Our Maternity Photo Shoot

Like two crazy people, my husband and I decided to do our maternity photos on one of the hottest days of the year. It was 116* out, incredibly humid, and ugh – the bugs! Thankfully, our amazing photographer Kenzlee Rogers worked quickly to get all these amazing shots of us in a park near our home. We could not be more pleased with the way the photos turned out.

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7 Home Projects on My List

I’m sure you know how this goes. You live in your space for a while and suddenly you hate the paint color of your living room or you want to redo the kitchen cabinets. Maybe you want to remove a wall (ambitious but you do you). Little things about your home start to get on your nerves or show different potential.

We’ve lived in our home for about six months and have started to get a little squirrely. Our house is actually really great and we only want to make a few cosmetic changes. However, my husband hates painting and being pregnant, I had to limit my exposure to paint fumes. Now, with an extensive maternity leave looming, I’ve started to dream up small home projects I’d like to complete in the coming months. Read More »

Pregnancy – Week 38

Week… 38

Baby is the size of… Swiss Chard … cool.

Highlight of the Week… Finally having the nursery done (did you see it?!) and starting maternity leave. We’re so ready for baby to be here and with all the progress my body is making, we’re hoping we don’t have to wait too long. Thankfully, now we can just focus on keeping me as comfortable as possible and waiting.

Frustration of the Week… Baby dropping is great and all, but it has also opened a whole new world of pain. Despite the therapy and chiropractic care, my low back, hips, and pelvis scream in agony with most movements. Thus, the pregnancy waddle has become unavoidable. Overall, I’ve accepted the pain as part of the process but trying to get enough sleep to be functional and pleasant for work was frustrating. With that pressure off, I’m hoping to shift back into a good mental space about the physical discomfort.

Eating a lot of… Still yogurt and ice cream.

Cute Thing Hubby Did This Week… Hubs is becoming quite the masseuse! He’s been massaging my feet for weeks to encourage circulation but over the past week, he’s upped his game to include my low back and hips to relieve pain! I think he’s secretly been doing research.

A Tidbit… I have been loooving all the tips people have for getting the baby out. Everything from bouncing on a medicine ball to eating Mexican food to… well, the activity that got us into this situation to begin with. Hahaha! Here’s a full list of what I’ve been told:

  • Bouncing on a medicine ball
  • Eating Mexican food
  • Having sex
  • Eating French Onion Soup
  • Washing windows or anything that puts my arms over my head
  • Walking
  • Squats

7 Tips for Stress-Free Mornings

Fun Fact: I hate to be rushed. Loathe it. If I feel crunched for time, I am the most irritable person in the world, and it takes a while for me to come down from the unwanted, unnecessary stress.

For this reason, I spend quite a bit of time investing in my morning routine. Starting my day off right truly does set the tone for the rest of the day and I’m sure you feel me on this. How many times have you had a hectic morning and felt frazzled the rest of the day? I’m sure it’s more than you could count!

Over the years, I’ve implemented different morning routines to adapt to my changing lifestyle. From being a full-time student working two jobs to working full-time from home, the techniques used to set the proper stage for my day have been all over the place. Here are my seven favorite tactics to ensure I start the day stress-free.

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Pregnancy – Week 37

Week… 37

Baby is the size of… a Winter Melon (aka a wax gourd… which I still don’t know what that is)

Highlight of the Week… We had our first weekly check-in with my doctor to see if there’s any progress. Good news all around! Baby is in birthing position and officially dropped into my pelvis. I am dilating and my body is showing all the right signs preparing for birth.

The best moment was knowing that baby had dropped. I woke up one morning and was suddenly able to climb the stairs in our house without getting winded. I realized something was different on the way to work when I was able to belt out a song in the car without having to cut notes short. Being able to actually push down on the top of my belly and visually see how much baby had shifted downward was crazy! You can see it really clearly in the picture at the end of this post.Read More »