Monday, February 20, 2017

32 Week Bumpdate

32 Week Bumpdate

Baby shower this past weekend at my aunt's house--hosted by my awesome sis & cousin.
Excuse the lighting---their house has gorgeous huge windows but it makes photography tricky!
Hi all! I'm so excited to be sharing my next bumpdate with you! (If you're catching up, you can see our pregnancy announcement here, and our 15 week bumpdate heregender reveal here 21 week bumpdate, or 28 week bumpdate here. I also have a post on office maternity outfits if you'd like to check that out too!) 

Symptoms?
I haven't had anything that isn't a normal third trimester symptom--general discomfort, trouble sleeping (probably the hardest thing), more difficulty breathing, back pain, etc. I've had some tailbone pain, but going to the chiropractor once a month has been helpful for that. I've also been doing pelvic tilts & sitting on a yoga ball at work. Honestly, I have to tell you that even while ballooning up in size, I've enjoyed the last few weeks a lot more than the 28 previous ones--not having constant nausea and sickness definitely helps!

Cravings?
I've been craving breakfast sandwiches lately (bacon & egg biscuit, no cheese) in addition to the old standbys--cutie oranges & cold cereal. I'm trying not to give in to that one too often but at least I'm making sure to eat breakfast. :)

Size of Baby?
Babies sizes tend to vary a lot more in the later stages of pregnancy than they do in the early weeks, so the websites & apps have a large range in size this week, around 16 inches long and 3.5-3.75 pounds--the size of a jicama--which helps me not at all since I have no idea what a jicama is. It looks like a weird turnip/potato hybrid to me. But either way, Adaline will be gaining about 1/2 pound per week until birth, so if she's at 3.5 lbs now, she'd be about 7.5 lbs if she's born around her due date. That's about what I was at birth, although Ricky was a bigger baby, so I guess we'll see!

Size of Mommy?
I've gained about 17 pounds so far, which my doctor is pretty pleased with. I've been trying to get out and go on walks (especially with some of the nicer weather Nebraska has been blessed with in the last couple of weeks!) and I've gone swimming a couple of times as well. I've gone swimming a couple of times and I'm really loving being in the pool as it makes my belly feel a bit more weightless for a little while--baby girl is starting to feel really heavy!

Nursery/Prep?
My sister & cousin (with my aunt hosting at her home) threw me a baby shower in my hometown in Iowa this past weekend, which was lovely, and my sister-in-law, along with two family friends, are throwing one for me in Lincoln this coming weekend. So right now there's a lot of things in the nursery but I'm waiting until next week to get it all organized, and then we will figure out what we still need to buy, beg or borrow and hopefully it will be relatively set up within the next couple of weeks!

To Dos?
I keep talking about our childbirth education class, but it is finally right around the corner, as well as a breastfeeding class. We did meet with our pediatrician a couple of weeks ago, and we really, really like her and her practice. I'm excited to build a good relationship with her and her partners over the years with Adaline and with the second child we're hoping to have in the next few years. Her office offers car seat checks, so we'll be doing that soon to make sure everything is installed and buckled correctly.

Thoughts?
Lately I've been really thinking about what a great dad Ricky is going to be, and that has been heartwarming and makes me look forward to this journey together. I'm still having concerns about certain things, like finances and lack of sleep, but I know we can get through this together and with the help of the people who loves us--it takes a village, right?



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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Work-Appropriate Pregnancy Outfits

Work Appropriate Pregnancy Outfits

You can see other office style inspiration in my 60 Work Outfits, Summer Work Outfits, and Winter Work Outfits posts!

Finding inspiration for work clothes can be daunting even when you aren't pregnant, but it requires a whole new level of energy when you're expecting! No one wants to feel frumpy, but it can be a challenge to figure out how to style the same 4 pairs of black leggings into new and interesting outfits. I did pretty well up until about 30 weeks--I could fit into a lot of my pre-pregnancy clothes, they just looked a bit different. But the last few weeks can be tougher! I put together this post to give myself some inspiration and thought I'd share it with all of you as well!

That being said, if you are feeling huge and uncomfortable and prefer to wear the only two tops that you feel comfy in, more power to you, momma!

This is pretty much my exact outfit today, but with brown riding boots in deference to the 18 degree weather. Love it!

A belt under the bust differentiates your belly from your other curves, which can help if you're starting to feel house-sized. :) 

Soft, feminine, cozy but still professional. I can't pull off a hat at my workplace but I love the rest. 

I wish I could wear skirts and dresses more during this pregnancy, but winter in Nebraska hasn't been cooperating with me so far. Maybe as I get closer to my April due date I can try some things a bit closer to this look!

Love this as well--regular work outfit, just paired with a belt and the knowledge that the silhouette will be a bit different. 

It's also really smart to tie your shirt above your belly to accentuate that curve--plus I'm a sucker for leopard print!

This is comfy and would probably only work in a slightly more casual business environment, but it's still a stylish look and a great way to wear flats--give those feet a break!


I loooovvve the style of this top for maternity. It would still work after baby arrives as a dress or tunic, but is perfectly flowy and feminine for pregnancy. 

Adding a cute scarf to an oversized sweater helps keep your look stylish and not frumpy, without sacrificing any comfort. This would be a cute look for a winter baby shower for a little girl!

Another entry in the "add accessories to regular clothes" category. Investing in a few maternity tanks and t-shirts and then wearing them under your regular tops will help give you some more options without breaking the bank!

I love these! I'm definitely feeling a little more inspired when I look in my closet and see some new things I can do with clothes I already owned. Which look was your favorite? What was your go-to pregnancy style? Let me know in the comments below!


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Thursday, February 2, 2017

January Favorites

January Favorites

I can hardly believe January is already gone. That means we are one step closer to meeting little Adaline! You can see our pregnancy progress here. January always feels like a fresh start after the holidays; this year we (I) packed up Christmas decorations on the 3rd because I wanted to get all the bins back organized in the closet of the room that is becoming the nursery so I could accurately see how much space we had left to work with for baby things. Did you complete any big organization or cleaning projects this month? Let me know in the comments--in the meantime, here are some of the things I've been loving this past month!

This was a quick, entertaining read from Lauren Graham, aka Lorelai from Gilmore Girls or Sarah Braverman from Parenthood. Since I adore both of those shows, I knew I'd be interested in reading a bit more about Lauren's story. It wasn't the best celeb book I've ever read (that would have to go to Mindy Kaling's Why Not Me or Amy Poehler's Yes Please) but if you like Lauren, you would probably enjoy it.


Anna Kendrick's book, Scrappy Little Nobody, was a better over-all read, in my opinion. She's witty & irreverent, and if you like her in talk show interview settings you will enjoy this book. She doesn't take herself too seriously, which I appreciate, and she credits a lot of her success to stubbornness and luck. Her personality reminds me a bit of her Pitch Perfect character, which is great since that's one of my favorite characters she's played. Also, fun fact--did you know she started out as a child star on Broadway? Some great stories come out of that background!
It was nice to have a few light & easy reads this month to balance out all the baby information we've been squirreling away!


I have literally only watched the Bachelor(ette) for the last couple of seasons so that I can have good background for when I read Shaeffer's recaps. They are gold. She, like me, is drawn into the intrigue but still very aware of the ridiculousness of the situation. Read at least one! I know there are people who don't even watch the show who really enjoy reading her recaps. Plus she's a fun, Southern fashion blogger for the rest of her posts so if you'd like some on-line shopping tips, she's your gal. 

Scandal
I'm aware that I'm super late to this train, but I just started watching Scandal towards the end of December and I'm totally hooked.  Scandal characters have real (outrageous) problems! How will she fix it this time?! If you're a fan, let me know if you're #teamfitz or #teamjake in the comments. I think right now (beginning of Season 4) I'm leaning #teamjake but it's hard to fight the original couple & the Fitz/Olivia chemistry. You may be noticing a theme of light entertainment--I really needed that this month. I was sick for a lot of the month and just needed something to take my mind off of other things, and this was the ticket! 

If you've been around the blog for a year or so, you may remember me gushing over Buxom's White Russian lip polish. And it is amazing and I still love it! But this is a great cheaper dupe. It doesn't have the cooling sensation that the Buxom gives, but the color & finish are very similar and I like the formula as well. It is a bit of a sticky gloss, so if you're not into that you may not like it. This particular shade is one of my favorites because it's such a great topper for matte lips, or it can be great on its own. It's one of those pop-in-your-purse type products. 

I've really never liked a stick foundation before, but I'm really into this one. It applies a lot better with a brush than a beauty blender or any other application method, so I'd recommend a good kabuki brush like this one from Morphe to apply it with. It doesn't make the skin look too dry, which is what I was concerned about with a stick formula, but I do like to exfoliate beforehand and use a moisturizing primer when I wear it. I wish the price was a little lower, but that's really my only complaint. Big thumbs up for this foundation!


That about wraps it up for January! One whole month of 2017 in the books--and what a month it has been. I don't like to comment on politics publicly, but I hope you all know that I'm here for you all--no matter who you are or what background you're from. Happy February!


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Thursday, January 26, 2017

28 Week Bumpdate

28 Week Bumpdate



Hi all! I'm so excited to be sharing my next bumpdate with you! (If you're catching up, you can see our pregnancy announcement here, and our 15 week bumpdate heregender reveal here or 21 week bumpdate here.) 

Symptoms?
I've been having some leg cramps, trouble sleeping, dry eyes, etc. but nothing too terrible or overwhelming. And the nausea is almost completely gone--thank God! It was not fun but it has eased up considerably in the last few weeks and just pops up at random moments now. I've been dealing with a chest/sinus infection the last couple of weeks but am starting to feel much better, which I'm grateful for as well. You may be able to tell in the photo above that my nose is a bit red & scaly! But now it's down to just feeling like a regular cold.

Cravings?
Pasta with meat sauce, cutie oranges, and crappy cereal have been the main things I've been eating a lot of. I haven't had too many "must have it now!" moments so far, but I hear those might pick up as the third trimester progresses.

Size of Baby?
The apps tell me that this week baby girl is the size of a chihuahua or a large eggplant....I've never connected those two in my mind this morning and for some reason I thought it was pretty funny. That translates into 2-2/12 pounds and around 14 inches long. She definitely feels heavy in my belly though! I almost can't believe she'll be double this size soon and I'll be walking around carrying that much.
Size of Mommy?
I've gained a total of 14 pounds so far, and it sounds like that will probably almost double (12 more pounds) by the end of the pregnancy, as most pregnant women gain about a pound per week in the last trimester. That puts me on track (so far!) for a pretty reasonable gain of 26 pounds, give or take a few.

Nursery/Prep?
We are still waiting to make most purchases until after our showers, but we have the crib all set up, and recently received an adorable crib sheet as a gift. That, plus a couple of stuffed animals & a blanket, all gifts from our parents, are making at least the crib area look a little more 'ready' for baby.

To Dos?
Birthing class & breastfeeding class are both coming up soon, our initial meeting with the pediatrician is next week, and obviously the nursery is a big "to-do". I also want to finish decluttering a few areas of the house--most specifically our guest bathroom to make room for baby supplies, and our kitchen to clear out one cabinet for baby items there as well. My goal is to declutter enough that we not only have room for everything but have a little margin left over, as I know kids means collecting more as you go.

Thoughts?
We still have moments where it hits us--in 3 months, we'll be parents! They'll give us a baby to take home with us! It's crazy, but awesome. At this point, neither of us are too nervous, although I know that will likely change as the birth approaches. If we do worry, I'm worrying about finances, and Ricky's worrying about the birth. But both of us try to remind each other to take a step back, do our best and trust God with our little blessing. She'll sure be loved!

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

December Favorites

December Favorites

I've only written "2016" on like 15 documents so far, so I think I'm transitioning pretty well into the new year. How about you all?
I'm excited to share another #bumpdate & a post on getting our nursery started with you soon! Keep an eye out. In the meantime, here are the things I've been loving in December!

I sound like a broken record, but between the winter air & pregnancy, I need to keep that skin moisturized! I really enjoy this one that is really hydrating but not too thick or greasy. It means I can use it after showering & it melts into my skin really well so that it doesn't tug at my clothes when I put them on afterwards. I like a good thick body butter too, but I usually only use those at night so they can sink in overnight. This is a great day time option! Plus it smells great but not too feminine, so I can actually get Ricky to use it on his dry hands.

Good Mythical Morning is my favorite YouTube show from the "Intertainers" (Internet Entertainers) Rhett & Link. They've been best friends since first grade, which is evident when you're watching them, and they're highly entertaining without being offensive. I mean, don't they just look like fun?They have other shows as well, including one on YouTube Red, but GMM is my fave!

Steak
Look. The baby wants red meat, okay?  Even adding this photo to the post is making me extremely hungry. This has eased up a bit since Christmas but for most of December, I wanted steak or a good burger. I tried to keep it in check and get plenty of iron in other ways, but the times I did indulge were heavenly!

The Crown
I've always been fascinated by English royal history and while most of my interest is in the War of the Roses/Tudor period, it's pretty fascinating to watch this show, about the current Queen Elizabeth, in her early years, as well as a look at some of her prime ministers and advisors. It's a Netflix show that has just one season out so far but it's been picked up for more.

I've been doing a lot of "chill" makeup days with hardly anything on my face lately, with the exception of holiday events, and this BB cream is great. It has light coverage and works as a moisturizer with SPF, covering all my bases in one product. Plus, it looks like you're not wearing foundation but your skin just looks like it's naturally a bit better than normal. I like this with some concealer, lightweight mascara (mostly been using Benefit Rollerlash with this BB cream), light eyebrow pencil and a tinted lip balm.  5 minute makeup that's just "you, but better". The only downside is that it only goes in two shades on Ulta right now, and they are both essentially "white girl". The CoverGirl website has another 4 options but could still use some more. If you can find your shade, it's a great product!

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara
Now forget everything I said above about the natural look. This mascara is very dramatic & is my favorite of all time. I can't get on board with the falsies thing, but I still like to do dramatic eye looks once in a while, and this mascara is perfect. Volumizing, but not too clumpy. Lengthening, but no little fibers that make it look like you glued feathers on your eyes. Just perfection (except a bit pricey. I like to get the trial sized ones whenever possible--they're cheaper and last me about the same length of time before drying out.)

Morphe x Kathleen lights Palette

I almost didn't share this palette because it sold out so quickly but it was just recently re-stocked so if you are interested, grab it up quick! It is a gorgeous mix of colors in a really inexpensive, but good quality palette, and both Kathleen and Jaclyn Hill have posted really pretty tutorials using it if you'd like some inspiration! The only thing I didn't love was that some of the shimmery shades have fall out (when shadow falls onto your cheeks when you apply it) but if you do your eyes first, wipe your cheeks off, and then do your foundation, it's not really an issue. Small price to pay for the colors & quality. 


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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Spa Night at Home

Spa Night at Home


Sometimes a girl just needs an evening (or heck, just an hour or two!) to relax. Having at at-home spa night is something that I try to do about once a month. That may change to once a year after baby is born (and/or it may have to be at an actual spa!) but for now I'm going to take advantage of the fact that I'm still able to have a relaxing evening without too much prep work. This pregnancy has been exciting and amazing, but it has also been a bit physically taxing so I really appreciate anything that helps me unwind and soothes some of my aches & pains.

Foot Bath
The foot bath isn't totally necessary--if you prefer, you could take a regular bath. But if you don't want to soak your whole body or if you're wanting to just prep for an at home pedicure, this is a great and inexpensive option. Sometimes I go this route, other times I shower or bathe using this nourishing hair mask, as sort of a first step to the rest of the evening.


Of course, you've got to have something to go in that foot bath! This soaking scrub smells great and works well for sore muscles. 

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A cozy robe or PJs are essential for a spa night!

Face masks

I am in love with face masks. Some of my favorites include this banana oat smoothing mask, coconut nourishing mask, sheet mask collection...the list goes on. You can splurge on a really expensive mask, but I find that a lot of the inexpensive ones do a great job and then you can justify using them a little more often. 

Body lotion/butter
Don't forget about the rest of your body! This is my favorite lotion ever, a fresh warm scent that doesn't fight with other fragrances, but I also love regular Vaseline brand cocoa butter lotion. 

I'm a big fan of mood lighting during my pampering sessions. Plus this candle smells amazing! It's been one our favorites for a few months now and I don't see it going out of style anytime soon. 

Food Your Significant Other Doesn't Like ;)
I always take advantage of a relaxing evening to myself to make or order food that I love but Ricky isn't really in to. For me, that generally means seafood since I love it and Ricky can't stand it. I'll usually order sushi or make scallops & pasta at home. (Ricky does the same thing for boys' night except with pizza & extra spicy foods!) If you and your honey are perfectly in sync with foods, then #1. I am jealous and #2. just take the chance to eat something you really enjoy!

Chocolate & Beverages
This is a no brainer for me. Pampering = chocolate. If strawberries are in season I will sometimes make chocolate covered strawberries the night before. This ritual used to include wine, but baby on board means switching to sparkling water or juice. Bonus points for using a wine glass--you deserve a little fanciness!

Chick Flick
You don't have to watch a chick flick, but if you enjoy them, this is a prime time! I often watch old musicals, 90s teen rom-coms (10 Things I Hate About You, mostly) or Titanic. The perfect thing to keep you company while you eat, or while your face mask is sinking in. A good novel is the perfect way to wrap up the evening in bed.

Putting a few of these items together in a cute basket would be a great Christmas gift idea! I love doing "kits" and a pampering kit is usually very welcome in the wintertime!

And that's my little recipe for a relaxing, at home spa night. What essentials do you use for a pamper night?


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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

21 Week Bumpdate

21 Week Bumpdate 

Picture taken at 19.5 weeks-definitely popped in the last few weeks!

Hi all! I'm so excited to be sharing my next bumpdate with you! (If you're catching up, you can see our pregnancy announcement here, and our 15 week bumpdate here.) I hit 21 weeks Sunday on 12/4 and also found out the Friday after Thanksgiving the gender of our little jelly bean! See gender reveal here.

Symptoms?
I am still fighting nausea, although I think it may have improved a bit since my last bumpdate. It's down to a few times per week so...baby steps! #nopunintended
Other symptoms are including a little heartburn, fatigue, and headaches. It's not fun, but nothing too major so far, which I'm grateful for.

Cravings?
For the last couple of weeks, meat has been sounding reallllly good! Nothing fried, but a nice juicy steak or a good grilled fish. Getting hungry thinking about it!

Size of Baby?
The pregnancy websites and apps vary on this for week 21, but the most popular option is a large carrot.  What that means for baby, though, is that she is about 12 ounces and 10.5 inches long! We had our 2nd ultrasound on Nov. 18th, and all the measurements looked good and baby looks healthy so far--thank God!

Size of Mommy?
So far, I've only gained 2 pounds according to the doctor's charts (at my appointment 11/21), but I think I'm up to about 5 pounds by now (thanks, Thanksgiving!).  

Nursery/Prep?
We're still working on saving up for baby! We haven't really purchased much or worked on the nursery yet, although I did make a baby registry on Amazon and of course have a Pinterest board for inspiration. (Blush pink & gray & gold--calling my name!)
What will be the nursery is currently the guest room/office, so we'll probably clean out a bunch of things we don't need in the next few weeks to make room for baby stuff, and then once we get a storage space, we can store the guest room furniture and start setting up a crib. It's a good reason to go through and purge all the things we've been hanging on to that we don't really need!

To Dos?
We are signing up for a birthing class, a breastfeeding class, and a tour of the birthing suites at the hospital we will be using. I've recently started doing some pre-natal yoga at home (thank you, YouTube!) and I'd like to keep going on that--I think it's helping my hips and core. We've chosen a pediatrician but need to call and get on their radar for April. I'd also like to renew my CPR and get Ricky certified as well--especially since infant CPR differs from what you'd use on older kids or adults. 

Thoughts?
Ricky & I are both just feeling so grateful that we've been entrusted with this little one, and we can't wait to meet her!

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Gender Reveal

Little Lorimer Gender Reveal

If you are catching up, you can see our Pregnancy Announcement here, and our 15 Week Bumpdate here.  

Last Friday, we had our gender reveal party at my parents' house! It was really fun and a special moment to share with my family members in person, and our other family & friends online (we posted a video to my personal Facebook shortly thereafter). If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a photo we uploaded that night as well.

I wasn't able to write a post and share it that night, but I thought it would be fun to share a few photos with you of the decorations and method we used, and also just to share my excitement with my online community! Sorry for the poor quality iPhone photos!


We set up a few things in my parents' great room, including little pink & blue clothespins for everyone to wear their guess!

Our reveal cake!

Me, all excited and ready to go! 

This is right after we found out. I think my face might have been frozen like that! You can see the pink layer of frosting between the cake layers. :) It's a girl!

Ricky & I with my parents, and my sister's fingers in the foreground with the pink clothespin!

Mi familia--Dad, Kaylyn, Ricky, me and Mom


Of course afterwards we called Ricky's parents & siblings to let them know, and then we uploaded the video to my Facebook page to share with everyone else! We also shared the name we've chosen--Adaline Kay. We couldn't be more excited to be having a daughter. I'm still in disbelief sometimes! It makes it feel more "real" to me now that I get to call her by name, and of course I can't wait to decorate a little girl nursery. Thanks for letting me share that excitement with all of you!

An updated #bumpdate will be coming very soon!

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

15 Week Bumpdate

15 Week Bumpdate


Welcome to my first #bumpdate! I'll probably post these every 2-3 weeks or so. I'm planning on answering any questions you guys have for me, as well as the "regular" pregnancy questions people tend to ask in person.

I was unfortunately rear ended last night (twice!) at a stoplight, so I did have to go in to the hospital to get me and baby checked out. We're both doing okay--I'm a little sore but baby's heart rate was good so that's the most important thing. I'll deal with any ongoing care I might need in the future as well. It was definitely really scary and I'm not looking forward to any neck or back problems but hearing baby's heartbeat was a relief! Now I'm just dealing with insurance and claims and car repairs. Yay adulting! 

Size of baby?
The littlest member of the Lorimer family is at 15 weeks this week and about 4 inches long and 2.5 ounces--that's around the size of an apple! We had our first ultrasound at 11 weeks 3 days, and everything looked great--baby was kicking and moving all over the place, heartbeat was good, size was right on track. We're so grateful!

Symptoms?
I was really hoping that my morning sickness would go away by now....so far, no luck. And that's not the only symptom! It seems that you don't always hear about certain symptoms that are, let's say, less appropriate for the dinner table or mixed company. Probably because of the morning sickness, I haven't really gained weigh (in fact, I lost several pounds early on) but I know that that will start up any day now. I will say that I'm not quite as tired as I was a few weeks ago, which I appreciate, but I'm still in bed before 9pm most nights. #noregrets  It helps make up for the sleep lost due to bathroom breaks. Many people are telling me that the second trimester honeymoon phase will set in soon, and I hope they're right. But even if I keep feeling awful, at least it's for a good reason!

Cravings?
 I haven't had too many cravings yet, just lots of fruits & veggies. I've had more in terms of food aversions--I have a hard time around things that are too greasy (even just the smell) so Ricky has had to pretty much cut out fast food and pizza for my sake! I can tell that meat (which I really avoided during the first trimester) is back on the table, so maybe our next date night will be for steak. :)

Preparation?
Other than majorly changing our budget and savings plans, we haven't done a lot in the way of physically preparing a space for baby. We are fairly certain we're going to stay in our apartment for now and change our office/guest room into a nursery (you can see the floorplan in this post from when we moved in--it's our least "finished" room so I've never done a room tour) and then talk about buying a house next year. We have a family member who had their baby in an apartment and until he started walking, it worked out really well, so since we have the extra bedroom we're going that route to save up a bit more. I would love to have started on the nursery prep by now, but we are on the waitlist for a garage stall at our apartment complex and will need to have that storage space available to move the office/guest room furniture into to make room for baby stuff!

Ultrasound at 11 weeks 3 days

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Things to Do When You Find Out You're Pregnant!

Things to Do When You Find Out 

You're Pregnant!


Finding out you're pregnant can be incredibly overwhelming, and a lot of people are in a haze, unsure of exactly where to begin. This list is by no means exhaustive, but maybe it can help give you a jumping off point once your head stops spinning & you can breathe again. :)

You can see more of my pregnancy journey here, and a bumpdate is coming very shortly!



1. Prenatal vitamins

God bless you if you can deal with the giant horse pills. I've never had problems swallowing pills before, but I gave those prenatals a shot and they were not compatible with my morning sickness! I've since switched over to these gummy vitamins from Walgreens (they're the generic for Vitafusion if you don't have a Walgreens nearby) and that has helped me a lot. They can still exacerbate nausea, so I would recommend taking them before bed when you have some food in your tummy rather than in the morning when the nausea is likely worse.

2. Decide how to tell your partner, and other close family & friends

I gave you a peek at how I told Ricky in my Secret's Out! post, but we also did some cutesy things for our parents & siblings. It's totally up to you if you want to keep things simple, but I enjoyed having a little mini "reveal" for each set of our closest people.
For my parents, I sent this Willow Tree figurine and then let them know that I had "accidentally" sent a package to their address instead of mine. I called on the day it arrived and told them it was breakable and asked them to open it to make sure it had arrived safely. :)
For Ricky's parents, we had them over for dinner the week after his dad's birthday, saying that we had one more little gift. I used a box of Sugar Babies and a sharpie so that it said "We're Having A...Sugarbaby!" It took a second, but their expressions were pretty priceless.
My sister was in Alaska, so I told her with a "best auntie ever" mug via FaceTime, and each of Ricky's siblings got a bottle of wine with "the best siblings get promoted to aunt & uncle" wine labels that I made on my computer.


3. Decide how & when to make the info public

For us, this meant scheduling a photo shoot with our awesome friends at Jeff Cloud Photography well in advance so that we could get on their calendar in time for them to edit & send us the image to use in our social media posts (as well as our announcement here on the blog). Again, you might decide to do something much simpler, that you can do yourself at home. Maybe you're not posting to the public at all, and people will just have to guess as you begin to show! You do you, babe.


4. Alter your exercise routine & diet--elminate risky behaviors like smoking & drinking. Also check your medications to see if you should stop taking any.

For me, this involved cutting out Diet Dr Pepper. I had one can on each of the first 3 days after I found out, and then I cut it completely. Even though it was probably harder than it should have been (#addicted), it's such a simple life choice to make that makes a big difference for your baby. Most websites & doctors say pregnant women can have up to 200mg per day, but I knew I would want to push that limit so I just went cold turkey. Interestingly, a little bit of caffeine can actually help if you have persistent headaches or migraines during pregnancy, and along with acetaminophen is one of the only remedies approved so we'll see if the headaches I'm having keep up or get worse before we make that call.
On the exercise front, you should be able to keep up about the same level of activity that you were at prior to pregnancy but it's always good to double check with your doctor. Specific exercises that tone your core, such as crunches, should be discontinued as well as ones that require you to lie on your back, as that can lower your blood pressure too much in the later months of pregnancy. Unless you're a high risk pregnancy, walking & jogging are highly recommended and will actually help you have good muscle strength for delivery. Again, check with your doctor  (or midwife) to get her specific recommendations for you!


5. Calculate your due date

The due date is generally calculated to be 40 weeks after the start date of your last period before pregnancy. Fortunately, I've been using the Period Diary app on my phone for the last couple of years, so I had that date on hand. Otherwise I'd never remember! Keep in mind that your due date is approximate--the doctor may change it based on your ultrasounds later on. But it gives you a good idea of how long you'll be cooking a little human!


6. Make a doctor's appointment

I would recommend doing this within a couple of days of finding out that you're pregnant, since the doctor's office will likely be booked out a few weeks in advance. Do some research on who you'd like to see (or even if you're going the OB route--some people choose to see midwives throughout their pregnancy instead) and then get on their calendar ASAP. Most doctors only see so many patients due in any given month, so there is a chance you would need a backup option. Getting on the calendar early helps avoid that. We were fortunate enough to have had lots of babies born around us in the last couple of years, and so we had a good idea of who we wanted to see before we even got pregnant. So far, we love her! If you're in the Lincoln area and want a recommendation, shoot me an email at lorimerliving@outlook.com and I'd be happy to let you know.


7. Take a before or early pregnancy photo

This will be so fun to look back on in a few months to see how far you've come. You're creating a person! It's pretty awesome. Normally I wouldn't be excited about gaining weight, but now I'm almost looking forward to it. (A reasonable amount, hopefully!)


8. Start a pregnancy journal

Again, this will be a keepsake that you'll love looking at later on. Include details of how you're feeling, any pregnancy milestones, cravings, prayers for your baby, how you tell friends & family, their reactions, stupid stuff people say to you (and that list will be a doozy)....anything and everything.


9. Keep a to do list & a list of questions for your doctor

A lot of websites have great pregnancy to-do lists by month or by trimester. I like keeping those lists printed out and in a planner along with to-dos that I've come up with as well that are more specific to our situation. Keeping a list of questions is really helpful because at the end of a pre-natal appointment where you've received a ton of info, it can be tough to remember what questions or concerns you were meaning to bring up.


10. Look up symptoms & any tips on how to deal with them

I tell you what, I'm about ready to do anything to help me deal with nausea. The biggest thing for me seems to be to eat well and often, in small portions every few hours. I still get sick, but it's definitely worse if I've let my stomach get too empty. Meat hasn't sounded appealing to me very often during the first trimester, and if you're normally a meat eater and going through the same thing, it's important to concentrate on getting other sources of protein and iron into your diet. To combat the nausea, I've even started keeping crackers or dry cereal on my nightstand and munching on them when I wake up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom--it helps so that I'm not going 9 hours without putting anything in my belly. There's lots of tips out there for nausea and other even less fun symptoms, but remember to take them with a grain of salt--there's no one "proven" way that works for any of them.


11. Start thinking about birth classes and getting educated on some of the less clear cut topics regarding babies & parenting. I recommend not just going off your friends' advice--look at some medical journals and peer reviewed articles as well. These topics can include things like vaccinating, medication during birth, circumcision, and breastfeeding. Read up on the different schools of thought and make decisions for your family based on the evidence. It's up to you how much you want to share about those decisions with friends and family, but don't feel like others have a right to know or to weigh in on your choice. Know that even parents who think totally opposite of you are just trying to do what's best for their babies, just like you are!


12. Start a savings plan

Birth is pricey, y'all. We calculated how much our birth costs would be (make sure to count your OB's cost as well as the hospital costs) and then started setting money aside monthly to meet that amount. We've put it all into a savings account until we need it so we don't forget or accidentally spend it in our checking account, which helps have a clear idea of where we're at. Plan on spending more than what your doctor quotes you--they're going off the basic, vaginal delivery with no complications, but we all know we can't plan what exactly will happen with birth so it's very possible for those costs to rise. Ask how much extra things like C-sections, delivery assistants, etc will cost and plan to save for at least some of those.


13. Check out your insurance info regarding birth

Find out what your insurance policy regarding maternity and infant care is. Make sure that understand how much you are responsible for, and also how to change your plan to include your little one after the birth. Insurance companies are also required to provide you with a breast pump (although they vary widely about what kind they will provide) so make sure to contact your carrier and get that info before buying one for yourself. I also plan to call our provider and ask about items that may not be covered by the insurance even after the deductible and co-insurance amounts have been met--some carriers don't cover things if they're determined "non medically necessary" like epidurals or skin-to-skin contact. It's good to know up front which costs are covered and which ones aren't so you can plan your budget accordingly.


14. Drink a ton of water!

It seems like for every pregnancy ailment, the recommended course of action includes drinking a lot of water. Many people don't drink the recommended 64 ounces anyway, and it's even more important when you're pregnant. Your blood volume will increase by 50% during pregnancy, water intake reduces constipation, it helps get nourishment to baby, it helps prevent bloating from salt, etc. etc. etc. Plus, if you're having a lot of morning sickness (like I am) you're not keeping all of that water down, so you need to be extra sure to keep hydrated. Luckily less Diet Dr Pepper = more room for water. I do try to drink a little less close to bedtime since I'm already waking up twice in the night, but I keep a bottle on the nightstand and drink a fair amount right when I wake up in the morning.


15. Add some baby apps to your phone & pick up a pregnancy book or two.

I have BabyBump, What to Expect, the Bump & BabyCenter all on my phone. I don't think having four is necessary, but they do send out little articles & reminders that are helpful--plus the classic "What fruit is the size of your baby this week?" notices which are fun weekly updates on baby's progress.
I also have the classic What to Expect When You're Expecting and the Bump Pregnancy Planner & Journal in print form, which I enjoy making notes in and reading before bed as I'm winding down to sleep.


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XOXO, 

JACLYN


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