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Baby Friday- 23 Weeks + My Favorite Things

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Mason was saying “cheese” for this but refused to look at the camera so here is what we have.

So for this week, since I’m a little over halfway done, I thought I would share a few of my favorite things being this pregnant.

First off, I have found the holy grail of maternity jeans. I haven’t actually tried on a ton this time, but I remember hating them last time. That full belly panel nonsense did nothing but annoy me, and probably because my baby “bump” is more like a baby mountain and they never fit me properly, but it just wasn’t ever comfortable. Enter these gems from Paige Premium Denim the Skyline Maternity Skinny Jeans . I cannot even tell you how amazing these jeans are. They are super stretchy but still have the structure of denim and the elastic side panels are full on genius. I was terrified about the sizing but I read the reviews, and since my regular Paige jeans run big I went with my pre-pregnancy size, and I was not disappointed. They’re a little long, as you can see in the photo, and they do sell an ankle length but it was back ordered  and I couldn’t wait. 🙂  They fit perfectly and these babies will work so beautifully for after baby when you’re just squish and hideousness. LOVE IT! Annnnnnd they’re on sale! 25% off the usual price, which is still kind of a lot, but if you’re like me and basically live in jeans, its worth the investment. Especially since they’re versatile for post partum as well.

My next find is the entire MAMA line at H&M.  Super affordable tops and leggings, and the tops all have just the right amount of stretch in them to make them flattering but not too tight. Amazing. I haven’t gotten anything new yet, but I pulled out a few of my faves from last time and they’re just as good as ever. Lots of fun new stuff online though, so I’m excited.

On a Silver Platter by Essie. Just because I’m approximately the size of a double wide doesn’t mean I don’t still want nice nails. This polish spoke to me because of its sparkle, but also because the little ad next to it showed it as an ombre effect on the tips over a dark polish. Like Bahama Mama perhaps 🙂 I was intrigued because I had a chipped and failing mani, so I just tried the sparkly ombre on the tips and viola! We lasted another few days! Super fun, just right amount of sparkly before the holidays.

Loreal Telescopic Mascara in Carbon Black. This was like $7 at my Target and I could not be more obsessed with this mascara. I really needed something that would add length and depth and make it work on days when all I can manage is a swipe before running out the door. This is amazing, my lashes look long and beautiful and there is no glue or falsies involved. 🙂

Hot Tools Curling Iron 1 1/4 in. I am obsessed with this curling iron. I read about it on my favorite new beauty blog http://www.MaskCara.com, and it is everything. My hair desperately needs a trim and some other assistance, but this curling iron leaves big beachy curls that last all day and then some. And it heats up to a bazillion degrees so its super fast to get your whole head done. A must when you’re pregnant.

Belly Cream. So I swore by Mothers Special Blend oil my first pregnancy, it helped with the itchiness and prevented stretch marks, even on that huge belly. So this time I started using it again and I still like it, but I have found that it leaves my skin a little oily feeling and then if I need to pull my shirt down right away it leaves a residue on my shirts as well. Not in love with that so much. This time also I am kind of obsessed with essential oils and I’ve seen a lot of recipes floating around so I thought I would try one. OMG. The blend I made has coconut oil, vitamin E oil, lavender, grapefruit, frankincense and helichrysum  only because I didn’t have the other ones it asked for, and it is AMAZING. It smells amazing, it leaves my skin feeling so silky and smooth and the helichrysum and frankinsense promote healing and skin regeneration so I’m loading up my old C-section scar as well. I’m still throwing in some of the Mothers Special Blend every now and then when I have time to “air dry”, just to be safe, but this is my new cream for sure.

And last, but not least, the best pregnancy invention ever. The body pillow. Not just any pillow, mind you, but one that curves around all your parts to support the belly and neck and keep you supported. My personal favorite is from LeachCo, and it’s the Back and Belly Contour option. It’s the double sided model which I love since my sciatica problems only let me sleep on one side for a few hours at a time, this baby lets me just flip and get comfy again without having to move pillows. This pillow was a gift given to me by one of my besties and it’s by far the best preggo investment ever.

 

So these are my new favorite things for this part of being pregnant. I hope you enjoy. 🙂

 

Week: 23
Date: 10/17/14

How big is baby? A large mango. They told me she was a spaghetti squash last week and maybe I’m just not looking at normal sized spaghetti squash but I’ve never seen a mango bigger than a squash.

Pregnancy symptoms? Tired and chubby. ( I sometimes just leave last weeks answers since they still apply)

Cravings? Meatballs and the marinara sauce from Costco with lots of cheese.

Aversions? Potty training “regressions”

Best moment this week? Celebrating 5 years together with my Dreamlove.

What are you looking forward to next week? It’s cooling off so I’m planning as many pumpkin patch adventures with Mase as I can!

What emotions have you been experiencing this week? A lot of tears this week again. Mason had an accident at the park like the number 2 kind and I just started crying. He was like whatever about it so I pulled it together, crying is kind of extreme for that situation.

Are you wearing maternity clothes? Yes I finally got a few good and comfy things!

Any stretch marks? Not yet.

How much weight have you gained? I was still at 11 at my last doctors appointment but after our anniversary weekend I’m sure its 100.

Belly button in or out? In

Felt anything? Yep! So nice when I do. : )

Know gender? Totally a girl.

Names? Scarlett. Josh got me a charm for my Tiffany’s bracelet with an S on it and even today he was like “are we sure on the name?” hahah YES! We are sure!

What baby project are you working on? I moved the stuff out of the corner that will be Scarlett’s and I have also Googled DIY canopies so I am making progress.

Any guesses on when you’ll go into labor? Ugh.

xoxo,

Jess

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