The diaper bag journey begins

Can I really give feedback on whether or not I found the best diaper bag just yet? I’m not due until February so I clearly haven’t a clue what I’ll be bringing in my diaper bag. Seriously clueless at the moment and I suppose it’s different for everyone. For me, I’m a pretty minimal packer — but would that make sense when baby comes? Don’t they need their diaper changed 18 times a day? An exaggeration perhaps, but I suppose one really needs to be prepared rather than having too little diapers might not be the best thing. Plus most of these listed below don’t have those fancy insulated pockets for bottles (or whatever else goes in those) nor changing pads to lay out. You can get that after the fact, right? Help!

Either way, I’ve come to the conclusion after carting our pup Alfie around in airports (I mean, he’s kinda like a kid, right? I meaaaann… he needs similar attention!) that I’d rather have a backpack for a diaper bag, than anything slung over my shoulder, ready to drop when I reach down to pick the baby (or Alfie! Lol) up. Ya know?

There’s definitely a whole slew of cute backpacks going around, especially at the affordable shops like Target, and even Asos. I’ve been on the hunt for some unisex diaper backpacks for a while, mainly because I know my husband will be carting it around too and I don’t want it to be too feminine for him.

I bought this one on eBay for under $20. It arrived a month or so ago and I’m super pleased with it. It’s silly how expensive some of these diaper bags get, especially considering the one’s I want: backpack style. I want my hands free. Not some bag I sling over my shoulder…why are those popular? Who knows. Maybe I’ll change my mind once kiddo arrives. I’m a bargain hunter, and I hope this one holds up well. It seems quite sturdy, and a nice size.

Plus, it goes with everything right? Including my outfit today?

PinkBlush Purple Floral Knot Maternity Shirt ($31)
H&M Mama Super Skinny Maternity Jeans ($35)
Black Velvet Shoes ($14)
Diaper Bag (I paid $16.25 but it’s now $28? Y tho.)

30 weeks now. I feel like I’m carrying a soccer ball – lol at the look on my face. Also? This Sinful Colours nail polish is $2 and it’s the only white nail polish I use, unless I’m getting shellac done.

This is a cute floral maternity top I’ve been eyeing up for a few weeks on Shop Pink Blush, but I have to admit – it’s quite sheer and is made of a thinner material than most of my items from Pink Blush. So keep that in mind if you plan on ordering!

Disclaimer: Huge thanks to my pal Megan for hooking me up with PinkBlush to be an ambassador with them too! As a PinkBlush Ambassador I get a point for each piece of clothing to review. Each time I post = 1 point. I did not receive monetary compensation for posting about the brand. 

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It’s getting real

Mid-November. Making it 2.5 months until my due date. There will be another PERSON in our household. Not another animal, a person… that we’re responsible for. I feel like with all my years of babysitting experience that this is (obviously) going to be 100% completely different. I’m not nervous, or scared. It’s just kind of surreal right now, and so hard to believe it’s actually happening.

I’ve had a bit of a scare last week. Okay, so since Alfie’s been sick I basically never (really, I never) leave the house without him. Last weekend I decided to meet a blog friend for a coffee date downtown and low and behold everything that could go wrong, did. Unfortunately.

Scott stayed home with Alfie, but Alfie had gotten ill that morning after a long stint of being so “normal” and well. I wanted to cancel but there wasn’t much time and didn’t want to be that person who bailed last minute. So I drove the fancy $80K Lexus RS F downtown and parked. Walked with my friend to this new spot where we wanted to grab coffee, and I tripped and fell over the lip of the sidewalk that was lifted up (lawsuit, lol jk). I sat on the ground and bawled… kind of embarrassing but I knew I wasn’t supposed to fall while pregnant!! My friend kindly cleaned up my hands (I didn’t land on my belly, just the knees/hands got the brunt of it). I canceled out coffee date and headed straight home with wet eyes and mascara running down my face – what a sight. But not before I curbed the hubcaps of the eighty thousand dollar vehicle I was driving.

Just fantastic.

At least bad things comes in threes, and three things happened. Nothing else was bound to happen, right? Luckily that was it. I started getting a bit nervous and feeling worried that I was having decreased fetal movement so the next day: Sunday, I called the after-hours ObGyn line and my OB just happened to be on call that day and told me to drive into the Labour + Delivery ward for further assessment. Better safe than sorry. Everything turned out okay and it only took an hour for me to be in and out of the hospital but at least now I know where to go when I’m in labour? That’s the plus side I suppose, hey?

So the last few days I’ve been back to my routine. Hangin’ around at home, with Alfie. Still organizing through the baby’s nursery and taking it easy. Since I’ve been sharing multiple OOTD’s with you guys lately, why not share another.

But first!! Some cute nursery things.

Baby has possibly more shoes than I do at this point. Red mocc’s and green sneaks are from Jack and Lily, a Canadian company!

Continuing onto the Canadian theme, I was sent some Tervis sippy cups. I looked through their website and they had Ottawa Senators, and a Canucks one so I requested those to be sent over. Many might not realize, but our sweet pup Alfie was named after an Ottawa Senators player!

I have three adorable prints ready to be hung when we buy a stud-finder. They’re all from The Animal Print Shop. I’m SO happy with them.

And finally, an adorable iddy biddy top that I bought on clearance on Nordstrom’s website. The top is reversible, cool hey?

PinkBlush Mocha Heathered Soft Knit Long Sleeve ($36)
H&M Mama Super Skinny Maternity Jeans ($35)

I like wearing basics, and especially now that I’m pregnant, I stick to colours I know work, and I don’t have to think about matching, Not that I ever cared to match, to be honest. Hee hee!

What do you think of the nursery thus far? There’s now a stroller in the nursery room that I pieced together a few days ago. But we still have to put together the crib, which I’ll show soon!

Disclaimer: Huge thanks to my pal Megan for hooking me up with PinkBlush to be an ambassador with them too! As a PinkBlush Ambassador I get a point for each piece of clothing to review. Each time I post = 1 point. I did not receive monetary compensation for posting about the brand. 

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Pregnancy update: Second Trimester

I’m 26 weeks this week, making it my last week in my second trimester. Time is flying by, and I feel like I’m not ready for my Doctor’s orders to make all these hospital labour and delivery appointments, tours, etc. I suppose everyone feels that way though, don’t they. 

We have a ton of stuff for the nursery, a lot of it thanks to PR samples and pitching. We even have a jogging stroller for when the kid is old enough to be bouncin’ around on the streets with us for our runs.

Here’s an update on my second trimester. Things took a bit of a backburner as soon as Alfie got sick within the last month, so that part is a little blurry. But other than that, stay tuned to the end for another pregnancy outfit of the day.

Week 14-15| TMI: Not sure whether or not to blame the stuffy (kinda bloody) nose on the trip to Idaho, or to blame it on week 14-15 symptoms. I’ll chalk it up to both. But it immediately stopped as soon as we drove back to California. So perhaps it was Idaho? I cried irrationally for the first time this week too. Literally bawled and sobbed for no reason and it made Scott laugh. He asked what was wrong and I told him I was mad and I didn’t know why!? Hormones man. I also think it has to do with me thinking about my Father and him not being alive, hearing about all my baby news. Other than that one out-burst I haven’t been overly emotional. This week is also when I started to wake up 2-3x/night to pee. It doesn’t affect my sleep, but I am definitely wide awake checking my phone at all hours of the night, and feeling completely rested by 6am (I’m not even a morning person!).

Week 16-17| Again, pretty uneventful with the symptoms/updates. An “easy” pregnancy I guess you could say. We told a few more friends about the baby. This is when I feel like I couldn’t wear my regular skinny jeans anymore. Stretchy-Zara-Jeggings all the way. But I still had to unbutton them after dinner. I also went a big wild purchasing a few baby clothes this week. Didn’t want to jinx anything beforehand, so I didn’t buy anything until this week. I started packing up the house this week – dreadful! I emptied out my entire closet (minus the things I wanted to wear for the rest of the month) and purged SO much stuff. What a feeling. I hope I don’t regret some of the stuff I donated, ha!

Week 18-19| At 18 weeks I finally I made my announcement on the blog! Week 18 I did a lot of eating as I was on a press-trip (lol). Then week 19 lead to a lot of me feeling impatient and angry for some strange reason! Perhaps the baby loved all the food the previous week and started realizing that wasn’t a normal every-day occurrence and got hangry? Jokes…

Week 20-21| I started having to wake up 2x a night to use the washroom (so annoying). I also noticed it was more difficult to roll out of bed, and come to a seated position. Guess the belly is in charge! At 21 weeks I was at the point where I was sitting in the midst of moving boxes on one of the stairs, stuck between boxes and a wall and I could NOT get up. I started laughing, and Scott had to give me a lending hand to literally get up off the floor. Alfie had been getting sick around this time, for about 3 weeks at this point. At week 21-22 I spent the entire week home with him (well, I normally do but you know sometimes I made coffee-date plans, etc.).

Week 22| Feeling like time is flying by. On the day I turned 22 weeks was also the move-day to our new home. A few friends discussed whether or not I’d be having a baby shower – and me not knowing those answers!

Week 23-26| Yep, time is flying by. Alfie unfortunately got sick around this time so I didn’t chime in and document all I’ve been feeling. But the belly is literally like a bowling ball (Scott’s words, not mine!), and it sure feels that way too. I have to put my underwear on in the a.m. a certain way. I have to rest one hand on the bathroom counter, or the bed, swing the undies on with one leg, and vice versa. It sounds funny, but it’s really annoying. And at the end of the days now, I feel a bit of mild back pain and the belly sometimes needs to be carried. Ugh I’m one of THOSE people who hold their belly while walking! It’s a necessity for me right now to distribute some of that weight into my hands when we do our walks with Alfie. Starting next week I’ll be going to my ObGyn every 2 weeks, instead of once a month!

As for baby names, we do have it pretty narrowed down and I kinda love it! But for now, I’ll leave you hanging there, and give you another outfit of the day featuring my go-to maternity top brand, Shop Pink Blush.

PinkBlush Olive Striped Suede Sleeve ($36)
H&M Mama Leggings ($12) (told you I lived in them)
Target boots (from last year)
Rebecca Minkoff Mini Moto Satchel (that I won, and got signed by RM herself!)

You could easily wear this baseball tee when not pregnant either, since it’s just an empire style top. It’s so fun!

Disclaimer: Huge thanks to my pal Megan for hooking me up with PinkBlush to be an ambassador with them too! As a PinkBlush Ambassador I get 2 points for 2 pieces of clothing to review. Each time I post = 1 point. I did not receive monetary compensation for posting about the brand. 

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