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Pregnancy Skincare: Third Trimester Update!

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April 7th, 2014 · Print Print


As I’m nearing my due date, I realized that the last time I updated you guys about my pregnancy skincare routine, I was only about 17 weeks pregnant

Obviously, a LOT has changed since the first trimester and my disastrous attempt at washing my face with bar soap (shudder) to stop my hormone-driven breakouts.

I’m still being very careful about trying new products, since pregnancy has actually made my skin even more sensitive.  But after that brutal period in the first trimester, my skin is mostly (thankfully) back to normal.

There are still some problem areas: the biggest one is that I’m noticing some redness in certain areas that I didn’t have before I got pregnant.  Apparently growing a human being for nine months requires increased blood flow for your whole body (go figure), so I’m hoping that this will clear up on its own once the baby is born.  But I definitely see some redness around my nose and on the lower half of my forehead that’s new.  Fortunately, it’s easily covered up with makeup, so I’m trying not to sweat it.

And VERY thankfully, my breakouts are completely gone.  I’ve spent so much time in the past year being diligent and careful about my skincare routine, it was really hard to suddenly be getting breakouts that didn’t respond to anything.  Fortunately, as my hormones came back under control, those let up on their own, and now I’m back to almost exactly my pre-pregnancy skincare routine.

So here’s what I’m doing: Washing my face twice a day with Simple Skincare cleanser — I recently switched to their Foaming Facial Wash Cleanser and I love it!  It leaves my skin super clean and soft, and ready for either makeup or moisturizer, depending on the time of day!  I used to love my Clarisonic brush, but I found that it’s just too harsh for my skin while pregnant, so I can’t wait to try it with this cleanser once my skin is fully back to normal. 

For moisturizer, I used the Simple Skincare Replenishing Rich Moisturizer all winter, but now that Spring is in full swing in Texas, I switched back to the Protecting Light Moisturizer for its extra SPF.  Honestly, though, these are both great products that I use more or less interchangeably throughout the year, depending on whether I want a little extra moisture. 

For makeup, I’ve been trying to give me skin as much of a break as I can, including going makeup-free some days (if I don’t have meetings or commitments).  Instead of full foundation, I use a little bit of concealer and blend it with moisturizer for a bit of coverage that’s still mostly nourishing for my skin.  And on the days that I wear foundation, I’m using less of it — one pump about the size of a large Tic-Tac covers my cheeks, forehead, nose and chin.  This spring makeup look is still my everyday go-to, although I’m starting to think about experimenting with bold summer lipstick!

{PS — For my fellow pregnant readers, remember to always check with your doctor before trying new skincare products while pregnant!}


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coachella inspired

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April 4th, 2014 · Print Print


So, just about every year, I post a Coachella-esque outfit on this blog, and promptly forget about it.

Then, three weeks later, I start getting emails: OMG I’m so jealous!  How was Coachella?

Sadly, I wouldn’t know.  I’ve never been.  I am most certainly not going this year, given that I am solidly nine months pregnant and the size of a house.

But… even when I’m not headed there, I kind of love dressing like I am.

Especially as the weather warms up and it starts to really feel like spring, I want nothing more than loose, flowy dresses, crocheted tops, easy ankle boots, and stacks of jewelry.  Pretty much, if you could dream up my perfect outfit… this is it.

So even if I’m staying in Texas for the foreseeable future (and I definitely am), nothing gets you in the music festival spirit like the right outfit. 

Nasty Gal tie dye dress (old, but a super-cute similar style from Anthropologie here), poncho, Ettika wrap bracelet, LOFT necklace, FEED x Rachel Roy bag, Marshalls boots (similar ones here, and they’re on sale!).







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Baby Bump: 35 Weeks!

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April 2nd, 2014 · Print Print


It’s funny — at the beginning of this pregnancy, I spent most of my time worrying about all the little items on my to-do list for before the baby arrived.  (My biggest panic-inducing moment revolved around a ceiling fan, so it couldn’t have been that bad.) But somehow, the thought about what we’d do after the baby arrived didn’t really flicker onto my radar.

But this trimester: It’s like someone just told me that we are going to have a baby, and not only am I completely unprepared, but this little guy is going to arrive in, like, approximately four minutes. 

I keep asking our friends with newborns, “they tell you a lot at the hospital, right?  About how to take care of a baby?”

And they kind of look at me like, awww, it’s cute that you think that

Because, from what I gather: nobody tells you anything.

For a little creature whose life seems to revolve around three or four basic needs, it’s astounding that the first few weeks of parenthood seem to be characterized by complete panic in every single person I talk to.

And in the last few weeks it finally hit me that probably… mine will be too. 

Because no matter how many books or websites I read or friends I email with a zillion questions, there will come a moment at 4 a.m. in my immediate future where this sweet little baby is crying inconsolably and I have no idea how to make him stop. 

And here’s my hope, for that moment, which I can see coming a mile away and still do nothing to prevent:

I hope that in that moment, as awful as it feels, I can remember that this is normal.  That it doesn’t mean I’m failing as a mom or doing a terrible job.  That every terrific mom I know has been in this exact same situation — my own terrific mom included — and that no matter how hard they’ve tried, there will still be moments like this. 

And I hope that thought will give me a little bit of comfort, and reassure me that trying my best is enough, even when it feels like it’s not. 

It’s advice that I give to others all the time, but it’s so hard to apply to yourself.  Sure, I can tell a friend that her mistake is no big deal, that her child is well-loved and cared for, but when I make that same mistake?

No cutting any slack, I’m going straight to Worst Mom Ever.

I put a lot of pressure on myself — we all do.  But the worst time to be draconian with that pressure is when you’re entering a new, terrifying adventure for which everyone feels completely unprepared, and everyone makes mistakes as they go. 

So, six or seven weeks from now, at 4 o’clock in the morning, I hope to be able to look back on this post, and give myself the advice that I would so freely give to anyone else.

You are doing your best.  And you are probably doing just fine.


How far along? 35 Weeks (I’m two weeks behind in these posts, so I’m actually 37 weeks as I write this!)

Total weight gain/loss: 23 pounds

Maternity clothes? Pants exclusively.  Still working in my non-maternity tops and sweaters.

Stretch marks? Still no!  Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and use a double does of belly oil if I’m feeling itchy.  Fingers crossed!

Symptoms: This is new: I can’t sit still for more than 45 minutes or so without being tremendously uncomfortable.  I’ve started getting up for frequent breaks throughout the day, and generally trying to walk around as much as I can, and it seems to be helping.

Sleep: Not great, in that I get up a bunch of times during the night.  That being said, my insomnia has really been in major remission since I’ve been pregnant, which is wonderful.  I’m wondering if it will continue after the baby arrives…

Best moment this week: Finishing the nursery! 

Worst moment of the week: I think in some ways the waiting is the worst part — knowing that there’s this impending change on the horizon and just sitting here waiting for it to hit.

Have you told family and friends: Yes!

Miss Anything? Being comfortable!

Movement: Less as the weeks go on, but still some.

Food cravings: Cupcakes, raspberries, cheese.  Roughly in that order.

Anything making you queasy or sick: UGH.  I skipped breakfast one morning this week and promptly dry-heaved into our sink.  I haven’t felt this queasy since week 6!

Have you started to show yet: Definitely.

Labor Signs: I wonder constantly if every pain is a contraction…

Belly Button in or out? Mostly in — it’s a little deformed at this point!

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Mostly happy!

Looking forward to: The wait being over!

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