As promised, here’s my list of our favorite newborn baby items, what we found helpful and a few lessons we learned along the way. Everyone’s journey is different, but these are the top things we found helpful. First, I just want to say that newborn life is really so magical and wonderful. Yeah, there are sleepless nights. Yes, there are a TON of bodily fluids involved. You’re healing, baby is adjusting to the outside world and life is kinda just turned upside down. But, the newborn baby bubble is also really wonderful and sweet. And as everyone says, it goes SO fast. I can’t believe Eloise is already 10 weeks old. Ps. if you missed Eloise’s birth story, here it is!
I can’t believe we’ve gotten to be Eloise’s parents for a month! She’s the most precious, lovely little lady and we feel so blessed God chose us to be her parents. I don’t think I could ever adequately put into words how much we love her. We spend these winter days snuggling and kissing her constantly. I absolutely adore this newborn stage. I just can’t believe these bump pictures were a month ago. Time is moving so quickly (way too quickly), but there are so many things I’m looking forward to doing with her and teaching her. I can’t wait to see what each day brings and how she grows. I can’t wait to teach her how to be a friend and love learning. I can’t wait to take her to New York City and Paris (and the rest of the world) one day with her girl cousins. I can’t wait to see how she experiences the world and learns to love those around her. We pray daily that she’s a joyful, kind, fun, generous, selfless person who never goes a day where she doesn’t know God’s love for her or our love for her.
To document my pregnancy, we decided to take a series of bump pictures standing in the same place wearing the same dress. (Similar dress here and here). We weren’t great about keeping up with the bump pictures, but there are enough pictures to be able to tell just how short this dress has gotten over the last nine months from this growing belly. Haha! I’ve loved the journey of pregnancy and can’t wait to meet this little girl! If you’d like to read more about my pregnancy experience, read my Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 updates.
It feels so surreal to be writing my third trimester blog post! If you missed my second trimester or first trimester post, you can find them here. I just can’t believe we are here at 39 weeks, counting down the final days until this baby arrives and looking back on the last 10 months. What a cool journey pregnancy has been and I don’t take for granted getting to experience it. Let me just say that pregnancy does things to your body and mind that you have no control over and it’s probably one of the most humbling things I’ve ever experienced. Even on the tougher days, I’ve still really loved being pregnant. I’m definitely ready to hold this little girl, but I would gladly do this whole pregnancy thing over again to give her a couple siblings! Here’s a summary of what I’ve experienced in the 3rd trimester and what I’ve learned from this adventure.
One of my very favorite parts of preparing for our baby girl has been putting together her nursery over the last few months. I’ve documented some of her nursery projects, but now it’s time to share her vintage floral nursery. I decided to go with pinks, yellows, greens and blues. I love color, so I figured I’d go ahead and introduce our girl to color at a very young age. 😉 However, we wanted the big pieces of furniture to be white so we can use this nursery for future children, no matter the gender. Also, we have a small nursery, so space saving and utilizing all of our space was really important to me. I’ve linked where you can find her nursery items underneath photos so you can shop our nursery picks. We had a goal of not breaking the bank while planning this nursery, and I have to say, I’m really happy with the affordable pieces we found!
One of my favorite nursery projects was the floral letter E I made to go over the baby’s crib. I found some similar ones on Etsy, but I made this one for about $10-15. Here’s an easy step by step tutorial on how to make a really cute floral letter.
Our sweet and incredibly talented friend, Megan can do anything. Take amazing photos, create hair bows (that are so perfect for a little girl), bake, cook, parent, etc. But, my favorite thing that she’s done so far has been introduce Matt and I to each other. So on top of all her other skills, she’s also a pretty darn great match maker. 😉 She took these amazing photos for us when we were visiting Florida a few weekends ago for my Florida baby shower. I will always treasure these photos as they document this special time of awaiting the arrival of our first child. And the man in these photos…well, I can’t say enough good things about him. He’s been such a support throughout this pregnancy and I can’t believe we only have two months left before our little girl’s arrival.
Honestly, this pregnancy has flown and I’ve genuinely loved being pregnant, especially this 2nd trimester. I can’t believe we start the 3rd trimester this week. Wait, what!? It’s still confusing to me whether the 3rd trimester starts at 27 or 28 weeks, but we’ll just go with 28. I feel like I just found out I was pregnant and now all the sudden we are getting paperwork from the hospital about paying for her delivery and signing up for baby classes. Here’s an update on what I’ve experienced in my second trimester, how I’ve been feeling and things I’ve been learning along the way. I can’t express how grateful I am for the Lord’s blessing over this time and our family as we prepare to bring this new little life into the world. I literally cannot wait to meet her. I just keep waking up every day thanking God for the blessing of getting to be this little girl’s mother.
When it comes to clothes, I love them but I don’t want to spend a fortune on them. And for maternity clothes, I found that to be even more true for me. I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on clothes I would only wear for a few months. I started off by going through my closet and trying to see which clothes I could still make work. Think- flowy, long dresses, button up shirts and other clothing items that “give” in the belly area. But when I did finally go maternity shopping, here are some of my favorite finds that have lasted me throughout my first and second trimester.
Favorite Affordable Maternity Stores
Motherhood Maternity: Check their sales often or go to one of their outlet stores. They give you samples and gifts when you make your first purchase. I got this cute floral dress (pictured below), but unfortunately I can’t find the link anymore. Here and here are two similar dresses. This dress is great for layering and gives you tons of room to grow. I also ordered this cute maternity/nursing bra and it’s super cute, but super comfy.
I went to this really awesome antique store a few weeks back with my friend, Kristin, and purchased this antique side table! For those in the Atlanta area, it’s called Woodstock Market Antiques. I loved it so much despite its quirks and all the things that make antiques so fun. I loved the blue color, but it clashed with our nursery walls so I decided to use my trusty chalk paint and paint it white! Here are the before and afters.