Relationships

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O N E / As a new mom, I needed to read this and maybe you do too.  

T W O / Carter's is having a major sale this week! I snagged this and this for my little guy. Both are under $10!

T H R E E / I'm a total sucker for sad love songs/poetry. Tim's take on relationship *firsts* is devastatingly beautiful.

F O U R / I've been to New York once, a long time ago but Vanessa's post on all the foodie places she visited there is totally making me want to go back! *drools*

F I V E / I can't believe Halloween is already around the corner! I'm trying to come up with a simple, cute + comfortable costume for Walker. Pinterest has some pretty cute ideas like this hilarious ninja turtle and this adorable owl for a little girl.

This + That

We've been quite busy making a home and preparing for baby so I thought I'd share a little of the going on's happening midweek, over here.

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I officially started working part-time as a Stylist for Stitch Fix and so far I'm loving it! For those unfamiliar, it's basically a personal styling service you sign up for in which you receive a box of 5 things at a time (clothes/shoes/accessories)--and I'm one of the people picking out those items for our clients. It's pretty neat! If you're interested in trying out a Fix of your own and you'd like to request me as your Stylist, make sure to ask for me under my full name (I go by Elizabeth on there #fancy) when you sign up!

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Some people find out they're pregnant and immediately furnish the perfect Pinterest nursery. We are not those people. In fact, the first piece of furniture didn't even arrive until last week! Part of it is procrastination, part of it is wanting to wait to buy things until after our baby showers and (a big) part of it is budget. Now that the big things like his crib and bassinet are assembled it's feeling really REAL. I can't believe there's going to be a real, live BABY using all of those cute things, soon. If I'm having a bad day I find myself going into his room and just standing in the middle of it imagining him being in there. It instantly lifts my mood.

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Joel has been on a major gardening/landscaping kick and I think it's adorable. I'm not kidding, I will walk into a room and find him talking to our plants, haha. His latest project has been tackling the front yard. The previous owners left it pretty unkempt so he raked out a bunch of dead plants, cut back unruly palm fronds and poured black bark over what used to be just dirt (there wasn't any grass to begin with). Since we use our wrap-around porch for sitting we don't really miss the grass anyway. We're going to reposition/add a few more big rocks and fix the other side of the brick lining amongst a few other updates but it looks so good! I wish I would have thought to take a 'before' photo.

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We visited the California State Fair on Monday which turned out to be a great idea because going early on a weekday meant it wasn't packed at all. More fried food for me! I indulged in a Cap'n Crunch chicken sandwich, frozen watermelon lemonade, and strawberry funnel cake. Five stars, all around (just typing that made my mouth water ha). I really wanted to go to the petting zoo because there were SO many cute baby animals and since I don't have my own offspring yet, baby deer, goats, pigs, and even kangaroos are the next best thing, no? Sadly, I pulled cash out to go back in and basically be a real life Snow White but totally forgot to make the trip back to the zoo. Pregnancy brain. It's real, guys. We also took this silly photo booth strip and I'd say it's a pretty accurate description of our relationship--starts out innocent but by the end, he's eating my face off ;)  

Three Hearts

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Here's the thing. Relationships are hard; they take work. I know, right? Duh. I say this because I know how perfectly curated Instagram moments can present a fairytale-esque view of things. Don't get me wrong, I'm content in my relationship. But it hasn't always come easy. We argue and roll our eyes at each other and sometimes even go to bed angry (gasp!) It happens. It's okay. The important thing is that at the end of the day we still choose one another.

Becoming parents together is scary and has forced us to ask ourselves some very real and unexpected questions. Throw in some pregnancy hormones and we've got ourselves a real test to our commitment to one another. But I am and he is. And every day we work a little harder to strengthen us and be the best versions of ourselves not only together but separately. So that our son never has to question what real, hard love is.

I'm just now beginning to realize motherhood is shaping three hearts: mine, Joel's, and Walker's. It's terrifying and beautiful but on the days I have doubts, I fold myself against Joel's chest and I am reminded. We can do this. Because there's no one else I'd rather roll my eyes at.