Thursday, March 6, 2014

My "mama must-haves"

I just received an email this week from one of the pregnancy websites I follow and it told me that I have only SEVEN weeks to go until our little baby is born! That excites me and scares me at the same time. But I feel blessed that we're able to bring another human being into this world and can't wait to meet the little guy or gal. So I'm going to stay focused on the positive instead of talking about my current nerve pains and heartburn and weight gain (oh wait...I just talked about it...).

When I was pregnant with Liam there were certain foods I craved and products I grew to love. With this pregnancy most of those cravings and product must-haves are pretty much the same. Although I didn't crave Spaghetti O's as much this time around as I did with Liam :)

A lot of other moms out there have shared their pregnancy must-haves via blogs or ''Parents' magazine or parenting websites. I thought it'd be fun to share my pregger must-haves this time around. So here it goes...

My pregnant mama must-haves:

Maple glazed donuts. 
A glazed piece of heaven with a hole in the middle.

Chocolate covered long johns with custard filling. 

Mandarin oranges. Liam and I can eat an entire bag of these in about 5-6 days. 
These totally cancel out the consumption of maple glazed donuts, right?

Icy cold water. I cannot get enough of it. At any given time I have about 4 glasses of water started, sitting around the house (on the dresser, in Liam's play area, in the kitchen, etc). It drives Matt nuts. But it keeps me hydrated, so whatever.

R. W. Knudsen Spritzer drinks. These are my yummy alternative to water. Our local stores only carry raspberry and tangerine, but I just discovered that they have a ton more flavors. I would buy a semi truckload of this stuff if I could. The fizziness in this water "kind of" reminds of champagne...just a real little bit....if I close my eyes and pretend...

Orange juice. The second thing I do in the morning (after changing a poop diaper) is pour myself a big 'ol glass of this and take my iron pill with it. 

Non-alcoholic beer. A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do to survive...
(especially when you live in Wisconsin)

 Belli brand Elasticity Belly Oil. My friend gave me a bottle of this (thank goodness, because it's expensive) after she was done having kids and I'm glad she did. It smells really good, goes on like an oil and doesn't leave a weird residue, and actually makes my belly feel better :)

Aveda Damage Control spray. I don't take the time to blow dry my hair. I'm an air-dry kind of gal. I love this because I just spray it in my wet hair after I shower and it acts like a leave-in conditioner. It smells great and doesn't have a ton of scary chemicals in it.

Nivea A Kiss of Shimmer lip gloss. My lips have been so dry. I'm sure it's a combo of 1) the ridiculously dry & cold winter we've been stuck in forever and 2) pregnancy hormones. This lip gloss is my go-to. It helps heal my dry lips and it adds a little pink shimmer. I can skip makeup and just wear this when I run to the store.

Pampermint Soulmate. I can't reach my feet in the shower any more, but when I could reach them I loved using this stuff. I bought it at an Arbonne party a few years ago and still have half a tub of it. It's the yummiest foot scrub and foot lotion I've used. It smells minty and just feels so good...when I can actually reach my feet.

Norwex face cloth. My mother-in-law gave me one of these this past summer and I love it. I can wash my face WITHOUT using chemically cleansers, which is important to me when I'm preggers. It really does work, especially to remove makeup.

Black leggings. I live in them constantly. I wear them to bed, wear them around the house all day, and wear them when I run to the grocery store. Matt calls them my "mom uniform." I'm going to take that as a compliment, although I'm pretty sure I'm fooling myself! My favorite brands are Cuddl Duds (which I have two pairs of) and Liz Lange maternity ones that I bought at Target.

Long, comfy cotton pregger shirts from Target. I have a few and I live in these as well. Also part of my "mom uniform."

A regular pillow. I straddle one of these all night long (sorry Matt). I have a body pillow, but it isn't working well with this pregnancy. The body pillow is hard to flip from left to right (as I toss and turn all night long), so a regular pillow works great this time.

BabyCenter website. When I was pregnant with Liam I discovered this website. It's been my 'baby bible'. I use it to look up concerns or questions that I have and to connect with other moms. I'd be a bit lost without it.

Naps. I can't get enough of them. I don't remember being this freaking tired when I was pregnant with Liam.  All I know is that when baby #2 arrives, naps will be a thing of the past. The word "nap" will no longer be in my vocabulary. So lately while Liam takes his afternoon nap, you'll find me catching a snooze as well. 


I'd love to hear what your pregnancy must-haves are/were. Please share!!


  1. Does Liam love Spaghetti-o's? It seems that whatever the Mom was craving during pregnancy is one of that kids favorite foods. Is it true for you? Again, I wish we lived closer...first of all our "uniforms" are very similar...sometimes I do vary it to black yoga pants instead of black leggings and every once in a while I wear a pair of grey leggings,'s rare ;) and second...I LOVE donuts! I would happily come over and share some donuts with you! I could also come over and get my baby/toddler fix while you get your nap fix!
    I am sorry about the heartburn...I never experienced heartburn (I often ate veggie stir-fry with lots of jalapeno's and a lemonade?!? while pregnant with Finnegan with no issues) UNTIL I was pregnant with Maggie. URGH! It sure gave me a whole new appreciation for people who suffer from heartburn regularly! I hope yours goes away after the little one is born!
    and...p.s. Mike sleeps with a pillow between his knees too, so the bones don't hurt him...we call it his "second wife".
    I know I say this often, but I love your blog! Thanks for posting!

    1. Liam likes Spaghetti O's. Now I know why! I'm glad to hear someone else likes donuts. I'm not ashamed. And there are so many great bakeries in our city that it's hard to pass up a good donut when you see one :) Thanks for the compliments!