Stylish Maternity Clothing for Hip Moms

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It’s never been more stylish to be pregnant right now! Gone are the days of the jumpsuits, “moo-moo” dresses and just plain shapeless clothes. There are some adorable (and sexy) clothes on the market just for Mama’s-to-be and they aren’t at all hard on the budget!

One such place to find stylish maternity clothes is Apple Seed Boutique. Apple Seed Maternity and Baby Boutique offers a selection of chic and stylish maternity clothes for the trendy and fashionable mom-to-be. We offer the latest styles in designer maternity dresses, fun maternity tops and maternity jeans from designers like Citizens of Humanity, Paige, Olian, Ripe, Japanese Weekend, Maternal America, Michael Stars, and many more.

Apple Seed also has gorgeous diaper bags, children’s clothing, gifts for both Mom and Baby as well as organic skincare products. They even sell Bugaboo strollers and gear!

While trolling around the website I found some pretty cool clothes! I’m going to be finished with this pregnancy in a couple weeks so I was mostly looking for stuff I could get away with now or stuff that I could nurse the baby in. For a work holiday party I figured that this Maternal America strapless tiered dress would be great! It could be dressed up or down and would allow easy access for the baby to nurse. I also found a ton of GlamourMom nursing tank tops as well as lots of nursing bras.

If you are in the market for maternity clothes or cool gifts for a baby shower you absolutely need to check out Apple Seed Boutique!

You can find Apple Seed Boutique on both Facebook and Twitter!

Also – if you are local to the Washington DC / Alexandria, Virginia area you can visit their flagship store located at 115 South Columbus St. Alexandria, VA 22324.

Evening Primrose Oil

Pregnanthand I am 36 weeks along in my pregnancy now and have heard awesome things about a little pill called evening primrose oil. Some people are under the impression that evening primrose oil induces labor but what it really does is ripen and soften the cervix and supposedly make it a little easier to dilate – thus shortening labor. Hopefully!

It can be taken orally as soon as 34 weeks, and can be applied directly to the cervix at full term (36 weeks). The general recommendation is two 500mg capsules per day until week 38, at which time you increase to 3-4 per day. The entire capsule can be inserted vaginally (inserted just before bed, it will dissolve before the first time you wake to use the bathroom), or you can use the oil on your fingers for your perineal massage, then also rub on your cervix (assuming you can reach it). Applying directly to the cervix is optimal, but the beneficial ingredients are absorbed through the external skin or the stomach also. [source]

I purchased a bottle of evening primrose oil at my local Wal-Mart a few days ago and began it last night. I began with a single pill “up there” and plan on using two tonight in the same place. I was told by a lady on my message board that her midwife suggested taking 3 pills daily orally and using 2 at night “internally” (i.e. “up there”)

Like I said before – I am 36 weeks (officially as of tomorrow) and as of this past Thursday I was 1cm dilated (doctor didn’t mention effacement).

Have you ever used evening primrose oil during pregnancy? What were your results?

Mama’s Got Gestational Diabetes

I got the call this morning from a diabetes counselor at my doctor’s office letting me know that I was going to get the opportunity to meet her this week – in other words; I bombed my 3-hour glucose test the other day and therefore have gestational diabetes. Hurray.

On one hand I am happy they figured it out because I’d been having some issues with being tired (like – all the time), seeing “stars” often, getting jittery and just a feeling of “yuck” all the time. All were symptoms of GD apparently.

On the other hand I am bummed because now I have to pay attention to what I eat a little better. I didn’t eat much because I always felt sick. Now I am going to have to enlist hubby to help me meal plan (according to the dietician’s words of advice) and stick to it.

Does this mean I can’t have birthday cake next week? DAMN!

Time for Boarding School

My son – bless his little five year old heart – has made most of my pregnancy pretty tolerable. I have exactly three months left until “Little Sister” makes her appearance and “Big Brother” has let me nap extensively, brought me snacks, helped me with laundry and pretty much allowed me to be the lazy oaf that I’ve needed to be this past six months.

That said – I think he’s done with this pregnancy before I am – by a long shot! All the “niceness” has pretty much gone out the window this past couple weeks. I’m not sure if he’s just ready for school to begin (he starts Kindergarten in a couple weeks) or he’s just completely “over” the fact that in three short months he won’t be the “only” anymore.

Suffice to say – with this new and “improved” attitude – I’m ready to forgo local public school and send this kid to boarding school in England!

My sweet little boy has turned into a whining, complaining, unhelpful little snot and I feel like I am constantly giving him time outs or spankings! He refuses to take “no” for an answer (or even “not now”) which causes a lot of fights in our house. He wakes up some mornings in a bad mood and we haven’t changed anything about his daily life. Like I mentioned I’m not sure if this is caused by his boredom during the day, excitement and anticipation about school or his anticipation of being the “Big Brother” – I don’t know for sure.

But if this kid doesn’t chill out I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I need a total “time out” at this point.

What Did I Get Myself Into?

So, I’m about 17 weeks pregnant. Readers of my other blog (or my Facebook, or people who know me in real life) already knew this but I figure since this is more of my “Mommy Blog” I would talk more about it on here.

My first kid – Xander – is five and is absolutely driving me nuts lately. How do people handle having an almost-six-year-old along with a newborn? I mean – he’s been pretty good letting me nap when needed, but oh dear GOD when he wants my attention he’s so incredibly annoying! When I am out in the living room with him he never EVER shuts up! EVAR! He likes to play Nintendo when I am out here – he could be playing with toys or whatever else but as soon as I come out the Nintendo goes on. Then, he proceeds to talk me through every single move he makes. Plus, he can’t sit still and he bounces around on the couch and has to sit right on TOP OF ME! Is anyone else’s child this annoying?

I have to tell him things 87 times before he hears me. He asks me the same question 87 times in one day then a couple days later asks the same question. Although – he usually rephrases it. He’s so freaking smart but MAN does he make me nuts lately! It’s no wonder that I like to hang out in the bedroom!

Now let’s complain about the “big kid” really fast – in other words – my husband. All I have to say is that I apologize for the extra charges on his Discover card but unless he does the dishes and mows the lawn I will need more “retail therapy” to survive. In fact – today I plan on using it at Chick-fil-A for lunch and going to the bookstore to purchase a book for book club.

And … maybe … some Starbucks. Because every pregnant woman needs a giant cup of mocha coffee with extra caffeine. How else do they get housework done?

Joy of Pregnancy

I’m one of those women who were really driven nuts by a certain popular “expecting” book – the book would be going along all positive – then BAM – something negative. The problem wasn’t that the book was reporting potential issues with pregnancy – but the way it was reporting them was so unsupportive. The book would report that “this may or may not happen” or “some women experience this and some don’t” – great, I get it. But all their “factual” information was “ehh .. maybe” and not only was it annoying – it made me a little crazy with worry.

51dr0zydeml_sl160_.jpgCue “The Joy of Pregnancy” written by Tori Kropp, RN! This book is amazing, reassuring, and is an incredibly easy read. Tori teaches her readers to slow down, stop worrying and enjoy the pregnancy! The book goes over what is and isn’t safe during pregnancy (including Europe vs. United States!) and includes a question and answer section. There is even a large section for “Dad’s” right in the middle of the book! Each month and trimester is discussed including what might happen each month and tips for getting ready and staying healthy. The book talks about what to expect during labor and how to prepare for it (without scaring the hell out of the expectant mommy!) and also brings up different birth options. It even diagrams “effacement” and tries to let the reader know (in non-doctor terms) what things mean.

Here is a little blurb about Tori from Amazon.com:

Known as “the Dear Abby of pregnancy,” Tori has been interviewed on national television and radio and in national print publications, including CNN, The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, Washington Times, Atlanta Journal Constitution and Chicago Sun-Times. She lives in Marin County, California, with her family.

The Joy of Pregnancy is a PHENOMINAL book – surely to replace the “other” popular book that most women purchase during pregnancy. I recommend this book if you are planning to get pregnant or expecting already.