Little Me, Big D

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I Love: May Design’s Notebooks

Notebooks, stationery, photo books, health/fitness journals, academic agendas, and tech wallpapers - this company has a lot to offer. You simply choose a product, pick a pattern, customize it to your liking, and enjoy!

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Third Trimester Pregnancy Favorites

With my size day due date range, we are now somewhere between 12 days and one week out from Baby Boy Dunn's arrival!  And just in case he decides to camp out a little longer, I have an induction scheduled for 13 days from now.  I can't believe we are finally here.  With the end in sight, I decided to create a roundup of my "Third Trimester Pregnancy Favorites."  As you remember, I also created a recap of my first trimester "favorites" and a recap of my second trimester "favorites- all the things that really helped me get through that particular trimester. From food to lotions, this list sums up my go-to items the last few weeks of my pregnancy. 3rdTrimesterFINAL Third Trimester Pregnancy Favorites
  • TheraRUB Electric Massager Screen Shot 2015-10-09 at 2.06.57 PM
A few weeks ago, I bought this electric massager and a little hand held massager to throw in our "Hospital Bag".  Turned out that I needed it much sooner than that!  This electric massager has been extremely helpful in alleviating my intense back pain.  The cord is 14 feet long, making it easy to use virtually wherever.  Click here to buy or check out the TheraRUB Electric Massager.
  • Plastic Tumblers with Straws Screen Shot 2015-10-09 at 2.10.57 PM
Two years ago, I bought a plastic tumbler with a  straw from my favorite juice bar, Nekter.  Little did I know that I would become obsessed with it during my pregnancy!  For some reason, I have found that I drink significantly more water when I use this cup with a straw.  I take it with my everywhere, and make sure to fill it at least eight times a day.  
  • up & up Cocoa Butter Moisturizing Lotion Screen Shot 2015-10-09 at 2.05.30 PM
As you remember from my "Not So Pretty Truth About Pregnancy" post, there is no such thing as a magical lotion or cream that will prevent stretch marks.  Sorry to burst your bubble, but if you're destined to get them, learn to embrace them!  With that being said, I still use lotion every day to help with the itchy skin (due to stretching), and to make sure   my skin stays hydrated.  I am in love with Target's cocoa butter lotion.  It smells amazing and gives my skin intense hydration all day.   Plus, you can buy a giant (20.3 oz) tub of it for less than $5! 
  • Warm Baths Screen Shot 2015-10-09 at 2.05.00 PM
I now take a warm bath every night before bed.  I also wrote about this in my 37 Week Pregnancy Check-In.  My aches and pains are fairly intense these days, and soaking in the tub for 30-45 minutes before hitting the sheets has been very helpful.  One night in particular was terrible with all of the cramping and backaches, so finally around 3 o'clock in the morning, I got up and took another warm bath.  After that, I immediately fell asleep and finally got some relief!  My only regret is that I didn't discover the warm baths earlier in my pregnancy.  This was only added to my routine around week 35.
  • Belly Bandit's Upsie Belly Support Band Screen Shot 2015-10-09 at 2.08.39 PM
This was another repeat from my "Second Trimester Pregnancy Favorites," but I still swear by it!  The Belly Bandit's Upsie Belly Support Band has been key in relieving some of the back pains that have come with this pregnancy.  While it's not always discrete under form fitting clothing, I can't go out without it!  I love the way it lifts my baby bump and takes most of the pressure off of my lower back.  For you moms-to-be, if you have not invested in one of these, I highly recommend you purchase one ASAP!
  • Fruit Salads Screen Shot 2015-10-09 at 2.15.48 PM
I have been craving fruit for weeks now.  My husband, who was a chef for several years, cuts up various fruits and makes a giant fruit salad for me to snack on every week!  It has been a wonderful and refreshing treat especially since it is still so hot here in Texas!
  • Fairlife Chocolate Milk
Another repeat from my Second Trimester Pregnancy Favorites!  I still drink a glass of this awesomeness a day.  At 13g of protein per 1 cup serving, I feel happy knowing that I'm treating my self to a healthy "cheat snack"!    Your turn! -What items did you love during your third trimester?

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37 Week Check-In

Week: 37

Some of the highs and lows from Week 37:

Baby Boy Dunn is the size of a winter melon!  At my last checkup, my doctor estimated that he's between 6-7 pounds now.  He's also between 19 and 21 inches long.

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Baby Registry 101

I was a little insanely overwhelmed when I first started creating our baby registry.  Two years ago, I thought registering for our wedding was difficult, but that was a walk in the park compared to this!  For our wedding, Jeff and I were able to pick out items we wanted and items we knew we would use.  How can I possibly create a registry for a baby who cannot vocalize what he wants?!  And how can I possibly know what we will use or need?! I started browsing Pinterest and websites like "The Bump" and "Babylist" for registry ideas-I found the ones available on Babylist to be the most helpful.  After spending hours reading what others recommended for baby registries, I finally found the answer to all of my questions: Baby Bargains This book was a lifesaver. No joke. Buy it. Now!oprahBookCallout

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Practical Layette Checklist and Infant Clothing Tracker

Now that our baby showers are over and Baby Boy Dunn could come at any moment, Jeff and I have been taking inventory of everything we have.  Since I'm on bed rest, my mom and he have been grabbing some of the last few items we'll need almost immediately.  I spent some time researching what clothing items a newborn really needs, and came up with a list that I think will be a good start!  We have been really good about not buying too may items in the 0-3 month range since we have no clue how big (or small) our son will be, and how long he will actually be able to fit in clothes that size!  I'm trying to be practical and just get items we actually need those first few weeks 🙂 After compiling what I read and learned from friends, I created "The Ultimate Layette Checklist: What You Really Need for Your Newborn."  With so much time on my hands suddenly, I'm really into designing fun graphics for my readers 😉  This image is 8.5 x 11 inches and can be printed for you to keep too! LayetteChecklist

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The Ultimate “Bed Rest” Netflix List

Well, I'm officially on bed rest. This last week has been rough.  Last Saturday I was running errands with my mom, trying to get any last minute baby essentials, and started having fairly regular contractions.  After they continued for several hours, my mom convinced me to call my doctor.  Since the contractions were still more than 10 minutes apart, and weren't excruciating by any means, my doctor advised me to keep an eye on them, and to call back if they became five minutes apart.  Of course, about an hour after I called, the contractions slowly tapered off. The next day, Sunday, the contractions continued throughout my baby shower.  Every 20-30 minutes I would feel an intense tightening across my belly and in my lower back.  I kept track of the contractions to make sure they weren't coming five minutes apart, and again, they slowly disappeared throughout the evening. The Braxton Hicks contractions continued the entire week.  I had my weekly checkup with my OB on Friday, and she immediately wanted to check everything out to get a better idea of what was going on.  Without sharing too many details, she informed me that my body is definitely starting to prepare for labor, and the baby could "come tomorrow, or a couple of weeks from now."  Panic immediately set in.  I'm not ready!  He can't come now!  We haven't even had the carseats looked at by a professional!  My hospital bag still isn't ready!  A million thoughts were racing through my mind.

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