Baby Inspiration Part II

Caring For Your Face!

This post is going to be informative for you (I hope), but also pretty therapeutic for me. I'm super self-indulgent like that. I have been STRUGGLING with my skin lately. I know, I know - most of you will be thinking "you're pregnant, it's the hormones!" and I wish I could blame it on that, trust me...but I've been dealing with full on blemishes since last summer. Every fall, post sunshine and a tan, I notice a drastic change in my skin. The oils are flowing, blemishes start small and before I know it, I've got full on deep cystic spots on my cheeks and chin. It's something I never dealt with until my mid-twenties, and I'm not sure I handled it correctly at first, but I'm trying to make a concerted effort now. If you're struggling now or have ever struggled with proper skin care, or are just frustrated (as I am) with it all, I hope this post helps a little!
Here are my tips to caring for your face...

1. Wear Sunscreen.

I am a sun worshiper! I grew up watching my beautiful Italian mother lather her skin with baby oil, and bake outside in the sun. (Disclaimer: My mother was, and still is, the best ever) Naturally, I took a liking to the sun and getting as bronzed as possible every summer. Thankfully, I've only suffered a few bad sunburns in my day, thanks to my skin tone, but it wasn't until recently that I started wearing sunscreen - mainly on my face and chest. I now use at least 15-30 SPF at all times when out in the sun. As I get ready to enter into my 30's, it's important that I'm proactive in the prevention of wrinkles and dark spots. It's never too late to protect your skin!

2. Sleep On Your Back.

YOU GUYS! I'm definitely a stomach and side sleeper, so I really need to make an effort to flip to my back! Otherwise, I'll develop lovely wrinkles around my nose and eyes. Think of how many hours a night we're sleeping...if your face is smooshed into your pillow for 8 straight hours, it's no wonder you wake up with deep lines on your face! I know it's hard to do, but maybe try to START by sleeping on your back...begin to train your body to do what YOU want it to do.

3. Don't Pick.

(I am so bad at this) My mother always yells at me when she sees my hands around my face. It's SO tempting to squeeze pimples TO DEATH but it's not worth the scars afterwards. I'm dealing with that now. Without a tan, you can definitely see the dark spots from the past few years of picking and popping. Get a great concealer for daytime, and for night time get spot treatment. Our bodies repair overnight, so this is a great time to let your night cream or acne spot treatment do the work!

4. Consult With a Doctor.

Last fall, I made the decision to talk to my doctor about what was happening with my skin. I had tried LOTS of skin care lines and acne treatments...but nothing seemed to be working. I was prescribed Retin-A to use 2-3x/weekly. My doctor told me to give it a solid 3 months, and I should start to see results. It definitely helped my skin A LOT. I was having a lot of luck with it and using it consistently, right up until I found out I was pregnant. I can't use it during pregnancy or while I breastfeed, but after that you better believe I'll pick right up with it! Highly recommend consulting a doctor...don't suffer through it, you have options!

5. Remove Your Makeup At Night.

This is one thing I am surprisingly solid at. I hate going to bed with make up on only to wake up with my eyes sealed shut or bloodshot from mascara. Gross! Has it happened before? Yes, but certainly not often. As I mentioned previously, overnight our bodies do a lot of repairing and regenerating...so it is prior to bedtime that we should be washing our faces, using a toner, applying night cream, eye cream and spot treatment if needed. 

 

 

Nursery Inspiration!

Our city apartment may be too small for a classic nursery...but that hasn't stopped me from dreaming about the perfect one! Gotta love Pinterest and Etsy...so many fabulous ideas, I could just die! If we end up moving out of downtown Boston, I would love the nursery decor to carry a slightly vintage tone throughout...with whites and creams and natural wood fixtures. I'm not one for crazy color schemes or "winnie the pooh" themes - and thankfully, my husband isn't either! 

 

 

How To Cope With Morning Sickness!

I am almost through my 15th week of my first pregnancy and I must say, I'm feeling rather good now! Not nearly as nauseous as I was at the beginning and I find myself much more energetic. Honestly, weeks 5-8.5 were pretty miserable...so much so that I wasn't truly able to enjoy the initial excitement of our little blessing. I don't know why it's called "morning sickness." That needs to be changed to "all day hellish sickness." I was living off of saltines, ginger ale, and gin gin candies and actually lost a few pounds, which I think it pretty normal in the first trimester for sick mums. I must say, my husband was a GIGANTIC help to me during that time. Even with his extremely busy schedule, he was waiting on me as I needed, making me breakfast, and making his own dinners since I couldn't stand to look at or smell food. His support was so amazing, and it made me even more thankful to have him as a partner. Now that I'm feeling better, we are having a lot more fun and are able to enjoy this time all the more together. 

I wanted to share a few ways that I dealt with my nausea in the first trimester, in hopes that it can help any soon to be moms out there! The biggest thing is, try (and I know it's not easy) to stay positive...remember that it will pass, and just focus on making it through the day at hand. "Survive and advance" was literally my day to day motto...that mentality helped get me through as did the following:

1. Ginger ale - I brought it to work, kept a can in my car..wherever I went I was taking small sips of ginger ale.
2. Gin Gins - My sister gave me a box of these candies and I felt they really helped for a time. I am not a fan of ginger, which was the unfortunate part of this, but I would force myself to suck on these candies. 
3. Sea Bands - I wore these elastic wrist bands on both wrists to combat the nausea. I'm not sure if it was a mental thing, but I feel like it did help a little.
4. Warm Baths - When you're sick, the last thing you want to do is even go through the process of showering, but it's kind of hard to skip many of these :) ...I found myself drawing a lot of baths so I could sit and wash my hair or do whatever I had to do. 
5. Small Meals - Eating small meals and snacks throughout the day (even though you don't feel like it) really helps fight the nausea. Stick to bland foods like crackers and bread. It's easy to miss meals because you feel so sick, but I found that I was even more nauseous on an empty stomach. 
Do you have any ideas to combat pregnancy sickness? 

We're Having A Baby!

It was an extra special Christmas for us this year, as we got to share some REALLY exciting news with family and friends! We are expecting our first child...'Baby M' coming July 2015! It's been a wild year for us...engaged, married, and now baby on the way! We are so thrilled to be parents and can't wait to share this adventure with all of you! I am almost 14 weeks along...starting to have more energy and feel better overall; so far, the second trimester is amazing! 

Please share with me your favorite brands for all things 'baby'! We are first-timers, so we'll take all the help and advice we can get :) I hope you all had a great Christmas, and are going into 2015 feeling fulfilled, happy, and eager for the new year ahead!

xx,

Ashley