My Top 4 Ways to Rock a Winter BabyBump

Since my first pregnancy has landed right in the middle of winter, I’ve had to really narrow down my (pinterest) options for dressing up and showing off my baby bump.  MY personal “go-to’s” have been mainly looks I can either layer over or underneath or a way to display my growing belly warmly.  Here are my top four looks for rocking your bump in winter.

1.  Wearing anything that has an empire waist.  Empire waists are always flattering and when your trying to hide a little belly it works wonders but it is especially great to actually show off a larger baby bump!! 

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2.  Wearing just about anything that can cover my entire stomach is hard enough but trying to find things that are fitted (with stretchy room to grow) is even harder but it is a great way to show that your expecting.  I’ve found that this is where you really want to buy actual maternity tops because they are longer and have more stretch in the right places.  

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4.  Belt anything you can!!!  Who ever said you can’t wear belts while pregnant never saw all the amazing ways it can emphasize your beautiful changing body!  This sort of mimics what a top or dress with a built-in empire waist can do but without having to buy all new stuff.  You can easily belt up any top that still fits from your old wardrobe and ta da!!! You’ve some extra things to wear that didn’t cost you a penny (cause holy crap are some of the maternity clothes prices!!! especially since you will only be wearing it for one year out of your life… unless of course you are planning on having more children in the near future, in which case you can save them for next time)



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4.  STRIPES!!! Ok, to be fair I love stripes on everything and everyone but it really accentuates your protruding belly quite nicely!!  And again for this look you may want to buy maternity clothes to really have it fitted in the right spots.  

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Best Christmas Gift Ever!! The Snoogle Review!!



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The only thing I wanted this holiday season was a good nights rest, which is nearly impossible when your ending your second trimester.  After reading online that it isn’t recommended to snooze on your back (or stomach obv), I found myself in serious pain (and/or numbing hell) from side sleeping exclusively.  My hips hurt and my shoulders throbbed, even if I did rotate between them.  It wasn’t enough relief….. so insert the Snoogle by Leachco.



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Thanks to my amazing husband (and many nights of bitching/crying) he got me the total body pillow and let me use it Christmas Eve :-)  I’m pretty sure he would have loved to wait until Christmas day to let me open it up if it wasn’t for the bitching/crying mentioned above.

The best thing about it is that you don’t really need to steal all the pillows in the house anymore (yaaaa husband gets his pillows back too! win-win).  Aaaaaannndd you can contort it in soooo many ways so there is a seemly endless amount of ways to get comfy when your at your most uncomfortable!!! So exciting!! 

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And I really think I will be using my Snoogle far after I give birth because its just that freakin’ amazing!!! And maybe, just maybe, I might let my hubby take it for a whirl once or twice :-) plus there is a whole bunch of ways to use it with baby too!!



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It’s a BOY!!!!



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Woooohoooo!!!! We are finally past the first trimester woes (morning sickness, extreme exhaustion and even more extreme hormones – at least according to my family and friends lol) and we found out that we are having a baby BOY!  Our entire family is still in shock as they all thought I was having a girl (as did I) but my hubby knew better and always said it was a boy, fathers instinct?

Although he flip flopped before our ultrasound on whether or not he wanted to know the gender, he chose to find out along with me which I’m super grateful for ’cause this way we can plan for our sons arrival together instead of me hiding all the baby blue stuff until baby came come.  And honestly it’s great knowing what gender our baby is,  aside from being to plan out his nursery (which I’m obsessed with doing), we can call him by name already and visualize what kind of boy he will become :) and since I’m super duper OCD when it comes to planning and prepping and being pregnant has kicked that instinct into high gear, all I want to do is nest!

This is my nursery theme board



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List of things we have already:

  • Crib
  • Crib bedding x2
  • Rug
  • Change table/dresser
  • Wash cloths x11
  • An abundance of onesies
  • Blankets x7
  • Hats and scratch mits x15
  • Soothers x3
  • Baby Shampoo/soap x5
  • Baby lotion x2
  • Bibs x4
  • Swaddle wraps x4
  • Receiving blankets x2
  • Baby towel x3
  • Bassinet
  • Baby bath tub
  • Play mat

 

Things we still need to get:

  • Rocking chair
  • Foot stool
  • Stroller
  • Coming home outfit (white set)
  • Breast pump
  • Playpen
  • Grooming set
  • Mini freezer (for separate milk storage)
  • Video baby monitor

 

I’m hoping that the rest of the items we are missing will be at our baby shower but I will have to be patient (not my strong suit) because that wont be for another two months!!!

 

It’s Official!!! We’re Preggers! :-)



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Yaaaaaaaaaa!!!!! We’re finally got that beautiful BFP and we are both beyond thrilled, terrified and in pure obsession mode, naturally.  Incase you missed any of my previous TTC post you can read them herehere and here.  So like I mentioned my last TTC blog, I planned on using Preseed if my BD everyday didn’t work…. and it didn’t.  I was thinking about using OPK’s but last minute decided it was too much for now (although I’m sure I would have implemented them eventually if I got another BFN).  The cycle that got us our beloved BFP we did a few things differently.

First I bought some supplies:

  • Preseed
  • Vitex
  • Robitussin
  • Instead Softcups



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Things I continued to use:

  • Folic Acid
  • Vitamin D
  • Fruit & Veggie Shakes Daily



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This time around we decided not to BD every day around and during O but instead we tried SMEP along with Preseed (only during fertile window as it’s kinda pricey and wasn’t sure how many cycles it would last) and we always used the Softcups after each BD and laid with my bum on pillows for 10-20mins (Hubby always gave me things to watch or do on my phone so I wouldn’t get antsy or bored :), I took Vitex from AF until I got my BFP, and what I think really made the biggest difference is that I used Robitussin from AF to about a day before O (based on my O pains).  I had read a ton (did I mention I’m obsessive? lol) about Robitussin helping with the thinning of your CM sort of acting the opposite of how birth control works by thickening it to prevent the little swimmers from penetrating the egg and since I was previously on the pill for over 12 years I thought it could’t hurt to try for one cycle.  And it WORKED!!!  I did hear you can also Mucinex as well, the only kind of active ingredient should be Guaifenesin (for both Robitussin and Mucinex).  My advice it just to read, read, read and figure out what your comfortable with trying out.  For me it worked :)

If you’d like to stalk my symptoms check out my BFP story on the Two Week Wait’s site

Baby Dust to All :-)

 

TTC TERMS:

TTC – Trying To Conceive

SMEP – Sperm Meets Egg Plan (more info here)

BFP – Big Fat Positive (pregnancy test)

BFN – Big Fat Negative

BD – Baby Dance aka SEX

AF – Aunt Flow aka Period

O – Ovulation

OPK – Ovulation Predictor Kits

CM  - Cervical Mucus

More terms and abbreviations  

 

Getting Serious About Trying To Conceive (TTC)

Sooooooo it’s been about 6 months since the hubby and I decided to start trying for our first child (technically not preventing but not really trying)… Although to be honest we have missed out on many windows of ovulation opportunities because of “life”. Missing the perfect time because work just took a toll on us or simply cause we weren’t both in the same place at the same time. But this cycle and any ones after, I plan to get super serious. Or as serious as I can get (minus temping because my sleep is never consistent)

As of right now I’m currently in my most fertile days (according to my Ovia app that I talked about here). We have baby-danced (sex for all those who aren’t familiar with the lingo:) every day from cycle day 8 and we are on day 17. We are not using anything other than taking our vitamins (prenatals) and I started drinking raspberry leaf tea from the first day of AF (aunt flow) to the start of my fertile window since I’m not using any ovulation predictor kits(OPK).

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Connecting With Your Baby When Trying To Conceive



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As my husband and I have been trying to conceive for the past few months, I have found myself in constant search of anything pregnancy/baby related.  And even though we haven’t been trying for very long, it feels like forever, especially when my lovely in-laws are so excited to be grandparents that they ask often if there is any “news”.  Which there hasn’t been.  Inspite of the doctors telling me everything is looking good in my reproductive department :)  So I assumed it was just a fate/timing thing.  I figured that when my baby is ready for us we will know.  In the mean time I plan on reading/watching anything that can help me bare the waiting game with more understanding and patience. (more…)

5 Ways To Rock A Crop Top: Spring/Summer 2014

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last year, you probably have noticed that crop tops have quickly made their way back into world of fashion.  And to be honest I’m both ecstatic and worried.  Crop tops can either make a fashion statement or trash your entire look.  But when done well, it can really be a fun item to add to your closet this season.

Here are five ways to rock your crop top:

1. Crop Top & Trousers


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