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Monday, February 29, 2016

Bump Date | 35 Weeks with Sophia


I decided to document our pregnancy as a way to get all my feelings and emotions out and to later look and remember this beautiful time in our lives. I hope you enjoy if you decide to follow along on this life changing journey.

The countdown has officially started and I can not be more anxious and excited to meet my Little Love. This week my energy has still been really good and I actually have had really good sleep! We also were showered with love from the ladies in our church as they threw a combined  baby shower honoring our little girl and another couple in the church who is expecting a little boy. I was going to do a baby shower post from the co-ed family and friends one we had last month but I decided to hold off until after my work baby shower (this little girl is so loved by so many already) and  I will share all showers in a combined post. It just makes it easier for me to write one post and to later find and reminiscence with it being all in one place and I honestly don't know if I have the energy to break down each shower into separate posts...so yeah. 

Lastly, we finished our last class of the Bradley Method. I was also planning on doing a post once we completed the course but figured I should wait until after labor and delivery so I can tell you specifically how the course helped prepare us for the real thing. So be on the lookout for those posts!


Maternity Blouse (similar) | Shorts (similar)

Dress (similar) | Pearl Necklace (similar)


Maternity Tunic (similar) | Maternity Leggings | 
Statement Necklace (similar) | Sandals (similar)




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Friday, February 26, 2016

Pregnancy Must Haves


As soon as you announce your pregnant, you are sure to be bombarded with what you must have to get you through pregnancy. And while our friends and family members (and sometimes complete strangers) are trying to be helpful, each of us handle pregnancy differently physically, emotionally and even financially. One of the things I was told that was a must have was a maternity pillow but I'm sorry I don't feel comfortable forking out $50 or so for a pillow that may not work because they don't work for every pregnant woman. I have had and still have many uncomfortable nights sleeping but that just comes with the territory in my mind. At the end of the day, you do you. You may be okay with spending whatever amount on anything and that's okay for you but for me it wasn't so I compiled a list of my pregnancy must haves that are actually affordable (under $20) and maybe you may find these work for you or maybe they don't.
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1. Maternity leggings, where have you been all my life? How did I go through most of my pregnancy without thee?? Its crazy, I barley bought these now at 35 weeks pregnant. Don't be me, buy them as soon as you can. THEY. ARE. WORTH. IT. I thought I could get by wearing my regular leggings during pregnancy which I did but they weren't comfortable. And this is an item a lot of women suggest to buy but I didn't want to spend the money when I already had leggings. This is an item I wish someone would have slapped me in the face with and forced me to buy. Now you don't have to go all out and buy the name brand maternity leggings or whatever, since the Wal Mart ones seem to do what they are intended to do and for under $13, well why not. Maternity Motherhood charges between $25 - $30 for leggings, unless you find some on clearance they can be about the same price as Wal Mart's leggings. I purchased my leggings from Wal Mart and I am very happy with them, I was able to buy my pre-pregnancy size and they fit perfectly on me. Again, you do you, if you don't mind spending the extra money for another brand than whatever just make sure you have maternity leggings in your pregnancy wardrobe.

2. A comfortable bra. It doesn't have to be a maternity bra or a nursing bra, just a comfortable stretchy bra. I have had the BCG sports bra from Academy before pregnancy and loved it than but I love it even more during pregnancy. It leaves me with room without constricting my rib cage and making it hard to breath and its affordable (under $17). I have read many articles, blogs, and books that suggest buying maternity bras or nursing bras at the beginning of pregnancy and others suggesting at the end of pregnancy and even others saying wait a few weeks after having the baby before buying a nursing bra. Again, I didn't want to spend the money on bras so I just rotated my sports bras and my regular bras. Sports bras were my favorite to wear as there is no under-wire and the BCG bra has the cami-type straps so you don't have to worry about the straps being visible like with typical sports bras. So whatever you decide to do, just make sure it is comfortable.

3. The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth. Most people tell you to buy the What to Expect When Your Expecting book which is also a good book to have but you can easily find the same information on google or a pregnancy app. Most of the time, it was easier pulling up my BabyBump app and reading their short Daily Tip and Weekly Information than it was to read a few pages in the Expecting book. It is basically the same information just condensed in the app but still a good read just not a Must-Have in my opinion whereas the Thinking Woman book is a MUST must-have. I suggest buying this book as soon as you find out your pregnant (under $15). This book goes through all your options during labor and delivery including epidurals, inducing labor, IVs, cesareans, etc. The author Henci Goer, brings the facts, side effects, statistics, etc. about each procedure and lists the pros and cons on everything she covers. It really helps you decided on the best decision and to create a birth plan early on that fits you and your family best. And by getting this book early on and reading it, helps you make an informed decision about the type of doctor or midwife you want to deliver your baby and where you want to deliver your baby. Yes, you can easily ask your doctor about these procedures but most doctors have a set way they like to do things so they will make a procedure seem perfectly normal or harmless to you and the baby whereas Goer shows every side of each procedure. So I say this book is non-negotiable, you have to buy this and actually read it. That's an order. Just kidding but really, the book is very informational and is sure to prepare you to make informed decisions for you and your growing family.

And that my friends, is my version of pregnancy must-haves and each item is actually affordable (under $20). To be fair, I did not list any of the sales prices for these items so you may actually be able to find these items cheaper.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

To Shop or Not to Shop


So I think I may be the only weird one but I'm having a hard time shopping for Little Love. I always hear how moms to be can go overboard on buying babygirl clothes but I have a hard time picturing her in outfits since I don't know what she looks like yet. But I do know once I see her then it'll be hard for me to stop shopping for her. I did give in to buying one outfit only because regardless of what she looks like it is perfect for her.


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Isn't it perfect?? Since I didn't know about this outfit till after Valentine's Day, we were able to get a little discount off of it so it made it even better.

While I don't have the need or temptation to buy clothing for Little Love, I have been having the urge to shop for myself but for post pregnancy clothes. I haven't bought anything though (yet) because I know I obviously won't be the same size afterwards and don't know how long it will take me to loose my baby weight so no point in spending the money so I'm being patient but can't help but to day dream.


Denim Vest
I could probably get away with buying this vest now since I don't button or zip up my vests anways but I'll resist for now.


Lace Trim Tee
Pleated Top
This shirt comes in 14 different patterns and it would be too hard for me to choose just one if I was in the market.

Well a girl can certainly dream and for the mean time I will just live vicariously through you all if you buy new clothes and want to share photos!
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Monday, February 22, 2016

Bump Date | 34 Weeks with Sophia


I decided to document our pregnancy as a way to get all my feelings and emotions out and to later look and remember this beautiful time in our lives. I hope you enjoy if you decide to follow along on this life changing journey.

I definitely felt a little bit more energy this week so I'm betting those iron supplements is what I have been needing. Although I have some energy back, I am still tired if that makes any sense? I am just ready to have my body back and to be able to cuddle and hold my babygirl in my arms but no worries I won't be rushing her no matter how bad I want her here. 

I don't know if I said this in a previous post or not but I feel I am as ready for labor as can be, the human body is a wonderful thing and created so perfectly that I trust my body will do exactly what it needs to for Little Love to arrive here safety and because I have that mindset, I think it will makes things a little easier (of course, when I am actually in labor, it may be a totally different story so I will definitely keep you updated on that).

We also noticed Little Love is poking out a whole lot more, it literally happened overnight. And this little girl has not slowed down a bit; my pregnancy app and books that I have read says the movement slows down at this point because of lack of space but that is not the case here. I feel she moves so much more and with more strength. It sometimes feels like she is trying to push herself out!


Maternity Shirt (similar) | Maternity Slacks (similar) |
Pearl Necklace (similar)

As you can see, I found a little inspiration this week for my outfits. I took Sunday evening to plan ahead for the week and not only did it make me feel great being "dressed" up for work but it made it so much easier getting dressed in the mornings so I may have to keep this pre-planning up.

Sandals (similar) | Statement Necklace (similar)

Maternity Shirt (similar) | Maternity Jeans |
Sandals (similar)

Flats (similar) | Statement Necklace (similar)


The only complaint is none of my shoes fit except flip flops as you can see that is all I wore this week however they do not leave much support and make my feet swell more. Any suggestions?


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Friday, February 19, 2016

Anniversary Weekend Getaway | Austin


Anthony and I were planning to take a babymoon before Little Love arrives but the only weekend that was available for us to do so would be next weekend however we asked our doctor for permission and she suggested we stay in the Katy and surrounding area because of how far along we already are in the pregnancy so this leaves me reminiscing about our anniversary weekend getaway to Austin last April and figured I'd share some of the details and pictures of things we did while we were there.


We decided to go to Austin because of the Hamilton Pool Reserve that is actually located in Dripping Springs, approximately 40 minutes outside of Austin. I was looking on Pinterest years ago of places to see and when I saw how close this was and doable (budget wise), we started planning our trip immediately.

Since Austin is only a little over 2 hours away, we decided to drive and who wouldn't with gorgeous field views like these



We stayed at the Best Western Plus as Anthony gets a discount with his job and we were overall pleased with our stay. The attached bar didn't hurt as we took a night to get a few drinks and people watch.


Our first night in Austin was our actual anniversary date so we splurged for dinner and ate at Wink and we indulged in the 5 course Chef's tasting menu. It was delicious but I have to admit, I was still hungry afterward, each course was only a bite size.


Our hotel offered free breakfast so after enjoying that the next morning, we started our adventure to Hamilton Pool Reserve.


 
  




It was absolutely breathtaking, I shed a few tears taking in all of God's wonderful creation. Afterwards, we headed back to Austin and enjoyed lunch at Hut's Hamburgers. AMAZING. That's all I have to say.


While enjoying the pool, we were referred to check out the Congress Avenue Bridge to see the largest North American Bat Colony. It was within walking distance, so we enjoyed a nice stroll to the bridge to see what all the fuss was about. And it was worth it, get there a little early if you want a nice sitting and seeing area.



On our last day in Austin, we did what I think anyone should do when visiting Austin; we visited the State Capitol.



We also took a day trip to San Antonio on the way home after visiting the Capitol, although it was a bit out of the way but I'll save that for another post! It was just so nice to have that time together during our anniversary weekend without any worries and only focusing on each other, I hope it's a habit we keep especially now that our alone time will be limited once we welcome our baby girl, it sure is to make each moment alone more special and meaningful.

How do you mamas and daddies find time for each other with children? Do you have weekend getaways or only date nights?

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Nighttime Routine during Pregnancy


In my 33 week bump date post, I mentioned my nighttime routine and decided I would go into more detail of what I actually do most nights to help get my body ready for bedtime. Some nights my routine works wonders and other times it is a complete fail but it is what kinda sorta works for me however I am open for more suggests!


Shortly after dinner, I begin to run my bath water while I use the restroom.  Once I am in the tub soaking, I watch my subscriptions on YouTube and this will last for about 20 to 30 minutes before I get restless.

At this point, I enter the shower (I only soak in the tub and do not cleanse while in the tub because its hard to wash my hair so just imagine the whale found on the Galveston shore) and do my shower thing, self explanatory I think. I exit the shower and dry my body off and wrap my hair in the towel, apply deodorant, moisturize my face and clean my ears. I personally don't feel dry even after drying off with a towel so I will sit in front of the fan for about 20 or 30 minutes, sometimes less. After I feel dry enough, I remove the towel from my hair and begin my nightly hair routine.

I than go to the restroom again and will begin the winding down process of getting comfortable. During this time, most nights, Anthony and I will do our relaxing techniques we have been learning in our birthing class which is basically me in a comfortable position and he rubs me down making sure all my muscles are relaxed (before we started this, I use to do yoga poses and stretches which also helped with my restless leg pains, I just have been to lazy to keep up with doing both things but I think I should start my yoga back up). Once I start getting restless again, Anthony gets ready for bed while I go to the restroom again and I will attempt to fall asleep. 

Side Note: I try to go to the restroom multiple times before actually attempting to fall asleep to prevent waking up so much during the middle of the night however if I don't drink enough water (I typically drink 3 bottles and that seems to be the right amount for me) during the day, I try to drink at least 1 bottle an hour before bedtime and that will keep me going to the restroom all night but I don't feel dehydrated waking up. So it's best for me to drink my water throughout the day, way before bedtime, so I only end up getting up once for the restroom in the middle of the night.

And that my friends is my nighttime routine, it typically takes about 4 hours to do but I do everything at a snail pace and sometimes things come up in between each stage like taking dogs out, playing on my phone, working on blog stuff or ebay stuff, etc.

What did your nighttime routine look like when you were pregnant? And what is it like now as a parent? Any tips for this mama to be?


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Monday, February 15, 2016

Bump Date | 33 Weeks with Sophia


I decided to document our pregnancy as a way to get all my feelings and emotions out and to later look and remember this beautiful time in our lives. I hope you enjoy if you decide to follow along on this life changing journey.


Can you believe I only have about 7 weeks left in this pregnancy?? It seems unreal and time flew by although now it kind of seems like a stand still. Mornings are getting harder, getting up and ready for work is a nightmare; nights are still hard to even fall asleep no matter how tired I am. I feel like I have tried all types of sleeping remedies and will just have to suck it up. 

My current nighttime routine starts with a warm bath after dinner, I lay and soak for about 20 minutes and than get in the actual shower. After I have dried off, combed my hair, etc. Anthony and I will do some relaxing techniques we are learning in our birthing class. The simplest and easiest one is him rubbing my back and while it relaxes me, it doesn't put me to sleep. This is when the horrible cycle begins of tossing, turning and peeing. Yupp, peeing. While I toss and turn, my little love tosses and turns on my bladder. Fun times, I tell you. So if you mommas have any sleeping techniques that worked for you when you were preggo, I am all ears.

Little Love is definitely moving a lot more which I thought she was suppose to slow her moving down due to lack of room from her growth spurts but that hasn't stopped her one bit. She enjoys jamming her self into my left side and than it feels as if she stretches since I feel a lot of pressure down below and feeling like I am being stabbed in my ribs at the same time. It's hard to imagine this little girl has grown so long to be able to do that and I can't wait to see her at our 36 week ultrasound (the last time we saw her was at 20 weeks). And of course, I absolutely am excited to see her in person. Her little nose and toes and fingers. Looking into her beautiful face, I know it will all be worth it.



As last week, I continued to keep my outfits pretty simple and causal. It just makes it easier getting dressed in the mornings and who says causal can't be cute or fashionable? I am making it work for me so whether your preggo or not, causal can be cute. My formula is truly basic, jeans and sperry's with a shirt and depending on the weather I may add a layer such as a cardigan or sweater to it. If you wanna up the factor, add in a statement necklace or scarf or even a handbag as I typically do for my outfits when I am not pregnant. I hope you can find inspiration in these outfits to create simple outfits for yourself!
Nike Hoodie (similar) | Maternity Scoop-Neck Tee |

Graphic Tee | Sweater (similar) | Maternity Jeans |

Maternity Striped Tee (similar) | Maternity Jeans (similar)


Striped Drop-Shoulder 3/4 Sleeve T-Shirt (similar)


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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Valentine's Day | Love Banner Printable


As I mentioned, I have been inspired to add a few small Valentine's Day decor to our house. I decided to create a cute and simple banner for our Wood & Wire Display


I decided to add blue font to my banner since our display is in the dining room and the main color is blue. I think it helps tie into the room without looking overly cheesy as some valentine's decor can.

Maternity Photoshoot


Jute Wrapped Vase
 

 

I am offering the banner as a FREE printable for you all and would love to see how you display it in your home or where ever! I suggest printing on card stock as usual for durability and better quality.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Valentine's Day | Pretzel Sticks + FREE Printable


I normally don't do anything special for my students on Valentine's Day but I felt inspired since I had left over candy melts from our baby shower that didn't get used and figured this was the best excuse to make my last class something. I decided to do dipped pretzels sticks as they looked easy enough and wouldn't require much time or effort.

All I needed for this sweet and salty snack was candy melts, pretzel rods and sprinkles (optional).


I began by following the directions on the back of the candy melts bag for melting. I put the melts in a tall thin container to make the dipping process easier. I dipped and swirled each pretzel rod and held it upside for a few seconds to have the excess drip off.



I first sprinkled a few rods straight with the sprinkle container but found too much sprinkle was coming out so I decided to hand sprinkle each rod instead but to each their own on this step.

 

Finally, after the dipped rods had time to dry I began my assembly process of putting a rod in a sandwich Ziploc bag and attaching a printable I created for my students. A printable I am offering to you for FREE (check the bottom of this post).




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I hope you found inspiration for your students or for your child's classmates; your child could definitely help with the process and making the gift so much more meaningful. I would love to see pictures of how you decorated your pretzel rods for Valentine's Day as well if you care to share!

ps. please excuse the horrible lighting, I was working on this for my students late at night.

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