Memorial Weekend Sales

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Memorial Weekend is one of the best times to score a few pieces you've been eyeing. For me, I'm looking for baby gear and items for the nursery. And I mighttttt sneak in a few items for myself.

Check below for links and updates on the best sales!

American Eagle - 25-60% OFF! I recently just purchased the Aerie Sunwashed Desert Hoodie and it's lightweight and perfect for my brisk morning walks.

Anthropologie - Extra 50% OFF sale.

Carter's - up to 70% OFF! I ordered some basic white onesies in long sleeve and short sleeve in a few sizes to have on hand.

Ergobaby - Save up to 30% off! We received the Embrace Newborn Carrier and the 360 All Positions Carrier recently and they have great reviews! Obviously haven't used them yet, but I'm so excited to try them out.

Gap - 50% OFF everything with code 'WARM'. I love baby gap clothes! As soon as I found out I was pregnant this was this first store I ran to and purchased a denim jacket and denim overalls. I couldn't help myself!

Hanna Anderson - 40% OFF almost everything and up to 75% off clearance! We still don't know the gender so I'm mainly buying neutrals like this cute One Piece Set in Organic Cotton.

Kendra Scott - 20% OFF site wide!

LOFT - 50% OFF site wide! This is my favorite place to stock up on blouses and lounge wear. Their Lou & Gray line is so comfortable - perfect for quarantine.

Nordstrom - up to 60% OFF including this Free People Blouse - I purchased a small and it's roomy enough for a growing bump!

Old Navy - Enjoy up to 50% OFF almost everything! I recently just purchased some footies for baby and they're actually really soft so I might grab a few more.

Quay Australia - Buy one, get one FREE! I love all of my Quay glasses but my most recent faves are the Jezabell and I might swoop up some blue light glasses!

Target - SO many good deals! BOGO free on all swimwear, up to 25% off patio furniture and score a $40 gift card with a $250 nursery furniture purchase! You know where I'll be ;)

World Market - up to 40% OFF store wide! Plus an extra 10% OFF if you do curbside pick up.

First Trimester | Q+A

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

We found out I was pregnant pretty early...what can I say, I'm excited!! I was about 5 weeks along when I took my first test. I was surprised I wasn't feeling any symptoms but I read most start to kick in around 6+ weeks. Well... it definitely kicked in! Although, I do think I was pretty lucky with my first trimester symptoms, especially since I was working at the time. I was nervous about the morning sickness because I have a sensitive stomach to begin with, but I didn't get sick at all. PRAISE! I did  have nausea all day long. So of course I craved anything that involved carbs... bagels, pretzels, PB&J. Cheerios were my go to (and still are!) for breakfast and dinner. Also another symptom was the fatigue. This hit hard. It was soooo hard to push through the work day. I was still working out during this time so I was waking up early, but by now it was normal for me to get in bed around 9:00 - 10:00 p.m. But during my first trimester I was hitting bed earlier than normal. My last symptom was food aversions. Ah! This sucked. The thought of drinking coffee in the morning... BLAH. Which made the fatigue more difficult. Meat didn't sound too great either. I really just needed simple foods.

Other than that, I didn't really have any major or weird cravings. I was also loving fruit and any sour candy, which is kind of normal for me. I also started doing more research about my skin care and what was safe for my body. I'll probably do another post regarding safe beauty products.

For now I've listed below my Top 10 First Trimester Favorites that have helped me along the way! Some exciting news to go along with that is I'm now on where you can shop my links and I can earn a commission. You can click "Shop" at the top of my blog which will show you my Instagram Feed or download the app and follow me. Thank you for helping support me and my family!

Questions + Answers

We've been getting a lot of the same questions from friends and family so I thought I would answer a few of them here...

How did you know you were ready to start a family?
To be honest, I don't know if we ever really knew when we would be ready. Seth and I have been together for a long time so everyone always asked us when we were going to get married and then when were we going to have kids. I know it's a natural life plan to go in that order but I still felt like a child myself. Was I responsible enough for another human? Was I ready to give up things I love to do? For selfish reasons I wasn't ready right away. And neither was Seth! So we started with Poppy haha! She definitely broke us in and quickly showed us how little sleep we would get when we we're potty training her. Eventually we just prayed and talked together and realized we didn't want to wait any longer to start our family.

Do you have any names picked out?
Yes! I feel like I've had a list of names in my phone notes section for YEARS! You can ask any of my friends. We have a few top names for both but I think once we find out the gender we'll be able to narrow it down a little more. We have a mixture of family names and unique names.

Do you think it's a boy or girl?
I've only had girl dreams!! Not sure what that means, but they just felt so strong. But all of my symptoms point to boy so I'm confused! I'm hoping for a girl and obviously Seth is hoping for a boy. Either way we'd be so happy because I eventually want one of each if possible. Girl clothes are just sooo much cuter!

Have you gained weight?
This is sooo hard and definitely plays with your mind. I've been on a fitness journey for the past year where I lost pounds and body fat. I was really getting in a groove and starting to feel great. So it's weird to change my mind set now that I'm supposed to be gaining weight. Last time I went in I was up 2 pounds. So it's slowly adding. I'm trying to make good choices and stay active, but it's hard!

What are you most excited for?
There are sooo many things I'm excited for. I'm excited to see if we're having a boy or a girl. I'm excited to find out what their personality is like. I'm excited to see Seth as a dad and our parents as grandparents. I'm just over the moon these days. The emotional side is starting to kick in and I'm not much for showing emotion!

How We Announced

Saturday, May 9, 2020

After finding out we we're pregnant we wanted to wait until after our first doctor's appointment to tell our family and friends. So we went in for our 8 week ultrasound and sure enough, there was a baby in there! It was a surreal moment for both of us to see our baby on the screen for the first time. It looked like a little bean! Luckily for us that coming week was Seth's 30th Birthday so both of our families were going to be together in one room which proved to be the perfect place to let them in on our little secret. I was so nervous and Seth was so excited to spill the beans. It was killing him to keep this secret from his family. We had everyone over at my parent's house for a little dinner and cake. We wanted to keep things simple but still gather everyone to celebrate. I just wanted to tell everyone as soon as they arrived because I was so nervous. I don't know why! I think you just imagine a moment like this for so long and when the time comes you want it to be perfect. We decided I was going to give Seth one of his presents from me and inside would be a baby outfit. We knew everyone would probably be watching him open gifts and give us the perfect opportunity to surprise them! I tried to film a sneaky video from the other side and you have to watch to see everyone's reactions! Seth's mom caught on soooo quickly! She said she had a feeling I was pregnant because Seth had recently told her I wasn't feeling well. My dad was so confused HAHA it took everyone a quick second to catch on before Seth announced... WE'RE PREGNANT!

I also wanted to loop in my best friends, but with only two of them in state and the rest out of state I shipped them these cute little gifts from Nothing Bundt Cake!

About Me

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Hello! I thought it would be fun to use this space to document my thoughts and memories as I go through my first pregnancy. A little bit about me... My husband and I were high school sweethearts (que the AWWW) and were married on October 1, 2016. Two years later we decided to bring home our first baby... our goldendoodle Poppy! Coincidentally we closed on our first home that same weekend. Let me tell you, potty training a puppy in a new home is not something I would recommend. Thanks for following along with our family!

How We Found Out

We always knew we wanted to start a family, but figuring out the best timing seemed to be a little tricky! Seth and I got married on October 1, 2016 and decided to spend our first few years as a married couple traveling, working on our hobbies and saving up to buy our first home! During Spring 2019 there were a lot of changes going on with my job, which came with a lot of uncertainty. I decided to start looking for a new position in the Fall. Seth and I had discussed we would start trying for a baby by the end of 2019. Let me also be clear, I'm a December baby and I know how it feels to have a birthday so close to other major holidays (literally I'm smack dab in the middle of Thanksgiving and Christmas). It makes life a little more complicated and Seth always seems to claim his wallet hurts a little bit more during this season ;) so when we talked about having kids, I knew I wanted to try and avoid a December baby as much as possible. I know, no matter how much I try to plan my life, God is always in control and has as bigger plan for me. But I was determined LOL. Well long story short, I ended up getting a new job and started with The Mirage in December! Which kind of put having a baby on the back burner. I knew it was going to be a stressful position and our busiest time of year with NFR Rodeo, New Year's Eve and Super Bowl right after. So we decided to hold off for a little bit. But I quickly realized life is too short to put this off for much longer. I even spoke with my boss who told me the exact same thing. I had heard so many stories of women in the Hospitality Industry that regretted not starting sooner and putting their career first before family. Knowing that, we decided January was going to be a good time to start trying.

Fast forward a few weeks later to February 11, 2020...

I typically wake up around 4:30 AM to workout before I leave for work. When I went into the bathroom to get ready for my class, I thought about taking a pregnancy test. I had taken one a few days prior on Sunday before church and it was negative. To be honest, this was my first time taking a test so I wasn't quite sure how it all worked. But my cycle was supposed to start that week. I even thought about buying an ovulation kit if we didn't get pregnant right away, that's the planner in me! So I took the test before I started getting ready and honestly forgot about it for a few minutes. When I went back to check I assumed it was going to be negative but to my surprise it read PREGNANT! I was in shock! Then I looked over at Seth, obviously he's still sound asleep --- who wakes up this early! But all of these thoughts started racing through my head... My heart started racing, hands slightly shaking... maybe it's not real, maybe it's a fluke. I didn't want to get my hopes up but we had talked and prayed about this for our family and I really thought it would take longer to get pregnant. Then I realized we'll have a Fall baby, I LOVE Fall! Our anniversary is in October then Halloween along with all of the best holidays. It's a special season! Then I thought about how we would share the news with our family and friends. I knew our parents were going to be so happy. If you don't know, Seth and I were High School sweethearts so this has been a long time coming! I knew I had to wake Seth up and tell him before I left for the gym. How could I not!?! As I'm almost done getting ready, he slowly starts waking up and turned on the TV to play in the background. I go over and said "look at this!" as I handed him the pregnancy test. **Mind you he's half asleep** He smiles and tries to squint as he looks at the stick. Poppy, our first baby (she's our Goldendoodle), is all excited now too and trying to grab the stick from him. He goes, "Is it a plus sign?!" Little did he know, we splurged on the digital tests ;) so it clearly reads "PREGNANT" in bold letters. He looks at me, smiles and slightly laughs with this shocked look on his face and goes "I guess your mom was right!" Rewind to many many years ago when my mom gave me "the talk" and reminded me that our family has always been extra fertile so I need to be careful. Well....she wasn't lying! We laughed and both laid there for a few minutes before I had to go. It was a peaceful moment between us as we realized, this is it...

We're going to be parents!