Bumpdate – 7 Months

How many weeks along: 30 Weeks

Gender: Girl!

Total Weight Gain: 19lbs

Maternity Style: It’s still hot here. I shouldn’t complain but I’m going to anyway. I am SO ready for leggings and layering.

Sleep: Pregnancy insomnia reared her ugly head this month. I’m awake around 4-4:30AM like clockwork and it’s so hard to fall asleep, so most of the time I just lay awake until my alarm goes off. Which means I’m feeling lovely (sarcasm) by 5-6PM. I guess I should get used to it though, huh? 

What I’m missing: Weather below 80 degrees.

Cravings: Ice. Specifically that amazing, soft ice you can get from King Taco or Sonic. I could blissfully crunch on ice all day and all night. I’m actually dreaming about the lovely unlimited cups of soft ice they bring you in Labor & Delivery. My husband (who loathes the sound of people chewing) probably wants to rip his face off but, hey, happy wife happy life right?

Symptoms: Insomia.

Body Changes: This was probably the first month I didn’t have a big weight bump. Not too much has changed between weeks 24 & 30. Still in all my regular clothes (with the exception of my jeans, I go into more detail about my favorite maternity jeans here) and still feeling mostly comfortable.

Mood: I’ve got 10 weeks left, and it’s bittersweet. I go back and forth between wanting to savor these sweet little moments of pregnancy, and being SO READY to get her out and meet her already.

Highlights: We finally were able to agree on a name for our sweet girl, and we got to see her in 3D/4D at an elective 28 week ultrasound. She was breech, posterior and I have an anterior placenta so imagine a giant pillow resting in front of her face. It made it a little harder to get good images because of the shadows but we still made it out with some gems. I can see she has the sweetest, chubbiest cheeks already and her big brother’s button nose.

Looking Forward to: My baby sprinkle! I can’t wait to share some laughs with my loved ones over brunch. I had a huge, co-ed shower when I was pregnant with Dominic but wanted to keep it simple this time.

Exercise: Still in the gym every week with my trainer, Evelyn. I’m blessed to still have good movement (even though my balance is shot to hell) so we’re at 17 weeks of workouts and I have no intention of stopping anytime soon.

On My Mind: I’m thinking a lot about life with a newborn and wondering if it will be easier the second time around. All babies are different, but I’m not sure if I’m going to immediately fall back into the swing of baby life or if it will be a harder adjustment for me, especially because I have a preschooler in tow this time. One thing that makes me feel better is that Dom is such a good helper, and I know I’ll be grateful for the extra set of (little) hands when the time comes.

Here’s some snaps from the camera roll this month!

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Bumpdate – 6 Months

How many weeks along: 26 Weeks

Gender: Still a girl 🙂

Total Weight Gain: 18lbs.

Maternity Style: Still toughing it out through the summer with light tees/tanks and dresses. My go-to pieces this summer have been these super-comfy ribbed midi dresses from H&M. They’re non-maternity but I wear a Size M and they hug the bump well. I love how easy they are to accessorize and dress up or down.

Dress: H&M Shoes: Adidas

I also am still in love with my one and only pair of maternity jeans, the Lucas from Topshop. They are a distressed boyfriend jean and meant to fit a bit loose but I hate loose pants so I bought them a size down (Size 6 for me) and they fit perfectly. No saggy crotch or butt here!

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Jeans: Topshop

Sleep: I hit a wall with sleep this month. I am so uncomfortable. I always thought those obnoxious pregnancy pillows were so ridiculous until I finally broke down and bought one and now I am forever changed. Sleep is just so much easier when you don’t have 10 small pillows stuffed under and between random body parts. The one I got is called the Snoogle by Leachco, you can get one here.

What I’m missing: We’re approaching football season and that means I’ll be missing beers and brunch with MIMOSAS! 😫

Cravings: Yogurt Parfaits with Granola. Chocolate Pie with fresh Whipped Cream. In N Out Burger (nothing new).

Symptoms: Heartburn. Restlessness.

Body Changes: Not too many complaints this month. Obviously my weight gain gives me anxiety but other than that, 6 months isn’t bad. You have enough baby in there to look actually pregnant and not just fat but not too much baby that you’re waddling around and looking uncomfortable LOL.

Mood: Anxious, but mostly happy.

Highlights: I started working on the kid’s shared nursery this month! The nesting has already begun and I’m sure it will only get worse LOL. The crib is built, and we’ve managed to re-organize Dom’s toys so they’re accessible but not underfoot. I hate, hate, hate clutter – so having a clean open floor is the main goal. Not easy with a preschooler who is obsessed with action figures 😉

Looking Forward to: 3D/4D Ultrasound! I can’t wait to see my baby’s sweet face.

Exercise: I’m 12 weeks into my workouts at Maternifit and I’m still getting my butt kicked! The best part of working with a trainer is that you can’t get complacent with your workouts, every week you switch it up so your body can’t get too used to any single exercise. Plus, I’m a working mom and it’s fire season for the husband – so I get very little time to myself. Chatting with my trainer, Evelyn for 45 minutes feels like a mini-vacation even though I’m exercising 🙂

On My Mind: This month I started to think a lot about Dominic. Specifically the moment when I’ll be leaving him to go to the hospital and give birth to our new baby girl. I cry every time my mind goes there, I can’t really help it. It’s something I know I’ll be unprepared for no matter how hard I try. He made me a mother, and he has been the absolute center of my universe for almost 4 years. I know our day to day lives are going to change immensely, and I have a lot of apprehension about how its going to affect him. He is strong, spirited, and stubborn – and he loves his mama. So I’m doing my best to prepare the both of us for this transition.

Here’s some snaps from the camera roll this month!

Pajamas: Forever 21
Dress: H&M

Bumpdate – 5 months

How many weeks along: 21 Weeks

Gender: She’s a girl 🙂

Total Weight Gain: 12lbs

Maternity Style: As this belly starts to round out I’m slowly but surely getting my groove back. The summer weather isnt as easy to style around because there are less opportunities for layering (every pregnant woman’s BFF) but I’m managing.

Sleep: Sleeping on my stomach is pretty much a no at this point but still sleeping fairly well.

What I’m missing: Micheladas. Fitting into regular pants. Not having to apply Cocoa Butter every day (I hate the smell of Cocoa Butter – yuck).

Cravings: Cold drinks. Lemonade. Iced Tea. Beer. Coke in a glass bottle.

Symptoms: The heartburn is real. Other than that I’m smooth sailing. The 2nd Trimester is the bomb.

Body Changes: The second pregnancy is a real struggle. Even though I lost all the baby weight from my first pregnancy, there are just certain parts of your body that never go back to how they were. So when you do it again, it can be a little traumatizing to see yourself grow and shift and expand in a new body. I just have to remind myself it’s all for the best cause, and that if I lost all my baby weight once, I can do it again!

Mood: Happy. Excited. Anxious. Every day is a flurry of emotion.

Highlights: Our Level 2 Ultrasound during Week 19! It’s always amazing to get another little peek at our baby girl. We got this profile shot and I think she looks just like her brother did at this time 😉

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Looking Forward to: Starting to shop. I don’t like to buy a lot before the Level 2 Ultrasound because I’m a tad superstitious but now it’s about to be on and popping!

Exercise: Still putting in weekly work at Maternifit! Working out while pregnant is a trip. Obviously you’re still gaining weight and your body is still getting larger because you’re growing a person but that doesn’t mean you don’t see little changes here in there, like having more endurance, or seeing your form improve week by week, or feeling how thick and strong your legs are getting! It’s definitely empowering and after 8 weeks I’m loving it more than ever.

20 Weeks

On My Mind: Starting to feel a little anxious for the end result. I have to remind myself a lot to stop and enjoy every little moment, since this is likely my last time being pregnant. It’s just my nature to want to rush to the next step, but I’m trying to be mindful of all the little things I know I’ll miss when she gets here.

Here’s some snaps from Month 5!

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19 Weeks.

Bumpdate – 4 months!

How many weeks along: 18 Weeks

Gender: She’s a girl 🙂

Total Weight Gain: about 10lbs (F%&#!)

Maternity Style: I’m slowly learning how to dress this changing body of mine. The weight gain has been quicker and more widely distributed than when I was pregnant with Dom. Thighs are thicker, hips are wider, and the belly is – prominent. Learning how to dress for the hot summer weather is the real struggle, especially when you don’t want to wear a dress every day and maternity shorts are an abomination (seriously – can someone make a decent pair of maternity shorts? Anyone?). I’ll get it eventually, keep an eye out for #OOTDs soon.

Sleep: Sleeping well. Less and less on my stomach but still comfortable for the most part. Now that my uterus has moved off my bladder I’m peeing less which is also nice.

What I’m missing: Micheladas. Bad. Other than that I’m good. I don’t adhere to the strict pregnancy “do not eat” list so there aren’t a lot of things that I deprive myself of but alcohol is obviously one that I do so – see you you in 5 months delicious michis!

Cravings: I’ve never been a craver. There are things I love to eat more than others but I’m not sending my husband out at 11PM for pickles and ice cream, if you know what I mean. I am obsessed with eating Outshine lemon fruit bars though. They taste like a tart soft-frozen lemonade and always hit the spot especially on a hot day. I buy boxes 3 at a time – no lie. At 70 calories a pop it’s hard to not justify eating a few in a day. But I’m working on it, LOL.

Symptoms: I spent the first half of month 4 frustrated with my seemingly never-ending all day nausea and food aversions. I think at one point I tried to come to terms with the fact that it might never end. Luckily, at week 17, the sun emerged from the clouds and I was able to start feeling like my old self. My main symptoms were morning sickness and a general lack of energy.

Body Changes: I would be lying if I told you I wasn’t stressed about the weight gain this time around. My metabolism took a quick dive after my miscarriage, and it has been so hard for me to get back into the swing of things since. Weekly workouts with Evelyn at Maternifit beginning at Week 14 are keeping me active while also getting my body prepped for labor. My goal is to keep it up (along with lots of walking) until Week 38. Fingers crossed!

Mood: Upbeat. Not feeling like you’re perpetually hungover every minute of every day will do that to you. I have my moments, I’m sure (sorry babe) but for the most part I’m feeling wonderfully optimistic.

Highlights: Feeling like a normal human being again! First trimester kicked my ass. Big time. Getting back to my regular eating habits and routine is so refreshing. Also, I started feeling flutters at week 14 that turned into pops and kicks at week 16. It is the strangest feeling but it’s welcome, I love being gently reminded that there’s a little human growing inside me – we’ll see how I feel when the reminders are less gentle! 🙂

Looking Forward to: Getting to see my little girl at our Level 2 Ultrasound in 19 weeks. Fingers crossed she’s still a girl LOL!

Exercise: Getting in the groove with my workouts. I love going to see my trainer Evelyn, at Maternifit. We do lots of upper body, squats, lunges, and modified core work to get my body ready for labor. I have to admit I was dying a  bit at first since I hadn’t worked out in FOREVER but I’m a month in now and really looking forward to my workouts every week.

On My Mind:  I’m getting anxious to get to the halfway point, and to make sure our little girl is growing as she should. The 1st Trimester is all about worrying about things like pregnancy viability and NT Scans and the first half of the 2nd Trimester is like, “I hope her eyeballs are in the right place and her heart works properly.” Basically, there is never not anything to worry about.

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16 Weeks.

It’s a…

You didn’t think I was just going to tell you right off the bat, did you?

First let’s put those old wives tales to the test and see how they stack up in real life.

Mother’s Intuition: Boy

Dreams: Boy

Skin: Breaking out. Girl

Morning Sickness: All day. Girl

Dad’s Weight Gain (so far): Maintaining. Girl

Ring Test: Girl

Chinese Gender Predictor: Girl

Baby’s Heart Rate: Over 140 BPM. Girl.

Cravings: Salty/Savory. Boy

Carrying: Low. Boy

Mom’s Weight Gain: All over. Girl

Cold Feet: No. Girl

Final Tally: Girl-8 Boy-4

Verdict…

…it’s a girl!

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We are so incredibly overjoyed to complete our family with a baby girl. I don’t think I have ever seen my husband rendered speechless. Let the shopping commence!

October Favorites

November Favorites

  1. Batiste Dry Shampoo in Wild, $7.99

I have been hearing nothing but good things about this surprisingly affordable dry shampoo so I picked one up and it certainly did not disappoint. It makes my second and even third day hair look fresh, soft and bouncy while leaving the most beautiful scent. My main issue with a lot of dry shampoos is that they do not absorb well, so you get this white, dusty look after using – but this guy absorbed all excess grease and then disappeared without a  trace. I will definitely be repurchasing!

2. Sonia Kashuk Color Crazed 10pc. Brush Set$36.99

I picked this brush set up at my happy place (Target) because I loved the dark-teal color of the brush hairs. I mean, how gorgeous are they? Fortunately their quality is equally amazing so these babies are here to stay. They are all great and multi-functional brushes but the crown jewel is this little baby right here. It’s a contour brush with dense bristles that picks up the perfect amount of bronzer and carves out your cheekbones while perfectly following the natural curves of your face. Seriously, it makes contouring a snap, even if you’re not as experienced with makeup. In my opinion, this guy is worth the $36 price tag by itself, and the other 9 brushes are a bonus. This is a limited edition brush set that is currently available at Target in limited quantities, so I would grab them now if you’re interested.

3. Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer$32

I was on the fence about purchasing this primer but I’m so glad I did. This is an ultra-hydrating primer infused with Coconut Water to brighten up the skin while also smoothing the surface. It is so hydrating and lightweight I am tempted to use it as a moisturizer (don’t do that, I’ll let you know why in another post). Makeup glides right over it and blends to perfection. Did I mention it smells amazing? Like an island vacation? Well, it does. My only suggestion would be that if you have a very oily t-zone (as I do), layer a more mattifying primer to those areas only to control excess oil.

4. Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey, $26

I don’t think there is a beauty guru on the planet who has not tried this highlighter and come back to sing its praises. I am no exception. This beautiful illuminator gives me the most gorgeous, golden glow. If your goal is to attain a cheekbone highlight that can be seen from space – this is your guy.

5. Laura Geller Real Deal Concealer in Light

I had a hard time justifying the price of this concealer with how little product you actually get but once I used it it all made sense. This full-coverage concealer literally covers everything with one, tiny drop. It is a very thick consistency but still blends flawlessly. It’s perfect for highlighting as well as covering undereye bags and dark circles. Set it with a translucent powder for zero creasing and all-day staying power.

6. Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Berry & Melted Fig, $21

I originally bough this lip color for the novelty, I mean, it’s a lipstick melted down into a liquid. That’s pretty cool. Once I used it, however, I was officially hooked. This lip color is bold, vibrant, creamy, blendable and very long lasting. You’re getting all the color payoff and staying power of a matte to demi-matte lipstick in a very easy to use format. I love how smooth they glide on and how easy they are to apply. My two favorites for this season are without a doubt the Berry and Fig. The Berry is a gorgeous cranberry color that can be deepened with liner and the Fig is a soft, plum-mauve that can be dramatic or subtle depending on how you do the rest of your makeup. Either way, they’re both extremely versatile and flattering.

Melted Nov Favorites

7. Glamglow Powermud DualCleanse Treatment$19

I purchased the smaller sized version of this mask so I could see how it worked for me and it looks like I’ll need to be ponying up for the full size soon. I have long been loyal to my Glamglow Powermud Clearing Treatment but this is an amazing mask to alternate with. It leaves my skin soft, clean, and super-bright plus it smells AMAZING. I have zero complaints about Glamglow’s entire product line (that I’ve tried) – their treatments and cleansers always do exactly as they promise.

8. Apple iPhone 6S Plus$749

I took the plunge on the new iPhone 6S Plus and am not disappointed. I’m sure it does all sorts of awesome techie stuff but really, it’s all about the camera on this one guys. I typically use my Sony A5100 for blogging but I am reaching for my iPhone more and more. Not to mention the front-facing flash…it’s like they heard my prayers. I also love the new Live photo feature which captures three seconds of video along with every still image so when you press on it, it appears like an animated GIF. It’s not so much functional as it is just, cool. Take all my money, Apple, per usual.

There were so many amazing things I was reaching for this month it was hard to narrow it down to just a handful – but here are my very favorite products for the month of September!

September Favorites

  1. Morphe 35O Palette, $22.99

You have to be living under a rock to have not at least heard of this guru-favorite. Morphe outdid themselves with this incredibly beautiful eyeshadow palette, packed with 35 warm-toned shades that are perfectly pigmented. This baby is perfect for creating countless Autumn looks – and the price tag is unbeatable for the value.

**Morphe put up a presale for this palette this morning, and it sold out in hours. Follow them on Instagram for restock details!

2. Crest 3D White Daily Brilliance Cleansing Toothpaste & Whitening Gel System, $14.99

I am obsessed with whitening my teeth. Unfortunately, most whitening systems make my teeth so sensitive it’s hard to even breathe without it being uncomfortable. This awesome 2-step system allows you to whiten your teeth dramatically (and gently) while you brush. Just brush with the Brilliance toothpaste for 60 seconds as you normally would, spit (don’t rinse), and brush for 60 more seconds with the hydrogen peroxide whitener. I’m halfway through the tubes and my teeth are crazy white – with no sensitivity!

3. ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Clueless, Midi, and Tulle, $6

I have been singing the praises of ColourPop on this blog for some time (Here and Here) so its no surprise that these babies made my favorites this month. They are the perfect consistently and dry to a matte finish that doesn’t feel cakey. I would be hard pressed to find a shade I DIDN’T like but I have been keeping these three on rotation this month.

4. Real Techniques 300 Tapered Blush Brush, $24

I have to admit that I bought this brush because it is rose gold and GORGEOUS but I keep reaching for it because it’s perfect for applying highlight! The weight distribution is amazing so you get a flawless application every time. I have heard great things about this line and will definitely be adding more of these brushes to my collection.

5. Pixi Glow Tonic, $15

I’m pretty picky about my skincare but received a sample of this baby in an Allure Beauty Box and fell in love. This alcohol-free toner leaves my skin perfectly prepped for makeup. Just apply it with a cotton pad after cleansing and follow with moisturizer!

6. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, $37

I have been a pretty loyal Ben Nye user for awhile but this amazing product converted me – quickly. The finely milled powder sets concealer perfectly without looking chalky and prevents makeup from creasing. Honestly – applying concealer without this should be a crime.

7. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured in Opal, $38

This is a pricey item but trust me, worth every penny. I am obsessed with the pressed powder version of this highlighter so when I stumbled on the cream version – not buying it was out of the question! This smooth cream highlight glides on amazingly and blends to perfection with fingers or a brush. Layer the powder version on top for a highlight sent from the GODS.

8. OGX Coconut Water Weightless Hydration Oil, $7.99

I have a lot of hair. It’s wavy, it’s heavy, and if it doesn’t “agree” with the products I put in it it’s completely uncooperative. On days when I want to wear my hair natural, this is my go-to product. It uses coconut water to infuse strands with moisture without weighing down my waves. Not to mention it smells AMAZING.

9. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation, $7.99

I only started experimenting with drugstore foundations in the past month because I never truly believed they could stand up next to any of the prestige brands I’m used to. This foundation truly lives up to the hype. It has amazing coverage and although it doesn’t last as long as a department store brand, it will get you through the day without getting oily or sheer. There is an impressive shade selection and at under $10 a pop – why wouldn’t you give it a try?

 

 

 

 

These ColourPop Ultra Matte liquid lipsticks have quickly become my HOLY GRAIL lip product.

They have an amazing consistency that allows them to glide on and shape easily, and then dry to a matte finish that doesn’t feel dry or cakey. They last all day and through meals with little to no touch-ups necessary. The color payoff is amazing and the shade variety is pretty incredible (there are some serious dupes here, ladies!).

Best part? These gorgeous little babies cost SIX DOLLARS a pop. Yup. You read that right.

They stand up to any prestige brand of liquid lipstick on the market at an incredible value.

I’m officially obsessed. Take all my money ColourPop.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip Swatches with Flash

MAC’s “All That Glitters” is hands down one of my most coveted lid colors! It’s so beautiful and has a really pigmented, coral-metallic finish.

Last week I purchased a pretty Milani shadow during a lunchtime run to CVS and was thrilled to come home and find it was an awesome dupe for my beloved MAC shadow.

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The top swatch is the MAC, the bottom is Milani.

The MAC shadow is available at Pro locations only, and will run you about $11-$15 depending on whether you get the pan only or full component. The Milani is $4.49 and is available at CVS.