Sunday, October 27, 2013

27 Weeks // Third Trimester

It is finally nearing the end; I am in the last stretch of this pregnancy and I couldn't be more excited. I am ready to get this lovely baby out of me. Although, he still has a while to still cook and be the healthiest he can be. 

I'm feeling him move all the time now, and I absolutely love it. It is one of the most peaceful feelings when I worry about him. I have been struggling with my belly being in the way of everything now. Especially when I cook, do the dishes, sit at a desk or even in a booth at a restaurant. It is kind of annoying, but I'm trying to enjoy it because I know I will miss this belly when it's gone (come on, it's a reason to eat and not have to have a flat tummy).

This weekend has been kind of entertaining; I did a breast cancer walk and cleaned. I've been needing to organize more and more before I get all the baby stuff from my shower, so I spent some time doing that and I am no where near done. Being in a one bedroom is kind of annoying, but I know it wont be forever, fortunately. But, I've been doing as much as I can to get things to super space saver worthy status. It's kind of hard when you work with a budget, but extremely plausible. I'll be sharing some of what I do on here, eventually. Oh, and this headband I made out of some leftover fabric, and it's the perfect fall piece.

Top view

I've been having huge bacon cravings, so on my daily sandwich I always include it. Also, if you aren't following me on instagram, do so! My username is @bbrittanyyannn. Enjoy some photos of my pets! 

Have a fantastic week!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

26 Weeks // It's Been a While

It's been a while since I've updated about my pregnancy on here and I am now 26 weeks! I've been a bit busy and haven't been able to take pictures or document any kind of outfit that I have chosen to wear (that I actually like), which I am kind of bummed about, but I plan to do better the rest of my pregnancy. 

 It's been a bit harder for me lately to feel comfortable laying down, bending over, in clothes, out of clothes, sitting down, standing up. You know, the whole nine yards. But, I am embracing it as much as I can. I'm taking advantage of Cody helping me up and having him do things for me, it is quite nice. 

This past week, I had a bit of a scare and ended up going to the hospital. I had originally gone in to the doctor because I haven't felt Alexander move for quite a while (way longer than the recommended time). So, I got checked out and he was fine, but they tested me to see if my water had broke and all the tests that they did at the office were inconclusive and I had to go to the hospital. Once there, I got all hooked up and it was the neatest thing. I could see my Braxton Hicks contractions and I could monitor his heart rate, which was amazingly reassuring. The test came back negative, which was a relief. But, I was glad I did get checked as a just in case. Oh, and once I got home, he was kicking up a storm, as usual. 

It's hard to remember that pregnancy is beautiful and that I am beautiful. No matter my stretch marks, weight gain, cellulite and weird bouts of pregnancy stuff. Ladies, we are strong and beautiful for what our bodies go through. Men, thank you for being there when we need help getting up and all our weird cravings in the middle of the night. 

I love my man for all that he has given me support wise. Last night we enthused ourselves by going out to Biktoberfest, which is HUGE in Daytona. So, we headed out to the Boardwalk/Main Street area and walked around for a few hours. It was nice, only in the aspect of I walked for at least 2 miles and stood and got my exercise. Bikers are obnoxious and definitely have a good time with what they do, but for me, it is a little crazy.

Here is a picture of our lovely kitty, Cat or Jazz or whatever we feel like calling him at the moment. He likes it when I take pictures of him and belly rubs. 

Have a fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Book Review: The Sisters by Nancy Jensen

Last weeks read was a book that had been collecting dust on my shelf, so I decided to pick it up and give it a shot. Here is my view:

A book about three generations of sisters spanning from 1927 until present day; filled with emotional turmoil from a life changing misunderstanding. A story of judgement, hate, and longing.
Two young ladies scorned by the loss of their mother and stuck with their abusive stepfather. Bertie, the youngest, avoids his drunken rage while Mabel, the oldest, keeps peace while being used for her body. Bertie's graduation day, she comes home and finds Jim Butcher had killed himself with a note that her beau, Wallace, and Mabel had run off together, leaving her behind, which was a misunderstanding. Mabel and Wallace had planned for her to be there all along, but a missed connection kept her from ever knowing the truth and kept her bitter till death. Bertie left town and married Hans, having two children named Alma and Rainey. All the while, keeping Mabel a secret from her family. Alma marries up, to a doctor and they have a son that is just like his father. Rainey gets pregnant by a hidden homosexual and does everything in her power to keep her away from him, which only works for so long. Her second daughter's father doesn't even know she exists. Her daughter's take two separate paths; one is a judge while the other makes armor and jewelry. Meanwhile, Mabel had gotten a job as a photographer in Chicago. Her adoptive daughter, Daisy, who she stole from her abusive father, adored Mabel and knew of her struggle with Bertie. These families plagued with a past misunderstanding have a past that's hidden and a future that is unknown.
Jensen writes methodically by pointing out each person's point of view over the years and showing glimpses of how each person is affected by the other. It's a strong suit in some aspects, but in others it isn't. The book isn't very long, so doing that helps it go by smoother with skipping a lot of detail and lightly covering it in each chapter. At the same time, that requires a bit of imagination because bits and pieces are left out and things aren't fully explained. Overall it is a great read and really opens your eyes to what simple misunderstandings can do.