Monthly Archives: October 2012

Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween my lovely monsters, witches, ghosts, and gouls. I hope it’s a little bit scary, served with a big side of Reeses Peanut Butter Cups.

xoxo, Mallory

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It’s like a honeymoon, but one of you is pregnant.

We spent a long weekend in Destin, FL at the Sandestin Resort to celebrate our impending parenthood. The other goal was to take one last vacation with just the two of us, no diapers, no strollers, no guilt for leaving Baby behind. I’d say it was successful.

Just my own personal opinions here (no perks from the resort) but Sandestin was great. There was so much to do, the pools were beautiful (though it was a little too chilly to swim, and if you know me well, you will know I thought that was HEAVEN), and the beach was gorgeous. It would really make for a fun Family Vacation one day. Or even an fun Extended Family Vacation.

But then we went to Seaside, FL. And I fell in love. In fact, almost all of the images above are from Seaside. If you’ve never been – go. It’s this cute little community on the Florida Panhandle, the beach is totally amazing, the shops are perfect, the food was great (there was an Airstream selling gourmet grilled cheeses on the main stretch. Enough said). Next time we head that way, we are definitely renting a house in Seaside (or the neighboring, and just as quaint Watercolor, FL), bringing our bikes, and living like locals.

We did a little outlet shopping for the Babe, ate at Panera Bread 4 times in 4 days, and relaxed. Exactly what we both needed.

xoxo, Mallory

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29 Weeks

Yes, this was supposed to go up yesterday. Sorry for all you die-hard Recor Baby fans, but we were in Destin, FL on our babymoon. More on that later!

How far along: 29 Weeks. Is it really possible that there are only 11 weeks left?

How big is baby: 2 and a half pounds. A butternut squash

Total weight gain: +13/14lbs. About.

Maternity Clothes: Well still no maternity clothes (though I did buy a non-maternity sweater which I’m rocking in the picture this week). But I am getting to the point where pants don’t fit. At all. Anymore. So we might be breaking down soon for a pair of maternity pants. Or pajama jeans.

Sleep: Knock on wood, but still great. No sleep issues.

Best moment of the week: Our babymoon! What a great weekend. More later.

Food Cravings: Sweets, sweet, and more sweets.

Food Aversions: Dehydrated fruit. Yuck.

Symptoms: I actually had two mornings of nausea this weekend, but I have a feeling it was just from waiting too long to eat. Other than that, same old stuff. Skin, emotions, oh and a stomach that is giant.

Movement: So, so much. My midwife told me that when doing kick counts, I should feel 10 in an hour, and I couldn’t help but laugh. He gives me 10 in 3 minutes. He is an active baby!

What I’m looking forward to: Hopefully a visit from friends soon!

What I miss: My old phone. That died last night. Thank you Apple for having The Cloud to back up all my pictures, because I would have been one sad mama to lose my phone and all my pictures in one fell swoop.

xoxo, Mallory

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Stop Riding the Penguin

I love these prints from Nathan Riperger’s series “Things I’ve Said To My Children.” Just the idea that he’s said these things to his kids makes me very excited (and weary) for this kid to get here. Especially because he’s a boy. I have a feeling I’ll be saying much more ridiculous things than “I am not talking to you until you are wearing underwear.”

Buy them on Etsy here.

xoxo, Mallory

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Second Trimester Recap

Well, the second trimester has come and gone, and unbelievably, we have made it to the third. I don’t know how the time went by so fast (aside from a move to a different state, living in a hotel for 10 days, dealing with lots of trips for Jonathan, a trip to Michigan for both of us, a wedding, and a baby shower) but we are in the final stretch.

We entered the second trimester a little green with morning sickness, with ruffled bed head from all the naps, and I’m happy to report it was a very smooth handful of weeks. Not too much to complain about; I felt great, and Baby grew just like he should. Looking back at these pictures, I can’t believe how tiny I was when I thought I was so big in some of those earlier weeks (and I know I’m just going to keep getting bigger – though I don’t know how).

I got back to the gym and my running shoes and I became reacquainted during the second trimester, and let me just say, I really felt great for it. Sure I get funny looks in spinning class, on the track, or in the weight room, but who can blame the people staring at the little girl with the big belly sweating her bum off? Not I. I really do think part of the reason I’ve been feeling so great this trimester – taking care of my body (and Baby’s in turn) really has help keep the cramping, stretching, aching at bay.

We have been stocking up on everything from diapers to onesies to carseats, and it doesn’t stop here. There is SO much to do in this final trimester, including but not limited to setting up the little guys nursery (and shopping for it), getting even more diapers and onesies and gear, signing up for some sort of child birthing class (and breastfeeding), and keeping healthy for the rest of this pregnancy.

Come January 2013, we will hopefully be as ready as we’ll ever be… because we’re bringing home a baby!

xoxo, Mallory

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28 Weeks

How far along: 28 Weeks. We are officially in the third trimester people. Holy cow I have a lot to do.

How big is baby: Just over 2 lbs, almost 15 inches, and the size of a chinese cabbage. Like bok choy.

Total weight gain: +12 lbs. And getting bigger every week.

Maternity Clothes: Still rocking the belly band and normal clothes. Although my extra small t-shirts are getting a little short…

Sleep: So far, I have really been lucky in the sleep department. I’ve been tired, but after my first trimester, not too tired – just tired enough to fall asleep by 9pm. But I haven’t had many issues at all.

Best moment of the week: Getting Jonathan back after 15 days of him being gone and me going crazy by myself (with a cat & a dog).

Food Cravings: My lunch pretty much everyday checks a lot of craving boxes. Something about the jalapeño cheddar wrap, the goat cheese, and the honey mustard rock my boat. (Add to that spinach, tomatoes, turkey, swiss, and provolone, and you’ve got yourself a wrap.)

Food Aversions: Nada. Not wanting a big juicy steak anytime soon, but then again, I’ve never been much of a steak girl.

Symptoms: Still lots of skin issues, lots of emotions, and some crazy cramps this week.

Movement: So much. I love feeling this guy moving around. I am starting to feel the stretching and wiggles as much as the kicks and punches, and it’s my new favorite thing. Just knowing my little guy is in there stretching out makes me smile so big.

What I’m looking forward to: A babymoon! Booked!

What I miss: Fitting into my clothes. No joke. I just want to be able to wear a belt.

xoxo, Mallory

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Happy Weekend

Don’t you love it when a song takes you back to a specific place & time? Bruises by Chairlift came on my Pandora station while I was working this morning and all of a sudden, it was 2009 and I was in Las Vegas with J.

Have a wonderful weekend loves. Hopefully my Sunday will be the best.

xoxo, Mallory

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Simply Jewels


Judging by the extra amounts of not so blingy bling I’ve been featuring here, I must be going through a jewelry phase lately. Today I’m focusing on the Etsy shop elephantine. I’ve actually been a fan of Rachel’s work (which she describes as “simple jewelry that can be worn every day”) for a while now. Probably because I do wear the same jewelry every day. And It’s very simple.

Rachel did an interview with Etsy about quitting her day job to make her jewelry full time. It’s so inspiring (not that I’m quitting my fab day job anytime) for people who feel stuck in a rut. I know lots of people who feel uninspired, bored, unchallenged, you name it, at work. Maybe it’s just that time for my generation… the time for us to be finding ourselves professionally, when we feel like we should already be there. Rachel is an amazing inspiration that you really can do what you love – with a whole lot of drive and passion.

I’m a big supporter of small businesses. I love Etsy for that. Supporting the little guy has almost always been more pleasant for me. If something doesn’t fit right, breaks, or just isn’t what you wanted, it’s a whole lot easier to get ahold of someone like Rachel than Mr. Tiffany. Plus, don’t you love the idea that you’re supporting someone who really takes pride in every single piece they hand make? I do.

I’m definitely going to be purchasing one of Rachel’s designs today… I just have to decide which one will be first. What do you think, the nova tiny gold studs, the alain in quartz necklace, or the dash modern fine silver band?

xoxo, Mallory

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