Thursday, September 3, 2015

What's In My Hospital Bag?

Being this is my third pregnancy, what I plan to bring to the hospital has changed since that first time. The first go around I remember bringing a fully stocked diaper bag, fancy night gowns, pillows, and other unnecessary items I didn’t even touch for the short two days I was in the hospital. What I didn’t know was what the hospital provided already like diapers, pacifiers, wipes, nipples, even formula. I stocked up on other things from them for me before I left like pads, tucks pads, and numbing spray (you won’t regret it--promise).


Today I’m sharing with you what I plan to take to the hospital this time around:


Let's break  it down:
  • I don't think I will even bother to bring a night gown or pajamas. Since I'm nursing this time and the buttons on the hospital gowns snap easily, I will just bring a robe to tie around me.
  • Nursing essentials-- nursing tanks, bras, and cover. I love this nursing cover that can also be used as a car seat cover and an extra top option for me too!
  • non-fancy underwear-- If you haven't had a baby before, they give you these lovely mesh contraptions they call undies. And to not ruin any fancy undies, go with a pack of comfy undies that you won't mind trashing.
  • Flip flops or slippers to walk around the room.
  • iPhone charger is a must because you'll be receiving and sending texts, calling friends and family, and taking pictures of your sweet little baby!
  • hair ties, make-up and toiletries so you can feel human again!
  • Take home outfits for mom and baby. I like to stick to simple and comfortable so that means leggings and I love this nursing top. And I can't forget my comfy moccasins. For the baby, be sure to bring a couple of different options for him/her. You don't know if the baby will be big or small so I brought a new born and 0-3 months option. I also brought mittens and a couple of beanies so I could take some cuter pictures.
  • receiving blanket. This is not a necessity because the hospital will provide you with them, but for a cuter option

Monday, August 31, 2015

Third Trimester Thoughts


Wow, third trimester is here and November is right around the corner. To a few of my friends, they called this the trimester that never ends. But for me, I didn’t feel this way. Ava and Lily both came promptly at 37 weeks. Granted, the last three months did feel like the longest, I didn’t have to wait past my due date.

This time around, I was pretty slack on providing weekly belly shots and baby stats I was pretty good about my first pregnancy. Unfortunately, it’s a symptom of third pregnancy.  It’s a mix of this pregnancy flying by and my just plain laziness.   

Preparing for a third baby comes with it lots of emotions.  Some say transitioning from one kid to two is the hardest, but I think going from two to three will be hard.  Right now, each parent has a kid. They both get equal amounts of undivided attention and luckily, both my girls have their preference in parent.  I worry about Lily being the middle child only because I was a middle child and it wasn’t always fun. She is especially attached to me too so that won’t help.

The first thing in preparing for this third baby is getting the girls to sleep in their own room. I started by purchasing a bunk bed and remodeling their room. They were all excited about it in the beginning but neither of them had any interest in sleeping in there.

Ava did really well right before Christmas because she really wanted Santa to get her a bike, but we must have been softies because it didn’t take long for her to sleep with Noah in the master bedroom again. We just recently got her to sleep in the room again in the last month. She lost her first tooth and started kindergarten so we told her the tooth fairy only delivers to big girls that sleep in their own room.  So one down! One to go—the hardest part!

Lily has always slept with me (I know, I know-- parenting fail) She never slept in her own room because at the time we didn’t have a room for her nursery. Poor kid didn’t even get to have that either (another middle child thing lol!).  The first two nights Noah put her to bed without me and she cried herself to sleep. Thankfully it didn’t take long each time, maybe 10 minutes for her to fall asleep. And double thankful the crying does really bother Ava. She’s so used to Lily crying anyways.  I think we will just need to stay consistent for another month or two for it to stick.

I’ve had a lot more done with the nursery this time around. Well I skipped it all together with Lily but being that my mother-in-law moved out, the room was an empty slate.  It’s almost done. I have used a few hand-me-downs from family and friends in terms of cribs, car seats, high chairs, etc.  I did however, register for another stroller and some other boyish themed items. Clothes will be the biggest thing. Hopefully I’ll receive a few hand-me-downs there too from family.

I have awesome friends and family who are throwing me a baby shower because this is like starting fresh since I am having a boy this time around. I’m excited to see how the little boy things!

We are still working on a name. Noah gave me a list over the weekend so we have some deciding to do. Hopefully we will stick with something soon!

Other than that, the pregnancy has been going well. I do feel like I’m carrying a giant because my belly feels and looks huge. I’m not sure if it is because this is my third baby or because he’s just a big baby.

He’s been so active and the kicks are feeling more prominent. He’s really only had a couple bouts of hiccups and it’s the cutest feeling.

I’ve gained 20 lbs. already. I really hope not to gain too much more. I only gained about 25-26 lbs with both the girls.

My next appointment is the glucose testing and hopefully I’ll be scheduled for another ultrasound too! I can’t wait to see how much the baby has grown since my last sonogram at 20 weeks.  Stay tuned for more updates!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Wishlist: Maternity Edition

Happy Sunday everyone! I've spent most of my day cleaning, doing laundry, and picking up so I thought I'd spend the evening doing what I do best-- shopping! It may be virtual window shopping but here's to wishing :)

Since the summer is over and fall is approaching, I want some things to get me through the cooler temps. I also want to purchase items that will work around my belly.




Thursday, August 20, 2015

Currently Cruzans


There is much to catch you up on.  Summer has officially ended and we were able to squeeze in one last beach mini-vacation before the girls started school.  We went to Amelia Island and it was such a nice trip. It was not too far away and we had a stretch on a private beach and the fun amenities of a fancy resort.


On August 6th the girls started school. Ava started kindergarten and Lily started pre-k (tear!) Where has the time gone?! Both of them have done great so far. I think Ava is having some adjustment issues since she was used to a longer nap time during the day because she’s been coming home exhausted. We have our little routine ironed out.  My work schedule works perfectly so I can get them ready in the morning. We all leave the house at the same time so I have Noah’s help too.  Evening routine has been great too.  Dinner, Bath Time, Story Time, Make lunches and then bedtime. The only thing we need to really work on is Lily. She needs to get out of my bed!  Because once the baby gets here, that simply won’t work.

 


The same week Ava started back at school she lost her first tooth! The tooth fairy has been to my house twice in the last month! What is life trying to throw at me already?! First kindergarten, then two baby teeth gone! Ava has already grown like a weed during the summer. She’s definitely not a baby anymore and it’s a bit much for this hormonal pregnant mom to deal with so far!

 She also started back at ballet and tap this year. It will be her second year and I hope she loves it as much as she did last year. I still don’t think Lily has the attention span for it just yet but she will be ready next year.  
And in baby news, we still have no name for Baby C. Noah is trying his hardest to convince me to name the baby Leviathan. I don’t hate the name but I also don’t love it. Boys’ names are just plain harder than girls. But as I approach my third trimester I’m feeling anxious for this kid to have a name.  
Yes people,  third trimester! I cannot believe how fast this pregnancy has gone by already. I’m sure these next few months will drag on now that I’ve said that.  I’ve been lucky enough to have a pretty uneventful pregnancy so far. No real nausea or complaints. He is very active. I’m excited for my next ultrasound when I can see the baby again. I love being able to hear his little heart beating at each appointment but there is just something about seeing him on the sonogram. My last one was at 20 weeks. He’s grown plenty since then so I can’t wait to see him!
Bump progression pics
18 weeks
20 weeks
23 weeks


24 weeks

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Styling The Bump

 Maternity fashion has come a long way. No more moo-moos and big clothing to cover up that adorable belly. It’s all about showing off that bump and embracing pregnancy these days.

I will admit being pregnant in the summer months has made dressing my bump easy. I’m all about dresses. They are both easy and comfortable and I haven’t had to buy much maternity clothes because of it. Because let’s face it, maternity clothes aren’t cheap! 

So far I’ve been able to get away with wearing most of my pre-maternity tops. A few are getting too short so a great way to stretch out non-maternity clothes is layering tanks. I picked up two extra-long tanks (black and white) so I could prolong my need for maternity clothes. 

It’s a bit harder to keep wearing non-maternity pants. I did the belly band and the rubber band trick for as long as I could but once I couldn’t zip my pants up anymore, I caved.

I have a few pair of great leggings that have worked well for me and a couple of pair of spandex-waisted pants that I could use too.

Here’s my three easy tips for styling the bump:
1)      Stay comfortable!
2)      Choose classic pieces of maternity wear
3)      Accessorize! 
So far I’ve had fun styling my growing bump! I’ve had fun picking pieces that even highlight it because it will be awhile until we will be doing this again! I’ll have to do some major convincing if I want a fourth baby!

Here are some of the ways I’ve style the bump so far! It will be interesting as I transition to fall and get bigger.  You can follow along on Instagram if you aren’t already-- @glitterandjuls!





Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Bump Date


I have not been so great blogging about this pregnancy so far, blogging in general really. Oopsie. I hope to make it up in this post.
So where do I start? If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you have probably seen how the pregnancy is progressing.
The first trimester flew by. I cannot believe I am already 18 weeks along. First off, I started showing almost immediately with this pregnancy. I think the bump made its appearance as early as 8 weeks! I’ve been fortunate not to feel any morning sickness, but at the beginning I was way tired. I have a lot more energy into the second trimester for sure. The baby has been growing every week and I love the days I get to hear his little heartbeat. That’s right, I said “his”! We found out a couple of weeks ago (father’s day weekend) the Cruzan’s are finally getting a baby boy! We could not be more excited! I have already started picking up things for the nursery and I cannot wait to start buying baby boy items.
The girls have been so excited too. Ava and Lily love to rub my belly and they even talk to their little brother already. Last night I told Ava he could hear her when she talks to him and that made her eyes light up. I told her he will be able to recognize her voice the more she talks to him.
Since all I have are little girls things I have had to create a registry to get an idea of things I’ll need for our little guy. I’ll have to rely on friends and family with little boys to hopefully hand down baby clothes.
At my last appointment the baby’s heart beat was 143 bpm and he weighed 9 oz. He is the size of a green pepper.
The coolest thing about pregnancy is being able to feel the baby. I have definitely noticed movements and it will only be a matter of time Noah and the girls will be able to feel it too.
We have started to think about names but Noah and I are having a hard time agreeing already. I have a feeling this baby will be nameless until the very end. As much as I want to let Noah name his baby boy, I don’t trust that he won’t name the kid Damian. I’m sorry but since the movie, The Omen, Damian will forever be the devil’s kid. My kid will not be named that.
I will try to be better about posting as the pregnancy progresses. Here are some photos in the mean time J
                                                                       Belly bump at 8 weeks
                                                                                         Baby at 10 wks
                                                              Belly bump at 12 weeks
                                                                                   Baby at 17 weeks

                                                                         Belly bump at 17 weeks


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Father's Day with Minted


For Mother's Day I wanted to do something special with my two girls, Ava and Lily. I asked a friend if she could take some pictures of us. There is a special bond between moms and daughters and I wanted to cherish these moments together before the new baby arrives.  These pictures were just perfect for the print I wanted from Minted. They have such a fun collection of photo gifts. 

Since father's day is around the corner I wanted to let you know Minted is offering for a limited time 15% off all customer photo gifts! Make this Father's Day extra special with a sentimental touch! 

Use code "PHOTOGIFT15" through 11:59 p.m. PT on 6/15! 


Here's a link to the design I used! 


And here are some fun ideas that any dad would love: 




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