After baby : 5 pieces 1 outfit

Hey friends! 5 pieces 1 outfit is a twice monthly series where we feature 5 pieces that bring together 1 perfect outfit. It doesn’t take a lot of time, money, and pieces to create a fashionable look that anyone can create. 5 pieces is all you need to make another outfit killer. First, it’s best to have a theme so you have a place to build from. That can be a color combo or maybe even an event. But most of all you just need a good base piece. This week’s theme is the look I can’t wait to wear after baby!

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hudson jeans madewell tee . boots . earrings . bag

I have loved being pregnant for the past 9 months. However, I am pretty excited now that I get to hold my baby boy, and selfishly, not share my body. My very favorite thing to wear has always been jeans and a loose t shirt. There are so many ways to accessorize and things add to it to make it anything you want it to be. It’ll probably be a few more weeks until my favorite skinny jeans fit again, but I’m anxiously waiting for the day. What was your favorite thing to wear once you had your first baby?

Today is the last day of September and I’m officially on maternity leave from the blog! I’ve got a few posts going up throughout the month and if I feel up to it I’ll be back once or twice to share our birth story and Jack’s first few weeks of life! The plan is to come back in time for Halloween because we all know my love of the Holidays! Thank you all for you love and support these past 9 months and I’m sure all you’ll give while I learn life with a baby! You are truly the best.

The Wednesday Showcase #67

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I’m taking some time away from the blog to spend quality time with new baby Jack!  Visit one of the other blogs linked below to link up! I’ll still visit and re-tweet as many as I can during nap time! See you soon!

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A Houseful of Handmade | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram

Butcher’s Niche | Pinterest | Instagram | Bloglovin’

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the one when nothing fit

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leggings . tank topsimilar shoesearrings . glasses are prescription . jacket

I’ve said numerous times throughout my pregnancy that I’ve basically lived in leggings or shorts and a tank top. But I haven’t actually worn them on the blog much. You guys get to see date night and church outfits which I put much more thought into. But these outfits that I wear most days do have some style to them. Usually more than I’m showing here even. But mainly for the last two weeks of my pregnancy, nothing fit. look at those boobs, that belly, them ankles . . . woof

The best part of this outfit is that it’s super comfortable even when I wasn’t. Sometime soon you’ll hear our birth story and I’ll tell you about how for two weeks this little boy made me think he was coming only to put me off. So needless to say for at least two weeks I was uncomfortable everyday. I’m not complaining. I’m just stating the truth. When a 7 lb baby is sitting literally in your pelvis, it’s hard to be comfortable. It also makes it easy to wear when nothing fit because the belly was so low and so big. It also made it easy when I walked and walked and walked every day or bounced and bounced and bounced on my birthing ball. Walk the baby out as they say.

What’s your favorite thing to wear when nothing fits?

the one with accessories for new moms

Accessories can make or break an outfit, and they are some of my favorite parts to any and all outfits! I’ve been going through withdrawals already at the thought of losing dangly earrings, long necklaces, and purses. Instead of lingering on the negative, I’ve made a list of accessories for new moms I’m looking forward to trying out!

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Loren Hope Sophia studs – I have awhile before he starts pulling on my jewelry, but I might as well get used to not wearing dangly things now. My first thought was studs in his birthstone. But October’s birthstone is rose. Orange reminds me of October.

bar necklace – Every new mom needs something sentimental. I feel like something with his name on it would also help save time.

Kate Spade leather wallet – It makes me sad that purses are a thing of the past. But now I need a bigger wallet to throw into the diaper bag. A cute one softens the blow.

teething necklace – For those times you have to wear a dangly necklace, make it one that’s helpful.

ring sling – I intend to wear baby boy a lot. So a ring sling is going to be an accessory. The first one I got was navy, and then I realized . . . what if I wear black!? I have 3 now. He’s not even here yet. It might be a problem.

All of you moms who’ve been through it before please share any others!! I’m all ears!!

the one with what i’m packing for the hospital

We toured the hospital about a month ago. For my prone to anxiety self it was nice to see where I’d be. But I realized my husband will have a lot of stuff to carry around. So I’m trying really hard not to over pack for the hospital. We’ll be there 3ish days, and neither my husband nor I will be leaving at all. Well,  we have discussed him going home to sleep if he’s not sleeping at all. I’m not a tyrant. But I want to be sure all 3 of us are comfortable no matter what happens. I’m notorious for over packing and being over prepared. First time mom jokes get on my nerves so this could be bad. It’s also impossible not to acknowledge that I have no idea what will happen once I’m in the hospital.

My goal is to have everything in one carry on suit case and a backpack. So here’s what i’m packing for the hospital . . .

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In the carry-on –

Mama:

  • 2 days of pajamas/comfy clothes (nursing sleep dresses, leggings/tanks)
  • robe
  • I hate wearing socks, so I’m bring some simple flip flops to wear around the hospital
  • 2 nursing bras and 4/5 pair of undies I can throw away later
  • outfit to go home – they say I’ll be about the size I was at 6 months. So I’m taking a simple black dress I’ve worn my whole pregnancy that’s very comfortable, but looks nice. If I have a c section it won’t hurt my incision either. I’m also taking some cute sandals, simple studs, and a simple necklace for pictures!
  • toiletry bag – I prefer to use my own things so I’m taking – shampoo/condition, body wash, face wipes, eye cream, moisturizer, tooth brush/paste, floss, mouth wash, brush, hair ties, body lotion, simple makeup (foundation, concealer, blush, lip gloss, mascara), lip balm, deo
  • labor/post partum bag – tums, gum, nursing pads, lanolin cream, stool softener, witch hazel spray, peppermint essential oil, clary sage essential oil, hand held rolling back massager, – thunder pads will be courtesy of the wonderful hospital
  • wallet (id and insurance info), phone (with playlist for labor on it) and charger, camera and charger, notebook/pen – I’ll be pre-registered for the hospital already and the babies birth certificate paperwork is included in that and then the nurses help us finish it after birth. Our ob, pediatrician, and insurance info is in our phones so we can call them once he’s born to have him added and get appointments scheduled.
  • 3 nurses gifts

Baby:

  • 2 receiving blankets – I plan to do skin to skin as much as possible in the hospital so all he’ll need is receiving blankets. I want a couple of ours for cute pictures.
  • 4 outfits – 1 to come home in and 1 for fun! 2 for 7-8 lbs and 2 for 8-10 lbs. There’s a good chance he’ll be a big baby so I want to be prepared for all sizes 🙂
  • our own diaper cream and bath soap because I’m picky.  – diapers, extra blankets, wipes, other toiletries I’ll use the hospitals.

Daddy:

  • 2 entire outfits
  • gum/snacks/quarters for vending machine
  • pillows and blankets
  • phone and charger, ipad and charger
  • deo, face wipes, shower essentials
  • pillow and blanket
  • birthing ball – he gets this on his list because he insists on taking ours and not using the hospitals.
  • list of important things to do after birth so we don’ forget
  • list of people to be sure we call and send pictures too once we’re in post partum

So that’s what i’m packing for the hospital! I’ll be back after Jack to let you know what I actually used!

The Wednesday Showcase #66

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I’m taking some time away from the blog to spend quality time with new baby Jack!  Visit one of the other blogs linked below to link up! I’ll still visit and re-tweet as many as I can during nap time! See you soon!

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A Savory Feast |Twitter | Pinterest |Instagram

I Say Nomato | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

A Houseful of Handmade | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram

Butcher’s Niche | Pinterest | Instagram | Bloglovin’

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Everyday Made Fresh | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Flowers in My Hair | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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the one with the mustard dress

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jean jacket . similar maternity dress . similar non maternity dress . similar flats . lower priced flats . necklace via

Mustard is yet again looking like it’s going to be a major player for fall fashion. For some reason I’ve never really gotten into mustard. Probably because I don’t think it looks good on my skin tone. I already have enough yellowish. But I have been rocking this mustard dress all summer long.

I grew up playing the piano, but took a long break after high school. Recently, I picked it back up again, and to keep myself active, busy, and creative I’ve kept playing weekly throughout my pregnancy and intend to do so until it’s over. Which I’m hoping as you’re reading this it is over. This dress is perfect for those days. I look nice for the people watching, the flare skirt keeps my under things covered as I spread my legs underneath the piano, and it fits over the belly. Not much is fitting over the belly these days so fit and flare dresses are key.

Quick side note – this mustard dress is from old navy in the spring. It is a maternity dress. But it’s not on their website anymore. I have dresses linked that have a similar fit, but none of them have a mustard option. I couldn’t find one similar enough that I liked so I figured this was a better option! If you have any questions or want my help finding others just message me! If I’m not in the hospital I’ll get back to you asap.

5 pieces 1 outfit: striped dress

Hey friends! 5 pieces 1 outfit is a twice monthly series where we feature 5 pieces that bring together 1 perfect outfit. It doesn’t take a lot of time, money, and pieces to create a fashionable look that anyone can create. 5 pieces is all you need to make another outfit killer. First, it’s best to have a theme so you have a place to build from. That can be a color combo or maybe even an event. But most of all you just need a good base piece. This week’s theme is a simple striped dress from Target – that happens to look nice in baby boy’s room.

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dress . similar non maternity dress . flats . white bracelet vintage . rose gold bracelet . earrings

 Since I spent most of my September walking through Target to get my hips to open up, it was only a matter of time before this dress and I met. Finally, one day there it was right by the aisle between maternity and baby items and it was in my cart faster than you could say maternity pictures. It’s a simple dress so simple accessories was all it needed. And it was the perfect dress for my Florida shower and for maternity pictures in the nursery! They say first time moms have their babies one week early or one week late. . . so I should have a baby by Monday, right!?!?! My bladder hopes so.

the one with 38 weeks

Welp, Hopefully this is our last pregnancy update. Baby Boy will be here in less than 3 weeks. I’ve loved being pregnant for the most part, and I know I’ll miss feeling Jack grow into a little human in my belly. But now I’ll get to watch him grow to a little boy and then a man in real life. I guess the trade off is worth it 🙂

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How far along? 38 weeks

Maternity clothes? maternity dresses are my hero. also leggings to keep the legs covered up from bugs.

Sleep: It is, what it is. I sleep for about 4 hours and wake up for 2. Then I sleep for about 2 hours and wake up for 3. Then I just give up, but that’s followed by a nap at mid day. Or I have all the energy in the world regardless of how I slept the night before. 

Best moment: We got our pre-pregnancy list done! And finding out baby is head down at our appointment last week! 

Miss Anything?: Finally, I can eat sushi in about 3 weeks!

Movement: Lots of pushing and pulling instead of kicking.  

Food cravings: biscuits and gravy. Since sleep isn’t great, and I take a nap almost everyday. That means I don’t usually eat as much as I would on a normal day. So I’m craving lots of carbs and protein to get my calories up. And baby boy needs water all day, erry day. If I go a couple hours with no water all movement stops then I drink about 3 oz and he’s back to bouncing and pushing. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: nope.

Gender: boy! Jack William Stark

Symptoms: I got a real good pregnancy swag going. My body is opening itself up as they say.  

Belly Button in or out? still in 🙂 

Wedding rings on or off? on and comfortable.

Happy or Moody most of the time: I’m still the happiest and mellowist I’ve ever been. But the anxiety of pending labor and OMG what if I’m not a good mom is here so there are moments where the emotions get the better of me. But my moods have been no where near what I thought they would be. 

Looking forward to?  Meeting my sweet boy!