Okay so ALL of my July posts have been delayed. I’m so sorry to all of my readers but to be honest I was just enjoying July. No excuses, no real reason, well actually there were two pint size reasons. Those reasons just so happen […]
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What the third trimester ALREADY?! It feels like yesterday I found out we were expecting our second. I was sitting on the couch in our living room only lit by the flickering of holiday lights in sheer shock over a positive pregnancy test. With so many thoughts running through my head, “Was that really positive? Maybe it’s the light let me run into the kitchen and double check. Nope yea that is definitely positive…OH LORDY!” I was so sure that day, standing in the line at my local grocers. I was sure these test I was buying were a waste of money. I was sure I was just covering all my bases and giving good vibes to my missed period(s)/(Oops!) But here we are 6 months pregnancy and just entering trimester number 3!
Bodhi and my belly have grown so much. I’ve finally reached that point in my pregnancy where theres no hiding it the bump is out and about. Everywhere I go, people stop me star down at my belly with this shocked look and then that simple and sometimes painful phrase comes out, “Are you sure you aren’t having twins?!” No twins in this womb just Bodhi and last nights double-decker veggie burger. (WINNING) So yea the bump has grown which means I’m back to transitioning my wardrobe for the 3rd time.
I’m learning that every trimester brings new ups and downs and whats possible and impossible in the maternity fashion department. I’m still trying to figure out shorts and what works best for me, while still maintaining a realistic budget. I’ve found that while shorts are little confusing to me I’m having an easy time with dresses and of course the almighty leggings. With the weather changing drastically, some days I can go with denim or leggings but other days I’m way too hot for it. Those good old third trimester pregnancy symptoms just what I need in 70s and sunny weather. Gotta love them especially with a summer pregnancy, am I right!? ? Besides drink plenty of water I’m trying to keep my clothing as breathable as possible. During your third trimester everything can feel tight and uncomfortable so it is important to stick with items that have a lot of stretch in them. Personally I’m a big fan of shift dresses, they eliminate lines and structure leave room for a nice airy look.
Today that’s just what I went for, I recently picked up a little black night-dress from Gap Maternity. Yes, you read that right, a night-dress like the ones some women sleep in. It’s amazingly comfortable and adds the right amount of stretch needed for a third trimester mama. Not only is it comfy but I feel stylish, I believe that anything can be fashionable when paired with the right accessories! And today I’d like to think I nailed it. I paired a long statement piece necklace from Anthro I received for my birthday last week. It’s mixed metals with labradorite (My favorite stone). I complemented the simplicity of my necklace with an arm full of Alex and Ani’s summer beaded collection. I went a little crazy with my shoe choice today and went with heels! I know some would say I was crazy especially for my third trimester but I just scooped up the most amazing pair of Anne Klein sandals from DSW and needed to show them off ASAP. Don’t let me fool you though I definitely brought some light cream and pink striped espadrilles for when my feel start to swell up! Like I say loving the third trimester! It is important during this time to bring extra options with you everywhere you go. The third tri can do some weird things to your body. Swollen feet, lack of bladder control and my personal favorite that I experienced with Gunnie and hopefully not with Bodhi, horrible shooting pains down my back. Ya know, just to name a few, so when I say comfort is important oh boy do I mean it!
For hair and make up I went a little lighter. I used a lot of hair spray for yesterdays look (I wore a high bun) so today I thought it would be a good idea to just let my hair go natural. I added some of my hair oils to it and just walked about the door. For make up I used a new contouring stick from Lancôme and tinted moisturizer from Avede. All eye make up from Lancôme as well. Below you will find my look and all the details including my later in the day switch up! Check back for more on my third trimester updates!
It feels like I’ve been working on unpacking and organizing our new digs the entire summer. Days off have not only spent running after Gunnar but also with my hair up in a bun and sweat pants on getting into it with our closets. Which wouldn’t be such a big deal If I didn’t loathe feeling like I look a mess. Growing up we always dress proper and look our best. So wearing sweatpants and not having my hair washed has been a very new and different experience for me. Before pregnancy I never realized it was an issue.
For the most part I had an easy pregnancy. I only really had problems during the beginning. Mentally it was an exhausting journey. I felt alone, I couldn’t really tell anyone yet and if I did tell someone I felt like they just didn’t understand. I mean really, how could I expect something to understand? Pregnancy isn’t something you can easily explain, the experience is different for everyone. In my experience I felt ugly…Until the day came when I started to show and suddenly all those feelings changed. Something about that bump just gave me so much confidence. I felt so beautiful. For the first time I felt like I was seeing myself through Sam’s eyes and it felt amazing. It was like the rollercoaster I was on finally became fun again and what more could I do but enjoy the ride.
After having our son I could slowly feel myself slipping back into my old habits. But life was different now. I have this little person who looks at everything I do with fascination. There was a lot more to worry about besides my outfits. Still it was hard for me to let go of my old ways. I have always used fashion to express myself so it became apart of me. It was a way for me to measure my own beauty. But that is such a silly thing to say. There is no measurement on beauty. Beauty is everywhere and in everything. There are so many things that I may have not seen as beautiful at one point. Thankfully as my son grows I grow with him and the funny little things I found so important before become so meaningless. My idea of beauty has changed.
So, I am working on it. I have recently perfected the ballerina bun and am investing in black leggings. I feel confident in going to the grocery store sometimes without even looking at myself in the mirror before I leave the house. Recently I started a new daily routine for myself. First thing is the morning when I wake up I go to the bathroom to brush my teeth and I stop, look at myself in the mirror as is and say, “Meg, you are beautiful just the way you are!”