Just checking in with you gorgeous gals! I’ll be 30 weeks on Friday, and besides the inability to paint my toenails or shave effectively (seriously, I’ve resorted to a hand mirror… my vajayjay has become quite elusive!), I’m doing pretty darn good. I’m still walking every morning, which is great, because I’m now eating 6 meals a day– I actually just finished first dinner (inside joke for those of you that watch ‘The Office’)!
My latest and most annoying symptom? Arthritic hands. I feel like I have the fingers of an 80 year old piano player. Every morning when I first wake up, I can barely make a fist… the pain eventually dissipates, but unfortunately, it rears its ugly head again whenever I’m using my hands… like right in the middle of a twist or braid set! I get so pissed! My doc said it’s from all the extra fluid, which I can only detect after my morning walk (if my hands are at my side, they swell up like balloons), or in the evening when I put my cankles up.
Oh, I take naps everyday now, and my new bed time is in like 30 minutes… I usually pass out at 7 pm, only to wake up at 10 and enjoy second dinner, then it’s back to sleep until 2 when I get up to pee, and then off to sleep again until around 6am. Craziness! I guess it’s mother nature’s way of getting my body ready for NO sleep. Good times.
Products for this twist-out: Yes to Cucumbers Conditioner + Aveda Defining Whip + Vatika Oil to seal my ends
There’s a story behind this one, but I’ll share later. Just know that my hookup will benefit you as well!
Off to snack, then it’s off to bed 🙂
Nikki-you are a beautiful young lady. Thanks for sharing yourself with us. GOD Bless!
Looking good girl!…I just had my baby boy 4 months ago, time flys. Around this time last year I found out I was prego with him WoW…Anyway Congrats Peace and blessings for you and your family =)
Your looking fabulous!!! & that bag is to DIE for! My baby is now 12 so can I still rock that bag 😉 I wish you & your hubby nothing but the best on your new journey of parenthood!! 🙂
Preggos! Where the heck have I've been. You
look too cute! Get you some Tropical Isle
jamaican black castor oil; www.sams47.com it is natural it that and a little Golden Shea Butter from www.afrikanrepublic.com this should help with the arithtis for your hands plus you can use it on your hair and belly to prevent stretch
marks. Congratulations to you!
You look adorable!
Is this your first child?
Im getting married next month and we cant wait to start our family!
Kbelle, oh no! Don't say that 🙁 how long did it last??
Oh yeah, I had the weird hand thing for a while … even after the baby was born. I hope that doesn't happen to you!
You look beautiful and I love your dress. In addition, I really love the chocolate hand bag and you are encouraging to all the pregnant naturalistas fashionistas. Live, Love, & Peace. ~ Sweetsop
That diaper bag is GORGEOUS! Please let us know where you got it. The next time around, I plan to be much more fashionable.
Garner, girl I know… I pray I can! My size 3.75 ring finger makes any diamond look enormous on me, lol. I had the one sized up to a 4.5 and it's still tight, lol. I will gladly pay the money if and when my fingers shrink again!
Camille, I keep hearing that (napping when baby does), and I definitely will! I need my sleep. I'm going to be so grouchy… I already know.
Sarah, I drink so much almond milk a day that I should be getting enough… i hope so. I'm terrified of her leaching my calcium! she already took all of my iron, lol. They put me on supplements last month!
LOL@ Makeda and Ms. Overproof. I'm happy y'all feel me! Too funny! lol @ choking the little one on his way out… y'all are too much!
Anon, I've never tried making a bun with one… I'll look into that.
Thanks for all the sweet comments ladies! And thanks for the gifts from diapers.com…i've already received several things in the mail. You guys rock!!!!
I just had to pop in and say I have that dress too! You look beautiful. You really carry this pregnancy well
You still have one of those cute basketball bellies. You look like the type who will pop back to the pre-baby weight pretty quickly. Stylish diaper bag and nice hair. I love bananas clips for pony puffs and fuller buns.
You look great! And the hair is looking fab as usual =) LOVING that diaper bag too! Can't wait to check out the post regarding your hookup =)
This is great… At 33 weeks I can relate. Although I dont have the food cravings, I actually the opposite (probably all that fried chicken I had earlier in my pregnancy). I feel you on the fat face and the diaper bag is FIYAH!! can't wait for the post on its origins. And the shaving thing…LOL. I JUST, I mean JUST bought a Conair mens grooming kit cause I figure I will just put on the lowest guard and buzz all over since I cant see it, seriously considering visiting my wax lady before the birth so that I dont choke my little on on his way out…LOL .
Awwwww…you look great! And loving the bag. 🙂 Hang in there…not long now. ~KF519
Nikki u look absolutely gorgeous pregnant. Congrats again. I had horrible carpel tunnel in my hands with my first pregnancy. Could barely move my hands at all when I first got up in the morn. Nuthin I tried helped too much but it all wen away after my daughter was born. I'm so proud of u for walking everyday I have three kids n I know it's not easy to stay motivated to move when all u want to do is sleep n eat lol. I pray u have an easy delivery and a healthy beautiful baby. Thanx for all the updates. Oh. N shaving the vajayjay while pregnant is like a comedy of errors. Lol. I just did the best I could knowing it looks crazy but hey. Que sera sera. It's part of the pregnancy acrobatics. Peace
I can totally relate about the wedding ring issue. I ended up getting a cheapie wedding band for the same reason – as in walmart plain cheapie wedding band….didn't want people to think i was some statistic…my mom said that i shouldn't worry about it, that I knew i was married, which is true, but still…
LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! I tell myself that I wwill make a more formal intro to you because I LOVE your site so much…it has changed my world and how I care for my hair. But this post is too funny because I am on the SAME schedule…for I too am preggo (right behind you at 23 weeks)…I am high risk my 3rd and final time around. Ending this journey with yet ANOTHER girl…talk about hair. The shaving thing cracked me up because I am a true "waxer" and that has not been possible pass the bump.Totally understand the hand thing which is why I am signing off…I will get closer…when this baby pops out…which will be sooner than later due to my condition. Oh and the bad…LOVE IT…for the start but trust you will have a backpack before you know it;-)
I LOVE that bag! It is too stinkin' CUTE!
hey Nik! make sure you are getting enough calcium. that can also affect your bones while pregnant (if you don't, little baby will leech it off your bones). congrats again! you look great!
I need that diaper bag in my life. Please do tell where you got it.
Yeah, I'll take that bag. Minus the diapers, of course. LOL iHeart big purses!
I wish there had been diaper bags that cute when I had my kids (12 and 7), but you might rethink your love of huge bags once you're carrying baby girl around!
Just a warning, after you have the baby, the cankle swelling will likely get worse. If I hadn't known to expect it, I would have freaked out at the sight of the Fred Flintstone feet at the end of my legs!
Just make sure to keep your feet up whenever you can, and when people say it's best to nap when the baby does, believe them!
You look absolutely beautiful!!! You do realize once you deliver, you will probably have to resize your rings again. 🙂 The swelling in your hands could be placing pressure on the medial nerve (Carpal Tunnel). You can wear braces on your hands which you can purchase or can be ordered by your OB. Also elevate your hands when you are sleeping. http://www.babycenter.com/0_carpal-tunnel-syndrome-during-pregnancy_234.bc
That diaper bag looks like it can be used as a large handbag. It is really cute!!! 10 more weeks!!! We can hardly wait!!! Blessings!
Such a cute mama! I understand all your ailments, chica. I'm due on July 17th. i think it would be cute if you had readers send in their "natural pregnant mama" pics. it's such a beautiful time in a woman's life and I always get excited when I see other pregnant women…especially those with natural hair.
U Look Great Girl, Love The Diaper Bag!
love the hair and the belly. also the diaper bag is great.
Thank you ladies!!! It's nice to hear that I look 'small', 'radiant', and 'cute' while preggers. I feel like a bloated pig most days… but it's for a good reason! I hate that my face feels fat 🙁
Check back this evening for my post on the bag. It's my new BFF 🙂
LOL @ Alaina, girl I know…I'm weird. It just feels so wrong when it's fuzzy, lol.
@Nya, I finally got them both off two days ago! It took cold water, shea butter, and lotion to get those suckers off. Crazy! I love my rings, especially my diamond, so I had them size it up for me yesterday. I'm going to leave the wedding band in the box until after August 🙁 But I felt like I needed something to prove to strangers (sad, I know) that I'm not 16, and I'm married!
@Misho, I'll definitely look into that. It's so weird. They hurt so bad in the a.m. and the pain goes away… only to return when I'm braiding or cooking.
@breed08, you feel me! Thank you. I have to keep myself from going into the kitchen during my 2am bathroom trips… I'm hungry allll the time. Hell, I'm hungry right now 🙂
@Takeysha, for now, yes! My hair is liking the break from all the glycerin. It seems to do better in humidity and high dew points. Right now this combo is number one for me 🙂 We'll see how long it lasts!
You are almost there!
I am sorry to hear about your hands. Did you make sure to take your wedding ring off yet? I ask because I didn't and ended up a day before going into labor, straining with oil, soap and water, window cleaner, tea bags, etc. trying, with no luck, to remove the darn thing.
wow … i find it amazing that you even care about shaving your vag while pregnant. but then again … i never care about shaving mine. the things women do…
I had the same problem with my hands…I read (and tried) that making a loose fist and covering with a sock helps when you sleep – it worked for me. Love the bag!!
I love the bag where did you find it?
Must. Find. Bag.
NIKKI I NEED THAT BAG IN MY LIFE CUTE HAIR PIC
You look so fab! I can only hope and pray that when I am preggers I look this fantastic! Keep doing everything you're doing girl–it's working!!!
You look so kaYUTE! I just realized how fast the months have gone by!
OMG you have got to be THEE cutest thing! You're hair is growing AMAZINGLY and your baby bump is just too darn cute. I want to be like you when I grow up 😉 lol
You are so friggin cute it's not even funny!
Love the bag!!!!
I agree with Kweenie! Maybe that's why my hubby wanted to keep me preggers (we have 5 kids)! And you do wear your pregancy well. Wow and you're still walking everyday! That's amazing. By 30 weeks, I couldn't even waddle around! And I don't blame you for wearing that diaper bag now…that is HOT! All I ever got was a pink or blue one with flowers all over it! 🙂 And your hair looks lovely as always.
CN Cute, cute, cute. have you noticed if the prenatal vitamins have had any effect on your hair?
Awww…you're so cute!!!!! You are wearing pregnancy well. Can't wait to hear how your diaper bag hookup is going to benefit me. Woo HOO!!!!
you look too cute. great bag…don't feel bad, I had a HUGE Coach Bag as my diaper bag. Congrats again…my sister is 33 wks and had a shower last weekend just like you. she's in Durham too.
um, that is a nice diaper bag. i ditched mine after the first month or two. it wasn't cute. but yours …
You look beautiful and that bag is fierce!!
Nothing is more beautiful than a pregnant woman! 🙂
As a lady that is 31 weeks…I TOTALLY understand you are saying…at least 6 meals/day. AT LEAST..and the naps I must have one daily. LOL
You look absolutely fab and congrats again.
I love your diaper bag. Its rather inconspicuous. I hate to see a diaper bag all "babied" out. It looks like a real handbag. Good buy! Congratulations by the way. Much good health & good dinners.
You look great pregnant! And it's tempting to have another baby just so I can rock that hot bag, LOL! Please share your hookup ASAP! Maybe it can pass for a handbag.
I'm transitioning and my twist and braid outs never come out right. Ah well, I get it one day–or just BC finally…
Girl, I will rock that diaper bag, no kids and all LOL. You look so cute in your little maxi dress! Your hair looks so nice and full and shiny!
That doesn't even look for a diaper bag! I'd wear that now lOl. You look just about ready. I hope that arthritis gets better.
That bag..I wouldn't expect anything less for a beautiful curly mama like you! You're GORGEOUS!!!
you are too cute preggers! wish you all the best with the rest of your pregnancy & the birth!! 🙂
Cute bag, and you look great.
Peace, Love and Chocolate
That bag is fly!! May I ask where u found it?
Okay that is the hottest diaper bag EVER…I'd have to get another one just because I would rock it as my purse. I love a big bag too, but be careful because your balance can get off some much easier as you get further along in the pregnancy.
Hair is so cute and baby bump even cuter, make me wanna try for another (who said that???)
You look soo pretty preggo Nikki!!..Is your hair growing like crazy since your preggo?!..also have you completely abandoned Set it Free for the Aveda defining whip?!
omg that bag is to die for, I love fly mamas