Showing posts with label motherhood maternity. Show all posts
Showing posts with label motherhood maternity. Show all posts

September 6, 2013

Maternity Clothes Must Haves

I work an 8-5 (or longer) Monday through Friday job so wearing yoga pants my entire pregnancy was out of the question so maternity clothes were a must.  Most days, I still had to wear a suit or something resembling suit separates.  However, I told myself that I wouldn't buy too many maternity clothes and I stuck to this promise.  My belly popped out very early so I learned that with a few key pieces and using some pre-pregnancy clothes, I was able to dress myself professionally every day and get through my pregnancy with some style.  Below are just some pieces that were able to get me through the week and weekend while pregnant.  You do not have to spend a lot of money to get through pregnancy in style!  Some of my favorite places to shop for bargain pregnancy clothes were Target, Old Navy, and the sale sections of Gap and Loft.  Motherhood Maternity also has great pencil skirts.  Below is what worked for me but I'd love to know and read any of your suggestions on your preggo style :-)

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I kept it simple by only purchasing basic pieces and accessorizing with what I already owned.  Most of the time, I wore dresses with a cardigan then belting the dress to emphasize the bump.  You know, reminding people that there was a baby in there and not 10 burritos.  Statement necklaces are also great to break up an otherwise simple outfit.  Heels were a no go for me so I wore the heck out of my black ballerina flats.  If you only buy a few maternity work items, I definitely recommend the above picks as those are what got me by and I literally worked right up to the day I was induced for labor.  I've updated my Outfits page for more maternity work clothes ideas using pieces similar to those above.

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Now, most of the time I spent in lounge clothes but if I had to leave the house, my uniform was either a simple dress or shorts and a tee.  My shoes of the summer were definitely the Target Lavada sandals.  Comfort was key for me and especially in my third trimester, the less fuss the better.  I've updated my Outfits page for more ideas on weekend wear.

I hope these suggestions help any preggo mommas out there!

July 5, 2013

Baby Zumba


The morning we took these pictures, I couldn't take my eyes off my belly because Lucas was definitely zumba dancing in there; hence why I'm holding my back for dear life.  Maybe I shouldn't have eating flan again for breakfast?  Yeah, that's right, I said again.

We had another appointment this week and we got to see our little man on the ultrasound.  This guy is measuring 7 pounds 11 ounces which means I should probably confess something.  I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before but here goes...I was a 10.5 pound baby.  I would say 10.5 newborn but c'mon 10.5 ain't newborn.  Karma is coming to get me with this baby.  If I make it to 40 weeks, he could weigh around 10 pounds.  This has given me more ammo to garner some sympathy from my husband.  Now, I've been saying, can you puhleez drive across town to get me praline ice cream?  I might be pushing out a 10 pound baby soon! 

Sweater: Ann Taylor  /  Shirt: Motherhood Maternity  /  Skirt: Gap Maternity  /  Shoes: Me Too  /  Jewelry: Banana Republic, David Yurman


July 3, 2013

The One With the Ugly Shoes


I'm down to my last pair of black shoes that fit and, shock, they're hideous.  I seriously thought I was going to prance around my heels throughout my pregnancy and, now, all I can dream about is walking around barefoot.  I think the topic I've talked about most about in my pregnancy is my swollen feet and lack of shoes.  I honestly did not want to spend money on shoes since I'm hoping that my feet go back to normal.  In the meantime, I'll be sporting these clunkers on my feet until I'm on maternity leave and can fulfill my dream of walking around barefoot during the daytime.  Dreaming big, all the time.

Sweater: J Crew  /  Shirt: Gap Maternity  /  Skirt: Motherhood Maternity  /  Jewelry: David Yurman, Zara


July 1, 2013

Baby Scare Tactics


Happy July!  July is Lucas' birth month and I couldn't be more excited.  Lucas gave us quite a scare this weekend.  On Saturday, my mom and I went to a spa to get massages.  I had the loveliest prenatal massage and was feeling so relaxed.  My mom then made the suggestion to go do some shopping.  While in the car, my mom commented that Lucas must have been moving all over the place due to the massage.  I then realized, I haven't felt him move all morning.  Talk about feeling like the most negligent person on the planet.  We immediately start to try to get him moving by having me eat sweets, etc, all while still in the car.  I quickly called the doctor and she told me to immediately go to the hospital's maternity ward.  At my last appointment, I was told that I was measuring at 37 weeks instead of 36 (I'm 38 weeks today).

On our way to the hospital, we started calling my husband...he doesn't pick up so we try 20 more times until he finally picks up his phone.  When he did finally get to the hospital, he felt so bad he didn't have his phone on him.  Funny story later is that I realized he was in such a rush, he threw a crap load of my makeup, soaps, etc making such a mess all because he thought I was in labor!  As soon as I got to the hospital, I was hooked up to the monitors.  The few seconds it took the nurse to find Lucas' heartbeat felt like an eternity.  Luckily, the nurse and doctor told me that he seemed healthy and everything sounded great.  The problem was that I couldn't feel any of his movements even though the machine was picking up tons of movement and even contractions.  I was asked if I felt the contractions and I didn't feel those either.  My mom then tells me that she couldn't feel contractions either when she was pregnant with me.  Hmm, this will be an interesting labor.  He apparently got into a new position making it hard for me to feel his movements.  The doctor and nurse were so nice and definitely reassured me that everything was okay.

So Saturday started off blissfully and ended with some stress but thank goodness Lucas is okay.  Now that my due date is a week earlier, anticipation is definitely kicking in!

Dress: Motherhood Maternity  /  Sweater: Ann Taylor  /  Shoes: Me Too  /  Handbag: Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM  /  Necklace: Eve's Addition


June 20, 2013

Simple Grays


Thank you for the birthday love!  30 is already shaping up to be a good year.  My mom and I have decided that this baby is coming way earlier than my mid July due date which my feet are thankful for.  They are so tired of the only two pairs of shoes that barely fit!

Linking up today with the lovely Tara of Mix and Match Fashion!

Shirt: Old Navy Maternity  /  Skirt: Motherhood Maternity  /  Shoes: Target  /  Bag: Kate Spade  /  Jewelry: Gifted charm necklace, Ebay, Lorenzo, Tiffanys


May 9, 2013

Plum Bows

Sweater: J Crew  /  Tank: The Limited  /  Skirt: Motherhood Maternity  /  Shoes: MIA  /  Sunglasses: Dior  /  Handbag: Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM

This is quite the deceiving top as it definitely does not show the massiveness that is my belly right now.  Dressing for work at 7 1/2 months pregnant has been interesting.  If I could wear my husband's pjs/sweats to work (all that will fit me) I would.  However, I can't.  Most of my outfits are very very basic.  I hardly ever venture into my closet anymore since I'm now just rotating between like 4 different outfits.  The old me would be going crazy but right now I just want to be comfortable.  The baby is getting so big that I'm much more comfortable in dresses with cardigans.  I can't complain though.  I've been lucky to have a pretty normal pregnancy with hardly any sickness so if my biggest problem is finding something to wear, I'll take it!


May 1, 2013

Neon and Stripes


If there's a rule that pregnant women should stay away from stripes then I clearly have broken it many times throughout my pregnancy.  Not only stripes but bright pink neon stripes that scream huge hormonal lady coming your way!

I had a doctor's appointment yesterday and everything is right on track.  Little man is measuring well and all the symptoms I described to my doctor are "normal."  Apparently, running out of air just walking from the couch to my bed is completely normal.  Good news!

Linking up with T+J Designs today!


Shirt: Loft  /  Blazer Vest: Banana Republic  /  Skirt: Motherhood Maternity  /  Shoes: Ann Taylor  /  Bag: London Fog  /  Necklace: Forever 21


April 25, 2013

Dizzy Dots


I seem to name almost all my posts "dots" something.  I'm original.  I'm so flipping excited for this weekend because on Saturday it's my baby shower!  Family is coming in town that I haven't seen in awhile so I anticipate lots of laughs and good times ;-)

I've officially said bye bye to my heels.  I put on a pair of heels the other day because I had a court hearing and I couldn't even stand in them for more than a minute.  It's flats for me.  I read something the other day that some women's feet permanently grow half a size after pregnancy.  I'm truly hoping that this doesn't happen to me (not that it's the worst thing in the world).

Linking up with Tara of Mix and Match Fashion today!

Sweater: Loft  /  Shirt: Motherhood Maternity  /  Skirt: Gap Maternity  /  Shoes: Tory Burch


April 3, 2013

Chevron Zags


My sweet and hilarious Titi Isabelita (titi is spanish for "Aunt") bought me maternity tops in December and I'm finally able to fit into them which makes me very happy!  I initially only purchased maternity bottoms and a couple of dresses but neglected to buy tops.  Until now, I've been able to fit into my regular tops but lately I've really been testing the seams.  I'm fully embracing my new maternity tops and the flexibility and ease they bring to my everyday attire!


 Top: Motherhood Maternity  /  Pants: Gap Maternity  /  Shoes: DSW  /  Jewelry: Eve's Addiction, Macys, David Yurman


February 22, 2013

Changes and Changes

Sweater: J Crew  /  Dress: Motherhood Maternity  /  Shoes: Sole Society  /  Handbag: Coach

I have to laugh when I look at this photo because I literally look like I'm smuggling a beach ball and wearing three layers under my sleeves!  Maybe taking photos after work isn't the best idea.  I recently went through my archives and got a kick out of my expanding belly.  When I started blogging, it never occurred to me that I would soon be documenting my pregnancy.  I've lately been feeling better and better the further in pregnancy I get.  My husband said to me the other day, "you're pretty proud to be pregnant, aren't you."  He wasn't asking because he knows that I am.  If you asked me a year ago when I was planning to have children, I would have said not any time soon.  Now, I can't imagine not wanting to have this child.  It's a strange thing this pregnancy is but I'm loving every minute of it.


February 14, 2013

Love Is All You Need

Sweater: Forever 21  /  Shirt: J Crew  /  Skirt: Motherhood Maternity  /  Shoes: Stuart Weitzman  /  Handbag: Chanel  /  Accessories: J Crew, Ebay, Stella and Dot, David Yurman

Happy Valentine's Day!  I wore this outfit on Sunday and thought how Valentinesy it looked then I remembered that Valentine's Day was today!  Oops, pregnancy brain.  So I'll be wearing this again since only like two people saw me on Sunday.  Does anyone else do that?  

Today is extra special because, fingers crossed, we find out the baby's gender at our appointment this morning!!!!!!!!  I'm so excited I can barely stand it!  I've been reading online how some women drink Mountain Dew or something really sugary to make sure the baby is alert during the appointment.  I'm going to play it safe with some orange juice and hope for the best.  I have a feeling it's going to be a boy but will be very happy either way!


February 8, 2013

Priorities

Sweater: Ann Taylor  /  Shirt: Gap  /  Skirt: Motherhood Maternity  /  Handbag: Chanel  / Shoes: Banana Republic

I normally wouldn't post such an ordinary outfit post like this but I've been getting questions on how I've been dressing the bump for court/suit outfits and this is it.  I think I've discussed how particular I am about dressing for court but to sum it up, I always feel the need to dress my most professional--fashionable or not.  Obviously, I prefer to look stylish but, honestly, clients pay their hard earned money for me to represent them so when it comes to dressing for court, I dress for the job not for me.  Maybe that will change more as I grow older but, lately, it has definitely changed as my bump grows larger.  I like to tuck my shirt in for court but that just isn't possible anymore.  Now, I can't tuck my shirts in and my jackets don't button up.  But that's okay.  Before pregnancy, I felt more comfortable going to court with my shirt tucked in, jacket buttoned but now, I'm more comfortable with a loose fitting shirt and my jacket undone.  I think Judges understand too that I don't mean to disrespect the court by not buttoning my jacket.  

I thought a lot about this last week when I was sitting outside the courtroom waiting for my case to be called.  I looked down and saw my jacket unbuttoned but knew I could do anything about it since I haven't purchased a maternity suit.  Maybe a minute later, my stomach felt like popcorn popping inside which I thought was odd until I remembered that I'm not alone.  There's a little baby in there kicking and moving around and it's the first time I'm literally feeling it!  Doesn't that just sound so cheesy?!  It really is what I thought at that time though.  It was a good court day.


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