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

 

 

 

 

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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

 

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