I put together a list of random things I have come to really like during this current pregnancy, things that have helped me be more comfortable or simply made me feel good about myself. I posted the first five a few days ago, and now here are the other five…
6. Skinny Girl Mommy Leg Cream
This was a gift and I love it. It has a very mild peppermint scent that just relaxes me every time I slather it on. Perfect after a long, tiring day on my feet.
7. Oh Joy’s Dressing the Bump
Joy Cho of the Oh Joy Blogs is also expecting and she started making a series of videos where she gives tips on how to dress well and look good while pregnant. I’ve always liked her fun, colorful style and I think her maternity fashion advice are very simple and practical. Watch the videos here.
Walking can get very tiring, especially if you have a grown belly like I do. I can wear my lace up Keds for good feet support but it’s not something I’d like to be wearing all the time. Specially at times when I don’t feel so good but want to look good, I’d like my feet to look good as well without sacrificing comfort. So I’m happy to discover this local shoe brand, Suelas, and their very pretty and comfy sandals. They’re all I’ve been wearing the last six months…and occasionally, my pair of Keds.
9. Cotton Tube skirts (Forever 21, Cotton On)
I don’t own a lot of maternity clothes. I try to maximize what’s already in my closet, meaning my regular clothes. My favorites are my cotton tube mini skirts. They stretch with my growing belly, they’re cool and comfortable, plus, they’re very versatile. Whether I wear them with girly sandals to a dinner party or with a pair of sneakers to the park, I always feel that I look good in them!
10. Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott
This final item in my list is not only a pregnancy favorite, it’s probably one of my all time favorites. Anne’s family history and setting is very much different from mine, but the way she candidly and unapologetically shared her adventures in pregnancy and motherhood is very easy to relate with. I’ve always loved how honest she is about her brokenness in her writings. Her experiences show that every mom, no matter how broken and flawed, naturally wants the best for her child and is doing all she possibly can to be the best mother for him. This book is funny, down to earth, honest and also hopeful. I always find myself going back to it.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:
“All these people keep waxing sentimental about how fabulously well I am doing as a mother, how competent I am, but I feel inside like when you’re first learning to put nail polish on your right hand with your left. You can do it, but it doesn’t look all that great around the cuticles.”
“…one of the worst things about being a parent, for me, is the self-discovery, the being face to face with one’s secret insanity and brokenness and rage.”
“One thing about Sam, one thing about having a baby, is that each step of the way you simply cannot imagine loving him any more than you already do, because you are bursting with love, loving as much as you are humanly capable of — and then you do, you love him even more.”
And that wraps up my list!
I still have about two months to go before show time. Until then, I’m just trying to enjoy being pregnant with the help of my favorite things, praying everyday for the little one’s health and safety, and doing the best I can to take good care of us. I am just so excited to finally meet her!