Second Trimester Essentials

I’ve made it through the second trimester! Only 3 months to go now so I thought I’d share some of the things that made life a little more comfortable for me lately. Overall, the second trimester was a breeze compared to the first. I pretty much feel like a normal human, I’ve just added a bump into the mix!

1. 2 for $10 H&M tanks are one of my everyday essentials. Perfect for layering and comfortable with a stretchy material these are win-win!



2. Quick chopped salads have been a great go to meal as it’s been a struggle to get all my daily veggies in!



3. A new water bottle that’s easy to sip with one hand has been great when I’m out of the house. I’ve been using the Waterlogged app as a way to track my water intake as well. Helps keep me motivated when I’m tired of so much water!



4. With much to my dismay and dedication I have started to get a few stretch marks on my chest, but the belly is still mark free. I’ve been using this oil and love that it’s all natural and leaves my skin feeling moisturized even after 12 hours. They say it’s genetics, not lotions or oils that determine whether you’ll get stretch marks so I have my mother to thank for my new beauty marks!



5. Prunes my friends! The fate of not going as frequently as I should has doomed my bowels. Just eating 2 a day has helped and when I still needed a little something extra, there’s always Metamucil. One of the less fun sides to being pregnant but it could be worse!



All that’s left is to try and enjoy my last few months with my little coconut inside before his big debut in March. I have two wonderful baby showers to look forward to this next month and I can’t wait to see all my friends and family very soon. Happy new year, cheers to an amazing year of memories and looking forward to what 2015 has to offer!



Some News!

It’s finally time we can share our news… we’re expecting a new addition to our family, due March 27, 2015! It’s been so hard keeping our secret for the past 13 weeks but we are beyond excited for what the future brings. I found out I was pregnant after being a day late, and just had a hunch to take a test… and to my surprise it said positive!

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The Mr. and I were in shock and disbelief until I went to the doctor around week 8 when he confirmed it. Even after that, it still seemed so surreal. It wasn’t until our first ultrasound at week 9 when we heard that quick little heartbeat and saw a real live gummy bear that it really set in. We are parents and are going to have our own little child in only 6 months!

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I’ll share more first trimester details soon, but for now hope this brightened your Friday!


2014 Babe Post

This is the year I have been waiting and planning for most of my adult life. Beginning in middle school I had a timeline in my mind of where I wanted to be at each stage and age of my life. So far, things have worked out exactly to plan, almost too perfectly! By age 17 I had graduated high school. Age 22, graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree. Age 23, I married the man of my dreams. And this year, as I turn 26 we are planning to start expanding our family from two of us, to more….

I thought about keeping a journal of our experience planning for a family, and then I thought, why not just share it with our friends and family who has expressed how excited they are for us, and is dying to know all the details as well? So here is post one of our story.

Yesterday, I had my IUD removed and was extremely nervous. I made the mistake of reading online forums and saw so many horror stories about extreme pain and cramping for a week! So I went in like a nervous wreck, and the doctor removed it within 30 seconds. No pain. Phew! Just some mild cramping a minute after which went away within 5 minutes. (This was my doctors first time removing an IUD too! She was supervised by another doctor, but that just made me even more of a wreck leading up to the removal!) She finished my physical with my annual pap smear and HPV testing. Other than continuing to pop my prenatal vitamins here’s her advice to be as baby ready as possible:

Eat yogurt, and a lot of it. Helps with healthy uterus and vagina, clears any possible infections and reduces bacteria growth.

Drink tons of fluids, you can never be too hydrated.

Stop eating any fish or seafood. Even fish like salmon which is known to have lower levels of mercury, is still a risk not worth taking in her opinion.

Lower caffeine intake, and reduce alcohol to zero if possible.

This one I thought for sure was a myth, but she set me straight: after sex, place a pillow under my behind and lay at an incline for 3 hours!! After 3 hours is up, wash thoroughly below the belt to avoid any infections since I won’t be using the bathroom immediately after.

If I want to get my body down to a science, she recommended buying a fertility thermometer and record my basal temperatures in order to recognize when I’m ovulating. And at that time, have as much sex as possible.

While all this was a bit overwhelming, it doesn’t sound too difficult. Since the Mr. is deployed, I have 3 months to get my cycle back to normal (haven’t had a period since January 2012!) and stock up on all the nutrients I need in order to be a fertile baby making machine. My new years resolution is also to eat and live a more balance lifestyle. The focus is on eating cleaner, less processed, and more natural. So far, I’m loving it, and it’s been a lifestyle change, not a diet. Much easier to keep up than going cold turkey.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, advice, and questions as this journey begins. I’ll be adding new posts as changes occurs. I just cannot believe I’m finally at this stage in my life where I have a happy marriage and we are both ready to grow our family. Here’s to 2014!