- 2 hours cleaning house
- 1 hour prenatal yoga
- 3.6 miles on elliptical
- 3 mile walk
- 2 mile easy bike ride to Bay and back home
- 1 hour Barre class
- 1 hour spin class
- 30 minute spin class
- 1 hour prenatal yoga
- 1 hour spin class
Women on pregnancy apps will argue for days about how skincare creams are worthless. Stretch marks are genetic they say. They say that whether you lube up or not the marks are inevitable. I think it’s like saying that going to the gym is worthless. You may not end up looking ready for a cover of Shape magazine but you go and be healthy and get results that you’ll be happier with than if you didn’t go at all.
I only got one minor stretch mark on my belly when I was pregnant with my first. That mark was attached to my appendicitis scar and I always wondered if that’s why I got it in the first place. My brother Jeremy believed that itching or scratching caused stretch marks. Every time he saw me rubbing my belly he would throw me the cocoa butter. That was 17 years ago but it worked and I’m sticking to it again this time. Before you get too jealous, I’ll clarify that I do have some stretch marks…just not on my stomach.
In my every day routine I use lotion over my entire body after every shower. Since I’ve been expecting I also reapply lotion on my belly and sides if I feel itchy and I apply lotion to my belly and boobs before falling asleep every night. I started doing that way before I even started showing hoping to increase my chances of going through this pregnancy with no additional stretch marks! Here are the products that I’ve been using:
Zoe’s Organics Belly Oil and Belly Butter. I love these products. They have an aromatherapy smell that is very soothing and I believe even helps me fall asleep faster. My fiance has commented before that I smell like a medicine cabinet after I put it on so if I want to remain scentless (or just depending on my mood) I use the organic shea butter pictured below instead. Zoe’s Organics also has baby products like diaper cream and a breath balm that people rave about on Instagram so I plan to have some of those in stock before the baby gets here. They recently started selling them at Target too.
L’Occitane Organic Shea Butter: Love how rich and creamy this spread is…I mean cream…hehehehe. It’s the best unscented lotion I ever used. Is it only me but doesn’t every single unscented product seem to have an odd smell to it? Anyways. My favorite time to use this is before bed. Depending on what I’m wearing I can apply it after a shower. For example, if I’m wearing a loose shirt and stretch pants or shorts that go under my belly I can use this cream but if I’m wearing my full panel maternity jeans the material feels odd over my shea buttered belly.
Mustela Stretch Mark Double Action: Love to the love. Beautiful light scent. Dare I say it’s floral-y? But not in a weird way. I love to use this after a shower because it’s light and smooths right in. I started using it on my legs and back along with my belly so the tube went fast. I need to order another…
Shikai Borage Therapy Dry Skin lotion: I usually use ShiKai coconut body lotion but last winter between the very cold temps and my dry pregnancy skin the regular lotion wasn’t working for me. Flaky is gross! I switched to this unscented skin therapy lotion…well, I switched until the bottle was empty and the weather warmed up and then went back to coconut!
What do you use for your skin care routine?
I went shopping for fabrics to recover some chairs we bought at an estate sale. Still haven’t decided…
We played at the Bay near the Lynnhaven Fishing Pier…
I cleaned the pool house while Travis cleaned the pool. It was recently painted like the rest of our house (pics on that to come soon). That back wall where the bar counter is used to have navy blue and bright yellow stripes! That’s my yummy cherry root flavored kombucha on the counter.
Kane chilling by the canal. You can see the sunset reflected on the water.
- 4 mile walk
- 1 hour prenatal yoga
- hours of cleaning: dusting, putting things away, mopping, sweeping, scrubbing…all related to us basically packing our up our entire house up so we could have new wood floors installed and then the entire house painted. Everything I put away had to be wiped off first! I still have the guest room to put back together and a couple more pictures to hang. If someone wouldn’t mind coming to clean my ceiling fans, clean my windows and scrub the oven that would nice…I can pay in wine that I can’t drink right now 🙂
- 4 miles on the elliptical
- Lots of cleaning due to floor demo and install being done and right after they finished the painters started. I skipped a couple of workouts at the end of the week due to being tired from all of this work, then on Sunday and Monday I suffered from allergies so bad I could barely move off of the sofa. I hate missing workouts and hope to have a better report next week!
Until today most of my nursery plans were all in my head. There was no official to-do list besides some nursery pics and links saved on Pinterest. Strange because I am such a “list making” kind of person.
The beige carpet is gone and new hardwood floors were finished last week. Love them! They are 7 inch wide hickory; a perfect light, beachy color. The bright blue walls, leftover from the old owners of our house, will be painted tomorrow and the rest of the nursery is a work in progress. Can’t wait to see and share the finished room but I have until July and have to be patient! For now you can read through my new checklist.
Nursery Things To Do List:
- Colors: white, gray, gold and mint
- Theme: some modern geometric shapes and some coastal/nautical flair
Remove carpet/install hardwood floors (this is being done on the entire first floor of our house).
- Paint room.
- Stencil room with upside down geometric triangle design purchased on Etsy. I’ll be outlining the design in gold sharpie paint pen.
Buy crib and mattress. Assemble it.
- Get a rocker.
- Recover an old ottoman I have to use with the rocker.
- Hang Ikea picture ledges (3).
- Arrange books and toys on picture ledges.
- Remove old ceiling fan and install new chandelier.
Find old dresser to use as changing table. Install drawer liner in dresser.
- Organize dresser with changing pad, diapers, wipes, etc.
- Get an area rug and rug pad.
- Arrange a couple of large floor baskets for storage. One with blankets, one with toys.
- Install a new closet system. I would like to have 2 levels of hanging rails on one side of the closet and shelves on the other side for toys, extra diapers and misc baby gear. (This might wait until after the baby gets here.)
- Frame and hang 2 prints from my registry.
- Hang mobile.
- Make “twinkle, twinkle, little star” wall art using a starfish as the star.
- Make or buy a “no wake zone” sign as wall decor.
Install curtain rod purchased at an estate sale for $3.
- Decide on and buy curtains.
- Organize all baby gear.
- Wash all clothing/blankets/bedding a couple of weeks before my due date.
- After the baby arrives, decide on finishing decor touches. We are waiting to find out the babies gender so it will be nice to wait to completely decorate the room until after we know whether we have a little boy or girl. I also want to wait to get clothes until then. I registered for some neutral onesies and rompers but I don’t want tons of gender neutral clothing…we need some lace or trains!