Pregnancy Diaries: Hello Third Trimester

Hi there! I still can’t believe baby boy and I are in the home stretch. Today I turned 28 weeks and it’s officially the start of our third trimester. Not going to lie, things are drastically changing from second trimester to now. Everything I imagined pregnancy to be has been that with a side of gross. Yes, I feel BEAUTIFUL, but at the same time I’m belching and all of these weird things are going on with my body. It’s insane, like a beautiful insane. So here are a few updates to put some things in perspective.

Cravings update: We are still in love with chocolate ice cream. But now I have a weird craving for rice bowls and dipping a spoon full of cream cheese every day. I’m not sure what’s so satisfying about eating a spoonful of cream cheese but I love it.

No belly oils: Honestly, I gave up on the concept of belly oiling/moisturizing a long time ago. Why? Well I had stretch marks on my belly long before I got pregnant, ha! A few tiger stripes have never stopped my show … so I just roll with it.

Indigestion is NO joke: A few weeks ago I had a huge scare. I’d never experienced indigestion before so I had no clue what was going on. All I knew is that I was in a lot of pain and I was about to make HD drive me to the hospital. Luckily my mom was around and shoved a Tum down my throat and told me to calm down (drama queen.) It was just indigestion, but a really bad case of it. I was experiencing sharp hot pains in my stomach and chest, and I felt awful. Lying down to feel better was probably the wrong idea and is ultimately what caused me to vomit my delicious dinner I had just consumed. So now I sit up after I eat and I try to stay away from greasy foods later in the day. So painful!

Pregnancy brain can cost you: No, like really cost you money. I find myself not being as alert or attentive to detail like I normally would be. Often leaving things behind or forgetting to do stuff. Last week I accidentally parked in the wrong park (a park that I use every single day), and my car was towed costing me $200. *Sigh*

I’m so sleepy: I felt like during my second trimester sleep was a breeze. I snuggled up every single night on my pregnancy pillow and was knocked out within minutes. Now insomnia has set in and I can’t get more than 2 hour cat naps at a time. I’m either running to pee, or feeling baby boy kick and wake me up all night long. I’m hoping for more sleep in the near future.

Moving while pregnant is hard: HD and I need more space for when our baby arrives, so we are on the hunt for a new house which is tough in ATL. The market is all over the place and school is starting back so the options are pretty limited. It’s been a little stressful, but I’ve learned to be content and practice “what’s for us won’t miss us.” So keep us in your prayers because I’m not looking forward to decorating a nursery while having a new born at home.

Overall I feel excellent! Baby boy and I are both very healthy. Today he’s the 2.5 pounds and about 15 inches long, comparable to the size of an egg plant! I can’t believe I’m carrying around a whole little being inside of me. As always, I’ll keep you guys informed on the journey.

Xx, Triena

How I Found Glory In Saying NO…

As a natural born people pleaser I’ve always struggled with NO. Taking care of everyone before myself came easy for me, and it was at a huge cost to my sanity.

The year before I got married I found myself lost, as if I was living my life on other folk’s terms. I was accepting clients, not because I wanted to, but because they desperately needed me. I was showing up for people because I cared for them more than they cared for themselves and I was always putting myself and my needs last.

It wasn’t until I hit rock bottom and no one was in my corner (aside from my-then fiancĂ©) that I learned –I gave too much of myself away and left nothing for me.

In that instant I vowed to never let that happen again. I’ve been consciously making strides towards taking care of myself first so that I can be my best for the people that matter most.

A few way I do this is by:

  1. Checking in with myself and my husband before I commit to anything. In the past I would just jump at any opportunity that came my way, which was not a good thing. I’d sign up for hanging with friends, or going on a random trip, taking on new clients without thinking twice. That landed me stretched thin and exhausted. So now I evaluate if I can add it to my plate without overcommitting.
  2. Prioritizing relationships. I’ve learned to observe the relationships that I have with the people in my life and I only make time for those relationships that I feel are valuable. Those friends that only check in when they need something, take a back seat. That doesn’t mean that I don’t love them, that just means that they don’t deserve my best.
  3. Realizing when I’m at capacity. Learning to say no is not a bad thing. I’ve broken down my “no” moments to simply mean, I can’t do it because I won’t be able to deliver my best which isn’t fair to either of us. If saying no means you won’t be stretched thin, stressed, or lacking then it’s a beneficial win for both parties.

I hope this helps someone as much as it helped me. Dress is by Lilly’s Kloset (Sold out – but similar style HERE)

1/2 Way Baby Update

Today I’m 23 weeks, and baby boy is flourishing. So much has changed since my last update. The second trimester is much different than the first. I’m not as exhausted as I was in the beginning, but sometimes I push myself too far. I have to learn to keep it cool because my body is working over time baking baby boy.

I have experienced some weird pregnancy symptoms like, new cavities and dental issues. It’s been horrible. Apparently baby’s taking extra calcium from me so it’s time to up my intake. Other than that I feel absolutely fine.

So far everything has been amazing, and I’m so thankful. I feel great, I look great (everyone keeps telling me lol), and I am the happiest and most nervous I’ve ever been in my life.

So a few quick updates:

  • I have a doula! I’m so excited to have an extra advocate in the room so that I can focus on laboring and delivering, and HD can focus on me and baby boy.
  • I’m craving cereal and chocolate ice cream, neither of which I ever liked before.
  • I started doing prenatal yoga to really stretch and open my hips so that I can have some sort of relief with labor.
  • I can physically feel baby boy’s kicks without guessing if it was gas or movement, dad can now feel his kicks too (if I’m laying flat on my back). It’s amazing.
  • We learned that he has ver long legs … dad’s first reaction was “Scholarships!”
  • He has a name, and it’s beautiful! I can’t wait to share it with you guys in October when he arrives.

Well that’s it for now guys. I’m so so happy to have you all join in on this journey with us. It’s been a fun ride so far!

Sundress is from Forever21+ (wearing a 2x for comfort and to last me through my entire pregnancy, could have purchased a 1x)

How I Found Out I was Pregnant

Hey guys! I’m really going to try my best to document my entire pregnancy for you all, just how I did my engagement, wedding planning and the first few months of marriage.

So if you don’t know by now, I’m expecting! I’m 16 weeks and feeling like a burst of energy these days. This wasn’t always the case. The first 12 weeks were long and exhausting! So how did I know I was pregnant …

As cliche as it sounds, I knew something was ‘different’ about my body. The first signs that I noticed was my unexplainable exhaustion. No really! I had never been so tired consecutively in my life. Around the beginning of February, I found myself sleeping from 8pm until 8am the next morning, and I would even have to sneak out of my job to take a nap in the car. It was that bad! I was EXHAUSTED. On the weekends I could easily wake up at 12 noon and still take 2 naps in one day. I’ve never slept so much in my life.

The second thing that startled me was I just felt unsettled and not like my usual self. My body felt heavier than normal, I felt bloated, almost like I had period-like symptoms but it wasn’t quite time for my cycle just yet. So I basically blamed it on PMS, when it was actually implantation of our little bean happening in my womb.

If that wasn’t enough to alert me, it’s as simple as… I just knew! I’ve always been really in sync with my body. I know or can predict when things are about to happen, my cycle is very normal, so I just felt it, honestly. As a matter of fact, when I took my first test and calculated my prediction of a due date, I was literally 3 DAYS OFF from what my doctor predicted at my first ultrasound. She was even shocked to see how close I was able to get to the due date.

It feels like just yesterday I found out I was pregnant. It all happened during Valentine’s Weekend. After being exhausted the entire week of V-day, I decided to take a pregnancy test. Why? Well because my sister kept poking fun at me, suggesting that I was probably pregnant due to my new hobby of marathon sleeping. I finally gave in an peed on a stick the Saturday morning before my husband came back in town. Sure enough (NOT EXPECTING THIS BY THE WAY) … there were TWO positive lines on the test. It was 8am, I vividly remember. I screamed and boo hoo cried like a baby. I’ve never felt so many emotions in my life. My entire life flashed before my eyes. I called my sister immediately sobbing on the phone (I’m sure she thought someone was trying to harm me). We were both crying on the phone by now! She was excited and overjoyed, I was … shocked, scared, nervous, overwhelmed, slightly excited, terrified, unsure, a little joyous, did I say shocked?!

Honestly, I couldn’t believe I could get pregnant so easily. We weren’t trying, but we weren’t preventing either. For some reason I just assumed with me being 30, and having never been pregnant before, I would actually have to “try” to conceive. Well … Gods Plans are better than mine because here we are today with a strong heart beat and a healthy baby growing in my womb.

From there I planned the surprise of telling HD, and the rest of our immediate family. I’ll have to share all of the cute videos of how it went down for you all. It was MAGICAL.

I’ll be sharing the details on my first trimester with you really soon, I can’t wait to take this journey with you all. Thank you so much for all of your love and support.

Xx, Triena

Spring Transition With Loft

As you guys know, I recently shared that I am expecting. So for the past few weeks (or my entire first trimester), I haven’t been feeling like myself lately. I’ve been extremely tired and struggling to even look decent these days so all of my final moments of winter were pretty homely looking.

Transitioning to spring and to my second trimester I got a glimpse of the old me! I’ve finally gotten back in a steady groove and I’m starting to feel more and more like myself everyday. With the warmer temps hitting ATL, I thought it was time to bring out some Spring Style.

Some people find it hard to transition their wardrobe from Winter to Spring. So I’ve come up with an easy method for the most seamless transition and that’s by doing warmer colors like blacks, nudes, dark blues, while adding a pop of Spring like florals.

This Flower Branch Jumpsuit from Loft is the best example of Spring Transition. The dark palette from the black, with pops of spring colors with the floral; it will easily take your wardrobe up a notch for warmer months. I layered it with a white blouse to make it office friendly, but over the weekend I will totally be wearing this number with bare arms!

To shop this look click HERE

And do tell, how you plan to transition to Spring.

*This post is in collaboration with Loft, all opinions are my own.

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