Dear Readers,

And just like that, our hearts have doubled in size.

All photos by Bumblebee Boots Photography.

Meet the newest addition to our family, Ronan Patrick! Born on November 7 at 10:38pm, this sweet little chunk weighed in at 8 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 18 inches long. We are so, so in love.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be working on Ronan’s birth story and an update on how we’re transitioning to a family of four. Let me know if there’s anything in particular you want to read about or have questions on in the Comments section below! I can’t wait to share more photos from his Fresh 48 shoot and our family photo session with Bumblebee Boots Photography. In the meantime, thanks for your patience as we figure out a new routine (one that involves sleep for all parties involved) and for your continued well wishes for our family. Means the world to us.

For a fun trip down memory lane, read Caroline’s birth announcement here and her birth story here.

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?