The internet is an amazing place. Not only do you get to read up on this crazy military life, but once in a blue moon you get connected with another spouse who is on the other side of the world (Japan to be exact). Holly and I are both relatively new military spouses and we collaborated together to make our own version of the Military ABC's: Military wife edition.
A: American pride will be engrained in your every being.
B: Blues, a girl's favorite uniform.
C: Care packages will become its own job and you will spend more than you should on them.
D: Deployment, the least favorite word in the military vocabulary.
E: Excitement when he finally comes off that plane from a long deployment.
F: Facetime is the life force of long distance relationships.
G: Growth, because you will quickly grow a lot as a person and within your marriage!
H: Hurry up and what. Bring snacks and a water bottle
I: Ice cream will get you through those long, lonely nights
J: "Jogging" with your spouse does not mean a quick lap around the block at an easy pace. Get ready for a hike.
K: Keepsakes, you could probably fit all of them in one box because you know how much you'll be moving through their military career.
L: Language, because the military speaks a language other than English.
M: Moving, moving, moving. What you have to look forward to over the course of their military career.
N: Names, because your spouse's given name will be replaced with all sorts of nicknames.
O: Operation Security, something that is always in the back of our mind.
P: Patience, because the military likes to test it.
Q: Quality time, every minute together counts even if it's through Skype.
R: Religion, something to keep you sane.
S: Skype, speaking of which; this will be your life line while he's gone.
T: Travel, one thing that's guaranteed by the military.
U: Uniforms will take over your house whether they are home or not.
V: Vacation, what we are all hoping gets approved.
W: "What". You'll be asking yourself 'what' when hearing about anything pertaining to the military. Prepare for lots of confusion.
X: Xbox, the device you share your spouse with.
Y: You time is so needed in this lifestyle, don't lose sight or your hobbies and goals!
Z: Zebra, between the face paint and field time, your spouse will come home with some interesting tan lines.
Long time, no blog! We have been gone a lot and it left little chance for me to update the blog. BUT, I am back with the reason why I was absent, so hopefully all is forgiven. This weekend we made our way down to Texas to have our (second) baby shower! My mom planned the entire thing, went all out, and we had a great time. Her baby shower theme was nautical, which proved to be a challenge to make it girly and not all blues. My mom pretty much nailed it. If you are planning a nautical themed shower, or just love looking at baby shower ideas, keep reading.
Location and Food
The shower was held at a hotel, which happens to be the same one we had my 16th birthday in, so it was cool to make more memories there! We started setting up in the afternoon, and my mom had everything nautical themed in some way. We had different finger foods like sandwiches, fruit, and cheese, and my mom got creative with displaying them! She combined gold fish and potato chips to be "fish and chips", cut a bell pepper to be an octopus, and added eyes to the chicken sandwiches to look like crabs, and added bobbers to the drink to float on the top and make it look like the ocean.
We also have a signature "guest book" style where people sign an object, instead of a guest book. My mom found this cute navy anchor and had markers ready for guests to sign their names, so this anchor can later be displayed up in her room! It's such a cute idea and I love that it's displayed instead of lost and packed away in a book somewhere.
The cake was my absolute favorite and I LOVE how it turned out!!! We also added nautical themed pink and blue cupcake toppers and displayed them around the cake.
Overall we had an amazing time at the party and we got to see everyone! I decided to do a co-ed baby shower, which isn't very traditional, but I wanted my husband and my dad to be included, and also have it family focused since we don't get to see them often. My grandpa told us that this is the first baby shower he's ever been to, so there's a first time for everything haha! We played games that everyone could participate in.
We played a pass the pacifier, where you use straws in your mouth to pass the pacifier within your group. It was such a challenge!
You then put a balloon in your shirt and a ping pong ball between your legs. You have to waddle over to a jar to drop the ping pong in it and not drop it. I didn't participate in this one, but it was hilarious to watch my friends and family waddle.
A dad game was next, where dad's had to write down what excuses they had for not changing the diaper. My husband then read them out loud and it was so comical to hear what the dad's came up with, and probably have used!
Before the party, my mom had me measure my belly with a string to see how big I am. The guests later had to cut a string to guess how big they thought I was and there were several that were so close to being accurate and it was such a simple, but fun party game.
I'll be the first to admit, I'm so not a jeans person. Most of the time you'll catch me in leggings or jeggings, but after going months with wearing shorts and sweatpants, I have been craving jeans to feel like a normal person again! I held off buying jeans for as long as I could, trying every trick imaginable, but sometimes you just need to cave and invest in a good pair of maternity jeans. And boy did I. Y'all know Shop Pink Blush Maternity has been my sole wardrobe and solace this pregnancy, and I quickly became obsessed with these fringe hemmed jeans.
We have hit the third trimester and I cannot believe I only have twelve weeks tops with this belly and will soon have a baby in my arms... What. It feels like just yesterday we were finding out I was pregnant.
I have been having so much fun buying new pieces and styling this bump, I know it's all a great investment because we plan on more babies (gimme all the babies!! Totally kidding, a handful is good).
These jeans in particular are super on trend, as the frayed hem is in right now and you can't go wrong with ripped jeans. I also love that they fit a little bit more snug, the shorts and pants I've found in the past were all pretty baggy and loose on me. I styled them on two separate occasions, and it felt so good to feel put together once more. I wore a gray tank with a oversized light cardigan, paired with my nude sandals and some silver accessories. Then, I was gifted this adorable lilac lace top from a friend, and I've been wearing it on repeat! I love this color so much at the moment, and kept it simple by adding my adorable white studded platform sandals and my bird necklace my mom gave me for my birthday. Overall simple looks, but so comfy and adorable for the summertime!
Thank you so much for reading and if you are in the market for maternity jeans, I highly recommend these!
I didn't think my life would change too drastically while pregnant... Boy was I wrong! I have noticed a lot of changes going on, and it's not just this growing belly. I have found some pregnancy essentials that are key to surviving these 9 months of this new life.
This is the best oil ever. I rub this on my belly and anywhere I think (and now have) stretch marks would appear. We bought this while on our cruise when I was just 6 weeks along and was told it was great for stretch marks and during the prenatal period. This is a part of my night routine now and I feel like it's helped big time in preventing stretch marks.
Another must have oil! Even with summer upon us, my skin has been very dry and coconut oil has been a great rejuvenator. I take about a scoopful and lotion it into my legs and arms to hydrate them. Also, I am totally missing out on that shiny hair during pregnancy myth so I apply this to my ends right before my shower and then wash as usual.
If you are struggling with finding good prenatal vitamins, I highly recommend these! I tried some given to me by my doctor, and also bought these giant capsule ones that were impossible to swallow. I was kind of leery switching over to gummies, but I found these had a lot of nutrients packed in them and made me feel better. The flavor of these are super tolerable and almost yummy ha!
Two words: pregnancy. pants. I'll admit caving and purchasing pregnancy shorts was hard at first but once I slipped them on they were life changing! No more were the days of tight pants and lines on my sides. My sweet friend recently gave me her maternity jeans, which couldn't have come at a better time because my leggings no longer fit me and I've been stuck in my few pairs of maternity shorts. If you are on the fence and growing out of your pants, take the leap and invest in a few maternity bottoms!
Something I keep forgetting to mention in my pregnancy updates, is how I've been experiencing heartburn. I had been feeling a really bad burning sensation in the back of my throat which I did not know was heartburn! I have been experiencing it since around 22 weeks and was advised by other mamas to get tums. These work so quickly and have been a purse essential for me because of how frequently heartburn comes up. If you want to hear more pregnancy updates, I just uploaded my 26 week video! Time is flying with this pregnancy and I'm so anxious to meet our little girl!
The infamous "Pregnancy Glow". Any women who has been pregnant knows how coveted that pregnancy glow compliment is! Even when you feel like a total wreck or have zero energy, remember it's okay: you are growing a human! I have been very lucky to have such an easy pregnancy so far, but even with that being said, it's been rough on my body and sleep schedule. Here are some great ways to get that glow back or keep it there until baby arrives.
This has been my biggest struggle during this pregnancy, because I'm the type of person that needs my 9-10 hours of shut eye. BUT with a kicking little firecracker in me, I've lost a lot of sleep. Whether you are pregnant or not, sleep is so vital to your health and well-being. Find ways to get comfortable at night whether that include a fan, sound machine, 7 pillows, or a sleeping mask! If your schedule allows, try taking a short nap during the day to regain some energy.
Confidence Boosting Clothes
I'll be the first to admit, my body changing took it's toll on me. I would slip on a shirt that wouldn't cover my belly, or attempt to zip up a dress that fit perfectly before and almost lose my mind. It was hard to come to terms that it's not just my belly expanding, but my whole body is undergoing changes. I have relied heavily on Pink Blush Maternity not only for comfortable, well-fitting clothes, but also for confidence. They have such gorgeous pieces that don't look over the top maternity and are so on point with fashion trends. This cute little number can be found here. My absolute favorite color is teal and I felt so confident and beautiful in this outfit- which is something I have been missing for a little bit!
If you were heavily in the gym before, or a couch potato, staying active is so important to maintain that glow! I have found great prenatal yoga and exercises on youtube that make me feel so rejuvenated and regain my energy. If you aren't already, incorporate walks or simple exercises to keep your limbs stretched, as well as baby ready!
I think this may be a no brainer for most, but it's something I have to remind myself of daily! I have noticed a huge difference when I have water throughout the day and it's one of the best things you can do for you and baby. It is especially important to stay hydrated in the last trimester, but you should have a goal of drinking about 10 glasses a day. While having water is encouraged, having things that contain plenty of water too can help with your intake. Not only will staying hydrated give you that pregnancy glow, but it can also help keep swelling at bay.
This has been a huge struggle, because this old wive's tale is so true. She is stealing all of my "beauty" and I have been having breakouts and blemishes since finding out I was pregnant. I know it's not true for all, but this has put a huge damper on my overall pregnancy glow! ha I have been having to take extra care of my skin, washing it more thoroughly, using moisturizer, and making sure to remove all of my makeup at night. Taking care of your skin is so vital, through pregnancy and not, so don't skimp on the face wash! I will be having a post soon on my favorite products so stay tuned!
Have you been told you have the pregnancy glow? I would love to hear how you are thriving through pregnancy, share your tips mamas! I hope everyone has a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend. I am spending the weekend in Utah with family and we will also be having a baby shower which is super exciting.
Thank you for stopping by The Strattons Blog! Here are snippets of my life, motherhood, and the military!