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A lot of you have been asking for pregnancy updates so I figured I would do them every few weeks or so ๐Ÿ™‚ today I am 21 weeks which means I am more than half way done with my pregnancy (according to my app) which is so nuts to me! We found out what we are having a few weeks ago and we are having a baby boy! I am so excited because me and my two little sisters LOVED having our older brother, especially in high school.. I always knew if a guy said or did something to me I didn’t like he would take care of it ๐Ÿ™‚ and he was always there any time I needed him so I am really excited that he will get to be the older brother! And obviously David is stoked to be having a son!

We have our name all picked out which I won’t share yet but it has Italian roots since that is kinda where he was brought to be (TMI? sorry!) and we both really really love it. I have been so tempted to get cute newborn clothes but honestly I just want him to be comfy in a onesie all day every day! I hate being in clothes when i am laying around and I wasn’t just in a comfy womb for 9 months so honestly he will probably just be in cute soft clothes for the first few months and I have been stocking up on cute jammies since I think babies are just to die for in their pj’s!

We are also planning to move this year to another state but I will wait until it is 100% finalized to say where but I cant decide if I want to move in April when I am 7 months pregnant and get settled or if I want to move with a one month old baby! Would love advice from any of you who have moved with a baby or while pregnant! I honestly keep going back and forth and just cannot decide!

Anyways, thats all for now but thanks so much for all of your sweet words and congratulations! Love you all!! xo

Oh and PS this pic is a little deceiving haha my bump isn’t actually THAT big quite yet, it must be what I am wearing or the lighting or something ๐Ÿ™‚ So next post don’t be surprised if it looks like it is shrinking!

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Photos from 21 weeks


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  4. This photo is absolutely enchanting Amber, you will love having photos like this forever <3
    We bought a new house and did a flip on it while I was pregnant, we originally had planned to move in when I was 9 months but I went 3 weeks early and we didn't end up moving in until the day after she was born lol!!!!! I would have preferred to move in prior as you go through this nesting stage near the very end and you'll want your space for bebe to be absolutely perfect, who wouldn't right?
    Ps I cannot wait to hear the name, I think the Italian roots touch will be so unique!!!

  5. Hey Amber! Congrats on baby boy. My husband and I are adopting a baby boy from Michigan. He will be born in May. Have you registered anywhere yet?

  6. You should do a post a week on pregnancy style. How to dress your bump up and down and what great maternity, or non maternity clothes you find that work! I know so many women who completely lose their sense of style when they become pregnant. And general maternity clothes are so ugly and unflattering, but women think they have no other option. I know your style is going to be amazing while pregnant! Show it off! And help the rest of us. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. This is a great idea! I’m 23 weeks pregnant and would love some advice on dressing my bump! Already having a hard time finding some cute clothes.

  7. Congratulations!! I am 21 weeks with a baby girl! I was just wondering if you knew the brand/name of that dress? The link didn’t take me anywhere direct and I love it!

    1. No way?! that is so cool, how exciting for you!! The dress was from Nordstrom Savvy section but I couldn’t find it online.. I had JUST got it though so it should still be in stores!!

  8. You are such a gorgeous mama to be, you are radiant my dear!!! This picture is beautiful, I am so happy for you and David!!! Your hair is stunning (as usual) I would love a tutorial if its not too much to ask.

    1. Aw thank you so much seriously that is so nice of you!! And yes I am definitely planning to do a tutorial on this!

  9. Congrats on a baby boy! I have a 20 month old boy who is to die for! They will always love their mama :). If my opinion matters at all, I would suggest moving at 7 months pregnant. I’m speaking from experience. We moved across the country three weeks after my son was born. I was forced to basically come home from the hospital and start packing the place up and then try to get settled in the next place once moved. I feel like I didn’t get to just lay low and soak in the little new life! Good luck with your move and decision!

  10. Congratulations! I was also going to suggest moving before you have the baby. A friend of mine moved when she was about 6/7 months pregnant and she is VERY happy to be settled now that the baby is here.

    Good luck with everything! You look beautiful!

    (funny that you said that about the bump looking bigger than it actually is, I was like wow she sure is showing!)

  11. Hey girl!
    Congrats on your pregnancy ๐Ÿ™‚ I just wanted to share with you what I have experienced. I am in nursing school and plan to go into labor and delivery. It is the happiest part of the hospital and I LOVE it. I just wanted to put it out t here that you may not be fully recovered yourself when the newborn is 1 month old. I do not want to scare you but do keep that in mind.
    In my own personal experience I was not fully recovered until about 12 weeks after having my daughter. It is mandated that new mothers are given maternity leave for a minimum of 8 weeks.
    Just wanted to recommend you move before having your baby boy.

    Again CONGRATS <3

  12. Hooray for boys! I have an 18 month old son and he’s so fun! I agree with all the comments saying to move while pregnant!! Most definitely!! We moved when I was 6 or 7 months pregnant and it really wasn’t that hard. Besides my husband didn’t let me do much of the work since my family tends to have our babies early, so you actually end up doing less work ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was so nice getting everything moved and unpacked before the baby came! Plus you get to get the nursery all set up and be excited and ready for the baby instead of dreading moving soon after he’s born. Not to mention, the first few months after having a baby are not easy! I didn’t have any baby blues or depression and had an easy baby and it was still hard figuring Everything out! I can’t imagine having baby blues or a tough baby on top of it. I can’t imagine that moving at that time would be Anything but stressful! Which will effect you, breastfeeding, and the baby. I really think if you move a month after the baby is born that you’ll regret it, and you don’t want to be anything but happy and spending time getting to know your son once he’s here ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. This is the most beautiful photo I have ever seen! Congratulations on the baby Amber! You will be the cutest little mommy!

  14. Congrats on a baby boy! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am also 21 weeks pregant with a boy and starting to need to find maternity clothes. Have you found any places to buy cute maternity clothes?

  15. You’re so gorgeous. I barely a bump at 21 weeks and it depressed teh hell out of me. My advice? move while you’re pregnant. 7 months isn’t “that” pregnant, so you can still get quite a bit done. When that baby comes? FORGET IT! Exhaustion isn’t even the word for it. if you plan to nurse, be prepared to have a baby attached to your boob 24-7. when will you pack and unpack? You do NOT want to be dealing with ANYTHING but learning about that new baby. Also, not to scare you, but tons of women, myself included, get the baby blues for the first 2-3 weeks. It’s such a huge time of transition and hormonal flux. Don’t add moving to the mix.
    ps. my baby boy is 7 months old now and he’s the best best best. Boys are awesome! congrats again.

  16. We have moved 13 times in our ten years of marriage before settling in beautiful Saratoga Springs. Each smooshy (baby) I felt differently afterward (as far as hormones) so it’s a little scary to know what to expect. I would for SURE move before you have said smoosh and settle in a bit with the room, clothing and just making where you go feel like home. You are just so stinkin cute and I can’t wait to see what your little boy looks like =). I have like a thousand things I wish I would have known or had been told. I think we have a few like friends so maybe I’ll get to meet you and let you know the top ten ; ). Best of luck and keep up the great work. Love your blog! I’m a total makeup girl but hair is a downfall for sure. I’m trying to master the french braid so that I can do all of your scrumptious hair tutorials lol. Hugs!

  17. 7 months preggo. if you’re like me (I’m tall too), you won’t be that big. I had a horrible traumatic birth and took until 8 weeks after just to feel relatively normal.

  18. Moving at 7 months preggo or 1 month post partum – both would suck. I highly recommend doing it before he arrives. Trust me, you’ll want to be settled and be able to establish some semblance of routine! Congrats!! So happy for you! My daughter just turned one and I can honestly say that it was the best year of my life, motherhood is so truly awesome! Hope you are feeling good and enjoying your pregnancy!

  19. Congrats! Definitely before you have the baby. There is sooo much to learn as a new mom and I think you’ll want to be settled and permanent before baby comes. You will LOVE having a little boy. He will melt your heart. I have one little boy who is now 3.5 and we are the very best of buddies. Hoping for another boy someday. ๐Ÿ™‚ congrats again! Lindsay @Lindsayrondo

  20. I have four kiddos and I would definitely move BEFORE you have the baby if at all possible. You will be so overwhelmed with that sweet babe and all the emotional upheaval! Good luck to a darling mama!

  21. You look so gorgeous as a mum with a bambino in the tum ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t have any self experienced advice, but I do note from my good friends who are mums, or expectant mums, that doing all the stuff you want to do BEFORE the baby arrives is best. Because once that bambino pops out, your world will be turned upside down (for the better of course), but you would need THAT much extra help or time to do it with a newborn. Hope it all works out anyways, I can’t wait to hear what the Italiano name is babe X

  22. Congrats! My baby girl just turned 1 month, and I’m going to add a vote for moving at 7 months! The last 2 months of pregnancy you will feel a bit anxious if you are not settled, plus it gets a bit boring because you can’t do as much, so it will be nice to be able to occupy yourself setting up the nursery and everything! My baby likes to be held basically all the time, which is precious, but I can’t get anything done, and there’s no way I could worry about unpacking. Good luck!

  23. I would definitely do the move at 7 months. Moving is hard enough without the added stress of a newborn baby and lack of sleep. And you aren’t going to want to unpack either if the been up all night with the baby. I would want to be settled before the baby and bring him from the hospital and into your home. Congratulations by the way!

  24. You are adorable! I moved at the beginning of my pregnancy, and it wasn’t bad! It would be harder at 7 months, but I think easier than with a newborn. At 1 month, your body will still be healing and you will be exhausted! That first month is absolutely amazing, but the key to enjoying it is getting as much rest as possible. Either way though, you will be just fine. And I am a little biased, but boys are so fun!

  25. Yay! I love that you posted a baby update. They are my favorite ๐Ÿ™‚ And congrats on having a boy, he is going to be so cute! As for moving during pregnancy, I still felt very comfortable at 7 months so I think you will be just fine. I don’t have a baby yet though, so maybe moving after your little boy is born would be easier?

  26. Congrats on a boy! We moved at 6 months. It was hard. Getting set up with new doctor/midwife is hard. Some wont take you that late in the game. New birth center/hospital. Birthing classes, breastfeeding support, Pediatrician. It might not be hard if you already know people where you are moving and they can guide you. We didnt and I would have preferred moving with a 1 month old. They just sleep and are good little travelers! Its a lot to figure out in a short amount of time on top of the regular moving stuff to tackle. Good luck! Either way you will be fine.

  27. Stunning photos! we built our dream home in mapleton about three yrs ago. And I was 8months prego!~ It scared the crap out of me because I did way to much on my own with two other kids, and packing our old house up so we could build. I would get Horriable braxtons , my doc told me to cool it if i didn’t want him to come early. My advice if you decide to move before he comes start packing a little bit at a time so your not overwhelmed and overdo it.
    My First baby was a boy and there is nothing better! Im so excited for you congrats!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. So beautiful!!! I loved being pregnant. We moved when our daughter was five months, and I think it was difficult. I ended up hanging out with her while some of my family and husbands family packed my things! Super nice but I couldn’t find anything!!! If you can, I think it might be easier while pregnant…you could wait to assemble your crib/bassinet/swing or any other large items until you’re in your new place! And you won’t be dealing with diaper changes, feedings, and trying to work in naps in a noisy environment ๐Ÿ™‚ good luck!

  29. You are beautiful! Congratulations! I had a boy first as well! Move before!!!! I moved when my baby was one month. You want to just focus on your baby & enjoy that time. It is such precious time that you will not get back. Get everything settled and then enjoy time with your son:) Hope this helps.

  30. Congratulations! Little boys are the best, so glad we had a boy first to be the big brother, like you said. I would also recommend moving whilst pregnant, there’ll be lots of people that will help you out I’m sure and you can take your time setting things up and unpacking. With a newborn there won’t be much time to do things like that and you don’t want to be living in chaos with a new baby! Good luck x

  31. I moved when my son was two weeks old, and I have to say, if you are going to move with a baby make sure he is young! It helped that he slept most of the day and having something that I had to do really helped keep me from getting baby blues. If I had been sitting around all day in my PJ’s I have no doubt that I would have had at least some mild form of it. I was exhausted the whole time I was pregnant too, so getting that new-mommy energy made it much easier for me too!

  32. you just radiate beauty.
    best wishes with whatever you decide to do.
    no matter what it will work out okay.

  33. Move when your 7 months pregnant! I just had a baby 4 weeks ago and it has been so hard. You have to feed him every two hours all night long so your exhausted all day and all you want to do is stay home and cuddle with your baby and be comfy and everything has to take a backseat to your baby. You just want to nurse and sleep and cuddle for the first month. Good luck!

  34. Amber, you look so Beautiful! I am super happy for you and your husband having a baby boy!!!! I wanted a boy the last four babes I had and they were all little girlies, which trust me I am very happy about, but me and my husband do want to try one more time to see if we can get that lil boy to carry on his name… I can not wait to hear what your lil man’s name will be, I know it will be just perfect! About your move, I would totally recommend trying to move before your son is born, it would be much easier on you… When you have him, you are going to want to be settled in your new home and able to just relax and cuddle with him without the stress of traveling and unpacking, trust me! We had to do a move just two days after bringing home our daughter from the hospital, and I was so stressed out, and cried honestly most of the move. I really would love to know that you are not having to go thru so much stress and not be able to enjoy your special gift as you deserve! Regardless, I wish you the very best in your decisions and that every thing falls right into place for you and your family…
    Michelle Lynn

  35. We moved when our baby boy was 3 weeks old and it was hard. I went into deep postpartum and baby blues. It is so much going on at one time and your body may not even be 100% healed. My emotions were crazy and not for any reason.
    I highly recommend getting the craziness done with so you can enjoy yourself.
    Good luck.

  36. Congrats!! So happy for you. This picture needs to be framed. I love it.

    Hope you have a wonderful day.

  37. Absolutely move at 7mo. gestation. You’ll be glad to nest and settle in and all your focus then can be on the birth and 4th trimester (laying in/bonding) period. 100% move at 7 months you’ll still feel great and have some energy. Congratulations!!

  38. GIRL-definitely move before baby! We moved when I was 7 months preg and it was easy. Moving with a one month old would be so much harder! Moving at 7 months will give you time to settle in to your new space (and decorate a nursery!), find a great pediatrician that you love (super important), and tour some hospitals so you know where you want to deliver! Plus you can start looking into OB’s in the area and decide who will deliver your little guy. Honestly, at one month post partum i just wanted to sit in my sweats with my little babe and cuddle and be in the house. Moving all your stuff to another state with a puppy and a one month would be a lot to handle ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. He will for sure be a little cutie! How exciting!
    Congrats and enjoy your pregnancy. You look amazing!


  40. Stunning picture! There’s no doubt you are going to have the cutest baby boy! Congratulations on all the exciting news!

    x abigail, the fabulous life of a natural disaster

  41. I 100% recommend moving at 7 months. You’ll want to have everything settled are ready for the baby. The first month your lil boy will eat at least every three hours and there is no way I would be happy trying to unpack and settle when I have to stop every 40 mins for a diaper change, or a feeding, or because my baby is lonely and needs to be held. Plus, everytime I’ve moved, despite my best efforts, I can’t find something I need and it’s just stressful. Don’t do that to yourself with a new baby and post pregnancy hormones. Another tip, set aside all the essentials you will need right when you arrive at your new home: garbage sacks, toilet paper, tissues, shower curtain and hooks, towels, paper plates, cups, plastic wear, hand soap. That way it will all be in one spot and ready. No stressing over having filthy hands and no soap or being thirsty with nothing to drink out of. My husband and I recently moved from Utah to Virginia by ourselves. I forgot to put a shower curtain in the ready box and I think I opened every box and didn’t find the shower curtains till a few days later. There were probably 250+ boxes. If you need any moving/packing tips, email me. My father was in the military, and I’ve got a travel bug, so I’ve moved at least 20 times in my life.

  42. Move before. You think you have an idea of how tired you will be with a brand new baby, but let me tell you, I wasn’t even close to understanding it. It is sooo hard! Exhaustion x 1000! Good luck with everything ;))

  43. You look so beautiful and I’m so happy for you and your husband. Having a baby is and such a blessing. Not to mention boys are so much fun!! We moved when I was about 7 months pregnant and in my opinion, that was way easier then if we would have when he was a newborn. Their sleep schedule is kind of all over the place (as well as mommy’s) feedings are around the clock and trust that all you’re going to want to do is lay in bed and cuddle and love him for the first few months. They change so much everyday that each day you just want to take it all in. You also usually get a burst of energy before the babe comes so that would prob be great when it comes to the dreadful task of unpacking. Just my opinion from my personal experience. I love that you already realize that comfy over fashion (words prob said only in regards to a newborn babe) are the way to go in the beginning. Before I had my son I bought cute H&M jeans, shoes, shirts that he never wore! When they’re little, their skin is so soft and delicate that all I put him in was warm, cozy clothes/jammies. I now know for the next one fashion comes later ๐Ÿ™‚ things will all work out whichever you decide is best for you and your little fam. All the best!

  44. We moved when my daughter was 3 months old and it was way hard! I was so tired, and back to work, so the last thing I felt like doing was packing/cleaning and unpacking.

  45. I think you should move before the baby ! That way you can just relax and enjoy him after you have him and 7 months still gives you time to meet a new doctor and set up his room ! I was a wreak after I had my son for about a month I was so normal and cried at the most ridiculous things! Hope that helps! Good luck with everything he is going to be one beautiful baby!

  46. Congrats Amber! Boys are soo much fun! About moving, I moved before and after i had my baby. ๐Ÿ™‚ we had stuff moved into our house but it wasn’t 100% finshed. We completely moved in after my baby was a week old and if I was to do it again, I would make sure that I was moved in and settled before the baby came. After my baby came all I wanted to do with snuggle and sleep with my baby. It was hard to focus on unpacking and organizing things. Good luck with everything! You will make a great Mom!

  47. So exciting Amber!!! Little boys are so much fun. I have a little guy and he’s totally a momma’s boy… there’s nothing sweeter!! We moved when I was six months pregnant, and I can tell you it is not ideal. You’re unable to do so much, and the stress alone can be daunting. If you have help from family and friends, I would strongly advise to move once baby is born!! When they are only a month old, they sleep constantly and are pretty low maintenance (minus the feeding!)

  48. This photo is so beautiful & lovely’!
    Congrats with your babyboy honey ๐Ÿ™‚ pj’s for little ones are just way too cute!
    About the movement, I don’t have any experience but I think it would be better to move before the baby comes so that you will be settled and when the baby is here, you just have time for him & don’t need to think about moving..
    But it is your (and David’s) decision of course ๐Ÿ™‚
    Very happy for you guys! xx

  49. That’s a hard decision….I moved states when my baby was just over a month old…the packing was the hardest part with a new baby but our move was unexpected so if you make sure to have the majority of your stuff already before the baby comes it won’t be too hard…do you currently live by family? If so I say wait to move until after you have the baby…it will be heaven to have family nearby to help you transition into mommy hood but if you don’t live by family anyway then you may as well move 7 months preg & get set up with an OBGYN that you love before baby comes & get settled and moved in before you have a baby… Either way, you will figure it out & it will be ok ๐Ÿ™‚

  50. So beautiful!

    If you move before, you can pull the pregnancy card and not have to lift anything heavy ๐Ÿ˜‰ actually, it would be so nice to be settled before he comes so you can focus on healing and cuddling your new babe. I’m sure you won’t want to do anything else! He’ll also have his new state on his birth certificate, which is kinda cool if you are excited about your new state.

    Love your posts! You seem like the sweetest girl ever!

  51. I wouldn’t move while pregnant because I would fear anything happening to child in belly during time. He’ll sleep so much when 1 month old you can do a lot of moving during time.

  52. Hi I loved this post, thank you for sharing! We moved when my daughter was 6 months n I wish wed done so in pregnancy instead. I was so stressed out my milk supply was affected but we battled on n my girl did start gaining weight again but it was such a tough time. Do excited for you guys hope you make the right choice for you anyway that’s all that matters. Know you’re faithful community of readers are here for you if you need us, we love you! Xxx

  53. I would highly recommend moving before!! It’s so hard those first few months. With no sleep and having to feed every few hours during it all would be chaos for me haha. Can’t wait to see where you’re going! You look fab. Love you!

  54. Congratulations! So exciting:) but seriously, move when you are 7 months. You feel great at 7 months so that would be no big deal. But having a month old is HARD. And at that point you are just barely feeling better from delivery and your hormones are finally getting settled, so you just don’t want to add any stress to postpartum then needs be! That’s just my thoughts:) good luck!

  55. My husband and I moved cross country almost two years ago for his schooling. We did not have any children at the time but I would recommend using a pod. That way both of you can drive together instead of one having to drive in a moving truck and someone else driving a car. It was also nice for us to have some alone time before the craziness of my husband’s schooling began.

    I hope this helps.

  56. This is by far my favorite post yet! So happy for you – what a beautiful life. Wishing you all the happiness in the world.


  57. Hey girl! I do have experience moving right after Braydon was born! We had to move when he was 2 weeks old. Let me tell you..MOVE BEFORE!!! You have so many emotions going on when you just have your baby and you are trying to get on as much of a schedule as you can, and you need to sleep when your baby sleeps..and when your moving and unpacking that is not an optionโ€ฆso from the bottom of my heart I hope and pray you can move before your sweet little man is here so you do not endure the stress that I did in such a special time of your life!


    xo, Jess

  58. We moved when I was about 7months with my first, and I’m soooo glad we did. It just gets hard after! You will want to be snuggling and cuddling your new cutie, not packing/unpacking anyways ๐Ÿ™‚

  59. We moved from Portland, OR to Colorado with a 4 month old which worked out fine- my husband stayed with our things and I flew to Colorado with the baby by myself.

    Honestly if I had been given the choice though I think I would prefer to have moved when I was still pregnant because then you only have to worry about taking care of yourself at that point, you don’t have to work around nap schedules or worry about any noise that may occur while packing up.


  60. We moved when I was seven months pregnant and it wasn’t bad at all! I still felt great and did most of the packing but no packing or moving of any of the big things. Also moving in was great because I just directed people where to put stuff. That being said it took us a little longer to get unpacked and settled. I couldn’t imagine moving with a one month old though…all I wanted to do was cuddle up with my little girl even if there were a few boxes still needed to be unpacked. Also we didn’t gather a lot of baby stuff until after the move so once we got to our new home (Provo to miami! !) we had some huge shopping sprees. Make the decision that’s best for you!

  61. I am so happy you gave us an update Amber! You look lovely and are simply glowing! Congrats on a boy! I have 4 little nephews and I have to say they are just SO fun and sweet ๐Ÿ™‚ That is so special you are giving your son a name with Italian rootsโ€”it has meaning so you will never regret the name choice! My sister moved right after having a baby, and she really regretted itโ€”she wished she had done it beforehand! Other than that, I have no experience. I’m sure both have their pros and cons.

  62. I don’t have any experience with moving during pregnancy/right after giving birth, but my husband and I have been in the process of remodeling our home during pregnancy/right after birth. I gave birth 6 months ago and I am definitely a proponent of getting as much done as possible before the baby comesโ€ฆ.it gets super hard afterwards! That’s just my 2 cents. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love your blog and congrats!