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I’ve always believed that your best accessory is your skin, and it pays to look after it if you hope to feel good about yourself and make lasting impressions. BUT pregnancy has really put my skin beliefs to the test y’all. I cruised through the first trimester with zero skin changes, so I thought surely I’d be good to go heading into the second trimester. Wrong. Around the middle of my second trimester, my skin decided to do a complete 180 on me. No longer was I the person with the occasional breakout, I was the person with insufferable breakouts. Not only did I need to completely change my skincare routine to all-natural products, but I also found myself in search of products that soothed my disrupted skin. Keep reading for my experience with pregnancy skin, but keep in mind that I understand everyone’s experience during pregnancy is different!
I’m so excited to be sharing photos from Bennett’s baby shower brunch! With the help of family and friends, we had the most special day to celebrate together. When we found out we were having a boy, I wanted for Jordan to feel included in every way, so I suggested a co-ed baby party instead of the typical baby shower with just girls. Brunch is a way of life in the South, so we invited everyone to come hang out while enjoying a light weekend brunch with great company. I really can’t imagine a more perfect day and can’t keep from smiling and scrolling through all the photos. A BIG thank you to everyone who helped host and all the vendors who made it incredibly beautiful in every way. I’m sharing all of the details from our baby shower brunch in today’s full post!
I never posted a full blog post on the first trimester of pregnancy mainly because… I was on a major struggle bus for most of it. (And tbh, I didn’t want to write a post that might come off highly focused on negative parts of being pregnant.) I’ve since cruised on into my third trimester, and looking back at my first and second, it’s easy to see the major key differences. So I wanted to dive on into how they were different and what I learned from both stages. If you expecting or hope to be be one day, I’m hoping this will give you a little bit more big picture idea instead of chopping it into stages. Sharing the major differences between my 1st trimester vs. 2nd trimester in today’s full post – but keep in mind, everyone’s pregnancy is different!
When I first announced that I was pregnant, I hadn’t quite let the idea of a baby registry sink in. But now that we are closing in on the third trimester, it’s time to research all the cute baby things I might need! There are quite a few big name websites that you can set up a baby registry on, and narrowing it down to the best option was quite a process. I was super lucky enough to get registry lists from friends as examples to go off of as a solid start. I ultimately decided that going with Amazon was a no-brainer because you can literally find everything in one place. Sharing some of the big items on my registry in today’s post!!
NOTE:Two months postpartum, I have gone in and updated this list to include items we didn’t register for that we now use every day and items that we ended up not using at all. Hoping this is helpful, but every baby is different!
I’ve tried to start writing this blog post so many times and struggled to find the words to describe the feeling I have sharing our growing news with all of you today! It’s the biggest mixture of excitement and nervousness all rolled into one. At the same time, it’s also a huge sigh of relief that I can FINALLY make it official because we’ve been keeping it hush hush for so long… Baby Pinch is coming March 2019! (Y’all it’s hard keeping this big of a secret!)
One of the parts that I’m looking forward to the most is sharing this adventure with you guys, connecting with all my mom friends out there, and hopefully being a resource for those who are also starting this journey at the same time! Overall, we feel so blessed with the opportunity to be parents and cannot wait to start this chapter.
I know there are probably some questions, so I’m going to try to answer a lot that I’ve already been getting from family and friends!
How and When Did We Find Out
We found out in mid-July! (Yep, it was torture being in Napa in August and not being able to drink the wine…) I had a feeling the entire week that something wasn’t normal, but I waited until an already scheduled OBGYN appointment the following week for an official test. Jordan found out when he got home and the dogs were wearing balloons that spelled out BABY. Odie (our mini dachshund) wore the B and the A, and Buck (our yellow lab) wore the B and the Y. 🙂
Did You Have Any Fertility Issues?
I knew from the start that I would be very open about this with you guys. I was undergoing my very first month of Serophene to help raise my progesterone production. When I had my initial blood work done, my progesterone level came back at 750 when my doctor wanted me to be at 1200-1500 for optimal egg production. We know how incredibly LUCKY we are to have our first treatment be successful. Even just one month of medicine involved a lot of lab visits and needles, and not knowing if it would work was a very real and scary thing. (Lots of hugs and positive vibes to anyone reading this who might be going through their own fertility treatments.)
Why Wait SO Long to Tell?!
Everyone has their own level of comfort when it comes to sharing, and we chose to be overly protective as we continued testing my hormone levels and going in for our routine check ups. Once we hit 12 weeks, we talked about how we would first tell our closest family members and friends. It was really important for us to be able to tell as many people as possible in person. (With our families so spread out, this basically turned into a road trip across the state at the beginning of this month!) Will be sharing in a blog post how we surprised everyone!
How Are You Feeling? Cravings?
I’m going to devote an entire post to my first trimester experience! Thankfully, I’m now finally feeling back to my normal self except for a slightly tighter pants…
Do You Know If It’s a Boy or Girl?
Not yet! 😉
Thank you guys for all of your love and support over the years – I can’t wait to ask YOU guys questions and learn from all of you mamas out there!