Tuesday, May 20, 2014

This might be my LAST outfit post with the bump!

Well, I have reached my very LAST week of pregnancy, wow that is so surreal to even think.
The last week.
The last 7 days!
I really can’t believe it, it has gone so fast and this whole experience has been nothing short of incredible. Each day has brought so much joy knowing that we are going to have a daughter. Knowing that she is growing safely inside of me, it’s such a blessing. I can’t imagine what it will be like to finally meet her. To have her look up at me, to see her, finally! To know who has been in my tummy these past 10 months. She has been so good to me. Luckily I didn’t have morning sickness, my only experience was tiredness in the first and last trimesters. I am so thankful for that. Now as I sit here writing this, I can’t help but wonder what the next 7 days will bring. How will this experience happen for me. What will it be like? The unknown is sometimes the hardest thing but at the same time it is just part of life, the surprises. For all I know I could go later than my due date, I hope not because we are so excited to meet her!
We are so happy knowing that soon enough we will be a family and have our little girl here with us. I have to admit it will be weird not having this baby belly anymore. Not feeling her move and kick around. As uncomfortable as I am, and the time it takes me to even turn over in bed at night, I will say that I’ll miss it. It really is a miracle and it’s something that I have enjoyed so much.
I also want to give a big thank you to my hubby. He has been so incredible through this whole experience. He is supportive, encouraging, appreciative and all around my biggest fan. He tells me how beautiful I am and how pretty I look. He asks me how I slept every single morning. He gives me head massages almost every night, he massages my back when I can’t sleep.
He tells me everything will be OK and the labor will be just fine, that he’ll be right by my side for every single moment and every step of the way. It reassures me and makes me so happy, makes me feel safe…
But the best thing of all is he thanks for me carrying our baby girl.
It’s all I could ask for. Thank you B, thank you for being by my side and being my everything.
 
Now that I have gotten some of those last pregnancy thoughts out, I wanted to do one more outfit post in case this is my last with the bump. Kinda sad to think so I had to make sure I got another bump post in!
Let me start by saying, I LOVE Nordstrom Rack! I find some of my absolute favorite items there! This dress caught my eye and I loved it even more once I put it on. I love the bright, vibrant pattern and the style was perfect. I think it will still be quite cute once the baby bump is gone so it was a must purchase item!
I paired this dress with these cute wedges from LULU’s. They are the perfect height and color that go with almost anything.

Shoes: Lulu's
Bag: H&M
Necklace: Francesca's
Watch: Micahel Kors
Sunglasses: Ray Ban





Thursday, May 8, 2014

2 Days - 2 Looks! The Belted Bump!

 
Here is my second item from The Belted Bump! How cute is the Quinn Chain Maternity belt?! I am loving the coral/pink color for summer oh, and this belt does come in mint as well so keep that in mind! I love how the belt is adjustable for the belly and will fit all throughout your stages with the growing bump.
 
I was also thinking about how these belts would be great for a gender reveal or a cute accessory for the mama-to-be to wear at her shower. They add so much to any outfit and bring the eye right to your belly.
 
Again The Belted Bump is offering 15% off to my readers with the promo code 15OFFBUMP. All you have to do is "like" The Belted Bump on Facebook and follow along on instagram @thebeltedbump! Take a look around the website at all the cute belts to accessorize your growing bump!
Thank you so much for visiting and I hope to post a couple more maternity outfits before I have this little girl. I'm down to 3 weeks, can you believe it!?
Any last minute advice from all you mammas?
 


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

2 Days - 2 Looks! The Belted Bump!

 
Today I am so excited to be featuring these fantastic maternity belts! A friend of mine just launched The Belted Bump which features these cute belts to style your bump! I am doing a two-day feature where you will see two different belts styled on this bump of mine. These simple yet stunning belts add so much to a plain black dress and I love that they are the perfect easy accessory to enhance the bump and enhance your style!
 
In my opinion, the hardest thing about dressing stylish yet still comfortable when you are this far along in your pregnancy is variety. I find myself going back to the same 5-10 items I have in my maternity wardrobe and trying to mix them around or incorporate cute jackets, scarves, belts, etc. The fact that I can turn to my fav 5 but just accessorize them with these cute belts is so nice! I love love love this teal belt with the rhinestones, teal is one of my favorite colors right now and with the red lip, I thought it was perfect for this simple black maternity maxi!
 
The Belted Bump is offering 15% off to my readers with the promo code 15OFFBUMP. All you have to do is "like" The Belted Bump on Facebook and follow along on instagram @thebeltedbump! Take a look around her website at all the cute belts to accessorize your growing bump!
 
These are also great for maternity shoots or announcements since they accentuate the belly and draw your attention right to the belly!
 
I'll be featuring another style this week so be sure to check back and see what you think!
 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Utah Baby Shower!

It's crazy to think we have alomst been living in Utah for a whole year. A year ago I didn't know how it would all work out. We wanted to move to Utah and we planned on moving in the summer, we had jobs lined up but still it was a new adventure. After visiting so often, I knew I would really like it here but at the same time it was going to be very different from what I knew and where I was moving from. Especially the weather! The winter honestly wasn't that bad in my opinion and the change of seasons was something I really enjoyed, I now appreciate those changes.
Anyway, back to this post, it's just pretty incredible to see all the support we had on welcoming our new baby girl. I have gotten closer to friends that I already had here and have also made lots of new ones. To me, the people are what make your world and I have met some really great people up here, and to think, only a year ago... I didn't even know some of them.
Life is amazing, all the unknowns and unexpected's that turn out so great. I am so thankful to all the people who came to celebrate and thank you to my closest friends for hosting such a beautiful shower. I had such a wonderful day and felt lots of love and support!
I am so excited to share all the photos of the wonderful day with you! The little details were so amazing and I think everyone had a great time! I cannot thank my friends and mother-in-law enough for all the hard work that went into this shower. Thank you. Thank you.
I wish I would have gotten a few more photos but it all goes so quickly! All the pictures I have are below. Oh and one more thing I must mention is the sewing talent in this city. I mean, it's incredible. I am learing to sew myself but I am no where near the level of my closest friend and MIL. They both made me quilts that are absolutely breathtaking! I will share those in another post but the work that goes into them, not to mention the thoughtfulness and love - ahhh it is just amazing. Our little girl will have so many unique memorable items that I appreciate and I know she will appreciate as she grows up.
My heart is full and I am so thankful for the wonderful people that surround me.
 




Monday, April 7, 2014

thoughts



Happy Monday! I wanted to just post a little update on the pregnancy, how I am feeling, what's going on etc.
 
Today marks the THIRTY - THIRD week!
 
I mean where has the time gone? My sister-in-law is also pregnant, she is 36 weeks so it has been so fun to go through this together. We decided that it has gone by fast for the both of us becuase the beginning was during the holidays and time just flys no matter what so maybe that has to do with how fast it has all been.
 
Feeling:
Alright so I am 33 weeks and can't really believe it. I feel great, I am tired more often and get tired more quickly but overall I really cannot complain. This has been such an incredible experience and this little baby girl has been so good to me, I mean I am blessed.
Movement:
 She is moving like crazy these days and sometimes I can feel really strong punches or movements she making in there. I am always wondering what she's doing. My last doctor appointment was great, the doc said she was head down and in the correct position, she knows where she's supposed to be. :)
I was so relieved to hear that as I know the complicatons that come with babies who are breach. At this stage she will more than likely stay head down like that as there is not much room for her to roll completely back up the other way.
Sleeping:
I am sleeping pretty well, it is so hard to move from one side to the other, it takes a lot of effort. I have noticed my hips or sides getting achy when I am laying on one side for a while. I guess this is normal and it also means my hips and body are getting prepared for what is to come. Last night I took Tylenol for the first time and it relieved the discomfort of the achy hips.
Mood:
I have been in a pretty good mood, I think. Haha we might have to ask B on that one. Not any crazy hormones with multiple personalities. I do think about the delivery and it all seems crazy how it will happen and of course I am scared but it's happening and I know it will all be OK. I have no idea what pain to expect but I do know that it will come and go and soon enough we will get to meet our little one. It will all be worth it and I am as ready as I'll ever be!
Cravings:
I really haven't had anything crazy to report in the cravings department. Once night I wanted a caramel apple from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and then recently I have been wanting shaved ice. The shaved ice thing has been difficuly since all the little food trucks open in the summer. We did go to Rita's which is italian ice and custard and that was so yummy, if you haven't been - go try it, so worth it!
Maternity Clothes:
So I started with some staples and they have been just fine but now the options are getting more and more limited and I am needing to be more creative with putting things together. I am going to do a post on my top 10 things to buy that you can mix and match to get the most outfits. Let me tell you, it's a challenge. But in the same breath its kinda fun being at this stage where people KNOW you are pregnant, the belly is out and its fun to excentuate it.
Husband:
He's been great, supportative, excited, encouraging etc. He gives me massages all the time, helps tie my shoes and zip up my boots. I am very lucky to have such an amazing man by my side.
Final thoughts:
I think the scariest thing is the unknown, since this is my first time around I can't help but wonder what my birth story will be and what will happen. What will my daughter be like? How will the labor be? Will it be early? Will breastfeeding work out? Will my mom make it to Utah in time for the delivery? Will our baby girl be healthy? I just think about all the unknowns but at the same time those unknowns are what makes life so special and incredible. I used to wonder - Will Bryce and I work out? Will marriage ever happen? Will we be able to make this work? What does the future hold? Ahhhh and now looking back it's quite incredible. Everything does work out the way it is supposed to and all I can do is sit back and enjoy this whole experience. I am so blessed and thankful to have this life unfolding before my eyes. It's everything and more than I could have imagined.





















Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Baby Shower Day!


A day I have always thought about. So many emotions are tied to it and I can't believe it was just last weekend.
My Baby Shower Day.
 It was so perfect. I have the loveliest most caring friends, I tell you, they are one in a million. 
 
I am so excited to share the pictures from the special day. It was so pretty and I think I am making such a fuss about it because of all the work that went into it, not to mention the meaning. I AM HAVING A BABY. The time has come for this crazy exciting, magical time in mine and Bryce's life. 
I was lucky enough to travel to AZ for 4 days, those two extra days made all the difference. I left on Friday after work and arrived to the good ole valley of the sun around 6 pm that night. My best friend was there to pick us up, that's right me and baby girl. She hadn't seen me yet with the belly - just pictures - so in real life it's always more REAL. First stop - Bahama Bucks (an amazing little shaved ice place that has a billion flavors.) If you live in AZ or are ever there, make a pit stop, so worth it. It was so yummy and a classic favorite of ours. We made our way out to Scottsdale to meet the girls and start the preparation for the shower on Saturday. We made dinner together that night, caught up, stuffed favor bags and got prepared. It was perfect and I was so super excited. 
Shower day was a blast and it flew by of course, I mean 2 hours to catch up with all these amazing friends and family members is a tough task. I want to chat with each one, the grandma's, the cousins, the friends who just had babies - I mean I want to sit back and hear every single detail! It is just not possible but I did my very best to get around and chat with everyone the best I could. It was in my friends backyard so we were able to enjoy the weather, it was probably 89 degrees that day and in the afternoon it was quite warm but sunny and beautiful as could be. 
The food that the girls made was great, cheese and crackers, bagels, quiche, breakfast casserole, fruit skewers, truffles, cupcakes, pigs in a blanket, chocolate covered pretzels etc. Everything was delicious and super cute. It was just the right amount which was nice as well. 
 
We visited and chatted and then did gifts. I am pretty shy and don't really love attention so it's always hard to sit there while people watch you open gifts. It was nice that all the gifts were so thoughtful and were for our baby girl. I was so consumed with love, it was wonderful. Baby girl received lots of clothes (I think when having a girl, people can't pass up the cute outfits, ruffles and miniature everything) so needless to say, she'll be dressed well and we have lots of options for her. 
When the shower came to and end and we were relaxing, I just thought how lucky I am. So lucky to have such great people in my life and feel so loved. The girls gave me a box of cards - each with a month on them from 1 - 28 and in each card was a little note from someone at the shower, a little piece of advice for that time with the baby. I love this idea and it will be so nice to open them up and read each sweet letter as the baby grows. I'm sure I'll be reminded of the love and people that are there for me. Such a sweet gift. I  I talked to my mom and was telling her how appreciative I was of everything, thanking her and thanking my friends. Then came that moment of overwhelming emotions. I felt as though I couldn't thank everyone enough. I worry that each and every person knows how much I appreciate them sharing the day with me. My mom reassured me that this was my time, my time to feel loved and she said it goes to show how many people love and care about you. They support you and you deserve it. I was nice to hear but I still just wanted to thank everyone all over again. 
The remainder of the weekend was perfect. A trip to Last Chance, a girls dinner at The Parlor, a spring training game where I got to just enjoy the sun and relax with my girlfriends. Some family time in the evenings, visiting time with Grandma's and aunts - just what I planned. 
I was such a nice weekend and I got to spend lots of time with my mom, too. I loved that since I don't get to see her nearly enough. I am so excited for her to come stay with us when baby girl comes, her presence and help will be wonderful to have. 
 
Now lastly I must say a big thank you to everyone who came to the shower and to my closest girlfriends for doing such a wonderful job hosting! I love you so much! 
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. 


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