Thursday, April 16, 2015

20 Week Bumpdate!






Top c /o: Pink Blush Maternity (similar)// Jeans c /o: Pink Blush Maternity// Shoes c /o: Aeropostale

Finding out Gender: When we found out baby was a boy it was the funniest moment ever! Don't get me wrong it was SUCH a happy moment but it was funny. Funny because EVERYONE thought this baby was a girl. Minus 2 people. So looking over at Kev when the ultrasound tech told us BOY his face looked kind of confused and then SO SO happy! Then I started crying because oh a boy! A momma's boy! My families reactions were all…"Really?" haha. I would be lying if I said it didn't take some time to get used to the thought. But now I just love this little boy more than anything! A BOY!

Baby's growth: Baby H is now 12.5 ounces…almost ONE pound! During our recent ultrasound we got to see all his important parts and know that he is developing perfectly and growing right on track. I can't explain the relief of that ultra sound! He is getting so big and now I feel him moving all day long! That has been the funnest experience! But he is definitely a wild one and I am nervous about when he gets even bigger. I'm going to be in trouble! 

Momma's Growth: I have FINALLY put on a few pounds! 6 to be exact! Never would I have thought that putting on weight would be a happy moment haha. Also, this belly is growing away but thankfully still no stretch marks to be found!  I just keep buttering myself up with Tummy Butter and keeping my fingers crossed! Watching my body change is surprisingly such a happy thing!

Symptoms: I am finally no longer 24/7 nauseous and sick. It is such a joyous moment to enjoy some foods again! There are still moments where nothing sounds good or tastes good. For the most part though food has become not a hated thing! For some reason though I still really hate veggies…which is really sad to me! Another happy thing is that I can brush my teeth again without taking breaks to breathe so I don't vomit. Yick! 
The last two weeks I have been having braxton hicks. I had no idea they could happen this early and sheesh they are not comfortable. My whole stomach gets SO tight for about 30 seconds- 1 minute and it happens a couple times in an hour and then goes away until the next day. My doctor reassured me that because I am "so lean and tiny" it's not a surprise that I am already feeling these. Also…bonus to be called lean and tiny when your stomach is expanding away! haha! 

Sleeping: I am still SO congested always. Especially when I sleep. So breathe right nose strips are still saving my life! I also sleep every night all wrapped up in my maternity pillow. That thing is AMAZING! So amazing! My hips and back have been less sore since I started using one and that has been so helpful! 

Second Trimester Thoughts: It is SO crazy how different my second trimester has been from the first. First trimester I was almost positive I never wanted to do this again haha. Second has made me WAY more excited to experience pregnancy and everything has been a lot more enjoyable! 

I cannot wait to keep growing and to see what the next 20 weeks will bring! By the end it will bring us our sweet little baby H!! ah!

xo




Monday, April 13, 2015

Spring Time Floral






Dress c /o: Pink Blush Maternity// Cardigan c /o: Pink Blush Maternity

Well it's official! We are half way through this pregnancy and just that much closer to meeting this sweet little boy of ours. I absolutely love how much I have been feeling him move lately. It always puts a smile on my face to know he is in there just partying away! What I did not enjoy however was the other day when I hadn't felt him move at all. I was so distraught. I knew there was probably nothing to worry about but as a mother I already felt the uneasiness that maybe something was wrong with my sweet boy. It is SO crazy just how attached and in love you can feel with this little being growing inside of you. I would do anything for him. 

So in true mama bear fashion we were lucky enough to check on him that night with the help of our friends cousin who happens to be a midwife. She reassured me his heart beat was perfect and that the reason I wasn't feeling him is because he was spine to spine with me and so it was too hard to feel his little movements. But his heartbeat was strong and so I felt so much better.

She told me that when I need to feel baby move that I need to drink cold apple or orange juice and lay on my side on the couch with no distractions and count his movements. There should be around 10 in the hour. So for all you expecting mamas out there if you feel concerned try this trick! Or if you just want to feel your baby move a bit more do it! 

I went home, drank some juice, laid down on the couch with Kev and a bit later I felt baby H move back to his normal spot and then he proceeded to kick kick kick away well into the night. 

I love this little boy of ours oh so much. I can't wait for our Doctor appointment this week where we will get to see him again and I guarantee I will probably cry like always. Being pregnant truly is such a miracle and I am trying to not take it for granted and really take every experience in. Now I definitely don't ever take feeling him move for granted at all. I have an even bigger smile on my face these days when he is kicking around in there.

I am also REALLY loving dressing this bump! A LOT more than I expected! It is fun to see this baby bump grow and so much fun to see what I can wear that really flatters this changing body of mine! This dress is my FAVOURITE thing to wear right now! So comfy, so cute, so perfect for Spring time! 

And heck…maxis are in whether you are pregnant or not! WIN!

xoxo

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Comfy Cozy Spring Time





Tee c /o: Joah Brown// Sweater c /o: Aeropostale// Leggings c /o: Agnes and Dora// Gold stone necklace c /o: Fifth and Mae 

Well it's officially rainy spring time here. It's been gloomy and misty out but hey I don't so much mind the rain. Other than that we have a busy few weeks ahead of us! We are moving this weekend…which I seriously hate moving. K more like I HATE packing. Also, things just aren't the same with a sore body and extra weight on your belly. By the end of a full day packing yesterday my back felt like it had been run over by a bus. I'm probably being dramatic but hey it didn't feel great! 

Once we move, we are headed to San Francisco to visit family and for Kev to work. I can't wait for a little break from reality! I live for breaks from reality! Especially if there are palm trees and a cute nephew involved! 

So that's about all there is to it right now. Baby brain can really result in writers block sometimes…So happy hump day! Almost the weekend. We can do it!

xoxo

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

To Maternity Pants or To Not Maternity Pants…That is the question.







Tee c /o: Fevrie// Jeans c /o: Pink Blush// Watch c /o: Daniel Wellington

A sad thing happened on the weekend. I was getting ready to go to a BBQ and I thought well I could probably put my regular jeans on. Things went well until I went to button them up. They buttoned up BUT they were pretty dang uncomfortable. Kev heard some squeals and asked if I was ok. I replied…." I'm getting faaaaaat" He laughed and said…." No, the baby is getting fat! It's great!" Hahaha. Yes Yes it IS great and I wore the pants anyways…unbuttoning them part way thru…ha. I'm not surprised it has happened so soon. This baby of ours sits SO SO low so my stomach sticks out the most right where my pants button. Little stinker. Luckily though I already had these awesome maternity jeans from Pink Blush Maternity and so the answer my friends is to maternity pants. They are so extremely comfortable and I love wearing them! And like my friend so nicely said…"Lauren, you can't be a size 0 forever." 

Sigh…. I will give it up but only for this baby who is starting to move like crazy! eek! 

Now moving on to the not maternity article of clothing. This shirt! I saw it on XoMrsMeasom and like a pregnancy craving knew I had to have it! Yes, I did just compare clothes to food. Craving either is basically the same thing for me! But hey can you blame me? This top is perfect for Spring! Its lace and comfy and cute! A must have! So gooooo get it!

Oh, and a happy hump day to ya!

xoxo

Monday, March 30, 2015

0-14 Weeks



*I am now well into my second trimester but I wanted to document the first and now reading back I can see just how different I feel now compared to then. Thank goodness!*

When we found out: New Years Eve day. I FINALLY gave in and took a pregnancy test that morning after a couple weeks of wondering if we were pregnant or not. If I am anything, it is stubborn and I just couldn't give in and take that test! I wanted to be pregnant SO bad that I was terrified of seeing a no. So at about 6 weeks pregnant I took a test. haha I am so ridiculous. Low and behold it was a very fast positive.

How I told Kev: Well he obviously knew I was weeks late and he was the one telling me "Lauren YOU ARE PREGNANT!" haha. But I took the test alone in the morning while he slept. Then I wrote a cute note and placed it on the table along with the test and a cute onesie and waited for him to wake up. And waited….and waited…. But his face was priceless and that moment is something I will never forget!

Symptoms: I have basically had every symptom in the book. The very night we found out I was pregnant I spent on the bathroom floor. Before that I had like a weird kind of nausea that I felt like was butterflies all the time but more uncomfortable. Since the first night of puking it has been pretty rough though. Morning sickness should just be called ALL DAY SICKNESS. It is worse at night for me but it sticks around most of the day.

Other than "morning" sickness I have had headaches, pregnancy rhinitis, bloody noses, bloody gums, vivid dreams, restless nights…I mean you name it so far I've got it. Which has made the last few months very interesting and hard. Oh and cannot forget cravings! It is really weird to have literally NOTHING sound yummy or appetizing and then all the sudden only ONE thing sounds even stomachable at all and I HAVE to eat it right then! One thing I crave is milk….and normally I HATE milk.

Weight gain: 1.5 lbs (I have still yet to gain more than 3 lbs…but I guess thats what happens when you have a strictly hate relationship with food)

Sleep: Basically non existent. I like to think I am naturally preparing myself for baby to come…but come on… it's not fair to not sleep before the baby is here. Just not fair at all. Between the peeing and hip pain and not being able to breathe out my nose…bleh! Sleep is the least fun part of my day. JK throwing up is. * Sleep tips from me now that I have learned a thing or two… BREATHE RIGHT NASAL STRIPS will save your life. Also a pregnancy pillow. You should own one even if you aren't pregnant. For reals.*

And that is my First Trimester Update! So glad to be into my second and feeling better! Can't wait to write down my Second Trimester Update soon!

xoxo

P.S. If you entered the Freshly Picked Giveaway the winner will be contacted later today!! kisses!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Dressing the little baby bump






Top c /o: Joah Brown// Jeans c /o: Pink Blush Maternity
Photography: Lori Romney Photography// Lashes: LayersNLashes

Watching this little bump grow is kind of surreal! I know it might not look very significant to others but it has grown and grown and also has a LONG way to go while this baby gets chunkier! It's a serious miracle to me that this body of mine has the ability to do all of this. It is also such an amazing blessing that I am able to experience these body changes. Some are positive…one word…*boobs* and this growing baby bump! Others are a bit more painful and irritating. Like aching hips and not one comfortable sleeping position. Either way it is a miracle that I am beyond grateful for!

Since we JUST decided to announce welcoming this little one in to our family, the last month or so has been really hard to dress. Only close family and friends knew. So whenever we went somewhere where people didn't know, Kev would say "Don't look pregnant/Don't act pregnant" haha. Super hard when you look like you have a constant food baby….and also really trying to not upchuck in front of everyone. 

Now that the news is out I am SO excited to start showing of this bump a bit more! Dressing has been hard because it's a weird in between stage where non maternity clothes just do not fit quite right or look quite right at all. They are uncomfortable by the end of the day and I just don't feel great in them. But most maternity clothes are just a tie bit too large.

So I have been searching hard for maternity clothes that fit and also non maternity clothes that work and feel comfy! 

Believe it or not this top is NOT a maternity shirt! I absolutely love the way it fits and how it makes this bump look really cute! It is so so comfy and umm it's grey soooo theres that! 
Now the jeans are maternity jeans and I freaking adore them! They fit great in the legs and bum and hips and then there are no buttons which means no digging into you in weird places! Win Win if you ask me! 

I CANNOT wait to keep dressing this bump and finding new ways to make non maternity work and also bring in a lot more maternity pieces! There is some really really cute stuff out there and I cannot wait to wear it! 

xoxo

Monday, March 23, 2015

It's Baby Time + A Freshly Picked Giveaway!




Moccasins c / o: Freshly Picked

SURPRISE!!!

Baby BOY Hiatt is coming in August and we just couldn't be more excited and in love with him already! 

This pregnancy has been a bit of a roller coaster. Baby has always been healthy BUT me on the other hand….oh man have I been sick. The other day my sister sent me a picture that said… "Being pregnant is the single most wonderful, beautiful and best reason to ALWAYS feel like crap." Hahaha. I just could not agree more with that! I wouldn't change being pregnant with this sweet little spirit. I already love him more than I ever thought possible!

And since I also adore you all and I want to celebrate this fun time in our lives with all of you! Freshly Picked and I have teamed up to bring you an awesome giveaway!! If you have a little in your life they NEED a pair of these moccasins. They are of the best quality and also the cutest colours and patterns you have ever seen! So enter below and help us celebrate baby Hiatt!

xoxo