Friday, December 19, 2014

Forever Friday Picks!

Happy Friday Beauties! I'm off to try to finish up some last minute Christmas shopping but wanted to do a quick post on this weeks Forever21 Picks! There are tons of great pieces right now and all the outwear is 30% OFF so i've included several great coat options! Click through the set to see some of my current favorites....

Loving all the faux fur options that are perfect for NYE and finishing out the Winter months. I also included a great chambray shirt, budget friend aviators, wide brim fedora, boyfriend jeans and some great statement jewelry! Also there's a pair of killer silver ankle strap sandals perfect for NYE that also come in black as well!

Hope you all have a FAB weekend!!!! 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

32 Week Bump Update!

So lets not even mention how long it has been since i've done a pregnancy update! Seriously I don't even know where the weeks have gone and how I am already 8 months and in my third trimester! I had every intention of doing weekly updates, nursery progress etc but yaaaa that hasn't happened. We did finally order and receive most of the nursery furniture and i'll share some pics as it starts to come together. Right now I am just in the process of clearing out a guest bedroom to convert it into a nursery and going through all of Ava's old clothes. A lot of you have asked if I am going to sell Ava's clothes and the answer is YES! I'm pretty sure this is going to be our last pregnancy so i'm ready to sell some of Ava's old clothes. I've actually started an instagram account @SHOPBABYBEE and have listed some items for sale on there (and will be adding more later today). So follow along if you want to shop her closet and eventually our little mans closet as well!  I debated between doing another blog shop for the baby items or the instagram shop so please bare with me as I try this out and feel free to let me know which you mamas prefer as well! 
(Target Maternity Tank // LuluLemon Pants)

Now on with the update....I'm definitely anxious, overwhelmed and excited all at the same time! This pregnancy has felt pretty similar to my pregnancy with Ava but I can definitely see what people mean when they say "you're carrying a boy". He feels much lower and out in front! 

How far along: 32 Weeks 
Gender: Baby boy! 
Total weight gain: around 20lbs! (As for stretch mark cream nothing fancy over here just Palmers Cocoa Butter. I used it when I was pregnant with Ava as well)
Maternity Clothes:  Yes! The majority of my basics are maternity now but still incorporation some non maternity pieces. (You can see a post I did on all my current favorite maternity basics HERE)

Sleep: Pretty great up until a couple weeks ago. Rolling over and getting up takes quite a bit of effort these days and involves a lot of huffing and puffing ;)
Miss Anything:  Cocktails! (which is probably going to be my answer every bump update! #justsayin') and being able to work out like I used to.

Cravings: Popcorn, soft pretzels and fresh juices
Symptoms: For the most part i'm still feeling pretty good. I am definitely in the stage where its getting hard to shave and  tie my shoe laces. Not to mention I get winded so easily now ;) I have been having braxton hicks already as well. 
Belly Button in or out: Out 

Mood: anxious and to be honest a little overwhelmed! Things have been SO busy around here lately that I feel like I really need to slow it down and just relax a bit more. I'm pretty sure this is going to be our last pregnancy so I want to enjoy it as much as I can. 
Best Moment this week: Ava has been super interested in the new baby. She's constantly talking to my tummy and asking when he is going to be here and its just the sweetest! I know it will be a little  bit of an attention shift once he arrives but I hope that she is still just as interested in him! 
Looking forward to:  Finishing up his nursery! I feel like there is still so much to do and the weeks are just flying by ahhhh! 
Exercise: So here we go...Up until around 6.5 months I was still making it into the gym for some solid cardio and strength training 2-3 times a week. In October I got really sick then Ava was sick and I pretty much didn't work out the whole month. Then last month my hips were hurting pretty badly and it would be even worse after I worked out ;( So I listened to my body and now I am only walking a couple times a week and doing some mild strength training (squats, lunges and some arms) at home.  I'll admit it is a little frustrating because I am someone who likes an intense workout (spin, sprint intervals, stair climber etc etc) but this is not the time to stress your body out. Listen to it and just try to stay active and do a little something each day. In the mean time i'm just trying to eat really healthy and clean 80% of the time and indulge (as you've seen on Instagram ;) the other 20% of the time. Now that it's the holidays it may be more like 70/30 lol. 
On My Mind: I wanted to say thank you so much to all my mamas that left comments with advice on my last update. It was so valuable and comforting to read. I have picked up a couple of the "big brother/big sister" books you recommended. Also something  some of you mentioned that I hadn't even thought about was having that "mom guilt". A lot of you mentioned feeling guilty trying to balance spending time with each kiddo. To be honest I feel like trying to balance a toddler, a hubby, a household and full time blogging is already a task I haven't conquered so i'm a bit anxious to see how adding a newborn into the mix will go! We've tried our best to get Ava as settled as possible to help with the new transition. She's potty trained, in her own big girl bed and in preschool a few days a week so I'm hoping having those down will make the transition a little easier. Either way I know the first few months are going to be a little Cray Zay.
and if all else fails at least there's always wine right?! ;)) Anyhow I hope this was helpful for you mamas and sorry for the novel! Now you know why it's been forever since i've done a full bump update. I needed to find the time to sit down and write everything ;) As always I LOVE to hear your thoughts, advice and tips! We're currently looking into double strollers right (and leaning toward the baby jogger city select with attachment) but any recommendations you girls have on that would be awesome!! 

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