What’s On My Registry…

With just a little over two months to go and a baby shower coming up next weekend (woo hoo!) I wanted to share with you a few things from my registry.

Now, if you’re expecting and anything like me, you were – or are – absolutely clueless as to where to start. I actually began creating my registry at about month 3, researching some of the big ticket, gender-neutral items. And of course, in perfect Kristen fashion, I began stressing. I finally calmed down once I discovered the gender of my little bean (around week 22) and realized Aha!This should actually be a FUN process, not a stressful one! So, keeping my registry private, I then went a little crazy and began adding whatever struck my fancy.

Baby Giraffe No. 4 : horizontalBaby Elephant

Baby White Tiger No. 2Baby Monkey No. 1

Like these guys from the Animal Prints Shop. How can I possibly resist baby animal prints for the nursery?!

Over the last month, I finally began weeding through the crazy and finalizing the registry to go public prior to the shower. And believe me, it is hard to weed through the millions of baby products out there because, well, it’s baby stuff – it’s all pretty darn cute! It’s easy to get lost in the cuteness of it all and fall into the opinions of everyone else. But what kept me sane was the thought that the registry was for me, not for everyone else. It was – is – a way for me to stay organized and keep track of what I think is best for my baby, my lifestyle, and my home.

So without further ado, here are a few of my favorite things from my registry:

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In my attempt to go a bit more organic/natural with baby products, I’ve been contemplating cloth diapers but figured that it would be way too messy and time-consuming to keep up with the laundering and sterilization of it all. And then I came across these beauties! gDiapers give you the best of both worlds: a reusable diaper cover made of 92% cotton, 8% spandex with a snap-in pouch of breathable nylon, and disposable, biodegradable inserts that are composed of cellulose rayon, fluffed wood pulp, and super absorber (all chlorine free, latex free, perfume free, and dye free). They come in sizes from newborn to large and a variety of colors and patterns. The bottom line is – they are safe, environmentally friendly, and most importantly, pretty darn cute!



Boppy Bare Naked Pillow with Pillow Protector and Organic Slipcover

Again, this is my attempt to go organic. You don’t have to go with an organic slipcover and there are many other options available. However, this is a time where I have taken the opinions and advice of others into account – Boppy pillows are supposedly an essential! These suckers not only provide the perfect ergonomic support when feeding, but they also transition into props for tummy time, play time, and learning to sit up. Meaning it is money well spent!

Bestever Lamb Plush Play Mat Set

Ok, this is neither organic nor essential but it’s super cute and I couldn’t help myself. And it looks insanely comfortable! Sometimes, you just gotta give in to the crazy, ok?!

Britax B-Agile & B-Safe Travel System

I did A LOT of research on strollers and read WAY too many reviews, but this is the stroller that I determined best fit our needs. Is it perfect? No. I’ve come to the conclusion that there really isn’t one perfect stroller out there! I would love for it to have more urban wheels and for the car seat attachment to be a bit smaller and lighter, but after testing it out at Buy Buy Baby and comparing it to others, it does seem to ride exceptionally smooth, folds and compacts easily (with the push of a button), and has multiple adjustments to keep baby comfortable. And per the reviews, it’s extremely durable and should last for years to come!

Bundleme Hat, Mittens & Booties – JJ Cole Collections

Again, just because it’s so darn cute! And with an end of October due date and Winter on its way, I think it is pretty essential…

For all you mommas out there, what are some of your favorite, can’t-do-without products? Do you have any must-have advice for us mommas-to-be?


Ok all you pregnant mamas out there – where is all the chic maternity wear? At almost 21 weeks (tomorrow!), I’ve finally grown out of my largest “normal” pants and have been living in maxi dresses. Doesn’t sound like such a bad gig, I know, but on those colder evenings or rainy days, I miss pants!

I would never call myself a fashionista, but I do try to be fashionable in a casual chic kind of way; not-too-skinny skinny jeans, patterned blouses, pops of color, form-fitting dresses, and belts – always belts. I find myself in new territory with this every-growing baby bump. Belts are definitely NOT needed!

After searching for maternity wear locally (Charlottesville is NOT known for its shopping experience…) I began feeling a bit dejected and turned to Pinterest for some much needed inspiration – and I must say, some of you gals out there are just so cute and clever!

Here are some of the things I’ve learned:

1. Belt it (they actually ARE needed) – the perfect way to give that belly a little structure!

Maternity chic | mychicbump | Page 5

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The New "Maternity" Line You'll Want To Wear Before, During, And Afterward

2. The layering effect – blazers, cardigans, and “shakets” (shirt/jacket) add a lovely dimension…

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Look effortlessly chic during your pregnancy with these simple styling tips at MyChicBump.com!

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3. Maxi dresses really are a must!


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so beautiful    photo | Ali Landry

4. Own that belly and wear it with a smile.


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And for all you mamas in the same boat as me, here are a few places to start looking for those stylish maternity clothes:

Now go out and dress that baby bump!