10.12.2021

Getting Back in the Groove

I have been dying to get back in the swing of writing, but so many times I open a blank post and feel completely overwhelmed! I don't do a good job planning, mostly because I feel like I lose inspiration if I plan my posts to heavily, but then I feel like I don't know where to start. After reading a few blog posts and newsletters from a few girls I follow, I decided to change up how I'm writing! I am going to focus on once-weekly posts outlining my favorite things and life updates. Of course, there will hopefully still be a standalone post or two mixed in from time to time, but this already feels so much more manageable to me!

Baby J is growing like a weed! I am currently 18 weeks, soon to be 19 weeks this coming Thursday. He or she is the size of an artichoke according to one app, or a sugar glider, according to another, and my clothes are officially starting to not fit. I moved up to maternity jeans a few weeks ago, which was the best decision ever. I need to invest in a few flowy pieces that I can wear to nicer events, though. I found out I have one fall dress that fits me... discovered as I was getting dressed for a friend's wedding this past Saturday. 
We have made a few purchases, including a car seat, crib, crib mattress, and bassinet here lately! Target had a few sales lately which encouraged us to go ahead and buy those items. 

We had a doctor appointment yesterday to check on Baby, who is doing great. We got to hear the heartbeat again, which never gets old. It always amazes me how quick appointments can be. I know they will get more involved the further along you get, but it seems like as long as I'm feeling good and baby is doing well then they check us over, answer our questions, and say, "see you in 4 weeks!" This coming Friday is our anatomy scan, which we are so excited for. I can't wait to see him or her again and get some more pictures!

18 weeks


It's definitely the busy season at the farm! All of our corn is in from the field, but it seems like it's rapidly leaving in the form of several hundred 50-pound bags each day... a good problem to have for sure! We have a lot to do still before the harvest season is over, including some custom harvesting and all of our beans. We are having a photography session with Tasha Barbour this coming Sunday to hopefully get some good pictures of our operation. 

These days I'm very thankful that we chose low-maintenance Katahdin sheep because I have been more hands-off with them than in the past. I'm quickly finding out how much the baby is directing my life before he or she is even here! We had a ewe with what appeared to be a tooth abscess that cleared up after a few days of antibiotics, and another that was limping for no apparent reason. That also resolved itself the next day, thank the Lord. We make sure they have food and water, look over the flock to make sure everyone is fat and accounted for, and they mostly take care of themselves beyond that.

I've been working on cleaning up and cleaning out here lately. I want to purge as much as I can before baby's arrival so that it is easier to keep the house clean when we have another occupant! It's so much easier when I make time for a little each day, rather than saving it all for a Saturday or Sunday. 

Here are a few of my "can't live without" items from the past few weeks! I promise this is not your typical "currently loving" collage you might see on another blog, LOL!


1) Isabel Maternity Jeans – I have been loving maternity jeans, ha! I've never felt comfy in jeans in my life, but I live in this brand as of now! Buy your usual size. 

2) Universal Thread Cardigan – T-shirts and cardigans are my fall wardrobe, and that hasn't changed since being pregnant! These cardigans are comfy and cozy without being super thick. 

3) Tuna & Pimiento Cheese – Where else have you seen tuna on a currently loving list? 🤣I have never wanted deli meat so badly in my life, so these two items have been helping eat filling lunches that don't put me at risk for listeria. 

4) Not Your Mothers Dry Shampoo – My sister told me the other week that I've been using dry shampoo wrong. Apparently you are supposed to put it on clean hair as a preventative, rather than trying to cover up the grease with it. I gave it a try and it has been a game changer! I can actually go to work on second day hair! I like this affordable brand that also gives my hair some texture.

5) Simple Modern Tumbler – I drink water more easily out of a straw and these Simple Modern cups are my favorite! I'm on the verge of getting rid of all other water bottles I own and replacing them with these cups! It's a manageable amount of water; I can drink the whole thing in one sitting, which makes me get up, refill it, and do it again! I will say, if you like flavoring, it does get trapped in the cup so unless you want your plain water tasting vaguely of your flavor, you'll need to wash it after using flavoring. 

6) Monthly Planner – I have struggled with planners ever since getting out of college and I think this one might be the solution. It is only a monthly view, which helps me see all weeks in one glance, rather than losing items in the weekly view. It is 8.5x11, so I can tuck other papers inside. There are notes pages, along with contacts, passwords, etc.

7) Airpods – I know, I know... how did you not have Airpods until now, Taylor?! I don't know y'all, lol. I didn't want to spend that amount of money on headphones when I really didn't think a cord bothered me that much. Harrison got me a pair for my birthday, and it turns out that a cord really is that bothersome. I love how they pause when you take one out of your ear, and they stay in well, too! I got the regular kind, not the Pros. 

We don't have too much upcoming, but I'm looking forward to my and Harrison's annual leaf-peeping trip to the mountains this Saturday! We usually leave early, get breakfast somewhere, and drive on the parkway. It's always a fun day!

We also have a vendor fair on the farm on Saturday, October 23! If you are local, come on out for some handmade goods. I'll have some fall candles there!

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