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Thursday, May 17, 2018

34 Week Pregnancy Update + Our First Baby Shower

My to-do list is getting longer and the days are getting shorter. Things have been so crazy busy since the last baby update. I’ve had two baby showers, three doctors’ appointments, a CPR class and a meet and greet with a pediatrician, and there is still a mile-long list of things to do. I’m trying to take things one day at a time and not drive myself too crazy. 

I had an ultra sound last Thursday which showed that our little one is in fact little. No surprise here or from the doctor. My husband and I are not large people so naturally they don’t expect our child to be either. But in an effort to make sure everything is progressing as it should, I now have to go in twice a week, once for an NST, and a second visit for an ultra sound. Although this requires more time in the Dr.’s office, it’s comforting to know that he is being closely monitored. 

Here are a few updates since my last post, plus a look at our first shower! 

How far along? 34 weeks and 1 day.

Baby’s size: This week baby Smith is the size of a cantaloupe.

Weight gain: 20 lbs

Energy & How I'm Feeling: I've been climbing into bed around 9:30 lately, in an effort to get my rest. I've felt a little tired in the afternoons but I wouldn't say as tired as I was in the first trimester. 

Appetite: Give me all the carbs (but only in small portions)!

Workouts: Be lazy. Those were Dr.'s orders per my visit last week. She told me to take a break from the gym and even walking in order to give everything I've got to the baby. It's only been one week and it has been a little tough. I'm not one to lay around on the couch all day, but I am listening and taking a break from all physical activity. It's difficult because working out is what makes me feel good and I've been active my whole life, but I will do anything I'm told that will benefit our little one.

Sleep: I've been waking up with random hip pain. I'm not sure if it's because of all the weight I'm supporting when I lay on my side or if it's my body preparing for birth...probably a little of both. But it literally feels like my hips are going through growing pains.

Movement: He's continuing to wiggle around a lot and also has the hiccups at least once a day. In my last ultra sound, we could see that he has turned head down, which is good news. 

Wardrobe: Loose fitting dresses are my favorite right now, especially with the rising temps here in Charleston!

Nursery Updates: The room is almost complete! We are currently trying to find a rug that we like. We ordered one that didn't work, so the search is still on. We also still need some artwork for above the crib. Other than that, we are in pretty good shape.

Doctor's Visits: As I mentioned above, I'm now on a twice per week schedule.

Baby Shower Recap: 

I’m beyond grateful for all the love our sweet little baby has been shown lately and he’s not even here yet. The other weekend my mother in-law and Whit's aunt hosted the most adorable shower for Whit and me in honor of baby Smith. It was so wonderful to be surrounded by friends and family to share in all the joy this little one has already brought us. We received so many great gifts, including several precious outfits that I can’t wait to see him in. 

My mother in-law and Whit’s Aunt left no stone unturned when it came to the details. Here are few of my favorite photos from the day. 

Whit's Aunt and Uncle own Lowcountry Kettle Corn and I'm always thrilled anytime popcorn shows up. These made the best favors for guests.
How adorable are these onsie shaped pimento cheese sandwiches. Whit's grandfather whipped up the homemade pimento cheese filling and his dad cut them all out. This shower really was a family effort.
 How adorable is this cake?!
These two can hardly wait to meet their grandson!
 We received so many thoughtful gifts from our friends and family.
 I just adored all of the cute little outfits he got, like this precious one with the bow tie.
My mom was able to find my old Beatrix Potter books that I had when I was a child. These are so special to me and I'm thrilled to be able to pass them down to our baby.

 A huge thank you to our family and friends for making our first baby shower so special!

33 Weeks
33 Weeks

34 Weeks
34 Weeks


Thursday, May 3, 2018

32 Week Pregnancy Update + Maternity Sneak Peak

Meredith Hilleary Photography
Dress: Ingrid & Isabel

It's really hard to believe that by the end of next month we will be a family of three! I've had so many emotions lately. I'm so happy and excited for this new adventure but I'm also nervous and scared of the unknown. Everyone keeps saying "you'll figure it out." I guess only time will tell, but in the meantime I've got some fun things to look forward to before baby Smiths arrival. I'm looking forward to my very first baby shower this weekend and a second one the following weekend. Also, I had a maternity photo session this past Sunday with my talented photographer, Meredith, of Meredith Hilleary Photography. Above are two sneak peak photos from the shoot. I can't wait to share them all with you as soon as I get them back. Here's an update of how things have been going. 

How far along? 32 weeks and 1 day.

Baby’s size: This week baby Smith is the size of jicama.

Weight gain: 19 pounds

Energy & How I'm Feeling: I'm a slow mover these days, but not due to lack of energy, just due to my growing belly. It's tough to get moving in the mornings, but once I do I'm fine. Also, I've started to have mid afternoon back aches at work, but nothing I can't push through.  I've been so lucky thus far and really can't complain.

Appetite: My cravings seem to have come back. All I want now is cereal and sandwiches, with crunchy potato chips, on the side and in the sandiwch! Or just carbs in general... I've also found several great mocktails at a few different restaurants in town. I plan to share a separate post on that later.

Workouts: I've still been spending time on the treadmill, making it to red zone about twice per week, lifting light weights and adding in a barre class here and there. Some days it feels like the biggest struggle just to walk on the treadmill because all I feel is him pressing on me which is a little uncomfortable, but I always feel better after the fact.  I plan to keep going to the gym as long as my body will allow.
Sleep: There are good nights of rest and not so good nights. Falling asleep isn't the issue,  it's waking up multiple times during the night to change positions or use the bathroom. Then I start thinking about all of the things that have to be done before this little ones arrives and the list is pretty long. I've also noticed that I frequently wake up in the middle of the night because my hips hurt from laying on my side.

Movement: Well, there is officially less room for him to move because he is continuing to take over my stomach, which makes the feelings a little different than before. I can feel him moving in lower parts of my stomach now. The night before last I was laying in bed and all of the sudden I saw what appeared to be a tiny bump in my stomach. I could literally see my skin poke up and it was so freaky. I don't know if it was a fist, an elbow or a foot but it was the strangest thing to see. 

Wardrobe: I searched high and low for a dress to wear in my maternity shoot. Here is a link to the one I'm wearing in my photos. Note, Target has similar one for a lot less but it is super see through. I finally found a pair of white maternity jeans! I went into H&M the other weekend and there was literally one pair left, hanging on the sale rack and in my size. It was meant to be! I also snagged a pair of these light denim distress ones as well. 
Nursery Updates: I finally got our custom framed artwork back and love it! Custom framing is a nightmare for an indecisive person like me, but thankfully I was happy with the finished product. It's a piece that we found on our travels to Italy and it fits perfectly in the nursery. I'm currently trying to figure out what to do about our rug situation. We left the one in there that we used when it was a guest bedroom, but after moving the furniture around, I think we may need something bigger. We also need something to go on the wall above the crib. Hopefully I will find all of these things before his arrival. I would like to have everything in place prior to that, so the search is still on.

Doctor's Visits: I'm headed back next week for an ultrasound. I can't wait to see him on the inside one last time before he comes into this world.

31 Weeks
32 Weeks

White jeans on repeat!

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Charleston Dining | The Watch: Restaurant with a View

I've said it before and I'll say it again — there is definitely no shortage of places to dine in Charleston. Choosing one is the difficult part. I like to keep an updated document on hand that I can share with people who travel into town and ask for recommendations on where to eat. My list is broken down by places to have breakfast, brunch and lunch, places to have a fancy dinner and places where the scene is more casual, places for drinks only and those places with a view that are perfect for happy hour. Which leads me to the  I wanted to share with you today. Located on the seventh floor of the luxury, chic, Restoration Hotel, The Watch is a great place for cocktails with a view! When I was searching for a place with outdoor seating to take my girlfriend for her birthday and said she had never been before, I knew we had to go. The outdoor rooftop area has first come, first serve seating and is available for dining and drinks. We got lucky last weekend and snagged a table right when we walked in the door. 
Since we are both pregnant, mocktails were the only order we placed from the bar. I must say, the non-alcoholic version of the White Point Garden was refreshing!   

 And in true hungry, pregnant lady fashion, we ordered all the carbs...
Including the ham and cheddar hush puppies with deviled egg mayo.
And the pesto gnocchi with lemon, basil, ricotta fingerling potatoes and asparagus, with a side of truffle frites.
It was a tad bit windy, but the view was still beautiful. It's a great spot to sip cocktails (or mocktails) with girlfriends, order a few snacks to share and soak in the beauty of the Holy City. 
Photo Credit: The Restoration Hotel

 The inside is pretty too!

Photo Credit: The Restoration Hotel
Photo Credit: The Restoration Hotel
If you're looking for an outdoor spot to unwind on a beautiful afternoon, definitely pay them a visit! 

Where are some of your favorite places to enjoy patio weather in Charleston?  

Friday, April 20, 2018

30 Week Pregnancy Update

Wow! Where has the time gone? It's crazy to think that I'm already at 30 weeks. This pregnancy seems like it has gone by so fast. Hopefully I will hold out for another 10 weeks because I still have several things to do! However, I'm feeling a lot better about some of the progress that's been made lately. Here's a little update. 

How far along? 30 weeks and 2 days.

Baby’s size: This week baby Smith is the size of a large cabbage. 

Weight gain: 14.6 pounds

Energy: Some days I'm full of it and others not as much. 

Appetite: Breakfast and coffee are the things that get me out of bed. Lunch, I've been enjoying. Dinner...not so much. I know I've said this before but it's getting worse. There is less and less room in my stomach for food these days, especially by the time dinner rolls around. Don't get me wrong, I'm still eating plenty but I feel like I may explode afterwards. 

Workouts: I'm may not be as quick and flexible as I once was, but that's not holding me back from making it to the gym. I'm still going about four to five days a week, with the occasional stroll outside when the weather is nice. However, this week I've had events after work every night and have only made it once. I took a barre class on Monday and decided I would like to make an effort to go to more of them plus cardio these next few weeks. I'm trying to do everything I can to maintain the strength of my muscles.

Sleep: This week sleep has not gone so well for me. I think part of is due to the work conference I attended and the stress that came along with it. But I'm also afraid that this is just the beginning of restless and uncomfortable nights due to my growing belly and frequent trips to the bathroom.

Movement: His movements are starting to feel different again. I have frequent tightening around my belly button area. It's not so much of a kick but more like it's stretching. I plan to ask my doctor about this when I go for my appointment next week. He seems to so wiggly and move the most at night. I hope that's not an indication of the sleeping habits he will have after he's born.

Wardrobe: I have tried on more dresses these past two weeks than I probably have all year! I've been trying to find a dress to wear in my maternity photos that are scheduled for next weekend and it has been such a struggle. I don't think "petite maternity" clothes are a thing. I've tried on one million non-maternity dresses but I struggle because when I go up a size to fit my belly, then the dresses are too large up top. It has been super frustrating to say the least. 

Shopping for baby: The only purchases I've made lately are for the nursery. But I've gotten a few sweet things from friends for the little guy. A colleague of mine from LA was in town for our work conference this week and brought these two sweet little gifts!

Nursery Updates: I have a great story to share regarding the nursery progress. I was having a terrible week the other day and my poor mom got to hear all about it over the phone one morning while I was on the way to work. She was planning to come to my house that afternoon to pick up the extra guest bed that we no longer have room for. The extra bed has been in the room that we were planning to turn into the nursery. We hadn't made progress on converting the room because we still needed to get rid of furniture. She and my brother's girlfriend came to our house to pick up the bed and a few other things while I was at work. When I got home that evening I walked in the door and they were still at my house. I was escorted to the room that we are turning into the nursery and my mouth dropped when I walked in. They had set up the whole room! All of the old guest room furniture had been moved out, the crib was set up and everything was in place! This was the best surprise to come home to. I am so thankful for all of their help. Now I get to focus on the fun stuff!

The crib bedding came in last weekend and I love it! I bought this crib bumper in white, these sheets and this crib skirt. I'll share some pictures soon once I get everything all steamed and put together. I also sent off a painting to get custom framed that I can't wait to get back. I plan to pick up a few other things this weekend. I would love to get a set of these seagrass baskets to put blankets and toys in. More to come!

Doctor's Visits: I'm headed back next week for another two week checkup. 

29 Weeks
29 Weeks

30 Weeks

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Blue + White Stripes

I can't seem to get enough of all the blue and white stripe things right now. Maybe it's because I'm having a baby boy and I've had my eyes one one too many blue things. Or maybe it's because stripes make me think of the warm summer days that I'm so ready for. I don't know what it is, but I'm all about it. I realized that I wore blue and white stripes to work last week, four days in a row. Sorry, not sorry. So for all of my fellow blue and white stripe lovers out there, I've got some pretty things for you to flip through today! Happy Monday!


Thursday, April 5, 2018

28 Week Pregnancy Update- Hello Third Trimester!

28 Weeks

You're in the home stretch! These are the first words I saw when I woke up yesterday morning and opened my pregnancy app. It's so hard to believe that this week marks the beginning of my third trimester. I feel like time has gone by relatively fast and now I'm in countdown mode. I still have a ton of things to get done before baby Smith arrives, but I am happy with the progress that I've made over the past few weeks. In other news, I booked a maternity and newborn shoot with Hilleary Photography! She takes some really beautiful photos. Now onto securing a location for the shoot!

How far along? 28 weeks and 1 day.

Baby’s size: This week baby Smith is the size of a large eggplant. 

Weight gain: I oddly lost 1 lb as of my appointment last week, which put me at total weight gain of 13 lbs.

Energy: I'm so thankful that I still have energy. That is if I get at least get my 7 hours of sleep and make wise food choices throughout the day.

Appetite & Food Cravings: As I mentioned before, breakfast is pretty much the only thing that excites me right now. (I may or may not have purchased Toaster Strudels yesterday.) I'm currently loving yogurt with fruit and granola with a cup of coffee of course. I had an acai bowl from Vintage Coffe & Cafe the other day and it was right up my alley.  Thankfully I don't have food aversions, just a lack of room in my belly for the things I want to eat. I feel like by the time dinner comes around, I'm so full from all the things I've consumed throughout the day that I have little interest in sitting down to have a meal. Pre-pregnancy I would eat breakfast, a mid-morning snack, lunch, an afternoon snack before the gym and dinner. These days I'm still full from lunch by the time I'm ready to head to the gym, but I force myself to snack on a little something for energy.

Workouts: I have to make more and more modifications with each workout, but that isn't stopping me from going to the gym. I've learned some simple switches that are just as effective and leave me feeling like I still put in the work. The rower is a becoming a little more uncomfortable each week but I continue to pace myself and push through. I'm so thankful that I have supportive trainers and gym friends to encourage and support me as well. 

Sleep: The snooze button and I have become B.F.F's. And slow moving Saturday mornings are my favorite!

Movement: I'm beginning to notice a big difference in all of his movements these days. I noticed that he's been getting the hiccups lately and the feeling is so different. It feel like constant little ticks in my stomach that last for about a minute or so. His regular movements are getting much stronger and more visible through my clothing. It's the coolest feeling and probably one of the things I'm going to miss most after I give birth.

Wardrobe: THESE MATERNITY WORKOUT LEGGINGS ARE A GAME CHANGER! I stumbled across these at target and wish I had purchased them sooner. They are making my workouts so much more enjoyable. Prior to these, I was wearing my normal workout pants which were incredibly uncomfortable. You better believe I'll be back in target this weekend to scoop up a few more. I'm hoping to find a cropped pair because these are full length and a little too long for my short legs. In other news, I'm frantically searching for a dress to wear in my maternity photos and to some of my showers. 

Shopping for baby: I bought this stroller, which came in a few days ago and I'm so excited. Something about this delivery made things get even more real. 

Nursery Updates: So far we have the glider, dresser/changing table, crib and mattress. I still need to order bedding for the crib, find a bookshelf, and find a few other little things. Overall, I think we've made some good progress, but will feel much better when we start moving all of these things into the actual room. Right now pretty much everything we have is either still in a box or stored in the garage. Here's a peak of the dresser I bought. It was a dark navy blue which was pretty, but I didn't want it to be the main focal point in the nursery, so I decided I wanted it white. My sweet mom and my brother's girlfriend made a special trip to Charleston just to paint it for me. I don't know what I would have done without their help! Here's a peak of the before and after paint job. I still have to put the hardware back on but we've been letting it dry.

Doctor's Visits:
 I'm on a two week schedule with doctor's visits these days. I go back next week for another checkup. We also have a hospital tour scheduled for today. Whit and I have never been to the hospital I'm delivering at so we thought it would be a good idea to get a lay of the land beforehand. 

27 Weeks
27 Weeks
28 Weeks

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