Thursday, February 18, 2016

27 Week Bumpdate and Skincare Favorites

I cannot believe I am only one week away from the third trimester! Pregnancy is the craziest thing; it feels like the faster and slowest time of your life, all at once. I sometimes feel like we just found out we are pregnant, but then I am shocked when I realize that was already way back in September. We have so much going on right now, it is honestly easy to forget that a baby is brewing from time to time. Fortunately, his rib jabs are happening frequently and serve as a nice reminder that he will be hanging with us in no time :-) In exciting baby news, his eyes are officially open, and he is becoming very responsive to light and sounds! I hope he is enjoying the scenery in there ;-) 

In addition to my bumpdate, today I am sharing the changes I have made to my skincare routine to adjust to my particularly sensitive skin during this pregnancy. Keep reading below to see my product recommendations!

How far along? 27 weeks
Gender: baby boy!

Total weight gain: Will know officially when I weigh in next week, but my guess is 20 pounds. Eek. Officially cleaned up my diet this week. Cozy winter nights and my love of baking just haven't been the best combo. Still totally on track for healthy weight gain, but still. I know I am growing a human, but I seriously hate watching the scale creep up.

Maternity clothes? Yes, still mostly rocking leggings, sweaters, and tunics. Just gave myself a pep talk and decided to not buy any more clothes to wear for 'pregnancy', because we all know even though they are 'versatile' pieces, I am going to hate them by the time May rolls around. So, I am committing to rotating the same ten or so pieces for the next few months.

Stretch marks? No, using my baby belly bar obsessively!

Belly button in or out: In

Sleep: I think some of the insomnia is kicking in. I remember being up half the night the last few months of my last pregnancy, so add a toddler with bad sleep habits to the mix..I am already mentally kissing sleep goodbye.

Exercise: Yep! Decided this week I am going to start being good and do more than just cardio. I was set yesterday to wake up and do a 10 minute arm workout, but wouldn't you know an adorable little boy was up an at em at 5am and wanted to sit on my lap while I attempted arm we will try again today.

Best moment this week: We got our floor plans for our house!! Things are finally moving, which also is making this pregnancy fly by because we are so busy. May will be here before we know it!

Miss Anything? Jeans. I am debating pulling the trigger on a pair or two to wear once baby is born, I know this is risky because who knows how they will fit, but I am figuring a pair of boyfriend jeans, which are looser in the first place, should be a safe bet?

Movement: Yes, and little man is kicking hard! Still mostly on my right side right below my ribs, but also lots of cervix jabs (TMI? sorry not sorry). I remember those from my last pregnancy, and it literally feels like baby is trying to escape.

Food cravings: Diet coke. Cold, fruity drinks. No other major cravings this week. Trying to tell them to get lost quite honestly and get on a more rigid schedule, not eating whatever sounds good when the moment strikes.

Symptoms: Pelvic pressure (probably because baby is punching near his exit sign). A bit of lower back achiness. A tiny bit of swelling in my fingers. And insomnia is making its way back.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope!
Labor Signs: Nope, those can stay away for at LEAST the next ten weeks!

Wedding rings on or off? On, but wondering if I will be able to keep them on as long as I did my last pregnancy already..

Happy or Moody most of the time: Pretty happy this week! :-)

Looking forward to: Continuing to move forward on our new house!!!!!

Week 27 Pregnancy Favorites:

This pregnancy, my skin has had a rough go of it. I mean, red, blotchy, dry, discolored..truly the worst it has ever looked. I am sure the dry winter months haven't helped! In the past week or two, I invested in a few new products and finally saw a turnaround in my skin!

This face wash has been my go-to for years, and I actually tried switching things up and using a more expensively, highly popular product. And my skin got worse. I switched back to this favorite and saw a noticeable difference almost immediately. And it leaves my skin feeling cool and tingly, which is the best!

I also invested in this toner after my sister (the make-up guru of the world) told me it is great for balancing out uneven skin tone. I have seen less redness and blotchiness since investing in this product, and also like that, compared to a lot of other toners or astringents, it feels gentle on my skin, non-drying, and there is no burning.

I have never been a big fan of facial moisturizer. While I know it is important, I think the teenager in me was always nervous about adding extra oil to my already oily skin. And, to be fair, I have definitely used moisturizers that seem to make breakouts worse. This stuff is great though, and once I started using it, I saw the biggest improvement in my skin out of all of the products I have mentioned. My dry patches have almost entirely cleared up, my redness is reduced, and my face feels almost back to normal.

And, because I had to up my game to conceal the blotchiness, I did also test out a few different concealers in the past month. I am NOT a big makeup girl, and hate having a ton on my face, but just couldn't get away going bare with what I have been dealing with lately. Again at the suggestion of my fabulous sister is this product. Available at any store like Target or WalMart, affordable, and provides great coverage without being too heavy. I feel so much more confident in my skin now that I have started covering up a bit more on those rough days, and have this to thank for it.

Finally, I have added this little guy to my regimen. I have accepted the bags under my eyes won't be going away anytime soon, as solid nights of sleep are not anywhere in my foreseeable future. This has been great for brightening my face, doing a bit of contouring, and highlighting where needed. I definitely look 'tired' if I forget this in my regimen!

While this is definitely much more than my old school 'one step' process of face wash, I am also embracing the fact that I no longer have the youthful glow of a 17 year old, and really am seeing the importance of investing a little extra time in your skin care routine. Pregnancy is hard enough at times, and feeling uncomfortable in our skin shouldn't be added to the list of things we have to deal with! I am so glad I have taken a little bit of time to figure out what works best for me and establishing a routine that seems to be working!


  1. have i mentioned you're the cutest pregnant lady?! :) diet coke man i remember those ha. xo

  2. New floor plans?! How exciting!!

  3. my skin is the best ever when i'm pregnant and now i'm seriously struggling with breakouts and uneven skin. such a struggle :( i'm gonna look into those products to see if they help me out at all!

  4. Oh my goodness! You have the cutest bump ever. I'm just a tiny bit behind you, and I swear I don't look HALF that good! <3

    1. you are too sweet, but i just checked out your bumpdate and lady you are looking FABULOUS! we do our best to feel put together in pregnancy but trust me I am sure we all have plenty of 'those days' once the bump starts getting big!


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