Est. 2011

February 10, 2017

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Valentine’s Day Florals and a Much-Needed Life Update

Hello friends! It’s been a while, and I’m sorry for the radio silence! Much has been going on over here, and a little unplanned break from blogging and social media was just so necessary for me! I’m not going anywhere, though, and I’ll slowly be transitioning back to more regular posting and such!

The reason for my little break? Well, some of you may have guessed, but I’m expecting baby number 3, due early September! It’s an exciting but difficult time for us! My first trimester is always quite unpleasant, and we’ve been in survival mode around here. I’ve been feeling nauseous all day long, and the only thing that helps is eating. So, I eat little snacks all day long. And come 5 PM, food doesn’t help, and I’m just yucky sick until I go to sleep and wake up in the morning starving, and the whole cycle starts over again. We’ve been having lots of prepared foods for dinner that involve minimal work for Joe once he gets home from work. He’s a gem, and has been doing SO MUCH for us and our home and our sanity. I really couldn’t do this without his incredible support.

It’s really strange: during my first trimester, I don’t have the energy or desire to do much of anything… I have zero creativity, which is the main reason A Daily Something was neglected for over a month. I could hardly even get myself to use Pinterest. It made me more nauseous. Crazy, I know. But it’s happened with all my pregnancies (this time is definitely the worst). Thanks to my dear mama who stayed with us a few weeks ago and helped me get ahead of my house, I’ve been able to keep the house decently tidy. But I didn’t have the energy to leave the house for weeks. I’ve finally literally forced myself out of the house with the girls a few times each week. It takes so much more effort when I’m not feeling well, but it’s so good for us.

We’ve decided to announce this pregnancy a little before “normal;” I’m 11 weeks tomorrow. During this very week last year, I suffered a miscarriage at 9 weeks pregnant. I never shared about it here, but it was more difficult than I ever imagined. And I needed a D&C over a month in, which just ended up prolonging everything. I know so many people who’ve suffered miscarriages, but I never knew about it while they were in the midst of it. Always months or years later. I’m now shifting away from waiting “until it’s safe” to announce pregnancy. Why do we do that? Why not celebrate the life inside of us for as long as possible? And if we lose that little human life, we can mourn with and be comforted by others. Not everyone has to agree with me here, but this is just how I’m feeling in light of my (and others’) experiences.

To celebrate this little life growing inside of me, I wanted to share a simple floral for LOVE DAY next week! One that is whimsical, wild, soft, and overflowing. I ordered from my favorite, Florabundance, and Debbie sent the prettiest assortment.

For this design, I ended up using anemones, astrantia, hellebores, jasmine vine, peonies, ranunculus, scabiosia, and blackberries. I started with a simple round vessel, and taped a grid on the top. Then I started adding jasmine vine to set the shape and height, and then filled out some of the space with the astrantia (the small pink flowers). I clustered peonies and scabiosia, and added other bits here and there. I wanted to keep this arrangement loose, which proved a challenge for me! Once I’m in the moment, I find it hard to stop! I finally did stop, and love the final outcome! Hope you’re inspired!

SO MANY THANKS to my lovely sister-in-law Abigail Gallop for these lovely photos, and for helping me get back into the groove!

  1. Angelica Potter

    February 10th, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Congrats!!! I’ve missed you and am glad to hear your feeling better! Your arrangement is beautiful! You are in my thoughts xo

  2. Christine

    February 10th, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Congratulations on the baby! and thanks for sharing about your miscarriage <3 Celebrating and praying for the safety of this new little one <3

  3. Heather | Cedar & Bloom

    February 10th, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Congratulations on your pregnancy! I agree with the perspective of celebrating that new life, regardless of any fear of losing it. I lost my first pregnancy at 10.5 weeks and hadn’t told anyone at work. I ended up having to tell them all afterward, because I missed a lot of work and it was part of my grieving process to share. I now have two little daughters and, though I was nervous in the early days of both of those pregnancies, I shared the happy news with everyone early on.

  4. Julie

    February 11th, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    When there is quiet I wonder 👶🏻 Such happiness for your family. Congratulations.

    As a young woman I was plagued with miscarriages and terrible morning sickness. I came to embrace the time of feeling unwell, it meant I was still with child. The Lord meant for us to have our three and I am grateful for his blessing……and the unwellness as it leads to such an amazing expression of the utmost beauty, a child. I pray this form of personal creativity inspires you greatly. ❤

  5. Kanae

    February 12th, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Thank you for sharing. You are in my thoughts 🙂

  6. Lori Tran

    March 8th, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Congrats on expecting although sorry to hear you’ve been feeling rough! Well, when you’re feeling better please come do flowers with me because you’re amazing! I love this arrangement so much!!! xx

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