Fun Ways to Announce Your Pregnancy

Have a bun in the proverbial oven? Congratulations! Today we’re sharing some fun ways to announce your pregnancy. Speaking of buns in the oven…

Take a photo of a bun in an oven. 
This is pretty easy to do, unless there’s a shortage of buns in your area. Or if you don’t have an oven. However, if you do happen to have those things, you can take a photo and share it on your social media accounts, or send it out to your family via group text message. Or, when your partner gets home from work, send them to the oven to pull out “dinner.” The bun/oven possibilities are endless.

Go for the shoe shot. 
Another great announcement idea that works well in a social media format is the beloved shoe shot. You include a pair of your shoes, your partner’s shoes, your kid(s) shoes (if applicable) and new baby’s shoes. Get creative with it. If you’re going on a beach vacation, use flip-flops, or if you’re a sport family, use cleats. Regardless of what footwear you choose, it’s a fun way to announce your new addition. (It also could be a fun holiday card. Just saying.)

Use a little word play. 
If board games are a staple at your house, you can use that to your advantage. Suggest a rousing game of Scrabble, but arrange a little message ahead of time (maybe even in card form because the letters might not stay) and, if it’s just you and your partner, include the pregnancy tests.

Puzzle it out. 
Creating a custom “we’re expecting” puzzle, is also a fun game-related announcement idea. This one is customizable and so cute!

Create your own movie poster.
Come up with a wonderfully clever title and tagline (something like, “Coming soon in [insert month and year your child is due]”), and feature your forthcoming arrival. This would be especially fun for someone with a design background, because it could get pretty amazing pretty quick.

Mylar balloon it up. 
If you already have some children, this is a fun way to announce your newest kid. You’ve probably seen this cool announcement, featuring six kids, or this one, featuring Jessica Alba and her daughters. It’s a fun visual and allows you to be a little creative.

Have all the Halloween fun.
If you happen to be announcing your pregnancy during October, you’re in for a treat. There are so many Halloween-themed options, that it’s almost unfair. Try a cute pumpkin announcement that features two large carved pumpkins that represent you and your partner (as well as some slightly smaller ones if you already have kids) and add a cute little baby one in the middle. Add a Halloween pun, and you’re good to go. Or get yourself a skeleton tee that shows off the little baby skeleton that’s growing in your belly. (Feel free to use this any time of the year, because it’s amazing.)

How did you announce your baby’s arrival?

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Ways to Feel Better Prepared for Baby’s Arrival

You can only do so much planning for and scheduling around the arrival of your baby. Unless you have a scheduled C-section or induction, baby’s grand entrance will be a mystery and may leave you feeling a bit anxious.  Stories of babies coming early or late may leave you wondering how much time you actually have left to prepare, and how soon you need to get some things ready.

To help ease that feeling of uncertainty, here are some things you can do to help you feel better prepared for baby’s arrival.

Set up the crib or bassinet

Don’t leave things looming. Even if you think you have a few weeks, if having the crib unassembled is bugging you in the back of your mind just set it up. Knowing that you have a space for the baby all ready for them will give you a great sense of relief. Despite having a bit more decorating to do or some final touches to make on the nursery, having the basics of what the baby will need will help you relax and feel prepared for them to come home.

Make arrangements for your absence

If you have a pet, arrange for someone to come over and care for it while you’re in the hospital. Make freezer meals in advance or accept any offers to provide meals for you and your family. Hire a cleaning company and schedule cleanings for every few weeks after your due date. Start thinking of important things that need to get done after baby comes that you might not be able to do for a while, and get them all arranged. This will help you relax and rest easier while you’re recovering, and make you less anxious leading up to delivery.

Pack your bag

Again, if you start having that anxious feeling that it could happen anytime, just pack the bag. Even if you’re a few weeks away, it’s better to ease that anxiety and feel ready than have an unchecked mental to-do list bug you every day. Pack an outfit, a spare toothbrush, even headphones and a favorite book, or whatever else is on your list. Load it in the back of the car or keep it handy, but not in the way, so you can just go without thinking when it’s time.

Install the car seat

Installing the car seat could jar this sense of reality that it’s really happening, which is probably the best way to help you feel prepared.  After all, before your baby can’t sleep in the crib and you can’t enjoy the snacks you’ve stocked up on until you get the baby home.  Make sure to install it properly, and don’t hesitate to stop by your local fire station or police station where they can inspect the installation and show you proper safety protocols to follow.

What did you do to help prepare for the arrival of your baby? Did something particular help appease your anxiety? Share with us below!

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Summer Style Guide: 5 Ways to Dress Your Baby Bump

Summer is here, and it’s HOT outside. Being pregnant in the summertime is no easy feat. So we’re here with a summer style guide that will give you five ways to dress your bump. Because you deserve to feel cute, but a little less hot (if you catch my drift).

1. A long, flowing maxi dress
I know it might seem counterintuitive, but a long, flowing maxi dress can provide you with much-needed air flow and air circulation. Be aware of the fabrics that you’re choosing… a lighter chiffon-like fabric isn’t going to hold in heat like a tighter knit might. And be mindful of the silhouette as well. A dress that hugs the body is going to be warmer to wear. Slits are also your friend.

     
Floral Maxi Dress $56.00                             Striped Jersey Dress $29.99

2. The perfect swimming suit
Even though you might not feel like the most fabulous lady at the pool/beach/lake, finding a great maternity suit is another great way to beat the heat. Check out this post for some great options, as well as the two selections below.

         
Polka Dot Suit $39.98                                    Palm Print Tankini $64.00

3. Comfortable, yet fabulous, flats 
Chances are pretty great that you might be experiencing a bit of swelling, especially in the foot area. Another way to keep your footsies, and the rest of your body, cool is to find a great pair of flats… namely sandals and/or slides. They can also better accommodate your–ahem–growing feet and ankles.

         
Salt Water Sandals $41.95                        Twisted Bow Flats $85.00

4. A breathable top
Whether it’s a great tank top, or a diaphanous blouse, finding a great breathable top is a must. It helps keep your top half cool, and since that’s where your baby is, it’s probably a good idea, right? Trust us, it’s science. 😉

          
2-Pack Jersey Tank Tops $17.99                                 Linen-Blend Top $17.99

5. Breezy shorts in a longer length
While longer shorts might seem like an odd choice, they can really help with chafing. If chafing is an issue, that is. They can also add a bit more sun protection and are more durable for outdoor activities like hiking. Because it’s slightly cooler in the mountains, and we’re all about feeling a little cooler this summer.

       
Aqua Maternity Shorts $29.99                               Light Denim Shorts $49.99

This summer style guide, coupled with a great glass of (pasteurized) lemonade, will hopefully help you stay cool this summer while you wait for your baby.

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How to Feel Better About Your Postpartum Body

“What a cruel scheme to keep a woman from knowing her power. To put the focus on what pregnancy did to her body rather than focus on what her perfect body just did. Here we sit, creating and nourishing the future and we are diminished to “baby weight.” I will not succumb to your demeaning ideals.” – Amethyst Joy

That. ^

That about sums it up, doesn’t it?

But how do we do that? How do we look past the unrealistic ideals that society has set? The distraction from what our amazing body did to what became of our body?

Here are some concepts and realizations that may help you shift your mindset from one of shame to one of pure amazement and gratitude.

Forget the concept of “normal”

There is no such thing as “normal.” Not a single person is the exact same as another, so rather than try to look like someone else or be like someone else, embrace the unique individual that you are. Your body is yours – there is nobody else like you now, and there never will be. Be 100 percent true to yourself, because this is your time on earth and the only shame comes in wasting any time of your life trying to change who you are.

The naked bodies you’re used to seeing are not the norm

Trigger warning: we’re talking about naked bodies, here.

Society has done something interesting to our mindsets.  We’re generally taught to cover up our bodies, protect our nakedness, yet we stand in line at the grocery store and see nearly naked models line the shelves of the magazine racks. We walk past huge banners of nearly-naked, very skinny women without loose skin or stretch marks at the mall and then go into a dressing room and feel bad about ourselves because we don’t look like them. Why is it okay to plaster uncovered pictures of a very specific body type but not others? We MUST realize that body type is not the norm.

If only from a young age we saw a true representation of bodies on these covers, or better yet, we didn’t see bodies being the focus of covers at all. This may seem like an unconventional suggestion, but educate yourself about the truth of the human body. Study art. Go to a women’s spa, or the beach or the pool, even the grocery store, where you can see various body types. (Obviously not in a creepy, staring way, but just look around and take notice of how different every single person is from the next. And not everybody is a cookie-cutter copy of those on the magazines).

That is the norm. These are the regular people in your life, in the world, and our bodies are all different. The body types propped up on display are not, although yes, some women look like that, too, and hopefully they are happy in their skin like everyone else should be. However, one thing to point out is that more people than not have stretch marks – men and women, mothers and non-mothers, people of all sizes, shapes, ages, overweight people and people who have never been overweight. They aren’t worth a single thought of shame, so don’t waste a single minute worrying about them.

Without the weight gain your baby MAY have been less healthy, be grateful

Healthy weight gain is a normal part of pregnancy. It is usually essential for your baby to grow and your body to regulate the growth of the baby and still take care of itself. If your baby was born healthy, realize that your body did its job, and be proud, and grateful. Realize that there are several women whose bodies struggle during pregnancy to provide for itself and their baby, and women who struggle to get pregnant at all. Your beautiful, postpartum body is a testament to an incredible, miraculous feat and opportunity not afforded to everyone.

*Talk to your doctor about healthy weight-gain during pregnancy, as the weight gain and medical needs for each woman is different (because our bodies are all different, whaddyaknow?!)

What would you say to your own daughter? How would you want her to feel?

Perhaps the most eye-opening train of thought when I find myself in a body-shaming mindset is how I would want my own daughter to feel. My heart breaks at the thought of her staring in the mirror at her stretch marks or loose skin while her new baby sleeps in the next room. I cringe at the thought of her scrolling through the internet at these idealized body types with a sad expression on her face as she realizes she doesn’t look like them. Thinking about my own daughter snaps me back to reality real quick and empowers me to set an example of self-love and acceptance, with the hope that she never questions her worth or abilities based on her appearance.

Our lives are short. We each have a mere 100 years, give or take, on earth. Then that precious baby of yours has their time, and so the world goes on. Change is an inevitable part of life, so rather than spending our time and efforts focusing on changing what we look like for our short time here, do what makes you happy. Spend time with those you love, serve those around you, travel, read books, engage in your hobbies, and become so caught up in what your body can do that you never get caught up in what it does or doesn’t look like.

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