Happy Wednesday, Dolls! We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. (Did anyone else shop the deals as much as we did?!) I kept finding myself filling my cart with maternity items and baby clothes. I’m officially in my second trimester (16 weeks in) so things are starting to feel very real. For those of you who missed it on our insta-story, we found out we’re having a girl!!
We couldn’t be more excited, and all I can think about are tutus and hair bows. I’m finally feeling better now too, as my morning sickness has subsided, and I have my appetite back. In case there are any pregnant ladies in your life, I wanted to round up some of my favorite products I’ve been using, and items I already have in prep for baby.
I was eyeing the Dock-A-Tot before I even got pregnant. I had seen so many rave reviews about the product, so I knew it was on my must-have list for the baby. If you haven’t heard of this product before, it’s basically a baby lounger that you can take and use anywhere. Also they have tons of adorable covers, so you can change up your Dock-A-Tot look as often as you want.
Julianna’s sister told me about this one! This heartbeat monitor makes it so easy to listen to your baby’s heartbeat, even in the first trimester. It’s only $55 on Amazon, and would make an amazing gift for any mommy-to-be! It’s so comforting to listen to your baby’s heartbeat whenever you want.
How adorable is the packaging for this swaddle?! The Ollie Swaddle is known for its incredibly soft, stretchy fabric, as well as the Velcro tabs that help to keep it in place around little ones. Much like the Dock-A-Tot, the reviews for these swaddles are too good to ignore. I just can’t wait to give it a try come May! 🙂
Stretch Mark Prevention
I’ve been using Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter, along with Era Organics stretch mark oil. I don’t have any stretch marks yet, but I’m super paranoid about getting them. I’ve been using the Burt’s Bees Mama Butter for the past few months. I just put it on each day after I shower. My favorite part about it is that is doesn’t have a scent! (Major bonus during the first trimester when every scent made me nauseous.) Over the past few weeks I’ve been using the Era Organics oil as well. It doesn’t leave you feeling greasy, but moisturizes your skin immediately.
Are there any other maternity products or brands you swear by? Share with us in the comments below!
Some of the items in this post were provided to me. The views and opinions are my own.
EEEKKKK! I’m so excited to finally tell you all that Ryan and I are expecting. It’s been so hard for me to keep this a secret. I’m 12 weeks along, and literally could not be more thrilled to be pregnant.
In case you didn’t know, I’m the youngest in my family, and both of my sisters each have two kids. We’re just so excited that our baby will have cousins that are close in age. On Ryan’s side, he’s the oldest, so it’s the complete opposite. We’ll be the first ones in his family to have a baby. So it’s safe to say everyone is beyond excited.
But it definitely has not been all sunshine and rainbows. I’ve had really bad morning sickness for the past six weeks…(and can we go ahead and get rid of “morning” in that phrase, because it lasts all day long.) I’ve really just been nauseous 24/7, and honestly nothing helps. But I just keep telling myself it will all be worth it.
It definitely has helped to have friends and family close during this first trimester to keep us occupied. And of course, huge shout out to Julianna for literally taking over all things blog related for the last few weeks.
At my last appointment, the baby’s heart rate was 168 bpm – any experienced mommys out there with a gender prediction for me?! Would love to hear what you ladies think! Clearly I’m new at this, so any tips and advice would be greatly appreciated.
How I Found Out: Well I had a feeling I was already pregnant. So the day after I missed my period, I couldn’t sleep at all. I got out of bed at 4 in the morning and took a test! Haha! Sure enough, it was positive.
How I Told Ryan: Sorry to disappoint.. but I was far from creative. I was so excited that I told Ryan as soon as the test was positive. (Yes, at 4 in the morning.) We were both so excited that we couldn’t fall back asleep. We just sat in bed and watched Jerry McGuire on TV until about 7:30 when we finally fell back asleep.
How Far Along: 12 weeks
Baby’s Gender: Still a surprise!
How Am I Feeling: Still like crap… I have good days and bad days, but I’ve definitely been more sick than I imagined I would be.
Current Cravings: Culver’s concrete mixers, cinnamon swirl bread, beef jerky, and pickles. Literally the four most random foods on the planet.
What I Can’t Stand: Anything with carbonation.. I’m usually obsessed with La Croix, but even looking at it now makes me sick… same goes for all pop… so I’ve just been just been sticking to water.
What I’m Looking Forward To: Where to start.. everything!?! Right now we’re just so excited to be pregnant. As for this trimester, I’m looking forward to the gender reveal and to (hopefully) start feeling a little better! Oh, and I’d totally be lying if I didn’t say I’m excited to finally get my hair done in couple weeks… These roots are horrendous!
Stay tuned for more updates along the way! Please share any advice or thoughts in the comments below!