My Hospital Bag

1.  Prenatal Vitamins-  Whichever  you choose, you are going to need them if you decide to breast feed.  Baby still needs those important vitamins.  I chose Nature Made because they were affordable and included DHA as well.

2.Water proof mascara-  If you care even just a tad bit about how you are going to look in those after photos, I would suggest using this.  I still tried to avoid photos just because I was still swollen, but mascara did help open my eyes a bit.

3.  Snacks-  Lots of them!  I was snacking the entire time because I was so hungry and the hospital food wasn’t the best.  Plus, they didn’t feed me meals prior to delivery!  I had mixed nuts, crackers, soft healthy Kashi Cookies,  and I even brought a six pack of sparkling juice just in case I felt nauseous.

4.  Stretch Mark Cream-  I was really lucky up to this point that I didn’t get those unwanted stretchmarks!! Thank goodness!  However, I still came prepared with cream since your belly goes from being the size of a watermelon to the size of a cantaloupe…still squishy!

5.  Belly Bandit–  This is very important if you want that belly to go back to normal size quick! Well, ok you won’t get the six pack you had prior, but it sure does help!!  I’d like to think that this had something to do with the 20lbs I lost the first week.   I wore this for about 6 weeks, which is the required amount of time.  It can be annoying at times especially when you sleep with it on.  Since I don’t sleep much I might as well keep it on.  Ha!  No more sleep for mama!! 🙂

6.  Nursing Night Gown– This was so useful during my time spent in the hospital.  For one, the gowns they provide for you are so annoying and uncomfortable.   Liam had to eat every 2-3 hours so having this gown was quick and easy.  Snap and unsnap is all you need to do.

7.  Camera-  My Luminx camera to capture those special moments. 🙂  Love this camera!

8.  Preggie Pops–  I was really lucky that I didn’t get sick not once throughout my pregnancy.  I didn’t want to take any chances so I came prepared with Preggie Pops just in case.   These pops were great!  If I had a slight bit of nausea, I just sucked on one of these.  Apple was my fav.

9.  Natural Nipple Cream from Earth Mama Angel Baby-  The hospital gives you a tube of Lanolin, which I also used.  What I like about this cream is that it’s organic and safe for baby.  It helped a lot for sore cracked nipples.

10. Burt’s Bees Lip Balm-  Dehydration = Chapped lips.  Tim was constantly reapplying Burt’s Bees on my lips.  It was very helpful.

11. Boppy Pillow- I regret not taking my boppy pillow.  We had to stuff pillows under my arm, under Liam’s head, and anywhere else to help prop the baby up.  I was surrounded by a mountain of pillows.  It was ridiculous!  And breastfeeding is NOT easy.  The baby has to be positioned the right way.  If not, it was painful.

12. I Phone and charger-  This is a given.  I took so many photos with my phone.  As far as outgoing phone calls, I left that to Tim.  He made sure he kept everyone updated.  🙂

13.  Ipod dock-  Listen to some soft music.  It helps.

14.  Hair Ties-  I have long hair.

15.  Tooth brush, face wash, moisturizer, and shampoo/conditioner.  I didn’t want to use anything that the hospital provided.

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Belly Photos


Finally, we got our maternity pictures in!  It was several hours of playing dress up at the photographers studio.  Here are a few of our favorites from the shoot.  

Fun 

Romantic

38 Weeks!

Alright party people!!  38 weeks!! Holy smokes, time is going by really slow at this point and I am feeling really miserable.  This is probably going to be my last post with Liam in my belly so wish me luck!!

WHOOOOOO HOOOOOOO!! 

How far along:  38 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Tooooo much!

Exercise: At this point….only prenatal yoga.  Don’t want to do much anymore.

Maternity clothes:  yep, that’s it.  Leggings are really comfortable for me.

Sleep:  Not good at all!  I am up between 3am-5am just waiting for the sun to come up.  Sometimes I fall back to sleep for a couple more hours, but it’s not comfortable.  I also get up about 3-5 times to pee.  This big baby is pushing on my bladder and it is not fun.  When I can’t fall back to sleep I watch the news and drink a cup of coffee.  Later, during the day , I take a 2 hour nap.

Best moment this week:  Our maternity photoshoot with an amazing photographer (pics coming soon!) The nursery is finally done and all of Liam’s clothes are washed!!!  Tim’s mom also surprised me with another baby shower with her close friends.  Visits to my chiropractor are always the best.

Tim’s best moment this week:  “Finally finished shooting Hell’s Kitchen.  Now I have some time off to help Corina with baby stuff- choosing a pediatrician, building furniture for the nursery, and  watching football!”  😉

Miss Anything:  My energy!  Can’t do much anymore.  and putting on my shoes without having to sit down.

Movement: Everyday!  I think he is really anxious to come out already.

Food cravings: Cold watermelon, burger and fries, chocolate, grapes, and peaches.

Anything making you queasy or sick:  This month has been MISERABLE!

Have you started to show yet:  HUGE!

Belly Button in or out? In 

Happy or Moody most of the time:  Annoyed- can’t breathe, can’t fit into any of my clothes, and swollen. 

Looking forward to: The Big Day!  Looks like Liam is coming sooner than later. At my last visit to the doc Liam was measuring 38 weeks when I was only 36 weeks.

Difficulties:  My hands/fingers hurt in the morning, Sleeping, breathing, walking for long periods of time, swollen feet-legs-arms-face.

Fact:  I am due at any moment so this may be my last post with Liam in my belly!

34 Weeks!

The size of a cantalope…just like mommy’s ankles!!!

How far along:  34 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss: A whopping 33 lbs! That’s almost 35, which WAS my limit. :/

Exercise: Prenatal yoga when I am not working or right before work, which is around 6am.  I can’t sleep so might as well do something active.  I also take the stairs instead of the elevator.

Maternity clothes: Ok, #1…  Why are my MATERNITY jeans not fitting me anymore????!!!  WTF?!  They are tight and uncomfortable.  The stretchy maternity yoga pants are great though.  Those are the ones I look forward to putting on when I get home from work.  Target and Motherhood maternity clothes are more affordable.

Sleep:  Nooooope!  I am lucky if I go through a night without having to wake up 2-3 times to pee or to eat Tim’s Lucky Charm cereal at 3:30am.  :/  Sorry honey, Liam reeealllyy wanted those Lucky Charm’s!  My healthy Total cereal does not compare to the tasty marshmallows in the Charm box.  🙂

It is also difficult to turn in bed.  The body pillow has helped a bunch.  Liam also likes to do cartwheels and jumping jacks around 6:30am.  So I basically forgot what sleeping in was like.  And I know once Liam is born,  it’s not getting any better! Yay! :/

Best moment this week:  A prenatal massage and a visit to my chiropractor.  Holy crap prenatal massages feel A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!  I highly recommend them.  I get them twice a month and feel golden after each session.  Believe me,  I fell asleep on the table.  That’s how good it was.

Tim’s best moment this week:  “Getting through another work week and getting booked for another show after Liam’s arrival.  Keeping busy people!”

Miss Anything:  My normal walk for crying out loud!  When they say you are waddling like a duck, that means you are waddling like a damn duck.  I can’t help it.

Movement: This baby does not fit anymore!  He moves everyday and punches/kicks me several times in a row.  I can finally see my stomach move up and down.  It’s cute and weird all at the same time.

Food cravings: I now eat 2 watermelons a week!!  I LOVE cold watermelon.  Lucky Charm cereal, fruit juice, Menchies yogurt, and turkey avocado wraps.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Yeah, traffic on the 405 and slow drivers.   Also the extreme heat in the valley.

Have you started to show yet:  Pffff!  Please!  

Belly Button in or out? Still in. 

Happy or Moody most of the time:  Tired and out of breath.

Looking forward to: Getting the nursery done!  Painting is still in progress and furniture still needs to be ordered!  I also can’t wait for my maternity leave.  Lot’s to look forward to.

Difficulties:  Sleep, swollen feet-face-& arms, breathing, walking like a human being, keeping my hands off the pastries, and getting into Tim’s lifted 4×4 truck.  I’m going to need a step stool pretty soon.

Liam’s 3rd Ultrasound

This is it!  I finally graduated from Dr. Dohany’s  office (Liam’s doctor).  Liam is headed the right direction and let’s hope he stays that way!!  My visits will now be every 3 weeks with my OB, Dr. Kahen.  The days are flying by and I am NOW getting extremely nervous, impatient, and nervous. Did I mention nervous?  More like scared!  Haha! 1 more month of peeing every 30 minutes, waddling like a duck, and feeling like a stuffed turkey.  Oh the beauty of pregnancy.

Here is our 5 1/2 pound peanut!  Dr. Dohany tried to get a clear shot of his face, but as you can tell his foot was in the way and there was no chance of him moving it.

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30 Weeks!

Baby Liam!  That’s right.  This little guy is getting bigger by the second and so is mama’s belly.  Yay!! ugh! :/  Not really….

Now that I am in the beginning of my third trimester, I am losing my mind!  Seriously…. I can’t think.  I lose everything and forget almost everything.  As you can tell from my board above, I forgot the L in little.  Plus, I have a million things going on at once.  Well maybe not a million, but enough to the point where I am extremely exhausted.  I really don’t want to think anymore.  I just want to get away and relax on a beach somewhere.

So besides that, I am now 30 weeks and just getting started with the nursery!  This weekend we are finally going to paint the room and organize all of Liam’s fabulous gifts from our friend’s and family.   Photos will be up soon!

How far along:  30 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Total gained…drum roll please…. 29! Holy Moly! 6 more pounds and I am at my limit.

Exercise: NOTHING AT ALL! I’ll start next week with yoga.

Maternity clothes: one word..spanx.

Sleep:  I now get really hot so I sleep with the fan blasting on high.  I love it!

Best moment this week:  Finally started our wedding website and ordered our save-the-dates.

Tim’s best moment this week: “Starting Hell’s Kitchen.  So happy that the show is local and not on the road traveling.”

Miss Anything:  Besides my wardrobe, I miss going on vacation.

Movement: Liam is doing cartwheels everyday.   It makes me happy that the little guy is moving around.  From time to time I see my belly move.

Food cravings: Chocolate, more and more watermelon, Menchies frozen yogurt, french bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, cheese, pita chips and hummus, and booze is always on the list.

Anything making you queasy or sick: pork and roast beef.

Have you started to show yet: Definitely can’t see my toes. 

Belly Button in or out? In

Happy or Moody most of the time:  Exhausted.

Looking forward to: Painting the nursery!!

Difficulties:  Getting out of bed in the morning.  And I don’t mean waking up.  I have no problems with getting up early.  The problem is sitting up.  I want to roll off the bed like a rollie pollie.  Oh, and back pain! lots of it.

A Little Man Baby Shower for Baby Liam

I am so excited to share my Little Man Baby Shower Photos with all of you!  A HUGE Thank You to all the guests who attended.  I can’t thank you enough for being a part of this special day!!!   

My friend Laura’s amazing homemade cupcakes…red velvet and salty caramel.  So goooood they should be illegal!

Liam’s awesome gifts!

Yummy homemade cinnamon-bun popcorn favors I made for all the guests.

My non-alcoholic champagne from my friend Amber. 🙂

As you can tell from the photo above…I do not like the taste of baby food.

Tim and Jake made it back to the shower…last photobooth shot to wrap up the day!

Great memories are made with really special people in your life.  I couldn’t have asked for anything more than this.  Liam is one lucky baby and I can’t wait for all of you to meet him!!  He is going to LOVE ALL his gifts!

28 Weeks!

How far along:  28 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss: not telling!!

Exercise: Feeling really guilty about not exercising.  My schedule has been insane with work, the baby shower, and family visiting from out of town.  I’ve got my yoga classes scheduled for next week. 🙂

Maternity clothes:  All the time.

Sleep:  I am now stuck to the body pillow.

Best moment this week:  My family flying in from Texas! And booking our destination wedding planner!  Let the planning begin.

Tim’s best moment this week:  “Meeting #87 Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots at the 2012 ESPY’s.”

Miss Anything:  Going out and getting a drink. Because boooy I need it right now!

Movement:  Yep! Cartwheels and flips.  He is moving like crazy.

Food cravings: Tater tots, watermelon, Nutella….with EVERYTHING, Hawaiian smoothies, breakfast waffles,

Anything making you queasy or sick:  porkchops and roast beef don’t sound good…at all

Have you started to show yet: Well, my doctor measured my belly last week and said I was measuring 30 weeks.  Mehhh!  Looks like this is going to be a big baby!

Belly Button in or out?  Very much in.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy…

Looking forward to:  baby shower!!!

Difficulties: putting on my shoes and shaving my legs.  Ughh!

Fact: Just entered the 3rd trimester.   October is approaching fast!

24 Weeks!

How far along:  24 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss: ugh, don’t want to get on the scale just yet.  I’ll update you on the next post. 🙂

Exercise: Cardio, weights, kettle bell exercises

Maternity clothes:  Motherhood and Gap maternity.  Leggings and tank tops are the most comfortable for me.

Sleep:  I am now sleeping with the body pillow!  It does piss me off sometimes, because when I want to turn, I have to move the entire pillow to the other side, which is difficult doing under the covers.

Best moment this week:  We finally booked our wedding location in COSTA RICA!!  YAY!!

Tim’s best moment this week: “Besides working a lot, enjoying pool time and drinks while away from home.”

Miss Anything:  I miss Tim!  He left for work on June 15 and won’t be back until July 3rd.  Our condo is toooo quiet without him. 😦

Movement: Liam has earned his black belt in Karate.  Two days ago I ate BBQ sauce for the first time during the pregnancy and he went kung fu on me.  Apparently he get’s way too excited with Cattlemen’s BBQ sauce.

Food cravings: Watermelon, sandwiches, banana strawberry smoothies, and arugula chicken salads with pine nuts and cranberries.

Anything making you queasy or sick: anything made in a crockpot.  It stinks up the entire place!

Have you started to show yet: I can barely see my feet! :/  By the time I am done drowning  myself in coconut oil, I look like a greased pig.  Oink oink baby…welcome to pregnancy world.

Belly Button in or out? In

Happy or Moody most of the time:  Ughh mostly moody!  People drive me crazy when they are too slow.  I just want to stay home, relax and not deal with anyone.

Looking forward to:  Definitely the baby shower, and also my friends and family flying in from Texas in mid July.

Difficulties: Holding my pee in is STILL NOT easy!!  Back pain is the same…unfortunately.  And going to the gym now is a bit difficult, especially after stuffing myself in workout clothes and passing all those athletic bodies.  The other day I saw myself in the mirror while working out, and  damn!  I look like a stuffed turkey….No joke.  My stomach stretched double time these past few weeks.  Just like dough for an extra large pizza!  Arggggg!

Fact: Liam is almost a foot long!  Has a full set of eyelashes and eyebrows and a good sprinkling of hair on his head.  No hair color yet..just white for now.

Liam’s 2nd Ultrasound

Ultrasound #2 is complete thanks to Tim!  You will see our little peanut moving at one point during the video so don’t miss it! Enjoy!

We also invite you to our baby pool website for a chance to be a winner!  Click on the link below and enter your guesses.

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