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Week in Review | September 8-12

Helloooo? Anyone here?

Yeah, I’ve been neglecting you dear blog but… whatever, get over it! I’m pregnant! I have a million things to take care of before this little bundle comes bouncing into our lives. One big check mark off the list was my Baby Shower this past weekend. My Mum threw me the most beautiful ‘Welcome to the World’ shower complete with vintage maps, white linens, and my favorite Konditor Meister cupcakes!

It was the most beautiful day filled with wonderful people and the cutest gifts for the baby boy! There will be plenty of Baby Shower photos in the coming weeks as well as the big nursery reveal! So you just sit tight. I’ll be over here you know, just growing a human. No big deal.




Week in Review | August 25-29

How was your week? Mine flew by in a haze of hormones. A particularly busy week at work paired with the end of our birthing class and a million minor annoyances had me wanting to burst into tears at any moment. In fact, the restroom at work has echoed with my pregnant sniffles more times than I care to admit this week.

Trust me, the rational side of my brain is delighted with all of the joys and blessings that I am currently experiencing and will experience in the coming year. It’s just the irrational pregnant side of my brain that turns a stolen parking spot at the grocery store by a skinny bitch in a Mercedes into “why does the universe hate me?!” It’s all pretty comical looking back, really.

Although I am feeling legitimate sadness over the end of our birthing class at MIT. Since day one of the class, I felt a strong connection to all of the women and our doula instructor. It was wonderful to share the experience with Jared and for him to hear other Dad’s stories in the class. Every Wednesday night I felt a true and sincere acceptance, empathy, and overwhelming sense of being nurtured and taken care of. I would go from just another pregnant person in the sea of procreation to being praised for enduring the incessant symptoms and celebrated for taking care of my body the best I knew how and the little body cooking within.

Although many of the couples in the class are MIT graduate students moving on to great academic and professional adventures around the world, there were a few fellow MIT employees in the class- two of whom live in Winthrop! I love that we were able to connect with this couple and will be able to share pregnancy stories, baby stories, and drop our kids off at the same school one day.

So needless to say, I was a distracted mess this week and did not delight in my favorite blogs. Instead of a blogosphere week in review, I hope you enjoyed my hormonal week in review above. Happy Labor Day weekend- which by the way, takes on a whole new meaning when you’re preparing to give birth.

CS Lewis Quote

Everything I Need to Know…

I learned from Downton Abbey.

Last night was the American Season Finale of Downton Abbey Season Four. I hope you have all been watching and loving it as much as I have. Thinking of a great one-liner from Violet Crawley (Maggie Smith) can always brighten my day. I hope these make you smile. Until next time Downton! Cheerio!

Best Downton Abbey Quotes

Memorial Day

“Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service… By the early 20th century, Memorial Day was an occasion for more general expressions of memory, as people visited the graves of their deceased relatives in church cemeteries, whether they had served in the military or not.” (Source: Wikipedia)

However you are spending Memorial Day, I hope you are having a good day.


Me Mum

I’m not British but I’ve always called my mother ‘Mum.’ So today I just wanted to send out a Hip Hip Cheerio and say Happy Mother’s Day to me Mum! And I can’t forget my MIL (mother in law) Brandy! And while I’m at it my grandmothers- my Mimi and Memere and all the way in Minnesota Grandma Swanson! OK, need to add to the list my lovely sister-in-laws who are mommies to my precious nephews. Happy Mother’s Day Tammy and first time Mother’s Day to Laura!

I think that covers it but in case I missed anyone…


It's a Good Day

Gotta love Massachusetts for random holidays like Patriots Day! I’m thinking it’s really just so all the working stiffs clear out of Boston for the Marathon! Whatever the reason, I’ll take the day off. Gladly!

Remember! (As if you could forget?) Today’s the first day we officially can get in our new house. The previous owner moves into her apartment today so depending on how late in the day she moves, we may have some before photos!

But in honor of my day off- I’m taking the day off from blogging. Instead, I’ll just leave you with this happy little note from French By Design


Turning the [Web] Page

Next week marks a new chapter. We’re officially in the new house on Monday and the renovations are commencing! You’ll start to see a lot of before and after photos and step by step guides to plenty of DIY projects.

With this fresh start comes a fresh new look for What do you think of our facelift?

As always, thanks for reading and remember…



The Countdown Continues…

Tomorrow marks NINE days until we can officially claim our house by knocking down some walls and making a big old mess. Normally messes are something I don’t celebrate but after weeks and weeks staring at that countdown clock to the right- we’re finally in the single digits! Woo hoo!

So today I thought I’d just leave you with a little quote and hopefully it will make you as happy as I am on this fabulous Friday!