First & Second Trimester Favorites

the first 27 weeks of pregnancy have flown by! as quickly as it has come and gone, there are a few things that have gotten me through the uncomfortable, yucky feeling moments of pregnancy {so far}! I know I’m not the only one to experience these things, so I figured I’d share my favorites {even though they are pretty predictable}.

First & Second Trimester Favorites
1 {Contigo water bottle}
I always have a bottle of water with me, and these 24 oz bottles by Contigo are awesome! refillable, dishwasher safe and the perfect size {not too heavy but you don’t have to fill it up every 5 minutes}!
2 {Bumpnest pregnancy pillow}
I will admit, it was a love hate relationship with the bump nest at first! I’m used to sleeping on a very flat pillow, so for me it was a little too much cushion to have under my head! I spent the first couple weeks figuring out where my neck pain was coming from…but once I realized that was the only thing that changed, I flipped it over {so the curve where you would normally put your head is at the bottom of the bed} and it was AMAZING! I still use my regular pillow under my head, but I have the bump next curved around my front and back and it is wonderful! it makes it so much easier for this tummy sleeper to get used to sleeping on my sides!
3 {Mustela stretch mark creme}
I bought this after reading the pregnancy recommendations of Jessica from Little Baby Garvin and so far I really like it! I’ll notice some itching in the afternoons and evenings and a quick shower and a layer of this cream feels so good on my stretching tummy! I know they say its hereditary, but let’s hope this keeps the stretch marks away!
4 {maternity leggings from the Gap}
these are by far the best item of clothing ever! you would think my regular yoga pants or leggings would do just fine – I mean they’re stretchy, right? wrong.  when sitting, my pre-pregnancy yoga pants {mostly Pink by VS}, put pressure on my lower belly and were super uncomfortable! these are the softest, coziest leggings and sit perfectly below the belly! I even wore 2 pairs layered the other night when we were going to an outdoor party and they kept me perfectly warm and didn’t bunch up or anything! definitely something I’m going to keep in my closet after this little girl comes for as long as possible!
5 {mini cans of ginger ale}
you guessed it – morning sickness {or all day sickness, really}! especially in my first trimester, getting up to get ready in the morning was a chore.  I felt lazy, nauseous and just all around yucky – especially if I started the whole shower/get ready routing without having something in my tummy! these little guys were the perfect pairing to go with my delicious crackers {haha}! crisp and straight from the fridge cold, the smaller size can was the perfect pick-me-up when I couldn’t get going!
6 {saltine crackers}
goes along with the not feeling so great fixes.  I had baggies of these crackers everywhere {my night stand, my purse, my car, my desk at work} so they would always be within reach.  it was so much better for me to eat a couple crackers before I got up, on my way to work, or between breakfast and lunch instead of waiting until it was too late and feeling sick.  these were definitely life savers!

well those were just a couple of things that helped me get through – along with lots of rest, a very hardworking and patient husband, takeout food and other helpful friends and family that were always willing to chip in when I didn’t feel 100%!  I am so grateful to have had an easy, healthy pregnancy so far and am looking forward to the excitement of the third trimester {hello nursery plans and baby shower} and bringing this little miss into our world!
{whitney}
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Bumpdate {27 weeks}

November 17, 2014

how far along: 27 weeks, 2 days

Bumpdate {27 weeks} front      Bumpdate {27 weeks}

size of baby: a rutabaga? {13.6 – 14.8 inches, 1.5 – 2.5 pounds}

gender: baby girl!

weight gain: up 18 pounds {to 146}

maternity clothes: yes, all the time! still LOVING these maternity leggings from the Gap!

stretch marks: just bought the mega size Mustela! I’ve gone through 2 regular size tubes already…but no marks!

rings: getting a little tighter, but still coming off.

nursery: nothing more than the last update…maybe this weekend we’ll do some more organizing? {hopefully the closet!}

movement: all the time, she is definitely a go-er! dr. said no movement is too much!

symptoms: sciatic and lower back pain still.  calf cramps haven’t been happening as much which is a good thing!

sleep: sleeping really well! 

cravings: sweets, sweets, sweets! {thank goodness I passed my glucose test this morning!} and pretzels…and sushi!

aversions: nothing specific…

what I miss: coffee!

best moment this week: we had a wonderful, relaxing weekend away to the Kern River with the family! we also got to hear little miss’ heartbeat at the doctor’s office this morning! everything is measuring perfect!

27 weeks      27 weeks at the Kern

looking forward to: having the weekend to organize, baby shower plan with my sister and sister-in-law and starting the third trimester!!

Bumpdate {26 weeks}

November 10, 2014

how far along: 26 weeks, 2 days

{ we had 2 photo shoots this weekend and I didn’t even think to have Todd take my picture! I’ll have to update when we get our photos back! ooops…}

size of baby: a head of lettuce {13.6 – 14.8 inches, 1.5-2.5 pounds}

gender: little miss!

weight gain: up 13.8 pounds to 141.8 {nope, not 142 quite yet}

maternity clothes: all the way…I’m living in my “softest leggings” from the Gap! best. pants. ever.

stretch marks: still keeping them away!

rings: on

nursery: so much progress was made this weekend! we’ve organized a lot, my dad and Todd painted and were able to set up our changing table/dresser system! I love how its coming along, although I’m realizing we have much less room than I was originally picturing, so I’m going to have to forgo some of the cute extra stuff I had wanted to be in there… {sneak peek}

painting the nursery {26 weeks}    nursery sneak peek 2 {26 weeks}    nursery sneak peek {26 weeks}    nursery {26 weeks}

movement: like crazy, I’m still obsessed!

symptoms: sciatic pains

sleep: sleeping really well, until the early morning comes around! then she likes to have a dance party! last week I was just giving in and getting up around 5:30, which was nice because I had time to make breakfast for the hubby and I, pack our lunches, AND shower and get ready! that basically has never happened!

cravings: sweets. {candy, cake, hot chocolate, doughnuts, & cinnamon rolls}

aversions: nothing in particular

what I miss: coffee with vanilla creamer!

best moment this week: there was so much…loved doing our mini maternity photo sessions, we got to have a nice date night in Malibu Saturday {with an amazing view} and made SO much progress in the nursery! so very grateful to my husband and dad for all of their hard work!

date night {26 weeks}

{our view at Dukes Malibu}

looking forward to: a fun family weekend!

Bumpdate {25 weeks}

November 4, 2014
how far along: 25 weeks, 3 days
 Bumpdate {25 weeks}     25 weeks

size of baby: a cauliflower {13.6-14.8 inches, 1.5-2.5 pounds

gender: girl!

weight gain: up a bit I think, gotta weigh myself this week!

maternity clothes: definitely! all day. everyday.
stretch marks: still doing good…none!
rings: on {water, water, water!}

nursery: we finally got the bed into the office and the nursery furniture we do have to the middle of the room so we can hopefully paint next weekend! 🙂

movement: oh yes! all the time… she is non stop! last night we had a dance party at 2 am and I was up and about by 5:20 since the party started again at 5 am! at least I was able to be productive before work! thinking that I should continue with the getting up early thing!

symptoms: cramps in my legs, some sciatic pains still and some round ligament pain…but they pass quickly and can be easily handled! also, a few emotional crazy spells {hysterical laughing followed by crying for no reason}.  totally normal, right?!

sleep: sleeping okay, minus bathroom breaks and dance parties!

cravings: sweets!
aversions: pretty much anything healthy, but the scale says I have to change that! 

what I miss: still would love some sushi!

best moment this week: we had a fun time at my SIL’s engagement party this weekend! I also loved spending some QT with the hubby starting to organize the rooms and wandering around babies r us editing our registry and trying out gliders/rockers! 

looking forward to: making more progress on the nursery! my sister and SIL have been working on baby shower plans so I’m also getting excited for that in about a month! 🙂

Bumpdate {22 + 23 weeks}

October 13, 2014
how far along: 22 weeks, 2 days
Bumpdate {22 weeks}

size of baby: a papaya {10.5-11.8 in, 12.7-20.8 oz}

gender: a little miss!!

weight gain: apparently I had too much fun last weekend! up almost 11 pounds {to 138.8 as of this morning}

maternity clothes: definitely
stretch marks: really trying to slather on the Mustela! I know they say its genetics, but I’m trying everything!
rings: on, but getting a little tight after long, hot days or lots of walking!

nursery: hopefully we will get a little jump start in the next couple of weeks!

movement: all over the place! it’s like a dance party in there! I can feel her from the outside and a couple other people have been able to too!

symptoms: lower back pain has actually been much better last week! I find I’m losing my marbles a bit in the memory and emotional department, but I’m trying to hold it together!

sleep: eh…some nights it’s great, others {like last night} I toss and turn for what seems like hours without being able to fall asleep. in the early hours of the morning the aquatic acrobatics going on in my belly don’t help, but it’s a small price to pay!

cravings: lots of sweets! I need to go on a sugar detox!
aversions: nothing I can think of…

what I miss: sushi…had a bit of a craving over the weekend! I’m going to have to make a fried rice/california roll run soon to curb the craving!

best moment this week: being on vacation and really feeling her move all around! I was pretty much obsessed every evening when I settled down and she started dancing!

looking forward to: being home this weekend to get a jump start on baby shower plans with my sister and sister-in-law and maybe do some nursery organization!

October 24, 2014
how far along: 23 weeks, 6 days {oops, a little delayed}

size of baby: a grapefruit {105-11.8 inches, 12.7-20.8 oz} not quite sure if I get this comparison…that is a VERY large grapefruit!

gender: a baby girl!

weight gain: up 12 pounds to 140 {oops again!}

maternity clothes: oh yes! bought some cute tops at target and still wearing the couple pairs of jeans I got from the Gap or maxi skirts!
stretch marks: still avoiding them.
rings: on, but they do get a little tight after lots of walking or the morning after I eat a salty meal!

nursery: did a little bit of closet organization this week! yay! now I just have to find somewhere for the mountain of crafting supplies that is now in the living room!

movement: she is the dancing queen! I feel her all throughout the day and in the evenings its the most intense when I lay on the couch at the end of the day…LOVE it!

symptoms: I’m going to officially say “hanger” is a real thing {anger due to hunger}. I have a short window between “I’m getting  a little hungry” and “I need to eat now or I’ll bite your head off”… can’t help it! totally the baby talking!

sleep: sleeping well! just a couple bathroom breaks in the night…and as always I could sleep longer in the mornings! 

cravings: sweet, sweet, sweet!
aversions: not really anything, I’ve been pretty good this week.

what I miss: coffee with vanilla creamer! these chilly mornings just call for it! but a chai tea latte once a week  is doing the trick!

best moment this week: making headway on baby shower plans {everything is so cute} and finishing up some crafts for my sister-in-laws engagement party!

looking forward to: seeing Luke Bryan in concert this weekend! maybe I’ll convince the hubby that Sunday is a good day to paint the nursery too?!

Bumpdate {21 weeks}

October 7, 2014
  Bumpdate {21 weeks}    21 weeks
how far along: 21 weeks, 3 days

size of baby: a pomegranate {10.5 inches, 12.7 ounces}

gender: {see next post!!}

weight gain: I was at 136.5 this morning {up 8.5 pounds}

maternity clothes: yes! loving the couple pairs of maternity jeans I got!
stretch marks: nope, using Mustela! I am pretty itchy every once in a while, but it’s not bad!
rings: on, although after a weekend of wedding festivities and lots of walking at an off-road show my hands were pretty swollen until Monday!

nursery: still no progress… hopefully we will get some paint up one of these weekends we don’t have plans – which is basically never!

movement: the swooshes and flicks are getting stronger on the inside! love it!

symptoms: they’ve pretty much subsided! my body reminds me that I need to slow down after really busy days, but some relaxing helps me recover.

sleep: pretty good…same potty breaks and rotating from side to side throughout the night, but I fall back asleep quickly!

cravings: lots of sweets!
aversions: not really anything specific I can think of!

what I miss: having energy! although I was always one to love naps and relaxing so its not too much different…I just require it now!

best moment this week: spending Saturday celebrating our best friend’s wedding! Todd was the bestman, and I was a bridesmaid. I had to have my dress altered, but it fit and that was a success in my book!

looking forward to: a short week and going camping this weekend!

Bumpdate {20 weeks}

September 29, 2014
how far along: 20 weeks, 2 days! we’re halfway there!!

size of baby: a banana {6.5 inches, 10.2 ounces}

gender: has been confirmed by Kaiser! can’t wait to share on a post later this week!

weight gain: 136 this morning! up 8 pounds…

maternity clothes: finally purchased a couple pairs of maternity jeans from the Gap and a couple shirts at Target. I’ve only worn one pair of the pants, but they are heavenly! like pulling on sweatpants that just happen to look like jeans! I don’t think I’ll ever give them up!
stretch marks: still in the clear
rings: they’re on! even got a polish and steam clean last week!

nursery: no progress…

movement: same little swimming around feelings, especially when I lay still after being up and about all day!

symptoms: dizziness when I get up fast {doctor said this was from having a healthy low blood pressure, so I’ll take it!}, and some lower back, sciatic pain.  I’m trying to get into the habit of doing my prenatal yoga video to help my body as it changes – can’t quite get into the habit though…

sleep: the same…pretty good just potty and adjustment breaks.

cravings: loving sweets! and not so healthy foods {bring on pizza and burritos!}, but my aversions to chicken and fish aren’t so bad, so I’m doing a little better!
aversions: not too much, nothing specific I can think of!

what I miss: being able to do everyday activities without feeling light headed or woozy! 

best moment this week: spending the afternoon with the hubby on Tuesday for our anatomy scan appointment {seeing our little one wiggling all around is still so amazing!} and running fun errands like getting maternity clothes, window shopping in the baby sections and my ring polished!

looking forward to: the wedding festivities this week and weekend for our best friends! lets hope the alterations on my bridesmaid dress help it zip up!!