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eat.sleep.wear. by Eat.sleep.wear. - 5h ago

Happy Monday friends!! I am counting down the hours till our trip on Wednesday. Can you tell I am excited? I am running around getting my last minute things together and packing up today. I wanted to share an outfit I have been wearing on repeat. If you follow me on instagram, you know I have been living in little black dresses. Being pregnant in the warmer months might have it’s negatives but what I LOVE is that I am able to wear dresses the majority of the time. That is, when I am not wearing stretch pants. HA! A great way to change up my look and dress things up is to throw on a kimono overtop of my dress. Such an easy way to polish up a simple cotton black dress. This dress from LNA is from my closet archives but they have lots of new goodies here. I will include some other favorite kimonos in the shopping list below. For now, I will be packing up for vacation!! I shared a bunch of try-ons on my IG stories and saved them to my highlights called “PREGGO STYLE” if you want to get a sneak peek.

dress: LNA (similar that I have had my eye on) / kimono: aritzia (similar for $32!) / shoes: givenchy (similar)

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eat.sleep.wear. by Eat.sleep.wear. - 4d ago
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Sharing some of my favorite wishlist items for our baby moon in Maui next week!! I AM SO EXCITED!!! When prepping for a special trip like this, I always end up splurging a little bit before with some fun things to pack in my suitcase. Especially now with my changing body, adding some new pieces to my Summer wardrobe was so necessary. I purchased some of these items (you will have to wait to see which ones!) and I am going to be packing and getting ready this weekend. My biggest focus was finding some new bathing suits and coverups, a couple key accessories, and dresses. Island essentials at their finest. I am super excited because we will be doing a photoshoot with our fav Maui photographers, Love and Water, while we are there so I wanted to be sure to pack a few extra things to make that extra special. Blake and I have been looking forward to this trip for so long and I am so excited it’s almost here. Hope this inspires some summer shopping for all my ladies out there, pregnant or not.

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eat.sleep.wear. by Eat.sleep.wear. - 6d ago

One of the great things about being pregnant during the warmer months means that I can get away with wearing dresses pretty much 24/7. Also it means that I can find all my favorite non maternity brands to keep my maternity wear purchases in check. Let’s be honest, as I continue down this pregnancy road… I am going to have some more late night shopping splurges to help dress the bump. But this dress is one that both my pregnant and non pregnant girls can appreciate it. What is great about this dress is it’s so lightweight and breezy for Summer. It can easily be cinched with a belt if you want to give your body a little more shape but lose and flowing is what I am about right now. Love the ruffle sleeves to give it that something extra. I am currently in online shopping OVERDRIVE prepping for Hawaii and will be sure to put up a post of some of my must have pieces for headed to a tropical vacay. Will add that to my to do list this week. Does anyone else get so stressed right before vacation because you have to plan everything?!?! That is me. I will be making myself a pdf of outfits I am packing so I know what is in my suitcase. Not overboard… at all. Right?! I am only half joking when I say that and as I type this it actually sounds like I have made it a solid plan now. No shame in my packing game. Basically I love to be organized before my trip so the time spent there is stress free without worrying what to wear. The countdown continues!! I also shared some pieces I bought and that came in the mail yesterday on instagram stories so if you head over to my profile here you can still check them out. Hope everyone is having a great week so far.

dress: velvet / shoes: clergerie / bag: serpui (similar) / shades: ray-ban

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eat.sleep.wear. by Eat.sleep.wear. - 1w ago

One of the great things about being pregnant during the warmer months means that I can get away with wearing dresses pretty much 24/7. Also it means that I can find all my favorite non maternity brands to keep my maternity wear purchases in check. Let’s be honest, as I continue down this pregnancy road… I am going to have some more late night shopping splurges to help dress the bump. But this dress is one that both my pregnant and non pregnant girls can appreciate it. What is great about this dress is it’s so lightweight and breezy for Summer. It can easily be cinched with a belt if you want to give your body a little more shape but lose and flowing is what I am about right now. Love the ruffle sleeves to give it that something extra. I am currently in online shopping OVERDRIVE prepping for Hawaii and will be sure to put up a post of some of my must have pieces for headed to a tropical vacay. Will add that to my to do list this week. Does anyone else get so stressed right before vacation because you have to plan everything?!?! That is me. I will be making myself a pdf of outfits I am packing so I know what is in my suitcase. Not overboard… at all. Right?! I am only half joking when I say that and as I type this it actually sounds like I have made it a solid plan now. No shame in my packing game. Basically I love to be organized before my trip so the time spent there is stress free without worrying what to wear. The countdown continues!! I also shared some pieces I bought and that came in the mail yesterday on instagram stories so if you head over to my profile here you can still check them out. Hope everyone is having a great week so far.

dress: velvet / shoes: clergerie / bag: serpui (similar) / shades: ray-ban

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eat.sleep.wear. by Eat.sleep.wear. - 1w ago

GUYS I am moving and shaking through the second trimester (and currently 24 weeks pregnant as I write this). I figured it would be more helpful and fun to share more frequent updates than just first, second and third trimester. I feel like so much is happening week to week and I am trying to keep this open diary with you all to document the process and share the highs and lows. Hope you enjoy these updates and if there is anything else you are dying to know, please leave me a comment on this blog post and I will be sure to include in my next update.

WEIGHT GAINED
As of the start of week 20, I have gained 9 pounds.

HOW BIG IS BABY
By week 20, Baby is the size of a banana (or in my other app baby is the size of a Palmier Cookie!) 10 ounces and about 6.5 inches.

HOW I’M FEELING: PHYSICALLY
Nausea: The nausea continues. I swear everyone loves to tell me, “Don’t worry! It’s all smooth sailing through the second trimester and your nausea will just disappear.” HA! It’s so crazy because everyone’s pregnancy is so very different and the nausea has been lingering for me. It’s been much better than the first trimester but I still on random whims get bouts of nausea throughout the day. The thing that is helping me most is having snacks on me 24/7. I have what I call “emergency snacks” stashed in my car, Blake’s car, and literally all of my purses. The last thing I do before I leave the house is make sure to grab a snack to bring along. I feel like being hungry and blood sugar dropping just brings it on so having snacks has been key for me.

Headaches/Migraines: The Migraines have been next level. I have tried so many home remedies and when I have these light migraines, my vision goes blurry and the only cure is to crawl into bed, put an eye mask on, and lay an ice pack on top of my forehead. After seeing my doctor, she has allowed me to take excedrin migraine (for now) at the onset of these migraines. LET ME TELL YOU. It’s been a game changer. These migraines would take me out for a whole day or two and this has been so helpful for me to be able to continue through the work day.

Growing pains: I still have round ligament pains every once in a while but it’s always a little sweet reminder that my body is making room for baby.

Skin: My skin has not been as irritated over these few weeks. I still have some bumps on my cheeks but my skin has toned down alot! I will do a full round up of my fav pregnancy skincare soon! Stay tuned for that.

Exhaustion: I am not as exhausted as the first trimester but when I have full mornings that roll into the afternoons, by 3pm… I am utterly wiped out. I always try to balance my schedule so I have some busier days and some more relaxed days. Trying to give my body the rest it needs to grow this tiny human.

Peeing my pants: Hahahah I knew I would get you with that header. So, this is very TMI but true story, alot of woman when they are pregnant pee themselves a little bit. I am raising my hands as one of them. My doctor was explaining that as your muscles begin to relax and stretch to make room for both baby and delivery, the muscles that help to hold things in… suddenly don’t. AWESOME. So now Blake and I have a running joke that we hope I “Don’t pee my pants.” A pregnant girls best friend is the pantiliner. I wear these daily and they often save me from an embarrassing scene. (Yes I just linked panty liners on my blog… you’re welcome) My incidents usually happen when I am sneezing or laughing. So let’s just say what seems to help is when I feel a big sneeze coming on, I stop and try to squeeze in my muscles. And you know what, a little pee will happen. Thanks Baby. HA!

HOW I’M FEELING: MENTALLY
I remember the day we finally hit 14 weeks and entered the second trimester I felt this wave of calm roll over me. It’s like that magic moment your are waiting to hit since the first day we heard the news that we were pregnant. While I still have tons of worry and anxiety about our babies development, it’s important that we stopped and enjoyed this very special moment. I feel from the time you get pregnant, you will always have worries and concerns for baby until baby is born. And then when baby is born, you just worry and wish the best for your little sweet munchkin when they are outside the womb. So I am working to balance my stress levels and take comfort in the fact that baby and I are healthy and will stay healthy through my pregnancy. That is my mantra. Easier said than done but Blake always does a great job of reigning me back in when I go off the deep end.

In other news, my hormones continue to RAGE. I will get more into that below but man… I am raising my hand as a crazy emotional wreck at times. GOD BLESS MY HUSBAND who deals with my crazy streaks. I continue to be super irritable and can’t stop but spew word vomit so that is something I am also working to reign in.

THE ANATOMY ULTRASOUND
This is a BIG milestone in pregnancy. The anatomy ultrasound can last about 45 minutes and the ultrasound tech basically scans baby for everything. Measuring body parts, looking at all the organs, and making sure they don’t see any signs of physical birth defects. We had ours between 18 and 19 weeks. I was incredibly nervous for this one. All you hope is that the ultrasound goes smoothly and with nothing to note. As we moved through our scan, everything was going amazing. The tech would tell us what we were looking at and follow her through her exam. When she got to the brain, I noticed that she was measuring a small circle at the top. I asked her what it was. She explained it was a Choroid plexus cyst and that there was NO cause for concern she just had to document it. Apparently it’s very common as the brain is developing for this little fluid pockets to form and they then disappear by the beginning of the third trimester. She said multiple times that it was no big deal but on the inside, I was having a panic attack. Of course after the appointment I immediate ran to google and started looking up what this was. My appointment with my OBGYN was not for a week after my anatomy scan so I had a week to sit… and freak out. I texted all my mama friends and found that a few of them had either seen them on their anatomy scans or had friends and family that saw them but they all went away. This was good to hear but I was still freaking out.

We finally met with our Dr and she tried to reassure me a million times that I had NOTHING to worry about. She explained that since we did so much extensive testing: pre-genetic testing on our embryos, blood work testing for genetic issues during pregnancy and basically every test we could, that we had nothing to worry about. She explained that if for instance, they saw two of these CPC and then maybe enlarged kidneys, then with seeing 3 different markers for possible abnormalities, they would then consider doing further testing. But she said since we only saw this one small CPC, it was something they didn’t even think twice about. This put my mind at ease but I still wanted to make sure we monitored it.

Because we got pregnant with IVF, it’s protocol (at least where I go) to have a echocardiogram done to look at babies heart in detail between weeks 22 and 24. So we already had an appointment schedule with a high risk doctor for that ultrasound. To put my mind at ease over the CPC, she always wrote me a referral to have them check on that at the echo appointment. So my mind was put at ease that we were able to follow up with this at our next ultrasound.

I just wanted to share this bit because I had no idea what a CPC even was and I was literally so scared freaking out about this and wanted to share my experience with you.

WHAT I’M EATING
Since the nausea has calmed WAY down, I am trying to make better choices when it comes to my food. But honestly I still ate a lot during my first trimester that I usually ate before pregnancy. I am still adverse to red meats however, I am ok to eat a taco or an in and out burger oddly enough But other than that we still eat fish most nights and then supplement with chicken and ground turkey. For lunch I am still loving egg salad and sometimes eat black bean burgers in a wrap loaded up with veggies. My snacks of choice as of late: Blue Diamond Mini Nut-Thins in sea salt or cheddar, goldfish, string cheese, and I buy or make myself little “snack packs” filled with a few veggies, dip and cheese. As for more naughty snacks, my sweet tooth is like on hyper drive right now so I always have chocolate in my fridge. Even if it was just a tiny nibble. I also crave Sockerbit gummy candies, susie cakes cupcakes and cookies and basically all other sweets!! More guilty pleasures are chips because I crave the salty treats too. I have been getting baked lays and always pick up bags of tortilla chips at trader joes with some salsa. I do my best when it comes to cooking and snacking, but I don’t put too much pressure on myself either. It’s all about finding that balance.

HOW I’M SLEEPING
Sleeping has been a little bit better. I still toss and turn all night but I am limited my liquids before bedtime so I try not to have to pee in the middle of the night. I have also been taking unisom (per my doctor’s recommendation) which seems to be helping me sleep more soundly through the night. I have been avoiding bringing my pregnancy pillow to bed but I feel like it’s going to happen any day now. I end up waking up with hip pain and spoke to my yoga teacher, who is also a physical therapist, and suggest I put a pillow between my knees and between my feet to balance out my joints and help relief the pressure. That has been helping with the hip pain for now.

I do own a snoogle body pillow and recently posted to IG stories… and I hate it. So to give you some background I am and always have been a side sleeper so I don’t have any issues worrying about sleeping on my stomach or back. But, I do try to sleep mostly on my left side but I also swap and toss between sides at night. What I don’t love about this pillow is that I am forced to put my head on it. Really, I love my own pillow and this big twisty monster is just too big for me personally (at least right now in my pregnancy). I want something I can easily move from side to side and this one just isn’t cutting it for me. Once I buy a new pillow, I will share it with you all.

EXERCISE
I’ve been LOVING my prenatal yoga class and look forward to it every Friday afternoon. It’s my time to connect with baby and STRETCH. It’s not a very physical class like regular yoga but I have been learning so many valuable ways to stretch and help my body along the way. It’s also been so fun to connect with other moms-to-be in the class and grow along together.

Since I am finally feeling alot better, I have been back at the gym! I usually walk on the treadmill at an incline of 3 and speed of about 3.5 so I am power walking up a hill. I always monitor my heart rate and it’s been a good way to break a light sweat. I have also been doing some very light weights and machines for my arms just to mix things up. I will say it feels REALLY good to be doing something… even if it’s minimal. It’s always a constant reminder that I was not in a fit place when I got pregnant because of my IVF treatment, but it is what it is. I think I feel more self conscious about it with Summer coming and my body changing but hoping that I will start to grow into loving my new shape and working to keep my body and mind healthy along the way.

CHALLENGES
Body image: I always feel guilty about mentioning body image insecurities but it’s honestly such a real part of the pregnancy process. I have always been relatively thin (thank you good genes) so when the initial pounds started to pack on, it was very noticeable to me. Hello love handles, hello back fat. Hello a lot of body changes that I would catch walking by in the mirror and be like, omg is that really me?? It’s crazy how we all picture ourselves in our head and how you see and feel your body as it grows and makes space for baby. Every pound important. But every pound is hard.

I stayed pretty small bump wise for a while. I would wake up in the morning with a relatively tiny little something and as I would eat each meal, the bump would grow. Then the next day, it would be back to square one. We are all so anxious to see “THE BUMP” and every day you kind of wait so you can show it off and let the world know, “Hey!!! THERE IS A BABY IN HERE!” It wasn’t until week 19 that all of sudden, it seemed to happen overnight. Baby boy decided he wanted to be seen. You probably remember the little IG story video I posted where I shared it! (I saved it to my IG story highlights if you missed it). Such a special day. It’s wild though because without clothes on, I feel huge, but then I put clothes on the the bump doesn’t really look like a bump. So I basically just look like I packed on weight in my stomach but not a baby. So it’s been a struggle to dress myself and feel good about myself. I know this sounds like I am whining but man, when you have these hormones running through you, every small battle can turn into a big one. I have talked about guilt in the past and I find myself feeling guilty for having these feelings of frustration because I should just be so happy from everything we went through. But the reality is that it’s a hard things to go through watching your body change and that is ok. No matter how big or small you are, everyone goes through these challenges and it’s totally normal to feel either way about it. I remember one day I literally tried on 5 gym shirts before I found one that made me feel comfortable with my little burrito belly. I hysterically laugh cried through it while Blake was laughing watching me find something to wear. We laugh alot in this house and I think that is a very good thing.

Hormonal meltdowns: OH hormones. Blake and I were in the car driving to the gym one day and we pulled into the parking lot and I just started to melt down. I started to cry hysterically and Blake must have been thinking to himself, “WTF is going on?!” He quickly pulled the car off and asked me what was wrong. I hysterically sobbed as I told him how hard it was being pregnant. The I just wasn’t feeling well, and it was frustrating to never feel like I could catch a break and feel more “normal.” The hysterics quickly stopped as Blake talked me down off the ledge. It’s a reminder that we all work so hard to grow a human and these hormones… are next level. God bless all the supportive partners, friends, and family out there that support the pregnant people in their lives. It’s a wild, wild ride and it helps to have a support system when you are feeling down and out.

Loving pregnancy: I debated about how much I would share on this topic because I know it’s a bit taboo… but hey. It’s all about honesty here and I want to always be sharing how I am feeling through this process. When you are pregnant, everyone literally just asks you all the time, “How are you doing? How are you feeling?” etc. The honest truth is that because we went through IVF, I feel like people expect me to be all unicorns and rainbow about my pregnancy. Cooing about how beautiful it is. And in all honestly, pregnancy is really f*cking hard. I am not one of those people that love being pregnant. There I said it. It’s something I have immense guilt about. So many of my friends that struggled to get pregnant were in love with being pregnant. I am just not that person. I have had alot of symptoms even through the second trimester when things are supposed to mellow out so that is likely a factor on not being so in love with the process. It’s just wild because from the second you become pregnant, the judgement from all people, and all areas in your live start to pour down and from what I have heard, it only continues as you make decisions on how to raise your child. The reality is, I am sure some people will be judgemental that I don’t love being pregnant. But, it’s how I feel and from what I have heard, many others feel the same way. Being pregnant is a really important, but tough job. And some woman have easy breezy pregnancies, and others go through incredible hardships. I am nowhere near the the end of either spectrum but it’s a process we all learn through in our own ways. My hope is that, as baby continues to grow, so does my understanding, patience, and tolerance for this incredible process. I am not perfect and like anyone else, I am just trying to figure it all out as I go along. What I will say is, don’t for one minute take my “not loving being pregnant” as me not being grateful. There is not a single day that goes by that I am not still shocked that we are in this incredible lucky place to have a healthy miracle baby growing stronger each day. I could not be more in love and connected to this baby. Baby Lapides, I would do it all again in a heartbeat to get to you. You are loved.

WHAT I’M WEARING
Still obsessed with these cozy maternity leggings from Gap and wear them a couple times a week when I want to lounge or hit the gym. They are kind of my go to “comfort” outfit that doesn’t make me feel like I am growing out of everything I own. I have still been picking up both non-maternity and maternity pieces as I am figuring out how to dress this changing shape. I recently purchased this pair of trousers from Hatch as well as this lounge pant to travel and lounge in. I also finally did a bigger shopping splurge on some asos maternity pieces. I couldn’t help myself and bought this shirt because… man it’s good to buy something that says that. I also bought this, which is NOT maternity, and will be perfect for a coverup during the summer. I feel like after this trimester… I am totally needing this shirt. HA. I also finally bought some maternity denim because it was so necessary. I am obsessed with this Paige denim pair I picked up at A Pea in the pod here. I also scooped up a pair from Dl196 and this pair of shorts. I am all about the under the bump styles and these are some go tos. Another dress I picked up at a local OC boutique, Common Thread, has been a BIG favorite. A bonus is it’s non-maternity so if can be worn both pregnant or not! Love finding piece that will carry into my postpartum closet life. Other than that, since the weather is warming up here, I can get away with wearing a ton of non-maternity dresses and just sizing up or buying silhouettes that are looser (which I normally wear anyways!).

SELF LOVE
I am finally got my first prenatal massage in celebration of my friends birthday… and it was epic. Never underestimate a little bit of self love time to reset the body and the mind. FYI the prenatal massage at the Montage Laguna Beach was EPIC. Expensive, but epic. So if you want to shell out the bucks for it, plan to spend the day by the pool. I promise you… it’s so worth it. Other self love treats, I continue to read my slew of pregnancy books and treat myself to the occasional mani pedi. I don’t do them weekly or even biweekly but whenever I find some time, I try to schedule that for myself. Other things I am doing is to not bulk up my schedule. I know this is not typical self love… but making sure to balance my daily schedule with down time, gym time, or schedule in date night is so important to maintaining a healthy work life balance. Also, this body sure gets tired from working so hard making a baby so I plan accordingly and always schedule some lighter days to rest.

RECENT PURCHASES
Hatch Bra I actually bought another one of these because it’s been very comfortable
Paige Denim from A Pea In The Pod in love with this cropped spring denim
Storq Dress great everyday piece
Ingrid and Isabel dress great everyday piece

BABY PREPARATIONS
We have started taking pregnancy/birth classes at our local hospital which is pretty cool!! We only went to one class so far which was basically an introduction to the hospital. Sitting in a room with over 50 pregnant woman… SO FREAKING COOL!!!

I am in full nesting mode and that means planning for the nursery. We haven’t bought any furniture yet but I am working to come up with a plan and get the ball moving. I don’t plan to do a typical “themed” room. More a chic elevated room that Baby Boy can grow into. Think neutrals, textures, and california cool. We currently just gutted the closet in the room and have California Closets here installing our dream nursery closet!!! I can not wait to share that with you guys.

We finally settled on a car seat and stroller and thinking I might do a dedicated post on how we decided on some of these larger pieces if that would helpful for you guys. I got a TON of questions when I shared a sneak peek on IG stories so thinking to do post sharing how we made some of those decisions.

As for things I am lusting after, I am currently DROOLING over the Snoo. Have you guys heard about it?? Some of my mama friends have them and literally swear by them to get their babies to sleep through the night. What I know from my mama friends is that while it comes with a hefty price tag, you can only use it for a certain time frame depending on how big baby is. BUT, every one of my friends that has it RAVES about how it soothes a crying baby to sleep..

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eat.sleep.wear. by Eat.sleep.wear. - 1w ago

Dressing a changing body can have many challenges. The raging hormones don’t help when you walk into your closet, try on 5 things, to find that how you picture yourself in your head no longer translates in the real world. When your pregnant, you have to start getting creative and thinking what type of looks can grow with you to give yourself a little sanity when you get dressed in the morning. I can’t tell you how many breakdowns I have had where Blake comes in and I am hysterical because I can’t find something that fits me. So! I have been trying to get smarter about the things I am bringing into my closet. Enter: The t-shirt dress. I LOVED these styles even before pregnancy and what is great is that this one has a tie so I can still give my body a little shape. I do love a loose fitting sheath dress look so this dress can be worn without the belt also. Another great style tip for a silk t-shirt dress is to wear it open over a silk cami and pants kimono style. So many options. Have to get creative and love this dress solution that is non-maternity. Want to continue to try to mix in maternity and non-maternity items as possible. I am currently doing some online shopping to prep for our Babymoon in Maui and totally stressing myself out about the perfect things to pack. Of course I will share some fav finds with you guys as I find them. Stay tuned for that!

dress: lagence (love classic black too) / shoes: sigerson morrison / clutch: elizabeth and james (similar)
shades: ray-ban / necklaces: ariel gordon

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Margaritas are a favorite cocktail in my house. With Cinco De Mayo almost here, I wanted to share a fresh fruit take on our favorite tequila cocktail. It’s perfect for a warm spring day and I plan to whip these up tomorrow. Since I am currently pregnant, I also did a mocktail version of this cocktail for all my non-drinkers out there that still want the sweet refreshing drink. Hope you guys enjoy this recipe and let me know if you try it at home. I couldn’t help myself with the last photo of Lola. HOW CUTE IS SHE!

FROZEN WATERMELON MARGARITA
Makes 2 servings

Ingredients
3 ounces Tequila
1 ounce Cointreau
1.5 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 Cups watermelon cubes (frozen)
1 Cup ice
3 Basil leaves
Salt and limes for garnish

Instructions
1. Freeze watermelon cubes in freezer for 1-2 hours before prepping recipe. This really helps create that great frozen margarita texture. Remove from freezer when ready to blend.
2. Combine tequila, cointreau, lime juice, watermelon, ice, and basil leaves in blender. Blend until combined.
3. Rim glasses with salt (or sugar for my sweet tooths).
4. Pour into glasses and garnish with limes. Enjoy!

FROZEN WATERMELON MOCKTAIL
*Substitute orange juice for all alcohol and follow instructions above*
For all my non-drinkers or pregnant ladies out there, this was still a refreshing treat to enjoy without the alcohol.

cocktail cups: the little market / table cloth: the little market
bowls + plates: the little market

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So many of you have written me DM’s, emails, and left comments asking how we prepped for our Frozen Embryo Transfer (or FET) and I wanted to share with you what I did to prepare. By the time you get to the actual FET, it’s like you can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel. I remember going in for my first appointment for to start prep for my second FET and I was literally a ball of emotions and started to hysterically cry to my nurse about the pressure of it working. You have done so much to get to this place if you have been lucky enough to get embryos from your egg retrieval. I wrote about our first failed FET here and one thing I will say is that since this was my second time around, it was easier since I knew some of the “moves.” Easier in terms of, I knew the meds, I knew the process and I knew what I needed to do to get myself in the best possible shape to welcome our little embryo into our lives. So below, I will share what I did to prep for our FET. Please note that it’s so important to come up with a plan with your doctor and that what I share is only what I did and worked for my body based on what I needed. The photos included in this post are a photo of our ACTUAL transfer. This photo marks the beginning of our little miracle baby boy and I will treasure it always.

Supplements and meds I was taking
DHEA microionized and CoQ10 were supplements I took (which I bought from wholefoods). These are both longevity supplements that can help to enhance fertility. I don’t know if they made a difference personally, but it’s something I was religious about taking. I also continued to take my prenatal vitamins. Since I don’t love big pills my doctor was able to prescribe me with Vitafol Gummies with Iron. I also took 2000 IU of D3 because of a deficiency. Another supplement that was pretty unique was Trental, which I was taking was for my uterine lining. In previous cycles, I had a hard time getting my lining thick for transfer. My dr wanted to me to be close to 8mm and many times I had a hard time reaching that number and sometimes we didn’t. Something that seemed to help me was also taking Trental to help with bloodflow and to help my uterine lining grow thicker. I did the normal estrogen pills alongside of estrogen patches to also thicken my lining. Unfortunately due to adhesive sensitivities, I had to discontinue use of the patch and stick with the pills orally or vaginally (i know gross! But they absorb better vaginally). I also took 800 iu vitamin E to ensure no fluid build up that would interfere with the transfer. Since sometimes, if you have fluid buildup, it could affect your FET.

Diet
I ate a TON of eggs and avocado. I tried to eat as clean as possible but I didn’t force it. If I wanted cupcakes, I had cupcakes. I think it’s all about just making your body feel its best whatever that means for you. I never did the INSANE fertility diets bc they just didn’t work for me. Some of you wrote me about fertility shakes and other diets that really worked for you but again, it wasn’t what my body needed to prepare. We are all SO different and I think the bottom line is to feel like yourself, because sometimes taking such drastic changes from your norm end up stressing you out more than helping. As far as wine, I LOVE my wine, and I wanted to enjoy some before our big transfer. I stuck to no more than 2-3 glasses a week and not all in one sitting. That is what my dr said. Honestly, I think having a glass here and there relaxed me. With this successful FET, my doctor was SHOCKED at how great my lining was. She asked what I did differently this cycle. My answer: RED WINE and lot’s of it. So funny right?! I just stopped all alcohol when I started my progesterone injections. I also decided to cut coffee(even decaf) since I have sensitivities to caffeine. This was a totally personal choice but I wanted to be EXTRA cautious. This is prob the only weird thing I did. I didn’t have decaf coffee again until probably 9 weeks pregnant bc I was paranoid.

Acupuncture
I mentioned in all my blogs posts that I did acupuncture for my first egg retrieval and FET but sadly, it didn’t help me get pregnant and stressed me out more. Some people RAVE it helped them get pregnant. So just a suggestion if you are looking for something else to try, a lot of friends loved it. But again, it was not for me and I did NOT do acupuncture for my second FET.

Tips for progesterone injections
I always get a lot of questions about how I manage all the injections during IVF. Honestly, my mother to this day is still so shocked and impressed with how many injections I have done to date. It’s not an easy fear to overcome… but honestly these days, needles don’t scare me one bit. But it wasn’t always like that. The progesterone injections are by far the “scariest” of the injectables because the needle is longer (about 1-1.5” long!). Just seeing the needle will make you want to faint. Or at least I wanted to the first day I opened up my box of FET medications. You get bottles of PIO (or Progesterone in Oil) that a pharmacy compounds for you. Mine were compounded in Ethyl Oleate which is apparently the most fluid of the oil compounds. You might also get yours compounded in olive oil or sesame oil. I am allergic to sesame so I had ethyl oleate. The first day of these injections I was freaking out… the needle… how was I going to survive. I read HORROR stories online of how much people hated them which was my first mistake. But in reality, the injection wasn’t the painful part for me. Yes it can be uncomfortable but the injection itself isn’t bad. It is the aftermath of the progesterone getting lump in your butt post injection that was the most painful for me. But I practiced a simple routine to help with the discomfort. I would prop myself up, standing, against our kitchen island. Blake would then use a dart like motion to quickly jab the shot into my butt cheek. He would let me know when it was almost finished (it takes a minute to injection fully because the oil is thick) and then immediately after the injection, he would take a washcloth that had been pre-soaked in hot water and then use that to massage the area of the injection for at least 30 seconds. Massaging the area rigorously helps to distribute the oil and keep it from getting lumpy. After that, I would sit on a heat pad to help also with discomfort and to distribute the oil. I did end up having a sore butt but I think the massage really did help. After the transfer, I refrained from sitting on a heat pad because I was paranoid about the heat. But those are the things I did to help me get through. In the end, the progesterone injections were not as bad as the internet made them out to be but that was my own experience. Hope these tips will help!

Shopping before FET
I went to the store and bought lemons/real lemon juice in a bottle for hot water with lemon. Since I wanted to avoid all herbal tea and coffee period, I substituted in hot water with lemon to get lots of warm fluids in my body (because apparently that is great after transfer). You also want to grab all your favorite snacks and stock up on other warm foods like soup to enjoy when you first get home. Stock up on your favorite magazines too since you will be in bed on bed rest. Some people eat a lot of superstitious things but honestly I just ate as well as I could and still indulged in some of my fav treats!

Outfit the day of FET
I always lay out my outfit for day of transfer. Loose fitting sweatpants that don’t squeeze the tummy, a tshirt and cozy sweater since it is usually more chilly at the office. My sweater of choice was my vintage Mickey Mouse sweater because it honestly just makes me SO happy. The key is to be comfy and not wear anything too tight fitting.

Pajamas for bedrest
I always make sure to do all my laundry and pick out all my favorite cozy pajamas for my bedrest and lay them out so I don’t have to go digging for them when I am supposed to be relaxing. If you really want to treat yourself, order yourself a new “lucky” pair. I love gap body pajamas because they are super soft and really nice loose fitting. I love these two pants in particular because they don’t put any pressure on my stomach and I have worn them through my pregnancy so far.

Movies for bedrest
Stock up on some of your fav feel good movies. You want to be HAPPY, CALM (I hate to type that because i literally HATED people telling me to be calm), and just overjoyed excited for little embryo that is getting all cozy inside. So many great things on netflix but if you have that one all time fav rom com that literally makes you happier than anything, do yourself a favor and download it or buy it. You deserve to feel so happy during this bedrest and anything to help will make you feel so good. I tried to stay off my laptop because you don’t want to have that heat on your abdomen after your transfer.

That’s pretty much it! I didn’t do too many crazy things honestly, but there are small simple things you can do to put your mind at ease. The bottom line is you want to be prep for some lazy, guilt-free days of bedrest and keep those positve vibes flowing as the dreaded 2WW (two week wait) begins. That time is one of the longest 2 weeks of your life and starting it with ease and being kind to your body and mind is so important. If you are prepping for a FET, wishing you nothing but zen vibes and fingers, toes, and eyeballs crossed for a successful transfer. Stay strong friends!

If you want to read more about our IVF and infertility journey,
below are some links to my other blogposts:

IVF Round #1 // IVF Round #2 // IVF Book Resources

Prep for IVF Egg Retrieval // IVF Round #3

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Getting dressed these days come with it’s challenges  but I am making the most of my closet while I can. I want to be sure I am mixing regular and maternity wear together. Great pieces that are usually easy to cheat are jumpsuits. So many jumpsuits have room right in the belly which is perfect for the growing belly. I adore jumpsuits to begin with and this one was a perfect Spring find. Silk, stripes, what more could I ask for. I wanted to style this one for my cool business ladies out there. I love that throwing a blazer over top of this jumpsuit gives it that polish for a day at the office. The ankle booties give this look a hip twist. I have currently been stocking up on jumpsuits both non-maternity and maternity so stay tuned for more styles coming here soon. In baby news, I am so excited to have another ultrasound today to see Baby Boy and see how much he has grown! I cherish these appointments since the time between visits seem to just last forever. So much has been happening since I gave my last first trimester update and I am working on a lengthy update of weeks 14-20 for you right now. Stay tuned for that. Hope you all have a great day. I will be counting down the minutes to our ultrasound!

jumpsuit: madewell / blazer: elizabeth and james (similar)
sunglasses: elizabeth and james / boots: nordstrom (similar)

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Classic Spring staples always include a crisp white blouse, boyfriend denim, and slides. Such an easy way to feel chic and pulled together. I feel like my collection of white button downs grows by the year but I always find one that has a slightly different detail. So I can justify it right?! As far as slides go, I own 4 pairs of Clergerie shoes now because I am so obsessed. My friend Ashley turned me on to them a while back and I have been in love ever since. Sweet and simple today. Just how I like it.

top: vince / jeans: AG jeans / shoes: clergerie / shades: ray-ban / bag: cult gaia

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