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: 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Big Girl's Room

I've had so many home projects I have been dreaming up lately and one of them has been to re-do the girls' room. With the new baby coming, I want the girls to have a nice space and be able to sleep in the same room with each other. I loved how it turned out!

The state of the room before was just blah! Toys everywhere and remnants of nursery that used to be. The first task was to purge toys! They seriously had way too much! I think I filled 5 trash bags full!

I bought them bunk beds in the hopes they would start sleeping together. We used the top bunk to store laundry I was too lazy to put away, and I shared the bottom bunk with Lily, hahaha!

I knew I wanted to fill the wall space with a gallery of sorts. I found all of this in one day from Hobby Lobby, TJ Maxx and Marshalls. The picture frame in the middle is from K-Mart and the collage of photos is from Minted. The illustration not hanging is from the talented Martha Napier. I won a mother's day Instagram contest with her and Old Navy and she blew me away with this special gift!

We found this fun frame from Two Women and a Warehouse in Savannah and I just added some string and mini clothes pins to interchange fun art work from the girls. If you're local and you have not checked them out, run!

I took these rod iron tea cup planters from Ava's tea party birthday party and spray painted them. I'm using them to store hair ties and sorts! Its a perfect addition to the room!

I took an idea from Pinterest about using wire baskets as book shelves. I found these three from Home Goods and spray painted them. I hung them with command hooks and added some of the girls' favorite books. Voila! 

I added new bedding! I love the cute patterns and lighter colors for the room. It brightens the whole space. And see that chevron rug? I also found this steal from the same consignment store as the picture frame and it was only $16! I was ready to spend over $50 on one so I'm so happy I stumbled across it! 

I left a couple of things from the old nursery. Ava and Lily's announcements and baby hats they came home from the hospital in :) 

I found this nice cubby organizer from Walmart for $68! It's great quality and was so easy to assemble! At first I was thinking about painting it white but I love how the weathered wood looks in the room! I'll eventually replace the pink baskets I think with some wicker ones. But I used what I had for now to store and hide their toys. 

Now that I am done with this room it will be on to the nursery! I can't wait to reveal my exciting plans with you! 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Baby Cruzan Update

So in my last post I was having a bit of anxiety after the last doctor's appointment. After a concerning sonogram, we were referred to a specialist to check out the baby and officially measure the baby's nuchal translucency.

On Monday, I went in for what I thought was blood work and an in depth ultrasound. They did an ultrasound first. The sonographer was very nice and she talked me through the whole thing. It was nice to see the baby's heart beat and see it wiggling and turning around in my belly, happy as a clam. She then waited patiently for baby to get in the right position so she could get her measurements. Thankfully, the baby was very cooperative and she was able to get three to four good measurements. I asked her how things were looking and she was saying she wasn't getting anything over 3 which was good.

She finished and said she's get the doctor in to talk to me. When Dr. Baker came in to talk, he said though my measurement (2.6) was above average, it was not alarming. Anything over 3 would be cause for concern. I was so happy to hear that. He then said it was optional whether I wanted to go ahead with the blood test, which would be a better determinant of whether the baby was at risk for Down Syndrome or any other trisomy abnormalities. I was happy enough with the result to opt out. I didn't want to give myself more to worry about.

I'm so relieved that the outcome from the visit was a positive one. Now I feel like I can breathe and start to enjoy the pregnancy.