I love a classic look, and a white dress shirt should always be a staple in any wardrobe – even during pregnancy! I love this one from Gap, and it’s perfect for any season or occasion – pair with a dress for a casual day look or dress up a pair of jeans for a night out So versatile, and can be worn in some many combinations. Here are a few I love right now:
It has been icy and snowing here in Oklahoma for over a week, and I felt inspired for warmer weather! Spring is hopefully right around the corner, and I thought these white jeans are super cute and ready for sunshine. Today, on “Style the Bump”, I paired the jeans with some staples from my closet, and I am LOVING these nude espadrilles from Steve Madden! These maternity jeans have a full panel and are stretchy for all months of pregnancy. I am 32 weeks now – baby Isla will be here in the next two months! My husband seems unfazed by this, but I am still coming to terms with having another baby in the house. Eva and Alice are excited to be older sisters and are excited to have a baby to feed and hold. They have been practicing with their baby dolls already, and its freaking adorable!
Head to Steve Madden to check out this HUGE sale, now through 2/15/2021!! Extra 30% off all sale items with code EXTRA. Here are my favorites:
So many cute bump-friendly dresses for Spring! Now, it just needs to stop icing and freezing here in Oklahoma, so we can officially switch out our wardrobe. All of these are from Target or Amazon and under $50!! If you live somewhere still experiencing colder temperatures, you can wear any of these dresses with boots and a jacket or cardigan to get more wear before it warms up. Most of these are non-maternity dresses, but are great for your pregnancy and postpartum wardrobe. Check out all the cute options below:
Blush Floral Maxi Dress $34.99
Black Ruffle Sleeve Dress $34.99, comes in 6 colors
Mint T-shirt Dress $25, comes in 6 colors
Turtleneck Dress ON SALE for $17 !!
Long Sleeve Brushed Rib-Knit Tiered Dress $20, comes in 8 colors
Purple Long Sleeve Tiered Dress, $27.99
Puff Sleeve Ruffle Dress $29.99, comes in 3 colors
Sweatshirt Dress $23.80, comes in 4 colors
Ruffle Hem Tank Dress $15, comes in 10 colors
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This little black dress goes with everything, and with Spring hopefully right around the corner, I wanted to show you all some fun, dressy looks. You can dress this up or down, and it’s stretchy and comfy to grow with you throughout pregnancy.
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I am now 30 weeks pregnant with baby Isla, and it’s all becoming too real. My belly is growing by the day it seems, and my hunger has returned with a vengeance. I am now 10 weeks away from my due date, and I just had my second appointment with my new OB. I was on the search for a new OB since about 22 weeks when I finally decided that my former provider was not as supportive of my birth plan as I previously thought.
At my 30-week appointment last week, there were no major concerns. My husband and I got to see baby Isla and her little hands grabbing onto her feet on the ultrasound – can’t wait to meet her, she seems like so much fun already! Took the super-fun 1-hour glucose test, in which you drink orange or lemon-lime liquid and have your blood drawn to rule out gestational diabetes). I definitely drank worse things in my college days, and thankfully, I passed!
Although, my former provider delivered my first two babies, via C-section I might add, she wasn’t too keen on supporting my plans to VBAC with baby number three, meaning Vaginal Birth After Cesarean. I plan to have a separate post all about VBAC and why I want to attempt a VBAC with this pregnancy, will post soon! She was a wonderful provider, and I am thankful I had her to deliver my babies. With that said, I have wanted a vaginal birth since I found out I was pregnant with Eva in 2016, and now, I want it more than ever. My husband and I want to have 5 kids total, and recovering from major abdominal surgery while running after toddlers is not my ideal circumstance. I plan to do a post on each of my daughter’s birth stories at some point, but until then, I will say that my previous births brought my babies into this world, for which I am truly grateful, but there are aspects I would change or do-over if I could. I am so excited and hopeful for baby Isla’s birth, because my new OB is VERY VBAC-supportive, and I couldn’t be happier that I spent the past 8 weeks calling around town and posting on forums trying to find the ideal provider for the birth of my dreams. Never give up, mamas!
How I am feeling: I am uncomfortable to say the least, and like I said earlier, my belly is getting huge! I can feel some swelling starting to happen in my legs as well. Standing for long periods of time makes my legs feel swollen and achey, but not visibly showing much swelling yet. Acid reflux has started in big time, like all day long! I have been having allergies and sinus pressure – thanks, Oklahoma – which is causing me to have mini migraines and neck/shoulder pain. Been using a heating pad for that and Benadryl when I can’t stand it anymore. Going to Thrive Chiropractic Clinic every two weeks for a 30-minute massage and adjustment helps immensely. I also have a 1-hour massage at Recover Therapy once a month. I recommend taking care of your body as much as you can during this time to ease discomfort and ensure baby’s proper alignment for when labor is closer. I am feeling baby kicking like crazy, and I have been utilizing my pregnancy wedge pillow to try and get some sleep.
What I’m craving: CARBS. I feel like I am back to the first trimester, and am craving carbs and comfort foods. Breakfast sandwiches (egg, sausage, and cheese), pasta, Cherry Pepsi, and all the desserts. Trying to get in my protein when I can, but it’s hard because the thought of meat has been disgusting probably this whole pregnancy. I always start my day out with two scoops of collagen peptides in my coffee, and then have a protein shake in the afternoon. During pregnancy, women should aim to get around 70 grams of protein a day.
What I am doing for labor preparation: During this trimester, it’s GAME TIME! I have been seeing a prenatal Chiropractor in Tulsa Thrive Chiropractic Clinic every 2 weeks since about 22 weeks. Benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include: reduce pain, optimal positioning for baby for labor/birth, and a healthier and more comfortable pregnancy overall. I walk for 30 minutes a day when my schedule and the weather permits. My biggest endeavor during this month has been starting Hypnobabies online home study class. Hypnobabies teaches “teach real, medical-grade somnambulistic hypnosis techniques, creating an automatically peaceful, relaxing and more comfortable pregnancy, a calm confident Birth Partner, and an easier, much more comfortable natural birthing for our pregnant students.” This is has been eye-opening for me as a major component that I plan to utilize for my upcoming birth, free from epidural and pain meds. I will do a full review of the program after baby is born!
Overall, this mama is optimistic, determined, but dammit am I tired! I keep reminding myself that I CAN DO HARD THINGS, and that this is only temporary. Just happy to be in the last third of this pregnancy, and that much closer to meeting baby Isla. More updates to come!
It’s always fun to dress up for any holiday, especially Valentine’s Day! Being a girl mom is extra fun around this holiday, because my girls are into everything is PINK and covered in chocolate and sprinkles. These are fun options for preschool parties or staying in for Valentine’s morning brunch with the family. Check out my picks below:
Raincoat // Click link to shop: https://shopstyle.it/l/brjic
Love Monster Pajamas // Click link to shop: https://shopstyle.it/l/brjiH
Red Sneakers // Click link to shop: https://shopstyle.it/l/brjgV
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Denim Overall Dress with Heart Pockets // Click link to shop: https://shopstyle.it/l/brjiJ
Red Hearts Sweatshirt // Click link to shop: https://shopstyle.it/l/brjgX
Star Wars Pajamas // Click link to shop: https://shopstyle.it/l/brjiJ
Valentine Dress – 2 pack // Click link to shop: https://shopstyle.it/l/brjgY
Every month, I share my Amazon finds. For January, I purchase several items for around the house and for the girls. Check our my haul below!
Storage baskets – I use these as pretty catchalls at the top and bottom of the stairs. Whenever the tote at the bottom of the stairs is full, take it upstairs, empty it/put aways contents, and then take the upstairs tote downstairs to do the same #momhack
Noise machines – Our noise machine (see elephant below) stopped working after almost 4 years, so I ordered these three to try out. So far, the girls love the Owl because it has a built-in nightlight, plays their favorite tune (la la lu from Lady in the Tramp), and projects stars on the ceiling. I also ordered the toddler sleep trainer, but the girls are not quite ready for this one.
Closet/vanity organization and childproofing – I used command hooks to attach these baskets high up out of little hands reach. Baskets are containing my hair and beauty products, and I put the childproof drawer locks on my makeup drawers to keep the girls out since they can’t keep themselves out of my lipsticks and “potions”.
Toddler Dinnerware – LOVE these! Super sturdy, made from recycled materials, and MADE IN THE USA. We had a hodge lodge assortment of cups etc., and we were losing straws, so I decided it was time for a full reset. The girls absolutely love them – hello, pink and purple – and these come in several other color options.
Every year my daughters have been alive, I have written them a letter on their birthday. I keep it tucked in a box for when they are older and can appreciate their sappy mom’s heartfelt words. This year I decided to do something a little different. I wanted to write a birthday letter to myself, or rather about myself. Today is my 35th birthday. Looking back it seems like those years have flown by and dragged on all at the same time. Those years have carried me through so many pivotal times in my life thus far. Many milestones, accomplishments, failures, losses as well as triumphs along the way.
My twenties were filled with figuring out who I was – my career, what I wanted out of life, what was important, who I wanted as a partner. I finished college, went through several jobs, moved cities, left relationships, eventually landed back in my hometown, and met the love of my life. This was a time of transition and finding independence, navigating being on my own and sorting through who I wanted to be and what I wanted for my life down the road. Let me go back to ‘love of my life’. Now, when I say this, please know I mean it from the depths of my soul. Brook is the man that was made for me, in each and every way. When lovers become best friends and life companions, it is truly a beautiful thing. Over the past seven years, almost married for five, we have seen many ups and down, but still wake up every day putting us first. We have grown together through conflict, parenthood, and everyday stress. He is my homebase, my rest from the storm at the end of a long day. We can talk about everything and nothing all at once. I have learned such patience and understanding from our relationship, and when I step back and take a look from the outside, I would want a relationship just like ours. Full of that raw, honest love that manifests as true respect, support and understanding for one another. We are partners till the wheels fall off, and believe me, I would figuratively bury a body for that man.
Before I married Brook, I spent my 30th birthday crying over my birthday cake, thinking I was now officially ‘old’. There might have been alcohol involved, but looking back on when I was ‘that girl’, I could not have been more wrong. My thirties have so far proved to be the fullest years of my life. Full of love, laughter, and most importantly growth, albeit uncomfortable at times. With this growth has come confidence. I no longer look at the girl in the mirror and see a girl, confused and directionless. I see a woman, a wife, a mother. I see a force to be reckoned with, a power inside me that fuels me forward, even on down days. I see a woman who can hold her own, and knows who she is. Everyone says that their 40’s are where it’s at, so I will continue to welcome each coming year, if with each year, I learn more about myself and more about who I am. It’s been a beautiful thing to get to know me, and there is so much more to uncover.
At 31, I became a mother. At 32, I became a mother for a second time. And now at 35, I am about to become a mother for a third time. All girls, who I want to conquer the world. To live bravely without fear of shame, judgement, or hate. It seems surreal, and oftentimes scary, that I have been tasked as their mother. But, if I am anything, it is determined. If I want something, I will work tirelessly to get it. If I want to achieve something, I won’t let anything stop me. If someone says I can’t do something or be something, I say ‘watch me’. And motherhood is no different for me. With having children, especially girls, I feel this unrelenting urge to be a better woman for them, if not myself. I want them to see a woman they want to be one day. I want them to see an example of strength and grace under pressure, who doesn’t take shit from anyone. Who is assertive and sure of herself, and can be decisive yet kind.
As I want to be their leader and their teacher, they also teach me things each and every day. They start everyday on a full tank, ready to conquer anything – full of joy and possibility. I aim to see the world through their eyes, to not be jaded by my adulthood and responsibilities and stress. They have also taught me not to let my anger get the best of me. As patient as I think I am on my best days, they are there to remind me, rather test my patience. I have learned I am not perfect, and nor, do I have to be. They look at me with all the love in their eyes, no matter what. No matter if I’ve showered or have makeup on. No matter what, I am their mama and that is enough for them. I am enough just as I am. I’ve learned to accept love, which was always something I felt I had to earn rather than deserve. I have learned to accept help and support when I need it, and even when I think I don’t. I will always have struggles and shortcomings, but I want those that have been on this journey with me to know they are loved and appreciated beyond words. I want everyone I care about to know where they stand with me.
And finally, the biggest lesson I will take away from the past time I’ve had in this life, is life is but a glimmer, a speck in the cosmos. If not now, when? Run, rather sprint after what you want and who you want to be for yourself, for your spouse, for your family. You are perfect just as you are, and anyone who knows you is lucky to be in your presence if only for a moment on this earth. Leap without fear, and love without regret.
This go-around I am feeling the start of the third trimester, HARD – extreme hunger and exhaustion, aches and pains, headaches, and super bitchy and cranky. Like do not mess with this mama! BUT, We are so close now, and shit is getting real, mamas! Here are some things I have used in the past and some new items I plan to try out. Whatever gets us to the finish line, check it out –
Now, by this time you are probably getting pretty uncomfortable. I usually use my husband as a body pillow, but this comes in handy when you start sweating in your sleep and are not interested in cuddling.
It’s time to prep your hospital GO bag, and this one is a good option. I’ll do a post soon on what to pack in here as well, since that time is getting closer!
Bringing your own clothing to the hospital is an option, and I love this idea. I haven’t down this previously, but I ordered two of these in different colors. I think it will help me to feel more at home and comfortable during labor.
Your feet might start swelling around this time, so you will want to be in flip flops. Might as well indulge in some cute ones since you are growing a human and all. Go get a pedicure while you are at it, since I know its been a minute since you could reach your feet.
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During my first pregnancy, my feet grew a size and a half (!) and never went back. It’s a thing apparently, and I’m using it as a good excuse to buy new shoes.
No matter what time of year you are in your third trimester, dresses are always a good idea. I HATE PANTS! Go with easy neutral options and dress them up or down depending on how you feel.
Closer to your due date, around 32 weeks, you can start to use a workout ball for gentle pregnancy exercises, such as hip circles, figure 8s, etc. In labor, you can bounce on the ball or use it move around for comfort or positioning.
Time to start all the labor prep. I am trying red raspberry leaf tea for the first time during my third pregnancy. I started drinking one cup per day in my second trimester, and am drinking 2 to 3 cups a day now.
Another common labor prep practice is eating dates. Trying this for the first time as well during my third pregnancy. I plan to start around 32 weeks, and eat 6 to 8 dates per day. NOTE: It helps to mix them in a smoothie or overnight oats if you aren’t a huge fan of the taste or texture.
With all three pregnancies, epsom salt foot baths are a must to ease achy, swollen feet. Trust me, you will take any relaxation you can get.
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