Life Lately 02

Life Lately 02

This week started out with a big faux pas on my part. Now that I’ve completed my coursework for my PhD, I went into the office every day to get caught up on a pile of work. Unfortunately, I also showed up to an empty office on Easter Monday, mistakenly thinking we were supposed to work (!), which isn’t ideal when you have an hour commute. But, after realizing my mistake, I got to enjoy one more day of the long weekend, relishing the good weather on a nice long walk with Chevy.

Over the weekend, Adam also finished building the shelf you see in the lead image of this post, a DIY project that has been in the works for a while. It felt so good to finally have it mounted because it was the finishing touch of our living room renovation which, I kid you not, has taken us more than four years to finally get around to. I love the industrial touch that the piping adds, and I love having a handy husband even more. 

The highlight of the week was getting to see our babe via ultrasound. I had an hour-long mid-pregnancy ultrasound at 20 weeks where they checked to make sure all of our boy’s organs are present and healthy. Thankfully, everything looks great. However, due to baby’s position, they weren’t able to get the shots they needed of the blood vessels in his heart and his palette, so I was sent back for another ultrasound. I like ultrasounds and adding to our collection of sonogram photos, so I wasn’t complaining. Baby Van Den Brink was facing my spine for most of it – I guess he’s camera shy like his dad – but I was able to see his face when he rolled over. He was also grabbing his feet with his hands, which was quite possibly one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen.

As I posted on Instagram this week, now that I'm visibly pregnant I'm quickly learning that baby bumps are great conversation starters. In Startbucks, a lady commented that I have the "perfect pregnant belly," and by the end of the conversation I'd learned that the gestational period of an elephant is 2 years. Can you imagine?! I mention this encounter not only because I added a new fun fact to my arsenal, but it was also the first time someone, who is not my family or friend, commented on my being pregnant.

In other news, here are links that caught my attention and inspired me this week.

Christine, the blogger at C'est Christine, wrote a powerful post speaking to the fact that dreams can take all shapes and forms. Namely, you don't need to travel frequently to follow your dreams; a life filled with travel is not inherently better than one that's not. Of course, this should be obvious. But, in today's world where social media is so prevalent and our feeds are filled with travel post after travel post, it's easy to be envious. Here's the thing, though: "You don't have to travel across the world to find yourself." Travel certainly has it's benefits and I enjoy it as much as the next girl, but let's also celebrate everything else that makes life enriching, including the staycations, the pets and babies and all the commitments that come along with them, the lessons we learn from conventional jobs, the simple pleasures like a weekly lunch with Mom or brunch with close friends, living debt free, etc. etc. Christine puts it very eloquently. The full post is worth a read. 

Adam and I are saving, (albeit very slowly) to do a complete kitchen reno in several years. I would love to give it a facelift sooner but we decided it’s best to wait until we can afford to do it properly, once and for all. At this early stage, we’re getting quotes and I’m gathering design inspiration. We’re thinking black and white, like this, this and this.

The best maternity clothes. I’m always looking for ideas as to how to look more stylish and less frumpy while pregnant. The comments on this post have great ideas too.

The Atlantic is running a Life Timeline series that will tell you how the world has changed since you were born. Here, explore the life of a 25 year old, a 57 year old, and a 101 year old.

Why Airlines Can Get Away with Bad Customer Service.

Thoughts on Childbirth: Let's End the Judgment

Thoughts on Childbirth: Let's End the Judgment

Reflections on 6 Months of Marriage

Reflections on 6 Months of Marriage