• Ladies! Go get this dress at Target. They have it in about 15 shades. I bought a green and a blue size small – it works great and it’s not maternity, but I can still wear it. (Also this model must be freakishly tall because mine goes to my knees and I wear a cami underneath.) It’s great for work, weekend, whatever – nice and cool and cheap for only $15!
• The midwives gave me a veritable trick-or-treat bag of prenatal vitamins at my first appointment in March. I am working my way through the samples, and I pulled this box out this morning. How hilarious is this picture? Take our prenatals and your baby will graduate from something before she’s out of a swaddle!
• I have been doing a great job (I think) of eating healthy during this pregnancy. Grilling meat and veggies, eating rice, salads, lots of fruits and dairy, etc. I definitely like the Odwalla smoothies to get a boost of all kinds of crazy vitamins, but sometimes a pregnant girl just needs a $5 Big Box from Taco Bell. As my Granpa says “what a deal, what a deal.” I inhaled one before small group – Cason couldn’t even finish his all the way. While we won’t make a frequent habit of it, the baby and I finished our Big Box as very satisfied customers. VS.
• One of Linnet’s friends is a very talented stained glass artist. We have one small freestanding piece in our den, but for my recent birthday, Linnet asked me if we would like a window. Like a real window. For the house. Totally normal. Anyway, my mind got crazy with all the options…the baby’s room? (I didn’t have my colors picked out) so I picked our master bath. It has a lot of natural colors in it with the brown granite and the sandy backsplash as well as some landscape paintings, namely one of my favorites – I bought a print of “The Approaching Storm” by Constant Troyon when I visited the National Gallery in Washington D.C. I told Kim I love storms and rain, and I really wanted natural colors. We also wanted a window we could take with us someday when/if we move, so as you’ll see from the picture, it’s just on a hinge screwed into the wall. So smart. Ironically enough, it was raining when they installed it, so it’s not as bright as it might be with the sun coming through, but see the detail? See the almond-shaped abstract raindrops, the raindrop-shaped prisms in the top corners and the antique chandelier crystals and plate embedded? What a beautiful treasure!
• Last but certainly not least, Julianne sent me a link to this blog today which showed how to knit an Elmo beanie for your kid. I will definitely make one for Baby Girl W!