PREGNANCY NUMBER TWO, WHAT’S DIFFERENT?

Being pregnant for the second time in two years has been quite the journey so far! But, in the very best way. I get asked quite often from people if this pregnancy feels any different to Greyson’s or if I feel different this time around, so I thought we could have a little pregnancy chat!

This time I do feel different, but I also have been doing things slightly differently and healthier this time around! I say slightly, because we’ll talk about my constant chocolate cravings in a minute.

Processed with VSCO with n1 presetWhen I was pregnant with Greyson I was working full time, and I just think in general I let things like my diet and how much exercise I got slide because by the time I got home from work pregnancy was kicking my butt and all I wanted to do was sleep. Now don’t get me wrong I do not eat healthy food 100% of the time, if you watch my Instagram stories then you are well aware of that fact! However, this time I have been consciously thinking more about what I am putting into my body, especially when I am eating at home. For me I figure if I eat mostly healthy foods at home then I won’t be feeling so bad when I go out with friends, or want to have some treats! Now that’s just for me, I have no desire to tell you or anyone what they should and shouldn’t do, everyone has to find what works for them! And like I said I am no where near perfect in this department. As for exercise, this is something I NEVER did when I was pregnant last time, yes I know that’s bad! This time around I have been doing light work outs almost every day (I take Sunday’s off normally) and it has made all the difference! It is crazy what 10 minutes of exercise every morning can do for you, I feel a million times better then in my last pregnancy and it’s definitely helped me to gain weight more slow and steady. Besides the 10 minute work outs I mostly just get exercise from walking everyday, and carrying my 25 pound one year old around all day. πŸ˜‰ I have been loving how I feel since adding this to my daily routine, and it’s something I plan to continue post birth as well!

* Now, I think I’ve mentioned this before but if you are planning on working out with your pregnant you should consult with your doctor or midwife and be sure you are doing work outs that are safe to do when pregnant!

Let’s discuss those cravings now! Β I don’t remember craving specific foods with Greyson, so at the time I kind of felt like it was a myth. All I know is when I was pregnant with him all food tasted AMAZING and I was hungry 24/7. This time isn’t like that, I don’t feel as hungry as last time, however I do have specific cravings! Sadly all for sugar. Lol! Pretty much every evening I crave dark chocolate, so badly! It feels weird for me to crave one thing so specific, and especially chocolate because normally I am more of a candy person then a chocolate person. The craving is real though, and while I don’t have chocolate every single night, I totally could! Does craving chocolate this bad say anything weird or cool about my pregnancy?? If you know tell me in the comments. Or tell me what your food cravings are!

As for everything else, I do feel more nervous this time about the actual giving birth then I did last time. Last time I think I was just naive I was not scared at all, and had some weird confidence going into the delivery that was quickly shaken when I realized how hard and painful giving birth really is! I don’t say that to scare you, it’s 100000% worth it, and it is only temporary, but I am just saying that I was in shock by how different it was then I had anticipated. That being said even though I am nervous, I think I am more excited for the newborn phase this time because I have a little bit (key word, little) of an idea what the heck I am doing. I just remember how special that time was with Greyson, and I miss it so badly that I am so beyond excited to experience it with our baby girl. This time hopefully a little less stressed and more confident and ready to just enjoy those sweet moments.

That’s all I have for this evening, but before I end this post I did want to ask to you readers what kind of posts you’d like to see on here? Do you like it to be mostly just stye posts or would you prefer more personal posts and stuff to do with our little O’Brien fam? I’d so appreciate the feedback in the comments. πŸ™‚

-Kristina

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CHECKERED COAT CRAZE

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I’ve been seeing SO MANY checkered coats on Instagram and Youtube these days that I was starting to feel a little left out. Just kidding! But, I was inspired to shop this trend for myself. As I am sure you have noticed if you do follow me online I do have a very simple style. I like the odd statement piece here and there, but for the most part I am a very casual dresser. That’s why I think I am loving this trend so much because it feels a little different then my normal coat, but not too out there. Perfecto!

I picked up this little number at Zara, but they are literally EVERYWHERE this season. Both is coat and blazers. If you are thinking of shopping for one yourself I would recommend Zara, ASOS, or Top Shop! I have worn mine several times already and find you can pair it with just about anything, on this particular day I had paired it with my maternity jeans and a cozy turtleneck. It was Thanksgiving so I needed my comfy and stretchy attire. πŸ˜‰

What trends are you all loving and trying out this fall? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading!

-Kristina

what I’m wearing:

zara coat | aritzia turtleneck | topshop maternity jeansΒ 
| steve madden slide onsΒ 

 

PINK BLUSH STRIPES + GIVEAWAY

So, when I was away in Arizona it snowed at home in Alberta, now I am back and it’s hot AGAIN! I feel like the cold weather is avoiding me, and I am probably one of the only crazy people who is like BRING ON THE COLD!!! When the mornings are chilly and the afternoons are boiling it can be hard to get dressed, so that is where pieces that are easily layered come in handy.Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

This little striped number from PinkBlush is one of those perfect layering pieces, you could easily pair it with tights and a leather jacket, but it’s so nice and lightweight for those warm afternoons. Plus grey and white stripes…need I say more?

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When I took these photos we were in the midst of the heated afternoon so I went with just the dress and a pair of ankle booties which I loved paired together! Cute maternity dresses are always the comfiest choice over those growing bumps too, right ladies?!

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The lovely people at PinkBlush want to offer one of you lovely people the chance to get your hands on some of their clothes too! We have a $75.00 gift card that could have your name on it! All you have to do is go to my instagram (@withstripes) give me a follow and comment on the giveaway post! I will be DMing the winner next Friday October 13 (spooky ;)) to let you know that you have won. PinkBlush has a ton of clothes that are great for us preggo’s but they also have lot’s of non-maternity wear to choose from as well. (I think the dress I’m styling would look great on someone not pregnant also)

What kind of weather are you guys experiencing? Are you a cold weather loving weirdo like me, or the exact opposite? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading as always!

-Kristina

what I’m wearing:

striped dress c/o PinkBlush

#WIW IN ARIZONA

 

saturday morning:

zara long sleeved top | top shop maternity jeans | steve madden shoes | chloe bag

 

saturday afternoon:

zara tee |garage shorts (non maternity) | ray ban sunnies | chloe bag

 

sunday evening:

(post football game, don’t have any good pictures in my Cardinals jersey so you can just imagine that stylish look πŸ˜‰ )

target maternity tank top | top shop maternity jeans

 

monday morning:

artizia tank top | garage shorts | poppy barley bag | call it spring sandals

 

monday afternoon:

artizia button up | target bikini

 

monday evening:

target maternity tank top | top shop maternity jeans

We had such a short and sweet getaway to Phoenix over the weekend! I felt very lucky for the getaway with Adam, but we are both happy to be back home with Greyson, and I am personally stoked to be back in the cooler weather!

-Kristina

 

SHADES OF GREY

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It would come as no surprise to you that this is my current favourite jacket that I own. Grey on grey, and striped! DREAM! I got it last year from Artitzia, but they have similar style in stock this season as well. πŸ™‚

It’s an excellent layering piece, and on these days where’s its cool but not cold it’s been the perfect jacket to throw on!

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ALSO, how much are we all loving the fall drinks at starbucks?! Basic, and proud of it over here. My go to is a decaf american with two pumps of pumpkin syrup, or a soy chai tea latte two pumps of chai two pumps of pumpkin syrup. Yum! What are your favourite fall drinks/treats?! Let me know in the comments.

P.S. if you noticed I have two different colors of coffee cups in these photos… you are right and it was one of those days lol

-Kristina

what I’m wearing:

aritzia jacket | lego heritage sweatshirt | top shop maternity jeans | call it spring booties

FALL UNIFORM

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Sweater weather!!!! (all the praise hand emoji’s) amirite? Fall clothes are just the best clothes, in my opinion. These days are the best when its chilly enough for sweaters and light jackets, but you aren’t freezing your little butt off every time you walk out your door!

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If you see me this season you are most likely to see me looking like this: sweater, baby bump, messy pony tail. That’s my fall uniform, and that’s the way I like it!

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Also, these Steve Madden slides are SO comfy! I feel like some people just wear these as slippers… but I’ve been rockin them around town. πŸ˜‰ Plus they are a much more affordable version then those Gucci sliders your see all over Instagram!

-Kristina

what I’m wearing:

gap turtleneck | topshop maternity jeans | steve madden slides

 

HELLO, THIRD TRIMESTER

Oh my gosh you guys my due date is in 3 months! 3 months! How has this even happened?! When I was pregnant with Greyson I felt like the pregnancy dragged on FOREVER and this time it is flying by! I don’t mind though, I can’t wait to meet this little baby girl of ours. But, also, what the heck where is time going?!

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetSince re-launching my blog I haven’t really discussed how I am feeling during this pregnancy so this evening I thought I’d do just that. I am officially 27 weeks today, so yay third trimester time! My due date is December 20, 2017 as of right now, I know sometimes those doctors like to switch those dates up on you, which I am okay with as long as they say it’s sooner not later πŸ˜‰

So far my pregnancy has been really great, I was sick pretty bad for about 3 weeks (about week 6-9) in the first trimester but since then have been fortunate to not be sick anymore! It was strange because I was so nauseous and sick every single day in the morning and after dinner for 3 weeks straight and then one day it just abruptly stopped. No complaints, but still odd. Since then the only thing I have struggled with is some lower back pain and some headaches. Which I’ll happily take, I truly feel so sad for all the mama’s out there who are so so sick through pregnancy. 😦

I feel I am showing differently then when I had Greyson, she seems to be a lot lower and so far smaller then he was. I’m sure that’ll be changing in this final stretch though (emphasis on the STRETCH) Also, when I was pregnant with Greyson my boobs got HUGE (tmi? lol) and I absolutely hated it, and so far this time that hasn’t happened which I am thankful for, but I cringe even talking about it because I don’t want to jinx it haha.

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetThings I have changed a bit my second time around mostly has to do with what I am eating and also incorporating exercise into my life. I am awful at sticking to work outs, but I really didn’t like how I felt during times of my pregnancy with Greyson and I know it’s because I was not getting enough exercise, I sat in my desk all day at work and then would come home and just lay around. Not a good combo, for me! So, this time I have been doing some pregnancy work out videos I found on Youtube and I feel significantly better and less sore then my first pregnancy! You definitely have to be cautious when working out while pregnant, but it is really good for you and your baby if you are doing proper pregnancy work outs, and as long as your doctor or mid-wife haven’t told you otherwise!

I can’t really think of too much else to report, I feel I’ve been having a pretty good time through this pregnancy which I am so very thankful for everyday! The only recent change is my doctor told me I needed to start taking an iron supplement, which I just did for the first time this evening! Not going to lie it made me feel a bit nauseous… so I hope my body adjusts to it quickly. Although, I am sure any of you out there who were nauseous the whole time probably want me to feel a little of your pain, which I don’t blame you!

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetI’d love to hear in the comments any differences you guys have felt throughout different pregnancies, or just how you are doing in general, preggo or not. πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading!

-Kristina

what I’m wearing:Β 

zara toque | old navy sweatshirt | topshop maternity jeans | guess knee high boots