Feb 1, 2016

Maternity Style: 26 Weeks

It's been a while since I did an outfit post, or since I was in a dress that was made for a blooming baby bump, thus making me feel beautiful and comfortable.  Also, its been a while since I dragged my husband out to a field we passed on the way home from church to take blog photos, but this Sunday, I was excited to get back to my old ways.  It's a good feeling, having something to wear that actually fits me, I tell you!  PinkBlush has been a go to women's online boutique sight for me for my pregnancies.  They have  so many cute dresses for women so its easy to find something to suit you.  I'm a sucker for crochet details and bell sleeves, and had major heart eyes when I saw this dress.  I've worn this dress three times already, and it's so easy because you don't need a lot of accessories to go with it.  I styled it once with floral wedges, once with my Bali Elf cream ballet flats, and this time with my cream Minnie Swedish Hasbeens, which I loved the most.  If you are searching for trendy boutiques online, check them out! 
So, I'm almost 27 weeks at this point and dreading dreading dreading my glucose test on Thursday.  Drinking that juice at 8AM is going to be a challenge but I'm excited to hear his heartbeat at the appointment.  At my last appointment I was preoccupied with finding out the gender and making sure the anatomy scans looked normal.  My heart was beating so fast when the technician told me, my mom, and Cameron the gender, which was a boy!  A boy, who by judging by my horrible reflux, has a lot of hair.  Now that we know the sex and it has sunk in that we will have three sons, we are feeling pretty relaxed.  We have all of the big things we need, but I have been shopping around for some extra special items that will be new and just for him.  Collecting special little things for him makes me really happy, and I am still deciding whether or not to do a nursery for him or to postpone that and set up a cozy little place in our room for him.  Knowing he will spend his first months in our room lessons the pressure of having to have everything done, even though it thrills me to know end putting together a nursery.

Cravings: chocolate milk, strawberries, lemon lime water, A1 sauce, and spicy everything!

Side Effects: as mentioned above, horrible reflux.  Doesn't help that I chug lemon water all day.  As far as beauty, I have really been happy with my skin and hair lately.  My skin has been really clear, and my hair has been rather soft and full.  Like the old wives tale says about reflux relating to your baby having a lot of hair, it's also said that a boy brings beauty during pregnancy while a girl takes it for herself :), so I'm thanking him for this.  Also, I have a new skincare routine that I started around Christmas.  I use the Ole Henriksen line I found at Sephora, which includes a serum, eye cream, refining lotion, and a jelly face wash that has changed my life, I will never go back, and my Clarisonic, which has proven every good review I have ever heard about it.  Another crazy symptom, that I am going to talk to my doctor about this week, is an intense fatigue I have about an hour after I wake up, where I feel so weak I can't even lift my arms to hold up my phone, so i just have to lay there, and close my eyes, and wait until it goes away.  I remember feeling that way with Cohen and Elliot too, I always said it felt like my blood was to thick for my body.  Not a good feeling.

Obsessions: going on walks with my boys, slow walks, not rushed.  Soaking in every thing they say, answering Cohen's hundreds of questions, and trying to make some wonderful memories before I'm preoccupied with baby for a bit.  Also, day dreaming about Spring, collecting vintage floral skirts to wear, and planning a trip to the nearest Lush to stock up on everything bathtastic and beautiful before my third trimester when sitting in a warm bath will be all I want to do.

Doing an outfit post was so fun, thank you PinkBlush Boutique for making me feel pretty.  Signing off to watch Aladdin with the family tonight, Cohen has never seen it before and he is pretty excited, which he should be! Thank you for stopping by!

Dress ~ c/o ShopPinkBlush
Shoes ~ Swedish Hasbeens 
Navy Tights ~ Ruche

Jan 7, 2016

23 weeks

my 22 week photo

As I sit down to write, my 23 week peanut, or eggplant now I guess, is busy thumping away in my belly.  No one can feel the kicks but me, and it's pretty apparent that he or she isn't getting much sleep in there. My husband has been away for work, (counting down the minutes until he gets home tomorrow), and since I am lacking in adult communication I had an urge to blog, and talk about the only thing I am thinking about lately, being pregnant!  So I just wanted to document how I'm feeling, what I am craving, etc, etc.  Here goes!

Cravings-This is always the fun part! Now that I have been able to stop taking my medication and have been complaining of being tired instead of being nauseous, I have such an appetite.  Last month, I pretty much only ate grapefruit for a month straight, but now the menu is a little more varied. For breakfast, it's usually a boiled egg and english muffins with blackberry jam for breakfast, and a cold cup of chocolate milk.  I also crave a savory breakfast these days, like eggs with mushrooms, garlic , and parmesan.  I always snack on strawberries and bananas with peanut butter until lunch, where its most always a black bean and mexican white cheese quesadilla, covered with cilantro, lime, and avocado slices. I usually will have a baked sweet potato or a toasted pb&j for a snack, and then at dinner time, I'm always craving a huge salad of some sort, I could have the balsamic strawberry salad from Firebirds every night.  I always end the night with a dove dark chocolate square and a spoon of peanut butter, and its always amazing.  I'm glad I am craving so many healthy things, besides the peanut butter, hopefully they won't change to pizza and ice-cream anytime soon. 

Obsessions-Thinking about what to pack in my hospital bag.  With Elliot I loved everything I packed, and want to repeat it exactly, down to the Philosophy Pure Grace body lotion, that's scent always reminds me of being at the hospital with a newborn in my arms.  I still love watching youtube videos on the subject, even though I feel pretty wise on what to pack and not pack these days, I just like talking about pregnancy, and listening to strangers talk about their pregnancies as well I guess!  Keeping the house clean is quite a priority to keep me feeling sane, but constantly cleaning up after the boys and doing the laundry calls for a ton of breaks to put my feet up.  I'm obsessed with the HGTV show Fixer Upper and DVR it so I can watch it on demand, and it's the most relaxing, and inspiring, show to watch.  Also obsessed with PinkBlush and ASOS maternity lines, and filling up my Sephora and Amazon shopping carts with beauty products, that I hopefully will be able to buy soon.  Lastly, I am obsessed with anything rose scented, using my new clarisonic cleansing brush, everything and anything pertaining to Paris (French films, French recipes, Parisian street style), and of course, researching and researching baby names.

Feelings- I cry everyday, over something.  Getting overwhelmed, or getting anxious, and feeling panicked sometimes.  I wonder how I will be able to get anything done with three children, but then I remember that it will be easier since Cohen will be in school next year, and then I start crying because Cohen will be in SCHOOL next year.  I feel joy and love, and so curious about this new person coming into our lives.  And of course, feeling tired, so very tired, to the point of taking multiple naps on some days when I can.  I feel this incredible urge to get the boys out of the house everyday and to go on adventures, since things will be crazy when our new baby comes, but my tiredness, plus frigid cold makes it tough, and then I feel guilty about that lot.  I just hope I can get into the groove of balancing all of this.  I see other moms of three that inspire me so much, and it makes me feel better to know that if they can do it, I can too.  

Well, if you are not bored to death by all of this pregnancy talk and are still here, thanks for reading.  I feel like I am talking to the babies all day and it feels good to just put my thoughts here on my blog, another reason why I love it so.  I might write again about my changing cravings, feelings and obsessions, but until then, its more HGTV,  dark chocolate and peanut butter.

Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust