Thoughts on Pregnancy: 31 Weeks

31 Weeks Pregnant

My hair was a hot mess when I took these pictures but oh well, I don’t care. I felt so accomplished because I managed to squeeze into this pre-pregancy dress from Eshakti. It was fun to snap a few photos in it. I wore this dress for photos right after I announced I was pregnant and I remember thinking I had a tiny bump in the photos. No, I did not. Haha. I’m sure I will look back on these pictures in just a few weeks and laugh at how big I felt here! So funny how perspective changes!
31 Weeks Pregnant
31 Weeks Pregnant

Nate and I have been enjoying attending natural child birth classes so far. I will probably do a bit of a recap on what we like the most in a separate blog post. But I definitely think it has been well worth taking them. It’s definitely putting me a bit more at ease – even if I already know some of the information. And I love that Nate is there with me and that we are both learning together.
31 Weeks Pregnant

How Far Along Are You: 31 Weeks and 1 Day
How Big Is The Baby?: About 3.5 lbs
How Much Weight Have You Gained?: Around 25 lbs
Maternity Clothes: I’ve found a few pre-pregnancy dresses in my closet that kind of, sort of fit! The one I’m wearing in these pictures fit when I put it on but by the time I got to work and sat down for a bit – NOPE. I had to unzip it on the side to make it through the day!
Stretch Marks: My boobs are starting to get a few. They just don’t know how to deal with being stretched out this much. ;]
Sleep: I bought a pregnancy pillow a few weeks back and it has helped tremendously with my sleep. I still wake up a lot to alternate which side I’m sleeping on though because my hips still hurt quite a bit after I’ve been in one position for too long.
Best Moment This Week: My appointment on Tuesday! My midwife was able to feel and tell me that baby is head down and she even showed me where his back was and where his feet and hands were at the time. It was really fun to be able to envision exactly how he was chilling out in there!
Movement: Pretty constantly. I almost don’t notice it at times!
Food Cravings: Nothing in particular!
Food Aversions: None.
Labor Signs: Nothing. I am apparently having Braxton Hicks contractions but I haven’t been able to tell/feel them – so, that’s nice!
Belly Button In or Out: Poking out a little bit!
What I Miss: Everything. I love being pregnant but I do miss being in shape, walking normally, being less anxious, feeling like a normal human being… haha.
What I’m Looking Forward To: Our third child birth class and getting the nursery even closer to being complete!

Wearing A Little Bit of Spring

21 Weeks & 4 Days
I thought it was about time to get back to my roots around here and post an outfit! Getting dressed gets a little more challenging every single day. I can’t put off doing laundry quite like I used to. I did that all week and then on Sunday found myself sitting in my closet with one clean maternity top and not a single pair of pants to wear. I started digging through the mess (my closet is a giant disaster right now, I can admit it) and these floral jeans caught my eye. I wondered – can I still squeeze my butt into these? So, just for a laugh I decided – what the hell – I’ll try them on. And THEY FIT. They are low rise enough that they hit just below my growing bump. I *could* get them buttoned but I could also tell that as the day went on, I would deeply regret having them buttoned. So I grabbed a hair tie to keep them closed but also give me some extra room. It worked perfectly! Made me feel like a million bucks to be wearing some “regular” pants. Every time I went to the bathroom though I would try to just pull them down because I’m so used to elastic! Ha!
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Outfit Details:
Top: Kohl’s Maternity (a gift!)
Sweater: Thrifted
Jeans: Target
Flats: JCPenney
Necklace: The Front Porch
Earrings: Forever21

A Christmas Outfit

18 Weeks Pregnant

Over the past few weeks I’ve sort of given in to the pregnancy uniform of leggings and sweaters. I bought a few pieces of maternity clothing and they were so comfy, so I started wearing them constantly. And then… I really started to miss my regular clothes. I used to wear a dress every day! I’ve realized that a lot of my dresses can still accommodate the bump at this point so I should probably wear them while I can! I’ve actually rediscovered some items that I haven’t worn in over a year because I was tired of them or felt like they just didn’t fit right but they happen to work especially well right now, so they are my new favorites! This dress is one of those! See, there is a method to my hoarding tendencies!
18 Weeks Pregnant

Nate snapped these pictures in the backyard over at his Mom’s house on Christmas Day. We decided not to do presents this year. We got our record cabinet fixed and bought some new records instead. Plus, we knew we would be going on a family trip to Washington D.C. the day after Christmas and wanted to save a bit. We did buy our sweet baby boy a few onesies and he received a few gifts from all of the grandparents as well! He is already so loved (and so stylish)!
18 Weeks Pregnant

I am super excited to dig through the rest of my closet and come up with some new outfits to share in the new year! It’s really fun to feel inspired again and to find new ways to wear things during this time!

What I Wore
Dress: Rabbit Rabbit
Tights: Target
Shoes: Gap

Feeling A Little Catty With Glasses Shop + My Second Trimester

14 Weeks

Meow! I finally got my hands on a pair of cat-eye glasses, y’all. It has been a long time coming. I’ve partnered up with several online glasses retailers over the past few years of running this little blog (which has really been a blessing because my prescription is ever-changing and glasses can be pricey) but none of them have ever offered the design that I really and truly had my heart set on! You guessed it! Cat-eyes! AND they’re tortoise cat-eyes! I’ve always wanted to try this style and this color. I tend to stick to black usually, which I’ve found to look a little bit harsh on my face in comparison to the tortoise. I’ve finally found my perfect match!
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It’s true – I am loving these glasses from GlassesShop.com. I ordered them with ease, received them quickly, and they are exactly as expected. They even came with a cute little case and a soft cleansing cloth. My number one recommendation for purchasing glasses online, though? Go to an actual store and try on a pair as similar as you can possibly find to what you’re thinking of purchasing online. I love that there is the ‘virtual try-on’ option but I really struggle with being able to tell what works with my face shape unless I physically try them on. Maybe even take a friend with you to help you decide on a pair! Once you know what you really and truly want – purchasing online is seriously the best option in my opinion. The price difference is just unreal. I mean, just check out the price on these! My second and final recommendation is to take the glasses to be fitted if they feel at all uncomfortable on you once you receive them. These fit a little snug on me so I may take them to get properly fitted. Use CODE: Steph20 to get 20% off your own pair of glasses from Glasses Shop! Make sure to let me know if you order a pair – I’d love to hear your feedback as well!
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These pictures were snapped at exactly 14 weeks on Wednesday! It feels amazing to finally be in my second trimester. I just feel a bit more at ease now that things have progressed this far. There’s really not much to report as far as changes go – I feel about the same. I’ve definitely grown quite a bit so I’m getting in my last hoorah with regular clothes (like this dress). I actually wore a pair of high-waisted jeans completely unzipped down the side with a long sweater to go Black Friday shopping yesterday. No one was the wiser, haha! Nate and I have really been enjoying the long holiday weekend. I’ve been staying up late and sleeping in a little so my schedule is going to be way off! But I have slept better the last few nights than I have in a while, so it’s worth it. I hope you have all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

PS: What do you all think of the new blog design? I needed something new and I wanted it to be a bit seasonal! I think it will be fun to change the header as we move through the year. =)

What I Wore:
Dress: Marshalls (similar)
Glasses: GlassesShop.com (these) – take 20% off with CODE Steph20!
Hat: Forever21 (similar)
Top: Target (similar)
Boots: Target (similar)
Necklace: Forever 21

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