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Dressing a Nine Month Bump

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Ingrid and Isabel Dress c/o / Jean Jacket / Sandals - Handmade from Santorini / Sunglasses / Earrings / Necklace / Bracelets c/o Sisco Berluti

It's crazy to think that we are three days away from out due date, three days! Baby girl isn't showing many signs of wanting to come anytime soon so my guess is she'll be staying warm and cozy beyond her due date (but here's to hoping I'm wrong!). Mike and I are going on what could be our last date night tonight and I'm finding it increasingly harder to 1. feel good in what I wear and 2. not wear the same thing every single day. 

I had a goal to not purchase a ton of 'maternity' clothes since I'd only be able to wear them for short amount of time but also fully knowing that it was inevitable. This tank dress from Ingrid and Isabel has been a go-to on these last days of pregnancy, it's extremely comfortable, shows off the growing bump, and it's super soft. Which checks all my boxes. One of my secrets to not buying a ton of maternity clothes has been mixing and matching both non maternity with maternity items. With this dress for instance, I can incorporate a jean jacket I've worn season after season or I've also worn it with  a long chunky cardigan and booties when it was a little chiller (#NewEnglandWeather), all of which I already had in my closet. This dress comes in tons of colors and if I were to be in my last trimester any further into spring/summer, I know I would have purchased more colors! 

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Third Trimester Must Haves

Monday, May 22, 2017

I can't believe we are officially 39 weeks pregnant, it's slightly mind blowing that we will have a little one joining our family any day now! I am so anxious for the labor to start and I am constantly wondering if any little weird tick/pain could be the start. For an impatient person (who was so impatient, I was born prematurely) this waiting game is no joke. If you're a mamma-to-be or just curious about my thoughts on this last trimester, read below to find out more! 

I'm excited to say I haven't felt sick at all this trimester! There were a few days last week where I got nauseous after I ate breakfast but it only lasted a few days so I don't really think it counts as true "sickness".  

Weight Gain:
As of last Friday, I had gained a total of 23 pounds so far in the pregnancy, however my weight has fluctuated a bit this last trimester, I seem to be going up and then down each week. I also want to point out that everyone's body is different and to me, weight gain shouldn't really be something to focus on. You just have to trust your body knows what's it doing to best make a cozy home for and keep your baby safe and growing! 

Most of the third trimester I was eating back to normal (minus the foods my doctor had suggested pregnant women don't eat) until about week 37. If you'll remember from my first trimester, I was all about the salty, bland carbs and fruit, an I'm craving those things all over again. Fruit juice, smoothies, Popsicles, bagels, and pasta has been sounding real good to me. I think it's so interesting I'm craving at the end what I craved at the beginning! 

It should come as no surprise that this third trimester I am obviously showing :) I remember back in March we were shopping in Boston on a super cold day so I had my huge, puffy winter coat on and the salesman asked how far along I was. I think that was the first time anyone randomly asked me about it and I had a puffy coat on so it was definitely proof to me that I was really showing. I say to Mike almost every day "I don't know this bump is going to get any bigger but sure enough, it does!". 

I would still say I am not moody, I'm generally very happy, content, and feel like myself, as I have this whole pregnancy. However with that said, I could easily cry on command if I think about the right things. 

Okay - now on to the things that got me through this trimester! (Be sure to check out my first and second trimester must haves as most of those still apply!)

Hot Baths with some Dr. Teals Lavender - This trimester (around 30 weeks) I started showing signs of SPD (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction) which essentially means your public bone softens and relaxes early. It's very painful with movement and baths have been a life saver. They take some of the pain away, at least for a little while :) 

Prenatal Yoga - I started doing this at the end of the second/beginning of the third trimester and it was amazing. If you've ever done yoga before, this class was more about stretching and moving than it was about sweating and truly "working out". I always felt so relaxed at the end and it really helped with back pain! It was also really fun to meet with the same group of moms-to-be each week and have some people to relate to. 

Water - I've been a camel again this trimester and cannot seem to drink enough water. These water bottles are super cute for a mom-to-be! 

All the fruit - Even though this only started a few weeks ago, it's top of my mind as a craving. If I could drink a smoothie all day, everyday, I would. Besides water, I also cannot get enough fruit. 

Foot Rubs - Mike will rub my feet each night while we catch up on our DVR'ed shows. We've been using a lavender essential body oil and the scent with the mini massage if my favorite part of the night! I know everything can be relative but I haven't had any swelling in my feet or ankles and I'd like to think this is why but maybe it's just luck!
All the maxi dresses - now that it's finally getting warmer out, I am much more comfortable in maxi or midi dresses. They are easy to get on, stretch where I need them do, and keep my cool in the heat. I've purchased a few new ones, one size up, but am mostly wearing dresses I already owned! 

Sandals/Slip on shoes - it's no secret that it's harder to bend over when you get further along. Especially with the SPD, it really hurts to bend over to tie/zipper shoes so I've been living in my Jack Rogers and these super cute bow slides (on sale!)

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DIY Headband + Bow Holder

Thursday, May 11, 2017

When we found out we were having a little girl, one of the first things I did was go on Pinterest and look up nursery ideas. Since we just built our house and all the rooms were freshly painted, we knew we wanted to keep the room the creamy color it was, and accessorize the space to make it special for her. One thing I kept seeing pop up was headband or bow holders, just search it on Pinterest and you'll be overwhelmed by the options, which I thought could be a quick, easy, and useable DIY. I'd seen similar ones for sale for upwards of $150 dollars on Etsy but we were able to make this for less than $40. Below I'm sharing the items we used and the steps we took, bare with me as I've never shared a DIY before! 

Items Used:
Pine Boards - cut to 2 feet from Home Depot
Sand Paper  - 100 grit medium and 320 grit very fine 
Spray Paint - White and Pink
Ribbon of choice - From Michaels 
Dowel cut to a little over 2ft.  - From Michaels 
Dowel End Covers - From Michaels 
Curtain Hooks - we got these from Amazon
Screw Driver
Hot Glue
A Handsome Helper

1. First things first, Mike sanded down all sides of the boards really well. They were a little rough to begin with. 

2. Next he spray painted all sides of all the boards white and once dry, pink. He also spray painted the dowel and end covers at this time. 

3. Then we used the fine sand paper to sand some of the pink color off, revealing the white beneath it.  (Note: we might have used too many coats of pink for this to be effective, I would use a light layer)

4. Once dry, we measured where we wanted the ribbons to go and Mike drilled holes. 

5. I then tied the ribbon in a knot, leaving a longer end to push through the hole, and secured the ribbon by hot gluing the long end on the back side of the board. I did this for all three lengths of ribbon. (Note: I also ended up hot gluing the knots so they wouldn't slip)

6. Measure where you want the curtain hooks to go and drill them into place

7. Add hooks to the back and hang on wall

8. Fill with all the cute bows and headbands. Our headbands/bows are from here, here and here

9. We also plan on adding her initial to the board, next to the ribbons, but are waiting for her arrival to add that/share her name! 

That's it! Let me know if you recreate this, I would love to see! 

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Button Front Floral Maxi

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Dress c/o / J. Crew Clutch, Old (This year's version) / Wedges / Sunglasses / Necklace / Earrings

Dressing the bump is getting harder and harder which makes sense seeing as how Thursday marks 8 months! On one hand I can't believe we are about to be in the final month and on the other hand, I feel like I've been pregnant for 10 years. I've noted many times that I strategically tried to purchase the least amount of "maternity" clothes as possible, instead I just sized up in items I would wear anyway!  This dress is right up my alley, I love the floral print (there are lots of different colors to choose from), the cinched waist, the v-neck, and the buttons all the way up the front. I choose to order up to a medium in this dress but honestly could have probably gotten a small, it fit the bump, but it was a little loose at the top and around my rib cage. I also thought the buttons would make it useful after baby comes for nursing, but who knows! 

I paired this dress with my favorite (affordable!) wedges but could easily see this dress being paired with a pair of flat, casual sandals, or even booties in the fall. I have also worn this paired with a jean vest, which I also loved. It's super versatile! 

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