Project 52 | SIX

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Back when I was livin’ life as a drug rep I used to spend nearly every day in OB offices over the lunch hour. I got to hear the ins & outs of patients & pregnancy. I listened to the doctors & nurses and I learned a lot. I chose my doctor back in Omaha based on her view of pregnancy–mostly the one that included the phrase “pregnancy is not a disease.” I never realized how often OBs get phone calls from women looking to use pregnancy as an excuse for…well…anything. Sometimes it was work. Sometimes it was a handicapped parking pass. & I know that some women have legitimate reasons and do need these things (I learned that this pregnancy–awful) but seriously. For most of us–it’s just another season of our lives. Uncomfortable? yes. Debilitating? Not so much. Staying active & making healthy choices have sure helped me during pregnancy and most definitely after too.

I’ve been pretty much single parenting since November. It’s not been easy. Thursday’s pukefest (which followed Monday’s sneeze & snotfest) in this house was just another reminder that life doesn’t slow down…even if you are 39 weeks pregnant. Toddlers will puke. Husbands will be unavailable. & Mama has to make it better. Whether she can bend over the bathtub or not. Whether she is sick herself, or not. Whether she is having contractions, or not. Life doesn’t stop just because of pregnancy. It’s all part of the preparation for the crazy that lies after baby. & Boy is it ever one wild ride!

So stick a fork in me. I’m ready to have a BABY! & to think…I thought I was huge in every one of these pictures…haaa! I am grateful for this pregnancy, for sure, but I am ready to put my pregnant years behind me. I wanted to have all my babies by age thirty. Luckily…it looks like that will be the case! Anyone want maternity clothes? I’m ready to purge–especially since I wore next to none of them this pregnancy!

I have a project idea for when the babe arrives…but until then…you can find me nesting. Or poking around my styleberry facebook page. Or sharing tidbits of my life & projects with instagram (username: miss_shawna). & if you don’t have instagram, you can find me on webstagram. :)

Happy Friday! Cross your fingers for a BABY…SOON! It’s time! (& this week…I am channeling boy….)

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& Project 52 is off to a very collaborative start! If you’d like to join in–it’s not too late. Here’s everything you need to know about

my 2012 Project 52.

& those of you who are linking up (please let me know if you need to be edited/added!):

Adventures in MommyhoodAubrey My LoveBlossoms & VintageBugs & Boo-Boos Candice Craves Caynay Photography Chronicles of KT The Crain’s Nest Dana Moran Photography The Daulton Dabbler Englexas Everything Eatherton Fairy Wings & Dinosaurs Finding Joy Firecracker MamaFreckled PinkFrom Stanwood to Seoul Gin & Juice Boxes •  Heather Marie PortraitsIci & LaIt’s a Graham LifeIt’s a Strange & Lovely RideKate L Photography Keeping up with the Carters Kim Percival Photography Lizzi Photography Mahina & Lucas Mama Bethany McLain Padilla Photography Mist Moments Memories by Mere Moments & Impressions The Mommyhood Memos Moo with Me Moxie Made My Tot TravelsNavigating the MothershipNicole Dina PhotographyOh the Places We’ll Go Our Splendid Little Life Phreckle Face Photography Quiet FootstepsRachel Gray PhotographyThe Robersons Shades of Bliss Shutter Mama BlogSide of the TableSimply Us Snaps of Our Life The Todd’s We Aren’t Scared of SugarWe’re Better Together Wicked KateWokabout •  Z as in Zebra

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Hi! Hello! I am Shawna, the founder of Styleberry Blog. This creative corner of the internet has become a learning haven for moms and creatives, offering a warm and encouraging nudge to those who wish to be better and do better, but often don't know where to start. From Decorating to DIY to Diapers and Paleo-ish Dishes, I strive to make the complicated simple and empower women to take action beyond their personal comfort zone. I subscribe to the Shine Theory & so strongly believe that we shine when the women around us shine and mutual support—lifting up instead of tearing down--will always be the culture here. Are you in? I hope so! Beyond the computer, I run Styleberry Creativewhere I work with clients to create low fuss, high function spaces that are pretty and practical in San Antonio, Texas and beyond. I LOVE making a house a home. My own studs out renovation is almost complete and I am now back to working with clients. Please don't hesitate to drop me a line if you'd like to work together! I hope you’ll join me on this fun new adventure! Xo.