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Pregnancy update Weeks 15-19: Anatomy Scan + Gender Reveal

Hello! I hope you enjoy this fun pregnancy update! I’ve linked everything I mentioned in the video below!

 

 

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Here was our super cute gender announcement on social media!

Have any questions or suggestions for my next video?  Comment below!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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Pregnancy Update Weeks 12-15 VLOG

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I am finally feeling a little bit human again and I am weening off of my nausea medications and after a Instagram poll y’all asked for a VLOG and here it is…. Hopefully, I did ok!

Here are some of the links I mentioned in the VLOG:
Baby Doppler
Snoogle Pillow
Blog Pregnancy Update weeks 1-12
Instagram

I hope y’all enjoy! Do you want to see more VLOGS?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

Family, Favorite Things

First must haves for baby #2

* Please note this post may contain affiliate links and I received these products compliments of Dockatot, Binxy Baby, Ollie Swaddle and Lorena Canal. 

Before I was even pregnant there were a few items that I knew were on my “must have” list for baby #2.  Most of these products I heard about when Tripp was a baby and over these couple of years have just heard more and more moms rave about.  So I wanted to make sure I had them for baby #2!

 

DockAtot + Toy arch- Link will get you $10 off all DockAtot’s!  

I am so excited to try this out.  I have heard such rave reviews on how well babies will sleep in the dockatot.  I love how portable it is and with a toddler on the go I will need something that is easy to move around to keep the baby close while I keep up with Tripp. I also love the toy arch attachment so it can be a play area for baby! Can we also take a moment to SWOON over the Aristot line?! Pretty sure their bassinets are on the top of my wishlist now!  The DockATot feels so comfy but sturdy all at the same time. I love the different designs that you can choose from [I got the “Bananas for you” print] and I look forward to helping baby get some good quality sleep! Here are some of the wonderful features of this product.

 

– DockATot is a multi-functional lounger, co-sleeper and playtime lounger.
– Two sizes (Deluxe for 0-8 Months, Grand 9-36 months)
– Made in Europe, designed in Sweden.
– Tested for breathability
– OEKO-TEX certified
– All natural, 100% cotton
– Handmade in Europe
– Ideal micro-climate for babies and tots
– Grand is perfect for toddler bed transitions

 

Binxy Baby– Get 10% off with this link! 

Next on my list that I have seen several times during my grocery store visits is a Binxy Baby cart hammock! This gives you room in the grocery cart, a safe place for baby AND you don’t have to lug the carseat in.  I always felt so bad piling groceries in the cart around the carseat. The hammock looks nice and cozy for baby and I think won’t be as hot to ride around in the store.  Tripp always got so hot not having air blow on him in that infant carseat and this gives so much more ventilation. I also love how collapsable it is so it is super portable to carry in.  These are all perfect solutions for us! See below for some of my favorite features.

– Fits most standard grocery store carts
– Holds car seat and supports up to 50 pounds in weight
– Used for babies approx. 6-8 months until they sit up on their own
– Safety tested

Ollie Swaddle– Get 10% off with this link! 

We never found a swaddle that worked for my first little guy but I know how much it can help with sleep.  I love the look and feel of the ollie swaddle and I have heard amazing reviews from friends. Also, I LOVE the face you can access the diaper easily because at night you want as little distraction and buttons as possible… amiright?! I think that sleep is so important for mom and baby and this swaddle feels like heaven.  Take time to read the story on how the Ollie Swaddle came to life because of a social worker/foster parent because it will let you see the research and real life experiences that led to such a wonderful product. I chose the meadow color because I think it is calming and goes for both a boy and a girl! Here are some of my favorite features.

– Known as the the Smarter Swaddle™
– Made from custom moisture-wicking material to reduce the risk of overheating
– Custom fit to allow for fit to be individualized to meet the needs and size of each little one
– Easy access diaper changes accessible through opening at the bottom
– One-size promotes ease with transitional stages

 

Lorena Canal Rugs

OK They seriously have the CUTEST rugs that I have been eyeing for awhile.  We don’t know the gender but I have a cactus from my mom and I knew when I saw their cactus rug I needed it and our nursery theme was born!  I have put photos of some of my other favorites but it was hard to choose! Best of all you can easily throw these rugs into the wash… and with babies come messes so that is totally perfect for us.  I also love how the look of each rug can grow through different ages and can even be used in “adult” spaces! Here are some of my other favorite features.

– Rugs and cushions are all machine-washable and fit into a standard washer and dyer
– Home collection is for adult spaces and sophisticated kids rooms
– Loved by top celebs and picked by Vogue as top baby product for celebrity nurseries
– Made in India, designed in Spain
– All natural dyes, handmade, eco and contain no VOCs like most carpeting and rugs
– Proceeds support the Sakula project, and provide schooling for children in India.

I am so excited to try these new toys/tools out with the new baby! SO many handy items that I didn’t get to try with Tripp.  It is fun what new trends come out even just after two years!

 

What is on your must have baby list?

XOXO GabbingGinger

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Summer Pregnancy Must Haves

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When you find out your pregnant you make a overhaul of a lot of things.  I am excited to share with you some fun upcoming fashion post for my every growing bump.

In the mean time I am going to show you some of my Amazon Wish List items for being pregnant during the summer.  Most of these things you can use when you aren’t pregnant too! I love utilizing items for all seasons of life.

Skin/Facial Care

*Please note to ALWAYS talk to your doctor about your skin/facial care.

Summer time means lighter makeup so you want to make sure your skin is looking fresh and bright. Here are some products I love:

 

 

Fresh Start 

Facial Hydrator + Eye Creme

Facial Wash

I am using this to help keep away stretch marks.  I used it my first pregnancy/postpartum and loved it!

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Bio Oil

With the sun coming out pregnant mom’s need to prepare.  Here is what is in my Amazon Cart to help with sun protection and tanning.

 

 

Jergens Instant Sun

Neutrogena Pure and Free

 

Swim Suits

Summer calls for swim suit time and with my ever changing body I am eyeing a few different bathing suits to get me through the dog days of summer.  Here are some of my favorites. PS ALL of these are under $30!

 

 

Black and White Bikini

Yellow and Floral Bikini

Black Lace OTS

 

 

What are your summer pregnancy must haves?

Stay tuned for a fun maternity style haul!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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Pregnancy Week 1-12

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Well hello everyone! If you didn’t hear the BIG news we are pregnant with baby #2! I am so excited to being blogging pregnancy #2.  Moving forward I am hoping to do updates about every 2 weeks! This will cover my first trimester though since we just announced!

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The early days: I tested about 100 times because I just couldn’t believe it! We actually had a chemical pregnancy about two months before this so I was SUPER nervous about every little thing once I saw that “positive”.  So I kept testing to watch the positive line get darker… anyone else crazy about taking tests?!?!??

Symptoms: I didn’t really feel pregnant but my chest was sore.  That was really my only symptom until week 6 and then the nausea hit.  This started much earlier this go around and when I finally thought I was making a turn for the better I was up all night every 30 minutes throwing up… which landed me in the ER.  Official diagnosis: hyperemesis gravidarum. Now I am taking diclegis and it is working AMAZING! I feel so much better and I have actually been able to keep weight on!

Week 10: Saying no to the genetic test.  This was so hard to say no to.  It seems like everyone these days is doing it to find out the gender.  BUT goodness because I am not high risk the test would be almost $400…. that buys a lot of diapers y’all.  I also like that “finding out” is a good midway point and something to look forward to.  BUT it was so hard to resist doing it! I talked with my doctor and we both came to this choice and I am happy with it!

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Overall: I have just felt more tired but having a toddler keeps you on your toes most of the day.  I don’t have much of a bump and no significant weight gain at this point.  I don’t know if it is because I have experienced the joy of pregnancy and motherhood but man I am way more nervous this second time then the first.  I just always compare everything to the first go around ha!

I am looking forward to a hopefully *blissful* second trimester… knock on wood!

I am looking forward to sharing this journey with you all! I can wait for the fun, fashion and family to be taken to a whole new level!

What advice/tips/tricks can you mama’s share with me?  So much has changed since my first go around!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

Empties, Favorite Things

Empties 6.0

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Hi everyone I am back at it with another empties products review! Enjoy!

 

Alba Botanica Foaming Cleanser:

I LOVED this stuff! It worked really well on my skin and I hardly ever had a break out with it.  I am obsessed with this product line and ordering more soon!

Clinque Clarifying Lotion:

Not really a fan of this.  So many people love their facial line and I didn’t hate it but I didn’t like how it made my skin feel.

Revitalift:

Loved this stuff! I got it for free from Influenster but am buying another! I think it really helped with my fine lines and mama needs all the help she can get.

Elf powder:

I felt like this powder was ok.  Not a lot of coverage and had a little too much shimmer for my liking.  It worked for the cost though.

Lady Speed Stick:

Great deodorant.  After a workout I feel like the scent of the deodorant got really strong… guess it was working to cover up how bad I smell after a workout! ha!

Yes Face Lotion:

Another dud for me.  I feel like it left my face greasy.

Make up Forever Mascara:

Great mascara, I am not the biggest fan of the brush because I have smaller eyes but I make it work because I love this product!

Tarte BB Cream:

LOVE LOVE LOVE.  This stuff is great for everyday wear to not feel like you have makeup on but gives you that fresh finish.

Fun tip! Cut the top off and use a brush to get extra out.  I usually can get enough for another week or so.  Make sure to store in a ziplock bag!

St. Ives Scrub:

Always a go to scrub for me.  Love the scent and smell.

Up & Up Vitamins:

Another regular go to.  Post baby hair loss is crazy so I am still taking these to help out however I can.

What products do you think I should try next?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Favorite Things, Maternity/ Pregnancy

Baby Sprinkle

Baby fever is REAL people! Especially when you get to sprinkle one of your good friends. I am so excited for her little bundle of joy.  The gender is a surprise this go around and the anticipation is KILLING me!

Anyways… over the weekend my girlfriend Taylor [check out her AMAZING interior design company Southern Reflections] and I hosted a baby sprinkle for Sarah.

The MAJOR gift that everyone contributed to was the glider [linked here] and it is AMAZING!!! It reclines and swivels and rocks…. the trifecta of gliders! We also got big brother a shirt and mama a monogrammed robe!

Now I need to admit I did about 5% of the work on this but I felt the need to brag on my super magnificent talented friend Taylor, who has such an eye for party planning and design!

I got the Mom-osa bar chalkboard sign idea on Pinterest and I think it turned out SUPER cute!

I also made the party favors.  I got little jars off amazon and found downloadable tags on Pinterest. On the back I printed a label that said “Thank you for SPRINKLING Baby *****. Sprinkle this epsom salt in your bath & enjoy!”

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Finally, we decided as an activity to make a mobil for the baby’s room.  This picture does not do it justice! It was fun to craft and chat as a group.

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What baby sprinkle ideas do you love?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

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Baby Tripp’s Birth Story

Well goodness gracious it has been awhile!  Time sure does fly once you have a baby! I thought I would give you all a baby Tripp update! Hopefully, now that things are a *little* more settled I can have posts up 1-2 per week!

Blog world meet Tripp!

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Isn’t he the sweetest! This little nugget was comfy in my belly.  Of course my Doctor was going out of town the week after I was due… so I knew that I would transfer to another in the practice when she left.  I went in Friday at [40 weeks 2 days] for my general follow up.  We did not want to induce until at least 41 weeks. My blood pressure was slightly higher than normal so she ordered a 24hr test that I would need to turn into the hospital on Monday. Went the whole weekend with no major issues [and no baby] so I went to the hospital on Monday [40 weeks and 4 days] and didn’t realize that they would also hook me up in triage while they ran blood work. I was in the clear with my test results and wasn’t having any major contractions so I then went to my Doctor for a follow up because it was her last day in the office before vacation.  We talked about the change of care plans and  I went home to wait out a baby until my next appointment [which was scheduled for Thursday].

I was feeling crampy that afternoon, but as many pregnant women know that is totally a normal feeling. Mark came home and made dinner and I was feeling more cramps so I took a shower. When I started to blow dry my hair I became really uncomfortable [I was having to stop to *breath*] so we decided to go to the hospital. Checked into L & D triage at 9pm was checked and told I was maybe a 4. At this point I was pretty uncomfortable and was getting sick to my stomach.  I was praying they would admit me because of how uncomfortable I was feeling.  They nurse had me stay 30 mins to be monitored and then the doctor came in and said your a 5.5 time to head to L & D. It was BABY time!

As soon as we got to L & D my contractions were back to back with no break and I had back labor. An epidural was always in my plan so they did my blood work and sent for the epidural.  Ten minutes later anesthesiologist was there and the epidural was set. I felt GREAT other then I did get the shivers! The nurse came in about 30 minutes later and asked how I was feeling,  I told her I was having a weird leg pain so she decided to check me and low and behold I was complete! So she broke my water and got the room set up for delivery. We couldn’t believe how fast this was going!

The nurse had me do practice pushes [it is about 1 am] and after 3 pushes they saw the head so we needed to wait for the doctor [who was delivering next door]. Finally the doctor came in and 5 pushes later Tripp was born at 1:38am.

This was NOT what I expected! It was so fast for a “first timer”.  The nurses were AMAZING and they were so impressed at how “easy” I made it seem.  Also, thank you medical world for epidurals!

We are just so in love with our little guy! I will definitely be blogging about life with a baby so stay tuned!

Photo Credit: Music Creek Photography 

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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OOTD: Date Night

Right now we are cherishing the moments of being a family of two before the bambino arrives.  We decided to treat ourselves to a date night at one of our Fort Worth favorites; Eddie V’s.

We actually just sat in the Lounge (aka the bar) and listened to a great jazz band while enjoying several appetizers, wine (for hubby) and dessert (for me) .

I finally am starting to “show” a little bit so clothes are actually looking less awkward… at least I think so. Here is a recap:

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Scarf [Similar]

Leather Jacket: Similar [Forever 21]

Sweater [Target]

Bootie Wedges [Target]

Leggings [Gap]

XOXO Gabbing Ginger