11 Things To Do In Your First Trimester | GTT

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Maternity Sweater Dress Angela lanter hello gorgeous

Maternity Sweater Dress Angela lanter hello gorgeous

Maternity Sweater Dress Angela lanter hello gorgeous

Maternity Sweater Dress Angela lanter hello gorgeous

Maternity Sweater Dress Angela lanter hello gorgeous

Maternity Sweater Dress Angela lanter hello gorgeous

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Sweater: H&M  |  Earrings: Baublebar [c/o]  |  BootsSteve Madden  |  Handbag: Louis Vuitton

Welcome back to Girl Talk Tuesday!  It’s so exciting to get back into the swing of things and post our first GTT for 2018.

Now that my little one is here, I look back on my pregnancy and see all sorts of things I wish I would’ve done.  You know what they say though, hindsight is 20/20.  The cool thing is that I have this amazing online community of Gorgeous Girls that I can share my experiences (good and bad!) and what I’ve learned along the way.

Before we hop into my tips on your first trimester of pregnancy, just a head’s up that I still have quite a few photos to share from my pregnancy that I had planned to post during my last two weeks…  But, as you know, little miss decided to make an early appearance, so I’ll be sharing them with you now.  🙂

Things To Do In Your First Trimester:

  1. Take pictures.  Man, I wish I’d done the photo every week thing.  It’s so fun to watch your belly grow in a sequence of photos while wearing the same outfit standing in the same spot week after week.  That’s a major pregnancy regret for me!
  2. Download pregnancy apps.  Matt and I loved following along with the pregnancy apps and our online communities due the same month as us.  It was so cool to experience all these life and body changes along with others at the same time.  Our favorite apps were: The Bump, Babycenter and Ovia.
  3. Start taking prenatal vitamins.  I started taking prenatals a year prior to conceiving in case we happened to get pregnant…  So glad I did!
  4. Go over your current medications and supplements with your OB.  Make sure nothing that you’re taking could be dangerous for baby.
  5. Announce in a fun way.  I’m not sure what was more fun, telling our family and friends that we were pregnant or announcing it was a girl.  Both are moments we’ll never forget.
  6. Know that not all pregnancies are not created equal.  I thought that because my mom never felt sick during her pregnancy with me, that I wouldn’t be sick.  WRONG.  Just because a friend or family member experienced a specific pregnancy symptom doesn’t mean that you will too.
  7. Take care of yourself.  My first trimester was rough.  I had nausea all day every day.  The best piece of advice I have is to relax and rest up.  Don’t expect too much from yourself while your body is creating a miracle.
  8. Hydrate.  I’m a serious water drinker pregnant or not, but my water intake was intense during pregnancy.  Hydration is key, especially if you’re losing fluids from morning sickness.
  9. Start saving.  Prepping your finances early on will make the big purchases in the third trimester a lot less painful.  Babies need a lot of stuff, people.
  10. Soak up time with your man.  Once this baby comes, it won’t be just the two of you for a long time.  Take these next nine months to enjoy as much alone time as possible.
  11. Start shopping for maternity clothes.  Chances are you won’t need maternity clothes until you’re well into your second trimester.  Use your first trimester to shop ahead for some maternity bargain pieces.

Leave a comment below with your musts for the first trimester of pregnancy!

Photography by Kara Coleen.

8 Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

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Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

  • Cooking at home. This is a great budget-friendly option that requires no reservations and no frustration with the service. I love the idea of surprising your significant other with their favorite meal that you’ve personally cooked for them. Kick it up a notch by finding ways to incorporate red, pink, or even hearts into different parts of the meal. Don’t forget fresh flowers on the table and candlelight for ambiance.
  • Go on a picnic. Picnics are incredibly romantic, weather permitting of course. Some restaurants or wine shops offer custom made or pre-made picnic baskets with paired wine. Such a fun idea!
  • Skating or Ice Skating. Who wouldn’t want to hold hands and couple skate like a couple of 8th graders? Bonus points for requesting an old school jam like something from Boyz II Men.
  • Recreate your first date. Love this idea! Ours would include someone nervously knocking over a full glass of water all over the table at Carabba’s… I’m not naming names here *cough* (Matt) *cough*.
  • Spa day. My very favorite way to spend an afternoon is having a relaxing spa experience with Matt. I love a great couples massage and unwinding in the steam room after. There’s nothing this tired mama would love more right now than to have a luxurious spa day to recharge and reset.
  • Movie night at home. But not just any movie night… Build a comfy bed in the middle of your living room floor and watch the first movie you ever saw together. Don’t forget his/her favorite takeout and dessert!
  • For the guys… This idea would make any girl melt. Leave the date night a complete surprise. Take her to Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry and pick out a special piece of jewelry together. Every time she sees this piece, she’ll remember the thought you put into this Valentine’s Day. I love the reminder that my special jewelry pieces are to me. On my right hand, I wear a beautiful ring that was my Mawmaw’s from the 1940’s. Every time I look at it, I think of her and smile. This Valentine’s Day, leave her with a smile by picking out the perfect jewelry piece together. Trust me, she’ll love this Valentine’s Day spent at Jared’s more than any other before.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry. The opinions and text are all mine.

Welcome to the World Baby Girl

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Welcome to the World Baby Girl Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Welcome to the World Baby Girl Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Welcome to the World Baby Girl Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Welcome to the World Baby Girl Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Welcome to the World Baby Girl Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Welcome to the World Baby Girl Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Welcome to the World Baby Girl Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Welcome to the World Baby Girl Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Welcome to the World Baby Girl Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

This past Saturday, December 30th, 2017, at 8:38 pm we welcomed our sweet baby girl into the world.  I’d like to introduce you to MacKenlee Faire Lanter.  She made her entrance weighing in at 6 lbs. 11 oz and 20″ long.

We’ll be recapping my birth story as well as the meaning behind her name on upcoming episodes of Hello Bump.  MacKenlee never did turn from her frank breech position, so I delivered her via Cesarean after laboring for more than 13 hours.  We stayed in the hospital until Tuesday and have been recovering at home since.  Our sweet baby girl is so perfect with her head full of spikey, dark hair and the most beautiful skin tone I’ve ever seen.

Mama and MacKenlee are doing so well.  We have a house full of family in town visiting and taking good care of us.  Daddy is so in love with his new baby girl.  It melts my heart when I see them together.  Matt is already the best daddy, pitching in however he can.

Thank you for following along on this pregnancy journey with us.  The past nine months have flown by and now our sweet little angel baby is already here in our arms.

Photography by Kara Coleen.

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