I originally planned on sharing my review of Present Over Perfect today, but I just really felt the need to “chat” instead. Blogging has felt so cathartic for me lately, so I’d rather take advantage of that since I can post a book review any old time.
If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that…
I am not having coffee. 🙁 I’ve felt more revved up from any caffeine lately and it makes my heartburn during pregnancy even worse.
I was pretty careful with caffeine and coffee when I was pregnant with C until the very end, but this time I just need a cup of regular coffee in the morning. I’m trying to go without though for my anxiety’s sake and because my heartburn is already unreal this go around.
I got a new diaper bag and I’m obsessed! I’ve never really been happy with my diaper bag. I have a smaller common Skip Hop bag but it always falls over and is bursting with my stuff. With little sister arriving in a few months, I knew I wanted to upgrade so I actually had room for two kids worth of stuff.
I got an Orla Keily bag on sale at Target. I’d never heard of this brand but I am in love with this bag! It stands up right and doesn’t tip over, has tons of pockets on all the right spots, and just has a classy vibe to it.
For ages now I’ve been meaning to write a “what’s in my diaper bag” post. I’m hoping to do that come the New Year and also fully review this bag. Also note that I’ve reached total mom status by being thrilled that I’ve found the perfect diaper bag. Oh, how my life has changed!
This was a rough week for me. I felt way too much “in my head” at times, hearing a voice of doubt or shame too much. This week I was officially like, okay, pregnancy hormones seem to have full control now. I thought I was doing really good in the hormones/mood swings department so far this pregnancy, much better than last time. But it just hit me like a ton of bricks this week.
I cried several times at news related things that normally wouldn’t have had that affect on me. I even cried after Claire left the with my SIL the other day, which was so weird.
This week was also hard because I feel like I’ve been hanging on by a thread for a while now. My husband has been away for work for a month and gets back tomorrow – yay! I definitely feel like doing it all on my own for the most part has caught up with me and I kinda broke down about it all this week. I can’t even wait to have him for Christmas and not be a single parent again.
I’m getting more serious about my photography business. When I started this, I told myself it was pure hobby, just because I enjoyed it. I never thought I would be “one of those people” who made this an actual living or real job out of this, but I feel like that’s the direction I’m heading.
It surprises me that I started this all kind of on a whim and it’s just sort of turned into something else all on its own. I’ve definitely done some self-exploration this week about where I am a photographer and where I want this all to go. I think the pregnancy hormones thing this week made me feel really crummy about my work, thinking it wasn’t good enough. I also just joined a local photographers group on Facebook with some really advanced people in it, so I feel I was looking at all that a little too much and comparing “up” more than I should. I am always hard on myself when it comes to any kind of work I create too.
I had two maternity sessions this week that both went great. I clicked with clients and we just chatted the entire time. It was so natural. I love when that happens.
The second client I had for a maternity session was so complimentary of my work. She said she just knew I was the right photographer for her and thought my photos were amazing (her words, not mine!). It was really nice to hear that after a week of being down in the dumps about where I am as a photog.
Maternity is my favorite session to do lately. And I am doing newborn sessions for both of these ladies as well 🙂 I love it!
I can’t believe Christmas is so soon! Some of Claire’s Christmas presents from grandparents have started trickling in being sent to us and let me tell you, this girl is not going to be disappointed this year!
I can’t even wait for her to get all her new gifts! She’s in serious need of some new things to keep her occupied so I’m glad we have a bunch of generous grandparents who do not hold back on spoiling her 😉
Christmas is definitely more exciting now as an adult now that I can share the magic of it through a toddler’s eyes. Christmas was of course fun as just a married couple, but the past few years we played it pretty low key with Christmas and were always traveling. It’s nice to change it up a bit and be in our own home, as much as I will miss family though.
I’ve actually been cold lately. And I’m cold right now as I sit here at almost 10 pm typing up this post. The temps haven’t dropped to being actually cold here of course, but it’s a lot cooler than it was this summer or even in just early November.
I had no idea what to expect for a Hawaiian winter, but I am pleasantly surprised that I really need a sweater and socks right now. I also feel totally ridiculous saying this because I know it’s like -20 in the North East right now, but I paid my dues for quite a few years between Boston and Colorado 😉
This weekend my hubby comes home, I have a Christmas party to go to, and we’re just going to play it low key as a family before Christmas hits. Have a great weekend!
Questions for You:
- If we were having coffee today, what would you be drinking and what would you tell me?
- Are you ready for Christmas?