Baby B’s Shower!

Some very lovely ladies in my life threw me an incredible shower almost a month ago and I haven’t had a chance to share it with you all yet! Partly because I haven’t taken the time to sit down and blog about it, but also because I became an aunt recently!

My younger sister and brother-in-law had their baby a little earlier than expected (her and I had due dates only 6 days apart!) on May the 4th! Thankfully everything is going quite well and my niece is hanging out in the NICU doing her best to gain weight. :) She’s adorable and I can’t wait for Baby B and her to be the best of friends!

As I was saying, my baby shower was incredible and everything I imagined it would be. Everything was a total surprise to me except the invitations, which I helped picked out. Other than that, I was kept in the dark about the rest. So, when I walked in the door and saw everything for the first time, I was pleasantly surprised!

Pink & Gold Baby Shower

There was also this DELICIOUS looking dessert table!

Pink & Gold Baby Shower

I mean, look at this cake from Old Towne Bakery!

Oh Baby!

No worries, I didn’t dive into dessert right away. Although, I was tempted to swipe my finger along that frosting! 😉

After a tasty lunch, it was time to open gifts. Baby B received so many wonderful things! Adorable outfits, baby basics, and I even received a basket full of pampering items for me!

Some of my favorite gifts I received were the handmade ones. I’m lucky to come have some pretty talented ladies on both sides of my family who made Baby B beautiful one-of-a-kind gifts.

My mom crocheted her a bright blanket.

Bright Crocheted Blanket

Mr. B’s aunt made her a fun quiet book.

Quiet Book

And my mother-in-law hand painted her the cutest Mother Goose keepsake box.

Hand Painted Mother Goose Keepsake Box

I love that Baby B will have these things to treasure for many years to come!

I also love that she is surrounded by so many people who love her so much already! We really are fortunate to have such great family and friends!

Baby B's Shower

So hard to believe that she’ll be here soon! I’m excited to meet her, but she has been ordered to stay in her cozy home for at least another six weeks! We still have plenty to do before she makes her entrance. :)

Bump Update: Week 30

Bump Update: Week 30

How far along? We hit 30 weeks last Saturday! Cannot believe there is about 10 weeks to go. Eeek!!

Maternity clothes? I realized that my leggings weren’t going to continue to work through the last couple of months of pregnancy, so I finally invested in some dress pants. Again, maternity clothes are so comfy! I also invested in some over sized t-shirts to lounge around in since Mr. B’s aren’t quite cutting it anymore.

Sleep? I’m sleeping fairly well still. I owe it a lot to the Snoogle and our memory foam mattress pad. I’m getting up in the middle of the night to pee more often and there are the occasional leg cramps. Other than that, I can’t complain too much.

Best moment this week?
Last Saturday was my baby shower, which was amazing! Also, Mr. B reading to Baby B before bed is one of the best things ever. <3 Symptoms? Holy heartburn! This baby better have a head full of hair to make this heartburn with it.

Food cravings? Anything sweet or lemon. I’ve been enjoying ice cream about once a week, which is not as often as I’d like. 😉

Food aversions?
The strong smell of coffee is still something I don’t enjoy.

Gender? Baby B is a girl!

Labor signs? I’ve had some slight cramping, but nothing to get worked up about.

Belly button in or out?
Still an innie. I’m not too sure that my belly button with pop.

What I miss?
BEER! I have dreams about drinking beer lately. Lol

What I’m looking forward to? There is so much I’m looking forward to now! I can’t wait to have the nursery all done, see her, hold her, and all the goodness that comes with a baby.

Well, the biggest one is I don’t have gestational diabetes! Woo! I’m also loving seeing Baby B move around now. Not only can I see the kicks, but now you can see her moving from side to side. It is so freaking cool!

Bump? Large and in charge! :) I love my bump.

I’m really trying to enjoy these last months of pregnancy, which isn’t always easy. Especially when you feel much larger than you are, get winded easily, and at times feeling like you have no control over your body. Thankfully, there’s a lot more to enjoy about this all than not. I love feeling her move, knowing that soon she’ll be in our arms, and getting everything ready for her arrival.

It’s pretty darn incredible. <3
What’s good in your life right now?

Second Trimester Must Haves

Second Trimester Must Haves by Brooke: Not on a Diet

It is hard to believe that I’m just now into the third trimester, it seems like I was just telling Mr. B that we were pregnant. Now we have around 12 weeks to go! Much like my first trimester, the second wasn’t too bad either. I finally feel like I have some energy to do things other than sleep all the time. Trust me, I’m still taking naps, as sleeping at night is becoming a bit of an issue.

But, I will talk more about that in my next bump update! Today I want to share some of the things that have helped me manage the last few months.

Bubble Baths

I cannot get enough of soaking in the tub, especially with great smelling bubbles! Baby B enjoys them as well, as she gets to kicking every time I’m in the tub. My favorites are the French Lavender & Honey and Mad About You from Bath & Body Works.

Tums Smoothies

Heartburn has become very real. The most basic things like water seem to cause it and these Tums come in handy when it happens. I like the smoothie ones because they don’t taste as chalky as the original ones.

Yoga Mat

I’ve been LOVING my yoga classes over the last few months. I started off at Indigo with a gentle yoga class, but have recently switch over to a prenatal yoga class at Shine. Both have been super beneficial to stretching and relaxing my ever-changing body. Baby B enjoys her Savasana. 😉

Lemon Greek Yogurt

This yogurt with blueberries is one of my favorite snacks. Although, I’m not going to say no to any yogurt.

FitBit Charge HR

Now that I have the energy, I’ve really been trying to focus on getting in my steps. Having my FitBit really helps keep me on track, especially when I’m in a challenge with others.

Kindle Paperwhite

I’ve been reading a lot of childbirth and breastfeeding books lately. I love being able to do it on my Kindle too! It’s super portable and I can read in bed when I can’t sleep without disturbing Mr. B!

Anything you would add to my must have list?
Any book recommendations that I should read?

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