Friday, November 24, 2017

All the Frills: Nursery Rearrange

I recently did a bit of rearranging in Eleanor’s nursery in advance of our plan to transition her out of our bedroom into her own in a few weeks. I love this little gallery shelf I set up for her, which, of course, includes an image of the tomb of her namesake, the incomparable Eleanor of Aquitaine. I’m so excited to get her into this space so that I can stop waking up every time she so much as shifts in her sleep in her current crib that resides right by my bed.




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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Cardiology

Worn to take Eleanor to a follow up cardiology appointment. Since bringing her home from the NICU her heart rate remains low but she is thriving and asymptomatic (basically, if you didn’t know it was there, you would never imagine she had a wonky heart rate). Anyways, the cardiologist agreed that she seems the picture of health and they don’t anticipate any long term consequences of the lower heart rate but they’ll continue to check in on her periodically. To that end, they sent her home all hooked up to a monitor for 24 hours so they could get a more comprehensive picture of her rhythm. So navigating around all those wires, etc was a real fun time for us!

Full closure, these photos are actually from a couple of months ago and they totally got lost in the shuffle over here. I've actually been sitting on these for so long that this Friday it's already time to take Eleanor back to the cardiologist for another appointment! The good news is that, according to her pediatrician, who we saw last week, her heart rate is not in the normal range ... so hopefully the cardiology confirms that and then maybe I'll only have to take her back once more. Which will be amazing because not only will it mean she's healthy but it was also mean I don't have to do another of these appointments.

The cardiology appointments are brutal. The clinic is actually in the hospital (hello $20 to park for the day in a massive lot) and the appointment itself takes about 3-4 hours as we shuttle around the hospital to various departments to see first nurses, then get an echocardiogram and various other tests, then wait around a bit, and then finally see the cardiologist. It's a long day for a baby that hates beings in a stroller (so basically I have to hold her in my arms the whole time and she gets real fidgety (she loves wiggling on the ground these days and only really likes being cuddled when she's sleepy)) and she'll be halfway to a meltdown by the time we get home, especially since the appointment runs right through her usual nap time!

dress: Zara / leggings: ASOS / blazer: thrifted, Clavin Klein via Value Village / shoes: Target / necklace: Target

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Spooky Print

Because a lot of my pre-pregnancy clothes no longer fit quite right (I'm back to my pre-pregnancy weight but the shape of my body has just been forever altered (wider hips now, etc, etc)), I did a quick shopping trip recently and got myself some new jeans and this cool, kind of spooky printed top. I can’t tell you how nice it feels to be in clothes that actually fit! And apologies for the crappy lighting - the sun sets here now at like 4:30 pm (and rises at 8:30 am) so I'm often reduced to doing photos when it's dark outside because my helpmeet leaves in the morning when it's still dark out and it's usually dark out again by the time we both get home. It's going to be a long winter...

jeans: Mavi / shirt: Winners

Friday, November 17, 2017

All the Frills: Regretting a Recent Win

So I recently entered a gift draw at my local drugstore and I won! Which is shocking because I never win anything. My haul included an insane number of little samples of various high end creams and skin care products and makeup. And that’s dangerous because it’s caused me to fall in love with this particular product that retails for over $100. But now I’m hooked and so my bank account is going to take a big hit when my little sample size runs out. Do you indulge in any skin care splurges?



Weekend Reading

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Maternity Leave Reality Check

Full disclosure, I’m finding being on maternity leave a little rough – and I freely admit that. It’s a bit like walking of a cliff in that I went from having a really challenging job that I put a lot of hours into (not to mention working a lot at home on the book – which, of course, is now finished) to just full stop not much to do all day. Eleanor also still has a somewhat erratic sleep schedule so while she does take lengthy day time naps, I never really know when she will want to sleep and that makes it hard to make plans to get out of the house.

It's also further complicated by the fact that she likes travelling in the car but as soon as the car stops, she wants out of her car seat and angrily tells you so - so even just taking her out to a store or to get groceries is complicated. Combine all that with not having regular access to other grown ups and it’s definitely a bit isolating. Most days I find myself counting down the hours until the helpmeet gets home from work and I have an adult to talk to. I take her out to programs at our local library and to visit with family and friends, as well as going into the office a few hours a week (trust me, I need the break) but I can say with confidence that I’m really glad that I opted for eight months of leave instead of the more standard twelve (my helpmeet is doing the other four months). Anyways, given that I only get out of the house sporadically, I really made the most of this trip to the vet.

leggings: ASOS / dress: Rachel Roy / shoes: Spring / necklace: Oak + Fort / jacket: The Bay