– I’m sure you can tell by my near constant twitter complaints (I try to hold back, I really do, I’m just not entirely successful) I am in a miserable state. Everything is harder this pregnancy. My Crohn’s is a constant issue, my sleep is restless and broken at night leaving me to try to get things done around long stretches of unconsciousness during the day, and my anxiety has been popping up when least convenient. I know these are all just part of the third trimester experience. I know it is completely worth it and that it will pass. Sometimes this is enough to comfort me, but sometimes I just can’t help being upset about it. I’m trying to listen to my body and just go with the flow as much as possible, and lately I’ve had these strong urges to just avoid people as much as possible. Not everybody, of course, but man, I can’t handle going out and being around a lot of people or making small talk. Maybe I become overwhelmed by the stimulation, maybe I just can’t handle interaction–I’m really not sure. A few short weeks ago having Isobel’s cousins over was a fun adventure. Now I can’t even imagine having a play date here. It would be a nightmare. I feel a constant need to wrap up tight in my house cocoon and save my interactions with people for Anthony and Isobel. Sometimes even just texting is exhausting. I certainly don’t feel this way all of the time, but I’ve been feeling it more and more. I can’t explain it.
– My very dear friend Stef has started a blog called Kind Of Broken describing her experience and the challenges of living with chronic illness, in her case POTS Dysautonomia. It is extremely rare and completely debilitating and her life has been affected in every way imaginable by her condition. She is brilliant and brave and honest, and if you or someone you love has ever struggled with chronic illness you need to give this a read. She happens to be a person with a chronic illness but she’s so much more: she’s also a professor of English, a passionately intense musician, and one of my best friends in the whole world. Her life has been far from easy but she has handled her hurdles with grace and humor. She is a warrior.
Sponsor Spotlight: Little Big Bazaar. These are a few of my favorite things.
Follow Friday: Hearts! Heart-themed photos and the funniest tweets of the week.
Holiday Special: Little Big’s Anti-Valentine Playlist. An all-inclusive way of celebrating this holiday.
Snapshot 02.12.14. Isobel explains why she cut her own hair. (“Fairies…?”)
Thrifted Maternity Closet: Week 32. With special guests.
Science confirms that internet trolls are horrible people. So validating! Via kungfupussy
Reader Question: How Did You & Anthony Meet? Rated E for everyone.
50 Thrifty Fun Things To Do: Homemade Playdough and Creative Play Ideas. Isobel used to call playdough “hot potato” and we could never figure out why.
Little Big Links: Rainbows. So much to love.
Scrapbook: Home Life. Ten photos of home.
Follow Friday: Isobel Holding Squirelly. Hilarious photos and tweets.