May/June is a crazy time for us between our Birthdays, Anniversary, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Since this year it’s Jeff’s first Father’s Day I knew I wanted to do something special for him. One problem… he never wants anything and since his Birthday was just two weeks ago I was a little stuck. Then I started thinking a little outside the box, we’d done a few spa days in the past and he always seemed to enjoy them. Now that we’re new parents who didn’t really sleep for the first month, plus he works full time and never really stops to relax, I thought a massage would be the best gift I could give him.
I’m struggling to get myself into a routine with Crosby. I base our days off of her feeding schedule but it changes daily depending on what time she wakes up for the day. Lately it’s anywhere between 6 and 8 am which means I sleep until then too. Before baby I woke up at 5 am every day for work so this is kind of unlike me. I think I’m going to try to start getting up at a set time each day even if she’s not awake to get stuff done. Any moms have any tips or advice?
But anyway, I wanted to share some instagram pictures from the past month. Lots of baby and spring fun. Looking forward to the summer months ahead! Just a reminder, you can always shop these via the ‘Shop My Instagram’ tab on the top of this page.
One of my favorite parts of being pregnant was dressing my bump, especially as it got bigger! I really embraced tight stretchy dresses and tops – both things I don’t normally wear. Now that I’m not pregnant I find myself missing the bump a bit and wanted to share a few of my favorite pregnancy outfits.
It’s so hard to believe it’s the last week of January! I feel like I’ve been all over the place this month from the Golden Globes to baby showers and lots in between. And now that there’s not much time left before baby I’ll be busy making sure everything is ready for her arrival in March. Here are some highlights from my instagram this past month. Our weather was all over the place but this past weekend was so nice I was able to wear this dress to host my best friend’s baby shower. Here’s to hoping the warm weather sticks around for a bit!
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I know I’ve said this a few times, but I can’t believe how fast my pregnancy has flown by. The next month or so might really drag but so far it’s been lightening speed. Last weekend we took our maternity photos with Taylor Cole. It was really special because I’ve shot with her times before… first for my blog, then our rehearsal dinner and now these. I know we’ll love these pictures forever and can’t wait to show them to our baby girl.
I also wanted to share a bump-date because a lot has been happening in the past few months. Things that are more personal than I normally share, but feel like I should because I know others go through similar things as well.
A few months ago after we had our 20 week anatomy scan we learned I have something called Marginal Cord Insertion. This means the umbilical cord attached to the side of the placenta instead of where it normally does in the middle. Because of this growth later in the pregnancy may be slowed down and I’ll start going to my doctor for monitoring twice a week in just a couple of weeks. This is pretty rare, only in something like 7% of pregnancies, most of those being pregnancies with multiples.
There’s nothing I can do about it now, but I’ve been told to take it easy and not to work out. It was actually funny, I thought she was going to lecture me on my lack of exercise but she told me to keep doing what I’m doing.
A few weeks later I went in for my one hour glucose test and failed. I didn’t think too much of it because a lot of my friends failed their one hour as well but went on to pass the three-hour. So I made an appointment and went to a lab for the three-hour test. The day after I took it I got a call that I failed that too and have Gestational Diabetes. I was so shocked and didn’t really know what to do with myself. I eat pretty healthy and haven’t gained much weight this pregnancy, I just didn’t know how it could happen. Since then I’ve met with a specialist and nutritionist, have cut down on my carb and sugar intake, write down every single thing I eat and started testing my blood sugar several times a day. It’s far from fun but it’s a good sacrifice for a healthy baby.
The funny thing about the two is they completely contradict one another. With Marginal Cord a concern is I could have a very small baby and with Gestational Diabetes that I could have a large baby. We’ve been joking that maybe they’ll cancel each other out and we’ll have an average size baby.
All that aside I still can’t really complain, the first half of my pregnancy was a breeze. I’m hoping the next eight weeks continue to fly by so we can meet this baby!
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I'm Ashley, a professional stylist, wife, and new mom, sharing my love of fashion, beauty, home decor, travel, and life in sunny Southern California!