7 Self-Care Practices For Pregnancy


Hey there, mamas-to-be! I’m really happy you’re here today and I hope I’m able to inspire you to take your pregnancy self-care routine to the next level. You’re worth it! And so is your little one!

Self-Care Routine For Pregnancy

Self-care during pregnancy is extremely important because you’re caring for two – yourself and your sweet baby. When I found out that I was pregnant, I immediately buckled down and started to get even more serious than I already was about my self-care practices. I knew that I wanted to do everything in my control to have a healthy pregnancy and a huge part of that was making sure that I was caring for myself and my body properly. I wanted to make sure that I was tapping into every dimension of self-care – physical, emotional, spiritual, and so on. I’m sure you’re experiencing some of the same feelings and that’s what brought you here today. ๐Ÿ™‚


Here are some self-care tips that worked miracles for me throughout my pregnancy… I hope they can do the same for you!
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Self-care can look different for everyone and so is pregnancy. Everyone has their own experience. So, naturally, your self-care routine for your pregnancy is going to be uniquely your own. Today, I wanted to share some self-care tips that worked miracles for me throughout my pregnancy. It’s my hope that you can take a tip (or few) away to try out for yourself!

SELF-CARE PRACTICES FOR PREGNANCY:

1. Stay Hydrated // Hydration is extremely important during pregnancy and your doctor will encourage you to drink a certain amount of glasses of water per day. Listen to them! Your body will thank you. You don’t want to let yourself become dehydrated because dehydration can lead to many miserable things, like fatigue. Depending on where you’re at in your pregnancy, you could also experience more nausea and Braxton-Hicks if you become dehydrated.

My tip is to invest in a great reusable water bottle that you can have with you at all times. I was also a huge fan of having sparkling water and Gatorade on-hand since plain water wasn’t something that I always had a taste for.

2. Take A Prenatal Vitamin & Eat Well // Proper nutrition is something you should focus on throughout your pregnancy. I know it can be hard at times between morning sickness in the first trimester and all of the crazy cravings you might have. Be sure to take a prenatal vitamin and eat well-balanced meals and snacks each day. Yes, you can still give in to your pregnancy cravings in moderation. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I took these Prenatal Vitamins my entire pregnancy. Towards the end of my first trimester, I started feeling nauseous when I took them in the mornings so I switched to taking them in the evenings and I was fine! I recommend trying that if you experience the same.

3. Stay Moving As Much As You Can // As I mentioned earlier, everyone’s pregnancy is different. If your doctor clears you to keep up your regular exercises, definitely do so if you’re feeling up to it. Keeping your body active and moving is huge. I didn’t feel up to much cardio so instead, I focused on some basic yoga and stretching. It made me feel good and it also helped with some of the lower back aches I had experienced.


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Self-Care Routine For Pregnancy

4. Moisturize & Care For Your Skin // Stretch marks… are something no mama wants to get, so many women will really up their body care routine during pregnancy. While lotions and oils won’t help avoid stretch marks completely since stretch marks are really hereditary, it certainly doesn’t hurt to make sure your skin is well cared for during your pregnancy.

I have always been a huge fan of Palmer’s products so early on in my first trimester, I started using their Coconut Body Oil and their Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks. Then in my second trimester, Palmer’s was kind enough to send me some more of their pregnancy products to try out. I ended up loving their Skin Therapy Oil a TON!

Here was my daily ritual of caring for my skin:

  1. In the morning, I’d apply the Skin Therapy Oil all over my tummy and hips and then I’d follow up with the Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks in the same places.
  2. Throughout the day, at least twice, I’d re-apply the Skin Therapy Oil.
  3. At night, after my shower, I’d apply the Skin Therapy Oil and Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks the same way I did in the morning.
  4. Every other week, I’d use their Tummy Masks for an extra boost in hydration and care.

I loved using @Palmersworks products throughout my pregnancy! Here was my daily ritual that I used to care for my skin.
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5. Take Naps Often // I know how annoying it can be to hear, “Sleep while you can!” from too many people when you’re pregnant. The reality is, sleeping while you’re pregnant is not all that fun, haha. Even early on in your pregnancy, you’ll have to pee all of the time and if you didn’t know… that only increases throughout your pregnancy. I was getting up to pee 5-7 times a night on average in my last trimester. Yep, yikes! As your baby bump grows, the harder it’ll be to get comfortable and to stay asleep.

The solution? Take naps when you can! They were lifesavers for me. Another huge tip that helped me was using a cluster pillow in between my knees to relieve lower back pain.

Self-Care Routine For Pregnancy

6. Warm Baths & Long Showers // Your body goes through a lot during pregnancy and two things that helped ease my aches and just made me feel calm and peaceful were warm baths and long showers. I aimed to take a warm bath at least once a week. I actually had a dedicated self-care night where I’d take a long shower, soak in the bath, and then I’d focus on other pamperings like manicures and face masks. I highly recommend having a dedicated self-care night if you can. Anyway, long showers were also a huge help to me. I would take showers every night because they’d help ease my back and they just relaxed me before going to sleep. I’d take extra time in the shower to just let the water hit my lower back and it helped so much!

7. Put Yourself First // Self-care isn’t selfish. Putting yourself first isn’t selfish. Putting your baby first isn’t selfish. During pregnancy, you must prioritize yourself! Be sure to set firm boundaries in your life – specifically for social situations and commitments. You don’t want to overcommit and run yourself ragged. Say “no” when you want AND need to and don’t justify why. You don’t owe an explanation to anyone. Tune out those who’ll try to give you all of the unwanted advice under the sun. Don’t put off your needs, whether they’re essential or for relaxation.


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My Last Bumpdate! Baby Girl Is Almost Here!


CWS fam! So glad you stopped by today. ๐Ÿ™‚ Today is the last bumpdate of my pregnancy! So, so wild to me. This pregnancy has flown by for me and while I will miss being pregnant, I just want to hold my baby girl in my arms now!

My Last Bumpdate!

Today, I’m recapping weeks 35 to now (39 weeks) and let me tell ya, these have been some of the most exhausting weeks for me. My pregnancy has really been a textbook pregnancy and honestly, it’s been really easy for me. I’m grateful that it’s been a smooth process overall and that I didn’t have to deal with discomfort the whole time. But, over the past month, there have been some crazy times!

Forewarning: there is some TMI ahead!!

WEEK 35:

Week 35 was probably one of the first times I really started to feel all of the extra weight I’ve been carrying around. Walking up the stairs and rolling out of bed would make me so winded, haha. Seriously though, rolling out of bed 5-7x a night to pee is more exhausting than you’d think. I also developed what I think is pregnancy carpal tunnel and it’s no fun, you guys. At first, I thought it was a pulled muscle in my hand but after further investigation, it’s more likely to be carpal tunnel. Again, NO fun at all!

WEEK 36:

On January 27th, I had met with my lactation consultant to get all of the basic information and tips/tricks on breastfeeding. It went amazing and I left that appointment feeling so empowered! I’m planning on exclusively breastfeeding for at least the first couple of months until breastfeeding is established well. I learned so much and I’m really praying that it will work out.

After my lactation consultant appointment, I had my regular weekly prenatal appointment. Typically, Michael attends all of my appointments but I let him skip out on this one since I had the lactation consultant appointment beforehand. Earlier that morning, before I dropped Michael off at work, I just had an underlying feeling that my blood pressure was going to be reading high that day. Now, mind you, my blood pressure has been perfect my entire pregnancy. But for some reason, which I know believe to be subconscious anxiety (lame), I just had a feeling it’d be high. I told Mike and he calmed me.

36 Weeks Pregnant Baby Bump

The nursing student took my blood pressure and it read high. The second I heard it, I started to freak out inside because I was so scared that it could possibly mean pre-eclampsia (though, I had no other signs of it). She came back in a few minutes later and they wanted to do a urine sample. I did and it came back with a trace of protein, which is typically another indicator of possible pre-eclampsia. So, now I’m really trying to make sure I don’t break down. My midwife came in and explained everything to me really in-depth. She assured me that sometimes the BP reading can be a false high, so she took my BP and it read much better than before but it was still elevated. So, she explained that they needed me to get labs done before I left and that I’d need to do a 24-hour urine sample for the lab. I asked a million questions because I wanted to be prepared in case I did have pre-e.

My midwife called me later that day and let me know that my labs came back all normal, which was obviously a great sign! On the 29th, I returned my urine sample and went to get my blood pressure checked again. Michael came with me this time! He has such a calming spirit – seriously, beyond grateful for him. I provided a quick urine sample and it came back normal (no protein) – thank goodness. As the nurse wheeled in the blood pressure machine (to rule out human error), I was trying my best to stay out of my head. She took my BP and guess what… it read completely normal! I literally said, “Thank you, Lord!” – such a relief. I don’t have pre-e! Extremely grateful.

WEEK 37:

I developed carpal tunnel in my other hand. Yep. I had (and still do have) carpal tunnel in both of my hands. I noticed some swelling in my hands and started to freak out… by swelling, I mean that my ring finger wasn’t measuring a 4.5 like normal and instead, was measuring a 5, haha. But after my intense week and all the hormones, it took some training to not let anxiety take over. This week, I also really started to feel exhaustion set in a bit. My prenatal appointment went well – baby girl is great! I started drinking red raspberry leaf tea 2-3 times a day and I started bouncing on my exercise ball – both to encourage my cervix to get prepared.

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WEEK 38 – 39:

I started experiencing some cramping like period cramps and my hips and pelvis were achier than before. Nothing crazy and since I have a high threshold for pain, none of that bothered me. In fact, it excited me, because I knew it all meant my body was getting ready. At my prenatal appointment, I decided to have my midwife check my cervix for the first time to see where things were at. I was basically closed, 75% effaced, and at a -3, all of which are normal for a first time mom at that point. I kept up with the tea and bouncing on my ball. Towards the end of week 38, I thought I was experiencing some contractions (not just Braxton-Hicks) here and there but they weren’t consistent. Nothing crazy! 

On February 15th, I had crawled into bed just before 11:30 to unwind a bit before falling asleep. I went to roll over (which is such a chore lol) and all of a sudden I felt a large gush out of nowhere – at 11:30 pm! I run to the bathroom and yep, my entire liner and undies were soaked with clear fluid, no smell. I was in disbelief. I changed, put on a large pad, and then yelled downstairs to Michael, “Babe! I’m pretty sure my water just broke!” He asked if I really thought so and I explained further. Mike called L&D while I started to prep to leave to head to the hospital. While packing, I got another large gush of fluid and that’s when I knew for sure, for sure my water had broke. I still couldn’t believe it but I felt 100% sure.

Earlier that evening, I did have some inconsistent contractions but nothing crazy. We also had Taco Bell, which I’ve heard some ladies swear by to put them into labor LOL – totally not what I was trying to do. The entire time I finished packing and on our drive there, I felt completely fine and had such peace. I had 2 contractions on the way there – again, nothing crazy.

38 Weeks Pregnant Baby Bump

I got all checked in and settled and they hooked me up to the monitors. They needed to confirm that my water did actually break, of course, so they started some different tests. First, they had me sit/lay over a hospital bed pad to see if any more gushes of liquid would happen. It didn’t, so then they had to insert a speculum (so uncomfortable) to be able to swab for a sample. They also checked my cervix and not much changed from my appointment a few days earlier – I’m just 1/2 cm dilated now. They took the sample to the lab and it didn’t fern, which meant it wasn’t amniotic fluid. I was beyond frustrated because I knew what I felt and witnessed. The resident then wheeled in an ultrasound machine to measure my fluid levels and they measured normal. So, it really wasn’t my water that broke. FALSE ALARM!

I was so confused because I had never had anything like that happen during my pregnancy before. They said that it could have either been urine (it for sure was NOT that. I have good control lol!) or just an increase in discharge, as my body is preparing itself. I felt so many different emotions when the told me that. I felt so stupid and confused. Definitely happy that I listened to my gut, though! The nurse was so sweet and encouraging, which made me feel better about the whole situation! So, I was discharged. We didn’t get home until 4:30 am. It was a mess. But, thankfully, our sweet baby girl was perfect and we got to hear her heartbeat the entire time we were there.

Baby girl is due in under a week! I can’t believe it. Again, this pregnancy flew by and it’s been so awesome to be able to share my journey with you. I am planning on doing a pregnancy Q&A blog post if I can but honestly, I’m trying to soak in these last moments… so it may have to wait until after her arrival. ๐Ÿ˜‰ If you have any questions about my pregnancy that you’re curious about, drop them in the comments!

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Getting Ready For Baby Girlโ€™s Arrival


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It’s no secret that my pregnancy has been one of the greatest highlights of my life so far. I can’t contain the excitement that Mike and I both have as we get to meet our baby girl very soon… just a month to go! During my pregnancy, I have spent countless hours researching everything under the sun for my baby girl. I want to make sure that we’re providing her with only the best of the best. Today, I’m teaming up with my friends at Babbleboxx and some great sponsors to share some baby products that are ready to go in her nursery once baby girl arrives. ๐Ÿ™‚

Snuggle Knit Collection from aden + anaisTM

I have been in full-on nesting mode over the past week and truly, I’ve been loving every bit of it. All of the baby girl’s clothes are washed and organized – it feels incredible! This NEW aden + anaisโ„ข snuggle knit collection is absolutely dreamy and I can’t wait to get my girl all snuggled up in it. It’s a must-have for all new moms and machine washes really well. This collection includes one knotted gown with an easy-access tie bottom, a one-size-fits-all knotted baby hat, a swaddle blanket, and a bandana bib. All of these essentials are made from a supremely soft fabric that helps to keep baby cozy and snuggled up how they should be. You can find this gift set on Amazon – available in three prints – heather grey, rosettes (shown), and navy stripe.

One thing that I’m already loving about this gift set is the versatility it offers. From bedtime to play to travel, all of the pieces included are perfect for a new baby. The snuggle knit lovely is the perfect comforting piece for any sweet baby to cling to.

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Not only have I organized all of my baby’s clothing but I’ve also organized all of the essential products we’ll be using often. The Baby Balm and Baby Lotion from Pipette are both stored neatly in one of the top drawers of the changing table. Babies have very delicate skin so it’s important to use nourishing products that help to keep their skin hydrated well.

The Baby Balm from Pipette provides deep, gentle moisture for baby’s sensitive spots like chapped lips, diaper line, elbows, or wherever needed. The Baby Lotion from Pipette provides immediate and long-lasting hydration that can be gently massaged all over baby’s skin. It also helps to increase and retain moisture levels in their skin.

There’s an article all about Pipette in the November 2019 copy of Good Housekeeping (page 49) that shares about how their products are formulated without parabens and fragrance. I love that their ingredients are plant-based.

Pipette Baby LotionLilโ€™ Squish Jellyfish Sensory Rattle + Teething Toy from Baby Banana

Even though my baby girl is still to arrive and teething won’t begin until later this year, we’re already stocking up on teethers! This Lilโ€™ Squish Jellyfish Sensory Rattle + Teething Toy from Baby Banana is seriously too cute and fun! It has a subtle rattle to it and the many textures will one day keep our little girl very busy with much to explore. The tentacle loops are designed to make it easy to hold and also promotes hand-eye coordination. It’s made of 100% silicone that is soft and durable – win, win. You can grab it here on Amazon.

The Butt Paste Maximum Strength Tube from Boudreauxโ€™s was one of the very first products I registered for because I have heard so many other mamas rave about it. It’s tough on diaper rash but gentle on baby’s bottom! It’s free from dyes, preservatives, parabens, and talc and is pediatrician-recommended. Boudreaux’s Butt Paste provides the thickest barrier of protection with 40% zin oxide and visibly improves diaper rash in as little as 3 hours.

You bet Boudreaux’s Butt Paste is tucked away in her changing table drawer!

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One thing I’m really looking forward to is playing with fun toys with my little baby girl. The Tinkle Crinkle Activity Ball and Tinkle Crinkle Caterpillar from GUND are both toys that I feel any baby would love. They’re both extremely soft and Baby GUND plush is machine washable for easy cleaning! ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Tinkle Crinkle Caterpillar is full of fun surprises for baby – crinkle, rattle, squeaker, and bright, primary colors and fabric with textures to promote tactile and sensory-stimulating play. The Tinkle Crinkle Activity Ball is also a great baby toy as it features multiple characters, like a bunny and a caterpillar, as well as 3-D cut-outs of different textures.

The toys from GUND make great baby gifts for any new baby. GUND has many award-winning bears and toys and I can totally see why! Michael’s favorite snuggle toy when he was a baby was his very own GUND “bear-bear”. ๐Ÿ™‚

Getting Ready For Baby Girl's Arrival

It’s all feeling SO real! My baby girl is going to be in my arms in a month’s time. I can’t wait to meet her but for now, I’m going to continue to enjoy getting ready for her arrival. This time is so sacred to me.

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A Blush Pink And Gold Baby Shower Brunch


Pink Baby Shower Dress

Hello, beautiful friends! I’m so happy to finally be spilling all of the details about our baby shower that we had in Rochester, NY the other weekend. Growing up, I always pictured myself having a baby girl first so you could imagine my excitement when that came true. Along with that, of course, I had a very specific vision in mind for a baby shower to celebrate my little girl. My mother-in-law is an incredible party planner and did an amazing job of creating the perfect day for the entire family. I also loved that she let me be a part of the planning process! It was so much fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

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When we were looking at venues online, I found Rochester Brainery and immediately fell in love with their space. The Rochester Brainery is located in Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts and offers all kinds of art and lifestyle classes during the weekend and on the weekend, the space is available for rentals. The main room where we had our shower is called the Green Room and it was the perfect bright and airy dream! This space matched the vision I had for the shower and I’m so glad we decided to book with them. I highly recommend them to host your Rochester, NY event!

Floral Baby Shower Welcome Sign

I had shared photos of the shower on Facebook already and some people have commented that our baby shower was one of the classiest baby showers that they’ve ever seen. That made me SO happy to hear! I wanted to have a dreamy baby shower… so much so that it almost looked like a bridal shower, haha. We stuck to a pretty palette of blush pink, gold, greenery, and whites for the colors. The fact that the Rochester Brainery already had a ton of gorgeous greenery in the room helped bring the shower decor to the next level. We also incorporated a lot of floral design features into the mix, from the invites all the way to the welcome sign, because flowers are just what a baby girl baby shower needs.

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Another perk of hosting the shower at the Rochester Brainery was that all tables and chairs were included… and guess what’s even better? They are just my style. The tables are natural wood and white and the chairs are clean and modern. We kept things simple for the tablescape but almost always, simple is best. ๐Ÿ˜‰

My mother-in-law found these white table runners at the Dollar Tree (crazy right?!) but I linked some other similar ones here. The faux eucalyptus used on the tables is from Hobby Lobby and they’re actually hanging bushes that we draped across instead. I found some very similar pieces (pack of 2) on Amazon here. After talking to a local florist, my mother-in-law thought it’d be neat to lightly spray paint the white baby’s breath flowers pink. Such a cool idea, right? We did just that and intertwined the baby’s breath into the faux eucalyptus on the tables. It was JUST the added flare that the tables needed.

Baby Shower Tablescape

We went with gold plates and cutlery and blush pink napkins. To make everything look more put together, the cutlery was wrapped nicely inside the napkins tied up with this gorgeous linen and gold twine. So, so pretty! The baby shower favors were these adorable tutu onesie cookies. I grew up a dancer and it’s my hope that my baby girl will love to dance, too. So, naturally, I had to have dance incorporated into the baby shower some way! ๐Ÿ˜‰ They were too cute and delicious, too!

Of course, there were multiple baby shower games that we played. To keep things low-key and comfortable for everyone, we stuck to simple paper games and they ended up being a hit! I wish I snapped a shot of all of the games because they were perfectly aligned with the gold and floral theme that we had going. Sneak a peek here! The one game that wasn’t timed, we snuck underneath the place settings so that guests could fill it out after they were finished eating brunch. There was a little pencil at each place setting, too.

Rochester Brainery Baby ShowerBaby Shower Brunch Food

For drinks, we had cucumber water, iced tea with mint & lemon, and coffee. For brunch, we had an amazing spread catered by a family friend who is an incredible chef! If you’re in Rochester, NY and are in need of delicious catering, let me know and I can pass on his information to you. Everything was absolutely delicious!

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Blush Pink And Gold Baby ShowerBlush Pink And Gold Balloon Garland

The cake table was definitely my favorite part of the decor for our baby shower! I’m so glad that we added this gorgeous balloon garland last-minute. I grabbed it from this small shop and it was really affordable compared to other balloon garlands out there. The colors of the balloons are a mix of blush, clear, gold, and white. I ordered the 7 ft long garland and it was the perfect fit. I highly recommend this shop if you need balloon garland!

The large white balloons were 24-inch balloons and we used this greenery twine to hold them. LOVED how they came out! We were originally going to do 36-inch balloons but after realizing the amount of helium it’d take to blow up on our own, we opted for the 24-inch instead. We were very happy with the 24-inch in the end. We also had some standard-size light pink balloons scattered around the tablescapes. Gotta love all of the balloons!

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I grabbed this sparkly gold “oh baby” cake topper to place on top of the cake. I highly recommend the shop I ordered it from – affordable, fast shipping, and great quality! To add a simple finishing touch, we added some faux eucalyptus and a blush pink flower on top of the cake.

Keeping with the greenery theme, we used this string of faux eucalyptus to intertwine on the cake table. The tiered trays used to hold the cupcakes were these ones that were white with a gold confetti print – super cute and practical! We also used an apothecary jar to hold some chocolates and pink gumballs for added color on the cake table.

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Above is a picture of my mother-in-law and me and then us with Michael’s grandmother. We had to grab the picture of the three of us women… because really, there are 4 generations in this photo. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I can’t wait to snag this photo again once my baby girl is here. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Our shower was absolutely beautiful and everything I had ever hoped it would be! Such a special way to celebrate the upcoming arrival of Baby T! Michael and I are both over the moon, so excited to meet our sweet baby girl next month! ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me know if you have any other questions about the details of our shower! Would be happy to answer them for you.

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34 Week Bumpdate


34 Week Bumpdate

Hey CWS fam, I can’t believe it’s time for another #bumpdate today – I’m in week 34 of my pregnancy. I also can’t believe that there’s (hopefully) only going to be one more bumpdate after this one! Time has flown. It’s so hard to fathom!

WEEKS 31 – 33 RECAP:

The holidays really made weeks 31 – 33 fly by fast for me. I was 31 weeks during Christmas week when Mike and I drove up to Massachusetts to see my family. I wasn’t exactly looking forward to a long road trip up but my body cooperated well for the trip! But gosh, by the end of the day the first day we were up there, I was SO exhausted. I hadn’t felt that exhaustion since the first trimester. It hit me like a ton of bricks. The photo above is of my Grammy and me. I love her so much!

Ever since our anatomy scan at 19 weeks, Baby T was breech and as she grew, she decided she liked being in a transverse lie the best. A transverse lie is when the baby is laying all across your stomach. At my appointment at 31 weeks, she was still in a transverse lie and even though the doctors say not to worry until 36 weeks, of course, I was nervous. I want a natural birth so if there was anything I could do to get her to flip head down, in addition to praying, you bet I wanted to. So, I looked up a ton of stuff online and learned about the Spinning Babies site. They have a ton of safe exercises and inversions you can try to encourage the baby to move head down on their own. I did some of them and I actually crawled around the house a bit, too LOL!

34 Week Bumpdate

Well, at my appointment at 33 weeks, baby girl had moved head down! Praise God! The midwife was really sweet and confirmed with a very quick scan, too. It took everything within me to not burst out in tears of relief and joy! Ask Mike, haha. Mike and I believe in the power of prayer. There were many people praying that sweet Baby T would get in the head-down position. While I did my best in putting effort forth in the exercises along with prayer, I know full well that it was God who made it happen. I truly believe she turned during the night before that appointment.

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WEEK 34:

I’m currently halfway through week 34 and I am finally starting to feel the aches all over. Really, up through last week, I had felt amazing! I hadn’t had much discomfort aside from the occasional tailbone discomfort. I was honestly shocked that I was feeling so good! Definitely a blessing – never taking anything for granted.

Tuesday, Mike and I took a trip to IKEA for a couple of last-minute things for the nursery and home. We were there for about 2 hours and we ate lunch there, too. By the time we left, my feet were SO sore and felt like they were on fire. They weren’t swollen at all – they were just completely tired. Later on the same day, my tailbone discomfort started acting up once again.

Wednesday, I spent the day working on baby girl’s nursery. Now that our shower celebrations are over it’s the perfect time to start washing and organizing everything. It was an extremely low impact day but I was ready for bed at 7:30, haha. My stomach muscles have been feeling a bit sore later in the day – I’m thinking it’s round ligament “pain”. I don’t think I truly ever experienced RLP in my second trimester like most women do, which is why I’m thinking I’m experiencing it now. Still, I really can’t complain! To me, this entire experience (including the aches) is a blessing.

I’m also grateful that I have an extremely high pain tolerance because all of the above is really just annoying to me, rather than anything else.

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30 Week Bumpdate


28 weeks pregnant

It’s time for another #bumpdate, my friends! I’m now 30 weeks pregnant with my sweet baby girl and everything is starting to feel really real now, haha. It’s weird thinking that there’s just 10 weeks left until my girl is in my arms. I love being pregnant and being able to feel her move all around but gosh, I can’t wait to snuggle her! I’m cherishing every moment because I know I’ll miss being pregnant.

30 weeks pregnant means that I’ve been in the third trimester for a couple of weeks now. I’m still doing and feeling great for the most part. If I’m really on my feet a lot during the day, my lower back and tailbone discomfort definitely kick in like crazy later on in the day.

I finally caved and purchased a maternity belt to help support my belly and back… and WOW! It’s been life-changing! Since I’m carrying low and have a petite frame, I wish I got one way earlier in my pregnancy. I’ve had it for over a week now and I’ve felt a ton of relief from it. I only wear it at home periodically throughout the day. Here’s the link to the one I got – it’s only $19.99! Beyond worth it! 

28 weeks pregnant

GLUCOSE TOLERANCE TESTING

At 27 weeks, I went in for my 1-hour glucose tolerance test. This was honestly the first thing I was nervous about my entire pregnancy. After hearing all the hype about how awful the drink tastes, I actually didn’t find it that bad, haha. I got the fruit punch flavor and it was just fine. A few hours later, I got the message that I failed the 1-hour glucose test and that I had to come back in the for 3-hour test. Ugh.

I felt so discouraged and honestly it was a bit of a battle to not stay in that mindset. I scheduled my 3-hour test for the Monday after Thanksgiving. This way, I still got to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal, haha. But from the day after Thanksgiving through that Sunday, I had to eat low-carb and I didn’t enjoy it one bit. BUT! I stuck to it. I’d do anything for my little girl. I couldn’t go over 150 carbs a day and you bet I kept track of everything like crazy.

I was grateful that Michael came with me to the 3-hour test because unfortunately, I had to sit in the lab’s main waiting room the entire time (in between blood draws) and let’s just say, I can’t stand any kind of doctor’s office/lab-type waiting room. I had to fast from the night before and could only drink water leading up to my test and during it. I was starving but did really well throughout all of the waiting. I chose the lemon-lime drink this time and it tasted like flat sprite. Here’s how it all went…

  • 1st blood draw (before glucose drink)
  • wait an hour
  • 2nd blood draw
  • wait an hour
  • 3rd blood draw
  • wait an hour
  • 4th and final blood draw

Needles and having blood drawn doesn’t bother me at all. In fact, I’m the one who watches the entire thing, haha. I’m tough. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The lab tech was so shocked that she got a different vein each time and claimed that it’s rare! So, that was fun.

A few hours later, I got the results… and I PASSED the 3-hour! I was so relieved.

Nursery Sneak Peek

CRAVINGS AS OF LATELY: Strawberries with whipped cream! So good.

WEIGHT GAIN: About 16-17 lbs total so far. Right on track with what’s recommended for me.

BODY CHANGES: Nothing other than my baby bump growing and growing. ๐Ÿ™‚

MOVEMENT: LOTS of it! She has been very active ever since I’ve been able to feel her distinct kicks at 19 weeks. She has some crazy jabs and kicks but I’m also able to feel her twisting and turning all about. As I’m sitting here writing this, I just felt her have hiccups!

NURSERY PROGRESS: The other weekend, my in-laws visited and helped us get some things in order. My mother-in-law and I painted little girl’s nursery. I went white a crisp white for most of the walls and then I did two accent walls in a very, very light pink. I’m going for a light and airy, girly, boho feel for her nursery. No crazy theme, just a cozy haven. ๐Ÿ™‚ This is probably one of the only sneak peeks you’ll get because I’m going to do a huge nursery reveal once it’s finished.

30 Week Bumpdate

I can still touch my toes (thank you to all of my years of dancing), but I can’t comfortably reach to successfully paint my toenails anymore. So, Michael was a sweetheart and painted them for me. Michael has been so supportive throughout my entire pregnancy – day in and day out. I’m so appreciative of him and how he loves me and our little girl. But gosh, this was one of the sweetest moments for me. I had to sneak a photo. He genuinely put in effort and he did amazing! So grateful to God for Michael.

WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO: We have our baby shower in Rochester, NY in January and it’s going to be gorgeous. I can’t wait to share all about it! We also have our hospital tour in early January and I’m eager to get to see where everything is. It’ll give me even more peace and I think it’ll make everything that much more exciting, too.

30 Week Bumpdate

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26 Week Bumpdate


23 Weeks Pregnant

Previous Bumpdate: 22 Weeks Bumpdate

Happy #bumpday! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I feel like I’m going to say this every time I intro one of my bumpdate posts but wow, this pregnancy is flying by! To be honest, I debated even writing a bumpdate this month because I really don’t feel like all that much has changed aside from my evergrowing belly, haha. The photo above was taken at 23 weeks 3 days and I remember just feeling so good that day.

It’s absolutely crazy to me that right now, I’m less than 2 weeks away from starting the third trimester.

SYMPTOMS WEEK 23-26:

There’s not much new in this department. My second trimester has been incredible which I’m really grateful for. Aside from the lower back aches and sciatica, I don’t have much to complain about. I know some women have really tough pregnancies so I can’t express how thankful I am that I have been healthy and well.

I occasionally have heartburn in the evenings or after I’ve eaten chocolate. True story, I don’t think I ever had heartburn before my pregnancy. I was explaining how I was feeling to Michael and he laughed and said, “Babe, that’s heartburn. You’re okay! Go take some TUMS.” Too funny.

For the most part, my skin cleared up really well for most of my second trimester but gosh, the past week or so, the hormonal acne has come back with a vengeance. Unfortunately, there’s not much I can do about it other than continue on with a safe prenatal skincare routine and patience. I’ll gladly take any pregnancy-safe skincare recommendations if you have any!

Baby Shower Dress

MASSACHUSETTS BABY SHOWER:

We had our first baby shower at the beginning of November in Massachusetts, which is where I’m from. It was a combined baby shower with my younger sister, Bethany, who just had her baby girl in September at only 26 weeks. Both my sister and her baby girl are incredible! Her little one has been in the NICU the past 2 months but praise be to God, she’s right on track and it looks like she’ll get to go home soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

We had our shower at Ski Ward and it was a great, cozy location for it. Everything came out beautifully and the food was delicious. Since I live out of state and have been ever since I graduated high school, it’s always extra special to me to get to see and spend time with family and friends. It was a beautiful shower. Incredible grateful for all the love shown to our sweet girl already!

Some more photos: (L-R) Me and my sisters, Bethany and Corryn. Me and Michael. Bethany and I with our dad.

Massachusetts Baby Shower26 Week Bumpdate

CRAVINGS AS OF LATELY: Either a nice fresh salad or french toast sticks. Oh, and strawberry Gatorade.

WEIGHT GAIN: About 12-13lbs and that’s all been in my second trimester as I didn’t gain in my first trimester. Seeing the scale go up has probably been the toughest thing for me so far this pregnancy. I’ll probably share more on that eventually. But, I’m grateful that everything is on track and that sweet Baby T is growing how she should.

BODY CHANGES: Nothing other than my baby bump continually growing.

26 Week Bumpdate

MOVEMENT: This little lady is quite the mover! As I shared before, I started feeling distinct kicks at 19 weeks and at 20 weeks, we were seeing her kick from outside. The neatest thing and 100% my favorite ever! She is extremely active and is definitely on a schedule so far. She loves 11 am and 11 pm for some of her “showoff” times, haha. I love my girl.

WHAT DO YOU MISS? A crisp hard cider – my favorite drink during the fall. Le sigh!

HAVE YOU STARTED THE NURSERY? Not yet but you betcha I’ve already been in full planning mode. We’re planning on painting in a couple of weeks and from there, I’m sure everything will fall right into place. I’m SO excited!

26 Weeks Bumpdate

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22 Week Bumpdate


Hey there, CWS fam! It’s time for another #bumpdate today. ๐Ÿ™‚ I always look forward to writing and sharing these with you all but this one totally snuck up on me! I try to write these every 4 weeks and this past month simply flew by.

19 weeks pregnant

During my first trimester recap and my 18 week bumpdate, I had laid everything out week by week, especially when it came to sharing my symptoms. Now that I’ve been out of the first trimester and the morning sickness stage, I figured I’d shift gears and just talk through everything, rather than go week by week. ๐Ÿ™‚

The photo above was taken at 19 weeks with Baby T! That was the first week I really felt like I looked pregnant… well, only in form-fitting tops, anyway.

SYMPTOMS WEEKS 19 – 22:

My morning sickness has been completely gone now other than feeling nautious in the car as a passenger sometimes. I still keep my trusty sea-bands on-hand in my bag, because they really do help keep nausea at bay! For the most part, I’m feeling much more energetic these days and I haven’t felt dizzy at all. The awful headaches that I was getting before have subsided, as well. Thank goodness. They were completely debilitating. As for round ligament pains, I haven’t felt many over the past month. I’m sure they’ll start up more as my belly continues to grow.

I’m still experiencing lower backaches and sciatica, as I’m sure I’ll continue to. I have a petite frame so it’ll be carrying a lot throughout this pregnancy. I’m beyond thankful that Michael gives me a back massage each night. He’s been so amazing!

My emotions can be a bit crazy sometimes. Well, I’ve definitely been experiencing the crying over the silliest things thing, haha. I’m not typically a crier so it’s weird for me. Overall, I have really been on the up and up and have been feeling like my regular self most days. ๐Ÿ™‚

Girl Gender Reveal Photo, Couple Gender Reveal

ANATOMY SCAN:

We had Baby T’s anatomy scan towards the end of my 19th week of pregnancy. It was something we were looking forward to ever since the positive pregnancy test. The anatomy scan, from what I’ve gathered, is what most people associate with just finding out the gender. While that is something you have the option to find out during it, the anatomy scan is SO much more than that! You get to see the baby up close and personal. ๐Ÿ™‚

Our appointment was set for an hour because the tech has a list of photos/videos they need to capture throughout the scan. Trust me, we didn’t complain! That meant we got to see our little one for a long while. On the morning of our scan, I was feeling a bit nervous but still had overwhelming peace. I was mostly nervous that they wouldn’t get to see everything they needed to… but they did! Thank God! I drank a tall frappuccino on the way over so that I had enough caffeine to make our little one perfectly active. ๐Ÿ˜‰

By now you know that Baby T is a GIRL! You can CLICK HERE to find out all about how we found out and then had it confirmed at the anatomy scan.

Our sweet girl waved at us during the scan and she also had the hiccups at one point – way too cute! My favorite part of the scan was getting to see my baby girl’s heart and all 4 chambers. It was beyond incredible. God is such an artist.

Our girl is healthy and everything is measuring right on track. We are SO grateful.

20 Weeks Pregnant Baby Bump

Here’s the baby bump at 20 weeks! I had to have fun with this bump photo! Baby T half baked! ๐Ÿ˜‰ And you bet I’ve been living in sweatpants and sports bras when I’m at home.

CRAVINGS/AVERSIONS: I haven’t had a hankering for anything majorly specific this pregnancy. It definitely all goes through stages. Lately, I just want sweets, especially chocolate. I’m doing my best to balance my want for sweets and healthy food. I really don’t want to gain any more weight than I’m supposed to, especially because I have a small frame.

WEIGHT GAIN: As I mentioned in my last bumpdate, it can be hard to get an accurate weight reading because my body is going through so much if ya know what I mean! In total, I’ve gained about 8-9 lbs so far. Being completely transparent here, it’s scary seeing my weight go up, but I’m doing my best to be gaining how I should so Baby T continues to grow right on track. 

BODY CHANGES: The baby bump is growing and growing. It’s so funny because I don’t feel like I see it growing that much until I look at progress photos. I have found it hard to take accurate bump photos because phone selfies make my bump look smaller than it is and DSLR photos make it look way bigger, haha.

A little TMI here but hey, that’s pregnancy for ya! At the end of week 21, my nipples started leaking. It was the funniest thing to me because the day before, I was talking with my sister on the phone and told her how recently, I’ll feel a quick, sharp sensation in my nipples. She then said, “well, don’t be surprised if you start leaking soon then!” Then literally the next day, they did. LOL! I wasn’t expecting it but I felt a wetness and looked down and my t-shirt had spots, haha.

It is perfectly normal to be leaking so early on, even as a first-time mom. In fact, they say it’s a good sign which is great because I plan on breastfeeding/pumping Baby T.

22 Weeks Pregnant Bumpdate

HAVE YOU FELT ANY MOVEMENT? YES! YES! YES! To summarize: I started feeling flutters at 15 weeks and then more movements at 17 weeks. My last bumpdate I shared that I didn’t think I felt pronounced kicks yet and I’m standing firm there. BUT! My little girl decided to start kicking strong at 19 weeks and 2 days! I knew that I knew that I knew they were kicks. It was so special! Michael was with me the night I first felt them and of course, I cried. Michael felt her kick from the outside ever-so-slightly at 19 weeks and 4 days.

Ever since 20 weeks, baby girl has been kicking so crazy strong that we can see her from the outside. It is SO magical and is definitely my favorite thing so far about pregnancy. She’s quite active throughout the day, especially after each meal but she really loves being a night owl like her mama. I’m fine with that for now but I hope she’ll sleep through the night once she’s here, haha. ๐Ÿ™‚

HAVE YOU GOTTEN ANY MATERNITY CLOTHES YET? Yes! Finally. At 21 weeks, I had my first breakdown over my body and how nothing was fitting me anymore. Being petite is hard enough already but being petite and pregnant… y’all. It messes with you. I’ll share more on that at another time. But yes, I finally put in an order online last weekend for some maternity jeans, a pair of maternity leggings, a bra, and some tops from Motherhood Maternity.

One pair of maternity jeans fit almost perfect and they were a petite option. I was so happy that I cried, haha. The other pair fit but the ankle area was too large and the leggings were extremely big even though they were the smallest size. I’m returning those two items and will grab another pair of jeans that fit in a different wash. My new bra fit perfect – holla! And the two tops were quite big on me but I kept them because I know my bump will grow into them. I’ll share more soon!

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Baby T Is Aโ€ฆGIRL!!!


Girl Gender Reveal Photo, Couple Gender Reveal

Daddy’s girl! Mommy’s world! Baby T is a sweet baby GIRL!!! Michael and I are both over the moon about our little girl. I am so glad I’m finally able to let the secret out! ๐Ÿ™‚

Let’s rewind a bit! Going into this pregnancy, we knew we’d be finding out the gender. This was something we always planned on doing and probably will for any future babies, as well. The first few months of pregnancy felt like they dragged by so slow – probably because I wasn’t feeling the best. By the time we initially went for my first prenatal appointment and scan at 11.5 weeks, I couldn’t imagine waiting another 9-10 weeks to find out the gender.

At 15 weeks, I caved! We decided to order the Sneak Peek early gender DNA test. I know a lot of people have been skeptical by a DNA test that you get offline and perform yourself (pricking your finger to collect blood) but trust me, I did my research for months and months about this test and decided I wanted to give it a try. After all, Sneak Peek has 99.1% accuracy! We figured, why not?

The test arrived on a Wednesday morning, I performed the test, and then sent it back out that same day. We had ordered the fast-track option which meant we’d get our results in 72 hours, rather than waiting a week to find out (with the regular version). Mike worked late that Friday night and I tried to go to sleep before he got home but I couldn’t! I had the results email sent to his email instead of my own for my sanity, haha.

He got home at about midnight that night and asked if we wanted to open the results then. I was all of a sudden on the fence. I knew what we were hoping for and was nervous about it. I couldn’t bring myself to open the email with him, haha! So, I told Mike that he could. He came back into our room and asked, “Are you sure you don’t want to know?” Mike asking that lead me to believe the result was what we were hoping for… so I said okay!

“It’s a girl!”

I was in shock and was like, “REALLY?!” and started crying, haha. I kept asking over and over that it was real and not a joke… because we wanted a sweet baby girl first. It was all real. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sneak Peek Gender DNA test

I kept sobbing because I was just so happy. I don’t think I slept a wink that night because I was so excited and just felt immensely blessed.

We shared our news with close family members and a couple of friends. Mike and I knew we didn’t want to share our results with the world just yet because we wanted it confirmed at our anatomy scan. It was! ๐Ÿ™‚

Girl Gender Reveal

Many of you are probably already wanting to ask us if we have any name ideas yet…

Your answer: Michael and I already chose our baby girl’s name before we even got married. ๐Ÿ˜‰ So, yes! She has a name but we most likely will not be sharing it until after her birth.

Cute story #1: Mike is such a man of faith that it blows me away. I could go on for days but to stay relevant… before we even knew that our baby was a girl, Michael was already calling her by her name!! Yeah, kinda crazy! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ll admit, I loved it but I was also a tiny bit apprehensive – didn’t want to get my hopes up. But wow, he’s awesome.

Cute story #2: Mike was the one to pick out this adorable onesie for our photo. I almost started tearing up in the store because it made me so emotional! I love how he loves our baby girl. So blessed that he is so involved in everything!

We’re so grateful to God for our baby girl. She’s healthy and is growing right on track – we are so grateful. We are SO excited to meet our baby girl in February!

XO,

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18 Week Bumpdate


Hey friends! I’m excited to be sharing another bumpdate today – 18 weeks! If you’re new around CWS, I’ll be sharing a monthly recap of my pregnancy until Baby T arrives. ๐Ÿ™‚

18 Week Bumpdate

Gosh, I always have so much joy writing these updates. It’s crazy how quickly life starts to change when you’re pregnant. I’m not complaining one bit – I’m loving it! Things have been quiet here on CWS for two main reasons: 1. Life has been quite busy and crazy. I’ll get to more details on all of that in a post coming next week. 2. Everything I’m brainstorming or feeling inspired to write is focused on my pregnancy. Now, that’s not necessarily a bad thing but I really want to try my best to keep a balance of my regular topics here and the joys I’m experiencing through my pregnancy journey. I so, so appreciate your patience with me!

If you haven’t read my First Trimester Bumpdate, you can click HERE to catch up!

I am currently in week 18 and Baby T is the size of an artichoke (5.59 inches, 6.70 oz). Baby T is able to yawn, hiccup, swallow. Baby T is also twisting, rolling, punching, and kicking! ๐Ÿ™‚

SYMPTOMS BY WEEK:

WEEK 14:

  • Occasional nausea
  • Morning sickness
  • Backaches
  • Visible veins – I had noticed visible veins in my legs and arms more before week 14 but this week I really noticed them in my boobs.
  • Headaches
  • Baby bump – Well, a tiny, tiny barely noticeable difference, haha!

WEEK 15:

  • Frequent peeing
  • Lower backache
  • Tiredness
  • Morning sickness started to ease up a bit
  • Sore hips – I have always been told I’ll have “good birthing hips” lol but gosh, these hips are definitely shifting a bit and it was quite sore.
  • Photo below: 15 weeks

15 weeks pregnant

WEEK 16:

  • Slightly increased appetite
  • Severe headaches – They were awful. I was properly hydrated, eating right, and even a nap or Tylenol wouldn’t help. Oh, the hormones.
  • Tiredness
  • Stomach issues 
  • Back pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Sore hips & tailbone
  • Morning sickness 2x 
  • Sciatica pain – I was shocked to have started to deal with some sciatica pain so early on but I think a lot of it has to do with my petite frame.

WEEK 17:

  • Lower back pain
  • Frequent peeing
  • Backaches
  • More energy but got tired easily
  • Hot flashes
  • Occasional nausea – Only when in the car as a passenger.
  • Morning sickness 1x
  • Sore hips & tailbone
  • Acne
  • Photo below: 17 weeks

WEEK 18:

  • Increased appetite
  • Backache
  • Some dizziness
  • Lower back pain
  • Hot flashes
  • Acne

17 weeks pregnant

CRAVINGS:

When it comes to cravings, my second trimester so far is similar to my first trimester – I haven’t had a hankering for 1 specific craving. Instead, my tastes definitely go through changes. I hate this but I have been craving fast food and sweets like crazy. From Wendy’s spicy chicken nuggets to McDonald’s nuggets with honey, to a double cheeseburger from McDonald’s… I have been trying to be self-disciplined but sometimes, you just got to give in to the cravings, haha. Oh, taco dip & tortilla chips have been a favorite, too! Oh, and anything apple!

AVERSIONS:

This makes me so sad to say… Chick-Fil-A sauce. If you know me well, I’m someone who usually has extra CFA sauce at home and even in my purse with me, haha. I didn’t see this aversion coming at all!

WEIGHT GAIN:

Over the past few weeks, I have gained about 3-4lbs. It’s hard to gauge my actual weight, even in the mornings, because my body (especially my stomach lol) is going through a lot. I didn’t gain anything my first trimester.

BODY CHANGES:

The baby bump has officially arrived!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Below is a comparison between 14 weeks and now at 18 weeks. Baby T is definitely showing themselves now.

Excuse the dirty mirror and messy office bump selfies! 

DO YOU KNOW THE GENDER YET?

Yes, we do! But we’re not sharing just yet. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I couldn’t wait any longer to find out so I ordered the Sneak Peek at-home blood test at 15 weeks. I’m glad I decided to go for it and will share my experience with the SP test in the future. We’re waiting until after our anatomy scan next week to announce the gender.

HAVE YOU GOTTEN ANY MATERNITY CLOTHES YET?

I have received a couple of gifted tops from Pink Blush Maternity that I’m loving and will definitely grow into overtime. Mike and I are moving next week (more on that to come), so I’m waiting to really purchase anything until after we’ve moved. I only have 2 pairs of leggings that still fit and none of my jeans button anymore… le sigh. I’m nervous about shopping for maternity bottoms because as a short (4’11”) and petite lady already, jeans/bottoms shopping is hard enough. Wish me luck!

HAVE YOU FELT ANY MOVEMENT? Yes, I have! ๐Ÿ™‚ From about 15 weeks, I have been feeling flutters. I was shocked I started feeling them so early since this is my first baby/pregnancy but they do say petite women can start to feel movement sooner. As far as kicks… I’m going to say maybe… There have been 2 times I thought I might have but I’m not sure.

ANY STRETCH MARKS?

Nope! Thank goodness. I’m really hoping I can avoid those buggers… but they do run in my family, so I’m staying realistic.

HOW’S YOUR SLEEP?

Pretty awful, haha. I didn’t even put this up in my symptoms because honestly, my sleep hasn’t been all that great my entire pregnancy. From having to get up to pee a few times a night to not being able to get comfortable, sleep in of itself is a journey. I do think that Unisom is starting to help me a little bit.

ARE YOU MISSING ANYTHING?

Other than missing a nice, crisp hard cider during the fall… nope, I’m trying to enjoy the entire pregnancy experience.

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