It's hard to believe that the countdown to Baby W is winding down! We're just a little more than a month out from her due date and I've been trying my hardest to get my to-do list checked off, and at the top of it is packing our hospital bags! I'm very thankful for all of my mama friends who have sent over their lists and must-haves so I combined them, consolidated, and figured out what we think will work best for us. Of course, this is our first baby so there's a chance we won't have something we wish we did or that we'll have way more than we actually need, but I'm also an over-packer so I've just come to terms with the fact that I'll probably have too much!

I ordered this set of packing cubes and they've come in handy for both mine and baby's things. I only used one cube for pretty much all of her stuff and then sorted mine based on item so that if we need to grab something quickly, it will be readily available. 

Baby's Bag

I ordered our little girl this Barrington tote once we decided on her name. I have a few of them and loved this cute pattern. It'll be perfect for when we pack her things to stay at the beach house and I knew it would be great for the hospital as well. 
  • Mittens
  • Socks
  • Hat/Bow
  • 2 or 3 blankets/swaddles
  • Outfit and items for her announcement photo
  • Several outfits (in both newborn and 0-3 month - I opted for a couple of gowns and a footed option)
    • A friend recommended these Paty gowns so I am having one monogramed to take as well
  • Burp cloth
  • Boppy
  • Sound machine
  • Car Seat

In Our Bag

While baby's bag is all set, ours is still in the works but I have the big things all packed. I decided to pack just one large roller suitcase to hold both mine and Stephen's things in hopes that we'll have less bags to carry. 

For Both of Us:
  • Towels
  • Blanket
  • Pillow
  • Phone Charger with long cord
  • Snacks / protein bars
  • Bottled Water
  • Small night light  
For Mom:
  • Pajamas (I have this nightgown and this set)
  • Nursing bra
  • Comfy robe
  • Toiletry Bag - some specifics other than the usual are hair ties, Chapstick, etc. 
  • Bedroom slippers
  • Sticky Socks 
  • Shower flip flops
  • Outfit for going home (I have two dresses packed)
  • Depends (these came highly recommended!)
  • Nursing tank and nipple cream
  • Camera
  • Portable mini fan
For Dad:
  • Workout/Comfy clothes 
  • Change of clothes / outfit for going home
  • Toiletries

Who knows what out of these things we will use! We are trying to be prepared as possible due to Covid-restrictions but I'm share what worked best for us once she's here!

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In so many ways, I feel like I just found out I was pregnant and it's so crazy that we are heading into the final 12 weeks of pregnancy! I am so ready to meet our precious girl so I keep having to remind myself to slow down and enjoy these last weeks with just Stephen and me - and we still have a lot to do so I need to get going on some projects!

This trimester has been fun and also challenging - the nausea from first trimester has gotten so much better. I have more energy which has been super helpful with getting things done in the nursery. But I also developed severe pelvic pain that was so uncomfortable I thought something was wrong! Thankfully, it's a semi-normal side of pregnancy, I just have a more extreme variety of the pain. One of my favorite things about second trimester is how much I can feel baby girl move. It is so special and makes me absolutely love being pregnant. 

*I started this post back in February but never finished (pregnancy brain!) - sharing this post halfway through my third trimester, but better late than never!


What are some clothing staples to purchase for going into the 3rd trimester?
  • Spanx Leggings - I lived in the Spanx maternity leggings through winter! I bought them early on and didn't love them, but the bigger my belly got, the better the leggings were! I would definitely recommend if you are pregnant through fall or winter. 
  • Amazon Leggings - I had a pair of these pre-pregnancy and ordered a second pair in January (and should probably go ahead and get a 3rd!). These fit much like the Lululemon Align. They have a buttery feel and great stretch so I've been able to wear them consistently! 
  • Ribbed Dress - I got this dress from the shop pre-pregnancy and it's been a staple! I know I'll probably wear it on up until when she's born (and after she's here, too!). 

What have your cravings been?
I've been on a serious white grape juice kick. Stephen finally suggested I get the low-sugar version because I was drinking so much of it ha! I also really love cereal. 

How are you dealing with the pelvic pain?
This is a work in progress. My doctor suggested physical therapy so I've been doing that once a week. My physical therapist confirmed the diagnosis of SPD or symphysis pubis disfunction (pelvic girdle pain). It's no joke and has definitely made pregnancy a lot harder but PT has helped. I also take pilates once a week and my instructor is very aware of the pain and works to provide exercises that are supportive. I wear an SI belt if I'm walking or doing house work and other than that, I'm just trying to take it easy!

Any feedback for round ligament pain?
I get round ligament pain occasionally but it's been so overshadowed by the SPD that sometimes I don't think I even notice it! The very first time I got round ligament pain, I was stretching and had a quick shooting pain. It was a little scary because it was unlike anything I've felt before but I sent a text to a second time pregnant mama and she confirmed that all was well. I don't really have any feedback other than that I have experienced it! Sometimes it's worse than others! Hang in there!

I'm registering and overwhelmed with all the decisions! Swing, high chair, bassinet?
Who knew a baby could use so many things?! I was overwhelmed as well but ultimately sent my registry list to several mama friends who broke down things that they felt I would love or maybe didn't need. They also suggested some "must-haves" based on their own little ones. At the end of the day, every baby is different so I just went with my gut and we'll see what she likes when she gets here! We did register for a swing and high chair. While there are some amazing bassinets out there, we skipped that one as we have an heirloom bassinet that my grandmother used for my mom, and then my mom used it with us as well. Can't wait to have that in our room!

Do you have acid reflux?
YES. This really ramped up around Christmas, to the point that my chest almost felt bruised! Tums helped in the beginning but that's usually just a quick fix now. I can't seen to find a pattern with what gives me heartburn - sometimes just drinking water puts me in terrible pain! I called the triage nurse and she recommended taking Pepcid - this has been a big game changer for me!
I am so excited that spring is near and I can stop wearing leggings and sweaters. While I'm so thankful for my Spanx leggings getting me through winter, I am so tired of wearing the same things over and over again. I love that so many dresses these days are non-maternity but bump friendly so when shopping, I've been trying to focus on things that work now but will also work once the baby is here! 

Off Shoulder Smocked Dress - I love this cute little dress! The entire dress is smocked which means it stretches nicely to accommodate a growing bump. I love the cute off shoulder detailing and if you like showing off a bump, this is a great option.
Sizing Details: wearing a US8

Puff Sleeve Mini Dress - I don't think photos do this precious dress justice! The fabric is so sweet and I love the little sleeves. This is a contender for one of my baby showers!
Tie Tank Dress - the top of this dress is smocked which is working wonders for me these days. I love this dress because it'll be so cute once baby is here too!
Sizing Details: wearing a size M
Snake Print Button Dress - This easy dress is perfect to throw on and go! It's a shift but I sized up to accommodate for the belly. I love how comfy and easy this dress is. 
Sizing Details: wearing a size L
Tiered Ruffle Midi - If you have an occasion coming up, this could be a great option! The tiered dress as an elastic waistband to accommodate a bump.
Sizing Details: Wearing size M
Ruffle Top Maxi - this is another great shower or occasion option. I love the subtle color and ruffle detail at the neckline. 
Sizing Details: Wearing size M but wish I had L to better accommodate chest.
V-Neck Midi Dress - We had to make a quick Target stop once we got to Florida and when I saw this dress, I knew it would be a comfy option. It's cute with a mule but love it with a comfy sandal, too.
Sizing Details: Wearing a size S

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To say that our nursery is a work in progress is an understatement! It's always been a hodgepodge guest room as we hoped that one day it would become our future nursery. I never hung anything on the walls or did any kind of window treatments as I knew that whatever I picked would probably be much different to what we would choose for our future child. 

It's so fun to now be creating a space just for our little girl. Over the summer, I would sit in that room and dream about who he or she would be and couldn't wait for the day when we had a little one in our house. The funniest thing is that we moved a bed and I rearranged furniture into this room the weekend before we found out I was pregnant. We had friends coming into town and I wanted it to look semi-put together so I spent all this time "decorating" aka moving our furniture around in an effort to semblance a second guest room. Little did I know that we would soon be moving it all out!

Once we found out we were expecting a little girl, I knew there were a few pieces we would put in the room. When I first opened the shop, we had a hot pink Society Social couch that we used in a little sitting area. Since we first opened, the shop and our inventory have grown and we quickly outgrew the need for a full-sized couch. It came home with us and is now in our office but since Stephen is working from home full-time, we decided the couch needed to move out of there and into somewhere else. I wasn't sure how a hot pink couch would look in a delicate little nursery, but I'm excited to play with it and make the space all become cohesive. 

I searched long and hard for fabric that was feminine and encompassed both a bright pink as well as more muted colors and I'm so excited for this one. So far, we are going to utilize the fabric for drapery and maybe an ottoman or stool. 

In terms of the bigger furniture, we have most of it covered! We moved the dresser that I've had since high school into her room and changed out the handles with this lucite hardware. It certainly upgraded the piece and makes me feel like we have an entirely new piece of furniture. I'm going to create a changing station on top instead of getting a specific changing table. We are also utilizing a mirror similar to this one that I've had for years (since my first post-college apartment). 

For the crib, we went back and forth for a long time on what to choose. I wanted something fairly simple and something that we could use again should we have a second child that is a boy. I fell in love with a few pricier (extremely) options but honestly just couldn't reason the expense when I knew I would be customizing it with bedding and pretty fabrics anyway. Once Stephen put this one together, I was glad we went with it as it will work well in the room and can also transition into a toddler bed when she's a little older. I was also shocked at the quality with the price. 

Sophie and I have already been enjoying the glider! After doing some organizing, we always sit in there and rock for a bit and I think Soph will be just content to hang out in baby sister's room. I wanted a white glider and Stephen's only request was that it would recline. We opted for this one and honestly couldn't be happier. 

We also ended up getting a 5-drawer chest to go on the wall near the bathroom. It came in a million pieces but it was a good project for one of our nights at home. I'm just waiting on these cute drawer pulls to come in and then it'll be complete! 

One of my favorite aesthetic details of the nursery is the portrait we had done of Sophie. I found an artist on Etsy and she was so easy to work with! She is actually located in Italy, but she communicated quickly, sent me updates and then the portrait arrived safe and sound after a few weeks!

Another detail I'm excited to about is the artwork for above the crib. One of my friends is also an incredibly talented artist. She is creating an abstract to go above the crib and I absolutely cannot wait to see her vision come to life!

We have managed to complete a good amount in the nursery but still have some details to go. I ordered the window treatments a couple of weeks ago but they take 6 - 8 weeks to make so once those are here and hung, I'll feel confident in what I want to do to pull the rest of the room together!

What We've Accomplished:
  • Room cleaned out - the biggest task!
  • Glider in place
  • Crib assembled
  • Large dresser moved into room and knobs changed
  • Window treatments ordered
  • Mattress has arrived
  • Portrait of Sophie has been framed
  • Small dresser put together
On the To-Do List:
  • Hang window treatments
  • Hang mirror above dresser
  • Order changing station for dresser
  • Hang portrait of Soph
  • Select side tables 
  • Order floating shelves
  • Plan out final decor details
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While most of my shopping these days is done for baby girl and the nursery, I have shopped a little here and there for myself in an effort to accommodate this growing belly as well as made a few changes in my beauty routine! There have been a few things I've especially loved - keep reading to see my favorites!
I don't always opt for form-fitting dresses like this one but I actually like this dress on me better currently than I would've a few months ago!
Size/Color Ordered: Size M in Apricot
This little dress was probably a little ambitious but is a fun dress I may wear more in the future. 
Size/Color Ordered: Size M in Camel
Price: $36.99
I found this sweater at our local H&M right before Christmas and ended up wearing it with my Spanx leggings on Christmas Day! I love a good off-shoulder cozy piece - this one does run generously. I will also say that when I first got the maternity Spanx leggings, I didn't love them but now I wear them so much! I need another pair!
Size/Color Ordered: Size M in Gray (could have done small)
Price: $29.99
I was on the hunt for a few longer sweaters that weren't necessarily maternity but would work with a bump and leggings. This one is bump friendly (a little clingy on the mid-section) and so comfortable. I also finally purchased another pair of P448 sneakers - I absolutely love this brand and in my opinion, they are worth the price for sure. 
Sweater Size/Color Ordered: Size S in Money Maker
Price: 
I loved this sweater so much that I ordered it in two colors. It's another great tunic length option that is non-maternity but still really works with pregnancy. 
Size/Color Ordered: Size S in Creme de la Creme (I also have it in Pink Adobe)
Price: $36.97
I wanted a notebook to keep little notes about gifts, etc. that we receive for baby girl so I ordered this one from Papier. It's so cute and the perfect way to stay organized.

Other purchases:
  • Amazon Leggings - I have these in camo and they have stretched well while pregnant. I ordered another pair in solid black and love how comfortable they are. 
  • Neutrogena Hydro Boost - I bought this moisturizer and at first didn't love it but the more I use it, the more I like it. I put it on after I wash my face in the morning (but I do choose something different for my nighttime moisturizer). 
  • Nesting Boxes - I am definitely a keeper of mementos and we have received the sweet cards to celebrate baby already. I have a variety of these kinds of boxes but purchased a set for the nursery to keep in her closet. This also gives a designated place for cards + notes that we can show her later. 
  • Auden Wirefree BraI have had an issue finding comfortable bras, especially sports bras. I'm not currently doing anything high-impact, but the issue I've had is that anything that has felt supportive has also given me terrible neck pain and made me feel restricted. I browsed the bra section at Target found this lounge bra and it is 100% my new favorite. It feels supportive without being restrictive and gives enough support that I can go for a walk or ride our stationery bike. 
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It's been awhile since I shared an update on my 101 in 1,001 list (you can check out the full post here)! This is my second time doing a 101 in 1,001 list and while I still have quite a few things to cross off before July 11th, 2021, I am making some progress. It's hard to believe that 2021 is the year I'm supposed to have this list "finished." I never make these lists with the pressure to finish it though - it's more so a visual board of the things I want to do or get done. 2020 and the pandemic certainly hindered some of these but it also pushed me to get started on projects that I've had my eye on for quite some time!

Completed:

Paint kitchen cabinets - This was a major project from 2020! It's one I've had on my list for years and I have so enjoyed the update. You can read about it here

Health - Before the lockdown started, I had a chance to try several new workouts! I'm glad I could give those a try as most of my workouts are now virtual or include just getting outside for a walk!
  • Try Hot Yoga (February 2020)
  • Try Cycling (Winter 2020)
  • Go to bed before 10 every night for a week (pregnancy made this one very easy!)

Update my store office - Thanks to Ace of Space Organization, my shop office got a pretty update back in the spring of 2020! Read all about it here

Celebrate our 3-year anniversary - We celebrated with a trip to Asheville! Read about it here

Visit Colorado + Go skiing out west - these were two goals that we knocked out in one trip! We went to Breckenridge right after Christmas last year and it was the best trip. Read my Travel Guide here

Celebrate Stephen's 30th birthday - Stephen turned 30 on December 27th. I had always had big plans of throwing him a big surprise party, but unfortunately with the pandemic, we decided to keep it low-key. We had dinner with one of our couple friends the night before and then spent the day together on his actual birthday, including a beach walk and low-key dinner at our favorite Italian spot. Here's to hoping 31 can be more of a shindig! 

In Progress:

Update downstairs guest room - I started tackling this one over the summer and it's still a work in progress. We had it mostly finished but then decided to clean out all the closets in our house in preparation for baby, so it's now a disaster again. That is a big project I want to tackle before baby arrives!

Organize our upstairs closets - I think closet organization will always be a work in progress but we've really made some moves on getting this done. Before we could clean out the closet in the baby's room, actually had to start with our downstairs guest room closet because it was so full of clutter. It's amazing how great decluttering can make you feel. Our nursery closet has now been completely cleaned out and I'm working on getting it organized for baby girl. The closet in our office still needs some progress but it's much more organized than it was even a year ago!


Read 50 Books - 10 years ago, I would have had this done in half a year but I just don't read as much as I used to. That, however, has changed since the pandemic first began and I've been reading much more vs. spending so much time watching the news or on social media. Summer made it easier to dive back in but once the hustle and bustle of the holidays picked back up, I put my books to the wayside again. I have a goal to read at least a book a week - we'll see how that goes! Below is what I've read so far. 
  • The Perfect Couple - Elin Hilderbrand
  • The Hurricane Sisters - Dorothea Benton Frank
  • Sisters First - Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush
  • Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens
  • Educated: A Memoir - Tara Westover
  • Blue Bistro - Elin Hilderbrand
  • Same Beach, Next Year - Dorothea Benton Frank
  • The Southern Side of Paradise - Kristy Woodson Harvey
  • The Lemon Sisters - Jill Shalvis
  • Winter in Paradise - Elin Hilderbrand
  • Every Breath - Nicholas Sparks 
  • Feels Like Falling - Kristy Woodson Harvey 
  • Dear Carolina - Kristy Woodson Harvey 
  • Beautiful Ruins - Jess Walter 
  • Summer Sisters - Holly Chamberlin 
  • The Castaways - Elin Hilderbrand 
  • Surfside Sisters - Nancy Thayer 
  • Summer of '69 - Elin Hilderbrand 
  • Troubles in Paradise - Elin Hilderbrand 
  • The Guardian - Nicholas Sparks - in progress
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