Weekly Thread April 22-28
ha! You totally beat me to it. I was just writing a new weekly thread and thought I should check the board again before posting it. glad I did! I'll have to save my question for next week.
For me, feeling beautiful when I'm pregnant has a lot to do with really embracing my growing belly. I have to admit it's a little easier now that I'm in my second trimester and since I seem to be measuring a bit ahead this time I actually have a hard bump to embrace. Exercising is also helping a lot. It just makes me feel vibrant. With DS it was deep winter and I kind of stopped exercising on any kind of regular basis and just ate a lot of heavy foods so I'm excited to enjoy this summer pregnancy outside and in my garden!
I threw out my back for the 2nd time in the last month and the 3rd time in the last 4 months so I'm seriously considering calling a chiropractor or an osteopath or something. This usually only happens to me like once a year so I feel like something bigger is going on with my body.
laying in the sun almost daily to clear my skin, and give me a slimming and healthy glow/ TAN! I don't believe in sunscreen, vitamin D is so good for you! i have mediterranean skin and I don't burn, and I love love love feeling the sun!
daily showers with dry brushing before and moisturizing with coconut oil/whatever else is on hand after
pedicures and manicures (done myself or at the salon)
reading high vibration literature, magazines, blogs, keeping everything positive and avoiding negative influences.
eating healthy living colorful food
wearing clothes that accentuate my awesome boobs and hide my not yet obviously pregnant/just bloated looking stomach :)
I feel like a blob of flub, but my hair and skin look amazing, so I'm trying to just go with it. :) My fiance is still nuts about me and grabbing my ass in the kitchen (which cracks me up), so I guess I haven't lost that magnetism with my man, but I can't stand looking at my stomach. It's just so flobby. I will feel so much better when it's a proper baby bump and not just this spare tire thing going on.
doing yoga & postponing the flipflops...i like wearing boots--doing yoga makes it possible for me to lean over & pull on my boots...but once my feet & ankles swell, it's all over
my belly seems more like a baby bump (or a beer belly) than i remember the others being at this stage. i like that. i actually look like i might be pregnant instead of just holding onto winter weight...but i don't look pregnant enough for people to ask questions (i still haven't told most of my housemates! i'm planning on insisting it's gas--haha.)
I do my makeup every weekday, since I have to go to work. I wasn't trying very hard with it for a while, but I am trying to get back into it more. And I got my hair cut last Friday, which makes me feel a lot prettier and makes me actually do something with it in the morning. I went from very long to very short and I can't just let it airdry when it's this short. I was leaving my hair a mess most of the time when it was long. I've also gotten back into the habit of painting my nails, which really makes me feel put together. I sound like such a girly-girl! I'm really not. I only learned how to do makeup a couple of years ago, already in my late 20s, so I am still enjoying it.
It's a hard stage for feeling beautiful, I think. It'll help when the bump is big enough to be definitely a spare person, not just a spare tire. :) I'm trying to choose clothes that accentuate the belly right now. Later I'll be dressing to minimize it, but I think the right top now can make me look clearly pregnant instead of just fat in an odd way. I also just got my hair colored (four different shades of lighter/darker highlights) and that gave me a real boost. I've been trying to grow my hair out since I chopped it off last summer and I think the hormones and vitamins are finally helping me grow it back out, which makes me feel better. I just think I look better with longer hair. I also just feel like I look better since I feel better. Now that I'm eating again and sleeping better and being active--it shows, I'm sure.
I have broken my cherry and bought my first baby items on etsy. Mostly 9 irresistable cloth diapers (One-size pocket/inserts that I can prestuff to work as an AIO for Daddy diaper changes and for the diaper bag & to convert others into cloth based on the cuteness factor) that I couldn't resist because I worried that I'd never find the same print again and I just *loved* the unusual (AND GENDER NEUTRAL) print (that I hadn't seen anywhere else). 10 plain newborn fitteds, as well. And some merino onesies/merino shirt + royal purple colored cashmere overalls that will be lanolized and used as a diaper cover/clothes. I think I'll round out the newborn stash with pre-fitteds, there's a mama on etsy who converts prefolds into snapping fitted diapers with elastic to contain everything, for 4.95 per diaper. Resale value is at LEAST 4 dollars per diaper on diaperswappers, so that's a good deal, so I'll order maybe 2 dozen of those + some upcycled cashmere soakers (I have found them under 10 dollars each on etsy) and more cashmere overalls, to round out my newborn diaper stash.
So, I managed to start the ball rolling with buying baby stuff last night for the first time (we don't have a single baby thing around here), and kept it all entirely gender neutral. I think I will try to keep 95% of the clothes and diapers gender neutral, so that everything can be put away in a box for the next baby, without running into the risk of ending up mourning the loss of re-using treasured baby items like aidenn is going through. it's a lot easier on etsy and buying upcycled sewn items that are just not...pink, or.... my friend has a sewing machine and says she'll teach me to sew some baby shirts to go with these cashmere overalls. Or maybe I'll pick a few cashmere sweaters from my closet that I don't love anymore, and we can use them to make some overalls too.
serafina that sounds so fun! I'm almost a little sad that I have all the baby stuff I need packed away so I have no real reason to buy anything new. I love finding baby stuff!
Though I do plan on finding some new cashmere to make into pants and stuff since DS wrecked all the ones I made for him. Yard sales and thrift stores are great for finding cheap and sometimes "prefelted" wool if you don't want to part with any of yours. I scored at a tag sale last time and got a boxful of old sweaters including some cashmere ones to make things out of.