He came down the hallway with such a pleased look on his face.
This expression was priceless – his best attempt at looking pious? Gives me a glimpse, maybe, of what my little girl will look like (if I have one!:))
I just had to share a snippet of my favorite autumn poem before the month is over. Just say the last line of this stanza in your head (or out loud!) and see if it doesn’t inspire a feeling of coziness.
“…But the air’s so appetizin’; and the landscape through the haze
Of a crisp and sunny morning of the airly autumn days
Is a pictur’ that no painter has the colorin’ to mock –
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock.“
John Whitcomb Riley
October 31st is a special day for me – not for the candy, though (I can’t eat it anyway!). Every Halloween I remember an anniversary that does not delight the demons – 23 years ago today, I asked Jesus to be Lord of my 3 year old heart. Praise Jesus, He is Victor over the darkness of even this night!
On Monday a week’s worth of deep cleaning and organizing culminated in our home visit from our midwife and her assistants. I had this insane drive (read: “nesting!”) to address the mess or even the thought of mess in each room before she came. Now, understand, my midwife is very sweet and certainly did not expect or require this – no, it was all me, my tidy dutch roots, and the fact that I have a baby coming in a month! Thus my absence on the blog…
Anyway, we had a lovely visit, with everyone here who I plan to have at the birth: both my mothers, the midwife and her two assistants, plus Jeremy and ME! I had made my grandmother’s applesauce cake and brewed the first pot of chia tea of the season. We talked about our vision for the birth, gave them a tour of the house, and discussed final preparations to be made. The whole afternoon served to just add to the growing anticipation and excitement around here about welcoming our new baby.
One thing Jeremy and I both really appreciate about the home birth experience and the attitude of our midwives is how family and child-friendly the whole thing is. The medical community often addresses pregnancy as if it were a ‘condition’ to be treated, and the birth process as an emergency. But when you view it as a beautiful, naturally occurring event, it is perfectly natural to include children and other family members in the celebration. Although Jesse will probably spend time with an auntie during the actual labor and delivery, we will have him with us a soon as possible to welcome his new sibling as a family. He has been to most of my prenatals, and the midwives welcome and enjoy his presence. Here he is not just pemitted, but actually being encouraged to ‘help’ my midwife listen to the baby and check on its progress. If you ask him “Where’s the baby?” he will point right to my belly. Don’t ask me how he understands, but he seems to! Boy is he going to be surprised when Daddy and Mommy’s predictions come true, and there is actually a baby living in our home!
He helps almost every day with the breakfast dishes. He stands beside me and ‘rinses’ his cups while I wash. This is a great way to share quality time and get him used to helping in the kitchen. He was very proud of himself the other day when he got both his cups to stack under the faucet.
Dressing for Fall
this is Auntie Lee sharing Fall Fashion tips with Jesse last night at worship practice. We have a nice nip in the air, and promise of snow coming. We are now off to the park to enjoy the last of this week’s sunshine.
My friend, Caryn, invited us on an outing to a pumpkin patch with a bunch of other mothers with young kids. It was the first outing of this kind that I have done especially geared toward my two-year-old and we had a blast! Of the 8 mothers, 5 of us were expecting, so I called us the “Waddlers and the Toddlers”!
After the outing, Bub and Duck came home with us to spend the night. They had fun raking a pile of leaves and jumping in it.
Today we are headed to the semi-annual square dance that we call at our friend’s the Bernier’s. It has been a lovely fall – gorgeous weather and such fun activities!
More wedding photos next week – I have saved the best for last – the outdoor photos!
The Flower Girl…
And her escort (Also her uncle! )
Handing out roses to the end aisles.
On her father’s arm…
During the special music
Exchange of vows
Kelly and her Father’s duet of “I Will Be Here” was the loveliest wedding music I’ve ever heard.
Mr. and Mrs. Curtiss Archer
Havalah and Nathanael receding.
Although a post on fashionable maternity and nursing wear may not be applicable for many of our readers, it nevertheless falls within our goals to inspire each other to find a style and fashion that works for YOU – whatever season or body-shape God has given you. I hope a few of you can gain some inspiration from these tips I’ve collected during this pregnancy…
Dressing well as a mommy can be a challenge for many reasons – not as much time to shop, an environment that is hard on clothing, and of course, the ever-changing figure of a mommy! Here’s a few things that have worked for me:
My friend, Kim, first inspired me to add some tunics into my wardrobe. She’s a mommy of 4 little ones, yet every time I see her she looks cute and comfy. Whether nursing or pregnant, a tunic covers a multitude of, well, whatever. When nursing, it’s a great cover-up for a blouse or shirt that’s a bit too tight, while still giving easy nursing access. It’s also good for all those in-between sizes we mommies have when we just can’t find a pair of jeans that fit. Just cover it up!!!
Keep an eye out for tunics in the dress-row of the thrift store – often the cutest tunic looks can be created with a very short jumper. Here’s a favorite of mine that I wore a lot last autumn – it’s linen, from American Eagle, and I love it! Tunics are perfect for fall layering, too.
Baby Doll Tops
I find it delightful that empire waist and baby doll styles have come into fashion lately. Though I don’t gravitate toward this style when I’m skinny, I love the variety and options it gives you when you have a little more going on around your waist. A a baby-doll blouse or shirt that falls below your waist lengthens your torso and helps minimize that extra weight. Some of my favorite shirts this pregnancy are not even maternity brands – just generous sizes of a cute empire-style shirt. Watch for styles made with drapey fabric, such as linen, rayon, or a knit – a stiffer cotton will only make you look and feel bigger than you are!
Of course, if you find a cute maternity top or other blouse, you may not have the luck of having it meet your preferences for necklines. So, you must layer. Down East Basics has a nice maternity selection of layering tanks, but I have found that my basic layering camis (I wear their size large) have worked for me all the way through this pregnancy so far – I’m wearing one as I write this at 33 weeks pregnant. They have a great resiliency and I love that solid layer under almost any outfit.
Don’t forget the advantage of a comfortable supportive tank top when nursing – I plan on ordering several more to add to my wardrobe for the coming season.
You can also add layers with outwear – and this doesn’t have to be specifically maternity, either. I just found a lovely linen/cotton sweater at the thrift store, and I love its lengthening effect on my figure. Here’s a similar sweater that Gap is selling.
This is a frequent chant here on Fabulous Fashion Fridays, but it holds true for pregnancy as well. Do you feel that all people must see when they look at you is BELLY (or, another feature that you feel overwhelms your appearance)? Throw a scarf around your neck, or a couple of strands of beads. Put something in the ‘foreground’ that will grab attention and keep you from feeling that your belly is the loudest thing you’re wearing.
As you can see, I have been outside of the box a bit with my maternity wardrobe, but I do have some favorite styles that actually fall within the category of maternity wear. I, myself, love the fit and feel of Old Navy’s Low Rise styles, and have been blessed enough to find a few pairs at the thrift store. But many prefer a more natural waist, or different waistlines for different days, depending on how they feel. I think that the new ‘Secret Fit’ waist band style by Motherhood may be the answer. You can pull it up or fold it down to wherever you want your waist to be! And it’s soft and seamless.
I was excited to find a link on the SewMammaSew message board that led me to Sew Inspired’s blog post on making her own ‘Secret Fit’ panel. I’m doing well with my wardrobe so far, but I think I will try this with the next one. The little maternity sewing I have had time for in this pregnancy was adding some soft elastic waists to a few skirts, but this technique would make converting even jeans possible.
If you want to make your own maternity clothes, I also found a link to some really cute patterns that would work for nursing, pregnant, or just anytime. Check out Jaylee for some cute tops. Makes me wish I had more time to sew!
On my wish list – this loooong denim skirt from Motherhood. The skirts I wore all summer were short, frilly things, but now I am hankering for an ankle length denim skirt to feel cozy in with the onset of crisp weather. But I really can’t justify buying it as I only have 6 weeks left, and my jeans are working fine. Oh, but it will be fun to have a waist and wear skirts again in a few months!!!
On my personal challenge list – figure out a pattern to make myself a dress like this from Boob Wear, with its “ innovative double layer over the chest for beautiful fit and easy nursing.” I miss dresses so much when I am nursing, but I tried one of these styles on in a lovely boutique in Vermont last winter and decided that this was the answer. I would have to figure out how to sew with knits…hmmm…
So, what’s your favorite solution for pregnancy or nursing? I know there are a few of you in our readership who are in this season with me – got any tips to pass along?
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