Pregnancy Update: Gender Reveal and 20 Weeks

Hello 20 Weeks! I can’t believe we are at the halfway point already! I feel like my belly has just popped, and I’m just now starting to get my appetite back (although still not entirely)! We also got some very exciting news!

Time has been flying for us lately, mainly because we are both so busy with setting up our new home, working full time, and having company over (summer time is THE time to visit us – maybe everyone is scared of the Ottawa Winter?)

Even though we are overwhelmed with all the other things happening in life right now; Baby is growing healthy and happy and that’s my priority right!

Last week we reached a very exciting milestone and we were able to find out the gender of our little one! As I mentioned in an earlier update, deciding if we wanted to find out the gender now was a tough decision for us because from the beginning we were planning on not finding out till birth!

Well, we went in for a routine ultrasound, and I told the technician that we aren’t sure if we want to know, and asked her to write on a piece of paper the gender of our baby. I brought in two envelopes with a piece of paper inside, as I didn’t want this life changing word to be on some plain scrap paper! I knew I’d have to keep it as a memory!

Right after the ultrasound, my husband turned to me and said “okay, let’s open the envelope now!”. I was actually shocked because he was the one that was set in NOT finding out till birth; and now this man towering over me was basically begging to know the gender of his baby. I cried a bit, because that’s what I do a lot now – they are all tears of joy – it’s just how I show my happiness.

So, we didn’t find out right there and then because now I had my mind set on having some sort of surprise for us too. So the next day, the secret envelope and I walked into the nearest Party City and asked for a gender reveal balloon. The entire way home I was worrying that the balloon would pop (there’s been a massive heat wave in Ottawa and apparently the balloon is like a human; can’t be too hot, can’t be too cold). Anyways, I made it home, placed the balloons in the middle of the living room and waited for my hubby to get home.

FINALLY he got home. Out of all days, this had to be the day he needed to work late. It was time to pop the balloon!

Since our family is all over the globe, we decided to share the moment live with our family through WhatsApp. We had both phones going at once; one was on WhatsApp and the other was filming us and the balloon!

Ah, it makes me so nervous and excited to share this news! So hubby did a little countdown from 3, and both of us pin in hand we popped the balloon together!

Out came flying PINK confetti!!! We are having a BABY GIRL!!!! My hubby was right, because from the very beginning he told me he thought we were having a girl! Daddy’s intuition or what? We feel so blessed and excited, and can’t wait to meet our daughter. {it feels so amazing saying “daughter” especially now that we know we are having a girl for sure!}.

In terms of names, I think we have her name picked out, but I’m not sure that I’m ready to share it yet {sorry}. We have 4 names that we love so we are still working through deciding on one!

All in all, what a wonderful experience. Although we were not sure if we wanted to go through with a reveal now or find out at birth, I am happy we did it. But, I also would be okay to find out at birth. One of my friends told me that we don’t get many surprises in life and what a great surprise it would be to find out at birth. That really stuck with me, and even though we decided to go ahead with the reveal now, I think this is a great thing to say to someone who is also debating a reveal.

No matter what, when, or how you find out, it’s a purely magical and special moment!

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MY ADVENTURES WITH PRENATAL VITAMINS

Before I jump in to the main topic here, I thought I’d give you a little background on my first months of pregnancy, because i think this also affected the vitamins and how I was feeling.

The first few months of my pregnancy were not easy – nausea and extreme exhaustion were the worst. Mornings lasted forever, it was impossible to get out of bed and get my day going; especially when I knew I had to go somewhere that day. I have a fear of throwing up, so each morning I sat in a comfy chair in my living room and took deep breaths in and out, praying that I can keep it together. Relaxing my body and mind helped sometimes. Finally a few weeks in I had to make the call, see my doctor, and start taking anti-nausea medication.

Generally, I try to stay away from pills the best I can because I like to think I have a high pain tolerance and “things will pass”. I had to give in this time and take something because I literally could not function or go to work. I admit that although I do feel a bit guilty for taking something (I wanted to have a completely natural pregnancy) I now know that it was actually a smart decision. I took the smallest dosage possible; the nausea didn’t completely subside, but it became manageable enough to slowly go on with my day.

Then the topic of food came along and the stress that because I felt sick and couldn’t really eat too much, I wasn’t getting all my vitamins and nutrients in. Let’s also keep in mind that my relationship with food isn’t the best. I’m not a big eater, and I’m fairly picky. I’m one of those people that would literally “prefer not to eat if they didn’t have to”. I know that doesn’t sound healthy, but it’s the reality and I don’t feel like I need to hide that. Being pregnant for the first time, I really didn’t know that the golden rule in this stage is “don’t force yourself”. Well, I forced myself on a few things, thinking it might actually help me. I don’t think it did, and now I cannot take the look, smell, or thought of a few items (which I’m still not ready to talk about…) So ladies, don’t force yourself, eat whatever works and don’t worry about it too much in the beginning. Baby is getting his/her vitamins through your prenatal vitamins and your body in general.

So now the main topic of discussion here: P R E N A T A L V I T A M I N S

Along with this stress of “not getting enough nutrients”, came the priority of prenatal vitamins. I did research above research on this topic even before I became pregnant and thought I had it all figured out. Well, I did – to a point. I had a plan. The plan was to start with the vitamin that had the most and was the best rated (over the longest time period). I found this one to be Materna. So, because I got pregnant a bit quicker than expected (not that it was a surprise, I just didn’t think it would happen THAT quickly), I didn’t have time to try out Materna before actually HAVING to take it. We found out I was pregnant in the morning, and I attempted to take my first materna that night. I broke it in half, because I can’t for the life of me swallow pills bigger than an allergy pill. I thought that would be good enough and I could do it. *positive mindset*. BIG MISTAKE. It got stuck in my throat, running to the bathroom I wasn’t sure if I was going to throw up or stop breathing. Neither happened (probably because of my fear) and I stood there for a good 10 minutes in shock; sweating and panting. Not understanding how I was still breathing with this thing lodged in my throat. I had hot tea handy and crackers so I started dropping crackers into the tea and once they soaked in the tea I started eating them to help push down the pill. THIRTY minutes later I had calmed down enough to tell my husband I will never put that thing, or any other hard pill in my mouth again. My husband was already taking in his newfound happiness of becoming a “father to be” to argue with me and just offered to go to the nearest pharmacy to get me something else. We left it at that for the night and decided we’d go the next day. I was desperate just to get in to bed and forget what had just happened.

The next prenatal vitamin on my list was the Jamieson Chewables. Chewing is fine, what could go wrong with this one? WELL, these upset my stomach to an extent I couldn’t live with anymore. The taste was bearable; like an apple cranberry mix that’s slightly sour. I maybe could have tried taking half of these instead of a whole, but instead my doctor and I decided to set aside the vitamins and give my body a rest for a minute. Keep in mind I was eating strawberries and crackers at this point – nothing else tasted or smelt even decently okay to have in my vicinity. I had lost weight, and feeling like a bad mother already. My doctor suggested I just try to focus on eating more healthy options and that we would revisit the vitamin topic at our next visit.

FINALLY, once the nausea ceased, I went for a third prenatal vitamin option – Nature’s Bounty Prenatal Gummies. I figured dummies were my last and best option, and so I researched and researched and finally found one I thought I could settle on. I’ve now been taking these for about 2 months; 3 gummies right before bed, and it’s looking good. First of all, they are delicious! For me they taste like some type of tropical drink I would order on a vacation in Mexico (while lounging by the pool). The fact that they are chewable gummies makes my life SO much easier and better. Some days I pop three in my mouth at a time, and some days it’s a one by one process. No matter what though, they are the answer to my prenatal vitamin adventure. 

I decided to share this story because I think it’s so important to share with other mama-to-be’s these “adventures”. Although we all go through things differently, and have different tolerances, I think it’s great to read other people’s stories. Especially for first time pregnancy’s when everything is so new and you really don’t know what to expect.

I’m curious to know, what kind of experience did you have with your prenatal vitamins? Which ones worked best for you?

PREGNANCY UPDATE: 18 WEEKS

My pregnancy journey has been a truly unique and personal one – that’s how it is for all of us though, isn’t it? We all experience this amazing time a little bit differently. Now that we are in the 18th week and getting closer to the mid point, things are really starting to hit me – the entire reality of being pregnant. 

The main exciting thing that happened this week is that MY BELLY FINALLY POPPED – a little bit, but enough for me to notice. Not to brag or anything, but I’ve always had a flat stomach, so for the first little bit I just felt like I was gaining weight. But, now the belly is a real thing; it’s there constantly and I am in love with it.

Along with this beautiful belly popping, I now am not comfortable in my high waisted jeans, and just find it hard having anything tighter on my waist. I guess I’m lucky it’s summer and I can wear flowy dresses because I just can’t bring myself to buy maternity clothes. So last Friday I took a trip to the mall and picked up a few cute flowy summer dresses – not from the maternity section!

The next thing coming up this week; we are going for an ultrasound and can find out the gender of Baby Wiercinski – BUT we still can’t make up our minds if we want to know or if we want it to be a surprise! My husband is pretty set on wanting it to be a surprise; I’m on the fence still but starting to feel stronger about finding out the gender. What to do? What to do?

REMOVING THE “INSTAGRAM EDITED VERSION”

“Posts about fashion are great and all, but people enjoy reading the REAL stories; they want see reality, not the “instagram edited version” of life that we all seem to believe is true.”

That statement really hit it home for me. As we got talking more about this, I honestly started thinking about this and how I definitely don’t want to be one of the “instagram edited versions” of myself. I write and share things because a) I am genuinely interested in the topic and want to speak about it, and/or b) it is something I am going through and feel that if I share it, it will either inspire, help, or just interest someone. I truly do try to be genuine in what I share with you all – on all aspects of my social media from my blog, to Instagram and Twitter.

I mean, what’s the point of writing things just to write things. I don’t have all the time in the world to sit around and mindlessly write posts about random things I have minimal interest in. My reality is like many of yours; I work full time, I have a home to take care of {and that comes with a huge list of “to-do’s” on its own}, I’m married, which means I have a relationship I care deeply about and want to dedicate time to, AND, I will soon be a mama for the first time. Therefore, no time for writing just to write. I write with purpose.

The last post I wrote; Finding Yourself sparked this discussion between my husband and I. He read the post, turned to me and said, “YES, this is what you need to share and write about – reality. The real life things that happen. What you’re going through. That’s what people want to read”.

Well, thanks babe, I really do appreciate the support and truthfulness.

You know what, I totally agree. There are SO many sources for fashion advice, coming from actual experts. The truth is, I do see the value in writing about REAL moments and real life events; it’s obvious in the numbers. Now don’t get me wrong, I will still share fashion advice here and there because who are we kidding, I LOVE IT, but I definitely want to try to open up a bit more on a personal level. There really is a lot happening in my life that would be fun to share and write about. I guess I just never thought that it would be something I wanted to share – but now I’m thinking I do.

Is there anything specific you want me to share/write about? Let’s see where these thoughts take me…

FINDING YOURSELF

About a year ago we decided we were *ready* to become parents; or at least that it was something we were both finally ready to start thinking about more seriously. I’m saying it this way, because you should know that since Day 1 we were both of the “corporate mindset” and all we thrived for was growing our careers, travelling the world, and {mostly in my case} splurging on designer items. We always thought we would settle in a cozy condo in the heart of a big city; work at multinational corporate giants, travel the world, and be completely satisfied with our lifestyle.

I’m not quite sure what changed and how it changed, but a few years ago I felt the need to stop chasing these big city dreams; I learned a few things about these giants that deterred my interest in participation. The working 10-hour day lifestyle no longer appealed to me, unless I was working for myself, building my own brand and business. I slowly started changing my mentality and visions of the future I wanted.

My husband on the other hand, was having the time of his life with the company he was with, growing and developing each year into a new more advanced role – he knew exactly where he was headed, and was already aiming for his “retirement position”. My change of mentality didn’t interfere with his drive, it actually strengthened it.

We sat down one evening and really dug deep into what it was that we were looking for in our future careers, in comparison to where we were currently headed. I’m pretty sure we actually found the answer that night. It was sitting infront of us for some time now, and all we had to realize was; “what is holding us back”. Once that question was answered {which was a pretty obvious “nothing”} we went into action.

This change, and finally being able to let go of the “this is what you should do” mentality really set us free; in so many ways. Free to fly at our own pace, free to find our true selves; and free to grow in a different, more suitable for us, direction. I feel like this change gave us both a new mindset, a different perceptive, and allowed us to realize that what we thought we wanted, wasn’t really it anymore. We were both so caught up in driving towards that main goal that we forgot to go back and evaluate its validity in present time.

Moving to a new city gave us clarity, energy, and time. All to find ourselves once more.

So, going back to the beginning of this article, only a year ago did we finally find that “sweet spot” of what it really is that we want in life. Actually, it’s a complete opposite of what we wanted originally. We are now determined to live outside of the city, build a house on a large spacious lot, and we no longer chase those “corporate dreams”. The travel and wanderlust will never leave us though, and there are still so many places we want to travel to – but that’s all in due time. The focus now is to live, the life we want.

It’s been a year since we made this change, and I haven’t stopped smiling about it since. This has truly been the most refreshing and positive experience that could have happened to us. It’s incredible that it took us this long to realize it, but I guess that’s part of the adventure. Everything happens for a reason.

Remember, it’s never too late to reevaluate your goals, make changes, big or small, and find your true self and happiness. We owe ourselves that; don’t we?

THE PRETTIER LIFE 2.0

The Prettier Life started as a lifestyle blog where I promised to talk about all things fashion, travel, health, fitness, literature and more. I actually did not anticipate to be building another huge aspect of my life into it – which is this little bundle of joy we have created! I now understand that it’s only natural to share this part, as it’s now (I’d say) one of the BIGGEST aspects of my lifestyle – of the theory of The Prettier Life.

I guess I’ve always admired and followed social media moms/families, but I just didn’t realize that when my time came, I would want to join them. I mean, I’m having so much fun finding inspiration from moms/family social media accounts, that I decided I just have to get on board too. I do have to admit that this final push to take my blog in this direction was because of a good friend of mine. It’s incredible how in one conversation we can share thousands of ideas, build on theories we’ve been sitting on, and change them into a realistic action plans. I’m so grateful to have someone so motivated and inspired in my life! I urge you to find yourself a friend like that!

I’d like to tell you what I’ll sharing on here through this journey, but I don’t even think I really fully know myself what it will be. This is all so new for me, and I really want a piece of everything. I think we will just have to see how it goes, and you will probably get a dose of a little bit of everything and anything that comes to mind. I’m sure things will just fall into place on the blog, as they have been falling into place with my pregnancy – no pressure on anything, and life has just taken me by the hand and has been leading me week by week.

Be sure to check out my Instagram page, as I already know I’ll be posting polls and questions (because of course, there are hundreds of things I have questions about) and I’d love your feedback and advice.

#PregnancyWorld + #MamaToBe + #Motherhood lets connect!

READY FOR SUMMER: DIOR MULES EDITION

By now, I’m sure you’re well aware of my love for shoes – designer shoes. This season, the designs have reached another level for me. There are so many amazing pairs of shoes out there right now that it was really quite a difficult decision to make as to which ones to talk about first. But, here we are: DIOR MULES you have caught my heart.

Honestly, I think every celebrity and influencer owns a pair of these at this point, and the fashion house continues to make more; different designs and colours! The more reason to add to the collection.

When I shared a poll of my favourites on Instagram I got an interesting response – you loved all of them! There was a pretty equal split between each of the pairs I chose, which goes to show that there is really something for everyone when it comes to these slides! Good job DIOR!

So, let’s talk price point – are these affordable or more of a splurge purchase?

Well, that of course depends on how much you are wanting and willing to spend on a pair of summer shoes. If you live in a warmer climate and can wear these all year round, it might be a great investment for you, but if you live in Canada where we only get about a few months of hot summer days, maybe the price point isn’t so much on your side.

If you are travelling this summer, here’s my breakdown of the different price points of these mules in various locations (and the benefits you can take advantage of, for shopping in other countries):

CountryPrice PointCAD ExchangeKeep in mind…
United States$650 – $690$870 – $925*Taxes not included; as they vary per state.
Don’t forget potential import fees!
United Kingdom£490 – £540$822 – $906Shop at the airport! Remember to claim your
VAT return which may be up to 20%!
Italy €550 – €580$822 – $870Counts for any country using EURO. Remember to
claim your VAT return which may be up to 20%

The next question: are they even comfortable?

That’s a good question, and again, completely personal preference. You’d hope that for that type of price point a shoe would be comfortable, but if you think about it, many of these high end designer shoes are really not that comfortable, and really just a fashion statement more than anything.

If you’re comfortable in flats, these will work for you. There is a tiny “heel” on these shoes, but basically barely enough to make you feel it at all. So, let’s just call them flats. The single strap made of soft cotton and is a decent width size to keep the slide on your foot; basically like any other slide out there in that style. The cotton material definitely makes the shoe more comfortable, especially in the hot summer, in comparison to, for example leather.

So, in conclusion, there are a lot of pros and cons with these depending on what you’re looking for. The question remains; are these a seasonal piece or will these become a classic?

*Photo Credits: Damsel in Dior & Dior.com

ZIMMERMAN FOREVER

If there was one designer I would have to wear forever, it would definitely be ZIMMERMAN. Each season, I browse through the collections, staring at each piece thinking “I’d wear that”. Is that even possible? To fall in love with every single piece? In my relationship with Zimmerman the answer is ABSOLUTELY YES.

Honestly, I don’t have a single Zimmerman piece, because well, who are we kidding, the prices are a bit higher than what I would like to spend on a piece of clothing like a dress or blouse… BUT one day, I will find that perfect piece and make the investment to buy my first Zimmerman piece. I promise you that.

Okay, let’s have a look at some of my favourite pieces:

// Verity Gathered Yoke Dress, $950 // Goldie Scallop Short Dress, $750 //

// Goldie Spliced Frill Top, $480 // Goldie Spliced Frill Short, $375 // Goldie Spliced Short Dress, $850 //

// Honour Pintuck Panelled Dress, $1150 // Zippy Frill Dress, $795 (now $565) //

TOUS DAYS!

Finally the time has come; TOUS is having a sale! I have been eyeing quite a few items of theirs for some time now, so I am super happy to announce this! Although, there is one trick – the sale is only on in POLAND right now. I’m not sure if it will be worldwide or in other countries after this (I assume it will) but hopefully at least some of you are able to take advantage of this.

The sale encompasses most jewelry with a discount of 20% plus an extra 10% if you purchase 2 or more items and 30% on handbags and accessories. The sale goes until June 16, and is available both online and in stores.

So what’s on my wish list you ask; here it is:

Hello Summer!

I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am that it’s finally summertime and the temperatures are in the (positive) double digits! I feel like I’ve frozen deep into my bones this winter, and I’ve definitely had enough.

I know I disappeared from the blog for a few months, and each time I come back I say it’s because LOTS has been going on, but this time, there really has been a HUGE life changing event in our lives… if you’ve been following my instagram (@theprettierlife) you may have seen the exciting news that…

WE ARE PREGNANT!

Our little family is growing in the most wonderful way, and we are so excited to be on this journey. I’d say we’ve been planning and prepping for a year – in a way. I’ve been doing research and trying to become my healthiest and best self; meaning getting into healthy habits and routines. So, here we go; our biggest life project!

So, I’m hoping to share more of this journey with you here on the blog, and also on Instagram. Also, if you have any advice for us, please do share!