22 November 2016

Pregnancy Skin

First off, I've noticed that it's a lot easier to write interesting posts when fueled by lots of coffee. Ha. My one cup a day isn't cutting it, man!

I am trying to really savor this second trimester of pregnancy. I don't feel as tired as the first tri, I am not enormous yet (I finally look pregnant, but still at the cute small belly stage), etc. Honestly my worst complaint is that I haven't gotten my digestion figured out yet (read: constipation) and I have a stuffy nose most days. All in all, the second trimester of pregnancy is pretty easy (and frankly a little boring. Yup, I said it).

With my belly getting bigger and tighter, skin care and stretch marks have been on my mind. I know that getting stretch marks has a lot to do with genetics but since one of my sisters got them and one didn't in their pregnancies... I am not sure which side of the fence I will land on.

Here are some of the products I am either using or are on my radar (as my body expands by the day):

Trader Joes Coconut Body Butter $12. This was my favorite body lotion before pregnancy. I looooove the coconut oil smell of this lotion. I still use this on my arms and legs (and boobs and belly). 

Basq Resilient Body Oil $28. I use this oil after I shower and love it. It's not too greasy and I like the light scent. I like the idea of oil on my stretching skin.
This Basq lotion I use every morning and LOVE it. It's not greasy and smells really good. 

Also speaking of general skin care, one other switch I made during pregnancy was to change to a natural deodorant (aka one with no aluminum or parabens). Pregnancy is a weird time to fiddle with how your armpits smell and feel, I'll admit that. But luckily all has ended well, ha. I can't say enough good things about Native Deodorant. At $12 a stick, it is going to run you a lot more than your usual grocery store variety - but I promise you it's worth it to eliminate those chemicals in your body, especially during pregnancy. In case you were curious, "Aluminum is a toxin found in antiperspirants that is linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s. Parabens mimic estrogen and disrupt your hormonal balance. Native Deodorant is made without aluminium and parabens." WIN. I am currently using the Coconut and Vanilla scent and also ordered the Eucalyptus and Mint for when the first runs out. They even have a fragrance free, if you have really sensitive skin. 

If you've ever been pregnant, you know how sweaty things get. I honestly have felt hot my entire pregnancy (and it's the end of November currently....). This deodorant stands up to even the warmest of pregnant ladies but without all the extra chemicals. So do your body a favor and order this deodorant. Tell them I sent you! (they don't know me at all, so they won't have any idea why you are telling them that Kalea sent you. Do it anyways, they seem like cool people)

12 November 2016

ABC Kids and such

Sorry it took me so long to post a recap of ABC! The Babylist team went to Las Vegas October 17-21 for the ABC Kids expo. It was my first time going to ABC but had heard lots about it in previous years. We were totally swamped and exhausted by the end of each day, but I am glad I was able to go. We posted a lot of Facebook live videos for various products, so check out Babylist on FB to see those. So, in case you missed them, here are some of my highlights -

First official bump shot with Cat from Thrifty Littles.

I really love this new Black on Black Indie stroller from Bumbleride. The company and employees are incredible.  I was debating between two strollers (the Uppababy Vista and the Baby Jogger City Select) but Bumbleride swooped it and took first place in my mind. The only con for me is that it isn't convertible like the other two I mentioned, but I love everything else. I plan to get the bassinet too since we are going to be city parents and do a lot of walking (vs driving with the carseat).

Breastfeeding monitor. I did a Facebook live about this monitor because it was so awesome. Momsense is a new, smart breastfeeding monitor that tracks how much your baby has nursed. WHAT! I know, barely seems possible. But low milk supply is always listed as a top reason why mothers quit breastfeeding and switch to formula - making this monitor a real game changer.

Dock a Tot. As if we couldn't love the Dock A Tot more, they launched a smart baby monitor system at ABC called CloudTot. Luckily it will work with your existing Dock A Tot if you've already purchased one. Stay tuned on their blog and website for more details as they get closer to that item being available for purchase. (if you can't wait, Babylist also did a Facebook live about the CloudTot so definitely watch that for more info).

In the world of pregnancy, I am now 20 weeks along. We had our long 20 week ultrasound this past week and I loved seeing how big she has gotten. Everything looked healthy and perfect, which we are so thrilled about. That will likely be our last ultrasound for this pregnancy- the next time we see her will be at delivery!
(omg she's so cute)

I'm feeling more movement by the week and Nate was finally able to feel her squirm around at about 19 weeks and 2 days. I am still feeling really good, so no complaints. I've started thinking more about delivery, which just has me more excited to finally meet her. She has a first name but no middle name yet (we are keeping both a secret). My family calls her Macaroni - with the exception of my 3 year old niece who has named the baby "Boogers". (hahaha) Yay for being half way done! (plus or minus two weeks). 

Also, a colleague and I started a Babylist BFF pregnancy video series on Facebook, if anyone is interested in following along. :-)

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