Lamenting…a LONG POST!

Lamenting…a LONG POST!

Morning friends.
I trust you’re all planning on spending your day at some mall…god help me, I’ll be at one ALL day.
I spent most of yesterday doing the same, hence the lack of blog post.
I’ve been feeling lately like Baby J might fall actually fall out…hope that doesn’t sound crass but it’s true.
I’ve had perhaps the busiest two months of my life and it’s catching up with me.
Busy Busy Busy!
For one, I’m presently in the middle of 4 e-design projects…SO excited about this and beyond thrilled to be actually working on real design work- absolutely a dream come true and really, there’s not much more I love in terms of work.
{PS…on that front, I’ll be accepting new clients in February if you have a room that needs zhushing…check my right toolbar for rates/info etc.}
Also, I’ve been doing some more taping for Steven and Chris…again, feel like I’m living in some sort of peacock/angel fantasy world…
I Dream of a World of Couture
…can’t really wrap my head around the fact that I’m on TV for realz…so excitingQ
And speaking of TV, my daughter has been doing a little something something…mums the word on that front but we’ve just completed an epic run of shooting so again, ridiculous amazing/slightly exhausting.
Of course, there’s also the whole Christmas thing and my kids going to school and my house stuff…oh and a few commissions for Wink of Pink,
Valencia - original painting
{Don’t forget that the 25% sale in my shop ends Christmas Day}
 articles for Style at Home, a few little pieces for other blogs/online sites etc….and B&B blog of course.
Really…it just adds up to a lot of business/busyness up in here.
I’m INCREDIBLE grateful for all of it but I’m also SOOOO TIRED.
I found out Wednesday that I’ve got IGT…which translates to Impaired Glucose Tolerance…which translates to a mild version of Gestational Diabetes.
Total and complete suckage.
Who finds out they can’t eat sugar a few days before Christmas?
I spent yesterday morning at a 3 hour nutrition, blood monitoring class and was sent home with a kit of stuff so I could prick my finger 4x a day and see what’s what.
I know this is NOT the end of the world and I feel beyond blessed to be at the point I am in this pregnancy…but…
I also feel a little down in the dumpages.
My other pregnancies were a walk in the park…this one hasn’t been.
Early on, I lost my angel Baby B twin.
Then weeks later, I was told my little trooper Baby A might have some issues…the anatomy scan showed large ventricles in the brain…which I was told, could mean Spina Bifida or Hydrocephalus.
4 ultrasounds later, the ventricles shrunk a bit and fell within normal range so the according to multiple doctors, sweet boy is at no greater risk for the above than any other baby.
Thanking god.
I had a few weeks of relative pregnancy peace after that, but have been feeling really tired and my belly is enormous- a full 5″ bigger than it was with either of my other kids so when I took the Glucose Tolerance Test, I sort of knew in my gut I was going to fail…and well, I did.
Even though I know this isn’t the end of the world, this whole pregnancy has just sort of made me realize that I’m aging…for real.
Dazed Digital | The Age of Iris
{PS…please god let me at least 1/10th as cool/glorious as Ms. Iris when I get to be her age.}
Things just aren’t working as efficiently as they used to…being pregnant now is harder and that makes me sad.
Realizing that in 12 weeks, this part of my life will be over forever…that’s hard too.
I’m one of those people who dreamt about having kids since I was about 5 and never really thought past that point…knowing that stage is coming to an end and having my body tell me the same, well…it just makes me a little teary.
And speaking of teary…
…coming home last night and turning on the TV to hear this NRA maniac show no remourse/accountability for Newtown and say that more guns/armed guards was the answer to mass shootings in schools…
…well this makes me saddest of all.
So…life is amazingly good right now in SO many ways but I’m also feeling very tired and just a tinsy winsy bit sad.
Mostly, I’m INCREDIBLY grateful for everything…work, life and most of all my sweet, sweet family.
I can’t wait to spend a few days away and disconnected so I can re-charge with those I love most.
I’m also very thankful for you  my dear, dear readers.
I treasure this blog – as you can tell from this post, it’s totally my little diary of sorts and I’m really can’t imagine my life without it.
Yesterday, I came home after a very long day to find these goodies waiting for me from amazing people I’ve met here…
First…I opened up these treasures from Nina over at Black Rooster
BEYOND grateful.
I mean books for every member in my family…can’t imagine a more thoughtful gift…and the vintage coasters/glasses…so pretty!
And speaking of beautiful things….have a look at the numbered print that the insanely talented Zoe Pawlak sent me…
Framing this beauty up and putting her in the kitchen as soon as humanely possible!!!
And last but not least, sweet Erin from Charles Emerson Design sent me this stunning necklace…
And it’s literally the perfect accessory…I already know I’ll be sporting it like all the time.
I also received one more very special prezzie from RugsUSA but I’ll tell you all about that next week…involves #projectbaby so a full post will be coming.
For now….I should probably sign off.
This has turned into one very long Saturday post…please excuse.
Oh but wait..please don’t forget to enter to M Kaltenbach giveaway– because I heart you all, I’ve decided to extend the time to enter and will draw for the winner on the 27th… you know you NEED this one of a kind necklace in your life…
So…this will be my last post until the 27th…my crazy family and I are driving down to Ohio to spend Christmas at Great Wolf Lodge…please pray for me…a pregnant lady and water slides…good times;)
Merry Christmas dear hearts…
Hope this dude treats you all well…
Merry christmas!  :)
Love and kisses and very warm holiday wishes.


  • Tiffany Leigh Interior Design
    Posted at 08:37h, 22 December Reply

    Hi Christine. I am very touched by the honesty of this post. It sounds like you have a lot on your plate. Your success is truly amazing and I know even more is on your way in the New Year, so remember to stay healthy and happy! You and your lil one are in my thoughts. Take care and have a Merry Christmas!

  • Kerry Steele- Design du Monde
    Posted at 09:07h, 22 December Reply

    Wow, I thought I was busy! How in the world do you get clean clothes? LOL!
    I had my last baby when I was 40. It was different than the two in my twenties but everything was fine. I am sure once you have that beautiful bundle in your arms all of the sucktastic bits of being really big and pregnant will be forgotten. Merry Christmas!

  • Leah
    Posted at 10:15h, 22 December Reply

    adore you Christine! and pray things go as smoothly as possible with Baby B from here on out. I really don’t know how you do it all, so please rest! Happy Holidays!

  • alison g.
    Posted at 12:06h, 22 December Reply

    I completely understand about a last pregnancy making you both sentimental, and a tad bit nostalgic for the “good ‘ol days” when your body thought nothing of handling a pregnancy.
    You are an amazing woman, and that is why all these wonderful opportunities come your way. You will see this pregnancy and part of your life through with grace (and more than a little glam), and will then move on to more greatness.

    Wishing you the merriest of Christmas (rest now, OK?!)

  • Lisa
    Posted at 16:38h, 22 December Reply

    Hi Christine, I hear you. The NRA announcement made me so angry I could barely stand it. As that guy was speaking I kept thinking would he have the same insane words to say if he had lost a precious baby to a mass killer? I feel a wee bit depressed thinking about where our world is headed and I am a weepy mess worrying about my kids. I am sure being pregnant at this time is super hard; there are so many emotions swirling around out there. I hope you can rest and recoup with your family this holiday. Merry Christmas.

  • Hollis
    Posted at 19:03h, 22 December Reply

    Take this time away with your loved ones to reconnect and recharge your batteries. Having gotten to know you, you are a great person with great opportunities in front of you. I hope you and the family have an awesome time away, and I do think pregnancy and water slides go together nicely:)

  • Red
    Posted at 19:39h, 22 December Reply

    Merry christmas to you, and thank you for your wonderful blog. It always cheers and inspires me. All my best wishes for your health, and I hope you have a chance to rest and relax.

  • hannah
    Posted at 19:47h, 22 December Reply

    It sounds like you have a lot on your plate – I hope you get the chance to rest and recharge over the break. I can’t say I know anything about pregnancy but I imagine it is exhausting and you’re being a total trooper!

    I was shaking with rage over the NRA ‘response’ to Newtown. It was the most tactless, disingenuous and unbelievably empty response. I can’t even articulate everything I feel about it. I think the changes in polls regarding gun control demonstrate that the time for change is now and my gosh it can’t be a minute too soon for me.

  • alana
    Posted at 23:11h, 22 December Reply

    I so agree about the NRA monster. I am so sick of this fanatical gun culture. It’s beyond tragic how many preventable mass shootings there have been.

    Feel better and have a healthy last few weeks of your pregnancy. Merry Christmas!

  • Kecia@CoutureZoo
    Posted at 05:04h, 23 December Reply

    Loved your long post! Yours is one of the very few blogs that I actually read and don’t just look at the pretty pictures. Is it bad that I just admitted that? You’ve got a lot on your plate, but your superwoman no doubt. Hang in there and take time for yourself when you can get it. And, not to woory, you’ll totally be as rad as Iris! Merry Christmas to you and yours!


  • Nancy
    Posted at 09:10h, 23 December Reply

    Christine, I am touched by your release today of all things on your head and heart. I pray for your pregnancy and safe arrival of your beautiful boy. You have been so inspiring to both of us this year, and your phenomenal inspiration has help to guide us in our quest for beauty and getting out of our own ‘boxes’. Take all the time you need, since it is more worth it to have you back and happy and to feel fulfilled with your family. Have a wonderful holiday and wishing you the best of health. Merry Christmas!

  • Naomi@DesignManifest
    Posted at 17:12h, 23 December Reply

    Awe lucky for you I have a glass of wine and happily soaked up that whole post. I totally relate to you. On every level- busyiness, aging, the feeling of being so blessed and also a bit sad.
    I heart you. I Hope you have an amazing few days away with your lovies!! xo

  • Tim
    Posted at 10:02h, 24 December Reply

    Thanks so much for sharing with us what you are going through at these ultra exciting, crazy busy, and yet physically demanding moments between the worlds of blogging, TV appearance, and lovely mom to be.

    I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and will see you really soon C!!


  • Julie
    Posted at 15:41h, 26 December Reply

    Oh, C….you have had and have so much on your plate. Sending lots of love and huge hugs your way. Wishing you a few great days of pure relaxation.

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