I was so excited to get my first Bump Box!! I think it's such a great idea for any mom-to-be! It's also tailored to where you're at in your pregnancy based on your due date! Highly recommend checking them out for yourself or for someone you know!
I hope you enjoyed this maternity haul! Maternity clothes can be expensive so this is my way of buying what I need without breaking the bank! I'm currently 22 weeks pregnant, more than halfway through my pregnancy, & my bump is definitely showing! I think one of the biggest challenges has been working full time while pregnant. There have been some days I have to talk myself out of wearing shorts & a tank top to the office. Let me know where you've found some great maternity clothes & savings!
It's been a busy month filled with get-togethers, Easter, house hunting & working. I've been feeling the best in my pregnancy so far which is good because I don't think I really have time right now to feel bad. I just ordered a maternity bathing suit which should arrive in a few days, right in time for triple digit weather. And we have only 17 weeks left to go! Aside from the general excitement of being pregnant, I'm now getting specifically excited to meet my daughter. I feel her moving constantly, continually getting stronger & bigger. Which has actually been kind of calming at times when I've felt stressed, because it's an instant reminder that there are more important things happening in my life. I imagine what her little face looks like, what color her hair will be, if she'll be silly & hyper like me or more thoughtful & studious like her dad. I wonder what it's going to be like to hold her, feed her, rock her back & forth, & how it'll be to meet my first blood relative. I know that last one might be an odd thought to some, but being adopted this whole experience of having my own child has come with extra feelings I wasn't expecting. I've often longed to meet someone, anyone I'm biologically related to. Just to once have the opportunity to maybe feel that connection or possibly see similarities. Something so many take for granted but something I've dreamt about. And now, finally, I'll have it. I'm getting two of the best gifts from my one little baby: she's making me a mother & she's taking the meaning of family to a whole other level.
I hope you enjoyed my easy, DIY gender reveal cupcakes video! I don’t typically do cooking or baking instructional videos but I wanted to share this with you incase you wanted to make them yourself as well! Saved me some money doing it myself! & if you use pre-made batter like I did, it makes things a little more fool proof! I want to mention I didn’t mix the cream filling long enough so it was a little runny. Be sure to keep beating it until it’s light & fluffy!
**CREAM FILLING RECIPE:
1/4 cup butter (softened)
1/4 cup shortening
2 cups powdered sugar
pinch of salt
3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Beat butter & shortening until smooth. Blend in the powdered sugar & salt. Gradually beat in the milk & vanilla. Beat until light & fluffy. Add food coloring of your choice!
Only 19 weeks left! If you've been a part of this journey with me since the beginning, thank you! If you're newly joining, welcome! I have moments when I realize how magical pregnancy is & I feel lucky I'm able to experience it. Feeling my baby girl move is my most favorite thing ever! Yes, there are days when being pregnant is tough, but it's oh so worth it.