Currently: Reading, Loving, Working, Feeling

 
Sixteen weeks when this picture was taken!

Sixteen weeks when this picture was taken!

 

Hi all! I’ve missed this space so much, and I’ve missed the cathartic practice of writing. I’ve been journal-praying, but I haven’t devoted a ton of time to self-reflection. I wanted to catch you up on all-things spring/summer. I cannot believe it’s almost June! Where did the time go?!

Reading

Currently, I’m reading a lot of pregnancy/parenting books. I haven’t shared these online much because it feels like it might be boring to the people who follow me, but maybe there are some other first-time moms or soon-to-be moms out there who would be interested.

Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong—and What You Really Need to Know by Emily Oster

Emily Oster is a professor of economics, and her book is much more cut and dry than What to Expect When You’re Expecting (and less fear-based!). She evaluates the data behind the accepted rules of pregnancy and addresses how most are often misguided and even flat-out wrong. It’s the book every pregnant woman should read who wants to enjoy a more relaxed pregnancy!

Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool by Emily Oster

When I purchased Expecting Better, I couldn’t help but buy Oster’s newest book, Cribsheet. The subtitle says it all, but this is a thinking parent’s guide to the chaos and frequent misinformation of the year years of parenting. My husband’s reading through this one as well, and I’m really thankful. There’s so much we don’t know!

Some others I plan to pick up soon:

I’m also finally picking up a book I put down at the beginning of the year (due to nausea/general slumpiness), and loving it again, and that’s Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend. That’s right, people, I started it in January and haven’t finished this middle-grade book. It’s honestly kind of embarrassing, but you know what? That’s just the season I’m in right now. I pick up and put down books for so many reasons these days. The fact that I picked it up at all is a win for me!

I’m also listening to The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty and The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart on audible. I'll admit, in my slumpiness, I tend to want to listen to podcasts more than audiobooks—even podcasts about reading, which is kind of funny. But I’m hoping to change that in June.

Loving

Psalm of the Day: I still want to write a review post on Praying the Bible by Donald Whitney, so I won’t go into too much detail here, but I’ve been loving a devotional practice Whitney calls “psalm of the day.” Basically, I’ve been reading and praying through one psalm a day, and it’s greatly enriched my days—and my prayer life.

Coffee + Crumbs podcast: I’ve been loving the blog and podcast called Coffee + Crumbs, a collection of stories about motherhood. Since I’ve found out I’m pregnant, I’ve really enjoyed listening to a group of moms talking about the joys and challenges of motherhood. They also throw in a lot of advice for first-time moms, so I feel like I’m soaking up some mom wisdom.

Front porch sitting: In North Carolina, there’s a pretty limited window of time when you can enjoy sitting outside. For most people, that time has already passed—it’s already so hot out. But I’m always cold, and the mornings are still really nice, so I don’t mind. I just can’t sit out there too late in the day or I’ll get eaten by mosquitos! Still, it’s a cherished time to sit and read.

Summer mocktails: The only downside to sitting on the front porch in the summer is not having an ice-cold margarita in my hands! But I’ve been enjoying some delicious, sweet summer mocktails that hit the spot. Ginger ale, pomegranate juice, and lime la croix make the best, most refreshing mocktail. If you have any you want to share, send them my way!

Working

Freelance e-course: If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you know that I’ve been working on my editing 101 course. I’m so, so excited for this, and I can’t wait to see how it develops. Right now I’m almost finished with the lesson material, but there’s several stages I need to build out before it’s ready. I’m hoping for an August launch date!

My part-time job: Other than my freelance course, I’ve been enjoying working on books I’m proud of at the publisher I work for. It’s been fun to work with authors for several months and then see the finished product, knowing I helped make it. Is there any better feeling? I pressed pause on a few freelance projects in my first trimester, and it was a much-needed break. But now that I have more energy in my second trimester, I’m excited to keep working on projects I love!

Other than that, I haven’t really been creating; I’ve mostly been a consumer. But I hope to change that in June, at least on Bookstagram!

Feeling

Grateful. Seventeen weeks currently, and all I can say is I’m grateful for the miracle that’s growing.

Anxious. Thinking about all of the changes looming does make me a little anxious, but prenatal yoga and the headspace app have helped a lot.

Excited. Summer travel, friends! We’re headed to a friend’s wedding in Austin, TX, in June. I’m really looking forward to crushing some Tex-Mex. It’s been too long!

Ready to nest. Enough said! I finally have the energy to nest and organize. It’s been a Kon Mari tornado in our home!