It’s time for another monthly recap. Take a peek at previous recaps here!
Just when we thought January was the longest month ever, March showed up and proved us all wrong. March was a really tough month. With the news of COVID-19, I think a lot of us are struggling and having hard days. It’s an uncertain time and brings on a lot of anxiety and stress. With that in mind, March was a slow month. Since I’m pregnant I have taken extra precautions and haven’t spent much time out of the house, other than our neighborhood walks or hanging out in the comfort of my own yard! That has been a bit tough mentally but I’m taking it one day at a time. I’m grateful I’m still able to do my job and work from home!
Since we have been stuck at home we have been working to organize, clean out & de-clutter as much as we can! We (and by we, I mean Nick ha!) did some yard work, pulled up some bushes and took down a tree that was dying, which really brightened our back yard! I think our plan is to put in a fire pit where the old tree was – but that will likely be a fall project!
We are starting to work on the nursery soon and I can’t wait for it to all come together. We are working with Clare Paint (the same company we worked with for our dining room)and we just ordered all the paint & supplies for the project yesterday. I really love this paint brand, especially because it’s zero VOC & Greenguard Gold certified, making it safe for me to paint while pregnant because it doesn’t contain any toxic chemicals!
The news of COVID-19 brought about a whirlwind of emotions as it changed the trajectory of the rest of my pregnancy. In mid-March I had a doctor’s appointment to check on baby boy and we learned that I can no longer have anyone accompany me to my appointments. While I understand these measures are for everyone’s safety, it’s a little disheartening because Nick is always such a calming presence at each appointment and it was a nice way for him to feel connected. We also had to postpone our baby shower and are now currently working on having either a virtual shower or a “drop off” shower of sorts. We haven’t been able to see our families in a few weeks and that in itself is had been very hard.As a first time mom, I have these feelings of immense sadness as the last half of this pregnancy is going to be nothing like we envisioned it. There have been a lot of tears shed over the fact that many exciting moments can no longer be shared with those closest to us. I have struggled on whether to share these feelings because I know others have it much, much worse, but that doesn’t make my feelings invalid or wrong. In fact, I know there are many other new moms and mom-to-be who are feeling this exact same way. And I have learned that it’s ok to have these mixed emotions during this time. I’m upset that we can no longer have a normal baby shower to celebrate our first child. And sad I don’t get to hug our families and watch their faces as they see my growing bump. I’m upset that these last few months of just the two of us look completely different – more time spent quarantined at home and less time having date nights & going to our favorite places before the baby arrives. I mourn the fact that our families may not get to meet our baby boy in the hospital the way we always talked about.
I know in the big scheme of things this isn’t a big deal, but as a first time mom I feel like I’m missing out on a lot. While Nick and I always have each other, we’re really sad that we don’t get to celebrate this big exciting time with our families like we had hoped. But, we are finding joy amidst the chaos and I know everything will work itself out in due time. We are blessed with a wonderful support system both near and far. The doctor’s are taking every precaution necessary to keep pregnant moms safe & I know they will get us through this!
books I read this month
I read quite a lot this month! Books have really been a great escape during all of this. I have been limiting watching the news and scrolling through social media, so I have had plenty of time to read! It’s been nice to put my phone down even more and get lost in a good book. In March I read a total of. eleven books! I’ll have my book review post up later this week or early next week, but if you’re looking for a good book to start I suggest Darling Rose Gold or The Two Lives of Lydia Bird.
what I purchased
I didn’t purchase much this month – I wasn’t in the mood to shop since we can’t leave our home! I did end up purchasing a few things for the baby’s room!
–an easy grey dress | I have worn this around the house & I can’t wait to wear it out in the coming months! It’s SO soft and can easily be dressed up or down!
–this mirror for the nursery | I love the whitewashed look and it goes well with the other decor we have purchased so far!
–a mini white quilt | we love our Serena & Lily bedding pieces, so I knew I had to get this quilt for our baby boy!
favorite blog posts on Life with Emily
–Tips for working from home (+ what not to do!) | many people are working from home now, so be sure to give this a read!
–21 books to have on your radar this spring | wanting to get into a good book this month? Plenty of these are available now!
–Things I’m doing while social distancing | how are you spending your time while social distancing?!
favorite posts I read this month
–5 tips for keeping your blog going during coronavirus | My friend Cathy asked us to share our tips for this & I love how the post turned out!
–How to re-style your house without spending a dime | Love all of these tips! I feel like I have been tinkering with spaces in my home non-stop lately!
–Mackenzie’s home renovation | I always love seeing people share the process of renovations & this one is no different! I can’t wait to see how it turns out!
current favorites on repeat
- BEAUTY: I have been wearing my It Cosmetics CC cream on repeat! It gives the perfect “no makeup, makeup” coverage. I have also been loving the Burts Bee’s Mama Bee Belly Butter!
- CLOTHING: My lululemon align leggings are still getting me through the days! I love that they stretch to fit my growing bump!
- TV SHOWS: We binge watched Tiger King last weekend and I still can’t believe places like that exist. What a bizarre show that I couldn’t look away from ha! I’m so glad Top Chef is back – I love watching this show. What are y’all watching right now?
- PODCAST: I just finished Down the Hill and I really liked it. It’s a pretty recent case that is still unsolved.
- AUDIOBIOOK: I haven’t started another one yet but I listened to Jessica Simpson’s memoir, Open Book, and really enjoyed it. She was really open and honest, which I appreciated!
- CURRENTLY READING: I’m reading My Dark Vanessa right now & it’s very dark and at times uncomfortable. It deals with a 15 year old having a relationship with her 42 year old teacher. It’s beautifully written but tough to read at times.