Planning a Baby Shower

baby shower

Baby showers are a lot of fun, especially for pregnant mom-to-be. Before you or a friend throw a baby shower there are a few things you should do to prepare. The first thing is figure out if this will be a surprise shower or not. There are benefits to both, the first one being if she knows she can help you with a list of people that she would like to be there. However, if it is a surprise she’ll be touched that you cared enough to throw her a baby shower.

Making the Guest List

When it comes to making the guest list things can get a little tricky. Find out if there is anyone that would be upset if they weren’t invited. Never leave out close family or friends, at least give them the option of showing up. Also, if for whatever reason there could be potential problems between two guests, don’t invite them.

Games

Planning games for a shower can be a bit difficult when you have so many fun options and have a few gifts to pass out as prizes. Here is a quick list of options:

Belly Measuring- The mom-to-be stands in the center of the room and each guests get to decide how big her belly is using a string or party measuring banner. Whoever is the closest wins!

Guess the Baby Animal- Each guest gets a sheet with a list of animals on it that everyone has to write down the baby name for this animal. For example the answer for a cow would be a calf.

Did you say Baby Game?- Each guest is giving small clothespins to wear around their neck on a necklace or on their shirt. Every time someone says Baby and someone catches them, they get to take one pin. At the end of the party the guest with the most pins wins a prize.

Memory- Using a tray or bowl of some sort place a bunch of baby items in it such as a bib, thermometer, baby spoon, diaper rash cream, etc. Anything you would use on a baby. Let each guest get a chance to look in the bin for a few seconds and take it away. Once everyone is finished have them write down everything that was in the bowl. The person with the most correct answers wins.

Baby Poop Smelling- Take about 5 newborn diapers and melt 5 different chocolate bars in them. Pass each diaper around once and let every guest try and decide which candy bar is in each one.

Food

Once you have your guest list sent out and all the RSVP’s back, now is the time to start gathering up what food you want to serve. Will is be themed like breakfast? Or will you just go with finger foods? Will there be cake? Don’t forget to keep in mind any food aversions the mom to be might have at the moment.

The Gifts

The easiest way to know what gifts to get the expecting mother is through gift registries. If she has any make sure to include them on the invites. A baby registry is the easiest way to buy gifts you know the mommy to be wants and needs. If there is no baby registry then go with the essentials. A new mom can never have enough diapers, wipes, burp clothes, and outfits.


Why Maternity Clothes Are the Best

 

pregnant hippieFor most women, the day comes when they have to face the inevitable: the visit to a maternity store. For first time moms this is a scary thing but believe me, once you slide on a pair of maternity pants, you’ll never want to look back.

For the first few months most women can get away with the wardrobe they already have. Yes, your boobs get bigger but in the first trimester, this only makes them sexier and your waist may get wider but that’s what the hair tie trick is for. But when regular clothes just are cutting it anymore, its time to move to the maternity section.

First of all, don’t try to hide your belly, let that baby go! It’s chic to be pregnant today, and celebrities happily get pregnant and remain adorbs and glowing until delivery. Today it’s much more flattering to show off your belly than to hide it under layers of clothing. If you don’t believe that then please show me a picture of Mila Kunis not looking fantastic.

You can be a hippie…the WHOLE time.  You will be perfectly stylish and comfortable in free-flowing skirts and dresses that accommodate a growing belly. Those babies are loose and made for your now voluptuous ass. You can also embrace the wide empire-waisted and baby doll dresses that can be worn over leggings and no, you won’t look like Juno. Don’t forget how flipping cute you look in a midriff shirt now. Bring it skinny bitches! Also, your hair? Yeah, don’t worry about brushing it. Going for the hippie look only encourages you to let it air dry and not worry.

You don’t have to wear a real bra anymore. When your boobs are growing, a bra with metallic wiring underneath is not going to cut it. Not only will it start to dig into your sides, you always will fell like you can’t breathe all day. A sports bra is a pregnant girl’s best friend.  They  allow more room and support while your boobs progressively keep reaching for an “E” cup.

You can wear jeans and still feel pantless. That’s right ladies, you can feel pantless, PANTLESS. Maternity clothing has come a long way since our parents wore them. None of that tiny band at the top of the pant stuff. We are talking full stretchy spandex from the top of the pant, up! This may not sound that exciting yet but I dare you to go down to Motherhood Maternity right now and try on a pair of jeans and tell me that its not the most comfortable pair of jeans you have ever worn in your life.

There are hundreds of reasons that I could list that involve my love for maternity clothes but I’ll save you from my pregnant excitement for now. So all of you first time moms who are scared to wear maternity clothing, don’t be. Maternity clothes are super cute now and the most comfortable thing you will ever wear in your life.

What is your favorite part of wearing maternity clothes?

 


Easy Breakfast Casserole

I am all about quick and easy dinners because I’m as impatient as they come and I hate cooking. I wish I had a chef that served me every meal so that I didn’t have to think or care about what I was eating. Alas, my dream still hasn’t come true but in the mean time I have found another really awesome dinner dish to make that re-heats amazingly as well! We fell in love with it so give it a try and let me know what you think!

 

easy breakfast casserole

 

Ingredients

9 eggs
2 cups of shredded cheese(i used colby jack)
3 cups of shredded hash browns
1 can of crescent roll dough
7 slices of bacon (i prefer turkey bacon)
salt and pepper to taste
Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Fry or bake  the bacon and place on a paper towel to soak up the grease
Roll out the crescent roll dough into a greased casserole dish…don’t bother breaking it apart, just let it roll out flat.
Spread shredded hash browns on top of the dough.
Beat eggs in a bowl, salt and pepper to taste, mix in 1 cup of cheese, then add in all of the hash browns.
Crumble up bacon and sprinkle into the mixture, stir.
Bake for 30 minutes uncovered.
Remove from oven and sprinkle remaining cheese on top.
Place back in oven for 5 minutes until cheese melts.


Second Pregnancy | 23 Weeks

23 Weeks Pregnant

How far along:
23 weeks

How big is baby:
The size of a an eggplant.

Weight gain this week (followed by total weight gain for this pregnancy thus far):
0 lbs (-10lbs roughly) I’ve been lucky not to gain any weight thus far!

Maternity clothes:
Maternity shorts and have official moved into XL shirts because nothing fits anymore!

Stretch marks:
Nothing new, only old.

Belly button:
Innie

Sleep:
Sleep has been rough the last 2 weeks or so. My hips are on fire at night and it is incredibly tough to try and get comfortable to sleep. When I do finally fall asleep I’m usually woken up by the pain to know to flip over to the other side.

Best moment(s) of the week:
David talking to Max and Max start squirming like crazy!

Food cravings:
SMASHBURGER! I want it soooooo badly!

Food aversions:
None.

Symptoms:
Starting to get indigestion…yay…
Lack of Sleep.
Exhaustion.

Movement:
Not very active this last week. He gets into kick bouts but overall fairly calm.

Gender:
Max is a BOY!!!

What I’m looking forward to:
Max kicking harder so that David and Evan can feel him more often/easily.

What I’m nervous about:
How much more uncomfortable I could possibly get and I’m just over halfway through.

What I miss:
ALCOHOL!!!

Next appointment:
I actually don’t know. I think its next week but I will have to check!


Sometimes…

UsYou know I honestly dated quite a few people after my divorce looking for someone worth keeping around. No one was really standing out but hey, I had to keep searching. One night I met up with a guy named David at a tepanyaki restaurant. I went to the wrong address and ended up late for our date. I felt terrible and was hoping he wouldn’t hold it against me. When I first walked in I saw his big smile from across the room and made my way over. The date went well and we talked a lot, so much so that we closed down the restaurant. I left that night with a hug goodbye and with the impression that he was really nice but not sure how interested.

A few days passed and I finally got a text from him. At this point I thought he had lost interest so it caught me off guard when I finally heard from him. I agreed to another date in a more playful manner at Dave & Busters. I knew that I could kick his ass at most of the games there so the night would be entertaining because well, guys hate losing but when its a girl its obviously more attractive.

Needless to say the date went wonderfully and many dates have come and gone since then. It has now been 1.5 years and David has become the love of my life. I’ve never had such a loving man in my life before that made things so easy and simple. Don’t get me wrong, its not always easy and we do butt heads but in the end, its what makes me know that we will last.

On July 12th, David asked me to marry him and spend the rest of our lives together. Of course I said yes! So even though life sometimes does deal you really, really shitty cards, eventually, for what seems like an eternity, life gives you a good hand as well. I’m so thankful to have such a strong, dedicated man in my life and can’t wait until the day we make that vow in front of all of loved ones.