I cannot believe that I am in the third trimester as of today. This pregnancy has felt like the longest but at the same time it’s going by so fast! We found out we were pregnant very early due to going through IVF so we’ve had almost an extra four weeks to prepare and love our sweet little girl! If you are new to my blog, Chris and I did IVF to get pregnant with Collins. I have a full blog post on that HERE.
I haven’t been craving anything too crazy as of late. The main changes have been the heartburn and trying to stay comfortable at night when I’m sleeping. My doctor has okayed Prilosec and that has helped tremendously. I also take tums as needed and that helps with immediate heartburn relief. As for sleeping, I’ve been loving my pregnancy pillow and already know that I’ll have a hard time giving that up when Collins is here. It’s been a game changer! I started sleeping with it when I was around 20 weeks (maybe a little before that) and it’s been wonderful.
We are still working on the nursery. I’ve decided on the wallpaper and can’t wait to share it will you in a few weeks. We have the rocker in place and the crib just arrived and is on our list to put together this week! I have my eyes on a dresser and then we just need a few more things and the nursery will be pretty much done! I can’t wait to give you a sneak peek soon.
We also have a short video of how we told our families that we were pregnant! I will link that at the end of this post if you want to see their reactions!!
My first baby shower was yesterday and it was everything I had hoped and dreamed it would be. My sweet friend, Laura (from Reese and Rowe Blog) hosted the shower at her home with the help of my bestie from college, Molly, my right-hand woman, Anna Page and one of my close blogger friends, Mary Margaret from Simply Darlings! It was such a sweet time with my close girlfriends. Collins already has a great circle of women who love her and I couldn’t be more thankful for everyone who made the shower perfect!
Here are a few pictures from this special day!
At my shower, I received so many great items from my registry that were very practical and useful for our everyday life. I wanted to share my registries with y’all in hopes that it can help give the new mamas an idea of where to start when registering. I truly had no idea where to start so I leaned on several of my close friends who recently had babies within the last year. My registries are a combination of items they loved plus items that I read reviews on and am excited to try! I continually update them as I read about products and hear reviews on items I should try. I’ve really liked Babylist because you can add anything from any website!
**There are a few main items that aren’t listed on our registries that we have already received from family early on. For example, we are using the Uppababy Vista Stroller and have several accessories that will go along with that. I’ll share more about those items as we get close / as Collins is using them!
***I would love to know if there are any must have items that are missing. I know I’ve overlooked something!
BABY SHOWER DRESSES:
What to wear to your baby shower? I’ve rounded up several maternity (and some non maternity) options so that you won’t be scrounging for a dress the day before like I was. This shower snuck up on me! I looked online at a few retailers early last week to see if there was anything I was loving for yesterday’s shower. I didn’t really know what direction I wanted go in but I knew I wanted to be really girly! When nothing was catching my eye (well nothing that could be shipped to me in time) we went out to find something to wear. I originally bought a dress from Free People that I thought could work but ended up being WAYYY too short on me. This discovery was made within 24 hours of the shower so I knew I would have to come up with something quick.
On Saturday I went to the mall and started at Dillard’s. It’s funny because every time I’m in a bind and need a last minutes wedding guest dress or baby shower dress in this case, I always find something at Dillard’s. So why they are a first choice is beyond me. I think I like having them as a backup so I don’t push my luck by shopping there every single time I need something new. Thankfully they came through and I found the Gianni Bini beaded dress on clearance! It was the last size in the store and conveniently was one size higher than what I would normally need – perfect for my growing bump!
I’ve created a new tab on my blog for Baby Shower Dress options and think it will be really helpful for expecting mothers! As I come across dresses that I think could work for baby showers, I will add them too!
What to gift the sweet friends who hosted a shower for you? For my hostesses yesterday, I put together a little bag of items they will use daily. I started with a candle then added rose scented lip balm, a face mask and a ceramic dish to hold their rings or jewelry. I wanted to give them practical items that they would use but also items that when they used they would know how thankful I am for their friendship.
I think you should think about what makes your host happy and get her something along those lines!
Video of us telling our families that we are pregnant!!!
Thank you so much for reading today’s blog post! I hope that all of this information is helpful if you are expecting. Love you guys so much!