Do This With Your Partner Before Baby

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Headed to a wedding at #29weeks

Hola from Orlando. I’m currently 30 weeks pregnant and we’re  in Orlando with our family in an effort to hide from Hurricane Irma. I’m feeling grateful my due date is two months away and praying for the health and safety of my family and friends.

Week 29 marked a turning point in my pregnancy. My heartburn got more fierce, and I started to experience pain in my pelvic region. I described it to my husband as feeling like someone punched me in the crotch and left me all bruised up. TMI? Consequently, I listened to my body and stopped going to my beloved dance cardio classes because it’s too much jumping and too high intensity for me to handle right now. Last week even prenatal yoga felt like too much, however, this week I was able to handle a barre class and I’ve started swimming which I should’ve done a long time ago because it’s so wonderful while pregnant.

In other news, we attended a birthing/parenting class at our synagogue which included an hour long session entitled: from partners to parents. An amazing clinical social worker by the name of Amy Small talked to us about the inevitable transition we’d be experiencing and I thought one exercise was particularly helpful. She had the spouses sit across from one another and instructed us to take turns telling our significant other the things we expect from them as a parent. Each person got three minutes to speak (no interruptions allowed), and when they were finished the other person had to repeat everything back to them and ask if they’d missed anything.

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My Maternity Fashion Favs

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25 weeks and wearing an old blouse by Cooper & Ella and Maternity Jeans (link below) by Luxe, the in house brand from a Pea in the Pod. 

I’m currently 26 weeks preggo and I’m not so pleased to report that everyday activities like getting out of bed, or bending over to put on my shoes are starting to be a bit of a nuisance. They’re not full blown problems by any means, but I can see them on the horizon. Oh the joys of being pregnant!

I finally feel like I’m carrying around a little load and I’m experiencing heartburn after virtually every meal. I’ve also had to purchase a special sciatica knee pillow to make sleeping on my side more comfortable and keep my knees from awkwardly banging against each other. I’m telling you, if my husband doesn’t bow down to me after I give birth to this child I don’t know what I’ll do. Just kidding. Sort of. Okay, not really. Mothers are GODDESSES and men just have to accept it. Got it guys?

Anyways, this is a post about maternity fashion which I must say I’ve realized is a whole other beast. There are SO many products out there it can get overwhelming trying to differentiate between what you actually need and what products just have really good marketing. I feel the same way about baby/kids products (more on this in another post). My goal throughout this pregnancy is to look and feel my best without spending a lot of money on clothes I’ll only be wearing for a few months (even taking into account a second pregnancy).

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Musings From a Nervous Mama-To-Be

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And we’re off to a Dance Body Class. This is #24weeks

Okay, yes I’m super excited to welcome a baby into our lives, but guess what — I’m also scared and nervous. Our lives are about to change in a major way, and even though I’m 99.99 percent confident it will be for the better, I’m also human, and this human has her fears/worries. It also doesn’t help that I’m generally an anxious person with a fair share of OCD tendencies (perfect storm anyone?).

That being said, I have read personal accounts of peoples’ anxiety improving since  becoming parents because the experience helped them gain perspective they were previously lacking. After all, how can you worry about whether you picked the right curtains, or if your last review was poorly written when you have a tiny human life to protect??!! I certainly hope I fall into this category of folks. In my dreams I’m a zen mama, but so far I haven’t been a particularly zen mama-to-be so lets see how that goes. I like to aim high.

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We’re Having a Baby!

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This is #20weeks

I had hoped 2017 would be the year I got pregnant and I’m so excited to share that Baby Lease will be arriving November of this year!

This may be oversharing, but if you’re thinking about getting pregnant you may be interested in knowing a bit about my pregnancy journey. It goes something like this: After 14 years of being on the pill I went off it in January and got my first non-pill period six weeks later. I then downloaded the Ovia fertility app and based on when I had my period it told me what days of the month would be optimal for baby making. Five weeks later I’m peeing on a stick and it’s POSITIVE! I’m sharing this story because that’s what this blog is all about, but believe me when I say we both realize how ridiculously lucky we are right now and we don’t take anything for granted.

So how do I feel? Today I’m 22 weeks and fortunately I feel mostly good. The last three weeks I’ve been suffering from daily heartburn and the occasional short-lived shooting pain up and down my side that I’ve learned is called round ligament pain. I have to pee virtually every hour, including most nights, which I tell myself is good practice for the sleepless nights ahead (hey, just trying to put a positive spin on things). Thankfully, I’ve been able to stick to my workout routine which consists of dance cardio and barre a couple times a week. This is not only good for the baby, but mama needs it to help quell the occasional holy SH*T we’re having a baby freak-outs (more on this in the next blog post).

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House Update Part 4

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Our powder room is done! We kept the existing mirror, light, and faucet. The wallpaper is by Cole & Son; the sink is Alepe, and the accessories are by Kartners. 
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Given the narrow space we really couldn’t fit a vanity in here, so we had to go minimalist with the sink and accessories. 
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Powder room “before” shot. Not going to miss that mosaic tile or ugly sink. 

It has been almost two months since we moved into our new home. Can you believe it? I can’t. We’re pretty settled in now (finally!) and all of the construction is officially complete. We’re waiting on some custom built ins for our family room and office but they’ll arrive ready to be installed. It will be two months till our custom pieces are completed (FYI: everything takes two months when it comes to home renovations/re-decorating)) but I’m happy to announce that after months of deliberations we picked Viking Kabinets for the job.

In other exciting news, our powder room is officially done! Our Alepe sink arrived  from Germany after 10 weeks, and its compact size and circular shape is a perfect fit for the narrow space. It also goes great with our wallpaper which we love. Some people discouraged us from choosing the wallpaper we did because the architecture of our home is so modern, but we’re happy we chose something that really spoke to us. I simply don’t believe in the principle that just because the architecture of your home is a certain style it should dictate all of your interior design choices. I’m all about mixing it up.

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House Update Part 3

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Our Restoration Hardware bed with Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams nightstands 

Victory! We stuck to our move-in date and we’ve been living in our house for exactly two weeks. These two weeks have been exhausting, and there was a point I thought we’d never make it through all those boxes. Butttttt, with lots of help from one very organized mother-in-law and a lot of long days, we made it. We’ve got a couple big projects left and after that’s done we can focus on getting the place furnished and hanging all of our art.

The major project that remains is creating an entryway from our joint office (which is right off the kitchen) that will lead into the dining room. We think this will create a better flow, especially for all those parties we plan on hosting (a gal can dream). We ordered a set of double pocket doors and they arrived today. I’ll keep you updated on that in my next post. We’re also hoping to finalize our plans for custom built-in shelves for our family room, as well as a custom bar for our living room (for all the entertaining we’ll be doing!). Custom built-ins are expensive (what isn’t?), so it’s been taking longer than expected to find the right company for the job.

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House Update Part 2

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Our floors in the process of being sanded (before)

Hiiii. So we’re just about ready to move into our house. Hard to believe it but after nearly three months of deliberations followed by work — we’re nearing the finish line. Right now our marble floors are being polished, and tomorrow interior painting begins. We’re painting the interior in Benjamin Moore White Heron with the exception of  one wall in our media room which will be a dark navy called Deep Royal.

Following the painting,  wallpaper will be applied in the powder room and the master bedroom (the wall the bed will be on), and then we can move in! I’ve had a toilet in my living room for the past month so I’m especially excited about getting the powder room ready so said toilet can go back to its rightful place. Believe it or not, picking the right wallpaper for the space proved to be quite the challenge despite the myriad options out there. Wallpaper, I’ve also learned is very pricey which makes the decision that much more difficult.

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House Update Part 1

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The tile and the sink are going. We’re keeping the faucets though.  

In the two weeks since I first wrote about us buying a house we’ve managed to get a lot done. The problem is you can’t see any of it because we haven’t started any of the physical work just yet. So far it’s all been behind-the-scenes stuff. We’ve been working hard to get as many quotes as possible for the various projects we want to do and doing our own research on virtually everything. This is crucial when you’re trying to stick to a  budget because the sky is truly the limit when it comes to home renos.

Last week,  Scott Yetman, a family friend and an incredibly talented interior designer spent four hours with us inside our home. He’s out of our price range but we really wanted him to help get us started on the right foot. He designed my room when I was five! Together we picked window treatments, as well as a paint color for the interior (Benjamin Moore White Heron). We also decided to make an entrance from the office into the living room because the office is right off the kitchen and this door will create a better flow when we’re entertaining (how grown-up sounding!).

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We Bought a House

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Our new home

Yup, we bought a house! Holy sh*t is right. Even though we closed about three weeks ago, the fact we’re actually homeowners only started to feel real when we went for an inaugural swim in our pool this past weekend.

David and I are so excited, especially because we’re moving into the neighborhood he grew up in and has wanted to own a home in since he went off to college. It’s a safe place where neighbors act neighborly and kids play in the streets, or drive golf carts if they’re lazy.

I’ve loved our house since I first stepped into it during an open house over a year ago. You can’t always explain why you like something, but I could just imagine us and our future children living happily there. It’s full of natural light and you can see the serene pool from almost every room. The house is one story and it’s so very Miami which I find quite  amusing being from the great North and all. The architecture definitely has a modern element to it, and we want the interior to reflect that. I like modern design, however,  I also see our home having some classic elements mixed in, and it absolutely has to feel inviting and cozy, and not austere. David and I are thinking blues, grays and whites, with lots of natural wood pieces to warm up the space.

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Babies on the brain? Read this

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My nieces and nephew four years ago.

Happy New Year dear readers! As I’ve said before, my life is essentially an open “blog” because I find the act of sharing to be quite therapeutic. So here goes: I’ve got babies on the brain. Perhaps it’s because I’m surrounded by the most adorable little ones (thank you friends), or because my clock has started to tick (thank you mother nature), or because my husband is so freakin’ amazing around little kids that it fills my heart with glee (thank you husband).

It’s probably a combination of all the above, plus the fact I’ve always loved babies and have wanted to have children since before I even knew where they came from. You know those people that stop to ooh and aah at every puppy they come across? Well, that’s me except with babies. Once they hit five I start to lose interest (unless they’re related to me like my nieces and nephew, and obviously if they’re mine, or at least I hope so). All this to say that I’m praying 2017 will be the year I get pregnant. Holy sh*t — just writing this makes me extremely happy and terrified all at once. #overwhelmed. Continue reading