Nearly 6 months pregnant!

Coming up on week 23, and Baby Linnberg is just kicking away in there! And my darling Oliver, aside from being a 7-year-old boy genius, is just the absolute sweetest person alive. I can already tell he will be the best big brother of ever. Every morning when I drop him off at school, he not only kisses/hugs me goodbye, but he says “bye baby, love you!” to his brother! He always asks to feel the belly, and when he gets a bump from inside, he says, “he high five’d me again!”… #cuteness If that isn’t enough to make you “AWWWWW”, at night when we do our bedtime routine, Ollie has been reading to my belly! He puts one of his hands on my tummy, and reads a book aloud to all of us. It melts my heart. He is surely going to be a terrific big bro.

Jan and I have been putting together the nursery, and I must say it is LOVELY. I wanted to have a sort of minimalist theme with arrows, geometric shapes, and a slight color accent. We put up wall decals (arrows and gold triangles), new curtains, and I’ve re-painted a changing table and dresser this deep turquoise color (that once belonged to my dad). Oliver added his touch to the room, as well (see “baby bro” painting below). Now, all I need is to revamp the glider cushions, get a little table or stool, and find a rug.

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Crib & decals (plus Ollie’s art)

 

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Loving these colors !

 

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First attempt (no pattern/all guess work) at baby clothes

 

On a side note, my yoga practice proves more challenging/giving lately. My growing belly makes it tricky to do all the folds and stretches I once knew, but I am adapting. I’d recommend eagle arms pose for ANYONE (pregnant or not) who works at a desk/in an office all day. It’s an awesome way to release the tension that builds up, and it feels fantastic! I’m also slightly obsessed with hip openers and am open to any new suggestions. I know I need to work on squats/ upper legs and arms… #goals

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#ALLTHEPOSES (tree, chair, reverse warrior, downward dog, seated/chest opener, crab, high lunge, hand to big toe, king pigeon)

I’ll probably write another post soon, because I have an ultrasound this week!

SIDENOTE: I bought this sweet necklace from Heidi Girl, and you should totes check her shop out!

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beauteous.

 

 

 

 

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Yoga for Buddha bellies

I’ve been practicing yoga for almost a year now. I wish it were longer and that I would have started sooner, but honestly I didn’t even think about yoga until my friend, Larissa, introduced it to me. THANKS RISS! When I learned I was pregnant, I had just finished transforming a spare room in my house into my very own personal yoga studio (mood paint, mood smells, mood feels, mood moods). I had also been practicing in my spacious attic, and felt way comfortable in my own flow/leading myself through poses. I had just started practicing inversions, too, and reveled in the moment I actually could do a supported head stand. Being upside down is such a lovely, natural rush. Pregnancy doesn’t necessarily throw off a yogi’s chi, but it does cause changes or modifications in one’s practice (no inversions was one). I love everything about my practice. I feel strong. I feel relaxed and accomplished. It is wonderful #seriously #youshouldtryit Even without the inversions, twists, prone poses, and other physically-difficult-to-manuever poses, yoga is a big part of my life. I need yoga. I may be an addict.

For me, yoga is many things (as I imagine it is for oodles of others). It is my exercise- my body is stronger! It is my decompressor- there for me when I’m stressed and need to relax. It is that part of the day when I can do something for myself that is rewarding and free! I’ve made a habit of attending prenatal (and gentle) sessions at a studio in Moline -shout out to Roberta and Becky! The other days of the week, I do at least 30 min of yoga at home. Sometimes it is rough finding a quiet space, a dog/cat-free space, and a time when I’m not super sleepy… But I manage! And every single time I practice, I feel glad I did.
I plan on practicing during and well after this pregnancy, too! Eventually, I’d love to get my instructor’s license and teach.

I’ll get off my yoga soapbox for now- but only bc this photo is WAY cute!

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Ollie LOVES little bro already

 

Beginning of 2015; Halfway through my pregnancy!

I do hope all of my readers/lovelies had a spectacular New Years! Jan and I spent ours thrift store shopping, eating Arby’s, and watching The Interview. THRILLING. But for serious, it was just perfect. I was happy spending the day with my beloved, and then just vegging out on the couch braless in my softie pants.

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After that, I literally have no idea what I did with the rest of my days up until we picked Ollie up from his dad. I spent a lot of time in my house, slugging around, watching movies and eating chocolate. Over the weekend, I painted our bedroom a lovely gray color and built a shelf for Jan’s t-shirts (all 400 of them). Oh, and I got out of the house and was SOCIABLE with REAL PEOPLE, too. #impregnantnotdead Jan actually drove when it was time to pick up Oliver- A HUGE thank you to him for doing so. My back and knee have been making sitting my most unfavorable thing to do, and Jan driving helped tons! Especially since there was some kind of winter tundra to drive through on our way home…

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proof I wore real pants and went out of the house

Speaking of tundras, I do remember that it snowed a lot Saturday night, and Sunday I cooked breakfast for Jan, Jeff & Whitney before Jan and I went to the movies to see Unbroken. Jan had read the book and wanted to see it, and aside from the length of the film (it was over 2 hrs long), it was pretty darn great. Makes you really believe in whatever you believe in. Also, I got a large, buttery bucket of movie popcorn so THAT didn’t suck. You know what did suck? Having to wake up before 10am. Waking up at 6am, exactly. Going back to the real world and working again is something we all had to do eventually, but dread nonetheless. For those of us who were off during the holidays, you know what I mean. Sleeping in was the greatest thing about Winter break/is the greatest thing ever. Right up there with wearing sweatpants all. day. long.  For those who worked through the holidays, you have my deepest sympathies. I was ever so grateful for the snow days Tuesday & Wednesday! They were spent cleaning, playing games with Ollie, running errands, and baking banana bread. And actually, being home those 2 days made me miss being home and taking care of the house… I really love it.

Let’s see, let’s see… OH YES!!

YAY! ULTRASOUND/GENDER REVEAL EXPLOSION!

Jan and I watched (with wide eyes and smiles) our tiny baby kicking and twisting around on the monitor. I think the difference in size and actually seeing baby moving around was the most thrilling thing ever. We were both in love. Like, “OMG JAN WE ARE HAVING A BABY AND IT IS MAGIC” or something. The whole time I was anxiously waiting to hear “it’s a girl!” because everyone (including myself) predicted it. But, when the nurse showed us the baby’s bottom and said, “Uh oh!” I knew it was just the opposite. The baby was cooperating for the most part, so she was able to get all of the clear shots she needed. She stopped the monitor on baby’s tiny bottom and typed the words “OH BOY!!!” right beside what was clear to be boy parts. WE ARE HAVING A BABY BOY! I’ll be honest,  I was a tad shocked/disappointed to hear that it wasn’t a girl- having gone this whole pregnancy with the thought/feel it would be a girl. But, after everything settled in OBVIOUSLY it didn’t/doesn’t matter. Jan and Oliver are happy…and I suppose there’s nothing terribly wrong with being surrounded by handsome fellas.

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big bro material, this one #rolemodel

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BOY PARTS

 

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Proud daddy… #genderreveal