Newborn Rolling Cart.

I made a newborn rolling cart to keep in our bedroom for the first few weeks/months of the little babe’s life. You know, when the baby is trying to figure out his days from nights, etc. I figured a rolling cart like this would be of great help for those first sleepless nights, and getting used to having a newborn around again.

On the first shelf, I have a large water bottle to keep the thirst quenched! The breast pump (not pictured because it took forever to arrive), and then some small little containers for hair bands, nipple cream, and an empty basket with face wipes, and to just put whatever might need a space for when I start using the cart. And a calming journal from my Aunt that I plan to start, or at least attempt to start when the feeling strikes.

On the second shelf, diapers and wipes.

On the third shelf, pads for Mama, bottles that came with the breast pump, nursing pads, the Haakaa breast milk collector, and breast milk storage bags.

The rolling cart is from Michaels, the exact one I purchased can be found here. It’s a 3-tiered rolling cart, and after the newborn phase is over I plan to use this for my office! So it works out perfectly!

Labor & Delivery Nurse Basket.

Have you heard of these labor and delivery nurse baskets before? I found the idea on Pinterest, and couldn’t wait to make them! I made two baskets, one for the morning shift and one for the evening shift.

Inside the baskets are the exact same thing, a huge variety! Mainly, each item is for an individual and makes it easier to grab as you go. I used blue baskets from the dollar store, and tried to make the snacks all blue themed since we’re having a boy!

The nurses have been through a lot the past two years during this pandemic, so I thought what a nice way to say thank you. I hope it brightens their day just a little bit!

Little Man / Nursery Reveal

Call it pregnancy hormones, but I stood in the doorway to this room the other day and almost started tearing up. Putting this room together was such a labor of love, and it just makes me smile every time I walk by. To be honest, it feels so surreal that we’ll be bringing home a baby soon!

I’m excited to finally share the little man’s room here on the blog today. There is no “theme” for the room, it’s mainly just colors and random things that are boyish like. I am absolutely in love with how everything came together, and I can’t wait to watch this little guy grow in this space and make it his own.

The room was designed to be practical and functional, given the space we had to work with. Take a look at the photos of the room below. This little man is already so loved, and I hope that love translates into every square inch of his space.

SHOP THE NURSERY:

You can shop the nursery details below simply by clicking the name of the product you’re interested in to be directed to the retailer’s website.

Dresser // Mirror (similar) // Cube Storage Organizer // Spin Changing Station // Changing Pad // Changing Pad Covers // Blackout Curtains // Curtain Rods // Crib (similar) // Lamp // Recliner // Hamper // Fabric Storage Cubes

Well there you have it! There’s a look at the babys room. It’s easily become my favorite room in the house right now, and we can’t wait to bring him home to it soon!

38 weeks.

Ready when you are!

I feel like the end is officially in sight! Something about hitting full term brought on some major feelings. My energy level is increased a little bit, but that’s about it. Nothing else has really changed. Still having smoothies for breakfast, and wanting nothing but sweets and snacks after that.

The nesting phase is legit. I don’t remember it being quite intense with Hadley, but I was also working in an office setting everyday, so I wasn’t at home as many hours in the day. I’ve not really had any aches and pains too bad, other than when I do too much the belly hurts a little so I take a chill pill and rest on the couch or bed for a little while.

Last week at the weekly ultrasound, little man is growing and is looking to be larger than his sister Hadley already. That makes me a little nervous!

We are ready for you whenever you’re ready!

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32 weeks
33 weeks
34 weeks
35 weeks
36 weeks
37 weeks

37 weeks.

Due date month is finally here!

Little man is fully cooked at 37 weeks. Which means, he could arrive at any time now, although I’m hoping he gives me at least a week or two. We have everything pretty much done, I still have to hang some stuff on the walls in his room and pack my bag, etc.

But time will tell. Because with babies, they come when they want or like my daughter Hadley, have to be forced out. I have a feeling this little man is going to overstay his welcome, but we shall see!

Time is just flying by, and I can’t wait to see what this little guy looks like! Will he be dark haired at birth, and then turn blond like Hadley? Or will he be blond from the get go?

Workouts have been consistent still, and I don’t want to stop until it’s go time. After I workout in the mornings, I just feel a ton better the rest of the day! On the days I don’t workout first thing, I feel very tired and not much like doing anything.

Looking forward to finishing up the babys room, packing a bag, and just finally getting to meet our little man!

Pregnancy Smoothie.

Since I became pregnant, I’ve been having this smoothie just about every morning. It’s super simple, and delicious. It’s flavorful, and full of healthy vitamins and minerals.

Let’s dive into the simple recipe!

You can use any flavor greek yogurt you like, I like to use any vanilla flavor or sometimes have to use whatever the grocery store has in stock nowadays! I don’t use the full scoop of protein powder, just a smidge. You can basically use whatever flavor of anything you’d like. For the almond milk, I’ll switch brands and switch from vanilla to regular, things like that. Make it to your liking!

Blend all the ingredients together!

I like to have toast with my smoothie! Sugar and cinnamon mixture on top. Soo good. I hope you enjoy this simple yet delicious smoothie. You can alter it to however you’d like! Sometimes I throw in a few strawberries to mix it up.

36 weeks.

Running out of womb! Literally! My belly feels like this little man is out growing the womb, he moves all around and I’ll feel a leg, an arm, or whatever it is I feel like he doesn’t have much space left.

I’m thankful that I’ve been so active and healthy up until this point. I’ve been super consistent with working out still, and commend myself for doing so. On the days I go into the office, I do not workout because I’m exhausted when I come home. On the days I work from home, I most definitely workout in the morning and my day is just so much better afterwards.

This baby feels bigger than my last pregnancy, and the weight I’m carrying feels a lot heavier. Maybe it’s just the difference between a girl and a boy? I still don’t feel as big as I was with my first pregnancy, don’t get me wrong, there are days where I feel ginormous but most days I just feel like my normal self with a little bit bigger belly.

The weekly ultrasounds have been going good, little man does all the specific moves he’s supposed to do. Each week they look for a certain amount of fluid, body movement, breathing, etc. And they are pushing me to deliver a week early! I am pushing right back and saying no, there is no reason to be induced a week early unless it’s medically necessary. I’m a huge fan of letting the baby stay in until he’s ready to come out.

Not much longer!

Casual Maternity Tops.

Happy Thursday, sweet friends! Here is a little maternity top haul I wanted to share. These are the tops I just bought, and some have been a staple throughout this pregnancy.

Hope you enjoy these tops!

This top is a burgundy tie-dye sweatshirt, and it’s got the side shirring to accommodate the growing belly. I usually am not a fan of the traditional maternity tops, but I do like this one since you can’t really tell it’s maternity unless you are up close. Top link: here

This is a soft fleece lounge sweatshirt that is not maternity, so I just sized up to a XXL in this one. It is sooo soft and comfy I love it! The color is charcoal gray. I wanted to find a few tops that were comfy to wear either at the hospital, or coming home after birth. Top link: here

Not all of these tops are considered “maternity”, but they work just as well. This top is a long sleeve crew neck, and I sized up, which is what I normally do for most of the tops I’ve been wearing. Color is heathered gray. Top link: here

Pink sweater is maternity, and it’s very soft. It’s a sweater, so if you get hot don’t wear a short sleeve underneath because it is warm! Top link: here

This one is my most worn top, and again it’s not the traditional maternity. I sized up, and it’s the comfiest sweatshirt I’ve worn. The top is the Ultra-Soft Fleece from Kohl’s, color is Olive Camo. Top link: here

I had to get a new Bengals top to support our local team! I do not have a link for this one, but it is from Target in the sports section. I sized up to fit the growing belly.

In general, I will say that I mainly buy regular tops for this pregnancy and size up from my normal size. Either a size or two, depending on the fit of the top. Going that route seems to work for me, since I don’t really like all the traditional maternity tops that have all that shirring on the sides. I hate that!

Hope you enjoyed the maternity tops I’ve been loving lately.

35 weeks.

If anything drops on the floor, it’s dead to me. This statement couldn’t be any more true. It seriously feels like anything I have in my hands almost always falls to the floor, or I drop it, and then it’s such a chore to pick it up. So fun haha

We are about a month until little man’s due date. He is due February 22nd. From here on out I’m just going to be uncomfortable period. The only update I really have is, I just can’t get comfy. But like I keep saying, I’ll take these last few weeks of being uncomfortable after not even feeling or looking pregnant until month seven!

I am feeling tired, but obviously still super excited because I cannot believe it’s about a month away from the due date. I’ve had lots of friends and family members send me texts saying how excited they are to see what he looks like, and to find out his name.

Tomorrow is my next weekly ultrasound, it is comforting to see him each week. Healthy and happy in the belly! I’ve gained weight, as someone naturally would with a growing giant belly, and I’m happy with the weight that I have gained! I can’t wait to get back to my regular HIIT workouts though!

Looking forward to finishing up the babys room soon. We have most everything we need for the most part, just need to figure out what to hang on the walls!

If you are interested in previous baby updates, click below for the links.

34 weeks
33 weeks
32 weeks