Must-Have Maternity Clothes – Winter 2012

Posted November 27th, 2012 by Lullabelly

 

While the idea of wearing sweats for nine months doesn’t sound so bad, you will have to dress up from time to time during your pregnancy. Not only that, but getting dressed and looking cute will help boost your confidence on the days when you are feeling a little blue about your burgeoning belly.

Here are some classic pieces to bump up your maternity wardrobe this season:

Maternity Jeans – Oh my goodness maternity jeans are expensive! However, I promise you that you will wear them for the entire nine-months and then some as you work to get your body back. In other words, a great pair of maternity jeans is totally worth the splurge.

Scarf – A scarf, especially one with a cute print, is the perfect pregnancy accessory.  A scarf has no size limits either, so you’ll still wear it even after you’ve had your baby.

Tunics – Leggings are a staple in maternity style, so why not pair them with adorable tunics. Tunics are dressy enough to wear to the office or out on date-night (and roomy enough when you eat too much on date night).

Flowing Top – A flow-y top gives you room to breath and room to grow. Pair it with a cute blazer to dress it up.

Ruched Dress – With the holidays approaching, you’ll likely be attending a few festive parties and you’ll want to look smashing. Show off your bump in a ruched dress- which is very figure flattering.

With these few simple pieces, you’ll have the most stylish bump on the block.

 

Top Pregnancy Movies To Watch When You Are Expecting

Posted November 20th, 2012 by Lullabelly

 

One of my favorite things to do as a preggo woman is veg out and watch movies. What better movies to watch when you are expecting than a movie where the main character is expecting.

I love how pregnancy is portrayed on the silver screen – stereotypical, totally unrealistic at times, yet great for a few good (belly) laughs.

Here’s a few suggestions on what to pop in the Blu-Ray while you’re waiting to pop:

Knocked Up – A raunchy and over-the-top take on an “oops” pregnancy that results from a one-night stand between strangers Ben and Alison, played by Katherine Heigl and Seth Rogen. Check out Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann as bickering married couple Pete and Debbie.

Bonus: Stay tuned for a sequel due out December 2012 that follows the story of Pete and Debbie.

Baby Mama – A single woman (Tina Fey) uses a surrogate (Amy Poehler) to have a baby and the laughs ensue.

Classic scene: Tina and Amy’s characters attend a birthing class.

Juno – Charming high schooler, Juno (Ellen Page), finds herself expecting and decides to give the baby up to a “perfect couple” (Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman). Although she is young and knows she can’t keep the baby, she handles pregnancy with wit and warmth.

Hint: This movie’s soundtrack is perfect for playing on your Lullabelly pregnancy music belt.

Nine Months – This movie is about the male pregnancy experience. Hugh Grant’s character is a complete nut when he finds his lifestyle might have to change once baby arrives.

Perfect for: Any father-to-be that is experiencing baby jitters. 

Look Who’s Talking – A cute comedy told from the baby’s perspective about an unwed mama (Kirstie Alley) and her relationship with a cute, sweet taxi driver (John Travolta).

What Happens After Pregnancy: While we see baby in-utero for a bit, expect more laughs as Alley deals with the post-partum period.

Junior – What would happen if men got pregnant? This screwball comedy starring Arnold Schwarzenegger answers that question.

Result: It wouldn’t be pretty.

The best part is you don’t have to be pregnant to enjoy these “baby” flicks – snuggle up with your husband or partner and enjoy.

 

How To Turn a Small Space Into a Nursery

Posted November 13th, 2012 by Lullabelly

 

So you’re expecting, but your current home or apartment is on the smaller side and you don’t have a lot of extra room for a nursery. True story, my friend lived in a one-bedroom condo when she had her first baby – they turned their small walk-in closet into a nursery.  Proving that no space is too small for a nursery!

The Lullabelly Blog is here with some tips on how to turn that small space into the perfect nursery.

Double Duty  – You can save room in a small space by using a dresser as a changing table. Simply pop a changing mat on top of the dresser. The top drawer should hold all your diaper and changing needs and the other drawers are free for clothes and toys.

Hooks & Shelves – Shelves and hooks are great space savers. They free up the floor for tummy time and other play activities. The shelves can display all of your baby’s toys and books and the hooks can hold clothing, towels and even a hanging laundry bag.

Under the Crib – The space under the crib is usually the most underutilized space in the nursery. Purchase slim boxes or baskets that you can fill with toys, blankets, out-of-season clothes or extra diapers and then store them out of sight.

Baskets – Not only are baskets useful for storing just about anything, they also add to the décor of a room. Store blankets, toys, clothes or books inside. Choose baskets that are the color or have complementing fabrics that fit with your nursery’s design.

Mini Cribs – A full-sized traditional crib isn’t the only option available these days. Mini cribs or portable cribs are smaller, compact and the perfect option for a tight space. Plus they offer the same comfort as a standard sized crib.

With a little planning and some great design, a tiny room won’t feel too cramped and can still contain all the essentials you need for baby.

 

 

 

 

Crazy Baby Names

Posted November 6th, 2012 by Lullabelly

 

We talk a lot about baby names on the Lullabelly blog, but that’s because it is so much fun to choose a name for your little miss or mister. There are so many options out there.

We had a little laugh when we came across an infographic that detailed some of the most unusual baby names from 2011.

Since the Social Security Administration keeps record of every child’s name born in the U.S., they are privy to all of the monikers that parents bestow upon their little ones.  Here are some interesting unusual baby names in 2011.

  • Five girls born in 2011 were named Moo and Island.
  • Six boys born in 2011 were named Treasure, Draper, Strummer, Law, Marcjacob, Mattingly, Life, Marvelous, Brilliant, Cougar and Benjerman.
  • Six girls were named Tomorrow and Tiger.
  • More than seven boys were named Famous.
  • For the booze-lovers, five babies were named Tequila and Patron and nine were named Chardonnay.

Check out more unusual names HERE. Maybe you’ll get some inspiration for your baby name, but most likely you’ll just get a good chuckle.

 

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