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Thursday I got up, got dressed, and went to work.  Except I wasn’t supposed to be at work.  I know– you’re thinking how could that happen?  But, there’s a simple explanation.  I’ve been working with my employer to reduce my hours to part-time and all of the paperwork and everything finally went through.  The trouble is that they notified me through my work e-mail and they don’t allow remote access.  So, I had no idea that everything had been finalized until I was at work and reading through my e-mail.

But, it wasn’t all bad.  Since I was already up, dressed, and ready for the day I took advantage of that motivation and went home to do some more packing.  That day I tackled about 75% of the kitchen– all of the dishware, glasses, pots & pans that we can do without for the next few weeks.  I left a few glasses, coffee cups, plates, bowls, one frying pan, sauce pan, and large pot.  That’s when I ran out of boxes.  So, I took that break as an opportunity to go grocery shopping and get some more packing boxes.  Then, I came back home and did some more packing and worked on school stuff.  All in all, it was quite a productive day.

For the workday that I didn’t work, I paired my blue and white striped maternity shirt from Old Navy with my non-maternity olive-green skinny khaki pants– also from Old Navy.  I was going to wear my white converse for sort of a casual and sporty look, but my husband wore his green khaki pants with a navy Indian’s polo and his brown deck shoes so I was inspired to do the same.  I’m glad that I did because when I looked back in the gallery the last time I wore this t-shirt I paired it with medium-wash boot cut jeans and my white converse.  So, this was something different.

-Carla

Buyer Beware

Monday of this week I was excited to wear another one of my maternity tops.  This is one of the 4 tops that I bought with the gift card from my sister.  Online it looked like the background was white or creme with the blue flowers.  The reviews said that this shirt ran large and one buyer complained about the buttons falling off.  I went ahead and purchased it anyway thinking that it would be a good shirt to wear while teaching.  Well, a few things.  First off, the background is blush pink.  I actually don’t mind too much because I think it’s a subtle and classy way to wear baby pink and blue.  But, the button comment was no joke.  When I first took this blouse out of the plastic bag it shipped in one of the buttons fell right off.  Luckily, it wasn’t that big of a deal and I just sewed the button back on.

But, it didn’t end there.  You can’t tell too much in this photo but I layered a navy tank top underneath of this blouse and boy am I glad that I did!  Because the buttons are sewn on loosely they have a tendency to easily slip out of the button-hole at the slightest shift in posture and then before you know it the entire top of the blouse is hanging wide open.  Yikes!  And the button saga continued.  About halfway through my day one of the buttons on the cuff of the sleeve fell off.  I was able to grab it and put it in my pocket so I can sew it back on, but still.

Then, I noticed that there was a string hanging off the side of the blouse.  Upon further inspection I realized that they were loops on either side for a belt.  But, my shirt didn’t come with a belt.  I’m not sure if it was supposed to but I am led to believe that it was.  I bought the shirt on clearance for $12.79 so it’s not the end of the world but I don’t expect the buttons to fall off a shirt and it to arrive missing a piece.  I may remove the other buttons and sew them on tighter so that the shirt can be more functional and I have belts that I can wear with the shirt, but buyer beware!

-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