Quick Takes: Medical families, 29 weeks, style, and keepin' calm/carryin' on

Friday, February 28, 2014

Linking up with Jen and all of the lovelies for some Quick Takes. And I'm still somehow keeping up with Jen's 7 posts/7 days challenge, a record for me. The posts: MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursday.

1. My family took a picture outside the ICU this week since my two siblings and my dad and I have all been up there working the last couple of weeks. My sister is a dietician, brother is a nursing student, mom is a B.S.N., dad is an M.D., and I'm a B.S.N. and almost-M.D. (crazy to say that). I have another sibling in nursing school, two in non-medical careers (engineering and education), and then two more little ones, so there may be more doctors and nurses to come (or more engineers and teachers - that would be good too). It's been so nice being near my family these last two years and I really can't fathom what it will be like to move away from them in a few short months (also Stephen and I are now going to have to learn to cook).

2. This is what 29 weeks looks like. I actually don't feel nearly as big as I look...I was telling myself that this picture just makes me look bigger than I really am but it probably doesn't. I have also been telling myself that I haven't been bloated at all, but my puffy face in the picture above says otherwise. Oh well, it really is mind over matter sometimes so I'll keep telling myself that I'm not that big, not that puffy, not that tired as long as it makes me feel better ha. And yes, this is another one of those H&M jersey tees that I keep wearing (if you are prego I suggest buying all the colors, they are awesome).

3. I know that I posted a picture like this last year when we had a ridiculous amount of snow, but it looks even higher this year. I really don't mind the snow, but it was 25 below zero early this morning which was just too much. And this is the now dear-to-me winter coat that my mother-in-law loaned me (not maternity, but a size bigger than I normally wear) that has happily gotten me through the winter without buying a maternity coat (and winter go away please so I don't have to!).

4. Isabella Oliver, which I found out about from Anne, sent me a 25% off code this week so I ordered a couple of their jersey dresses to try out in the hopes that I'll find something that I can wear for my upcoming showers and graduation events. The dresses are crazy expensive but supposed to be insanely flattering, versatile and wearable even after baby so we shall see (I'll report back).

5. I've found myself longing for my pre-maternity wardrobe lately, and even more so when I was flipping through the Boden catalog the other day. I have everything necessary to recreate this lovely outfit and can't wait until I can (extra motivation for keeping up on my elliptical/pilates routine).

6. If you are looking for a good post on natural family planning (or even if you aren't) this one that one of my friends posted last week was spot-on:

"I’m a fan of NFP because it allows women to control their fertility. It allows us to really take back our sexuality without taking foreign suppressants to “improve” our bodies. I’m a supporter of NFP because women deserve access to complete autonomy. Because women deserve solutions that don’t involve breaking our bodies... I support NFP because I believe in a woman’s right to make her own decisions – to be healthy and happy as possible."

7. My mom gave me two of these mugs for Christmas (I think she was trying to tell me something) and I've been drinking out of them a lot lately. It's hard to stay calm during pregnancy anyways and there are just a lot of stressors on me lately (I was laying awake again last night at 2:30 a.m.). But I'm ever so thankful for prayer, good family and friends, and all of your supportive comments lately! It has made all the difference.


  1. Hi Erika! I'm not sure if I've ever commented before but I've been reading about a year and really enjoy your posts on school, pregnancy, faith, etc. I'm commenting today because I, too, am so sick of my maternity wardrobe (I'm due about a week before you are, I think you may be a far cuter pregnant lady than me haha)... My favorite activity lately has been online window shopping and trolling ebay for things to wear this summer. Which is probably not the best plan because who knows how things are going to fit or look postpartum... Blerg. Anyways, this is rambly but I just wanted to pop in because I could relate so well to your #5 (really I relate to lots of your posts and your style but I saw that and was all YES)

  2. Hi Erika! I just started reading thanks to Jen's 7X7 challenge! I'm so impressed with you, your goals, and your vocational balance. I'm a nurse but I always wanted to be a doctor like my dad. I'm going to take a different path and get my DNP as a midwife. Your family is impressive!! I've been backtracking through your site a little and I'm keeping you in my prayers! I know that your residency match will be the right one for your family and I look forward to reading more!

  3. Hope you like the dresses! Around 30 weeks was when they really started to fit me well, so this is good timing - and they're so versatile and I'm absolutely planning to wear again in a future pregnancy, so I'm hoping the cost per wear turns out to be worth it :) In the meantime, it's really nice to have at least one thing you feel great in, and while I don't usually go so form-fitting with clothes, I liked it for showing the belly at that stage of pregnancy!

    And so fun to see your family all together at work!

  4. You are the combination of your Mom and Dad. So instead of saying "Like Mother like daughter", yours should be "Like parents, like daughter" -- since you are both a nurse and a doctor!


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