A Beach Lover: 25 Week Bump Update!

I always pictured myself as one of those pregnant people that would take weekly bump pictures, but I honestly haven't had the time and I haven't been feeling very photogenic lately.

Today is your lucky day though, because I am gracing you all with a 25 week bump update!  The next time I get around to doing a bump update Baby H might be here (we are due Jan 2).

Shawl was from the Limited last year.  Did you all know that The Limited closed all of it's stores?  Their website is currently down, but seems like it might be opening soon.  They had the cutest stuff, especially for work, so I hope they open their website again soon.

Feeling- I feel like I’ve actually had a pretty easy pregnancy (knock on wood).  I still get a little morning sickness here and there, but nothing to cry over.  The only other issues so far have been a little Sciatica in my lower left back.  It makes it hard to walk upstairs or even put shoes or pants on.  I had a bad cold the last two weeks and every time I coughed it was like someone was stabbing me in the back.  None of these are serious issues and I am just thankful that we were able to get pregnant and that we have a healthy baby on the way, so I will quit my complaining!

Cravings- I have not had any recent cravings (except for the hostess cupcake I couldn’t live without last week), but in my first trimester I could not stop eating popsicle's and rigatoni pasta.  There is also a gas station right down the street from our house, so I sent Steve down there a few times to get me a watermelon or cherry Italian ice (it sounds sketchy coming from a gas station, but they hand scoop it and it seriously is the best thing ever).

Also in the first trimester I would get really thirsty at night and crave every drink every made.  A drink I craved a lot was pink lemonade, so I always made sure to have it in the fridge.

Sleeping- I’ve always been a really good sleeper, but lately I’ve been suffering from pregnancy insomnia.  Hopefully that goes away so that I can get some shut eye before Baby H arrives and I never sleep again.  I just purchased this pregnancy pillow at BuyBuy Baby for $70 .  The original price was $85 and I used a 20% off coupon, I'll let you know if it helps my pregnancy insomnia.

Weight- I’ve pretty much been eating whatever I want throughout this pregnancy.  I’m actually disgusted with myself and need to start making healthier choices since it’s just more weight to lose after the baby arrives, but it’s so hard!  So far, I’ve gained about 13 pounds total.  

If any of you moms out there have tips on how to lose the weight fast, I would love to hear them.  I will try nursing of course once Baby H arrives.  Next up, diabetes test in a few weeks! Eeekk.

Wearing- I started wearing maternity clothes at around 23 week and I wish I started sooner.  I am in love with maternity jeans and pants and might even wear them when I’m not pregnant.  I didn’t think I would like the feeling of having a band over my stomach, but they are the most comfortable pants I’ve ever owned.  A lot of people swear by the belly band, but I just couldn't get used to the idea that my pants were unbuttoned and felt like it was too bulky with them unzipped.

I actually hit up a local consignment shop and purchased 2 pairs of maternity jeans and 3 maternity shirts for a total of $28.  The brands included, Heidi Klum, Old Navy and Gap! 

I also stopped into Macy's because they have a Maternity section and picked up a few things.  I bought another cute maternity shirt, a pair of skinny jeans and an amazing pair of black pants for work (seriously these black pants might be my new favorites).  I have linked them all below.

I thought Old Navy would have better selection in stores, but they only had one rack of extra large maternity clothes, so I was a little disappointed.

On the weekends, I've been living in black leggings, fitted t-shirts and over-sized cardigans.  I picked up a couple maternity T-Shirts at Target too.  I quickly realized that when you are pregnant flowy shirts are not your friend (especially when posing for pictures).

Skincare- I recently purchased Burt's Bee's Mama Bee Belly Butter at Target for around $10.  It definitely leaves my stomach feeling smooth, not sure it works good for stretchmarks and such yet, but I will let you know.  If you do purchase this be extremely careful when you open the jar, because it exploded everywhere and I mean everywhere.  I lost about half the jar which is a bummer, but at least it wasn't a break the bank creme. If anyone has any stretch-mark creme suggestions I would love to hear them!

Purchasing- I've been having a lot of fun purchasing a few decorations for Baby H's room.  I cant wait to show you guys my nursery inspiration soon!  I was also seeing this diaper bag all over my Facebook and just couldn't resist falling into the trap.  I opted for the turquoise one since I don't want to overdue it with the pink.  I'll let you know if it's anything like the pictures and videos.

That's all I have for a bump update today!  I would love to hear any recommendations that you have!

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