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What do you eat in a day?

I pretty much eat the same pregnant as I have pre-pregnancy.  My sister is a nutritionist and told me that a pregnant woman actually only needs an extra 300 calories a day!

I’ll have a banana, smoothie, yogurt or bowl of cereal for breakfast.  Confession: I’m extra hungry in the mornings so sometimes I’ll have a banana at 6:30AM and a second breakfast at 10AM.

String cheese, a honeycrisp apple or some crackers for a snack.

Lunch is usually last night’s dinner leftovers or a pb&j.

I’ll cook dinner for Christian and have a sparkling water, caffeine free soda, SodaStream concoction, pomegranate juice or something fun to drink.

For dessert, I’ve been eating one of these a day.  My favorite holiday cookie… lethal!

Favorite maternity brands?

I shared my pregnancy must-haves here and some of my go-to’s in the Second Trimester Q&A.

Baby gear and products you’ve bought?

We have two strollers (one for travel), two baby monitors (one for travel), a travel crib, a bouncer, etc., and I’ll be sharing these products on the blog and social media in our nursery reveal and as we begin to use them.  I want to have more intel on convenience/functionality and that will require actually using them first!

How did you pick a stroller and car seat?  There are so many options!

Christian looks at Consumer Reports for basically everything.  Definitely every gadget or tech item.

What were your sister’s tips when you came to visit?

They were mostly in regard to organizing the changing table and dresser.  Folding baby clothes a certain way, organizing by size and style into drawer organizers, etc.  She is more of a minimalist and just made me feel better about not having a ton of stuff.  I don’t want three bouncers and 30 swaddles.  It’s too much!  She said she only had six bottles with her daughter and it’s all she needed, she just washed them and that’s that.  It’s honestly so true… who really wants that much stuff in their house!?

She went through the clothes I had for him for 0-3 and 3-6 months and recommended I buy a few more of this and that to have enough but not too much.

We set up a second changing station downstairs and organized a little basket of diapers, wipes, creams, etc. for that station.

If you have a mom friend or sister who can walk through your nursery like this for you – they really have the best intel into what you actually need and don’t.  It’s kind of specific to what you already have going on if that makes sense!

I took my sister-in-law with me instead of Christian to register for wedding gifts back in the day and it was one of the smartest things I did.  She walked around with me in each store and knew what I would and wouldn’t actually use.  It was incredibly helpful!

Tips for flying while pregnant?

I shared some international travel tips here!  For long flights I bought compression socks, made sure to have plenty of snacks and water, hand sanitizer and airborne and just tried to get up and walk around on 10+ hour flights.  I also opted for dresses over pants or leggings as the waistband would become uncomfortable after sitting for many hours.

I know they say to travel in your second trimester but is it impossible in your third?

Everyone is different, so I do think that answer is relative based on how your pregnancy is going.  Personally, I was uninterested in traveling in the third trimester.  Christian tried to get me to go to the mountains with him a few weeks ago and I was like… you can go by yourself!?  Ha!  Some of that had to do with us being super busy getting settled into our home and getting the nursery ready + baby prep and nesting.

I think weekend trips or travel by car would be totally do-able, but most airlines aren’t going to want you to fly past 36 weeks and your MD likely won’t want you traveling after 35-36 weeks.

Can you do a blog post on pregnancy outfits?

I have tons of pregnancy outfits tagged as ‘maternity outfit’ – just search for maternity outfit or click here!

Can you still fit in all of your shoes?  My feet got bigger.

Thankfully my shoe size hasn’t changed.  I was wearing heels at 38 weeks, this belly won’t keep me from my beloveds!  Somehow I can still put my shoes on and off myself.

I also haven’t dealt with much swelling so my rings have all fit the same.  Very thankful for that!

Do you plan on nursing?

Yes I plan on trying to nurse and we will see how it goes!  I have all the accessories and am going to do my best, but I firmly believe a fed baby is a happy baby.  We’ll do whatever we have to do.

Are you going to do any belly wraps or postpartum belts after the baby gets here?

Yes! I shared the one I bought here.

How did you find a doctor since you moved mid-pregnancy?

I always find my doctors by word of mouth first.  I asked all the women I knew in town.  Then I did my own research on their training and education.  I really love the practice we chose and have now rotated through almost all of the partners so that I have met them all, and they’re all wonderful.  I would feel confident having any of them deliver our babe!

Did you have back pain and if so, what did you do to ease it?

Everyone in my family has bad backs.  As in one has had surgery, one has thrown his back out numerous times throughout his 20’s and 30’s, one has a pinched nerve and the other just recently went to a specialist to inquire if they needed surgery.  Now that I’m thinking about it, I have the best back of the group and that’s not saying much!

I have loved my heating pad in the bed on a two hour setting to help me fall asleep.  I try to do prenatal pilates to stretch as well as walking and staying active to keep my core strong so it will support my back and additional weight. Keeping your core strong makes a huge difference in supporting your back.  One of the many reasons I love Pilates.

I think moving and constantly working on house projects has also kept me on my feet and moving around.

How’s the name process going?

We have been torn between two names ever since we found out we were having a boy.  We both can’t commit!  So much so that I haven’t allowed anyone to personalize anything.  I think we’re leaning toward one… but I won’t feel 100% sure until the hospital forces us to name him.  God bless this mess!

The good news is, if we have a second son one day – at least we know what his name will be.

In Dr. Barnes’s time in med school and beyond, did he ever participate in a delivery?

Yes!  During medical school Christian was a part of many deliveries during his OBGYN rotation and actually delivered a baby once himself!  He said it was something he felt he needed to do to complete his medical education to be a well rounded doctor.

But he says he would not like to do it again and would prefer to leave that to the professionals from here on out.  Ha!

Did you have any baby showers?

I did not.  Come to think of it, I actually didn’t have any bridal showers either and opted for two engagement parties with no gifts in each of the towns we grew up in.  I’ll be honest… I never look forward to going to a shower on my Saturday.  I mean, does anyone really?

I feel like often times at these showers you get a lot of things you don’t necessarily want or need, and I would rather have a “sprinkle” or something once the baby is here and ask for donations to a local children’s charity (we already love Extra Special People).

We also moved across the country halfway into my pregnancy to a brand new town and have been making new friends, so it’s just not the usual situation for a first time mom.  This baby has more than enough and we are fortunate to be able to provide for him both ourselves and through projects and partnerships in my job, which we are really so thankful for.  Because of this… I don’t have any hostess gift suggestions, I’m sorry!

What’s on your registry?

So because of the above, I didn’t really register for much.  I did make one small one online with some practical stuff for my mom’s sweet friends, but that’s about it.

Therefore I don’t foresee a big registry reveal post coming soon however I will share my hospital packing list, newborn must-haves, baby essentials and so on just like I have with pregnancy essentials!  I just have to become a mom first to know what exactly those are.

I think some of this depends on how young you are when you have your first babe.  We are in our early 30’s and both work full-time, so our emotional and financial maturity has made the preparation much easier than it would have been if we’d had this baby in our mid-20’s.

What trimester were you the most tired in?

I feel like I had a good amount of energy throughout my pregnancy, but month nine has definitely forced me to slow down.  I’ve been going 90 and now 35 is honestly about as fast as I can go.  I just can’t move around as quickly and the additional weight feels… heavy.  It’s definitely motivating to get back to my old self after baby.  We are getting a treadmill and I am so excited!!  I’ll be reserving all my Bravo! show watching for basement treadmill time.

Have you thought you were in labor yet?

YES!  At 38.5 weeks I had contractions for around 30 hours but they weren’t consistent.  Thankfully I coincidentally had an OB checkup during that window where they confirmed I was dilated but the contractions could stop or get more intense and I could go into active labor.  After 30 hours they stopped.  And here we are!

Christian has always been a big prankster, so now I’m convinced this kid has that gene is just messing with me already.

Do you have a birth plan? You seem so calm about that piece of the journey!

I don’t have a birth plan.  I really trust our doctors to do what is best for both me and our baby.  I’ll follow whatever instructions I’m given.  I see how hard all the doctors in my family work to best serve their patients, and I really trust that my doctors will do the same for me.

I also keep telling myself that millions of women before me have done this. Many without the luxury of medication and hospitals, so thank God I can take advantage of modern medicine!  Women that I consider stronger and weaker than me have had beautiful, healthy babies.  And they continue to have more kids… so it has to be worth it, right!?

Are you taking maternity leave?

As for maternity leave… I’m trying to figure out what that might look like.  I’ve never had a baby, so I don’t know exactly how much time I’ll need or how I will feel.  I do have some fun holiday projects I plan on sharing in December that I have worked on ahead of time.  I also love working and think that staying somewhat plugged in will invigorate me and mentally help me feel like myself.

We have hired a wonderful NICU technician to help us for the first two months as our families live many hours away.  My mom will also be coming to help for a little while, and Christian is able to not only take some time off but also be more in control of his work schedule, which is exactly why we waited until now to have our first baby.  I’m beyond grateful for that.

We all tend to unplug a little for the holidays so I’ll be taking advantage of that as well.  January and February are typically slower months for me anyway, so we’re just going to take it week by week and see how everyone is feeling!

Thank you so much to everyone who sent in these questions!  If you didn’t see yours answered here, it may have been answered in the First Trimester Recap or Second Trimester Q&A.  Some questions were more fitting for a doctor or medical staff, and please never be embarrassed to ask your doctor’s office questions.  I ask them all kinds of questions and they’ve never made me feel silly or small.  That’s what they’re there for, and no one knows more about trying to conceive and pregnancy than OBGYN’s and their helpful staff!

Thank you for reading – XO –

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As my pregnancy is coming to a close (due date is… Tuesday, yowza!), I wanted to share some of the products that have really helped me this year throughout my pregnancy.  Of course you don’t have to have these things, but they have certainly contributed positively during the ever-changing journey that is pregnancy!  I think everyone has their “must-haves,” so obviously take it for what you will.  BUT… let’s get into it!

You can click over each image to go to the product or click the # associated with each item at the bottom of the collage.

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CLOTHING

Because the only months I wore actual “maternity” clothes were fall, this short list is a little biased toward that season of style!

I love these leggings like crazy (talked about them in this post).

These were my favorite maternity jeans.

These were my favorite exercise leggings.  More on them here.

These were essential.  Like, don’t even question it. Buy them!

Shirt dresses were so comfortable throughout my entire pregnancy.  They’re also super cute and make you feel polished easily.  Also love this one.

I would recommend investing in a black bodycon dress – I love this one and this one.  You can layer sweaters or tees over it, style booties, sneakers or sandals.  They’re SO versatile.

PAJAMAS + UNDERGARMENTS

Two things I didn’t really consider were pajamas and undergarments.  You’re going to want to find a few things that fit comfortably.  My old nighties became super short toward the end and I didn’t want to stretch out my favorite pajamas!

I bought myself these in the pant and shorts version and they’ve been great.

This set is my treat to myself for the hospital.

My favorite maternity underwear was definitely this pairThese are super soft, but ultimately the functionality wasn’t as great.  If any of you have recommendations in this area, I’d love to hear!

PRENATALS

I took these and these and loved both.  Be careful with the prenatal gummies.  If you choose to take gummies you’ll need to supplement with an iron pill.  The only time I bought gummies my iron was low at my checkup, so those went out the window!

Once I hit 36 weeks I started taking these.  I’m hoping they’ll help with labor and delivery and will continue to take them after baby.

SKINCARE + BEAUTY

I combined a belly butter and oil throughout the last 4 or so months once my belly popped.  I also love this one!

A jade roller was nice to have in the final month while I’ve felt extra puffy.  Just using it daily in the morning with my skincare routine has been nice.

COMFORT

I upgraded my slippers, and it was a great call.

Joggers or sweats will become your bff.  These run big and I was able to wear them throughout all nine months.

Once my belly really started growing, this pillow was a major game changer in getting better sleep.  I sleep with it every night.  Don’t get me wrong, I look forward to finally ditching it, but it’s been so helpful during these big belly weeks!

My mom bought me a ton of epsom salts, certainly more than I need!  But in the final weeks I’ve used them nearly every other day for achiness and relaxation.

EXTRAS

This book was great to have when I had random questions or thoughts.

This giant tumbler + silicone straws has helped me drink tons of water.  I jokingly call it my “big gulp,” and it goes everywhere with me.  It’s like my security blanket!  I also wake up in the middle of the night so thirsty and guzzling it.

Another service that has saved me is Rent the Runway.  More on that here and here!

I’ve also bought this waist belt to use in the weeks following delivery.  I like that it is three pieces and you start slow and then add pieces for a tighter fit as the weeks go on.

And that’s all she wrote!  I have packed my hospital bag, it is literally in the car, and I’ll be sharing more details on those details after baby comes.  I want to make sure to share the things I actually needed and used and not the unnecessary things (there are quite a few bags, ha!).

Thank you so much for reading, and if you had something that was essential to your pregnancy, I’d love to hear in the comments.  XO –

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I splurged on this cape a few years ago when I was in London as my souvenir from the trip.  Since then, I’ve worn it so many times as both a scarf and a cape.  It’s so soft, so versatile, timeless and best of all – it always fits.  Even when you’re 9 months pregnant!

I will be sharing some of my top maternity favorites this week, as I’m (hopefully) in the last week of my pregnancy, but these leggings are definitely top of list.  I love the non-maternity version (styled here and here), so it’s no surprise the maternity version has been essential this fall.

A great cape is another piece that is great to have whether you’re pregnant or not.  Bonus points if it’s cashmere and feels like a big blanket hug.  I’m linking a few favorite picks at the bottom of this post!

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photos by Christian Barnes

cape, also love this one and this one | leggings, non maternity version here | boots, similar look for less here | sunglasses, love these and these for less | similar top here and here | middle finger ring | index finger rings | earrings | lip in Marsala

Are you much of a cape-wearer?  One of the best parts of a cape is that you can usually wear them as either a big blanket scarf or a cape.  Then if you decide to splurge, at least you know you’re getting 2-in-1!

Thank you so much for reading! XO –

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camel coat

I’ve loved driving past so many gorgeous trees this fall.  It’s been so many years since we have lived somewhere with a traditional fall season, and it really reminds me of how much I’ve missed it!

And what says fall more than the perfect camel coat?  This coat is so classic that it’s bound to go with everything.  I think it would be so chic with all black, but I also love it with this super soft mock turtleneck sweater (also love it in the camel color).

It must also be said that if you haven’t picked up some leopard or python heels for fall.. girlfriend, what are you waiting for?  Trust me, they will go with everything.

 

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photos by Christian Barnes

coat | sweater | denim | heels, also have and love these | similar sunglasses, also love these and these for less | hoop earrings | middle finger ring | stacked gold rings

Do you have a camel coat that is your go-to?  Or are you still on the hunt?  This one runs a little big so if you’re in between sizes I would definitely size down.

Thanks so much for reading – XO –

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Some of you may remember this post when I shared that I was using Rent the Runway Unlimited to help supply my pregnancy wardrobe as my body changed month after month.  Well I’ve been consistently using it since July, and I will say it again and again – it’s been a lifesaver.

I am able to consistently have four pieces on rotation, and if something doesn’t work I just slip it back in the mail and select something different.  There have been times I’ve loved something so much that I’ve kept it for weeks… like this turtleneck dress in today’s post. If you really fall in love with an item you can hold onto it for as long as you like or you also have the option to buy it at a discount to keep.

Best of all, items come in only two business days and the dry cleaning and insurance is taken care of.  So select it, wear it, and send it back via UPS at no cost.

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photos by Christian Barnes

dress, also love this one and this one | love this jacket and this one | similar bag here, here and here

As we enter week 37 of pregnancy, my biggest third trimester wardrobe tip would be to take advantage of a service like this!  I really have not bought much clothing-wise during this pregnancy other than a few staples (denim, leggings, fitness leggings, some tees, etc.) because I’m able to use Rent the Runway Unlimited.  I can try new pieces in the privacy of my own home and send them back for free if they don’t work.

Best of all, I know that once I’ve had this baby, I can continue swapping out pieces  while my body slowly gets back to pre-baby clothes. And I love knowing my closet won’t be full of pieces that are all different sizes!

If you’re new to Rent the Runway, you can get 50% off your first month of RTR Unlimited with the code RTRKATHLEEN.

If you’ve tried it before, I’d love to hear what you think!  I would also love to hear anyone else’s third trimester outfit tips.  We can all learn from each other! Thanks so much for reading and sharing – XO –

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Thinking a little cozier these days as my due date approaches, and I’m loving this robe in all of its prints.  So cute!  I also recently bought these slippers and am loving them.

I bought these earrings last year and am so happy to see they’re back in stock!  I wear them in my middle ear piercing (I have three).  I’m always surprised at how many compliments I get considering how tiny they are.  There are only a few pairs left, so I don’t think they’ll last too long.

I’ve seen a few girls with this leather bag personalized, and it’s seriously so cute.  Crazy cute!

Can’t get enough of joggers these days.  I bought this pair in the Anniversary Sale and they somehow still fit.  Also loving this leopard + camo pair.

I’ve talked about MZ Wallace many times on this blog (most recently here), but I can’t get enough of this leopard version.  They’re so incredibly lightweight and fantastic travel bags.  I know I’ll use them more than ever once baby is here!

Holiday gift guides will be gearing up soon.  I plan on covering picks for him, her, last minute picks, buys under $100 and so on, but if there is a specific category you’d like see, I’d love to hear!  Thanks so much for reading and sharing – XO –

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dress (sized up one size for the bump) | earrings | lip in Love Drunk | similar booties here and here | photo frames c/o Framebridge

Where do you begin with a new home?  Hire a designer?

I think this varies person to person depending on your confidence with your interior style, budget and motivation to decorate your home.  I have never hired a designer but for this home I knew we would need to purchase a lot of new pieces and wanted some assistance with those big decisions.  I have worked with two very talented local women on many of the rooms in this home.  Often times it’s just me asking them, “do you think we should go with this one or this one?  These drapes or these?”  But just having someone else to help me with those decisions has been really helpful and absolutely worth the investment.

Will you do a home tour soon?

I don’t think this entire home will feel complete for years, but I’ll be sharing rooms as they are finished!  We just moved into this home in July and it’s much larger than any space we’ve ever lived in.  Many of the pieces of furniture we’ve ordered take 8-12 weeks to even come in, so it’s just going to be a process.  But I will share as much as I can along the way!  I’m also saving lots of snippets and links in the “GA Home” saved stories on Instagram.

Can you share more information on your rugs?

I plan on doing a full blog post just on rugs as this is so highly requested!  I still have to complete a few more rooms… we just moved in a few months ago so things just take time.  Most of the rugs in our Georgia home are from Annie Selke.

You can also search “rug” on this site tons of posts with the room’s rugs linked come up.  I have also tagged rug sources in the “GA Home” saved stories on Instagram.  That saved highlight is where I’m saving all home sneak peeks before room reveals go live!

Will you share your tablescape for your Thanksgiving dinner?

I’m taking a more relaxed approach this year as I’m 35 weeks pregnant and just don’t have the energy to go all out this year, but you can see previous years setups here, here and here!

What are a few items you splurged on for home decor that were definitely worth it?  

Our dining room light fixture is gorgeous and a splurge that I think it totally worth it.  Painting the exterior of our house was another splurge that was most definitely worth it!

Splurge vs. save for your house?

I always think sofas and chairs are worth splurging on.  We spend so much time sitting on furniture that it’s important that it’s both beautiful and functional.

I like to save on accessories and throw pillows.  I always want to mix things up so the big pieces are the only items that stick around for years and years!

Do you clean your own home or are you planning on hiring a service?

This is a question I get quite often that always surprises me.  But apparently you guys are interesting in house cleaning!  I had someone come every other week in Orange County, and she was incredible.  We still text and keep in touch, she is a gem.  In San Francisco I was quoted 2x as much to clean an even smaller space, so I cleaned our apartment myself that year.  Now that we are in Georgia I’ve hired two lovely women who come together every other week, and so far they have been wonderful!  I know when the baby is here I’ll be more thankful for them than ever.

When I clean myself it takes at least half a day of my time when I could be working.  I don’t mind cleaning, but logistically and financially my time is better spent working and hiring professionals.  I always do interim cleaning between their visits!

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Just moved from Phoenix to Atlanta.  What are some good basics to start a winter wardrobe?

Welcome girlfriend!  Know that it never gets that cold in the South.  My mom always said if you live in the South, splurge on spring/summer pieces over fall/winter because you don’t always get as much wear out of cold weather items!

My top picks would be:

Cashmere turtleneck

OTK Boots, look for less here.

A fabulous scarf like this one or this one.

Do you have a boot spray recommendation for leather or suede boots?

Yes I always spray my suede boots!  I’ve used this spray but honestly any suede boot spray is great, it’s more about just actually spraying them vs. which spray you use.

How do you style a slip skirt for a holiday party?

Love this question!  You can see some styled outfits in this realm here, here and here.

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Etiquette on bringing/sending a gift to a gender reveal in addition to the baby shower?

The gift giving can seriously get out of hand for both weddings and babies, in my opinion.  I mean… none of us are the first women to ever get married or have a baby!  I think ONE nice gift is plenty to cover all the showers.  Rather than several small gifts, splurge on one lovely, memorable gift.  This personalized pewter baby cup is one of my favorite gifts to give those I’m close to.

You make pregnancy look amazing!  Do you think you’ll miss it?

First of all, thank you, you’re a doll.  I have been really lucky with a pretty mellow pregnancy and I don’t take it for granted.  While I look forward to not only him being here, but also having my non-pregnant body (and clothes!) back, I do think I’ll miss certain parts.  Almost every morning I’ll drink tea in bed and I’ll pull up my nightgown and watch him dance in my belly.  If he’s in a weird position, I’ll pat pat pat that lump and he’ll move and even out.  We have a rhythm, just the two of us.  I’ve gotten caught calling him “my baby,” and Christian reminds me, “I think you mean our baby.”  I know I only have a few more weeks of having him all to myself!

What stretch mark creams or oils have you used during pregnancy?

I saved this in the “Oh Baby” saved stories (along with other pregnancy-related topics + links!), but I’ve been using this stretch cream.  I recently was gifted this belly oil so now I combine the two and put them on my belly and chest.  I haven’t seen stretch marks yet, but I also hear this can be more about genetics than which creams you use.  However I’m still just using one in case it does help!

Is there anything you did that helped you not get morning sickness or other symptoms?

My annoying answer… not really.  I also think this might be genetics.  My mom and sister both had easy pregnancies with both their daughters and sons.  I’ve been fortunate to have a very similar pregnancy to theirs.  The girls I know who haven’t enjoyed their pregnancies have said their moms had difficult pregnancies as well.  Tell me what you think!

What will your work pattern be like once you have your baby?

I think I have to have this baby and see how it goes before I can really know.  I know that I’ll need some help with him so I can maintain at least three structured office days, but for those first six months I’m going to want to be right there for everything.  For the first two months we have hired some help from a guru in town who is literally going to teach me how to be a mother.  I already adore her and am so, so thankful to have her help.

Then we’ll have to decide what’s going to work best for our family – daycare, a nanny, etc.  Time will tell!  Trying to give myself grace and take it day by day.

Are you taking maternity leave?

Kind of… this baby is due right before Thanksgiving, and November and December are my busiest months of the year.  So that was really smart of me!  I want to give myself time to not only enjoy our first newborn baby but also give my body the grace and time it needs.  But I don’t want to disappear from CBL during holiday!

I am working ahead as much as I can to pre-shoot before December and will take December slower than usual.  Thankfully January and February are calm months for me typically, so I know I will also have that time to slow down.

In a nutshell:  no, I don’t have a traditional three-month maternity leave.  But I love my job, and I would still rather do this than anything else.

When will you announce the baby’s name?

When he is born!  Truthfully we are still bouncing between two names.

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Best moisturizer you have used for dry skin this time of year?  

When your skin is dry, I think it’s more about using a facial oil than the moisturizer.  I would recommend adding a few drops of face oil to your moisturizer or using around 5 drops of a facial oil on its own without any moisturizer.

The face oils I’m loving right now are this one, this one and this one.

Can you post your hair and makeup routine?

Yes they are posted on the blog!  Hair can be found here, makeup can be found here.

Do you wish you and Christian had moved somewhere even closer to family than Georgia?

I feel confident that we are where we are supposed to be.  This move fell right into place so easily in so many ways, and I am very calm and comforted knowing that I feel we followed where God led us.  That being said, my dad is getting closer to retirement and they’ll be able to be more flexible.  My sister is a little over three hours away and my brother will soon also be a little less than three hours away.  We are 7-8 hours from Christian’s family in Mississippi which is a little tougher, but thankfully they are a happy road trippin’ kind of bunch!

What are your top tips for moving since you and Christian are pros?

I’ve got a whole blog post about moving tips for you here!  Or just search “moving” in the search bar and it will pop right up!

tuckernuck leopard dress

photos by Christian Barnes

That’s a wrap for this month!  You can find my second trimester Q&A here and September’s Q&A here.  If your questions wasn’t answered here, it was likely answered in one of the earlier months.  Check the “personal” category for all of the Q&A’s on this blog since March.

Thank you so much for reading and for your fabulous questions! XO –

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zella leggings

I was somehow able to get away with not purchasing maternity clothes much until my third trimester.  That’s when things changed and this belly took the lead!  I knew that if I didn’t get some maternity exercise leggings, there was no chance I’d stay active.  Finding the energy to move your body in the third trimester is challenging enough, but if you’re going to be uncomfortable in your clothes, forget it.

So I grabbed two pairs of Zella leggings from Nordstrom, the Mamasana (photographed here) and the 7/8 legging with pockets.  They’re definitely the only two pair of fitness leggings I currently fit into. Bonus points that they are such a great price point.

While I wouldn’t say that I’m necessarily workin’ up a sweat these days, I am trying to get my legs moving or stretch with Pilates.  Not to mention that just wearing these leggings with a denim jacket and baseball hat is sometimes the easiest outfit I can grab to feel both comfortable and put together in these final weeks pre-baby.

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photos by Christian Barnes

leggings, also love these and these | tee, non-maternity version here | denim jacket, also love this one | hat | sneakers

Do any of you have tips for staying motivated to keep it moving while pregnant?  I welcome any advice from the seasoned mamas out there!  We are most definitely winging it over here, but every time I feel this little guy moving around I think about how much I’m going to love strolling him in our new neighborhood.

You can see some of my favorite at-home workouts here, a Q&A on my Mirror device here and my January fitness challenge here (WOW that pre-baby body is… different than what we’re looking at these days!).

Thank you so much for reading and sharing – XO –

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green midi dress

Several of you brought it to my attention that finding nursing-friendly clothes can be a challenge.  So when I saw this green midi dress that is both maternity and nursing friendly, I thought it might come in handy throughout the upcoming months!

I am linking several similar style dresses below that are not maternity/nursing specific for those of you not in this wheelhouse.  Know that I haven’t forgotten about all my girls who are not rocking a bump this fall and winter.  I got you.

And if you don’t have a pair of python booties for this season – girl.  Get onboard!  I snagged these last year as well as a knee-high version from Zara that I had taken in at the calf in San Francisco.  I had no idea that python boots and booties would be all over the interwebs this year!  I’m so glad to see it.  Along with leopard, they really act as such a neutral yet amp up any simple outfit.  Chic!

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photos by Viva Lux Photography

dress, also love this one and non-maternity versions here and here | booties, also love these | bag (sold out), also love this one and look for less here | sunglasses – under $15 | hoop earrings

Thanks so much for reading, and if you have any nursing-friendly favorites I’d love to hear! XO –

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white shirt dress

A year or two ago I was introduced to two Korean skincare and beauty brands I was unfamiliar with – Sulwhasoo and AmorePacific.  Since then, I’ve been using both brands regularly and have been floored with how late to the party I was.  You can see their reviews online are amazing!

There are a few products from each brand I particularly love, and all of these items are available at Bloomingdale’s.  And, it’s worth mentioning that they are currently celebrating the launch of “Window into Seoul,” which is a rotating pop-up shop online and in select cities that promotes several South Korean brands at Bloomingdale’s.  So many fun items like this classic trench and chic red bag!

Two of my favorite brands featured are AmorePacific and Sulwhasoo, so let’s dig into some of my top items –

AmorePacific

Color Illuminating Compact | I use this as a bronzer and it’s subtle with a little shimmer that adds a dewy glow.

Botanical Radiance Oil | I truly can’t live without a facial oil.  I use one night and day.  I will add a few drops to my moisturizer and gently press onto my face.

Essential Creme Fluid | I love this lightweight moisturizer in the mornings.  Each bottle contains 150 baby green tea leaves, handpicked from AmorePacific’s garden… which is incredible!

Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Eye Treatment Gel | I now can’t go without eye cream because the skin around my eyes feels really dry without it.  This is a great lightweight eye gel.

Sulwhasoo

First Care Activating Masks |  Talk about luxury TLC moment.  I savor these like little gold gems!

Bloomstay Vitalizing Cream |  A fabulous day and night cream that has the silkiest texture.

Radiance Blusher |  This is a really soft blush that is perfect daytime addition before running out the door.  The brush it comes with is fab too (which isn’t usually the case with compact brushes)!

First Care Activating Serum |  I apply a serum morning and night and this is a great one!  If you read about this particular serum you’ll see the extreme process that went into creating this formula.  No small feat!

julie vos coin braceletwhite shirt dressmirrored dresseramorepacific bronzeramorepacific tinted moisturizerjulie vos braceletzara python boots

photos by Christian Barnes

similar shirtdress here and love this one | similar boots here, here and here

Have you ever tried AmorePacific or Sulwhasoo?  I’d love to hear any products of theirs you are a fan of!

Be sure to check out some of the brands highlighted in Bloomingdale’s “Window into Seoul” selection. There are some really cool items included.  If you live in New York, Los Angeles or San Francisco there are events happening in your city.  In SF there is an event with Minya Oh on 10/24 from 6-8PM to paint the Seoul skyline, how fun is that!?

Thanks so much for reading and sharing – XO –

brought to you by Bloomingdale’s

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isabella oliver maternity

shirt (wearing a 1) | denim (ordered my usual size)

I shared all about the first trimester in our baby announcement video here, but now that I’m 31 weeks I wanted to recap the second trimester (week 13-26) with how I felt, what I learned and so on!

How am I feeling?

I’ve felt really great for the majority of this pregnancy and I do not take that for granted.  I didn’t suffer from morning sickness, I slept great until about 29 weeks (this pregnancy pillow and more frequent prenatal pilates has cured that!), and it wasn’t until about 30 weeks that I noticed myself feeling more tired and a little slower than usual.  But overall I still feel pretty good!

How are the body changes?

This has been one of the most interesting parts for me.  So many women love their pregnant bodies and don’t care about the weight gain.  They can happily embrace the changes.

Me?  I just don’t really feel like myself.  Because I’m not!  I’ve been within the same 10 lbs since high school.  I’ve been the same height since I was in the 9th grade, so my body has never fluctuated that much and therefore this is my first experience looking in the mirror and thinking… “who dis?”

Getting dressed is not only usually one of my favorite things but also, it’s my job.  So putting on something that fit two weeks ago and no longer does is bound to be a little frustrating.

BUT I know when I meet this little boy it will be worth everything, and I’ll thank him for being such an easy pregnancy!

Traveling in the Second Trimester

I get why people say to travel in your second trimester.  I was lucky to feel pretty great in my first trimester, but not telling people you’re pregnant and having to come up with reasons you’re not drinking or asking the waiter 47 questions about the way things are cooked is annoying.

Second trimester you have a little bump but nothing too big that feels uncomfortable.  You can openly share you’re pregnant and justify asking about pasteurized cheeses at restaurants, and the back pain hasn’t set in yet.  I am so glad we traveled so much during the second trimester because Christian can’t get me to go anywhere now.  Anytime he suggests going away for the weekend I’m like… no thanks!

Cravings

Honestly, I’ve been eating the same.  I find that I’m starving in the mornings and I alternate between Greek yogurt, a banana with some peanut butter or a bowl of cereal.  The bananas do seem to help with all the leg and foot cramps I’ve gotten throughout the past few months.

Weight Gain

I found this chart early on that has been really helpful to me.  You type in your height and pre-pregnancy weight and it tells you week by week a range of weight you should be in if you want to gain 25-35 lbs.  I’ve been using it from the beginning and as long as I’m in that window range for my week, I don’t stress!

Biggest Pregnancy Pet Peeve

Ok, I’m going to try to say this in the nicest way possible.  But when someone is pregnant, please never, ever, EVER start a sentence with, “you just wait.”  Because whatever comes after it, I probably don’t want to hear.

“You just wait, a little boy will be climbing those bookshelves in no time!”

“Enjoy that sleep now because you just wait – you’re not getting any once he’s here!”

“Maternity clothes is one thing but you just wait, nursing clothes are even more of a nightmare.”

You can accomplish the same thing in a more positive way by saying something like, “congratulations! Parenthood is such an adventure, I’m so excited for you guys to experience it.”

When someone has a big baby bump, showering them with “you just waits” about how much harder, exhausting and sleepless their future might be isn’t exactly the encouragement they probably need.  Let’s focus on more of the positives!!

Any new journey is going to come with challenges, but it’s also going to bring great rewards.  Most first-time parents are already a little terrified internally, so freaking them out with horror stories is the opposite of what they most likely need to hear.

Maternity Buys 

So far I’m really loving the below:

Maternity Faux Leather Leggings

Pregnancy Pillow

Maternity Jeans 

Maternity Spanx

Maternity Exercise Leggings

Compression Socks

Stretch Mark Cream

Rent the Runway Unlimited – this has been a lifesaver

Baby Buys

We’re partnering with a dream brand of mine for baby Barnes’s nursery and piece are coming in bit by bit.  I will do a full room reveal once we have it all set up and I cannot wait!

We have chosen a carseat, stroller, breast pump, baby monitor and bassinet and those will be shared soon as well.

Other than that, I’m trying to stock up on the practical items like changing pads, wipes, diapers, bibs, burb cloths, bottles and so on.  I’m trying not to overdo it as I don’t know this little man or what he will or won’t like, so I’m sure there will be many Amazon Prime purchases once he’s here but I’d prefer not to go in too hard before he arrives and just stock up on the essentials.

Does he have a name?

We have been between two name this entire time and we will decide and then flip flop.  I am still undecided but Christian is officially leaning toward one so that might be the deciding factor.  I call him both names and love both!

31 weeks pregnant

I can’t think of anything else but I did want to post this little update and will do another one after the third trimester as well!  If you have any questions that I didn’t answer please leave them in the comments below and I can update the post.

Thank you so much for reading and for all of your encouragement! XO –

Pregnancy & Baby Updates

Announcement & First Trimester Recap

Third Trimester Recap

Third Trimester Wardrobe Tips

Pregnancy Essentials

Hospital Packing List

Newborn Essentials

Breastfeeding Update

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citizenry chairs

– my obsession with these two leather chairs from The Citizenry

ottomans | dress | heels | coffee table book | rug

baby boy bib

– the sweetest baby boy surprises from 3 Marthas

mirrored nightstand

– having my parents come in town and my Dad check out our house for the first time! –

adjustable bed base

– the remote that goes to our new adjustable bed frame that I can’t wait to get into later… oh em gee –

white fuzzy sweater

– a few new pieces from Express’s collection with Negin MirsalehiI (sweater | blazer) –

It’s Friday!  After such a wild college game weekend last weekend, I’m excited to have an off game weekend this weekend.  And my parents are in town which is the cherry on top!

This baby is due around Thanksgiving, which is Christian’s favorite holiday.  So we are planning to have not one but two “Fakesgivings” so that he can rest assured he’ll get his turkey lovin’ in.  My parents are bringing a few dishes with them, and I’ll be making the rest this Friday for a September holiday spread.  Christian’s family also will be coming in town late October for another Fakesgiving celebration as we won’t be making it back for holidays this year.  So trust me, no complaints about missing turkey & dressing will be tolerated while I’m in labor.  Christian – I hope you’re reading this!

Speaking of baby, I can’t get over the sweetest and most practical baby gifts from the fabulous ladies behind 3 Marthas.  I think so many baby gifts are sweet and many are practical, but this company manages to tackle both.  Burp cloths, bibs and sleeping gowns that are sweet without being over-the-top. A GREAT spot for gifts for family or friends who are expecting.

I also wanted to chat a little bit more about these chairs from The Citizenry.  I plan to share more about them separately in another blog post, but these chairs were made by hand in Mexico.  Each chair takes 7 days to complete, which I never forget when I look at them.  There’s also a matching stool that is gorgeous.  I just wanted to expand on the uniqueness of these pieces and why they’re so special.  I’m in love!

Now I’m off to make some pies.  We’re going with pecan and classic chocolate.  I wanted to throw in a pumpkin or sweet potato but three pies for four people felt aggressive so surely two is enough.

Hope you guys have a fab Friday – XO –

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