33 Weeks | Giving Thanks

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I woke up this morning with a lot to be thankful for. Earlier this week I wrote about being grateful for the little things that are easy to take for granted. But today I’m appropriately using the holiday to be thankful for the big, mind-blowingly amazing things. Obviously, this little baby I’m growing comes top of mind of things to be thankful for. It’s easy to be flippant about the funny side effects of pregnancy – from blaming immodest farts and burps on the baby, to the retro “down there” grooming situation (now I know why women in birthing videos are always rocking a full on ’70s crotch). The bodily changes are as hilarious and uncomfortable as puberty – but all of that aside…  I am so incredibly thankful for this pregnancy. For this baby. And that I get to be his mom.

Field Notes & Other Observations: 
• I went to the midwife yesterday. My belly is measuring at 32 weeks and the baby is positioned head down with his back curved against the left side of my body. I’m supposed to rock on an exercise ball (with my belly button pointing down) to coax his back towards my belly – which is the best position for birthing.
• We’re about halfway through our Hypnobirthing classes. One of my key takeaways this week is to practice “breathing the baby down” (vs. pushing) while going #2. Think about that the next time you go to the bathroom.
• I miss being able to lie on my stomach. Everyone tells you to go see movies and go out to fancy dinners before you have a baby but what I want to tell all my non-pregnant friends is to take a nap or read a book laying on your stomach.
• Jeremy knows I love watching the Victoria’s Secret fashion show every holiday season, so earlier this week he sent me a calendar appointment so I wouldn’t forget. But for some reason I don’t think watching lingerie models stomp down a runway covered in glitter and bronzer will be very good for my self esteem at 8.5 months pregnant.
• My most recent pregnancy craving is oatmeal – Scottish oats loaded with cinnamon, apples, raisins, pecans, and a dash of maple syrup.
• In related news, my chiropractor noticed I had more inflammation in my joints than usual – which made me that much more convinced that eating paleo (grain free) is best for my body.

Anatomy of an Outfit:
• Sweater – (I cut out the tags and can’t remember / not maternity)
• Tee & Leggings – BCBG (not maternity)
• Boots – Uggs

Little Things

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As Thanksgiving approaches and everyone on Facebook gives daily #gratitude I’ve been thinking lots about what I’m grateful for. And I’d have to say, lately, it’s been the little things. Fleeting and temporary moments of beauty that can easily be overlooked or taken for granted. Like a good hair day. Or fresh nail polish – before it’s had a chance to chip. Coming home with my favorite flowers from the grocery store. Kanye West and tie-dye. Long breakfasts and slow tea. Late night conversations with old friends that you never want to end. An extra minute of morning cuddles and hard kicks to the stomach (ribs & hips) from a sweet tiny human.

I’m grateful for the little things – the perfectly imperfect, impermanent, and ever-changing little things.

What little things are you thankful for? 

 

Biz Ladies

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I think one of the myths of the creative entrepreneur is that we never get weekends off. Sure, I’ve had to pull a few long hours here and there for a tight client deadline, or I am so excited about a project (like redesigning our Braid website) that I just can’t help myself from working a couple hours on a Sunday afternoon. But for the most part when I’m off, I’m off. Weekends are sacred. No emails, no writing, no designing. This weekend was no exception – and it was glorious.

But with that, Monday definitely still feels like Monday. So here we are. The very beginning of the week starts with a cup of tea and a look at the schedule for the week. To-dos are determined, meetings are prepped, and days are planned. And that’s pretty glorious too.

What’s your relationship with Monday like?

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Last week I was profiled on Design Sponge’s Biz Ladies series. Over there I share the journey of going from day job, to freelance, to business owner with my sister. Read more here.

I also wrote a post on The Braid Blog about going from doing to teaching – a very cool trend of people helping people that I’ve noticed other creatives really starting to embrace as a business model. You can read that post here.

Finally, our last Braid ECourse for Creative Entrepreneurs for the year will be Dream Customer Catching: Embrace Your Expertise and Attract What You Track. This ECourse is awesome for creatives who feel scattered when it comes to what they do and for who. It will be in-session from Dec. 13-22. As always, & Kathleen readers are invited to take our Braid ECourses for $50 when you register using the discount code ANDKATHLEEN50. Learn more here. 

32 Weeks | Kinda Badass

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I almost put on a cute outfit for this week’s maternity shoot but I decided my workout clothes were a more fair representation of what I’m actually wearing, all the time, these days. Not just because the 4-way stretch comfortably accommodates my growing body but because I still spend a good amount of time hitting the gym. I think it’s a pregnancy myth that we turn into delicate flowers while with child.

Because the truth is … being pregnant kind of makes you a badass. First off, you gain super human abilities. Like the ability to smell danger (or stinky breath) from afar. You also produce up to 50% more blood in your body while pregnant. That means your heart is working extra hard to pump all that volume through your body – it’s like built-in cardio. Plus, carrying around extra weight gains = muscle gains, right? And I hear once you tackle childbirth you gain the kind of courage that can tackle the tallest mountain (hello, Everest.) So when men at the gym tell me they’re impressed that I’m still showing up at 8 months pregnant I want to say “You should be.”

But beyond the physical aspects of pregnancy and the fact that I’m still a total gym rat there is something deeper at play here. Maybe it’s the hormones but I feel like being pregnant is initiating me into a lineage of badass and fiercely feminine women who have paved the way. I feel connected to centuries of badass warrior mommas from all over the world who came (and birthed) before.

Field Notes & Other Observations: 
• Okay, all that badass talk aside there are a few things that make me feel wimpy. Like the daily struggle that is putting on shoes.
• My ribs and sternum are so bruised and sore – it’s incredibly uncomfortable. And for the first time this week I felt the baby moving up under my rib cage. My girlfriend Greer told me her boy lived up under her rib cage for a while and her ribs stayed popped out from her body for a whole year after giving birth!
• Middle of the night leg cramps are no joke.
• This is weird but I love the feeling when the baby kicks / punches my hip bones.
• Mister Scooty Boots has been extra snuggly lately. I think he’s starting to realize what’s happening around here. Or he’s just cold.

Bound to Fall in Love

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Have you seen the new Kanye West video yet? My love for Kanye is no secret. I’ve written about my obsession with the Dark Twisted Beautiful Fantasy Runaway video / film and this Bound video is no exception. Maybe it’s the wild horses running in slow motion. Maybe it’s the snow capped mountains and pink skies (both of which are pretty much my happy place). Maybe it’s Kim Kardashian’s impeccable hair and gravity-defying bosom. Or maybe it’s all that  unapologetic confidence that has won me over.

What’s your favorite music video right now?