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Last Friday I wore my dark wash skinny maternity jeans, sleeveless geometric print top, and a short-sleeved oatmeal cardigan.  I was going to go with a black cardigan but I felt that the lighter color worked better for the Summertime.  To “lighten” up the outfit a tad more, I also went with my black sandals as opposed to a ballet flat.  I further tied in the black with my black flower earrings.

This shirt is stretchy and has enough room to accommodate my belly.  I’ve noticed that in “regular” clothes I’m still small enough that people who don’t know I am pregnant just think that I have been gaining weight.  My maternity tops accentuate my belly in a way that I think it’s more obvious that I am pregnant and not that I’ve had one too many late night snacks.

What do you think?

-Carla

I’ve mentioned a few times that with my pregnancy I have very limited options when it comes to my bottom half.  It’s easy to find a shirt that can accommodate my larger chest and baby bump, but the bottom half is a little harder to fit.  Currently, I have a pair of maternity denim capri’s and dark wash skinny jeans.  I also modified a pair of khaki’s to be maternity.  But, that’s truly it!

Last Friday instead of trying to fuss with pants I just took the easy route and went with a maxi dress.  My husband is not really a fan of maxi dresses.  He tends to equate them with woman who are pregnant and although non-pregnant women can totally wear a maxi dress there is a reason why it’s sort of ubiquitous with pregnancy.  Most maxi dresses are made of a stretchy and forgiving material.

I wore this purple maxi dress that I have had for a very long time.  I did layer a white tank top under it for extra coverage and modesty and because it has thin straps I added a short-sleeved oatmeal cardigan over top.  Even though it was pouring down the rain it was probably not the best choice I went with my suede-ish purple ballet flats.  Oddly, I think that I look the least pregnant in this outfit than others that I have worn lately.

-Carla

 

Oh, Baby!

I’ve been keeping a secret from you.  Maybe you’re quite a keen observer and you’ve caught on.  Or, maybe you haven’t really given much thought to the clues and just look at my pictures.  But, I am now ready to announce to you that I am expecting!  For the past several weeks I have been moaning about being tired and not having energy to do both my hair and makeup on the same day and that I adopted a uniform of sorts when it came to getting dressed.

As I write this, I am 13.5 weeks.  Around 11 weeks we told our parents and then slowly started telling friends, bosses, and colleagues.  And then around week 12 we made it official with a baby announcement post featuring my husband and I and our cat, Pumpkin.

The first few months have been pretty easy-going.  Now that everyone knows it seems that people love to share horror stories about having the worst morning sickness and throwing up daily.  But, not me.  The first few weeks I felt nauseous but then I read up on it and modified my eating habits and didn’t have any issues.  The number one thing that plagued me during my first trimester was fatigue.  It was seriously no joke.  But, now I am just entering in to the 2nd trimester and that blanket of fatigue has dissipated.

I can see why they call the 2nd trimester the honeymoon phase.  I have gotten so much of my energy back.  I actually have the energy to do my hair, makeup, and outfit on the same day and I no longer hit the couch and doze off after work.  Plus, now that we’ve made our announcement it is so much easier getting dressed.  I’m no longer trying to hide the changes taking place in my body and/or worried that people are thinking that I am getting fat.  That’s extremely liberating.

This blog is going to become a maternity blog for the next 6 months and there will be lots of talk about babies.  I totally get if that’s not something that interests you but I sure hope that you’ll stick around.  In regards to clothing, I’ve read a lot of articles that give tips and tricks on wearing your own clothes for as long as possible but that’s not my jam.  In fact, I practically made the jump in to maternity clothes as soon as I could.  For me, it has made a world of difference.  In my other clothes I felt stuffed and uncomfortable and not cute.  Now that I’ve added a few maternity pieces to my wardrobe I have felt like getting dressed and creating outfits because I am so much more comfortable in my pants.  I also did another very important thing the other day on my day off and that was re-do my dresser drawers.  I had my Winter sweaters still out and there’s no reason for them not to be in storage at this point.  As I shifted them in to under the bed storage bags I also edited my wardrobe and took out anything that doesn’t work for my ever-changing pregnancy body.  This was such a great investment of time.  It allowed me to see what I have that works and what I might need to buy.  Also, now when I open my drawers to pick out an outfit it’s only things that will fit and feel good– not button-up blouses that won’t close over my growing boobs or pants that won’t button.

Perhaps in the next few days I will write a post on the maternity pieces that I have added to my wardrobe thus far, but for now let’s get to some outfit pictures.  This is sort of my first maternity outfit.  My mom was very excited to be able to buy me something to wear.  She bought both of these items at Wal-Mart.  The top is not maternity but it is an XL and I am normally a medium.  The capri pants are maternity and feature an elastic panel that comes up over the belly.  They just fit currently so if my rear or thighs expand they won’t fit very well but I am hoping by the time that happens it will be the end of Summer and I won’t want to wear capri’s.

If you look closely at this top it doesn’t actually have any purple in it, but from a distance the way some of the colors blend together it reads a purplish hue.  I decided to wear my purple ballet flats for that reason.  They don’t match precisely, but they do “go.”  This top isn’t exactly my favorite and I wouldn’t have picked it out for myself but it did accommodate my new shape quite well.

Stay tuned for lot’s more baby talk and maternity outfits.

-Carla