Maternity Leave

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My last day of work before going on Maternity Leave is TOMORROW! I can’t believe it’s time to go on leave again. Let’s just say I’m so thankful to work for an amazing boss who has always supported all 3 of my back-to-back pregnancies haha. This time I actually worked to almost 38 weeks. People asked me why I didn’t go on leave right at 36 weeks and it’s because of my position at work at the busy time it is right now.

I’m a Musical Production Coordinator/Dance Teacher at a charter school and this time of the year (summer) is super busy for my department because we put on a show a month right after school starts. We really utilize the summer vacation time to get most of the dance practices in. I just didn’t have it in me to go on leave right away if I felt that I am able to work. I love what I do, the school I work at and my students so I wanted to make sure everything will be okay once I leave. After I give birth, I’m sure I’ll be popping in to the practices here and there though just to make sure everything is going as planned and that my dancers are getting “show ready!”

Things I’m looking forward to during Maternity Leave:

  • Spending quality time during the day with my husband and kids which I normally miss out on during the weekdays
  • Plan activities for the kids (I already have a Pinterest board of ideas haha)
  • Take Scarlett to dance classes
  • Get into full on nesting mode and get everything ready for baby’s arrival
  • OH and give birth to a new baby boy! DUH!
  • Have my whole birthday month (August) off and plan some birthday festivities
  • Focus a lot on growing my blog (hopefully it’ll get a make-over) and social media
  • Work out, go hiking, and take yoga classes once I’m cleared to work out

 

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Btw, I am in love with this super cute maternity top from PinkBlush! I mean, isn’t it just darling?! …from the crochet detail on the sleeves to the flattering loose fit and the perfect pinkish beige color! I’ve gotten so many compliments on it! Click here to shop!

Thanks for stopping by!
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What’s Inside My Hospital Bag

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Ok you guys, I literally just did a post like this last year and you know, if it ain’t broke… don’t fix it right?! Lol. Well, this is exactly what I have packed in my hospital bag for me the third time around, plus a few other things I added that I shared at the end of this post.

A Comfy Plush Robe

Being comfortable is key so bringing a plush robe is a must. I suggest bringing one that you wouldn’t mind getting rid of after since you will be using it in the hospital. And of course, stock up on a few for home. I literally LIVED in robes the first month after giving birth. I even went to the Coffee Bean drive-thru in them… lol. No shame!

Phone Charger

I think a phone charger is a must in any situation! Right? Lol. I checked in to the hospital 14 hours before I actually gave birth so there was obviously lots of down time where I was on my phone. Plus I’ll need that extra battery power to FaceTime my babies while I’m in the hospital for who knows how long this time.

Favorite DVDs

To feel more comfortable, I brought 6 of my favorite “feel good” movies and just had my husband rotate through them all during my hospital stay. I just liked to have them playing in the background. Bride Wars is one of my all-time favorite chick flicks!

Mints

Ok basically you can’t eat anything except jello and water during active labor (or at least that’s what they gave me lol)… then you have to PUSH and BREATHE in a room full of nurses and doctors plus your hubby and whoever else you have in there… one word: MINTS.

Camera

Most of us already have cameras on our phones but since I started blogging I splurged on a DSLR camera that I take with me everywhere. I can’t wait to take a ton of pictures of baby #3 in his going-home outfit! 🙂

Non Skid Socks

Like the robe, bring some that you don’t mind getting rid of after. I used to teach Pure Barre and we wore these socks for class so thankfully, I have a bunch of them. For both pregnancies, they made me walk around the hospital hallways to let gravity do it’s job so non skid socks were MAJOR key!

Travel Size Toiletries

Of course, I have to pack my favorite Philosophy products, face wash and moisturizer, and I’m glad I have the travel size! I suggest hitting up that section at Target with all the travel sized items and stock up! We have so much to pack in the bag already and I assure you that you won’t be using up a full size bottle of face wash during your stay. Oh, and don’t forget a bunch of hair ties! I’m sure you won’t want your hair all over your face when you’re huffing and puffing to get that baby out haha.

Loose/Maternity Clothing

You’d definitely want to bring your comfiest clothes. I packed my favorite oversized t-shirts and maternity leggings. Let’s just say baby boy will be the only one dressed to impress when we are ready to go home! Lol.

Things I am adding this time: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, Pink Blush Delivery Robe, and a Bravado nursing bra!

Fellow mamas and mamas-to-be: am I missing anything?! Let me know!
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37 Weeks Bumpdate

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I’m officially 37 weeks and it’s my last week of work before Maternity Leave! As much as I would love for baby #3 (trust me, we will announce the name soon) to come ASAP, I’m looking forward to getting some good quality time with Scarlett and Landon. As far as how I’ve been feeling… I’m still feeling pretty good fortunately.

I just get tired so much faster, which is understandable, since I’m carrying around all this extra weight and a full term baby! Haha. Sometimes I forget that I’m 37 weeks pregnant and try to do everything I usually do but I end up having to listen to my body and ask my husband to do my normal tasks… which he gladly does! He actually gets upset that I still do a lot of the things I do and reassures me that he will love to do anything to make my life easier.

I can’t wait for the extra time to do all of the baby laundry and get everything ready for his arrival… basically get into full time nesting mode. I’m also planning a bunch of activities to do with Scarlett and Landon while I’m on leave, as well as focusing a ton on my blog!

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Ok you guys, I have some exciting news to share… I will be taking over the @inspirepregnancy Instagram ALL day tomorrow! I will be sharing photos throughout the day as well as taking you through my day via Instastories PLUS hosting a few amazing giveaways of some of my favorite mom/baby products! Hope you follow along 🙂

P.S. This whole outfit is non-maternity! Links underneath that last photo 🙂 The top is an XS and I sized up on the skirt, size Medium. Since I’m a shorty, I was able to pull the skirt up over the belly and the length was perf!

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Hot Summer Days

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It’s just getting hotter and hotter in San Diego, especially where I live, since it’s a bit more inland… I am dying!! Thank goodness for air conditioning lol. Any way, you know you’re short if you can wear a maternity tank top as a maternity swing dress! Haha. This peplum tank top is from PinkBlush and I love it! The quality is so amazing for the price and it’s seriously so soft. What’s even better is that I can totally wear it postpartum too… score! Isn’t the added detail in the back super cute too? It just adds a little somethin’ somethin’.

I paired it with some nude lace up heels from Forever 21. Not gonna lie, as I’m nearing the end of my pregnancy, I’m getting a lot of water retention in my legs (and face) as you can see. Def. not my fave pregnancy symptoms haha. The nude heels just creates the illusion that your legs are longer than they are and I need that right about now haha. Let’s just say I am so looking forward to working out and shedding the baby weight once I get cleared to!

P.S. So I was diagnosed with slight pregnancy anemia after getting the results from my most recent blood test… say what?! I’ve never had this issue during my past pregnancies so it’s new to me. Basically, I’m not getting enough iron so I have to take iron supplements and extra fiber to help it. Thankfully it’s nothing serious but I was definitely worried when I got the call. Speaking of which, it’s time for my second iron pill of the day!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – Beauty Favorites

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It’s that time of the year when I’m on the Nordstrom website constantly clicking “add to cart” lol. I want everything!! I’ve shared some of my beauty faves with you 🙂 If you have the Nordstrom Card, the sale is available to you now so hurry soon before it’s open to the public tomorrow! There were already a few things that I was contemplating on and let them sit in my cart until I knew for sure that I wanted them then when I decided that I did want to get them, they were sold out 😦

P.S. I would stock up on Voluspa candles (#11), they are the best and never usually on sale! Happy shopping!

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36 Weeks Bumpdate

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This pregnancy has just flown by! There were definitely the days when it felt like it was taking forever, especially during the time when my pelvic pain was so extreme, but now that I’ve officially hit the 9 month mark… I can’t help but think how fast this one has gone by. In just a few short weeks, we will be having another newborn to snuggle with!

This past week, I’ve felt pretty good, minus the regular fatigue and a few hormonal outbursts at my husband (sorry again babe! lol). I’m still craving all the sweets in the world. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. No leg cramps this past week and hoping I won’t get anymore during the rest of my pregnancy *crosses fingers!* My feet do start to burn if I stand up for too long although, no swelling yet.

OH! And guess what?! We FINALLY have a name for our sweet baby boy after months of not coming to an agreement. I’ll be sharing some time this week on my The Mama Queen Facebook Page first so don’t forget to “LIKE” it 🙂 Excuse me, while I go order some personalized newborn clothing on Etsy since I can now! Lol.

Have a great week everyone!
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