Best Pregnancy/New Mama Freebies

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As a first time Mom I’ve been researching everything I can about what products are best and what items HAVE to be on our registry. What was most difficult was reading reviews and trying to decipher what items would work well for us. With many registries, you’re offered a welcome package with samples of items to try. SO — Babies are expensive and I thought why not take advantage of all the possible Freebies I can?! So many of these items came with coupons so if we decided the product worked for us we’d be able to buy it in the full size with a slight discount.

SO- I’ve decided to put together a list of all the places to get free or extremely cheap items.

FIRST THINGS FIRST – REGISTRY FREEBIES

Amazon- This one was my favorite. There were lots of really cute items in here and its completely free. You just have to buy $10 worth of items from your registry. I added this baby book i was planning on buying anyway and I was able to redeem it after the book shipped. There was even a burts bees onesie in mine and a muslin swaddle blanket! I’m pretty sure the contents varies per box but its 100% worth it.

Target – They offer a bag full of goodies. We went over to the customer service desk after creating a registry on the kiosk and they handed a gift bag at the same time they handed the scan guns. The coupon book alone is amazing! 50% off one Starbucks drink? yes please!

Buy Buy Baby – We registered here also and we were given another gift bag as we finished and turned in our scan guns. more coupons and bottles and pacifiers! Lots of good items in this one too.

BabyList – This one isn’t totally free. You have to pay the shipping. BUT it’s still worth it in my opinion. It was $5 and there were lots more samples and coupons. Overall, the contents of the box was worth way more than the shipping cost.

NEXT – Non Registry Freebies

Walmart – I didn’t create a registry here but i did sign up for the baby box! This was my least favorite of them all but it still had some good stuff. I signed up when they were offering free shipping on the box otherwise its $5 to ship. It was okay and I’ll definitely use the products included but I’m not convinced it would be worth $5 for this box.

Motherhood Maternity – When you buy an item in store they give you a bag full of coupons.

Free Breastpump! – (with insurance)

Aeroflow Breast pumps – click here –was recommended to me by a friend and it was extremely simple to use. You simply fill out a form with your health insurance information and they provide you with a list of options a few days later. There were several options that were free to me and several options that were “Upgrades” that I could get by paying the additional amount not covered by insurance. I would highly recommend using them! i was able to get a Medela pump completely covered by my insurance!

 

This list is what I found to be the easiest to redeem. There are definitely others out there however, a lot of them require you to sign up for a subscription that you would have to cancel after you received your first free item. I didn’t include those because they are so hard to keep up with!

If you found that I’ve missed one definitely let me know below!

xo, Britt

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2nd Trimester Bumpdate- Weeks 25-27

Today starts my third trimester with our sweet boy!! I feel really incredibly blessed to have had a relatively easy pregnancy up until this point. These blog posts have been really fun to keep up with since so much changes so quickly! I’m including several things in this post including a few second trimester must haves!

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25 WEEKS

  • Due Date: February 13th
  • How far along?: 25 weeks
  • Baby is the size of a: Rutabaga
  • The Bump: still attracting everyone’s eyes. Just an FYI- You’ve gotten so big is not a compliment 🙂
  • Symptoms: out of breath a lot more quickly. I’m having some trouble bending over.
  • Food Cravings: same as they have been. I’m so hungry all the time.
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: I’m still very sensitive to smells but it’s not nearly as bad as it has been.
  • Sleep: He must be preparing me for when he’s here cause its rare
  • What I miss: just alcohol, I really can’t wait for a glass of wine!! HA!
  • Weddings Rings On or Off: Still on
  • Movement: he’s very active!
  • Best Moment of the Week: this week we said “see ya later” to my little brother Michael who swore into the airforce and left for basic training. It’s not pregnancy related but I’m so proud of him!
  • What I’m excited about/looking forward to: my next meal……..very hungry! lol But also I bought Andy’s birthday present this week and I’m SO excited i cant wait to give it to him!

 

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26 WEEKS

  • Due Date: February 13th
  • How far along?: 26 weeks
  • Baby is the size of a: Lettuce
  • The Bump: I’ve gained 2 more lbs but i feel the same. I’m up about 12 pounds.
  • Symptoms: tailbone pain from sitting in my desk chair all day, sciatic nerve pain, heartburn.
  • Food Cravings: chocolate. My appetite is a lot like a toddler… I like a bite of anything. Cereal is pretty much always a yes but most other food is kinda eh.
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: smells still. I’m not interested in chicken salad ever again since that was one thing that made me sick in the first trimester.
  • Sleep: has been the same
  • What I miss: sleeping on my stomach… walking up stairs without feeling like I just ran a marathon
  • Weddings Rings On or Off: still on
  • Movement: This boy is VERY active. He kicks all day long.
  • Best Moment of the Week: Finally getting to share with everyone that I’m getting another niece or nephew!!
  • What I’m excited about/looking forward to: getting another ultrasound at 27 weeks and finding out the gender of my new niece or nephew. We have so many fun things coming up!!

 

 

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27 WEEKS

  • Due Date: February 13th
  • How far along?: 27 weeks
  • Baby is the size of a: cauliflower
  • The Bump: has for sure grown. BUT i recently read that my uterus was a size of a soccer ball at 25 weeks and its now a basketball at 27 weeks. It shows… LOL Just trying not to gain everywhere else too.
  • Symptoms: still mostly the same but the heartburn/ acid reflux is out of this world and if the hair thing is true I’ll be giving birth to Chewbacca. Major dip in energy this week also. I’m TIRED!
  • Food Cravings: lets see, chickfila came out with a peppermint chocolate chip milk shake and i definitely want that asap but besides that its been mostly the same. I’m having to be selective with food choices because everything gives me heartburn and my throat and chest end up on fire for hours EVEN with tums/zantac. A turkey sandwich is always a safe bet or a bowl of cereal.
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: I’ve always been sensitive to smells but pregnancy has made me TWICE that. My coworker ate Chinese food for lunch the other day and I wanted to throw up.
  • Sleep: I am so tired. I’m taking half a unisom at night and sleeping okay. I don’t sleep without it.
  • What I miss: I had a lot more energy last week so right now I miss that.. I feel like I’ve been hit by a bus. Hopefully I’ve just been overdoing it.
  • Weddings Rings On or Off: still on
  • Movement: he’s very active.
  • Best Moment of the Week: our 28 week appointment we got to see him! Hes in the 52nd percentile and growing right on track.
  • What I’m excited about/looking forward to: Thanksgiving and my baby shower!!

 

With my second trimester coming to an end I wanted to share some of my second trimester must haves. Overall, I’ve felt really good although I’m started to lose a lot of my energy now.

SECOND TRIMESTER MUST HAVES

  1. This donut pillow. Life changing. I’m really upset I didn’t purchase it sooner. I’ve had tailbone pain since around 12 weeks and its gotten progressively worse. Day 2 of using this and I’m transformed. I’m not waddling and its not painful to sit. plus this will be great for the hospital after pushing out a baby 🙂
  2. Unisom – Because I no longer sleep.
  3. Still loving my pregnancy pillow!! Another good thing to bring to the hospital.
  4. Water bottle- SO important to drink tons of water. I’m drinking a gallon a day and I was told to push more if I could.
  5. Blanqi support tank- I am purchasing the leggings now. The don’t put pressure on your stomach.
  6. Leggings!! or good maternity jeans.

 

Lots of the same items from my First Trimester Must have List – You can find that post here.

I can’t believe we have 12 weeks or less until our guy is here! this weekend is my baby shower and I’m so excited!

Did I miss one of your second trimester must haves? Hit reply and let me know below!!

xo, Britt

2nd Trimester Cont. – Weeks 19-24

I cant believe that I’m officially 25 weeks today! I’ve really loved being pregnant so far and I’ll be kind of sad when its over but I also equally cannot wait to have our baby here for snuggles! 15 weeks to go!!!

 

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19 WEEKS

  • Due Date: February 13th
  • How far along?: 19 weeks
  • Baby is the size of a: Banana
  • The Bump: Officially caught up to my boobs ha!
  • Symptoms: LEG CRAMPS! OUCH.
  • Food Cravings: Twix Bar. Actually one of those Hersey cookie caramel bars. Any kind of sugar, candy or dessert is a YES from me but extra points if it has caramel.
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: I switched prenatal vitamins to Rainbow light and I wouldn’t recommend taking them before dinner.
  • Sleep: Recently, I’ve had to start fighting Andy for my pillow.. not happy about that but besides that It’s been the same.
  • What I miss: Running.
  • Weddings Rings On or Off: still on.
  • Movement: much more frequent and noticeable!
  • Best Moment of the Week: We had our 20 week anatomy scan and got to see his sweet face. Seeing him kick at the same time I was feeling him was pretty awesome.
  • What I’m excited about/looking forward to: We get another ultrasound at 24 weeks! The doctors are monitoring the distance between my uterus and placenta so its nothing too scary. (They say it usually moves)

Other things I want to remember from week 19 – I had a Starbucks salted caramel mocha Frappuccino for the first time in maybe 2 years and I think I may have died and went to heaven. We registered! so much fun and a little overwhelming.

 

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20 WEEKS

  • Due Date: February 13th
  • How far along?: 20 weeks
  • Baby is the size of a: artichoke
  • The Bump: looks about the same as week 19!
  • Symptoms: some evening nausea……… yuck. Some back pain.
  • Food Cravings: CANDY. Icecream, Cookies, Cake, you name it. And pepperoni pizza. Also, was dying for crab legs and I ate them and now I’m no longer interested in seeing them again 🙂
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick:  random nausea at night before or after dinner. I made salmon for my salad and I was gagging the rest of the night.
  • Sleep: I am SO Tired. waking up often.
  • What I miss: eating normally, this week was weird for food.
  • Weddings Rings On or Off: still on- no issues!
  • Movement: He’s shaking my whole belly when he moves! kicks are so much stronger.
  • Best Moment of the Week: Andy built and installed floating book shelves in the nursery!! Its easily our favorite room in the house.
  • What I’m excited about/looking forward to: several things! Its almost my birthday and we get to see the baby again on October 25! I also look forward to baby kicks every day and they are getting more frequent. I feel him all day!

 

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21 WEEKS

  • Due Date: February 13th
  • How far along?: 21 weeks
  • Baby is the size of a: Carrot
  • The Bump: Theres some growth! He’s moving so much
  • Symptoms: Very clumsy and forgetful. Random Nausea, Sciatic nerve pain.
  • Food Cravings: still sweets. Every night!
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick:  smells. I made Mexican food for dinner and was fine, tried to eat it the next day for lunch and felt nauseous for the rest of the day.
  • Sleep: Not happening. I’ve had to take Benedryl because of the cold I have and I’m still wide awake at 3am.
  • What I miss: pumpkin beer still. and Wine.
  • Movement: He’s getting so much stronger!
  • Best Moment of the Week: hmmm I think probably eating that mint chocolate chip icecream cone after dreaming about it for several days.
  • What I’m excited about/looking forward to: Seeing our sweet boy again since I have to have another ultrasound at 24 weeks!

 

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22 WEEKS

  • Due Date: February 13th
  • How far along?: 22 weeks
  • Baby is the size of a: Coconut
  • The Bump: I feel so much bigger!
  • Symptoms: sciatic nerve pain is back. Also i have a weird appetite
  • Food Cravings: still sweets. Every night!
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick:  such a weird appetite this week. I get really hungry but nothing sounds good. I force myself to eat breakfast and I can go hours after that without eating.
  • Sleep: I take half a unisom every night or sleep doesn’t happen
  • What I miss: Sushi for my birthday!!! wahhh
  • Movement: He’s getting so much stronger! You can see him make waves through my belly! Every morning When I wake up, around lunch time and around dinner-bedtime he is a busy little guy! I cannot wait to kiss his face.
  • Best Moment of the Week: My birthday! Andy always makes sure my day is so special and he gave me the sweetest book from our little guy. SO many tears!
  • What I’m excited about/looking forward to: Going to the Fair! We cant wait for deep fried cookie dough and French fries 😉 and My birthday!!!!

 

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23 WEEKS

  • Due Date: February 13th
  • How far along?: 23 weeks
  • Baby is the size of a: Grapefruit
  • The Bump: I’ve popped a little bit!
  • Symptoms: still feeling a little weird about food, lightheaded and dizzy often.
  • Food Cravings: Still Rush’s cheeseburger basket……………… I give in a once every few weeks
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick:  when I’m hungry I feel shaky! Making sure I have snacks with me
  • Sleep: its been okay with the half of a unisom
  • What I miss: pumpkin beer while we carve pumpkins!
  • Movement: He moves so much in the mornings and at night. I love laying in bed feeling his wiggles!
  • Best Moment of the Week: Having Andy back home for the weekend! he worked the entire weekend before. Also My birthday was the best day!
  • What I’m excited about/looking forward to: our ultrasound at 24 weeks!

 

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24 WEEKS

  • Due Date: February 13th
  • How far along?: 24 weeks
  • Baby is the size of a: Cantaloupe or Corn or VHS tape. all the apps say something different HA!
  • The Bump: I often catch strangers staring at me.. lol its out there.
  • Symptoms: still lightheaded and dizzy and hungry! I’ve been told to move slowly because it may be my blood pressure bottoming out
  • Food Cravings: Still all the candy, this little boy is going to be extra sweet 😉 ALSO cheerios with banana
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick:  random dizzy spells that make me feel really nauseous.
  • Sleep: still taking half a unisom and still sometimes not sleeping
  • What I miss: bending over without having to hold my breath.. lol and running! I miss running so much but it gives me good incentive to look for a jogging stroller!
  • Movement: He is so wiggly and I love it so much!
  • Best Moment of the Week: Seeing his sweet face on ultrasound. We love him so much already.
  • What I’m excited about/looking forward to: I’m excited about getting his room ready. Its so much fun! We still have a lot to do but there’s a little preview below.

 

Recent purchases for baby!

I’ve recently purchased several items for baby and I wanted to share some of my favorites.

  1. This name sign from Etsy. I’m painting/staining it myself and I’ll use it in his nursery and for photos. You can shop that here! 
  2. A personalized name hat from this shop! The CUTEST! shop it here
  3. Baby book!! This one goes up to 5 years and its gender neutral! I also love that there are several pockets throughout the book and a place for his foot prints. Shop that here 

 

A Sneak Peek of the nursery with all the links:

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I’ll share a more detailed post when I’ve finished the room but for now I’ll just be hanging out and dreaming about him in this corner!

 

xo,

Britt

 

Fall Bucket List

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I LOVE fall. Its my favorite time of the year for so many reasons. I love the weather, football, tailgates, pumpkin beer, bonfires, carving pumpkins, and MY BIRTHDAY!! Plus the clothes are my favorite.

Since the weather is finally cooperating I busted out my sweaters and booties and I’ve found the best black maternity jeggings from Pink Blush! I’ll link them below.

Every year I look forward to so many different activities that I thought it may be fun to make a fall bucket list. I’m huge on experiences instead of things and Fall is so beautiful that it’s the perfect time to get outdoors! I’ve compiled a list of things that Andy and I will be doing this fall.

  1. Visit a pumpkin patch/corn maze
    • I love Clinton Sease Farms if you’re local! My family does this every year.
  2. Carve a pumpkin and roast the seeds
  3. Decorate for Fall!
  4. Have a movie night with halloween movies
  5. Tailgate a football game
  6. Have a bonfire
  7. Go apple picking!
    • We are planning to go to Sky Top Apple Orchard again this year!
  8. Grab some Apple Cider Donuts while you’re there
  9. Bake an apple pie
  10. Go on a hike or drive where the leaves change

 

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A little bit more about the outfit…

I love this sweater from Red Dress Boutique. I’m wearing a small/medium and I’m 24 weeks pregnant and it still works. The material is so soft and it comes in multiple colors! I’m going to grab another color for sure!!

My jeggings are from Pink Blush and I’m obsessed with them! Pink blush is an online boutique that sells both maternity and non-maternity clothing. You can see several other options by clicking here. I needed a good pair of black “jeans” and these are so comfortable. They’re actually jeggings! I’m wearing a small for reference. Get ready to see them on repeat because they’re so comfortable I’m going to be wearing them all Fall/winter long.

The boutique also has so many other maternity and non maternity options and it’s actually the place I plan to purchase my baby shower dress! If you’re interested in that I’ll put that link here.  Be sure to shop the rest of my details below:

Now I’m curious, did I miss a bucket list item? Let me know anything I need to add to our list!

xo,

Britt

 

First Trimester Must Have’s

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The first trimester was tough and only after I moved into the second trimester did I really realize just how awful I’d been feeling. This post is long overdue. I’ve put together a list of things that I found helpful during the first few weeks where everything made me sick and I was SO tired. Many of these can be continually used throughout pregnancy.

  1. A good prenatal vitamin!
    I actually started taking a prenatal when we first decided we wanted to have a baby. I was taking a gummy but It didn’t have iron in it. I’m currently taking these and I’d recommend taking them before bed. They make me extremely nauseous if I don’t but they have good stuff in it for baby! *They do not have DHA in them on their own so you’ll have to buy the separate pill for that” I get this combo pack and take one of each.
  2. Gingerale and Preggie Pops
    This is my favorite kind. Gingerale with lemonade. Sometimes I was perfectly fine and others just the taste in my mouth alone would make me feel sick. I kept these two things within arms reach at all times. (bubble water works also but from my experience once you throw that up you wont want it again)
  3. Eye cream and concealer
    Because holy tired.. I’m usually not a napper but pregnancy quickly turned me into one. Not only did I feel tired, I LOOKED tired. which is no bueno and made me feel worse about myself. This stuff is my holy grail. I use both of these daily.
  4. Stretch Mark Cream!!
    I started using this right away. I use bio-oil daily but I use Palmers Stretch Mark cream everywhere also. I know Stretch marks are hereditary but doing whatever you can to help avoid them wont hurt.
  5. Water bottle!
    I was SO thirsty. But also, when you’re pregnant you basically have to turn into a camel. I’ve always made sure to drink a lot of water but pregnancy makes it essential!!
  6. Peppermint Oil
    This one is because I was having headaches but it also helps with nausea. I didn’t like the idea of taking Tylenol every day and my headaches were out of control. I used peppermint oil on my temples and on the back of my neck when I felt a headache coming on. Some days I still needed medicine but the cooling feel on my temples definitely helped my nausea as well!
  7. A Body Pillow
    Because a big belly isn’t the only thing that will make you uncomfortable sleeping through the night. This pillow is the best! Andy always tries to steal it from me.
  8. Bralettes/Sports Bras
    because, first OW. They HURT the first trimester but it does get better in the second. Second, when your bras start to feel too tight you’re going to want something that’s comfortable.
  9. Saltines
    I tried gold-fish and cheez its. I may never eat another cheez it again.. I’m so sad to say that but throwing up cheez its is MISERABLE. When you’re starving and nauseous and terrified to eat anything, saltines are usually a safe bet. Sometimes getting a few crackers on your stomach is enough to help!
  10. SLEEP.
    Take the nap. Relax. Give yourself the extra 30 minutes in bed on Saturday morning. Your body is going through a significant change. If you get home from work and you feel like you need to lay down, DO IT! listen to what your body is telling you. You certainly want to make sure that you’re still staying active BUT sometimes you just have to do what you need to do to survive. It gets so much better the second trimester!! I started feeling more like myself around week 16!! 🙂

The first trimester FLEW by for me! If you’re in your first trimester, just know that it does get a lot better and you will start to enjoy being pregnant!

If you see something on this list that I may have forgotten, hit reply below and let me know!

XO,

Britt

Old Navy Thank You Event

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Okay so Old Navy is one of my favorite places to shop and I had to share all of the pieces I LOVE while they were 40% off. The dress above is non maternity!!!

This is their thank you event so cardholders get 40% off everything in the store! Don’t worry, If you’re not a cardholder you may still received 30% off your purchase!!! This may be a bit picture heavy with my older posts including several ways I wear pieces I purchase from them. I also wanted to include the baby items I’m loving as well as item’s I purchased for Andy. (-I love their men’s jeans)

First I’ll go into the items I love and wear CONSTANTLY:

This Green Jacket. As seen a million times and will be seen a million more. Shop it below.

 

These Luxe brand basics: I probably have all of the styles. I wore a small pre-baby and have now started buying mediums. You get the picture below—

Linking all of these here:

 

I love old navy Jeans. Andy loves the Men’s styles too! They have great maternity options also!

These are none maternity:

These ARE maternity:

 

Workout clothes: I LOVE old navy workout gear. Linking my favorites here. I think most of my compression leggings are from Old Navy. I sized down to an XS pre-baby and now… who knows LOL I’ll have to grab some of the maternity options! My favorite pre-baby were the high waisted compression leggings!

 

Now onto my favorite part. Baby clothes for the sweetest boy! I’ve purchased several items from Old Navy which have all been very affordable and VVVVERY ADORABLE.

THEY ARE THE SOFTEST BABY CLOTHES KNOWN TO MY FINGERS. I will be buying these in every size and color available. ALL baby clothes should be made in this material. Make sure it says “Plush-knit”!!! I’ve linked here:

Other Baby clothes I’m loving:

 

And finally, these are all the items on my wish list and in my cart just waiting for me to pull the trigger.

 

 

The sale ends September 30th so be sure to grab your stuff before then!

I’d love to hear what you’re buying! Let me know below.

XO, Britt

2nd Trimester – Weeks 14-18

Second Trimester Bump-date! I’m keeping this going. I always like reading these for other people and I’ll be really fun to look back with future pregnancies. I’m entering into week 19 and I cannot believe we are almost half way! I’m planning more pregnancy posts for the future so definitely hit Reply below and let me know what you’d like to see. Now lets get started:

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14 WEEKS

  • Due Date: February 13th
  • How far along?: 14 weeks
  • Baby is the size of a: peach! or a Nectarine
  • The Bump: Is officially a bump!
  • Symptoms: still headaches, hungry 24/7, sciatic nerve pain..
  • Food Cravings: pickles and anything sweet. Also anything I see on TV
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: smells!
  • Sleep: has become a little more difficult..
  • What I miss: drinking.. lol
  • Weddings Rings On or Off: on
  • Any Names Picked Out Yet: yes for both
  • Gender: We find out in 2 weeks!
  • Movement: Sometimes I think I feel flutters
  • Maternity Clothes: yeah… none of my clothes fit me anymore
  • Best Moment of the Week: setting up our stroller! also- unrelated to baby but winning Beyoncé tickets on the radio
  • What I’m excited about/looking forward to: Finding out if baby is a boy or girl!

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15 WEEKS

  • Due Date: February 13th
  • How far along?: 15 weeks
  • Baby is the size of a: Naval Orange or an Apple
  • The Bump: is starting to look more like a bump!
  • Symptoms: Headaches!
  • Food Cravings: same, candy and pickles
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: Smells still!
  • Sleep: Is getting more difficult but I did buy a snoogle!
  • What I miss: sushi… pumpkin beer
  • Weddings Rings On or Off: on!
  • Any Names Picked Out Yet: Yes!
  • Gender: We may have snuck and found out… shh don’t tell 😉
  • Movement: I feel flutters!
  • Best Moment of the Week: Finding out the baby’s gender!
  • What I’m excited about/looking forward to: Our Gender Reveal!

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16 WEEKS

  • Due Date: February 13th
  • How far along?: 16 weeks
  • Baby is the size of a: Avacado!
  • The Bump: more rounded!
  • Symptoms: still headaches, some pain in my stomach. My doctor said it’s probably round Ligament pain
  • Food Cravings: Rush’s Cheeseburger. Also a random craving for buffalo wings which is very unlike me!
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: staying far away from anything that made me sick in the first trimester! ex) jalapeños, bacon, cream of mushroom soup with chicken cooked in it, cheese its
  • Sleep: about the same
  • What I miss: Beer LOL and I don’t even like beer that much
  • Weddings Rings On or Off: on
  • Any Names Picked Out Yet: yes! his name has been picked since before we were married
  • Gender: It’s a BOY!!!
  • Movement: I felt a real distinct kick for the very first time! 16 weeks exactly! 🙂
  • Maternity Clothes: are the only things that fit…
  • Best Moment of the Week: Our Gender reveal!!! Finally sharing with everyone that he is a he!!
  • What I’m excited about/looking forward to: Buying baby clothes!

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17 WEEKS

  • Due Date: February 13th
  • How far along?: 17 weeks!
  • Baby is the size of a: pomegranate or a pear!
  • The Bump: is showing through all my shirts officially (aka finally bigger than my boobs HA)
  • Symptoms: round ligament pain
  • Food Cravings: Pepperoni Pizza which with banana peppers and olives please! I could probably have eaten that every day this week.
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: No not really
  • Sleep: I’ve been taking half a unisom at night to help sleep. Still waking up to pee a few times a night. Also using a pregnancy pillow!
  • What I miss: Nothing really
  • Weddings Rings On or Off: on! My hands did swell when i went on a 2 mile walk though.. yikes
  • Any Names Picked Out Yet: yep! not sure when we’re announcing.
  • Gender: Boy Boy Boy!!
  • Movement: Feeling him kick still faintly, Andy hasn’t been able to feel yet!
  • Maternity Clothes: I’ve been wearing them for a few weeks now. My belly is officially more of a baby belly and less like someone who drinks too much beer
  • Best Moment of the Week: Finding out Baby boy is going to have another Girl cousin in March!
  • What I’m excited about/looking forward to: our 20 week appointment

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18 WEEKS

  • Due Date: February 13th
  • How far along?: 18 weeks
  • Baby is the size of a: Bell pepper! or an artichoke
  • The Bump: Is getting a lot cuter, but people are still asking where it is. It feels very large to me!
  • Symptoms: Round ligament pain, a little dizzy and light-headed. HUNGRY!
  • Food Cravings: pizza forever also anything I see on TV
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: not really
  • Sleep: I’ve been taking half of a unisom still. Sleep has been difficult this week. I think I’m getting a cold.
  • What I miss: pumpkin beer. Its off-limits in our house because I cannot let Andy do that to me.
  • Weddings Rings On or Off: Still on
  • Any Names Picked Out Yet: still yes and still not sure when we’re announcing. Probably not until birth!
  • Movement: Its getting a lot stronger!
  • Best Moment of the Week: Andy felt baby kicks for the first time on 18 weeks 6 days. My heart could explode!
  • What I’m excited about/looking forward to: Our 20 week appointment! I cannot wait to see him! also I ordered a rug for the nursery so I’m excited about that getting here haha!

 

Time is seriously flying, I know everyone says that but it’s so true. I want to remember everything about this pregnancy and its been really fun to share it all on here!

Andy finally felt baby kicks for the first time on 9/18. I’d been feeling them since week 16 (8/29) so it was really exciting to finally be able to share that with him.

I thought it might be fun to do a Q&A of the most frequently asked questions from pregnancy so far. So here it goes

(some of these were duplicates or worded differently so I combined or they are answered above)

How long did it take you to conceive?

I’ve mentioned this before but it took about 8 months. It was a long journey although I know for others it has taken so much longer. Once we decided we wanted a baby we both wanted it to happen yesterday and when it wasn’t happening month after month it was definitely very hard emotionally. We suffered a loss two months prior to getting pregnant this time around and It broke my heart. Maybe one day I will go into more detail on this but for now I’ll just say this: If you’re trying for a baby and you’re wondering to yourself- “why is this happening” and “is something wrong with me?” Just know that you are not alone! So many women are asking themselves the same things. Just try to stay positive and rely heavily on your faith and your support system.

What have you been using for stretch marks?

All of my research has told me that stretch marks are hereditary. However, I’ve been doing whatever I can to keep them to a minimum. I started using cocoa butter lotion around week 6 and have since switched to BIO oil. I use it in the morning and at night before bed. I like it!
I also think it’s really important to drink a lot of water. Prior to pregnancy I always drank a lot of water anyway but now I make sure I drink at least 100 ounces of water a day. It hasn’t been super difficult because I’ve been SO thirsty.

When did you start feeling like you had a real bump instead of bloat?

I noticed changes pretty quickly. But by week 13 I could feel my uterus in my lower stomach. I don’t know how to explain it but it felt like a rounded ball in my tummy. I still have people ask me where my baby bump is but I don’t wear a lot of fitted tops. I think It started to look more like a baby bump and less like I ate one too many Rush’s cheese burgers by week 16. But HEY maybe I did eat one too many cheeseburgers HA!!

Second Trimester Symptoms?

The second trimester has been so much better than the first. I was fortunate in that my morning sickness wasn’t like my sisters or a lot of women I know. I was nauseous sometimes all day long and I didn’t have an appetite. I actually lost several pounds because of feeling sick and not being able to eat. Most of this went away for me by the second trimester. I started feeling more normal around week 16. My headaches started to be significantly less frequent by week 18. I feel pretty good today (19 weeks typing this) but there are still smells that bother me with no rhyme or reason and I ate a banana recently and spent the next 3 hours of my day in a ball miserable.

The most annoying symptoms are yeast infections (ya I can’t even believe I’m sharing this but i had no clue that was common until my good friend Google let me know so I’ll be the one to share that) and round ligament pain which can feel like something bad is happening but really its just your insides stretching to make room for your new cantaloupe sized uterus and baby.

How different do you feel?

I got this question via Instagram and I liked it because holy moly.. How different do I feel? I have two heartbeats inside of my body. Sometimes I think about that and get tears in my eyes. The love I feel when I feel a kick is equivalent to how I felt walking down the aisle to Andy on our wedding day. It’s SO scary and my body is no longer mine and It’s so weird that every day feels different. The other day, I caught myself holding my breath tying my shoes and I immediately wondered how long that’s been going on? Was that the first time that’s happened? Literally every day is something new and its all so exciting and at the same time terrifying but I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m growing our son. (my new favorite thing to remind Andy haha) and I feel so incredibly excited for the future!

 

I did get some questions on pregnancy must have items and if I’ve registered. I will be posting my long over due First trimester must have list this week. We plan to register this weekend, what do you all suggest? Let me know below 🙂

 

XO,

Britt

We are having a BOY!

The secret is finally out! We are having a BOY!!!!

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I’ve dreamt of being a mom since I was a little girl. I’d always wanted a daughter but the second I found out I was pregnant I was overwhelmed with the feeling that it was a boy. For several weeks after I looked for every reason for it to be a girl. Any wives tales, any little sayings, anything. Andy was convinced we were having a girl and I quickly began thinking the same. I was actually a little worried that I might be disappointed as silly as that sounds (but I personally think that’s totally normal) because I’d imagined bows and tutus and my own personal dress up doll. When we got in the room the Ultrasound tech asked what we both thought and when we both said girl she paused and said “well… these are boy parts right here” and motioned with her mouse. I was instantly filled with pure JOY.

Actually, typing this I can’t remember why I ever thought I’d be disappointed. There’s something about knowing that he is a HE that made being pregnant feel more real. We weren’t just having a baby and it didn’t feel like a mystery anymore. I am pregnant with our SON!! I already feel like I know him a little better and I cannot wait to his sweet little face.

Since finding out, The place we went for our early ultrasound has new ownership. But There are still several places here in Columbia, SC. Including the place we went. I’ll list them here:

The Stork Imaging
My Baby’s First Photos
At First Sight

Details on our Reveal

First of all, I’m so thankful for my sisters because they were so helpful. Especially my older sister Melissa who made our cake and helped to make sure everything was perfect!

I didn’t have a theme and most of my decorations were from the dollar store or Walmart however I did want to share a few details. Also I always look for a good inspiration photo when I am decorating so feel free to pin these on your pinterest!

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Confetti Cannon: Buy it here.
We ordered confetti cannons through Poof There it is on Etsy. They had several options and were biodegradable so if any pieces blew away in the wind it was okay. (pro tip: tell your nieces and nephews whoever picks up the most confetti gets a prize… our yard was spotless!)

Signs: Made by me. My Cricut is my favorite. I have an older model, I’ve linked a new model!

Thank you so much everyone for your kind words!

Please feel free to leave us any questions below! I cannot wait to be a boy mom!!!

xo, Brit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Trimester – Update! Weeks 9-13

When I first found out that I was pregnant, I felt like time was creeping by. I couldn’t wait for the second trimester!! Now that we’re almost at 14 weeks it feels like time is flying by. I’ve been keeping up with my weeks here so that I’ll have a place to look back. Here it goes:

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9 WEEKS

  • Due Date: February 13th
  • How far along?: 9 weeks 7/10
  • Baby is the size of a: Cherry or an olive!
  • The Bump: I just look like I ate a 3 cheeseburgers 😉
  • Symptoms: Sore breasts, crazy dreams, exhaustion and some nausea occasionally usually if I’m hungry.
  • Food Cravings: pickles LOL….. All carbs and coincidentally cherries!
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: Tiny waves of nausea. The thought of most vegetables makes me want to throw up.
  • Sleep: major fatigue! I’m having crazy dreams also
  • What I miss: wine!!!!! sushi..
  • Weddings Rings On or Off: On!
  • Any Names Picked Out Yet: We’ve had names picked out for 4 years!!! So fun!
  • Gender: Dont know yet!
  • Movement: no
  • Maternity Clothes: Having to unbutton my pants certain days. Mostly bloated!
  • Labor Signs: NOOOO
  • Best Moment of the Week: hearing our sweet baby’s heart beat with the doppler I purchased on amazon!
  • What I’m excited about/looking forward to: Announcing to our family and friends!

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10 WEEKS

  • How far along?: 10 weeks
  • Baby is the size of a: strawberry or a Kumquat
  • The Bump: pretty much only I can see it
  • Symptoms: I had a migraine that was very terrible this week I think from low blood sugar.
  • Food Cravings: pickles, salt and vinegar chips, gummy bears
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: When my co-workers heat up their lunch in the microwave and it makes the whole office smell,
  • Sleep: Still sleeping good.
  • What I miss: still wine..
  • Weddings Rings On or Off: On!
  • Any Names Picked Out Yet: yes for both!
  • Gender: We cant wait to find out!
  • Movement: nope!
  • Maternity Clothes: Not yet
  • Labor Signs: No
  • Best Moment of the Week: telling friends!
  • What I’m excited about/looking forward to: Our 12 week appointment

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11 WEEKS

  • How far along?: 11 weeks
  • Baby is the size of a: lime
  • The Bump: I can see it..
  • Symptoms: still just headaches
  • Food Cravings: still sweets, still pickles, Mint chocolate chip ice-cream. Also I had a random craving for spaghetti and clam sauce which I haven’t eaten in years..
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: chicken salad.. I’ll never eat it again.
  • Sleep: is still good
  • What I miss: My jeans fitting..
  • Weddings Rings On or Off: On
  • Any Names Picked Out Yet: yes
  • Gender: We are impatiently waiting to find out!
  • Movement: none yet
  • Maternity Clothes: none
  • Labor Signs: Nope
  • Best Moment of the Week: telling my grandma on FaceTime!
  • What I’m excited about/looking forward to: Seeing our sweet baby at our 12 week appointment

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12 WEEKS

  • How far along?: 12 weeks
  • Baby is the size of a: plum
  • The Bump: starting to show, I think
  • Symptoms: headaches – wishing them away!!!
  • Food Cravings: candy, carbs. I haven’t been able to eat meat.
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: Afternoon sickness….. no bueno
  • Sleep: lots of crazy dreams! Waking up often to pee!
  • What I miss: nothing really
  • Weddings Rings On or Off: On
  • Any Names Picked Out Yet: Yes.
  • Gender: Andy thinks girl!! We will see!!
  • Movement:  not yet!
  • Maternity Clothes: I bought a belly band and have been wearing dresses
  • Labor Signs: No
  • Best Moment of the Week: Announcing!
  • What I’m excited about/looking forward to: Finding out if the baby is a boy or a girl!

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13 WEEKS

  • How far along?: 13 weeks
  • Baby is the size of a: Lemon
  • The Bump: Its there!
  • Symptoms: Afternoon sickness, headaches..
  • Food Cravings: pickles, sour gummy bears, Any candy or sugar, anything I see on TV
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: Smells of certain foods, I’m not totally loving meat
  • Sleep: Waking up through the night often and having crazy dreams.
  • What I miss: nothing really
  • Weddings Rings On or Off: On!
  • Any Names Picked Out Yet: yes for both!
  • Gender: not too much longer!!
  • Movement: no but I’m impatiently waiting!
  • Maternity Clothes: I just ordered a few pairs of jeans!!
  • Labor Signs: No
  • Best Moment of the Week: Setting up our crib!
  • What I’m excited about/looking forward to: Our gender reveal!

 

We find out if we are having a girl or boy on September 2nd!! So far everything has been really good! I’m hoping that the sickness goes away and I regain some energy.

Surprise! We’re having a B A B Y !

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SURPRISE!! WE’RE PREGNANT!!! We’ve been keeping a little secret in the Fogle house and we are SO excited and relieved to finally be able to share the news!!

It feels like we’ve been keeping this secret for so long, but we were patiently waiting until it was the right time. I am 12 Weeks today and everything is going wonderfully so far. We are just so glad to finally be able to share with the rest of the world!

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HOW WE FOUND OUT
I actually found out a few days before my period was due. I knew something was “off” and I had a feeling that I should take a test. I was so hopeful but nothing prepared me for how I felt when I saw that second pink line. We had been trying for several months and had suffered a loss before, so we were cautiously happy and hopeful. After several doctors appointments and ultrasounds to confirm our sweet baby is healthy and wiggly, we feel so so SO incredibly grateful and excited! It still doesn’t feel real!

HOW I TOLD ANDY
I had always planned on telling Andy in a fun way. But when It finally happened I couldn’t keep it to myself! I have no idea how anyone walks around with that much weight on their shoulders! LOL! I realized there was no possibly way I was going to be able to hide the news and I finally blurted out “I TOOK A TEST!” The look on his face made my heart BURST. It was like Christmas morning!! Since I still wanted to surprise him in some way, I made him a basket for fathers day. I was 5.5 weeks and it was a few days after we were able to confirm by ultrasound I was in fact pregnant.
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MY PREGNANCY SO FAR
I have been very fortunate in that I have had very little sickness. The first few weeks I didn’t have an appetite and was having to force myself to eat anything so I lost 4 lbs. But I’ve only had about 5 really bad days in the last 12 weeks mostly when I ate something that didn’t sit well or if I was very hungry. Several friends recommended unisom for sickness and I’ve taken that every night. I do think that its helped!!

I still have a very weird appetite and I’ve had a hard time cooking since I’m really weird with smells. I’ve been craving lots of sweets, pickles and Mac & cheese.

My only real complaint is that I’ve been having headaches. But for the most part I’ve been good! I’m super uncomfortable in my clothes and most of my jeans were mid-rise or high-rise so I’m down to two pairs that I usually have to button with a rubber band. Its made sharing outfits a little difficult… Now that the secret is out I can dress a little more bump friendly! YAY!

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*this cradle is so special to me as it was built by my grandpa 20 years ago!*

Andy has been amazing through this whole process and I’m so excited to see him become a Dad! He truly is the best partner in life and I cant wait to take on parenthood together!

Thank you all for you love and Support! We cannot wait to share our journey with you all!

XO,

Britt