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Not Maternity Clothes

 

Shirt: Papaya
Dress: Papaya
Cardigan: Papaya
Shoes: Sole Envy
Necklace: It’s a real leaf dipped in bronze. I got it at a Christmas gift expo.
First of all, can you tell that I love Papaya? It’s my favorite shop ever! They always have the cutest items that are still in style on their $3, $5, $7, and $10 clearance racks!
Well, this week, I went to the mall to try and find maternity clothing. Everything was over-priced, in my opinion, not that cute, and bulky/bulgy in areas it didn’t need to be. So, giving up, my husband and I walked past Papaya, which was having a sale. typically when we go to the mall, I always check into Papaya and buy at least one item of clothing. I walked past it–no reason for me to go in since I was pregnant and they don’t sell maternity clothing. But then, I just couldn’t handle not seeing the clearance items…so we walked in.
I found some really cute maxi dresses (including the one above). The mediums (my normal size) fit perfectly and the neckline was in the perfect place. But…it was an inch or so above my ankles and fit too snuggly to ignore the fact that I was just going to get bigger in the next few months. So, I tried the large. Perfect length, and a very comfy fit with an undershirt, and room for my belly to grow!
So, I bought two–this neutral colored one, and a pink, tan, and navy blue one for $15 each. I also bought a $3 undershirt and two $5 long-sleeved cardigans. I’m so happy!
It’s not maternity clothes, but it’s comfy and it’s cute, and I feel good in it! And isn’t that all that really matters? I have to say I am thankful for maxi dresses/skirts!
When did you start wearing maternity clothes? Did you like them?

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Baby Bumpdate–25 Weeks

Wow! I am on my last few weeks of the 2nd trimester. It certainly has gone by fast.
I am so excited about this good weather–it means that not only is the school year quickly ending, but the day I meet my son is getting closer.
Side Effects
– I’m definitely bigger. My wardrobe is stretching. I have to go shopping for maternity clothes this week.
– Exhaustion with no limits! My goodness gracious!
– Rhys is definitely my son–he wiggles almost non-stop. He actually kicked Justin in the face yesterday.
– Sore backs in the morning. It’s hard to get comfy, even with pillows everywhere. I also feel bad for Justin–I wiggle all the time in bed, now. Sometimes, I’ll even get up, walk around the living room and sometimes even fall asleep on the couch. Darn, son. =)
– I’m beginning to feel like a turtle. True, I’m not that big to the average eye, but compared with my normal body size, it is getting hard to get up!
– I am now the heaviest I’ve ever weighed (the same I weighed in 12th grade).
Cravings
– Fruity stuff: fruits, fruity drinks, fruity smoothies, fruity salads, fruity flavored candy.
Other Things
– People are actually beginning to notice  am pregnant now.
– Justin can feel Rhys kick now. I love it when Justin puts his hand on my tummy to feel our son, and when he talks to our son.
– Because this week is my school’s Spring Break, I’ve had the time to go work out. I’ve missed it so much! Thankfully, Rhys is quiet and and behaves while I work on the treadmill and lift weights.

Also, we are doing a VLOG next week! Any questions you have for us?

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

22 Week Bumpdate



Side Effects

– Definitely still exhausted, and thus, falling a little behind in grading and lesson planning.
– I’m wanting to eat all the time. I’m not sure it it’s actual hunger or just wanting food in my mouth….
– Carrying things or going up stairs is requiring more effort
– Only 1 more pair of jeans fit me and my two pairs of slacks are getting pretty tight–I may have to go shopping for stretchy pants soon!
Food Cravings
– Chocolate is becoming a bit more appealing to me, which makes me happy!
Exciting Things
– My mom is starting to plan a family baby shower for me for April (a little early, but a lot of my in-laws will be in Idaho/Utah for my sister-in-law’s wedding then)
– Justin was finally able to feel Rhys kick
– My doctor said that Rhys’s heart is very strong–that makes me so happy and relieved
– My mom told my husband/dad/brother to help me carry things, even though it still doesn’t strain me.
– My students are becoming more aware of my pregnancy (they already knew, but they are commenting on it more). One asked me if I expect them to believe that a pregnant teacher stays up to midnight to make sure online homework is turned in on time (I said no, I just look at the time-stamp). Another told me that I definitely don’t look like I’m half-way done with the pregnancy.
Things That Make Me Nervous
– Still indecisive about what I want to do next year–not that I can really decide until we know where Justin gets a job.
– I have a coworker who has gotten a lot of contagious illnesses recently, and that made me nervous for Rhys’s sake. So, I got both a flu shot and a whooping cough shot. Now, my right arm is sore!
I was given that weird juice drink for my 26 week appointment to check for diabetes stuff…but, having to work in West Jordan while living in Provo and only having 1 more paid day off I’m saving for my SIL’s wedding, makes me a little nervous about planning it. I did get a referral to do it at a hospital closer to my school, if I can find one that take my insurance. Thankfully, I still have a few weeks to work all the details out.
Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

20 Week Bumpdate and Gender Reveal

I’m super excited to introduce you to our son, Rhys.
Rhys is one of my favorite Welsh names. It means both “enthusiastic” and “brave warrior,” which are perfect meanings to give to a boy’s name. It is pronounced Reese, but definitely not Americanized or Anglicized. 
We aren’t sure on a middle name yet. But, at least we know the gender and we know the name.
Both Justin and I have been counting down the hours all weekend to this ultrasound. Justin wanted a boy so badly that he started to believe that we would have a girl. I honestly wanted a girl more, but was hesitant because we couldn’t really solidly agree on any names for girls.
The ultrasound was so fun! The first thing the radiologist did was tell us of it was a boy or girl. She pointed out Rhys’s manhood, and said, “He is showing it off, so there isn’t any doubt.”
However, Rhys was being finicky with the radiologist–his back was turned to us, so she had a hard time getting pictures of his front side, which she needed to do. We both tried to get him to move, which he did quite a lot, but never in the way she needed him to be. Justin and I both agreed that the fidgety-ness and stubborness of Rhys definitely makes him my child, and makes me believe that he will most likely be a red-head like his mommy (because you know what they say about red-heads and their temperament).
I was also relieved to hear all the measurements were normal and everything was developing right on schedule. I was a little worried about Rhys’s size since I’m still not showing very much, but he is a healthy, average boy so far!
This is my first picture taken with my new tripod–thanks Justin! (Now, just to convince him to get me a DSLR to replace my 5-year-old digital Canon)
Side Effects
– My appetite definitely is growing…I’m wanting to eat more often…not necessarily more at once, but definitely more often.
– I’ve been getting more headaches recently, which has also affected my eyesight. Now, it’s been two years since I’ve updated my eye prescription, so needing new lenses could also be working against me, rather than it solely being second trimester headaches. Thankfully, I made an eye appointment to get that checked out.
– I’ve had another wave of fatigue. I want to sleep and stay asleep. I typically only get 20 minute catnaps in (when I have time) and still get up before 6AM, but I wish I could spend more time in bed.
– Definitely had two big pregnancy brains! #1 Put deodorant, instead of astringent, on a cottonball to put on my face. Thankfully, I noticed before it actually landed on my face. #2 I put leftovers from dinner (after serving Justin and myself) into a tupperware and put the tupperware away…in the tupperware cupboard. I didn’t notice until after dinner…
Food Cravings
– Mozzerrella Sticks (guess where I got them…Sonic!)
– Gummy foods (gummy worms, peach rings, starbursts, gushers)
– Fruity foods, especially fruity candy
– During my 17 Week Bumpdate, I mentioned I was craving Pepsi, so Justin bought me some Caffeine-Free Pepsi for my birthday last week.
Exciting Things
– Rhys loves to move, especially during the evening. He is kicking a lot. He’ll typically do it for about 10 minutes straight, then be done. However, every single time Justin has tried to feel him move, Rhys stops. It’s like he’s teasing his daddy or something.
Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Place Your Bets!

Today, we find out whether we are having a son or a daughter, so place your bets!
What do you think we are going to have–boy or girl?


Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.