Isn't it funny how things change? When I was pregnant with my first daughter, I remember how every exit from my home was a chance to excitedly put together a maternity outfit carefully planned and procured from my new and expanding wardrobe of preggo-wear. It felt like a rite of passage: I was finally in the phase of life that I'd dreamed of so often, and now I had the ruched, elasticized and supportive wardrobe to prove it. ;) Shopping for and wearing cute and stylish maternity clothes only added to the fun of my first experience of pregnancy, and I wouldn't change a thing about that exciting time of anticipation.
Now that I'm on Number Three, things have changed a little bit.
Sure, I enjoy stylish clothes as much as the next gal, and it does give me a pep in my step when I put together a cute (albeit ever-expanding-in-the-midsection) maternity look. But, if I had to choose my top five maternity pieces, not a one would look like the outfits of yore worn during Pregnancy #1. During my first foray into maternity wear, I was working and, thus, needed dressier pieces to make it through the week. Now, I'm a stay-home Mommy running around after two little ones all day, and those stiff and styled looks just don't work for me anymore. These days, I'm all about comfort...with the occasional cute outfit thrown in for good measure. :)
So, here are my top five maternity items this time around!
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1. Dress-length cami:
2. Full-panel black leggings:
3. Bra extenders:
4. Comfy maternity T's:
5. Oversized sweater cardigans:
There you have it! Some of my maternity must-haves from the third go-around. What about you? Anything you'd add to the list? Thoughts on preggos in leggings: bizarre or brilliant? ;)
Monday, November 18, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
The fabulously talented Katie (who also happens to be the best pal a gal could find) came out to the house and took our family pictures last week, and she did such a great job! She always does. Always. The leaves were just right, the kids were in good spirits, and the setting sun was perfectly lovely. We threw together some semi-coordinating outfits and ran out for a quick shoot. This was the least thought we've put into family pictures ever, and they turned out to be my favorites we've ever done! That's how it goes, right? ;) There were too many great ones to choose from, so I'll just show you all of my favorites!
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(The candids/outtakes were some of my favorites.)
(Not entirely sure what was happening here...)
(This was about the time an old dog poo was flung on me amongst the leaves. Yum.) ;)
(Katie snuck a few preggo pics in for good measure. Love the sunlight in these.)
(How I want you to think I feel while 8 months pregnant with my third....
...how I really feel while 8 months pregnant with my third.)
Love love love my little family!
Thank you, Katie, for capturing such great memories year after year!
Monday, October 28, 2013
This pregnancy is FLYING by. Honestly, I can not believe just how quickly things keep rolling forward, and, as I head into my 30th week of pregnancy, I am floored that my week number will now start with a THREE.
Thus, I'd better keep documenting this crazy fast pregnancy as I go before it is gone in a flash! ;)
Hubby surprised me with a Snoogle. Amazing. The contours help hold up my growing belly and support my back, and, while I've found it a bit cumbersome to use at night due to the countless potty runs (I got tired of wrestling with it to get in and out of my covers at night), this thing is perfect for naps. Perfect. God bless my husband. And my Snoogle. ;)
Baby Nora at 22 weeks. I guess I must have really popped out there that week, because this was right around the time that everyone started telling me that I "was really looking pregnant" ...and touching my belly. ;)
Oh, Delia. What am I going to do with this Mommy's girl once she has a new little sister that will require so much of Mommy's undivided attention? Delia is my little buddy. We're pals. Emery will naturally fall into the "Little Mommy" roll and excel, I just know it. But Doodles? I'm a tad worried that her world is going to be rocked a bit more than she'll know how to handle. Maybe I need to just chill. As with most things I waste time worrying over, it will probably all work itself out just fine. I hope.
Baby Nora Cait at 25 weeks and our last belly pic in the house that saw me through a lot of pregnant bellies. :) I've already posted about the chaos of our move here, and I am SO THANKFUL to close that chapter of our lives. Feels good to get settled, get functioning, and finally get to spend time preparing for our newest daughter to make her entrance in a few weeks.
My girlies finding out that they will get to have a GIRL cousin! My sister found out she's having a girl, and, coming from a family of basically all girls to a home full of daughters, I couldn't be more thrilled! We know girls. ;)
See? All my girls.
Took the one-hour glucose test: FAILED.
I've failed this blasted thing with all three pregnancies, so it was on to the dreaded three-hour test.
Took the three-hour glucose test: PASSED.
But not without some serious battle wounds to show for it. Geez! It's two weeks later, and I'm still walking around with some seriously nasty bruises up and down my arms. I look like a drug addict. A pregnant drug addict. Excellent. ;)
But, you know what, this means I can still partake in all of the holiday baked goodness that is starting up. PHEW. Priorities, people.
27 weeks and bumpin' it up at the new house with my photo bombers! This is their new thing. "Take our picture, too, Daddy!" and then they proceed to play peek-a-boo around my legs. Cuties.
My sis asked if I'd help her register for her baby girl, and we had SUCH a fun day together talking all things baby. :) I forgot just how many options there are for new moms--overwhelming!! Caitlin has such a good attitude about it all, though. She's my inspiration: so laid-back while sorting through the information coming her way with a gracious nod and grain of salt. Wish I'd had her maturity when I was navigating the tricky road of first-time Mommyhood. Love her!
Headed to church with Baby Nora at 29 weeks!
Along with all of the good things going on in our lives, I did get some bummer news about Nora's impending birth day.
(Warning: Pregnant Mommy Talk approaching...if this stuff grosses you out, catch ya next post!)
After Delia's last minute and scary C-section birth due to her breech position at the tail end of my pregnancy, I was praying about and trying to decide between another C-section for Nora or to attempt a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). After speaking with two OB's and my Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist, they all agreed that I was a perfect candidate to give VBAC a try. I'm all for whatever is safest for the baby, and, because I'd had one successful vaginal delivery prior to my C-section and had no other cause for the section besides baby's positioning, I was hopeful to try for a vaginal delivery with Nora, especially as I'm pretty dang sure this is our last foray into Babyhood. ;)
However, I recently found out that my placenta is positioned very low, almost blocking Nora's "escape route," if you will. My final ultrasound at the MFM specialist in a few weeks will determine if I for sure have placenta previa, but my OB is pretty certain the thing isn't going anywhere. :( This means I would no longer be a candidate for a VBAC and would for sure need to have a C-section for a second time. (Laboring with a low placenta can cause scary bleeding for Mom...thus, c-section).
When I heard the news, I actually was less bummed out than I thought I'd be. Having some time to wrap my mind around these new sets of facts makes things a lot less overwhelming than when I had two days to come to grips with Delia's C-section delivery. Bottom line: I want to make the best and healthiest choice for both me and Nora, and it looks like a second C-section is the new plan. :) Nothing wrong with sections. Nothing wrong with trying a VBAC. Not here to debate ANY OF THESE TOPICS. Just trying to sort through how I'm feeling as each week of this pregnancy progresses and, hopefully, land somewhere in the vicinity of what God is trying to teach me through my circumstances.
Stop trying to plan out every detail of your life, Erin.
"'My thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways,' declares the Lord."
If you think about it, could you please pray for an uneventful third trimester for Nora and myself? Previa can bring with it a few common yet scary complications, such as bleeding requiring hospitalization and early delivery. I am trusting that God has this entire thing in His hands, and I know that as truth.
...it's still a little scary.
Thanks for reading, friends! Appreciate you!
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
Confession: I'm kind of a snob when it comes to hair care products.
Justification: Um, good hair distracts from a tired Mommy face...?
We all have our 'things' for which we allow a bit of splurging, and hair products seem to be my thing. I've tried just about every brand of shampoo, conditioners, styling products and then some, and I have a few favorites that I go back to time and time again. Bumble and Bumble Style Creme, Chi Helmet Head Hair Spray, and Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Plus volumizing root lifter spray to name a few. These are my top three styling products I've tried, and I highly recommend. The Bumble and Bumble cream is applied to damp hair before blow drying and styling, and it adds just enough texture and controlled flexibility to my style after curling with a large barrel iron. The Big Sexy Hair Root Boost is applied to damp roots around the crown of the head before blow drying, and it really does give my hair a lift while adding just enough hold to keep the crown poofed for a long time. I finish my 'do with a quick zip through a large barrel iron for loose, wavy curls, and then I spritz it with Chi Helmet Head spray. This is serious hair spray, so if you like a more flexible feel, this isn't for you. I spray and then tousle my curls a bit to avoid that shellacked look, but I do appreciate how long the Chi spray keeps my curls or my other styles in place. It lasts the longest of any spray I've used lately, and I love the smell. Important stuff, people.
(Oh, and I almost forgot the Big Sexy Hair Dry Shampoo...my favorite for second and third day hair when shampooing really isn't necessary quite yet. My favorite dry shampoo to date. I've tried them allllllllll.)
I have big love for the above products, but I'd yet to find a shampoo or conditioner that I loved enough to keep regularly stocked in my shower. That is...until now.
One of my favorite beauty bloggers that I've mentioned here before is Cara from Maskcara.com. She introduced me to Wen, and here is their description of their most popular product, the Cleansing Conditioner:
The Cleansing Conditioner is a revolutionary non-lathering, sulfate-free formula designed to clean your hair without the use of harsh chemicals. This nourishing and moisturizing cleansing conditioner is designed to gently pamper and replenish your scalp and hair from the roots to the ends—leaving hair looking and feeling healthy, hydrated and strong.
Cara posted a few times (non-sponsored, btw) about this product, including some before and after shots of her own hair, and, after stumbling upon Wen's infomercial one sleepy Saturday, I decided to give it a try.
I love it.
I ordered the Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner and Styling Creme, and the smell is exquisite. At first, I was pretty skeptical, because, well, it doesn't lather! That's the entire point. This product is sulphate-free and, thus, lather-free, and I was just so used to the ol' sulfates creating a big lather on my scalp, which I then equated to cleanliness. No lather, no clean, right? Wrong! As weird as it sounds, it felt like I was rubbing luscious lotion into my scalp in the shower, and I kept wondering just how greasy my hair would be after blow drying. The verdict: not greasy in the least! Actually, I can go even longer between shampoos after using Wen for the past few months, and my hair has never felt softer, cleaner, shinier, and more voluminous. I've loved it since the first use, but I wanted to try it out for a few months before passing along any kind of recommendation...and, three months later, it's all I use!
1. I realize I am pregnant and in that glorious phase of pregnancy when your hair is at it's fullest before it inevitably starts falling out post-baby. But still. The shine and hydration and suppleness can't ALL be due to pregnancy.
2. I am used to not shampooing every day since I use a dry shampoo on days two and three. You really don't need to use Wen every single day, but if you are used to shampooing and working up a huge lather on the daily, this product might not be for you. If you're willing to try something a bit different, then 'tis. :)
3. Not a sponsored post. I just heart Wen.
Now, this stuff is not cheap. Depending on whether you sign up for a delivery through the Wen website or you order from eBay, the 16oz bottle runs around $25 to $30. Seeing as I was already a hair product snob and already paying for some of the more pricey shampoos and conditioners out there, when I realized that this one bottle of Wen Cleansing Conditioner actually REPLACES your shampoo, conditioner, conditioning mask, AND leave-in conditioner all for $30, I was sold. There are directions for use that come with the product that tell you how to sub out your former conditioning and styling product lineup, and I'm here to tell you that it works! The instructions say to use quite a bit of the product during each shower, but I've found that I can cut their recommendation in half to make the product last even longer, and my hair still feels clean two and three days afterwards. My first box came with a sample of the Wen Styling Creme, and I actually have replaced my beloved Bumble and Bumble with Wen's version. That almond mint fragrance can't be beat, and I've been very satisfied with the way my curled style has lasted throughout the day.
So. To recap.
--Super weird that there's no lather, but just power through the strangeness during those first few showers...the gloriousness is coming.
--Kind of on the pricier side, but it is one product replacing four others. I've actually saved money the last two months as I've stopped buying leave-ins and shampoo/conditioner combos.
--Long term, the outcome has been silky, shiny hair that feels more hydrated and voluminous than with any other product I've used. I've even been able to go to sleep with wet hair, wake up without styling, and leave for errands without the typical slept-on-hair-that-has-now-air-dried frizz. A miracle of miracles. ;)
Anyway, if you are in the market for a new experience and a new bottle of "shampoo," maybe give Wen a try! This gal is a big fan.
When in doubt,
Wen it up.