Grab a spritzer & let’s get into it.
John Paul & I moved back to Tulsa last August and the past year has been quite eventful. We were suppose to move into our new home in August, however due to builder delays, we didn’t end up closing on our house until mid-December. Building was a bit more stressful than we initially anticipated but we love our home and couldn’t be more grateful to be homeowners! It’s been nice to be closer to my family and all of the local amenities I grew up around. Additionally, I’m thrilled with how close in proximity our house is to some of my go-to spots; we are literally a stone’s throw away from Whole Foods, local coffee shops, boutiques, yoga studios, etc. In Florida, we had to drive 15-20 minutes to get to a grocery store, so now we certainly feel spoiled.
Design-wise, building our home was super fun! Of course, we had a budget like the rest of the world so I had to limit myself on certain selections, but overall we were able to implement some beautiful finishes & features such as marble counter-tops, white oak floors and a built-in wine fridge. Luckily, I was able to bounce a lot of design ideas off of my cousin, Shawn, who manages a successful Interior Design firm in Brookside (a hip district with great shopping, here in Tulsa). The color palette consists of black, white, gray, and taupe, and the house has a modern-but not too modern- feel. We have a few pops of color via coffee table books & artwork, but it’s generally quite neutral. Decorating has been an entirely different beast as it takes time, money, and trial & error. It’s definitely a process, but we are embracing it and slowly adding things. We may update things over the years but I just feel so lucky to have a home & look forward to the memories we will make here. I’m sure you will begin to see photos of the main areas of our home soon, especially with fall quickly approaching (hello, pumpkins and black everything!).
In even more exciting news, I am seven months pregnant! John Paul & I are expecting a little boy at the end of October. Those close to me joke that I planned my due date (the 29th) around Halloween because they know how much I love the holiday. It really is funny that it conveniently worked out that way, haha! My birthday is September 27th and my husbands’ is November 3rd, so this little guy may very well be born between those two dates.
It’s still surreal that we are expecting our son. I feel blessed that we were able to get pregnant without difficulty. I know many couples who struggle with conceiving and maintaining healthy pregnancies; I thank God every single day for the health of my baby.
The first half of my pregnancy was a little rough. I struggled with heavy morning sickness and severe smell aversions. I was bed-ridden for the first 17 weeks or so. Thankfully, everything has subsided; I’ve been able to eat and live “normally,” as well as regain the weight I lost in the first four months. Prior to getting pregnant, I never thought I would have issues gaining weight or struggle with constant sickness. I would do it all over again for my baby, but I’m elated that part is over…hopefully.
Now that I’m back to my somewhat-normal self, my goal is to be a magical pregnancy unicorn (think: Giselle Bundchen). Kidding…kind of but not really. I’ve been really enjoying prenatal yoga as it calms me and helps with the hip pain I’ve been experiencing. I’ve been doing Katy Appleton’s videos on the Tonic YouTube channel (her voice is so soothing!). I’m planning to try a class at Tulsa Prenatal Yoga soon; I’ve been putting it off because I’m such an introvert, but I think it will be really beneficial to be around other soon-to-be mamas! I generally go to the gym 2-3x/week for basic weightlifting and do home workouts on alternating days; maintaining my endurance is important to me. I’m actually looking forward to my postpartum fitness journey! I know I won’t want to be at the gym too much during those precious first few months, so I’m looking into using Melissa Wood videos (look her up on insta–she’s a total mama babe who teaches yoga & pilates) in conjunction with some cardio & weights at home. My ultimate goal is to be a strong, healthy example for my son.
Planning his nursery has certainly been fun. We don’t have a theme, per se, but as you might imagine it’s going to be a modern space with whimsical touches. My favorite color happens to be blue, so I’ve decided to incorporate some blue-green hues into his sweet little room. Lately, I’ve been inspired to jump back into my artwork so I’ll be creating a painting to go above his crib, which I think is special.
I think I’ve done a good job at keeping excessive baby purchases in-check. Nowadays, we have every gadget at our finger-tips and while I’ve certainly bought and registered for a few fun/helpful items, I’ve been intentional about what we need versus what we want. I’ll give you the example I gave my Hair Stylist this morning: the Baby Brezza, basically the Keurig for baby bottles. I am hoping to breast feed for a few months but eventually I will formula-feed, and I just don’t think the Brezza is a total necessity. It might make life a tad easier, but for me, it’s just another gadget that I’ll only use for a few months. However, some parents might think it’s a lifesaver and that’s totally fine. I think you have to filter out what’s best for you and your family, and go from there. All of that being said, I’ve ordered way too many clothes and shoes for this baby, haha! I think it’s a right of passage for first time parents. I’m sure our second baby will wear hand-me-downs, but this baby will be decked out in the cutest outfits….all of which will inevitably have spit-up on them at some point. Zara and Spearmint Baby have been my faves thus far, as they have tons of stylish options that go beyond trucks and dinosaurs. 🙂
We are extremely excited, yet anxious, about the arrival of this baby. Anytime I feel intimidated or overwhelmed, I think to myself, “women have babies in caves, jungles, etc. without resources, and they persevere and become stronger than ever.” If they can birth and raise babies, I can, too.
On that note, I will finish this post by saying, again, how grateful we are to thriving in Tulsa with a new chapter beginning in a few short months. Cheers to new adventures!
Thanks for reading,