26 Week Bumpdate + PinkBlush Maternity Wear

26 weeks pregnant! So crazy to say, I can't believe how fast this pregnancy has gone already. I feel like weeks 24 and 25 disappeared. My pregnancy app (Ovia) says the baby is the size of a bowling pin this week, or a butternut squash. I'm shocked, that sounds HUGE! Baby is also about two pounds now. My favorite fact my app shared this week was that the baby's systems are pretty much done developing, and now he will just continue to grow in height and weight. That blew my mind to think our baby is fully functioning in there and nearly ready to come into the world. Only two more weeks and I'll be entering the home stretch, the third trimester. I am really trying to enjoy and embrace each stage in pregnancy so that time doesn't fly by faster than it already seems to be. 

I am so happy to finally be out of the "awkward stage". You know, the stage in pregnancy when you just look chubby, fat and bloated instead of pregnant. Awkward doesn't even begin to cover it haha. I'd say around week 23 or 24 was when I finally felt like if I walked around people would know I was pregnant and not just chubby in my belly region. That "awkward stage" is just the worst, and I'm sure if you've been pregnant before you'd totally agree. I love having my full out pregnant belly now, I feel like a proud mama. The last two weeks I've really started to feel much better and more at peace with my changing body. If you read my second trimester update post then you know I was really struggling for a while with the weight gain part of pregnancy. I was having a super hard time feeling confident about my body and the changes it is undergoing. Currently I am starting to feel much better about it all and I am starting to embrace and love my pregnant body. It feels great to be less down, frustrated and upset about it because honestly that was really taking a toll on me emotionally. I think a big contributor to the new peace with it is coming from the new found love I have for the baby in my tummy. I think it's a combination of knowing it's a little boy and feeling him kick all the time, but I am growing more and more attached to and in love with our baby boy every day. Thinking about how much I love him already really freaks me out. How can I love someone so much that I've never met? How can he not even have a name yet but he has me wrapped around his tiny little finger? This whole parent thing is starting to blow my mind. I cannot wait to meet baby Greco. I am starting to daydream of all the fun things we will do together as a family. So, like I was saying, I think I've been feeling much better about my body changing lately because the focus is shifting. I'm more focused on him now. I'm becoming honored to have my body transform in order to grow our son, and I'm finally realizing that it'll all be worth it because the prize that comes from pregnancy is far greater than any price I or my body has to pay. 

Pregnancy symptoms have been about the same as my last post, I'm feeling pretty great. The main difference I have noticed though is my emotions. I am extremely sensitive and emotional these days. Mainly with my husband, if he is even slightly mean to me or angry at me I become a big emotional mess and cry... lots. I really haven't been hyper emotional my whole pregnancy up until now, so both Nick and I are quite surprised by this. I typically just remind myself, "Danielle, you are pregnant and super sensitive so try not to get upset". I also have to remind myself that my husband is a very sweet man and I am just really sensitive these days and taking what he says to heart. It's all pretty hilarious actually. Nick and I laugh about it when I'm crying over random stuff because we both know it's hormones taking over. On the bright side, I am not mean, angry or bitchy... just a sensitive cry baby haha. Watch out world, the emotional pregnant lady is here and will probably cry if you're even slightly mean to her! One other new pregnancy symptom I've been experiencing is braxton hicks contractions. At first I didn't know what these were until my app described them and I realized I had been having them. I mainly get them when I am active, sometimes even if I am just walking on the treadmill I get them. It feels like my belly gets really tight. It's normal to experience them around this point in pregnancy which is comforting to know, and they are getting my body ready for labor which I found so interesting that our body starts preparing and practicing so early. Impressive.  

Lets talk about this adorable dress! My friends at Pink Blush Maternity were kind enough to send me this blue floral maternity dress and I am loving it. I have had the best luck with dresses through Pink Blush. Every dress I have worn from them fits perfect, is high quality and extremely comfortable. The company carries maternity clothes, non maternity clothes and perfect transitional pieces that are designed to fit you before, during and after pregnancy. Pink Blush and I did a collaboration last June, European Vacation Outfit Inspiration, they sent me a dress that was one of those transitional dresses I'm referring to. I've worn that dress so many times and I get a ton of compliments on it. Lucky for me, that dress is now perfect during my pregnancy as well. It's such a huge savings to be able to buy pieces that work during different stages of life. I've worn three dresses total from Pink Blush, the third is one my friend purchased, and I must say I love the fit for all of them. They are all size small and fit great. It's nice to know the company is consistent with their sizing, that way once you know what size you love with them you can confidently order new items without a concern of if it will fit or not. The dress I am wearing in these photos is perfect for any special occasion during your pregnancy. By that I mean I think this dress is perfect to wear to a wedding, your baby shower, Sunday church, Easter, etc. It's a very classy dress, you can dress it up or wear it more casual and it's so comfortable! I still haven't decided what I'll wear to my baby shower in a few months, but this dress is a definite possibility.  I am doing a giveaway with Pink Blush for a $75 gift card! Head over to my Instagram for details and a chance to win! Good luck!

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Second Trimester Update : Registering, Products I'm Loving, Baby Movements & More

Hello Friends! 

This weeks post is going to be super laid back, casual and really I just wanted to share how my second trimester has been going and things that this mommy to be has been discovering. It's still hard to believe I am already 22+ weeks pregnant. The time seems to be flying by. Now that we know the gender (which I will be revealing in a blog post next week), I am in the process of registering and getting the nursery together. Okay, who knew registering was such a long process!! I have already spent hours looking at stuff in stores, online, and doing research on different products to find out what the best picks are. Although it's a long and tedious process, I'm really loving it! It's so fun knowing the gender and scouring the internet for the cutest baby stuff. It's making me so eager and excited to meet our little baby girl/boy! If you are wondering, I am registering at Target and Amazon. I thought about doing BuyBuyBaby but chose Target instead, no strong reasons for this decision, I simply have a Target addiction haha.

While registering, I am trying to keep my baby's health in mind. I'm not being a nazi about it, but on certain products I would prefer to use organic, non-toxic, paraben free, BPA free items. It really can be quite simple to choose healthier products these days, and sometimes it isn't even that much more expensive which is wonderful. I was doing research on non-toxic baby wipes and came across THIS article, I wanted to link it because I found it extremely helpful and informative. I figured if you are a mommy or mommy to be, it might help you too. This lady's site has a ton of information along the lines of health and baby products, I totally subscribed right away!

One product that I am excited to get is the HALO Bassinest. I love it because baby Greco can sleep close to us but not in the bed with us. I'm kinda scared to have my baby in the same bed as us, Nick and I are crazy sleepers and could easily hurt the baby. My favorite feature of this bassinet is that the side walls lower down so you can sooth the baby without getting out of bed.

They also sell all organic items for inside the bassinet, like the mattress pad and organic sheets. I personally registered for the non organic mattress pad since it was so much cheaper, but then registered for the organic sheets since it will be covering the mattress anyways. The last product I am super excited about is the MamaRoo by the brand 4Moms. Now obviously my baby is not born yet and I'm not 100% sure that baby Greco will even like this, but I have a really good feeling about it. The infant chair creates movements that are meant to mimic a mothers movement. It has multiple settings of movements and it also has different settings of sounds it will play. I watched a few YouTube videos of moms testing this infant chair out and they seemed to love it. I can't wait. I really hope that if you are a mom or if you are expecting this all helps you in some way. Okay... enough about registering, even though I could probably do an entire blog post on the topic now that I've spent hours and hours registering! 

To continue on with updates, last weekend we went to Phoenix on a business trip! We had an absolute blast and I must say I am gathering a bunch of info so that I can one day write a post on traveling while pregnant. That was baby's fourth flight, and I already have five more flights booked during my pregnancy. After nine+ flights during pregnancy I should be good to go on research to write that post for y'all! This was my first trip while wearing mostly maternity clothes and I must say it was quite fun. I really think they have great options out there for pregnant women to have style these days. In the picture below I am wearing a maternity shirt, maternity pants, a normal sweater over and of course some accessories. 

maternity style phoenix arizona

For the most part my second trimester has no complaints, my baby is healthy and based on the amount of kicks I feel it seems extra happy too. I feel extremely grateful for a healthy pregnancy for myself and the baby. With all that being said, there is one thing that I am having a hard time with, and ladies if you can relate please comment below with some ways you got through it. I am having a hard time with the weight gain. For the most part I have tried to have a really healthy pregnancy. I have stayed active and working out (although I will admit I didn't go enough during the holidays) and I am eating pretty healthy and I am definitely not "eating for two". But of course weight gain is just part of pregnancy, and I should be able to wrap my head around that and be okay... it's just not always that easy. When your husband tells you your butt and thighs have gotten bigger before he says he notices a big pregnant belly, it's a bit of a shot to my confidence. I am okay with the weight gain in my belly, actually I am loving my round pregnant belly, it makes me so excited to be a mommy. The part that is hard to accept is the extra fat and weight on the rest of me. Lets just say feeling sexy seems like a distant memory. I love being a woman but oh my goodness we have to be strong in confidence and faith in God to make it through this whole pregnancy thing. I am not trying to bitch and complain, because trust me I truly am grateful for my healthy pregnancy and I wouldn't trade that for a smaller size, but I am just venting some emotions (thanks for sticking through it). Well, on the bright side I will say this- pregnancy makes me appreciate my pre-pregnant and one day post-pregnant body. I cannot wait to get back in the gym with no limitations on what I can and cannot do, I really think I will have a greater appreciation for that feeling since experiencing pregnancy. 

On a much more positive note, second trimester has brought about the most amazing experience of my entire life. Feeling the baby move. I really cannot explain how it makes me feel, and only mommies would truly understand, but feeling the baby move is such a miracle. It makes me feel in awe of God, his plan and his power. It makes me feel aligned with God's plan for me, and it makes me appreciate the blessings that he pours into our lives as we are becoming parents. I truly cannot wrap my head around the fact that I am growing a human inside of my body. It blows my mind and amazes me that in my body is a little baby that will someday be our son or daughter, with a little personality and a whole new life! Like I said before, I can't wrap my head around it. God is good. 

 

Thank you all for following my pregnancy journey! I've loved chatting with some of you about pregnancy and becoming a mommy. Stay tuned for more pregnancy posts of course, and next week we will be revealing the gender! Make sure to subscribe so you don't miss it. 

 

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