An Ode to a Diaper Bag

22 November 2013

shirt - Old Navy (I bought a tall even though I'm not)
sweatshirt - Forever XXI
vest - Gap via eBay
diaper bag - c/o Lily Jade
clogs - Dansko via eBay
haircut - still hate it
 
You may recall when I wrote a little post about things you don't need when you start having kids? Maybe not but if you do you may also recall that I threw diaper bag on the list and now I'm having to eat my words loud and proud because of this Lily Jade beauty. Even Simon was blown away by the number of pockets (16), changing pad, gorgeous leather, and overall quality of the diaper bag that looks nothing like a diaper bag. I know lots and lots of designer diaper bags claim to look nothing like diaper bags but this one really and truly does not. Back when I was an important fax sorter on Capitol Hill I needed a bag to tote my kitten heels, Blackberry, lunch, Razr cellie, and book du jour and never quite found the one but if I'd stumbled across this I would've been all over it - diaper bag label be shucked because it's the perfect size, and the perfect color and the perfect everything bag without looking like, "hmmm is she catching a flight out of Reagan later ? Because that bag is HUGE." Nope, it's just right. I used to sneak my coffee onto the metro in the mornings and it spilled all over my then bag which ruined it right then and there but this bag? The entire inside (pockets and ALL) is removable and washable and I guarantee I'll be spilling something more pungent than heavily sugary creamed coffee inside so ... praise the bag gods. Put it on your Christmas list - I'm asking for the house to be deep cleaned by an outside party so ... diaper bag isn't anything to be ashamed of as far as I'm concerned. The code CAMP20 is good through December 20th and will give you a hot 20% off either the Caroline (the one I have and might be buried with) or the Madeline.

Moving on.

I'm poorly resisting the urge to type about the fact that - as one of my best friends, Ruth, put it - the "the wheels are about to come OFF of this pregnancy" ... she can say that because she is in her third trimester ... I cannot. The morning sickness is just as bad as the beginning, I'm a bottomless pit that could eat a herd of live horses despite the sickness, and I don't even want to think about maternity panels because even those sound too restricting ... I'm thinking something more along the lines of  Simon's scrub pants or maybe a bathrobe (never have I ever owned one but ... my life is young) until May. Pregnancy whining is the worst so I'll stop but I'm just a little worried about the fact that a baby the size of an apple or an avocado or something NEEDS four large glasses of chocolate milk every night ... he/she needs to tone it down lest I fail my glucose test before the knitting needle even touches my "rope-like" veins (as one nurse put it ... still shuddering).

Also ... I scored these hooves on eBay and just assumed they'd be in pretty bad shape because I paid so little for them but they arrived in perfect condition and Simon is starting to warm to the idea of maybe wearing a pair to work (even though "everyone wears them") because they look so comfortable (they are). If someone had told former Grace that future Grace would be voluntarily rocking the professional Dansko five days a week ... out of the house ... with a diaper bag secured to her person she would've asked you to surrender your can-o-crazy because no way. Look at me exceed all expectations always.

I hope you have a relatively pleasant weekend. We have grand plans to make breakfast for dinner and then go to sleep and then wake up to nurse our pancake hangovers because we aren't accustomed to doing anything that cRazY.

eVeR.

34 comments:

  1. That bag is totes awesome as my 9-year-old would say.

    Totes. Get it?!

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  2. Girlfriend, get on the robe train. It's the best thing that happens after being forced out of bed and before coffee.

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  3. I just wrote a post about wearing a blue puffer vest, and it just dawned on me: it's possible I like it so much because I feel like I'm channeling you! :) I'm so sorry the nausea is still bad, and I hear ya on the bad veins. It took four attempts to get an IV in my arm during labor. Fun times.

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  4. the clogs are the best! I bought a pair last year when I got a stress fracture in my foot from running and they were the only shoes I could wear without being in pain...and they're too comfy so I continue to wear them (at the ripe age of 24). And, if you ever decide to get a robe, you HAVE TO look at the Barefoot Dreams brand from Nordstrom. It's the most soft, delightful thing I've ever owned. Totally worth the steep price for a bath robe! I like can't express my love for it appropriately in words.

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  5. What's wrong with the haircut? I like the length a lot. Looks healthy and perfectly even.

    Love that vest! Wish I looked good in those. I think I'm too short. Flannel is really cute too.

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  6. I'm never going to believe a word you say about a hair cut again. It looks great, and you are an insidious liar for implying otherwise. When people start throwing around phrases like "bowl cut," I fully expect some full-on fringe cringe. At the very, very LEAST, I expect the suggestion of a Kentucky Waterfall or Lady Pompadour.

    Between the hair and the red checked shirt, you are winning at life.

    I only hate you a little bit.

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  7. 5000 thumbs down for every-single-freakin'-glucose test... Hate them so much. I have taken 6 in 3 pregnancies...

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  8. Meggan and Landon, the Lily Jade owners, are some of my favorite people in the whole world; love them both!! SO excited (and, um, a little weirded out? But in a good way!) to see real life meet the blog world!! Lol...

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  9. Do you have tips for scoring good deals on ebay? Or just sifting through the thousands and thousands of overpriced used things and sold-from-china listings for good deals? I was looking for some cute long sleeved dresses and people are like, asking $15 for a used Old navy dress. WHAT. I can buy one in store for like, $5, I'm sure as heck not paying $15 + $7 shipping to buy one that's used.

    Anyway, I like your haircut!

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  10. Love the shoes. I keep looking at Dansko on Ebay, but can't find anything I love in my size. And where did you get the jeans? Cute. But you didn't list those. And your hair looks fine.

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  11. I can't even fathom the thought of carrying a diaper bag yet ha but that one totally does not look like a diaper bag! I've been wearing leggings pretty much every day since week 6 when I started feeling nauseous and couldn't STAND anything on my stomach. I guess I"m one of the lucky ones bc the nausea is mostly gone now (but the leggings are not). And I need chocolate milk every night even though I never ever normally drink it...

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  12. how in the HECKKKKK did I miss that you are pregnant?!?!? Holy moly, praise the good Lord. So excited for you.. I know this is super random and will probably sound REALLY strange, but I had a dream the other night that you were pregnant (not knowing that actually ARE!) ah! You are super woman! Where are you hiding your cape?

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  13. Robe when I'm pregnant? Robe every day of my life.

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  14. I hope you get feeling better pronto. The nausea is no fun. I say to drink allll the chocolate milk you want... I'm pretty sure your baby weight just falls off in the first day or so after delivery, anyway, so you're good. I'm jealous of your diaper bag - I'm a sucker for having a million and one pockets to lose all my stuff in!

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  15. I take issue with one thing in this post: Pregnancy whining is actually THE BEST! And it's basically why I read your blog.
    (And now I feel like I need to clarify that I'm not being sarcastic. I really love how you find humour in the little annoying trails that unite us all as parents.)

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    1. HA. fair enough. I sometimes cringe if I stumble upon old pregnancy posts where I'm whining up a storm but pregnancy amnesia is a thing -- we forget how rough it CAN be :)

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  16. WOW, that bag is impossibly awesome.

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  17. Mumus come on all sorts of fashionable colors and prints....and no waist

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  18. I have those same Danskos! And I got them on ebay, too! I wore them all last winter/fall during my pregnancy, and they are back this year ,too. I normally wear them with my flares, but I think I will try them with my straight leg pants ( I dont do skinny jeans). So comfy!

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  19. I live in my Dankos. Tough nuggets to anyone who doesn't like how they look, they make walking pleasant for this flat footed gal!
    Shannon

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  20. You probably have considered it, but have you thought about trying Diclegis? Simon must know about it. It is not a miracle drug but it is Category A and it keeps me from vomiting (although I still feel quite sick). It seems to be able to knock the sickness down a notch, and since it's in the same category as prenatal vitamins, it's a good first medicinal response when something like that is needed. It does make you tired but the tiredness lessens after a few days. In my last pregnancy I took a very low dose of it all the way until the end, because my sickness got better at 16 weeks but didn't go away...it did make a real difference.

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  21. danksos really are the best shoe... i got my first pair when i was 18 (9 years ago!) and haven't turned back. also, only have gone through two pairs since then... they're crazy durable.

    the bag is gorgeous. a perfect diaper bag, and so chic!

    this is my first visit here, so i didn't know you were pregnant, but wow!-congrats :) so exciting. i hated being pregnant especially the second time around because i had horrid morning sickness too :( as a mommy though, we know it's all worth it :)

    glad to have discovered your blog.

    -amber
    http://thesiblingrivalries.com

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    1. thanks for stopping by, Amber!!! It is worth it ... and I know it's super temporary :)

      Hope you're having a great weekend with those cute kids of yours!!

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  22. Love. That. Bag. I really have a bag problem. I already put one on my Christmas list for my husband (I like Kelly Moore camera bags, adjustable pockets, padding for camera/iPad, plus also not diaper-bag-y looking). But I might need to revise.

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  23. Grace, have you been this sick during other pregnancies? (I think I started reading toward the end of your third pregnancy and don't remember mentions of nasty morning sickness.) either way, you'll be in my prayers! That sounds awful! Have you written any advice posts about pregnancy with older babies/toddlers to care for? I was pregnant for a short time recently (unfortunately, we lost the baby) and it was really difficult to care for my toddler while I was falling asleep everywhere and all the time. Obviously, it's so worth it, but do you have tips to make it easier?

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  24. Great look - I love the plaid under the grey. I have to try this.
    Hope you can stop by and check out my latest post www.nellecreations.com

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  25. Such a fun post! I worked in a hospital for years and could have never survived without my ebay danskos. And now that I'm walking around half way to fully dilated (TMI?) with zero signs of labor, they're even better. I'll take any comfort I can get. Now, to the diaper bag? I've been sinfully coveting a new one which is ridic bc I never end up actually carrying them but whoa! The price tag on this one is cray! I'm sure it's fab but those 16 pockets better come with cash stuffed in them! Now, back to ebay scouring for a diaper bag I won't use. Prayers for less ickness. I am ever so grateful to be able to BE pregnant but will never say I enjoy it!

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  26. Soooo I was reading this while wearing a bathrobe. I have NO IDEA how you live without one. I even have a summer one that's lightweight and a really fluffy winter one. That diaper bag is sooo cute.

    Just wanted to unite with you over the chocolate milk thing. For a long time if I drank some first thing in the morning it REALLY helped with my morning sickness...??... but luckily the "I'm going to die" nausea has subsided and I'm only dealing with mildly annoying awfulness. :) I continue with the milk though, of course because it's the most delicious thing ever.

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  27. Still very confused that Danskos are back in....I have 2 pr (black and brown) left over from my college waiting table days. I can dig them out and wear them with skinnies? Really? Reeeeeally? V. Intrigued.

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  28. I'm 26 and wear professional Danskos with skinny jeans all the time. Clomp 'em loud and proud.

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  29. GRACE I'M KICKING MYSELF for not properly making use of Bloglovin's feed and catching up on your posts -HOW DID I MISS THAT YOU ARE PREGNANT?!!
    Massive congratulations, I am so excited for you all these hundreds of miles away. I am smiling and smiling!!!!!!!!!!!

    Flora
    www.twowithseven.blogspot.co.uk

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  30. We are still searching for the perfect Christmas gifts for our little guy, and they seem to have so many lovely options.

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