Friends, I cannot believe that Josh and I are already 6 months down this road! With a little less then 3 months to go, I’m filled with so much excitement, to meet our new little! Also, I am quite nervous at the though of having a new born and a toddler, there’s nothing that can really prepare you for that! Our sweet little is about the size of a cabbage and weighing in at about 2 pounds! I feel her moving none stop, it is incredible! I wanted to share with you sweet friends a quick update on the pregnancy and share some of my faves that are getting me through!
#1 Baby’s Name: We have officially picked a name for our new little! We decided we both love Leighton Jo (Jo being her grandmothers middle name)! Leighton has been a favorite of mine, and Josh supported the name so it was an easy pick for us!
#2 Diet & Exercise: Sadly does not exist. I have had to be really intentional to get my water intake. I have found it really hard lately to get motivated to drink water! I would much rather be drinking coffee, ice tea, or sparkling water! But I have found that by have two hydro flasks full, one located in my bedroom, and one in the room I am currently in, has helped me with my intake! My Hydro flask is the best, it keeps my water super cold, and also make adding up ounces really easy!
#3 Varicose Veins: I struggled with veins during my first pregnancy, and now again with my second. They’re no fun, and they are in no way appealing. I have found a few things that do wonders for me, one is compression socks. I tend to wear them more on days when I am not going out. I might be a little stubborn at wearing them on days when we’re going out! They’re not the most dashing clothing pieces I own. But they really help with swelling and circulation.
I also have to wear comfortable shoes! This is a must, or I am in tons of pain! So sandals and flats are most definitely off limits right now! I’ve been wearing my Vans, Keds, and Tennis shoes on a daily bases. If you’ve been following me for awhile you know Vans are a must have shoe for me!
#4 Thyroid Diagnosis: At the beginning of my pregnancy I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease. Basically it is an autoimmune disease that is damaging and attacking my thyroid gland. Praise God it is treatable with medicine, and as long as I am on the medication our little one is safe!
#5 Dry Skin and Nails: Many of the symptoms that come with Hashimoto’s are also symptoms of pregnancy. Through this pregnancy, I have really struggled with brittle nails and with extremely dry skin! I have found that I must apply lotion every morning and sometimes at night. I have been using Neutrogena’s Hydrating Body Gel Cream paired with body oil, has saved me! For my nails I have been using hand cream and a Essie nail oil, that have also been great for my nails!
My Pregnancy Favorites