Baby Fogle – Nursery Reveal

I’m so excited to finally share our Nursery! It’s easily my favorite room in our entire house. I’ve spent so many days sitting in this chair just rocking and wondering who this little boy is going to be. It’s such a happy place for me and I’m so excited to have him here!

For our nursery we decided to go with a zoo/jungle theme but I wanted it to be gender neutral and to be really soft and bright. I really love interior decorating so it was a lot of fun to bring what was in my head to life. I previously shared a little glimpse of his crib and the two photos that tied everything together but now that we’re done I can say its everything I wanted. His room is actually pretty small but I love the way it turned out.

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The first major items we looked for were a crib and I knew that I wanted something a little more modern and slim. Since our nursery is a little on the smaller side we wanted something that wouldn’t feel too large in the space. I loved the look of the Babyletto cribs however, I couldn’t fathom the price tag. I found this crib on Wayfair and I was able to use a coupon for 10% off. So it was a much more feasible option for the same look!

Once we had our crib I really wanted to focus on the next larger items because I felt like the smaller pieces would fall into place. We began looking for a glider/recliner and after searching several stores we decided on the Addison Swivel Recliner from Target. Andy and I decided that we would probably get more use out of a chair that reclined and would eventually be able to use it elsewhere in our house when it was phased out of the nursery. PLUS, it’s SO comfortable and the back of the chair is high enough for Andy’s head to rest on which was something we noticed was a problem with a lot of the other chairs we saw when shopping.

The large photos above the crib were purchased from Homegoods, however they are sold on amazon and target for the same price. Our table, floor lamp, and bedding are all from target. I’ve linked that all below.

(Side Note- We have a mount for our nursery monitor attached to the crib and we are aware that we will have to move it when he is mobile)

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Andy built our shelves to fit the space we needed on our wall which was much more affordable however, I’ve linked a similar option here. 

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THIS RUG – SO SOFT. And So many questions on it constantly. Its amazing. I’ll link it here.

The other two items that I’m so excited about are the Hatch Nursery pad/scale and the Hatch sound machine/night light. These items are by no means a necessity but they were high on our wish list. We wanted a baby scale and we loved this one when we found it. Its soft, easily cleaned and allows you to track how much your baby is eating at feedings. All of this information is stored on an app. If you know anything about my husband, you know he had to have this. The sound machine is also controlled by an app. They are both highly rated and user-friendly!! The sound machine/night-light can also be turned on just by touching the top ring. You can change the sound and color of the light and set favorites when you find the perfect combo for your little one. This isn’t sponsored – we just think it’s really neat.

When I previously shared a photo and details, I received so many questions about the paint color we chose. This one is Passive by Sherwin Williams and it seems to take a different hue depending on the time of day and how much light is let into the room.

Most of our decor is from Target, Amazon or home goods so it’s all relatively affordable and may be easy to recreate in your own space!

I’ve linked everything pictured below and have hopefully done my best to answer any questions in this post but please let me know if there’s anything I’ve missed! We are all set and just ready for a baby now!! I’ll post details on how Andy made these bookshelves in a future post (as promised)

Thank you so much for following along on this journey with us, we are so thankful for the outpouring of love and support and we cannot wait to “introduce” you all to our little boy!!

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Other Posts you May be interested in:

Third Trimester Bumpdate – Weeks 32-36

Maternity Photos Part 2 & Registry Must haves

Maternity Photos – Part 1 and Pregnancy Reflection

Third Trimester Bumpdate: Weeks 28-31 And Hospital Bag checklist!

Best Pregnancy/New Mama Freebies

2nd Trimester Bumpdate- Weeks 25-27

2nd Trimester Cont. – Weeks 19-24

2nd Trimester – Weeks 14-18

First Trimester Must Have’s

We are having a BOY!

First Trimester – Update! Weeks 9-13

Surprise! We’re having a B A B Y !

 

XO, Britt

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Third Trimester Bumpdate – Weeks 32-36

We are in the home stretch! It feels like my due date may never come at this point. I’m TIRED. But, I’m also trying to soak in every little bit of these last few weeks. As much as I’m ready for him to be here I’ve really loved being pregnant and feeling him wiggle inside of me. As I get closer to the end, I’m getting more and more uncomfortable and these pictures are getting significantly less fun BUT I really have enjoyed this experience!!! I honestly cannot even remember what its like to not be pregnant. Its going to be an adjustment! The last 9 months have been some of the hardest but most exciting and special of my life. Its only the beginning!!!

 

However, I really won’t be sad when I don’t have to take these pictures anymore. I’m glad I have been though because its fun to look back.

 

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32 WEEKS

  • Due Date: February 13th
  • How far along?: 32 weeks
  • Baby is the size of a: squash
  • The Bump: is a lot bigger from last week!!
  • Symptoms: back pain and tired
  • Food Cravings: ice-cream which I purchased and is still in the freezer unopened…lol
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: kind of feeling like I’m in the first trimester again
  • Sleep: so tired – sleep is hard
  • What I miss: running. moving easily..
  • Weddings Rings On or Off: On!
  • Labor Signs: he isn’t allowed to come yet. But we did have two steroid shots during our stay at the hospital in case he does try to come
  • Best Moment of the Week: Christmas! spending time with my family
  • What I’m excited about/looking forward to: getting our maternity photos back! We actually did them on the day this photo was taken

 

 

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33 WEEKS

  • Due Date: February 13th
  • How far along?: 33 weeks
  • Baby is the size of a: Celery
  • The Bump: is very large
  • Symptoms: pain when I walk – he is LOW. Also I’m really so tired.
  • Food Cravings: food is not my friend right now
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: still feeling like I’m in the first trimester or maybe worse
  • Sleep: so tired but not sleeping
  • What I miss: right now, sleeping and eating lol
  • Weddings Rings On or Off: On!
  • Labor Signs: he’s definitely low
  • Best Moment of the Week: this week has been weird since I’ve not been feeling good but we did get to hear his heartbeat at our appointment and thats always the best!
  • What I’m excited about/looking forward to: his arrival!!!

 

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34 WEEKS

  • Due Date: February 13th
  • How far along?: 34 weeks
  • Baby is the size of a: butternut squash
  • The Bump: feels a whole lot like a basketball duck taped to my stomach!
  • Symptoms: back pain – holy moly. and heartburn! but we saw some hair on the ultrasound so it’ll all be worth it!!
  • Food Cravings: Jersey Mikes always
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: I have morning nausea every morning. Sometimes I feel a little nauseous in the afternoon but i just have to make sure I have something on my stomach at all times which hasn’t been easy since most foods sound disgusting…….. hello first trimester symptoms.
  • Sleep: My body is preparing me and I’m up every single hour all night long.
  • What I miss: sleeping, eating normally, being able to reach my toes
  • Weddings Rings On or Off: still on!
  • Labor Signs: lots of Braxton hicks contractions.
  • Best Moment of the Week: seeing his sweet face!! we got an ultrasound at 34 weeks because I’ve been having a lot of crazy symptoms of spotting and they wanted to make sure nothing was wrong. I was afraid and I think the ultrasound tech could sense that and she ended up showing me his face in 3D – he’s perfect!
  • What I’m excited about/looking forward to: holding him! and my 36 week appointment.

 

 

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35 WEEKS

  • Due Date: February 13th
  • How far along?: 35 weeks!!
  • Baby is the size of a: 
  • The Bump: I thought was lower, but maybe not
  • Symptoms: I asked Andy what he thought and he said Bratty- lol! I’ve been nauseous, out of breath, tired, uncomfortable
  • Food Cravings: chocolate chip cookie which I’ve been ignoring..
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: still having occasional nausea, I almost had to pull over on the way to work to throw up. Smells aren’t fun and I just have to make sure I have something on my stomach at all times.
  • Sleep: not sleeping……
  • What I miss: sleeping..
  • Weddings Rings On or Off: they’re officially getting tight.
  • Labor Signs: I’m 1cm dilated. Hopefully we won’t have to wait all the way until 40 weeks.
  • Best Moment of the Week: We installed our carseat! things are getting real!!
  • What I’m excited about/looking forward to: Madison’s baby shower! also hopefully having a baby very soon!!

 

 

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36 WEEKS

  • Due Date: February 13th
  • How far along?: 36 weeks
  • Baby is the size of a: Romaine Lettuce
  • The Bump: feels a bit lower? maybe? Probably wishful thinking.
  • Symptoms: I’m having a hard time eating meat and feeling weird about a lot of foods. I’m eating cereal often.
  • Food Cravings: a chocolate chip cookie
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: smells still and meat is not my fav
  • Sleep: is so rough. Some days are okay and others I wake up every hour.
  • What I miss: Not being pregnant
  • Weddings Rings On or Off: still on but they’re feeling a little tight
  • Labor Signs: still dilated to a 1 – which i know you can be for weeks.
  • Best Moment of the Week: finishing his nursery!! its my favorite room in the house.
  • What I’m excited about/looking forward to: finally having him in my arms. But Andy and I are going on a date this weekend so I’m excited for that too! I’m trying to take it one day at a time.

 

Questions That I’m Frequently Asked:

What’s in my hospital bag??

I did a full post on that here. I do plan to do a follow up post afterwards to let you all know what I used and what I actually didn’t find to be helpful.

What’s his name?

You all will find out soon enough! We purchased a hat from Knots Baby and will announce it when he’s born. I’ve linked the hat below. There are many different styles and designs. SO cute!

What have you been doing for aches and pains?

Complaining! ha! just kidding kinda.. but I stretch and suck it up. The end is near!! I do have a heating pad that I occasionally use and Andy gives me a lot of foot massages.

Biggest Surprise??

I didn’t expect that the first trimester nausea would come back. I’ve had a relatively easy pregnancy until the third trimester. Lately I’ve been really nauseous no matter what. That’s what has made these last few weeks really difficult. My nausea has actually been much worse in the third trimester than it was the in the first. I really cant wait to eat normally again. I love food!!! just not so much lately.

Hopefully we don’t have too many more of these left!!

Nursery Reveal coming very soon!

XO,

Britt

Andys 30th birthday – 30 presents for 30 years

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This post is a little different for me but I wanted to share because I got so many questions when I shared a glimpse. Several months ago I started saving here and there for Andy’s 30th birthday. Originally I wanted to throw him a party but he asked me not to. Since 30 is a big one, I wanted to make sure he felt extra special – especially with our little guy on the way.. I know he’ll be taking a lot of our attention very soon.

SO I began a plan and started a small separate savings several months ago. I just took some cash out each pay-day and ended up with a birthday fund to do something special.

I knew I wanted to get tickets to see the Atlanta Falcons but I wasn’t worried about finding close seats. I just wanted us to get there and to be in a place we could see but I realized afterwards that I probably should have gotten us a little closer. We were one row from the top LOL!! Fortunately we were able to move to a lower seat once the game started. BUT ANYWAY- we aren’t there yet. Let me get to the 30 gifts.

I decided I would just share my list of things he received so that you all could maybe copy any ideas. A lot of these are silly or small but he had fun opening them and I had fun watching!! Seriously one of my favorite gifts I’ve ever given.

 

30th Birthday Gift Ideas

  1. Card
  2. Gum – I did gum balls I found at TJ max which is kind of an inside joke between us but you could just do a big pack of gum!
  3. 6 pack of beer
  4. Socks
  5. K-Cups Coffee – peppermint mocha
  6. Restaurant Gift Card
  7. Summer sausage, Cheese and Crackers
  8. Ornament – I got us a personalized ornament for 2018
  9. Chapstick
  10. Camera – this was $20 on amazon and he had been hinting he wanted it for Christmas
  11. Reese’s
  12. Swedish Fish
  13. Underwear
  14. Gummy Bears
  15. Scratch off lotto tickets
  16. Falcons Pullover
  17. Baby monitor mount
  18. Charging Cable – 10 ft that we needed for the hospital
  19. Baby Onesie
  20. Small Frame for his desk
  21. Coffee Mug
  22. 4D Baby Ultrasound – I just printed the receipt for our appointment. He did know we were going so this is one I cheated for but still
  23. Ginger Bread house kit – our new tradition we’re starting!
  24. Falcons Long Sleeve shirt
  25. 30 reasons I love you – I just typed out a word document and wrapped the paper in a t-shirt box ha!
  26. A picture of my pregnant belly
  27. $50 Gas Gift Card
  28. Tickets to see the Falcons – I had these made on Etsy and laminated them! he thought they were real!! the real thing was on stub hub
  29. Hotel Stay
  30. Cash for the weekend – in an envelope

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To say he was shocked would be an understatement. I thought my heart may explode!!

During our stay in Atlanta we did visit a few places. Saturday we got in to our hotel and went over to the College Football hall of fame and then the Georgia Aquarium after checking into our hotel. Both places were really fun! The Aquarium is huge and definitely something we’ll be planning a trip back for to bring our little boy.

Our hotel wasn’t anything spectacular but it was walking distance from the stadium and the main reason we were going. We had a lot of fun!

Our seats were terrible. I probably should have had some help purchasing the tickets but I wanted to be mid field so that we could see and not at an angle. We were so high we were above the replay screen. Fortunately we were able to move lower once the game started since there were still plenty of open seats.

Next year I’m off the hook – A baby makes to be a pretty good gift.

xo,

Britt

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Maternity Photos Part 2 & Registry Must haves

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I’ve been promising this post for a while and I finally feel like I have a decent list. When I first began creating a registry and looking at all the various baby items I would need I was so overwhelmed. I did so much research through asking other moms on Instagram and Facebook as well as searching the Top Rated Items for 2018 and 2019.

Instead of including every single thing I registered for I’ll put the most highly recommended items and the items I’m most excited to use below. I know that not all of these items are a necessity and every baby is so different but this is what we’re starting with.

 

1. Fisher Price Auto Rock and Play

This is by far the #1 Item on the list. Since its similar to a swing we opted not to register for both however a lot of moms also recommended the Mamaroo. The Mamaroo is around $200 (unless you buy used) where the Fisher Price Auto Rock and Play is currently $54 on Amazon.

 

2. DockaTot

I haven’t yet purchased this because I have a basinet he’ll be sleeping in but so many people have sworn by it that I feel like it may be something I need to invest in. I haven’t quite decided.

 

3. A Good Diaper bag

I couldn’t decide what exactly I wanted but I knew I wanted a back pack style so that I would be able to more easily carry a bag and car seat. I knew from being around my sister and niece that anything over the shoulder would be a bit more difficult. I purchased a Halova Originally but i wasn’t impressed with the size and it seemed as though everything would get lost in the bag. I know so many people swear by it though (it has 3,000 reviews on amazon) and its under $30 so this option may work for you. I ultimately decided to go with a JuJuBe BFF in the Queen of the Nile print.

I know it s a bit more expensive however, its washing machine safe and fits SO much and is so organized. I actually purchased an open box on Amazon so it was a little cheaper since it was a return. I would recommend doing the same!

I’ll link both options below as well as the other backpack i was considering.

 

4. Zipper Pajamas or gowns

Basically I was told that I wouldn’t want to be dealing with buttons at 3am when I was changing a baby diaper. I purchased a variety of different brands. I’ll link below all of the ones I’ve purchased/registered for and love!

 

5. A Baby Monitor

We registered for the Infant Optix Monitor. This is something that I did a lot of research on. We were extremely fortunate in that my sisters purchased this as our shower gift and we set it up to play with it and really loved it. There are so many great reviews. I would highly recommend!!

 

6. A Boppy Pillow

This is something that I just know from experience is a must have. With my younger brother it was much easier to feed him his bottle with the boppy under my arms. My mom also used to use it for tummy time and to help prop him up when he took a nap during the day.

 

7. The Haakaa Pump

I plan to breastfeed so this was a must have for me. So many moms recommended this hand pump. Basically you use it on the opposite breast from which you’re feeding on and it catches any let down during feed. Its a great way to stock up a supply and its less than $15.

 

8. Stroller/Carseat Travel System

We went with the Nuna Pipa Carseat and the Nuna Mixx 2 Stroller. We were fortunate to receive this as a gift also but it was high on my list. The Nuna Pipa Carseat is one of the lightest on the market and safest.

 

9. Hatch Nightlight

This is another item that was high on our wish list. Its a nightlight and sound machine. Theres an app that allows you to control what sounds and colors play and it’s really neat.

 

10. Hatch Changing Pad

This is another one that was high on our wish list and we purchased it with gift cards we had left over from our wedding. It’s really neat because it allows you to weigh your baby. You can actually weigh your baby before and after you feed him/her to get an idea of how much they ate.

 

 

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Other Baby Items We registered for and love:

 

Don’t miss out on my other Pregnancy related Posts:

 

 

Like I said previously, I know what works for us will be a lot of trial and error and I’ll definitely be keeping you all updated on items we love once he is here and we are using them daily. That being said, did I miss a product you feel is a must have? Let me know below!!

 

xo, Britt

 

 

 

 

Maternity Photos – Part 1 and Pregnancy Reflection

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I cannot believe that we’re in the home stretch of this pregnancy! Some days it feels like only yesterday and then others it feels like I’ve been pregnant forever! I’m currently 34 weeks pregnant and I can’t believe our sweet boy could potentially be here in as little as 3 weeks!! Although it could be longer!!  I’ve been “nesting” like everyone says and I’ve organized almost every closet in our house ha!

We had to reschedule these photos twice because of weather and our 24 hour hospital stay but our photographer, Jessie was so sweet and worked with us to finally get them! I’m only sharing half here and I’ll share the rest on a future post. If you’re local, I’ve linked her page below so that you may check her out. She’ll also be doing our newborn photos when our boy is here!!

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Reflecting on my pregnancy as a whole, its been a little bit of an emotional roller coaster. There have been SO many highs!!! but a few lows too.

When we decided we wanted to try for a baby, we wanted it to happen yesterday and when it took several months (almost a year) it was really hard on me. I know that this is normal for so many couples but I couldn’t help but wonder if something was wrong. Two months prior to finding out we were expecting, I had a miscarriage and It was so lonely. I went from being on cloud 9 thinking we were going to be parents to having my heart ripped from my chest. It felt like confirmation that something was in fact wrong.

Two months later when I got a positive test for the second time, I felt numb. Instead of the happy tears and dancing with Andy and crying, FaceTiming my mom and sisters like I had the first time, I felt so afraid. I didn’t even tell Andy I was taking a test and after I saw the faint second line, I didn’t rush into the other room with tears streaming down my face like I had previously. I was afraid. I waited until I felt like I was going to burst (only 15 minutes or so later but still) and I told him I’d tested and it looked positive. I didn’t want to hurt him again either. The look on his face was priceless. The second I’d said I had tested he looked so hopeful. I felt responsible and I wasn’t ready for another heartbreak. I wanted it to happen so badly and when it did I felt like I couldn’t believe it yet. I felt so helpless. For several weeks I walked around feeling like I was holding my breath. I prayed a lot.

My mom actually told me one day that she felt like the joy was taken from me and that I wasn’t able to fully be excited and she wished that I would be. She was right. But I was so afraid of being hurt again. I didn’t know how I’d recover.

Four weeks after getting a positive test, we heard his heart beat for the first time and I felt such a relief. It was as if the weight of the world was lifted from my shoulders and I could breath again.

And from there, I finally felt like it was happening.

We had so many highs, from seeing a real little baby at 12 weeks on the ultrasound screen, to telling each of our family members, to announcing to the world that we were going to be parents. It finally felt real!!

But there were still a few lows in there too–  just way less of them. I wasn’t sick very often but there were a few days I felt like I didn’t know how I’d survive. Migraines that left me crippled and in bed all day and days I couldn’t eat at all. When we found out we were having a boy, I laid awake all night wondering how the heck I would be a good “boy mom.” So silly, I know but initially I was petrified!!!

At 17 weeks, my friend who I’d relied on my entire pregnancy and who was also pregnant and due a few days before me, suffered a second trimester loss. That was the lowest low for me. A reminder that nothing was promised and we could still lose it all. My heart was broken.

In order to move forward and heal I had to accept that I wasn’t in control but whatever was meant to be would be. I learned a lot about myself and I’ve grown so much spiritually and emotionally – along with the physical changes of a giant belly.

And we had even more highs; we found out he was a boy, we celebrated with our friends and family, showered him at my baby shower, and prepared our home and created a nursery.. And a bunch of little moments in between.

In 34 weeks time I’ve prayed more than I probably have my entire 26 years of life.

Fortunately, I have the best support system including my Mom, my sisters Tiffany and Madison and of course Andy. My sweet husband may be just as terrified as I am, however he does a great job of hiding it and making me feel like it’s all going to be okay. I thought I loved him before but I swear every day I love him more. I can’t imagine how I’m going to feel seeing him hold our son for the very first time.

Some days it still feels so surreal. I feel so strongly that every high and low has been to prepare me to be a mom. This has been the best and most terrifying experience of my life and while it’s not over, I am so thankful for every moment.

I’m so glad to have been able to share this journey with you all.

XO,

Britt

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Nordstrom Sale Picks

 

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Shop my Outfit: Red Dress Boutique Sweater wearing small/medium, Maternity jeans – non maternity option linked here, BP booties

While Christmas may be over, the sales aren’t and the Nordstrom half-yearly sale has SO many items I love! I’ve created a list here so that you all may easily shop. Many of these items are ones that I have and you see me wear often.

 

 

I’ll be adding items as I find them. Let me know what you’re grabbing!!

XO,

Britt

Third Trimester Bumpdate: Weeks 28-31 And Hospital Bag checklist!

I honestly cannot believe we have so little time left! While part of me cannot wait for him to be here I also really want to make sure we have everything in place! The Nesting phase is SO real. I wish I would have done a lot more prior to the 3rd trimester because MAN am I tired.

We have his nursery almost done, we just need some more decor for his walls and then we’ll be sharing a grand reveal! I honestly cannot wait for you all to see it, its my favorite room!

I swear all of a sudden I feel really pregnant. I keep looking back at pictures and I’m like wow I thought I was big…… LOL So many changes these past few weeks. I’m sharing weeks 28-31 and the list I’ve made for our hospital bag down below.

 

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28 WEEKS

  • Due Date: February 13th
  • How far along?: 28 weeks
  • Baby is the size of a:  Eggplant
  • The Bump: Feels the same as week 27
  • Symptoms: less energy and having more difficulty getting around.
  • Food Cravings: still sweets
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: the normal stuff that has the entire time. I’m always a little weird about chicken also..
  • Sleep: horrible dreams when i am sleeping! Its getting more difficult
  • What I miss: not being so tired. I have so much to do and I don’t want to do any of it.
  • Weddings Rings On or Off: still on.
  • Movement: tons of movement and hiccups all the time!!
  • Best Moment of the Week: Thanksgiving!!
  • What I’m excited about/looking forward to: We have so many fun things to look forward to! We can’t wait to see our little guy on 3D/4D ultrasound

 

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29 WEEKS

  • Due Date: February 13th
  • How far along?: 29 weeks
  • Baby is the size of a: Acorn Squash
  • The Bump: is growing outward
  • Symptoms: Leg cramps- I scared Andy Half to death one night this week!! I woke up in a lot of pain in the middle of the night! Still SO tired and nothing sounds good to eat
  • Food Cravings: butter cookies from the holiday tin. the blue tin.
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: Smells. Kinda feeling like I’m back in the first trimester this week..
  • Sleep: is difficult
  • What I miss: being able to paint my toenails… It’s really difficult to reach my shoes. So thankful for Andy to help after work LOL
  • Weddings Rings On or Off: still on.
  • Movement: BIG ROLLS!
  • Best Moment of the Week: besides our doctors appointment, finally getting those butter cookies in the holiday tin I’ve been dreaming about.
  • What I’m excited about/looking forward to: Andy’s Birthday!! Finding out if we’re getting another niece or nephew!! and our 4D Ultrasound.

 

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30 WEEKS

  • Due Date: February 13th
  • How far along?: 30 weeks
  • Baby is the size of a: zucchini
  • The Bump: my boy is growing!! and I am feeling it.
  • Symptoms: morning sickness… week 30 has felt like I’m back in the first trimester
  • Food Cravings: not really a craving – but cereal is a safe food right now.
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: The smell of a lot of different foods…… extremely nauseous
  • Sleep: I’m so tired but sleep has been difficult. I’m waking up often.
  • What I miss: right now, feeling like I did in the second trimester. I’m hoping ill have more energy and less nausea next week.
  • Weddings Rings On or Off: still on.
  • Movement: he’s so active. Sometimes his movements hurt.
  • Best Moment of the Week: finding out he’s going to have another BOY cousin to grow up with! And seeing his sweet face.
  • What I’m excited about/looking forward to: Our fun weekend away for Andy’s birthday! and feeling better (hopefully)

 

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31 WEEKS

  • Due Date: February 13th
  • How far along?: 31 weeks
  • Baby is the size of a: Coconut
  • The Bump: feels lower!!
  • Symptoms: extremely exhausted, trying to get everything ready!! We had a minor scare and had to go to the hospital for 24 hours of monitoring but he still looks great! He just wanted to give us a welcome into parenthood with a heart attack. An annoying symptom is the dry mouth!!! driving me crazy no matter how much water I drink.
  • Food Cravings: pretty much the same. Food has been weird again but I’m craving blueberries.
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: no not particularly. The heartburn is on another level though.
  • Sleep: almost impossible but I love my body pillow
  • What I miss: I was just telling Andy that I miss being able to easily move around not be so out of breath. It’s so difficult to bend over! But- I’m not complaining. I’ve had a pretty easy pregnancy so far.
  • Weddings Rings On or Off: still on.
  • Movement: SO much movement. Baby feet in my ribs!!
  • Best Moment of the Week: going to Atlanta to celebrate Andy’s birthday. And hearing his heartbeat on ultrasound when we got to the doctor’s office!
  • What I’m excited about/looking forward to: Christmas and this boy coming!!!! but hopefully not too early

 

Whats in my Hospital Bag?

Up until now, I’ve been so on top of things and trying to make sure I left myself plenty of time to have everything together before we had any scares. In light of recent events I’ve been packing my hospital bag! When we were sent to the hospital for 24 hours of monitoring I was so overwhelmed and we had NOTHING ready to go to take with us. So I spent a lot of the 24 hours we spent in the hospital ordering last-minute items and making a list and I wanted to share that all here.

For Baby:

  • Coming home outfit – I bought this one 
  • Backup outfit – in case of an accident
  • Name Hat – From Knots baby
  • Socks, mittens
  • Blanket
  • Letter board
  • Baby Book – for footprints!! We have this one. Its gender neutral!
  • Carseat – we have the Nuna Pipa Light

 

For Britt:

By far the longest list. I’m hoping I’m not forgetting anything!

  • Pajamas
    I’m bringing 2 nursing nightgowns and these pjs just in case I’d rather that.
  • Nursing bras – I ordered these!
    I also grabbed a Medela nursing sleep bra I found on clearance. I’m not sure if I’ll wear it in the hospital or not but I’m bringing it just in case!
  • light makeup (so I can feel human)
  • hair brush/dry shampoo
  • Slippers – I have these 
  • Socks
  • Robe – this is the one I grabbed
  • Clothes to go home
  • Hair ties, bobby pins, clip
  • Shower flip-flops
  • Mom Washer from fridababy
    Highly rated and supposedly much better than what they provide at the hospital!! only $15 also!
  • Water bottle
    Another thing from staying in the hospital for 24 hours is that it was annoying to only have a styrofoam cup for water. I’m bringing a camelback water bottle.
  • Donut pillow
    I have this because my desk chair was causing me a lot of sciatic nerve pain and I plan to bring it with me to the hospital to sit on also!
  • Prenatal Vitamins

 

For Andy:

Andy’s list is much smaller but a lot of what he’ll need is also on our shared list!

  • Change of clothes
  • Clothes to sleep in
  • Zip up jacket for skin to skin
    I know he could easily just take off his shirt but I think he’ll appreciate being able to easily just zip it up if a nurse/doctor/guest comes in the room.
  • Shower flip-flops

 

For Both of Us:

  • Dark Pillow cases and our own pillowsI’m packing the pillow cases in our bag that way we can easily switch our pillows into these and will be able to recognize ours in the hospital.
  • Towel from home
    I definitely plan to shower at the hospital and I’ve been told that hospital towels are small. It may be unnecessary but I’m packing it just in case!
  • Wash Cloth
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Mouthwash
  • Chapstick
  • Polaroid Camera
    Not a must have, but something we’ll probably appreciate!
  • 10 ft Phone Cord
    In our 24 hour stay in the hospital this came in handy!! definitely recommend this
  • Nice camera (I have a Nikon Camera I’ll be bringing)
  • Snacks/drinks
    This is mostly for Andy but also because I know I’ll be starving when I can eat and the hospital food is no bueno.
  • Boppy!
    For nursing and for guests to hold our guy!

 

I’m also considering bringing a small bluetooth speaker for labor but I’m not sure! Did I miss any of your must have products? Definitely let me know if I’m missing anything below!

Xo,

Britt

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

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