Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Opposite of "Second-child Syndrome?"





    Everyone keeps telling me that the second child will be so much easier because, "you'll know what you're doing.." and you won't be so nervous/worries.  I am waiting for my mind to just chill out because every time I look at Gavin, I think.. "Will I really be lucky enough to have another child as smart and perfect as you?" 

    I know it's such a weird way of thinking and could be a mix of lack of sleep and pregnancy hormones but I still worry a lot about labor + delivery and just the health and well-being of my baby once she's born.  I also feel a ton of pressure to make sure that this baby gets the same amount and love and attention as my first and feel a tad guilty because I have way less done for this baby in terms of the nursery and just an overall "plan".

Any of you mamas feel this way when it came to your second child?  I'd love to know that I am not the only one that is not feeling like Super Mom even after having a child already.

On another note, I am in love with these maternity overalls from Motherhood Maternity.  They do not even feel like jeans- they are so stretchy and comfy!  I have a feeling that I'll be able to wear them post-partum a lot since they are perfect for fall.  So stay tuned for basic Instagram posts of me in overalls doing the following: visiting pumpkin patches, apple-picking, attending local fairs, and eating apple crisp along with a PSL.  😜😛


Ever After,
Jamie

Monday, August 6, 2018

Getting Real with Pregnancy #2 + Fave Pink Blush Maternity Top!





     Some days I feel like super mom.  I have donated 16 bags of clothing over the last month and let me tell you that is the most freeing feeling in the world.  I envy minimalists and follow many social minimalist groups to try to even be 1/100th as minimal as they are and it is so inspiring.  Making space for a tiny little person is a lot harder than it looks.
     Other days, I find myself exhausted and barely able to do thing I normally love to do.  I love cooking dinner and lately it's become such a chore.  I find myself guilty of letting Gavin watch YouTube while I cook a half-assed dinner just so we don't starve :)  Luckily, my hubby is there to help (he's a great griller) and of course, there is always take-out.  I'd be lying if I said the savings in our wine bill was not replaced by our takeout and dining spending!
    Another struggle is getting dressed everyday!  I have to be honest- my last pregnancy was more difficult in several ways because I was so sick and that resulting in very little weight gain.  I was able to fit in almost everything until month 9.  This time is another story.. every day it's like I've outgrown the last.  As mentioned in my last post, I really am tried to be minimalist with clothing for this pregnancy so the pieces I am investing in are pieces I can wear after the baby comes.  This Pink Blush Floral Peplum top is such a cute one and it will be adorable post-baby as well.  It's soft, comfortable, and feminine which makes it one of my favorite tops to wear this pregnancy.
For more of their amazing selections: Shop Pink Blush

Ever After,
Jamie

Friday, July 13, 2018

How to Wear Non-Maternity Clothes While Pregnant









     Once I found out I was having a girl, I knew I'd have to give up a lot of closet space.  The room we have set aside for baby girl's nursery is currently a spare bedroom with a closet full of MY clothes.  So the thought of buying two season's worth of maternity clothes gave me anxiety because I have to MAKE space not USE more space.

     So I did what any expecting Mom would do in need, called all my friends and begged for maternity clothes I could borrow.  This helped a TON knowing I can give them back after I deliver the baby.  Of course, I also had some pieces from being pregnant with Gavin, however it was different seasons and summer has left me with a challenge.

     I decided to make it my little mission to give in and buy SOME maternity clothes but mostly invest in pieces that I could wear after I have the baby as well without looking too "maternity."  Shopping pregnant in the "regular departments" had it's challenges but here are some tips for you if the thought of buying a whole new wardobe for 40 weeks makes you cringe:

1.  Create a Waist.  

By adding a belt right above your baby bump, it instantly takes a regular dress to accentuate your baby bump a little more.  Plus, it adds a fun way to accessorize while pregnant.

2.  Wrap dresses are your best friend.

There is something so forgiving about wrap dresses.  The ability to tie the fabric a little tighter for those "lighter" days and let out for some of the bumpin' days, is a great way to transition a dress from maternity, to post-partum to post-baby bod!  plus, wrap dresses are super-in right now.. I just bought this one from Nordstrom that actually looks adorable with a baby bum (or not).

3. Invest in elastic-waist shorts/pants.

Luckily, I already had a few pairs since I love the comfort of these slouchy pants/shorts.  The elastic waists makes it easy to pull up over your belly or even mid-belly and is super comfortable.  I have also been LOVING jogger pants while pregnant with fun prints since they are breezy, loose and so chic.  I have had a lot of luck at Target finding some cute patterns like these. 

4.  Do not shy from form fitting or Bodycon.

One of the best feeling of being pregnant is not having to worry about your pooch or sucking in.  Let it go, baby!  The bigger the better :)  Those dresses I shy away from when I don't want my belly having too much attention,  actually look adorable while pregnant.   Embrace the belly and rock it!

5.  Midi and Maxi Dresses are forgiving.

Some of your knee-length and above dresses, even if they are looser, will not work during pregnant because your belly will be taking up a lot more fabric, making the dress a lot shorter than it's original form.  Maxis are generally flowy and long and work perfectly with a baby bump as well as some of the midi-dresses.

Hope this helps you if you are expecting or plan to be!  Any other tips from moms who felt the same way as me and avoided a lot of maternity attire?

| The dress I am wearing pictures is also from Nordstrom's and is so comfortable and versatile for pre and post maternity.  It's part of the B.P. section and under $60!  |



Ever After,
Jamie