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Baby #2 Bumpdate | 33 Weeks

Baby #2 33 week bumpdate

It’s been over a month since I last did a bumpdate! Since my last bumpdate at 28 weeks, we’ve had a mini baby shower hosted by Justin’s coworkers, got a ton of baby clothes for Evelyn, bought a mom car (2008 Mazda CX-9), and set up plane tickets for my family to come for New Years! We also set an induction date for Evelyn: December 29th. But, I’m hoping she’ll come before then. Her official due date is January 2, but we’d prefer if she came in 2016.

Baby #2 33 week bumpdate

Gender and Name | Evelyn Morgan — girl.

Size of Baby | Lettuce Head…we are pretty sure she’s gotten head down now!

Due Date | January 2, 2017…but, we are having her induced December 29, 2016.

Weight Gain | I don’t like the scale anymore. I have a ton  of purple stretch marks all over my belly and thighs. Blech.

Clothing | All maternity clothes. I love my Old Navy maternity leggings.

Baby #2 33 week bumpdate

Sleep | Sometimes I only get up once to go pee. But, more recently, it’s been waking up at 5:30 AM to go pee, then back to bed for another 30-90 minutes before Rhys gets up. I’m also only taking naps maybe 33-50% of the time.

Symptoms | Pelvic and round ligament pain like nothing else! I also pull my thigh muscles all the time. Sometimes, it’s super hard to even walk! I’ve also gotten a few headaches.

Food Cravings | Dessert. Pepsi. Donuts. McDonalds’ Egg McMuffins.

Food Aversions | none really.

Baby #2 33 week bumpdate

Rhys | He is learning the difference between boys and girls. He knows that he and Justin are boys and Momma and Baby Evie are girls. He knows that the new clothes we are buying are for Baby Evie and are cute. Everytime there is a baby on a commercial, we try to explain to him, that’s a baby and we are going to have a baby soon. We tried potty training, hoping to only have one in diapers come New Years, but failed.

Here is Evelyn’s 28 week update.

Here is Rhys’s 32 week update.

Baby #2 33 week bumpdate

Tayler from The Morrell Tale.com

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.

Feeling Confident in Maternity Clothing

Maternity fashion can be cute and comfortable!

I was always uncomfortable when I was pregnant with Rhys. There were numerous reasons: I was teaching full-time and had to be in dresses or slacks and dressy clothes the entire week, I was always tired because of the stress of teaching a new subject at a new school, and I was getting too big for my regular clothes, but too small for real maternity clothing. Oh, and my third trimester was the last semester of school and my classroom’s AC unit didn’t work. Yeah. Joy. By the last few weeks of school, my wardrobe was super limited. At home, I was mostly wearing my pajama pants and Justin’s shirts. I didn’t really feel confident in my looks.

Maternity fashion can be cute and comfortable!

However, this summer, when we learned we were moving to Texas, I immediately started looking for more maternity clothing. I didn’t really have any leisure maternity clothes. I bought some maternity shorts and some boyfriend tees from Old Navy. But, as I got bigger, my non-maternity “maternity” clothing that I wore all the time last pregnancy, wasn’t really cutting it anymore. I could still fit in, but my underwear was tight, my shirts showed every roll. No.

My mom came and visited and I was stressing over what to wear out that didn’t make me look huge: wide and fat. She spoiled me by buying me a lot of maternity clothes. I was also convinced by my friend Danica (an Old Navy die hard) to get some maternity leggings.

With my new wardrobe or maternity pants, shorts, leggings, shirts, tanks, and dresses (and bigger underwear), I feel comfortable. I didn’t think you could be this comfortable while pregnant and still look super cute! I am so happy that my mother and I both spent money on a real maternity wardrobe for me. I feel confident. I can’t wait to mix and max my new clothes, put on makeup, do my hair, and go somewhere to show off my bump. And that has really made a big difference the past few weeks for me.

Maternity fashion can be cute and comfortable!

I’m not wanting to sit or lay down all the time. I’m not adjusting the lines on my underwear against the lines of my maternity pants. I don’t feel like I’m exploding out of my shirts. But, I’m not wearing baggy clothing, like pajamas and Justin’s shirts. Sure, I look at my photos from my bumpdates and think to myself: I sure look really wide in that photo. But, I have to remember the camera puts on 10 pounds. And, I don’t look wide in front of my mirror. People give me compliments on my outfits, especially at church. That’s what I need to focus on–the positive. How do I feel in what I wear? Right now, I feel good about my looks, therefore, I look good.

So seriously, invest in some bigger underwear, cute maternity pants of different fabrics and lengths, and adorable maternity shirts or tunics. Check out Old Navy and Target–they always have maternity stuff on sale–that’s where I was lead to!

Maternity fashion can be cute and comfortable!

I am so lucky to have friends who have been pregnant both times I have! So, I have teamed up with some of these ladies to showcase our favorite maternity outfits as well as talk about how they are confident as well. Make sure you check them out.

Danica from Danikan Skywalker
Bonnie from The Life of Bon
Emma from Ever Emma
Maternity fashion can be cute and comfortable!
I absolutely love these shorts! They are from Old Navy and are the absolute perfect length to work with my Mormon underwear, which go to a few inches above my knees! And, they are so comfy in this horrible Texan summer…yes, it’s still in the mid-high 80s here! And this shirt isn’t maternity, but it’s supposed to be loose fitting and I love how it accentuates my belly!
28 weeks pregnant and rocking a cute "non-maternity" maternity outfit: black maternity shirt from @OldNavy, non-maternity Maxi dress, and amethyst necklace from @happinessbtq
I love maxi skirts because they aren’t maternity! They work without a bump and work for a bump! The shirt is maternity. I love getting solid colored neutral tone shirts so I can layer them or mix and match.
Baby #2 Evelyn. 23 weeks bumpdate.
This outfit was my favorite up until my 3rd trimester. It is a boyfriend tee (non-maternity) and worked with my smaller bump…now it’s getting a bit too short and boxy for me without a tank under it. These capris aren’t maternity either, but only have elastic on them, so they worked perfectly with my growing bump. Sadly, these pants died in the wash…I put them in perfectly in tact, just stinky, and they came out with big holes in the seams!!!!! I was so sad putting them in the trash!
What are your favorite maternity outfits and why? How do you make yourself look comfortable and confident while pregnant?
Tayler from The Morrell Tale.com
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.

How to Self-Care When You Are Pregnant

Self-care is very important when you are pregnant. Your body and mind are both working overtime creating a new baby. It is super stressful, emotional, and wears on you physically. Here are some easy ways to care for yourself when you are pregnant!

Recently, I talked about how my anxiety is getting ahead of me during this pregnancy sometimes, even though I’m on top of my medication. I gave a few ways how I personally begin to de-stress. I feel that it is very important to take notice of when life seems to get the better of you, especially when you are pregnant. That is something I didn’t really do, notice, or understand with my first pregnancy (of course, I was teaching a new subject at a new school with a 50 minute commute and didn’t really even have time to think!). This pregnancy, I’m trying to pay more attention to my own needs and self-care, and thankfully, I have a wonderful husband who has completely supported me in doing so.

Self-care is very important when you are pregnant. Your body and mind are both working overtime creating a new baby. It is super stressful, emotional, and wears on you physically. Here are some easy ways to care for yourself when you are pregnant!

Get Enough Sleep

There is a special time after your kids go to bed–you and your spouse’s “happy hour.” However, it’s important to listen to your body and get enough sleep at night. I try to go to bed round 10 pm because I’m usually up (because of either my husband or my 2 year old) by 6:30 am. Also, take naps when you can. Last pregnancy, I didn’t have any kids, but I didn’t have any opportunity to nap until dinner time…which meant that sometimes I napped past dinner and got up at 8 pm starving! This time, I take a nap with my son if I’m feeling exhausted. Or, I’ll plop him down in front of the TV while I close my eyes for 20-30 minutes.

Get Clothes That Fit

Last pregnancy, I didn’t gain a lot of weight. But, I still stretched out my shirts a bit. I mainly got maternity slacks and wore a ton of maxi dresses and skirts while I taught. Which meant, this time round, I didn’t have a lot of leisure maternity clothes. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money since we had just paid for a move, but I was tired of either feeling slouchy in my husband’s tees or showing every line and bulge with shirts that weren’t maternity. I finally convinced myself it was ok to spend money on maternity clothing. Thank goodness for Old Navy and Target having cute, inexpensive maternity wear! I didn’t know you could be this comfortable while pregnant, and I am so grateful that I spent the money to do so. It definitely has helped me to feel more confident!

Be Healthy, But Spoil Yourself Sometimes

Last pregnancy, we ate out a lot and didn’t have a ton of real meals for dinner. I was getting home at around 4:45 pm and my husband after that. Neither of us really felt like cooking. I ate like crap, and although I didn’t gain a lot of weight, it was definitely hard to recover after giving birth. This time round, I am trying to eat healthier and exercise. I pay attention to my body and don’t over do it while exercising. I actually use this awesome low-intensity HIIT home workout app three times a week. Go on walks. Rhys and I take the stroller out on mornings sometimes (when it’s not an oven down here in Texas!). We also go to the mall and take laps in the AC. Thankfully, my cravings have also been a bit healthier: salad, fresh food, sandwiches, etc. But, it’s also ok to spoil yourself sometimes. Every now and then, I have a Pepsi and make some dessert.

Self-care is very important when you are pregnant. Your body and mind are both working overtime creating a new baby. It is super stressful, emotional, and wears on you physically. Here are some easy ways to care for yourself when you are pregnant!

Get Away For a Night

There have been two times this pregnancy that I have just been overwhelmed with life, with relationships, with stress, with motherhood. It has ended in full-blown panic attacks and lashing out. My wonderful husband told me to go out to dinner and spend a night at the Marriott hotel. It was exactly what I needed! Some solitary, quiet hours to just relax and catch up on life. Oh, and I slept in past 9 AM both times!

Do What Needs to Get Done

A lot of people think that self-care is all about self-indulgence or spoiling yourself. Not always. Sometimes, the best way to care for yourself is to eliminate stress of procrastination. Get your to-do list done. Be productive. Clean up. Take small steps in doing so, and take numerous breaks, but don’t put things off. You’ll feel a lot more relaxed and happy.

Stay Religious

No matter what religion you proscribe to, pay attention to it during your pregnancy. It can be a lot of comfort to yourself. Read scriptures, meditate, pray, attend church.

Care About Your Looks

Take a shower! A full shower! Wash your hair, shave your legs and armpits, brush your teeth, actually do your hair, and put on at least some makeup. Your confidence levels and self-esteem will raise dramatically if you do. Use nice products. You don’t have to get top of the line brand name makeup or hair care products, but be willing to spend more than a few dollars on them. A shampoo that I’ve recently started liking is this Winter Blend Shampoo from Maple Holistics.

Maple Holistics is a natural and holistic beauty product company. All their products are made in the USA, all natural, cruelty free, sulfate free, and safe for color. Their Winter Blend Shampoo is great for the winter time because it takes care of your wear during harsh weather that would break it or cause it to frizz. It is a mint blend and includes wild mint, bergamot mint, spearmint, peppermint, eucalyptus mint, and jojoba oil. I absolutely loved the scent of it while using it–it permeated the entire shower and really helped to relax me. It works perfectly with the Winter Blend Conditioner!

The best thing is, you can even get some free samples of Maple Holistic products by clicking here!!

Self-care is very important when you are pregnant. Your body and mind are both working overtime creating a new baby. It is super stressful, emotional, and wears on you physically. Here are some easy ways to care for yourself when you are pregnant!

Self-care is very important when you are pregnant. Your body and mind are both working overtime creating a new baby. It is super stressful, emotional, and wears on you physically. Here are some easy ways to care for yourself when you are pregnant!

How do you self-care while pregnant?

Tayler from The Morrell Tale.com

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 #2 Bumpdate | 28 Weeks

Cute "non-maternity" maternity outfit: black maternity shirt from @OldNavy, non-maternity Maxi dress, and amethyst necklace from @happinessbtq

I am officially in the 3rd trimester! Hallelujah! I am already feeling finished with this pregnancy. Here, at 28 weeks, I am already as big as I was with Rhys during full-term! I am 3 pounds away from the weight I was right before I gave birth to him. I feel heavy, I look heavy, and I don’t like it. Mainly, I’m tired of the lower back pain and the round ligament pain. And the exhaustion. But, I absolutely cannot wait to hold a baby girl in my arms! I am so ready for those newborn cuddles and babbles and gassy smiles.

By the way, if you don’t care about the bumpdate stuff, go to the very end of the post…there is an option to get some adorable discounted jewelry!

28 weeks pregnant and rocking a cute "non-maternity" maternity outfit: black maternity shirt from @OldNavy, non-maternity Maxi dress, and amethyst necklace from @happinessbtq

Gender and Name | Girl: Evelyn Morgan Morrell (I’m fighting for Evie as a nickname pronounced “eevee”)

Size of Baby | Eggplant! And, a sideways one, too! She is transverse! Hopefully she’ll change positions in the next 10 weeks!

Due Date | January 2nd. Please oh please don’t come anywhere between the 24th-26th!

28 weeks pregnant and rocking a cute "non-maternity" maternity outfit: black maternity shirt from @OldNavy, non-maternity Maxi dress, and amethyst necklace from @happinessbtq

Weight Gain | 175 with clothes on. I was 178 when I gave birth to Rhys, so I’m almost at the heaviest I’ve ever been…and I still have 90 or so days! Most of the weight gain has gone to my thighs…which are huge! And, I’m actually getting stretch marks on them! Yuck! I can’t wait to start losing weight and vigorously working out once Evelyn is here!

Clothing | All maternity now, or maxi skirts and oversized shirts. My mom definitely spoiled me last week while she was here and got me some good, casual maternity clothes. Last time, I was teaching full-time and depended heavily on maxi skirts and dresses. But, that meant, I didn’t have any leisure maternity clothes this time. So, thanks, mom! I never knew you could be this comfy and confident while wearing clothing pregnant!

28 weeks pregnant and rocking a cute "non-maternity" maternity outfit: black maternity shirt from @OldNavy, non-maternity Maxi dress, and amethyst necklace from @happinessbtq

Sleep | Sometimes it takes forever for me to fall asleep because 1) I have to pee so many times as I’m just laying down, 2) my mind is still going 1000 mph, and 3) I can’t get comfortable with round ligament pain and baby girl kicks and kicks and kicks. I still wake up once or twice to go pee in the middle of the night.

Symptoms | Round ligament pain and back pain every day! I’m told it’s because of the transverse position that my baby girl is in. Sigh. I have energy again, but I just don’t want to move because of the pain. I love walking around the mall, but one lap just about does me in now. I’m also peeing all the time. When I let Rhys know that I have to go pee again, he laughs and says, “Mama!”, like, “again, mom? come on!”

28 weeks pregnant and rocking a cute "non-maternity" maternity outfit: black maternity shirt from @OldNavy, non-maternity Maxi dress, and amethyst necklace from @happinessbtq

Food Cravings | None really.

Food Aversions | Greasy food, like fast-food, doesn’t sound super appetizing.

28 weeks pregnant and rocking a cute "non-maternity" maternity outfit: black maternity shirt from @OldNavy, non-maternity Maxi dress, and amethyst necklace from @happinessbtq

Rhys | He knows where Baby Evelyn is, but he thinks she is just in “a” tummy. Sometimes I’ll ask him if she is in my tummy, and he’ll so “no, Rhys tummy” and point to his belly. It’s cute. He likes looking at her clothing. He’s peed in his training potty twice the past two weeks and we are going to officially seriously start training him in November.

Here is Evelyn’s 24 week update

Here is Rhys’s 25 week update and 28 week update

28 weeks pregnant and rocking a cute "non-maternity" maternity outfit: black maternity shirt from @OldNavy, non-maternity Maxi dress, and amethyst necklace from @happinessbtq

I received this necklace from the Happiness Boutique in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

I love everything about this outfit…the maxi skirt is not maternity, and it’s super long, which I like (although it keeps snagging on my boot heels!). I also absolutely love this amethyst necklace! Amethyst is my birthstone, and I think it happens to be the prettiest stone, too (not biased at all). I love getting amethyst jewelry and decorations, and when I saw this long necklace, I knew I needed to have it. I love having long necklaces, and I feel that when they have a pop of color, like this stone, they are their own kind of statement necklaces. Sometimes, I even decide my outfits based on what piece of “statement” jewelry I want to wear. It’s the perfect way to accessorize a limited wardrobe–which is why I typically buy solid colored tops and staples of a closet and neutral colors at that.

Amethyst necklace from @happinessbtq

When I saw this necklace from The Happiness Boutique, I had have it! I love how long it is and how big the stone is! And the best part, they have a billion (well, not literally) necklaces to chose from, all different lengths and styles. They also have necklaces, rings, scarves, bracelets, and even some clothing. A lot are a bit more bohemian, which I absolutely love.

Right now, if you order, you could save 10% by using the coupon code themorrelltale on all orders over 19 Euros or $21 US dollars (they are European based, but honestly, the shipping is FAST–faster than some shops ship in the US!). until November 5th.

Also, they offer free shipping when you join their customer reward program, and you can currently enter their bi-monthly giveaway–I’m definitely entering…I’m definitely hooked on this boutique now and already have some earrings in my “shopping cart”!

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Tayler from The Morrell Tale.com

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.

How to De-Stress While Pregnant

Pregnancy can be anxiety inducing in of itself, but it you already suffer from anxiety or depression, these tips on how to de-stress will really help.

If you’ve read my blog for a while now, you know that I have suffered anxiety my entire life. However, since first becoming pregnant with Rhys, it just continued to get worse, even after I gave birth, eventually turning into PPD. Now that I’m pregnant again, and after going through a rough summer financially and full of transitions, it’s really important for me to focus on my mental health. I know that I’m prone to getting PPD again with this second child, and I want to avoid that. I still do have some panic attacks or pits of depression. There are some days that my anxiety gets the best of me. But, I try to use different techniques to try to overcome my anxiety and to de-stress.

Pregnancy can be anxiety inducing in of itself, but it you already suffer from anxiety or depression, these tips on how to de-stress will really help.

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Have some alone time

This is the biggest one. When I’m having a bad day, my husband always gives me a bit of time to de-stress and de-compress when he gets home. I go in our room, close the door, turn off the lights, and lay on the bed. Sometimes I’ll watch some TV, sometimes I’ll take a small nap, sometimes I’ll surf through social media on my phone. This works regardless of being pregnant or not!

Take a shower

Thankfully, Rhys is so well behaved when I shower. I let him know I’m going to hop in and ask him to be a good boy. He’ll go play in his room with his toys or sit on the couch and watch a show. Whether or not I need a shower, the warm water and enclosed space is very relaxing to me. I’m not really a bath person–plus, I haven’t really had a good, big, bath-taking tub for years. But, I could stay in the warm water shower for hours if it didn’t run up the water bill and if I didn’t have things to do! Just make sure it’s not too hot when you are pregnant!

Take a nap and cuddle time

Rhys still takes a two hour nap in the afternoon. Some bad days, I’ll take a nap as well. Regardless of if I physically fell more rested after the nap (only about 50% of the time), more than likely, I’m calmer and more positive. I am so lucky to have such an adorable, sweet, caring, sensitive two year old boy as a son. He knows when I am having a bad day and will try his best to be super cuddly or comfort me. I let him. I relish his cuddles. A lot of times, I’ll nap when my arms wrapped around him as he naps. Hugs really do wonders, especially when they come from your children!

Think of the positives of your new baby

There was a time during the first trimester when Justin had just been laid off that I had a hard time accepting the timing of this pregnancy. It was a source of stress: would we be able to afford the pregnancy and birth, what if it’s a girl and we have to buy everything, where will we fit her in a small 2 bedroom apartment (or if we were still in my parents’ basement, where!?!?!–Rhys was already literally in the closet). The space issue and getting girly stuff still is a source of stress for me, as is wondering how I’m going to do 2 under 3 with different schedules and needs. But, I’ll just rub my little bump and relish in the movements that Evelyn makes inside of me. Everything will turn out for the best.

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Bring it to God

I can’t tell you how many times I have been on my knees during the day, crying to God, in the past two months since moving to Texas. Even before then, even before Justin found a job. Without fail, always, God comforts me when I’m having stress, anxiety and depression. It may not be immediately, but I always do stop crying by the time I’m down praying. Having faith in Him to get me through my stress is a huge uplifter.

How do you de-stress when you are pregnant?

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.