Pregnancy Must Haves (thus far)
If I had to buy an entirely new makeup collection from Target
Sometimes it’s hard to believe that I’m past the half way point. I’m 21 weeks and definitely in the “honeymoon” stage of pregnancy. I’m feeling great, food tastes good again, and have plenty of energy. I’m trying to really soak up this time before I get too huge/tired/emotional/huge/uncomfortable/huge when I’m well into my third trimester.
I’ve gathered a small collection of things I’ve enjoyed throughout this pregnancy. This is my first baby and I’ve really enjoyed the whole experience so far–especially now that the morning sickness is over!
1. I’ve never been a junk food eater (chips, fast food, etc) but I would instead snack on fruit or crackers. And while I still snack on both of those things, I’ve added protein bars into the mix just to get a little extra protein in my diet. I love the Chocolate Chip ones by Special K. And I think it’s cute how they call it a “meal” bar. BAH. More like, snack between meals for me.
2. I’ve been craving ice cold water. The more ice the better. So I constantly fill up this to-go cup with ice and water and sip all day.
3. I’ve been wearing more maxi dresses and dresses in general, so I love a grey open carigan to keep me warm when I’m at the freezing studio, or just out somewhere where the air conditioning may be blasting. (I love this one from J. Crew Factory that is only $25.00!)
4. These v-neck maternity t-shirts from Target are fantastic. They are plenty long and are great for showing off the bump!
5. Baby Gizmo’s YouTube channel has been my go-to for stroller reviews. Hollie, a fellow northerner, offers great reviews of strollers. She points out all the specs and details, offers comparisons and then shares her personal opinions as well. She has a couple of kids and I trust her judgments.
6. The full panel maternity jeans from Gap are great. They run a little short, which is fine for me, but if you are tall these may be too short for you. They are comfortable and have a little “give” without becoming too stretched out during the day.
7. The Wise Baby blog is another site I frequent when I’m looking for reviews of items. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s pretty to look at too.
8. My two favorite apps are The Bump app and Sprout. The Bump app has a weekly fruit comparison of how big the baby is (which I find strangely inaccurate sometimes) and has an extensive forums section. However, some of the women that participate in the forums are either crazy, mean, or rude so consider yourself warned if you download this app. I don’t bother looking at the forums anymore because they have wound up to be quite dramatic and obnoxious. I use the app primarily for the weekly progress.
The Sprout app is really cool because it also tells you what the baby is up to during each week. It picks about 3-4 facts and shares them on the page. It also shows a photo of what your baby may look like at certain times (not specifically your baby, just general size). I also like reading the “doctors recommendations” on each week to see what it says.
9. One of my favorite clients Pat came to an appointment chewing this gum. I leaned in at said “what. are. you. chewing?” She offered me a piece and my life was forever changed. This gum is great. I offer it to everyone I meet. I even gave a piece to the Apple Store employee who helped me with my phone. And if I’m offering it to a friend, I’ll say ,”Would you like a peach of gum?” What can I say, I’m a comedian. (no one has laughed at or gotten my joke yet but I won’t give up.)
10. Gala apples are my jam. Always crisp. I stash 4-6 in my fridge each week and chow down almost daily.
I’ve gotten a few repetitive questions from readers so I thought I’d answer them here.
1. Has your workout routine changed now that you are pregnant?
Yes. I didn’t work out for a few weeks during the first trimester when I was sick. Occasionally I would walk, but there wasn’t a specific routine I stuck to. Now that I’m feeling better, I’m trying to get back into my daily gym routine. I’m either walking or using the stair stepper instead of running. And I’ll take turns working out my arms and legs. I’d really like to work out for as long as possible because I just feel so much better about myself when I do. I can tell that I have more energy, and I feel healthy.
2. Has your skin care routine changed since becoming pregnant?
No. I’m still using the same products I used before. You can see what I use daily here. The only thing I’m not using is the eyelash serum. When I became pregnant, I decided that instead of researching things to death, I’d simply listen to my doctors on what I can/cannot do. All the products I’m using fall in their “okay to use” category. Of course, it’s a completely personal decision to use whatever you are comfortable with during pregnancy. Don’t use me as a guide, listen to your doctor.
3. Has your makeup changed since becoming pregnant?
No. And my answer is pretty much the same as in question 2. I feel comfortable using everything I’m using. A few products have changed, but this is a great round up of my “typical” makeup products.
4. Do you have a name picked out and are you going to share it?
We have a name we like, and we are calling him by it to see how it sounds, but I wouldn’t say we are 100% locked in on it. I think I’ll wait until he’s here to announce the name on the blog!
5. Are you planning on blogging after the baby gets here?
Yes. And I’m anticipating a bit of a change in the typical daily blog content here. I’m always going to enjoy hair, makeup and pretty much anything beauty related, but I am anticipating I’ll write a little bit more about the baby and my life as a mom. I do not anticipate it becoming a “mommy blog” (does anyone else dislike that term?). I am guessing that the number of hair tutorials may dwindle, but I really am just going to be open and see what I have time for.
6. Are you going to show us more “mommy” hairstyles since you won’t have time to shower/get ready?
I simply don’t know. After I get through the initial adjustment period (I’m guessing the first few weeks), I hope I’m able to find a little bit of time to shower and do my hair/makeup. It will completely depend on what the baby is like. If he’s fussy/needy, that is going to be harder to do. If he’s chill and sleeps for a decent amount of time, I may be able to spend a little time freshening up. I don’t anticipate giving up on hair/makeup altogether. Yes, my focus will shift, but I don’t think I’ll give up on everything I used to like before he got here!
As far as “mommy” hairstyles go, I don’t really know what I’ll be doing with my hair (again, depends on the time I have).
7. Are you going to keep working at your salon when the baby gets here?
No. It’s really hard to imagine, but I’m going to close up my salon (it’s just me in a private studio) at the end of October. I’ve been doing hair for about 10 years, and I’ve absolutely loved it. I will miss a lot of aspects of it, mostly seeing my clients on a regular basis!
I’m very, very grateful to have the opportunity to work from home (Small Things Blog + writing for Babble) once the baby gets here. I’ve met so many moms who long to be able to do that as well, so I’m very thankful that it works for my husband and I to do this.
Okay, I think that answers most of them. Feel free to ask any other questions in the comments, I’m a relatively open book!