It’s time for another “ten things” post. I stole this idea from my friend Kelly– but it’s basically just an old school blog post where I share the first ten things that come to mind… Ready, set, go!
ONE // A Movie Era
Years ago, I was obsessed with going to the movies. I had that MoviePass subscription and took full, full advantage of it. This was before they put any kind of limitations on it and I was in a long distance relationship living alone with no kids. I went to the movie theater all the time. (My favorite thing to do was to go for the first showing of the day and bring a Yeti of coffee in with me.) Then MoviePass went under. Then the pandemic hit. Then I had a baby… and I really haven’t seen many movies in a theater since. Going to the movies isn’t a priority for me– I’d rather go out to dinner when we have a babysitter so we can actually talk– but I have missed the movie experience. Well…. I’ve been watching movies at home! This sounds so dumb, but I totally forgot you could, um, RENT movies. The selection of movies available to rent is so much better than streaming and I have been loving my new weekly tradition of finding a movie I’ve never watched before! Some favorites I’ve watched so far: Wildflower, Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret, and Where the Crawdads Sing. Let me know what I should watch next!
TWO // The Pregnancy “Secret”
I’m so relieved to be in the second trimester of my pregnancy and that I was able to finally announce it. I really struggle during the first trimester and this time around felt particularly challenging? My plan was actually to wait a little bit longer to announce, but I started to show so much and I really couldn’t hide it much longer! (Someone at the gym actually asked if I was pregnant at 10 weeks so….. I knew it was only a matter of time.) I also feel a little icky keeping any kind of secret, for some reason it makes me feel like I should feel ashamed? I can’t put my finger on it exactly, but bottom line is that I feel relieved that it’s out in the open.
THREE // Over Summer
For the first time I think ever, I’m over summer?! I love summer. I look forward to summer all year. I love the leaves on the trees and how green New Jersey gets in particular. I love the summer activities and the summer trips and the different pace of life during summer. But whew. This summer has drained me. Seeing it through the eyes of a two year old has been incredible and incredibly exhausting. Add in morning sickness and heat waves and it’s pushed me over the edge. It’s not that I’m necessarily ready for fall… I’m just over summer right now. I feel so guilty saying that! (Maybe also I’m actually looking forward to winter this year?! I can’t wait to meet this baby boy and have a cozy winter nesting and then snuggling up in the newborn phase….)
FOUR // Workout Clothes
My normal go-to workout clothes aren’t cutting it right now! I did a lot of at-home workouts when I was last pregnant so I could get away with just sports bras and my gloriously stretchy and comfy Align leggings. What do I wear for tops with a growing bump that’s comfortable with coverage? I’m also hoping that a little workout clothes refresh with re-inspire me to push myself a bit more at the gym. (I think I’m at a point where I can do a little bit more again finally.) There is something nice about some clothes to add a little bit of motivation, right?
FIVE // Celine Sunglasses
Speaking of new clothes, I recently made a big accessory purchase for me! I finally bought the pair of sunglasses that I have been lusting over. They are absolutely a splurge, but I’ve been thinking about them for months and months. For big purchases, I try not to make impulsive buys. Honestly, I usually do forget about things that feel like “major wants” after a month or two. These sunglasses though? I couldn’t stop thinking about it. When I bought them, I told myself I could return it if I had any second guessing…. but I didn’t! I’ve been loving the glasses so much!
SIX // My Birthday
Speaking of those sunglasses, I think I’ll probably consider the sunglasses my birthday gift to myself. I was actually going to wait to buy them for my birthday and then I was like, “Well whatever, I’m an adult it’s fine if I make the splurge six weeks earlier. It doesn’t really matter.” I still am kind of thinking if I want to do something on my birthday. I thought about doing a little pickleball match with my friends, but my birthday is Labor Day weekend so it would be nearly impossible. Actually maybe I actually take myself out to the movies!!
SEVEN // Confetti Cake
Well on the note of birthdays, I have to rave about the cake I got for Jack’s birthday. I mentioned the mom guilt I felt at buying a cake instead of making one, but let me tell you, it ended up being so delicious. I went to Stop N Shop and got the “homestyle confetti cake.” So. Good. It tasted better than homemade. Light and fluffy with a perfect cake to icing ratio. A week ago, I would have been adamant that Publix had the best grocery store cake but now…… I don’t know…. this confetti cake may take the, well, cake.
EIGHT // Cooking
My personal challenge of cooking more has been going surprisingly well? I swear one thing that has helped me tremendously is watching TikTok videos of home chefs. It’s so inspiring to see what normal but skilled people are making for dinner. Instead of feeling intimidated (and woefully inadequate), I’m inspired! I’m so far from being able to whip something up without a recipe, but I’m at least cooking more and trying new flavor profiles out!
NINE // My Next Sewing Project
I think my next sewing project is going to be a quilt. I have been seeing so many beautiful quilts online and it’s been on my “list” of things to tackle. Once I finish Mike’s Christmas stocking (so. so. close.), I’m going to take a needlepoint break and bring out my sewing machine for a bit. The quilt won’t be very big or very fancy, but I just want to try my hand at it…. I really like the pattern of this, but I’m wondering if I can just scale it down?! (Can you tell I’m a newbie– this could be completely impossible.)
TEN // Preschool & Soccer
Jack is starting a little preschool program in September and I’m so excited for him. He loves daycare (and he’ll still go!), but we’re adding in a couple of days of preschool to the mix. It’s only a few hours twice a week, so nothing crazy. I just know he’s going to love it though! I initially emailed the school in February of 2022 (when Jack was six months old, hahaha!) and I cannot believe his start date is right around the corner. Because of daycare, I’m not really emotional about it, I’m truly thrilled for him! I also signed him up for SOCCER!!!! I found a local program for two year olds and I don’t know who is going to love it more: him or me! I loved the newborn phase, I loved the baby phase, but oh boy is this toddler stuff SO FUN. One of his buddies from daycare is signed up too and I’m sure we’ll meet even more families. I have no chill. 🙈