3 -ring holder necklace - For me, this is just another reality of end of pregnancy - eventually, my wedding ring will no longer fit. I noticed it getting snug over the weekend (probably a combination of too much salt, too much time on my feet, and hotter temperatures), and was super excited to find this ring holder necklace on Etsy for $40. Granted, any necklace/string/piece of yarn would work, but I liked the idea of having a clasp that would minimize wear and tear to my ring. Plus it's shaped like a heart - win/win! The price was right (especially compared to similar ones that were close to $200!) and the shop owners were very friendly and shipped the necklace right away.
4 -notes from my hubby - This could also read supportive, understanding husband, but some days I swear the little notes he leaves me just make my whole day. On my days off, I usually don't get up before he leaves so he will write me little notes and leave them on the table for me to find. Honestly, this isn't a new thing, he's been doing it for years, but I love how they've evolved from notes/lists to me to notes/lists to me plus notes to Annalyn and even Emelina sometimes. Usually they are words of encouragement, thanks, and love, with the occasional reminder thrown in (which I always appreciate now that my brain is mush half the time). Lately they're mostly things like "be sure to rest!" "put your feet up," "have fun and snuggle Annalyn," and "don't worry about the laundry, I'll do it when I get home." Mostly, I just love that while he's drinking his morning coffee and reading the news, he's thinking about us. Written words are such a lost art. I still remember my best friend from high school telling me how his dad would eat breakfast on a paper plate then write his wife a note on it before he left for the day. I remember thinking "wow, she must feel special each morning!" And here I am a decade later with a husband who does just that (and no, I never told him that story, he's just that considerate). Lucky lady. A supportive spouse/partner/friend/relative is definitely key to keeping those crazy emotions in check.
5 -pregnancy pillow - Again, I'm pretty sure I've mentioned this before, but this little guy definitely helps me attempt comfort at night. Notice how I say attempt. I'm pretty sure I'm past the comfortable sleeping stage. If I remember right, it comes back somewhere around 6 months postpartum when baby starts sleeping through the night. But this curved pillow does help minimize pressure on my hips and keep me from sleeping completely flat on my back (which I find myself attempting a lot lately due to heartburn, hip/pelvic pain, and general sleep comfort). I'm sure a body pillow would help, too, but I really do love the curved shape of this one. If you can afford to splurge, do it!