a big thank you + other updates


  • I just wanted to say another “thank you” to everyone who wished us well on the last post. I replied to each and every one that commented, however, I felt it necessary to say it again in this way. Because you can never thank someone enough for their kindness and time. I am beaming. THANK YOU.


  • I would love to pose a question to all the mothers out there: the flu shot; have you gotten it while pregnant? I’ve been strongly advised for it (mostly by my doctors) and against it (by almost everyone else). Normally, I’d be inclined to take a doctor’s advice but in this case there are a lot of convincing arguments for not getting it. I’m not comfortable with the idea of putting things like thimerosal and formaldehyde into my body (or rather into the little body inside of me). The flu shot this year has been shown be not as effective at preventing the flu.  And I’ve been healthy without it for years, doing things like washing my hands regularly and eating anti-inflammatory foods. Most importantly, the vaccine has not been officially tested on pregnant women (sources here and here). On the other hand, the strain of flu that’s going around these days is pretty severe.  Being pregnant suppresses the immune system—so I’ve read—, which makes me more susceptible to contagious disease and that worries me. So my point is, did you get a flu shot when you were pregnant? Did you find that you or your child were at all affected by it? Did you actually have the flu while pregnant?  There are plenty of reports and articles out there about flu shots during pregnancy and it’s difficult to separate the fact from fiction. At this point, I’m considering the thimerosal/preservative-free flu shot, but I’m still not completely sold on it.  Would so love your thoughts on this!


  • I’ve been pretty into this fruit smoothie combination in the mornings lately: apple + frozen strawberries + clementines + frozen cherries (optional). I’m really cramming in as much vitamin C as I can, most especially in the mornings on an empty stomach. This is when the nutrients  in fruit are most easily absorbed and digested. Next time, I might throw in some spinach for good measure. Blend it, strain it, drink it. Semi-recipe on my Instagram.


  • House update: we have an inspection on the house coming up this weekend. Moment of truth! We might have an idea come Saturday after the inspection, but we’ll most definitely know for certain by next week if we will buy the house or not. I’m not expecting an A+ report, but it’d be nice if repairs to the house are not too costly. Our exchanges with the seller’s agent haven’t been the most pleasant and we’ve had a lot of back-and-forths for the past few months, so it’d be great to be rewarded with our own house at the end of this. It’ll hurt to have gone through all the trouble just to have to walk away from it.
  • These pics are from our house party that Bob and I had at our place with some close friends. The party started out great. We broke the big news to everyone so there was a lot of excitement all around. Until! We got a knock on our door from a disgruntled neighbor who started threatening Bob because our party was too noisy (admittedly, we were all talking pretty loudly). At that point, a lot of angry words were exchanged and the mood of the party changed from celebratory to annoyed and tense. The next knock on our door was from six police officers who claimed that the complaint called  in was for a “domestic dispute” (I don’t think this needs to be said, but that was complete and utter BS). Ugh. Things got hairy, but fortunately  no one was arrested or issued a summons. The night just left me soured. Had the neighbor been a gentleman about it asked us  to lower the volume without the empty threats, we would have respected that and there would have been no need for six (SIX!) officers to waste their time and ours. We ended up seeing that neighbor a couple days later in our hallway and he politely held the front door for us without saying a word. Bygones, I guess. I’m still mad our awesome party was ruined though!


  • On a lighter note, you might notice some of these pics were taken in the same area by our jankety makeshift garland curtain. That was my lame attempt at making a holiday-themed “photo-booth” aka just a pretty place in the apartment where we could all take pictures!
  • I’d really like to get into my regular blogging schedule again, but I’m finding it surprisingly hard. There are times when I have absolutely nothing to say and there are times when I have too much to say but I don’t know how to organize my thoughts well. Can I just blame it on pregnancy brain?


10 responses to “a big thank you + other updates”

  1. rooth says:

    Ugh don’t even get me started on crappy neighbors (who blast Nick Jonas at midnight). I’m glad you had such fun celebrating the big news with your friends – congrats again!

    • Jillian says:

      Girl, I know all about it. Neighbors are the worst. I actually think I’m a great neighbor to have. I mean, it was the first party we had in that place in over a year and it was 9:30pm on a Saturday night! I think that’s a perfectly reasonable time to have a party. But yeah, Nick Jonas at midnight is no bueno.

  2. Emily says:

    Sorry about the party ordeal! I will never understand why people will react before asking for things calmly. Plus you live in New York. It’s like the land of apartments, he probably gets disgruntled anywhere he lives. At least he was cordial the second time :\ .

    As far as the flu shot goes, I got pregnant in March so I had already received my flu shot months prior. When I got pregnant I didn’t get sick once (outside of the forever-long morning sickness). And they’re right, Dominic and I both got a flu shot this year and got the flu anyway. I honestly wouldn’t even worry about getting one. Just load up on vitamins.

    • Jillian says:

      Right? It’s like, dude calm down. If he would’ve just been nice about, it would have been no big deal. Amazing how people decide to be d-bags before they even know the situation.

      Thanks for your input on the flu shot. I’ve heard from a few people that got sick anyway in spite of being vaccinated. It happens! I’m just worried that getting a bad flu will affect the baby. Then again, I’m worried the vaccine will affect the baby. You’re right though. I just need to make sure I’m getting the right amount of vitamins and nutrients and I’ll be good. I’m a huge worrywart, if you haven’t already noticed 😉

      • Emily says:

        I’m a worry-wart too, and becoming a mom has made me completely neurotic- LOL. I worried about what to do when I was pregnant too. I didn’t do any of the tests that they offered (amniocentesis), because I didn’t want them poking holes in my kids nice warm bubble. I was going to have him regardless of what the results would’ve been. I just said a prayer up to the heavens that he would be healthy and just fine- and he was :) It’s amazing (and horrifying) how little control we have over certain things.

        I have to think though that plenty of pregnant women get the flu this time of year and their babies (and themselves) are just fine.

  3. lena says:

    Neighbors can be the WORST–how awful that he soured such a wonderful celebration. But one day it’ll be a great story you tell from your cozy home far away from him!

  4. ashley says:

    Awww, look at you being more concerned for your health because you are helping to grow a human <—isn't that a CRAZY thought?!? When you really, really think about it? Your body is MAKING A HUMAN.

    I digress. Your neighbors need to chill!

    And didn't I know you were gonna have the cutest baby bump?! Yes, I did.

  5. Jane says:

    Congratulations! That’s so exciting!

    Too bad about the neighbour issue which ruined the night :\

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