Dec 15 2014

I’m still here – but this is why I’ve been quiet

Things have been awfully quiet on BeautyJudy. Last time I checked in, I mentioned that I haven’t been feeling well.

I haven’t been able to stand the smell of nail polish or remover, and my nails have, quite frankly, gone to hell! I haven’t been wearing makeup much at all. And I haven’t had energy to blog, since I’m going to bed early on weeknights (and weekends), and when I’m not spending time with family/friends on weekends, I’m sleeping or relaxing.

But what I HAVE been able to do the last several weeks?

Grow a human!

baby schmidt 11w4d

I’m 12 weeks 2 days pregnant today, and keeping my eye on the prize through months of rough morning sickness (haha, more like 24/7 sickness!), picky eating – cravings AND aversions – and lots of other “fun” pregnancy symptoms! Oh and headaches have begun 🙂

Seriously that “glow” that they talk about? I’d like to know when that kicks in because the first trimester is NOT pretty!

Anyway, all kidding and complaints aside, I am happy to take a beating for the health of our little guy or gal! And I’m taking nothing for granted given my miscarriage earlier this year, and my doc thinks my illness is a great sign for the baby, who we’ve started calling by a couple nicknames – “Little Bit” and “Nugs,” which is short for “Nugget.” Everything about this pregnancy has been different. And I don’t see why I shouldn’t be hopeful, and celebrate the life inside of me!

I couldn’t wait to share this with you! One of the highlights of my life was watching my baby on the screen during our NT scan, with its hand by its face, clenching/unclenching its tiny fist. And to see it flipping around, moving…just what a blessing!!!

Now, BeautyJudy isn’t going to become “BeautyJudy Baby” So no worries there. But I do plan to share periodic updates with you under that category! And as I prepare to leave the first trimester (I enter the second next week sometime!), I’m hoping I’ll be able to tolerate the smell of nail products much better. Right now I’m doing my nails about once a week, and peeling the polish off as the week goes on. While my hairdresser said she can feel my hair has already become thicker (one of the POSITIVE side effects of pregnancy!), my nails are not the long, strong, rapidly growing digits that I thought they would be! I’m sure peeling my mani off isn’t helping my poor peeling nail beds either!

Anyway! Thanks for hanging in there with me, and I can’t wait to get some new content up soon. I miss blogging! I miss you! And I have so much to share in both nails and makeup! I won’t be swatching anymore, so I may share content a little differently. I hope you’ll hang in there with me!

  • Lexy

    3 months ago I asked about what was used for your sparkles. Can you please respond to the question? They are super beautiful. Was it difficult to keep them on? Thanks for maybe answering.

    • BeautyJudy

      Hi Lexy – my apologies on the delay and I am SO glad you wrote again. I’m also glad you included a picture below because I recognized it right away! Here’s the link to the post that includes this mani and gives the deets, it actually IS a glitter nail polish! 🙂 It’s called I Reached My Gold by OPI!

  • Lexy

    PS to comment 2 minutes ago. Here is the site with the picture.×1003.jpg

  • Lexy

    I just found you today because of a nail picture I fell in love with on the blog. Your name was on the picture so I googled it and here I am. “Growing a human” is such a wonderful blessing. My face smiles at just the thought of it….but, my nails are anxious to learn more about the picture of nails done in a purple/burgandy (computer vary color) with one of the five fingers decorated in some really sparkly pieces…not just glitter. Can you please share just how this was done and what those sparkly pieces are. Thank you. I wish I could attach the picture of this but I don’t know how to do that here.

  • Lex – stormandstars

    Ahhhhhhh! Congratulations Judy!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks so much Lex 🙂 !!!

  • Anne S. – Betty’s Beauty Bombs

    Super congrats!!!!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks, Anne!!!

  • Lacquered Geek


    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks, Lacquered Geek!!!

  • Sherry Proch

    What a blessing! Prayers and love and happy thoughts to you and yours!!! Looking forward to hearing more from you 🙂

    • BeautyJudy

      Thank you so much Sherry!! I don’t want to overload on baby but I do look forward to sharing – it’s a huge part of my life now! And you know me – I let it all hang out lol!!!!

  • robin

    I am so excited you Judy! Congratulations!!!! I can’t wait to read the occasional update about the baby. Hopefully you will begin to feel better in the next trimester and beyond and experience all the joys of growing that little one! My nails rocked! Which is the only thing that did. I developed cankles, pimples, and frizzy hair. Beautiful daughter has beautiful hair, and beautiful skins, so my sacrifice was worth it!!! LOL!!!

    • BeautyJudy

      Lol! Man your daughter really gave it to you!!! This week I infected my skin condition and I can’t wear makeup for 7 more days – I can only put my antibiotic prescription ointment in the infection. I’m NOT surprised that our baby is a girl, given all this sickness and the recent skin issue! Crazy but so worth it 🙂

  • Kelsie Rogers

    CONGRATULATIONS!! 🙂 I wish you all the “Glow” in your upcoming trimesters and all the best during your pregnancy.

    • BeautyJudy

      Thank you, Kelsie!! 🙂