week 40 pregnancy bumpdate

today is my official due date for this baby boy of ours & i am feeling NO signs of labor or readiness from him. (you can find previous bumpdates here to see my belly progression!) i will get a slight cramp & think to myself “is this a contraction” or feel something and be like “was that my water breaking” ….but, no. nothin. nada. he sure does seem comfortable & cozy in there and it might be days or another whole week before he decides to descend down the birth canal! it’s funny that as awkward, large & uncomfortable as i feel, i’ve gotten more compliments from strangers than ever throughout this whole pregnancy and it puts a smile on my face. i will be out and people will tell me i “look adorable” or compliment what i’m wearing and it’s so nice to hear! i’m really so swollen, puffy and heavy, but we are so ready to meet this little guy its nuts. i’m just working from home at this point, trying to keep my feet elevated and my spirits high and not think about how/when labor will happen and go with the flow. we have our 40-week doc appointment tomorrow where they will do an ultrasound to see his size & let me know if they think it’s the right time to induce me, so i’ll keep you posted!

these photos are from our family lunch outing yesterday. we went to maggiano’s at northpark & it was delightful to enjoy pasta with some of my favorite peeps and then indulge in 2 slices of my favorite birthday cake of all time that my mom brought for us to have there, which is baskin robins snickers ice cream cake – yum! right after lunch dekel surprised me & took me to the apple store to upgrade my phone to the new iphone x, which i am LOVING! we had been on the fence about when to upgrade and to which phone, but with baby coming he knew i would want to do it sooner than later so we bit the bullet and went for it. it was such a sweet gesture, so thankful for him and for everyone who helped make my last birthday sans baby a special one. i really felt all the love!

week 40 pregnancy bumpdate

week 40 pregnancy bumpdate

week 40 pregnancy bumpdate

week 40 pregnancy bumpdate

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it’s my birthday weekend!- woo hoo! i turned 33 on friday, 9/28, and while i didn’t feel like celebrating myself at first since i’m so pregnant, i really forgot how amazing birthdays can be. i was showered with positivity and felt so loved – it was a really special day. i did this post last year & wanted to do something similar this year just for fun. below are random things about me so you can get to know me just a little bit better if you care to read. have a great rest of the weekend!

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1. I met my husband, Dekel, in Israel where he is from and I was living while studying Hebrew post-college. I was delaying “the real world” and finding a job so I moved abroad with my sister to get to know our Israeli family better & learn Hebrew fluently, which I succeeded in…and bonus, met an amazing guy!

2. One of my biggest passions is photography. I am far from “professional” and tend to think of really good photographers as light manipulators & badass editors, but I love playing around with my camera, learning it’s settings and seeing the world through my lenses.

3. If it’s not obvious from all of the baby bump posts (ha!) we are expecting our first baby on Monday, 10/1…well, that’s his official “due date” at least. It’s a boy (see our gender reveal here) and this pregnancy journey has been such an exciting, scary, emotional time in my life. I’m glad we waiting until we did to have a baby (married almost 7 years and have traveled a lot of the world together) and I tell Dekel all the time that I’m so thankful to have him through this whole experience, as it tests your everything. Your sanity, your patience, your relationship, your spirit.

4. I like to think I’m creative and semi-good at artistic things like abstract painting on canvas, making jewelry and home decorating.

5. Breakfast/Brunch is my favorite meal of the day, I love finding new-to-me spots here in Dallas. Actually back in March my mom & I started meeting every Friday before work to have breakfast just the two of us. We take turns picking out the place & paying and it’s been one of my favorite traditions yet!

6. I’m not a hoarder so-to-speak, but if you peek in my closets at home, you will find extra unnecessary home décor (lanterns, candle holders, vases & toss pillows) …just in the case that I want to mix things up around the house.

7. My hair is one of my best features, since 6th grade I’ve been told I should be a hair model, asked if it’s real, who cuts/colors it (my bestie, Katelin- btw!) and how I style it and I beam every time it gets complimented.

velvet dress birthday weekend 40 weeks pregnant

8. Cuddling is my favorite. I’ve always loved sleeping with Dekel & snuggling up to him – we both love being intertwined.

9. I used to play girls golf in high school & was actually not that bad at it. Haven’t picked up a club in years, but it’s like riding a bike, right?!

10. I’ve seen every single episode of Sex & The City (and both movies) multiple times – my sister and I bought all of the DVD’s before moving to Israel and watched all of them together after our Hebrew classes in the evenings.

11. Crisp linen or fresh cotton are my favorite candle scents.

12. It gives me anxiety to be late to things like a flight, an appointment, a lunch date, etc.

13. I met a great group of girls in high school & am still best friends with them. I’m lucky & thankful to have so many wonderful women in my “tribe.”

14. I like to shop so much that I have a shopping budget allocated toward this expense each month so that I won’t feel guilty about spending money on clothes, shoes, jewelry, etc. – I love refreshing my wardrobe so my closet is in a constant rotation.

15. Water is my least favorite thing to drink. I always have to force myself to hydrate and usually end up adding some sort of flavor to my water bottles, like watermelon or pink lemonade or opting for topo chico.

velvet dress birthday weekend 40 weeks pregnant

16. I’ve become a snorer in the late stages of this pregnancy. I also wear a night-guard because I grind my teeth at night and wake my husband up with the loud noise it makes.

17. I don’t really have a favorite flower or color, it all depends on my mood or the season.

18. I pretty much always back up into parking spots, it’s like my specialty and just something I got used to while living in Israel. Oh! and I always use a parking brake.

19. I like salt on my chocolate chip cookies.

20. I despise chunks in my yogurt (it makes me gag) but coconut is the only exception. Give me all of the coconut pieces. In fact, coconut everything…except water.

21. I sometimes make up words using Hebrew & English and Dek loves it.

22. I chose to get married on Valentines Day so I would never forget the date because I have a bad memory when it comes to dates for certain things.

23. I have a very bohemian style, in nature, clothing and home decor but with a modern twist…or so I like to think.

velvet dress birthday weekend 40 weeks pregnant

24. My husband calls me the “salad champion” because I make killer salads.

25. Coldplay & No Doubt/Gwen Stefani are some of my favorite artists, but I really like all types of music.

26. I prefer crushed ice over cubed.

27. While I like to indulge on kid cereals sometimes (Lucky Charms & Cinnamon Toast Crunch, especially!), my all-time favorite cereal that I always have in stock at home is Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds.

28. Some of my favorite symbols are the evil eye protector (nazar) & the hamsa.

29. I love seeing green plants throughout my home, it adds life and freshness.

30. I’m very friendly and like to think of myself and a generally “nice” person but I also feel super socially akward in situations where I don’t know anyone, I’m really bad at small talk and knowing what to ask/say to keep conversations going. Def need to work on that!

31. I would take thin-crust pizza over deep dish and my toppings of choice are feta cheese & green olives.

32. I’m not that big of a red or white wine drinker, but rosé all day I can agree with.

33. Beach > mountains.

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maxi skirt in bishop arts district

a few weekends ago dekel’s friend ofek came into dallas from israel for a night. he came with his g/f to specifically see a UFC fight before going on to visit vegas, san francisco, some national parks and then new york but we wanted to meet up with them and take them to enjoy some good ‘ol texas bbq for the one afternoon they were here so we went to lockhart smokehouse in bishop arts district & it did not disappoint!

we obviously ordered a little of everything for them to try, but the brisket was by faarrr everyone’s favorite. after eating & chatting for a bit we walked down to espumoso cafe for hot chocolate and lattes before parting ways. it was so nice to be submerged into hebrew conversation again (my first blog post after having moved to israel here!), they spoke fluent english so we would toggle back & forth between languages but it was refreshing to have hebrew conversations about topics all over the place. as fluent as i am, i’m always learning new words and expressions, it was nice to see them & catch up.

i wore this beautiful maxi dress from buffalo exchange for the outing with a jean jacket because it was kind of dreary & drizzly, it fits over my bump perfectly and i can’t wait to wear it belted once i have baby boy!

maxi dress in bishop arts district

maxi dress in bishop arts district

maxi skirt in bishop arts district

maxi dress in bishop arts district

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bohemian vibes white buffalo exchange dress ida claire brunch

it’s my birthday month and officially marks the 1-month-countdown of baby boy’s arrival- woooo hoooooo!!!!! i’m 36-weeks pregnant and technically he could come any day now, but my official due date is 10/1….i’m so anxious, the anticipation is killing me!

this labor day weekend has already been so fun & productive and we still have another left, yaaaass! dek took off early on friday & i’m lucky enough to still have summer hours at work, so i got modern market and brought it home for us to eat lunch together. then i napped (ha!), while he built shutters. we had these old, black, plastic ones before and one of them kept falling off so we decided to just make new ones from wood and stain them ourselves. this particular task has been on our to-do list for months so it was extremely satisfying to cross it off & get it done. dek bought the wood, built & sanded them friday afternoon & then on saturday, after walking the dogs to the park and wearing them out, i stained them with kona, which is a dark brown color that we have been using consistently throughout most of our home projects. like our fence, pantry barn doors, kitchen/bathroom floating shelves and now the shutters. cohesiveness throughout our home makes me so happy! we hung them today after brunching at ida claire, which has become a recent favorite of mine. we shared french pressed coffee, bacon-laced chicken & waffles and an egg white and goat cheese frittata, which was all tasty AF.

other tasks that we’ve accomplished around the house this weekend are a wall art piece i’ve been thinking about/working on for baby boy’s nursery. we knew we wanted to hang something on the wall above his crib but kept flip-flopping on what. i couldn’t find the perfect one so decided to make it myself. it took some time to even come up with the idea, get the supplies, lay it out and then paint it/gold foil it step-by-step but i finally finished it and we hung it in his room yesterday. i’m thinking i’ll do a step-by-step post on this piece to share how i created it if anyone’s interested! anyways, it’s a quote from a song that’s meaningful to us…and also a hint at what his name will be – at least we’re 99.9% sure! scroll down for a photo. dek also put in sprinklers in our front yard, yes – he did this himself! i was skeptical of how he was going to accomplish this on his own, but he’s so handy, determined, patient and not intimidated of hard work that he youtubed it and got it done. we don’t have a functioning sprinkler system so in order to water our lawn he was having to go out and attach the hose to a single sprinkler twice a week and he wanted to implement an automated mechanism so we can just have nice green grass and not have to waste time dealing with it. well…after some intense labor of digging a trench and adjusting the sprinkler heads, he did it! now…he just needs to figure out the backyard! tomorrow is most def going to be a chill day, we will probably take grandmother out to breakfast and the find a pool to dip into and lay out by. loving this labor day weekend!

bohemian vibes white buffalo exchange dress ida claire brunch

bohemian vibes white buffalo exchange dress ida claire brunch

bohemian vibes white buffalo exchange dress ida claire brunch

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hope you’re having a great, long weekend- thanks for reading!

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bohemian ethereal maternity photoshoot

last saturday at sunset dek & i met our photographer friend amy at arbor hills nature preserve & had a maternity photoshoot.

we hadn’t been in front of the camera together since our wedding almost 7 years ago (trip down memory lane here) & i felt a strong desire to capture these moments of our family before adding baby boy to the mix.

i wanted the vibe to feel bohemian & ethereal with a juxtaposition of us being dressed up in a natural environment. i shared my inspiration board with amy & she seriously captured us and the lighting sooooo spot on. the whole shoot took about an hour (this location lends itself to many different backdrops all within walking distance) and thankfully my sister came to help out with the doggies since we wanted them in a few shots with us too. i plan to print & frame a few for the nursery and for around the house. i love, love, love how they turned out!!!

let me know which one’s your fav in the comments below.

bohemian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohemian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohemian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohmian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohmian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohemian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohmian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohmian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohmian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohmian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohmian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohmian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohmian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohemian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohmian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohemian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohemian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohemian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohemian ethereal maternity photoshoot

bohemian ethereal maternity photoshoot

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target denim maternity pregnancy dress ootd

you guys, i’m feeling maternity to the max! at 35 weeks my belly is so heavy and the pressure down there is getting real. i think this is the feeling my doctor was describing when she said it will feel like a bowling ball is in between my legs once he “drops.” i’m winded so easily and am getting cramps in my belly frequently. my feet, legs, hell! my whole body is swollen and this heat doesn’t provide much relief. overall i still feel good, it’s just that being pregnant has hit me hard these past few weeks and some of the smallest things are becoming waaayyy more challenging. anyways, this cute denim dress is from the maternity section at target and is on sale for $20 if any other preggers ladies out there are looking for something light that can grow with your belly. i wore it with these slide sandals (also from target!) & a sunhat to breakfast with family yesterday. i cannot even believe we only have ~5 more weeks until baby boy is here! at breakfast, we even joked that soon we will be out dining with a stroller! on saturday dek & i took a breastfeeding class at the hospital where i will give birth and thank goodness we did – we learned soooo much! another class we signed up for (along with my mom & sister) is baby cpr….juuussttt in case we ever need to know it (knock on wood!), it’s good to have taken the class and know what to do. we also had a maternity photoshoot on saturday at sunset & i plan to share those photos later this week, they came out exactly how i had envisioned and they are memories i will cherish forever, so thankful we decided to do the shoot and our friend amy was available. she shared a sneak peek on her page, check it out here 🙂

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target denim maternity pregnancy dress ootd

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target maternity dress black and white stripe

so i wore black & white stripes to jury duty yesterday….didn’t realize that probably wasn’t the best choice in style until i was there going through the metal detectors at the frank crowley courthouse. i didn’t get picked which i was kind of bummed about. actually, we were all dismissed after hours of waiting around as it seemed they reached an agreement or something. last time i was summoned for jury duty i was chosen & served on the jury for a criminal case for a whole week. it was fascinating and important for me to be all in & unbiased and i took it so seriously.

anyways, back to my fashion choice for the occasion – this tee shirt dress is the first real “maternity” dress i’ve bought as i usually just wear larger clothes or flowy things & this one just stretches in all the right places & is the perfect length! one lady at the courthouse even said i was camouflaging my baby bump well behind the stripes, ha! these footbed sandals are also a recent purchase because i can barely fit into my sandals. no joke, i’m swollen and puffy especially in my legs and feet and am just needing to slide my fat feet into anything comfortable these days.

target maternity dress black and white stripe

target maternity dress black and white stripe

baby boy is getting so big, i can feel him moving around so much and it’s weird to feel some “hard” spots on my stomach where i am assuming he is resting a foot or his little booty. i had my 34-week checkup this past monday & he’s tracking along fine, my weight is another story. i’ve gained about 50 pounds so far and still have 1+ month left which i try to not get so in my head about, but it’s been really hard for me to give up control of my body. i know i could be eating better, working out more, etc. but at this point, i am just determined to bring a healthy boy into this world and then whip my butt back into shape. i know it will take time and it’s not like i think that within a month or two i will be back to my “new normal,” but it’s a determination mindset that i’m working on. i’m telling myself that my goal will be to lose baby weight within 6-8 months as that’s how long it took to put it all on. to keep my body moving these days i walk in the evenings with dek & the pups, but taking long walks can make me feel so much pressure down there, so i just walk at a slower pace. the doctor said that if baby “drops,” which could be any day now, into my pelvis it will feel like a bowling ball in between my legs….can’t wait for that! ha. other than pressure, swollen/sore feet, and some spinal pain i feel overall pretty good. i’ve been describing my pregnancy to people lately as “claustrophobic in my own body” because at this point it feels like he’s invading my space and taking over inside of me. we love him so much already though & can’t wait to have him in this world and in our family. i’m finishing decorating and putting things in their place in the nursery after receiving so many sweet gifts & baby clothes from friends/family from our baby shower last weekend & i can’t wait to share the “nursey reveal” before & after with you guys!

target maternity dress black and white stripe

target maternity dress black and white stripe

target black sandals

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week 32 pregnancy bumpdate

week 32 is in full swing & i am feelin’ it with suuuuper swollen ankles and legs. my legs are water-logged, ya’ll. my calves don’t even jiggle anymore, they are hard as rocks & my feet only fit into slider sandals, it’s a liiiiittle redic. we went to our 32-week appointment this week and we asked if the numbness and tingling in my legs is normal and they said “normal” goes out the door during pregnancy, so there’s that. they said that baby is measuring right on track and probably weighing about 4.5 pounds. we had an ultrasound & saw some sonogram photos but, to be honest, he looked like a little ghost on the screen. i couldn’t really make out his face or body very well, but it’s fine because we only have a few more weeks until we meet him! i’m getting so excited (and nervous) about his arrival. like when will my water break, where will i be, will it be embarrassing, etc. and then the whole birth thing still reallllyyy freaks me out but there’s no turning back now! we are registered at the hospital and are planning on getting a tour of the maternity wing next weekend which should calm my nerves a bit. finding things that fit is becoming more and more challenging, even dresses that fit a few weeks ago don’t go over my belly, so it’s a daily struggle, but carrying him is such a privilege and i can’t wait to feel the love when he enters the world and makes us parents.

week 32 pregnancy bumpdate

week 32 pregnancy bumpdate

week 32 pregnancy bumpdate

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greenville avenue pizza company slices for supplies event

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our friends over at greenville avenue pizza company are always slayin’ the freshest dough, but they’re also always looking for ways to give back to the community and one of the many ways they do that is by hosting an annual “slices for supplies” drive right before back to school time where if you bring school supplies to donate (all donations go to zaragoza elementary where molly used to work) you get a free one-topping slice of pizza, which is basically equivalent to two slices since they’re so large! this year is their 6th annual and i don’t think we’ve missed an event yet, it’s always so fun to go. (here is my last post about them!) lowest greenville feels like it got such a facelift over the past few years so we love going down there to eat GAPCo yummy pizza, see friends and try new desserts.

{baby bumpin’ at 32 weeks}

greenville avenue pizza company slices for supplies event

greenville avenue pizza company slices for supplies event

greenville avenue pizza company slices for supplies event

we tried so many different variations as you can see: meatball, black olive & basil, feta & green olive and ham & green olive. all equally yummy!

greenville avenue pizza company slices for supplies event

we also got to try their specialty pizza of the month which is called ‘the truck yard pizza’ and it’s insane you guys! they collaborated with their next-door neighbors at truck yard to use their shaved philly cheesesteak and then they layer on onion, green bell pepper, mushroom and cheeze-whiz…..yes, cheeze-whiz. it’s all baked to perfection and each bite is creamy and cheesy to the core. read more about it here – you gotta try it while you can.

greenville avenue pizza company slices for supplies event

after we stuffed ourselves with delicious pizza we were wanting a sweet treat and usually opt for steel city pops or joy macaroon ice cream sandwiches, but we haaaddd to try lowest greenville’s newest addition: creamistry. they use liquid nitrogen to handcraft their ice cream right when you order it & it’s all customizable. my sister & i walked in and saw they had fruity pebbles bars so we split a “fruity pebblewich” with their madagascar vanilla bean ice cream and it was so, so good. we will definitely be back to try more flavor!

creamistry lowest greenville avenue

creamistry lowest greenville avenue

have a great week!

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ferris wheelers bbq and backyard target buffalo exchange dress

this past weekend our family got together to celebrate my sister, mirelle’s, birthday at ferris wheeler’s bbq + backyard which is a new-to-us place. we looooove good bbq, proof here, so we ventured to the other side of town to try this place out and it did not disappoint! their one-page menu is simple and to-the-point and their food was delish. we started with brisket queso and waffle fries and then, of course, ordered the brisket and tried the pulled pork & turkey which was all so tasty (keep scrolling down for food pics). we were there right at noon and felt like we had the whole place to ourselves as it didn’t start getting busy until around 1:30 or so. they were starting to set up for live music and said the ferris wheel actually starts working later in the day so we didn’t get to ride it (not that i would have anyway) but we loved sitting on a picnic table under the shade of an umbrella sipping the cucumber water they had on tap. it was such a fun lunch! i wore a colorful, loose dress that i just got from buffalo exchange for a cool $14.50. since it’s so flowy it seems like it will last me through pregnancy and even after. i usually love belting such a loose dress but i thought this one looked cute left alone, worn with simple sandals and long earrings that peeked through my short new locks.

ferris wheelers bbq and backyard target buffalo exchange dress

ferris wheelers bbq and backyard target buffalo exchange dress

ferris wheelers bbq and backyard target buffalo exchange dress

ferris wheelers bbq and backyard target buffalo exchange dress

ferris wheelers bbq and backyard target buffalo exchange dress

brisket queso: melted cheese, fresh pico de gallo & chopped bricket with chips + we ordered their seasoned waffle fries

ferris wheelers bbq and backard dallas texas

an order of lean brisket (which was still very moist!) with a side of fries and pickles

ferris wheelers bbq and backard dallas texas

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