41 Weeks and 2 Days

No belly photo this time… just close your eyes and picture a hippo wearing a maxi skirt and I’m sure it’ll be close.

hippo

This is all new to me, this waiting game! When I was pregnant with Maddie and was baaaarely a day over my due date, I decided to drink a nice little castor oil cocktail. It sent me right into labor and I had her 12 hours later. And then with Jack, I was induced for no good reason a few days before my due date. So yeah, this is different. I’ve been having tons of false labor start/stops since about 37 weeks, which has been super duper fun and not at all leaving my loved ones sitting on the edge of their seats. I’ve been doing my best not to let impatience get the best of me and just let it happen on it’s own, which is so NOT the way I’m used to operating. It’ll be best in the long run, I truly do believe that.

Honestly though, you know what just plain sucks? Watching as all your friends who were due close to your due date having their babies like, a month ago. Every time I see another one on Facebook give birth, I’m just like Napoleon Dynamite…

napoleon

“LUCKYYY.”

For the time being, I’ll just continue bouncing on the exercise ball, hoping it doesn’t explode underneath me while watching One Tree Hill on Netflix and reminding myself that I won’t be pregnant forever. And that my boobs WILL stop growing at some point. (Right? Please tell me I’m right.)

Weird beauty habits that actually work well (for me, at least)

By now, you are all aware that I love makeup and beauty and all that junk. I’ve been meaning to write a post to share some of my weirdest beauty tips and tricks that I’ve used over the years, but completely spaced on that, obviously. (Be better, Morgan. Be better!) Some of these things are pretty basic, but I always like to hear about other people’s beauty routines so I figured you might too. :)

Peach Fuzz Removal

A few years ago, I wrote about my girlstache and my method of getting rid of that mess. While I still use Sally Hansen’s Hair Remover Creme for that, I’ve also been using facial razors for unibrow and sideburn upkeep for years. Don’t go making that judgy face, guuuurl. We all suffer from The Sasquatchies in some form. There are tons of facial razors out there (Sephora has one for around $15 and it’s awesome, and stores like Walgreens usually have them as well), but my favorite has been this:

I don’t think we really need to comment on the name, do we? Yeah. Anyway, I found this pack of 3 at the dollar store and they’ve lasted me for months. Every week, I’ll ‘shave’ the peach fuzzy side burn things and down along my neck/chin area, and it leaves your face smooth and exfoliated. I’m being real here: I had NO idea I needed this before I tried it. I was amazed and completely grossed out the first time I used one. SO MUCH FUZZ.

I’m sure there are people who have issues with using a razor… “Eww, but those are for MEN!” Stoppit. I did the same thing when I first saw them, but I got over it when I realized how easy they are to use and how great the results are. Trust me! Watch this video by the MMandLShow on YouTube for a good tutorial. Your life will be changed.

Pimple Coverage

I’ve had my fair share of breakouts, people. There have been some baaaad times, let me tell you. When I was 14, I was so embarrassed about my blemishes that I kind of just made up a routine that ended up working for me and I still use it to this day (almost 13 years later).

  • Apply your foundation and concealer as usual
  • Set it with loose powder
  • THEN! Find a shade of eye shadow that is as close as you can get to the tone of your skin (WITH makeup on). I’m very fair so my shadow is almost always a very light tan shade. Get a little brush and dab some of the eye shadow onto your trouble spots and blend outward slightly.
  • Top with another light dusting of powder and you’re good to go!

That little bit of extra coverage makes a HUGE difference for those times where your spots are really red and still show through your foundation/concealer.

Moisturizing Dry Hands/Elbows/Feet

This is another one I blogged about a few years ago. After I stopped nursing Maddie and Jack, I had a large supply of leftover nipple ointment for you know, that chapped thing that occurs when your baby is yanking and pulling on your boobs 12 times a day. This stuff right here works WONDERS on dry skin all over your body, especially that cracked, chapped winter dryness of the hands:

It’s like a giant tube of Chapstick that twists up. I’ve used other brands of my leftover nipple ointment and they all work pretty well, but this is my favorite. If you have any leftover from your nursing days, give it a shot.

Layering Mascara

I know this sounds a little ridiculous and unnecessary and I’m sure this isn’t for everyone, but I am super picky about how my eyelashes look. Mascara is always the thing I have the most trouble with because it’s hard to find one single tube that will help me achieve everything I want. Length, volume, no clumps, quick application, good wand. See? A liiiiittle high maintenance.

(I can totally see clumps right now and it’s giving me hives as I speak, but that fresh face of makeup has since melted off in the midst of my toddler-chasing fury, so this photo will have to do. But ahhhh)

What I’ve found that works best is to not use just one, but two different mascaras, each with it’s own unique strength. My two go-to’s at the moment are L’Oreal Voluminous (a favorite for years) and Maybelline Volum’ Express Mega Plush. They’re completely different, but work together perfectly.

Coconut Oil for… everything

Everyone has been informed of the wonders of coconut oil recently, thanks to Pinterest. It’s great for the skin, hair and even your brain. People use it all over their bodies because of it’s natural, safe moisturizing properties. A funny thing about it is that it’s solid at cool temperatures, so when I scoop it out of the jar, there’s always a little bit left on the spoon. I, not wanting to waste any of the magic, will either lick it right off the spoon or rub it on my face. Yep. Right there in the kitchen. A few nights ago I was cooking with it and Justin walked in at the exact moment I was rubbing the back of the spoon on my cheek. The face he made was the most disgusted, confused expression I’ve ever seen.

(I enjoyed every minute of it.)

Do you guys have any strange or helpful beauty tricks that work well for you? I’d love to add more things to my ever-expanding pile of weirdness.

Wake up! Grab a brush and put a little makeup.

I’ve been home alone with both of the kids for a few weeks, but it only took about 2 hours into that first day for me to go abso-freaking-nuts. Seriously, I was mental. Justin came home from work and found me rocking back and forth in the corner mumbling something about Buzz Lightyear and I’m pretty sure I was drenched head to toe in newborn pee.

I knew staying at home with two kids was going to be a ton of work, but I really didn’t prepare myself for the constant noise and diaper changing and feeding and picking up after THE EXTREMELY TALKATIVE TODDLER OF DESTRUCTION that I was about to face. Alone. On 2 hours of sleep. It’s been such a huge adjustment and has not been easy.

I’ve never been fond of having set routines and always thought of moms who were on such strict schedules to be a little silly. Like, loosen up, woman… the world’s not going to end if you don’t have things go exactly your way. Newsflash: the world will absolutely end if things don’t go exactly my way. I am totally one of those strict routine moms who I used to make fun of and OMG I GET IT NOW AND I’M SORRY FOR EVER MAKING FUN OF YOU.

Thankfully, I’m developing a little morning routine to help get me going and feeling awake and alive. If I don’t do these things by 9am, I won’t properly function that day. I’ll just sit in my corner like a drooling zombie and we all know zombies aren’t the most productive things.

  • Make the bed
  • Get dressed, brush teeth, put hair up in Mommy Ponytail. Yes, I’m one of those now too.
  • Apply some form of makeup (a little powder, a little mascara… just enough to not send any visitors running for the hills at the sight of this mug.)
  • Open all the blinds – SUNSHINE IS SO IMPORTANT. It’s like the Batcave in here if I don’t.
  • Feed Maddie breakfast
  • Get Maddie dressed in actual clothes so she’s not laying around in PJ’s all day

Whatever happens before/during/after these things is usually up to Jack. My boobs are his personal slaves. I’ll spend the rest of the day spending time with Maddie, usually coloring, reading and playing “kitchen”. Along with the neverending task of picking up a toddler’s toys, I’ve also made it a goal to do one major chore each day. I’ll sweep, mop and vacuum the floors on Mondays, for example. Dusting on Tuesdays. Bathrooms on Wednesdays. These little changes to my old routine have helped me out so much… who knew that grown ups actually need schedules too?

Veteran moms and other organized, sane people: do you have any tips to share? How do you start your morning?

Baby #2 – Twenty Seven Weeks

Well, it’s official: I’m in the THIRD TRIMESTER! Hollaaaaa.

Man, this one is seriously flying by. Doesn’t it feel like I just announced it? I feel like I always compare my two pregnancies, but I can’t help it because they’ve just been so completely different!

27 Weeks Pregnant with Maddie and apparently a fan of white lipgloss? I don't even... nevermind.

My hair seems to be in a little better shape this time, but my skin is worse. The weight gain is a little on the lower side with this baby, but maybe that’s because I’m not craving FREAKING CAKE FROSTING OUT OF THE JAR like I was last time. (I’m not exaggerating.)

And the body differences… oooooh, the body differences. My hips and butt aren’t widening as much as they were with Maddie, but each of my boobs have pretty much exploded to the size of my head. And I have a big head, let me tell you. In high school, some teacher brought in a tape measure so we could measure our heads for graduation caps. Well I had to keep my little paper hidden until it was time to turn them in because my measurement was like an inch larger than all the boys’. Even a kid named Odias had a smaller head than me. Doesn’t Odias seem like a macho, big headed-person’s name? That’s what I thought too. Morgan is apparently more macho.

(Is this painting you a nice enough picture yet? My boobs are huge.)

One day when I know for sure there are no males around here listening, I’ll tell you about nips. That’s where all this stuff stops being funny and starts getting REAL.

Anyway. Boobs. They happen.

So, is it a boy or a girl? Time to vote!

16 Weeks 4 Days

I realize I just told you like 5 minutes ago how I was fine with gaining weight or whatever, but umm… I changed my mind. Maybe it’s just this picture that’s making me all itchy to get back into the gym? Not literally itchy because that sounded really disgusting just now, but I don’t know. This girl just needs some exercise, that’s for daaaaaaaayum sho.

Now on to business: My breasteses. I know I know, enough about the boobs already, but seriously. I am nearly a DD and that my friends, requires some acknowledgment. They are large and in charge.

The most important thing we need to discuss today is that of my baby’s gender. The BIG ultrasound is on Friday (I’ll be 17 weeks and I’m paying good money to find out what my baby be packin’, so it better cooperate)! If you feel so inclined, take a guess at what I’m having in the poll below. If you don’t, I will hunt you down with my glue gun, make you listen to me sing Britney and force you to click that button myself. You don’t want that, do you?

(I only love.)

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