Thursday, March 30, 2017

Guys Behind The Blog - March

Hi friends! Happy spring! It's Guys Behind the Blog day today!

Sadly this will be my last month hosting the link-up. While I have loved it to bits, things in life are getting busier and busier. I am now officially in my third trimester (!) and once Baby comes, that will be my #1 priority. So I am leaving the hosting duties to my very capable and gorgeous co-hosts. I definitely plan on linking up from time to time because this is one of my favourite posts!

But now I'm turning the mic over to Mike. Here are his answers to some fun "would you rather" questions!

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Q: Would you rather have your dream job and make less money or have a job you hate and make tons of money? 
A: Unfortunately, money talks. My dream job would probably consist of watching basketball and baseball all day. I could stay at home and do that for less money, but I'd also be unemployed. I remember when I discovered that unfortunately you probably won't enjoy your job, but you just find the positives and do what you have to do to pay the bills and live the kind of lifestyle you want outside of work. Work is nothing more than a means to an end.

Q: Would you rather play a hero or a villain in a movie?
A: I don't really enjoy being disliked unless I dislike the people who dislike me, so I'd go with being the hero. It's always more fun to be adored than it is to be hated.

Q: Would you rather always have to say what's on your mind or never be able to speak again?
A: While always having to say what's on your mind could land you in some hot water, I'd rather be transparent about who I am than to be silent and having people wonder. If I was silent all the time, I'd probably have no friends. If I said everything that was on my mind, at least the people who liked me would like me for who I truly am.

Q: Would you rather go back in time and meet your ancestors or go into the future to meet your great grandchildren?
A: I'm definitely more fascinated with the future than the past, so I'd like to go into the future to meet my great grandchildren. My ancestors didn't speak English, so that would probably be a bit of a challenge as I understand neither Greek nor Italian. I'd love to see my descendants and how they'll live their lives.

Q: Would you rather swim in the Arctic Ocean with nothing but a swim suit (no wet suit) or walk through the desert in the middle of summer having to wear sweat pants and a sweat shirt?
A: Given that I'd probably end up dying in either circumstance, I'd choose the desert. I prefer the heat to cold, and at least I have some sweet hoodies and sweats. I'd die wearing my favourite Carolina hoodie. Nobody wants any part of seeing me in a wetsuit.


BONUS:
Q: Would you rather live like a king but have no friends and family or be homeless with your friends and family?
A: What good is being a King and living like one if you have nobody to share it with? Being lonely sucks. I'd take being homeless with a ton of friends. At least I'd have somebody to share moments with and a group of people to maybe help me get out of being homeless. 

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Like I said before, this was my last episode of Guys Behind The Blog that I will be hosting. For details on next month, visit Crystal from Hall Around TexasJamie from Cocktails and Carseats, or Jessica from Secrets of a Stay at Home Mom!



Friday, March 24, 2017

2nd Blogiversary!


Guess what! Today is the 2 year anniversary of Fortunate House!

Two years ago I started blogging and haven't looked back since. I have so many more ideas for posts that I want to write. And I promise that I will get them written! This is such an exciting time in my life and I definitely want to document it.

I'm so thankful for every single person that visits this little site of mine. Please pretend that I am sending you a pretty bouquet of pink tulips to show my gratitude! I love the relationships blogging forms. It's seriously the best.

I think I will celebrate today with a cupcake or maybe a ice cream cone with sprinkles. Because it's all about the little victories!

Hooray!


Friday, March 10, 2017

C u r r e n t l y

Admittedly, most of my day to day is broadcast on Snapchat (follow me! @evelinafortuna) but that is just so brief. I thought it would be fun to go back to the olden days (lol!) of when I wrote Currently posts on the reg.
BUYING
Maternity clothes. Officially 0% of my normal pants fit and fewer and fewer tops work these days. I also can't stand sleeping in pants or shorts lately so I got this nightgown from Target. It's so soft and perfect for my big baby belly. I've been sleeping in it non-stop since the day I got it!


DOING
Work has been crazy busy lately so on the weeknights I try to relax as much as possible. I used to leave all my work thoughts at the door when 4:30 hit but now it takes me much longer to unwind. Other than that, Mike and I have started prepping the nursery for our sweet little babe. So far we have painted, cleaned the carpets, and set up the closet. I love going in there and imagine what it will look like in a couple months!



DREAMING ABOUT
In the literal sense, nothing. I haven't been dreaming while asleep very much at all which is so the opposite of before! Otherwise, I am dreaming about spring and warmer temperatures. Despite having a mild winter, I am definitely over it and ready for no-coat-weather. So much of my Instagram feed seems to hail from the southern United States and I am jealous!

DRINKING
Benefibre because, pregnancy. Attractive, I know. My apologies.

EATING
Prunes. I wish I was joking. Otherwise, I have made it a tradition to stop off at the Polish store every Friday on my way home from work. I grew up eating Polish food basically all the time and I love having it around the house. Especially the kielbasa and sweets! (Not together.)


LISTENING TO
My current favourite song is that Rhythm song by Katy Perry. I stink at remembering song names but it's her newest single. It's so good! And if I am ever driving by myself, I put on the Young House Love Has a Podcast podcast.

LOOKING FORWARD TO
Other than the obvious, I am looking forward to picking up our new car tomorrow! We pulled the trigger and bought my mama-mobile, a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Can't. Wait. I'm thinking about plunking all of my excitement into a blog post. Too much?

READING
Ha! Nothing. I was all about the pregnancy books early on but they started getting so repetitive that I stopped. I haven't even really had time to stay up to date on blog reading which makes me really sad. I guess you can say that my most frequent type of reading these days are reviews of baby products.

WATCHING
Mike is very excited that March Madness is around the corner. Basketball and the World Baseball Classic are what's on our TV most of the time lately but we also squeeze in Jeopardy, Teen Mom, and Last Man On Earth. I am also very excited that Big Brother Canada and Southern Charm are almost back!

WEARING
Anything that fits. And a coat and scarf on top. I also got this sweet floral delivery robe from Pink Blush. I love love love it!


That's all! It feels good to catch up on here. There's even more that I could chat about but I feel so repetitive talking about preggo life non-stop. So I'm going to save the rest for another day. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

How We Found Out About Baby

Well, this little baby has been growing inside of me for almost 6 months and I have yet to spill the details. It's about time that I do!

We knew we wanted to start trying for a baby in the fall. We were aiming for an early summer baby so that my teacher husband could be home with me during the first couple of months. Knowing that the time is near, I bought a bunch of pregnancy tests at the dollar store. I remember it like it was yesterday. I felt so nervous and excited to be buying these for myself. My heart was racing. At the checkout, the lady smiled and said "good luck!" In the car I cried all the happy tears from all the emotions. I couldn't believe this was about to happen!

Twenty something days later, I took the first test. I was so excited and again my heart was racing. I put the test by the window sill because I thought it would be so nice to find out in the natural light by a window while being about to see outside. I made Mike sit on the bed with me while we waited. I wanted to remember every single moment. We were about to become parents! There was a lot of hype.

Negative.

A few days later, I took another one. Negative again. And then another negative. It was now day 40 and there was no sign of my period or of a second line on the test. I thought either these tests stink or something weird is going on with my body. I'm pretty regular so something was definitely up. The tests were definitely not as exciting as the first time.

I had decided that if I don't get my period by day 42, I'm going to go to the doctor to see what was happening. I knew he would ask me the last time I took a pregnancy test so I figured it made sense to take one that morning so that I could say "Today! Look! Still nothing!" Mike was still asleep. I sleepily took the test and went on getting ready for work.

A few minutes later I picked it up and expected to see the same old lonely single pink line. Except there was something ever so faint beside it. Was it a shadow? Was it my imagination? I blinked hard to reset my eyes and stared and stared. It seemed like there was something there but was it only there because I was hoping it would be? I was scared to get excited in case I was wrong.

I woke Mike up and shoved the test in his face. He instantly said there was a second line there. I thought, how could he be so quick to see it? He was half asleep and all groggy. I asked him about a thousand times if he was sure. Each time my smile grew bigger and bigger. I wasn't imagining it! We both saw that the test was positive!! We hugged and kissed and laughed and I cried with joy.


Mike said that he knew I was pregnant even before the test. It was the very first time that we had tried to get pregnant and it was also the very first time that my period was that late. He said it was so obvious to him and he wasn't surprised to see a positive test.

It was October 4th, 2016. We went to the doctor straight after work to confirm. Yup, pregnancy confirmed! I cried in the doctor's office too.

I feel so so lucky that we were able to get pregnant so easily. I definitely expected it to take months. When people asked, I would say "We want to try for a June baby but I'm sure that won't happen so I'll be fine with whenever." I remember always being worried in the back of my mind that I won't be able to conceive or carry a child. Because you don't know until you try. And I had never tried before so I had no idea if it was possible for me. To this day, I am so very thankful that our little one came to us so quickly.