Kate Spade Baby Accessories 

Ahhh! I still can’t get over the fact that our precious little one is a girl. Looks like I won’t have to return the dozen or so little outfits I bought over the past few months! I just had this feeling deep down. I’m so glad I was right! 

Here are a few of the little things I am excited about not having to return! Sophie found the bibs originally. I ended up buying two more boxes! Plus these socks were online and I had to get them. I am all about some Kate Spade ! (My two Kate diaper bags can testify!) 

I also bought an outfit or two when I was ordering. I can’t wait until the little one is old enough to model them for me. She is going to be so precious! I am so excited.  


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Naturally Different Deodorant (my new favorite) 

The Switch to Natural Deodorant 

It’s crazy how now that I am growing a sweet little person inside me how much more aware I am of what I am putting in and on my body! One thing that recently grabbed my attention is my deodorant. I’ve always heard that deodorants can contain elements that are bad for you. However, I never took the time to read about them. So I decided to spend some time on google reading about health concerns of anti perspirants. After spending quite some time reading I didn’t really have any concrete proof. For every article against it there was an article dismissing the worries. At the end of the day here are the main concerns I found with anti perspirants: Parabens, aluminum, triclosan, phthalates, and fragrance allergens. Each presented me with concern, however maybe not concrete proof that they were, for example causing cancer. Though, there has to be some form of harm if there is a label on the stick that reads “keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.” 
That said, it definitely gave me something to think about. One thought that crossed my mind was why risk it? Even though maybe studies are just seeing “links” to the health issue, rather than absolute causation, why do I need to risk that when there are so many organic options available to me? It makes no sense. I decided to take a chance and make a change. If I absolutely hated the natural deodorant I could just switch back! Not a huge deal, and who knows how beneficial in the long run! 
Fast forward and I am now four weeks in on my change to natural deodorant. I am using one of my favorite local businesses, Naturally Different. (I love that their products are locally made in my community, the brand is clean and sweet, plus totally affordable. My deodorant was $7). I am so happy to report that I am completely satisfied! My main concerns when I switched was whether or not I would stink. However, this works just as well and honestly I love how clean it smells! Also, previously I would get really dry armpits. I’m talking, would have to put lotion on them because they were so dry and itchy. I know that’s weird, but I understand now that the alcohol used in my previous deodorant was totally drying me out. I haven’t had that issue at all these past few weeks and I love it! I’m completely sold on my new natural deodorant. Plus, at least with the brand I use, I haven’t had any residue left in my clothing or on my skin. 
I understand that some people with different body chemistry and smells feel that they need to use their extra strength anti perspirants… that’s cool. You do you. However I am so happy that I actually understand the ingredient list on my deodorant now! (See the comparative list below). Are you willing to make the change? I definitely recommend it! 

Naturally Different: 

  • Arrowroot powder 
  • Shea butter
  • Mango butter 
  • Non aluminum baking Soda
  • Organic coconut oil 
  • Organic beeswax 
  • Vitamin E 
  • Essential oils: Lemmongrass and Rosemary 

Secret Scent Expressions: 

  • Aluminum Zirconium Octachlorohyde
  • Water
  • Alcohol denat 
  • Cyclopentasiloxane
  • Propylene glycol
  • Dimethicone
  • Calcium chloride 
  • PEG/PPG-18/18 dimethicone
  • Fragrance 

Please feel free to send me any feedback or brands you love! It would be great to get some other opinions.  

Gender Reveal Ultrasound Appointment- It’s A Girl!

December 20th we headed down to Nashville Baby 4D to do an ultrasound to determine the sex of the baby! I was so nervous. As we drive closer my heart was pounding. I just kept imagining it having an extra arm or something horrible that we would discover. 
Luckily the technician was super fun and I was soon at ease. The viewing room was so cool! It was set up almost like a movie theater. There was a large, high quality projector screen in front of some very comfortable leather couches. We were soon settled in and ready to go! 
The goop was glopped and the technician started. I let out some serious giggling the second the wand touched my stomach! You could immediately see the cutest outline of a baby ever! It was positioned just perfectly to where you could see it’s profile. I was in love. The tech also pointed out it’s heart. SO amazing! That had Michael in total awe! You could see it pounding away, it was out of this world. (145bpm- the slowest it’s ever been so far, even slower than at our 8 week ultrasound!) I started crying. It was so real watching that baby moving its arms and kicking it’s legs. It was amazing. 
The tech was busy snapping away pictures, cheerfully talking. She told us fairly soon after we started that she was almost certain of gender, but that the baby was holding the umbilical chord between it’s legs and until we got it to move the chord she don’t want to give us anything definite. She had me bounce around on the ball and drink some very cold water- the baby moved all sorts of around, but that chord was squeezed tight!! She showed us on the screen exactly where the chord was, it was so funny! 
After another go on the ball the sweet little one finally moved the chord. The tech took a few shots and then announced she was sure… It’s a girl!!! We both were a squeaking, laughing mess! I definitely started crying. It was so fun. She let us watch the baby for a few more minutes before we heard her next appointment walk in the front door and had to wrap it up.
In the end I was surprised to see that we had actually been watching the baby move around for almost an entire hour! Its was so captivating. The technician was so kind and totally had fun with us. It was amazing (have I overused that word yet?) and I loved it! I seriously am so thankful for the wonderful experience we had. I would highly recommend using them!

** Keep in mind that this center is considered “elective” and is thus not covered by insurance. However, after tax it only cost us $65 so I think it was ABSOLUTELY worth it to find out gender at 16 weeks, rather than 20 like my doctor has scheduled. (Technically, they can actually see it at 15 weeks. Also, if for some reason they can’t get the baby to cooperate you come again for free. The tech we talked to said she usually has the couple walk around and get food then come back. Seriously, not a bad deal at all!)

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Gender Prediction Wives Tales

We find out the gender of the baby THIS AFTERNOON. OH MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS!!! I can not believe it. I decided before we get the answer to our LONG anticipated question I would look back at some of the fun (and possibly crazy) gender prediction wives tales! I thought it might be fun to know if they had any “accuracy.”

Placenta Placement: In this test you ask the ultrasound tech where in the placenta the baby is resting. If the baby is in top or bottom right this indicates a boy. Meanwhile, top or bottom left predicts a girl! We asked our ultrasound tech and she said the baby was curled up in the left, indicating a baby girl! 

Ring Swing: There is one wives tale that involves pulling out on of your hairs and sliding your wedding ring onto it. Then you move it in a certain patter (depends what source) and then you stop moving. If the ring continues to spin it will be a boy, if your ring swings back and forth, it is a girl. Sophie came over one night and told me about it! We decided to try. My result? A girl! 

Heartbeat: Another popular Pinterest predictor was about the heartbeat. Supposedly if the heart beat was lower than 140 bpm this predicted a baby boy. A heart beat higher than 140 bpm indicated a little girl! According to this test, I would be having a girl! At eight weeks the baby’s precious heart was pumping away at 150 bpm.

Salt vs. Sweet:This test proposed that if you constantly want sour or salty foods you are carrying a boy. Sweet foods (and some sources said orange juice) indicate a growing girl! I don’t think i have craved anything salty per say. However, I have been eating sweet tarts non stop! What does that mean? That is the candy that is literally made to be sweet and sour. However, I haven’t wanted any other sweets on a regular basis… So I am going to say I crave sour. This indicates a sweet baby boy! 

Skin: Another predicting idea is that if you have better skin than ever before you are carrying a boy. Meanwhile, having worse skin indicates a girl. I am having the worst breakouts of my life! It is disgusting. So that would be a strong vote for girl! 

Sleep: This test proposes that if you sleep on your left side you are growing a boy. meanwhile, sleeping on your right indicated a growing girl. I have been sleeping mainly on my left, so one more vote for boy! 

Morning Sickness: (First off gross. I hate being sick, and boy have I been sick.) This test says no morning sickness means a boy, while having sickness indicates a girl. This seems to be based off of a notion about hormones. For me, this indicates a VERY hormonal little girl!!

Age at Conception: This predictor was odd to me, however I saw it several times! Supposedly if you take your age at conception and add the number of the month of conception it could predict gender. An odd number signified a boy while an even number predicted a girl. This predicts a little boy for me!

There are a few more tests you can do, however most of them involve urine. I am so not down with that, sorry! So in the end, of those eight tests I received three predictions for a boy and five that the baby is a girl! I guess we will find out soon enough! We aren’t announcing gender until Friday when we can tell the whole family at the same time.  Until then- do you have any guesses!?! 

// jeans: Lucky Brand // shirt: Ann Taylor Petite // sweater: New York & Company // Fitbit: Alta //rings: Tiffany & Co and Genesis Diamond 

Also featuring my belly band because I can’t zip my pants up!! It’s been such a life saver- and it just looks like a lace cami! 

Free Sam’s Club Baby Samples Box

In my search for cool baby freebies I also stumbled upon Sam’s Club free baby box. You don’t have to have a membership and it was completely free! I didn’t even have to pay for shipping. The downside: it took over two full months to arrive. That said, it is still a free gift with very little work required. The sample box included the following random assortment:

  • Slimfast baked chips 1oz
  • GoGo Squeeze AppleApple 3.2 oz
  • Goodness Knows cranberry almond chocolate snack square (1 piece)
  • Huggies natural care wipes (8 count)
  • Size three Member’s Mark Diaper (1 count)
  • Brouchures for Sam’s Club membership &a Travel Site

It’s a pretty random assortment of products. Honestly, it wasn’t the best box, but it was completely free, so i’m not going to complain at all. Plus, even one free diaper is one less diaper I have buy! So I recommend trying this, but after ordering put it out of your mind because it will take forever to arrive!