Monday, February 5, 2018

Pregnancy Update – 35 Weeks

Feels just like yesterday I was writing my 25 week update. The weeks are flying by and it’s almost overwhelming that in just a few short weeks we will be a family of four and I will be a mother to two beautiful girls. I am trying to not only mentally prepare my mind and body for labor, but also being a newborn mother again. We are incredibly blessed and cannot wait to meet our new member!

I also included some of our very last minute maternity photos my husband and mother took. We were hoping to a full photo shoot session but the not so great upcoming weekend weather, these will serve as backups in case we can’t get professional ones. I would say mom and hubby are getting good even on a frigid windy day! I even found a way to make my very spring-ish lace dress work for winter! The dress also came with it’s own floral headband and bracelet, which ended up working as a crown for Hartley. It’s been fun to see her getting excited and making comments of “baby sister” so to capture her in these was super special.

How far along? 

  • 35 Weeks + Day 6 – 30 more days to go!

Baby is now the size: 

  • About 18 inches long. Her weight – 5 1/4 pounds – size of a honeydew melon (according to my app)

Gender: 

  • Girl

Names:

  • Getting closer. Finally have it narrowed down to a few and we will wait until she is here to decide. Hartley will be very disappointed to learn that the name she picked out, Susie Tonya Candy, will not be the winner haha. (2 of her favorite people + fave food item = baby name)

Movement: 

  • Tons! This little girl is super active and sometimes likes to jab momma. Falling asleep is hard sometimes with all the movement. Guess she doesn’t understand bedtime yet haha.

Sleep:

  • Harder to fall asleep some nights but still able to sleep a majority of the night unless Hartley, my bladder, hip pain, or leg cramps wakes me. The compression socks did help my varicose veins and restless legs for a few weeks, but now they are so uncomfortable to wear I have stopped that routine. Willie has been giving me goodnight leg and hip rubs which seem to help too.

Exercise:

  • Still working out about 4 days a week. I no longer do my high intensity classes. I stopped Pure Barre at week 30 just because it was getting expensive and I was having trouble modifying all the core exercises while still feeling like I was getting my money’s worth. At the gym I am sticking to the elliptical, lower intensity stair master, or treadmill walk for my cardio. Oh and my maternity belt has been a complete pregnancy workout hack. I’ve kept up with weights and have just lessened my lower body weight. If you haven’t checked out my Favorite Pregnancy Workout, that is my go-to fitness routine outside the gym.
  • I also started prenatal yoga classes at Honest Soul Yoga. They had a great promotion of unlimited month for $30. The class is PACKED, like about 30 women each class! I have never seen such a fabulous community of pregnant women. It’s also great to see everyone at different stages, hear stories, struggles, perseverance, and positivity. It really has been a great experience joining this yoga community.

How I’m Feeling:

  • Feel great. Tired and achy in my third trimester, but I wouldn’t trade all the aches and pains not to experience this miraculous thing happening to my body. It really is amazing to think that MY body is forming lungs, arms, toes, hair, eyes…it is absolutely crazy!

Weight Gain/Skin:

  • About 28 pounds so far. Leg veins are super uncomfortable and I have some itchy patches on stomach. No stretch marks on my tummy yet, so super grateful of that. Oils are magic!

Food Cravings: 

  • I absolutely LOVED not having a diet New Years resolution. I have been making smoothies, salads, and more paleo items lately to try getting back into my routine more, but still indulging on my carb and sweet cravings. Oh and my mom gave me a jar of Nutella…ummm that stuff is amazing. A spoon and a jar have never been better friends!

Food Aversions: 

  • Nothing right now.

Survival Items:

  1. Earth Mama Natural Stretch Oil (swear by this stuff!)
  2. Rainbow Light Prenatal Multivitamin
  3. Spectrum Prenatal DHA
  4. Weleda Wild Rose Deodorant
  5. Maternity Leggings & Blanqi Belly Support Leggings

Reading List:

  1. Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to Your Fabulous Abundant Pregnancy
  2. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
  3. Birth Happy: The Savvy Woman’s Approach to a Satisfying Birth
  4. The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth

Nursery Update:

  • Finished my changing table remodel. Found it for $10 at a yard sale. Painted it two-tone (pink was supposed to be rose color but more looks like Pepto-Bismol pink…oh well) and finished with pretty baskets and rose knobs (I will share later). Added a thrifted mirror (only $8) above the changing table and a large art piece from Target for above the crib.  I added a free “dresser” (which is really to nightstands put together) that I got from my mom. If you follow me on Instagram I showed you how I made a homemade chalkpaint using baking soda and free leftover paint samples. I will say I am happy with the coverage, definitely worth doing on a free piece of furniture. So the only thing left now is the gallery wall of maternity and newborn photos 🙂 Once I have that up I will share the final nursery look. It is the perfect nursery on a budget.

Birth Preparation:

  • I’m feeling confident and empowered. Through all my reading and prenatal yoga I definitely feel more confident then my birthing experience with Hartley. Last week our prenatal yoga class stated “My birth will…” and you had to choose two words you would believe in. Mine were loving and positive. Others were empowered, natural, supported, miraculous, confident, pain-free, relaxed, etc. This exercise was much needed during my 33rd week as I was getting anxious and about my labor and what that meant. I am going to be a mother of two. This is probably the last birth I will have. I was flooded with emotions last week, so having this exercise pulled me back in to focus and realize everything will be fine and to keep my positive mindset and look forward to these huge life changes.
  • My hospital bag is almost all packed as well.
  • I have been nesting like crazy! This is a REAL thing.
  • 36 week check-up and ultrasound here we come! We are on the home stretch!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Fit Momma Giveaway

Mondays are always better with a GIVEAWAY! I’ve teamed up with some #girlboss champs to bring you this Fit Momma prize pack valued at $750!
Giveaway Details! 
  • Start date: January 8
  • End date: January 17 at 11:59 pm EST
  • Open worldwide to entrants 18+ year old
  • Prize includes:
    • Baby Jogger City Select LUX Stroller
    • Workout Outfit
    • Running Shoes
    • Water Bottle
    • All valued at $750
  • Winner drawn on January 18. Announced within 48 hours.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Pregnancy Update – 25 Weeks

Hope everyone had a very great thanksgiving filled with love, cheer, and full tummies!

When I looked at Willie the other night on the sofa and said, “I’m 6 months pregnant today” and his response was “No, can’t be…it’s too fast”. I knew I had to get some updates written down. I was all set on trying to write a pregnancy journal since I didn’t with Hartley, but just with everything going on I have had no time to commit to that. I have barley done my weekly bump shots. I have 7 bumpie’s out of the 25 I am supposed to have…whoops!

How far along? 

  • 25 Weeks + Day 6 – tracking right along for March due date – 100 more days to go!

Baby is now the size: 

  • About 13 1/2 inches. Her weight – 1 1/2 pounds – isn’t much more than an average rutabaga (according to my app)

Gender: 

  • Girl

Names:

  • Feeling some pressure on another girl name, but once list is narrowed down we will wait until she is here to decide.

Movement: 

  • Some days I can feel a lot more than others. Once I get Hartley to bed and sit down with my nightly cup of hot chocolate is when I finally get to relax and enjoy all the movement in my belly. It’s the best part of my day!

Sleep:

  • So far I’ve been able to stay comfortable and sleep a majority of the night unless Hartley or my bladder wakes me. I am starting over the knee compression socks to see if that helps with the veins and restless legs I experience sometimes.

Exercise:

  • Still working out about 5-6 days a week. I have modified some of my high intensity classes (like Kazaxe (dance class), Peloton, and Insanity) and hope to make it a few more weeks before it’s too much. Pure Barre has been an amazing once a week lunch workout treat. I’ve started to tell the difference and modifications needed for core work, but I swear it has kept the definition in my abs much longer than my first pregnancy. I also think it’s lifted my growing butt too. At the gym I am sticking to the elliptical and lower intensity stairmaster for my cardio. I’ve kept up with weights and have just lessened my lower body weight. I have narrowed down two yoga studios for prenatal yoga that I want to start in December. I’ve been getting light stretching in but not a regular yoga class since I was directed not to practice Bikram. Need to get my zen on!

How I’m Feeling:

  • Feel great. I’m one of those lucky women who LOVES being pregnant. Only thing really bothering me is my hips. They are pretty sore by the end of the day. Mentally I am a little drained with still being a full-time working mother, worried pregnant lady, holidays, social events, growing my blog business, and trying to finish some projects around the house before the baby. I know I’m killing Willie on trying to finish renos, but I want to be done and just able to enjoy my home.

Weight Gain/Skin:

  • About 17 pounds so far. I feel it mostly in my bottom half. My legs by genetics are the worst part of my body and boy do they take a beating while pregnant. I have a huge spot of spider veins that have popped up above my knee that are super painful at times?!?! With Hartley I had to get varicose vein removal too which was UGHHH the worst experience ever. Ohhh and is normal to be itchy EVERYWHERE!?!?

Food Cravings: 

  • Bagels, bread, muffins, cereal, sweets, sweets, and more sweets. I have been trying to enjoy a bit, but don’t want to indulge too much. My pregnancy diet is such a departure from my normal healthy diet, but temporary.

Food Aversions: 

  • I seem to have less and less interest in more and more foods. Nothing really satisfies or tastes amazing right now.

Survival Items:

  1. Earth Mama Natural Stretch Oil (swear by this stuff!)
  2. Rainbow Light Prenatal Multivitamin
  3. Spectrum Prenatal DHA
  4. Weleda Wild Rose Deodorant
  5. Maternity Leggings & Blanqi Belly Support Leggings

Reading List:

  1. Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to Your Fabulous Abundant Pregnancy
  2. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
  3. Birth Happy: The Savvy Woman’s Approach to a Satisfying Birth
  4. The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth

Nursery Update:

  • Finished my changing table remodel. Found it for $10 at a yard sale. Painted it two-tone (pink was supposed to be rose color but more looks like Pepto-Bismol pink…oh well) and finished with pretty baskets and rose knobs (I will share later). Painted the nursery this weekend. Just used leftover paint from our main level living. It’s a stunning greige. I also found a large art piece from Target for above the crib. Probably not too much more since everything was in there from Hartley. Just need to switch their closets and just that organized as well.

Monday, October 30, 2017

How to Create a Maternity Closet on a Budget

Women normally need a good maternity wardrobe from about 4 months into their pregnancy to a month post-pregnancy. That’s a long time not to have enough pieces you can rock. But I also understand the huge commitment and hesitation of spending tons of money for new specific items.

So, here are my tips on how to incorporate your current closet while finding ways to save on maternity additions.

Evaluate Your Closet and Make it Last
  • First thing I did when I needed a little more breathing room was look for items that fit comfortably while also hiding my slightly growing belly until I was ready to share our news. For work I was able to wear loose blouses and leave a pant button open. There are also such great belly band options to make your pants last, I’ve just never invested in one because my thighs and hips seem to grow with my belly so I have to go up a pant size anyways.
  • Sweaters, wraps, stretchy tops and skirts, or drawstring pants that are already in your closet are fabulous for your first and into second trimester. For example at 21 weeks I’m wearing a non-maternity sweater dress with leggings and boots.
  • From my first pregnancy, even though babies will be born in completely different seasons, I was able to pull and incorporate the maternity clothes I had saved. Save everything! I was able to have jeans, work tops, summer dresses that I will pair with leggings for a fall look, and some workout pants and tanks.
Where/How To Buy Retail
  • You’ll be surprised at how many options you will have a more budget-friendly retailers like Old Navy, Target, Walmart, Zulily, and even Amazon. These retailers have a huge selection and enable you to buy more pieces for less.
  • Specialty shops like Motherhood Maternity and A Pea in a Pod are expensive, but by finding a factory outlet in your area let’s you wear their fabulous pieces on a budget. For this pregnancy I found two great patterned pants that I can dress-up for work or dress-down for weekends that were only $13 each on clearance. Our outlet also offers additional coupons via a coupon book, so don’t forget to ask the mall’s customer service!
  • Watch for department store sales. Macy’s was having an amazing maternity sale right at the beginning of my pregnancy. I went through and picked everything I loved that was on super clearance and with my mom’s additional coupon I was able to get about 10 pieces for around $150.  It was a wonderful birthday gift and actually made me super excited to start my belly bump journey again.
Buy/Rent Pre-owned Maternity Clothes
  • It wouldn’t be a post without me mentioning pre-owned clothing. There are just so many options for buying used maternity looks. Here are some places to look:
    • Thrift Store
    • Consignment Stores
    • Yard/Garage Sales
    • Craigslist, FreeCycle, FaceBook groups, and other online selling groups
    • ThredUP
  • Renting is also now a fabulous option for those special occasions during your pregnancy. Some options include Le Tote, Mine for Nine, and Borrow For Your Bump.
Friend Connections/Swaps
  • Having a friend almost identical in size is the best! One of my best friends has gotten through both of her pregnancies and breastfeeding phases without having to purchase much at all because her dear friend (even being across the country) sends her all her maternity/nursing clothes for her to use. Having this option is fabulous especially if you are having kids about a year apart.
  • Reach out to your friend network and see if anyone can lend you items or if you can buy them off them. This is a great way to recycle and also a way for them to feel great about cleaning out their closet.
  • If you have a lot of preggo friends, hosting a clothes swap is a fabulous way to get new looks throughout your pregnancy without spending a penny!

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This is such an exciting time! Feel and look beautiful from the inside out and your mama glow will be just radiant!

Let me know if any of these tips work for your maternity fashion.