Fave 5: Preggo Picks

Happy Fave 5 Friday!  Christmas is just over ONE week away!  I love this season and am soaking up all the of the holiday spirit.  It's cooling off in Houston and finally feeling like winter (even if we get the occasional weirdly warm day in the 70s...it could be worse!)  Landon has really been getting into it this year from showing off our Christmas tree to singing his favorite carol, Jingle Bells, several times a day!

I just can't believe that once Christmas and New Year's are over, I'll only have about three weeks until Baby Girl's arrival (that is if she doesn't decide to come early)!  This pregnancy has certainly flown by mostly because I have been so focused on chasing a toddler.  It has been a whirlwind and the adventure is just beginning.  See below for a few of my favorite things that have made the last few months a little easier.

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Clockwise from top:

Cake Lingerie Cotton Candy Bra:  This staple is supportive enough for everyday wear but comfy enough for prenatal yoga or even sleeping.  It's actually a nursing bra that I purchased at the end of my last pregnancy but this time I started rocking it five or six months ago.

Wamsutta Body Pillow:  It's so hard to get a good night's sleep when you're pregnant.  I tried the Snoogle and I honestly have no idea what all the hype is about.  It's too thin and I started referring to it as "the cobra" after about a week of use.  It was fun to wrap Landon up in it for a "pillow hug" but I ultimately sold it and I'm so glad that I traded up for this body pillow.  I sleep SO MUCH better with it!  I'm normally a stomach sleeper too so I needed something like this to keep me on my side with support for my (rapidly spreading) hips.  It's also less than half the price of most pregnancy pillows.

Honest Co. Organic Belly Balm:  This is one of my favorite gifts for newly preggo moms.  I love it just as much this time around as I did two years ago.  It smells like a spa.  I sampled other products but they were mostly too heavily scented and/or made out of some scarily unnatural ingredients.  This one is completely organic!  The oils are extra moisturizing but best to apply under absorbent pajamas before bed (since a little can come off on your clothes).  

MAC Matchmaster Concealer:  Speaking of organic...this is not.  I tried more "natural" concealers but let's be honest...those just don't do the job.  Pregnancy is tiring.  Pregnancy with a toddler in tow is exhausting.  Hide the evidence with this extra smooth, moisturizing, medium coverage miracle worker.  I use it as an under eye concealer every. single. day.  Plus, it's recommended by my personal makeup guru (and author of Binkies and Baubles)!

Lululemon Align Pant:  Ever since my brief stint in yoga teaching, I have been a Lulu junkie.  The quality can't be beat and almost all of their items are stretchy enough to last through pregnancy.  While most yoga pants are wearable through the first 6-7 months, something a little more supple and forgiving is needed when nearing the finish line.  The Align Pant has a high waist that acts like the panel of your favorite maternity jeans.  The Nulu™ fabric is super soft and has four-way stretch.  You really will forget that you're wearing anything.  They are that comfy!

 

 

Nautical Nursery

What better way to kick off my blog than with a post that combines two of the things I love most: my baby boy and interior design!  I was so eager to start designing our little guy's nursery last year that I drew a floor plan of the space when I was only a few weeks pregnant.  My poor husband even agreed to vacate his office so that we could turn it into baby's room and assemble the crib 5 months before our due date.  I can blame it on my love of interior design but I think I was just plain excited.

I knew I wanted to have a theme to the room without anything being too literal.  I decided to go with some nautical touches and kept the color palette to primarily white and navy with a few other small pops of color.  As far as major furniture pieces go, we have been very happy with the Hudson crib.  I chose it for the simple design and clean lines.  It coordinates well with our Land of Nod Changing Table (not shown) and the Crate and Barrel ladder bookshelf.  It also includes a toddler bed conversion kit so really it's two beds in one. 

I originally hung white canvas curtains in the room because I thought that they evoked sails and went perfectly with my theme.  They looked really nice during the last couple months of my pregnancy.  Then once baby arrived, nap time and the ever-important "sleep environment" took precedent.  The canvas curtains are currently folded in the linen closet.  This may seem obvious to some, but you are going to need blackout curtains for those mid-day naps.  I'm not sure why I didn't consider this to begin with. The windows in our nursery are also south-facing so blackouts were necessary for heat blocking as well.  I ended up with these from Pottery Barn Kids.  They add a fun punch of pattern to the room and really pull it together!

We have a comfy Dutailier glider but our little nursery was too small to fit any other full size seating.  We now have a couple of poufs in the room including the one below.  These are great as ottomans and extra seating for kids and adults alike.  When you are spending a lot of time nursing, its nice to have extra seating for family and friends.

1. Lucy Darling watercolor print.  This brand has adorable prints and products for sale on their own website, Etsy, and Amazon.  We also have their age stickers that we use for monthly photos.

2. Lucy Darling art print.  This hangs right above the crib.

3. Jayson Home rope knot door stop.  Reminiscent of a sailor's knot (also known as a monkey's fist), similar door stops can be found at a variety of price points.

4. Nate Berkus metallic pouf.  Great Target find!  A comfy place for dad to sit while mom is nursing.

5. Round hanging mirror (similar shown here with rope detailing).  I like that this mirror recalls a ship's porthole.  Similar to the knot door stop, different options can be found from a variety of retailers at a range of different prices.

6. Moby Dick print.  Minted is a great resource for art prints and this one fit the theme perfectly.  It hangs with a few other framed prints in a gallery wall layout over the changing table.

7.  Duralee Roped Fabric.  I found this fun fabric at Calico Corners and used it to create a custom pillow along with a tea towel that I found at Paper Source (see #10 below).  A pop of red canvas piping pulled it all together.  It was my nursery splurge but I love how it turned out!

Landon, 2 weeks old, with his custom pillow (while it was still clean and spit-up free).

Landon, 2 weeks old, with his custom pillow (while it was still clean and spit-up free).

8. Crate and Barrel Sawyer Leaning Bookcase.  This elegant piece fits nicely in the corner of the room adjacent to the crib.  It is so convenient to have a place to keep decorative heirlooms, photo frames, gifts, and books without taking up too much floor space.  Since it is open on the sides, it is a great spot for our video monitor camera (we went with a Dropcam) as well as the white noise machine.

9. Crosley Antique Bronze Clock.  I like the vintage look of this little table clock and it coordinates well with the window hardware that we found on sale at Restoration Hardware (similar shown here).  I quickly realized after the first couple of weeks at home that having a clock in the nursery is essential for timing feeding sessions. 

10. Whale Tea Towel.  I love the 'Into The Mystic' quote by Van Morrison on this sweet little towel.  Since I walked down the aisle to 'Crazy Love' this was the perfect addition to our nursery.  I had it combined with the Duralee fabric above (see #7) to create a one-of-a-kind decorative pillow.

11. Water Hyacinth Storage Bins.  I was torn between going with a dresser with changing table top versus a traditional changing table with open shelving below.  I went with the latter and added six of these storage bins.  They are durable and add a natural touch.  Larger bins on the lower shelf hold sleep sacks, swaddles, burp cloths and bibs while smaller bins on the upper shelf hold socks, diapers, hats, and accessories.

12.  Babyletto Hudson Crib.  I found our crib at Serena & Lily but this design is available from several retailers.  I like the modern look of it and it also converts to a toddler bed which is always a plus when searching for the best baby bed.  I also highly recommend our lightweight and organic cotton crib mattress.  It fits snugly within the crib and is so lightweight that changing crib sheets is a breeze.

What are some of your favorite nursery items?