Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The truth behind my bump.

I've decided to write this post to be totally truthful and honest about my pregnancy.
First and foremost, I am extremely excited, blessed and thankful to be pregnant. 

However, it is not all that it's cut out to be.

My body has slowly been turning into something that you would see in a National Geographic magazine. I've got a zebra stripe down my belly and other areas are getting darker as well. I'm aware that these are temporary and that the outcome will out weigh this cosmetic complaint.

With only 7 weeks and 2 days left, I've developed this non-stop nagging back pain. Tylenol, heating pads, massages or chiropractic has not helped.
With a job that requires me to be on my feet all day, around 2 pm I am ready to rip out my spine.
And because of the fact that I am working up to my due date to save money for my unpaid maternity leave, I am sure this will only be getting worse.

I wish that there was a zipper down the front of my belly. I feel like I could bust. There is no room in there for anything. I'm always hungry but can't fit in enough food to satisfy my appetite, so I over eat and then within an hour ............ barf. 
I don't know what's worse, the acid reflux or my stomach being the size of an apple.

I'm confident that I could out-burp any man regardless of how many beers he has had. Whether your a proper southern belle, come from extreme wealth or just plain royalty and indigestion is one of your pregnancy side-effects...you can toss any and all of your "class" out the window.
I've had eyelash extensions for the last 4 years. The thing about eyelash extensions, is that you can wake up with the worst bed head in the world and dried drool on your cheek but your eyes are still gorgeous!
Around my third month of pregnancy, my own eyelashes started to produce this oil, which made my lashes reject the extensions. I'm now left with these nubs. 

I also usually go for laser peels a couple of times a year. They totally rejuvenate your skin and make you glow. They are not safe during pregnancy.
 Pregnancy hasn't been nice to my skin. I have rough patches and uneven skin tones on my face. Hello patchy leather face.
I've also been and avid retinol user which is a no-go when your pregnant.

Three pillows, four pillows, bumpnest pillow...whatever, none of them are working at this point. I can't get comfortable. I've put them between my legs, around my neck, under my feet and I've attempting sleeping sitting up. I have cried in the middle of the night because I can't fall asleep. Pathetic. 
It most likely does not help that I go to bed after Jeopardy. That's 8 o'clock and it's still light out.

As most of you know I love wine and in my non-pregnant life I wouldn't be venting about all of these insecurities and complaints because I would be drowning myself in a nice bottle of Santa Margerita Pinot Grigio (like the rest of you). I would enjoy this bottle of wine in the bathtub, but since my third month of pregnancy my bathtub has become non functioning and floods the basement when in use.
 This bottle of wine would also help me in the sleep deprivation department.

I'm also aware that not every one thinks that the "bump" is cute. As a matter of fact, some people are grossed out by it.
If you are one of these people, please keep in mind that at the end of the day being pregnant isn't all that it's cracked up to be. Our bodies are working hard on making a miracle and that miracle requires taking everything from us. Some of us pregos are struggling enough with our own issues so please keep your issues with our pregnancy to yourself.

In less than 2 months, this will all be worth it. I'm sure of it.  I've heard it a thousand times. 
But that doesn't mean that right now, I can't bitch and moan about it. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Favorites!

 I'm so happy that my mom is recovering well from her surgery! She has been home for over a week and is doing amazing!

 I am obsessed with how my re-do nightstand came out! There are 3 other pieces of furniture in our bedroom and I'm hoping to get them all done before June! 

This t-shirt from Whitney

I was recently introduced to Beauty Counter products and I. AM. IN. LOVE.
All of these products are beyond "SAFE"
I've been sick of using so many products on my skin that don't even belong near your body let alone your face!
Not convinced...check out Beauty Counter's Never List.
The Lustro Oil #2 is my favorite. You just add 2 drops to your morning or night moisturizer and your skin feels so smooth. 
Feel free to contact my gal Liz with any questions, she truly knows her stuff in and out.

Coral Moccasins???? YES PLEASE. I ordered these precious babies on Monday and cannot wait until they arrive!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

31 Week Bump Date

How far along: 31 weeks
Gender: Girl
Weight gain: 15 lbs. and my doctor thinks that I'm done gaining. Due to the fact that my acid reflux is so bad, I can't consume the massive amounts of food that I want to eat or as frequent. So while our little babe is growing perfectly she will just be taking what she wants from me. And I'm totally ok with that! She can take some from my boobs for sure.She's also getting so big that she's up into my rib cage and squishing my stomach, which makes for a piss poor appetite.
Maternity clothes: Same stuff pretty much. I always take my bumpdate photo's in work clothes. That way some cute dress doesn't take away from the bump. And that's a lie, I hate maternity clothes and can't find anything that I like. Although Miss Steph had on an adorable one yesterday that I might just have to snag!
Stretch marks: No
Belly button in or out: It totally has a mind of it's own. Sometimes out, in or flat.
Sleep: I wake up about 5 times a night. Last night I just laid there for 3 hours creating a "to do" list in my head. Kill me now. My list also consisted of things that I would like as a push present. Currently I am aiming for a fully furnished gazebo for our deck.
Best moment this week: Realizing that in 6 weeks I will be full term. Meaning that she could be here in 6 weeks instead of 9 and when your pregnant, those 3 weeks are BIG deal.
Miss anything: Damn margaritas. I have no idea why, especially because of the acid reflux. You would think that it would totally turn me off. So maybe it's the tequila that I'm craving. Or maybe just the buzz. I have no idea. 
Movement: A lot of movement but much different than before. Instead of all over the place flailing, now it's more precise jabs. 
Cravings: My mom came and stayed with us this weekend and she loves orange soda, so I have a liter of that in the fridge that I've been doing some damage too. I'm dying for some Philadelphia rolls.
These have also been making it into my office lately. I call them "diabetes bites"
 Looking forward to:Getting more things scratched off of this to do list and enjoying this warm weather!!

I am currently contemplating on buying this adorable pig for the nursery! Yay or nay?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Baby Shower Details

After two weeks of going through photos, editing and organizing, I finally have a few shower photos to share! 
My shower was two weeks ago at a very rustic waterfront location in New Bedford. The place was gorgeous with rock walls and wooden beams.
All of the details were perfect. From colors and fabric to food and finishing touches.
My sister, best friend, Mom and Aunt-In Law threw it for us. All of them collaborating made for an amazing and extremely personal shower.
From left to right, My bestfriend Amy, me, my other bff/sister Deb, my Mom and my hub's Aunt!
 My hubs made a clothes rack for all of the outfits to be hung on! 

 This is my daughter's best friend, Abigale. She doesn't know it yet. Abi's mom had BFF t's made for her and Baby Casey.

 Pink cupcakes with butter cream frosting topped with tiny edible pink pearls for the adults and little rocking horses, feet and baby carriage lollipops for the kids to take home.
Baby Casey will have enough clothes for the first 3 months with out having to do laundry! We had 60 guests attend and all of our family and friends were so generous. 
There were a lot of laughs, belly rubs and just about everybody asking what our baby girl's name is going to be! 
And shame on my mother for buying me wine accompanied by the biggest goblet ever, knowing that I will not be able to enjoy it for another 9 weeks and 4 days! 
(but who's counting)
Because my "nesting" mode has been in full effect, all of our gifts were organized and put away by Monday afternoon. 

Now we just sit and wait patiently for her arrival.....or start to refinish your bedroom set, as I did this weekend.
Pictures coming soon along with a finished nursery update.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Currently Loving and a 29 Week Bumpdate (not 30)

How far along: 30 weeks

Gender: Girl

Weight gain: 12 lbs

Maternity clothes: When I leave the house, yes. Mostly, I'm wearing leggings and the hubs t shirts at home. My shower is this Sunday and let me tell you, I have been struggling to find a dress. I ordered 3 dresses and returned 3 dresses. The fashion area needs to do a better job a designing maternity clothes for sassy women. "Blimp" is not a style.

Stretch marks: No. I've been using Nivea through  my entire pregnancy.

Belly button in or out: flat.

Sleep: Not too bad. Baby girl is up from 9-11 doing karate  in there, so after 11pm I can finally get comfortable.

Best moment this week: Central AC is installed!!! My baby shower. AND the nursery is almost done!!!

Miss anything: Being able to fly around at work. My nights are extremely busy in the office and around 5pm ...I'm done.

Movement: Jackie Chan style.

Cravings: Not much. I haven't had a craving pregnancy. Other than for cocktails.

Queasy or sick: Neither, just exhaustion.
Looking forward to: Obviously my baby shower!!!!

I found a welcome home outfit from baby gap this weekend. They were having a 40% off the store sale, so needless to say, I purchased other things too.
We are also struggling with a name. Since our last name is a first name, choosing a name is much more difficult.
It also doesn't help that my  husband likes stripper names aka Nadia and Cheyenne.

This fisherman table lamp came in from Pottery Barn last week and I am in love with it.
 I also went to Sephora this weekend for a new foundation. My skin has been getting so dry because of this lengthy winter and I think that it probably has to do with hormones as well. 
I just started using a new beauty line that I will be reviewing soon. It is seriously the most skin changing regiment that I have ever used.
Upon picking up Nars Glow foundation, I stumbled upon $200 worth of these goodies.
The NARissist is THE BEST! It has laguna bronzer, blush in Orgasm and a highlighter.

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