Quick and Easy Trendy Baby Bandana Bib | How To | Pregnancy

Hey guys! Alicia here! I am killing time as I wait to go into labor with baby Anderson and decided to do a bit of sewing for him. This is a quick and easy handkerchief bib pattern that will fit a baby 3 months to 12 months of age. Here is the link to their tutorial which includes a printable pattern from Project Nursery.
I decided to use cheap hand towels from Wal-Mart and flannel baby blankets to make my bib, but you can use anything as long as the materials are absorbent. I of course had to make a Mickey for obvious reasons.

baby bib tutorial

Be sure to cut the fabric folded against itself lining the folded edge as instructed on the pattern.

Place the fabrics with the front facing each other and sew around the edges leaving a space to turn them right side out once complete.

baby bib tutorial

Flip the bibs right side out and sew the final edge. The original tutorial suggests uses snap buttons to secure the bib on baby, but I used some Velcro that I had on hand.

baby bib tutorial

These are so cute and the perfect hand made gift for anyone expecting!

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How Exercise Completely Changed My Pregnancy! | Pregnancy

I just want to gush for a minute about one of my passions. Exercise has made my life so much better with baby number 3. When I found out we were pregnant again, I was slightly depressed at leaving my fitness routine behind, but I have found that maintaining my habits through out pregnancy have made all the difference about how I feel. Even if you are a couch potato go out and walk! Do some prenatal yoga! I swear your body and brain will thank you!

I will admit I am not your average mom when it comes to exercise. I’m a little bit obsessed with gym time so adjusting has been a planned effort. I am writing this to share with you, how much physical activity has improved my prenatal experience. During each trimester I have made changes as needed to my program to keep myself safe and healthy. I did this by talking to my doctor, researching safe prenatal exercise, and most of all listening to my body. Now at 32 weeks I can report that I am still Spinning three times a week, although a little less intense than before. It’s worth it ladies! Plus, post work out cookies are definitely a thing. I made them a thing. Here is what I have learned:

pregnancy exercise There are major physical and mental benefits:

  • Less nausea during my first trimester. Something about those endorphins really helped me keep it together. Honestly, it was the only part of the day I didn’t feel like death warmed over!
  • Less hip and back aches. Actually almost none. I was plagued with pain during my first and second pregnancy, but now I have very little. Maintaining activity has kept me feeling way less achy even now at 32 weeks. This has been a revelation for me! I am sad I didn’t discover how much less my strong body hurts during my other pregnancies.
  • Mental and physical release. Sometimes pregnancy can feel overwhelming and never ending. When I am getting it in at the gym, as they say, I feel like I am in control of myself for that time. That makes a huge difference for me and baby. We are both happier when momma is taking time for herself.
  • More regularity. That’s right people. I am at 32 weeks and I’m not constipated. That is a miracle in and of itself. No need to explain! Sorry for the tmi, but it’s a bid deal.

Things you need to know:pregnancy exercise 2

  • You will overheat more easily. Don’t push it when the weather is hot. I found my body had a lot less tolerance for heat even in the first trimester, so any time I wasn’t in the cool gym, I gave myself extra rest and time to cool off.
  • Your muscles will take longer to recover. I have found lifting weights more challenging for that reason. I would be sore for at least a day longer because all of my nutritional resources go to baby and not my muscles. I made the decision to back off of weight training for that reason after 20 weeks, but I know lots of mommas who keep it up all the way to then end. In the end you have to decide what your goals are and how much energy you have to expend, and for me sticking with cardio was more important during this time.
  • You will need a good support belt. Especially if this is your second or third pregnancy. It is hard to move when the bump isn’t secured properly. I used this one.
  • You will need extra time to rest on work out days. If I know it is gym day I plan down time because I am tired. I don’t over schedule and I plan an easy dinner for the family. It can be tough on a busy schedule, but the benefits far out weigh the extra planning.
  • If it doesn’t feel right don’t do it! This goes for everyone no matter what fitness level. If I feel like I need extra rest, I stayed home; if I feel like I am pushing too hard I back off; if I need to pee I pee! Haha! All jokes aside. Listen to your body. It’s important!

I want to this this blog by saying that you should always follow your doctor’s recommendation for exercise during pregnancy. There are several circumstances where physical activity should be limited during pregnancy for the safety of you and your baby. I’ve included a couple links at the bottom for more information on exercise during pregnancy.

http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/exercise-during-pregnancy#1
http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/exercise-during-pregnancy/

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5 Awkward Moments of a Very Pregnant Intern | Pregnancy

Alicia here. You’re probably all wondering, who would take on a new career at 7 months pregnant. Let’s just say I like to make my life as complicated or as simple as possible depending on the day. Let me explain.

My husband is in the United States Army. So unlike most communities, many spouses in our community stay home for several reasons. The biggest reason being this: it is really hard to find a decent job when you move every 3 years or more! Like really hard. The last interview I went to was awkward to say the least.

The last interview I went to was awkward to say the least.

My interviewer actually asked if my husband was okay with me going back to work. (wait, I was supposed to ask? Oops. Failed that wife test) I was over qualified for the receptionist position. I did not get a call back.

Fast forward to now. I am in the last semester of a paralegal certification in hopes that I will be more attractive on the job market even though I am the dreaded military spouse that will leave your company as soon as her husband’s career comes a calling! I am only being half way sarcastic. I’m a great employee, unless my hubs gets orders and we have to move. Then I’m gone because I go where he goes!

Let’s be honest! I really want my own career and to get out of this house! I love spending time with my children but I also love working. Always have! Plus, it’s good to have your own thing when dear hubby is on the other side of the world fighting bad guys and you are thousands of miles away from family in who knows what tiny town.

The fun thing about finishing your paralegal certification is the internship you must complete to graduate. Fun right?! Let’s get hands on with this!

Well guess who got knocked up with a due date before the internship is over. Yours truly…my timing is impeccable guys. What can I say?

So without further delay, here are 5 awkward and awesome things about being the new and very pregnant intern in court:

Working While Pregnant
1) What shoes am I supposed to wear?! Seriously. I have a million pairs and none of them are close toed business shoes made for the ever expanding swollen foot of a pregnant paralegal in a court room setting. I went with size 11 Versace knock offs from Payless. My feet are already big, so when you have to size up for pregnant bloat, you make lemons in to lemonade ok?

2) This is the comfiest business attire I have ever worn! I mean no one expects the prego chick to show up in a blazer and slacks, so I just get creative and keep it polished.

working while pregnant
3) You will be very concerned about packing snacks to make it through the day. Then you will realize your seat is next to the judge’s bench with a microphone and you stare at said snacks for the next two or three hours. Would it be weird if I ate cheese stick in the bathroom? Asking for a friend…

Would it be weird if I ate cheese stick in the bathroom? Asking for a friend…

4) Everyone will offer you a chair. You will take that chair because you know this won’t last forever.

5) People will constantly ask you your due date. Then act shocked when you tell them it’s less than three months away. You just get used to it and move on.

 Then act shocked when you tell them it’s less than three months away.

Guess what? Pregnancy goes by faster when you are busy, and anything that will make time pass at this point is worth my while. This is baby number three for us, so I know the drill. Your back hurts just as bad when you are at home as it does at work. Until next time loves!

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