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little leopard

March 28th, 2014 · 3 Comments

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I’ve gotten so many questions about maternity clothes, and my short answer is:

At the beginning, I was crazy excited to buy them.  I was just so happy to be pregnant and excited about the way my body was going to change, and my first thought was immediately to scour the internet for the cutest, chic-est, most stylish maternity clothes I could find.

And then… the novelty of buying them wore off.  And I got more and more pregnant, and started to realize: I’m buying “eh” clothes for a body that’s only going to need them for three more months. 

And that’s when I posted this Instagram photo (some of you may remember it)!  Because I realized that I was way better off looking for looser cuts from the non-maternity section of my closet (clothes that I love and wear all the time) than I was buying things I didn’t love just because they had the word “Maternity” on the label. 

In the end, I bought five pairs of jeans, two tops, three dresses, and a belly band I used once.  (Literally, once.  Some people love them, I did not.) And that was too much.  I could easily have made due with one or two pairs of jeans, but I was trying to figure out what shape and style I liked the most and obviously I needed pink and white ones too (never mind that I was pregnant in the middle of winter).  The tops, also, were pretty unnecessary for me — but I’m short and I know taller girls have more trouble with the length of tops as their bellies grow.

And in the end, I’m happy that I came to my senses.  Take this dress: I bought it at eight months pregnant, it’s not a maternity dress, and yet it totally works and I love it to death.  It’s an ASOS leopard print skater dress — basically, exactly what I wore pre-pregnancy and exactly what I plan to go back to wearing after this baby arrives. 

It’s something that will stay in my closet long after this baby gets here, and that I’ll probably pull out for dinners and events a year or two from now.  It has enough stretch to keep everything covered, but it’s also just my style.  When I put on this dress, I feel easy and comfortable and fun — I feel like myself

Which, when your body has been taken over by a little bowling-ball-sized alien, is a pretty wonderful feeling to have.

ASOS leopard smock dress, Miu Miu bag (old, similar here), Alex and Ani bracelets.

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Tags: baby · style

Baby Bump: 34 Weeks!

March 26th, 2014 · 2 Comments

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I have to say, I feel pretty enormous at this point! 

The last few weeks have definitely grown more and more uncomfortable, and at this point, I am seriously looking forward to this baby’s arrival for many reasons.  And one reason on the top of that list is so that he will stop kicking me in the lungs.

I know, I know.  It’s a good problem to have — a little discomfort in exchange for a healthy baby who’s nearly full term and generally has been a pleasure to carry around for the last eight months.  I remind myself of that every day.

And then his foot gets wedged into the gap between my ribs and my lung, and … ouch

Still, though, I’m very grateful that we’ve gotten as far as we have — for some reason, I’ve been very concerned about preterm labor, and each passing week has given me more and more relief.  And now that we’re almost at the finish line, I’m trying to remind myself to slow down, to savor these last few weeks of pre-baby life, and not to rush into things moving forward. 

Because (and this is a little scary to think about) despite all the kicks to the lungs, back pain and heartburn, the fact remains: He is infinitely easier to take care of right now than he will be in a few weeks.  Right now, he’s warm and happy and fed, all the time, without me lifting a finger.  If I want to run to the grocery store or the post office, I don’t need a car seat or a stroller or a diaper bag. 

In a few weeks, that won’t be true.  But right now, at least for a little bit longer, it is.  And I’m trying to remind myself to enjoy it while I still can!

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How far along? 34 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 22.5 pounds (Weight gain has definitely slowed down in the third trimester, although I think I’ll be between 25 and 30 lbs total by the end.)

Maternity clothes? There are about four things in my closet that I still fit into, although not all of them are maternity.

Stretch marks? Still no!  As the end gets near and the baby gets bigger, I’m using Earth Mama Angel Baby stretch mark oil almost every night!  Best $12 I’ve spent so far — I’m still on my first bottle!

Symptoms: Back pain, heartburn, general discomfort in my body. 

Sleep: This is somewhat new: I know wake up to pee about every 2-3 hours all night.  It used to be once or twice, and now it’s more like 4-5 times over the course of the night.

Best moment this week: A fabulous dinner with the team from Escada when they were in Houston!

Worst moment of the week: I’m still having trouble wrapping my head around all the impending changes in our lives, and sometimes I let it stress me out more than I should.

Have you told family and friends: Yes!

Miss Anything? Champagne!  I generally haven’t missed alcohol much during the last eight months (I’ve had a sip or two on occasion, after the first trimester) but lately, now that spring is rolling in, I would really love a glass of champagne every once in a while!  (Not long to wait now though!)

Movement: Still quite a bit, although it’s getting much more cramped for him as the weeks go on.

Food cravings: Peanut butter (straight from the jar with a spoon), sugary cereal, chocolate.  (Instagram can vouch for this one!)

Anything making you queasy or sick: I’m getting some queasiness that feels a little like morning sickness lately, but I gather that can happen towards the end.  I’m thinking about taking B6 supplements for the last few weeks if it continues.

Have you started to show yet: I am *definitely* very visibly pregnant at this point.

Labor Signs: I’ve had a few moments where I’ve worried I was potentially going into labor, but they’ve all passed and my doctor isn’t worried about so far. 

Belly Button in or out? In! (I seriously can’t believe it!)

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Totally honestly… moody, lately, a lot of the time.  I’m trying to enjoy these last few weeks, but I’m also getting impatient with the physical discomfort and the stress of not knowing what life with a baby is going to be like. 

Looking forward to: Hitting 37 weeks so I can start eating pineapple and going for long walks!  Just kidding… mostly…

Tags: baby

my baby shower!

March 24th, 2014 · 2 Comments

It’s a little funny, but I had a lot of anxiety over my baby shower.  (Is that normal?) For my bridal shower and basically every wedding-related event before Chad and I got married, I was so happy and excited to have “my” special day and to have it all revolve around me.

For my baby shower?  Weirdly, I was sort of uncomfortable with it. 

It may just be that I’m at a different place in life than I was four years ago (almost five!), when Chad and I got married.  Sometimes, I wonder if having this blog has actually made me less interested in attention in my day-to-day life — since I’m constantly posting photos and stories about all the things that are happening to me, when I’m off the internet, I’ll happily blend into the crowd.  My capacity for attention is just about maxed out. 

But, thankfully, I have a wonderful, amazing family who wanted to celebrate this special moment, and I am so, so grateful they did.  And in the end, my mom, sister and mother-in-law threw the most amazing baby shower I could have possibly imagined, and I loved every second of it.  In retrospect, all those nerves seem totally silly — having a baby shower isn’t just about focusing everyone on the mom-to-be, it’s about gathering your friends and family and celebrating the little person who’s about to enter this world. 

I always say that the most amazing part of our wedding wasn’t the party itself — it was having all the people we care about together in one place, even briefly.  And I had the same feeling about this shower.  It was a wonderful way to reflect on how grateful I am for all of our friends and family, and how much love there is waiting for our son when he arrives. 

So, with that, I thought I’d share a few pictures with you guys!  I know that many of you saw some of my pictures on Instagram right after the shower, but I also took a ton of video clips, with the hope of putting them all together to capture how beautiful and lovely the day was.  So please take a peek at the video above, or scroll down for photos!

Also, I have to give a special shout-out to our amazing balloon bear decorations!  Our housekeeper, Leonor, made them for us, and she is so incredibly talented and they were such a special addition to our party!  (You can see more of her designs on her Facebook page here!

Alice and Olivia Fierra dress, BHLDN Luna Moth earrings, Jimmy Choo Abel pumps.

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Tags: baby · life · parties