October 08, 2018

We're Having Another Baby: First Trimester Recap

We are so excited that we are expecting baby number two, due April 8th! I expect I will deliver a little earlier than this. I delivered Jade at 39 weeks, and this is my second baby. I found out much earlier that I was pregnant this time around and told Brian on the same date I told him that I was pregnant with Jade. Here is a little first trimester recap of my symptoms and experiences. 

Jade: We've been talking to Jade a lot about the fact that there is a baby in mommy's belly. Sometimes she will respond with wanting to touch my stomach while saying "baby," but most of the time she just says, "nope!" It's hard to gauge how much she understands right now, but we try to talk about it a lot with her. She has a baby doll that we've been playing with, so we can practice gentleness, and I am going to try to take her to whatever doctor appointments I can to help her understand more. I know that the transition will be really hard for her at first, but once she is adjusted, I think she is going to love this baby more than anything! 

My mom designed the coordinating tshirt and onesie and I was totally bribing Jade with a sucker all throughout these photos. :) 


Vivid dreams: This was the very first symptom I noticed. I would have the most bizarre dreams every time I slept, whether it was for 10 hours or 10 minutes. They never really made sense, but they seemed so real and colorful. This has subsided drastically and I'm not really experiencing it anymore, but they were there for the first several weeks. 

Extreme fatigue: I wanted to sleep all the time. I was like this with Jade, too. But this time, I had a toddler running around, so resting whenever I felt like it wasn't always an option. I started feeling these symptoms right before starting our new school year, so beginning the year feeling tired all the time was a little challenging. I would come home from work and as soon as Brian would get home, I'd take a nap. Then I would still go to bed early. There's no tired like pregnancy tired, lol. Unless it's mom of a newborn baby tired. Or maybe mom of a newborn baby + a toddler or multiple kids tired. Maybe I should just expect to be tired for the next 10 years, haha! 

Sore boobs: Yep, another early, classic symptom. Jade has a knack for bumping into them all the time, too. Ouch. 

Bloat: This is the worst! The first trimester makes your digestion slow wayyyy down, so there were days when I seriously looked 5 months pregnant when I was only 6-7 weeks. 

Middle of the night sickness: I didn't get sick at all with Jade and I'll admit I've been pretty lucky still this time around. There were two times when I woke up in the middle of the night and got sick. The first time I thought it was just something I ate, but it happened a week later when I had eaten the same things as Brian and Jade. Once I puked, I instantly felt better and went back to bed. It was so weird. I'm glad it only happened twice! 

Intense hunger: Speaking of getting sick in the middle of the night, there were times I also woke up and had to eat something immediately. Like, I felt ravenous. Also very strange. Usually a cheese stick or a scoop of peanut butter would do the trick. It wasn't just in the middle of the night though...I just felt hungry all the time. This seems to have subsided a little in the past week or so, too. 

Cravings: I haven't really had too many cravings for anything specific (at least not yet). There was one four day span where I really wanted an Italian BMT sandwich from Subway, which I definitely indulged in (there's a subway with a drive through right by our apartment, too easy). But other than that, I haven't wanted anything specific regularly. 

Oily skin and scalp: I had to wash my hair more often and I definitely noticed my face was more oily, too. Which leads me to my next symptom...

Acne: Yep. But not just on my oily face. Everywhere. In the weirdest places. What the? 

Back pain: I've dealt with lower back pain before I was pregnant, but I think the fatigue and generally popping out a little faster has intensified it. I've started sleeping with a pillow between my knees at night and this seems to help. 

Popping out much faster: Besides the bloat in the first few weeks, I just started showing so much sooner. When I was pregnant with Jade, I could have hidden my pregnancy until probably 20 or so weeks if I really wanted to. I had a visible bump at 12 weeks this time. I guess your body just knows what to do the second time around and I think your womb is generally bigger after delivering one baby. But yes...I feel like I am where I was when I was 20 weeks with Jade and I am only 14 now. This is normal, right? I'm not going to deliver a 12 pound baby....right??? 

Prenatal: Flinstones Complete Vitamin. I hated taking the giant horse pills with Jade, so I bought some gummy vitamins to try this time around. Oh my gosh you guys, there are disgusting. I told my doctor I could barely stomach them, so she suggested I take Flinstones vitamins. I totally took these as a kid and yes, they taste like candy. I genuinely look forward to taking them each day, haha, and I get to take two! 

Coffee: While I haven't had an aversion to coffee, I haven't wanted it as much as I normally do. Usually when I get up in the morning it's the thing I want most. Now, more than anything, I want water! So instead of brewing coffee, I chugged water, which is way better anyways. I mostly just drank coffee on the weekends when I could do it lesirely. I've only just started drinking it throughout the week again (don't worry, I'm still drinking my water, too). 

top: Lou & Grey (40% off!) | necklace: The Jones Market | denim: Silver Jeans Co. (borrowed from a friend!)| shoes: Aldo (old...similar style)

 Thank you so much for reading and for sharing in our joy! 


September 24, 2018

My Go To Look For Most Occasions

Fall is officially here! Today I'm sharing a classic look that is my go to for date nights or any "dressy casual" occasion. I got this top for Christmas last year. The blazer, jeans, and shoes have been in my closet for a few years now and know that they will remain there for years to come, since they were investment pieces for me. I absolutely love them. 

First of all, this might be my favorite top that I've ever owned. It's simple, but the drapey cut and cut outs on the shoulders make it unique. I don't think the red is available anymore, but they have black, blush, and lavender. I have never been one to buy the same top in multiple colors, but I just may make an exception here because I love this top so much!  

The temps are finally getting cool enough for jeans and blazers. Ever since I started interviewing for teaching positions, Brian has been vouching for me to get some nice blazers. This Regent blazer from J Crew has always caught my eye. I love dressing it up professionally, but also just wearing it with jeans. It's pricey, but you can be strategic about buying it on sale. We bought it at 50% off around the holidays when I was pregnant with Jade, so if you love it, keep your eyes out for a good sale! 

I got lucky and scored these Valentino sandals at Nordstrom Rack a few years ago. I don't think this version is available anymore, but there are many similar options. You can never go wrong with a black strappy sandal. 

I am loving the cooler temps and am welcoming fall with open arms! A few weeks ago we had ONE cool day and I made cornbread and chili for dinner and had Jade paint some little white pumpkins. Then it got hotter than it had been all summer and lasted for a few weeks! This weekend it finally cooled down and I think we are done with the 80s and 90s for awhile. This week I am wanting to do some baking with pumpkin flavors. Maybe pumpkin bread or pumpkin scones?! I've never made scones before, but have always wanted to try!

On another note, have you guys entered my giveaway with Smile Brilliant yet? You can get 15% off your own kit OR you can WIN a whitening kit of your own! Details here. 

Happy Fall, everyone!


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September 13, 2018

How I Whiten My Coffee Stained Teeth

I used to hate the predictability and structure of routines, but now that I am older (and probably more so that I'm a mom), I am learning to thrive with routines. Morning routines and evening routines keep me sane during the crazy school year. I am all about unwinding from the day to put my mind at ease and to get it ready for sleep. Sleep is very important to me, and since I've gone back to work for a new school year, I start preparing myself a few hours before bedtime.

I love unwinding to either a book, Netflix, a podcast, or a favorite playlist on Spotify.
I just add comfy pajamas, a face mask, lotion, and now most recently, teeth whitening trays.
I basically love anything that feels luxurious, peaceful, and glamorous.
(Since my life is anything but that, ha!)

A beauty luxury that I've kept in the back of my mind is a teeth whitening set.
It wasn't an extra expense that I could justify, being so close to paying off student loans
(which are now paid off! Whoo Hooo!), but I always knew it was something I wanted to do.
When Smile Brilliant reached out about working together, I was like "YES PLEASE!"

It was perfect because I have been wanting to whiten my teeth
(with my affinity for coffee and red wine and such) for a long time
and this was the perfect opportunity.

To begin my teeth whitening process, I answered a few questions about my teeth and
dental history, then Smile Brilliant sent me an impression kit to make
my custom-fitted trays that fit perfectly to my smile! I sent in my molds with the envelope
that Smile Brilliant provided and received my whitening kit shortly after.

The best thing about using the trays is that I can go about my evening with them in.
I can wear them while relaxing, or I can wear them while prepping dinner or getting Jade ready
for bed. I do like trying to save them for rest time though because there's nothing like
sitting down after a long day and doing a little self-care. You can wear them anywhere between
45 minutes to up to three hours!

Check out my results here! This was only after seven treatments.
Each kit comes with 12-16 treatments, which is awesome.

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