Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Favorites

First of all, I want to say thank you to those that commented on my post yesterday! Just another reason why I love the blogging community so much! I learned a lot from all of your advice and I think we have figured out what to get and what we can wait to purchase before baby comes :)

Can you believe it's Friday already?! 

Here's what I've been loving lately...

1 | Currently wearing and loving OPI's Kennebunk-Port and Revlon's Colorburst Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie. Both oldies, but goodies!

2 | I received Camden's monogrammed coming home outfit in the mail this week! I was so exicted to receive it! Ann Everett Rae's shop on etsy has the cutest little monogrammed baby outfits and accessories! They were so great to work with and sent several proofs to make sure it turned out just the way I wanted and it only took about 2 weeks from the time I ordered the outfit to receive it (which is pretty quick for something that is monogrammed or personalized). Can't wait to bring him home in this little get up :)

3 | Gold decor from Crate & Barrel that has recently caught my eye... Love this little acorn plate and gold candle sticks!

4 | Just recently stumbled accross H&M's maternity section online and I am loving what I see! I know I shouldn't splurge on any more maternty wear... But, seriously... MAMA imitation leather pants? I feel like I would be the coolest pregnant lady around if I wore these. And I would pair them with the faux fur vest!

5 | Last, but not least, I am loving my new hand stamped bar and charm necklace from Mia Earrings! I showed Bill the necklace I wanted a few weeks ago and that I wanted it for my birthday or our anniversary and he said to go ahead and purchase it now! I wonder if that means there is something else coming for anniversary/birthday?! We shall see...

Happy Weekend friends!

I'm linking up with Amanda for Friday Favorites.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Baby Mama Advice Needed!

We are getting down to the wire, friends!

I have a little over 6 weeks until my due date! Crazy!

I have one more shower on November 2, but want some advice on a few items we have left to purchase...

1 | We currently have this Pack n Play which comes with a little removable rocking seat and changing station on top. I have heard from a few of my friends with babies that they used this in their bedrooms at night for baby to sleep in. Well, we got it all put together last weekend and put it in our room and I'm realizing how much space it takes up. Our bedroom is not that big as it is and now we have a king sized bed in there. There's hardly enough room to walk around the Pack n Play when it's set up next to the bed. I mean, we can manage for the first month or so...

I have heard from multiple sources that the Fisher Price Rock n Play is a great alternative for newborns to sleep in while bedside. Should we break down and get one instead or try the pack n play for a while? 

I like the idea of the pack n play because it has a changing station right there. If we use the rock n play sleeper, do you have to go all the way to the nursery to change diapers? (Yes, I am that lazy and will be even more so on no sleep!)

2 | If we go with the rock n sleeper, do we still then need to get a swing? I have heard that a swing is a MUST have, but the one I want (Snugapuppy Cradle 'N Swing... Gosh I hope this child likes puppies as much as I do!) is big and we have a pretty small family room. I know the mamaRoos have great reviews and are more compact, but are a little more pricey and I just like the Fisher Price ones better for some reason. Any other suggestions??

3 | I am torn with what type of bottles to use. I've got a few Madela brand (that go with my breast pump), but have yet to purchase or receive any others. I have heard so many differing opinions on bottles and it sounds like every baby is a little different with their preference, so I am planning on getting a few different kinds to try out. 

My question is, is there one type of bottle sterilizer, warmer, etc that you all recommend? I have the Tommee Tippee bottle warmer and the sterilizer on my registry, but do these fit any bottles? Are there any that fit all brands?

4 | Last, but not least... Strollers.. I have gone back and forth about these! We have not received one as of yet and I've actually changed my mind a few times with what kind to get. I have heard that the car seat stroller frames (or snap n go's) are the best for quick transportation with the car seat, so I have this one on our registry that goes with our car seat. We will definitely be purchasing this before baby arrives. I also want to get a high terrain/jogger stroller at some point. I had this Graco one on our registry for a while, but just changed to the BOB stroller because of how many great reviews it has. It is definitely a little more pricey than the others, but if we can get some good use out of it over the next few years, then it may be worth it. 

My question is, can I get by until Spring without purchasing the jogging stroller? Baby is due beginning of December and I doubt I would be able to get out and use it until the weather got warmer around Spring time any way. Can I get by just having the basic stroller frame for the first few months? Any other recommendations?

Ok, I think that's all the questions I have for now!!

Comment away!

I'm linking up with Natalie and Annie for Thoughts for Thursday.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fall + Winter Maternity Must Haves

It's been a while since I posted a 'maternity must haves' post. Recently, I've been trying my hardest not to splurge too much on shopping for myself so we can focus on spending the money on baby needs (and wants... let's be honest). 

However, there are a few maternity staples that I've had to purchase recently in order to get through the cooler weather we've been having here in Ohio. 

When it comes to dressing the bump, I have found it easier in the fall to buy a few maternity staples and mix them with 'regular' clothes and accessories. First, let's start with the basics...

1 | Maternity leggings. These are a must have. I have several pairs now and wear them just about everyday! The ones I have are from Destination Maternity (Motherhood Maternity brand). I bought 2 pairs of these and they have been in heavy rotation! I love the full panel that goes all the way over my belly. They are pretty opaque which is great for throwing on with a sweatshirt or cardigan and not really having to worry about covering your behind. I also got a pair from Old Navy that I wear when my other leggings are in the wash. I have also heard great things about the BLANQI brand for maternity leggings. I may have to invest in one more pair...

2 | Maternity jeans. I have loved my Jessica Simpson maternity jeans. Again, I like the full panel style. It may not be for everyone, but it makes me feel more comfortable. They are really soft and have kept their shape through a few washes. Definitely find a pair that you love!

3 | Basic tanks and tee shirts. I have bought a few colors of maternity tanks and tee shirts from Target that I wear a lot. I would suggest getting black or a basic color so you can layer on top. 

4 | Long sleeved shirts or light sweaters. I recently purchased this long sleeved maternity shirt from Target and have been wearing it a lot because it is so comfy and goes perfect with leggings! I also picked up a few light, long sleeved sweaters to go over leggings as well.

Now that you have the basics down, you can add other non-maternity pieces that you may already have in your wardrobe:

1 | Long cardigans. These are great for layering over your maternity tanks and tee shirts. You can wear them with leggings or jeans. I have a few different ones in my closet from last year that I have been using a lot. I love this boyfriend cardigan from Old Navy too. 

2 | Puffer vests. These are great for layering with your long sleeved maternity shirts and sweaters. you can leave them unzipped/buttoned to give your belly some room. I am loving this fur hooded vest option!

3 | Flat boots. Unfortunately, if you are like me and towards the end of your pregnancy, you may have swollen feet. My feet have gone up one whole size since I've been pregnant and none of my boots fit from last year (sad face). So, I picked up a pair of these and these from Old Navy to get me through the next couple of months. If you are lucky and your feet have not grown, get out all the pairs of your comfy FLAT boots for the fall and winter. Trust me, flat is the way to go... your feet will thank me! (from the photo above: red Hunter boots, Steve Madden knee high boots, Old Navy sherpa-style grey boots)

4 | Scarfs. It's no secret that the plaid, over-sized scarfs are in this season. It is the perfect way to top off your fall and winter style. You can pick up a few reasonably priced ones (like this one) from Target! 

There you have it! My budget friendly fall and winter maternity style must haves!

Pregnant ladies or former pregnant ladies, what were your maternity staples?

I'm linking up with Morgan today for Mid Week Muse.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Orange is the New Black

Orange and Black

buffalo check shirt |  grey zip sweatshirt | orange corduroy pants | faux leather leggings | floppy hat | black beanie | drop earrings | kate spade cobble hill bag | quilted leather boots | ankle booties | embossed leather strap watch

Ok, orange may not be the new black. However, I am finding 'burnt orange' or 'blood orange' to be a great accent colors for accessories. Wearing the color with black really compliments the shade and makes it pop! And of course, this color combo is perfect for Halloween!

How would you wear the trendy color? 

I'm linking up with the ladies below for the Holiday Link up:

Holiday Linkup

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Weekend Recap

Another weekend flew by!

Friday night my parents brought us dinner and came over to help with some nursery projects and to put together some baby gear. They also surprised us with our car seat! 

Saturday morning was spent sipping (decaf) coffee in Camden's room and pretending he was playing on his little football play mat :) Now that the glider is in and the room is almost finished, I just love spending my mornings in there.

Nursery update: One of the last items for the nursery (this grey pouf) is on back order! Once I get it and add the bedding, it will be complete and I will post the reveal!

Bill went down on campus on Saturday to tailgate with some friends for the game which gave me the opportunity to run some errands and clean the house a bit. The rest of the evening was spent very comfortably on the couch! I am realizing as I get closer to baby Camden arriving, my energy levels continue to drop. I have to force myself to relax and know that it's my body telling me to rest!

Sunday I attended my second baby shower that was hosted by my mom's best friend. A lot of my mom's side of the family was there along with Bill's mom, sister and sister in law. The theme was 'tea for two' and everything was so adorable!

{Bill's family: SIL, Mom, Bill, Me and Bill's sister}

{my grandma, me and my mom}

I am so lucky to have had FOUR (including the baby) generations attend the baby shower!

We are definitely feeling very loved after this weekend. I can't believe we have another shower in a few weeks! This child will be very spoiled with stuff and love for sure!!

Tonight we have part 2 of our childbirth class after work... Wish us luck! :)

I'm linking up with:
Biana for Weekending
Leeann and Kimberlee for Monday Morning Gossip

**This week I am the featured blogger on the Monday Morning Gossip link up, so make sure to hop on over and check out the other bloggers' posts!**

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Favorites

Well, we made it through another week!

Tonight we have plans to have dinner with my parents and put together some baby things. Sunday I have my family baby shower! I am so excited to celebrate this little guy once again!

Here's what I'm loving from this week:

1 | Pottery Barn Kids everything... This store is going to be the death of me! I ordered Camden's first pair of Christmas PJs! There's nothing that makes me more happy than thinking of snuggling him by the Christmas tree :)

2 | I also ordered a personalized boppy cover because, why not?!

3 | I am also loving the diaper bag I got at my first shower from PBK. It is the perfect size and has a lot of room for all the essentials. I can wear it over my shoulder or it has a longer shoulder strap to wear as a crossbody. It's also one that Bill could use without feeling too "girly." :)

4 | I have been craving everything salty + sweet. Thinking about making these tonight for dessert:

5 | It's also time to get some pumpkins! I'm not sure if I'm up for carving them this year... Maybe paint?

What are you loving this week?

I'm linking up with Amanda for Friday Favorites.

Happy Weekend!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bumpdate | 32 weeks!

Sorry for the tired look...
Just keeping it real here folks! 
I have been living in my maternity leggings as of recent. 
Even my maternity jeans are starting to feel a little snug!
This shirt has been on repeat a lot too with a few other maternity t shirts and tanks.
I have a feeling this is going to be my daily attire from here on out!

Let's get to it...

  • I am currently 32 weeks and 4 days pregnant as of today (that's 8 months pregnant!)
  • Baby is between 15.2 - 16.7 inches and weighs 2.5 - 3.8 lbs!
  • He is getting ready for his descent... Although, I can't tell if he is in the head down position or not. Sometimes I feel kicks in my lower belly and sometimes I feel them up top? Hopefully, he is mostly head down!
Not so fun things
  • Sleeping is getting rough. I have to change positions every couple of hours. My hips start to ache after laying on one side for too long. Hence the bags under my eyes in the photo above!
  • Back and hips ache. Prenatal yoga does help this a bit. As well as random massages from Bill :)
  • Acid reflux is my new friend.
  • Feeling large and in charge! Just a lot more difficult getting around, carrying things, standing up, etc. 
  • Can't wear my wedding rings anymore :( :( This is really sad...
  • My boots from last year do not fit! I had to buy a couple pairs from Old Navy in a larger size to tide me over for a bit. 
  • ICE! I want to crunch on ice all day. My doc says my iron levels are fine, so it's not anemia or anything... Just one of those weird pregnancy things! I have heard that it is a typical craving towards the end.
  • Overall, just hungry for comfort food all the time. Donuts, chocolate, french fries, pizza... you know... all the healthy stuff...
Really awesome things
  • The nursery is just about complete! I need to order one more small piece of furniture and add a few decor items. I'm really hoping to get it together by the end of the month.
  • Getting close! Less than 8 weeks to go!!
  • We had our first childbirth class this week and have another one next week. I love learning everything about the whole process. It definitely makes me more at ease to know at least mostly what to expect.
  • We found our pediatrician! This was a big check off the list of to dos. 
  • I still have 2 more showers to go! I can't believe there is still more stuff this little guy needs... I love putting everything together and organizing his little things :) 
  • Dr appointments are every other week now. I just love every chance I get to hear that little heart beat! 
That's it for this bumpdate!
Next one will be 34 weeks! Getting so close!

And just for fun...

What a difference 20 weeks makes!!
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