Aha! I bet you didn't expect to find me here!
I'm like the old friend you bump into at Target. If we happened across each other right now I would probably resemble a deer caught in the headlights. A very pregnant deer caught in the headlights. I'd give you the biggest hug, but it would be a low hug as I try to remember if I put on deodorant and on what day my dry shampooed hair is. Pregnant motherhood at its finest. That's reality, folks! Haha!
We're only a few short days from D-Day. Delivery Day. D-Day just sounds so epic. And why shouldn't it? The birth of any baby into the world is a pretty epic event!
We here in the Armenta household are giddy about welcoming our little sweet P into the family. I cannot wait to see my two children interact. Emory is going to be the best big brother any little girl could want. He already tells Ramon and I that he's going to," hold her and play with her toys and be very gentle and give her kisses and change her diapers!" We'll see about the last one!
And then there's my husband. My wonderful, sexy, helpful, I-cannot-live-without-him husband. Ramon has been my champion and strength during this pregnancy. Aside from the aches and pains that have kept me up at night and slowed me down during the day, life has thrown several mind-consuming, stress-inducing curve balls. Were it not for Jesus and my amazing man you'd find me in a fetal position in the back of my closet. But God is so very, very good and my husband is incredible.
As I was watching my love draw a warm bath to help soothe my aching body, it occurred to me that there are several products that have been my go-to essentials this pregnancy. Before I'm no longer pregnant I thought I'd share them with you!
- BioOil This next product is something I used religiously when I was pregnant with Emory and something I've used with just as much consistency this time around. I use this product to help prevent stretch marks. Now, my doctor always told me, "If you're going to get stretch marks, you're going to get stretch marks. There's not a whole lot you can do to prevent it." His advice was to drink plenty of water to help maintain the skins elasticity and apply lotion or oil if it makes you feel better.
Well, applying BioOil makes me feel better! Ha! I didn't get any stretch marks with Emory and none have appeared this time around either. Is it the BioOil? I can't say. What I can say is that I love this product. I love applying it to my belly morning after showering, at night before bed, and when my tight skin itches, especially when my tightening skin itches. BioOil time has become momma and baby girl time. As I rub the oil into my Buddah-belly, I chat with my little love, pray over her, and tell her how excited we are to meet her.
- Nalgene Water Bottle Speaking of the importance of water for skin's elasticity, let's talk about my ever-present Nalgene Water Bottle. I swear this is the only way I can keep track of how much water I've had during the day. Aside from any other fluids I might have throughout the course of the day, I always drink at least two of these water bottles. I'm pretty simple and two is a really easy number to track! Plus, it's fluorescent green color is a very visual reminder. Bottoms up!
- First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy Even though I've been carful to drink plenty of water my lips turned into these unrecognizable scaly creatures during my second trimester. Pregnancy hormones do crazy things to you! My lips were a major casualty this time around. I tried SO many different lip products. From various drugstore ones to several high end options. Nothing worked. My lips cracked, peeled, and would bleed in the corners of my mouth if I smiled too big. For someone who loves to smile this is a huge problem. Or was a huge problem until I started using the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy. Let the heavens rejoice! Within two full days of using this product my lips healed up drastically. Within a week, they were completely back to normal. I use this lip treatment every morning before my makeup routine and apply a thick layer at night after my evening skincare routine.
- H&M MAMA Leggings I've purchased multiple maternity leggings from various brands and the ones from H&M are hands-down my favorite. They're opaque, have a full-pannel waist, and have withstood the 100+ washing I've put them through during pregnancy; because, let's face it, it's all I wear. Haha! I wore them when we flew 11 hours to London, wore them with boots and oversized sweaters during the winter, and wear them now with flip-flops and long shirts. LOVE them!
And there you have it! A few of my favorite pregnancy essentials. Nothing revolutionary, just a few things that have been the greatest help during this short stage of life. I hope you're having an absolutely wonderful day and a great start to your week!