The Third Trimester

Dear Readers,

We’re officially on Bumpwatch.

(Photo by Bumblebee Boots Photography; LC Lauren Conrad Maternity Dress)

How Far Along: 39 weeks tomorrow

Due Date: November 14…but I’m being induced tomorrow! This baby will be making his/her appearance a little early, and that’s just fine by me.

What I’m Wearing: I’m pretty much rotating between a handful of outfits right now. But, thanks to some recent purchases at Stella & Dot (see here and here) and rediscovering old favorites in my jewelry drawer, at least my accessory game is on point.

How I’m Feeling: So excited and so anxious. The anticipation of labor and delivery, on top of being separated from Caroline for two days (and wondering how she’ll react to the baby), has made for a few sleepless nights. But let’s be honest, I wasn’t sleeping much, anyway. I’m like a turtle trapped on its back and really have to get momentum going to even roll over. (Needless to say, Mac isn’t getting much sleep either.)

The baby is measuring pretty large (7 lbs, 7 oz at 37 weeks!), so there’s that, too. He/she has finally dropped, and the head is pressing on some pretty uncomfortable places. The waddle is real, and my rings no longer fit. But, Baby and I are healthy overall, so I’m thankful for that.

What’s On My Mind Lately: It’s the calm before the storm right now. The house is clean, the hospital bags are packed, and the nursery is ready. All we need now is Baby.

What I’m Craving: Lately, nothing. I don’t have much of an appetite these days, although I binged pretty hard on Halloween candy. I think I’m officially over everything pumpkin-flavored, too.

What I’m Looking Forward To: Meeting this baby for the first time and introducing him/her to Caroline. Caroline started our family and this baby will complete it. We can’t wait.

Coolest Moment So Far: Ever since the baby started to become active, we noticed that he/she would go NUTS whenever Caroline was nearby. If she’s snuggled up to me, the baby immediately moves over to where she is and nestles into her. One night, she was lightly tapping on my stomach, and the baby kicked back at her every time. I think we have best friends in the making, you guys.

The next post you read will be a birth announcement!

Great Expectations

Dear Readers,

It’s hard to believe that as I write this, I’m two weeks away from having Baby #2. Here’s the bump, in all its glory.

When Amanda from Bumblebee Boots Photography asked if I wanted to shoot maternity photos, I realized it hadn’t even crossed my mind this time around! But I didn’t want to let this moment go by, especially since this is probably the last time you’ll see me with a bump. This pregnancy has been its own journey, with its own milestones, and it means a lot to document it here.

And these photos surprised me. Not in their beauty – Amanda is incredible, as seen here and here – but in the way I see myself for the first time since March. I don’t look at these and immediately see an exhausted working mom or a body no longer my own. Instead, I just see a very happy, very grateful me. Because I am. I’ve been blessed to have a second baby and complete our family – this was always a dream but never a given. And despite the craziest year of my life, this baby is healthy and thriving and so damn cute. (My ultrasound pics confirmed it.) I’m just thankful that I get to experience this one more time and am so excited to bring this little person into our lives. That’s what you’re seeing here, and these photos will always remind me of that.

(LC Lauren Conrad Maternity Dress, Stella & Dot Earrings (similar here), Target Mossimo Supply Co. Flats)

A third trimester post is on its way next! Thanks so much for your continued well wishes and for visiting this space. Can’t wait to share the big announcement soon.

Live in Cleveland and looking for a photographer? Make sure to check out Bumblebee Boots Photography and book your next shoot! 

Fall Favorites With Stella & Dot

Dear Readers,

These days, accessories are my best friend. Give me all the statement earrings and plaid scarves and cute flats. (My clothing options are more limited by the day and this weird October heat wave doesn’t help.) I’ve switched focus (read: given up) and have been on the hunt for great pieces that help my boring maternity clothes feel more on trend this season.

Enter Stella & Dot.

A long-time favorite of mine (see here and here), Stella & Dot has everything from major statement jewelry to delicate pieces for everyday wear. Between new fall arrivals (have you SEEN the Rebecca Minkoff x Stella & Dot collection?!) and classic staples, my wishlist is out of control. Here are a few pieces I have my eye on:

Covet Crosby Bag

Leopard is the must-have print of the season, and I love it in this timeless style! (It reminds me of the Clare V. version, but less expensive.) You can actually wear this bag four different ways, believe it or not. I’ll be using mine as a crossbody by day, clutch by (date) night.

Rebel Pendant

Full disclosure: I already own this in gold and rose gold…and wear them all the time. The Rebel works with pretty much every outfit, though, and I always feel put together when I throw it on. Chic and simple, just how I like it. It’s time to complete my collection.

Riva Tassel Earrings

Two seasons in and statement earrings are still going strong. And for good reason: earrings are an easy (and relatively affordable) way to instantly pull together an outfit (or change things up at a moment’s notice). Tasseled, bejeweled, hooped – I love them all. These earrings also come in two of the prettiest shades for fall, wine and blush.

Rebecca Minkoff x Stella & Dot

Rebecca Minkoff is one of my favorite designers, so you can imagine my excitement when I found out she was doing a collaboration with Stella & Dot. And it doesn’t disappoint. I love that her pieces are feminine and party-ready, while still maintaining that cool girl edge she’s known for. I ordered the Pixie Studs IMMEDIATELY and have my eye on the Prisma Statement Bracelet and Chandeliers. Christmas is only a couple months away, after all.

Sparkle Studs

These are great for everyday sparkle! Just enough to add a little something to your office attire or brighten up a tee-and-jeans combo on the weekend.

Being the super fan that I am, I’m hosting a trunk show with my friend, Stella & Dot stylist Monica Verchick, until Saturday, November 4. You can shop my Stella & Dot favorites here and order directly from her (not to mention, pick her brain about how to style your new purchases!). With the holidays just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to get a head start on gifts. Even if they just happen to be for yourself.

Would love to know – what are your favorite Stella & Dot pieces right now?

The Second Trimester

Dear Readers,

Two down, one to go – home stretch!

How Far Along: 33 weeks

Due Date: Mid-November

What I’m Wearing: Well, my options are dwindling as of late. A lot of cardigans over tunics over leggings. And flats. (I know, I know! I gave in.) A few recent favorites that make me feel more like myself: this Gap vest, these A Pea in the Pod Maternity black skinnies, and these Rebecca Minkoff slides.

How I’m Feeling: Exhausted, yet happy and thankful. The baby is healthy and right on track, and we’re officially moved into our new home! The past month has been crazy, between work and preparing for the move, so I’m committed to full-on nesting from now until November.

Physically, I started to experience all the joys of the third trimester much earlier this time around. Insomnia, shortness of breath, pelvic/leg/back pain, a bladder that needs emptied every 5 minutes – it’s going to be a long 7 weeks, you guys.

Mentally and emotionally, I’m in a good place. I’m so happy to be in our house, and Caroline is doing great in her new toddler room at school – she “graduated” to the next class on the day we moved! And now that things are settling down, I’m just so excited about meeting this little one in a few weeks. We don’t know what we’re having, but lately I’ve been wondering if it’s a boy. (That seems to be the general consensus, anyway.) We finally have names picked out, too. We decided to go Irish this time around; the names aren’t as common over here, but I think Mac’s family will love them. We ran both by Caroline, and she seemed to approve.

What’s On My Mind Lately: Home decor everything! Mac and I are having so much fun (ok, I’m having so much fun) decorating the new place and furnishing the remainder of the house. I can’t wait to share pics soon! We’re trying not to go too crazy right now, but it’s great to get the essentials in there and hang a few things on the walls. Four weeks in, and it already feels like home.

What I’m Craving: All cravings have subsided for the most part, although I need something sweet after every meal. I’ve been loving the vegan peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies at my local coffee place and all the watermelon possible. This baby has taken over my body, so I fill up quickly, no matter how hungry I am.

What I’m Looking Forward To: Finishing up some house projects before Baby #2 arrives, fall festivities (pumpkin patching, apple picking, trick or treating), and becoming a family of four just in time for the holidays.

Coolest Moment So Far: Caroline has been talking about the baby non-stop and wants to spend all her time in the nursery. The other day, Mac went over a bump in the road, and she yelled, “Enough, Dada – I have a baby in my belly!” So she’s really leaning in to this whole sibling thing, I think.

To all you moms out there, I’d love to hear how you prepared your first for the arrival of your second – any advice welcome here! I’m a little anxious about how that first encounter will go at the hospital…