Hi Everyone!! Time FLIES when you’re growing a human!! I promised when we first announced our baby news that I would follow up with more updates, info, products etc. and here we are over a month later and not a peep from me!
Ok … so … pregnancy hasn’t been ANYTHING like I imagined it would be. I’ve been told that I’m “lucky” and that I’m having a “good pregnancy” … which is great, but I’m worried I’m going to get my ass kicked in the delivery room or that the worst is yet to come!! LOL … I haven’t had ANY cravings (other than a margarita lol) and my energy levels are great! I’ve been sleeping good, Justin will tell you I’m not the emotional mess he was expecting, and overall I feel GOOD!!! The only thing I will say is that my belly AND my butt are GROWING (I keep joking that there must be two babies, one in my butt and one in my tummy because why else would it be getting so damn big!?!?!? LOL) and I am still not used to that.
We were shooting photos for my blog today and I kept trying to suck in. When I see my bump I LOVE it but I STILL feel like the belly is a product of not being a regular at the gym … so what’s up with that? Is that normal? I see these pregnant mamas with tight dresses and shirts totally ROCKIN’ the belly … but I think they are further along … 6-9 months … is that accurate? ***UPDATE … I wrote this blog two weeks ago and as of today my bump is ALREADY starting to feel hard and is a-poppin’!!! It is officially out and ready for action and I LOVE IT!!!!! I love my bump the most when I’m fresh out of the shower and have my pj’s on. OH YA AND MY BOOBS are bigger!!! I totally thought I would LOVE bigger boobs since I’ve never had any before this, but they totally get in the way! They stick together when I sleep on my side and after I put lotion on I can feel them touching my belly!! K this might be totally normal for big boob gals but it feels SO weird for me!
The last month we put a bit of a hold on “baby prep” and focussed on both of our careers, lots of rest and just being “US” knowing that it was going to change VERY soon. But the last few weeks, changes and planning have been imminent…
I’ve been stocking up on more maternity clothes, although I still find that MOST of my baggier clothes fit me and I’m trying to buy non-maternity items that I know will fit me post pregnancy, like peplum tops and shift dresses. I FRIGGEN LOVE pregnancy pants and can’t believe they just don’t make all pants like this because LIFE IS SO MUCH BETTER with a big soft band around your belly!!! Here is a little round-up of my fav outfits and clothing items in my second trimester (some are maternity some are not!)…
I’ve also been using a few different products, like scrubs and oils, to deal with my expanding skin, and have been trying to keep all my beauty products as natural and cruelty-free as possible! I did a post on this and you can find some of my new fav products here.
I’m still taking the same vitamins and swear this is the reason my energy levels are up. I actually bought a bottle for my mom to take because I love them so much!! I’ve linked them here!!!
And last but not least … baby prep and nurseries!! SOOOOO I have TWO nurseries to stock and decorate. Because I am due right at the tail end of the LOVE IT OR LIST IT SEASON, I can’t just peace out and leave the network high and dry, so I will need to get back to Vancouver shortly after the baby is born and finish up the season. We are making lots of plans now on how this will work but I’m excited and know I will have TONS of support from the show, Justin, family and maybe a little help around the house! After we are done filming season 4, I can see what it’s like being a working mama and decide if I want to stay filming the show or take a break from the TV career.
In the meantime, we are stocking up TWO nurseries and I am SO excited about both. The Vancouver nursery is going to be a bit smaller and I’m calling it “practical first” as this is where I will have the most grueling schedule and feel the most pinched. I am going for more of a modern look (we already received our Stokke Sleepi) and I’m using an Ikea dresser (white with a nook pebble pad) because it has THE most storage!!!
For the Kelowna nursery, we have a very white (hahah of course) and airy themed nursery planned. A lot of texture, heather greys, oatmeals, white and cream. A bit more traditional! We have JUST started shopping for the Kelowna nursery at The Cross Decor and are SO excited to see it all come together!!!! I have my eye on this rocker (NOLA GLIDER) though… what do you think? I will post a nursery round up with all of my inspiration and items for you soon ….
Some of my other favorite brands that I’ve loved browsing so far are:
Kickee Pants (so soft!)
Glitter And Spice
Good Husbands Apparel
Aden + Anais
Arrow & Lace
OH YES!!! I promised you this story from the last blog!!!
I have to quickly tell you how we handled being pregant for 3 weeks during the holidays with family around. When we found out we were pregnant it was a rollercoaster of emotions: happy, call BFF’s, sisters, brothers, cousins … then followed by panic. OMG WE ARE GOING TO BE PARENTS!!!!!! Followed by let’s decorate the nursery NOW! … followed by OMG we are going to be the BEST parents ever, and then OMG we’re going to be the WORST parents ever lol … it was exhausting! But after the buzz subsided, I was horrified to realize that I had just started a RARE 18 day “vacation” with a FULL house DURING the holidays and had a car full of wine, champagne, baileys and rum … that I COULD NOT TOUCH!!!!
At the risk of sounding like an alcoholic, I whined for a good hour while I made my cousin Sam a rum and eggnog and stirred it with my jealously stick. Let me be clear, we drink in moderation, but our house is a constant stream of family and friends and we love to celebrate with a good glass of wine, a caesar and when the time is right, a few fireball shots. We’ve had flip cup tournaments with the WHOLE FAMILY every Christmas for the last 4 years and I make a mean homemade limoncello. So eventhough we were SOOOO excited for our new little bean, I couldn’t help but be a little busted about my “moonshine cherry hiatus.” But that wasn’t the real problem … the issue was that our family KNOWS how much I love to entertain. I always make sure everyone is having a good time and keep their glasses full. With all the aunts, uncles, grannies, parents, and company over … HOW on EARTH would we keep this from the family?
While the kids (I still think anyone under 40 is a kid) all knew about the pregnancy, we decided to keep it a secret from the adults until we were clear towards the end of the first trimester. So having Justin’s parents at the house for 3 weeks would be a challenge. Let just say that while sparkling apple juice and non-alcoholic beer were FINE (have YOU EVER DONE A SHOT OF GINGER-ALE AND WORSCHTESCHIRE SAUCE pretending its a shot of whiskey??! Ummm I promise you it tastes worse) that was pretty much the extent of my Christmas celebrations, My Birthday and New Years … choking down fake cocktails and FORCING my eyelids open past midnight … anyone who has kept a pregnancy a secret during the holidays deserves an award …
OMG … It turns out that there was SO much to tell you and talk about! I HAVE to keep doing this regularly!! … until next time …