Monday, March 27, 2017

37 Week Bumpdate

37 Week Bumpdate 

#LittleLorimer #AdalineKay

Hi all! I'm so excited to be sharing my next bumpdate with you! It's crazy to think that this might be the last bumpdate on the blog--only 3 weeks to go until my due date. I'm trying to plan to be pregnant until 41 weeks so that I don't get discouraged if Easter rolls around with no baby in my arms, but really any time could be showtime at this point!

(If you're catching up, you can see our pregnancy announcement here, and our 15 week bumpdate heregender reveal here 21 week bumpdate, 28 week bumpdate, 32 week bumpdate, or our office to nursery progress post here.  I also have a post on office maternity outfits if you'd like to check that out too!) 


Photo from yesterday morning at church--37 weeks exactly!
Symptoms?
Guys, I won't lie to you--being 37 weeks pregnant is pretty uncomfortable. Sleeping is definitely getting more & more difficult, and I'm experiencing a fair amount of pelvic & tailbone pain. I added a chest infection on last week, so I was a pretty sad sack for a few days. I'm recovering from that, which helps, but I still feel a bit like a turtle trying to roll over or get up from the bed!




Cravings?
I've been very specifically craving the salmon avocado salad from a local restaurant, but I've only given in a couple of times because it's not a particularly inexpensive place & Ricky's order is pretty pricey there too. It's so good though! I've tried to recreate it at home and it works, but they have a special dressing for it that I can't quite replicate.
More generally, fresh fruit & veggies have been a big craving, as well as chocolate. I bought a couple of chocolate bunnies to put out as Easter decor two weeks ago, and I have to tell you that neither bunny will be around for Easter. #ripchocolatebunnies

Size of Baby?
The average length & weight of babies at 37 weeks is 19 inches and between 6 & 6 1/2 pounds. I haven't had an ultrasound done since the 20 week anatomy scan (and probably won't unless I go overdue) but the external measurements have been right on so it's safe to assume Adaline is probably around that range. The apps say that this is the size of a winter melon. A what, you ask? Great question. Please see the below photo.

Huh? I've never seen one of these before. 

Size of Mommy?
I'm right at a 23 pound weight gain and the belly definitely feels heavy! I'm not sure how some women lug around twins or triplets at this point in their pregnancies, but props to them. I've also noticed that this is around the time that people are starting to ask me things like "Haven't you had that baby yet??" Look, I promise I'm not hoarding her in there! If this pregnancy feels long to you, trust me, I totally get it! People also like to ask if I'm getting much sleep, and then when I say it's getting harder, they remind me that soon I won't be sleeping at all. :) Joy all around. Just a couple of things to keep in mind the next time you're talking to a pregnant lady.

Nursery/Prep?
We've made a ton of progress in this area since my last bumpdate, some of which you can see in my office to nursery post. We've got all the main furniture (except for the changing table we're putting in the bathroom--it arrived damaged and had to be sent back) and it's all set up in the nursery. The last piece to arrive was the glider, which I am loving. All the baby clothes are washed & put away, hospital bags are packed (I'll do a post on those soon) and car seat bases are installed in our cars. We took our childbirth education class & hospital tour at the beginning of March, which I think was really helpful, especially for Ricky. All the Christmas decor is safely packed up in our outdoor closet which we recently cleaned out to make space in the baby's closet. We're not completely "ready" but if she decides to show up tomorrow we'll be doing okay.

To Dos?
We do still have a few things on this list. There are a couple of things I still need to buy, like nursing bras & tanks and a few more regular onesies. I also haven't put up decor in the nursery yet, or painted the Ikea spice racks I'm planning to use as baby book shelves. I've also been prepping at work, but I need to finish up a couple of projects & pick out a temp (hopefully by the end of this week!) just in case I go into labor a bit early. I'm honestly a little nervous about leaving my job for 8 weeks--that seems like a lot could fall through the cracks in that amount of time, even with a temporary worker--so I'm trying to create a document to explain most of the tasks that I'm responsible for. I've only been with UNL for about a year right now, which means that although I can figure out what I'm doing, I haven't been doing it long enough to know it backwards and forwards for explanation purposes. Wish me luck in this area!

Thoughts?
Ricky and I are really trying to enjoy our last few weeks of just the two of us--we're so excited for Adaline to arrive, but we also know that it will change our lives forever and the things that we can do so easily, like date nights, will be tougher after she gets here.
Also, I'm honestly a little nervous about leaving my job for 8 weeks--it seems like a lot could fall through the cracks in that amount of time, even with a temporary worker--so I'm trying to create a document to explain most of the tasks that I'm responsible for. I've only been with UNL for about a year right now, which means that although I can figure out what I'm doing, I haven't been doing it long enough to know it backwards and forwards for explanation purposes. Wish me luck in this area!

Maternity photo sneak peek--taken at 32 weeks by Ciana at Jeff Cloud Photography--we love it!

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Office to Nursery: Getting Started

Office to Nursery: Getting Started

One room that I haven't ever blogged about is our office/guest room--and there was a reason! It was a completely functional room (not in the below photo, but ya know, at some point), with a desk & filing cabinet in one corner, a twin bed in another (we also have an air mattress when we have more than 1 guest), and two bookshelves. However, it wasn't really ever "decorated". We had a few family & friend photos on the walls and some accessories on the bookshelves, plus a few throw pillows on the bed, and that was it. Ricky mostly used it as his study/computer gaming room (complete with his self-described "nerd stuff") and so it wasn't a high priority.

Literally the only photo I can find of the office, and it's from right after we moved in &
I was unpacking & setting up the room & closet.
But that all changes now that we're turning it into our nursery for baby Adaline! Ricky & I spent a whole weekend a couple of months ago decluttering the closet, bookshelves & office supplies that were currently in there, and boxing up as many things as we could get away with. I did the same for the craft/blogging desk area in our living room.  Then we moved those boxes to our generous sister & brother-in-law's garage loft. We also lent them our twin guest bed & my little black blogging desk, which was a great win-win situation! We need to complete one final stage--moving the majority of our holiday decor into our outdoor storage space on the deck--and then the room will be "just" the nursery.

The closet on that same day as the photo above.
Glad to have a good sized closet to work with in this room!
We will still keep some holiday decor items, one set of guest bedding & the air mattress, and a few other small things on the left side of the closet. Then the middle and the right side will be all baby stuff. We've tried to "shop the house" for a lot of our baby storage solutions so that we could avoid needing to buy too many furniture pieces. So far we have a craft drawer set from Michaels in the closet that I used to have in my blogging area and a set of 2 two-drawer sets from Target that I originally bought in college and used to hold my "delicates" that have been relocated to another dresser (after a massive decluttering session!) in the closet. We've hung up her hanging outfits in the closet on baby sized velvet hangers, and I can't wait until the dresser is set up (should be later this week!) so I can start organizing her onesies, burp cloths, socks, etc.  So precious to see how tiny they are!

As far as the room itself goes, we were pretty slow with our shopping. For Christmas, Ricky's parents got us a crib & crib mattress, which we were really excited about! Ricky set it up a few weeks ago and it looks great. It was also kind of the moment where we started calling it "the nursery" instead of "the office". We also repurposed a bookshelf & a 9 cube cubby system the we already owned to use in there. They're dark wood instead of the white that I would prefer for that room, but I'm glad there's two dark items so that once we have some white items in there (hoping for a white dresser/changing table, a white nightstand, and gray glider) they'll balance each other out. In theory we could paint them but in reality we don't have an outside space that's practical for painting large items at the moment so that may wait until we are in a house.

We had our two baby showers in February, and received sooo many cute little clothing items, as well as lots of other helpful bath items, toys, diapers.... a big thanks to our family & friends! We were waiting until after the showers to make one big Amazon order, since Amazon offers a 15% completion discount on many baby items in the 60 days leading up to your due date--but you only get the discount for one order, so we wanted to use it wisely! 

Ok, here are some in-progress photos. There are still gifts and unopened boxes, so don't get too excited! This is just a snapshot of how it looks at this moment. We're 35+ weeks right now, so we really need to get moving but we've been waiting for furniture to arrive and be built!

The view looking into the room--that huge box is the dresser.
 We received our crib for Christmas from Ricky's parents, so it was the first thing set up in here. I'm in the process of washing the bedding, and am looking forward to seeing how it turns out with the crib skirt added on. So far it looks great--we love the white finish and clean lines.


The crib area, with a little nightstand to hold the humidifier & sound machine. Other items shown here include the monitor, auto rock'n'play, diaper genie (which will go next to the dresser) and the long skinny box standing up by the door is the curtain rod, with the curtains hidden behind the box holding the dresser. 

On the opposite side of the room, we have the bookshelf, boxes of diapers, and unopened boxes of stroller & car seat items. The boxes of diapers will be living in the closet shortly, and that corner will hold the glider and another small nightstand for a lamp and other small items. 

Another view--you can see the little nightstand in this one--it and the bookshelf are currently holding a lot of decor that will be put up around the room once we have the furniture placed. You can also see into the closet. We still need to move some things out of it, but the weather should be beautiful this weekend so we won't mind getting into our outdoor storage closet. I'm also loving that a whole shelf is taken up with baby books--I want her to love reading like I do!

And on the final wall, we have the 9 cubby unit that Ricky has had since before we got married, but with new cubby drawers in gray & pink. We also moved that decorative shelving on the left into this room from the bathroom for more storage and to free up space in the bathroom for a changing table (that will also hold all of Baby's bath time necessities). All the junk on the floor is hospital packing in progress. :)  

And that's the nursery so far! I'll be sure to share another update once we have everything organized & decorated. The good news is, even though it's not totally ready, we have the pack'n'play set up in our room, and we've got the car seat & some diapers & onesies, so at least the bases are covered if she decides she's ready to join the outside world. 

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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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