Pregnancy – Week 26

Week… 26

Baby is the size of… an eggplant

Highlight of the Week… Aside from receiving excellent news about my maternity leave benefit this week, baby’s movements have changed in such a cool way! This week, baby has started stretching and taking up more space, which means out of nowhere I can feel baby puuuushing outward from my body. Up to this point, it’s been all kicks, punches, and tumbles, but suddenly, there are hard spots on the surface because baby is hanging out on the edges. We can’t yet identify if it’s the head, butt, or back, but it’s cool all the same.

Frustration of the Week… I had the most epic meltdown this week over finding a sweatshirt or jacket! In complete and utter honesty, my hormones have stayed shockingly well under control through my pregnancy. I have small bouts of PMS-like emotion every four weeks like clockwork that last about a day – if that. Unfortunately, that day landed while I was selecting clothing for my upcoming trip to Dublin. I need a jacket or a sweatshirt because, well, it’s a bit chilly there. Let me tell you why this is so frustrating. First, I have a closet FULL of long-sleeved options already – running jackets, rain jackets, zip-up hoodies, everything you can imagine. But my belly is too big for all of them. That’s right – not a single one will zip or fit. Second, IT’S SUMMER HERE! As in it’s hot-hot-hot! Not only is it hard to find maternity clothes in general but try finding a black light jacket or zip-up sweatshirt that is appropriate to wear in the workplace (maternity or a size up) in Arizona in May. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

Thankfully, I found one through ASOS online and it’s not perfect but it’ll work for what I need.

Eating a lot of… Veggies and shrimp! And… brownies. Hubs made brownies and I couldn’t control myself.

Cute Thing Hubby Did This Week… Referencing back to my frustration this week, hubs went on a massive hunt for a black jacket for me the day after my meltdown. He spent hours going to stores, combing through racks and racks of clothing trying to find me a viable solution. He truly is the best!

A Tidbit… I finally got a belly band to help with ligament and back pain. Game. Changer. After extensive research, I invested in a Belly Bandit and it has made all the difference in my comfortability and pain management. Yes, it’s a little pricey, but since we are planning for a second pregnancy, the return on investment is pretty great. If you use my link, you can get 5% off your purchase.

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Best Way to Organize Scrapbook Paper

Upon moving into our new home, I realized that my paper organization habits were not great. Like all Cricut owners, over time, I had amassed quite the collection of cardstock and other scrapbook papers. Oh, a pack of various colored paper on sale at Michaels for only $5? Don’t mind if I do!

That’s not to say this paper isn’t useful. Of course, it is! The true issue lies in where to put all of it that ticks off the right requirements:

  1. Accessible
  2. Organized
  3. Protected from the “Elements”

To be clear, “elements” includes me accidentally bending the corners of a stack due to lack of attention.

Enter the solution of all solutions… a filing cabinet.

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7 Beauty Products I Can’t Live Without

Like many women, my beauty routine oscillates between maximum and minimal effort. Some days I’m feeling glamorous and pull out the full routine – foundation, contouring, highlighting, fancy eyeshadow, the works! Other days, eh – I just want to look like I’ve made a little effort even though I’m not feeling it. Oddly enough, the latter doubles as my vacation and travel routine unless attending an event (e.g. wedding or conference). These seven beauty supplies have become necessities when it comes to my beauty regime.Read More »

Pregnancy – Week 25

Week… 25

Baby is the size of… a rutabaga

Highlight of the Week…  Husband and I have answered all kinds of important newborn-raising questions this week and it’s refreshing to have the weight off our shoulders. We also mapped out a bunch of to-dos and booked a birthing class with our hospital. I know this doesn’t sound like much of a highlight but we’re feeling more prepared and less panicky that we’re missing something. Less stress is always a highlight!

Frustration of the Week… The belly has been going through a growth spurt this week. Lots of ligament pain and for the first time, lower back pain. I bought a belly band to help alleviate the discomfort, but man, this discomfort suuucks. Silver lining is that means baby is healthy and growing, right?! Focus on the silver lining.

Eating a lot of… Seaweed Snack! I seriously can’t get enough of these things! And trail mix.

Cute Thing Hubby Did This Week… Wednesday was my birthday and my husband got me the most thoughtful pregnancy gift – bath accessories. As mentioned, my belly is in major growth mode and I’ve been uncomfortable for the past couple of weeks. The only respites have been the pool and warm baths. Enter my hero of a husband with a cushy tub pillow and an extending bath caddy for all my relaxing needs. Absolutely delightful!

A Tidbit… I couldn’t post an update without including this incredibly sweet photo.