I have always wanted to love my body through any phase I go through. I have always desired to “look” a certain way in order to be loved by everyone surrounding me. I have always struggled with body dysmorphia since I can even remember.
I’m struggling to love my body as it changes.
I’m showing a lot faster this time around. I feel like I look huge all the time. I’m embarrassed of my growing belly.
This world can be a cruel place for an overweight person. You always feel like you don’t fit in (pun intended). Well for women who are plus size + pregnant it can be even harder. Everyone comments on how “big” you are “already” or make shitty comments like “are you sure there isn’t more than one baby in there?” NO KAREN. I’m just over here growing a whole ass human on top of having a little extra jiggle, is that OK with you??
I keep saying how temporary this is and that I’ll get my body back soon. But how true is that statement? I don’t think I ever even got my body back since having my first baby. It changed. Grew and Stretched. The way I saw myself changed. And it hasn’t been the same ever since.
I find myself comparing my bump to others who are as far along as I am and it makes me sad that I don’t “look” like them. But the reality of it is that I look like ME. I look how I’m intended to look. Whether or not that’s gaining too much, not enough, bouncing back, not bouncing back.
My body will always be their safe place to hug, lay, and poke at. I grew them. I was meant for them as much as they are meant for me.
As I navigate this new territory I plan to embrace the growth and the change. As hard as it can be, this will be my last pregnancy. The last time I grow and nurture my offspring. Living in the moment from here on out is my ultimate goal.
I feel like every mom has a preference as to what they love and works best for them so I felt like sharing all things that are MY favorite must have newborn items I absolutely LOVE. Each item listed has a link where you can purchase them through Amazon.
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The first item on my list of must haves is this beautiful Itzy Ritzybossdiaper bag. It is one of those items that is a bit more pricey, but I promise that every penny spent will be worth it!
All the reasons why I love this product and recommend it to every Mama:
Size – The size of this bag is incredible! It has 17 pockets (10 inside / 7 outside). Pockets are a big thing for me cause I love organization, everything has a spot which makes packing neat an clean. It has depth which is perfect for packing all things little and big that you will need to bring along for your baby. If your anything like me; having room for each item you may need on the go is ideal.
Backpack – Love this feature! With my first I had an over the shoulder diaper bag and it would always slip off while moving around on the go. The fact that I can just throw this on my back and be hands free is awesome! Not to mention how comfortable it is to wear!
Stroller Straps – Each Boss bag includes 2 stroller straps to make long trips in the stroller super easy. The straps are removable which is awesome for when not in use. I love this feature especially when having a newborn! It is a bonus to have easy access to the diaper bag when you need something fast for your babe.
Changing pad – Like the stroller straps, each Boss bag comes with a changing pad! The changing pad is labeled at the top and bottom with “head” and “toes.” Perfect for when you are changing and can’t remember where the top or bottom is! This changing pad is also very easy to wipe clean, which is a plus for those messy poo poo changes. It has its own pocket as well, so don’t worry about it being smashed with the things in your bag.
Fashionable – Last but not least this bag comes in MANY different colors! For me I have the black one; only because it matches everything and black is life LOL. Itzy Ritzy provides other accessories that you can purchase to make the style of the bag more you. I honestly love all their products and how cute everything is. To go with my bag I purchased the wipe case to hold my wipes. I couldn’t be happier with it!
If you are interested in buying this product or getting more info on all it has to offer here is the link: https://amzn.to/366gePg
The second mommy must have on my list is Copper Pearlswaddles, 5-in-1 multi-use cover, and burp cloths. All of these items are truly amazing. From the quality to the texture and durability; you will not be disappointed!
My reasons for loving these products:
Quality – The quality of Copper Pearl products exceeded my expectations. They are so soft, super stretchy, and very durable!
Size – The size of the swaddles is perfect! They will be great for newborns and grow with them the first year (even longer). The burp clothes are SO big. I didn’t get any burp clothes at my shower so I went ahead and ordered some and these are big compared to other burp cloths. The 5-in-1 Multi-use cover can fit any car seat, shopping cart, and perfect room for breastfeeding.
Stylish – All of these products come in the cutest of patterns! From neutrals to dinos and flowers. So perfect for any gender. You can match each product or even mix n match if you can’t decide on what pattern you love. I ordered matching swaddle and cover, they are so cute!
Perfect gift – Each item Copper Pearl offers make such great baby shower gifts! If you know a mama who is having her shower I would definitely order her some products and I guarantee she will LOVE them.
If you are interested in purchasing any Copper Pearl items here are the links:
The third item I rave about to others is Ryan & Rosepacifiers. When I first came across these I fell in love with how cute they are! Who knew that a pacifier could be so cute? Not only are they cute but the company is AMAZING! Which is a huge plus for me, they truly care about their customers and it shows. For a pacifier they are a little expensive but does that even matter when you will literally have a paci that matches every outfit?!
Some people are against paci’s for many valid reasons and that is fine. If you are like me and plan on using them here are all the reasons why Ryan & Rose pacis are worth it:
Colors – There are MANY colors to choose from. That was one selling point for me because of all the outfit choices that I can with match these perfect pacifiers! They also have the cutest clips in many styles that you can purchase so your pacifier doesn’t drop onto the floor. I personally went a little crazy and even bought bows that match each pacifier. Its honestly so much fun!
2-in-1 Pacifier Teether – This pacifier offers a 2-in-1 purpose; on one side there is the nipple for soothing and the other is designed for teething. I thought this was such a cool way to help soothe your baby when fussing and hurting from growing teeth. It is easy for baby to grip and chew on whenever they need comfort. It offers more bang for your buck as well!
Models – The pacifier comes in two different models. The first one is the round paci that comes in stage 1 and 2. Stage 1 is perfect for newborns and up, stage 2 is more durable for babies with teeth. They also offer a pacifier that comes flat for babies who prefer a more flat nipple than round! The coolest part is the company has a set of all 3 you can purchase if your not sure which one your baby will love.
The fourth item I want to share with you is Comotomo Bottles. These bottles are truly amazing, they are designed to mimic the breast which I though is great for Mamas who plan to breastfeed and pump. I personally love how they look as well.
All the reason why I chose to use Comotomo Bottles:
Natural Feel – These bottles are made from 100% safe medical grade silicone, so when you touch them they are soft and feel just like a breast. Since I plan on breastfeeding my newborn this feature is a plus because I feel at ease knowing she will be getting fed with a product that won’t cause much nipple confusion.
Easy to Clean – These bottles are dishwasher safe! This is so awesome for moms who don’t have enough time to hand wash all the bottles used. Just throw them into the dishwasher and your good to go! They also have a wide neck which makes it easy to clean for moms who prefer to hand wash. Not to mention they can be used in the microwave, boiling water, and sterilizers.
Size – They come in both 5 oz and 8 oz bottles. So as baby grows the bottle grows with them. They offer 2 different nipples; slow flow perfect for newborns, and medium flow for when they start drinking faster.
Colors – Comotomo offers these bottles in 2 different colors! Pink and green. I personally love both colors and will be using both for my daughter.
These are all products that I am using for my newborn! Each product listed has their own websites as well. So if you are interested in learning more about each company feel free to google them by name! I hope you enjoyed my must have list of products for a newborn.
One thing that I have been looking forward to this pregnancy is packing our diaper bag for the hospital! The fun of putting all the little outfits together and imagining how your fresh newborn baby will look in the clothes you have picked out for them. Its almost a bitter sweet moment for me as I sat and packed the hospital bag today. I kept thinking about how I will no longer be pregnant anymore and how I will miss my bump. Yes, having her here in my arms is much more anticipated but her wiggling around inside is such a sweet feeling. I know she is safe and protected in my belly!
Today I want to share all the items I am packing for our hospital stay. The first thing I want to rave about is this gorgeous diaper bag from Itzy Ritzy. It is not your average diaper bag. I am the type of Mama who will literally pack my entire house while on the go (tell me I’m not alone?!) this bag makes that easy with all the room it has for everything you need and more. It has many pockets, the inside is so deep, it comes with a changing pad and stroller straps that can be removed. The quality of it is AMAZING, I know that this will last for years to come. I love that its a backpack! This feature makes life easier for Moms and Dads to be hands free while on the go.
Next item is swaddles! Literally one of my favorite baby items. I have two swaddles packed, one is a solid pink while the other has a pattern of peaches. These swaddles are made by Copper Pearl and are a must for babies. They are soft, stretchy, cozy, and all the prints they come in are to die for! I also got a car-seat cover in the peach print to match. Another brand that I truly love is Aden + Anais swaddles. I have plenty of these handy at home as well.
Lets talk clothes; I have 3 long sleeved onsies, 2 gowns (amazing for those late night diaper changes), and of course her coming home outfit. With my first pregnancy I definitely over packed for my little. Of course I was a first time Mama and felt like I needed everything but this time around I am keeping it light and simple. Some other items I will be bringing are: the Haakaa silicone breast pump, this is perfect for catching all the breast milk that may leak while baby is nursing. A cocoon swaddle by Itzy Ritzy that also comes with an adorable announcement name card. I will have my own set of wipes just in case the hospital doesn’t provide them (usually they have diapers and wipes available), a small bottle of hand sanitizer for when big sister comes to visit, and of course our much loved Ryan & Rose pacifiers and cutie clips to match her outfits.
Now that I have her bag packed and ready I am going to start on mine and my partners bag! If you have any suggestions or if there is a holy grail that you want to share with me feel free to comment and let me know!
Lets start by saying: I can’t believe I have 6 weeks remaining until my scheduled c-section. 6 short weeks until I am a Mama of not one but TWO beautiful little girls. How did I ever get so lucky?! This Saturday we got to celebrate the tiny life growing in me with family and friends. If I am being honest; I did have a chaotic shower (it rained, and I pretty much hosted it). All the details that go into prepping for a baby shower can be overwhelming, but I am so proud of myself for getting it done. I went for a simple shower and it turned out as well as I hoped. I am grateful for everyone who made it. All the decorations turned out nice, the cake was beautiful, and all the gifts for baby girl were lovely. Now that this part of my pregnancy has come and gone I feel like things are moving even faster than they were before. I have so much to do in what seems like such a short amount of time. Although I am still recovering from such and exhausting weekend I can’t help but find myself so excited for my family of 3 to grow.