How To Survive Hosting The Holidays While 9 Months Pregnant

December 12, 2016

 

When Christmas rolls in I will be 36 weeks pregnant…

You know that image of a turkey that comes out of the oven all golden and steaming and swollen and ready to pop? Yep, that’ll be me on December 25th. Cooked. Done. Roll me outta there.

But alas, Christmas is coming. And for the first time EVER, we will be spending Christmas at home. Gasp! My family is actually traveling out to California to celebrate the holidays with us. Because my doctor has grounded me, and I won’t be able to travel anymore. Basically I’m too pregnant for Christmas.

I love my family, I adore my family. Obviously as my 2 sisters and I started The Daily Soul Sessions together! But I know that I have to be prepared for just how pregnant I will actually be at that time. And even though I have an extremely helpful and supportive family tribe, it’s stressful to “host” a holiday.

It all comes down to the prep work, mama! So here is how I am preparing – how I will survive the holidays 9 months pregnant!

How To Survive The Holidays while 9 Months Pregnant

1.) Plan, Plan, Plan

Having a plan is the best strategy to surviving a potential stressful situation. I have all meals planned out, all daily activities tentatively scheduled, all gifts bought, all bedrooms designated, and a plan to getting them guest ready far in advance of when my family descends (See #3!). I’m too pregnant for procrastination.

2.) Just Say No

Since we are staying home this year, a lot of our friends here in Southern California who always stay here want to get together. And while there may be one or two events I can handle, I’m definitely not afraid to just say no.

These are people who love and care about me, and they completely understand that when I say no, I say it with thanks and love, and they know that I’m too pregnant to say yes to anything.

3.) Ask For and Expect Help

Normally when I host guests (even family!) in my home, I try to take care of all their potential needs before they arrive. And even throughout their stay. But this year, I will be asking for a lot of help. And I’ll be expecting it. Mom, I will for sure be taking you up on your offer to deep clean my kitchen this year!

I’ll also allow myself to go ahead and hire a house cleaner to come in and take care of some of the dirty work that needs to be done – both before guests arrive and after they leave. Reach out to friends who use someone they know and trust, and just hire them already. It’s worth the expense. I promise!

4.) Go To Bed Early

Holidays get crazy. And fun. And full of wine. At least in my family they do. Normally, I’m right there with everyone until the bitter end. But this year, even when everyone is still up and going strong in my house, I will be heading to bed early. Or at least at my normal preggo bed time.

You have to take care of yourself, mama. Things will only start to spiral downhill if you don’t continue your self care routine while you’re pregnant. I really REALLY don’t want to over-exert and exhaust myself. It only ends badly with swollen feet, strong braxton hicks, and falling asleep at the dinner table.

5.) Let Guests Do Their Thing…And Don’t Feel Guilty About It!

Since long activities aren’t really working for me these days (I’m waaaaaay in the “lounge on the couch with my feet up as much as possible” stage), I’ll be letting everybody know it’s totally ok for them to go do their thing.

Do they want to go shopping? Go to the beach? See a movie? Make a list of all the fun things to do in your city, print it out and send them on their merry way. If they’re feeling guilty leaving you, just tell them to go during your MUCH NEEDED nap time. If you’re feeling guilty for not joining…just don’t. You’re way too pregnant for guilt, lady.

6.) Don’t Eat For “Two”

This one is a hard one, especially during the holidays! There is so much great food at every single meal of the day, and sometimes eating is the only “fun” thing we get to indulge in right now! However, I have made the SERIOUS mistake of over-indulging.

We recently went to a holiday party that was mostly an appetizer event. I happily and confidently munched my way through all the appetizers. And then went back for 2nds. And maybe 3rds. Yeah. 9. Months. Pregnant.

The problem with this is most appetizers and holiday foods are super rich, super salty, and super heart-burn inducing. I was up all night just miserable! Sleep is hard enough to find these days without having to down a bottle of tums at 3am. And I did it to myself! UGH!

So try to restrain yourself as much as you can.

I’ll be right there sacrificing with you. Staring longingly at the flowing red wine and 2nd plate of bacon wrapped lil’ smokies….knowing that in 4 short weeks, I can eat and drink and be merry with the rest of ’em! Including a brand new little babe…

Cheers, mama and good luck to us all!

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10 Gifts A Pregnant Woman Actually Wants: A Gift Guide for the Mom-to-be

December 5, 2016

 

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A Gift Guide For Pregnant Women

**NOTE: This post was EXTREMELY popular last year! I’ve updated it with new goodies f0r 2017…Happy shopping! – Kate

Not Pregnant? Click here for our Gift Guide For Every Mom!

Let’s start with a simple question.

What on earth do you buy an expecting mama that she will actually love and want?! Ok, listen up! I know it ain’t easy to buy gifts for a pregnant woman. (If you’re the preggo mama, send this gift guide to your hubby, family, friends right now!)

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Pregnant women are in such a strange place in their lives. Can I get an amen? Clothes aren’t really an option because nothing fits them the way it normally would, and it only reminds your pregnant wife that she’s not who she used to be! Plus trying to guess sizes is hard for US, let alone you.

A lot of people then stick to baby gifts, but come on. That’s not a gift for her – it’s a gift for the baby! And what baby showers are for.

Here is our top 10 gifts that a pregnant woman will actually want and love. I know, because I’m pregnant, and I want every single thing on this list. Honey, are you reading? Cheers!

1.) The Daily Soul Sessions For The Pregnant Mama book

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This gift is good for her soul. The Daily Soul Sessions for the Pregnant Mama book is a daily inspirational – 280 soul sessions, one for every day of her pregnancy. There is room on each page for her to write down her feelings or thoughts or baby movements that day if she so desires. Mamas-to-be LOVE this book: “This is the most real and reflective pregnancy book I’ve ever read.”

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2.) High Road Suede Ankle Booties

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These ankle booties are absolutely adorable on – See them on Kacey in the pic below! And super comfortable, too. Which is obviously extremely important for an expecting mama. Comfort is key, kids. We love how they look with leggings or skinny maternity jeans. And bonus points because she can wear them now and later after the baby comes. Win win!

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3.) Hearth & Hand ANYTHING!

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I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t adore something from Chip and Jo Jo’s new Target line! These green vases are stunning!

4.) Cozy Cardigan

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This slouchy cardigan is extremely comfortable and light weight which helps when pregnancy hormones get all crazy and she’s hot, then she’s cold, then she’s hot, then she’s cold again. Any cute cardigan makes a great gift for a mama-to-be because, once again, she can make great use of it now (wearing it over leggings and a long tank top) and also wear it next year when the baby’s on the outside. Spit up covered shoulders here you come!

5.) Rodan + Fields Lash Boost

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Everyone who has used this eyelash boosting serum RAVES about it. And the before and after pictures are unreal. This is actually what I asked for this year! This baby has sucked out all the pretty (aka, it seems like all my eyelashes have simply given up and gone to hibernate for the winter, or maybe for forever) and this mama needs this boost! I’ve been told by my Rodan + Fields consultant that this is safe for pregnancy and nursing, but please speak with your doctor before using.

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6.) Beauty Sleep Elixir Face Oil by Beuti

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So, Kate Middleton, aka The Duchess of Cambridge, uses this all natural face oil. I’m pretty sure that’s all I need to say about that. BOOM.

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7.) Adult Coloring Book + Colored Pencils

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Help her let her inner artist out! Adult coloring books feel frivolous and fun. They are so magical when you just sit down and start coloring in them, though. And once again, the Duchess of Cambridge has been reported to use them as well!

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8.) Prenatal Massage Gift Certificate

Going to get massages while I’m pregnant is one of my favorite things to do. First of all, they are really good for you! Healthy and all that. And second, it sometimes feels too indulgent – so receiving a gift certificate for a prenatal massage is absolutely delightful.

9.) Boho Beaded Earrings

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I loved wearing statement earrings during pregnancy. It’s one way to add whimsy without being uncomfortable. These beaded earrings are fantastic! So much gypsy soul. I have a similar pair, and I get compliments on them every single time I wear them.

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10.) Small Cross-Body Bag

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After the baby comes, she will be lugging around a giant diaper bag pretty much everywhere she goes. But she’ll still need a spot for some of her things – like wallet, some cash, chapstick, etc. A small cross body bag that she can throw into her diaper bag, or throw over her shoulder if for some reason she doesn’t need the whole diaper bag, is perfect! I love this easy leather look from Madewell.

Happy Shopping!