Pregnancy Update: 35 Weeks

Friday, April 7, 2017

Doing one of those pregnancy updates, mostly for myself, so I can remember how strange these last few weeks are. Both in good ways and uncomfortable ways. If none of this is of interest to you, but you still found yourself here, skip on to the products part because I will be using most of these things even after I'm done growing a human.

Due Date: May 12. Got a stubborn little Taurus baby on our hands. I'm legitimately excited. I love my Tauruses.

Maternity Clothing: Some. I'm lucky that one of my girlfriends dropped by one night with a bag full of her maternity things, so I haven't had to buy much. I rotate a few pair of jeans and pants and then mostly make dresses I already have work. My mom is also in this life place of sending me flowy things in bigger sizes, which used to offend me and now makes me grateful.

Sleep: Getting harder. My pregnancy pillow has become a lifesaver for having something to prop my belly on and hug at night, making sleep much more comfortable. Harrison loves it, too, because it's an even higher place for him to sit and watch us while we sleep and kinda doze himself. He likes to wedge himself between the top of the pillow and my belly. I also get really hot at night. I think it's the extra blood (I've read a few places your body produces 50% more when you're pregnant), so sometime in the early morning every day, I'm throwing the covers off and trying to cool down. This is coming from someone who sleeps in sweats in the summer. Sometimes that means I have to get up and pee. No matter what, it gets Harrison very excited because he thinks mom's getting up for the day and he might get fed. He's wrong.

Stretch Marks: Nope. I've been using my favorite L'Occitane oil RELIGIOUSLY (twice a day, sometimes three--more on that below), and I feel like he's sucked my fat up into my belly and boobs, which I don't totally hate. So, nothing new *that I can see,* but that could change. In the meantime, I'm slathering myself like a little piglet.

Symptoms: Fatigue. Food hangs out at the bottom of my throat. Sometimes I urp and it's gross. Constipation. Irritability.

Missing Anything: BOOZE, mostly wine. Salami. Smoked salmon. Oysters. Chicken liver mousse. Sashimi. SLEEPING ON MY STOMACH. Being able to do chores and errands without taking a break every ten minutes. Not sounding like I'm out of breath after doing nothing. My ankles.

Movement: Constant. He hangs out on my right side, mostly, and moves a ton. I know this is a good thing, but I think it wears out my body more. By 8 p.m. most nights, I'm down for the count. When I work late and have to commute an hour home, that means I have basically an hour before I'm asleep and have to get up to do it all over again.

Looking Forward To: Meeting him, obviously...but the thing is, even with the belly and all the things going along with it, it still doesn't feel real. The bathroom stall door in public places will hit my belly and I'm still like, "Oh, yeah, that." But aside from seeing what Raz and I look like combined and becoming parents and all that jazz, I'm really looking forward to feeling like a human again. Maybe I'll miss some of it after. Yet to be seen.

What's Made Me More Comfortable: Bubble baths! Soft pants! Prenatal yoga! Foot rubs! Enchiladas! Bravo!

Emotions: A little overwhelmed. A little scared. Pretty stoked. Really grateful. Ready to do the damn thing.

Helpful Products: After we told my mom I was pregnant, she got on Amazon and sent me a lifetime supply of Palmer's cocoa butter. I appreciated that, but I also don't loooove the smell of that stuff, so I decided to ration it. Come over and I'll let you use as much as you want.

Since I had plotted with my best friend to try to be pregnant at the same time, with the caveat that she had to go first 1. because she had been married longer, 2. because I needed her to teach me everything, and 3. because she was already good at changing diapers, I got myself some of my favorite body oil that she had used during her pregnancy to not get any stretch marks on her belly. I've included it below. By Christmas, my mom and MIL had set the expectation that I should spend as much as time possible lounging by buying me lots of PJs. My natural state is on the couch watching Bravo with ice cream and a cat in my lap, so this has worked well. And even though I was offended when my mom originally bought me longjohns in a size large, I'm now appreciating the extra room. My MIL got me a really cozy set that doubles for eventual nursing (even though I feel very weird about purposefully sticking my boob in someone's mouth, I know it's a good thing to give my child my immune system--which is way above average and I'm not even going to feel slightly bad for bragging about how good it is--so I will try it and probably keep wearing those PJs, especially during the first few weeks when leaving the house won't be something I'll be particularly keen to do.).

Another thing that my BFF mentioned early on that has helped me a TON is wireless bras. I was shocked when, in my first trimester, the lady at VS measured me two cups bigger than I'd ever been and when I started hunting down wireless bras to fit my new bosom, it got frustrating quickly. They're all so matronly OR racerback OR both. Wtf is that about? Business opportunity. Patent it. However, I found a few really good ones at none other than Nordstrom Rack, which are also in the carrousel below. They're really pretty and have decent support, so I'll probably stock up on them just to have in general, even when I eventually size back down.

SO ANYWAY, here are some of those things I got and they got for me that I bequeath to you, my people.

Brand Next Door: JORD Watches

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

I named this place The Brand Next Door because that's what we all are, or are trying to be, now. Life's become all about our "personal brand" and thinking about how we present ourselves to the world. If we let it get to us, it becomes a curated, externally-focused life. Sometimes that can be overwhelming. Sometimes it can be awesome. Mostly it's about being aware of the way the world is working and deciding how you want to play in it.

The name is also a bit of a double entendre because while we're all out there singing our own praises and saying "Look at me! Look at me!" there's also a huge opportunity to highlight real people and real brands doing absolutely great work. If you were to ask me what I fundamentally want The Brand Next Door to be, that would be it: a little place on the internet that spotlights brands and their stories, especially the local ones doing big things.

That's where JORD comes in. The company reached out to me asking if Raz might want to try one of their beautiful wood watches. The timing was perfect: it was his birthday month. He picked this one: the Dover series Olive and Acacia with exposed gears. They even fitted it perfectly to his wrist--he just used their online sizing guide and they sent it already sized, along with the extra material if we wanted it. Amazing customer service!

We weren't expecting the watch to arrive in such gorgeous packaging, but we were super-impressed when it did.

The box even comes with a little micro-fiber rag and cleaning stick for the thing. Super primo stuff. Even the fancy watches I've gotten in the past haven't come with so many helpful goodies.

As you can see, the watch works perfectly with our Northwest flannel and jeans vibe. Raz is really picky about most things, including wrist-wear, and he's very excited to start rocking this timepiece on the reg.

Even Prima thinks he looks on point.

She loves being right in the thick of things, especially for photo shoots. Here she is taking a break from checking herself out.
Another thing I love is JORD is a US company, based in Missouri and paying painstaking attention to detail. The company's super cool watches are hand-crafted from raw material, which just speaks to my soul.


If you're looking for the perfect watch that's a little lot bit cooler than what we're seeing at the big department stores, be sure to check out JORD. They have watches for men and women, so anyone in your life who's looking to step up the accessory game will be happy.

Also, if you're reading this between April 5th and 7th, head over to my Instagram for a really exciting contest with JORD. It's easy to enter and gives everyone a prize just for playing! (Think $100 toward a watch for the winner and $25 just for entering. Shop early, though, because your code will expire on June 30.)

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This post is in partnership with JORD. However, all opinions (and photos!) are my own.

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