project baby {week 24}


{week 24} other than feeling, & looking, much bigger this week, I am feeling really great! I have noticed the tiniest bit of swelling in my legs when I do Pure Barre & am trying to remember to keep my feet up whenever I can. I am also finding that I can’t eat as much in one sitting {despite still being hungry!} as I fill up really fast. I have heard this will only get worse thru-out the remainder of pregnancy, so I am relying on lots of tiny meals & snacks to get me thru the day {& night!}.

we had a follow-up ultrasound last week, which was slightly disconcerting, but it was only because there was some brain structure that our first ultrasound tech didn’t have visibility of. phew! turns out, baby lower still looks great & is growing beautifully.

during that appointment the ultrasound tech tested out the 4-D wand & we got to see baby lower in 4-D. you probably have seen 4-D ultrasounds – they are the ones that are a bit orange-tinted & the baby looks like its made of wax. yep, slightly creepy if you ask me. the weird part is that aaron & I had decided really early on {before I was pregnant} that we would not want a 4-D ultrasound just because we were both a little freaked out by the images. I do have to admit though {without any bias, of course!} that our babe is pretty adorable & being able to see his or her face rather than just a profile is pretty spectacular. {I will spare you the image here & if you are really that interested, I will text it to you!}

only 16 weeks left – can you believe it?


my weekend in pictures.


{the current state of our backyard: lumber, our old water heater, & the rhodie.}


{from my viewpoint my bump is huge!}


{fro-yo date night.}


{& so it starts. so excited for nursery decorating!}


{sushi date night. so delish even though I can only eat a quarter of the menu.}


{we had a double date night to see divergent. pretty good, but really different than the book. isn’t that always the case?}


{needed to pick up & scope out some stuff for the house, & decided it was finally time to join Ikea Family!}

we had a great weekend that was a good mix of getting things marked off of the to-do list & spending time together – the best kind of weekend, right? saturday it was pouring, pouring rain while I was trying to run errands which was miserable, but today’s Easter weather was sunny & pretty warm. very excited for this burst of spring weather! how was your weekend?


friday I’m in love.

welcome back friday! be sure to pop over to kendra’s blog too to see what she’s up to {& amanda periodically joins us as well}. we would love for you to join us! leave a comment and we’ll come check out what you’re loving each week!

{one} pure barre.

I have talked about pure barre a lot off & on, mostly in my weekend in pictures or on instagram. I had taken a bit of a break this past week or so due to moving, out-of-town guests, life, & finally got back into class this week. it was much-needed & felt great to get back to the lift, tone, burn (which is the motto of pure barre). plus, it is super maternity friendly by being low impact & easily modifiable for the growing bump. if you haven’t tried one, definitely check it out – studios will give you your first class for free!

{two} happy chic by jonathan adler.

happy chic

{charlotte apple bookends}

apparently I was living under a rock for the past while because I have just recently heard about the happy chic by jonathan adler collection at jc penney. we have a brand-new jonathan adler store, but the price point is a bit above my current décor budget. I love that this line has the same eclectic & fun feel but at more affordable prices. there are definitely some things from this collection on my wishlist for our new space!

{three} superhero.



what are you loving this week?


project house {week 2}

{see the week 1 update here}

this week was a HUGE week for the house project as this was house lifting week. yep, last thursday the house was lifted 6 feet off of its foundation. & it remains that way until tomorrow. crazy town I tell you.

there are apparently just a few sub-contractors that perform house {or building} lifts in seattle though it is done quite often on old homes like ours. there are big, long beams running the length of the house {front to back} that run under the floor joists. then there are eight groups of cribbage boards {they look like huge jenga games!} that are stacked under the house to hold it up while work is completed below. according to our neighbors, the entire lifting process took just four hours – pretty incredible!

once the pony walls are built up on the existing foundation walls, the house will be lowered back down to its permanent height {or so we are told}. the foundation has also been completely torn up in preparation for a new slab to be poured. the foundation wasn’t in great shape anyways {remember the house is over 100 years old!} & since we are putting in radiant heat anyways, it made sense to pour a completely new slab.


{our family of three-&-a-half in front of the house & the cribbage boards}


{sadie enjoying the backyard with the old water heater & materials & more cribbage boards}


{the front of the house}

everyone who drives by slows down or stops to stare – have you ever seen a house or building mid-lift?


project baby {week 23}


{week 23} this week is the first week I have really felt pregnant. like pregnant enough that complete strangers can tell I am pregnant. with that has come some fun assumptions by people & interesting comments which I know will continue to come thru-out the remaining weeks. I find it really interesting what people think is appropriate to say to pregnant ladies that isn’t socially appropriate to say to non-pregnant ladies {or people for that matter!}. I did also have my first non-family member {not aaron or my mom} touch my belly in public which was a little crazy. it was in a work setting & this gal knew that I was pregnant, but definitely didn’t ask & definitely is not very close. she was touching before I knew what was going on & I didn’t even react as I was just so shocked! next time I am going to reach out & touch the other person’s belly too – that should be interesting.

I had a pre-natal checkup with our midwife last week & everything is looking great. my weight gain is progressing in a really healthy way, all of my vitals look good, & I am measuring right on.

I am also scheduling things like the hospital tour & birthing/parenting classes as well as maternity & newborn pictures which is making this all seem much more real. if any mamas out there have any words of wisdom about any of those things, please share!

I am curious – how did you deal with strangers touching your belly?


my weekend in pictures.


{our rhodie is in bloom! does anyone know whether rhodies change color from year to year? two years ago this rhodie was white, last year it was light pink, & now its dark pink.}


{there was lots of progress on the house this week. this was me standing at the front door looking up. updates to come later!}


{swedish fish – my new favorite treat.}


{we spent a beautiful sunday afternoon at the ballpark! go mariners!}

my uncle & mom were in town this weekend so it was a lot of catching up! we also ended up having a nice spring-like weekend with the sun shining & temps warming up. how was your weekend?


friday I’m in love.

welcome back friday! be sure to pop over to kendra’s blog too to see what she’s up to {& amanda periodically joins us as well}. we would love for you to join us! leave a comment and we’ll come check out what you’re loving each week!

{one} red quinoa salad with butternut squash, cranberries, & pecans.

red quinoa salad

we made this salad earlier this week & it was so delicious! we added black beans to make it more of a meal, but it would be a great side!

{two} kashi crunchy granola & seed bars, chocolate chip chia.


since I am constantly eating {I blame it on the babe!} I am always on the look-out for a yummy & portable snack that I can keep at my desk or in my purse. I found these kashi bars that I really like – crunchy & just a bit sweet.

{three} babyGap paddington bear rain jacket.


a big sale at gap a few weekends ago prompted me to start buying for baby lower’s wardrobe. it has been good for me to not know the gender of our babe so that I don’t buy every cute thing I see, but we will need some things. I saw this rain coat & even though it’s looks huge, it is perfect for our drizzly seattle weather.

what are you loving this week?