Checking In

I realize that I may be talking (writing?) to an empty room, but if there’s anyone out there still reading I thought I’d give an update of what I’m up to. Life got extremely busy this summer with school, work, and being ready to pop, so I pushed blogging to the way-back burner. (Also, my ankles went from a little puffy to nonexistent, so showcasing pictures of myself grew less and less appealing.)

Since then, my life has gotten even busier, but in the best way. On Thursday, August 15 I gave birth to my precious son, Jona Lee. I won’t bore you with details of my whole birth story, because most of it was pretty uneventful. Waiting… so much waiting. Thankfully, everything went smoothly up until the end. My stubborn little guy was positioned in an awkward way and didn’t want to come out, so I had to have an emergency C-section. I panicked when my doctor told me that news, and I tried to protest. After all, a C-section wasn’t what I envisioned for Jona’s birth, and frankly, I was scared to death. However, when he told me that Jona was showing signs of distress and needed to come out ASAP my protestations came to a halt. I realized that I just wanted a healthy baby, no matter how he came out. And I’m overjoyed to say that is exactly what I got. One healthy, sweet, stubborn little boy.

Have I mentioned he is stubborn? He’s a little fighter. He fought breast-feeding, and I had to switch to bottle-feeding him a mixture of formula and breast milk. He fights sleep. Sometimes, it seems like he even fights happiness, because boy can he wail (and he does…pretty frequently). Motherhood has been the hardest thing I’ve ever experienced, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. In the past six weeks I’ve felt a mixture of exhaustion, frustration, and self-doubt, but more than all those I’ve felt so much love. I can’t stop looking at his sweet face, and taking picture after picture of all his little expressions. And those chubby cheeks! I want to kiss them every second. What can I say, I love my little fighter.

Chances are I won’t be able to blog much (or at all) anytime soon. I thought I was busy with work and school, but now with a baby in the mix free time will be a thing of the past. I wanted to post an update though, in case you thought I fell off the planet. Also, I’ll take any excuse to show off baby pictures. (Which you’ve seen plenty of if you follow me on Instagram: I’m @shealennon.)

I miss blogging and I hope to return one of these days when life isn’t so crazy. I’m not quite sure when that will be, so thanks for your patience! Have a wonderful fall! (And if you have a blog, chances are I'm still reading. Thanks for the constant inspiration!)

32 Weeks: Pop of Neon

How is it possible that June is almost over? Where did this month go? Goodness, I went from feeling like I had so much time to get ready for Jona’s birth to feeling unsure if I’m going to get everything ready in time. (By the way I can’t remember if I told you that my little guy is going to be named Jona, after his wonderful late great grandpa. Well, now you know.)

I had class all weekend, and then I went to my best friend Abby’s daughter Addie’s first birthday party, which was adorable. I can’t believe she is already a year old! We joke about Jona being Addie’s future husband, so I hope she doesn’t mind a younger man. I’m sure they will be completely fine with their futures being planned out for them, right? 

Cardigan: Loft; tank top: Old Navy Maternity, borrowed (similar); skirt: Old Navy Maternity (similar), second-hand; necklace: Bauble Bar; sandals: Loft

I'm behind again... I didn't get a chance to post again last week. I'm not making any promises this week, I'm just going to take it a day at a time. I just wish I had a few more hours in the day! 

Summer Corals

The other day I started thinking about what I was doing this time last year, and I came up with a great big nothing. Let’s see, I wasn’t working (just job-hunting), I wasn’t going to school, and I wasn’t growing a human. So it’s no wonder last summer was a relaxing one while this one is an exhausting one!

I’m thankful, though, because this summer has already been full of some great memories. Over the weekend my mom came to visit, and we had so much fun going to garage sales, eating out, and chatting. Normally it would be a while before I get to see her again but she’s coming back in August (for the birth of her grandson of course!). Then Sunday I spent some time hanging out with my dad for Father’s Day, eating some delicious food and watching the Royals score another victory. In between all the fun I had to do lots of school work (I had a paper due Sunday night and another on Wednesday…gah!) but all in all it was a wonderful family-filled weekend.

Cardigan: Target (similar); dress: Old Navy Maternity; sandals: Loft

These pictures are from last week, but hopefully I'll get a 32 week post up soon. Not that the hugeness of my belly changes much from week to week...

Is your summer a relaxing one or an exhausting one this year? 

31 Weeks: Glammed Up Stripes

For some reason, I find taking blog photos more fun in the summer. I suppose it’s because the weather is nice and there is more daylight to work with. Usually my schedule is more relaxed too, although this summer that is certainly not the case. In fact, I only have a tiny pocket of time to write this before I have to get back to working on school stuff.

Anyway, I couldn’t resist this fun red wall to contrast with my maternity MVP: this blue striped dress from Old Navy. Although this is its blog debut, I’ve definitely worn the heck out of this dress, and I love how easily it can be dressed up or down, and how incredibly comfortable it is. I’d say dresses are my favorite thing to wear these days; sometimes the elastic band on maternity pants can get a little constricting (not to mention hot!). 

Dress: Old Navy Maternity; necklace: Loft Outlet; belt: Gap Outlet; sandals: Loft (plan on seeing these babies a lot...they're one of the only pairs that still fits!)

What has been your most-worn item so far this summer? 

30 Weeks: Double Stripes

I can’t believe it’s Friday again already! I had high hopes of getting more than one blog post in this week, but in the battle of my to-do lists versus time, time won out. (As did sleep; I’m downright scary these days if I don’t get enough of it.)

I’m looking forward to the weekend, although it will feel shorter than most. I have class on Friday night and all day Saturday. I tend to dread weekends I have class, but once I’m there I’m reminded how much I enjoy my classmates and what I’m learning; no doubt this weekend will be the same. Enjoyable or not, I’m sure by Sunday I’ll be exhausted; I may have to pencil a nap into my schedule. On second thought, forget penciling it in, “NAP” is going into my planner in bold black Sharpie.

Cardigan: Loft (similar), t-shirt: Old Navy Maternity; skirt: second-hand Old Navy Maternity (similar); shoes: Target

 What are you doing this weekend? Any naps for you?

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Mint and Floral for Friday

Hooray for Friday! (And hooray for short work weeks—this one breezed by!) I only worked three days this week; Monday I was off for Memorial Day and yesterday I took the day off because Aaron had sinus surgery. He’s recovering nicely, which is a relief. I made sure to stock the fridge with Jello and pudding, since part of his surgery was in his throat and he has to stick to soft foods for now. (Ice cream definitely fits this category, so I may have to “accidentally” make too much milk shake so he’s forced to share.)

It looks like I’ve had plenty of ice cream lately though; funny how seeing pictures can be so much different than looking in a mirror. My belly looks HUGE in these pictures; it’s hard to imagine that it’s going to get even bigger. And don’t get me started on my feet and ankles… by the end of the day the word “cankles” gets thrown around a little. And this was a good day! Oh well, it was an excuse to buy these cute flats since I needed a size bigger. 

Cardigan: Loft; t-shirt: Gap Maternity, borrowed (similar); skirt: Target; flats: BCBG via DSW (similar)

Well, I hope you have a wonderful weekend! 

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29 Weeks: The Prodigal Blogger

Hey guys, I’m still alive! I know it’s been far too long, and I really hope to get back to blogging on a (somewhat) regular basis. Life just got a little crazy there for a while. I started a new job as a receptionist, which means I work regular hours and don’t have time during the day to blog or do school work. I’m thankful for the steady hours; subbing was getting ridiculously slow. School has been eating up almost all of my free time lately; summer classes just started and they are already kicking my ass intense.  

It’s hard to believe I’m already 29 weeks along. I can’t say this pregnancy has been a breeze. After recovering from first trimester's fun with nausea, I got a bad rash (PUPPP was the technical term) during my second trimester. It made me very uncomfortable for a few weeks (and a thrill to live with I'm sure), but luckily it’s much better now. Other than being in a constant state of having to pee I feel pretty good, and my little guy seems to be developing right on schedule. Yes, in my absence I forgot to tell you that I’m having a boy! I’ll have to update you with nursery pictures when we get finished. It’s still a work in progress. 

Top: Old Navy (borrowed, thanks Abby!); jeans: Motherhood, also borrowed; earrings: Urban Outfitters; shoes: BCBG via DSW

Well that’s the last few months of my life in a nutshell. How have you been? I’ve missed you! It was reading all of your wonderful blogs that made me miss blogging and decide to come back. I don’t know how regular I’ll be with posting, commenting, returning comments and the like, but I’ll try my best not to completely disappear again. 

18 Weeks: Pink and Purple Hopes

For the district I sub in, next week is Spring Break. I can't believe it's that time of year already; this semester has flown by so quickly! I suppose the four days off for snow days are partly to blame. Before you envy me the time off, know that on days kids don't have school, I don't get paid, so it's a little bittersweet.

I wish I could say that I'm going on a tropical vacation over the break, but unless you call Hutchinson, Kansas tropical, I'm not. One thing I am looking forward to doing though is getting our nursery painted. I've decided on gray walls and white furniture, and I'll bring in lots of color with accessories. (I don't know which colors yet though, but I'm holding out hope for some pink and purple!)

Are you planning any fun vacations soon? Maybe I can live vicariously through you.

Cardigan: thrifted Ann Taylor (similar); dress: Target (cute lace version); leggings: Target; belt: Loft (similar); boots: Mia (similar)

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17 Weeks: Shades of Green

I'm in my first semester of library science classes right now, and they are definitely keeping me busy. That, combined with last week's loss of the internet, means that my time for blogging and reading blogs has been negligible. Don't even get me started on responding to comments... I'm having trouble finding a balance right now. 

On the positive side, I am LOVING school. I really think I've found my place with library science. It's been a lot of work, which can be stressful, but for the most part I'm excited about what I've been learning. Could it be that I've finally found my dream career? I sure hope so. (Fourth time's a charm, right?)

Vest: Old Navy (similar jacket); cardigan: Loft (similar); t-shirt: Gap (similar); cords: Loft (dressier pair); flats: Old Navy (similar)

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16 Weeks: Striped Maxi Skirt and Snow

I’m actually 17 weeks pregnant this week, but these pictures are from last week. We had a couple of crazy snowstorms here in Kansas City the last couple of weeks that left us without power and internet. Surprisingly, our power was restored in a day, but for some reason the internet took nearly a week to fix. What a relief to have that back now!

This skirt is my first maternity purchase, because as many of you predicted, maxi skirts are heavenly right now. I only had one and I just had to get another. I didn’t like any of the ones in Target’s regular department, so when I spotted this one from Liz Lange Maternity I went for it even though my belly looks more too-much-ice cream than rounded-with-child. 

Sweater: Gap (similar); skirt: Liz Lange Maternity for Target; boots: Target

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15 Weeks: Tights and Stripes

I’ve accepted the fact that my wardrobe is starting to dwindle due to my expanding belly, and recently I had to mourn my first loss: tights. I can get by with the elastic band trick on the buttons of my jeans, but unfortunately there’s no way to stretch out the waistband of my favorite hosiery. I bought a pair in a larger size (the ones I’m wearing here) hoping they would do the trick, but at the end of the day yesterday I couldn’t get them off fast enough.

I wonder what will be the next to go, button up shirts or skinny jeans, perhaps? I want to hold out buying maternity clothes for as long as possible (says me and every other pregnant woman on the planet) so I’m counting on my clothes to hold out for a little bit longer. 

Cardigan: Loft; dress: Loft; necklace: gift; (soon to be forgotten) tights: Simply Vera via Kohl's; boots: Mia (similar)

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Red, Pink, and a Baby

That was quite a little break I took, wasn’t it? If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram (@shealennon) you may have noticed my recent reveal of the reason behind my absence: I’m pregnant! It wasn’t my intention to go this long without blogging, but for the last couple of months my priority has been trying not to puke rather than trying to look cute.

I’m finally in my second trimester (14 weeks!) and I’m starting to feel a little better. Let me tell you though, those first 13 weeks were rough. I hope to get back to blogging regularly, but right now I’m just going to take it a day at a time.

So this is what I wore yesterday for Valentine’s Day. I couldn’t help but theme it up a little. I’m linking up to Long Distance Loving for a red and pink Friday’s Fancies. It’s been a while since I’ve done one of those!

Anyway, I’ve missed you guys, thanks for being so sweet and supportive! 

Sweater: Old Navy; pants: Gap; shoes: Target

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Striped Sweater Dress Surprise

I bought this sweater dress for a bargain at a consignment shop last year while it was still warm out. I had almost forgotten about it, but I saw it hiding in my closet yesterday and decided to wear it. I love the surprise of overlooked closet gems.

However, it turns out another surprise was in store. I found a hole in my new old dress, too large to repair and in a noticeable area. I have no idea if it was there when I bought it or if I need to buy some moth balls. Luckily my tights hid it well enough for it to get one good wear. Tricky closet, very tricky. 

Jacket: Gap; dress: thrifted Loft; earrings: made by Aaron's aunt; belt: Loft; tights: Target; boots: Mia via DSW

I’m linking up to Marionberry Style today for her stripes themed Trend of the Month Challenge. 
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Plaid, Leopard and a Red Scarf

Hey, I’m alive! I realize I’ve been a horrible blogger lately. My holiday “technology break” lasted a little longer than I’d planned, plus I’ve been in a bit of a slump lately. Honestly, I just didn’t feel like posting. So I didn’t. I guess that’s the beauty of this being a hobby, right? Anyway, that slump has also made me a pretty bad blog friend. I promise I’ll get back to reading blogs and returning comments soon!

I’ll try to post more regularly, but I’m not going to kill myself to keep an exact schedule. I figure with school starting soon and the continued job search, I’ll have enough on my plate. The last thing I want is for blogging, this thing I started doing for fun, to stress me out. 

Plaid shirt: J.Crew; jeans: Gap; scarf: Megan E Sass; shoes: Target

Outfit inspiration: Kimberly of Fab Finds Under $50's January Inspiration Calendar

How do you break out of a blogging slump?

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December Roundup: What I Wore, Read, and Bought

Happy New Year! I love starting a new year; it’s a fresh start with so many possibilities. Before I talk about what’s to come, I thought I’d round up what happened in December.

What I wore

What I read:

Bringing up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman: I read this because several people I know read it and liked it. The author is an American journalist who lives in Paris and eventually has a family there. Even before she has children of her own, she notices a marked difference between the norms of French and American child rearing. So much of what she learned about French parenting seems like common sense, but it was interesting to read and compare to what’s expected of parents in American culture. This is a book I’d love to read again once I have my own child so I can see if my thoughts about it (such as wanting to adopt the majority of the practices described) change.

An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser: This book took me the majority of the month to read. At nearly a thousand pages, it was a slow, heavy read; however, despite its lack of a fast pace, I did enjoy the story. It chronicles the life of Clyde Griffiths, although it isn’t your typical coming of age story. Instead, it tells how a seemingly ordinary young man from humble beginnings can be capable of committing murder. The bulk of the novel focuses on Clyde’s life leading up to the crime rather than the crime itself. Although it was very well written, I never got attached to any of the characters and therefore had a hard time getting through it. 

What I bought/got: 

wallet from Kate Spade // plaid shirt from J.Crew // Target sequin flats (Christmas gift) // Megan E Sass handmade cowl (Christmas gift)

Are you ready to say goodbye to 2012? 
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