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Monday, September 28, 2015

Ice the Kicker

What a lovely day to be a Fighting Illini! Make sure you check out my most recent vlog, now live on my YouTube channel. My family and I went to an illini football game this weekend and had a blast. Oskee Wow wow! 
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Low Down on Pregnancy Apps

Pregnancy Apps: What you should know 

I wouldn't be a true millennial if I didn't find a way to incorporate my love for technology into my pregnancy journey. When my mom was pregnant with me mothers read books, asked their family for advice and kept track of their pregnancy in journals and baby books. Those books have not gone anywhere, but they have been supplemented with the ample free information on the internet and pregnancy apps! I downloaded a few when I found out I was expecting (yes I went a little crazy) and I quickly noticed that not all pregnancy apps are created equally. 

The purpose of these apps are to track your pregnancy, give you information on your baby's health and provide a community for expectant mothers. Some apps offer more features and information than others, which can make or break the app for you depending on your expected usage and needs. Below are quick reviews of the 4 pregnancy apps I've downloaded.

Glow Nurture, Pregnancy Tracker- This is my favorite app. I use it with the most regularity and it also happens to be the first app I downloaded after I found out I was pregnant. This app asks you to complete a daily log of your symptoms, water in take, if you took your prenatal vitamin and much more. If you're someone who would like something to help you stay on top of things daily this is the app for you. Along with the daily log you can add baby bump pictures to a time lapse feature. I've been taking one each week and I cannot wait to see the finished product. With the Glow Nurture app you also get daily insights to your pregnancy. Every day there are two- three interesting posts about your baby's growth, the changes to your body and things to prepare for.

Monday, September 21, 2015

12 Weeks Pregnant

This week I didn't do a full Youtube video update so I decided to go into more detail on my blog. To see my Vlog video click here

So the past week I've has a recurrence of some of my earlier symptoms. My morning sickness and Nausea have come and gone in the past week. Week 13 is following suit. I find that in the morning I'm very selective about what I eat. Not much outside of grits is appetizing to me on most days, but even grits seem gross at times. Usually, as the morning progresses I can eat more foods, this is a change from when I could eat an entire breakfast after only being awake for 10-15 minutes.

I have had the same fatigue, it's not major, but there is certainly a tiredness that follows me all the time. It has gotten better since week 7-9 but it's still there. Along with the excessive saliva, which is gross and annoying. I read that because of nausea, we tend to swallow less which creates the excessive saliva.

Friday, September 18, 2015

September Adore Me Box

Hey Ya'll! I have a new video up on YouTube so make sure you go check it out! In it I talk about the cute pajama set I ordered from Adore Me. Her name is Natalia and she is simple, comfy and a little sexy. Adore Me is the perfect site to use if you love lounging and sleeping in cute & comfy PJ sets like I do. Just because it's bed time doesn't mean you can't still be fabulous!

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Wig Review: Model Model 'Joy'

Meet my new wig, Joy! If this wig looks familiar to you it's because it is a dupe of the Freetress 'Heaven' wig I bought a month or so ago in the color 99J. I purposely bought this similar wig because I was ready to retire my 'Shelly' wig and rock a straight wig to work for a while. I fully intended on purchasing 'Heaven' again, this time in the color 1B, but it is sold out. Every site I checked only had this wig in it's blonde or red variations. Elevate Styles, Diva Wigs, Sista Wigs, Wig Types and all the other sites I searched were out of stock for the colors 1, 1B and 2. 

I was about to give up until I remembered a video I saw by fellow YouTuber theHeartsCake90. She purchased the Model-Model 'Joy' wig in the color 99J after finding that she couldn't find  'Heaven' in this color anywhere. I'm so happy that I watched that video. Because of it I was able to get the same look I wanted, in the color I wanted without waiting until the wig I initially wanted was back in stock! 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Pregnancy Vlog: Week 10!

Check out my latest YouTube video! At the start of week 11 of my pregnancy, I tell you all the important details about week 10! 

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Pregnancy in the First Trimester

How I'm handling being pregnant so far:

At 10 weeks  pregnant, I finally started to feel like a normal human being again. I've read and been told that pregnancy is such a beautiful thing, but that was hard to believe during weeks 7-8 which were the peak weeks of my morning sickness.

Now it is much easier to get up and ready for work. I am able to eat more, my appetite is almost back to what it was before my pregnancy. I also have more energy. I still find myself exhausted by 9 pm, but this is a big improvement from clocking out at 7 pm.

Lifestyle changes

Since finding out about my pregnancy I have made a few gradual changes. Prior to this point, I

was on a mostly fish diet. Mainly salmon, tilapia and shrimp, along with occasional baked chicken. So I have had to make some changes to my diet to include less fish, to protect my child from too much mercury, and more red meat & chicken. This change wasn't too hard since I have not always been on the mostly fish diet, but adding more calcium and certain foods has been a bit harder. I hate the taste of milk outside of a bowl of cereal, so getting more milk and calcium has been a challenge. I'm sure I will make more changes as we move along this journey but for now not much has changed. I've never been a heavy drinker and I don't smoke so that makes things pretty easy.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Look Who's Expecting.

Our Announcement

My boyfriend and I are excited to announce that we are expecting our first child together! I am extremely excited to embark on this journey with him and I am eager to document it here on this blog. 
We told very close family members first, mostly in person or over the phone around week 7 of my pregnancy. 

The big reveal came during week 9 in a post on Facebook. I could have just made a status stating that I was pregnant but why do that when you have access to Pintrest? My favorite photo-pregnancy announcement shows the father passed out on the floor holding a positive pregnancy test. For some reason, I felt this was hilarious and really captured my boyfriend and my sense of humor. We recreated this picture and posted it for our friends and family to see. If you are thinking of doing something like this you can always search unique or cool pregnancy announcements online or on Pintrest and you will find ample examples.