24 Weeks Pregnancy Update

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24 Weeks Pregnancy Update – Officially 6 months along! Whoo hoo!

Baby’s gender:

Boy – I call him “baby boy” to AJ and “Himmer” (Him/Her) to everyone else.

Baby’s size:

1 1/3 pounds, almost a foot long, about the size of an ear of corn.

Baby’s development:

Baby currently has a lean figure, but his body is filling out proportionally and he’ll soon plump up.

His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop.

His lungs are developing “branches” of the respiratory “tree” as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world.

His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.

My weight gain:

16 lbs

Feeling: 

More like myself again though every morning I wake up feeling very tired even after getting enough hours of sleep. AJ says I toss and turn all night so this may be the reason I wake up exhausted. I prefer to sleep halfway between being on my side and being on my stomach so baby boy tends to punch or kick out against the mattress if I am smashing him too much. This makes getting comfortable during the night quite difficult.

Morning sickness: 

My doctor told me I experience hypoglycemia when I get those dizzy, nausea spells and that I need to be munching on something throughout the entire day. I try not to let myself go too long without eating and pair up my food groups with things like nuts, cheese, fruit, oatmeal, and milk as my snacks of choice.

Cravings: 

Hearty meals like beef, chicken, or turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy, and green beans.

Things of Note:

I have officially “popped” and walk around with a bump in full swing. No one has tried to touch my stomach yet, thank goodness! I am waiting for that day to come and hoping it never does.

So far, I have been wearing looser clothing to work so the bump doesn’t show too much, always covering up with blazers and sweaters. Of course, now that it’s gotten to this size it is harder to hide but I am gradually getting more and more comfortable with it.

Every night I lather on coconut oil and sometimes just stare at my stomach in the mirror, completely in awe at how my body is changing to accommodate this growing babe. It is so mind blowing that my body knows exactly what to do and can simply do it. Here I am walking around like normal while basically growing a human from nothing. Of course, I really love to use it as an excuse for getting out of anything saying things like “yeah but I’m really tired, I’ve been growing a human all day long.”

I can already tell that I’m going to miss having this little boy in my tummy once he arrives. It makes me sad to think that this intimate time with him is so short. Before I can even blink I know the quiet moments of laying in bed, cherishing the notion of a growing boy inside of me, feeling him kick, will soon be traded in for a little boy running around the house, tracking in mud and all manner of wild things later on. Everyone says it’s worth it though and I believe it 100%.

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Check out the previous weeks!

23 Weeks // 22 Weeks // 21 Weeks // 20 Weeks // 19 Weeks // 18 Weeks

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Swarovski Crystal Earrings Giveaway

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Shop the Look: Red Plaid

A chic outfit and perfect example of layering for the crisp Fall weather. A plaid shirt always adds that extra pop of pattern to any outfit. Pairing it with matching pieces like a duffle coat and hunter boots is a great way to pull the entire look together. Layer thigh high socks over your favorite tights or throw a basic turtleneck on underneath your button up for extra warmth!

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Shop the Look: Red Plaid

TOP // Rails Kendra Plaid Top  / style steal

SKIRT //Halogen Skater Skirt / style steal / longer hem option

COAT // Michael Kors Duffle Coatstyle steal

TIGHTS & SOCKS // BP. Opaque Tights / Thigh High Socks

BOOTS // Hunter Boot / Short version

BAG // East West Leather Tote / style steal

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Fishtail French Braid Updo

Fishtail French Braid Updo is a perfect hairstyle for that night out on the town. I love to wear my hair in braids to work so I think with a smart blazer and clean cut pencil skirt, this could work even at the office.

The hairstyle features two fishtail french braids, wrapped together into a bun, and secured with hair pins. If you’ve mastered the fishtail french braid then you definitely need to try this look. It could also be done with regular french braids or even dutch braids too.

I love dressing up fishtail braids and if you love this look then be sure and check out Fishtail French Braid Braided Bun and Tuck and Cover Fishtail Braids too!

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Step-by-step instructions for the Fishtail French Braid Updo:

  1. Begin with a side part, whichever side is your preference.
  2. Take a 2″ section of hair on the heavy side of the part and divide it into two halves.
  3. Begin a fishtail braid by taking a small piece of hair from the front strand, crossing it over the top, and adding it to the other half.
  4. Then take a small section of hair from the back half, cross it over the top, and add it into he front half.
  5. Now begin a fishtail french braid by taking a small piece of hair from the front half, adding it to the other side, then bringing in a section of hair and adding it in as well.
  6. Repeat step 5 with the back strand.
  7. Continue braiding a fishtail french braid until it reaches the back of the head.
  8. Finish braiding the hair down into a regular fishtail braid.
  9. Tie off the end with a clear elastic band.
  10. Now repeat steps 2 through 9 with the hair on the other side.
  11. Once all the hair is braided, wrap the two braids together to form a bun.
  12. Slide hairpins into the bun to hold it in place.
  13. Finish with medium to strong hold hairspray.

Striped Dress and Red Hunters

Striped dress and red Hunters is an outfit I have been patiently waiting to wear. Patiently waiting until my bump expanded enough to fill out the dress and the weather to dip cool enough I could justify pulling out these boots.

I bought this dress back when I was only 8 weeks along. It was a bit of a superstitious feat because apparently you shouldn’t buy maternity clothes until you are past the safe point and know you will even get to wear said maternity items.

I held onto it regardless and felt the fabric through my fingers on occasion when I remembered it was there, hanging in my closet, with all my other “regular” clothes. I even tried it on a few times to see how my bump was faring with the ruched siding and roomy front. Sadly, my bump wasn’t big enough to fit just yet.

Finally, once I reached 22 Weeks, my button popped, and over night this dress suddenly fit that bump like it was always meant to be.

I must say I do consider it slightly too short to actually be worn as a dress. Pairing it with leggings though helps me justify that it’s really just an extra long shirt made especially that way for keeping this little bun nice and warm.

These boots share a similar story, one where a serious bump is involved. I purchased these back before the weather cooled off because I knew I would dream of owning a pair once Fall settled in.

They are the epitome of the season and having a pair in the color red has been something I’ve coveted for over a year now. I could never justify giving into my desire to own them until the bump was officially coming and I knew it’d be in full throttle during the Fall and Winter months.

It was then that I decided I simply couldn’t resist them any longer. I believe that an item becomes a truly cherished piece when years pass and  it hasn’t been forgotten.

 Needless to say, I plan on wearing them as much as I possibly can.

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 HAT: American Eagle {similar} | HAIR: Fishtail Braid Tutorial | DRESS: ASOS Maternity | JACKET: J.Crew {last seen here} | LEGGINGS: Topshop | BOOTS: Hunter

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