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Ribbed Cardigan

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Cardigan / Tank Top / Leggings / Sunglasses / Necklace / Riding Boots (on sale!) / LV Neverful GM

The swear this bump is all of a sudden growing at a rapid pace. It popped out and now every day it seems to be bigger. Luckily, my favorite leggings still fit and I have a feeling will for a while, which is awesome! I've been wearing them with this tank top and rotating cardigans on most days since it's easy to throw on and super comfortable. I loved the rust color of this cardigan, I thought it was perfect for the colder months (and happened to match the brick walls well!). Plus it's light weight and super soft which makes it perfect for laying in the winter. The tank top is a super good deal at only $12 and is non maternity plus it's long and tight which perfect for a growing bump! 

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Grey Quilted Sweater

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


I have definitely hit the stage where my non maternity jeans do not fit anymore. I wore them this past weekend to run errands and couldn't wait to get home to take them off. I have already purchased one pair of maternity jeans and thought I could get by with just the one pair but we will see. 

Unlike my normal jeans, this sweatshirt is perfect for a growing bump! I can still make a lot of my tops work but I know eventually that will change too, which is why I love this sweatshirt. The sides have zippers on them which will be perfect to adjust the sweatshirt as the bump grows! Plus it was 50% so it was a no brainer. I'm trying hard to really only buy a few true "maternity" pieces and instead make my current wardrobe work with the growing belly or purchase items I know I can wear without a bump as well. 

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First Trimester Must Haves

Monday, January 9, 2017

I've read a lot of blogs, watched a lot of Youtube vides, and spoken to countless friends and family members who have been pregnant so I am well aware that pregnancy is super different for everyone, but this was my experience. I've seen those weekly pregnancy questionaries floating around the internet so I've decided to kind of make my own! I'm planning to do this only a few times, probably after each trimester with my recommendations for what helped me! 
My first trimester I was incredibly tried all the time but not sleepy tired more like full body exhaustion and all I wanted to do was lie down. I worked out and was active as often as I could be without overdoing it. There was one Barre class right after I found out we were expecting where I'm pretty sure I was seconds away from passing out. Luckily the instructor was about 7 months pregnant so she totally got it but it was still super embarrassing. I definitely learned to listen to my body a lot more after that experience. I started to take things slower and lower the weights I was doing previous to being pregnant. 
While I was lucky that I never actually got sick, aka threw up, I did feel incredibly nauseous every single day. If you've ever been hung over, that is exactly what it felt like to me, only it never went away. It was definitely worse when I went long stretches without eating so I tried to snack every few hours, even if all I could stomach was some salty crackers. 
Weight Gain:
I stayed the same pre-pregnancy weight for the entire first trimester. However, since I was working out way less my guess is I did actually gain a little weigh but also lost muscle mass, so it all evened out. 
I craved everything bland and salty, intriguing I know :) Salt bagels with butter was my jam. I also craved a lot of Asian style food; Chinese, sushi (minus the raw fish), Thai, Ramen. Which was odd since typically I do not like that food at all. I think it was the most likely the high levels of salt. I couldn't stomach any meat, I tried as hard as I could to get one serving down a day for the babe but it was a struggle. Also most all vegetables, especially salad, was not something I could stomach. 
I didn't show at all during the first trimester, kept it very easy to hide! 
 I could be wrong (maybe I should double check with Mike ;) ) but I don't remember being moody at all. I was my normal balance of happy/sad/anxious/etc. However, I do think I got more emotional when reading/hearing other people's stories of being pregnant, giving birth, etc. 
Okay, now on to the good stuff! My first trimester must haves:
Stretch-Mark Cream and Body Oil - I couldn't decide which one to get, so I purchased both. I use both daily, the lotion after I shower and the oil before I get into bed at night. The oil at night is my favorite routine since I ever so slightly feel like I'm at the spa. I am about half way through both, so they definitely last a while! 
Lindy's Italian Ice - Life. Savers. While I craved mostly salty things, I also had an unquenchable thirst. These bad boys were a nightly ritual and helped with the thirst, nauseous, and the fruity juice was amazing. I prefer these over the Luigi's, which I loved when I was little. I feel like they were less creamy (oh yeah, I also hated all diary) and more natural tasting. 
Lavender Essential Oil - My brother and his girlfriend gave me a diffuser for my birthday last year and ever since I've loved diffusing oils at night. The lavender has always been a favorite but especially during the first trimester. It was calming, relaxing, and added to that spa like feeling from the body oil. 
Leggings - Since pajamas are not acceptable to wear out of the house, I lived (and continue to live) in leggings. They are comfortable, stretchy, and you can look put together with them on. Since I was constantly feeling horrible, getting the energy to look nice was low on my list. Leggings helped. This brand is my favorite and they go high, so I'm hoping they fit for most of the pregnancy! 
Good 'ole H20 - If you're ever wondering if just maybe you're pregnant, ask yourself? Am I drinking more water in one day than I normally drink in a week? If yes, maybe get you're self a test. That is exactly what happened to me and the thirst has not subsided. I'm notoriously bad at drinking water and even though I was constantly thirsty, it was still a struggle to drink water. (I know, it makes no sense). So having a water bottle with a straw made it better for me. Also get a big water bottle. 
What to Expect App - Just like the book our mom's read, only now in a convenient app! I actually use this one and the Baby Center app. They both essentially do the same thing but have slightly differently information so I like to look at them both. They tell you how big your baby is, how it's changing/growing that week, and there are even forums you can join and chat in with other moms in the same week as you! 
Prenatal Vitamins - I love this vitamin brand so purchasing their prenatal was a no-brainer. They taste like grapefruit and give me and the babe all the extra folic acid and other things are necessary to grow-baby-grow! 
Okay, I think that is it! I am a few weeks into the second trimester now and already feeling so much better! I would love to know if any of you have must-haves for the second or third trimester, please share! 
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Oatmeal Duster

Friday, January 6, 2017

H&M Duster, not online (Similar) / Black Top / Leggings / Booties / Sunglasses / Necklace / Louis Vuitton Speedy 30

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope everyone had an amazing holiday and are enjoying the New Year so far. Mike and I took off the whole week in-between Christmas and New Years, which I had never done before. We didn't have any travel plans besides short distances to visit family and friends, which was amazing. We spent time with my extended family, celebrated Christmas morning with my parents and Christmas night with Mike's parents. We spent time with my brother and Mike's brother, hosted a small NYE party, and went to a 1st birthday party for the cutest little nugget. We ended up being incredibly busy every day so it wasn't as relaxing as I imagined but still such a nice treat to not have to work! 

If you saw my last post, you'll know that Mike and I are expecting and are so excited! I plan to share my first trimester must-haves next week so if you're newly pregnant, make sure to stop by! Dressing has been getting harder and harder for me as time goes on which is obviously expected. I'm not "showing" yet and my normal clothes still fit but the pants are definitely getting snug so I've found myself in leggings almost any time I need to look presentable. Right before Christmas I stopped into H&M quick looking for a certain present and only walked out with this Cardigan. I love the length, the color, and the pockets! It's perfect for staying warm on a cold chilly day since it's essentially like you have a blanket on you at all times. The duster definitely has the ability to make one look larger, which when already feeling big, isn't necessarily the best, so I paired it with a black tee and black leggings to slim it down a little. I actually wore this outfit 4 times over the past week #noshame. While I couldn't find the exact duster online, I did link a few similar ones I'm loving below! 

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