I can’t even believe I am in my 3rd trimester already!? This pregnancy is just flying by! I thought I would do a little 28 week bumpdate with some of the questions I have gotten lately and also share some of my favorite things this pregnancy. This pregnancy really feels a lot like my first except I am WAY more tired from chasing around a busy toddler all day. A lot of my favorite things though were things I also used on my first pregnancy so they are worth the investment. Let’s get started!
How far along are you? 28 weeks as of Sunday. Baby is as big as an eggplant and about 2 lbs already!
How much weight have you gained? So far I’ve gained 12 lbs. I gain most of my baby weight closer to the end. I only gained 22 lbs with Olivia though so I think I’ll end up around there again this time.
Are you working out? Yes and no. No I have not been to the gym in forever, but yes I do a lot of walks with my daughter and we have a German Shepherd so she needs a lot of walks too. I honestly keep so busy every day chasing after my toddler and picking her up all day long so I think I get a pretty good workout in everyday without really trying.
How are you feeling? Overall I feel really good. I am one of those girls that loves being pregnant and I will take on anything bad as long as it means my baby is good and healthy. My only complaints this pregnancy have been the heartburn which has gotten super bad lately, and the insomnia. I feel like I am up most of the night which is hard but I have been taking a nap pretty much every day so that helps.
Any cravings? Pretty much just carbs! I don’t get a big appetite when pregnant, I feel like I get full so fast so I have to eat smaller meals and I’ve been having more snacks. I was having a hard time gaining enough weight in the beginning so I started having a multi-grain english muffin in the morning with peanut butter and a few dark chocolate chips on top and it’s really helped add the extra fat and calories I needed to help with the weight gain. It keeps me full for a while too!
Any aversions? I still can’t stand bananas this pregnancy. The smell just makes me sick. And ketchup too! Yuck! I’ve been having a hard time eating grilled chicken as well as eggs unless they are very well done. I think it’s a texture thing. I am able to eat icecream this pregnancy so that’s been fun!
Do you have a name? We are still talking about a few names but we will be keeping her name to ourselves until she is here with us. We did that with Olivia as well and it made it more special when we announced her birth.
I think that’s about it for the questions I’ve gotten so far other then my favorite pregnancy items which I have included here as well!
Pregnancy pillow Hands down my favorite pregnancy product! I had one for my first pregnancy and loved it so much so I got a new one this pregnancy pretty early on. It really helps with staying as comfortable as possible at night and I don’t think I could sleep without it. Totally worth every penny!
Water cup I have loved this cup for so long! One of my favorite bloggers raved about how amazing it was so I ordered it right away and use it pretty much every day. I can only drink water if it’s super ice cold and this cup keeps my drink nice and cold all day long. It’s 32oz so it’s easy for me to keep track of my water intake each day too and it still fits nicely in my cup holder in the car as well as my stroller so I take it everywhere I go.
Belly lotion I am a strong believer in lots of lotion to keep my belly soft and moisturized to avoid stretch marks. I used this my entire first pregnancy and I did not get any stretch marks so I started using it again as soon as I found out I was pregnant this time. The price is really good and I feel like it works just as good as the expensive brands.
Comfy jammies I have had these for a while as well but they are my favorite while pregnant because they are so soft and comfy. I just ordered another pair because I know they will be really good and nursing friendly once baby is here.
The BEST leggings These have been my favorites for a long time as well but I feel like I wear them so much more this pregnancy. They are very flattering and high waisted so I haven’t needed to invest in maternity leggings yet. They do make these in maternity as well but they are rarely ever in stock.
Favorite tanks- These tanks are the best for layering! They are non-maternity but they are nice and long and perfect for layering under sweaters and flannels. They come in black and white and I have a few of each color to rotate. They are a good buy at $10 too!
Maternity jeans- I feel like you don’t need to spend a lot on maternity jeans for them to be stylish. You really don’t wear them that long to invest a lot into them, in my opinion. Old Navy has a lot of cute options and I just ordered THESE black ones and I’m excited to wear them.
Little black dress- My favorite little black dress works perfect while pregnant too! Typically I’m a small in these but I have the black one in a medium so it can grow with my baby bump. This dress also comes in a short sleeve version that is nice for spring and summer.
Belly band- I have these in black and white and I used them a lot in the beginning of my pregnancy to be able to stay in my jeans as long as possible. Now that my bump is pretty big it’s just more comfortable to be in maternity jeans.
Tums- I had to include my Tums because they are the real MVP of this pregnancy LOL! Seriously though, I don’t think I’d get by without them. The berry flavor is the only one I can eat but they really are a life saver with this terrible heartburn. I even have a little travel container that I refill and keep in my diaper bag because you just never know what will trigger the heartburn.
One of the highlights of 2018 for our family was visiting Dubai and Cape Town. I’m sorry it’s taken me so long for the 2nd part of this post, but I’m finally sharing all the details on the second part of our family vacation. I always get asked why did we go to Cape Town and why would we bring our toddler? I think Cape Town is so absolutely beautiful it really should be on everyone’s bucket list… whether you are traveling with kids or not. If you are traveling with little ones, you should never let that hold you back from doing what you want to do or going where you want to go. You can always make it work and even though the kids won’t remember, you will remember everything and you will have pictures and stories to tell them for a long time! So my last post HERE I talked all about the first part of our trip which was to Dubai. In case you haven’t read the first part of our trip, we traveled from California to Dubai which was a layover on the way to Cape Town.
The flight from Dubai to Cape Town was kind of a long one. It was 9.5 hours and it was a daytime flight which meant Olivia was up most of the time. I always recommend timing flights around your kids sleeping schedule if you can, it just makes things so much easier for everyone. Kids adapt so easily and can sleep pretty much everywhere, but it’s a lot harder to entertain a nearly 2 year old for that long. She had her fussy moments but we got through it with lots of movies, her favorite TV show, coloring, playing with her cars and many, many trips down the isles of the plane haha. I was 14 weeks pregnant I think when we went on our trip so I had to get up and walk a bunch anyway. I will do a whole post soon on traveling internationally with a toddler. I feel like each time we fly far with Olivia I streamline things to make it easier for the next trip. I love sharing tips for traveling with kids so others can see how much fun it can be. Make sure to check on any travel regulations when traveling to other countries you are not familiar with too. South Africa for instance, you need to be sure to bring your child’s birth certificate along with a passport to travel into or out of the country.
We stayed at the Marriott Protea North Wharf and rented a car right at the airport. It honestly wasn’t one of the nicest Marriott’s we have stayed in, but the rooms were really big and had kitchenettes which was convenient when traveling with kids. We also liked the location of this hotel, you have to be careful where you stay because some areas can be a little sketchy, especially at night. Our hotel had a garage with a guard so we knew our car was safe on the property.
Camps Bay Beach
One of the best things we did was take a day long road trip all down the coast and stop at the most beautiful places along the way. Once you get out of the city you truly see the beauty of Cape Town! Camps Bay Beach was our first stop and we could have stayed here all day! With the white sand beaches and cute little cafes and restaurants along the main strip there was really something for everyone. We had a smoothie at one of the local shops then continued on to the next part of our trip.
Chapman’s Peak Drive
The Chapman’s Peak Drive was absolutely gorgeous! It was a small road through the mountains overlooking the water. Around every turn was another turnout to pull over and take pictures. We spent a lot of time during this part of our drive and I’m so glad we did. Make sure to bring local cash with you as there are tolls on this road and they do not accept foreign credit cards, only South Africa credit cards. So if you are not able to pay you wouldn’t be able to do the whole drive.
Boulder Beach was another stop on our road trip that was probably Olivia’s favorite! She LOVED seeing the penguins on the beach and riding the waves into the shore. I was a little disappointed you couldn’t get too close to them but they did have really nice walking paths to lead you out to the beach so the penguins would not be disturbed. There were a lot of little street vendors in this area so if you like that sort of thing this is a great place to look for your souvenirs.
Cape of Good Hope
The Cape of Good Hope it a total bucketlist place to see! It’s the very southern most tip of the African Peninsula and boy was it windy! We had a hard time even standing up but it was so amazing just being there you really wanted to take in the moment. There was a hike up the side of the mountain in this spot too that would have been so amazing to do, it was just way to windy for us to do that with a toddler in tow. There is also an area with a restaurant and gift shop which was a nice stopping point for us. But you really had to be aware of the wild baboons that roam in this area. Some of them are huge and they are very fast and I was actually a little bit scared of them. I included a pic of one that jumped from one car to the hood of our SUV. They were very cool to see but from a distance.
Table Mountain is another must see while visiting Cape Town. You can buy your tickets in advance or you can purchase them right at the desk. We decided to buy them at the desk so we could make sure the weather was good on the day we decided to go. If it’s too cloudy you won’t have clear views from the top. Tickets were very reasonably priced and there is a tram ride to the top of the mountain. From the top the views were absolutely stunning! Pictures just cannot even do it justice. I would recommend booking your tickets on the day of and make sure to get there early, it can get very crowded.
So really my favorite thing we did in Cape Town was a sunset hike to Lions Head. Just a warning this is a pretty serious hike and you should not attempt to go all the way up unless you are an experienced hiker. It can get pretty steep in spots and can be very dangerous. Our plan was for my husband to carry Olivia in the front pack for the hike like he usually does, but when we got here she was flipping out and screaming and crying and would only let me carry her. We tried to put her on my back and she was not having it so I had no choice but to wear her in the front pack. I didn’t want to miss out on this great adventure and who knows if we will ever make it back to Cape Town or not. My husband and I agreed that we would go as far as I felt comfortable and when I was done or if it got too dangerous that we would head back. I will say that the beginning was very hard to get moving being pregnant, carrying a toddler and going for a huge hike but I just stopped and rested a bunch until I got into my groove and then I felt great! There were a few parts of the hike that I had to go really slow and we never made it to the very top which I was a little disappointed in. But the closer you get to the top the steeper and more dangerous it gets and I just did not feel comfortable after a certain point, plus I did not want to be hiking down the mountain after dark for fear of falling or sliding on the rocks. We still got to see the sunset from pretty high up and made friends with some locals so it was such a great night! I got mad props from many experienced hikers for doing the hike carrying a toddler so I felt like Super Mom! This hike would also be really pretty early in the morning too! The pictures just do not do it justice!
Groot Constantia Winery
One of the things I really wanted to do when we planned our trip was go wine tasting! South Africa has some of the best wineries in the world! Since I was pregnant for our trip I wasn’t able to go wine tasting like I wanted, but I did want to buy a bottle to have for after baby arrives this spring. Groot Constantia is one of the oldest wineries in the world dating back to 1685. I did get to take a few sips of a few wines and we ended up going home with 6 bottles haha! If you are planning on going wine tasting on your trip this is the place to go. Everyone was so knowledgable and their wines have won countless awards. There is a beautiful restaurant on sight and it’s for sure a full days worth.
This beach is known for it’s colorful beach huts right on the water so of course we had to stop for some pics. We didn’t spend too much time in this area but we really enjoy just driving around and stopping a bunch when we do vacations like this. We truly had the most amazing time in Cape Town and I would go back in a heart beat!
ITS A GIRL!! We are so excited to add another sweet baby girl to our family this April! I honestly thought the whole time the baby was a girl until my 20 week ultrasound and anatomy scan. We told the tech we did not want to know the baby’s gender but she said “he” twice during our appointment and was acting very funny about us seeing certain areas on the screen, so after that appointment I totally thought we were going to have a little boy! I was actually upset thinking she ruined the surprise for us and my husband kept saying medically they refer to the baby as “he” and it didn’t mean anything but I really thought otherwise. That’s why I was shocked when we opened the box and pink balloons came out! I thought for sure they would be blue. Although it didn’t matter to me either way, I’m just so blessed and thankful to be able to be pregnant again and to be able to give Olivia a sibling.
Some people have wondered why we decided to find out the baby’s gender now instead of waiting until delivery like we had originally planned. I wasn’t feeling as close to this baby as I had felt with Olivia when I was pregnant with her and I wasn’t sure if it was just my hormones, or that I didn’t know who was in there so I couldn’t fully prepare myself for the future, or if it was just that caring for a super busy toddler didn’t leave me any time to really enjoy this pregnancy as I did my first. Plus when Black Friday came around I was sad I couldn’t really buy baby anything… there was no clothing gender neutral that I really liked. So I talked to my husband about everything and really thought knowing if I had a son or daughter in there could really help me prepare for our future and allow me to start shopping for the baby and really getting excited about it and he was totally on board with whatever I wanted to do. But we wanted to do it in a fun way to include Olivia and since she loves balloons and the beach we figured why not do a fun little reveal for her there. It was honestly so cheap to create and a good friend took some pics for us so we could keep things as casual as possible. I’m so glad we have these little special memories to look back on and I am SO excited to be a girl mom!
We’ve been keeping a little secret….. we are having a baby!! I am so excited I could just cry! We had such a long 3 year battle when trying to get pregnant with Olivia I was praying this time around things would be different, but I was mentally prepared for the possible challenges we could have to face again. Thankfully it only took us 6 months to get pregnant this time around. Our prayers were truly answered and I am so grateful to be able to get pregnant for the 2nd time. We are currently 14 weeks along and I am finally past the dreaded first trimester. I hope this explains why I have been a little MIA from social media and my blog. I hope to be back to posting a lot more regularly now that I am feeling better. Thanks for sticking with me through all the craziness! I thought it would be fun to share a little about this pregnancy so here goes!
HOW FAR ALONG ARE YOU? I am currently 14 weeks and baby is the size of a peach!
HOW ARE YOU FEELING? I’m not going to lie, the first 3 months of this pregnancy were rough. Luckily I was not as nauseous or sick as my first pregnancy, but I have been so exhausted! And I don’t mean just tired, I mean exhausted! Some days I felt like I could barely get through the day. Whenever Olivia would lay down for her nap I would have to relax on the couch for an hour just to get through the day. Now that I am going into the 2nd trimester I’m finally getting some energy back and no longer feel so run down and exhausted.
ARE YOU STILL WORKING OUT? Currently I am not. I honestly just have not had the energy for it plus I just get overly anxious the first trimester. Because of what’s happened in the past I am always a little scared to do anything major the first trimester for fear of something really bad happening. I felt the same way my first pregnancy. Personally I just feel better taking it easy the first trimester and listening to my body. The 2nd and 3rd trimester I will be back to walking a few miles a day and doing some squats and lunges too.
WHEN ARE YOU DUE? We we are due the beginning of April! I’m excited for a spring baby!
DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE HAVING? We do not! And we are not going to find out this time around. I know people think we are crazy for doing that but honestly it doesn’t matter to me if we have a boy or a girl and this may be one of the last big surprises of our lives. So I want to hold onto the excitement of not knowing and wait until we are in the delivery room to find out! I figure if we have another girl I already have soooo much stuff, and if I have a little boy my sister-in-law has a ton of stuff for me so I am set! I was all worried about having the nursery all ready and everything perfect the first time around and then it was 6 months before Olivia was sleeping in her room so there really is no rush. All of our big items we bought neutral so I am good to go.
HOW MUCH WEIGHT HAVE YOU GAINED SO FAR? I believe I’ve only gained about 3 lbs but it sure feels like a lot more than that. I am showing so much faster this time around so it was getting harder and harder to hide my belly. I wasn’t in maternity jeans until about 6 months the first time around but I think I will be in them in the next few weeks this time.
ANY CRAVINGS? Only carbs and comfort food for me… I wish I could eat more healthy right now but nothing sounds really good except sandwiches with eggs and cheese, bagels and cream cheese and french toast. Trying to control the carb cravings though! And I can’t get enough ice cold water!
ANY AVERSIONS? Bananas… I can’t stand the smell of them right now! UGH! My first pregnancy I couldn’t look at chicken, smell it or eat it… this time I have been ok with a lot more things and I don’t have the indigestion like I did before… fingers crossed because it may just come a little later. I am also better with dairy this time around. Last pregnancy I couldn’t eat icecream without throwing up.
DO YOU HAVE A NAME PICKED OUT? Not yet, we are still talking about a few that we like for each gender. We will know by the time he or she is here though. We will be keeping the name a secret until he/she is here just like last time.
I think that’s about all the questions I’ve gotten so far! I’m honestly just so thankful to be pregnant again I am enjoying every moment! Thank you to everyone that reached out with your well wishes. It truly means the world to me!
How gorgeous are all these flowers!? Seriously hard to believe this place is real! I’ve always wanted to visit the flower fields in Carlsbad but for one reason or another, we’ve never been before! So this year for Mother’s Day my hubby asked what I wanted to do and I said right away the flower fields! Oh my gosh it was sooooo beautiful! It really was the perfect day with my little mini and all these flowers! If you’ve never been before make sure you go! They are only open from March through early May and Mother’s Day was actually the last day this year. It was VERY crowded and we got there just after opening time, but still so worth it! I highly recommend! Everyone was so nice and everyone kept wishing each other a Happy Mother’s Day. It was very sweet.
I decided to dress Olivia and I pretty casual because it was chilly and there was so much dirt but I kind of wish I would have dressed us up a little more and worn dresses for pictures. There’s always next year I guess. My outfit is one of my go-to looks, so comfy and casual but still trendy. These jeans are my favs and are under $70. And I’m always reaching for this Free People top. It’s nice and flowy and white and can be dressed up or down easily. It’s so comfy. It does run really big though, I’m wearing an XS for reference.
Hi babes! I have been slacking big time on my blog and Instagram lately and for that I am so sorry! Honestly it gets tough sometimes trying to put new outfits together and remix what I have on a stay at home mom budget. I see so many bloggers buying new things all the time and constantly having new outfits to post about and I was starting to feel down, so I took a little break from social media and reminded myself what’s really important in life. It’s not all the material things, it’s being able to stay home and watch my baby grow up that’s the most important thing to me. I still continue to live everyday with my little girl being present and in the moment. And if that means not being able to check Instagram in a few days or post to my blog as often as I would like then I’m ok with that. I am looking forward to getting back to posting more regularly though and showing how you don’t have to spend a lot of money to look stylish. It’s all about investing in the right pieces to mix and match your wardrobe. Basics are life! HAHA!
Anyhow, these last few months Olivia and I have had the opportunity to travel quite a bit, both with my husband on work trips and back east to visit family. I’ve written a post before sharing some tips on flying with a baby but I’ve noticed a lot has changed since Olivia has grown into a busy toddler. I thought it might be helpful to other mamas traveling alone with little ones to share some things that have worked for me in all our recent travels. I know these pics are old, they are from November when we went to Paris for Olivia’s first birthday, but I realized I never shared them on my blog before and they are some of my favorites!
1. If you don’t already have a backpack diaper bag, do yourself a favor and get one ASAP! I recently got THIS one and I’m honestly not sure why I waited so long to get one! It makes traveling so much easier since both of your hands are free to chase after your always-on-the-go toddler. Make sure to pack some disinfecting wipes to wipe down EVERYTHING on the plane and they are nice to be able to wipe down cribs, remotes, and pretty much everything if you stay at a hotel. It’s always handy to have some little packs of tissues too.
2. Make sure to bring plenty of snacks and drinks for your babe. On our last trip to Florida, our first flight was delayed which made us miss our connection so we had to be put on a different flight unexpectedly. We had to wait at the airport for 6 hours before our new direct flight would depart and I was so thankful I had a bunch of snacks with me. Airport food is so expensive and I was not expecting to be delayed for 6 hours before another 6 hour flight. Needless to say you always have to expect the unexpected. I picked up one of THESE little bottle coolers and it fits perfectly in my diaper bag for when we travel or even if we’re out and about for the day. When I travel I always bring 2 sippy cups of milk, a yogurt, an applesauce cup, granola bars, fruit snacks and some sort of crunchy snacks for Olivia’s little snack cup. I always like to have lots of variety just in case.
3. Bring a few small toys and activities with you for both in the airport and on the plane. Olivia LOVES cars! So I always bring her 2 favorites with me whenever we travel. I also have a few games on my iphone too that we play if she gets restless. I always make sure to bring her a blanket since most flights get really chilly, and I bring a few of her favorite books since she is all snuggled up in my lap anyway. If you can get your own seat for your babe by all means that would make things so much easier, but sometimes it’s not in the budget so we plan on having Olivia on our laps as long as we can on domestic flights.
4. Invest in a good travel stroller! I’m actually a little stroller obsessed and have 3 different ones that all serve a different purpose. I have my everyday stroller, my jogger and my travel stroller. I did a ton of research before investing in the Uppababy G-Luxe. I wanted something that was lightweight, and folds up small but that was also comfy for Olivia and had some sort of suspension system to make it a smoother ride for her. I do recommend practicing opening and closing the stroller with your toddler in your arms since it can be a little tricky the first few times. I still highly recommend getting a cover like THIS one even while gate checking your stroller. They are cheap and help protect your stroller from damage and bad weather.
5. Try to time flights around your baby’s schedule if at all possible. For short flights it’s not a huge deal but when we fly from California back to the east coast it’s a good 6 hour flight. I try to take a super early morning flight so Olivia will be ready for a nap by the time we get on the plane. I always keep a cup of her milk handy for take off and it really helps with her ears popping.
6. Give yourself plenty of extra time! I’m one of those people who likes to get to the airport super early. You never know how security is, or how long it will take to check your bag, so I always allow extra time just in case. I also always like to buy a big bottle of water before a flight and I like to change Olivia right before we board the plane. I like to find a more empty area somewhere near our gate and get her out of the stroller to run around and play for a while before we board the plane. She’s always more relaxed if I let her get all that energy out. I also highly recommend getting the TSA precheck if you are able to. It is a lifesaver with time and with all the liquids you have to take with kids. And remember, the more you travel, the easier things will get. Getting there is all part of the trip so try to enjoy!
This month my hubby and I celebrated our 9 year wedding anniversary! That’s so crazy to say! It feels like yesterday we were just planning our wedding. We’ve actually been together for 15 years though so that’s really a long time! We’ve pretty much grown up together and I wouldn’t have it any other way! We have so many amazing memories together over the years! Each year we try to do something special for our anniversary and this year we decided to do a weekend road trip somewhere we haven’t been before. Typically we would drive to LA or Vegas or even SF but since we’ve been to all those places so many times before we decided on Scottsdale in Arizona. Scottsdale is about a 6 hour drive from San Diego and that was about the driving limit for us for a weekend trip. We wanted to make sure we did something fun for Olivia this trip too since it seems like most of our vacations are in the cities and she’s stuck in her stroller most of the time.
Roadtrips to me are so much easier than flying when you have kids. You have so much more room to take anything you may need and you don’t have to worry about weight limits on bags or how many bags you can take. I was actually able to take my full size stroller and we took a cooler and snack bag with a ton of snacks and drinks for the trip. Olivia does so good in the car too. I had a few of her favorite toys in her carseat with her and we played some music that she loves including the Frozen soundtrack. My hubby was a good sport with that haha! We also made sure to stop somewhere half way for lunch and get out and stretch. By the time we got to Scottsdale and checked into our room we changed and wanted to go explore a little of downtown. There were so many trendy bars and restaurants to choose from! I couldn’t get over all the unique options. We are not a fan of chain restaurants so it was nice to have so many local options! After dinner we just walked around a little bit before heading back to our room for the night.
We decided to spend most of the day Saturday at the Phoenix Zoo so Olivia would have some fun and be able to walk around a little too. We bought our tickets right at the gate and I think they were only $20 per person, kids free of course. We packed lots of snacks and drinks in our bag so we didn’t have to buy much there. Food in the parks is always so expensive and it’s not a lot of healthy options either. It was so much hotter than we thought it was going to be. I think it was 95 degrees when we were there and it felt like the desert for sure. We stayed for a few hours walking around but a lot of the animals where hiding because of the heat, so once we got through the park we headed out. We planned on going to the pool for a little before dinner but after being in the sun all day we all needed a little rest in the AC. For dinner this night we actually had a gift card for Cheesecake Factory so we found one at the Kierland Commons outdoor mall. This part of the city was so much more kid friendly and there were so many good stores to go to. After dinner we walked around for a while and we all had icecream at one of our favorites, Shake Shack. Olivia made friends with some other kids that were playing and it was such a fun little family night. I highly recommend checking this place out if you have kids. There are also a lot of unique local restaurants here too.
I would highly recommend Scottsdale whether you are going with kids or not. There is so much to do! We can’t wait to go back. I would like to go a little earlier in the year next time so it’s not so hot. I think April is pretty much the cutoff before the weather gets too hot. All summer it’s over 100 degrees and that is just way too hot for us. There are a ton of really nice hotels close to everything and every sort of restaurant you can think of. There’s really something for everyone!
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Can you believe it’s 2018?! I swear the older you get the quicker time flies haha! This year I made the resolution to start taking better care of myself. To get outside more, to eat better, drink more water and just get back into really good shape. I think it will make me feel better which in turn will make me be a better wife, mother and friend. I used to be a total gym rat and I loved to work out so much. During our whole struggle to get pregnant and then during my pregnancy I kind of lost that part of me. It’s crazy what infertility struggles can do to you both mentally and physically.
I’m so ready to get myself back on track and start taking better care of myself. I’ve been working out regularly for a few weeks now and I already feel so much better. Sometimes it’s just a few changes here and there that can make a huge difference at the end of the week. I’m sharing a few tips here that have worked so far for helping me get back on track. Hopefully they will help you too!
1. Get moving- So this is probably the biggest tip! Even if you don’t like the gym or if you are intimidated by the gym and all the equipment, just start walking outside. I walked miles and miles every day when I was pregnant, even when I was 41 weeks pregnant I was still walking several miles a day. It just makes you feel better. Now I run a few miles a few times a week with my baby and dog in tow! I get to the gym when I can for weights but between my husband’s crazy work schedule and not having anyone to watch my baby for me I don’t beat myself up if I don’t make it to the gym.
2. Eat this not that- I’ve tried to start substituting a lot of foods I used to eat for healthier options. Cutting processed carbs always makes me feel better and less bloated. I still love eating healthy carbs like sweet potatoes and brown rice though. We usually do pizza night on Friday night. We buy the dough from Trader Joe’s and make our own pizzas. Recently I found a cauliflower crust and now I make my hubby a regular pizza but make myself a cauliflower crust pizza with a little cheese and veggies. It tastes just like regular pizza but without all the guilt. Even my 1 year old loves it! I also substitute spaghetti squash for pasta whenever we have spaghetti and lettuce wraps in place of tortilla shells when we have fajitas. I also like to throw in some spinach to my eggs or shakes to add in some extra greens wherever I can.
3. Buy new workout clothes- Who doesn’t like working out when you have cute workout clothes?! HAHA! Honestly I don’t spend a lot on workout clothes. I have a pair of really good Lululemon pants that I love and I just got THESE which I like even better… and they are about half the price. I invest in my workout pants because they make me feel better. As far as workout tops and sports bras, I get 90% of mine at Forever 21. They have so many cute workout clothes at really cheap prices. When they start getting icky just throw them out and get new ones. I linked up a few really cute options too! I just got THESE shoes for running and oh my goodness they are AMAZING! So lightweight and comfy, I want to wear them all the time! They are on sale for less than $60 too!
4. Make a new playlist on your phone- I love me some Adele but there’s nothing worse than being 3 miles into your run chugging along and then an Adele song comes on and messes up your whole flow. It’s best to do a playlist of songs that get you pumped up and shuffle them during your workout. If you plan on working out for 30 mins, make sure your playlist is at least 30 mins long. I love new songs and classics. A few of my favorites that pump me up are Nirvana (Smells like Teen Spirit), Fall Out Boy (Beat It), Metallica (Enter Sandman), Dillion Francis (Get Low), and Britney Spears (Work B**ch)
5. Meal plan! My hubby and I have been meal prepping for years. We used to prep all our meals for the week on Sunday so everything was already ready to go. Since I stopped working to stay home with my baby I try to have more fresh meals prepared for dinners. Everyone gets tired of leftovers. Before I go to the grocery store each week I write down what we’re going to have for dinner every night. I try to make at least 1-2 meals a week that will last us 2 nights. One of my go-to meals is crock pot chicken fajitas. I also love veggie chili. I’ll share some easy recipes here soon too.
6. Drink water! I’m so guilty of this. It’s easy to get busy through the day and forget to drink enough water. I can always tell if I’m not drinking enough because my skin gets dry and itchy. I started using a 32oz water bottle and it’s my goal to drink at least 2 of them in a day… 1 whole bottle before noon and another one in the afternoon. Ideally working out you should drink even more, but for now I’m trying to get myself back to drink at least 64oz of water a day. It’s best to have a cup that shows the ounces to help keep track.
7. Include the family! My last tip is to get a workout buddy, or include your family! Having a workout buddy makes working out more fun. My hubby and I always used to go to the gym together. Some days we would do weights or cardio together but other days just being in the gym at the same time is enough. It’s the same with running outside. My husband’s pace is so much faster than mine and he’s training for a half marathon so his runs are much faster and longer than mine. I use my BOB running stroller and take my dog and baby and we have our own little workout group. My pup has done so good keeping with my pace and she’s such a good workout buddy. It’s hard to tire out a German Shepherd but after our runs she is so much more relaxed throughout the day so I know it’s beneficial for her too.
So, it’s taken me FOREVER to get this post together! I’m so sorry for anyone that has emailed or DM’d me for Paris travel recommendations over the past month! We went to Paris in the middle of November and with the holidays and my baby’s first birthday time has just really gotten away from me. We have a few more trips coming up so I wanted to be sure to put together a travel guide for anyone that is planning a trip to Europe with little ones before I get sidetracked again.
This was my husband and I’s 4th time back to Paris but the first time bringing our little girl with us. People always seem surprised when we tell them we took our 1 year old with us on such a far trip but it really was so much fun experiencing another side of this beautiful city! And we love showing our daughter the world! I’m also working on a post all about traveling with a toddler internationally. I did a post HERE all about traveling with a baby, but traveling so far with a busy toddler is a game changer haha!
PLANNING YOUR TRIP:
We have never used a travel agent on any trip we’ve ever been on. I really don’t see the need to do that. We love figuring everything out ourselves and being on our own schedule. We always stay with Marriott wherever we travel since they are all over the world. I feel like once you get status with them they really take care of you and we always get upgraded rooms, early check in, late check out, free breakfast, etc. I always recommend everyone to take full advantage of hotel and airline reward programs. Always try to stick with the same airlines and hotel chains whenever you can. You’d be surprised how quickly the points add up.
We always check out multiple websites to find the best airline deal if we don’t have enough points accumulated for a free flight. It’s always good to check out multiple airports too if you live close to a larger airport. This trip we flew out of LA which is about 2 hours from San Diego but we saved several hundred dollars per ticket flying this way. We always stay with Marriott and in the past we have stayed near the Eiffel Tower since that’s a pretty central location. But this time we wanted to experience a different side of the city so we stayed near the Louvre. Getting from one side of the city to another is always super easy with the metro. You can also do Uber but traveling with a 1 year old we didn’t want to take Uber and have to carry around a car seat all day so usually the metro was our best option for getting across the city.
WHAT TO DO:
So I could go on and on about things to do in this gorgeous city! I feel like every time we go we return to our favorite spots but we always try to add in new things too. Here is a list of our favorite things to do while in the city….
Eiffel Tower- this is a MUST DO if you are going for the first time. The views are stunning both during the day and at night. During peak season and holidays the lines can be super long so I recommend buying your tickets ahead of time
Pictures at the Tracadero- this is the best spot for pictures! It’s best to go first thing in the morning to beat the crowds but it really is beautiful any time of day including sunset. If you have it in your budget I strongly recommend getting a professional photographer to capture images you will treasure forever! There are so many good photographers on Instagram and you can contact them for rates and availability. I did a post HERE all about our photographer and our family pictures.
Sunset cruise on the Seine- So beautiful seeing the city from this viewpoint. They have dinner cruises as well but I love just taking in all the beautiful sights and taking tons of pictures.
The Louvre- This museum is unbelievable! It is full of history and so big you really need to set aside a whole day and you still won’t get through it all.
Shopping at Lafayette Galleries- This is a huge mall that has floors and floors of shopping and food and clothing and designer items. When we were there they had the most beautiful Christmas display in the windows and a gorgeous tree inside the mall.
Take the train to Versailles We did not do this on this trip to Paris but we have done it previously. Train tickets are cheap and it’s a fun day to get outside of the city and view the palace where Marie Antoinette lived and the stunning gardens and fountains.
Disneyland Paris- We decided to go here on our baby girl’s first birthday to make it a memorable day for her. Even though she won’t remember, we will have pictures and videos to show her when she’s older. Make sure you buy your tickets ahead of time if possible. They are so much cheaper and you won’t have to wait in the long lines. Getting to Disneyland Paris was super easy too. It’s only about an hour train ride from the city and the train drops you off right at Disneyland.
Walk down the Champs Elysee- This is the most beautiful street! There is so much shopping and tons of restaurants in this area. It’s a little too touristy for us as far as restaurants so we never really eat here but it’s still so much fun walking down the street and taking in all the sites!
Notre Dame- We go here every time we come to Paris! It was especially beautiful being here in the fall with all the gorgeous leaves.
Visit the Musee D’Orsay- We still have not made it here yet. It’s been on my list every time we go to Paris but we always seem to run out of time to make it here. It looks so beautiful though!
Walk the Tuileries Gardens and Luxembourg Gardens- These are in separate parts of the city but if you are in the areas they are gorgeous and a nice break to relax and really take in the beauty of Paris
Take a drive to Normandy- If you love history like I do this is such an amazing day trip. The beaches of Normandy were absolutely beautiful and the museums and monuments… just everything was so moving and very emotional. You can rent a car very easily near the L’arc de Triomphe and it’s about a 2 and a half hour drive to Normandy. You go through the French Countryside on the way and it’s just a very beautiful drive. We did this on our last trip to Paris about 2 years ago.
WHERE TO EAT:
I’m probably the wrong person to ask for restaurant recommendations sorry! I do not like spending a lot of money on food when on vacation, I would rather spend money shopping or sightseeing. Plus we are more snackers when in Europe because we like to try a lot of the local foods and little local restaurants. Here are a few of my favorite places to eat…
Crepes, Crepes, Crepes!! I seriously dreamed about these yummy treats weeks before our trip! They have little street vendors all over the city and they make them fresh right in front of you. They are so yummy and perfect for grabbing while on the go. The best ones are right at the Eiffel Tower.
Local French Bakeries- there are no specific bakeries that I can recommend but there are several really good ones on the little side streets between the Eiffel Tower and the Tracadero. It’s always best to get off the main streets and really go into the little local neighborhoods. That’s always where you can find the best bakeries and cafes. Be aware that they don’t always speak English so always be sure to greet them and always say please and thank you… it goes a long way!
Le Chalet Savoyard- located in the 11th arrondissement, this is hands down our favorite restaurant in Paris. If you’ve never had raclette you are missing out. It is seriously sooooo good! They heat a half a wheel of cheese right at your table and you eat the cheese with potatoes, vegetables and meats. Everything is so good and so French! I highly recommend! Make sure to have your concierge make a reservation for you. Lunchtime is the best time to go as it’s less crowded.
Galleries Lafayette- There is a whole floor of the mall with all sorts of foods, desserts, pizzas, etc… one night we just grabbed a pizza and bottle of wine and took it back to our room for dinner. There are so many good dessert places here as well to grab a sweet treat.
There were actually many nights this trip that we grabbed some small pasteries or sandwiches around dinner time and took them back to the room to eat dinner. It was tough being on the go all day with a 1 year old and sometimes we just wanted to go back for the night and rest and have Olivia walk around and get out of her stroller.
There is just honestly so much to do in this beautiful city one post is probably not enough. So if you’re planning a trip anytime soon and need any sort of recommendations or have any questions please feel free to ask. I LOVE this city and can’t wait to go back again!
It’s that time of year again! Christmas is just a few days away and I have a feeling this will be the best one yet! Last year Olivia was just a few weeks old so we spent the day in San Francisco in our tiny little apartment FaceTiming with all our family back east. This year Olivia is walking and running everywhere and into everything! It will be so much fun to see her getting into all her presents.
I knew when we first started planning our Paris trip that I wanted professional family pictures done. I decided to go with a holiday theme due to the time of year so we could use them for Christmas cards. Of course we had to get all glam because we were in Paris! I LOVE the way they turned out! Such a beautiful family keepsake. A lot of people ask me how we found our photographer in another country. Well, I follow a few different Paris photographers on Instagram and I reached out to them to check on pricing and availability. Several took days to even answer my email and others I never even heard back from. I heard back from Brian at French Grey Photography right away and his pricing was very reasonable. He also has kids of his own so he knows how unpredictable they can be and was very patient with Olivia during our shoot. I highly recommend Brian if you are looking for a great photographer for family photos or even wedding or engagement pics. I absolutely love our photos and will cherish them forever! Happy Holidays from our family to yours!
To my beautiful daughter on her very first birthday,
The day you were born was the best day of my entire life. It was so surreal and I’ll never forget seeing you for the first time. It was love at first sight. You were the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen in my whole life. It’s still hard to believe you are really mine forever. I never knew it was possible to love someone so much! You were the answer to all my prayers.
We both learned so much this year. It was a year of firsts for us both and memories that will stay with me forever. With each new milestone our bond grew even deeper.
You learned to love tummy time even though you hated it for so long. One day you learned to pick your head up and roll over all by yourself. I learned just how strong you really were.
You learned to laugh and it was the most beautiful sound in the world. You always loved to laugh and smile. You were such a happy baby. I learned that your laughter could make even the toughest days fun!
You learned to sit up all my yourself and I realized you would not stay a baby forever. You were so independent and I was so proud of you!
You learned to crawl and boy were you fast! You loved to chase after your kitty sisters and play with your little pink car. I learned just how determined you were to do things on your own.
You learned to wave and loved to wave hi and bye to everyone, especially your Daddy. I learned how you could make someone else’s whole day just by seeing your little smile or hearing your laughter. You were so much fun to take grocery shopping.
You learned to stand up all by yourself and walk with your little walker and I learned to let you go my sweet girl.
You took your first steps all my yourself! You had the biggest smile on your face and you were so proud of yourself! I learned how, in the blink of an eye, a whole year could fly by. Suddenly my baby was no longer a baby.
Of all the things you learned in your first year you taught me so much more that you’ll ever know. I learned what it really meant to be a mommy and love someone unconditionally. I loved seeing the world through your eyes and being there to see everything! I cherished every day we spent together. We read books, sang songs, went on walks and played with your toys all day long.
I missed you when you would lay down for your naps or go to bed at night even though we spent all day together. It was never enough. Sometimes I would watch you sleep and think how lucky I was to be blessed with such a little angel. I couldn’t wait to see your smiling little face when you would wake up. You always woke up so happy and you were so excited to see me too.
I wish I could freeze time and keep you as my little baby girl forever. But since that’s not possible I will continue to cherish our days together and will love watching you grow year after year. Thank you for all the love, the laughter and the pure joy you’ve brought to our lives. Happiest first birthday my sweet baby doll! I love you more than life itself!
Oh my goodness! My sweet baby girl is 1 year old! How is this even possible?! Well, Olivia actually turns 1 on the 16th, but we decided to have her party a little early since my parents were in town visiting. This little girl had so much fun being a princess for a day! I couldn’t believe she left her little crown on too! She was so sweet walking all around and laughing with everyone. She is so much fun at this age! I posted a few pics of the party this weekend on my Instastories and got a few questions on some of the decor. I will try my best to link everything below just in case you are looking for something specific. But if I miss anything feel free to reach out and I will help as much as I can!
I have known for a few months I wanted to do a “Princess in Paris” Theme. We leave for Paris in a few days and are so excited to take Olivia on an international adventure for her very first birthday! Paris is my favorite city in the whole world and I’m so excited to share this with my little love. It was so much fun planning this party and seeing everything come together. I have been planning for months and buying things here and there so it wasn’t so much all at once. I ended up making a few things myself to save some money and I borrowed a few things from some friends so I didn’t have to buy everything I needed for the party. You really have to save money wherever you can since everything adds up so fast!
I got some ideas from Pinterest but most things I already kind of had in my head what I wanted. I made a list in my phone of everything I needed for the party and started checking things off as I picked them up. This really helped keep me on track and make sure I didn’t forget anything. I ordered a few things off Etsy and found a lot of good things at Michael’s and HomeGoods. I ended up making the backdrop for the table since they were super expensive on Etsy. It was actually pretty easy and a lot of fun to make. I will be working on a tutorial for that soon. Olivia got so many good things for her birthday too I’m thinking of doing a post on my updated baby favorites. I’ve linked up everything I can from Olivia’s party but if I’ve missed anything just let me know!
cake stand | macaroons (from HomeGoods)
pink Eiffel Tower | cupcake tower (HomeGoods)
I made the backdrop; all ribbon from Hobby Lobby (will post a tutorial soon)
The holidays are seriously so much more fun with a baby around! I’ve always loved Halloween and dressing up and seeing all the little trick-or-treaters but now that I have my own little baby it’s even better than ever! I’m just sharing a few quick pics here. I really wanted to do a family theme for us this year but just couldn’t get any good ideas together while still keeping a good budget. I didn’t want to spend a lot on costumes since we have Olivia’s first birthday party this weekend and we leave for vacation next week. This Cinderella costume worked out just fine! It was a good price and looked so cute on! We saw so many big girls out trick-or-treating in their princess costumes so I know Olivia loved looking like the big girls. It was a little chilly last night so I through on some tights and a long sleeve onsie and it was perfect! I bought these little cat ears at Target one year cheap and they always make a cute outfit in a pinch. I’m already looking forward to next year and what we can be as a family. I saw so many blogger babes in adorable family outfits and can’t wait to join in the fun next year! What are your favorite family costumes?
SWEATER: Express | JEANS: old, similar HERE | BOOTIES: Hinge | SUNNIES: Quay Australia | LIPLINER: MAC (in color Soar) | OLIVIA’S TOP: Baby Gap | OLIVIA’S JEANS: Baby Gap | HEADBAND: Nordstrom | OLIVIA’S BOOTS: H&M
Nothing says getting into the fall spirit like a trip to the pumpkin patch! It was so much fun seeing Olivia at the pumpkin patch this weekend. She loved climbing on the hay baskets, looking at all the pumpkins and seeing all the other kids there. I love seeing her little face get excited about the smallest things that we take for granted. It really is so fun seeing the world through her eyes! I’m looking forward to this being a family tradition every year!
We had to pretend it was fall and dress in some cute fall clothes. It was really 80 degrees HAHA! But when we look back on these pics we’ll forget how warm it was while taking these. My sweater is a new favorite! I can’t wait to wear it for real once the weather really cools down. It’s a super thick and cozy material and I just love the olive color. It also comes in 3 other fun colors. It does run super big, I’m actually wearing an XS and it’s still oversized on me. I love it though! Super cozy for cooler weather.
How in the world is my sweet little baby girl 6 months old already?! I feel like I blinked and the last 6 months have gone by. It’s been the best 6 months of my entire. I can’t even imagine life without this little angel baby. I’m so thankful everyday that she chose me to be her mama. Today I thought I would do a post on motherhood over the past 6 months and share some of our struggles and things that have worked for us in the hopes that I can help someone else maybe going through the same things. I’m also answering a few questions I get a lot from friends and followers as well as sharing a bunch of my favorite baby products and other mommy bloggers I enjoy following. Let’s get started!
- The last few months with Olivia have been so much fun! Her little personality is starting to come out and she laughs and smiles and makes the cutest little “mmm mmm mmm” sounds.
- She is so ticklish, especially on her neck, and she always cracks up about the funniest things. The sillier my hubby and I are with her the more she laughs. Her little laugh is the best sound in the world!
- She’s also starting to sit up all by herself now! She can sit by herself unassisted for a while before tipping over. We work on that everyday and use our Boppy Pillow to help support her during playtime on her mat. It won’t be much longer and she won’t need any help. It’s amazing how much stronger she has gotten in just the last month or so. Her legs are so strong too and she loves to stand! She gets so proud of herself when you stand her up. It’s the cutest thing ever! THIS bouncer seat has really helped build up the muscles in her legs too.
- We started Olivia on solids right around the 6 month mark. Her doctor said we could start trying them anywhere between the 4-6 month mark. I didn’t feel that she was ready at 4 months and at 5 months I still needed to order the high chair so it was closer to the 6 month mark before we actually started. We started on baby oatmeal. I felt this was way more nutritious for her than rice cereal. Then we started adding in sweet potatoes, avocados, apples, pears, carrots, squash, and pumpkin. I have been adding something new in every few days. We’re going to start mixing flavors soon too. Olivia always has her baby oatmeal for breakfast and then whatever fruit or veggie is on the menu for lunch and dinner.
- She is rolling over like crazy! From belly to back and from back to belly. Sometimes she does several rolls in a row and rolls right off her playmat. She has started to get up onto all 4’s so I know she will be crawling very soon.
- We started introducing the sippy cup! She hasn’t gotten the hang of it yet but we’re working on it. I think this little girl is going to be obsessed with straws like her mama. Whenever I am holding her and trying to drink something she has to rip the straw out of the cup and wave it all around haha!
I get asked a lot how I lost the baby weight so quickly. Honestly, I’m still not where I want to be, but I’m not stressing over it at all. I still haven’t been able to get back in my gym routine. The only time I can go to the gym is in the morning before my hubby leaves for work and I just can’t get up that early haha! I try to eat healthy and watch my carbs and make sure I’m drinking a ton of water each day. I also take baby and my pup for a couple mile walk every day. I feel better the more I keep active and walk. Breastfeeding in the beginning also really helped.
In the newborn phase I did not follow any sort of schedule. I fed baby when she needed to eat and let her sleep whenever and however she would sleep. The newborn phase was for sure the most exhausting phase so far. We went through a lot of nights with cluster feedings where Olivia would want to eat every hour. I remember being in tears because I was so exhausted and my body just needed sleep so bad. My hubby would do everything he could to help but with breastfeeding only there wasn’t too much he could do to help me. But as time went on I learned more and around 3 months I started getting Olivia into a regular nap schedule. It was tough at first but I stuck with it and within about 2 weeks she was sleeping through the night, from about 8pm until about 6-7am. I personally have never done cry it out either. I just can’t. Luckily we haven’t had to and she has had no problem adjusting to a good solid sleep pattern. Her schedule has evolved over the last few months but basically has stayed very similar to this…
6:30- 7am- up for the day! Olivia always wakes up so happy in the mornings. I always feed her a bottle and then change her diaper. Then I get her set up in her high chair and she has her baby oatmeal while I make my eggs and coffee.
8am- after breakfast we play in her room on her play mat. THIS playmat is my absolute favorite. It’s huge and super plush. She has plenty of room to roll all around and keep a ton of toys everywhere. We always read a book in the morning too.
8:30-9am- somewhere around this time she is starting to get fussy so I know it’s nearing nap time. I always get her back in THIS sleepsack, sing her a couple songs and lay her down. She always goes down very easily in the morning and sleeps anywhere between 1-2 hours. I use this time to get ready, do any chores around the house, play on my phone, etc.
10:30- 11am- Once Olivia is up from her morning nap I feed her a bottle, then change her and get her dressed for the day. If we are going out to run errands or go for a walk we head out about this time.
12pm- We are usually out and about either at a store or on a walk at this time. Olivia always takes another little nap while we are out and about either in her carseat or stroller.
1pm- We usually eat lunch around this time. I put her in her highchair and she has either a fruit or veggie and we have lunch together. Then we always have some play time on her mat. We practice sitting up and standing and lots and lots of reading and listening to music. If I have things to do around the house sometimes she hangs out in her Mamaroo Swing while I get things done.
2-3pm- This is usually when I get her back in her sleep sack, give her a bottle and get her ready for her afternoon nap. Some days she goes down right away, other times I have to lay her down and she plays for a while in her crib listening to her mobile. Sometimes her naps are a little later depending on what time we are out until.
4-5pm- I never let Olivia sleep past 5pm so if she’s still napping at this time I slowly wake her up, but usually she’s up by around 4-4:30. I start dinner about 5pm and put her in her jumper so I can watch her while I’m making dinner. She loves jumping around and playing me music!
6pm- Daddy is home from work and she is sooooo excited! We always have dinner together as a family and Olivia sits with us in her highchair. She has the same fruit or veggie she had at lunch. After dinner we have a little more play time with Daddy
7pm- We start her bedtime routine. If its bath night, we start with that first. We only do baths twice a week right now. Once it’s warmer outside we will probably increase this to 3 times a week. After bath we do our last diaper change, fresh jammies, and into her sleep sack. I give her a big bottle and we snuggle and read 2 bedtime books. She is always super tired by this point. I sing her a few of our favorite nighttime songs and then it’s off to bed by 8pm. Sometimes she wakes up crying when I lay her down. I always let her go for a few minutes to see if she puts herself back to sleep. If she gets louder with crying I always pick her back up and snuggle with her a little longer then lay her back down. I can’t let her lay there and cry for more than a few minutes. Sometimes we have to do this 2-3 times before she finally goes to sleep. She is just such a little snuggler and wants to be close.
8pm-6:30/7am- Olivia sleeps all night without waking up
I’ve talked about things I love before on my blog, but here are just a few of the items I highly recommend and could not live without…
- Halo Bassinet– Olivia is still sleeping in this at night, but she has been ready to move to her crib for the last month or so. Honestly, we are in the process of moving and I didn’t want to get her in her own room and then move and have her unsure or scared. I’m going to move her over to her own room as soon as we move. She does take her naps in her crib though.
- MamaRoo Swing– This is such a lifesaver! In the beginning Olivia wanted to be held all the time and I had to find something where she would be happy so I could get things done during the day. I read a ton of reviews before buying this swing and I heard such great things about it. We figured if she didn’t like it we would send it back but she LOVES it! And she still uses it every day! There are several settings and speeds and it’s very lighweight and small to move to different rooms. Definitely worth the money!
- Solly Baby Wrap– I couldn’t live without this wrap. It was so amazing when she was little and I could keep her all snuggled up on me but still have my arms free. Now that she’s a lot bigger there is another way to wrap this where her legs are out. I use this around the house quite a bit since Olivia loves to be close and snuggled.
- Halo Sleep Sack– I cannot say enough good things about this sleep sack! It is a lifesaver especially when we travel. When Olivia was a newborn we used the swaddle so we could keep her arms down and close to her body. She was such a baby Houdini and could break out of any swaddle I could do. After about 4 months I think we transitioned her into the regular sleep sack and she relates this to night time.
- Dohm Noise Machine– This is yet another item I could not survive without. I keep one in our room and one in Olivia’s room. We keep ours on around the clock, and I turn hers on before nap time or bedtime. I always take this with me wherever we travel as well. As long as she has this noise machine and her sleep sack she can sleep anywhere.
- Sophie the Giraffe: Olivia loves this little giraffe. It must feel really good in her mouth. She’s always chewing on her head and legs. It’s her favorite teething toy
- Banana Toothbrush– She is obsessed with this thing too! It has little handles on the side where she can hold it herself. She loves rubbing this all over her gums. I think the little bristles must feel really good.
- Laugh and Learn Puppy– This is Olivia’s favorite toy! She absolutely has loved this thing since she was about 4 months old. She laughs and her whole face lights up with the alphabet song. There are also several stages with this so it grows with baby as they grow.
Favorite Mommy Bloggers:
Motherhood is absolutely amazing but sometimes it can get lonely. There are a few mommy bloggers I follow on Instagram and I just adore them and their blogs. I always look forward to their posts and think you will too!
- The Sweetest Thing Blog– Emily is hands down my favorite blogger. I love her style and I was so excited when she announced her pregnancy in the fall. I’ve enjoyed following her pregnancy style and look forward to her baby posts as well
- Convey the Moment– Eleni seems so sweet and she had quite the pregnancy journey, very similar to ours, so I feel very connected to her. I have enjoyed following her through her infertility journey, pregnancy and now life with her beautiful baby girl.
- For the Love of Fancy– Kate is one of my favorites too! She has the best style and is absolutely the sweetest! I was so excited when she announced her pregnancy right before me. She gave me so much maternity motivation with outfits and I love her monthly updates with her daughter, Harper. I know Olivia is a month behind so it’s fun seeing what is coming the following month for us.
- A Touch of Pink Blog– I love Katelyn’s blog. She always gives such great tips for baby products and her favorite things. I loved following her through her pregnancy too!
I look forward to all the great adventures I have with my little babe over the next 6 months. Thank you so much for reading, I know this was a long one!
DRESS: ASOS (similar HERE) | SHOES: Marc Fisher | SUNNIES: Nordstrom | BAG: Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis | RING: Revolve | OLIVIA’S TOP: H&M | OLIVIA’S SHORTS: Old Navy | OLIVIA’S SUNNIES: The Children’s Place
So I have been to Vegas probably more times than I care to admit. I have had some pretty crazy times in Vegas over the years too… dinners at trendy restaurants, helicopter rides to the Grand Canyon, VIP tables and bottle service at some of the hottest clubs, etc. Now that I’m a mom and have grown up quite a bit, I decided to see a different side of Vegas this trip with my baby girl. We kind of decided to go last minute with my hubby who was going for a work conference. I’m so glad we decided to go. It’s always nice to get away for a few days and I want to show Olivia so many places we’ve been over the years.
We always try to fly with the baby on evening flights so she has the opportunity to sleep. I always dress her in a onsie with comfy pants and a sweater or jacket. I’m all about the layers since you never know if the plane will be warm or freezing. Plus once you get where you are going it’s easy to get babe ready for bed. Luckily our flight was just over an hour so it wasn’t bad at all. Now I know what to expect since we have flown with a baby before. If you missed my recent post on tips for flying with a baby you can find lots of good info HERE.
This trip we stayed at the Palazzo which is part of the Venetian. It was absolutely beautiful! I have always wanted to stay at the Venetian! I’ve been there a lot for restaurants and shopping but this was my first time staying there. If you’ve never been to Vegas, they have the hotel set up just like you are in Italy. There are gondola rides you can do both inside and outside of the hotel (although they are very expensive), the ceiling of the mall is painted blue with clouds to look as though you are outside and they have some really yummy restaurants! The good thing about the Palazzo is that all the rooms are suites! I have included a picture above of our room. It was huge! There was a separate living room and bedroom area. It worked out perfectly with the baby since we had plenty of room for the pack and play and all our luggage. I loved having the extra space so Olivia could still take her naps but I could watch a little TV or catch up on emails without having to be too quiet.
Wherever you decide to stay in Vegas, call ahead to see if they have a crib for you to use. Most of the nice hotels have cribs that you can use for free in your room so you do not have to bring along a pack and play. I brought ours just in case since it was a big conference in town and a lot of the hotels were sold out. I just wanted to be sure Olivia would have somewhere to sleep in case all the cribs were already used. Also make sure to request an extra refrigerator for your room when traveling with a baby. As long as you tell them it is for medical they will set up another one free of charge. This was so nice so we could keep extra milk in the fridge and we also used it to keep waters cold for us. Most of the standard fridges in the rooms come fully stocked with snacks and alcohol so you will be charged if you remove anything.
Whenever I travel with Olivia I try to keep her routine the same as it is when we are home. I always bring my Dohm noise machine and Halo sleepsack. I find that Olivia relates naps and bedtime with these things so she can always sleep anywhere. I tried to get up at the same time we do at home, anywhere between 6 and 7am. We just played in the room read books and ordered room service for breakfast. By the time breakfast was delivered to our room Olivia was ready to lay down for her nap, so I could eat some breakfast and get ready for the day. Once babe was up from her nap I was ready to go so we’d go out for a few hours and explore the hotel, do a little shopping and have lunch. I always make sure I’m home again in the afternoon to lay her down for an afternoon nap too. As long as she lays down once in the morning and again in the afternoon she can take quick naps here and there when she needs to in her stroller. One day we went to the pool for a little bit too although the water was too cold to get in. We just dipped our feet in. It was still nice to be out in the sun and relax in some warm weather.
Overall there is plenty to do with a baby in Vegas. The hotels are so enormous that there is so much to see inside. Most of the hotels are located pretty close together so you don’t have to be in the sun too much if you don’t want to be. Vegas gets SOOOOOO hot in the summer…. almost unbearable. My favorite hotels are the Venetian, Wynn, Cosmo and Caesar’s Palace. Most of the hotels have a kids pool or family pool too so you can be separated from the people that just go to party. For dinner, I just recommend going out a little bit early so you can get a table where you can easily fit a stroller. If you wait to go too late everywhere gets super crowded and it’s hard to fit a stroller or be able to get a table right away. I like going to dinner no later than 6 so we could be done and back to the room to have Olivia in bed by 8. I would for sure take Olivia back to Vegas the next chance I get. I don’t mind traveling with a baby at all and I love sharing all these fun experiences with her.
CRIB: Kendall Crib | NURSING CHAIR: Comfort Swivel Rocker | CURTAINS: Evelyn Linen Blend | LAMP: Wayfair | BUNNY ROCKER: Sherpa Bunny Rocker | DRESSER: Kendall Extra Wide Dresser with topper | MIRROR: Target | PICS ABOVE BOOKSHELF: Pottery Barn
DECAL ABOVE CRIB: Etsy| CRIB: Kendall Crib | HAMPER: Sabrina Hamper | MOBILE: Bunny Knit Mobile (mobile arm HERE) | BEDDING: Belgian Flax (bumpers are only on crib for pictures)
NURSING CHAIR: Comfort Swivel Rocker| OLIVIA’S OUTFIT: Baby GAP | HEADBAND: ZoZu Baby
DRESSER: Kendall Extra Wide Dresser with topper | BASKET: Sabrina Nursery Basket | WIPE DISPENSER: Amazon | WHITE NOISE MACHINE: Dohm
BOOK SHELF: Madison 3 Shelf | READING CHAIR: Anywhere Chair | BOOKS: Good Night Moon, Oh the Places You’ll Go, Good Night California, Guess How Much I Love You
TABLE: Wayfair | PICTURE FRAME: Nordstrom | Baby Moccs: Freshly Picked
BABY DOLL: Petals & Peonies
So I know I should have had this post up months and months ago, but better late than never right? Olivia will only be 5 months old this month! HAHA! Gosh! I have been slacking big time on my blog and Instagram. There’s just not enough time in the day to do everything. I don’t know how all these super moms do blogging and social media full time and have kids. I really wish I could keep up with everything! I have just been enjoying every moment of being a mommy and living in the moment as much as possible. I don’t want any regrets of missing time with my baby because I was too interested in my phone or computer. These are the best days of my life and I want to take in every single moment. I will admit that things are getting a lot easier now that Olivia is on a pretty consistent schedule. More on that in another post.
I sure hope this little girl loves pink as much as her mommy does! I dreamed for years of how I would decorate my baby’s nursery. I always knew if we had a little girl it would be done in pink and white with gold. I love how it’s turned out so far and it’s my favorite room in our little apartment in the city! There are still a ton of things I want to get for her room but since I stopped working to be a full time mommy I have to be really careful where we spend our money. So I had to pass on a few things I really wanted such as a chandelier, area rug, foot rest, etc…. those things would look pretty but I really didn’t need them. I stuck with what I really needed and tried to purchase as much as possible on sale. It’s also been tough moving from a large house in Southern California to a small 2 bedroom apartment in San Francisco. There is just no room for anything extra haha! I knew I wanted to have a really good quality crib, dresser and nursing chair and Pottery Barn is always my favorite place for top quality baby items. Right now Pottery Barn is having their huge Friends and Family sale where you can get 20% off everything including furniture! Just use code FRIENDS at checkout. They only have this big of a sale a few times a year so if you have your eye on anything now is the time to get it!
I had so much fun designing Olivia’s nursery. One of my favorite things in her room is the decal over her bed… YOU ARE OUR GREATEST ADVENTURE…. and that she is! There was a time when I thought I may never get the chance to be a mommy. It was an extremely difficult time in my life and I will never forget the struggle and heartache I experienced during those 3 years. When I walk past Olivia’s room and I see these beautiful words I think of all the great adventures we will have with this precious little girl and how everything we went through to get here was so worth it! Seeing this little baby smile just makes my whole life!
Here are a few more of our favorite baby items!
WRAP: Solly Baby (similar style, my exact color sold out) | TOP: similar HERE or HERE | JEANS: Express | SHOES: Superstars (mine are old, love THESE or THESE) | SUNNIES: Raybans | My beanie: GAP (color sold out) | Olivia’s beanie: Janie & Jack
There’s nothing I love more than a great adventure and Olivia by far is our greatest adventure yet! She has brought so much love and joy to our family we would be lost without her! I look forward to traveling the world with her and showing her all the beautiful things this world has to offer. It’s been so much fun taking her around our beautiful city of San Francisco and taking her to see the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time. These are the memories I want to cherish forever!
About 2 weeks ago we flew for the first time with Olivia when we traveled back to Florida to visit family. I was so nervous to fly her for the first time I had knots in my stomach and everything! Looking back I don’t know why I was so nervous, I guess I didn’t want to be “that mom” with the screaming baby on the night flight keeping everyone up. I wasn’t sure if Livie would scream the whole time or sleep, how I would change her in the tiny airplane bathroom, how would I pack all her stuff, etc… well, everything worked out just fine and today I’m sharing 15 tips that helped me when flying with a baby! Maybe this list will help someone else with new mom anxiety.
- Call the airlines ahead of time to let them know you will be traveling with an infant on your lap. Babies fly free on your lap until 2 years old. You will need to bring a copy of the birth certificate with you so make sure you have that.
- Make sure to pack your wrap or baby carrier to keep your hands free. My favorite is my Solly Baby wrap. I had Olivia in the stroller through security but put her in the wrap before we boarded the plane. It made things so much easier being hands free and it really relaxed her being all warm and cozy with me. It was also an easy way to get through the airport on our layover and board our next flight. It also allowed me to get some sleep on the plane without worrying about how to safely hold my baby.
- Bring a travel stroller… its so much easier to get through the airport and while on vacation with a lightweight and easy to pack stroller. We use THIS easy frame stroller that snaps on super easily with our car seat. It was very easy to get through security and folded up small through the xray machine.
- Make sure to buy a nice cover for your car seat like THIS one for less than $25. We gate checked our car seat and stroller and put this cover on right before we boarded the plane. You never know where your carseat will be under the plane and what germs and dirt might make it into the seat where your baby will also be sitting. Also we flew into Houston for a layover and it was pouring down raining. There were a few other car seats that were soaked just from being brought up from underneath the plane. I felt so bad for the babies that had to sit in these soggy car seats.
- Bring a blanket for baby on the plane… one of our flights was freezing cold so I had Olivia in my wrap most of the time with this her blanket wrapped around her. THIS is my favorite baby blanket. Its so soft and we use it every day when we go on walks.
- Dress in layers both you and baby… one of our flights was really warm and the other was really cold. Plus we were coming from San Francisco where it was really cold and going to Florida where it was almost 90 degrees.
- If your baby is breast feeding make sure to bring your nursing cover so you can have some privacy while nursing on your flight. Olivia is on a mixture of breast milk and formula right now (long story), so I needed a way to easily bring formula on the flight. I brought a few bottles with nursery water pre measured in each and THESE to-go formula packets. It was so easy to mix up her food for feedings and not have to worry about ice packs or keeping the bottles cold. You simply add the packet to a pre measured bottle of water, shake it up and you’re ready to go.
- Make sure to offer baby a bottle, pacifier or boob during take off and landing so their ears can pop. When doing this we didn’t have any issues with Olivia crying.
- Put 2 diapers on baby for the flight. Blow outs happen due to the change in pressure and its not pretty! I wanted to add another layer of protection just in case. Also make sure to bring a spare outfit for baby and a spare top for you just in case of emergencies
- Have a separate little bag inside of your diaper bag with a changing pad, diapers, wipes and hand sanitizer so you can just take that little bag with you to the bathroom for diaper changes. The bathrooms are so tiny you really don’t have room for anything extra
- Bring snacks on the plane especially if you are breast feeding. My favorites are Cliff bars or the little individual little bags of nuts from Trader Joe’s
- Get to the airport early! It takes so much more time to get through security with a baby. Make sure your liquids are separated and your car seat and stroller need to go through the xray scan. I was able to walk through the metal detector carrying the baby but my hubby had to go through the scanner.
- If you are traveling with your breast pump make sure you pack it in your carry on bag. They are very expensive to replace and they are considered medical equipment so they can be in your carry on bag. I only brought the diaper bag and a small purse, my husband brought a backpack and we had the car seat and stroller.
- Make sure to ask your flight attendants for wings for your baby’s first flight! They will not give them out unless you ask and I plan on putting her wings in her baby book for her to have forever.
- My biggest tip….. DON’T STRESS. haha! I know it’s easier said than done. I seriously had knots in my stomach for hours before we left for the airport. We just got there with plenty of time to spare and it wasn’t that bad at all. You get to pre-board with a baby so at least you get to drop off your car seat and stroller and get settled into your seat before the rush of people board the plane. Everyone we met loved seeing the baby and no one complained or gave dirty looks when she fussed on the plane. Everyone was so nice and understanding, plus she slept most of the flight. We took the red eye so she could sleep most of the time. The plane was nice and dark and the noise was very relaxing to her as well. Now that I know what to expect I’m very excited for our next trip with our little babe!
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 was the best day of my life. After 3 years of struggling to have a baby we finally got to meet our beautiful daughter. I will never forget all the emotions of that day as long as I live. Our birth story did not go exactly like I thought it would at all. I guess that’s just another life lesson for me as there is so much that’s out of your control. You really have to be prepared for anything. I always thought I would go into labor on my own when the time was right. This is what they talk about in all the birth classes and in the books. My Mom and my sister both went into labor on their own too right around their due date so I just thought that’s what would happen for me too. I really thought I would go into labor on my own when it was time and I would go as natural as I could for as long as I could. If I couldn’t go natural the whole labor at least I planned on going as long as I possibly could. Getting induced and having an epidural completely freaked me out. Plus I was afraid of the pitocin as many girlfriends have told me once this is in your system it will make the contractions so much harder and more intense and I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to go natural with these drugs in my system.
Well as my due date came and went and I went into 41 weeks I had to be monitored daily with a non-stress test (NST) due to my age and my history. At each appointment we had my membranes sweeped to try and help labor progress and they talked to us about possibly inducing. I was about 1.5cm dilated since 39 or 40 weeks. Having your membranes sweeped is certainly not fun, it was very uncomfortable but the most natural way to help labor progress on it’s own. After a few days of the NST and membrane sweeps my body would still not progress and I was stuck at 1.5cm. At each appointment the doctors would talk to us about inducing as it was getting more risky to keep waiting for baby to come on her own, which may or may not ever happen. After a couple days of weighing everything out my husband and I decided it was in the best interest of baby and me to proceed with the induction. If we kept waiting baby was just getting bigger which would mean a harder labor for me and they were worried about the placenta not being as good the longer we waited.
So on Monday, 11/14 we decided to proceed with the induction. We had brought our hospital bags to the hospital with us for our daily NST and were admitted Monday night. By the time we got to our room and got settled it was about midnight and they started me on misoprostol to help soften my cervix. These pills had to be given every 4 hours until the cervix was soft enough. I was starting to get crampy around 7am and I was checked to see if I dilated anymore but unfortunately I was still only at 1.5cm. The doctors said they would need to insert a small balloon on top of my cervix and fill it with a saline solution to help put pressure on the cervix and manually dilate me to 4cm. Once you get to 4cm the balloon would just come out on it’s own. Well, none of the doctors or nurses prepared me for how uncomfortable this process was. It made me extremely nauseous and it was very crampy and uncomfortable. I had to have this balloon in for about 6 hours. During this time I could feel the contractions picking up and I had to focus on my deep breathing and different positions we learned in our birth classes. We tried to walk the halls as well but it was very uncomfortable to walk and I really did not want to see anyone in the hallways. After about 6 hours I was dilated to 4cm and the balloon could be removed. Unfortunately my contractions slowed down and my body did not kickstart labor on it’s own as I had hoped so at this point we had to start on pitocin to catch my body up to the 4cm I was manually dilated to.
The rest of the day we worked through the contractions using the medicine ball, massaging techniques and changing positions. By about 9pm the contractions were getting a lot stronger and I had a lot of back labor. Our hospital room had a huge tub with jets and so my hubby and I got in the tub for about an hour to relieve some pressure and relax us a little bit before bed. The jets were absolutely amazing and it really helped to take some pressure off. My contractions were still going on but I was able to breathe through them pretty well so we decided about 10:30pm to try and get some rest as we knew the next few hours things would really intensify. At midnight I woke up in really bad pain and drenched in sweat. It was very uncomfortable to lay in bed so I got up and walked all around the room trying to breathe through the contractions. The pain was getting worse as the hours went by and my contractions were coming about 1-2 minutes apart. The doctor checked me and I was 7cm dilated. I breathed through as long as I possibly could but I was shaking and sweating and completely losing my breathing. They do offer nitrous oxide at my hospital to help take the edge off the contractions. I tried this option first but the pain was just too intense. I knew I still had hours of labor to go to get to 10cm plus however long the pushing phase would last. As much as I hated to do it I asked for an epidural. I felt disappointed in myself for not being able to go the whole way on my own but in the heat of the moment you know what you can handle and what you can’t. Looking back now I’m so glad I made the choice to get the epidural when I did. I was surprised the epidural didn’t even hurt and once it kicked in I could actually relax my body and mind a bit. So by about 4am we could finally relax a little bit.
The doctors came back to check on me at 6am and I was dilated to 9cm! I couldn’t believe it! We were getting so close to meeting our little girl! My husband called my Mom and she was able to get down to the hospital to be with us for the pushing phase. Sometimes a girl just needs the comfort of having her mom there. So by 8am we were dilated to 10cm and ready to begin pushing. They let me rest for about an hour while they prepped the room and got everything ready. I was actually having trouble pushing because I was so numb from the epidural so they had to decrease my medicine to get some more feeling back in my lower body so I could effectively push while increasing my pitocin dosage to make the contractions come closer together. After pushing for about 6 hours the doctors and midwives advised me that they didn’t think I was going to be able to push the baby out on my own. I wasn’t able to get her over the pelvic bone no matter how hard I pushed. She was just too big. I remember them them talking about needing to use forceps or vacuum and if they did not work we would be looking at a C-section. I remember having a breakdown thinking about all the work my body just went through for all those long and painful hours, and then to end up with a C-section. It seriously broke my heart. Nothing I planned on happened and I felt like I just couldn’t catch a break.
After consulting with several doctors and midwives we decided it was in the best interest of me and the baby to proceed with the forceps. My doctor was pretty sure that would work and I wouldn’t need a C-section. By this point the only part of my birth plan that was still able to happen was skin to skin contact immediately after birth. I remember crying and begging the doctors to not take that away from me. At least let me have that. They said as long as the baby was breathing on her own when she came out that they would be able to do skin to skin. After several long and hard pushes they were able to get my baby out and put her on my chest immediately. I will never forget that moment as long as I live. She was so big and long! I was expecting this little tiny baby and she was huge! haha! My husband and I had a few seconds with her on my chest and we cried and held each other and thanked God for this little miracle we had been blessed with. She was the most beautiful thing we had ever seen and she was ours! It was the most surreal moment of my life. Our little Olivia Rian was born at 3:50pm weighing in at 8lbs 10.3oz and 21 3/4 inches long.
I guess in the end it’s ok that everything didn’t go exactly as I thought it would. Baby and mommy are both healthy and that’s all that matters. We gave birth at one of the best hospitals in the country and I’m so grateful for every one of those doctors and especially the nurses for getting us through. These last couple weeks have been some of the best of my life. I just stare at my baby all the time and think about how lucky I am to have a beautiful, healthy little girl. Good things really do come to those who wait. We are never given more than we can handle and it’s always worth it in the end!
DRESS: Sew Trendy Accessories
Oh my goodness! I can’t even put into words how grateful and happy I am to be 39 weeks pregnant! It is seriously a dream come true! I think when you fight so hard for something you appreciate it a thousand times more than you would have if you would not have gone through such a struggle. This 3 year journey has brought my husband and I so much closer together and we have not taken one single day of this pregnancy for granted. I’m hoping one day to open up more about our personal struggle during this time but for now I choose to focus on the positive and this beautiful little blessing inside me! I truly believe we are never given more than we can handle and everything happens for a reason. Even though I may never understand everything we went through to get where we are today I am at peace with it and it made me stronger and for that I am forever grateful!
It’s been a long time since I’ve done a bumpdate! I really wanted to be better about documenting my pregnancy journey but I’ve tried to live in the moment as much as I can through this experience. I’ve loved seeing my belly grow and feeling my baby inside. I am going to miss my little bump but I can’t wait to see what my baby looks like and what her little personality will be. I can’t wait to show her the world and travel as much as we can. I can’t wait to tell her I love her every day and how she changed our lives forever. I hope she will be kind and compassionate and love animals as much as I do. I know her puppy and kitty sisters are excited to meet her too! Of course I also hope she likes shopping and playing dress up as much as I do too, haha! We are just incredibly grateful we finally get the opportunity to be parents and share our lives with this sweet little soul we have been entrusted with.
So since this is probably my last bumpdate here is an update of where we are at in the pregnancy as of now!
How far along: 39 weeks and 4 days!
Size of baby: We are finally considered full term! Baby is about the size of a pumpkin, about 20 inches long and about 7lbs! How perfect for this time of year!
Name: We really had a tough time agreeing on her name, but we have agreed on one since the beginning and it just feels right. We’re going to wait on announcing her name until she is here with us.
Where we are at now: At this point my cervix has really started to thin and I have dilated to about 1.5 centimeters! We’re getting so excited to meet our little girl any day now! I’m hoping everything progresses naturally and our baby comes into the world when she is ready. Our doctor did schedule an induction date for next Saturday when we get to 41 weeks, but as long as my blood pressure remains good and baby is healthy I will be pushing it back to 42 weeks. I want things to remain as natural as possible through labor and delivery.
The nursery: We’re getting there! We ordered her furniture from Pottery Barn Kids and the dresser just came last week. It’s been fun to finally start putting her little clothes in her dresser and get things decorated. I’m not stressing about having the nursery completely finished by the time she is here since we are only in a 2 bedroom apartment and my parents are also in the nursery during their stay with us. Baby girl will be sleeping in our room the first few months anyway in her Halo Bassinet Sleeper. We will be doing a nursery reveal once everything is ready. I’m so excited to see it all come together!
What am I most excited about: Finally seeing what my baby girl looks like! I have dreamed of her for years as we struggled to get pregnant so just knowing I will be holding her in my arms any day now is seriously a dream come true. There were so many times we thought this experience was never going to be possible for us so we are excited for every little milestone!
What am I least excited about: LABOR! I think it’s just the unknown of how and when it’s going to happen. How bad is it going to hurt? Am I going to be able to do this? I think every first time mom goes through these same fears though. I want to go into this whole experience very open minded and just see what I can do. I am very intune with my body and mind and have practiced yoga and meditation for years, although I am also not afraid to ask for help if I need it. We are delivering at one of the top hospitals in the country so I know we are in good hands. I feel so much better having my Mom here. She is such a huge support system to me as well as my hubby who will be the best coach 🙂 The most important thing to me is having skin to skin contact immediately after birth and having our family bonding time right away.
Cravings: I really haven’t had any cravings this whole pregnancy. I guess I have been wanting a lot more carbs than I usually eat. I am obsessed with Eggo waffles in the mornings for breakfast haha! I haven’t had a big appetite this whole pregnancy due to all the heartburn and nausea. I usually have such a sweet tooth too and I haven’t craved chocolate or sweets that much. Very unlike me! Tums have been my best friend through the entire pregnancy!
Aversions: Oh my! I have been extra sensitive to everything this whole pregnancy! I was very nauseous in the first trimester. The second trimester I felt really good and had lots of energy although I still suffered with the heartburn. The third trimester I have been back to being more tired and nauseous. I have had terrible heartburn the whole pregnancy and have used Tums constantly. Just smelling certain foods or smells make me throw up. It’s not fun but as long as baby is healthy I can handle it. I also found that I can no longer eat dairy. I’m ok with a little bit of cheese but absolutely no milk or icecream. They make me sick almost instantly.
How I’m feeling: Overall I’m feeling very good! I’ve been blessed with a pretty easy pregnancy. I have been getting Braxton Hicks which can be uncomfortable at times but not painful. The end has gotten tough with the insomnia and discomfort at night. I sleep propped up on a ton of pillows to help with the heartburn but I still deal with that every night. I really dread going to bed at night since I lay there and toss and turn all night long. It’s the worst. No matter what I just can’t get comfy, I get very warm at night and I’m constantly up going to the bathroom every hour to hour and a half. It’s only been this bad the last few weeks though. I know the end is near! Plus I feel like it’s preparing for me to be up a bunch during the night once baby is here with us.
Weight gain: I gained about 25lbs total, but I have lost about 3lbs the last week or so. I don’t think I’ll gain any more weight since I feel so full all the time and there is nowhere for anything else to go. I have stayed active the whole pregnancy trying to walk as much as I can. I always get people tell me they can’t believe I’m in my 9th month but I think everyone just carries differently. I’m tall so I have a lot of room for baby to go. People are always so quick to judge a pregnant woman’s body whether they think you are too small or too big. As long as I am healthy and baby is healthy that is all that matters.
Baby favorites: There are so many things that I just love for our baby girl! I tried to really do my research and invest in good things that will last a long time. Since moving to San Francisco this summer we no longer have a big house to store things so we have to be really careful what we buy. I will be doing a nursery reveal once the nursery is ready but here are a few of my favorite things!
Bob Revolution– When we had our house I planned on having a snap-and-go type stroller for on the go plus a running stroller for something more heavy duty. I rarely ever drive living in the city now so there was no need for the frame stroller so we just went with the jogging stroller plus the adapter for the carseat. The wheels on here are perfect for the rocky city streets and hills and will be perfect when she can ride in the stroller by itself too.
Halo Bassinet Sleeper– I mentioned this above but it’s very important to us to have baby sleeping in our room for the first few months. I read a ton of reviews on this sleeper and it seems very good! The base is pretty heavy which will prevent it from tipping over and it also vibrates and has a music feature that will be nice if we need it.
Solly Baby Wrap: I read such good things about this baby wrap from other bloggers I follow on Instagram. I wanted a nice soft wrap so baby can be close to me the first few weeks but I can also move about the house as I need to. Wraps like these help promote skin to skin contact which helps build the bond between mommy and baby and makes nursing easy too. We also got the Ergobaby carrier for when she’s a little bit older. My hubby is excited to help carry her around with this one.
Aden & Anais Swaddles: I love this brand! I have bought blankets, swaddles and bibs because the quality is so good and there are a ton of adorable prints.
Moccs: I love these little shoes! So far I’ve only bought this one neutral pair but the quality is so nice I will be buying other colors once she gets a little bigger to be wearing shoes more. I think in the beginning they wear the little sleepers and socks around the house.
Skip Hop Diaper Bag: I really loved this diaper bag! I wanted something very simple and black with lots of pockets. The quality seems very good and there are lots of pockets inside too!
There are a TON more items I have that I am just loving for baby! I will link a ton more things when I do her nursery reveal. Do you have any suggestions for baby must have items? If so I’d love to hear!
TOP: Old Navy Maternity | JEANS: Old Navy Maternity (must have maternity staple!) | SCARF: Nordstrom | BOOTS: Stuart Weitzman, cheaper option HERE | HAT: Nordstrom | Bag: Tory Burch | Sunnies: Raybans | LIPLINER: MAC (in color Half-Red)
Fall has to be my favorite time of the year! The weather is getting cooler, you can dress in cozy layers and you know the holidays are just around the corner. This year is extra special for my hubby and I since our little babe will be here with us in just a matter of weeks! I loved seeing all the little kids at the pumpkin patch and can’t wait to share those memories with my daughter next year. We went down to Half Moon Bay over the weekend to get some fun pics at the pumpkin patch before the pumpkin festival started. I just love this area of NorCal. It’s so beautiful and really a nice little break from our life in the city.
I’m finally able to break out all the cozy fall layers! The weather is always a little cooler in San Francisco but Sept and Oct are the warmest months of the year, so it’s been nice to get back to fall weather. I just got this scarf and hat at Nordstrom a couple weeks ago. Both are perfect fall staples and will be so versatile all through fall and winter. These boots are my favorites ever! I wanted a pair of Stuart Weitzman boots for years but didn’t want to pay that much for them, so I always went through a new pair of boots every year. Last year I finally decided to invest in a pair and it’s the best decision I’ve made! The quality is the best and they are so stretchy and comfy. I will love them for years to come! I have also linked a cheaper option that I have seen on a number of my blogger friends and they look amazing! These are a good option if you aren’t ready for the investment or not sure if you will like OTK boots.
Tonight is our final birth class! My parents also fly in tonight to stay with my husband and I in California for a few weeks for the birth of our baby and also to help us to adjust to life with a newborn. I’m so grateful to have them and really look forward to this special bonding time. I’m so excited to show them our new city so hopefully baby girl will wait a little bit to make her debut 🙂
DRESS: Sew Trendy Accessories
Finally getting around to posting our beautiful maternity pictures we got back a few weeks ago from our babymoon in Maui. I still get tears in my eyes every time I look at them and think of all we went through to get here. There were so many times we thought this was not going to ever happen for us but we never lost hope. I really feel like this 3 year struggle brought my husband I closer together than we already were. You are never given more than you can handle. For anyone else that may be struggling as well never give up and keep fighting! Being pregnant has been the best experience of my life and I am eternally grateful for this blessing!
We went to Maui for our babymoon last month and decided to have our maternity pictures done while we were there to always remember that last vacation just the two of us. I would have rather waited until I was a little further along but know I would have regretted not getting them if I had waited. I’m so thankful we had them done. I researched quite a few photographers in Maui and decided to go with Kristy Copperfield (http://www.kristycopperfield.com). I felt like her style captured the look I wanted and her prices were very reasonable. Some of the other photographers I looked at were very expensive. I just wanted a few keepsake pictures for us to have forever. Our pictures were done on Baby Beach in Lahaina. It was the most perfect location. Very quiet and mostly just locals.
My dress is from Sew Trendy Accessories. I cannot say enough good things about this dress and company. I had been following them on Instagram for a while and loved all the different styles and colors they offered. I knew this is the company I wanted to go with for my maternity dress. All dresses are very custom to how you want them. Once you decide on the style you want you can really customize with the slit in the front to show your belly, you can do a slit on the side or no slit at all. I went with the Cameron gown since it was sheer and flowy and off the shoulder. I really wanted to go with the blush color since we’re having a baby girl but I thought the ivory would be more timeless and easier to match my hubby to. I went with no slit option in my dress since I wasn’t comfortable showing my complete stomach, but I did get the slip option so my dress would still be flowy for the beach but not see through. It turned out just perfect and exactly what I had pictured in my head. I wanted to do a flower crown for my head but decided to just go with some tropical flowers that were all around our resort.
Thank you so much to everyone that has followed along on our pregnancy journey. We’re in the home stretch now I can hardly believe baby girl will be with us very soon! I will be posting a 35 week bumpdate next week so stay tuned.
Our babymoon in Maui was like a dream come true! It was the last vacation just the two of us and we will remember it forever. We knew before we even got pregnant we wanted to have one last big trip just the two of us since it would be a while until baby would be ok to travel with us. Maui was top on my list! I wanted to go somewhere warm and sunny and just relax at the beach and pool. Mexico and a few other places we were considering were off limits due to the zika virus, we just didn’t want to chance anything. Plus we had a direct flight from San Francisco so it made flying while pregnant a breeze. Typically when we travel we are on the go constantly and try to do as much as we can every day. This trip was completely different and we really enjoyed sleeping in, calling for room service, taking naps in the afternoon and watching the sunset with drinks (mine being Ginger Ale of course).
We decided to stay at the Ritz Carlton in Kapalua and booked very early on in our pregnancy to make sure we could stay where we wanted with an ocean view room. I mentioned in my posts before that we always try to stick with the same hotel chain when we travel. We choose to stay with Marriott because the hotels are all over the world and always in the best areas. It’s nice when you travel to other countries to have some things that are familiar. We have been part of their rewards program for years and always build up lots of points and then go on a nice vacation. Now that Ritz is owned by Marriott we knew we had to stay at this resort. Once you stay at a Ritz it’s so hard to go back to a regular hotel haha! You are greeted by everyone you meet by name and service is always top notch. It’s always worth the pricetag.
We stayed at the resort all day every day. We only left the resort one day when we went to have our maternity pictures done in Lahaina. The first morning we enjoyed room service with a feast of eggs, chocolate chip pancakes, fresh fruit and coffee and lots of yummy pastries. After the first day we found a little cafe onsite where we could grab a quick pastry and coffee for a fraction of the price. We would go down in the mornings, grab our breakfast, and enjoy it in our room with the sliding door open and ocean breeze coming in. We always figure out ways to cut costs for food and stay within a budget each day. This allowed us to eat on the property every day and also stay on budget with the total cost of the trip. For lunch we would usually eat at the little pool bar. They would bring it to our chair while at the pool or they had a cute little dining area with shade where you could eat as well. The fresh fish tacos were the best and they were plenty big enough to share. So most days we would just split the tacos. This freed up extra money at dinner so we could have a dessert or hubby could have a few beers. The portions were huge so we mostly just split everything on our trip.
The pics above were taken at DT Fleming Beach right on the property at the Ritz. It was so beautiful and very quiet. There’s also a little restaurant with burgers and shakes right on the beach surrounded by palm trees. So cute! One thing we did treat ourselves to on our babymoon was a couples massage. Ugh! Talk about pure heaven! We were in a cabana outside feeling the ocean breeze and hearing the palm trees swaying in the breeze. It was one of my favorite parts on our whole trip! Just enjoying that hour together not worrying about anything and just relaxing side by side was a memory I’ll cherish forever. The spa is absolutely gorgeous and you are welcome to stay the whole day with any spa service.
Now that we’ve had the most relaxing and beautiful babymoon we’re ready to meet our little baby girl soon! Somedays I can’t even believe we we are 8 months along already. How did I get so lucky? Love my little family so, so much!
Hellllloooo third trimester! Oh my gosh! I still can’t believe we’re at 28 weeks already! Time is really flying by and I’m still enjoying every moment of this amazing journey. This little miracle baby is growing more and more each day and we are getting so excited to meet her soon! If this little babe only knew how much she is loved already!
This past weekend we flew back to Tampa, FL for our baby shower. All our family lives back on the east coast so we don’t get to see them as much as we would like. It was so nice to spend time with everyone this trip and celebrate little Baby T. Our family is so excited to welcome this little princess!
I wanted to wear something very feminine with light colors and floral. This dress from PinkBlush Maternity was just perfect. I received so many compliments and it was so comfortable to wear all day even in the heat. They have a few colors of this dress and they are all equally as gorgeous.
Hello friends! Wow! It’s been forever since I’ve been able to write on my blog. So many life changes happening for me in the last few months it’s been hard to make some personal time for blogging and Instagram. My husband accepted an amazing job opportunity in San Francisco and moved in early June. I stayed back in San Diego trying to sell our house and rental property until we moved me, our dog and 2 cats up to SF on 4th of July weekend. Talk about craziness! Trying to balance showings on the house, working full time, dr appointments and the pregnancy my time was pulled very thin. So I took some much needed time off from social media to focus on the move. Now we are all settled into our new apartment in San Francisco and getting adjusted to life in the city. It’s been quite the change going from a big house in the suburbs to a small highrise apartment with our growing family. We’ve decided to rent for a year to decide on the best area to buy our next home. SF has so many little neighborhoods with different vibes we need to see which will be the best fit for us. It will be fun to experience new things in the city and surrounding areas. I look forward to lots of great memories in our new city!
Now onto the fun part… We’re 23 weeks along now with Baby T! I can hardly believe we’ll be 6 months on Saturday. It still honestly feels like a dream come true. For the longest time we didn’t think we’d ever have a baby. I am enjoying every moment of this pregnancy. I really wanted to be better about documenting my pregnancy on my blog but with all the changes the past few months I wasn’t able to keep up with the pictures and writing like I had originally planned. So I thought it would be fun to do a little “bumpdate” with where we are now in the pregnancy!
How far along: We are 23 weeks along right now, 24 weeks on Saturday! Where have the last 6 months gone!
Names for baby girl: We’re still undecided on this one. It’s so hard to agree on a name you both love. We have a few in mind but we may end up waiting until she’s here to decide. Either way we are not going to announce her name until she is here 🙂
How much weight gain: I’ve currently gained 9 lbs. I can still fit in a few pairs of my jeans, but I have bought 2 pairs of maternity jeans that I love. THESE white jeans are so comfy and sit below the belly. The side panels are stretchy so they will work throughout the pregnancy. I also am obsessed with THESE jeans from Pink Blush Maternity. These have a stretchy belly band that goes over the belly. I wasn’t sure if I would like these initially but as my belly grows they are more and more comfy. I wear these several times a week and are a steal at about $50.
Current symptoms: Lately I’ve been super tired and not sleeping very well. I think baby is going through a big growth spurt right now. I read that insomnia is a big issue during pregnancy so I think it’s getting me ready for being up a bunch during the night. THIS body pillow has been a savior and really helped me get some rest at night. I have also been having really bad heartburn the last month or two. Tums are my new best friend. Other than that I’ve been feeling really well and try to get out for long walks every day with my puppy.
Current cravings: I really have been fortunate during this pregnancy and I haven’t had any crazy cravings. I usually have such a sweet tooth but while pregnant I haven’t craved sweets or chocolate much at all. Every once in a while is all. I have been eating a lot more carbs than I usually do in my diet. I am just listening to my body and eating what I need when I need it. I am a snacker so I am usually eating every 2-3 hours during the day. I think this helps with cravings too since I’m always eating. I keep a protein bar in my purse so I always have an emergency snack on hand if we’re out and about for the day.
Nursery Decor: We’ve finally started to design baby girl’s nursery! The crib arrived this week and it seriously makes me smile every time I walk past and see it in her room. To think in a few short months there will be a precious baby girl sleeping in there. Makes my heart so happy! I will be doing a nursery reveal once everything is ready.
Other things I love: My hubby got me THIS book when we first found out we were pregnant. I’ve only been able to read a little bit of the book so far so I’m looking forward to catching up on my reading while taking some time off from work while we wait for baby girl to arrive.
I also just recently bought THIS book to help me prepare my fur baby for her new baby sister. Hoping this helps ease the transition for everyone.
I am totally obsessed with THIS lotion. It smells so good and so far no stretch marks. It’s a steal too for under $5! I always have several bottles on hand.
My absolute favorite baby store is Janie and Jack. They have the cutest little clothes ever! I just bought a bunch of things during their huge semi-annual sale. Their regular priced items can be a bit pricey so I always check out the sale racks whenever I run into one of their stores. They have another huge sale coming up in January too!
Thank you for following along with my pregnancy journey!
Oh my gosh! Talk about the surprise of our lives! We’re having a baby GIRL!!! I would have bet money we were having a boy! I’m still kind of in shock haha! I am so excited to finally start the planning and decorating process. We had a really tough road getting to where are today with this pregnancy so I just felt in the beginning like I had to keep my distance a little bit and not get too attached early on. I wouldn’t really talk about names or even look at how I wanted to decorate a nursery. I was actually even hesitant to find out what we were having because I was afraid of jinxing us for something bad to happen. I know it sounds terrible to say but I did feel like I had to keep my guard up a little.
Now that we are 16 weeks along and finally got to hear my baby’s heartbeat for the first time I wanted to know who was inside there. I’ll never forget that first heartbeat! What a little miracle baby! So I had my nurse write down the gender in a sealed up envelope and I took that to my husband’s favorite bakery, Nothing Bundt Cakes. Their cakes are out of this world delicious. I thought we were going to have either pink or blue icing in the middle of the cake but since these are bundt cakes and there is no filling they do a rattle under the decorations saying either “its a girl” or “its a boy.” My hubby and I do not have any family out here in California, all our family is on the east coast, so I had my mom and dad and my hubby’s mom and dad on standby. After I surprised my hubby with the cake we called our parents on FaceTime to share in the reveal with them. I’m so thankful for the technology we have today! It was so amazing to share that moment with the people we love the most. When I pulled out the rattle and saw the pink I started crying and shaking, it was seriously like a dream! I don’t know if it’s the fact that I was totally prepared for a boy, or if it was the fact that now I know this beautiful little being growing inside of me is a precious baby girl! Ugh!
After so much struggle and sadness and hard times comes such beautiful and wonderful good times. I know my hubby will make the best Daddy to our little girl and I can’t wait to meet her! It’s so crazy how you can love something so much and you never even met. This little soul was destined to be ours and we will love her forever and give her the best life we can! I look forward to all her firsts and all our amazing memories we will make as a little family. I’m so grateful everyday for this little blessing.
We are soooooo excited to finally be able to share the news that we’re having a baby!! I still can’t believe it’s for real! We have waited 3 very long years for this day and have had so many ups and downs along the way. I must say everything we went through was worth it to get us to where we are today. I’m so thankful for this little miracle everyday. Good things really do come to those who wait.
This whole experience has been a life lesson for me. I am very type A personality wise… I am a planner, and a bit of a control freak at times. This journey has taught me patience and really pushed my faith. I truly believe everything happens for a reason even if we do not understand it at the time. We couldn’t understand for the longest time why things weren’t happening when we wanted them to. Obviously God has reasons for things happening the way they do even if we don’t see it at the time. One example of this is that I am 14 weeks, and my sister in law is at 24 weeks. Who would have ever thought we would be pregnant at the same time and having babies so close in age. Our pregnancies have brought us so close together and we talk just about every day. I really don’t know what I would do without her. We always say our little babes will be BFF’s. Sometimes I think this was all part of the master plan. Our family is just so excited to have 2 little babies in the family this year. Sharing the news with our friends and family have brought back all the amazing feelings my hubby and I went through when we first found out we were finally pregnant. I am trying to cherish every moment of this experience. I know there are a lot of women out there that will never get this chance and I am thankful every day I was blessed with this opportunity.
We had our pictures done by Andrea Berry Photography (http://www.andreaberryphoto.com/). If you are in the San Diego area make sure to check her out. She is absolutely amazing and captured this special day for us so perfectly. I already had in my head for so long how I wanted our announcement pictures to look. I wanted to go with very neutral, classic and timeless outfits. I found this gorgeous dress at Nordstrom after searching for hours and hours and hours online at all my favorite stores. I wanted something long enough that I could wear with heels and sit comfortably in for pictures. I feel like the dress does run a little small so make sure to size up if you are between sizes. It also comes in 3 other colors and would be perfect for spring/ summer parties, weddings, bridal showers, etc.
Thank you so much for reading about our pregnancy announcement. It’s such an amazing time for our family. I will be posting updates along the way and sharing my maternity style as well… if I ever get into maternity clothes haha! I will be doing a post soon on my first trimester. Thanks again for following along! I’m so excited for this next chapter 🙂