Splurge vs Save: Maternity Top

Splurge vs Save is back with a maternity edition! At twelve weeks with my second pregnancy my waistline has expanded. No real bump yet, but I’m in that uncomfortable and depressing “I’m just fat” stage. No one can tell I’m pregnant…but they might think I consumed an entire Thanksgiving dinner…by myself!

We will be in Pittsburgh for Thanksgiving and with a due date in March, I have been doing a little online retail therapy for cold weather maternity clothes. While glancing at Pea In A Pod I had to double take when I noticed today’s Splurge vs Save options. The long sleeved grey tops were literally side-by-side.

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They are so similar that I re-read the titles and descriptions a few times to make sure it wasn’t a mistake. Then I started to laugh because there is such a big difference in price that I can’t believe they were sold right next to each other.

Why would I pay so much when I could scroll the mouse to the next option that looks exactly the same? Well they’re not exactly the same, but close enough for me! I actually like the back of the cheaper option better with the cute cut out!

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Splurge:
Whetherly long sleeve scoop neck super soft maternity top $150.00 (sale $109.99)

Save:
Long sleeve boat neck keyhole detail maternity t shirt $69.50 (sale $49.99)

So would you splurge or save???

 
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  1. adult webshop commented:
    August 27, 2013 Reply

    I absolutely love your blog and find many of your post’s to be exactly what I’m looking for. Would you offer guest writers to write content for you personally? I wouldn’t mind writing a post or elaborating on some of the subjects you write related to here. Again, awesome website!

  2. kelsey commented:
    August 28, 2013 Reply

    I like the save better as well!

    And girl… You are amazing! My heart is bursting with happiness for you, Mike and Lily!!

    Biggest friggin’ hugs to you!!!!
    XOXOXOXO

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Tips & Remedies for Morning Sickness

Dealing with horrible nausea from morning sickness?? Check out these great tips & remedies to help cure or keep the nausea at bay! Well I would like to report that I’m feeling great and past the morning sickness….but I’m not. Glass half full = At 11 weeks along I can see the light at the end of the first trimester tunnel (let’s just pray that the nausea doesn’t follow me into the second trimester!). Another positive, over the last two days I have had a few brief windows in between waves of nausea where I don’t feel that bad. My stomach still feels crappy, but I feel like I can tackle normal activities like hitting the grocery store. BUT then I go to the store and I’m hit with way too many smells (I hate that the seafood is so close to the fruit & veggies!) that I can’t get out of Publix fast enough.

I think anyone who has experienced “morning” sickness has immediate empathy for anyone else experiencing it. If you have been graced with the opportunity of a non-nausea pregnancy then just imagine the most horrible hangover ever and multiple it a couple of times….

During my pregnancy with Lily I was sick, but it wasn’t everyday. I also didn’t experience such violent waves of nausea. Yes I said violent because some days I have felt like I was hit by a 4×4. I have spent countless days in bed all day, only getting up to pee and to ask Mike (or my mom) for something to nibble on. I would just curl in a fetal position, put a sleeping mask on to block the light and concentrate of breathing. Sounds weird, but with my stomach swirling around I thought focusing on slow deep breaths would help prevent me from throwing up. Between this pregnancy and Lily’s I have tried just about anything to help with the crappy morning sickness. All I can do is hope and pray that it ends…because it will. As a mom already, I know it will….but I have to tell that to myself everyday.

So I thought I would share some tips and ideas that I’ve been doing in hopes that maybe it brings relief to someone else! Being honest, nothing has really helped to get rid of the nausea, only keeping it at bay really.

FOOD. Even though the mere thought of chewing and swallowing food made me start to feel queasy, I sucked it up and nibbled away when I was at my worst. I found that I need to eat every two hours. Since nothing sounds appetizing I have kept to bland options. My doctor said I should stick to the BRAT diet (banana, rice, applesauce and toast). Carbs have been my best friend and help give me energy.

For breakfast I have turned to Cheerios with sliced strawberries or bananas, scrambled eggs & toast, pancakes (no syrup) and oatmeal. On mornings where I have low nausea, I take the time and make oatmeal from scratch with raisins, cinnamon & agave nectar. But I usually grab the instant oatmeal and use my hot water tap for an immediate meal.

Lunch and dinner are the same options. A baked potato, grilled cheese, any kind of pasta, small salads and small pizzas (using Boboli crust, a little pasta sauce, & shredded mozzarella). I’m surprised (& grateful) that with this pregnancy I haven’t craved greasy foods. I was a fast food junkie with Lily and it was one of the main reasons I gained so much! This time around if it’s too greasy or has too much spice or flavor I can’t do it. With a bland diet and the need to eat every two hours it has been tough. Food has become just a source of energy and just sitting down to eat has been miserable. There have been many nights where I have to go lay down or curl up on the couch after I eat and just pray that the food works to keep the tidal wave of nausea down.

Snacks. When the nausea is really bad I reach over to my nightstand where I have a box of oyster crackers. I have to snack on a few handfuls before I can even get up in the morning. So keep some saltine crackers or even cheerios for easy access in the morning. Don’t be surprised if you need to grab a few crackers during the middle of the night too! I have been woken up countless nights feeling horrible and if the crackers didn’t help I grabbed a banana or a cheese stick. Keep some water on that nightstand to help wash down the crackers as well. One snack that could be considered an actual meal are those pre-made peanut butter and grape jelly sandwiches made by Smuckers. Found in the freezer section, these sandwiches thaw out quickly and help fill a grumbling stomach! One week I think I ate 2-3 of them a day!

nauseapbjfinStay Hydrated. I have a little plastic mason jar cup (found at Walmart or Target) that I carry around with me. I have that thing filled with ice water all day long. I place a few drops of lemon juice in my water throughout the day (supposed to help settle your stomach). Try Ginger Ale, Sprite or 7up. Ginger Ale was actually too strong for me, so I took small sips of Sprite some days. I don’t know what it is, but Coke tastes good and hits the spot on some days. I have to drink the Coke over ice and with a straw (weird I know). The straw part sounds funny, but it is the only way I drink anything…even the water. I just take small sips. With Lily I found sour drinks like lemonade were easy to keep down.

Smells. Mike still can’t understand how simple everyday scents send me over the edge. Like coffee. Yep I can’t stand the smell of it. I used to drink 1-2 cups a day. Now the smell makes me queasy.  To let Mike keep his sanity I gave him the green light to continue making his morning brew, but I made him move the coffee maker to his office so it didn’t affect me. I haven’t sprayed perfume either. Since I have sensitive skin my laundry detergent, body soap and lotion are scent free, so no changes there. The grocery store is full of awful smells so I have relied on Mike and my mom for grocery shopping. Air fresheners and candles can be too strong so they are off limits (except one candle that has a very fair smell, I light it because I like the flicker of light at night).

Medication. Currently I’m on my third prescription….a big thanks to my OB and her on-call nurse for all my desperate sobbing voicemails for relief! Don’t be afraid to turn to medication for help. Talk to your Ob about it. I tried Zofran, Reglan, and I’m now on Phenergan. The only downside with Phenergan is that it knocks me out, so I can only take it when I know Mike or my mom are watching Lily. Also Unisom & B16 taken together is supposed to be a great way to tackle the nausea, but it didn’t work for me.

nausearemediesMotion Sickness Wristbands. Found at drugstores or Target, these motion sickness wristbands that help with seasickness are suppose to work with pregnancy nausea…sadly these didn’t help.

Preggie Pops. This candy is made from natural ingredients and supposed to bring you relief….just not for me :( You can find these at drugstores, Target, Walmart and Amazon).

Ginger. There is something about ginger that is supposed to settle the tummy. Ginger candy chews, ginger crackers, ginger ale and ginger herbal teas didn’t do anything to help my condition.

Peppermint Candy. While at CVS getting my motion sickness wristbands Mike was actually stopped by a stranger and asked why he was getting them. When he told the woman it was for his pregnant wife she suggested getting a bag of peppermint candy with directions of sucking on two at a time to keep the nausea down. I tried but I just couldn’t do it. Problem is I can’t stand peppermint…I’m a spearmint kinda gal and I struggled with those two mints on the drive back home. As soon as I got into the garage I spit them out in the dumpster.

Miscellaneous. My nurse told me to try and eat my food at warm temps, not extremely hot. I also take my prenatal vitamin at night. Those vitamins are chalked full of important nutrients for your body, but it can also upset your stomach. Taking it at night while I’m sleeping seems to help. Emphasis on “seems” because I’ve consistently felt horrible with all these remedies!

I asked folks who follow me on Facebook and Instagram what helped them and got some great responses (thanks Ladies!):

“Peggie Pops”

“Ginger ale & bagels”

“I chewed gum and it helped”

“I put baby shoes by the toilet (weird, but it helps the focus) the book Jesus Calling & peanut butter pie…”

“I had a prescription filled for these suckers called B-natal. I also no joke would go to sleep smelling grapefruit peels and it would help.”

“Jolly Ranchers were my saving grace”

“Nibbling on a handful of almonds always did it for me”

“Ginger candies. The ones they sell at Whole Foods near checkout (Chimes is the brand I think) and ginger cookies (the ‘cat cookies’ from Trader Joes that are like animal crackers in a tub)”

“Anything with lemon in it helped me”

Things I’ve heard but never tried:
Acupuncture
Aromatherapy (scents like mint and orange are supposed to help, but I’m staying clear of scents in general!)

Reading this post I’m sure you picked up on the word “supposed” used a lot. These remedies are supposed to help, but they just didn’t help me. If your struggling with nausea try it all, like I did…because you never know what will work! After dealing with this for 7 weeks now I’m still up to try anything…well anything but acupuncture- I hate needles.

To end this loooooong post (that has taken me a week to create because I get too sick to finish!) I have to extend thanks to those that have helped me through this horrible nausea. First up is Mike. He has been single parenting for weeks now and taking care of Lily and me! He makes the food, goes grocery shopping and spends his weekends and after work hours taking care of a toddler (who has been really sassy lately) on his own. No down time for him lately. He has always been my rock.

My other rock has been my mom. Living only a few minutes away she comes over everyday while Mike is working to help take care of Lily while I’m curled up on the couch or dying in bed. She has bought me groceries, cooked us meals, done my laundry (even putting it away one day!) and has kept my house tidy. I don’t know what I would do without her!

For a few days my mom was away visiting my Aunt in Charlotte, Mike was on the road for work and I was left to fend for Lily and myself. I broke down. Literally calling my dear friend Emily Ley balling my eyes out. My sweet friend and her awesome nanny, Danica, took Lily for a few hours the next day so I could lie in a fetal position in bed. Emily & Danica have hearts of gold I tell ya. Emily also popped by my house with a bunch of small containers packed with cheese, crackers, grapes, pretzels and cucumbers with humus. She also found some Sour Patch watermelon candies because she remembered I craved those with Lily. I’m so truly lucky to have that woman in my life!

I have been blessed with some great lady friends who call and text me all the time checking on me. When I was placed on bed rest they created a meal train to feed me, making sure to stick to some comfort foods that wouldn’t rough up my stomach. Thank you Elisa, Rachel, Emily, Kelsey and Mckay…I love you ladies. Mckay (of Oatmeal Lace Design) also sweetly dropped off a McDonald’s biscuit on my doorstep one day. They helped her during her pregnancy and let me tell you it tasted amazing! Those things are gold!

Anything missing on this long list of remedies that helped any of you readers??? I’m still up for trying other options!!!

 
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  1. Amana commented:
    January 11, 2014 Reply

    I’ve heard that if you eat carbs right before you go to sleep it significantly reduces the morning sickness.. I’ve never had the chance to try it out but who knows :) P.S. tip came from my nursing prof.

    cheers!

    • Amy Romano commented:
      January 29, 2014 Reply

      Thanks Amana! Since I’m sadly still experiencing the nausea with only 6 weeks to go I will try it out!

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  1. By Lily & Bliss | Surviving The First Trimester on September 13, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    […] If you’ve been reading along with me you know that this pregnancy has been pretty brutal as far as “morning sickness”. And like I’ve said before, a man must have coined the term using morning, because it can last all day and all night. At 14 weeks I’m still battling the nausea, however, I am experiencing longer breaks between what I call my “nausea attacks”. Over the last week it seems the nausea kicks into gear more in the afternoon and carries on until I go to sleep. I still get moments in the morning of oncoming queasy feelings, but I just chug my water and continue to snack every two hours to keep my stomach full. Surviving the nausea can take up a whole post, and it did…read all about my tips on morning sickness here. […]

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BIG News & My M.I.A. Explanation

Hi my name is Amy, nice to meet you!

It has been weeks since my last post because I have been sick as a dog….Because

WE ARE EXPECTING! Yep there’s a bun in oven.

onlychildAt 9 weeks I decided to go ahead and let the news go public for a few reasons. 1) I have felt horrible neglecting the blog and not letting ya’ll know the real reason why. 2) The nausea has been unbearable and maybe going public with tips & stories can help other preggos out there. 3) I recently found out some news that put me on bed rest and scared the beejeezus out of me, and again maybe sharing could help someone out there who might be experiencing it too.

So when did I find out? Really early, just like with Lily. Two days prior to my period I started to cramp really bad and figured that this month just wasn’t the month. The next day I woke up bleeding which only confirmed that mother nature would be paying a visit. The next day however there was no blood. I had one pregnancy test at home and I decided to try. It was the old school plus or minus kind and the result showed a negative, but to me the line was so faint that I wanted a second test. I ran to CVS and picked up the digital kind, so there would be no guessing if the line was a + or -. Of course the result was a picture of the stick, which meant there was an issue.  Using the last digital test, I saw ‘pregnant’.

firstpregnancytestI walked out of our room and Mike just knew from my face (I’m pretty horrible at hiding my emotions from him)…and he just said…”really? No way.”  I had plans that evening to help my dear friend Emily Ley unpack tons of her Simplified Planners. Knowing that my girlfriends would be drinking vino I wanted to confirm that the last test was real due to the others being bunk. Another digital test confirmed that we were pregnant.

preggotestsI was three weeks when I found out and just three days later the fabulous morning sickness appeared. I have been sick everyday since then…that’s FIVE weeks of nausea folks. Looking over my pregnancy posts with Lily I was sick with her, but it didn’t last this long, and it was not this severe.

{and can we just stop for a second and wonder who in the hell labeled this as morning sickness? It is ALL DAY ALL NIGHT sickness. Must have been a man that came up with the term!}

My days have been spent on the couch or in bed in a fetal position. Some days I can’t even nap because I’m so sick, so I just curl in a ball and concentrate on breathing. The best description of morning sickness is just imagine the worst hangover. With this pregnancy, multiply that hangover by ten. The nausea has been so bad that I can’t even concentrate on reading, so no books, magazines, blogs or even typing potential posts for Lily & Bliss. Sometimes just scrolling through Instagram on my phone has been too much. Strange I know, but now you know why I have been MI.A. over the last few weeks.

I am currently on my third nausea prescription and it has wiped me out, which is a good thing because I need the rest. But a side effect is that you get drowsy and can have blurred vision, making operating a car unsafe. Right now I can take it because my mom is actually staying with us to help out (God do I love her).

You see last Friday I had bleeding. Spotting can be normal, but my bleeding was clotting with some cramping. It stopped after an hour and I decided to make my way to playgroup. I needed to get out of the house, Lily needed to get her energy out, and being around my girlfriends was just what I needed. Plus I could show up in my pajamas and zit cream and these ladies would still love me and would never judge. An hour or so into playgroup I went to the bathroom and the clotting appeared again. I called my OB and left a message for the triage nurse and went outside. There was no hiding my fears and my friends knew something was up…and tears started to swell. My girlfriend Elisa encouraged me to call again and get a nurse on the phone. After placed on hold for what seemed to be years, a nurse confirmed that the clotting wasn’t normal and she squeezed me into the ultrasound appointments later that day.

I lost it. I was a crying mess. I was so worried, adrenaline kicked in and my hands started shaking. Having some time before the appointment I decided to stay at playgroup, calm down and let Lily continue to play (aka destroy Rachel’s gorgeous new home). It was the best decision, because my girlfriends were just what I needed. And I have been blessed with the best girlfriends ever. My dear friend Emily Ley followed me home so she could help Lily with lunch and put her down for a nap so Mike and I could go to the appointment. Thank you friend!

The moment I saw the little baby my heart exploded. Then I heard the heartbeat and I lost it. Again. The technician moved over and a distinctive mass was present and she said that was where I was bleeding. There was no reason why this was happening, it just was. I’m high risk for miscarriage now and placed on light bed rest with orders to not lift anything, especially by 29 pound toddler. (read more about pregnancy with a hematoma here)

On Tuesday I went to the doctor and they measured the “hematoma” and thank goodness it has gone down in size! My mom has been an angel. Having her here has meant the world to me, thank God she lives so close! Some other angels are those sweet girlfriends of mine who put together a meal train for us this past week…THANK YOU ladies xoxo.

So the cat is out of the bag. They say that you should wait until 12 or 13 weeks before you share the news. Since the last few weeks have been so tough and with the recent bleeding scare, I thought I would go ahead and share just in case there are other women out there that can relate. Knowing what caused the bleeding has brought some relief, but the not knowing if I will miscarry weighs heavy on my mind. It’s in God’s hands and all I can do is hope and pray.

I hope you all understand why I have been M.I.A. and please excuse me if my posts are scattered here and there, just know that the nausea has probably knocked me out and I’m most likely in a fetal position. Good thing for you readers…this pregnancy will certainly bring some hilarious posts in the future!

Meet Baby #2!

8weeksono

 
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  1. Nancy H commented:
    August 4, 2013 Reply

    I’m so happy for you, Mike and Lily!!! While I have
    no advice, never been pregnant, I do have the time
    to keep you all in my prayers. What a blessing this
    baby is. Hugs from afar.
    Xoxo
    Nancy

  2. kelsey commented:
    August 4, 2013 Reply

    I love you Amy and can certainly appreciate your candor and open honesty. You have so much support from us for anything at all you, Mike and/or Lily may need. (In fact, while I was meal planning -second week in a row, whoop!- Rob asked what we were taking you this week. He was all set to make you something… so keep that in mind friend.)

    And we are sooo far beyond HAPPY HAPPY for this y’all! And that little peanut photo up there… just beautiful. Hugs & Kisses and Resting Wishes to you!!! XOXOXO

  3. Lesly commented:
    August 5, 2013 Reply

    So happy for you! Congratulations!

  4. Lisa commented:
    August 5, 2013 Reply

    Oh Amy – does this hit close to home!! I shouldn’t have read it in line at the burrito place because the nice boy behind the counter didn’t know what to do with a teary eyed woman trying to order!! We are currently recovering from a second miscarriage and I can’t seem to shake it this time around – even with my sweet baby Grace to distract me this time around! My whole, whole heart will be praying for a healthy pregnancy for you. Stay strong lady!!

  5. Elizabeth commented:
    August 5, 2013 Reply

    Congrats, Amy! I was so happy reading your post especially the anticipation of seeing ‘pregnant’ on that stick. I know what that feels like to wait. Your mom sounds wonderful. Take it easy!

  6. Linda Young commented:
    August 5, 2013 Reply

    Congratulations Amy & Mike! I’m so sorry you are so sick with your new little one. Hopefully the sickness will stop after the first trimester. Keep us informed! Love you… Aunt Linda

  7. Sarita commented:
    August 5, 2013 Reply

    Hey! So weird, but I had a feeling a new hot crossed bun was probably what was keeping you away from the blog. I’m so sorry it’s been a very rough first trimester, though. Stay in bed and do whatever the docs say! XOXO from Denmark

  8. August 14, 2013 Reply

    Congratulations, Amy!!! So happy for you. I hope you’re feeling better very very soon… xoxoxo

  9. Kristina commented:
    February 13, 2014 Reply

    Hey you!
    Just reading your past blog posts and this EXACT thing happened when I was pregnant with my son! I thought 100% I had a miscarriage but in reality it was a “subchorionic hemmorage” that I guess is common? Anyway, he arrived five weeks early but in perfect health so he’s living proof that everything will be just fine! I was on bed rest for six weeks though YUCK! Can’t wait to see your baby girl! Xo and congratulations!

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