Hello Bump Podcast Episodes 6 & 7 Cyst Recap

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Man oh man.  If you thought I was already sharing TMI, then Monday’s episode had to have blown your mind!  Monday we released Hello Bump Podcast Episode #6; Week 11, “The Cyst… From Hell.”  If you don’t already know, I have suffered from endometriosis for over 10 years and you can read all about that journey in this blog post.  Hearing that I have another cyst is probably not surprising.  What is surprising is the location of this cyst.  It was a periclitoral abscess.  Huh?  I’ve never heard of this before?  I didn’t even know that you could get a cyst THERE?!  Leave it to me to get a large (for the area) cyst in the most sensitive part of your body!  It was the single most painful experience of my life.  In this week’s podcast, I walk you through the entire process from discovering the problem to having it removed.  If you have a weak stomach, maybe you should just skip ahead to the next episode, lol!

What was so surprising to me is how many women have reached out with similar stories.  I didn’t expect that because of how rare this type of cyst is.  When I tried to research this type of cyst, there was very little information available, especially about having it while pregnant.

Y’all I’m believing that the worst is behind me in this pregnancy and that the cyst never returns.  Listen to the episode on iTunes or here:




This morning we released Hello Bump Podcast Episode #7; Week 12, “Take a Guess. Boy or Girl?”  It’s a follow up to the cyst debacle and life at 12 weeks pregnant.  I was so happy to be almost out of the first trimester that week after such a horrible medical experience.  Looking back now, I’m halfway through my pregnancy and it’s INSANE to think about how fast the time has flown by since then.  The first trimester moved so stinkin’ slow, which I’m sure had everything in the world to do with the fact that I felt so miserably sick.  I’ve been feeling pretty darn good this trimester, with the exception of some nagging round ligament pain, so of course this time feels like it’s breezing on by.  It’s so crazy how that happens!

Listen to episode #7:



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I want to chat a bit about what I’m wearing lately.  My belly has definitely popped, which means most pants and shorts feel so uncomfortable to me.  I’ve received a bunch of new maternity clothes this past week and started to review them in detail on my Instagram Stories.  Overall, the reception has been amazing from y’all.  I’ve received so many comments and DMs asking me to continue posting these detailed fashion reviews because they help give a better look and understanding at what I’m wearing versus just a single photo, which makes perfect sense.  Be sure to follow me on Instagram and check my stories daily to see what I’m wearing and in-depth reviews.  Just a reminder, these stories only stay up for 24 hours, then they expire.  Daily there’s new posts up to watch!

I’m planning on wearing non-maternity pieces throughout my pregnancy as well as maternity pieces, so there will be a little something for everyone.  The outfit above is an older chambray dress from Forever 21 that of course is no longer available.  It’s non-maternity, and you probably remember it from this blog post.  If you’re an expectant mama or planning to be one in the near future, purchasing pieces like a shirtdress are perfect for before pregnancy, during and after.  Those are exactly the pieces I love incorporating into my wardrobe.

I’ve rounded up some non-maternity shirt dresses below that are all under $100, but mostly under $50, that will work for anyone.  Not all will work for all nine months of pregnancy, but all will work for before, during some stages and after pregnancy and are adorable for my non-mama readers out there too.  These darling little dresses are perfect for Fall and would layer perfectly with tights, booties and a cardigan.

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Pregnancy Podcast | Weel 11 | The cyst... from hell | If you don’t already know, I have suffered from endometriosis for over 10 years and you can read all about that journey in this blog post. Hearing that I have another cyst is probably not surprising. What is surprising is the location of this cyst. It was a periclitoral abscess. Huh? I’ve never heard of this before? I didn’t even know that you could get a cyst THERE?!
Pregnancy Podcast | Week 12 | I was so happy to be almost out of the first trimester that week after such a horrible medical experience. Looking back now, I’m halfway through my pregnancy and it’s INSANE to think about how fast the time has flown by since then. The first trimester moved so stinkin’ slow, which I’m sure had everything in the world to do with the fact that I felt so miserably sick.

Hello Bump Podcast Episodes 4 & 5

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Hopefully, you have been joining us on this pregnancy journey via Hello Bump Podcast!  Last week we chatted about episodes 2 and 3.  I recapped the feelings I experienced in weeks 6, 7 and 8 of my first trimester.

This week we covered week 9 in episode 4 and week 10 in episode 5.  For those of you with iPhones, you can easily download and listen to our shows using the Podcasts app via iTunes.  If you have an Android, we are also available on the Stitcher app.  And if you don’t have either, you can listen to the episodes directly from my blog posts.

Episode 4: Week 9 “Vaginal Cannon and Tasting Breastmilk” has me exploring body image and my own sex drive during pregnancy.  I don’t think I can get much more personal with y’all at this point…  Oh but I will in the very near future, just you wait.  LOL!  In this episode, we also talk about Matt’s blood work results and his gene mutations.  After going through this process, it leaves me wondering if everyone does this Counsyl testing and if it just gives parents reason for unnecessary concern?  I know it’s great for recognizing true genetic issues, but when it’s not something potentially life threatening, is it worth the fear we experience waiting for the genetic counselor to determine our risks?

Another topic from week 9 that still plagues me to this very day is the illusive “Listeria” threat.  I’ve seen several women whose doctors have said that they’ve never in their career treated a patient for listeria.  It makes me also wonder if we’re overly cautious about the foods we eat?  Can you tell that this mama just REALLY wants a hot dog right now?!



Episode 5: Week 10 “The Name Game” has us chatting about all the different methods for guessing the gender.  I want to know…  Have any of you had luck or found one theory over the other to be more effective?  I’ve seen a lot of believers in the Ramzi Theory, the heart rate count and the forehead slope.  Wondering what y’all think about these!

The task of naming our baby has been the most daunting to date.  Here’s the problem: no matter what name you choose, there will always be someone in your life who doesn’t like it for one reason or another.  As of now, we don’t plan on releasing the baby’s name until after the birth.  We receive enough feedback from family and close friends, so we don’t need to invite additional feedback on the name into our lives, ya know?  I honestly think that keeping the name a secret until the birth is the smartest way to go, that way you don’t have any opinion’s weighting in.  I believe that your child is God’s very personal gift to you.  He only tasks the parents with the privilege of selecting a name, yet so many people feel that it is their right to give opinions about it.  Naming your baby is a very personal, very special thing, so I think you should keep it that way.



This past weekend, Matt felt like I really popped.  So now that I have a true bump, I’m struggling to dress myself.  NOTHING FITS ME, Y’ALL.  I know, I know…  This is normal and totally a part of it.  But again, I’m just being totally human and fessing up to how I’ve been feeling this week.  I did some new maternity pieces in today so I’m excited to have some new things to style the bump with!

Here’s a couple of looks I’ve put together this week:

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J. Crew Chambray Shirt  //  Striped Tee (similar)  //  Paige Ankle Skinny Jeans  //  Black Strappy Heels (similar)

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C&C California Tee Shirt Dress (similar)  //  BP. Plaid Cotton Shirt  //  Tory Burch Miller Sandals

Pregnancy Podcast | Week 9 | “Vaginal Cannon and Tasting Breastmilk” has me exploring body image and my own sex drive during pregnancy. I don’t think I can get much more personal with y’all at this point… Oh but I will in the very near future, just you wait. LOL! In this episode, we also talk about Matt’s blood work results and his gene mutations.
Pregnancy Podcast | Week 10 | The Name Game | The task of naming our baby has been the most daunting to date.  Here’s the problem: no matter what name you choose, there will always be someone in your life who doesn’t like it for one reason or another. I honestly think that keeping the name a secret until the birth is the smartest way to go, that way you don’t have any opinion’s weighting in.  I believe that your child is God’s very personal gift to you.

A Sneak Peek into our Guest Bedroom

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There’s only one room almost finished in our house so far and it’s my beauty room.  I’m filming a beauty room/studio reveal next week, so stay tuned because you’re going to DIE over the organization and decor!  In case you missed it, here is my beauty room/studio tour from our old house.  I kept my Ikea cabinets and desk, but with the addition of the Pax system (I’ve shown sneak peeks on Instagram Stories) we’ll probably be repurposing the tall Alex drawers.

Today I wanted to show a sneak peek of our main guest bedroom.  This room was on the top of my list to finish when we moved in.  We unfortunately haven’t spent much time at all in our new home since we had to move to Atlanta right away.  When we got home, I found out I was pregnant and the sickness began so I didn’t have the energy to work much on our house decor.  Now that I’m feeling better, I’m starting to put the house together.  Today I’m going to show you a couple photos from our guest bedroom.  I’ll do a full reveal of the room once we get the bedding and artwork purchased and in place.

Many of you will remember the nightstands that we had in the guest room at our old house (see this blog post).  I wanted to buy new nightstands to go with the new Pottery Barn upholstered headboard we bought.  Matt asked if I could give him a chance to paint or stain or old Crate & Barrel nightstands first, so I thought why not?  He did such an amazing job with our coffee table so I knew he’d come up with something beautiful for our nightstands.  Here is the finished product:

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I love the way that they turned out!  We still need to replace the drawer pulls, and I’m leaning towards some I recently saw at Anthropologie.

Next up is my console table.  We have a big blank wall in the guest room that separates the bathroom and the closet.  I saw this photo on Pinterest and thought that table would be exactly what I need to go with my pair of Restoration Hardware Toscane stools.  I already had a large blue canvas painting on the wall, the only thing missing was a table.  My problem was I couldn’t find this table or one similar anywhere.  I took to Etsy and stumbled across the custom furniture store, Old Pine, and I fell in love with their work.  Old Pine makes the most gorgeous pieces from reclaimed wood and I knew that they would be able to make a table for my guest room that would be absolutely perfect for the space!  I sent the Old Pine team this inspiration photo and they went straight to work.  They drew up a sample of the table they would build and kept in communication with me throughout the entire process.  I was blown away when we saw the finished piece.  It was so gorgeous and it fit the space perfectly!  Here’s a photo of the Old Pine table:

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The stools fit perfectly under the table!  The table is distressed white and the quality is incredible.  Please check out Old Pine if you are in the market for any custom furniture pieces or if you’re looking for a reclaimed wood piece for your home.

I just purchased the most gorgeous bedding for this bedroom while vacationing in 30A last week.  I can’t wait to get the bedding all together to show y’all.  I’m an all-white bed girl, but I wanted to bring a fresh color into this room.  I’m so excited about what the finished product will look like!

If you’re eyeing the Restoration Hardware Toscane stools, but don’t like their $395 price tag ($296 for members), then I’ve done a little detective work for you.  Overstock makes this stool, which is available for $276.  Personally, I’d rather have the RH version, as I think the Overstock version doesn’t look like it’s as nice of quality.  Wayfair makes a lookalike stool that comes in multiple colors and is reviewed very well by customers.  The Wayfair Weybossett Ottoman is only $178 and looks very similar to the Toscane, with the exception of the attached cushion on top.  I think this is a great budget-friendly option.

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