Convertible Car Seat Round Up

Hi friends! Long time, no post! But this last week or so I've spent a lot of time researching convertible and all-in-one car seats since my twins have almost out grown their UppaBaby Mesa infant seats and we're ready to move to the next step!

We have loved the Mesa infant seats since we have the UppaBaby Vista stroller (we have this one, but this color is included in the Nordstrom sale!), which made it so easy to take them in and out. For the last couple months though, since they're so heavy (both the babies and the infant seats) we typically leave the car seats in the car, unbuckle the babies and put them in the stroller with the toddler seat and rumble seat attachments for the Vista stroller so at this point, we're ready for another seat that we can just leave in the car for them.

There are so many great car seats out there, so I reached out on Instagram a few times and found a few different ones were recommended over and over again. I knew that the Nuna Rava was going to be included in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, along with the Maxi Cosi Pria, so I wanted to get general reviews on those since now would be the time to buy those if we were interested.

Since I spent so much time researching the different features of the top six recommended seats, I figured I would put all of that info into writing and share here in case anyone else is in the same boat. I also included two more newer seats that are a little pricier but have some neat features that are worth mentioning. There is so much information out there when it comes to baby gear that it is so easy to get overwhelmed so I'll try to be concise with each one! (Lucie's List is a great place to start researching for all kinds of baby gear and was my go-to when working on my baby registry last year!)

Here are the top picks from my quick Instagram survey!

Graco 4Ever DLX 4-in-1  $269.99 

+ with TrueShield Side Impact Technology $316.89

Features & comments from you all: all-in-one style seat (converts to backless booster for up to 120lbs), 2 cup holders, RapidRemove washable cover removes without uninstalling the seat, 6 position recline, steel reinforced frame, very long seat, can be a bit bulky

Rear facing weight limits: up to 40lbs

Forward facing/booster seat weight limits: up to 120lbs

Shop Graco 4Ever:

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Nuna Rava - Available from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: $374.90 (Note: I have early access because I am a cardholder. If you can't access the sale yet, you can preview it and save it to your Wish List to purchase August 19th)

Regular price $449.95

Features & comments from you all: 10 position recline, easy to install, 2 flip out cup holders (that can be removed to be washed), ventilation panels, rear facing up to 50lbs (the longer you can keep your child rear facing the better in terms of safety), gives more legroom in the front, free of flame-retardant chemicals, all steel frame, side impact protection pods

Rear facing weight limits: up to 50lbs

Forward facing/booster seat weight limits: up to 65lbs, 49"

Shop Nuna Rava:

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Maxi Cosi Pria Max 3-in-1 Available from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: $246.90 (Note: Like the Nuna, I have early access because I am a cardholder. If you can't access the sale yet, you can preview it and save it to your Wish List to purchase August 19th)

 Maxi Cosi Pria 3-in-1 $289.99

+ Pria Max 3-in-1 $329.99

Features & comments from you all: soft, high quality, moisture wicking fabric, QuickFit shoulder harness, ClipQuick auto-magnetic chest clip, 2 cup holders, easy to remove cover to wash, very comfortable for baby, can be tough to install

Rear facing weight limits: up to 40lbs

Forward facing/booster seat weight limits: up to 100lbs

Shop Maxi Cosi Pria:

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Diono Radian 3R $199.99

+ Radian 3RX $269.99

+ Radian 3RXT $299.97

Features & comments from you all: can fit 3 across in the back seat (this is huge!), low sides means children can easily get in and out, child can be facing for longer, easy to clean, huge but sturdy, not super easy to install, comes with one cupholder

Rear facing weight limits: up to 50lbs

Forward facing/booster seat weight limits: up to 120lbs as a high back booster seat

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+ Britax Marathon ClickTight $299.99

Boulevard Cool N Dry Collection (on sale!) $319.49

Boulevard ClickTight $324.99

+ Advocate $354.99

+ One4Life $374.99

+ One4Life with Cool N Dry moisture wicking fabric $389.99

Features & comments from you all: made in SC, easy to install- ClickTight, multiple layers of side impact protection, big and heavy, no cupholders (but you can purchase one), 7 position quick-push recline, steel frame, removable cover is washer and dryer safe, ventilated mesh and built in cooling chanels

Rear facing weight limits: up to 40lbs

Forward facing/booster seat weight limits: up to 65lbs (One4Life model- up to 120lbs in high back booster mode)

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Graco Extend2Fit 2-in-1 $145.66

+ 3-in-1 with TrueShield Side Impact Technology $279.99

Features & comments from you all: keeps child rear facing longer (additional 5" rear facing legroom), 6 position recline, harness storage, wide seat, easy install

Rear facing weight limits: up to 50lbs

Forward facing/booster seat weight limits: up to 100lbs

Shop Graco Extend2Fit:

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+ BONUS SEATS (these are both new on the market and more expensive than everything else mentioned above but worth mentioning!)

Cybex Sirona S $499.99

Seat rotates 360 degrees to make it easy to take baby in and out, load leg stabilizes the seat in case of accident, Sensorsafe harness clip to alert you if baby becomes unbuckled or too hot, EasyLock bar helps to make installation simple and secure (since the seat rotates 360, you could install once and never have to change it), magnetic buckle holders, 12 recline positions 

Rear facing weight limits: up to 50lbs

Forward facing/booster seat weight limits: up to 65lbs

Shop Cybex Sirona S:

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Nuna Exec $649.95

All-in-one seat, fits 3 across, (the only others that fit 3 across are the Diono Radian and Clek Foonf), anti-rebound panel, washable cover, extended leg room while rear-facing, 8 reclining positions, dual flip open cupholders (dishwasher safe), ventilation panels and breathable knit fabric, magnetic harness keepers

Rear facing weight limits: up to 50lbs

Forward facing/booster seat weight limits: up to 120lbs in high seat booster chair

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Now, with all of this information about convertible car seats (and there are still so many out there that I haven't included in this round up!) I'm pretty sure we're going to go with the Nuna Rava, which was my first pick from the get-go since it's on sale for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, but then again the Britax sounds so safe and easy to install... and I love the Diono is so narrow and can fit 3 across if we ever needed another car seat in the back... and SO many people love their Graco 4Ever seats and those would last us for so long! I feel like every time I look more into one certain seat, I see so many benefits of those which is why the more research I do, the more confused I think I get- but since we have to commit and buy two right off the bat, I want to make sure it's the right decision!

Do you have a seat you love (or hate?!) I would love to know!



The Twins' Nursery

Hi friends! I hope all of you are well and doing alright during this scary time in our lives. I do my best everyday to look on the bright side of things and be grateful for what we have right now at this stage of our lives, but I know that is such a privilege. As a nation we are so lucky to have so many "helpers" out there, willing to risk it all to assist others- whether it be the helpers in healthcare saving lives everyday, delivery drivers transporting goods all over the country, grocery store workers making sure we can all still get food in the comfort of our our homes, and anyone else finding ways to help out. Thank you, thank you, thank to all of you!

I haven't shared a blog post here since the twins were born (they certainly have kept me busy these last 5 1/2 months!) but last week I was putting clothes away in their nursery and I felt a wave a gratitude for that little room. It has served many different purposes since we moved into our home almost 5 years ago... an embroidery studio/Etsy shop shipping central, a guest room for beloved family and friends, and now a nursery for my two baby boys!

This room has the best afternoon light and I finally snapped a few pictures to share! Also if you're a new mama or mama-to-be, I have been working on putting together a master list of Baby Registry Must Haves/all of our baby and new mom basics that I want to share. Hopefully that'll be the next post up here sometime soon!

Larkin Crib (converts to toddler and full size bed) // crib sheets // crib skirt // similar basket to hold their stuffed animals (this puppy and this bunny are some of their favorites)

nightstand // lamp // milestone blocks // Hatch Rest + (We love this sound machine, nightlight, and clock all in one! I can control it from my phone but we have 4 favorites set up that we just touch the top and it goes from off --> soft light --> "twinkle twinkle" --> light off and waves)

swivel glider & recliner // quilt (this is the same pattern as the crib sheets)

rattan elephant (sold out from Celadon Home) // acrylic bookshelves

mirror // dresser & changing table // changing pad & scale // wipe holder // diaper pail // diaper caddy from Home Goods (similar here)

We love this Pottery Barn changing table because it can convert to just a regular dresser and you can remove the changing table topper. For their room, we wanted to invest in nice furniture that can grow with them, like their cribs that can convert to full size beds down the road. 

In the top drawers, we keep burp cloths (within arms reach from the glider!), bibs, and socks in the left side (with a drawer divider) and then rattles (to keep a baby entertained during diaper changes if they're fussy), and extra wipes, diaper cream, changing pad liners on the right.

In the big drawers in the middle and bottom, I've used these drawer dividers (SO handy for big wide drawers!) to divide up the space for things like plain white onesie that they wear to bed, long sleeve rompers and footed PJ's, tops and onesies, pants, sweatshirts, and now bathing suits and rash guards. If they're going through sizes quickly, it's a good idea to divide the drawers into sizes too so you can jump to the next size easily when you need to!

I've used this label maker to label everything too so that if other people are helping out or putting laundry away, they know where everything goes! I'll try to share a better picture of our drawers on Instagram because I know when I was trying to figure out how to organize it all, I felt so lost! I love having a lot of their everyday clothes in the drawers though because it makes it easy to change them right after I've changed their diaper since everything is all right there!

Close up of the mirror (one of the first things I bought for the room) and a rare time that I'm holding both boys after their nap! I still have the banner from our baby shower above their cribs because I just haven't found any artwork that I love yet, but hope to find something for that wall soon!

 We are lucky to have two closets in their room so this one is for their clothes and accessories and the other closet is more for storing things like diapers, wipes, sheets, towels and all of their old clothes that I just can't part with yet! We have these shelving cubes in both closets (4 cube in this one and 6 cube in the other) and since I took these pictures last week, I was organizing all of their Easter basket goodies on the top part that I use as a little shelf too. We keep shoes and hats in the baskets on the bottom shelf and blankets in the middle two.

I use these sizing sorters so we can keep everything organized by size and since they're going through sizes so quickly, it's always nice to have an idea of what we have for the next size up! Right now, there's a polo for Robbie in there because I got ones for the babies and wanted him to wait to wear it until they can fit in theirs and all match! (Also, keep in mind it might look like a lot because there is two of everything!) For the most part, I typically dress the twins in matching outfits because it makes it easy to just have them in the same thing and also because I know I'll only be able to have them wear matching clothes for so long. Hoping to share another post soon on some of my favorite places to shop for little boys clothes!

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Fall Friends & Family Sales

A few of my favorite retailers are having site-wide discounts today for their Friends & Family Sales and I wanted to share a few of my favorite picks from each site in case you're looking to take advantage of these 20-30% off prices today for some great fall staples!

Today is the last day of Vineyard Vines 25% off friends & family sale with code FAMILY19 and there are so many cute things for your fall closet! I just placed my order yesterday and am so excited for some comfy outfits, like this striped lounge set and this striped hoodie, for my new mom life that will be coming soon (so soon, like in 2 weeks or less soon!!) If you live somewhere warm like I do and are always looking some good "fall" outfits that work when the temps are still in the 80's, I love this olive dress or short sleeve open cardigan. This fringe sweater and this fisherman sweater both have me dreaming of cooler weather though, which is typically so unlike me! Two other items I included in my order was this button down shirt and this navy striped open cardigan that'll both be nursing friendly and easy to throw on with maternity jeans or stretchy jeggings as I adjust to my new postpartum body in the upcoming months. Of course, with two little boys arriving soon I had to scope out the Baby Boy's section and love this little striped navy onesie that my aunt actually just gave to us and I can't get enough of this little baby Shep Shirt
Fisherman Sweater

Shop my Vineyard Vines favorites for fall below!

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Tuckernuck always has such a great collection of items, and I always find so much style inspiration just by going to their website. They're offering 20% off site-wide (minus a few exclusions) with code APPLEPIE. I love the easy look of this sweater (that comes in a bunch of colors) with this leopard headband like they have styled. I haven't jumped on the headband bandwagon yet, but I think I need to! I'm always looking for any easy way to make my hair look styled with minimal effort (in all honestly, who doesn't?!) I feel like Tuckernuck always has a great selection of shoes that are both classic and trendy styles- like these olive suede loafers, these cap-toe heels, these needlepoint leopard loafers and then how fun are these snakeskin booties?! I love how any of those can be worn with just a basic outfit like a white button-up and jeans and give it such a different look.
Striped Sweater Poncho

Shop my Tuckernuck favorites for fall below!

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The last friends & family sale I wanted to include was GiGi New York who is offering 30% site-wide with code WEAREFAMILY. I'm not a huge "bag" person and I'm pretty practical about my choices, but I realized recently that almost all the bags I own are GiGi bags! I personally think that the quality of the leather is amazing and they have all lasted me years and years. The styles are classic too, and I actually own each of these styles I've included mostly in neutral colors that I can use all year round and wear with so much! Of course, I love that you can add a stamped monogram too- always a bonus! 
Collins Crossbody (perfect for sporting events!)

Shop my GiGi New York picks below!

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Hope y'all are having a great week! Since I've been prepping for babies and spending lots of time at home, I've got some fun idea for posts so hopefully I'll have a couple more coming soon!



Maternity Must Haves

I'm so excited to share my first pregnancy related post here on the blog, and I want to start by saying that I am feeling so grateful to have had such a safe and healthy pregnancy thus far. Carrying twins automatically puts me at high risk, so we're seeing a team of doctors now in addition to my regular Ob-Gyn which soon will mean two doctors appointments every two weeks. Right now, we're just going every four weeks but we get to have ultrasounds every time with our high risk doctors' office and I always love getting to see our baby boys moving all around during those appointments!

I'm wearing this Lilly Wrap Dress and this Seamless Maternity Cami underneath
Robbie is wearing this Peter Millar polo shirt and khaki shorts

I've been wanting to compile a post like this for while now because when I first found out I was pregnant, these are the type of posts that I was searching for! During your first trimester, it's a little tricky because you usually still want to keep your pregnancy a secret but also your body is changing so quickly and you may not be feeling great so you're desperately looking for tips on how to combat any of those first trimester symptoms. I was so lucky to only have a few weeks of mild morning sickness and actual nausea, but did have a lot of food aversions and just general blah feeling like I was hungover all the time, despite the lack of alcohol I was drinking!

These are a handful of items that have been my saving graces during my pregnancy so far that I never knew I needed! Now, as I get towards the end of my second trimester (which feels like it has flown by!) I wanted to share with you all in case you may be pregnant but not sharing with anyone so can't ask for advice yet, or if you are pregnant and just looking for tips, or maybe know someone who is and just want to know how to support them! (*I'm not a doctor by any means, so if you have questions about any of these things definitely ask your doctor first!)

1: Pill Organizer - I'm convinced that pregnancy brain is a real thing, and as soon as you think "oh, I haven't experienced that yet, I'm so glad!" you immediately jinx yourself and will start forgetting things (speaking from experience!) So, since it's so important for you to be taking your pre-natal vitamins (plus any other vitamins/supplements) everyday, I highly recommend getting a pill organizer so you can clearly see if you have taken your vitamins each day. Sounds so silly, but it was one of the first things I purchased and am so glad I did!

2: Belly/Body Butter - I started using a belly butter at the very beginning of my second trimester, right when I started noticing my belly starting to grow. I've been using a few different ones and love them all for different reasons but I think just keeping your skin moisturized to prevent stretch marks and any itchiness as it grows is the key. I just ordered another tub of this Young Living Coconut-Lime Replenishing Body Butter that is lightweight and smells amazing, and have also been using this and this that were gifts from mom friends that are super moisturizing and specifically meant for your growing belly.

3: Water Bottle with Straw - I've always thought that I drank a lot of water, but pregnancy has proven me otherwise. I went on a hunt to Target one day, looking for the biggest water bottle I could find, and came across this 48oz one that I've used almost every day since. Since it has a flexible straw, it makes it as easy as possible to drink a lot of water without having to get up a refill all the time. The only drawback is that since it's so big, it doesn't fit in the cup holder of my car. I still like to bring it to work and just wedge it between my purse in the front seat and usually don't have a problem (unless I stop suddenly at a stop sign I almost didn't see on the way my doctor's appointment and it spills all over the front seat/floor- but at least it was just water!) I love these 60oz canteens too, but they're a little harder to drink out since they're so big and the stainless steel makes them heavier to carry around. If keeping your water cold all day is important though, I also love my 25oz canteen, just have to refill a little more frequently!

4: Tums - Heartburn and indigestion are some of the pregnancy symptoms that I had heard about, but never had really experienced before so I wasn't sure what to do when I was having indigestion at 7:30am at the airport one day in the middle of my second trimester. But then I remembered Julia Engel mentioned on her IG stories about how she had packed Tums for a plane ride and knew that was exactly what I needed! It relieved the discomfort almost immediately and now I make sure to have some on hand all the time. I'm not sure if flying contributed to it, but if you're planning any plane rides I would make sure to pack some just in case!

5: Preggie Pop Drops - I've always heard that ginger is great for nausea but every time I felt even slightly nauseous in my first trimester, the idea of ginger or ginger ale did not seem appetizing. I ordered these Preggie Pop Drops after seeing them come up on Amazon, and would definitely recommend! I would pop one of these (or just plain old mint gum!) in my mouth in the mornings when I felt bleh and they seemed to really help. 

6: Protein Bar/Snacks - Everyone around me knows I'm quite the snackaholic, so making sure to always have some kind of protein snack on hand like these Kind Protein Bars, or another recent favorite, RX Nut Butter (I love the honey cinnamon flavor, especially with an apple in the afternoon!) have been perfect to throw in my purse to have when I'm out and starting to feel a little hangry. During those couple weeks in between the end of my first trimester and start of my second, I would get lightheaded easily so making sure I always had some kind of snack on hand was key. Plus, carrying two babies means that my body needs even more protein so it's good for me to get a little extra in whenever I can!

7: High Neck Stretchy Sports Bra - This is the sports bra that I've shared on my IG stories a couple times and am actually wearing right now as I type this. It's currently on sale in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and has been the most comfortable sports bra I've worn in the last few months! (It's probably not the best for high impact workouts, but if you're pregnant you probably aren't doing a lot of high impact anyways.) The high neck keeps you "in" and the band is thick and comes down a little more so instead of just being tight around your rib cage, it's just a little extra material with a lot of stretch to support without crushing your chest. If you can't tell by how much I rave about this, I've had some trouble with finding the right sports bras since I've gotten pregnant and I'm going to guess that if you are pregnant, you probably have to!

8: Electrolyte Tablets/Drinks - Like I mentioned above, during the end of my first trimester and start of my second I would get lightheaded easily and I think my blood pressure would drop as my body was starting to pump more blood to the babies. Instead of just drinking water and eating snacks (along with regular meals too), I started drinking Gatorade when I first woke up to fight any lightheadedness that I would sometimes get in the shower or while I was getting ready. I picked up some of the Nuun Electrolyte tablets at Whole Foods one day since I was starting to get kind of tired of Gatorade and didn't want to be drinking all that extra sugar. I love that they're portable so I just easily add them to any water bottle when I'm feeling like I need some extra electrolytes, which has been pretty often during the summertime! The Tri-Berry flavor is my favorite but also the only one I've tried so far.

9: Beautycounter Clear Pore Cleanser - As you would probably assume, pregnancy means that your hormones are changing, and right at the beginning my face started breaking out so I picked up this Beautycounter Clear Pore Cleanser. I have really loved all of the Beautycounter products that I've tried and love that you don't have to worry about harmful chemicals entering your bloodstream through your skin. The Countercontrol line is great for fighting breakouts, and this specific cleanser has small jojoba beads that exfoliate and aloe vera that hydrates which has been a great combination for me. After those first few weeks, I actually haven't really had any breakouts but I think that also may be due to the fact that my skin has gotten a lot drier (which has been pretty great for my normally oily/combination face and hair!)

10: Sea-Bands Accupressure Bands - Luckily I didn't have to use these Sea-Bands often, but in combination with the Preggie Pop Drops (or gum like I mentioned above) if I was experiencing some morning sickness, I would put these on my wrist at the specific pressure points and they would help to relieve some of the nausea. It may have all just been in my head, but they're fairly cheap and a natural remedy so I don't think they can hurt!

11: Maternity Nightgown/PJ's - There are plenty of great maternity nightgowns out there, but these Lake Maternity Pajamas are definitely a favorite, especially if you plan on nursing. They're a little pricey for just pajamas but they're insanely soft and comfortable so if you can afford to splurge on them, I would definitely recommend. My mom gifted me this Nightgown for Mother's Day this year and it has been one of my favorite things to wear to bed. Obviously I don't need the snaps down the front now, but since I plan on nursing when the babies are here, those will make it easier for late night feedings! If you are on the shorter side, I would recommend this Nightshirt that is part of the Nordstrom Sale. Unfortunately it was too short me (I'm 5'10") but I am going to try these and these to see if they'll be better because the fabric was buttery soft and cozy on the nightshirt, and the buttons down the front will also be perfect for nursing.

12: Maternity White Skinny Jeans - These Maternity Skinny Jeans have been great for this spring/summer so far! I actually ordered a few different designer brand maternity jeans and these seemed to fit the best out of them all, which I was pretty excited about since they're about half the price! I also just ordered these Gap maternity full panel jeans and once they arrive next week, I'll be sure to report back on how they fit. The ones I have have an elastic inset at the pockets, that I'll usually wear with either this Seamless Maternity Cami (see #14) or Maternity Bellaband (#19) but can get a little uncomfortable when I'm sitting at my desk at work all day now that my belly is getting a little bigger. For this reason, I'm excited to try the full panel jeans too that come up all the way over my belly!

Though being pregnant during the summer has had it's drawbacks (hello, summertime humidity and heat in Savannah!) it has honestly been so easy to just wear flowy dresses most of the time so I haven't needed a ton of maternity pants, thank goodness, because they can be kind of tricky to find and also expensive to wear for just one season. Mackenzie Horan did a great review of maternity jeans on her blog a few weeks ago so if you're looking for more options, read her post here! I loved reading what she had to say, but also know that I have a very different body type (especially in the legs- she's 5'1" and I'm 5'10") than her so I know that just like regular jeans, works for someone, may not work for everyone!

13: Wide Waistband Workout Shorts - On the days that I'm not working, I'm typically always in workout clothes and have found these Lululemon Tracker Shorts to be the best to wear under my belly. I picked up the black in my regular size (I typically wear an 8 in Lululemon) and loved them so much that I went back and got the white too, in a size up. I love that they have a wide, thick, stretchy waistband and I know I'll wear them a ton after pregnancy too so they were worth the splurge for me. If you're looking for other wide waistband shorts, I just ordered these Old Navy shorts which are only $15 right now so these may be a great option too!

14: Seamless Maternity Cami - This seamless maternity cami has been great to wear underneath tops that are either a little low cut or too short now that my belly takes up more room. I wear it all the time with my maternity jeans and shorts to cover up the elastic insets and wore it before I transitioned to maternity pants/shorts when I would unbutton my regular pants and use a rubber band to keep them together (this little trick was perfect when I was in that in between stage where my maternity pants were too big and my other pants were a little too snug.) I wear my white one the most since I'm typically wearing white bottoms in the summertime, but also have a nude and black which I would probably wear more with regular jeans.

15: Maternity Leggings - I just received these Live In Pocket 7/8 Maternity Leggings in my first order from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and love them so much that I went back and ordered the Live In Maternity Ankle Leggings in navy too! I've been able to wear my Lululemon Align Leggings a lot since they're super stretchy but it is definitely nice to have some that go all the way over the belly!

16: Comfortable Bra - Like I mentioned above with the sports bras, comfortable bras are a little harder to come by when you're pregnant, especially at the beginning when you may be a little sore/tender. I ordered these sleeping bras from Amazon but also got a comfortable nursing bra too since I'll be able to wear that now and later once that babies are here. As for everyday bras, these Spanx Bra-llelujah Full Coverage Underwire Bra have been my go-to for a couple years now. I went one band size up to accommodate for pregnancy and it works great! Because of the wider straps, I can't wear it with strappy tanks in the summer, but the wide straps also help make it as comfortable as it is, along with the smoothing back.

17: Comfortable Shoes/Sandals - These Mephisto Helen sandals have been my favorite the last two summers because they are so comfortable! Because they have a molded footbed and support your arches, they are comfortable to walk in, and wear all day. I love my Jack Rogers as much as the next girl, but if I know I'm going to be walking a lot or on my feet, I've decided to just sacrifice cuteness for comfort in this phase of my life. I think that means I'm growing up haha. Also, my dad gave Robbie and I these Oofos Flip Flops for Christmas and at first I laughed at them but now, we both wear them all the time around the house. They are made for athletes to wear after workouts, and are so soft and cushy that they reduce any stress on your feet, knees, and lower back. I'll probably even bring these to the hospital with me!

18: Maternity White Denim Shorts - I have these Ingrid & Isabel white denim shorts that are really similar to the white jeans with elastic insets in the waist so I'll often wear the Seamless Maternity Cami (see #14) or Maternity Bellaband (#19) with them. Though I don't mind the waistband on these, I did order these White Denim Shorts from Old Navy that have a full panel just to try that style too, and to have another pair to wear for summer since I wear these so often!

19: Belly Band - Similar to the Seamless Maternity Cami I ordered this Maternity Bellaband in white and nude to wear when my regular pants started getting a little tight, but my maternity pants were a little too big. I could either wear my regular pants unbuttoned with a rubber band tied around the button and hole to stretch it a little or wear it over the maternity pants that were too big to help hold them up a little better. I have both the size 1 and size 2 (since that's what it recommends when you're pregnant with multiples) but prefer the size 1 since it's so stretchy, it works better when it's more fitted.

20: Body Lotion - Something that no one told me about pregnancy was that your skin may get really dry. I assume it's because the moisture you're normally getting is just going to your baby/babies instead of your skin. It's been great for my face and hair (I can now get away with only washing my hair twice a week, something that I never used to be able to do!) but my arms and legs have been SO dry, so I've needed to have a good, thick moisturizer. For a little splurge, I also looove this Body Butter from Kai that smells amazing and I've heard great things about this Beautycounter one.

21: Epsom Salt - If you haven't taken a bath with epsom salts before, you need to try it! I first started using these when I started Pure Barre and it somehow relieved the muscle soreness, so now whenever I'm feeling a little sore or stiff or just want a relaxing bath, I'll use these epsom salts. We love the eucalyptus and mint but if you're also having trouble sleeping, I'd recommend getting the lavender salts to bathe in before bed.

On the subject of sleep... another thing to add that I forgot to include in this collage, is some kind of leg or body pillow to sleep with. I've slept with a pillow between my knees for years since having some lower back pain, and got this one from Target about a year ago and can't sleep without it now! A lot of pregnant ladies I've talked to have recommended body pillows and maybe I'll eventually get one, but this pillow is the perfect firmness to keep between my knees and support my growing belly. I flip from side to side often when I'm sleeping so it's easier to just flip with the pillow rather than having to readjust with a whole body pillow.

As I'm wrapping up this post, there are a handful more things that I'm realizing I have forgotten to include like these super soft and comfy PJ shorts, this Pregnancy Nutrition Book, this non-maternity Ruched One Piece Swimsuit, a good Lip Conditioner, these comfy Elastic Waistband Shorts, and lastly anything from Barefoot Dreams which is just as soft and comfortable as everyone says it is!