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the one with a black maxi

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 dress . jean jacket . necklace flats ear jackets

Happy Halloween!! I love the holidays so obviously today is one of my favorite days! I’m also really excited to get back into blogging regularly, and I knew today would be the best day to start!

We’re in that awkward phase of the year when everyone else is in fall, but Florida is still almost 90 degrees almost everyday. However, I’ve heard it’s hotter than usual in other areas. But Florida is right on schedule – with a light breeze. It’s a weird time for me as a blogger. I know the outfits I’m actually wearing most of my readers wont’ wear right now. And I’m jealous to be honest. I want to dress for colder weather. But I would sweat if I did that. Today I’m showing you how I’m actually wearing the dress plus how I’d wear it if I was in fall weather.

I recently picked up this fantastic black maxi dress. The back gives it that little sexy edge and some extra style from just being basic. Plus, all I have to do is untie the straps to nurse Jack! Holla! Paired with simple accessories a bold lip (and a jean jacket if it’s cool enough) it’s the perfect church, brunch, shopping, wherever you wanna wear it dress ! I can’t wait to dress it up for a holiday party!

What’s the weather where you live like – have you finally pulled out the fall clothes yet?

the one with Jack’s Halloween Costume

img_9338 img_9339 img_9340Today I’ve got quite possibly the cutest post of all time! It’s Jack’s Halloween costume! I’m really proud of it and of my boy.

I love Harry Potter so when my bro in law sent me a picture of another baby dressed as a mandrake I knew exactly what Jack would be for his 1st Halloween! My husband; however, is not as big a fan. But It only took minimal convincing.

I found some options to buy on etsy, but in the end decided to make my own. This way I was able to have my own little take on it, and I spent the same amount (if not less) than buying pre-made. I wanted it to be a little vintage and whimsical – like something you would find in Professor Sprout’s greenhouse.

All you need is –

green crochet hat – fake greenery for top of hat – fake greenery/flowers for pot – terra cotta pot – hot glue and gun – needle/thread – white paint and paint brush –

And to make it you need about an hour.

  1. Sew the greenery on top of the hat
  2. To make the terra cotta pot look vintagy – water down the white paint, brush it all over the terra cotta pot, then wipe it off
  3. Once that dries, hot glue the rest of the greenery randomly over the terra cotta pot
  4. Put hat on baby, put baby in pot, and giggle all night!

The print I chose not to put on the pot because I think it looks more like the ones in the movie. Ha! And the greenery just makes it look cooler in my opinion.

 

 

the one with fall maternity outfits: dresses

Dresses! Oh how I love thee! Dresses were my savior during pregnancy. The stretchy, the versatility. Now they are my savior again in post par tum. The forgiveness. The comfort. Since I showed you an Instagram round up of my favorite fall outfits featuring pants last week, it’s only natural I do the same for dresses. Especially since I know I’m not the only one who loves them so much. I even rocked my favorite pink blush maternity dress that was way too big because even I can’t say no to lace and blanket scarves. Not even in September . . . in Florida . . . call it a pregnancy craving.

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dress . hat . flats . chambray

Yes this picture makes it look like my water broke. I assure you it did not. But this outfit was perfect for those rainy days when the temperature dropped. Or right at the beginning of fall when they dropped a little, but it was still hot.

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dress . popover . boots . clutch . sunglasses

This outfit is the epitome of fall to me. Red plaid, cognac riding boots . . . it doesn’t get much better. It was perfect for the still hot temps of Florida fall. I love how big the belly looks in this dress. I kinda miss it.

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jacket . dress . booties

Olive and mustard are a great color combination for fall weather especially when paired with my favorite booties!

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boots . aviators . scarf . dress

This may be my favorite outfit of all time. I wish it got cold enough for this outfit in Florida more than one day a year. I’ve also decided that I’m definitely buying this dress in my post partum size.

What are you wearing this fall?

the one with Jack’s nursery

Jack’s nursery is finally done! I’m always ahead of the game. But not with little man’s room. I had to wait for his blanket to be made! However, it was completely worth it. It is my favorite blanket ever, and my favorite room ever. At first I was a little overwhelmed with what to do in here. Then I rode the peter pan ride at Disney World after 12 weeks of pregnancy. So I decided for that to be the base. However, I didn’t want the whole thing to be peter pan. Since we’re moving early next year I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. Finally, I decided to just go with what I felt and not have a major theme. Without further adieu, here’s Jack’s nursery . . .

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The room is actually pretty close to my inspiration board! I’m really happy with the small peter pan references. Especially since I never wanted it to go overboard. I went back and forth for a long time on what color crib to get. Most of the wooden furniture in our house is white. There are some stained pieces, but they are mostly accents. I decided to go with the stained for Jacks nursery because he’s a boy. I wanted the room to be a little different than the rest of the house and be obviously for a little boy. The darker crib gives it that old school manly study feel.

I included some not great pictures of his closet. Since his room is shared with our guest bed (tiny house) I really had to use that space wisely. So it includes my craft supplies, the vacuum, and his diaper changing station. Now that he’s getting bigger we’re cloth diapering, and I plan on doing a post about our system including how I store our stash later. Since that dress is all things diapers it also includes his bibs, burp clothes, and extra blankets. So more on that later! Finally, The other dresser is for his clothes that do not need hung up and his accessories like shoes and hats. I can’t wait for him to fit in his shoe collection!

Links for everything is below! If something is not listed, I or someone who loves Jack made it! But I listed most of hose as well just in case! Let me know if I missed something!

striped basket

rocker – thrift shop

  plaid pillow,

navy pillow – pillow cover I made with clearance fabric at Joann’s

 white and gold pillow

white sheets

hexagon blanket – gramma made it 🙂

 rug

 lion

 crocodile

tall dresser

 dehumidifier

 nightlight

bowling pin – thrift shop

 piggy bank

 orange frame

wreath – made it

lost boys print (in old frame from Target)

 book ledge

 curtains

wooden frames – made,

lion print

 be brave print – made

scrabble canvas – made

arrow canvas – made

silver frames

peter pan prints

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chalkboard – made

 basset hound art – picture of Barney the basset hound printed on shutterfly canvas

black dots canvas – made with fabric from Joann’s

black frame (target),

beach baby print (made)

The Wednesday Showcase #70

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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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the one with fall maternity outfits: pants

October may be my favorite month of the year. The weather is perfect in most of the country. However, it’s mostly about the love of fall fashion and the start of the holidays.  With a new baby, I can’t really do much. The decorations are up. Soon, I’m hoping to visit the pumpkin patch. Of course, I’ll watch Hocus Pocus a thousand times. And the fashion . . . oh the fall fashion! Luckily, I got an early start so that big ol’ belly could be featured in some of my fall outfits. I shared quite a few on instagram, but wanted to share them here as well. So here’s 4 of my favorite fall instagram outfits featuring pants!

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jeanspopover .  booties . blazer

I’m not really a blazer kinda gal. The way my shoulders and my boobs fit in them just seems awkward. But I needed something to take this outfit up a notch and to keep warm in a cold building. Now I can’t wait to wear a version of this non maternity!

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boots . clutch . sunglasses . leggings . similar tunic . belt

One of my favorite outfits to wear while I was pregnant with sandals and my hair up looks perfect with my hair down and some boots! I wish this shirt wasn’t maternity.

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shorts . tee . similar hoodie . flats . crossbody

This was a perfect simple fall outfit when it was still a little hot outside! Since I live in Florida, that’s at 5 am – the rest of the day is still hot, hot! And my new favorite little cross body purse is perfect for quick and easy errands.

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jacket . pants . sperry’s . sunglasses . tank . scarf

These pants were the only comfortable things in those last few days of pregnancy when I finally learned what miserable and pregnant meant. Also, very proud my sperry’s still fit until the last couple weeks.

the one with Jack’s birthday

September 20th was the best day!  I want to remember as many details of this day for as long as possible. So today I’m sharing ours. This is a post about child birth, so it might be a bit graphic and personal. There are some things you just can’t get around no matter how hard you try. Here’s Jack’s birthday story . . .

Pregnancy was fairly easy for me. I was healthier than I have been in my entire life. I have been known to exaggerate. I’m not when I say that. So when at 34 weeks (beginning of September), my feet and legs which had not swollen my entire pregnancy grew larger and larger, my blood pressure went up and up, and every week the doctors checked my urine for infections because of the protein levels – we knew something was up.

At 38 weeks, I spent the entire weekend trying everything I could to dilate past 2 or get my blood pressure down. Guzzling water, walking miles, bouncing on the birth ball, eating spicy foods . . . turns out I love hot sauce. But nothing worked. So on Monday, September 19th they hooked me up to the monitors to check Jack’s movement and see if I had contractions. The nurse practitioner asked us if she could use it to show interns because it was EXACTLY what they hope for she said.

I was only a week away from my due date. Jack was perfectly healthy. There was obviously something up with me. So the doctors recommended I be induced. The risk of inducing outweighed the risk of waiting since things could change quickly. I had known this would happen if I didn’t get my blood pressure to go down over the weekend. I really wanted to do this naturally and when my body was ready to do it. In the end, I knew my anxiety and worry over the baby would only make the blood pressure worse over the next week.

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So at 8pm they inserted a catheter to get to 5 cm as naturally as possible. It was uncomfortable. But nothing I couldn’t handle. Our nurse Debbie was from Indiana! I felt completely at ease. I decided that gravity would help move things along so I stood up and walked around for awhile. Then began the worst two hours of the entire thing. It hurt so bad I couldn’t stand up straight, I started to throw up, I got delirious and was dizzy, my knees would buckle. I’d catch my breath and 2 minutes later it’d be back. Bending over or laying down helped, but I was still dizzy.

I’ve had kidney stones twice which they say are worse than having a baby. I’d say it’s basically the same thing. They gave me a dose of stadol sometime around midnight. This is the part that I’m not sure I’m happy I did. I don’t know how I would have made it or what would have happened, but I was really groggy until about 7am the next morning. I don’t remember much of what happened, and a lot of what I do remember felt like I was drunk. At least when I woke up I was well rested.

Around 7am, I needed to use the restroom badly. The catheter fell out easily as I walked to the bathroom. I started to feel so much better! This is also when the doctors and nurses switched for the day, and my favorite doctor came in! The nurse with him kept mentioning that based on how big my belly was I either had a big baby or a lot of fluid and we needed to break my water. Dr. Bigay (pronounced big guy) agreed we should break my water, but assured me it was not a big baby. He was absolutely right – as he usually was during my pregnancy. I could see the surprise in his face at the amount of water. It felt like I was sitting in a bath.

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The contractions came soon after, but they were manageable. I was debating getting the epidural or going back to as natural as possible. The very helpful nurse kept commenting that I was about to lose my mind now that my water was broken. Those were her exact words. I also remembered the pain from the night before so we scheduled the epidural for 9 am. It didn’t hurt much at all, honestly.

For the next 3 to 4 hours, my husband and I watched HGTV. Then the contractions started to come back. It felt like I had to poop mixed with sharp pain in my lady bits. So I called Natalie – our new nurse – in, I was only at a 6. But she showed me a button I could push to get more epidural meds that I had somehow missed. I pushed it twice while she checked some charts, helped me through a couple contractions, and then went to get the anesthesiologist to see what was wrong since pushing the button wasn’t really helping.

The anesthesiologist was in surgery so we had to wait. But during that half hour the contractions just kept getting worse. I moved from side to side, pulled on Scott’s hand, pushed on the bed with my other hand, and moaned through them as best I could. It just kept getting worse and worse. It got to the point where I couldn’t not push so Natalie checked me again. The pain was as bad as the night before except I didn’t have to throw up this time. While we had waited I was almost at a 9. Dr. Bigay came in and said ‘let’s push and see what happens’.

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I had my husband put our playlist on. Then I started pushing! There were 3 other women getting ready to have babies at any minute. One of the others was also Dr. Bigay’s patient. I was the only one who hadn’t had a child before. Dr. Bigay kept going back and forth between the rooms, and after his 2nd visit – I think I was pretty delirious at this point – He said I was making really good progress I just needed to stop pushing with my face. Then he and Natalie started whispering to each other. I knew something was going on, but I was in so.much.pain. There was no way I had any pain meds I thought to myself. I couldn’t hear the music, I heard my husband encouraging me and I’d catch a few more tips from Dr. Bigay and Natalie. Mostly I foolishly focused on the pain.

I didn’t think I could do it and I started telling everyone. Between contractions and pushes, I was bawling my eyes out. Scott says I was getting delirious. At some point they gave me oxygen. I didn’t think it helped, but Scott said it was pretty obviously helping to everyone else. I found out later that I was making progress much faster than they expected. The pain I was in also made them aware that the epidural was not working properly. The whispering was because there was a good chance Dr. Bigay wouldn’t be in the room when Jack came out since his other patient had also started pushing.

Then Scott told me for the 400th time I could do this and I politely  (not at all) told him to stop talking, Natalie told me to stop crying- it would make it worse- and I wanted to punch her, Dr. Bigay told me to push on his (the doctors) fingers, and like magic ‘push it’ came on my playlist. Then I realized those weren’t fingers he was telling me to push. The pain ended up being my savior. I could feel everything if I just focused on that. So I pushed incredibly hard for as long as I could. I wish I could say I was thinking of meeting my boy, but I was just thinking if I pushed hard the pain would go away. After those 3 pushes, I started to come to and thought to myself  ‘head is out 3 more times and this is over.’

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I obviously didn’t act like it, but my husband had been my rock the entire time. Just knowing he was there, hearing him in the background, and noticing occasionally he was doing all the things we had talked about – like putting peppermint oil under my nose to keep me from getting nauseous again. So I looked to him for a little more encouragement, and the look on his face told me Jack was here. Shocked, I looked down right as Jack was placed on my chest.

I immediately went into high mom mode and all those thoughts of pain went out the window. I started getting my hospital gown off my chest and the towel off Jack so we could be skin to skin – I realized at that point the birth plan I had written was never given to the nurses ha!  Then I pulled Scott’s hand over so we could both cuddle our boy. As soon as Scott spoke to him, he craned his little neck looking for that voice he knew so well!

A few minutes later, I started to feel all the movement from the doctor finishing things up. I mentioned I felt pain and was pretty sure the epidural wasn’t working – and the nurses agreed with me. I didn’t want anymore meds so I let them take Jack to weigh him and all while I just pushed through the end of it. Scott went with him and was sure I heard everything that was happening. In what felt like no time, he was back on my chest and I was ordering a cheeseburger! That’s where we spent the next couple hours before we moved to our post partum room.

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To be honest, our birth went about as I expected it to go. Scott and I had prepared for a natural birth as much as possible, and I think that helped me have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby boy. But since I have experienced kidney stones and I read a lot of birth stories, I always knew in the back of my mind it wouldn’t be completely natural. That doesn’t change the fact that I’m happy with our story. I listened to my body, I knew God was always in our corner through the whole thing, and in the end we got what we wanted – Jack William 🙂

Shopbop’s Fall Sale!

Hey friends! I wanted to take a break from my sort of maternity leave to tell you about the shop bop sale. Below I chose 3 simple accessories – earrings, purse, shoes – and a few things to go with! All my choices are good for my post partum wardrobe! I’m looking for nursing friendly and loose fitting clothes, however, all of the picks are great for not post partum!

Be sure to run to shop bop to check out the sale! Use code “MAINEVENT16”

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leggings . drape front jacket . over the knee boots . tassel earrings . tote . chambray trapeze dress . wrap dress .

 nursing bra . button up . white tee

The Wednesday Showcase #69

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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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