Wednesday, October 31, 2012

25 weeks Mama Style




I love the rain. I've got to growing up in the Lower Mainland. But we had an incredibly sunny and mild day this last Sunday so we were able to get some shots in at the Lost Lagoon. It is so beautiful there with all of the leaves that have changed colours and the swans. Its definitely a gem of Vancouver.

Ezra was playing in the yard the other night and it just struck me... you are the little boy that I've always dreamed of being a mommy to. It was pretty simple, but I felt like I've been taking him for granted when I had that thought. He is amazing, my role in his life is a precious and so important. This baby will be too. I can still remember missing Ezra's little kicks and nudges a few days after he was born. I am sure I am going to feel the same when this one is born too. I have now though... and that is all that matters. I am really enjoying it.




Outfit Details:
- plum dress - Spank
- skinny black belt - Old Navy
- maternity leggings - Assets
- necklace - pressed forget me nots handmade by my dad

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

24 weeks Mama Style


Its been super rainy here in the Lower Mainland, which is why I had to skip out on week 23! Here is week 24 though. All bundled up at the park.

Might have been just me, but when I was a little girl I had a pretty good appetite. Some people would even comment on it, "She's a growing girl." I kind of feel like that again since I am hungry almost all of the time right now.

I have also been nesting this week! Its kind of crazy because its seems really early to be baking, cooking and cleaning more than normal. It makes sense though. With my first pregnancy I felt like I couldn't do ANYTHING for the last couple month so maybe I'm just preparing for that happening again. Hopefully not. Hoping for the best this time around as the third trimester approaches.






Outfit Details:
- vintage coral coat - thrifted
- striped cream cami - Romy
- ultra light pink cardigan - Plenty
- spotted scarf - Esprit
- black rubber boots - Joe Fresh
- white belt - second hand

Thursday, October 11, 2012

22 weeks Mama style


This is week 22. The time is just flying by! I have hardly had a chance to even start thinking about getting stuff we might need for baby #2. I guess we pretty much have everything we really need though from baby #1 still, unless its a girl? I really couldn't say if I 'felt' like it was one way or the other. It kind of seems unreal to me still...






Outfit Details:
- stripey vintage sweater - thrifted
- denim button up - Dex
- black skinny maternity jeans - Zara
- brown hiking boots - Thinsulate
- vintage anchor pin - my mom gave it to me. she bought it when she went to Hawaii when she was a teen!

Monday, October 8, 2012

2nd Trimester Buddies

 I'm almost out of my second trimester now for my second time around. So far it HAS been the dreamy trimester that I've read about in pregnancy books and online helps. YAY! I have definitely not been as tired or nauseated, but sometimes it is still hard to stay motivated to stay positive with crazy hormones and an ever changing and GROWING body.

Here are some items I have found helpful during this time:

1. Lip Stain - By Benefit. Its a repeat item from my 1st trimester collage and its a goody for similar reasons. Instead of not needing to be concerned about smudges because of things coming out though, this time its not needing to be concerned about smudging lipstick when things are going in. It definitely helps fight the Frumpy Dumps like I mentioned in my post about the Maternity Style Dilemma. It helps to have a bit of makeup to enhance that maternal glow.

2. Stay Don't Stray - Eye Primer by Benefit. This stuff is amazing! With hormone levels escalating I've found that my skin is oilier than usual. The outcome is drudgey eye make-up by the end of the day. This product has really done what the title claims. It also has helped in the aid of covering up the redness of some pesky angry little zits that have popped up this trimester.

3. Brita Water Bottle - Is another repeat item from my 1st trimester collage. I have been busy this trimester making up for lost time from my first and in preparation for the third and ultimately baby time! With so much to do, its easy to forget something as essential as drinking water! This water bottle can be filled up anywhere and filters on the go since the filter is inside the bottle and works as you drink.

4. Maternity Pants - So I had two pairs of maternity jeggings that stretched out during my last pregnancy. In searching for ways to alter clothes for pregnancy I came across this wonderful blog called Cotton and Curls. She has regular feature articles on her maternity looks, how to alter or refashion clothes for maternity and non maternity and easy to follow free DIY's. I used her tutorial on how to tailor your trousers as a guide to alter my pants so that I could wear them again this time around. I just couldn't see spending more money again on something I am only going to wear for five more months! I am so glad we live in a blogger age where people can share such helpful information!

5. Sports Cross-over Bra - During this trimester the ladies grow, get heavier and need support, even at night. I have seen a lot of these bras marketed specifically for pregnant/nursing women, but they really are exactly the same as the ones you can find in the non maternity active wear sections of department stores for half the price. I got both my two cotton bras for $20 at the Bay. I will probably use them all through the nursing stage like I did the first time around. They really make a difference at nighttime at holding it all in while I thrash about, trying to find a comfy spot on our double bed.

6. Lavender and Tea Tree Essential oils - By Escents. Back to those pesky little zits... These two versatile oils do a number on them. I get a q-tip with a drop of each oil on it and dab those little suckers before bedtime. They usually dry up or at least shrink dramatically... even those "I hate you" underground hard ones that show up. Lavender aids in healing the skin, and Tea tree is a strong disinfectant, well they both are, but the combo rocks!

7. Stretch Mark Prevention Oil - By Escents. Prevention is the best treatment. I lathered my tummy up with this oil and I did still get some stretch marks, but probably not as bad as they could have been. What I WISH someone told me though, was to put it not just on the tummy, but the hips, thighs, lower back, and breasts!  This oil has super great ingredients: Evening Primrose Oil, Almond Oil, Mandarin and Lavender, and most importantly Vitamin E, help prevent scars before they appear.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

21.5 weeks Mama Style


21 and a half weeks? Okay, I probably won't do this too often but I guess I've been feeling so good that I have done this feature twice in one week! 



Outfit Details:

- dress - Plenty
- cream cami - Romy
- black cardigan - Dynamite
- gray maternity jeggings (taken in to be slimmer at the ankles) - Thyme Maternity
- moccasins - Winners
- necklace - handmade by my dad for my graduation outfit (it has little forget-me-nots pressed between two pieces of glass)

Friday, October 5, 2012

Lentil Couscous Soup - From My Kitchen

This simple and tasty soup is hearty, and would be perfect on a cool Autumn's day! It features the delicate flavor of fennel matched with Garam Masala. I think I feel a craving coming on...


What you will need

1 Tbsp of olive oil
1 small onion chopped
2 large carrots sliced
1/2 large fennel bulb chopped
1 lb of tomatoes chopped
1 box of low sodium chicken/ veggie broth
1 tsp of curry powder
1/2 tsp of ginger powder
1 Tbsp Garam Masala
2/3 cup of dried red lentils
1/2 cup of whole wheat dry couscous

1/4 toasted slivered almonds (optional) 

Method:

1. Heat oil in large pot. 
2. On medium heat, add chopped vegetables and brown. Add a sprinkle of salt to help the browning process.
3. Add broth and bring pot to a boil.
4. Add the rest of the ingredients and let the put simmer for about 15-20 minutes. 

Serves 4



Thursday, October 4, 2012

21 Weeks Mama Style


21 weeks here after a sushi feast. I stuck to the artificial Cali rolls and the cooked stuff. I am feeling the baby's kicks get stronger now, and feeling more and more tired and hungry during the day. Its all part of it though and I'm glad!

We got to go for an ultrasound this week too! We aren't going to find out the gender of the baby this time like we did with baby #1. All we know is this baby has the right amount of everything. YAY!






Outfit Details:
- beige blouse - thrifted
- tweed full skirt - thrifted
- chocolate knee highs - Jacob
- boots - Urban Outfitters
- red cardigan - Winners
- belt - Old Navy

Enjoy!
Gabrielle

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

1st Trimester Nausea Buster Buddies

During my first trimester with both pregnancies, my biggest problem was with nausea. I don't claim to be an expert, and every pregnancy is different, but here are a few items that helped me get through my first trimester this pregnancy that I wish I knew about when I was pregnant with our first baby.

1. Strong Hair Elastics - Mine are the Goody Extra thick Ouchless ones. I kept my hair back for almost the entire first trimester because I had a lot of vomiting, so this is an obvious one. 

2. Brita Water Bottle - This has been a life saver. If I drank too much water at a time I would throw up, so if I sipped all day long whenever I could I stayed hydrated enough not to land myself in the hospital. Also, wherever I went I could fill it because there is a filter right inside the bottle. I don't know if this is TMI, but if I was out and happened to throw up, I really wanted to have something to wash my mouth out with.

3. Lip Stain - By Benefit. When I did go out, I chose a lip stain instead of a lipstick. With a lip stain, I could drink my water without having to worry about smudging and reapplying. I also liked it because I can't even tell that I am wearing it whereas lipstick I can. 

4. Rejuvenating Aroma blend by Escents -  I am a big fan of this company since I used to work for them and fell in love with the product. I carried this little bottle around with me in case I encountered an offsetting triggering smell like cooked onions, garlic, or bad BO. I suppose this smell might not work for someone else and they could try others, but I would always consult an aromatherapist or sales associate to make sure that the essential oils are safe for pregnancy.

5. Rejuvenating Body Lotion by Escents - In preparation for some major skin stretching, but too early for the heavy duty stuff. Plus, the heavy duty stuff I use had an offsetting smell. Grapefruit oil is good for promoting circulation too (it is a lymphatic stimulant), in addition to rubbing the cream on the skin as well. Circulation in the skin helps cellular repair, decreases varicose vein development and helps with cellulite.

6. Ginger Candy - I buy mine from Chinese grocery stores, but I've seen a very similar candy sold at health food stores. The candy is soft and sweet with a very strong ginger taste. Ginger helps ward off nausea and I found helped me get a bit of an appetite. 

7. Brown Paper Bags - They are cheap, they can be folded into your purse or tucked into your pocket for emergency up chucks. I also breathed inside them if there was a bad smell around me. 

8. Stone Wheat Thins - Sometimes a dry cracker is all I could eat. Tasteless, dry crackers. They really helped settle my stomach. 

There are lots of other things that I've heard helped women through their first trimesters and they didn't work for either of mine. The one I most commonly hear is peppermint tea. I tried it during my first pregnancy and I still to this day can't drink peppermint tea because I threw up so badly after drinking it. Maybe it was too late? Who knows. 

The first trimester is so exciting and it should be! Any little thing that helps should be used and abused. Especially if you are trying to keep the pregnancy on the down low. I was not able to keep either one of my pregnancies a secret from my family because I was so nauseous. I tried taking Diclectin (prescribed by my doctor), but it didn't work unfortunately. 

In the grand scheme of things though, the first trimester of pregnancy is just a fraction of the rest of your life. It is temporary and well worth it. It helped having the support of my mom and husband. It helped especially when they reminded me of the sweet little baby that comes at the end of all of this. The second time around, it was also incredible to have Ezra with me every day, distracting me, needing me, and pretending to throw up with me even. His very existence reminded me that all of the sickness is for a wonderful reason. Its so important to try and stay as positive as possible in all stages through pregnancy and postpartum and to surround one's self with things and people that can help one achieve a positive and thankful outlook. 

Have you or are you pregnant right now? What little things did you find helpful or find are helping you through the day if you are feeling sick?

A Formal Evening Mama Style



Last Weekend we attended Ezra's first wedding! He was pretty good for being 19 months old and having a short attention span. We sat in the back row just in case :)
I had an outfit in mind that I was going to wear, but I popped out more that week so it didn't fit right anymore. Instead of panicking, I looked in my closet to problem solve. I have this full black skirt that I thought wouldn't work, but I tried it on and it did! Its supposed to sit lower on your waist, but I pulled it up over the baby bump and it worked! I paired it with a non maternity top since I didn't need to worry about the tummy showing with the skirt on top and here is what I had! I also had a little light brown sweater but I didn't get a chance to get a good picture if me wearing it. Oh well.
In my humble opinion, the accessories and the hair really pulled this look off.


Outfit details:
- dark blue tank - soaked in luxury
- full black skirt - Jacob (from 9 years ago!)
- navy shoes - Hand me downs from my sister in law
- tapestry bag - a gift from my Auntie Brenda
- jewellery - my own handmade, some from school and some from PiecesIEnjoy
Enjoy
Gabrielle