites here.

Arrowhead Cardigan from Imperial Stock Ranch. This is waaaaay more colorwork than I've ever taken on, but Imperial yarns are heavenly and this would get wear for years.

Arrowhead Cardigan from Imperial Stock Ranch. This is waaaaay more colorwork than I’ve ever taken on, but Imperial yarns are heavenly and this would get wear for years.

Oshima from Brooklyn Tweed Fall 2013. I think this would be awesome through the winter as I recover from having a baby. Cozy coverage, perfect.

Oshima from Brooklyn Tweed Fall 2013. I think this would be awesome through the winter as I recover from having a baby. Cozy coverage, perfect.

Ysolda's Rhinebeck Sweater. It's called Pumpkin Ale, enough said really.

Ysolda’s Rhinebeck Sweater. It’s called Pumpkin Ale, enough said really.

 

Forge from Brooklyn Tweed Fall 2012. An oldie, but I really like the different techniques used to cast on and shape the cap. Plus, who doesn't want to knit with Shelter?

Forge from Brooklyn Tweed Fall 2012. An oldie, but I really like the different techniques used to cast on and shape the cap. Plus, who doesn’t want to knit with Shelter?

Perfect Storm from Twist Collective. In addition to having great content on knitting, Twist Collective consistently has awesome patterns from great designers.

Perfect Storm from Twist Collective. In addition to having great content on knitting, Twist Collective consistently has awesome patterns from great designers.

 

Lazy Days

It’s been so rainy the past few days, that i it wasn’t for the warm temperatures, I’d swear we were back in the PNW (I soooo wish we were!). There are ups and downs to this weather. For me, it’s really relaxing and makes for great sleeping. The Bear really enjoys watching the rain from the window and commenting on it and insisting that I watch it with him, but he’s also getting a little stir crazy so the house is a constant tornado. DB and I had big plans for around the house projects this weekend, but he threw his back out at work (yikes) and has been couch bound with books, Netflix, and muscle relaxers for the past few days leaving most of the chores and errand running to a 29 weeks pregnant me. I’ve also been using this time to work on some knitting and process the 10 lbs of apples that were sitting on our counter. I’ve got applesauce in the canner right now and I made this crisp last night (both recipes are highly recommended if you’re apple crazy like me right now). All is not lost though, we’ve got 2 days left of this long weekend, DB is on the mend, and if the rain clears out we should be able to get the Bear his much desired outside time before we’re done. Here’s hoping your weekend is full of family fun and delicious food. xo, S.

PS. I can’t find the battery charger for my camera so here’s some lo-fi iPhone goodness.

sleepy Bear//plaid skirt

Lazy Rainy Day

cardigan knitting//plaid skirt

From humble beginnings, come great cardigans

Tomato lager soup//plaid skirt

Grilled cheese w/ homemade bread and Tomato Lager Soup

Daddy and Bear//plaid skirt

Oh hey, Daddy, lemme help you with your back

curious Bear //plaid skirt

Mama! Mama! Rain! Outside!

apple crisp //plaid skirt

Apple Extravaganza

knitting and apples//plaid skirt

Apple Crisp and a longer sleeve

finger painting//plaid skirt

Trying out some homemade finger paints

Welcome to the Family

P1020979Throwing together a military wedding is tough work. Sure, a regular wedding is tough work too, but military weddings are always planned under an umbrella of uncertainty. In a world that is constantly changing, we always have to be ready to go at a moments notice. I know because I had about 2 weeks to cobble mine together in a short break when DB was between missions. My good friends Lizzie and Tom held a similar affair not too long ago, but also took the time to plan a bigger wedding in Salem, MA. Fortunately, no one was called away unexpectedly and DB and I were able to use the weekend as a mini-vacation (baby moon maybe?). I was hoping for some epic fall foliage on the way up since it’s something we missed living in the PNW, but it seems we were about a week or so early. Still it was nice to have a long drive where DB and I could listen to some classic rock and not have to frantically dive into the backseat to rescue discarded cups or toys or blankets. It’s so rare that we get to be adults without also being parents.

On Friday night we enjoyed dinner and cupcakes at the Old Town Hall, which we totally geeked out over since there was quite a bit of Naval history, and who doesn’t love hanging out at a museum after hours. It was also really great to catch up with friends who I’d not seen in ages and introduce them to DB.

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Saturday we got all dressed up and had a lunch date. I’ve been to Salem before, and I remember it being busy, but it was downright crowded this day. Even though he was wearing his dress blues, DB blended in seamlessly with all the early Halloween revelers. Admittedly, I was a little jealous. I wanted to wear my blues as well, but couldn’t hunt down the maternity version in time. Which brings up another issue…finding a wedding-worthy maternity dress is tough. I’m so glad that ASOS has a great (and affordable collection). I went with this one, and it was perfect. Comfortable enough to wear all day, but classy for an event (oh and $40? yes!)P1020981 P1020993

 

Of course, this isn’t about me, the bride was lovely, and the flower girls were the sweetest little things. It’s funny how life takes its twists and turns. Right before I was getting ready to have the Bear, I heard via Facebook that Tom who I’d not seen in quite a while was joining the Navy, and not only was he joining the Navy but entering the same rate as DB and I. We chatted about it over the weekend. How wild it was that a couple of hardcore kids from Philly, in or near their 30s decided that it was time for something different, something more and we joined the Navy and now we live far from home and are starting our families. Also, how awesome is Lizzie for taking on this life as well? Military marriages are a team effort, without that bond they fall to pieces. I’m pretty stoked to welcome such a strong and wonderful couple to the Navy family, and I’m glad to have some old friends on board to turn to for support and give support in turn.

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After a delicious meal of steak AND crab cake, we danced the night away and then headed back south the next morning through rain and slightly changing leaves feeling tired, but also revived from our little vacation away.