This morning I went out for brunch to catch up with Rachael and try out the new-ish Mamaleh’s Delicatessen in Kendall Square. It was delicious! I decided to try out two different things because 1) everything on the menu looked so good and 2) I am eating for two. Such a great excuse to use these days so I might as well take advantage of it. :) I got the chocolate Babka cake and a bagel with Lox. There’s plenty of seating inside and also a bar for making coffee drinks, milkshakes and egg creams. YUM. I love the vibe inside and everything was wonderfully tasty — so much that I’m considering going back again tomorrow. Deli food has always been such a favorite of mine.

You can view the menu here.

And you can have a visit yourself by going here:

Mamaleh’s // (reservations recommended)
One Kendall Square
15 Hampshire Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

(617) 958-DELI

SO GOOD! You’re going to love it.

23 weeks ♥

23 weeks!23 weeks!23 weeks!23 weeks!23 weeks!23 weeks!23 weeks!

I’ve got lots of pictures to document the weekend this week! All the colors in the photos feel so fall and warm and beautiful to me. Friday night we celebrated Meg and Zan’s mom’s birthday with family, Saturday we brought Penny to the beach and visited little Rose (our friends’ adorable new baby!), and Sunday was for hanging out with Nell and her bridesmaids and most importantly for baking pie. OH, YUM– that was amazing and delicious pie.

I’m still feeling really good this week and feeling so many little kicks. I think that’s probably my favorite. This week the baby is the size of a grapefruit and is actually over a pound in weight now. Amazing! I am still fairly small in the bump department and so far, I am liking it that way — I’m feeling very comfortable in my body and would like it to last as long as possible.

Pennylane has been so cuddly lately. Some people have told me it’s because she knows the baby is here, but I kind of think she just likes to snuggle when the weather starts to get colder. Either way, I’ll take it! I love that girl and am so glad she’s around. I need to start reading how to introduce a baby and a puppy to each other. I hope they’ll love each other and I have a good feeling that they will.

// Other things I need/want to do:

Start thinking about decorating the baby’s room.

Find a rug that I love
Thrift an old dresser
Work on this DIY project

Pick out a stroller and carseat.

Look into signing up for some pre-birth classes.

When Zan and I were at the beach in Ipswich a few weeks ago we came across a free couch on the side of the road and that’s the couch you now see in that picture from our bedroom up there. We cleaned it up good and it fits so perfectly in the space. Penny likes it (clearly, HA), and we like it, too! Just in time for feeding and changing and laying around with a little babe. So excited. I just can’t wait.

dear baby, // 22 weeks!

22 weeks!

Dear Baby,

Another week done, and another week closer to meeting you! Time slow down, please! I want this to last! I feel like I’m going to be saying a LOT of this over my lifetime, aren’t I? I’m guessing this is true. This week I felt lots of movement from you. You mostly become active at night, right as I lie down for bed. The Bump App says you are the size of a coconut now. That seems crazy to me! But I believe it because it seems suddenly like I have popped — almost overnight. On Saturday I went to the Old Navy at the Cambridgeside Galleria because they have a maternity section and I wanted to buy a few more outfits for fall. They have cute stuff (like the sweater I am wearing) and I don’t feel too guilty about buying anything because the clothes were cheap! And today, my friend Hannah came into town from Maine and I bought a few outfits for you too because they were ADORABLE and I honestly couldn’t help it. I am so excited you are a girl! Hannah (who has a daughter Sloane) and I went to visit our friend EE who also just had a daughter Eleanor and we talked all things baby for hours and it made me really excited about everything. I am pretty much always excited about everything involving you, but also like WHOA most of the time too. So much I think I know and so much I’m sure I have NO idea about. This is really happening and that is sometimes still crazy to me.

Every day you’re growing and every day I am in awe.

What will you look like? What will your personality be? I can’t wait to meet you, but I really like being pregnant too! So we’ll take it one day at a time and I know I’ll be holding you soon.

I love you to the moon already! Infinite X’s and O’s.

Forever yours,

Mama ❤️

22 weeks!


Taking this weekly photo thing seriously and not so seriously at the same time.
Just whatever I am wearing and wherever I happen to be.
But trying to keep up with it! Memories are so important to me.
(thanks for taking this week’s photo, Hans! xo)

21 weeks in the fall…

21 weeks!

Another week done, 19 weeks to go! This weekend my sister and I drove home to New York to go to my cousin Virginia’s baby shower. She is due at the end of December and it was so nice to see family and fun to see how she’s growing and celebrating. She is having a little girl too! So much fun. Who runs the world?? GIRLS. :)

I thought I would do a pregnancy update this week quiz-style. I have seen some of these on other blogs and always thought they were fun to read, so here we go!

What fruit are you? // This week the baby is roughly as long as a carrot. Around 12.7 ounces and 10.5 inches. My favorite app has been The Bump app, for sure. I love their articles and weekly updates!

Due date // February 26, 2017

How far along // 21 weeks!

Gender // GIRL

Total weight gain/loss // Last week at my 20 week ulstrasound I had not gained any weight yet! Thinking maybe this week I gained a pound or two? Feeling lucky so far but definitely getting ready to put on some LBS.

Exercise // I have been doing prenatal yoga since I was about 10 weeks pregnant. I found a studio close to my house and love going once or twice a week. So relaxing and I hope it helps keep me at ease through the rest of my pregnancy and also during labor and delivery. (Eeeek. Such a scary thought.)

Stretch marks // Not yet, and hopefully never. I think I read this is hereditary, though, so if it happens so be it. My friend Moe told me about this cream and this oil so I ordered both and having been using them after my showers which I hope will help if possible.

Swelling // No swelling yet, either.

Maternity clothes // Yes, I am starting to wear lots of dresses and I also got a pair of jeans that I really love. I am wearing a few maternity shirts at this point, too.

Sleep // I am sleeping well, which I also feel happy about. I’m sleeping mostly on my side and am thinking about ordering one of those long pregnancy pillows soon. Everyone I know who has had a baby recently as told me that they are magic so I feel I need to get one for the weeks/months ahead.

Food cravings //  Nothing really, just still drinking whole milk by the gallon every few days. :)

Symptoms //  I honestly have hardly had any symptoms during this pregnancy. For the first few months I had a hard time believing there was actually a baby inside me. Ha! I did have sore boobs at the beginning, but that is honestly about it. No sickness! Praise UP!

Movement // Yes! Feeling kicks this week and Zan has even been able to feel some too!

What I miss //  Wegmans turkey subs and beer when everyone else is drinking it.

What I’m loving // All the well wishes from friends and family.

What I’m looking forward to // I’m honestly looking forward to seeing how my body changes. Such a crazy thing to be growing a human inside of me. I feel so lucky and want to try my best to savor it.

Best moment this week // I shared my news with my second graders on Friday and also sent a letter to the parents. The kids were really excited! And some of their comments were so funny!

Words of wisdom // I love this quote I read this week and want to remember it always:

The most important thing she’d learned over the years was that there was no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.
– Jill Churchill