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Midterm

Believe it or not, this past week was week #8 of a 15 week semester.  It seems like this semester seems to be going much faster than past semesters.  I can’t believe that we are already half-way through.  My students have delivered 2 of 4 formal speeches and they just completed their essay exam Midterm (which I should be grading as we speak).  Right now, time is definitely something that is on my mind.  It’s important that I know what week of the semester that I am in so I can make sure my students are meeting certain benchmarks.  Also, time is playing a huge role in my personal life for much the same reason– it’s important for me to be cognizant of what week I am at of my pregnancy so that I can make sure I am doing all the things I need to (check-ups, vaccines, tests, baby class, pre-registering, packing a hospital bag, etc.)

I am super excited that my sister and her husband are coming in to town at the end of this week.  We are hosting my baby shower at our new home so we’ve made it a combined baby shower and housewarming party.  My husband and I aren’t too traditional so we’ve made it co-ed and family friendly and I can’t wait to celebrate my blessings with everyone.  In fact, I may or may not have already put up some decorations just to see what we have and might still need.  And, that reminds me– I still need to share pictures of the new house.  I haven’t done much decorating.  I may have mentioned it before but I am basically skipping over Halloween and Fall decorations and getting geared up for Christmas.  With the party I didn’t want to put up a bunch of Fall decorations and then have to take them down or decorate around them.  Plus, our house is so new to us that I don’t want to go putting a bunch of nail holes in the walls quite yet.  The only decorations that I have hung up have used existing nail/screw holes.  I already have my Christmas theme picked out and I would go through my Christmas totes to take inventory of what we have that will work with the theme and what we need to buy if it weren’t for the impending party.  LoL.  After the party, it’s game on!

I digress.  On Wednesday the weather was more Fall-like and I was able to pull out my brown riding boots.  I am actually excited for the cooler temps because I have almost outgrown all of my non-maternity dress pants and skirts.  Many of my dresses can still work with leggings or tights layered underneath– but it’s been too warm lately for layering.  I swear I’ve done this outfit before, pre-pregnancy, but when I looked through my media gallery I couldn’t find a picture.  So, maybe I didn’t?!?

This outfit begins with my black faux-wrap dress.  I’ve kept the fabric belt on it but I’ve wrapped it around the front of my waist and tied it in the back.  Then, I added nude colored tights and my flat brown riding boots.  To further pull in the warm brown tones I’ve gone with my oversized gold watch and gold earrings that have small accents of turquoise and peach.  The statement necklace is a multi-strand turquoise beaded necklace and a dark denim jacket with bronze snaps completes the look.  I’m torn on this outfit.  On one hand I like how I’ve mixed brown and tan but then on the other hand I think that black riding boots would look better.  What do you think?  Black boots or brown boots?

-Carla

I wore this outfit to work on Tuesday.  These green skinny khaki’s are from Old Navy.  They are non-maternity and I don’t know how in the world they still fit, but they do !! and so I have them on a heavy rotation.  It was a bit chilly that morning so I broke out this thin orange sweater from storage.  I love the color in the Fall and it was perfect for the weather.  I didn’t want to wear ballet flats so I went with these brown Oxford style shoes.  My ankles were cold and I had to wear socks even though I think it looks kinda silly.  On one hand I thought that this outfit looked good but then on the other I thought (and felt) like a giant pumpkin.

-Carla

Oh boy (girl).  It’s starting to get harder and harder to get dressed each week as my body grows and changes due to pregnancy.  I’ve made it into the 3rd trimester– I am at 28 weeks– woohooo– approximately 12 weeks to go.  But, at this point I pretty much can’t fit any of my skirts and I’m growing out of my dress pants.  I have 2 pairs of maternity dress pants– one in khaki and one in black.  I have about 16 days left to teach this semester so I’m going to have to make heavy use of those 2 pairs of maternity pants along with some of my dresses that can still stretch over the bump.

This outfit is based on this pin, here.  I’ve done a version of this outfit pre-pregnancy.  It’s basic and simple but with the accessories feels very preppy, pulled together, and polished.  I’ve started with my navy blue trousers, chambray button-up, and an oatmeal colored cardigan.  In the original photo, the outfit is finished with a choker length multi-string pearl necklace, an animal print tote bag, and camel colored leather driving shoes.  I went with my single strand pearl necklace that I doubled, pearl drop earrings, navy blue pumps, and my camel colored purse (not shown here).  I think that this outfit looks good but I cannot lie– I feel like a bloated hippo.  Oh well.

-Carla