I am 36 weeks pregnant this week and feeling’ it! Baby boy has definitely dropped, even since taking these photos over the weekend. I’ve been having a ton of pressure and some fun little pre-labor pains (you know the drill) for the last couple of weeks now. I even had a moment over the weekend while standing in Target with my mom when I literally could not move. I’m sure everyone thought, “what is that girl DOING!?” It was slightly embarrassing, but what can you do? The only thing that has made this week better is wearing all the stripes.
It has been a while since I went to a nice dinner with Ryan. He goes to them all the time, but I normally stay home with the kiddos. Last night we had the chance to go hear former mayor Rudy Giuliani speak at a fundraiser for a local college and it was so much fun getting all dressed up – even though I’m starting to feel like a whale. There is just something about putting on a pretty dress that makes me feel good and impossible to quit smiling. It’s good for the soul to get dressed up every once in a while. Especially as a WAHM or SAHM.
Mornings with my Sophie have been so special these last couple of weeks. After I drop Hampton off at MMO, I love to spend quality time with her. It won’t be just the two of us for much longer, and I don’t know how often it will be just me and my girl after the baby comes, so I’m trying to take advantage of every moment with her.
It is hard to believe that fall is just around the corner! While autumn is less than one month away, the temperatures are still very much – summer! It’s making me sad because I love the fall and fall weather so much and really wish we could enjoy more of the season here, but unfortunately we don’t begin having fall-like weather until late October. So, while you are all enjoying your boots and scarves in the next month, I’ll still be rocking shorts. I thought it would be fun to share this easy fall transition outfit because I purchased it during the #NSale and have already worn this dress about 5 times.
It’s official! As of Monday, I said goodbye to my twenty-seventh year and hello to twenty-eight! If you know me, or have read my blog for a while, you know how big of a number person I am. I was born on 8-8-88, was 18in. long and weighed 5lbs. and 8 oz. (which is 88 ounces). I bet you can’t guess my lucky number! So, I’m obviously really excited to be 28! I’m not a huge fan of odd numbers and my 27th year was a little crazy. This next year, we will be welcoming a new baby boy and moving into our new home where we will share so many new memories with our growing family. I am beyond excited to see what all this year will bring. We have already been so blessed and I can’t imagine what’s in store for our future! Today, I wanted to celebrate by sharing one of my favorite maternity (and non-maternity) shops – PinkBlush! They have been a favorite of mine since my first pregnancy and continue to wow me with their maternity options. If you read to the end, there might even be a PinkBlush giveaway or something! 😉
I am 26 weeks pregnant now, but I feel like I’m 32. Seriously. This baby feels a lot bigger than he actually is. Maybe it’s having my pregnancies so close together? I’m not sure, but this one has definitely been my toughest. I’ve been really sick again this week. I’m not sure if it is all the anxiety I’ve had lately or just the pregnancy making me so nauseous, but I’m hoping it passes very quickly.
I think it is safe to say my baby bump has POPPED over the last couple of weeks. I definitely feel like I look 30 weeks pregnant rather than 24. As my stomach is rapidly growing, I have had to start pulling out my loose fitting tops and have busted out my maternity jeans. I remember with Hamp, I fought maternity everything, but when I gave in, it was the best decision I ever made. I love my maternity jeans. Over the next few weeks, I am going to share a few of my favorite fashions and stores to shop while pregnant. It can be so hard and frustrating watching your body change so much and gaining so much weight in a very short amount of time. I still think it is important to get up and get dressed because it makes you feel so much better. So, bare with me as I share my growing baby bump (and bootay).
One thing I didn’t do a great job of that I wish I would’ve done during my first pregnancy was show off my bump. I was constantly trying to hide it because I was very self conscious of the weight I was gaining. This time around, I was determined to show off my baby bump no matter how big I got. I am growing a baby. There is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of and every reason in the world to feel proud and show it off. So, that’s my first bit of advice. Don’t be afraid to show off that growing baby and belly! You are growing a human and that is pretty amazing!
Here are some tips for having a stylish pregnancy:
-Size Up. You’d be surprised with how much you can wear throughout your pregnancy by buying one size larger. You will also be thankful for these pieces after you have your baby.
-Leggings are a must have for pregnant women. They are stretchy, comfortable, stylish and pretty much perfect. You will be able to wear yours for a while, but you might want to purchase a pair of maternity leggings during your last trimester. They are just so comfortable and fit so much better. They also have a tummy panel so you aren’t dealing with an extremely noticeable band across your stomach.
-Tunics Are Your Friend. You won’t even have to size up for these. I loved wearing tunics during both of my pregnancies. You can wear them with your leggings or jeans and they are so flowy that you can get away with wearing them throughout your entire pregnancy. Not only that, You will wear them after your pregnancy as well. They are in style and aren’t going away any time soon.
-Belt It. Do you have a super flowy dress that makes you feel like you’re wearing a tent? Throw a belt on and Wa La! You’re showing off that adorable baby bump!
-Maxi Dresses are your best friend. No matter the season, they are always in style. I received this one from Pink Blush Maternity and wore it all the time during the winter months. They are so comfortable and stylish. The perfect combination for a pregnant woman.
-Splurge On Maternity Jeans. I don’t know what I would’ve done without jeans this winter/spring. I have worn them to death. They were definitely worth the $40 I spent on them. I know you don’t want to spend a lot of pieces you will only wear for a few months, but the chances are, you will wear them again if you want multiple children. Jeans are a huge staple in my wardrobe. I couldn’t do without them.
How did you style your bump? Do you have any other tips?
Spring is in the air! We have had some pretty crazy weather around these parts the last couple of weeks. Tons of rain with extremely hot weather one day and extremely cold the next. The weather can’t make up it’s mind, which means only one thing. It’s almost springtime! I love this time of year and it seems like it doesn’t get as much hype as the other seasons. When you’re up against Christmas, Halloween and lazy pool days, it can be hard to compete, but I love spring. All of the fresh blooms and the celebration of Christ’s resurrection is enough to get me excited. Plus, the warmer weather is definitely something to celebrate.
I am officially 30 weeks pregnant (and 4 days). I’ll be honest, most days, I just want to stay in sweat pants all day, and working from home makes it very easy to do that, but I always feel a million times better if I make myself get dressed for the day. There is just something about getting dressed that is an instant mood booster. I feel more confident and ready to tackle the day ahead. This top is perfect because it is cute and acceptable to wear while running errands but also extremely comfortable. I love the color block look, but the colors are what really caught my attention. I love that it is still neutral but has a little added pink. It’s simple and feminine.
I am totally obsessed with these earrings from Laguna Pearl. They can be easily dressed up or down. The dark color was the perfect contrast with this outfit. I am not a huge fan of flashy jewelry. I love simple and elegant pieces. I love these studs because they are a funky twist on an old classic that will never go out of style.
I am definitely feeling a lot more pregnant this week. My energy hasn’t been quite what it has been and my workouts have been really tough. I’m starting to have a harder time fitting in my pre-pregnancy tops, so I am very thankful for the few maternity items I have acquired. I’ve also been feeling a lot of pressure and I’m pretty sure baby #2 has started moving down a bit. I’m going to the doctor this morning, so I am really excited to check up on baby girl!
What is your go-to clothing item that is stylish but comfortable? Do you wear flashy or simple jewelry?