October Reads

books

 

29. Shopaholic & Baby by Sophie Kinsella
I enjoyed this book, especially as my due date gets closer.  In true Shopaholic fashion, she tells a lie and then tries to cover it up and it snowballs and snowballs.  Hilarity ensues.  Pretty much the same as the other books, except that she’s pregnant.  One thing that I really liked about this book, as someone who is currently pregnant, was Rebecca’s thoughts on how the baby was going to come out.. which was that by the time she gives birth, there will be a better way to make that happen.  It was pretty funny!

30. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
This book was way more serious than the last book I read.  I love that it was from the perspectives of two women, and how they started out, how they met each other, and how they became best friends.  It’s a very sad book though.  I enjoyed reading it.

31. The Penny by Joyce Meyer
This was a really easy read.  I don’t know how I got this copy of this book, but it was large print.. so I finished it pretty fast.  I feel like it was geared toward someone younger than I am, but that’s ok.  It was just really easy to read.. I could read it without having to think too much, which is different than the last book I read also.

And now I’m reading through Wicked!  What have you been reading this month?

xoxo,
Alysa

Bump Day: Week 39

fall maternity fashion

tunic: thrifted // leggings: American Apparel // scarf: H&M // necklace: gift (please excuse the fuzzy socks.. I’m 39 weeks pregnant so putting on shoes is a struggle ;) )

 

fall maternity fashion fall maternity fashion

How far along?
39 weeks!

Baby Size:
Mini-watermelon!!

Total weight gain:
Alysa + mini-watermelon

Maternity clothes?
Just the pants.. otherwise I’m still wearing my stretchy pants and maxi dresses

Stretch marks?
zero

Sleep:
On and off. My body likes waking me up at like 6am and I’m wide awake and can’t get back to sleep.. then like, 2-3 hours later I’m tired.  It’s only a problem on days where I have to be somewhere else, or when I was really counting on doing some schoolwork.

Best moment this week:
My baby shower was amazing! I had a great time, and I was so grateful for everyone who came and my friends who put it on for me <3

Miss anything?
I would have danced more at the social on Saturday night, that is for sure ;)

Movement:
Lots and lots.

Food cravings:
French fries!!

Anything making you queasy or sick:
Nothing I can think of

Labor signs:
Lots of braxton hicks.. other than that, not so much!

Belly button in or out?
Still in, but getting more flat.

Wedding rings on or off?
Off

Happy or moody most of the time:
I would like to say I’m happy most of the time, but I’m starting to be a little more moody. I’m more sensitive than normal anyway.

Looking forward to:
Halloween! I get to give out candy to kids this year and I’m so excited about that!! :)

xoxo,
Alysa

happy day!

So many things to feel happy about today!  First of all, what a great weekend.  My besties threw me an amazing baby shower. I definitely felt super loved after that, it was so great.  Plus, being able to go to my friends Halloween social.  I wasn’t sure if Andrew and I would be able to dress up and go out for Halloween this year, being that I’m 9 months pregnant and the baby could come at any time.  I’ll show you some pictures from that later in the week :)  It was great to be able to dance (to the 2 songs we danced to) and to dress up in pretty elaborate costumes.

Today, Taylor Swift’s new cd “1989” came out, and I am SO excited to get it!  I had hoped that it would be available at the same place I buy groceries this morning, but unfortunately, it wasn’t.  So I get to wait until this evening (and when I’m done this paper) to go get it.  SO excited!!

Here are some things from the web that made me happy this week:

The amazing news about an S Club 7 Reunion! My inner teenage girl is really excited about this.

How To Talk To Your Daughter About Her Body.  I think this one is a really important read.

Verse of the Week:

I’m convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord:
not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers.
-Romans 8:38-

Hope you have a lovely week!

xoxo,
Alysa

two weeks

maternity style

dress: thrifted // collared shirt: Bluenotes // necklace: gift

 

 

maternity style maternity style

 

I have about two weeks or so (maybe more, maybe less).  It’s tough to think about how much is going to change in the next two weeks.  No matter how much you prepare, and how much you plan, you never know who you’re going to get in that brand new baby.  Will they sleep? Will they have colic? Will they be calm? There is literally no way of knowing.  People keep asking me questions about it, too. About what I’m going to be doing after.  I can’t answer that!  I have no idea how much help I’ll need or what I’ll be able to do with the baby here.  Will I be able to complete everything I need to complete? I sure hope so!

In two weeks, everything is different, and I’m not quite sure how to be ready for it.

xoxo,
Alysa

A prayer for my baby

Prayer for a new baby

Father God,
As these 9 months of anticipation, preparation, and excitement come to an end, I would like to life up this little bundle toward you.  I pray for a healthy, safe, and fast delivery where the outcome is healthy baby, healthy mama. I pray that this little one comes only when they are ready. I pray that it’s not too early or too late, but at the perfect time.

I pray for sleep. I pray that the little one sleeps through the night when they are ready, and not a moment sooner. I pray your protection over them as they sleep, whether I am right beside them or not. I pray that I am able to sleep so my body is prepared for the marathon they call giving birth. I pray that Andrew is able to sleep, but also that he is up when he needs to be.

Every child is a gift from heaven, and I pray your protection over this one.

Amen <3

xoxo,
Alysa

 

Bump Day: Week 38

fall maternity

dress: homemade // socks: Le Chateau // plaid shirt: husband’s closet // scarf: gift

 

 

fall maternity style pregnancy fall style borrow your husbands shirt

How far along?
38 weeks

Baby Size:
19.5 inches long, about as long as a leek!

Total weight gain:
Alysa + Leek

Maternity clothes?
Just the pants!

Stretch marks?
None! At least none that I can see

Sleep:
Pretty ok, though yesterday my body woke me up to use the bathroom at 5:30am and then was just wide awake.  Super fun! I was VERY tired last night.

Best moment this week:
Finishing the first draft of my major paper, and just generally getting schoolwork done!

Movement:
Still quite a bit! I feel kicks to the ribs and kicks to the side. <3

Food cravings:
Chocolate!!!!!

Labor signs:
Braxton hicks, but nothing I can really feel. Nothing that hurts.

Belly button in or out?
In! But stretched wayy out!

Wedding rings on or off?
Off :( I have a little fake ring I wear anyway though.. it’s just larger than my regular band.

Happy or moody most of the time:
Happy!

Looking forward to:
Actually getting an oven this week! We were supposed to get it last Thursday but it didn’t come, so now it’s coming this Thursday!   False alarm, they’re coming next week :( I’m also excited for my pre-baby shower that is this coming Saturday! So excited :)

Getting down to the wire! Wish me luck that it’ll hold off until after I’ve gotten more school work done ;)

xoxo,
Alysa

Stuff to Stop Saying to Pregnant Ladies

baby bump

1. “Your life is over”
Or any alluding to the fact that life is going to suck once the baby comes.  I’ve even heard this said with the intention of it being a good thing, somehow.  Sorry, but no.  Telling someone that their life is over is always negative, no matter how you try to spin it, and that’s rude. Quit it!

2. “WOAH YOU’RE HUGE”/”You’re sooo small”/”Are you having TWINS??”
No. Stop! How about we all try this new thing where we don’t make comments on the shape and size of other peoples bodies.  It’s so much nicer that way!

3. “Listen to how terrible it was for me when I gave birth!!”
No thanks! Keep your horror stories to yourself please. We can trade birth stories after the baby comes if you want, but until then please just shhh.. Telling a pregnant lady all the terrible things that happened when you gave birth are not going to help her have a better birth.. they’re just going to terrify her. It’s unhelpful, please don’t.

4. Anything to do with bragging about how YOU are still allowed to drink/eat sushi/etc
Come on. That’s just mean.

5. “You’re gonna get so fat!”
No.. I’m going to create life.

6. “This is a big life change”
Is it? Are you sure? :/

What rude things have people said to you when you were pregnant?

xoxo,
Alysa

Bump Day: Week 37

fall maternity fashion

leggings: American Apparel // sweatshirt: Target // shirt: thrifted // scarf: gift

 

 

fall maternity fashion

How far along?
37 weeks

Baby Size:
As long as a bunch of Swiss Chard (aka approximately 19 inches)

Total weight gain:
No real idea

Maternity clothes?
Just the one pair of pants.. although, the pile of clothes in my closet that doesn’t fit anymore is increasing and the pile of clothes that does is greatly decreasing.

Stretch marks?
Nope

Sleep:
Terrible. Although, for the most part, I am able to have  nap most days and I think that really helps.

Best moment this week:
Having dinner with my in-laws on Thanksgiving.  We had a restful weekend, and then finished it up with dinner.  It was great!

Movement:
Lots! Mostly on my right side with little kicks and nudges, and on my left with hiccups

Food cravings:
Nothing new! Though I FINALLY got some french fries!! ;)

Labor signs:
VERY minor braxton hicks.

Belly button in or out?
in. I really don’t think it’s going to pop out at this point

Wedding rings on or off?
Off :( For about a week and a half

Happy or moody most of the time:
Happy, unless it’s Tuesday and I have to go to class

Looking forward to:
I’m having a massage this afternoon and I am SO excited about it!  My friends are so good to me <3

xoxo,
Alysa

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving monday! Long weekends are so nice, and this one was no exception.  Both of us got a LOT of work done, and that’s always good.. especially since I’ve been feeling pretty unproductive lately.  There’s a lot coming up this week that I’m excited for, too!  Like, I have a quiz tomorrow!! Yay!!!!  I’m getting a massage on Wednesday, I get to hear the heartbeat on Thursday ANDDDD I get my new oven that day, too!  Plus, on Saturday we’re going to a wedding.  I always love weddings.

What exciting things are happening for you this week?

Here are some things that I’ve been smiling about lately:

This great piece about how to cozify your living space :)

These amazing tips for how to transition your closet between seasons.  It’s something that I’ve personally never done.. and so my drawers just hold ALL of my clothes ALL the time!  I love the idea of putting it away and pulling it out when the season actually calls for it, so then it feels fresh and new again.

I am in love with this shirt:

Not only is it pretty accurate to my life (minus the cats) but it’s pretty accurate to how I feel the first few months of baby are going to be (again, minus the cats and plus one baby)  You can get the shirt here!  They have a lot of other cute things, too.  It’s really tough for me to not buy everything tbh.

This weeks favourite verse:

And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
-Matthew 14:31

I especially like the first half of this verse.  Jesus IMMEDIATELY reached out to him and caught him.  I think it’s really telling of how much Jesus cares for his followers.. he immediately reaches out. He doesn’t wait, or let his follower fall, but immediately catches him!  I think he would do the same for any of us, too.

Have a great week!

xoxo,
Alysa