Weekend Links / / The Purpose in 40 Weeks

Butchertown Hall

^ Last weekends girl brunch date at Butchertown Hall.

This week was filled to the brim with emotions. A mixture of nervous energy and reflection. How has this pregnancy neared its completion? There are parts of me that aren’t ready for pregnancy to be over but a much larger (4o weeks) part of me simply wants to meet my baby boy. Life is full of unknowns and knowing he can arrive any day now is hard to fathom.

Wednesday was my due date and well, here we are on Friday and baby is still chilling. I have a scheduled induction to begin on Tuesday night, so there is an end in sight. I never felt like he would come early (I haven’t been uncomfortable enough).

I’ve forced myself to leave the house everyday to run a small errand or at least grab coffee. Distraction is key! I’d love to enjoy one more brunch date this weekend if we aren’t in labor.

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An Impromptu Maternity Photoshoot

Maternity Photoshoot San Francisco

When infertility is part of your story there are moments you aren’t sure you’ll ever experience: showers, baby registries, decorating a nursery and of course a maternity photoshoot.

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Big Sur + Bixby Creek Bridge

“I descended a dusty gravel ridge, beneath the Bixby Canyon Bridge, until I eventually arrived, at the place where your soul had died.”

Big Sur

If you are driving north on the Pacific Coast Highway you will pass over Bixby Creek Bridge, which is the subject of the Death Cab for Cutie song, “Bixby Canyon Bridge”. The Bixby Creek Bridge was erected in 1932 which completely baffles me. I’ll never understand how bridges like these (which are still standing!) were built-in such treacherous conditions without modern equipment.

Prior to the bridge’s completion, the residents of this area of Big Sur, California were essentially cut off during the winter. They really must have felt like they were living in their own secluded world. Even the most remote areas of the United States aren’t that remote!

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A Pantone Baby Shower

Pantone Baby Shower

A few weeks ago, some Nashville friends gathered around us to celebrate the arrival of Baby Short. Jordan and I feel so blessed (an overused word, but also true) by our Nashville community and when I originally sat down to write this post, all I could think about was gratitude. My heart is bursting with love.

Moving to a new city is overwhelming for a multitude of reasons, but quite possibly one of the biggest reasons is the fear of loneliness. Will I be able to find a tribe? It’s a valid concern as finding friends isn’t a guarantee. Through some luck (and a little effort), we have found ourselves embraced by an amazing group of people. This tribe came together to host a lovely and relaxing baby shower.

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Weekend Links / / Flight of WOW

39 Weeks Pregnant

A few months ago, Jordan and I bought tickets for Flight of the Conchords’ stateside tour. It was a bit of a risk considering we knew I’d be 39 weeks pregnant, but we figured we’d see how I was feeling. Reselling was always an option or Jordan could bring a buddy. Thankfully, I have been feeling well and so we settled in for the night (I have a few snaps from the night. Click on the Snapchat button to watch!). Jordan and I have been fans of Bret and Jemaine since their television show was on HBO. I’m so happy we had a chance to see them live!

In other Short family news, earlier this week, Jordan and I signed up for a Costco membership which truly feels like the most adult thing we’ve ever done. We were practically giddy browsing the aisles despite being fully stocked with groceries at home! What are your favorite Costco purchases?

So, how am I feeling at 39 weeks pregnant? Pretty good! Knowing baby boy will arrive any day now is a strange and exciting feeling.

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Elephant Seals and Great Views

Jordan and I spent 2.5 weeks in April and May of 2016 driving the coast of California. If you’d like to start at the beginning click here.

Driving the Pacific Coast Highway

We left San Luis Obispo midmorning with roughly three hours of pure driving time left. I’m not sure why I went into driving the Pacific Coast Highway naively but I didn’t think we’d have opportunities to stop. I assumed we would admire the scenery from our cars! Silly me.

Our three hour drive turned more into a six hour drive!

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The Larimar Birthstone

Larimar Birthstone

Discovering my almost thirty-year old style aesthetic has been a journey. A journey I’ve documented several times on this blog of mine. I’ve written about the theory behind the French Five and the ten pairs of shoes every woman needs to own. While in the midst of fertility treatments last year, I felt a little stifled as far as my closet was concerned. I was ready to make a change, but it wasn’t the right time.

To make a small closet work, staples are essential. I didn’t feel it was wise to purchase many clothes since I was hoping a baby bell would cause me to grow out of those quickly (and thankfully, I was right!). Outside of shoes, jewelry was an area in which I felt I could capsulize and make more functional.

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Weekend Links / / Thirty-Eight Weeks

Weekend Reading

I’m sitting here watching an early season two episode of Gilmore Girls lacking any sort of motivation to empty the dishwasher and make our bed. People ask me daily if I’m over it, especially at thirty-eight weeks pregnant, and ready for this baby to arrive, but honestly I’m not. I’m already feeling nostalgic for his kicks.

In other news…

This week has been filled with a little more reading, a lot of Wimbledon tennis watching and a hair color refresh as all women who are about to go into labor should do something that’ll make them feel more like themselves.

This week has also been extremely heartbreaking and infuriating and as a white female I often don’t really know how to respond. I will leave you with one of Leslie Odom Jr.’s tweets, “I will live. I will work. I will make art. A life with love at its center is radical protest in the face of evil.” I’m praying for all those families who have lost loved ones this week in senseless shootings. We need heart change.

Onto the links!

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Summer Macaroni Salad

Summer Macaroni Salad

I’m excited to let you all know issue 8 of Holl & Lane Magazine is live! The issue features my families summer macaroni salad recipe. This macaroni salad was a stable summer dish in my house growing up. The simple, but surprising, combination of fresh dill, peas, gherkin pickles and cheddar cheese compliment each other extremely well. If you happen to have an abundance of cucumbers around feel free to add them in!

There is something extremely refreshing about cold macaroni salads in the summer. This is the perfect addition to a summer BBQ or serve with grilled chicken and a spinach salad.

What is your favorite summer pasta salad recipe?

Enter code Issue8Friends&Family at checkout for 15% off throughout the month of July!

Happy Eating!

Currently / / July

July

Well, I did it. I made it to July! Baby boy’s birth month! I have so many thoughts swirling in my head, it’s hard to know where to begin. Despite this pregnancy being very intentional, I still find myself feeling overwhelmed by all of the last-minute details. I’m doing my best to have our bases covered, but it’s difficult knowing what one really will needs!

Let’s dive in to July…

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