It’s hard to believe that I am officially six months pregnant this week! Overall, while this time has definitely had it’s differences, I have loved the whole process again & am getting more excited for the best part (meeting our newest little lady!), every single day. In the meantime, I thought I would share some of the things that have been my lifesavers over the past two pregnancies! With baby two I have at least tried to shop smarter, & less, by only going back to things I love and that I know work. Especially when it comes to fashion.
Like most other pregnant mamas, comfort is key, but I also still love fashion & to feel stylish. I have found the best way to do that is with fun accessories, ones that you know will fit all three trimesters & post-baby! As far as clothes, this pregnancy my belly popped a lot more quickly, plus it is a couple of months earlier in the year, so I have had to rely more on winter looks with layers. Leggings are perfect for layering, these
are my absolute favorite, they are stretchy, a thick material, & come up super high to allow your belly to grow. I also have a few of the line’s seamless tanks
& love them just as much! Another year long must-have for me is a comfortable, solid-colored maxi dress. They are perfect for maternity or not, I have been wearing them with jackets, tied-over shirts, & paired with booties all winter long!
Other essentials as of lately have been my belly butter, chapstick & water. I am thankful that I have still yet to see a stretch mark in either pregnancy, but the skin on my face is a much different story. I totally don’t get the “glow” that you hear about (those who commented & said I did, I would love to hug you in person). Both times I have battled breakouts, something that’s usually not much of an issue for me, plus crazy dry skin. I am currently using Clinique, plus making it a huge point to stay extra-hydrated & am seeing a really big improvement to the first couple of months! 🙂 My mom tells me it’s because they are both girls, I can’t wait to tell them all about this one day. 😉
I’m including pillows on this list, only because anyone who has ever been pregnant knows what a struggle sleep & staying comfortable in bed can be, but I purposely left off my pregnancy pillow. I thought I hated that thing during my first pregnancy, only to find out that this time, I hate it even more. It’s just way too big to be in a bed with my me, my belly, the hubby, & of course, occasionally the toddler who also insists on inviting the yellow lab. Yet I do sleep with extra pillows each night lately, most surrounding me or under me, or both.
Also, snacks. All.day.long. I can’t live without them, they can be found in my purse, my diaper bag, car, next to my bed, you name it. I have had too many moments of insanity over being hungry to risk it again. My mom also got me the book for Christmas, I have yet to find the time to read it but definitely plan to. The transition from one to two is definitely something that is overwhelming, though that is probably a whole post of its own for another day. 😉
Lastly, in other fun pregnancy news, I was so excited to be a part of a pregnancy exchange with some of my favorite blog friends, all of who are expecting as well! It has been so much fun to go through this experience with these ladies, I am already looking forward to watching all of our new babies grow in the future (though please, not too quickly!). For the exchange, I got the most thoughtful gift from Laura, one of my favorite water bottles & chapstick (both seen above). I have been using them ever since! Laura also sent over the sweetest Aidan & Anais swaddle for baby girl, we are BIG fans of that brand, I can’t wait to put her in it soon. Thanks Laura, Liam, & baby Finn on the way! I got to send Courtney some goodies, you can check out what she got here, as well as her sweet little Abigail & baby Mabel who is due within the same week as our baby girl!
You can find all the ladies (& bumps!) who participated in the exchange at their blogs here:
Tiny Toes, Little Nose, Jessi’s Design, A Plus Life, Cheers Y’all, Plum Ticked Pink, The Newly, Scott Family of Maine, Perpetually Daydreaming.