27 October 2016

General updates

Hi All!

I just got back from a week at the ABC kids expo in Vegas (shameless work plug, follow Babylist on Facebook and Instagram to see the live videos we shot from the expo) and can't wait to do a full post for the wrap up. Baby girl has officially been on 10 plane rides and will hit #11 and #12 in November. Yay for our jet setting girl!

We are at 18 weeks in pregnancy (size of a sweet potato)! Feeling her little kicks and punches every once in awhile. Nothing strong enough to feel from the outside though. Pregnancy dreams have kicked in and are keeping me up at night tossing and turning. NO THANKS. I don't enjoy them. We have a midwife appointment Monday then I am excited to schedule our big 20 week ultrasound. Feeling really good and definitely noticing my midsection getting bigger. Appetite is good and still drinking about a gallon of whole milk a week (not kidding, I can't get enough). Finishing up our registry - can someone help me pick out a monitor? For some reason this has been really hard for me. Baby girl has a first name (it's a secret) but still no middle name. Excited to be almost half way done!


11 October 2016

KicKee Pants

From working in children's clothing retail for several years, I've come to have real crushes on certain brands. One of the brands I have grown to love is a local Seattle company, KicKee Pants. They make the most fantastic bamboo footie PJ's in really fun patterns. Disclaimer: they make more than PJ's but those are just my favorite. Seattle can get pretty toasty in the summer with no AC, so ordering the little lady some light weight, soft as butter, bamboo outfits seemed like an obvious choice. Here is what I recently ordered for baby girl:

2 Gift Sets in size newborn (7-10 lbs). $43 each & comes with hat (not shown)



2 Basic Layette Gowns. Gowns for nighttime sleeping was recommended by a mom friend of mine (so much easier for late night diaper changes!) and then my sister who recently had a baby used her KicKee Pants gowns almost every night. Sold! $41 each. 


And lastly, 2 of my favorite footie PJ's. These have "flip paws to cover cold hands and prevent scratching. The inside of the foot is lined with super soft fleece" SO. CUTE. $32 each.



I know I was a little boring with my PJ color choices, but I do like basics a lot. Plus the solid colors are a few $$$ cheaper than the patterned ones and seeing as KicKee Pants is already fairly expensive... I went with the solid pink and white options. I wish I could buy them ALL!



04 October 2016

Fall Comfort Foods


The change in the weather has done all kinds of good things to my appetite. Now I am craving warm comfort foods - like soups, casseroles, and fall desserts. It makes me so excited for Thanksgiving already (...I know, its not even Halloween). Here are some of my favorites right now, if you need some Fall dinner inspiration.

I'm super into this smokey chili mac soup.


And we can't forget about dessert- lets all make this crustless slow cooker apple pie immediately. Because really, I'm into pie for the filling anyways.


Please share your slow cooker soup recipes, tis the season!


03 October 2016

Vitamins

I started taking lots of vitamins (prenatal included) well before I got pregnant. It was all part of the plan to help make my body as ready as possible for IVF. I've tried three brands so far and here are my findings:

I started out on Thorne prenatal, which was okay- but a little hard on my stomach and a little too high in iron for my digestion. Plus, I like taking just one vitamin and Thorne has you taking 3 pills per day. Those are the vitamins my naturopath recommended, so I at least knew they were high quality and if that meant being able to get pregnant, I would take anything. (almost anything)

Once I got pregnant, I switched to Rainbow Light Prenatal One. Mainly because it was more affordable, a best seller on Amazon, and was only one pill a day. Win! It worked for a few weeks but (sorry TMI) my constipation got out. of. control. I was miserable on those vitamins. I was sad to loose the price point for those vitamins, but knew it wasn't what was best for my digestion. My midwife said I couldn't switch to a prenatal without iron (I border on being anemic) so gummies were out of the question (BUMMER).

So my third try was Garden of Life MyKind organics prenatal once daily. I looooooove these vitamins. They are whole food, made from over 30 powdered organic fruits, veggies, and herbs. The iron level is lower than the Rainbow Light and my digestion got right back on track. Phew. They are more expensive like the Thorne vitamins, but I think I need to just bite the bullet and do whats best for my body. The best perk besides no constipation, is that my body is absorbing them so much better. You know how sometimes after you take vitamins, your pee is bright yellow/green? That is just your body flushing out the vitamins it couldn't digest/use. That has yet to happen with the Garden of Life vitamins. Yay! That means my body is able to use and digest the vitamins and I am not peeing them out. I'd say thats a win.

I also am taking Thorne Vitamin D. Vitamin D is so, so important to pregnancy and fertility. I am taking a 5,000 IU dose currently. Plus, I live in dreary Seattle so extra vitamin D is necessary. Besides that, I am taking Nordic Naturals Prenatal DHA (so, Omega 3).

And for your Kalea PSA- I make sure to take vitamins with food, or at least a big glass of milk. My doctor told me me that numerous vitamins can't be absorbed unless they are taken with both fats and protein. So please take your vitamins with food so that your body can use them! You'll  just pee them right out if they can't be absorbed and thats a total waste.

What prenatal vitamins are you taking?



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