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Top 10 Things I Miss During Pregnancy

Well it's the final countdown 'til baby boy arrives in just a few short weeks and I've been thinking a lot about things I'm excited to reintroduce in my life once he is here and all those pesky restrictions are gone!

Here's a list of the top 10 things I am looking forward to:

1. Wine // This is a no-brainer. I was extremely proud of myself for putting it in the back of my mind for the first 6 months or so, but once the holidays and the third trimester simultaneously rolled around, all I wanted was a nice glass of red once in a while. I've reached a point where I won't even be picky on the type of red.

2. Advil Liqui-gels // It may seem like such a silly and minor thing, but these have been my go-to pain medication for years and years. I'm not one to pop a pill for every little ailment but when I found out I was pregnant and told I couldn't take Advil, all I can think about is how much I wish I could take it to cure all those little aches and pains that tend to accompany these last 9 months. (Tylenol gels just never cut it for me.)

3. Sushi // While I've indulged pretty often in sushi lately, it's been the cooked variety that consists of crab and shrimp. What I'm missing is my salmon and tuna rolls!

4. Spicy food // This isn't on a ban list but any pregnant lady could tell you that heartburn/acid reflux is pretty typical, especially when baby starts growing and pushing up into your stomach. I have always LOVED spicy food and luckily never really experience negative effects such as upset stomach or heartburn. But during this pregnancy I've been popping Tums like it's my job. And even when I try to go for milder foods, many things will still stir up heartburn (sometimes in the middle of the night).

5. Pre-pregnancy clothes // How I miss my collection of fit and flare and wrap work dresses, high heels, skinny jeans, and virtually two-thirds of my closet. What I'm left with at this point are a few loose-fitting Gap and Nordstrom tunics (that I LOVE, by the way) and a minimal selection of dedicated "maternity" tops and dresses. Something about spending money on things I really only get about 2 months of wear from was a big turn off for me, so I've made do with flowy non-pregnancy tops, stretchy pants, and a belly band to make most of my pre-pregnancy clothing do double duty. I'm ready to wear all my old favorites again, though!

6. Working out // As the bump has grown it's gotten tougher to keep up a good workout routine. I took barre classes here and there for most of the third trimester but even those started to get a little difficult. Prior to pregnancy, I typically worked out 30-60 minutes a day, 6-7 days a week and look forward to reintegrating into that kind of routine. I know it will take time and commitment but mentally, I'm ready!

7. Travel // From prior blog posts, you may have guessed that I love to travel. It's been quite a while since I've jet-setted anywhere and I'm pretty excited to plan a trip or two this year! As of now, the hubs and I are thinking a return trip to St. Helena is going to be just what we need later this summer.

8. Stomach sleeping // I was always kind of aware that I preferred sleeping on my stomach (and sometimes back) but I've noticed it the most once I was unable to do it! I basically spend 1-2 hours every night these days flipping back and forth between my left and right sides, trying to find a comfortable position. Back sleeping impacts my breathing and of course stomach sleeping is just plain impossible at the moment. I'm ready to regain my freedom of movement!

9. Lifting heavy objects // This probably sounds crazy--you might be wondering why this makes the list. Over the past few months as the hubs and I have been settling into our new home, we've of course been acquiring various furniture pieces and rearranging rooms. Lifting heavy objects is generally not recommended during pregnancy and I've been surprisingly annoyed that I have to stand by and watch my hubby or others move things for me.

10. No more symptoms // I'm going to lump the last few things into this category because they are all pretty small and insignificant on their own, but overall I'm just looking forward to not experiencing them for a little while. Nose bleeds, not being able to bend over and tie my shoes, taking the stairs without being completely breathless, bladder control, no more pain in my back and ribs.... I could go on.

Here's to finishing out these last 2 (to 4) weeks with a bang! Or maybe a POP of champagne :)


baby boy style guide

When I found out that I was going to have a boy, I immediately resolved to find the most stylish baby clothes possible. Whenever I'm out shopping, I notice that trendy baby girl clothes are much easier to find than boy clothes. Why is that?? I did some digging and found what I consider to be the best options for the little guy. I'm all about the mini-me look and am going to try to replicate my husband's style for the babe, which means button-downs, comfy tees, stylish jeans, and accessories that have the ultimate cool-factor.

1. Splendid Slub Jersey Henley ($16)

2. H&M Knit Cotton Sweater ($12.99)

3. Loved By Hannah & Eli Man Cub T-Shirt ($34)

4. H&M Long-Sleeved Henley ($9.99)

5. Old Navy Plaid Roll-Sleeve Shirt ($14.94)

6. H&M Fine-Knit Cardigan ($12.99)

7. H&M Joggers ($12.99)

8. H&M Lined Corduroy Pants ($12.99)

9. H&M Slim Fit Jeans ($14.99)

10. Carter's 4-Pack Bodysuits ($9.99)

11. Monica + Andy Printed Joggers ($26)

12. H&M Soft Slippers ($12.99)

13. H&M High Tops ($19.99)

life update + mama style guide

To say that the past few months have been a whirlwind might be an understatement.

After spending over half of 2016 cozying up to my new life in Columbus, Ohio, I took a job back in Texas and had about 2 weeks to pack up the entire house, drive across the country and prepare for the new gig. The other major life change happening concurrently with all of this was discovering that I was expecting a little one! So much excitement in a short amount of time made it clear that the blog had to take a little break. Now that things are settling down a bit, I wanted to get back into posting a bit more regularly.

Today I've got a style guide lined up with pieces that I've been living in the past few months as the bump gets bigger. I've caved and bought a couple of maternity-specific items but for the most part try to stick with things that I'll be able to wear after the babe is born. I am drawn to tunic-length tops, open cardis, leggings, stretchy pants, flats, dark/neutral colors and soft fabrics. I threw in a few other must-haves including the body butter I've been using and must-have accessories.

1. Gap Softspun Knit Slit Tunic (on sale - $24.99!) - I got this in both black and white and wear both at least once a week!

2. Gap Scoop Neck Stripe Long Sleeve Tee (on sale - $19.99) - Another great layering piece!

3. Lou & Grey Signaturesoft Cowl Tunic ($59.50) - I picked this up during one of Loft's sales this week and it is one of the softest things I've ever worn.

4. Loft Maternity Five Pocket Sateen Leggings ($79.50) - I have these in burgundy but the other colors are just as beautiful and can be dressed up or down very easily.

5. Loft Maternity Skinny Jeans ($79.50) - I wore my normal skinnies with a belly band (see #11) for as long as I could until I finally caved and bought these. They tend to stretch out a little in the legs over time but for the price (I got them during Loft's cyber Monday sale), they are worth being able to pull on easily. The dark wash is perfect and goes with everything.

6. Harlow & Graham V-Neck Soft Pullover Sweater ($21.97) - I bought this in the spring and sized up for an oversize fit. I've been wearing it often even with the baby bump! It still fits well and is also extremely soft.

7. Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter ($9.08) - I'm super into skin products with the least amount of weird chemicals possible. I haven't been a Burt's Bees customer in the past but have been loving this belly butter. My skin is super soft after I use it and so far, I've yet to see any stretch marks. I'm sure those will still make an appearance at some point but for now, I'm pretty happy with the product!

8. Gap Pure Body Low-Rise Capri Leggings ($29.95) - These leggings are super soft and comfy--perfect for running weekend errands or lounging around the house!

9. BP. Open Front Cardigan ($49) - I bought a few of these in different colors during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale over the summer and wish I'd gotten more. I wear them ALL THE TIME and they are especially nice to throw on over the above mentioned Gap tunics. Pair with skinnies or leggings and a long necklace and I've got an instant outfit in no time.

10. Zella 'Live In' High Waist Leggings ($54-65) - I have these leggings in the old lower-rise fit but the high rise looks even more comfortable! I wear mine at least once a week, if not more. Even with the bump they have fit well. Lately, I've started folding the waist band down just a bit to keep them from squeezing in on the belly.

11. Ingrid & Isabel Women's Maternity Everyday Bellaband ($28.00) - This thing was a lifesaver during months 3-5 of the pregnancy. When the bump was just barely starting to debut but kept me from being able to button up my normal jeans comfortably, I left the button undone and just slipped this band over to keep my jeans up. They still fit snugly without being uncomfortable.

12. AZMED Maternity Belt ($24.97) - Around the 5-6 month mark, I started feeling discomfort in my hips/lower back. My job kept me on my feet nearly all day so I decided to grab a maternity support belt on Amazon to see if it could alleviate some of the pain. It seemed to work well enough and for the price, I haven't regretted buying it. I don't wear it every day but I throw it on over my jeans/leggings when I think I'll be walking around a lot during the day.

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