September 30, 2012

getting ready for fall

You know the weather has changed when one day you go off to work in the morning only to realize you have drastically underdressed. That happened to me about two weeks ago and, though there were lots of hot days in between, now I guess I can say this new season has finally come to stay.

I love cold weather - and as much as I'm a huge winter fan, I also love fall. Chilly weather, woolen blankets, beautiful colors and... rain. Who doesn't love rain? Ok, I know many people who hate it, but I personally find it invigorating, cleansing and romantic. And maybe sad, but a good sad. It is raining outside right now and I love that smell. I opened the window and it left me shivering, wishing I was wearing something a little warmer. I'll have to make sure to enjoy these few days (maybe a month) when you can still leave the windows open for a while and not freeze instantly.

So, now I know that I have to start preparing for this new life as a mom. I guess the nine months of pregnancy are probably nature's way of telling you to prepare, but many of us end up choosing not to. I was still going to work until very recently and the only thing my husband and I actually did was to prepare the home for the baby -  including clothes, of course - which is no easy task, if you ask me.

Anyway.. with this new autumn baby in the house, this brand new mom will have to learn a hundred thousand different things in the first few weeks, one of them being the ability to relax under the all-so-new extreme stressful circumstances. And that's why I felt the urge to finally start preparing for this new season in life. And I found these things might as well help:

1. I've learned in prenatal classes that exercising with a gym ball is a great way to get your pelvic floor muscles back into shape after giving birth. If that's true, it's pretty awesome because I've already bought one to help myself relax and try get back into shape sooner than later. And I find it extremely relaxing to simply sit on the ball and move my hips while watching tv. And it's nice that there are so many easy exercises you can do with it later on as well.

2. Buy different scented candles. My husband and I love them and we often light candles on the weekends after cleaning up and while having dinner. I personally love the ones we can find at Ikea. They are beautiful as decoration and they smell great (and they're so cheap!) - it is amazing how you can change the atmosphere of a room just by lighting a candle. It gives it such a welcoming feel. I often buy the pink and red ones that smell like flowers and he prefers the white vanilla scented candles. In addition to the ones we already buy, I made sure to bring some different kinds this time as well.

to be continued...


  1. It's strange. I sit here in Lisbon, and wait around for that invigorating air to come around, and nothing happens :) It's still summer here! It's the strangest thing to me.

    1. haha the temperature has dropped a bit here in Madrid, though i'm afraid this must be summertime to any Norwegian, darling! hope you're well - have a great weekend!

      it must be (so)... liberating

  2. Luisa,

    Thanks for visiting my blog & becoming a new follower!
    I am excited to find your blog- I love it!! I'm now following you on GFC.


  3. I can't wait for the cool fall weather to get to us here in SoCal. I'm so over this high 90s weather...ick.

    Love that you've started prepping for the baby, even if it a little bit. I think we have one of those balls somewhere in our closet, I should probably dig it out & get my butt on it. Honestly, it could use it :/

    1. You totally should! I'm pretty much in love with my gym ball!
      And if it ends up being so good and healthy to exercise with it, then it's awesome, right?

  4. Thank you for stopping by my blog! I appreciate the follow....I am a huuuge fan of burlap and lace. Love. Love. Love them! If you do try a little project and want to guest post on my blog...Let me know. : ) I am now following you...Looking forward to future posts and by the way....I love ikea candles too! Ikea is pretty neat.

    1. Hey, Chrissie

      I was just writing another post (it'll actually be a 'part 2' of this one..) I have some pretty cool ideas that you might as well like :P

      Maybe i could guest post on your blog. I think my project is very doable - let me see if i can pull it off and i'll definitely contact you to guest post. I'd love that!! Thanks! Let's make sure we stay in touch, ok? :P

  5. Thanks for stopping by my little piece of the blogging world! Congrats on your soon to be born little one! It's definitely the most incredible thing ever! I love when the seasons change here! The colors are wonderful as is the chill in the air! I'm now following you too!! Can't wait to see pics of you little one when the time finally arrives!!

  6. Thanks for stopping by ModaMama! Sounds, and looks, like things are going great in your part of the world! Following you back :)


  7. I'm returning the follow :) Hopefully that exercise ball helps your pelvic floor muscles more than it did mine...I peed my pants a few too many times after giving birth to my second kid ;)


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