Life Lately – July 6, 2018

Somehow, we are already a week into July. I’m not complaining! We have a lot to look forward to this month. It’s been a while since I’ve done a Life Lately post, so I thought I’d take the time to update y’all on what’s been going on with the Gregorys the last few months.

Work is Crazy!

For those of you who don’t know, I work full-time in healthcare marketing. In the last few months, we- as in my team of 7- have been working hard to launch a brand new website. My role in all of this is to schedule, produce, art direct and choose photos for all 200+ pages of the new site. It’s been quite overwhelming, but very satisfying work. Fortunately, we are just a few weeks away from launch, but that just means crunch time is here. I haven’t really had a second to breath, let alone focus on this blog! Really, this has been the most prominent thing going on in my life for the last few months and I’m so excited to launch and get back to a normal work routine!

We Find Out The Gender Next Week!

David and I scheduled our “20 week” anatomy scan on our third wedding anniversary. This means we will actually be finding out the gender at 21 weeks, but the sentiment of finding out on our anniversary was worth the wait.

We aren’t doing anything fancy – in fact we decided to do the same thing we did when we found out Finn was a boy. We have our doctor’s appointment at 1pm. We will have the nurse write the gender on a piece of paper and put it into a sealed envelope. We plan to go out to dinner that night and open the envelope together, just the two of us! Then we will start making calls to tell everyone. Once again, I will probably not put any gender on this blog since my dad reads it and he doesn’t want to know!

Finn Turned 2… and We Are All Exhausted!

I can’t say I wasn’t warned, but as soon as Finn turned two, he embraced all the stereotypes of being two. Testing limits, climbing on everything, refusing food, throwing fits, fake crying. It’s been an adventure! He’s also been quite chatty and telling us stories that are quite difficult to decipher.

All that aside, I think this is my favorite age yet. It’s so fun to plan things that we know he will enjoy and to watch him learn new things on a daily basis. He’s truly a little boy at this point and I think this is the age that I had in mind when I was pregnant with him and picturing being a mom. I love that he sleeps well and enjoys brushing his teeth! I love how excited he gets when he sees cows on the side of the road. I can’t wait to take him on vacation and experience even more new things with him.

Our Life in iPhone Photos

these two are always laughing together. don’t mind the yogurt on finn’s belly 🙂
when mama wants muffins… 🙂
every time i leave my phone out, i open my camera roll to countless photos like this!
nope, this isn’t finn! i had to snap this photo of david at age 2. it’s crazy how much they look alike!
a side-by-side at 20 weeks. on the left with finn, and on the right with baby g #2!

 

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Simple

casual summer outfit

casual summer outfit

casual summer outfit

casual summer outfit

casual summer outfit

casual summer outfit

casual summer outfit

casual summer outfit

casual summer outfit

casual summer outfit

casual summer outfit

casual summer outfit
casual summer outfit

my outfit: top – caslon (super soft and oversized, would look adorable with a bralette underneath) // shorts – maternity // hat – nordstrom // sandals – target

 

Do you ever feel like the universe is trying to tell you something? Like it’s sending you messages? They may be subtle at first, but if you aren’t catching on, they become more and more obvious until you can’t really avoid it anymore. This happened to me recently, and clearly I was way too busy paying attention to everything else in my life that by the time the message actually got to me, it couldn’t have been more blatant.

The message? Live simple. It’s something that I always strive to achieve, but is pretty difficult to put into practice on a daily basis. Things happen, work gets busy, bills have to be paid, stress overwhelms and pretty soon that dream of living simply is just that, a dream.

I was reminded of my goal to live simple last week when two separate songs came onto my Spotify playlist (if you’re a lyric junkie like me, check out this song and this song), both with the word ‘simple’ in the title, and both songs that I could totally relate to. Since initially hearing them, I’ve probably listened to them a hundred more times. The message the universe sent was heard.

How does one live simple? Well, I certainly feel inspired by the warm weather and a simple, classic outfit like this one. I try to remain present and if I feel myself getting overwhelmed, I stop to meditate or listen to calm or inspiring music. I also try not to put too much pressure on myself. If that means I don’t get my to-do list done, that’s okay. If I miss a workout, it’s not the end of the world. If I’m too tired to make dinner, then let’s go out. Of course there are times that difficult choices have to be made, but I like to save those for the big things. Dinner and outfits and music should be simple.

Now for the outfit – I just got this top in my latest Trunk (and if you haven’t tried Trunk Club yet, read all about it here) and it’s perfect for summer. It’s non-maternity, but totally works with a bump, and will grow with me as well. The sleeves are loose, so it looks so cute with a bralette underneath. I grabbed this hat during the Nordstrom sale last week and I love it! It’s perfect for summer.

Tell me, how do you live simple?

 

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The Perks of Being Vulnerable

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The last few months have been full of big changes for me. Heck, that last few years have been nothing but changes. I like to remind myself that this is life happening in real time. All those big things that are supposed to happen in your life have happened to me in the last four years – graduate school, first big job, first big failure (losing said job), moving to a new city, getting engaged and married, getting settled into a career, getting pregnant, having a baby, buying a house, getting pregnant again. Exhausting. 

It’s not hard to see why I feel a little unsettled and even a little uncomfortable. Since moving into our house, I’ve been struggling a bit with this next chapter in my life. I was feeling lost and, frankly, afraid. It’s as if four years ago I had a vision of the trajectory of my life, held my breath, and woke up four years later a little dazed and confused.

I touched on this in my 15 week bumpdate last week, but this whole mom thing has got me feeling things I never thought I would feel in my life. I had always balked at the idea of being maternal, and now the reality of that has never sounded so right. Like I said, I’m exhausted, and partially because I’m tired of splitting my worlds – professional and personal. Call me naive, but I thought that I would be able to continue to break all the glass ceilings during the day, play choo-choo and change diapers all night and weekend and it would all feel right.

But I don’t even want that anymore.

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After long talks with David, and a lot of soul-searching, I’m starting to find clarity in what I want out of my life. My word for 2018 was intention, and I’ve realized that being intentional with my decisions bring me the most happiness, balance and flexibility that I crave.

So what does that look like?

Let’s start with broad strokes. First, it means taking care of myself – physically and mentally. That means eating better, getting my body moving, reading books, and continuing to have those introspective conversations with myself that will provide clarity and motivation.

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Second, it means allowing myself to get comfortable with this new version of me. I’m at my best when I’m vulnerable, passionate, emotional and spontaneous. I’ve been fighting these natural instincts because my vision of a working mom is orderly, put-together, and poised. But those characteristics are never and will never be me. Won’t Finn be best when I’m at my best, regardless if that means I’m a little haphazard and chaotic sometimes? Those words get a bad wrap, but some of the best days are those filled with complete chaos 🙂

Third, it means sharing more about these feelings – hence being vulnerable. Ask my mom and she’ll tell you I’ve always been a thinker and probably overly emotional. But those things are what make me, me! I love nostalgia, and hearing songs you haven’t heard in forever, and listening to lyrics, and keeping crap that has sentimental value. I love deep conversation and making changes out of those conversations. I love asking why not?! 

Most of these thoughts may seem natural and a little random, but to be honest I’ve been tricked into believing that being vulnerable is a negative thing. The realization that out of vulnerability comes clarity is huge, and something I’ve been searching for for the last few years.

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So, some other random thoughts to leave you with 🙂

  • If you’re feeling uncomfortable or out of sorts, don’t fight it. Let your feelings take their natural path and work themselves out.
  • If you’re feeling too comfortable, do something TODAY that makes you feel uncomfortable. Change only happens when you’re outside of your comfort zone.
  • Thanks for reading this blog. It’s my biggest passion and often gets pushed to the side to make room for other adult responsibilities, but I’ve never regretted writing a single post and I appreciate you taking some time to read them all.

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15 Week Bumpdate

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I have this dress in two colors. It’s non-maternity, but works perfectly with or without a bump! So flattering.

How far along? 15 weeks (and a couple days)

What is Baby G up to? Baby G is the size of a navel orange. I’m pretty sure I felt some movement earlier this week, and I’m positive I saw baby moving when I was laying flat on my back the other day. If this babe is anything like his or her brother, then sitting still just doesn’t happen.

How am I feeling? The answer to this question changes day to day. One day I’m full of energy, upbeat and ready to take on the world and the next I’m hovering over the toilet all morning and taking three hour naps – that is if it’s the weekend. I’m pretty sure my coworkers are starting to worry about my mental state cause I’ve been like a walking zombie at work, but honestly, I’m just beat.

I keep recalling the specific thought I had when I was pregnant with Finn, that people actually do pregnancy with another kid at home – more often than not, a toddler! I remember thinking it would be impossible, and I wasn’t far off. Yes, I’m being a bit dramatic, but at the end of a work day, I’m finding it even more difficult to find the energy to be a mom. It’s draining, and got me thinking a lot about my future as a mom of two kids. But more of that below…

What am I wearing? I’m trying to be more aware of the pieces I’m buying this pregnancy. I want to ensure that my wardrobe can work for post-pregnancy as well, so I’m investing in pieces that I like with or without a bump. Right now, I’m still in a lot of my normal clothes, with some exceptions (the jeans went out the window around week 8), but with the weather being so warm, dresses are doing the job just fine.

What am I craving/eating? Not having any overwhelming cravings this pregnancy, just letting myself eat what I want, without stressing the number on the scale too much. I started this pregnancy below my first pre-pregnancy weight and my weight gain has been very similar to my pregnancy with Finn. I stressed about how my body looked a lot the first time around, but was pleasantly surprised at how well I bounced back, so I’m letting myself enjoy this time, without going too crazy.

What’s on my mind lately? Like I mentioned above, the thought of being a working mom of two has my mind racing. I just don’t like the thought of it. Let’s take a trip down memory lane… when I first had Finn, I remember looking forward to going back to work, I think for the sense of normalcy. I craved adult attention and a purpose other than nursing and changing diapers. Somewhere along the road, maybe when Finn was nine or ten months old, I started dreading the daycare drop-off. And the older he gets, the harder it is for me to say goodbye to him every morning. Now that he’s two, I can’t stop thinking about all the time I’ve missed with him. The normalcy I once craved is becoming stale, and a little meaningless. I struggle with this daily! And that alone is exhausting. Is getting a paycheck worth it? There’s the career woman in me that argues that it is, but more and more of me is becoming a mom, and being a stay at home mom is something I never envisioned for myself. 

Now we are a few months away from having two children and I know that mom feeling will only grow. I find purpose being a mom, and that fuels me. And, I’m tired of choosing between the two worlds. I think this topic could be it’s own post, because I have a lot to say about it. But this is certainly the most overwhelming feeling I have right now. Any other mamas relate?

What am I looking forward to? David has been out of town this week for work, so I’m looking forward to him coming home! I’m also looking forward to adding some decoration to our bare walls and maybe finally pulling the trigger on an area rug?? We will see…

Best moment of the week? Finn is talking up a storm. The other day, we went to Lowe’s to pick up a few things and as David was checking out, Finn and I decided to sit on the tractors outside and play. I sat right in a puddle, and poor Finn was soo distraught that I got wet! He kept telling David that “Mama sat on tractor, got wet”. It was adorable… the whole way home!

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Our Family Photos

 

Since Finn is turning 2 on Saturday (omg where has the time gone!) and we hadn’t had family photos done since he was four months old, I figured now was a great time to update our archives 🙂 Especially since we are adding a new addition to the family this fall. Anyone who has done it knows that getting an almost 2-year-old to sit still for posed photos is an impossible feat. Fortunately, I’ve been working with a photographer at work, Dominique Attaway, and her style fits Finn’s personality perfectly! I’m so thrilled with how these turned out!

Here is all of our outfit information:

On me: Dress, shoes

On David: Pants, Shirt, Shoes

On Finn: Shorts, Shirt, Shoes

 

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