28 weeks + shopping in the city

28 weeks!

I am getting behind in my documenting game! I was on such a spree too! The photo above marks 28 weeks — and I can’t believe how fast time is moving! On this weekend I enjoyed time at home decorating the house for Christmas and heading into the city with my sister for some Christmas shopping. We visited the Misha and Puff pop-up shop on Newbury Street (WHICH IS A DREAM!), braved through the crowds at the new Eataly in the Prudential Center, and visited the SOWA Winter Festival in the South End. A great start to December and a great start to the holiday season.

Here are some extra photos from the weekend…

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Misha and Puff makes GORGEOUS hand-knit outfits for babies and toddlers and I was so happy to discover they were opening up shop in Boston for a few weeks this winter. The pop-up shop is amazing and it’s very hard to not want everything in it! I picked up a little pom-pom hat and Meg graciously bought the baby her first knit Christmas dress. Everything is so lovely and so well made. So excited to own a few pieces!

Misha and Puff Eataly Boston

Eataly is amazing! AND SO CROWED! We were not able to eat here because it was so busy, but I’m determined to find another time at some point!

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The sweetest space for a Holiday Market! Twinkle lights forever!

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I found this amazing illustrated version of Harry Potter at Costco for the baby’s first Christmas book (HP is so Christmas season to me, and I’m not quite sure why). But! Who are we kidding, I really got it for myself! HA! I will wrap it up on Christmas Eve, though. Just to make it official. :)

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One of my favorite spots in our house — and just the right amount of Christmas trinkets. :)

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Sunday snoozes. So good.

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And finally! I love our bedroom tree! It doesn’t get much more magical than that. I love Christmas and I’m so excited that it’s finally here.

the great christmas tree hunt // 27 weeks

Another year, another Houdes tree hunt!

This year, we had Thanksgiving in Connecticut, and then headed to the tree farm on Sunday. I like getting our tree so early in the season because then we have many weeks to enjoy it. We got two trees (again!) because you need one tree in the living room AND a tree in the bedroom, I always say. Two trees or you’re not doing it right. :)

And here I am at 27 weeks! I realized this weekend that I landed in the 3rd trimester just in time for all the holiday eating. So amazing! I am feeling good and feeling bigger. That’s the way it’s supposed to be, right? I am still sleeping well through the night and only have a little back pain at the end of the day — which I contribute to my body just being beat by 7 PM. It’s hard to carry around another human inside of you while you’re on your feet all day.

It was such a nice few days celebrating the start of the coziest season. So much to be thankful for like family and feasts, but most of all for a growing bump and a growing baby. ♥

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! And happy December! XO

taking stock // 26 weeks!

26 weeks

Another week gone too slow AND too fast. I am both wishing the days away so Thanksgiving and Christmas can be here and simultaneously begging time to slow down. Sigh!

Here’s a little record of life lately… //

M A K I N G: This Spicy Black Bean Soup recipe. I have made it twice in the last few weeks!

D R I N K I N G: Whole milk, by the tall glass, still. I can’t even begin to stop. Freaking love that stuff right now.

W A N T I N G: These goodies on my Christmas list:

Mama Bear Necklace

This turntable for the baby’s room

A new leather bag

Some gorgeous/functional new cookware

W A T C H I N G: We have been watching episodes of The Fall and Designated Survivor lately. The Fall is so fascinating! I am also loving This is Us. Totally feel good and Mandy Moore! So many hearts.

R E A D I N G: I admit I have been HORRIBLE at reading lately. I feel so distracted. I did get my used copy of Night Lights in the mail so I’m excited to start that soon.

L I S T E N I N G  T O: Christmas music. I gave in! 

E A T I N G: A little bit of this and a little bit of that. Throughout much of this pregnancy I haven’t had much of an appetite, but I think it’s starting to return. Chocolate chip cookies are a favorite… to compliment the milk. :)

W I S H I N G: I could find some way to help volunteer around my community/in Boston in the coming year and beyond. Zan shared this letter with me this week and so much of what has happened surrounding the insanity of the election and that “tangerine champion” (best worst nickname, forever) has made me want to step forward and do something. Anything! Now I just need to figure out what.

E N J O Y I N G: the coziest most amazing fleece sheets on our bed right now. You NEED THEM. YOU WILL LOVE THEM.

H O P I N G: crazily, for lots of snow this December.

N E E D I N G: Thanksgiving vacation! So soon!!

F O L L O W I N G: accounts I am loving lately… dear franny  |  by mari andrew  |  erin boyle 

F E E L I N G: So many emotions, all of the time.

W E A R I N G: the best maternity jeans ever.

B O O K M A R K I N G: this book-a-day advent calendar. For someday, not very far away from today. 

L O V I N G: The fact that in one week our house will have a Christmas tree. Let the holiday magic begin. ✨✨

25 weeks.

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25 weeks. Saturday morning with Zan and Penny at the beach. ❤️

This week has been EMOTIONAL for me in so many ways.

It is a serious thing
Just to be alive
On this fresh morning
In this broken world. // Mary Oliver

Besides the broken, there is still so much to be thankful for. I’m thankful for a stroller found and a baby shower in the works. I’m thankful for dinner with family and days off in the city. I’m thankful for fresh fleece sheets and taking a pottery class. I’m thankful for second graders, and kindness, and sunshine, and the rain. I’m thankful for a growing baby and a healthy pregnancy every. single. day.

We didn’t get a spot at the daycare we wanted this week which was another disappointment in the mix but that’s a silly problem compared to what others are going through, honestly. We will keep looking and everything will work out. I wish others who are struggling with bigger and more significant things could be sure of that truth, too, but I just don’t know sometimes and that makes me sad.

Is it okay to be positive when for some life’s so bleak? I know it is more than okay, but I’m sensitive to it right now. To know I am safe when others are not is a tough pill to swallow if I think about it hard enough. Perspective is so powerful, isn’t it?

My problems seem so little in this big broken world.

My goodness! Such a downer post from what felt like a definite downer week. So I guess I’ll just end with this… a quote my sister sent me Wednesday morning that I love love love. A perfect way to fight the darkness and move toward the light:

“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” // John Wesley

I want to live my life this way, and teach my daughter to love this way, for as long as ever I can.