Category Archives: Pregnancy

February 13, 2017

Month By Month: The Second Trimester!

It sounds totally CRAZY to admit to myself, but I am officially in my third trimester! I know eventually you get to a point where it feels like you’ve been pregnant forever, and while I certainly have been ramping up my aches and pains, it still feels like time is flying by. This past trimester has been SO different than the first one so it’s been interesting to see what each new month brought my way…      Dress/ H&M (similar here), Boots/Aldo, Jacket/Forever 21 (similar here), Sunnies/Forever 21

Month Four: This was the month that my first trimester severe nausea finally got kicked to the curb. After trying all the natural remedies I could find for weeks on end (to no avail), I started taking an anti-nausea medicine (Diclegis) in my third month and it was the only thing that actually made a difference for me. I didn’t feel 100% on it, but I could function enough to get through the day which had been such a struggle for the months before that. I continued taking it into my fourth month and by about 14 weeks I started feeling the best I had in a long time. Not wanting to take the medicine longer than I had to, I started to taper off the dosage a few weeks later as I was more sure the decreased nausea wasn’t just a fluke. Since the Diclegis is essentially vitamin B6 mixed with an anti-histamine, I added some B6 into my suppliment routine as I weaned off the medicine to ease the transition and it really helped a lot. I still had a return to some pukier weeks as I stepped down the Diclegis, but I noticed that if I ever forgot to take the B6 that day it was WAY worse so it seemed to make a big difference overall.                         Dress/H&M (similar here), Boots/BCBG (similar here), Hat/Forever 21

Month Five: This month had some fun moments! I was wondering when I would start to feel some kicks so I kept looking for those “flutters” you are supposed to feel before the kicks start. The butterfly feelings never came. Instead, one night around 18 weeks I was lying in bed (still dealing with 2 hours of insomnia before falling asleep most nights at that point) and I detected what felt like little “heartbeats” really low in my pelvis area. It was kind of like when you can feel the throb of your heartbeat somewhere else in your body (like when you cut your finger) and since it wasn’t fluttery at all, I wasn’t really sure what it was. Once it continued happening three nights in a row, I was much more convinced that was the real thing and I was shocked when Todd could already feel it from the outside on the third night. I guess I thought most moms can feel the small movements for weeks before anyone else can, so I couldn’t believe Todd could feel them too!

This was also the month that we had our anatomy ultrasound and found out on Christmas with my family that Bebe Gummerman is a GIRL! Well, they are 90% sure anyways. I feel like I should reserve a small part of my brain for them to be wrong on that—it happens! By the end of this month I was definitely starting to get some energy back and feel the most “normal” that I have since the pregnancy began. Some days looking down and seeing the belly would even surprise me since I felt good most of the time. I did start having some of the round ligament pain that comes with your uterus stretching so much, and while it was pretty uncomfortable when it first started, it tapered off rather quickly to small random moments rather than hours at a time.                   Dress/Zara, Boots/Public Desire (similar here), Sunnies/Local Boutique Store

Month Six: Since I was feeling so much better and getting into the later stages of pregnancy, I started going to a prenatal yoga studio that I LOVE here in town. I’m really wanting to keep that up during the last trimester as well, and it’s become one of my favorite things that I do for myself. We also took our Babymoon to Palm Springs this month and it was so good to sit in the sun and hang out with friends. I know it was relaxing because my annoying eye twitch that I’ve had for the last 2 months went away while I was there and didn’t return for a few weeks after the trip as well. It’s definitely back now, so maybe I need another vacation? I do still keep up the B6 to keep the nausea at bay, and while the trouble falling asleep at night is so much better, my sleep during the night gets more and more restless with being hot, uncomfortable, having to pee, etc. I know that will probably only get worse and a lot of people think it prepares you for the baby, but I’m definitely treasuring those daytime naps when I can fit one in! Also, the low back pain just kicked in the last 2 weeks so I’ve been trying chiropractor, yoga, back braces, heating pads, foam rollers, birth balls…just about everything I can think of. Some days it’s not so bad but I’ve also had some moments of literally limping around the house because the pain is so sharp—OUCH! Baby has also started moving a lot more and I swear she’s doing tae bo in there some days. Oh, and baby hiccups now too!? How cute!

Side note, apparently I started growing sideburns of long peach fuzz on the sides of my face?? Had to get a lady face shaver for that. But my leg hair has almost stopped growing and has become really fine so I think it all transferred from there. GOOD GRIEF!

Anyways, like most pregnancies (I assume) there haven been lots of sweet moments mixed in with weird/painful things as well. I’ve been starting on some nursery projects so that’s been exciting and I’ll share my vision for that room soon! Onto the third trimester my friends!!

January 23, 2017

Our Babymoon to Palm Springs!! (Part 2)

It’s not over yet! There’s still a few special spots to show you on our tour of Palm Springs. Just when you thought things couldn’t get anymore colorful…
The rainbow details at the Saguaro hotel are AMAZING! We had tacos at their restaurant El Jefe twice while we were there. Get the guacamole and horchata, they are so good!

So fun to have our pals on the trip with us! This white dress was the perfect 70’s vibe with the lace details and the belled sleeves. So much of Palm Springs combines a boho woven feel with mid-century so I was glad to have one look that paid homage to that part of the city.

For a fancy dinner night we went to a place called Melvyn’s that Frank Sinatra used to frequent back in the day. It certainly looks like it hasn’t changed much since then (which is part of its charm) and they still do all the “fancy” table side service for different dishes. I got the Steak Diane because that was Sinatra’s favorite, and while it was a fun place to try, the food was just ok and we actually had a rather bad end to the meal due to some incredibly rude waiters so I don’t think I would go back next time…let’s just say Frank would not have stood for it, so neither did we. HA!

I had a hard time finding a fancier dress that would fit properly so thankfully Elsie let me borrow her giant sleeved pink dress for the occasion (not sure where she found it but this dress looks like the same one). The sleeves are amazing but you do have to be careful when you eat out in it, the sleeves try to get into everything!

For our last brunch before we hit the road we went to King’s Highway at the Ace Hotel. It’s a great 70’s motel/diner vibe and the ricotta pancakes were incredible! I highly recommend them. We also walked around a bit and the whole grounds are really fun to roam through. They have some really great outdoor fire pit spots there as well and the hotel backs up right against the mountains so it’s a really pretty view.We also stopped to see the Cabazon dinosaurs on our way back to the airport (they are right off the highway). If you don’t want to pay to go up into them you can still get really close and take pictures. I have a giant photo of this T-Rex in our living room so it was really fun to see him in person! Heeey buddy! Todd got a Jurassic Park style photo of us running away from him, which turned out pretty hilarious if you ask me…preggo running = funny, but not so graceful.
We also went to brunch place called Cheeky’s while in town and they have a cute patio with a pretty mountain view as well. They also have a salted butter waffle that I was v happy with—need to make that at home soon! We were supposed to do a solo date night just Todd and I on the last night, but we were so tired by the end of the trip that we decided to stay in and order pizza instead. He mentioned it as a joke, but I was like, “YES, PLEASE!” and I was so glad that we did. I’m pretty lazy at heart when you really get down to it…

Overall, we had such a great trip eating at new places, getting in some pool time, driving around to see some amazing houses, and just relaxing with our friends. I know it will be a lot harder to do these types of trips when Bebe gets here, but I hope we still make the effort to travel for fun from time to time—it’s so good for the soul!

There’s one very important event that I left out which I’ll share with you in another post (it deserves it’s own). Any idea what it is???

January 21, 2017

Our Babymoon to Palm Springs!! (Part 1)

We’re baaaaack! I was a little worried that I was so excited to finally get to go to Palm Springs that I was building it up too much in my mind and I would be disappointed when we actually got there. Let me assure you—it was AMAZING! It totally feels like this dreamy mid-century oasis and the amount of cuteness and color everywhere is just far too delicious to be real (except that it is!). Another reason we decided to do Palm Spring for our Babymoon is so we could invite a few couples to come out with us on the trip and it really made the whole adventure a lot more fun. The other bonus is that all three other couples had been to Palm Springs before (Elsie is basically an expert by now) so they had lots of suggestions of places to go for meals and fun excursions. Finding cool places to eat in a city I know nothing about is basically my nightmare so having people I trusted map it all out for me was great! (P.S. The gingham dress in the above photo was one of my faves of the trip—very bump friendly but great for summer post-preggo life too!).

We had to get up super early to catch a flight from Nashville to LAX, and when we got there, we had to stop for some In-N-Out before making the drive out to the desert. I will say that they don’t make my favorite fries in the world (they always taste stale to me…) but the burger is pretty great so it’s worth it.It was raining off and on while we drove up to Palm Springs so we were basically following a giant rainbow for the last 45 minutes of the trip. So special!We loved the house that we chose to stay in for our trip! Since we had 4 couples going in January we needed a place that had enough space for everyone as well as the wintertime necessities (heated pool, hot tub, indoor and outdoor fireplace) and this house had it all! So cute from the front too. The only downside to the house is that it was pretty close to the airport so you did have some plane noise scattered throughout the day, but the PS airport isn’t that busy and it wasn’t enough to stop me from staying there again. They had lots of amenities like robes, board games, washer and dryer, and a fully stocked kitchen so we felt pretty at home right away.The whole house has a dog theme which was really sweet (even for this cat lover).As you can see, I enjoyed the pool floatie they left for us! Probably my favorite part of the trip was just soaking up some warm sun while I read dumb magazines by the pool. I even declined the chance to do some Palm Springs vintage shopping because I didn’t want to miss the afternoon pool time. I do love shopping, but pool or beach will win every time. I was so glad to finally find a cute bikini top and bottom for the trip—swimsuits are hard enough to shop for when you don’t know what size you’ll be next week (or next month for that matter)!Just going for a walk around the neighborhoods with Todd was magical—the adorable houses and palm trees never end!! (Rainbow dress is ModCloth by the way).We had brunch at Norma’s at the Parker hotel, and while it maaay be the most expensive brunch I’ve ever had, it was worth it! Such an amazing hotel (designed by Jonathan Adler) and it was a beautiful morning to sit outside and take in all the greenery, color, and hotel vibes.I’m not normally an orange person, but those doors!!

This pleated white dress was perfect because it has such a summery feeling while still giving me a long sleeve option in the chilly morning air (and it obviously has plenty of room as my bump gets bigger and bigger so that’s a plus too!).
Another amazing indoor/outdoor restaurant we went to was Birba which had some pretty great pizza as well as a view of the mountains you see behind us. They have tons of lanterns and string lights all through an outdoor garden are with fire pits and heaters between the tables (that’s how you keep eating outdoors in January I guess!). It’s a very romantic and magical spot for sure.
Helloooo bell sleeves! This pink dress is actually a jumpsuit, but I could still get the belly inside it and the sleeves are perfect for a mid-century themed trip. It’s sold out at Zara, but this dress has a similar feel.

OMG, seeing #thatpinkdoor in person was pretty amazing. It was like a celebrity sighting. But for a door. It’s weird how exciting it actually was…

Don’t worry, there’s more mid-century to see as part 2 of our trip is coming up soon!

January 13, 2017

Baby Girl Wishlist!

I had been holding off on shopping too much for wearable baby items until we knew if Gummerbaby was a boy or girl, but know that we know we have a girl on the way all bets are off so let the shopping begin! Since it’s still January and we are expecting Bebe to show up in early May, it’s been a little hard to find items that feel really summery at this point in the season, but I know more of that will be coming out soon. In the meantime, here are a few of my favorite things that I’ve found so far!

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I adore a summer romper for myself so I think I’ll have a big weakness for the baby versions too. It may be a little longer before she can fit into those high tops, but they are just too cute and I desperately wish they sold that sweatsuit set in my size—it’s killing me! If you have any favorite brands for baby clothes, let me know, I’d love to check them out!

January 6, 2017

It’s A Gummergirl!!

IT’S A GIRL!!! On the one hand I totally knew it (seconds after seeing the positive pregnancy test I had this overwhelming feeling out of nowhere that it was a girl) but Todd has been 100% convinced the baby is a boy so lately I’d been believing it too! We had our 21 week sonogram right before we traveled up to Pennsylvania for the holidays and did the whole “we-don’t-want-to-know-yet-please-write-it-in-a-card” thing so we could do a gender reveal at my parents house on Christmas day. We took our secret card up to a local grocery store that also sold balloons on Christmas Eve to have them fill up the appropriate color balloons (and place them in a few black trash bags for secrecy), and while everything worked out in the end, let’s just say that it was NOT the easiest thing to explain the concept of a “secret gender reveal balloon strategy” to two men in their 60’s in the middle of a produce department.

“Ok, so I need 10 blue balloons if it says boy and 10 pink balloons if it says girl…”
“So you need 20 balloons.”
“No, just 10 balloons. 10 blue if it’s a boy, 10 pink if it’s a girl—”
“Ok so 20 balloons, but how do I know what it is?”
“Just 10 balloons and I have a card that says what it is.”
“Well where’s the card?”
“I have it in my purse.”
“Well I need to see it.”
“Ok, but we don’t want to know what it says…”
(He starts to open the card right next to me)

It felt like I was recreating my own version of “Who’s On First” or that I was in the middle of a Curb Your Enthusiasm episode and I was playing Larry David. Needless to say, when we came back in to pay for the balloons there were 20 balloons waiting for us. 10 blue and 10 pink. ER. MER. GERD. Todd communicated what we needed to them again and they went around the corner and sorted out just the color that matched the card and put them in the black garbage bags. We had my brother’s friend double check that they actually matched the card that night and she was the one that put them in a giant box for us for the reveal so everyone else could still be surprised. Thanks Jessica!!

While I enjoyed Christmas morning with my family just as much as I normally would, I did feel a little anxious to get to the reveal later in the day. Eventually we had more of our extended family drop by and finally it was showtime!! They brought out this giant gold box with a bow on top and on the count of 3, 2, 1 Todd and I ripped through the top and out sprung pink balloons!! It felt like they took forever to rise out of the box because everything went in slow motion all of the sudden and I just felt this wave of happiness (and shock!) roll over me and I just started to cry. A GIRL! Todd was so surprised that he said all he could think when the balloons came out was, “Huh, why aren’t those blue balloons dark enough?” Ha! For the rest of the night we couldn’t believe it—we were so wrong! I will say though that it’s been fun to poll people throughout the pregnancy to see what others thought it would be, and even from early on we probably had about 85% of people say “girl” so I guess we should have listened to them!

Another reason we were so surprised at the result is that we did one of those gender blood tests that you can order online and it said “boy” on that test. I had come to hear several stories of “those tests are totally not reliable” after we sent in the test so I was trying not to rely on it, but based on how surprised I was at the reveal, I guess I believed it more than I thought I did!
Jacket/ Zara (similar here), Shoes/ Public Desire, Dress/ Forever 21 (similar here), Hat/H&M 

We are slowly starting to picture our life with a little Gummergirl come this May, and while I’m still dreaming of a girl version of Todd, he got all googley-eyed over pictures of me as a blondie toddler so I think we have competing images in our brains—I guess we’ll see soon enough! Now to think of some names…