Happy Halloween ft. Daenarys Targaryen and Khal Drogo

Game of Thrones Halloween Costumes

Daenarys Targaryen Costume – dress: Paramix // leggings: Wet Seal // flats: Target // wig: Wal-Mart // heart purse: F21
// necklace: H&M
Khal Drogo Costume – shorts: thrifted // belts: Randy River // wig: Wal-Mart

 

 

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As soon as we found out we were pregnant, and that we were due at the beginning of November, we’ve been trying to think of a really good Halloween costume to wear to our friends Halloween themed wedding social.  We went through and vetoed ideas like cheerleader/coach, Juno/Paulie, nun/priest(??), or even housewife/milk man.  We thought that if we could find a lot of examples of these on Pinterest, that means they are probably overdone.  We wanted something more original than that!!

So when I was reading Game of Thrones and got to the part where Daenarys was eating the stallion heart to ensure the birth of a boy, I suggested the idea to my husband and he was all over it!  On the show, she was a lot less pregnant than I am now, but I figured that the idea would still come across.

I already had this dress, and since it was so short due to my belly, I wore a pair of brown leggings underneath.  I found the metal necklace at H&M, and I bought the fake blood at the dollar store.  I was lucky in that I already had a little heart shaped purse that I could use as my stallion heart prop.  It was fun to be able to carry it around :)

For Khal Drogo, I bought a pair of brown pants from the thrift store, and Andrew cut them up.  He already had the belts, and we used the blue paint from his Tobias costume to make the markings on his chest.  We seem to pick costumes that don’t require him to have a shirt pretty often, so he was totally ok with that.  He put some shoe polish in his beard to make it darker, and (later) put some eyeliner on.  I took some bells and braided them into a wig that I found at Wal-Mart and then braided the whole thing together (many bells = many victories).

The social was really fun, and I’m glad we were able to dress up like characters from my husband’s favourite book series this year.  I’m really excited to see what kind of costumes we can come up with next year, when we have a one year old!!

What are you dressing up as for Halloween?

Happy Halloween!!
xoxo,
Alysa

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 ;) )

 

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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

 

 

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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