The weather is turning chilly and causing us all to reach for our warm layers of boots, scarves, and coats. What better way to warm up for the season than with Shopbop’s Friends and Family Event? From now until midnight on October 15th Shopbop is offering 25% off (details here) with code INTHEFAM25. With less than eight weeks until our due date (eek), I’m focused on snagging a few comfy pieces (mainly accessories) that will fit now and after baby arrives (at least I hope). What are you stocking up on for the fall and winter seasons?
Even though we aren’t finding out baby’s gender, there seems to be a universal conclusion among friends, family, and strangers that this little nugget is all boy. The first 20 weeks I was hard set that this bundle of joy growing inside me was a girl, but then something changed. I’m not sure if it is the way old wives tales judge the way I’m carrying, the way every doctor tells us we have a stubborn baby, or the way every person with no inclination one way or another always says boy, but for some reason I switched sides and just keeping thinking boy. Regardless, we are just hoping and praying for a healthy baby, but in the meantime it sure is fun to guess and imagine all that this baby will be. Since I am already seeing all things blue, the moment I saw this Raga dress I knew it would be the perfect addition to my growing dress collection (dresses just work for baby bellies). From the adorable elephant print, the shades of blue, the super fun hemline, and the comfy chic cut, this dress is perfect for any expecting mama (or not – I can totally see wearing this dress with these sandals while chasing baby around the park). Not to mention you can’t help but be in a fun, positive mood while wearing this dress. So what do you think, boy or girl?
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Attempting to dress this bump is starting to prove more challenging as my pre-pregnancy clothes get more uncomfortable and as I start to fully appreciate the comfort of maternity wear – those gathered sides and stretchy fabrics are nothing to balk at anymore! This dress purchased pre-baby has been the perfect solution for both comfy weekend wear and dressed up workwear with just a simple change of shoes. I know I will get lots of use out of it throughout the fall and next spring chasing after a little one.
The bump is in full force. Strangers stop to tell me “I look ready to pop” and then try to hide their disbelief when I tell them I’m only 6 1/2 months pregnant. I have to admit though: I will happily let this bump get as large and in charge as baby feels necessary if I keep feeling as good as I do since so far I’ve been fortunate to not really experience any nausea, heartburn, sleep deprivation, backaches, or any other usual pregnancy symptom (knock on wood). As long as mine and baby’s health is good, bring on the belly! I will happily sit here and continue to enjoy the extra-large belly housing all the fun baby kicks. I must mention, mainly so you don’ think I’m delusional, that the bump (obviously) isn’t the only change to my appearance as of late – the bangs are in an awkward grow out stage (I need that easy mom hair come December) and my calf tan line achieved during a hiking trip refuses to fade since my pregnancy skin is super sensitive to the sun. Oh the effects of motherhood already! Regardless of all the physical changes, I can’t believe how quickly this pregnancy is going. September is already full of numerous activities including parenting classes, showers, and a girl’s weekend all celebrating this little one. As much as I can’t wait to meet baby in December, I need time to slow down to accomplish my ever-growing to-do list. Hope everyone has a wonderful start to the fall season!
Dresses are a pregnant lady’s best friend due to the nonrestrictive nature of the fit and fabric and the naive hope that they will adapt for both during and post pregnancy. The ruffled hem, cross stitching, and neckline on this particular dress felt detailed and elongating enough to distract from my ever-growing bump, while the cornflower blue color and lace up heels felt adventurous from my usual conservative uniform (i.e. black, navy, or grey).
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Considering everything that happened in July including multiple day hikes, celebrating one of our favorite holidays, crossing multiple items off this list, and traveling back to the Midwest for a wedding, I’m impressed that I successfully completed seven out of my ten goals for last month, with those neglected last three getting added to this month’s list. August is already stacking up to be jam-packed with classes, trips, and lots of second trimester must do’s.
1. Celebrate Justin’s 30th birthday
2. Hike or workout using a combination of this/this at least three times a week (10/12)
3. Try at least two new restaurants this month
4. Finish documenting our favorite memories from 2014 in a scrapbook
5. Research family photographers and create a Pinterest board featuring favorite photo ideas
6. Read this followed by this since I didn’t get to it last month
7. Update our life and disability insurance and create a will (sounds so depressing, but necessary)
8. Purchase fabric and supplies to start sewing a quilt for baby (thinking either this or this, thoughts?)
9. Learn the basics to create a proper cheese platter
10. Create a workout and a commute playlist (include artists we will see at GOTR this month in Salida)
1. Started off the month with a hike to Snow Lake
2. Our only attempt at a family selfie on the Fourth of July (Oakley is fixated on a squeaky ball and Maddie is keeping an eye on the dogs passing by)
3. Having an old wooden boat to ourselves for the morning was worth being the first in line at 8:30am
4. Practicing our swaddling skills on our helpless pups
5. The breathtaking views along our hike to Mason Lake
6. What else can you do on a ninety degree day with no AC but sit in the dark and read/sleep?
7. Stocked up on hiking essentials (all in blue) at the Patagonia sale
8. Celebrating new work adventures by trying the new neighborhood spot, Shingletown
9. Finally succumbing to this bump by purchasing maternity jeans (favorites: here/here, also pictured: here/here/here)
10. The polka-dot pillow (with zipper!) from my first ever sewing class
11. I may have had a “what are we doing” moment and ordered just a few parenting books (top to bottom: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
12. Sparkling juice and beautiful flowers to help celebrate my friend’s wedding