Katie Elizabeth

Friday, June 24, 2016

Friday's Five

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Fri-YAY!  I am so very happy to see today - it has been a long week of basically waiting around by myself, and now I'm thankful that I'll have Nick home all weekend to wait around with me ;)  What do you guys have planned?  Since this is for sure our last weekend just the two of us - my doctors office won't let me go past 42 weeks - I really want to take advantage of it.  Date nights and having fun and playing with Brady and also sleeping as much as possible.  I'm giving up on all of the crazy 'tricks' to go into labor, and am just going to enjoy the down time.  Hope you have a fun weekend ahead, too!

+ Have you heard that Victoria's Secret is discontinuing their swimsuit line?!  Whyyyy?  This makes me so sad, it's been one of my two go to spots (other one being here, of course) for swimsuits for pretty much forever.  They do have a m-a-j-o-r sale going on right now though, as in $4.99 bottoms!!  Check it out here - sale ends Monday.

+ Monika Hibbs can do NO wrong, especially when it comes to home decorating.  Her baby daughter's nursery is seriously drool-worthy.

+ I ordered this dress for Nick's rapidly approaching 30th birthday BBQ (in the denim)!  Fingers crossed it fits the postpartum body... I have no idea what to expect with that.

+ Loved Kristina's post on sunscreen this week.  It is sooo important to wear SPF every day and I loved her opinions and advice as a derm PA.  I ordered this one that she recommended and can't wait to try it out.

+ And I couldn't leave it out... the Shopbop sale is still going strong!  A couple of my favorites: this white ruffled dress (want so bad), these lounge pants would be on major repeat, and a denim tank by BB Dakota that I've had my eye on for so long.  Happy shopping :)

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

41 Weeks

Picture stolen from my actual due date on the 16th on our way out the door to what we thought was our last doctors appointment, ha!

Definitely not a post I had planned on or hoped to write... but here we are!  41 weeks and counting.

I don't want to be a downer here, but I do want to document all of this for my sake soooo not going to lie or sugarcoat things, yesterday I was in a MOOD.  Feeling all sorts of sorry for myself for still being pregnant.  I think it's exacerbated by the fact that I know quite a few people due in June - both in real life and blog life - and yesterday fourrrr of them gave birth.  And every single one was due after me.  So social media was not my friend yesterday :)  Of course I'm so so so happy for them and it's so exciting and it's not pretty to admit, but seeing those posts was like a stab in the heart.  I cried and let myself feel badly, but I got over it (getting ice cream last night helped) and luckily today I'm feeling so much better.  I have a doctors appointment this afternoon and I'm hoping to come out of that with a plan for how to get this baby OUT!

How far along: 41 weeks, 0 days

Gender: Hopefully still girl ;) We had an ultrasound on Monday, but couldn't get a good shot of the anatomy... although the ultrasound tech said she was 99% sure last time.

Weight Gain: I've pretty much leveled out since 34 weeks at 30 pounds.  Some weeks I've gained a couple, and then the next week I've lost a couple which I think is strange, but my doctor has reassured me this is normal, especially at the end.

Maternity Clothes:  Yes and they barely fit anymore!  I can't wait to burn this stuff here soon.  (Just kidding, I'll keep it for next time, but I'll be the happiest person when I pack it all away!!).

Stretch Marks: I honestly can't tell.  My stomach looks wild right now - it's hard to tell the difference between veins and/or possible stretch marks!  We'll see soon :)  I've religiously used this stuff and it's been the best.

Movement: It's definitely slowed down in the last week and a half.  There's just no room left.  I have a non-stress test this afternoon to make sure she's still okay in there.

Sleep: As to be expected at 41 weeks.  I get up every two hours to pee - the pressure is insane, I have to pretty much run to the bathroom - and readjust because my hips hurt.  Luckily I'm able to fall back asleep pretty quickly.  And I'm SO HOT at night.  I crank the AC down and have the fan going, but I still sleep with no covers on.

Workouts: If you count walks, yes!  Lots and lots of walks.  Brady is lovin' it.  They are certainly not comfortable and are super slow, but I'm basically trying to walk this girl out.  

Cravings/Aversions: Give me all the fruit and all of the beverages.  Obsessed with slushies and juice and I pretty much consume an entire watermelon a week.  So good and so refreshing in this heat!  No aversions, thankfully.

Labor Signs: Ugh.  Not really.  A little crampy here and there, but nothing consistent.  I was 1cm and 70% effaced for about a month, and on Monday she stretched me out to 2cm (that felt good) and said that I wouldn't be making it to my next appointment (today).... but here I still am.  I've never even felt a contraction or Braxton Hicks.  And trust me, I've tried alllll the tricks!

Symptoms: #overit.  Haha no, but hip pain still and just a general uncomfortable feeling.  Anxious for how labor is going to go down.  Joint pain in my fingers.  They seem to be a little swollen (only at the joints) which is weird and I miss wearing my rings.  Also, I'm pretty sure my feet have gotten bigger?!  Is that a thing?  My feet aren't really swollen at all, but it's almost like they've gotten wider.  All of my shoes are SO uncomfortable.  I just ordered these to wear around the house/for casual wear this summer, because my sandals right now just aren't going to cut it.

Nursery: Done :)  Check it out here!

Mood: Still all of the feelings.  Excited/terrified/anxious/emotional... just want to get this show started.  It's been really hard to just 'wait' all week and have too much time to think about how things are going to go down.

Also, feeling nervous about the fact that an induction is probably in my future.  I'd love to hear your stories/advice/recommendations if you've had one.  Of course it's not how I had the whole going into labor thing pictured in my head, but it is what it is and at this point I just want her out.  Especially because at our growth scan on Monday, they estimated her at 8lbs, 13oz already!!  Praying that is off by a pound (or two), ha!

Make sure to follow along on Instagram - @ka5ohare - and Snapchat - @kavanderploeg - and hopefully I'll have some good news to report here soon :)

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Last Month of Pregnancy To-Do's


The last month of pregnancy... the end is near, but the days are long.  So very long.  Luckily, there are a bunch of things you can do to stay busy and help the time pass!  I rounded up 14 must do's for the last month of your pregnancy - some of them are common sense, but blame it on pregnancy brain if you forgot, and some you'll just be plain glad you did once that baby arrives.  Be sure to let me know if I missed anything, since I'm still pregnant and all...

Get To Know Your Insurance Plan
Let's start with the most boring of them all!  It's good to learn the in's and out's of what's covered during your pregnancy and hospital stay, because it ain't cheap.  If you have a large deductible or co-pay, it's nice to start setting aside money so it's not such a shock when that bill comes.

Find a Pediatrician
Get recommendations from friends/family of healthcare providers in the area and it is probably a good idea to call or meet with them to make sure they're a good match for what you're looking for.

Nail Down Maternity Leave/Childcare
If you're working, this is a good idea to have all figured out before you leave to have that baby - any paperwork that may need to be filled out, etc. - so everyone is on the same page!  And of course, you'll want to take your time finding the perfect person/place to watch your baby after you go back to work.

Install Car Seat
Just make your husband do this one ;)  They won't let you leave the hospital without a car seat installed.

Assemble the Baby Gear
The pack n play, the bouncer, the stroller, the swing, the bassinet, the rock n play, the monitor... there is a lot of stuff that needs to be put together (and don't forget buying batteries!), and it will probably be a heck of a lot easier to do it before you have the baby at home with you.

Pack Hospital Bags
Have those bad boys ready to go for anytime after 37 weeks.  You can see what we have packed in ours here.

Have a Birth Plan
It can be as simple as 'get an epidural' (mine haha) or a detailed outline of how you'd like the big day to hopefully go.  If nothing else, research your options so you can make informed decisions while you're in labor.

Date Night(s)
Get in all the date nights you still can without having to pay a babysitter!

Stock Freezer/Household Supplies
Go all out at Costco.  Fill that freezer with staples that can be made into easy meals for after you're back home and just buy all the toilet paper/paper towel you could need so you don't have to worry about it later.  If nothing else though, there is....

Amazon Prime
Sign up for the best thing that's ever going to happen to you! ;) Free, two day delivery is a beautiful thing.  We JUST got it a month ago and you can check out my thoughts on it so far here.

Tour the Hospital or Birth Center
We did this since we just moved here a year and a half ago and aren't too familiar with the hospital and I think it was SO beneficial.  It takes one less stress off of the day now that we know right where to park, where to go in the hospital and are familiar with the rooms we'll be staying in.

Wash Babies Clothes
The cutest loads of laundry you'll ever do :) Wash a few pieces to get baby started when they get home (and of course, their going home outfit) and also any blankets/towels/sheets they'll be using. 

House Deep Clean
Do it yourself (nesting is real) or have someone do it for you, but either way, you'll be thankful you did after you're home with the baby because cleaning is probably about to take a serious backseat on the to-do list.

Pamper Yourself
Saving the best for last!  Get a mani/pedi, blow out, massage, a new outfit... whatever you want, just treat yourself, because you totally deserve it, lady!

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Summer Is HERE!

My favorite time of the year has officially arrived.

Long days, warm nights, campfires, ice cream, grilling, swimming... I mean, these are some of the best things in life, right?  It has been super warm here for June so even though yesterday was the technical first day of summer, I feel like it's been here for a while now.  I've rounded up a few of my warm weather must haves, all essentials to get you through the best season of the year.  I just need this baby to get here already so we can really get our summer fun started!


1. & 2.  Sunscreen: This Coola brand comes highly recommended and a pina colada scent is always enough to sell me.  I also mentioned previously that I was on the hunt for a great face SPF and have decided to try this one by La Roche Posay.  I'm a huge fan of their face wash, so it seems only natural to try the sunscreen.  It has great reviews, too.

3. Sandals: Beach sandals need to be three things - slip on, waterproof and easy to clean.  These Tory Burch Miller ones fit the bill in every way.  Plus they come in tons of fun colors!

4. Beach Towel: This popular John Robshaw Alabat beach towel is back from last year, so grab it while you still can.  I'm also intrigued by these round beach towels that seem to be everywhere - how pretty is this one? 

5. Good Music: Just laying out at the beach or pool can be a bit boring after a while, so good music (and a good book!) are definitely necessary.  The SunnyLife BeachSounds is both an AM/FM radio and has an AUX cable to be able to play music from your car or phone.  Plus it opens up into a little storage compartment which is nice and it's under $50 so it would make for a great gift.

6. Beach Bag: Obviously!  I am obsessed with these Mar y Sol bags this year (as is everyone), but this pom pom bag from Target is SO similar and adorable at a fraction of the price.

7, Sunglasses: I prefer cheap sunglasses when I'm at the beach because there is a very good chance I'm going to break them, leave them there, or lose them in the water.  Nordstrom's BP makes an awesome selection of cheap sunglasses and they actually hold up really well.  These knock off Ray Bans are only $12 and come in a bunch of colors!

8. Pool Float: Because this floating swan would make for great Instagram pictures, of course ;)

9. Sun Hat: It is so so so important to keep your face out of the sun.  I learned that the hard way after getting two identical dark spots on my face after our Hawaiian honeymoon.  I'm still working to get rid of them, so it's better to just prevent this stuff with a good sun hat and sunscreen.  This Phase 3 hat is currently 40% off!

10. On The Go Makeup: This Wanderleur blush + illuminator stick is constantly selling out, so you know it's good.  It's easy to throw in your bag for touch ups on the go.

And don't forget your swimsuit!  I rounded up a bunch of my favorite one pieces (for under $100) here and speaking of one pieces... for my tall friends: did you know that J. Crew is now making 'long torso' options?  Check them out here!  Happy Summer :)

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Monday, June 20, 2016

The Weekend of the Smoker

Alternatively titled 'still here, still pregnant' and I don't even dare claim this as our last baby free weekend as who knows when this lady is going to show up!

40 weeks and 4 days and still going strong.  I really, really thought she was going to be early, but apparently she runs on her own schedule already ;) Although I am thankful I got to be able to be home to nurse my first baby back to health - I'm happy to report that Brady boy is feeling MUCH better!  He's still on a modified diet, but the throwing up has stopped and he's back to his normal, playful (mischievous) self again.

One of my favorite OPI polishes, don't mind the fact I desperately need a manicure!

We did still manage to have a good weekend, despite all of the (im)patiently waiting we've been doing.  Although I will admit that Friday was a bit of a bummer for me.  My stepbrother got married and I just wish we could have been there to celebrate with my family.  But what can you do?  Other than go get ice cream to make yourself feel better and watch a bunch of Bloodline episodes - we're so close to being done with this second season!

On Saturday, we (Nick) finished wallpapering our bathroom - yay! - and then spent the rest of the day at a friends BBQ which was such a welcome distraction.  They smoked ribs, pork and some other meats and we majorly feasted.  So delicious.  It was hot hot hot out so the only thing missing was a nice cold beer :)  We didn't get home until almost 8pm and then pretty much passed out in bed when it was still light out.  Oh, how wild Saturday nights have changed.

We were up bright and early Sunday morning to get OUR smoker started!  Nick is turning 30 in a couple of weeks so this was his early birthday gift.  We're throwing a big BBQ on his birthday weekend (I may be crazy for doing that with a two week old) and figured we should do a meat test run beforehand.  Here he is getting the pork shoulder going at 10am...


And let's just say thank goodness we did a test run, because the meat didn't get done until 10pm that night, haha!  We ended up having to order a pizza at 9pm because we weren't sure how much longer it was going to take and we were starving.  But of course, then it sped up and went quickly, so we had to give it a taste before bed and it was ahhmazing.  Leftovers for days.  Although hopefully we won't be home to eat them ;)

Ps. if your guy has a smoker, I gave Nick this cookbook, meat claws and apple chips for Fathers Day and they definitely came in handy!  Makes for a nice little gift if you ever need one.

Hope you all had a great weekend and happy Bachelorette Monday!

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Friday Notes


Hi friends!

Thank you for all of the well wishes yesterday!  It's been an interesting 36 hours.  No baby obviously, but it's actually okay because Brady has been sick and I'm thankful to be home to take care of him.  He started throwing up at 3am on Thursday morning and pretty much hasn't stopped and we don't know why.  We spent all day yesterday at the vet running tests because they thought he swallowed something again (he has quite the history), and finally picked him up last night at 8pm thinking he was better.  Until we spent last night and this morning cleaning up throw up so back to the vet we go today :( Hoping we can get him feeling 100% ASAP because I would hate to have to leave him right now.  

So not quite the birthday I had hoped for, but that's life, right?  Instead I spent the day waiting around, playing on my phone, reading all the online articles and doing some window/browser shopping.  (Ps. I hate that it's so hard to leave comments on blogs when on Bloglovin' mobile - I've been reading, but sorry for the lack of interaction!)  

Here are a few of my favorites to kick off your weekend!

to do/read
+ 8 things to do before 8am
+ How to properly mix different shades of white in your home
+ To eat this weekend: one pot shrimp pasta
+ Easy steps to packing the perfect carry on for your summer travels
+ Speaking of vacations... a weekend getaway guide to Nantucket, yes please.

to shop
+ Loveeee the gorgeous color of this drawstring bucket bag.  And it's under $50!
+ This navy/red striped dress looks super comfy, is on sale and would be perfect for 4th of July.
+ Cupcakes and Cashmere does it all... I want this pretty stacked ball floor lamp.
+ These eyeshadow sticks are my favorite and make getting ready super easy - currently on sale.
+Anyone use one of these belly wraps after giving birth?  I keep going back & forth on if I should order one.

I'll probably be back on Monday with our for real, I really hope last baby-free weekend ;)  Happy Friday!

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