My 5 Favorite Stretch Mark Creams

stretch mark review

Let me start by saying I am very much of the belief that yes, stretch marks are hereditary and there’s not necessarily one magic cream that will prevent stretch marks for everyone. (Gasp!) Buuut that being said, do you really think that’s going to stop me from trying all the fun products? Nope! Plus no matter what, your belly is probably going to get itchy at some point in or all of the pregnancy and a good cream or oil will...

“Don’t try to be a hero”: Labor advice from a stranger

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There have been many things that have surprised me about pregnancy. But one of the most eye opening things has been the openness of strangers with their “advice”, comments about my body, and a multitude of other things. Should I be surprised about this? Probably not. A lot of people have mentioned it, but holy cow, I did NOT realize the extent that people would go to talk to me about my body, my pregnancy, their own bodies, their own...

Our Seattle Maternity Shoot

maternity photo

We’ve been blessed to have made two trips to Seattle during the month of September. I’m not sure if you’re familiar with Seattle in September, but the weather was absolutely perfect. We tried to soak up as much of it as we possibly could. We also had the opportunity to get together with Taylor Smith to do some maternity photos. It was so nice to capture so much of what we love about Seattle, the lush green trees as well...

We are finally home.

home

  Looking at the photo above, it might not seem like anything too special. It’s not the most beautiful picture ever; those nightstands don’t belong in our room, the duvet is wrinkled, the sheets are mismatched and I’m still hunting down our pillow cases. But that’s not what matters at all. What matters is it’s home. This is our bed, the bed I haven’t slept in in over four months. Last night we slept here, and it was amazing. The...

Body Changes During Pregnancy: The Poison That is Comparison

body changes pregnancy

  I know I shouldn’t be surprised, but here I am. Surprised. Very soon into this pregnancy I started to notice my body changing. I know this is totally normal, that’s the point right? You’re GROWING a baby. Things are going to change. I think the events that led to this “surprise” were the 100 (give or take a few) conversations I had with currently pregnant or new moms telling me they “didn’t notice any changes until 18, 20, 25...

How I’m Decreasing My Sugar Intake

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Recently, Nate and I watched one of those fear mongering type documentaries about the health risks of sugar. I think we have all started to learn more about how awful sugar actually is for you, but this documentary helped put it in perspective for us even more. This came at a good time as I’ve been having a serious ongoing craving for any sour gummy candy I can get my hands on. Since telling people we are pregnant I’ve had...

Our Gender Reveal

gender reveal pregnancy

  Intentions. I had a LOT of intentions prior to making our move out of Seattle. And a LOT of them didn’t end up coming to fruition. I had a long list of “last” hikes, trips, dinners, brunches, get togethers… you get the idea. But as we all know, time flies. Especially during the summer when the sun finally decides to show it’s beautiful face and all I wanted to do was go on nice long walks and read in...

The Day We’ve Been Waiting For: Part 2

pregnancy after infertility

When I sat down to write my last post announcing our pregnancy I started to include these thoughts along with it. I ended up erasing it all and keeping it a simple, happy announcement. How long have I sat there dreaming about the day I would get to announce MY pregnancy? A long time. I figured I would give myself a pass and allow myself to fully cherish that moment. The truth is though, there are many other emotions that have...

The Day We’ve Been Waiting For

gender reveal, pregnant

We’re pregnant. Words I’ve been dying to say for so long now. Words that so many times I wondered, will I ever get to say that? But sure enough, it happened. Thanks to the miracles of modern medicine, perseverance beyond anything I ever imagined, and prayers upon prayers upon prayers, here we are. Pregnant, 14 weeks to be exact. And we are having a little baby girl. To say we are thrilled doesn’t really even begin to explain it. But...

Body Image: The Art of Loving Yourself

budoir body image

I’ve gone back and forth about this “body image” post for a while. I haven’t written a ton lately, partly I think, because this is what has been on my heart, but I’ve been nervous to share about it. Ever since the romper post and reading all the comments, it’s really been weighing on me, though. Hearing the way we break down our bodies and decide what categories they fall into. And what we think we can and cannot wear...