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July-September Reading: Part Two

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Here is part two of my July through September reading! I am finally caught up! Woo-hoo! I've been reading like crazy recently trying to get ahead before baby arrives in a few weeks. I'm actually a little excited to see how my reading life will change after baby... I'm looking forward to more leisurely reading, library dates with the little one, and being more intentional about my reading choices.  Blood At The Root  by Patrick Phillips ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The story of Forsyth County, Georgia, a deeply racist and segregated area into the 80s and a terrible history. This book was really chilling, but this was such an important read to open your eyes to how easily racism can fester, build up and spread within communities, oftentimes without people even really realizing what they're getting sucked into.  The Midwife  by Jennifer Worth ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Jennifer recounts her time as a midwife in London in the 1950s. So fascinating how midwifery worked at that time, how it has changed since, and what

July-September Reading: Part One

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I have a bunch of other things I'd like to write about in this space, but I am a bit of a perfectionist and can't move on to new content until I'm caught up on my reading reviews. I'll try to keep these short and sweet. I've been reading like crazy lately, trying to knock out as many books as possible before baby arrives, so I'll be posting 13 mini reviews today and 13 more on Thursday.  Motherhood So White by Nefertiti Austin  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This was a really great look at what it means to be a Black mother (and in particular a single Black mother through adoption) and how our culture prioritizes white motherhood about all else. A really eye opening account of the foster care and adoption processes, the struggles that come with raising a Black child, and how as a white woman I can be a better ally to my fellow mommas of all races.  Baby Catcher by Peggy Vincent ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Although I can't quite bring myself to do it, I love the idea of home births! So this was a really

My Experience With Hyperemesis Gravidarum

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Right around the eighth week of my pregnancy I was diagnosed with  hyperemesis gravidarum. I wanted to write about my experiences, because after I was diagnosed and was searching for resources it seemed like everything was either super negative and discouraging or from people who just had mild morning sickness and didn't really get how bad it can be. I hope this post will be realistic but also an encouragement to anyone else going through this.  How it started... The first couple weeks of my pregnancy were great, but then around week six I started getting super nauseous and occasionally vomiting. At first it was manageable, but it got progressively worse. I spent a full weekend in bed u nable to move or keep any food down. At this point I hadn't seen my OB/GYN yet, but was on the phone with her nursing line a lot and was prescribed an anti-emetic. At week eight, I had been about a week without being a ble to eat and was starting to get really dizzy. At this point, my doctor adv

June Reads

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  The Vanishing Half  by Brit Bennett The story of biracial twin sisters, one of whom identifies as Black and the other who runs away to live as a white woman. Their choices ultimately affect their daughters as they struggle with identity, family, and finding their place in the world. I flew threw this book! It tackles really big topics (race, identity, sexuality) but in such a fast-paced and beautifully written story. There's a little love, a little mystery and a lot of good reading. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ You Can't F*ck Up Your Kids  by Lindsay Powers This is the only parenting book I've read so far and it was a pretty good choice! I didn't find any specific advice, but did enjoy the overall premise that kids just need love, safety and health. Everything else will fall into place as you figure things out and it's okay to follow your intuition. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Someone Like Me  by M.R. Carey I was really disappointed by this book. I loved Carey's Girl With All The Gifts and was ex

Building A Capsule Wardrobe

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I have been toying with the idea of creating a capsule wardrobe for ages and over the past year or so have been slowly but surely pairing down my wardrobe. But when I saw the book  Project 333  pop up as a recommended read on my Kindle, I decided it was time to really commit. Honestly, I just read the synopsis of the book and that's it, but it at least gave me a framework to base my capsules on... I decided on 33 items per season.  There are a million different capsule wardrobe articles out there. I just wanted to put my approach out there in case it helps anyone else out. Also, your sixth month of pregnancy is probably not the ideal time to be going through your wardrobe! But it was actually a huge relief to get rid of things that I know didn't fit me pre-pregnancy and will certainly not fit after baby. The one concession I made to the 33 rule is that maternity wear doesn't count. I only have a few maternity items (and actually I have so few summer clothes that even includ

Top Ten Tuesday: Colors Edition

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This week the  Top Ten Tuesday  prompt is books with colors in the title. I thought this would be super easy and committed to just using books that I've read... But man, it was actually kind of hard! I ended up scrolling through all my read books on Goodreads to trigger my memory and had to go back quite a ways to come up with a full list of 10 books.  1. Motherhood So White : Such a good look at the discrepancies in how Black and white women are treated during pregnancy, adoption journeys and motherhood. Definitely made me think about the kind of mom-ally I want to be during this next phase of my life.  2. The House in the Cerulean Sea: I absolutely adored this book. If these weird days of Covid and politics and life have you feeling down, go pick this up! It is almost too sweet and adorable, but feels like a big warm hug and will make you smile.  3. Red White & Royal Blue : Romance books are not ones I'd typically go for, but after hearing so much hype about this one I

April and May Reads

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April and May were ROUGH months for me. I found out I was expecting in early March and shortly thereafter started experiencing horrible morning sickness. I ended up being diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum, was severely dehydrated, and basically couldn't function for about 10 weeks. Needless to say, I didn't get much reading done and these three are all books I had started in March! Where The Crawdads Sing  by Delia Owens ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Kya lives in the marshes of North Carolina with her family, but as they abandon her one-by-one, she must learn to survive on her own. As she grows, she begins to crave human connection and starts to venture into the local town more often with many unintended consequences. I thought this was a beautiful coming of age story with a dash of young love and a murder mystery! Originally this was a five star read for me, but then I read another review that made me re-examine the way Black characters are treated (aka mainly as a plot device to help the whit