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Pregnancy: 2nd Trimester

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. :)

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15 weeks! This is the week we found out it’s a girl!

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Tips for Dressing the Bump

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.

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Get a few good brushes to help with your painting job. I really like the more expensive brushes (like Purdy), because I do think they do a better job and you don't lose as many bristles in your project. If you keep them clean, the brushes will last you a long time.

Chalk Paint Nursery Side Table

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.

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DIY Lampshade

For a couple of years now, I’ve had this somewhat plain lamp and lampshade that’s sort of made its way to several different rooms. It turns out that this lamp was just waiting to be used as a nursery lamp and needed a little extra help. So, here’s my DIY lampshade tutorial on how to make your plain old lampshade a little bit fancier.

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Attach your suspender clip to the end of your leather piece with a knot. These leather pieces were very easy to tie!

DIY Pacifier Clips

I keep seeing these really adorable pacifier clips, but I thought I could probably attempt to make them myself! So, I did a little research and found out that they’re not so difficult to make. :) Also, one clip costs about $20, but you can make almost 20 clips for the same price. Here’s my tutorial on how to make your very own braided and bead pacifier clips.

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DIY Fabric Baby Mobile

Over the last few days, I’ve had some time to do a few nursery projects! One of them was a fabric mobile I saw on Pinterest and etsy. I figured it looked easy enough to make and it turned out super cute. I’m excited to show you guys what it looks like once it’s hung up in the nursery. Here’s my step-by-step directions for making this super easy and adorable fabric ribbon mobile!

¬†Step 1: Search your local craft store, Walmart or home craft bin to find the perfect ribbon and fabric for your mobile. I like choosing a variety of ribbon types so you get some dimension and variation. You’ll want to decide on your nursery colors first. I went with pinks, yellow, turquoise, greens. I wanted her room to be feminine and cheery. IMG_9237 Continue reading

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Our Gender Reveal Party

Back in June, we had a gender sonogram to find out if we were having a boy or girl! We decided to not find out the gender in the room at the sonogram, but instead wait an entire week to have a gender reveal party. We had the sonogram placed in an envelope and handed it to our friend who also happens to be amazing at baking cakes. Another friend brought the cake to our house on the day of the party and we were able to find out with our loved ones whether we were having a boy or girl! Sadly, most of our Florida family and friends couldn’t be here, but thanks to Facetime and modern technology, it still felt like they were part of the party.

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Pregnancy: 1st Trimester

Hi friends! I thought I would do a little pregnancy update about what I’ve experienced in the first trimester of being pregnant with our baby. Pregnancy has been a really cool thing and a bit different than I expected, but in a good way. If that makes any sense? :) I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect because so many of my friends have been pregnant and the one thing I learned was that it’s different for everyone and every pregnancy. Hope you enjoy a few photos, as well! Ps. Here’s where we made our big announcement.

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13 weeks pregnant. This was the week my belly really made its appearance.

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Big Announcement (Iceland Part 1)

Hi everyone!

We finally got around to posting our video from our Iceland adventures. We waited to post it for a very special reason….but you’ll have to watch all the way to the end of the video in order to see what we have to say. :) I promise to post photos and recommendations from our Iceland trip soon, but in the meantime, enjoy my all time favorite travel video!!

Cheers!

Aubrey